Published on 24 December 2019 by Kyla R.

No matter what holiday you are celebrating this year (even if it’s just having a few days off this winter time), I hope you are spending time with your family or friends (or even with your pets, or alone!) My family celebrates on Christmas Eve (a sort of Polish-American Tradition) and so we are in the midst of cooking now. I am taking a moment break from helping with the soup!

So for all of you celebrating tomorrow… Here is a list of things I have found memorable to do around the holiday season.

My favorite… VIDEO GAMES! Or any games, really. I absolutely adore playing fun games, whether they be board games or virtual games, a little competition always bring up fun memories! Monopoly, the Game of Life, Mario Party, or Mario Kart.. I love them all!

Oh gosh.. Look at the hot chocolate!

Hot chocolate and holiday movies. My favorites are always christmas themed romantic comedies. My favorite from this and last year: Holiday in the Wild and The Princess Switch! I also love showing off my mad coffee making skills when it comes to making hot chocolate. My mother loves her latte machine, so I love to make everyone hot chocolate with my own frothed milk and hot chocolate powder topped with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and marshmallows! Sometimes, even a peppermint stick if they’re feelin’ it.

Cook a nice dinner! As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized how much I could learn cooking-wise from my family, especially my mom and grandmother. If your family enjoys cooking, have them teach you. Otherwise, search up some recipes and try something out yourself! Most places are closed on Christmas anyways, so you may as well learn how to cook something.

If you’re lucky and have snow... You better be playing out in it tomorrow! I used to live in the suburbs in NY, and I loved having the snow. Especially if you have kids, spend some time making some snowmen, igloos, whatever you wish. Spend some time (but not too much that you freeze) in the white paradise!

Some people use this time to spend time with hobbies! Writing, reading, and even editing, as shown by @bea_writes_ on Instagram!

Call your distant relatives. I’ve spent all day listening to my mother call her cousins, their cousins, my grandparents, my uncles, everyone. Give everyone a message or call and let them know they’re on your mind this holiday season. It goes a long way.

Spend some of your time doing the things you love! Have a hobby you adore? Spend any free time you have improving on them. Write on that laptop by the fire, cuddle up with a fuzzy blanket and read, play your instrument… Whatever your heart desires!

I wish you all have an incredible holiday season this year… Let me know what you’re doing for today and tomorrow, I’m interested!

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Published on 23 December 2019 by Kyla R.

Are you currently in college? Maybe you aren’t planning on going to any professional schooling. Do you already have a associates, bachelors, or graduate degree and are interested in what to do next? Or are you still in grade school with a set 8-4 class schedule? Whichever of these you classify as, this post is for you.

I’m currently a student at a four-year university who has changed career goals mid year. What do I know about succeeding in a career? Better yet, how am I qualified in anyway to be giving you tips? Let me tell you something… If I can go through a career change crisis and look poised doing it, so can you.

Tip One: Always be on the lookout for opportunities. When I say this, I don’t mean stand around and do your everyday schedule and just be open to opportunities when they fall into your email or someone mentions it. I mean search for them. Especially if you aren’t in an internship or don’t have a job, don’t just sit around! You could be using your time much more effectively and it will help both you and your resume in the long run.

When I was a freshman, the first thing I did was call up doctor’s offices in my area to see if they offered physician shadowing. This is one of the major criteria necessary to medical school applications. Several places didn’t respond, and typically, I would keep pestering them until they would (you’ve got to show your eagerness somehow), but I was contacted by one place in particular in about a weeks time. They mentioned they didn’t have any job opportunities and connected me with the lady in charge of student affairs. She then set me up on a list of people to email in the future. A few months later, I received an email from the Head of Human Resources at this company. They wanted to invite me in to interview for a Executive Administrative Assistant Intern role. I got lucky! I took up the opportunity and have been working here for a year ever since. I’m only now leaving to the limited room of improvement.

“Networking is an investment in your business. It takes time and when done correctly can yield great results for years to come.”

– Diane Helbig

Tip Two: Network! By network, I do mean talking with the individuals around you. But I don’t only mean that. I mean online communities such as LinkedIn, WordPress, you name it! Building your network with people may seem useless now, but in a few years when you are looking for a job (or now!) finding the names to companies you didn’t know of is a lot easier. You may even become close friends with your contacts due to a shared interest or project!

I, for one, love LinkedIn. My university also uses this network named Handshake. It doesn’t seem to have as many opportunities that I like and is limited to people expecting college students. See how you compare with regular applicants! You can apply to jobs on LinkedIn, learn more about companies, and meet new people. I have grown my network an extra thirty people these past few days due to a shared interest!

Tip Three: Focus on your classes above all else. If you’re going to college, it’s likely that you’re wanting to get a degree. For some jobs, BA degrees are required and not just “suggested,” plus they give you more leeway and are an extra accomplishment onto your resume. I let my grades slip freshman year. I can tell you, it’s no fun to try to fix your earlier mistakes. Getting off on the right foot is a lot more relaxing.

Tip Four: Have fun…But not too much fun. I’ve seen my fair share of students who only party or only study. I haven’t seen many of both. You should aim to find a steady in between so that not only are you getting the most out of your professional schooling, but that you are enjoying it as well. This goes for individuals that are done with school as well. Just because you have so many responsibilities, does not mean that you don’t deserve a day off to relax. Just don’t make it so often.

โ€œUniversity can teach you skill and give you opportunity, but it can’t teach you sense, nor give you understanding. Sense and understanding are produced within one’s soul.โ€

-C. Joybell C.

And lastly… Tip Five: Don’t expect too much. I feel like people go into university expecting it to automatically give you a job at the end or give you all the skills you need to be an adult. Guess what? That’s completely wrong. There are people who go straight to work after highschool, if they even go to highschool at all. They get to experience the world first-hand on their own. You? You are still or were sheltered by a school that gives you the support you need as a student. Take this opportunity to breathe and learn more about yourself.

Take the opportunities as you see them. Smile, laugh, cry. Be happy… or not. No one is judging you. But if they are, who cares? It is your life. Remember that even if the moment may feel like the end of the world, in a few minutes, it’ll all be over.

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Published on 22 December 2019 by Kyla R.

There is beauty in everything,” People say. I don’t think I have ever heard or read a phrase more often than that in my times of reflection and fear. They will tell you to take a look around and take in the scenery, the peace, the air. More than not, it’s hard to complete such a simple task. But why? Likely because it’s not so simple after all.

I don’t know about you, but I found a love of being in nature all alone. Nothing but me and the air surrounding me, whatever the scenery is. The silence…Oh, the silence. It’s something surreal. It’s incredibly hard to take a moment to yourself and just breathe many days. We constantly have things to do. If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly aiming to find even more to do. We are all motivated by something. Love…Compassion. Money, fame, pride. There’s so many things that us humans are motivated by. It’s a blessing and a curse in my book. We’re unlike any animal on this earth with such a broad scope of possibilities that we focus so much on what we can have that we don’t take a moment to realize what we do have.

One thing I find most empowering in these obviously, yet hidden beauties in life, is the fact that it surrounds us. Even in our most stressful moments, the world is still spinning. People are still moving. In moments of dire anxiety, I’ll hold a deep breath and think about the fact that no one else knows how I’m feeling. People have their own feelings, and we don’t always know how to express them best.

A perfect example of this is the time I drove down a one way road the wrong way. I was so incredibly frustrated and embarrassed, but as soon as I got back to the main road I quickly noticed that no one I was driving by then knew what just happened, and that provided some solace.

I like to think that almost everyone automatically assumes I’m referring to animals, plants, trees, or things of the sort when I refer to hidden beauties in everyday life. But this isn’t necessarily what I’m referring to. The beauty in making someone smile, sitting on a laptop shielded from the rain, seeing the lights of a christmas tree reflecting off the windows of someone’s home. Things that make you smile, or maybe, internally smile.

When I was younger, I used to journal frequently. I thought up of an idea to make myself reflect my day better, an idea of “What Made Me Smile Today?” where I jotted down moments of my life that made me happy. I would script these down like a goofball with an enormous smile. But as I got older, I tried it again. I was having a hard time finding things that genuinely made me so happy that I could smile. I realized that with time, it was no longer what made me smile, but rather what made me pleased. What made me thankful.

It is not easy to take in the sights of your daily life when everything seems so rushed. We are all busy people. Whether you have school, work, children, or even a combination of them all, we are all busy in some way. But sometime this week, try to take a moment to yourself when you’re feeling riled up and breathe. Think about the objects and people that surround you and notice how lucky you are to be where you are, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.

What is the first hidden beauty you can think of that you are you grateful for?

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