Thursday, 19 June 2014

My job hunt experience and getting hired!

This post has been pending since Monday. I'm blaming it on my "I'm-still-get-use-to-this-schedule" tardiness…

That's because I GOT A NEW JOB!!!!

Me on my third day :) 

So exciting. I finished up in my previous job (a 1 year contract at WLU) on April 31st and had started moderately job searching back in March when I knew I wouldn't be continuing with the part-time role (which has now been commissioned to students for P.D. opportunities). Having completed a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies, I figured it would take me noooo time to find a job…..ya, wrongooo! That righteous ill-prepared self of me got a rude awakening.

Although I didn't heavily start searching  (like it was my job…ha) until early May, I did not suspect I would encounter the hardships of job searching I was negligent to consider. It is a tough TOUGH market out there my friends and simply applying to jobs with that same old resume format that auto-populates in Word will not cut it. I spent hours upon hours researching, attending webinars, watching videos, visiting with career consultants to literally perfect my CV so that I could stand out. Needless to say, my resume is pretty damn fine. I'm not kidding. Check it out here.

So now feeling more confident with my prior work history, education, and finest assets compiled in a fancy-dancy package, I figured I would land the job in a couple weeks. Easy peasy. Wrong again. I had 9……9……NINE, interviews and no job offers. I felt confident with my performance and even booked mock-interviews with the career consultants at my university to ensure I was as prepared as I could have been.

"On average, it takes 10 interviews before a job seeker lands the position he/she desires" - J.T. O'Donnell

Employers were impressed. Too impressed. I'm not trying to brag (ok maybe a bit), but the feedback I was given was along the lines of "You have a solid background. Why do you want to work in such a junior role?" OR "Your portfolio is quite impressive but we feel you don't have enough work experience"……well, ya…it might have something to do with the fact that I was a students for 100 years. #Duh

But I get it….I felt overqualified, but with not enough work experience and trying to find that middle-level job was tough. I was getting so frustrated with the interviewers asking me why I wasn't applying for high-end jobs, but those higher-end jobs were telling me I needed more work experience. I could keep going but I want to get to the GOOD news!

I wanted to share my experience prior to sharing the exciting part because I feel like the time that I did have off was a blessing in disguise and I also learned a lot of great job search methods and career tips that I would eventually like to share with you all!

I have now been hired on as the Social Media and Content Marketing Coordinator for Greybrook capital and I am SO thankful! I have to commute an hour each way to get to and from the office, but knowing that my hard work has paid off, I am not bothered. I just feel for the people who are still struggling, and stressing over something that once they have maximized all career planning efforts, is in the hands of fate. I guess J.T. was right because the exact 10th interview I had, I got the job! Keep your chin up job seekers!!


Stay tuned for some more stories, tips, and strategies I have learned along the way :)

Until next time,

Natalie <3

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Why I let go of judgement...

Judgment can wreck you. Growing up, I was always conscious of what other people thought of me and I would often shy away from conversations/interactions to avoid uncomfortable situations. I would always put so much time into thinking about what I was going to say to avoid saying something "dumb". In the teenage years, it became even harder as you obviously want to be liked - my thoughts would sometime get the best of me.

When I finished highschool, I got a job doing door-to-door sales selling fixed rates for hydro. This job was the best thing that happened to me at the time because it forced me into an uncomfortable realm of communicating, that I would have never put myself into otherwise - oh, and the pay was bomb!!

This is what triggered me to start forgetting about what other people thought. I knew I was smart and realistically, I was only holding myself back. I sold the crap out if those programs and I was good at it! When I started appreciating myself and letting myself express my thoughts and true self, I realized how much further I was getting and how much happier I was! 

Sometimes when I'm practicing yoga I notice a bit of judgment peak it's nose up in my bizzzz and I have to remind myself that it serves no purpose here..ever. If I fall out of a pose, am out of balance one day or can't do something I did perfectly fine yesterday, I remind myself that it doesn't matter. That it's ok to have off days. With this inner guidance, I often fall right back into place a moment later.

Words I now live by:
1. Take risks 
2. Put myself in uncomfortable situations 
3. Don't judge. No matter what. Forget what others think as well as what my negative self thinks
4. Leave toxic people behind 
5. Practice gratitude

Want are some ways that you let go of judgement? 

Nat xo

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Doing adult things...

This past weekend my hubby and I went to Home Depot…The most boring store there is.


We went there to buy some potters for our front porch so that my mother-in-law can make them look pretty. I do NOT garden. I'm the most useless and clueless person when it comes to perennials, trees and plants. So browsing through this store was torture for me…[imagine taking a guy through Michael Kors to help you pick out a handbag]…that kind of boring. 

My husband on the other hand is the one with the green thumb. He could spend hours researching and deciding which plants should go where and what colours would match best. All the power to you hunny. Knock yourself out. 

But when we got to the herbs and vegetable gardens, I got a 'tad' bit excited. Especially after seeing this teeny tiny little tomato so ripe and in its adolescence… how.cute. 

I then started to think about how amazing it would be to grow my own vegetable garden. Our backyard is still unfenced and awaiting a pool so I can't plan the space yet, or even figure out if we will have the room, but I've definitely put it on my radar. I never thought I would care about growing things. Every flower or plant that I've been given in my life dies in a few days. 

But perhaps this will be a new thing for me! I might actually have the time to invest in caring about these pretty things that I never once care about! I think making a change and doing something you're not comfortable with can be healthy, and gardening is something that I just didn't think about doing or caring about. This might just become my new hobby!! "So a perennial lasts all year right?!"

It's the "small" changes in life that make a difference…





Thursday, 29 May 2014

Update

February?! Really Natalie….

Oh boy - I let my crazy busy self forget about my blog again. Sigh.

I've been applying to jobs full force since my contact ended the end of April at the University. Knowing that this part-time job wasn't going to be in my future (the position is now being taken on by students for professional development and leadership opportunities…yay!), I started making connections and reaching out to businesses ahead of time to let them know that I was "vacant".

It's SUCH a tough market out there for eager chaps like myself with an interest in communications and social media…not to mention the lack of jobs in my area. BUT….I have been staying positive! I know I have a lot to offer an organization and I just have to be at the right place at the right time!

DID YOU KNOW: It takes on average 10 interviews before you land the job?! (From the wise J.T. O'Donnell).

That's encouraging right?! I have a couple more interviews line up over the next week so I'm hopeful that my job will be coming to me soon!



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Anyways, that's it for today! Until…………..tomorrow?! Or maybe next month..hehe

-love and appreciation for reading these words. xo
Natalie

Friday, 14 February 2014

Valentines Day Nails

Ola!

Wooo so excited! Today is Vday and I STILL have no idea what my husband has planned for us! I'm really surprise he kept it a secret this long!

I woke up at 7 am so excited like a little kid on Christmas who can't sleep because they can't wait to open their presents! Since I had some extra time this morning, I redid my nails for the occasion and wanted to share this SUPER cute look with ya'll!

I'm also going to tryyyy and show you my makeup routine for today but no promises. I want to surprise the hubs with breaky in bed and so I don't know how much extra time I'll have. Regardless, I will show you pictures and do my best explaining the look without the tutorial part ;)

The colours I used by Essie were Mod Square (pink) and A Cut Above (sparkles).
A must have when doing my nails is the Nicole drying drops. This stuff works! Dry's my nails so much faster because I hate waiting! Definitely recommend it.





Voila! Beauty. 

Oh - you can't see in the pic, but it's snowing outside. Barf.

I hope everyone has a fab vday! And if not, that's ok too! A good suggestion for no vday plans is have a hot bath, get your nails did, and read a good book!

love always, n

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

DIY Valentines Day Lip Scrub!

Hi there!

Welcome back. I work with all women (6 of us in the office). Although, if there were boys in the office, I'm sure they would like this cute little Vday gift as well. Lets be honest, everyone should have soft, moistened lips, especially at Vday when smooching is more likely to occur xxxx

So this little gift I planned to give to the girls tomorrow as a little vday treat. I wanted to get this post up sooner so that if you wanted to make these for your coworkers/friends, you had more time.

BUT - the good news is, these can be made at ANY time! Have fun with the colours too for whatever occasion and enjoy the softness you experience after application. mmm mmm mm.

Here we go:


You will need sugar (white), olive oil, coconut oil, honey, and tint (optional).


You will need tiny jars to put the lip scrub in. These I purchased at Dollarama, $1 for 3! Steallll


Then you will need little note cards so that you can write the ingredients, and a little message to your Valentine! <3


 Some ribbon……..


And cute little baggies to wrap them in! OH…and, I used a glue gun (not shown) to add bows on them. You'll see :)


First things first - you will want to sanitize the little jars. I soaked mine in hot water with antibacterial dish soap for 10 minutes. Rinse with hot water and dry them thoroughly. 



 Different recipes call for different measurement but I literally just started going to town until I got a desired texture! For someeeee reason, every time I make recipes or DIY projects at home following measurements, they never work out! So now I just wing it. And it works out much better! Use a durable spatula because you will have to much together everything equally and it can be hard if you're just using a spoon. 


Scoop the mixture into your cute little jars and voila! Easy peasy lemon squeezey!!

But, I decided the bow needed to go on top - not wrapped around the side (might get too messy!).

This is where the glue gun comes handy. 


Ah! Much better! Here we are! I just wrote the little message on the one card, and the persons name on the other. Pop the jars into the fridge overnight to give them a good texture. 


slip them in the bags the next morning….




How a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e!!! I hope they like them! 

What do you think?! Would you like to receive this as a gift!? I saved the left overs in a jar for myself and I tried it tonight…. so SO good! I love how the coconut oil makes your lips so soft and moistened after application and for hours after. Just the best! 

Share with me your DIY Valentines day projects as I would <3 to read them!

I'm so excited for vday as my hubby has plans and I don't know what they are! 

He has NEVER, in 8 years surprised me like this so that's why it's such a big deal for me. 

Stay tuned! I will share my vday with you all on my Saturday post!

much loves. natalie. <3

Monday, 10 February 2014

I LOVE Mondays

That's right - I really do love Mondays! I get excited to start a new week and go back to work with people I love! It will be sad to leave them when I move on :(

Apologies AGAIN for not writing the last couple days. Right now is such a busy time for me (which I know everyone's busy) but especially with job searching and still trying to get my house in order, has taken up all of my time. I was up at 6:50 am this morning which is really the only reason I get to squeeze this in.

I think my problem is I really want to have a good blog post that is well thought out before I compose it - however I think I need to be a little bit easier on myself because this blog is really just a reflection of my life in digital form and I should be able to write whatever, whenever I feel like it and not worry if the content/structure is perfect (this is not a thesis Natalie…sheesh). I can't seem to surrender the academic brain. One of my goals that I want to work on is to not be so hard on myself. Lately, I feel this has gotten worse, and admittedly, I really really want to work on this.

So I'm going to try and just write whatever is on my mind and not second guess whether "it's good enough, or not" to post. Also, I'm going to try and start planning out my posts for the week ahead. This obviously will be more organized and structured which is helpful. So here are a couple of blog posts that you can be expecting this week!!


-Valentines day DIY lip scrubs (for your gf's/coworkers!)
-Valentines day plans (which I still don't know about! I can't believe he kept this a secret this whole time!)
-TTC update
-Mall Haul
-My new office!
-Job hunting/the BEST book I've ever read to help me succeed!

That's all for now my lovely readers!

Have a fabulous week!

<3 natalie