Friday, August 16, 2013

A thought for a Friday

I have been the worst blogger ever lately. I'm really sorry about that. One of these days I'll catch you up on all of the things that have been taking up so much of my time lately, but for now I wanted to share a quick piece of inspiration. I just saw the loveliest quote over on Jess Lively's site.

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step." When I read this my mind immediately went to one particular leap of faith that I've been pondering on a daily basis these past few weeks. And then immediately after that I thought of the obstacles I would surely face if I took this leap of faith. I may not have the courage to take the first step in faith quite yet, but finding quotes like this make me think that someday soon it might just be possible. 

Did you think of one thing in particular when you read this quote? Or have you ever taken a leap of faith despite not having a clear plan for everything ahead? You know me, I would love to hear about it.

Happy Friday! I hope you have the best weekend.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

On Being 23

A few weeks ago I was talking to one of my best friends Erica on the phone. She lives in L.A. and I live in Minneapolis and we hardly ever get to see each other. Our phone conversations are always long and rambling and they bring out all of the things we're enlightened by or frustrated by at the moment. In this particular conversation we were talking about our futures and our career aspirations. She had just been hired that very day at a job she was really excited about after a very long, very frustrating job search. I have been in the midst of that same frustrating search for a while now. And to complicate things even more, we're both way too ambitious, and we're big time dreamers. Ambitious dreamers on a job search. We get each other.

While we were talking, I was reminded of the very last question that is asked in every Everygirl career feature: "What advice would you give to your 23-year-old self?" I suppose when Alaina and Danielle were brainstorming all of the details of the site they decided that 23 was the year when the confusion really settles in. It's when many graduate from college. It's a year when most people are frustrated and confused and are in the process of searching for the career that will fulfill them for the rest of their lives. Everything that was stationary for the last four years is now uprooted. Friends are moving away, jobs are changing, and everything seems so very uncertain....yet exciting at the same time.

As 23-year-olds ourselves, my friend and I are feeling all of the effects of those changes and all of the pressure that comes with them. But who knows, maybe someday in the future everything will work out. Maybe all of the resumes we sent, the stress we felt, and the pressure we put on ourselves will lead to something really wonderful. Maybe it will all be worth it. Of course neither of us have any idea how everything will turn out, but we're hopeful, and despite the stress, we're certainly going to keep pushing forward in the direction of our dreams.

This is what 23 feels like. It's confusing and hopeful and stressful and fun. Hopefully someday I'll look back on this time and be thankful for the confusion I went through, and that I never stopped trying. Hopefully someday it will be worth it. I have a feeling it will.

Are any of you 23(ish) and going through the same confusing time? Or have you had a similar experience?


Here are some of my favorite quotes from those inspiring Everygirl ladies to their 23-year-old selves (with links to the features, in case you missed them):

"Oh I would tell her so much. But mostly I would tell her, it’s all going to be OK. To keep following your 
gut even when people think you might be a bit on the crazy side. The crazy side is good."
Abby Larson - Style Me Pretty

"Please know that you aren’t making a mistake and you aren’t failing. Every step you take is 
part of your path, good or bad, don’t be afraid to follow it."
Kendi Skeen - Kendi Everyday

"You’re not the kind of girl who settles. Keep not settling."
Joy Wilson - Joy the Baker

"Be bolder. Make more mistakes. Fail fast and move forward."
Lindsay Avner - Bright Pink

"Don’t be distracted by what you think other people are thinking. Stop getting ahead of yourself. 
And (this is a big one): it’s OK to ask for help."
Vanessa Holden - West Elm

"Everything can change in a year, a month, a day. So stop worrying if things aren’t going your way 
for a short time. Nothing ever is what you predict it will be."
Stacy Adimando - Every Day with Rachel Ray

"You are young and you are imperfect and that’s okay. No need to be frustrated that 
you’re not running the world just yet."
Jenna Britton - Digital Marketing Manager

Happy Thursday! So glad it's almost the weekend..