HELLOKORIN REVIEWS: Uber

I just got back from my first vacation since I started my job in September (to see J get his Master's!), and you guys, I did NOT want to come back. Part of that was the difficulty of leaving J behind, but part of it was just how nice it was to spend my days however I wanted without having to worry about anything. That started Thursday morning with my trip to the airport. I booked a morning flight (and did not want to leave my car at the airport), which that meant no one was on hand to drive me to the airport. So, I turned to a car service I heard about a few months ago: Uber.

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Uber is an app that connects you with drivers in your area (actual people who drive as a job, not random people trying to make extra money here and there). I have to admit, I was nervous to use the app to get to the airport since you can't make a reservation like with a cab. I had read lots of bad reviews of the cab services around me and had $20 worth of Uber credit, so I gave it a chance. On the morning of my flight, I opened the app on my phone about an hour before I would actually need a car (they suggest 15-20 minutes but I was anxious, as usual). The app shows you a map, with your location blinking in blue and little car symbols that show you the locations of drivers around you. You select the type of car you want to take, and it gives you an approximate time for the closest one to get to you. If you click on your location, you can get an estimate from there to your destination, or ask for a driver. Once you're ready to be picked up, you hit "Request a Ride" and the nearest driver is alerted to your location.

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The app sends you the driver's name, his/her photo, and a bunch of other information that I've forgotten by now (sorry). You can literally track your driver as they approach! Mine was there within 5 minutes, and pulled right up to my apartment gate for me. The car was very clean and well-maintained, and the driver was the nicest man who made pleasant conversation for the entire trip (and even had bottled water ready for me). When we arrived, there was no fumbling for my wallet or figuring out a tip—the app handled everything and billed a flat rate to my credit card. Easy! It made the start of my trip so much more enjoyable and stress-free. If you want to try Uber out for yourself, use the code O4B6H (that's the letter O, not a zero) to get a $10 credit toward your first ride! Let me know how it goes, or if you've already tried it, let me know how it went! xoxo

all images via Uber

Texas State Fair!

Nothing says "Welcome to Texas" like a trip to the fair! It was my director's idea to get our department together for some bonding time with funnel cakes and ferris wheels while giving to charity - on Wednesdays you get a discount by bringing canned goods for the food bank. Only a small group actually showed, but I got to meet some new people and eat some fried food on a Wednesday afternoon, so I was happy. Here are some photos from the (slightly overcast) day, enjoy!Collage 1IMG_9378aIMG_9381aCollage 2IMG_9377a

1. Big Tex (Who I found extremely creepy - he moves and talks. Yikes.) | 2. The Half Man! An impressive illusion. | 3. Ferris Wheel | 4. View of Dallas from the Ferris wheel | 5. Entrance | 6. View of the fairgrounds | 7. My coworker's fried cinnamon roll with bacon - what! | 8. Sheep that was very interested in me | 9. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and the Wizard of Oz, all in one ride | 10. Another view of Dallas, because, come on. Look at it.

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

Pack your bags...

...Hello Korin is headed to Dallas, y’all!

So, I spent this summer working as an intern in the automotive manufacturing industry, writing training programs. I learned a lot, but mostly what I learned was that I did not want to work there long-term. Fast forward to hundreds of applications and several dozen interviews later, and here we are! I’ve landed my dream job: fashion editing and writing for Neiman Marcus. I know, right? So now it's time to pack up everything I own and move 900 miles west to the lone star state.

By myself.

Gulp.

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I'm excited and nervous and hopeful. I finally get the chance to let my creative side back out, and I couldn't be more thrilled! I hope to use this opportunity to grow in all my creative outlets and to start establishing my career. And do you know what else this means? Many, many more experiences to share with you! I can't wait!