Welp, it’s been more than a month since my last post so I guess it’s time for a recap!
In February, I hung up my apron at the café, moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend of three years and started my first big girl job—a paid internship with a pubic relations firm in Boston’s Back Bay called Cone Communications.
The cubicle life has been quite an adjustment, but I am learning A LOT about the industry, refining my skills and bulking up my resume. Corporate ladder, here I come!
In all honesty, though, I love my job. I had the feeling with many of my past internships in college that my employers just wanted free labor, but now I’m doing meaningful work for big-name clients and have gotten some incredible advice and tips from co-workers who genuinely want to see me succeed.
Living with Michael has been a bit of an adjustment too. Right now as I write this, I’m alone in my apartment for the first time in what feels like forever. So what if it’s the weekend?
Personal space and “me time” is in short supply these days, and as much as I love spending time with Michael, I try to take time each week for self-care, whether it’s going to yoga, taking a walk, or staying in on a Friday night to drink wine and do some writing.
I’ve also been struggling to get over a cold for the past couple weeks. Spring, where the heck are you?! Snow is definitely one thing I did NOT miss in Asia.
I can’t wait to get out and explore more of Boston as the weather heats up. Even though I only grew up an hour away, I never came into the city very often and am excited to see more of our little suburb of Medford too.
With moving to a new city also comes the challenge of making new friends—something I think is difficult no matter your personality. I’m lucky to have one of my best friends and college roommates close by, but it’s hard not to have the same stable social circle I became so accustomed to.
At this point, my friends from high school and college are scattered all over the world, from London to Oregon to New York to the Carolinas. As you can imagine, a paid internship doesn’t really “pay” very well, which makes it hard to go and visit.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m also horrible at keeping in touch. I hate communicating via text message, but it’s so hard to find time in the day to spend 30 minutes on the phone. Ugh, I’m working on it…
Anyway, the last few months have brought a lot of changes and I feel that this blog is like the eye of the storm—a peaceful oasis in the middle of the ever-changing, ever-evolving, confusing and sometimes directionless chaos that is my life; a place where I’m not afraid to share the things I’m going through, and one where I hope to engage with others who can relate.
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THANK YOU to those of you who are still keeping up with my adventures. While it’s not as exciting as leaping into waterfalls in Laos, I promise I have lots of fun content coming, including a new section of tips for my fellow millennials on how to navigate the workforce, not go bankrupt and de-clutter your life. I’ve also been on quite the health kick lately, so stay tuned for lots of recipes, as well as tales from my experiment with holistic nutrition.