Remembering a Strong Woman

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Circa Spring 2012, my senior year in high school. Taken from the yearbook–see, these things will never get old. 

Throughout my entire life, I’ve always been surrounded by strong women. Women in my family, friends, all in my life. I like to think that they’re the reason why I’m so strong, passionate, and dedicated to being the best that I can be. But most importantly, they’re all the reason why I was allowed to follow my dreams, whatever my dreams were.

I’m not saying there weren’t strong men in my life either, but really the women in my life have struck a cord with me. As a feminist and just a person, I believe that instead of women bringing each other down, we should always be helping each other get stronger, do better, achieve whatever we want. The women in my life, that’s all they’ve ever done for me.

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I Got My First Career Rejection and *NEWSFLASH* It Does Suck

I promise I’m not trying to brag, really. I’m super proud of my interview streak, but I’ve also earned it. Before two weeks ago, I have been offered a position or contract whenever I made it to the final interview round. I’m talking all internship final round interviews, all volunteer applications, and all part-time job final round interviews. All until now. Part of me thinks I should have expected it because a real job is a total game changer, but I’ve also always been the type of person who works so, so hard (not saying that you haven’t worked hard) and been rewarded for it. I’m usually the one turning down an offer. One summer, I turned down 5 offers before accepting the one internship I really wanted (and will never regret this decision). Hell, I turned down Oprah! Ok, the O Magazine, but still.

Yes, I really am sitting here writing about being rejected from a job. No, I don’t feel this way when I get rejected romantically, but that’s also just me.

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Stop Hating on New Year’s Resolutions

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I say this over and over again. Don’t hate on New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve been writing about resolutions for years and years because I really truly believe in them. They’re a great way to bring positive changes into your life in a constructive way. I know resolutions sound cliche, but I wholeheartedly believe in them. Maybe it’s because I’m a goal-oriented person and work best under deadline with a clean plan ready for me, but I never feel ready for the new year without a good list of resolutions.

So let’s get down to it. Just make the resolutions.

I literally say this every year, no matter what publication I’m writing for. Make the damn resolutions, make them specific, and make them fun. I’ve had resolutions like, “Rock the updo more,” “Do yoga 3-5 times a week,” “Take the stairs as often as possible,” and “Do 3 Sudoku puzzles a day.” Blah, blah, don’t just say exercise more, actually set a goal. Will you do yoga? Will you go to the gym? How many miles do you want to run a week? Set yourself some fun resolutions as well. Want to mix things up? Watch makeup tutorials to learn new tricks to change up your makeup routine, watch cooking shows to learn how to cook, read the news everyday or every few days to keep up with current events. Find a way to specify what you want to achieve and what resolutions to set.

Don’t fret, don’t give up. You can set New Year’s Resolutions easily. Just think of what you want to accomplish and then figure out how to get there.

Here are my 2017 New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Write one thing every week
  • Cook dinner from scratch at least once a week
  • Go out more and meet new people
  • Put away $10 each week
  • Spa Day once a week (whether it’s a mani, face mask, or bath)
  • Read a book every two weeks

Here’s hoping 2017 sucks less than 2016 (but for real, cross your fingers I don’t lose it).