So, I haven't updated readers on my life in quite a while. This is for a few reasons. The first being it has been a very crazy 7 months. I was in Portsmouth, NH for June and July then NYC for August, September, October, November and THEN West Hartford, CT for December. Part of me just simply didn't want to explain everything because I didn't even know what was going on. And part of me was really insecure about it. Graduating and figuring out life is really hard. I dreamed of living in one place, New York City, and didn't want to look anywhere else for a job.
At first, I was really nervous but very optimistic. But as the months went on, rejection after rejection, I started to get very anxious, insecure and a little depressed. I wanted the right thing to come along so badly. I applied to over 100 jobs, got rejected from at least 10 post-interview because of my, "lack of experience" which drove me crazy because I really felt like I really worked my butt off in college!
I started to look at D.C., Boston and Hartford but didn't feel happy about it at all. I am very blessed and lucky to have parents and family who kept encouraging me, I babysat for an awesome and supportive family in New York, I had people left and right letting me stay at their apartments and I have the BEST best friends ever who kept telling me I could do it. So, thanks, everyone. You've helped me more than I can ever put into words.
But, living out of a suitcase with the majority of my things in my grandma's basement was draining and I wanted to start my life...
I am very beyond excited to announce that I have officially landed a job. Better yet, a job IN NEW YORK CITY! I can not be any happier and now I am in the middle of the next adventure of finding an apartment. I will be working at a dance clothing company called Jo + Jax located in the Financial District. It's honestly so perfect for me because I get to work within the dance world, which I had only dreamed about, and I get to use a lot of my journalistic skills sets!
Explaining the past 6 months in a nutshell like this makes it sound somewhat easy...or something. But, looking back, there are a lot of things I have learned along the way that I want to share with everyone for 2 reasons.
The first is for anyone who is soon graduating or in the first year of post-grad life. Although, I think that these are all things people can only truly learn through their own experience. I hope it helps people realize that it's totally normal and ok to feel this way...You are not alone.
The second is for the "adult" crowd. I hope this can remind you of how tough it is and how small, judgemental comments can really bring someone in this situation down. I hope it can make people more understanding and sensitive towards someone who is, "just trying to figure it out."