I’m In A Zen State Of Mind….

“The things we touch have no permanence. My master would say: there is nothing we can hold onto in this world. Only by letting go can we truly possess what is real.” – Crouching Tiger, hidden Dragon

Hello world!
How are you? Well a lot has been going on in the world recently(you know small stuff: Ebola, Ferguson, riots, stuff like that) and I’ve decided to not comment on any of it tonight.
Do you know why?
Because I’m in a zen state of mind. That means that NO stress will enter these thoughts tonight. Natalie Goldberg said that stress is an ignorant state. I agree. I think if you make problems or situations that arise unimportant, then it won’t have as big an impact on your emotions, and your daily rituals. I think we as people let stress rule our lives when I think we should be dictating what we allow in our lives that is stressful. You have a deadline to meet and your stressed about it? Well let me ask you two questions; Did you do everything in your power to accomplish said goal by the date? Did you give the project you’re working on 100%? Well, as long as those two questions were answered properly then you have nothing to worry about.
I’m saying all this to say that I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I can or cannot handle this year. And one of the important things was my place of employment. It’s funny, because I used to stress, worry, bite my nails, and almost make myself sick with nerves thinking what would happen. I’ve realized that if one door closes it’s meant for me to go flying through another one. So what am I now?
hopeful, happy, sane, content. (Well at least for a couple of weeks because let’s be honest I’m starting the application process of applying to grad school yeeesh!)
-N

It’s A Waste Of Time….

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story

Hello world!
so I’ve been cruising LinkedIn, indeed, monster, All jobs.net looking for a new job. I’ve been working for Ross for almost four months now and let’s just say that it’s not the most glamourous of places to work. But it pays the bills temporarily until I get THE job. One thing i’ve noticed while looking for jobs however is the many different websites convincing you that you don’t have enough people liking your comments, or the need to have premium webpages in order to get considered for a decent job. On my LinkedIn profile this evening it said that my percentage went down 9% because of the lack of views.(Not that i really care) it almost mocks you for having almost no activity and justifies your reasoning of not having a job.
Honestly people really?
How did we find jobs in the past? Before the Steve Jobs, and Microsoft people (I honestly don’t try to remember other CEO company computer people names because let’s be real Mac will always be king) we did it the old school way. Grab a paper, look into the classifieds and call the company looking for employees. If you didn’t have a paper you could call, or even gosh darnet, WALK IN AND TALK WITH A MANAGER!
i’m not judging, because I use all of these SM websites, I think it’s fun to see what other’s are doing, and the latest in trends; but I also respect the classic approach. So what should you do?
My advice is what feels right. just because your “profile popularity” has gone down a couple of percentages doesn’t mean all hope is lost. I was able to get most of my jobs by just walking in the front door. And I didn’t have to confirm with SIRI if I was making the right choice. Just something to think about.
-N

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait…

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
-Vince Lombardi

Hello all!
I hope all is well with you. Well let me tell you it is all well with me. Would you like to know why? I finally may have a breakthrough in my career process.
I have an interview tomorrow with the one and only SSPR! An award winning PR firm in San Francisco, Ca. I’m over the moon thrilled. The day before an important interview I used to be so nervous, shaking, and couldn’t even finish my thought process. Now I am cool, calm and collected.
I guess that comes with age.
I’m still excited, doing my little underwear Tom Cruise my parents are gone for the weekend and I don’t know what to do with myself dance; But now I know that as long as I stay true to myself, and show them who Nicole AKA Nikki AKA Nik is, all will be well. I feel like every moment has led up to this one. Even if I am unable to get this position I know that I gave it my best, and to even get a call back is a feat in itself.
My advice to you: Don’t give up.
Ever.
-N