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Moving On

Hello World!

This will be my last post on this blog. I am moving on.

I hope you will come with me as I journey to the world of self-hosted blogs where the designs are better and there’s more customization 🙂

My new blog (with the same content) is here: Woman With Passion

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Have a great evening 🙂

XOXO,

Rochelle

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I might be jobless, but I’ll never be bored.

Two weeks ago I was at a job interview for a position I am really interested in. After I explained my ‘position elimination‘ to the interviewer,  she asked me what I was doing with my time now that I wasn’t working. The main thing up until December 21st was of course “looking for a job”.  Between December 21st and January 1st I enjoyed Christmas festivities, organizing my home, and planning a NYE party.  I’ve had just one solid day of my non-vacation jobless reality and my answer has already changed. Here is the breakdown of my Wednesday and how I know I will stay busy until I find “The One”.

Don't get caught up being lazy or bored.

Don’t get caught up being lazy or bored.

Wednesday January 2, 2013:

First I threw in a load of laundry. Then I confirmed my third interview with said company above. I spent about 3 hours researching my interviewees, the company’s current strategy and foothold, their competitors strategy and foothold, brainstormed ideas to make improvements, and came up with the questions I want to ask.

Then I had to take our puppy to the vet because he’s developed a little bump on his eyelid. It clearly bothers us more than it bothers him, but I did what any puppy-parent would do. He’ll be fine don’t worry 🙂

When I returned home at 12:15pm, I did some research on Chuppahs. I have an idea of what I want ours to look like and what I want it to mean to us. I am thinking of a DIY Chuppah and through the amazing interwebs found a woman who will be a great resource to me. I had emailed her on 12/23 and today, she got back to me. Additionally, I could not find affordable embroidery services for this Chuppah, but I did find a sewing class so unless I get a job starting next Monday, I will also be learning how to sew!

I transfered all of my clothes from one bureau to a new one and downsized significantly. That felt really good. Unless I get a job starting Monday, I think I will do the same with my closet next week.

Gizmo learned a new amazing trick on Tuesday and was dying to show it off so I brought him to visit with our next door neighbor. You can take a sneak peak here. This was one we’d been trying to teach him for weeks. Dave’s persistence really paid off. When we arrive at Intermediate Puppy Training in three weeks, Gizmo will likely be the star of the show!

Other less time consuming things included speaking to my Career Coach;  receiving a call from the Manager of the Guess store on Newbury Street (You’ll have to read this to understand);  eating dinner with my Fiance; and writing three blog posts.

Ask anyone who knows me. I stay busy.

Whether I have a job or am working on getting a job, I can assure you I’ll never be bored, lazy, or unproductive.

I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings 🙂

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Wedding Planning: The Chuppah

Neither Dave nor I are super religious, but we are happy with how we were raised and wish to incorporate tradition and meaningful elements into our wedding ceremony.

One item I recently decided to pursue is “The Chuppah”. Based on the ehow description, the Chuppah is made of a rectangular [or square] piece of fabric, large enough to stretch over the couple. It can be made of any kind of cloth. It can be handmade or bought ready made. It can be decorated as desired by the couple and is often embroidered with Biblical verses concerning  love and marriage, or with blessings and prayers taken from the wedding  ceremony.

The Chuppah symbolizes the home that the couple will build together.

While Dave and I are already living in a home that we purchased together, the Chuppah will symbolize the life that we will build together.

It will have our vows embroidered on it. It will contain meaningful words and symbols that represent who we are and what we will be together. The colors, patterns, and fabric will be selected so we can hang it in our home.

I don’t know the first thing about sewing, but I do like numbers and can use Photoshop. I came up with the layout below to use as a guide when searching for symbols and words to represent our lives coming together.

Chuppah Layout (54 inches)

Chuppah Layout (54 inches)

Judaism is a religion that emphasizes the importance of life. Jews are encouraged to be good, ethical people and enjoy the time they are given on Earth. A common Jewish toast is “l’chaim!,” which means, “to life!.” It is said at celebrations in anticipation of all the good things to come.

Because it means “life,” the Chai is consequently a symbol that captures an important aspect of Judaism. According to the gematria, which is a mystical tradition that assigns a numerological value to Hebrew letters, the letters Het (ח) and Yud (י) add up to the number 18. The Het has a value of 8 and the yud has a value of 10. As a result, 18 is a popular number that represents good luck. At weddings, bar mitzvahs and other events Jews often give gifts of money in multiples of 18, symbolically giving the recipient the gift of “life” or luck.

Why is this important? The dimensions of the Chuppah I am designing are 54″ x 54″. This is a multiple of 18. So there you go.

There are 3″ flaps along the border a large square in the center surrounded by 7″ squares. I love the number 7. Some say it’s God’s number. I’m not saying that per se, but there are 7 notes in a music scale, 7 wonders of the world, 7 days in a glorious week,  7 items or numbers are the typical capacity of what’s called the brain’s working memory (aka why it’s so easy to remember phone numbers), and the maximum number of games played in a playoff series in the NHL, MLB, and NBA is 7. These are just examples of how I see the number 7. You can wiki this magical number for symbolism that speaks to you.

Dave’s favorite number is 12 and 12/12 is also my birthday. Therefore, you will see several 12″ squares evenly spaced around the outer edge of the Chuppah. Combined with the center, they also make up a hashtag symbol or number sign. This is relevant due to my love for numbers and social media. #Awesome.

After I designed the outline for this Chuppah, I did some research. What’s the typical size, what methods or techniques do people use when making Chuppahs, etc. I discovered a photo of one that I liked. To my surprise it was created by a woman in Newton – not more than 20 minutes from where I live. Of all 30 examples on this particular webpage – this was one of two from Massachusetts. I googled her name and found her work email address. I took a shot in the dark and just this morning received a response. #Amazing.

Then I started thinking – I have 9 months, maybe I can make this thing myself. So I found HipStitch (also in Newton) and signed up for a class next week. #Unbelievable.

More to come as the Chuppah unfolds 🙂 #Ipromise.

 

 

 

 

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I call it “The Hunt”

Career Hunting

What I look for in a job

By any other name you can call it a search, a mission, or a job in itself. I am simply calling it “The Hunt”. The skillful tracking and acquisition of an elusive target – in most cases this would be a living thing. For me, a new job isn’t just a new source of livelihood. It is my daily excitement, goals and results to drive success and accomplishment; new teammates, leaders, and culture. It is new knowledge, growth and advancement. My work is never just a job. I recognize that at least 75% of my productive waking hours are spent at work and it is a requirement for me to love my work in order to be happy in life. In a job I am completely dedicated to the mission and to get things done. This is truly how I feel and if you talk to any of my co-workers (peers or supervisors) I am confident they will confirm this.

I love my current job and truthfully, I wouldn’t have chosen to leave if things were different. As things in life grow and change – a recent restructuring with my current employer has caused my position to be eliminated. Many people facing elimination might feel sad, angry, unmotivated, or scared. Lucky for me, I am a forever optimist and I actually feel refreshed, excited, and ready for what is to come. I am loving the research of different companies and postions, the anticipation of emails and callbacks, the opportunity to interview and be interviewed, meeting new people, and learning about the different industries in and around Boston.

When I first found out I was facing unemployment, a very wise friend suggested I look at this situation from an interesting perspective. He said, “Don’t see this as something that’s happening to you, but rather, something that’s happening for you.” This has been my viewpoint and comforts me when I start to get nervous.

I have been strategic about “The Hunt” since day one. The first thing I did was start a Google Doc containing three sheets.

Cool Sites: This is a list of job boards and recruitment companies that cater to creative and marketing jobs where I would ideally like to be.

Cool Companies: The more time I spend on Linked In, the longer this list gets. I document the Company, Location, specific job post I am interested in, and the status or steps remaining in my application process. I am documenting the Hiring Manager where I have it – or my contacts who have access to the Hiring Manager. I have decided to focus on 10 jobs at a time, as it becomes tricky to learn about multiple companies at the same time. Those 10 companies move to the top of the list.

Resources: These are links to information, articles, videos – content that I’ve curated to remind me what I am looking for, what I need to do, or how I can be better and more diligent in my searching.

In addition to the constantly growing Google Doc, I updated my resume, created a website to house my experience and portfolio pieces, and updated My Linked In Profile. I also have access to a wonderful career coach through Transition Solutions, am networking online and via events around town, and seeking informational interviews with various people in aspiring positions.

I am very fortunate to my current employer and co-workers who are showing so much support and encouragement. I am looking forward to the next set of challenges and the chance to impress a new set of colleagues. I am not just searching for work, I am on the hunt for a job I will love today and for years to come.

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Quack Quack…

It’s time to get my ducks in a row.

How can I tell people I am a marketer, live online, and not have my own website? I have lots of experience and not much online to show for it. This is very unfortunate. I could say I have been so dedicated to doing my jobs for other people, that I have not allocated time to focus on representing myself.

It’s time to change that.

There are so many choices… Which platform is the best? What is the best way to represent yourself and present your portfolio? Will people even care to look at this stuff?

I have been asking myself these questions for quite some time. Well the time has come for me to organize my online and visual life.  

It’s time to focus…..

My mission for the next month – is to do one thing every day for me – for my personal professional growth!

Today – I started an online portfolio site. 

It is going to lay the foundation for the organization of my own site which is currently in the works.

Here it is: http://be.net/LYPConsulting

More to come….. 

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It was only a matter of time…. Visual Resumes for all!

Another day, another amazing discovery on good ol’ Facebook. This one truly made me smile. For all the things I cannot yet do via Photoshop (or other creative means), there is an end.

Vizualize Me: It syncs with Linked In to create a visually appealing resume. Once it’s done, you can edit the content, colors, and layout. Pretty slick.

The resume will never be the same.

Here is mine: http://bit.ly/pHEf86
Rochelle's Visual Resume

Make your own: http://signup.vizualize.me/onxxv

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Industry Question: Are Music Downloads Hurting or Supporting Artist?

The question was …

It is incredibly effective for labels to work with blogs and provide the public with an exclusive first listen to new tracks off of upcoming albums. As a consumer, what exactly are you looking for when searching for and receiving this content? Where do you draw the line on what supports the artist and what could be hurting the artist when music downloads are made available to the public?

My thoughts are…

I agree that it is effective, or rather CAN BE effective for Labels, as well as Artists and DJ’s to work directly with blogs and bloggers to share new content and create a world-wide awareness digitally with a grassroots method. I have been learning through experience just how effective certain blog posts can be. I always check certain blogs for news, information, gossip, and other visual or audio content. With the growth of microblogging this information spreads like wildfire and can certainly be a beautiful thing. The news and information I read can be re-posted or used for my own knowledge. The visual content (music videos, webisodes, vlogs, commercials, etc) are never more than viewed and maybe shared, but music, well this is another story.

As a music fan and regular consumer, I personally prefer an audio stream. With all of the virus issues I have been through in my life, the last thing I want to do is download something that puts me at risk for losing everything on my hard drive. Also, with all of the music I own and run through my computer and both ipods, I choose not to download any music that I don’t truly want in my collection. As a music fan, regular consumer, and good-hearted person, I listen to the audio stream and if I like it, I buy it. I enjoy supporting the Writers, Producers, Performers, Engineers, Labels, and Designers who make physical and digital products available. I choose to support the Artists and I choose to encourage others to do the same. Alternatively, if the Artist or Label offers some type of promotional EP, Pre-Album, Mixtape, or other safe (legal) download, I will gladly take that. I understand that not all music fans are consumers and not all bloggers are true music fans so in my GM position for a Record Label, I have to view this situation from another angle.

I understand that this wonderful, constantly advancing digital age is making all types of content extremely accessible and where some are benefiting, others are in a scary downward spiral where they, I mean we, are backed into a corner scatterbrained thinking, ‘Is it possible, and if so, how do we possibly stop people from stealing our emotionally charged, life changing product’? I understand fully that once songs are made available to the public, someone somewhere is going to share it with their friends, family, and strangers through email, blogs, and other digital vehicles. I also know there is only so much you can do and so much time in a day to be spent on removing usershare, mediafire, megaupload, and kissmyassfreedownload sites that will remove your content due to copyright infringement, but refuse to hold themselves accountable because the content was posted by them… they only host it. The potential, possible, but unlikely solution to this problem will be discussed on another day, because right now, my issue isn’t with the advance in technology or the industry. My problem is the greedy bloggers who abuse their position and lack the understanding that a little thoughtfulness goes a long way. If certain bloggers were true music fans who cared about their credibility, they would open their eyes to the big picture and actually support Artists and stop hurting them.

Let me paint a picture for you. A well known blog posts an image of an Artist’s forthcoming single (obtained by the Record Label), an audio stream of the Artist’s first official single (that is tracked for plays and commented on), and paragraph of information about the song, as well as links to where the Artist can be contacted. Sounds like a great effort that any Artist or Label would appreciate, right? Well now let me refer to the actual blog and give you reality. I see an edited image of the Artist’s forthcoming album cover, probably taken from the internet and modified; a poorly written paragraph with incorrect information; an audio stream (this is actually good); and yes, a download link to the forthcoming single that by the way, when posted was not yet available to the public for sale or otherwise. My first thought was how did they get the song (I knew it wasn’t sent from the Artist, Label, or Publicist) and what are they doing giving it away for free?

So I did what any diligent person in my position with a strong opinion would do. I wrote to them and requested that that they remove the download link. They could drive traffic to iTunes when the song was available and I would gladly drive traffic to their site. Instead of editing their content and being grateful that I requested without a Cease and Desist, they shamed me and said I was ruining the Artist’s career AND then on the blogsite claimed the Artist’s “people don’t want him to succeed either as they are asking for this to be taken down. When will labels, etc realize that once a song is “out” there is no turning back. And all that they accomplish when they threaten for things to be removed is that they lose (free) promotion.”

Damn right I asked for the download link to be removed. I also went to usershare.net and had the DL link removed. If the blogger was going to put the streaming audio link anyway, why did they need to have the download link posted as well? Isn’t it the best thing you could do for the Artist to provide an audio sample, a visual, and some written content to generate additional interest and maybe get the Artist new fans or feedback on the record? Isn’t it more effective to create a positive, long-standing relationship with an Artist or Label to receive exclusives in the future so your posts are legit and early? Whether the music is or isn’t available for sale, if you are giving away someone else’s product for free, you are WRONG. You are hurting and ruining an Artists career. You are limiting the Artist’s success.

When will (certain) music blogger’s realize without other people’s news, content, and artistry- they would have NOTHING to write about, no fanbase, and no legs to stand on. When will (certain) music bloggers realize that by giving away music for free without permission or instruction from the Artist/Label, they are a huge part of the problem facing the music industry?

Please do not think that ALL bloggers are wrong, greedy, self-righteous douchebags. There are plenty of genuine fans, advocates, and writers who want nothing more than to share their passion with others and promote good music. There are lots of wonderful bloggers who offer and provide assistance to me, to the Label, and to the Artists daily and for these fans and proliferators, I am extremely grateful. However, the few recent negative experiences just refresh my memory that you should not trust everything you see, hear, and read online. For this, I am also grateful. Just because a well-known site is offering a free download, does not mean you should download it. Please support music and all of the people that make music possible.

Just to clarify… the music on the blog site was not yet ‘available’ and the link is still live with an image and the streaming audio link, so no ‘free promotion’ was actually lost. Duh.

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HDR Photography… Whether you do it, buy it, or both…. Please just display it for the world to see…

This was a post I originally completed for Mass Appeal Entertainment

I am not a photographer, at least not by trade. However, I thoroughly enjoy documenting my life whether it’s my latest dinner creation, something I have ordered out, an interesting sign, an oddly large Adirondack chair in Key West, a sunset via progression shots, or family and friend filled memories. I have always had a great respect for awesome photographs consumed by nature or amazing city scenes and I suppose I love these shots because I simply love seeing the world. I love seeing the world through my own eyes and through those of others. My newest discovery is seeing the world in ultra vivid color with crazy details that most human eyes overlook. These new visions have come to me in the form of HDR Photography and I am in love. Therefore, I feel that the world, at least those who are unaware, need to become aware, and will then fall in love with HDR Photography too!!

I was first introduced to HDR Photography by my Uncle, Glenn Spiro. He has a 9-5 but enjoys photography in his free time- whether it being scenery or subjects. He sent me the link to a blog site called Stuck In Customs and since then I have been sending this link to everyone I know. My Uncle recently started dabbling with HDR methods himself and I am excited to watch his progress. His latest HDR Photo is from a local square in Boston and truly give this North End square a new life.


(Glenn Spiro: North End Boston, North End Sq, night. HDR toward the painterly effect. v1).

You’ve probably seen this type of photo 100 times, but never knew it had a name. Now you can search and find new screen savers, wall art, coffee table books, or start a new hobby. Please read on to understand the basics, see some of my favorite links, some of my favorite HDR Photographs, and some of the most talented Photographers that I have encountered on my mission to share my latest obsession and discovery with the world!

Thanks to Trey Ratcliff the talented photographer and writer behind Stuck In Customs, I have been able to learn more about HDR Photography, understand the process, and view daily posts that contain new and inspiring images. As taken from Trey’s Blog, HDR is an acronym for High Dynamic Range. It is a post-processing task of taking either one image or a series of images, combining them, and adjusting the contrast ratios to do things that are virtually impossible with a single aperture and shutter speed. Trey says that the HDR process helps the photos look more evocative… and I agree. Simply put, when you use a tripod, take multiple exposures of one scene, being sure to capture various levels of exposure from under to over exposed images, and merge them together, your HDR Photo will be the result after applying a tone mapping technique. Tone mapping reduces the dynamic range, or contrast ratio, of the entire image, while retaining localized contrast (between neighboring pixels). The best pixels from each of your individual photos will be displayed and the result is smooth contrast displayed with incredible detail in the highlights, mid-tones, and shadows.

An example of various exposure levels and the merged finished product (Taken from Wikipedia)

(Wikipedia)

Some of my favorite HDR Photographs:

Here is the original, non-HDR version of the Golden Gate Bridge. (vgm8383 on Flickr)

Here is an HDR version of the Golden Gate Bridge during a break in a 3 day storm that hit San Francisco.
(vgm8383 on Flickr)

This image was found on HDR Spotting, but was originally posted by Marco Waagmeester on Flickr

This image was found on HDR Spotting, but was originally posted by Pete Talke on Talke Photography and Places 2 Explore.

This image was found on HDR Spotting, but was originally posted by Walter Hsiao on Flickr

This image was found on HDR Spotting, but was originally posted by Antony…. on Flickr

This image was found on Smashing Magazine, but was originally posted by shoebappa on Flickr

This image was found on Smashing Magazine, but was originially posted by Ariffin on Flickr

This image was found on 2 Experts Design, but was originally posted by Tony Shi, NY-NJ on Flickr

HDR Time Lapse (Courtesy of sqbbe on Youtube)

HDR time lapse sequences made from 7.545 shots. HDR’s batch edited in Photomatix. Video made with Quick Time Pro and Adobe Premiere Elements.

It hardly seems realistic, but any camera that allows manual over- or under-exposure of a photo can be used to create HDR images!

Some of my favorite HDR Sites and Image Galleries:

Stuck In Customs

This is a great blog which has awesome photos and the stories to go with them. Trey promotes contests, shares his interests, photos, and videos. He also has a Newsletter that I highly recommend you sign up for!

HDR Spotting (Gallery)

The HDR Spotting Gallery is one to get lost in. Every image that you look at seems better and better from the last. HDR Spotting offers Tutorials, Software, and most importantly, their gallery.

HDR Spotting is designed to be a next-generation gallery for an emerging group of photographers. This site was started because long-time friends and photographers Trey Ratcliff (for more on Trey visit www.stuckincustoms.com) and Denis Khoo saw an intense desire on behalf of HDR Photographers to get their work noticed and to drive more traffic to their sites.

Their mission is to create an environment that allows HDR Photographers to share their best work and drive people to their respective websites. HDR Spotting is designed to:

  • Make it easy and beautiful to scan many HDR Photos at once
  • Provide an environment that encourages readers to go visit the blogs, portfolios, etc of the photographers that contribute
  • Provide a fun community that can be focused and provide feedback via views and comments

HDR Spotting is a basic free service. The site generates income from advertising, which they want to make as unobtrusive and pertinent as possible.

Contributing is easy! Simply enter your information. You maintain the rights to everything… If your photo is good enough, people will click on it to find out more and maybe jump right over to your blog, portfolio, or wherever you wish. HDR Spotting has a human-team (not AI) that will look through the submissions to make sure no one is posting crass ads or porn or anything.

Cambridge In Color

Cambridge in Colour was started in 2005, and has since grown substantially both in content and in the number of visitors it attracts. On any given day this site has well over 10,000 different people learning about photography, viewing the gallery and contributing to the forums

This HDR Post on this site makes the HDR process seem really easy and it also has a great tutorial. I would recommend visiting this site if you are looking to further understand HDR Photography or want to try it out yourself. They have some helpful screenshots, links, and a place for discussion.

2 Experts Design

This Blog was sent to me by David Santos. 2 Experts Design is a creative and graphic design resources blog that aims to provide readers to wide variety of resources such as graphic design, logo design, web design, advertising, branding, typography, other graphic and web designer portfolio, blogging in general, resourceful material, useful tips, tutorials, photography, colour, marketing and much more. The HDR post has a great example of before photos and the after result. Please see below:

 

Smashing Magazine

This Blog was also sent to me by David Santos. As a web designer he loves Smashing Magazine because “they always have great tutorials, free information, and tools for designers to use in their work like brushes, patterns, icons, etc.”

Smashing Magazine was founded in September 2006 and it delivers useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers. Their aim is to inform their readers about the latest trends and techniques in Web development. They try to convince you not with the quantity but with the quality of the information we present.

Nourished by the gratitude of its benefactors and powered by the reach of social networking, this community has produced a wide variety of high-quality articles, resources and tools, available to everybody. Every single contribution supports the entire community, and the community supports these contributors with traffic and word-of-mouth advertising: the networking effect at its best.

The HDR post utilized from Smashing Magazine displays 35 extremely beautiful and perfectly executed HDR-pictures. Some of them might look surreal, too colorful, even magic or fake, but they are not — keep in mind that they’ve all been developed out of usual photos, and not a single image is an illustration.

Wikipedia’s Entry on HDR Imaging

Some of my favorite Photographers:
Ben Willmore
Terry Reinert
Trey Ratcliff
Peter Lik (Not necessarily with HDR methods, but his clarity and approach are incredible)

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Mission 1: Introduction

I don’t know what my ultimate purpose in life is and I am not sure there is an ultimate purpose for any of us. I know that I have seen tons of articles and exercises designed to help us discover what our purpose might be (See below). I could do what I have always done and brainstorm on my own… I can figure out what I am good at, what makes me happy, and how I can make the most of my own life and then navigate blindly towards multiple goals and hope for the best. Or maybe I will do one of these 20 minute exercises and see what I can deduct… They say if you want new things, you have to do new things to get them, right? In any case, all I know for sure is that I can’t survive without passion and without purpose.

I dedicate this blog to myself, my peers, and to anyone who enjoys results and success. I believe that we have nothing but opportunity to lead amazing, successful, happy lives. Sometimes our opportunities are hidden by an obstacle, or a struggle, but still, the opportunity is there and it is up to us to work around whatever blocks the opportunity to reach the accomplishment that makes us stronger, wiser, better people. Success takes hard work and how proud could we really be if everything were easy? Some say that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. I think that’s true and believe I am very lucky. I don’t win the lottery or on scratch tickets, but I am blessed and fortunate to be who I am and where I am, and I never take this for granted.

For the second time in my 27 years of existence, I was starting to feel stuck. Not unhappy, just that I was at a standstill, missing something, a vision, a purpose, a mission. The first time I felt stuck I was 23, fresh out of college, with my first shattered heart, and looking back, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I was the last person to realize that the guy who was receiving my love, dedication, and loyalty was sharing it far and wide. He was a charismatic, ambitious artist that I promoted and managed. He had given me purpose and goals; introduced me to a world of culture, music, and art that I didn’t know existed. I was so attracted to him that I developed selective vision. As we neared a falling out, I couldn’t help but feel that the reward for all of my hard work was a broken heart, broken dreams, and ultimately, an emptiness that forced me to look at my life and ask myself what I really wanted. On the flip side, I had experienced being in love (even if for the wrong reasons), I had a resume, and was given a chance to start over. The curses I was feeling at the time were the gift that has driven me for the past 4 years and I couldn’t be happier.

I finished school with a degree I didn’t want or know what to do with, but I put the past behind me, moved out of the country with $1000, got a job in London and backpacked Europe as a strong, intelligent, independent woman before coming home with almost $3000. Happy graduation to me. I discovered, not only can I survive, but I will so passionately and with a mission to infect others with my positive outlook and luckily, I always land on top. Some of my friends say I’m nauseating, and in a weird way I like it.

I finished gallivanting and moved home. It took me a while to get on my feet, I mean, I love my family, but after being so independent, living with my Mom was a difficult reality. My new mission started in January 2006 and I am happy to report that I have met all of my goals and it is time to create a new mission. I have a job that I love because it allows me to be creative, teach a team of interns, listen to music all day, and the opportunity for growth into whatever I want. I have worked for the same company for the last three years and that consistency and growth has been great for me. I have a new car that I LOVE to drive, my own apartment with furniture that’s paid off. I have great friends that love me as I am but still inspire and challenge me to be the best I can be. I am succeeding at all I set out to do, so I am going to set bigger, more advanced goals, and I have great excitement to see and experience more rewarding results.

This blog is not meant to offer divine discovery to anyone but myself. I am writing to create and document my hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly missions. Partly because I want to document my amazing life, and partly because I find that I stick to my goals better when I write them down and read them as a reminder for why I am doing what I’m doing. I don’t really need the convincing, but I am simply happier with a mission, with a purpose, and with so many goals and plans, it can be hard to prioritize. I am a believer that although we are all individuals, because I am experiencing something or feeling a certain way, other people are too.

I am not saying my ways are righteous or even ‘right’ and certainly, I don’t claim to be an expert, I’m just a Woman With A Mission…

http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/06/the-meaning-of-life-discover-your-purpose/

http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/01/how-to-discover-your-life-purpose-in-about-20-minutes/

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