Post Grad Life

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There’s nothing like the graduation of others to make you suddenly feel dated and irrelevant. I think most people would agree that college was a pretty sweet gig. Even when I was carrying 19 hours (half of them graduate level courses), I avoided a 9-5 and  managed to have some fun a long the way. And there were a bunch of people who took school less seriously, and had much more fun than I did.

Since I can’t ignore all of the Instagram pictures of caps and gowns, and Facebook’s “Memories” are constantly reminding me of what I was doing this time two years ago, I couldn’t help but realize how different my post-grad life really is. As easy as social media has made it is to stalk our fellow alum, I figured I’d just tell you what I’m up to. After all, you’re probably reading this at work, and Facebook is strictly prohibited!

Work Life

Consulting

Yes, I have a “real” job. While I love having some side projects, I still want to put my two degrees to use. I’m lucky enough to work for a company that allows me to sharpen my skills in marketing, design and communication. It’s the best gig ever because it keeps me up to date with the newest resources, helping me be a better businesswoman in my other ventures.

Fitness

If you’ve spent any time with me at all, you know I love junk food. Like, a lot. Because of this, I have to be realistic about the amount of exercise I need. Yes, I love fruits, veggies and all the healthy/trendy foods (like cauliflower mashed potatoes) but that’s not enough. I still want to be active and I don’t want to pay for a gym membership! Because of this, I teach a few group fitness classes every week, including barre and a core class. It’s not much, but it’s the perfect thing to get my mind off of work, and my booty away from my desk.

Business

If you haven’t heard about my Etsy shop, then you must be living under a rock because I talk about it ALL. THE. TIME. It just had its first year anniversary and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it’s going. I’m truly blessed to have the type of work schedule that allows me to live out my dream.

Free advice: If you have a full time job, but also have a dream/hobby, PURSUE IT. Even if it means taking a leap of faith and being exhausted from working both jobs. Trust me when I say it’s worth it (and super popular right now with Millennials).

Personal Life

Hobbies

You already know about the blog and my amazing sister who does the photography, but did you know she recently got a puppy? My hobbies include sneaking her snacks (she loves Cheeze-Itz and green beans) and taking her on walks because she is mega hyper without them.

Goals

I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like to say their goals out loud. Maybe it’s because I’m worried I won’t accomplish them, or maybe I just don’t want someone else to meet them first. Both are silly reasons, but that doesn’t make them any less real to me. Regardless, I’ve decided to share one with you. I am planning on reading at least one book a month during 2017. While that may seem incredibly easy to some people, for me, it’s going to be darn near impossible. I’m only telling you guys so I make myself stick with it! I’m already behind, but I’m quickly catching up. I’ve even made a little game out of it, so get ready to hear more about it in later posts!

If you were expecting to read something juicy in this post, sorry to disappoint. I think Kathleen Kelly (in You’ve Got Mail) said it best: “I lead a small life – well, valuable, but small…” Work keeps me busy, and dreams keep me busier.

I just might be the luckiest.

  • Jessica Small

    Love this post! You’re such a great writer. Your voice comes through so well, and you’re so real. Thanks for sharing your life 🙂

    • TheClosetDime

      Thanks, J!
      You were a big part of my journey and a HUGE influence those first several months! If it hadn’t been for you listening to my 4568970 rants while you actually SOLVED the problems, I wouldn’t be where I am today!