2017 was a wild year, filled with triumphs and obstacles for women around the world. There were days we felt victorious and empowered, and days where the news headlines made us sick. This year also included major transitions for me personally, as I went from student to new pro and learned more about women in the industry and the various challenges we face on the path to “having it all.”
This time of year used to be full of stress, applications and interviews for internships. It’s crazy now that we’re on the “other side” of things. There are a few things I’ve learned since becoming a New Pro that I worried about / felt unsure about as an applicant or intern, and I thought it might be helpful to share for those of you currently in the middle of this sometimes-intimidating process.
No number of #adulting posts really makes you an adult, so guess we should give up on that. But really - we’re all just trying recipes in an attempt to meal prep without getting sick of what we cooked (or we’re eating desk salads), trying to be social even if we’re tired, trying to juggle with long-distance friendships, and grapple with the notion that key phases of life have ended, and it’s on us to make the most of the working world and what we make of ourselves within it.
No desk flowers or valentines for me this year, and it turns out *lowers voice*…today is just another Wednesday. Who knew?! I think my only complaint is that I can’t eat ice cream or drink wine this year (less than a week of Whole30 to go!)
As everyone who knows me knows: I’m a big believer in to-do lists. And I’m a big believer in “one day, I’d love to…” daydreaming. But it sure is easy for the “one day…” to turn into “someday…” that just might get lost in the shuffle. It's a challenge to take on for the next 2.75 years - and I can't wait to start!
It’s officially the first year for me that won’t be measured by semesters or extracurricular activities. There is a bit of open-endedness in terms of what I can do and when, and how I can be even more intentional because 2018 is the first year of “real life”! Kinda crazy to think about and I’m not quite sure what to do with myself. (Guess I should add “find hobbies” to my list?)
just over here getting work done, feeling cozy and thinking about friendship
The little things that don't matter seem to get me more than the 'big' things. Go figure.
Growing up, popularity – and likeability – seemed to a) be mutually exclusive and b) based on numbers. The number of birthday party invitations, playdates, people in your carpool with, etc. Then, it evolved into the number of followers, ‘likes’, 21st birthdays, people on your spring break, bridesmaid dresses. The more, the better — but, is it?
I think when the humidity broke and summer tourists fled, the city gave one large, collective “sigh,” grabbed a hot coffee and headed out on a long Sunday walk. A least, that’s what I did. I mosied to church, around Central Park and eventually made my way home.
Isn’t it amazing how cozy and comfortable a warm cup of coffee can make you feel? Or how fulfilling or energizing a coffee date can be? According to this crazy (and pretty outdated) list of coffee facts, 49 percent of coffee drinkers would rather give up their cell phone for a month than go without coffee. I mean… what?! While I know there is a national holiday for seemingly everything these days, it seems fitting that businesses, small and large, are celebrating National Coffee Day today. It’s like the Super Bowl or Christmas Day for the over-caffeinated.
There are big things happening in the world. This post doesn't talk about any of them. But instead, I'm sharing some of the random things that I wonder from time to time.
Today, I’m remembering that day in first grade. I’m remembering that feeling of being new, unaware and overwhelmed. And I’m remembering the thousands of people who sacrificed their lives and lost loved ones in the city I now call home. In the midst of natural disasters, stark political division and a sense of uncertainty about the future, let’s take a minute to help one another, pray and appreciate the little things - because I know I take them for granted.