Our First Christmas

This year, we celebrated our first official Christmas as "The Kamczycs!" After getting married, buying our first home, and all the other excitements 2016 had to offer, we decided to spend our holiday relaxing in the solitude and serenity of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We soaked up every ounce of our surroundings we possibly could, watched hours of Christmas movies and holiday baking shows, braved the cold weather for calming dips in the hot tub, dried off by the fireplace, exchanged stockings, and I can't remember the last time I was so relaxed. 

A few photos from our trip:

I couldn't ask for a better view ;)

I couldn't ask for a better view ;)

We could hear cows mooing in the distance, and a rooster crowing, and it felt like we were an entire world away, sitting in the sky.

We could hear cows mooing in the distance, and a rooster crowing, and it felt like we were an entire world away, sitting in the sky.

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Does my husband know me, or does he know me? He fed all my obsessions: magazines, scented candles, jigsaw puzzles, Elvis Presley, dark chocolate, photography (a fun Polaroid camera!) and orange tic-tacs. He won this year's stocking-stuffing, hands down.

Does my husband know me, or does he know me? He fed all my obsessions: magazines, scented candles, jigsaw puzzles, Elvis Presley, dark chocolate, photography (a fun Polaroid camera!) and orange tic-tacs. He won this year's stocking-stuffing, hands down.

This was the first Christmas in a lifetime of Christmases, and it's one I will never forget.

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.