Lemons & Lemonade

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

– Helen Keller

We’ve all heard the phrase, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” at some point in our lifetime. But, what always baffles me is that there’s no recipe for this lemonade. I mean for most, lemonade is more than just water and sliced lemons. It also can consist of sugar (and sugar alternatives), simple syrups, and other sliced fruits. Yet, even once we’ve gotten the ingredients down, how do we know the right ratios. Too much sugar and it’s too sweet. Too little sugar and now you’re left with an unsatisfying, bitter drink. My point being, when life gives you lemons (obstacles), how are we supposed to know the recipe for the perfect lemonade (success). We’ve all had bad lemonade before right? So why would we want that wrong mix in our life.

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Moving On, Letting Go: Removing the Stress Out of My Life

If you’ve had a chance to read any of my previous posts about graduating college and life not going as I had planned or my journey into navigating the nuisances of adulthood, then you know that I have been on this path to getting myself back in line with where I feel like I should be. While it hasn’t been easy, I’ve began to realize how toxic stress can be and the negative impact it can have on my day to day life. Stress has made it hard to get out of bed in the morning. It’s made me feel like not going into work. It’s also had physical changes on my body that I had not ever expected.

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“Adulting”: Growing Up is Never Easy

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

– E.E. Cummings

Just the other day I was going through old journals I had when I was a kid. Feeling the nostalgia of my old memories, I lay on the floor reminiscing of being that young again, dreaming of what my days would be like as I got older. But now at 22, I’ve realized that no amount of high school classes, college courses, summer jobs or hours spent watching TV shows that revolved around adulthood has truly prepared me for “adulting”. For those that don’t know, “adulting” refers to coming into the age of adulthood where one now has to behave and assume the responsibilities of the average adult.

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8 Things I wish I Knew While I Was in College

Are you a current college student or high school graduate headed off to college? Check out my 8 tips to help you successfully and easily manage your journey through school.

Whether you’re a high school graduate making the transition to a new collegiate lifestyle or a current college student adjusting to a new chapter of your life, college can be confusing and in some cases, challenging when you don’t know what to expect or how to navigate all of the new experiences being thrown your way. Now having graduated, I often look back and wonder what tips and advice I would have loved to know while I was still in school. Below, I compiled some of the best advice from my experience that can make your time spent in college go easily and smoothly:

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Life After Graduation: Everything Didn’t Go As Planned and That’s Okay

Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.
– Jack Ma

I remember stepping onto campus my freshman year of college. It felt as though the world was at my feet, begging me to jump in. Even when the long sleepless nights, late night study snack binges and hours spent juggling a social life, part time job, full academic load, and unpaid internship began to set in, it was the excitement of what was to come after graduation that kept me going. So when I did graduate 3 years later, I was ready to jump into adulthood. Degree in hand, it was time to apply for those career level positions I had been eyeing while I was in school. But to my surprise, after sending in countless applications, I received no interview and in most cases not even an email confirming a rejection. To say the least, I was crushed. Heartbroken may even be a better word.  Continue reading “Life After Graduation: Everything Didn’t Go As Planned and That’s Okay”