Weirdly no one writes about how to move across the country in 2 weeks!
Recently, my fiancé accepted a new job…on the other side of the country. Like all good corporate America positions, there was a lot of back and forth and no set start date. So instead of going nuts looking for places and packing our home – we waited to hear if he actually got the job. When they called to tell him he was in, they asked if two weeks were enough… Being the crazy guy that he is, my fiancé agreed to start in 14 days. (Let’s be honest, I don’t think he fully thought it through that he was actually agreeing to move over 1000 miles in 14 days.)
So the madness began. I learned a lot within the 2 weeks and spent A LOT of money. Should you ever find yourself in the position where you have to move across the country in two weeks, I have some tips for you.
I’m all about myself. No, really – anything from self-help, self-care, self-love, self-improvement, treat-yo-self self — I love to learn about it. So it makes sense I’d be obsessed with the personality test!
Strangely, I took a class in high school where we took the personality quiz and I still remembered my results. (I remembered that no one else in the class had my personality type so I changed it so I’d fit in. But I don’t think anyone was buying that I was an extrovert!) So a few weeks ago, I thought I’d take it again and see if my results changed over the last nine years.
I didn’t realize as soon as I turned 24 that my summers would rotate around friends weddings. I’m 26 now and the wedding invites show no sign of stopping. Last year, Tom and I went to 5 weddings and this year we were invited to 6! I’m all about having a party but sometimes the hair, the makeup, the heels, the gifts, the travel, the church, the ceremony, the days off work, the small talk, the ravioli (any other vegetarians only get served ravioli at weddings?) and the cost of lodging gets to be a bit much. But at this point, I’ve basically mastered how to be a perfect wedding guest and I’m a lot less stressed when I see the invites roll in.
Here are a few things I’ve found that have helped me stay sane through the wedding madness.
Last week, two executives came to the visit the office I work in. They both work out of our headquarters office in New York. The executives flew in for the week to share their experience at the company and share their point of view with where the business is headed. During their time in our office, I had several meetings with the younger female executive.
She had come to share with the other women how she had become so successful in a short amount of time.
A life goal of mine has always been to be able to afford a pair of Christian Louboutin’s sexy heels. Like, I could save money and buy a pair but being able to AFFORD a pair is different.
With my life goal in mind, Pearl and I watched a short documentary about Louboutin on Netflix and wow! I had no idea how much went into making a pair of these stunning shoes. I’m not talking about the materials and the man hours. I’m talking about the thought process behind the designs and the business model.
We all know that if you work too hard or too long – there will be things you are sacrificing like family/friend time or sleep. We know that if you have no work-life balance, you eventually won’t be too happy. But what people don’t talk about is if you’re working too hard and you’re too good at your job.
Here’s a list of four overlooked annoyances that no one tells you will happen when you’re working too hard.
When it came time for me to get my own camping gear, it took a lot of research. Here’s a list of camping gear I own and love! The pros and cons to each and the gear I’m still looking to buy.
Before you pull buy any gear, always look for a discount! You can become a lifetime member with REI for a one time fee of $20 and then for certain purchases you’ll get credit back to spend at the store. (My mom got a dividend of like $600 one year! She’s a spender. My dividend is more like $60 a year and it’s still awesome.) It’s fun to dream about what to spend the store credit on. Last year Tom got hiking boots and this year we put it towards an Osprey day pack.
As a vegetarian, I get a lot of odd questions but the most common question I get (and probably the least odd) is “Where do you get your protein?”
One of the main things I love about being a vegetarian is that it makes me think about the food I’m eating. Before becoming a vegetarian I would go out to restaurants and order the same thing. I would mindlessly eat whatever and didn’t put thought into what I was consuming. However, you can’t really do that as a vegetarian or your body will become weak and you’ll be unhealthy.
So here’s a list of my main sources of protein:
So here it is – the 411 on walking obnoxiously by avoiding evil and deflecting potential threats. Please note that the steps below can be applied to skateboarders, rollerbladers, bikers and my personal favorite – runners. Basically, anyone who is passing me or going at a speed faster than walking. Get your own path! Yeah I’m looking at you bikers.
Anyway first things first!
Something that has been eating me alive for quite sometime is my inability to get a job out of state. Moving out of the midwest has been a goal for mine for years but for some reason I keep missing my goal.
To me this feels like a HUGE failure. The plan was to live in our current town for two years (we’re at three) and then move out east or west for two years.
I have tried a variety of tactics ranging from taking my address off of my resume, putting down a relocating date, revisiting and revamping my resume frequently, catering each resume and cover letter to the specific job, reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn and blindly applying for any job.
With my type A personality I tend to get wound up and frustrated by the lack of success I’ve had in this goal of mine. Sometimes I debate giving in. Maybe I should just buy a house here, settle down in this depressing town for the time being and put this goal off to “someday.” This sounds very enticing to me because I’m sick of feeling rejected but I know in my gut – it’s not the right move to make. I know down the road, I’ll be more upset with myself that I let frequent disappointment stop me from my goal.
Here’s a list of four things I’ve found have helped me keep on keeping on.