New times, new beginnings and birthday resolutions!

The birthday month is here! Quick, someone pop a tube of confetti or something, because in 3 weeks time, I will be the vibrant age of 23!

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That means, I can’t sing Taylor Swift’s 22 anymore…
But I can make my own song about what 23 is going to be all about.
Which is NEW and GOOD CHANGE.
I know, I know, it’s been close to a year since I decided to start this blog, all to show what the transition into adulthood and work life (and responsibilities) is going to be about. I have been anything but regular. But instead of justifying why it was so, I am going to list a series of things that I intend on changing this time around. And what better month to start it than June!

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• Post regularly. And by that I mean a set time of the week. I was thinking every Tuesdays and Fridays to start with, because they are my favorite days of the week. I like Saturdays too but I know the weekend schedule will get to me at one point, so T.A.F it is!
• So my vacation lasted a little longer than I thought it would, and as a result, I have gained a little too much weight than I thought I would. Also working for about a year has resulted in a bit of lethargy which I absolutely dislike! So I did a bit of research and I am not looking at a few interesting classes to join to help me be a bit more active.
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• Write more! It’s a MUST. An absolute must! And be more honest about it. No more, of god I need to write something so let’s doodle in some… No! Good, regular writing should help me sharpen my skills which have been dormant for quite a white.
• Organize myself. My thoughts, goals, achievements and the things I want to currently do and put more of an effort in fulfilling them. Because 23 is going to be the age of clarity. You figure yourself out, what you want to do and who you want to become and I want all of that to be nothing but the best of what I can be!

Sighs. This isn’t going to be easy, but I am sure that what’s going to come at the end of it all would be nothing short of pure brilliance. But onward year of clarity! And no turning back!

 

*wheeee*

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Gasp! I’m a working woman now

And here we go. Probably another reason to my irregular posts (which I need to stop apologizing for :/) is this clear distinction I made of myself and who I was, when I started working to who I am now.

Here is an article I wrote recently which really made me think about how I have manage to hold a steady grip of who I am in this crazy world of careers and work. The audience for this piece, primarily college students who need a small introductory picture to what we think working is going to feel like, as to what it is, actually.

Today feels like one of those reflecting I-don’t-feel-like-working, and sit by myself in a coffee shop and write type of days. Sighs.

Let me know what you think!

The work life: Expectations vs. Reality

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As the seniors approach graduation day, and as the juniors move on to their next year, all of us at one point have thought about the biggest step we can take in adulthood.

Getting a job.

I know what you must be thinking. We should simmer down and get serious about our future. We should bid goodbye to the freedom and frolic college used to give us, and now narrow ourselves into this big, (maybe) bad world of careers and positions, pay packages and  incentives, we should tone down this vibrant dressed college student into a grey suited corporate individual and act more stringent about what we would consider, work life attitude.

Woah. Let me stop you right there.

Hi. I work in an advertising agency, and I’m not going to lie, but it’s anything but boring.

I listen to EDM music, sip on green tea, eat a lot of chocolate, twirl around in my chair and oh, I occasionally work too.

I write ads, think of visual concepts, pitch a few marketing strategies and recently took a swing at digital media campaigning.

Sounds like a pretty picture? It’s not.

Reality is, it does have its downfalls; the timings, the monetary scale, the creativity blocks, the ego clashes, insecurity of your skills, and the feeling that your little bud of an idea will never work, why pitch it?

You find days where nothing works out, you have no reason to be here, you think your entire career move in this company will be for nothing, you don’t belong, this isn’t you… resignation is just a step away…

And you don’t know what to do.

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Honestly, all jobs are going to make you feel this way at one point. They are going to seep out this cheery college student persona and your surroundings will force you to become this glum individual who churns out mediocre results just like everyone else, with enough force.

Even with a job as creatively demanding as mine, there will be days when you feel like your career doesn’t make sense right now and graduating college did not prepare you for this life of monotony and silent despair.

To that I say, put your foot down, and tell it to STOP. And, Chill. Out.

Who said getting a job means chaining yourself to a desk, working hour after hour, day after day, going home to find some quiet time, rinse and repeat?

Who said working means that you would have to lock away your most lively you and carve out this mechanical being that would answer to a boss and consider coffee a staple diet?

No. Not when you find yourself in a job that suites you so well, it doesn’t feel like a job, but second nature. Or, what you make of the job given to you, and how you furnish yourself to make that career choice a meaningful one, a better one, and most importantly, a fulfilling one.

Keep on doing what you do and don’t ever stop; read, listen to music, wear colorful shirts, watch movies, play video games, socialize, make new friends, watch endless you tube videos, eat, and do everything that makes you a happy, radiant individual, with this zest for more than a work life.

You want to live life.

And enjoy the benefits of work, the excess allowance, the recognition, the smiles, the learning, the feeling of being young and energetic with dreams and aspirations that have no limits…

It’s up to you to mold what you have into the best experience for yourselves as no one else can do that for you. Don’t let the monotony of it all get anywhere close to you. You weren’t meant to be like everybody else. You were meant to be different, to stand out.

So start acting like it and results will follow through. Keep yourself true and collected, manage the harder days and brutally drag yourself out of those blue, muddy days if you have to.

Live on the principle that there is so much to do, see, learn and achieve in life and when needed console yourself that the future will look as promising as you wish it to be and you cannot wait to see what more life has in store for you.

And you know what the best part is? 

This is just the beginning.

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Hello Fabulous!

I know I havent posted much recently, but all for good reason.

December was absolutely nothing but INSANE. I would love to say insanely good, buuuuttt…. it was a bittersweet way to end such a BRILLIANT year 2013!

I ADORED 2013! At the start of the year, I had decided to make this jar where I’d write down all the good things that happened to me in 2014 on tiny bits of paper, fold them, and drop them in. Then at the end of the year, or the start, I’d pick them out and re-read what I had written.

And smile till my cheeks hurt as I recall all the awesome things that happened to me this year!

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Ohkay, so the little white booger looking dots is actually… glow in the dark paint! 😀

So anyway, I have a resolution post coming up and i think I am doing just fine with the resolutions bit because one of my resolutions was to… write more! 😀

So: Ta-dah!

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Oh, and me!

I’m being followed.

So.

I’m being followed….

On WordPress!

Thank you so much to those who clicked on the little +follow button and found sufficient interest in this meek newbie blog. Thank you so very much. You made my weekend very happy.

And on that cheery note:

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Ah, today was a fabulous day at work. The internet connection went dead for a good 4 hours and it just came back! People were at each others cubicles, chatting, some we outside smoking, me? I went for a walk and got me chicken dumplings, chocolate and hell lot of biscuits. Yum.

And then I had a wonderful conversation with a friend whilst sitting in the open office balcony. It was windy and drizzling and the only thing missing was a big mug of hot chocolate with a fluffy white, blissfully perfect dollop of whipped cream like so:

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And… I have been given a good amount of work to do. Which should prove to be challenging. Also, the weekend is around the corner so…

Wait.

See? This is not what I wanted to turn into. A weekend begging, working individual. Ohkay, cool. The weekend is here. Nice. But that didn’t mean I had less of an eventful week. I had a blast.

I was sick on monday (so goodbye monday blues) Tuesday I realized I have way more optimistic, cheery people at work that I imagined. Wednesday I fell in love with my job when the Creative Director took my (now if I think about it, really immature) pitch presentations and beautifully explain what I need to work on, how I have potential and even better? Told me some of my ideas were awesome. Yay 😀 Today is chilled out day! And Friday is a day before Saturday so double yay.

So the point is, I will look forward to the weekend but, I wont survive on it. I’ll do many more things during the weekday too! Like a few friends working in the area wanted to take me out for lunch. So we might do that sometime next week. Play kingdoms of Amalur! Read!  I just found this really good book here at work on writing and creating digital content for the online world, by yahoo! So I’ll read that at work when I’m free.

Oh! I also found this on stumbleupon today:

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This guy is called a Quokka. He is called the happiest animal on the planet. Why? Because his face is structured to form a permanent smile no matter what he does!

And he’s kinda cute. 😀

Sighs. And with this random content babble I hope you all have a great weekday-end!

Pictures courtesy Google.