Wednesday, September 25, 2013

career criteria//

Call it a mid-college crisis...
But I have no idea what i want to be "when i grow up" anymore.
Anyone with me?
If so, let's be friends.  And share a pint of ice cream. And bawl our eyes out while looking at the amount of debt just growing before us, while we wander aimlessly through the rest of the college years still trying to figure out what exactly is going to happen "post-grad".
Or, to save on tissues, how about something a bit more productive?

Nerdalert, but I am actually learning a lot in my academic and career planning class.
Not figuring out exactly what title I want for, but the criteria that goes along with it.
Lemme do some 'splaining.
People always ask "Oh, so what do you want to do after graduation?"  Family, professors, high school buds, interviewers, your dog, your gerbil; they all ask this same question! And we always retort with the usual one-word description that's supposed to fulfill all our hopes and dreams.
A writer. A designer. A banker. A teacher. A whatever.

But I've come to the point where someone asks me this question and I give them a blank stare and some sort of trailing speech of "Well...I don't really know anymore..."
And then whoever is listening responds with a sad smile and a look that says, "I'll be praying for you, you poor lost little child, you."

Now, as depressing as it is thinking about owning a useless $60,000 paper that says "college degree", I still believe/hope that this imaginary dream job just fit for Melissa is waiting to be discovered.  Although I have no idea what it is, this fantasy career is going to happen.  Just you wait.
While waiting, I decided to follow my instructor's idea of writing down not the optimal job title for myself, but the different aspects I am looking for in this pie-in-the-sky career.
Some silly, some serious.

 //Helps get all your ducks in a row and whatnot.
Try it out.  I promise, you won't be disappointed.

found via pinterest
my ideal workspace.

1.  Creative- My first criteria when choosing my dream job is a no-brainer.  Well techniqually the right-side-of-my-brain-er.  I need a job that lets me use the original (and sometimes weird) ideas God purposely gave me.  I would not be able to handle a mundane, repeated task every time I clocked in.  Don't get me wrong, that type of work is great when needed to rejuvenate those visionary thoughts once in a while.  But I need my juice. My creative juice.

2. Comfort- Sweats. Ya gotta love 'em.  If anything, I am hoping my job requires sweatpants/shirts as the uniform.  But more often than not, this isn't really happening.  So, since we're dreaming here, let's just pretend I can get a job that lets me stay at home.  Eat breakfast at my leisure.  Go on a run when needbe.  Blast some jams to wake up the mind.  Plus, I don't even have to shower every day then.  WinWin situation.

3.  Change- I like change.  To an extent.  I like that I can constantly adjust the direction my writing takes me or having a different idea come to mind about a blog post.  So, in order to keep the passion alive in my job, I would like to be able to sometimes switch up the routine.  Writing not working out? Let me go take some pictures.  Camera isn't cooperating? Let me go hash it out on the keyboard.  Basically, I want to be able to use all my various hobbies and fancies in a daily work routine.  But also to keep raking in the moola.

4. Comical- I love to joke around.  Seriously.  If you've read this far along in the blog, I hope you have chuckled along with me as I write these posts.  If not...then that's just awkward.  I think I'm a funny person.  Maybe just to me? Possibly.  But when someone tells me that they read something I wrote and literally "LOL-ed", I get all warm and fuzzy inside.  I NEED a job that lets me do this.  Whether in writing or joking along with my co-workers, working-life is just more enjoyable when you crack a side-splittling laugh every once in a while.  Doctor's orders.

5.  unConstrained- (See what I did there? Keeping the "C" thing going? Mental high-five!)  This is a word I definitively wouldn't put on my resume for my work qualities...But let's just roll with it.  By this description, I mean two things.  A) I like setting my own schedule.  Period.  Work-life balance is going to be the biggest thing I strive for in my future.  B) Maybe there is some undiscovered rebellious side in me, but I HATE being told what to do.  Mostly when its comes to what to write.  Ideally my job would never do any of these things.  I would have the freedom to express my thoughts and opinions in the way I know best.  I like to bend the (grammar) rules a bit.  Be unexpected. Take a stand.  Do what I want to do.  Gosh, this is making me sound like a stubborn little child.  Overall, I want to be able to BE MYSELF.  I don't ever want a job that makes me lose sight of WHO I AM and WHO I WAS CREATED TO BE...which may be a little stubborn sometimes, yes.

Monday, September 23, 2013

an ode to fall//

Being the first day of fall yesterday, I am going to dedicate this post to one of the happiest seasons around.
//And it ain't just cause it's my birthday month either. coughcoughThursdaycoughcough

I call it...An Ode to Fall.

Cue the orchestra.

**all images found via pinterest
they are NOT mine**

I wake up slowly
In a cuddly mess,
Beneath a few blankets,
more or less

I walk downstairs
to pour a cup of joe,
Add some pumpkin spice,
You already know fo’sho

The possibilities are endless
When it comes to my clothes
Boots and denim
Ladies, you know how it goes

I walk outside
And take in the smells
Of bonfires, leaves,
And other fall spells

I keep walking forward
And pull my scarf tighter
Already dreaming
Of some warm apple cider

The plans for the weekend
Are already booked
Orchards and Crockpots
Something yummy to be cooked

This season is my favorite
And not only for my bday
I’m LOVING it all,
Fall, can you please just stay?

A real Pulitzer Poetry Prize winner if you ask me. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

this is where you’re meant to be//parachute

Sooo...I'm supposed to be working on my article for news writing right now...
BUTTTT, picture editing is calling my name...
So please an enjoy a concert with one and only Parachute! (via pixels).

darn fist pump... #photoruniner #jshorewannabe

looking right at meeee? awwww yeaaaa will, awww yeaa.

Parachute, you never disappoint...
#lostmyvoice #croakingforweeks

Monday, September 9, 2013


TA-DA! I'm still here!

WHOAMYLANTA has it been a while!
I do apologize for my lack of bloggin' these past few weeks.
Professor hit me hard with this one while talking about bloggers...
"Most of the time you see someone start a blog and then poof, never return back to it again..."

So here is my pathetic attempt to reel back in my readers/fans (River Falls peeps, you are the ones that keep me going! MISS YOU ALL!) and quickly sum up the three MAJOR changes happening in my life the past couple of weeks...

 Mass Comm/Journalism building.
Basically my second home for the next two years...
1.) Transferring. 
Easier said than done. And much more embarrassing.
Me: "Hey excuse me, do you know where this building is?"
Random passerby: "Oh yea, it's just right around the corner. *chuckles to himself* I remember my first year as a freshmen."
Me: "I'm....I'm a junior." *walks away, head hanging low*

The hours (days...) spent on Pinterest have not been in vain! I am beyond excited for the upcoming plans and turning our young-girl dreams into reality! And yes, we three younger sisters will be dutifully sharing the role of "maid of honor".
Which means, the "Bride Wars" quotes have been rolling out endlessly.
 "Oh so I'm getting DJ Humble to spin at my wedding. I'm not a big band kind of girl, ya know?"
"It ain't June. And it ain't the Plaza."
"Remember...Ms. Wang is a stern mistress!"
"The Truffle Train...International Butter Club?"

*(insert picture of beyond messy (but still adorable) bedroom)*
3.) House>Dorms.
Besides transferring schools, I have also left behind dorm life and said hello to my own house, my own room, my own food, my own bills, my own cleaning, and my own responsibilities.
This little lady is doing a lot of growing up these past few weeks!
Cooking actual meals though...mehhh...
My poor future husband...
Honey, I'm making dinner! What'll it be?!
I've got HoneyNut Cheerios orrrrrr Mini Wheats!
Your choice tonight, babe!

Hopefully, this just helps you get a glimpse into my ever-changing life at the moment and sympathize for my lack of time to be doing what I love best; writing.
Always changing in the life of Melissa. Always a work in progress.
Until next time! (sooner than later, I hope...)