I’ve recently moved across the country for a job as a student affairs professional in a community college - new place, new apartment, new everything. I drove from my apartment to the new job location and missed two turns, showing my vulnerability and lack of familiarity with this new place. I hardly know anyone in this town and I haven’t had much of a chance to wrap my head around the fact that everything has really changed in my life. Not only does this impending unknowingness rack my brain and keep me awake at night, but the fact that this is my first professional job in the field, minus experience in graduate school, bears added weight to the situation. I know that the pressure to be a competent and knowledgeable professional is on and I take a gulp of butterflies down my throat as I begin to think of all the fears that could appear in this new job: “What if my coworkers don’t like me?” “What if I let them down?” “What if the students think I’m unhelpful?” “What if people think I can’t do my job?” “Will I spill coffee on myself when I speak to my boss?” It’s normal for these fears to cross both of our minds as we step into a new job. Luckily, I’ve been able to construct a few things to think about for decreasing jitters at the new job and hopefully they can be of use to you as well. By taking these words into consideration, they can help you manage your nervousness and think with a different perspective on the matter.
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I have read so many articles online on how to make money from home that it would make your head spin. I used to have a friend that would send me some of the worst of them, always thinking they were helping. However, it was just more of a waste of my time to look at the articles because they would be filled with things that required you to spend an entire day watching videos only to make $20 that you’d get paid in gift cards. You can’t pay the electric bill with a gift card from Victoria’s Secret.
Pristine beach in sight, bright cocktail in hand, sea breeze caressing your hair, you're typing away on the laptop against your perfectly bronzed legs. No more horrid rush-hour commute, no more concrete jungles, no more Excel spreadsheets at 2AM.
Whether you work for a small company or a global corporation, it's a harsh reality of the workplace. People are let go for a multitude of reasons. From decreases in sales to decreases in performance, or even something embarrassing that happened at the office Christmas Party that shall never be mentioned again. When I was laid off, it came as a shock. While I didn't feel as if I was fitting in at the company, I felt certain I would have at least some security because I kept my ear to the ground, put in the hours and then some, and always made myself available to take on more projects or assist co-workers with theirs. I became a "Yes-girl." I kept my feelings to myself (or so I thought) despite the toll the stress was taking on my mental health and personal relationships, bottling everything up and opening the floodgate at the Happy Hours with friends outside the office.
Writer’s Block. If you’ve ever had to write anything from a school assignment to something more creative, you’ve probably experienced it. But does Writer’s Block exist? I know I have felt it before, but maybe it’s not that we don’t have anything to write, but we have so much to write that we don’t know how to express it all. Maybe we are just really hard on ourselves and we don’t think the ideas we have are good enough.
You've thought about it. Maybe you even have an idea of what you want to offer to your community through your business. But maybe you're just not sure where or how to begin.
Whether you're a new writer or an experienced one you will always run into roadblocks. I want to help those writers by giving them tips in overcoming writer's block. Hopefully this helps.
I remember it clear as day. It was the dead of winter, and I wanted nothing more than to stay in bed and binge on the latest most popular Netflix series, but mommy duty called and I had to bear the cold for Pampers and baby wipes. While making a mental list of everything I needed to pick up, I logged on to my Navy-Fed app to see just how much money I had to work with. Staring at the balance shown, my stomach sunk. With three days left until pay day and no emergency savings, I had $3.89 to my name.
In 2010, I quit working as a front desk attendant at a “resort” and decided to go about becoming a full-time freelance writer. I hated my boss (he was a tyrant), I was no longer happy with what I was doing for a living (even the free access to two different pools wasn’t enough to keep me there), and I was tired of being treated like garbage and being paid poorly for it.
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The first job I ever loved was the only job I applied to where I said to myself: "I really hope they don't call me." I was hired the summer after high school to make sub sandwiches, and clean dishes, starting out at about $7.50. With my performance being a smidgen below average, I was labeled as: quiet, slow, too nervous to speak to customers, and too shy to interact with coworkers; it wasn't until one of the girls that worked on morning shifts said: "Hey, I wanted to let you know I heard people saying if you don't step up a little bit, they're going to let you go." Then I really started applying myself in all the tasks I was given.