A few weeks ago, I had a breakdown. I passed my seven-month mark of unemployment and I could no longer focus on the idea that change was around the corner. While I am completely aware that millions of people are in my current situation, knowing this did not bring me a sense of peace or comfort. I felt that I had accomplished so much through my college career that I could not understand why, at the very least, I was not getting interviews. I started to rethink and regret everything.
I gave in to the belief that my major was useless. I started to overanalyze job descriptions, convincing myself I did not have a skill set beyond knowing “how to talk.” I especially beat myself up for participating in the internship program this summer in London at the expense of a potential full-time job opportunity with a company I love. But something changed–I had an epiphany. Continue reading “The Epiphany”
I feel like I am constantly writing a “sorry I’ve been MIA” post as if I have a major following. Still, I feel like if I say I have new posts every Sunday, I should uphold it. Funny enough, I say this as I am posting on a Monday evening, but I felt like some form of update was due to explain the last few weeks as well as what you should expect moving forward for as long as I am in my current state. Continue reading “Under Construction”
We are officially halfway through January and I can’t help but wonder how many of us have gotten off track for our New Year’s Resolutions.
I know I have which has inspired me to write a three-step “cheat sheet,” if you will, for ways to achieve your new-year-goals. I think we can agree that the new year symbolizes a fresh start so naturally, we dive in head-first to try something new, whether it be hitting the gym more or making specific career moves. It is easy the first couple of days when everyone is recharged after the holidays, but once we fall back into routine, everything falls back into routine. So how do we fight this?
Continue reading “3 Steps in the Right Direction”
As the year [finally] comes to a close this weekend, I thought I’d share 16 lessons I learned from 2016:
- Adversity comes in many forms.
- You can’t please everyone, so follow your own path.
- Success is subjective, but not relative.
- Support those who support you.
- Give without expecting to receive.
- Communication is still key even in confrontation.
- Show your friends and family you appreciate them.
- When someone shows you who they are, believe them.
- Embrace vulnerability.
- Continue to be kind, but don’t let others take advantage of your kindness.
- Life hardly goes according to plan and that’s okay.
- Letting go, in every way, is healthy and necessary.
- Relationships change because people change, but change is good.
- Personal growth is a cycle, so soak in the sunshine and weather the storms.
- Say yes more.
- The longest relationship you’ll ever be in is with yourself–cater to it.
I hope everyone had a happy holiday and please be safe this New Year’s Eve.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
So, I have been away for a while. I know I have made a couple of posts previously about new ideas I have for my blog and returning soon, and this is still true. However, the main reason I have not posted is because I have run out of media storage. In order to continue posting the pictures I know most of my readers enjoy, I would have to delete older blog posts. I already have gone back and deleted quite a few, the rest are ones that I feel should stay because they are important highlights of my life in the last two years.
I am going to hopefully upgrade to a premium subscription soon, but unfortunately I am still unemployed so I do not have the income to pay for it (no, this is definitely not a segue into asking for money–I’m okay, guys, haha). I miss posting on here so much, but from what I gathered from past stats, more people tuned in when my posts were in exciting places with many pictures. I want to continue providing that same level of entertainment so we will sadly have to wait [but hopefully not for long].
In the meantime, I will continue exploring DFW so I will have content ready to go once the upgrade happens. There may not be any exciting travels for a while, but I hope to pick up where I left off in the spring when I was exploring fun things to do in my hometown. Thank you to everyone who has inquired about my blog while I have disappeared [yet again]–it really means a lot that people actually enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. Anyway, I just wanted to give y’all an update. Fingers crossed on this seemingly never-ending job hunt! 🙂
If you recognize that loose play-on-words, we can be friends.
Disclaimer: This is a long one.
I have been back and forth in my head about whether or not I should post about this, but in many ways I feel like I have to. Why was I so MIA this summer? Why did I only publish a couple of blog posts while I was abroad for eight weeks? Why didn’t I share any of my writing from my internship? Well, I’ll try to sum it up as succinctly as I can.
This intern abroad program was not what I expected and, in many ways, was falsely advertised. From the housing to my initial internship experience, I was extremely disappointed and unhappy. I absolutely hated my first internship from day one. Two and half weeks in, there was a misunderstanding between me and my employer about my role at the company and ultimately it was decided that I would work remotely twice a week. This actually left me without work for two whole weeks while this company dragged their feet in coming to this conclusion. I am leaving out the bulk of the story for a reason, but just know that the “remote work” didn’t come and my involvement with that company was the most adverse experience I ever had in my entire life that genuinely took a toll on my psyche. Continue reading “The Miscommunication of Alexa Edwards”
The main question among my program-mates (?) this week has been, “Why did you decide to come to London?”
While we all had various reasons, we all agreed that we mainly wanted to travel and experience something new. This became a segue into a conversation about the significance and impact of traveling. We agreed that, beyond the financial component and other circumstances that may prevent people from traveling, we couldn’t imagine a life without traveling now that we have done it. Yes, London itself is not new for me, but I am constantly discovering new things in this grand city.
My roommate, Colleen, and I visited an exhibit this week by Yayoi Kusama titled “sculptures, paintings & mirror rooms.” It’s amazing how tiny rooms of mirrors can not only draw crowds, but also create such beautiful imagery. This exhibition is on a random street near Angel which only makes it feel that much cooler and somewhat exclusive. That’s one of the things that I love most about this city–there’s always something to do or see. Something is always ‘on’. Continue reading “Week of Wonders”