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As I sit here and plan out this post, I realize a lot has happened in the past three weeks. I’ve been hired (HIRED!) as a freelance writer for two start-up companies. Granted, it’s not a constant paycheck, but I’m severely excited about both of them and it’s getting me a crazy amount of experience.

Start-up companies are great for post-grads. They’re always looking for new help and, while they don’t pay top notch freelance pay (3-5 cents per word, competitively), they offer that experience you need to add to your resume. It’s also just exciting to work for a start-up. There’s so much excitement about the launch & new ideas are flowing from everywhere. I honestly think, if you work in communications, you should do some freelancing for a start-up company. I haven’t even submitted my first full-blown article yet (the deadline is Friday & I’m just working on some edits and additions), but I’m just excited about the entire process.

So, on top of that great note, I also have some starting prospects for full-time jobs. Are they exactly in my career field? No, but that’s where those freelance positions come in handy. While these full-time positions include administrative jobs, it means I can get out of my part time job (finally!) and start working regular hours & saving for a condo.

Third, I’ve started a new diet regimen & exercise plan. Unfortunately (fortunately?), my work has been putting me on mornings to cook/create all the store’s a-la-carte items, including to-go meals, sandwiches  & fried items (ew). Why fortunately? It’s a morning job, so I get out early & I actually like waking up pretty early. I figure, since I’m getting up at 6:30 AM, that this would also be good practice if I get the full-time job. Why unfortunately? I usually slotted my early morning hours (7:30-9) for gym time, three times a week. I hate going in the afternoon, hate going on weekends & night time kills me. I feel better about the rest of the day when I go in the morning. So I might have to make some drastic changes to that, such as going after dinner & going early early on the weekends.

The diet regimen is…interesting. I cut out any kinds of soda & fruit drinks over a year ago and haven’t looked back since. The only time I’ve been to a fast-food restaurant was on the 15-hour road trip my college friend & I took in early August (and even then I stuck with salads and we packed all kinds of healthy goodies, since she was on the Insanity diet).

The regimen doesn’t consist of fasting or anything like that, but incorporates more veggies into my normal routine. As I’m still working with a small budget, when I go grocery shopping tomorrow I plan on buying mostly frozen veggies. Which, apparently, is just as nutritious as fresh, since frozen are flash-frozen (…or something) as soon as they ripen. I’m also obsessed with whole wheat & whole grain breads, and this diet includes a LOT of that. It also includes one cheat day (I think I’ll make it a Saturday…) and an exercise regimen that doesn’t make me work out 5-6 days a week, because who has time for that?

And ALSO, my school bills. Ohhh school bills. I hate you. My father figured out a way to drastically reduce the amount I would pay (interest wise). In short, he’ll be taking out a home equity loan on his name to pay out my loans, drastically cutting my interest rate to a mere 3%. He’ll pay each month, I’ll pay him a couple days before he sends out the payment. It cuts out close to $50 per month (yeah…that much), which in turn saves my dreary budget $600/year (basically what my entire car insurance would cost if I bought a car I’m currently looking at). So I’m pretty excited about putting that down in paper & sticking to it.

 

So yes, life has been going pretty great lately. I mean, it’s not 100% perfect. In that world, I’d have Tom Hiddleston as my husband (hubbah-hubbah Loki), have an amazing full-time job spear-heading the opening of an ESPN headquarters in Boston, living in a condo with rustic decor (I LOVE rustic), & owning the most adorable husky in the world…except for my current pup of course.

 

But, hey, who’s to complain? I have a part-time job, 2 freelance jobs, a roof over my head, and a bed to call my own. I’m pretty satisfied with that…for now.

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I hate job searching.

I mean, I guess you could call me one of the lucky ones. Scratch that, actually. I am one of the lucky ones. I’ve had the same part time job for close to eight years now, minus the two months they laid off over 200 people in one store because we weren’t making enough money. Lucky for me (again, that word ‘luck’) the former store manager called me up to work in the store the next town over. I’ve been working since I was fifteen. I find it hard to believe that there are college students who have never held a job, even after they’ve graduated. But…it’s true. I would say these are the same graduates who have no job currently in this economy, but let’s face it: no one has a job.

The only good grace that comes from graduating college is that I don’t have to apply for student loans again. I have that blissful six month grace period to wait until I start paying loans, but I’m no procrastinator. I’m in the process of buying a used car under $6,000 (and, believe it or not, there are some great finds out there), but I’m still saving 75% of my weekly check to go towards my school loans. Consolidation is key on this point and I’m forever grateful that all public loans are being bought up by the Department of Education, which allows for an easier process and lower overall interest rate. My private loans are another matter completely. I have to call them, schedule a time to consolidate, then go over every little piece of paper with their name on it to stamp down a correct interest rate. Biggest headache ever.

But I can live with that, right now. What I can’t live with is being stuck in a part-time job. Let me just tell you all a few things that I did while in college: I was an active member of my sorority, held three positions the last semester in my chapter, held two senior positions in two other activities, co-produced & hosted a radio show, and produced a sports talk show on television. And I thought it wasn’t enough.

I thrive off being busy. I love it. So the part-time job thing is killing me. I’ve been clearing out stuff in my parent’s house like a mad woman, cleaning & doing laundry for the entire household (except my three brothers, they’re on their own), and crafting Christmas & birthday gifts…yes, it’s January but who doesn’t love getting an…eleven month head start?

But I’ve been applying to full time jobs like crazy. I have no reservations about working for anyone. I just want to get out of the hairnet and into the work force. I want the full time job, so that I have something to do and that something is something I love. Because I love everything I did in college. I want to do it again. My goal is to have a job by March. I think that specific goal is fair enough, given the success of fellow sisters & friends. Everyone who has a job has gotten said job within a couple months. It would be great to pick up the phone tomorrow for an interview, but I won’t get my hopes up.

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So, what exactly, is this blog about then? It’s about everything; from that huge job search to weight loss to organization to crafting. I have more than enough things to talk about, rant about, & blog about. So I hope to keep you all entertained, maybe inspire one or two of you, and to (in general) help with basic life things. I may only be a ‘college grad’ but I have a lot to teach people and a lot to learn.

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