Quotes

“It’s not in your time, it’s in the right time” -Brad Romig

This quote was given by a Co-Lead Facilitator of the LeaderShape Institute which I had the privilege of attending in Panama City Beach earlier this month. I always questioned “why hasn’t so and so happened yet?” but this quote put everything into hindsight that things won’t happen when I want them to happen, but they will happen when they should. My dear friends do not feel like a failure because someone else is successful and you’re not yet successful.

Take this quote with you wherever you go and know that your time will come!

College Life

~ S T R E S S ~

It’s definitely been a while, a long while.

 

As the semester comes closer and closer to its’ end, there’s more “stress“. According to colleagues, apparently I have this “look” of being stressed when I have a lot to get done (exams to study for, papers to write, life to balance, etc.). The thing is, what people don’t know is that I almost never get consumed with stressing.

 

Yes, stress is inescapable

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but can be coped with.

 

My philosophy on stress is that when you stress, you get consumed stressing that you do nothing else but stress which does nothing but causes more stress.

 

A lot of “stress” usage, I know!

 

Is stress really the problem?

 

I think not but the problem is more that of how we handle/cope with stress.

 

It only goes to say, control your stress! If you’re anything like me, you want to be on you’re A+ game at all times and that can be hard but just manage your time wisely and cope with all that there is to cope with.  There’s absolutely no doubt that prolonged, severe stress can ultimately cause major health problems. However, in contrast, stress can actually serve as a foundation for motivation. If you use it as motivation, more power to you. If otherwise, consider my tip below.

 

Tip: Whenever you’re about to stress or overwhelm yourself, whisper these words “I have control over this!” You can also listen to calm/soothing music (I repeat, CALM/SOOTHING).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relationship

Happiness

For the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing with my partner how happy I am. You might be thinking “yea, he should make you happy!”, and he does but that’s not just it. When you’re genuinely happy, it has to be with all aspects of your life and sometimes one aspect ruins all the others.

 

I took a few days to think and wonder as to why I am so happy.

I evaluated my life in all aspects and I thought to myself “what changed?

 

……NO……

it’s not job offers, not opportunities, not materialistic additions.

 

 

It’s simply this

 

 

I’ve recently ended “relationships” and I thought to myself how burdening it can be holding on to absolutely nothing. It’s like you’re waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting to see potential change but at some point, you MUST realize that not everyone you think should be in your circle actually deserves to be.

 

If your relationship with someone is filled with unnecessary drama, constant disagreements and just individuality rather than mutuality, END IT!

 

I cannot possibly stress it enough that toxicity is exactly what it is, TOXIC! You cannot be happy if you constantly have barriers blocking your happiness. You must know that the problem in your life won’t admit to being what it is, a problem! It will just remain a problem because that’s it’s sole purpose.

 

You have to change that!

It’s your life, you MUST take control

 

I strongly believe that people come in your life for a reason, season or a lesson. If the reason isn’t valid, let them go. If the season is coming to an end, don’t try to extend it. If the lesson is already learnt, carry on.

College Life

Opportunity

Days of resume building and frequent visits to the Career Center

Weeks of researching companies

Months of filling out applications

Multiple information sessions

Frequent store visits for professional wear

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Few interviews

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Was it really worth it?“, you might ask.

 

After several no responses to applications or emails that start with “unfortunately” after an interview, when do you stop? When does it simply become overwhelming and discouraging?

 

NEVER!

Do not let your failures or an employer’s choice discourage you!

Always use them as motivation, regardless of what the situation may be!

 

I knew I needed an internship, I know how important it is to obtain an internship during your college term but I also knew how competitive it was to get one. I started out saying “I don’t want any unpaid internship!

 

 “I’m all about the money, like bruk life neva know mi!” -Earlan Bartley aka Alkaline

 

But I had to do a reality check and realize that everyone had the same thought as I did about wanting a paid internship so what sets me apart from them? I know my capabilities, my experiences and my skills but could an employer view anyone else’s better than mine? Is the money more important than the experience? Will the money be worth the experience?

 

Money is temporary. Experience is for a lifetime

The money you get from an internship will NOT last for your entire lifetime

The experience will

 

With all those concerns in my mind, I took time to reflect within myself and realize what my true capabilities are and things that can make me stand out among the candidacy for the position and you can bet I incorporated results of that self reflection in interviews, cover letters, essay questions, and just the application process itself, etc.

 

 

I say all that to say this

 

 

The past week has been nothing short of WONDERFUL!

 

“Why was it wonderful?”, you might ask.

 

Well, it just doesn’t get any better than getting two (2) job offers.

 

 

I GOT A JOB OFFER FROM APPLE

The world’s most valuable brand and third ranked on Fortune 500

 

I GOT AN INTERNSHIP WITH WALGREENS

The second-largest pharmacy store chain in the United States

 

 

 

 

Takeaway

One thing we must understand is that money is NOT all! You might think I got a paid internship so who am I to be saying this…. Although I got a paid internship, I applied for unpaid internships because I am more interested in the experience rather than the money. Yes, we’re college students, we’re poor and we have bills to pay but if you only want to work for a company because they’re paying you XYZ then your intentions may be wrong and you may be settling for the bare minimum experience because it’s paid versus getting an experience that you can take with you to other jobs, that can decorate graduate school applications or just simply build you as an individual.

 

 

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Life

Childhood Memory

Growing up on a little island, Jamaica, I have definitely had some tough times. What’s funny is, now I look back and laugh. Although I understand the classification of “tough times” and many would consider my childhood “tough” or filled with “hardships“, I consider my childhood the best phase of my life. I am grateful for all the hardship with which my family and I were faced. Those hardships are what groomed me and allowed me to be as grateful and conservative as I am at this age.

 

My favorite memory from my childhood is when my brother, cousin and I would have to go through a process to get warm water to shower with. We would walk to the water tank (no pipeline that enabled direct water flow), “catch” water from the tank and transfer it to a bucket, sit the bucket out in the sun (so the heat can warm the water) and leave it for hours. That one bucket of water would be used for both showering and rinsing one person.

 

This process is definitely no longer existent or, at least, not as common as before!

 

To those who can relate and is no longer experiencing such hardship

Be grateful to have overcome it all!

 

To those who can relate and is still experiencing such hardship

Don’t be afraid to reach out for help, utilize the resources you have and don’t sit and wait for a change, go out and make that change (if you’re able to)

 

 

To those who can’t relate

You’re very fortunate and have always been. Be grateful and appreciative. Don’t take your fortune for granted!

College Life

Week Before Spring Break

So, it’s that time of the year. The time when college students forget about reputation and focus more on their short-term happiness. Spring Break is coming up and even in the library, all you hear is people making plans for Spring Break. Unfortunately, I can’t make plans for Spring Break because not only do I work throughout Spring Break but I also have exams prior (this week) and subsequent. For those who don’t know what Spring Break is, it’s that time of the school year when college students go ……….

 

W I L D!

 

To those traveling for Spring Break: Travel safely

To those drinking over Spring Break: Drink responsibly (ALWAYS have a designated driver – Drive sober or get pulled over!)

To those planning to party everyday: Party safely, spend responsibly and remember self-care

To those who have nothing planned: Do something that will make you happy.

Whatever you do, be safe and financially cautious. After Spring Break, you still have to pay your rent, pay for transportation (or gas), buy groceries, etc.

Please remember that reputation as a college student is everything. Don’t, I repeat, DO NOT be that ridiculously drunk kid at a party that your future interviewer for that Fortune 500 company just so happens to be at.

 

Be mindful of your health, behavior and surroundings!

Have a great Spring Break!

 

 

Side Note: I’m currently at the library! #WhatIsSleep?

 

 

 

 

 

Quotes

Always be yourself. Retain individuality. -Marilyn Monroe

I think this may be my favorite Marilyn Monroe quote. One thing you should always try to be is a better version of yourself. You cannot live your life hoping to be like someone else because that someone else is probably wondering why they’re not like someone else. You never know how much the person you wish to be, is going through.

Remember: People will only show you what they want you to see.

If you have time to wish to be someone else, you have time to stop and express gratitude for who you are and the mere fact that you are able to breathe.

Wishing to be someone else?

Do what I did, strike the thought out of your mind.

Be yourself. Love yourself. Be true to yourself.

Giveaways

Giveaway Spiel

I will be giving away prizes at certain accomplishments so my followers can live in the moment with me. Stay tuned, the first winner could be you! There will not be a standard giveaway as I understand my followers will all be different, therefore, giveaways will be tailored.

College Life

Introduction

Obtained a degree but still an undergraduate? Feeling like the school life never ends? Always have some studying to do? Homework, papers, discussions and projects EVERY week? Binge studying instead of binge watching? Missing your favorite TV shows? An endless dissertation? Endless research?

I CAN RELATE!

Regardless of how studious you are, you can relate… so don’t, for a second, kid yourself. My college life experiences have been a roller coaster and though the ride has been going for a while, it’s not over and won’t be over for now so hop onto my ride as I help you bear yours.

 

#CollegeLife #TheStruggle #ItWillEnd #AllNighterIsTheNewNorm #WhatIsSleep? #ForeverLoving15MinsOfFame #OrNah #MoreLike15MinsOfNap #LifetimeOfFame

Relationship

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions

Relationship is defined as the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected. Very young yet experienced, I have gained and lost several relationships. The gains are great, however, the losses on the other end are highly unfortunate. As time goes by I will detail specifics about friendships, family and intimate relationships but for now I would like you all to know not to give up on someone because of your past relationships since everyone is not the same.