Monday Motivation

ebfa7ae11a5e666c8a1af6d1e53d6edd Hello! I'm alive!

Sorry for the blog pause, things have been pretty busy/hectic around here. But what better way to welcome you all back that with this quote? This one's really spoken to me lately, and is especially relevant now that I've managed to gather the courage/time to open up shop (finally)! I have known for a while now that I want to break into the wedding/organization/decor scene, and now I've made a (small) step towards that goal! It all started when my best friend from back home got engaged, and since I can only do so much from 900+ miles away, I put together a binder to help her with all the planning. She loved it, and her friends loved it, and now you all can love it too!

I now have a small shop on Etsy (and I mean small, only two items right now. But two great items!). You can find it at etsy.com/shop/hellokorin. Soon I hope to be adding more wedding-related items, decor pieces, etc. But for now, here it is in all its glory:

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Stop by and take a peek, and if you know any brides-to-be, send 'em over! Or better yet, buy them one as a sweet gift! Then report back here, I would love some feedback.

Happy Monday, guys! What are you starting today?

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Gift It: Graduation

It's almost that time again! It's hard to believe that it's been nearly a year since I walked across the stage myself, but at the same time so much has happened that I can't believe it's only been a year. As I'm starting to prepare for my trip back to Georgia to watch my guy get his Master's degree (so proud of you, J!), I thought some of you might be attending graduations of your own or graduating yourself. So whether you need gift ideas for a special graduate or need to give some ideas for what you want, here are a few things any grad would be thrilled to get.

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card | wallet | universal charger | watch | lunch tote | shower jelly | screen towelettes | amazon giftcard

Monday Motivation

OpportunityThis is so true. Sure, I have an awesome job that I love, but it took years of hard work and hundreds of job applications and ignored resumes to get here. I've seen firsthand how so many young people these days feel like the world should be giving them what they want simply because they have their degrees and hey, they're awesome. They have an entire bedroom full of participation trophies at home telling them so. As much as we've been trained to think that we're unique and special, in the eyes of employers, we're not. There are millions of other qualified graduates applying for the same jobs that can do exactly what you can do. If you want employers to think you're worth hiring, you have to show that you think the job is worth pursuing. You didn't get the first job or assignment or promotion you wanted? Try again. Got a job offer that wasn't exactly the kind of job you pictured yourself having? Get over it. Sure, people are always telling you "don't settle." This may be good advice in other parts of life, but in getting your career started, no. I've had a few jobs and internships that were not my idea of a good time, but the experience taught me what I liked and didn't like, what to look for and what to look out for, and most of all it gave me some experience. Just because your dreams aren't happening within your timeframe doesn't mean you aren't on your way.

All We Really Need is Girls!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFpe3Up9T_g I came across this floating around the internet and I love it so much I can't even tell you! I want my possible future daughters to grow up knowing they're more than princesses and using their brains. Check out this one too, and visit their website. Go girls!

I dare you!

Aside from my fashion sense, I’d say I’m a pretty cautious, play-by-the-rules type of person. I like to arrive early, I rarely stray from my “usual” at more restaurants than I’d care to admit, and I always have a plan. It's my comfort zone, we all have one!

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I’ve noticed, though, a little bit of a shift. As I’m starting to feel more and more in control of my own life, without my parents or school to guide me along, I’ve begun to make bolder, more daring choices. I decided to take a job that was somewhat outside of my degree field, halfway across the country, and live  hundreds of miles from J while he finishes school and starts his own career. All of this has been scary and hard, but I have a clear picture in my head of what I want my life to be like and I get closer every day.

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Now that I've started my career and am settling in to life here, I'm trying to keep that mindset going and not get stuck making "comfortable" choices. It really helps to see daring choices being made all around me! One of my best friends is an amazing artist and designer, and is making her own dreams happen (follow her here & find her work here). She’s also co-launching a digital magazine (which I will be a contributor for!) with another friend of ours, who is also an amazing graphic designer (follow her here). So watch for that in the future, and keep pushing yourself!

Large photo: my actual fortune cookie today! Row of photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5