Thoughts on Job Hunting

Today I woke up and got ready for a job interview. It was for a company that is well known and reputable. I showered, got dressed and got in the car. When I got there I walked halfway from the car and the door of where the interview was, turned around and went home.

The reality of it is, this wasn’t a job I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. I didn’t feel like it would leave me feeling accomplished and satisfied at the end of each day. I felt anxiety, shortness of breath, an almost drowning feeling. It wasn’t because I was nervous or because I felt like this company would be a horrible place to work for, in fact it was the very opposite. It was a place that would provide security and a paycheck but what it wouldn’t provide was my happiness. I felt all these feelings of anxiety because I knew deep down if I accepted this position it would throw me off track and set me back more from where I really want to be in life.

So why do we accept jobs we don’t want? Probably the most common answer is money. Having bills to pay and responsibilities (the worst part of being an adult, am I right?) forces us into working jobs we don’t actually want. It forces us to put our dreams on the back burner and causes us to fear taking risks. We constantly look forward to the  free time we have away from our jobs. Evenings and weekends become the only time we truly feel ourselves. It is a cycle that can last an entire lifetime and some people retire or worse die feeling this way. Okay, that sounds a little morbid but it’s also the truth.

I think a lot of job unhappiness stems from having to make such a big decision at such a young age. At 17 I was given forms to fill out to decide which College or University I wanted to apply to and which program I wanted to enroll in. Looking back at it now at 17 I couldn’t even decide if I wanted pizza or a sub for lunch. How was I expected to decide what career I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life?

As we get older I think we start to really figure out what our strengths and weaknesses are. The things that excite us and motivate us start to become more apparent. These are the things we need to run with and somehow manage a way to make them our career because if we don’t we are only letting ourselves down.

Reflecting on my decision today to not go to the interview I feel relief and a weight off my shoulders. I am going to take the time to write a list of things that are non-negotiable in my job search and also continue to work on my blog. We all have the power to take control of our lives and earn money doing what we love.

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Thoughts of a 20 Something Year Old

Decisions.

It is something that I have been battling with for quite a while now. Not like the type of decision of what drink will I get at the bar in my younger years but more like “what job is going to make me happy for the rest of my life?”.” Is this going to be good for my future?”. “Where will I even be in 10 years?”. These are all questions that become more pressuring as your 20’s march along.

I have now just turned 25 years old. Sure, I’ve traveled a bit, I have a job, I live on my own, but I am always craving something more. I feel that my life isn’t meant to be conventional. Some people my age have a full-time job, have gotten married, had children, but for me I crave something else. I have never pictured my life being the typical/safe way of living.

I do not have the pull to get married, have kids, or work mindlessly 9-5 as weeks of my life roll by. I have always almost felt overwhelmed when I think of this lifestyle – not that I judge anyone for wanting it. I realize everyone has different views of what is going to make them the happiest.

To be open and honest, there have been so many times in the past where I have felt the pressure of other people. I have spent time worrying about what this person or that person will think of me if I make a decision that is unusual or out of the box. I have feared that I might fail and have others snicker and make remarks behind my back. With this being said, I have grown a lot and learned to push these fears out of my mind. I have made many decisions that have turned out to make me extremely happy.  I decided that traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences in my life and I will continue to make traveling a priority. I have decided that I won’t settle for jobs, people, or situations that make me unhappy. I have decided that no matter what happens I have to always trust my instincts and not listen to people who tell me my decisions are wrong.

We have one life to live and we shouldn’t waste it on satisfying other people’s opinions.  Go out & and make all your dreams a reality.  Everything will work out in the end.

This, That, & Anything.

I thought I would make a place on my blog for a section to just write about random topics as they come to me. I’m not quite sure if this interesting to people or not because it will all just be my jumbled up thoughts but I hope it happens to be entertaining.

Stay posted!♥

Everyday Makeup Day

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These are a few of my favourite makeup products. As much as I love walking out of Sephora with a big bag of new stuff to try (my wallet doesn’t appreciate it) I find that I always come back to a few that I’ve been using for years.

Here is a list of my old faithful products that I will never give up!

Primer: Benefit Porefessional  (Holy Grail)
Foundation: CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1
Concealer: Maybelline Age Rewind
Powder: Rimmel London Stay Matte
Bronzer: NYC Smooth Skin in ‘Sunny’
Blush: Milani Baked Blush in ‘Berry Amore’
Mascara: Benefit ‘They’re Real’
Lip Butter: Nivea Vanilla & Macadamia Nut Lip Butter

Hasta Las Vegas, Baby!

As 2016 was rolling by and bringing us into March I was starting to realize that it was time for a bit of a get-a-way. Having a few trips planned this year, I didn’t want to break the bank so my boyfriend & I decided that Vegas (which neither of us had been to yet despite being well over 21) was where we wanted go. We figured we could mix in two experiences into one trip: the excitement of the Las Vegas strip & the adventure of road tripping down to the Grand Canyon.

On day 1 we got there mid-day so we decided to walk the Strip & be typical tourists. We walked down to the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ Sign, saw one of the famous Bellagio fountain shows, & gambled a bit in Caesars Palace. The second day was similar to the first. We wanted to get our bearings and check out all the hotels on the Strip. One piece of advice that I received before going, which became a complete reality, was that things are a lot further away than they seem! You may think that the Venetian is 10 min away but it will probably end up taking you 45 minutes!

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The adventurous side of me was probably the most excited for Day 3. We decided to rent a car and drive to the Grand Canyon and stop at the Hoover Dam along the way. I can’t lie the drive is long at just over 4 hours but with the right company the time passes pretty fast. The awe of the Hoover Dam and the breath taking views of the Grand Canyon are worth every scratchy country song, can’t-stretch-your-legs moment of the drive. Oh, almost forgot to mention, stopping half way to get In-N-Out Burger was also not terrible!

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On Day 4 we were back in the city for our last full day. We started the day off by going to the Wicked Spoon buffet in the Cosmopolitan for brunch. It was hands down the best buffet I’ve ever been to and I highly recommend it if you go to Vegas. There is endless amounts of gourmet food and desserts and you will 100% need to walk it off by exploring the rest of the Strip. On this day we got a bundle pack of tickets at a kiosk in Mandalay Bay for $57.00 /person which allowed you to pick 3 attractions along the Strip. We chose the Shark Reef in Mandalay Bay, the Secret Garden at the Mirage & the Titanic Exhibit at the Luxor. As night approached we ended it off by having a few drinks, walking the Linq/High Roller shop area and testing our luck at the slots in the Bellagio.

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As sad as I am to be back I have a feeling I’ll be back very soon.

Until next time, Vegas.