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New Year, New Outlook

It’s time for New Years resolutions again. And in a month, it’s time for those resolutions to be forgotten again. As twentysomethings, our generation is more concerned with adventures, living life to the fullest, doing what we want when we want, being independent, not being afraid of new things, and having big dreams. We don’t need resolutions, we need something to look forward to.

So, here’s a proposition: no more resolutions; make dreams happen instead. 

Making resolutions are a thing of the past. You can make a resolution any time, and, honestly, summer is usually when people really kick it into high gear for the health resolutions anyway. You don’t plan for swimsuit season until it is swimsuit season. So instead, set new dreams for the year. A bucket list of sorts. Don’t worry about changing something about yourself, but rather, make additions to your life. We stay young until we are no more.

Here are some ideas for you, twentysomethings out there.

1. Plan some travel time  

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2. Try something you always wanted to [sky diving, hot air balloon rides, trying out a new sport, trying a new talent/hobby, etc.]

3. Make new friends

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4. Take a chance with your career

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5. Rewrite your story 

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6. Raise your standards [ with relationships, careers, expectations]

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7. Find a cause to support [ human rights, environmentalism, disease awareness, etc.]

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So, find some thing that will satisfy one – or many – of your dreams. This is the year for dreams to come true and for happiness to win. This is the year to do something exciting, do something memorable, do something to better you. 

 

Happy {almost} 2016

 

xOx

 

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Things to Stop Asking Twentysomethings

We get it. We should have more of our crap together at this point in our life. The constant questioning is not going to help us figure things out, though. So get out of the interrogation room and let us be….free. We know what you really mean when you ask us things; you’re not as sly as you think, sir.

Here’s what you ask us….and here’s what we hear….

1. So…any wedding bells ringing soon?

What we hear: Are you seriously still single? You’re going to die alone, you know that right?

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2. Any exciting job offers?

What we hear: You’re going to be unemployed forever so better go pick out your box to live in.

3. How’s grad school?

What we hear: Have you failed out yet? You know that Cs don’t get degrees in grad school, right?

4. Are you living out on your own yet?

What we hear: How long will you mooch off your parents? Poor mom and dad would like to retire.

5. Time to start thinking long-term. Finances are a pain, am I right?

What we hear: You’re already behind on everything regarding stability in your life.

6. Remember the good old days of undergrad?!

What we hear: You are older than the dust under my fridge and now have no life.

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7. What do you miss the most from college?

What we hear: You’re no longer in college….wait, what?

8. How’s the real life treating you so far?

What we hear: Have you failed yet? Because you are going to sooner or later…

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OMG, Add Me on LinkedIn?!

Now that we are…how shall I say…older, we are evolving in our social media standards.

First, our generation was judging incisively on MySpace. Then, luckily, Facebook entered our lives and saved some – only some – of our humanity. Instagram crept into our lives, igniting our competitiveness for the ‘coolest’ filtered photo. Snapchat made us realize how annoying people were with their incessant need to send snaps of their food. Thanks for helping my diet, jerks.

Now, LinkedIn is the new and coolest thing for us twentysomething, young adults. It is definitely the one social media account we should be using (seriously). This is a great way to stay in touch with professional connections and find new ones. You can also look for job postings and search companies on this site, which is great for you poor (literally) unfortunate souls.

Blog1But there are a few thoughts that will cross your mind as you begin this phase in your life. A lot of self-judgment will occur, and in retrospect, you’re going to have some regrets of how little you actually did with your life up until now. Sorry, but best of luck!

  1. Cool, I get to make a new profile

Oh wait…I have no real experience or past work. I look like a lazy brat now.

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  1. Oo, I can upload a profile picture

Which shall I use: the totally not-sober one from senior year shenanigans or the ratchet one of me dying from heat
stroke at a football game? Let’s face it, no one has real headshots already done…that requires money.

  1. The skills section should be easy

Wait, what kind of skills are these? Excel, Leadership, and Management? What happened to eating, sleeping, and
being frugal? (You will begin to question even the most basic skills you think you have…like spelling)

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  1. Profile is complete

This is the most boring profile of myself. I look like an eighteen-year-old, who has to repeat senior year.

  1. Finding connections

Oh I know her! Woah…she’s done that much with her life so far? Liar. Fraud. Still, she makes me look bad, so I will
not be requesting her.

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  1. Someone looked at my profile!

Wait a minute, you can see who looks at your profile? I’m suddenly regretting my stalking. Why didn’t someone tell me
first?!

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  1. What the heck are second connections?

Too much brain power is needed for this ‘social media’ site. My brain has the hurts.

  1. Can this be like a dating site, too?

Finally found a nice professional-ish photo; not one of those ‘professional’ shots that include the perfected deer-in-
the-headlights look, old-lady hair style, and shoulder-padded suit. Time to scout out the cutest connections!

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If you do not have a LinkedIn profile yet, take these points as warnings. Go out and do some stuff with your time and fill up that resume! If you already do have a LinkedIn profile, you understand what a mental struggle this point in life really is.

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14 Reasons Why You Need a Ross Geller in Your Life

14 Reasons Why You Need a Ross Geller in Your Life

Now that you have matured, and by that I mean been kicked out of the undergrad world and shoved into the work-field or graduate school world, you need certain people in your life. Joey was the heartthrob but not a commitment-type man; Chandler was the goof that made everything nice and awkward, and you don’t need extra help doing that; Monica made it okay to let your inner OCD show but let’s not get carried away now; Rachel helped you feel smarter yet profoundly uglier; and Phoebe was just Phoebe. But Ross, he is winner all around. You need a Ross Geller in your life, whether you know it or not. So I’m letting you know now. He’s got everything you need to make life more bearable and just plain entertaining. He was the kid that never grew up, the academically smartest one in the bunch, the one with the biggest heart, and the awkwardly untalented one.

Here’s a few reasons why you NEED Ross…

  1. He shops at stores you frequent.

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He can’t understand how someone would not like the Pottery Barn. I mean come on, who doesn’t like to shop there? How else will you and Ross decorate your future home together? Now that you have graduated and been thrown into the “real world,” you are going to need to start window shopping at “grown up” stores (not adult stores, no XXX). Ross would be there to help carry your new shelving units and shoes racks. And he’s not afraid to show his feministic side. Those frames so do not match the décor going on here.

 2. He’s not afraid to show his bromance for the hotties.

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Every girl who watched the show or was actually in the show, fell in love with Joey. He’s the ultimate bachelor, so why would Ross be afraid his feelings for him? It takes a real man to not be afraid to cuddle with another man! And look how content he is laying in Joey’s arms. Imagine yourself added to that pile up 😉 You know you will need such a relaxing environment after studying for hours in grad school or working full-time in the adult world.

  1. Ross is a fantastic mover.

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I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t want a guy that can coordinate moving so precisely? His directions are spot on and given all that moving you will be doing into a new apartment or at least out of your old one, you will need someone with his types of skills. New weekends: you could be pivoting with Ross!

  1. Ross can teach you helpful flirting tips.

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Now with a full-time career or full-load of graduate studies, you are losing your flirting skills. Don’t get too distraught, Ross can teach you the best moves for winning someone over. Look at that awkwardness, who couldn’t fall in love with you after two lines? You know you fell in love with Ross over this one; he even popped his leg like in Princess Diaries. That’s true love.

  1. Need to be more alert? Never fear, Ross is near with the latest skills to keep you on your toes.

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Forget ninjas, Ross is in the house! He will always pick the right place for dinner, always be able to protect you at night, always know the answers to his own questions, and never forget anything because of his keen sense of unagi. You cannot simply develop this skill easily, but Ross has mastered it. Thus, he’s the perfect boyfriend.

  1. Can’t sleep? Ross will always be there to play a sweet melody for you.

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He even creates his own music, unique and never-before-heard. What girl doesn’t desire a musician? He would dedicate a masterpiece just to you. How could you not listen to his sensual melodies? He puts real passion into his work. You will fall head-over-heels for him. Actually, probably quite literally will fall over because of the ratchet sounds coming from that poor, moaning keyboard that wishes itself it was dead.

  1. Your grammar skills have finally bloomed after 4 years of undergrad, and Ross truly understands your pet peeves.

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Who has watched Friends and hasn’t remembered this one simple grammar rule? Seeing these two words written and used incorrectly is worse than nails on a chalk board for you college folk. It’s a simple rule, yet people painstakingly get it incorrect over and over; Ross feels your pain. Really, he is pained in this scene as he impatiently screeches the difference. That’s why he’s the perfect boyfriend: “Oh baby, you had me at the proper use of ‘your’.”

  1. As look for dateable men, you realize you need to start looking for a family man.

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He is a perfect dad. What else could you ask for in a husband and father of your children than a man dressed up in a completely mismatched ensemble such as this? I mean, look at his face. He is so happy to be wearing that impossibly coordinated outfit and you can’t help but smile. Ladies, wondering what a good father will look like? No need to look further than this picture. Just don’t ask where he got all that stuff.

  1. On the note of being a great father, exhibit B.

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Need a goodnight lullaby? Out of bedtime stories? Wondering what good rhyme there is to help your child sleep? Ross has got your back. He will literally put whatever words pop in his mind into a soothing bedtime lullaby. Plus, it will always rhyme. Never question his parenting. Your kid will grow up to be a champ.

 10. He is so smart, he is dumb.

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We all need one of those people in our lives. The types that are so smart that they are actually dumb. He knows every bone in every dinosaur but can’t read the label on a condom box. Everyone who watched this show will always remember the statistic that condoms only work “like 97% of the time.” And it’s on the box.

 11. He’s a threatening kind of guy who will tell off anyone who upsets him.

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It will be a delayed response, but he will take care of those who mess with him. He is super cereal here, guys. You better hope you’re not still around after he passes. Need a man who will stick up for you? Want a guy who will take care of business? You could probably do better than this, then. But hey, you want to scare the shiznit out of people by knowing the right ghost? Keep Ross around for the afterlife so he can really take some people down!

 12. He’s an open book.

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No secrets here. He is as honest as a priest. He has no shame and doesn’t know what to keep to himself. But that’s a reason why you need him in your life. He wouldn’t go long before telling you everything. If you can hold out for, oh say 10 minutes, you will know the life of Ross. Nothing wrong in that, but TMI sometimes buddy. Knowing your failures such as these is not quite something you want to spill to the ladies. (But again, look at that face, priceless puppy face.)

 13. He’s not a pompous, macho-man.

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Worried about those kinds of guys that just excrete mass amounts of testosterone with every breath? Well no fears, Ross is not that man…by any means. He is very sensitive and quite possibly scared of heights. Scared for your future now that you have graduated? Ross is just as scared for you. Worried that your future career plans are crumbling? Ross is screaming right there with you. Panicking a little? Ross is panicking a lot for you.

And lastly,

14. He is that sweetheart you always dreamed would look at you in the kindest of ways.

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Ross has the most heart out of anyone on Friends and repeatedly proves it. Ever want a man to stare at you with that dreamy, starry gaze? Ross is most definitely your man. You know you need someone like him in your life for those tough days where the worst seems to have happened all at once. His care and love for his friends never failed throughout the entire show.

You need a Ross in your life and here are just a small number of reasons why. He’s a perfect mix of everything and lacks the right things, too. Dream on ladies and pray a Friends reunion shows up some day!!

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Introducing….me!

Hello blogger world!

This is my second blog, but my original one is focused on traveling/adventures across the Big Pond. However, I realized there are more things I want to talk about. Life lessons and observations. Things I’ve learned from watching other people. Things others should be aware of and know. Taking a few seconds every day to just observe and educate yourself can really pay off when it’s time to hit the “grown up” world. And there are a few things the “grown ups” need to be more aware of, too, in my opinion.

So the purpose of this blog is to bring up things I’ve noticed (whether it be in everyday life, the news, other blogs, observations over time, etc.) that I think are worth mentioning. In the end, it will just be my opinions, but hopefully some of you can related to some of the things I say. One thing I will push, though: keep an open mind in life because it will get you more friends and more respect.

 

Until next time,

XO

 

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

 

 

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