The Electric Jolt

So I went in not too long ago for an interview for a Sales Associate position.

Today I got the call to let me know that I’m being hired as the Assistant Manager. 

The pay isn’t fantastic, but it’s a great start and something that will help build up that resume! The other awesome part is that the manager is fully aware that I’m trying to get back to school and she explained on the phone that she is happy to work around it. The BONUS, the job is right next door to the college and 10 minutes away from where I live. So no commute, a workable manager and willing to help me juggle  school.

So I’m a happy little clam right now.

Adding some new goals and finally rejoicing that I don’t have to fill out any more pre-employment tests.

  • Finish training at work
  • Get first paycheck
  • Remember all co-worker’s names
  • Work for a full month with ZERO issues

Love ya guys!

Inspire

While I know logically that artists and designers usually starve, my heart still belongs to being creative. 

I created the colored fashion croquis after attending a fashion/art event. The original idea for it was to use watercolor paints, but it seems my watercolor brushes were left behind during the move. So instead of sulking I used colored pencils and then photoshop. The end result wasn’t exactly how I had originally imagined it, but I liked the monotone. While I look at it, I could change the colors, patterns, etc to make it sell-able. 

In case you missed it, here was the end result.

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It’s certainly better than nothing.

I do need to continue working hard at my art so I can improve. I have so much room for improvement. However, practice makes perfect.

  • Complete the cross stitch kit (No progress)
  • Buy some new watercolor paper (No progress)
  • Do the marble art for the living room (Idea created, now to purchase materials)
  • Complete a commissioned piece of art (No progress)
  • Save money for a sewing machine (10% done)
  • Complete a fashion Croquis (Done)
  • Attend art event for inspiration (Done)

Someone is Noticing

I’ve been doing extremely well with my healthier choices (if you subtract the one burger after the social mixer). I’ve been keeping up with my 30 day ab challenge (DAY 7!) and have been cooking some healthy meals. 

This morning my brother jabbed me in the side and told me that I’m slimming down on my sides. So being the ridiculous individual that I am, I ran to the mirror and turned this way and that. I’m definitely starting to notice very very tiny differences. The best difference is how I’m feeling. I wake up early, go to bed early and feel so energized and healthy. Definitely worth skipping out on unhealthy choices when the rewards are so exhilarating. 

I used to be the poster child for avoiding healthy stuff like, but now I’m slowly getting addicted to feeling great. Just to review my goals though:

  • Hike a trail at Red Rock Canyon (planning)
  • Complete the 30 day ab workout (Day 7/30)
  • Get a yoga DVD 
  • Get a cookbook with healthy recipes (Still researching)
  • Find and try a delicious and healthy smoothie recipe (Got to unpack my blender first)
  • Run that 5k (Found one in Los Angeles that I’m running later this year)
  • Get out of my Size 12 funk and slide into Size 10 consistently 

Stay healthy guys!

Rubber Tires and Tree Trunks

Despite the self deprecating title, I love my body. I also love it enough to be honest with myself and lately I’ve packed on some pounds. Things are jiggling that aren’t supposed to and the swim suit season is now upon us.

I want to be healthy. So healthy that people will point at me for being their role model for health. Right? I’ll learn to make healthy choices, will run instead of waddle and will get nodding approvals from my doctor.

I am going to break this down into so many pieces, because frankly, it’s more than just losing weight for me. It’s about being alive until I’m 90 and giving my nurses a helluva time.

I don’t care what my weight is. I care about reaching activity goals. So while I’ll be keeping tabs on my weight to make sure I stay in the healthy range, I will primarily be focusing on pushing myself further along in activity and healthier diet choices.

Here are my starting goals:

  • Hike a trail at Red Rock Canyon
  • Complete the 30 day ab workout
  • Get a yoga DVD
  • Get a cookbook with healthy recipes
  • Find and try a delicious and healthy smoothie recipe
  • Run that 5k
  • Get out of my Size 12 funk and slide into Size 10 consistently

I will add many many more as I find new things I want to try. These are reasonable goals for me to start with. You’re welcome to join alongside me!

Unemployed and Cranky

Alright guys, most of us have been here. We’re unemployed and feeling like everyone else is getting great jobs except for us. Our problem? We haven’t thrown enough marshmallows against the wall for anything to stick. 

I’m in a funny spot along with people who don’t have a resume with a consistent occupation.  I have experience in a heck of a lot of things, but not a lot of time behind any job in particular. I’ve been everything from an Administrative Assistant to a Dog Kennel Assistant to a Cellphone Sales Representative to a Food Server. See what I mean? I KNOW that I need to find a big girl job and stick with it, but there is a problem…

I need to build my resume AND get a job quickly. So I need to find something relevant to what I want to do for the rest of my career. 

That is…

Fashion.

Tadaa! So now what? I can apply at upper end retail places but ironically that’s the one thing I don’t have experience in. I could try to become a seamstress, but I haven’t gotten far enough in college to be decent at it.

So all I can really do is bombard the high end retail places and cross my fingers.

  • Fill out 30 applications
  • Send out resumes to 30 companies
  • Attend 3 Job Fairs
  • Have 5 Interviews
  • Get the job offer

Small goals, but I also slipped in the one about getting the job offer in there. I’ll keep posting as I make progress against these goals. Hopefully some of these challenges will become void because I’ll find a job that quickly.

Wow, so this is blogging.

Hi all.

I’m just your average young woman. I’m mid twenties, single, painfully shy, unemployed and in a new city.

Sin City.

I have a long ways to go before I feel like I’m making progress in my life. I am the type of woman who gets overwhelmed and will walk away from projects half finished unless I have smaller goals to work towards.

Aren’t we all kind of like that?

So I’m approaching my life in terms of small goals and challenges. I will make my goals and challenges public (for those who read my blog) so I feel a bit of pressure to follow through. It will also be a neat tool for me to look back someday and see how much progress I’ve made.

I will be painfully honest and I hope for those who comment and interact in the future that they will too. We are here for a reason and that’s to initiate change.