Category Archives: Growing Up

Catching Up on the Good Stuff

It’s been over a year since graduation, and as far as blogging is concerned, I have nothing to show for it. Luckily, in all reality, that is certainly not true. I have learned show much in the last year, it’s a wonder why I ever paid for an education (Just kidding, but seriously)!

Here are a couple things I have been working on the last year:

1) Enjoy the sunshine!

Even though Bellingham gets about 50 days of sunshine a year, there are still so many outdoor activities to do. Everything from biking to work to hiking to snowboarding to kayaking to dog parks! All the outdoor activities available in this area are the best part of living here, so it’s important to not take them for granted.

2) Give back!

I love being busy, and I just don’t feel that a 40 hour work week really cuts it. So I have decided to fill some extra time volunteering. Nothing extreme, but making the time to get involved in the community and give back is a great way to gain some personal growth. Most of it, it has been one of the most interesting things I have ever done. I spend some mornings volunteering at the Puget Sound Blood Center where I basically spend a few hours talking to donors. Hearing about how Bellinghamsters spend their weekends and events that happen in there life has been an interesting experience… to say the least. Whatcom residents sure are interesting, for better or worse, and each second is more entertaining than the last!

3) Awareness is key!

Lastly, some may say I am turning into a bit of a hippie, but if that’s what you want to call it I’m fine! Working towards becoming sustainable and healthy has been a full time job. Knowing the importance of what is going into my body, surrounding me in my home and making sure all these things are having as low an impact on the environment as possible have made a vast improvement for both body and mind.

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Is it a fish? Is it a razor? It’s Razorfish!

This last weekend I took a tour of the digital marketing agency in Seattle called Razorfish, where I had the opportunity to experience what a large marketing agency looks in operating.

Not only was I lucky enough to ride the elevator among floor in a history, downtown Seattle building with a breathtaking view, I also got a glimpse of what it could feel like to work in my dream job. Razorfish is more than just a company that has been previously owned by Microsoft, declared number 4 on the Advertising Age A-List, the winner of countless awards and locations in over 10 countries. They’re atmosphere is everything a grown-up in touch with their inner child could dream up! Complete with foosball tables, a Microsoft Kinect, colorful art all around (including paints of fish on the windows), an inflatable killer whale, a cafe, several kitches and, best of all, a Kegerator. Furthermore, they house the space for creative thought such as “think tanks” for collaborating and open spaces that make for innovative cubicles.

Here’s what I learned:

  • TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNITIES that are available, especially in school
  • GET AS MUCH EXPERIENCE AS POSSIBLE! Whether that be internships, clubs, organizations, volunteering or (for the lucky one) jobs
  • DIVERSIFY YOUR SKILLS: working in a marketing agency requires more knowledge than just marketing. It’s essential to be a great communicator, writing, social networker and creator
  • BE PERSISTENT: you will never be penalized for making it known how much you want something
  • ASK QUESTIONS: find people with the jobs and life that you want and find out what they did to get where they are
  • Lastly, TAKE CHANCES: you will never know how something is going to work out if you do not take action

All in all, I had a wonderful time learning more the path to finding the perfect job. Now I just have to actually execute this advice! It’s a work in process, but I’m working on it.

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The Quest for the Perfect Job

Here I am on the brink of graduation and my biggest fear has been shot down: I am officially employed. It is comforting knowing that I am not going to be like the majority of recent college graduates without a job and bumming around on their parent’s couch. Although I looking to marry rich right out of college, I guess that is just going to have to wait (kidding!).

My official work title is Cruise Ship Service Representive (CSSR), where I keep track of orders and needs of cruise ships. It sounds a lot more fabulous than it really is. Pretty much, I am working at a slightly less funny version of The Office. Many of the people even have the same names and the characters in the office, and of course there is a couple that is just like Jim and Pam.

This is a “good for now job.” Of course I am going to keep looking, but it’s nice to know that there are jobs out there, all you have to do is look and have faith everything will work out. It is far from my perfect job, but I believe this is the perfect step toward getting the exact one that I want!

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El Fin

It’s the last leg. Right now we’re driving from Boise to Yakima to Bellingham. As exhausted as I am, this is one of the most amazing, eye-opening and exciting experiences I have ever had. After this trip, I definitely think that an all-American road trip is something everyone should do at least once in their life (I plan on doing this again from coast to coast).

After we left L.A., we drove to Phoenix, Albuquerque and ended up in Denver before heading back through Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. In total, we drove through 9 states in 11 days. Arizona and New Mexico were the driest places I have ever seen. It was literally like the movie Fievel Goes West with all the tumbleweeds and cacti. While driving from Phoenix to Flagstaff we even ran into some snow. I think Colorado and Arizona must have traded places since I felt ridiculously hot the entire time we were in Denver and I had to turn the heat on in the car while we were in Arizona.

In Albuquerque we went to their Rio Grande Zoo, which was full of safari animals, much unlike the Woodland Park Zoo that I usually go to. I was excited to see the cheetahs, but they were sleeping when we got to their exhibit. My favorite animal was the Reeve’s Muntjac, which is a small, barking deer. I have always wanted a pet deer (ever since I found out Audrey Hepburn had one for a pet), and I love dogs, so this would be the perfect animal for me. I liked Albuquerque a lot. It was such a cute, Western city. However, New Mexico was by far my least favorite place to drive through. It felt like we could drive for hours at a time without seeing so much as a rest stop.

In Denver there wasn’t a whole lot of tourist activities to do, so we mainly just checked out the city. Denver is such a cool city, and it reminded me a lot of Seattle, only a little cleaner, quieter and drier. We talked to one guy who said one average they only get about a foot of snow, which really surprised me. I thought Denver was known for the snow and mountainesque vibe. My favorite thing we did there was go to REI. This was the largest REI I have ever been to. There was a rock wall (I had heard of rock walls at REI but have never actually seen one), about 4 stories and a Starbucks. I can’t wait to go camping this summer and stock up on supplies from REI, that store makes me want to be extremely active just so I have an excuse to buy half the stuff they sell.

Our last stop was Boise, where we stayed with Lyan’s aunt and uncle. It was really amazing to meet this family because they have the exact life that I want. Her aunt has traveled all over the world, married her middle school sweetheart, had a wonderful career and is now a stay at home mom that is heavily involved with nonprofit. It’s definitely something to aspire to. And their daughter Maya is the cutest thing I have ever seen (which is saying a lot since I’m not exactly the world’s biggest fan of children). I didn’t have the chance to see much of Boise, which I was a little disappointed about, but at least it’s not that far from Bellingham, especially compared to some of the other places we went. When we got there I was so exhausted, I think the trip was just finally catching up to me. So I took a nap while Lyan and her aunt went to check out the city.

All-in-all, this was a very blessed trip with excellent luck. The worst thing that happened was when I though my gas gauge broke, which it turned out it didn’t (the actual story was that when we went to fill up the gas tank, I thought I started pumping before I went to clean the windshield. Turned out I didn’t start it all the way. Then Lyan saw that it wasn’t pumping so she assumed it was finished. When I got back in the car I saw that the gas gauge was still at half a tank, which was weird since that’s where it was when we pulled into the station. Long story short, we almost ran out of as on the mountainous freeway in Arizona at night. At least I learned that I, in fact, do have a gas light that comes on when I’m out of fuel!). This trip also came at the perfect time. It gave me time to see what parts of America has to offer and time to think about where I want my life to go and what I want to do at a time when some major changes are about to happen in my life. After this trip, I have no idea where life is going to take me, but I feel like I have a better idea of where I would like it to take me. That is one of the things I love most about traveling, I always feel like I have a better grasp and idea of who I am and what I want, which I definitely got from this trip. I feel more confident about the future and I know I will end up where I need to be.

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In Omnia Paratus

Three days until the epic road trip. This road trip symbolizes the end of an era, which is an interesting position to be in. Upon my return, I will begin my final quarter as an undergrad. I cannot believe how fast time flew by. Everyone said that it would, but when you’re in the thick it, graduation feels like a life time away. I remember being beyond frustrated by how long my time in college felt, but the I blinked and the next think I know I wake up, throw on my cap and gown to humor my parents by posing for countless pictures.

I can already feel things changing. Tomorrow is my first interview that is not for a minimum wage, work while I’m going to school, job. It is crazy to think that this is the point of my life that I am at now. I have no idea where I will be three or six months from now. Everything is up in the air and literally anything could happen, especially since I have been applying so many different jobs including one in East Africa! That would be such an amazing opportunity, but no matter what happens, it is going to be difficult to leave the life that I have created in the last four years. There have been some pretty rough times, but all-in-all, college has been the most fun I have ever had. I learned so much about life, who I am, what I want and how the world outside my rural hometown works. I’ve learned that there are some selfish and rude people in the world, but there are also so many good and kind-hearted people who will go out of their way to help you. Best of all, I have learned that there is good in pretty much everyone, and true love and friendship always persevere.

As hard as it will be to move on to the next step of my life, I will cherish the last four years and could not have asked for better friends, experiences and adventures. They shaped me into the person that I am today, and I am proud of the person I am turning into. I can only hope that I get a job that will help nurture this person and lead me to the career and place that I am meant to go. But I have the faith that life will lead me in the right direction, and when it does, in omnia paratus.

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