Life Lately

After the week that Boston just had I feel like it would be a good idea to highlight all the good things in my life from this past week instead of obsessing over the the bad. Don’t get me wrong I was panicking and glued to the news but that can be draining especially for someone who’s home is right outside Boston.

So in lieu of dissecting the week and rehashing where I was and what my story is, here is a whole lot of good from my week.

1. I went to my first Red Sox game of the season on April 14th with my family and Nicholas. It was a great game, Buchholz almost had a no hitter!

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2. I wore a pretty cute outfit to the Red Sox game too.

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3. On our drive back up to school on Patriot’s Day, I was feeling pretty lucky so I took a chance and I won $10! Also June 17th is my birthday so that was a little weird. IMG_4033

4. I bought my dress for graduation. Oh my god, I can’t even believe that it is so close. I got it on sale at the Gap but they don’t sell the color that I got online, the white and navy are also pretty cute though.

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5. WSU Spring Weekend was this past weekend. I had to work a lot but my time off was really fun. The outdoor photo booth was hysterical.

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6. We had a cookout with all our friends too. (Seniors pictured here…)IMG_4047

7. To top it all off, so many beautiful things happened in Boston after the attack, human nature and kindness were out in full force. Boston Strong. IMG_3951

Confidence and the Job Search

For the past week I have woken up everyday and started looking for jobs but I have only applied to about two. I am so intimidated by the process and the idea of actually getting a response back!

I am always feeling like I need to have everything perfect and I also really don’t qualify for any of these positions since they all prefer 3-5+ years of experience. What is an almost recent college grad to do? (I am buying my cap and gown soon, serious reality check.)

I came across one particular article about being insecure in your 20’s and about how as much as they are very romantic years they are also very stressful. The article links to a list at the end about 20 good habits to pick up in your twenties. I have read lists like this before and I see some common themes.

They encourage you to cut the bad out of your life: the negative people, the bad habits and the negative thoughts. Lists like this also encourage you to not compare yourself to others and to try to accept changes instead of fight them. These are all great pieces of advice but I also feel like they do not take the time to recognize that we are human and that all of the things that these lists encourage us not to do are also human nature and can not always be controlled.

Don’t get me wrong, these are all great things to aspire to but I also hope that everyone can still recognize that they are human and do not feel bad about themselves if they do not match up to all of these pieces of advice.

Well it’s back to the world of resume’s and portfolio’s for me. Do you think these lists of advice help or hurt us?

 

True Friends

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.
I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” – Jane Austen

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Recently friendships have been causing me to be stressed out, frustrated and flat out unhappy. I have a good but big group of very close friends but sometimes there are too many of us to keep up with everyone and to make sure everyone is happy. On top of that there is usually some sort of conflict within the group that may make an outing awkward or uncomfortable for some.  I am usually the planner in my group of friends so it is easy to get overwhelmed trying to coordinate everyone to hang out. The other day was the breaking point for me and I chose to just go with the flow. It was a really nice change of pace to be able to say “I’ll be happy doing whatever, lets just do it.”

I was still feeling pretty frustrated and I really missed one of my best friends and roommates from last semester who is in Disney through August so I called her the other night at 11:30 pm(normal best friend phone call time). Who knew a phone call after a month of not talking would really do the trick? We talked for 2 hours about life, our friends, school and the decisions I have to make soon about post-grad (is that going to be me?).  The conversation really brought me back down to earth and helped me to remember that there are always going to be those friends who really understand you, for you.

Thanks for reading. How do you deal with your friends when things get to be too much? Do you have those friends in your life you can really rely on?