My life has been full of ups and downs, just like anyone else’s. I had a couple years in high school that were really hard, then a couple of good years. College overall was amazing, I loved (almost) every minute of it. So, when college came to an end, I didn’t know what to do. Obviously, I was excited to not have class again but was uneasy of what was next.
Growing up, I always pictured myself going to college, graduating, moving to another city with my fiance, getting a full-time job right out of college, then getting married, and starting a family. I never thought about what to do in those in between times. I never thought about the gap between 21 and 26 *the age I thought I would be getting married at…* or about the fact that getting a full-time job isn’t as easy as it sounds. Yeah, I had about 6 internships during my college career, and I had a great GPA, but that didn’t guarantee me a great job, in a big city. Not to mention, living expenses.
Once I graduated, I realized that dream wasn’t a realistic expectation. So, without thinking much about it, I moved back home with my parents. I remember thinking ‘I’ll never move back in, anyone that moves back in with their parents must be either a. crazy or b. not have a real job’. HAH! Who was I kidding?
I thought long and hard about my decision. I even got a full-time job offer in New York right after I graduated, but knew I couldn’t afford it (unless I wanted to commute an hour and a half a day). So, I decided to move back to Dallas. I ended up graduating a semester early, so I knew I wanted to have one last summer to close out my college days. So, I decided to travel across Europe for a month through EF College Break! I want to recap my 30 days throughout Europe for you guys in detail this summer, so stay tuned on that!
For now, I want to talk about positive thoughts – now here is a little bit of Monday Motivation for you. Thinking back to this time in my life about 2.5 years ago, when I didn’t have a job or a direction, I was completely free. You might be thinking that’s a weird way to look at it – I had no money, no job, no plans, etc. But that’s the beauty of it. You have no set direction. You’re at a crossroad with a million options. At the time, I felt lost but also felt like I knew what I needed to do. I graduated with a degree in Mass Communication and a concentration in Public Relations. Naturally, I thought I needed to get the most classic public relations position out there – a position with an agency. Six short months later, I hated my boss, my job, my life. Instead of waiting around, like I know a lot of people do, I decided to take action.
You should love your life. You should love what you do, and you can. When I was applying for jobs, I applied for some other generic ‘what would a public relations major do’ type of jobs, then I applied for a few other ‘this sounds fun jobs’. Then it hit me, like a biiiiiig slap in the face. Am I serious right now? Had I been applying to these jobs just because that’s what I thought was next in this specific ‘fast food – pick what’s on the menu’ degree + title. I totally had! Now, if that’s what you want to do, that’s 100% what I’m aiming at. For those of you who aren’t sure, or haven’t really dug deeper into your passions, take a look around you. You make the path that your life walks on. I seriously mean it. You make your own way.
In a short month of interviewing, I found my absolute dream job, that combined all of my passions. Fashion, design, technology, data, apps, travel, company culture, work parties, and co-workers I can relate to. Shout out to #rStheFamily!
I would have never thought to search for a position like this, but there it was right in front of me.
Your options are endless. Don’t be somewhere that you don’t want to be. Go anywhere that you want to go. Is money stopping you? Look into hostels and the cheapest flight from A to B, then take the train, etc. Don’t let fears overcome your realistic dreams. Work extra hours and save the money to do what makes you happy. The only thing stopping yourself is you! Make your own changes, and suddenly you’ll feel this weight lifted off of your heart and your mind.
Every once in a while, we lose sight of this, so it’s always nice to take a step back and remind yourself!
Now, to talk about something else that makes me happy – shopping and fashion. I’m seriously in love with this white lace dress. The details on this dress are so well made. I bought it last year, and they came back in stock again this season, which means you know it’s a good buy! The dress fits true to size, and also comes in Navy. My friend told me she bought herself the navy dress for her brother’s graduation and I’ve worn it for family photos before! It would also be perfect for any bridal showers, or beach trips. It pairs perfectly with a pair of wedges and sunnies, or even strappy heels and a clutch.
I hope you all have a wonderful, happy week, and remember, do something for yourself this week!
P.S. It got real close and personal in today’s post. Let me know if you liked it!