A Rookie to Corporate America

Today it dawned on me. I know nothing about being a professional in today’s workforce. I have been employed for nearly 8 months now (thank the Good Lord) and I still am amazed at the modern day workforce and both complexities and simplicities that come with. That being said, I will admit some pretty immature things throughout the day, like the stress of remembering a conference call. And my amazement at how many people our FedEx packages must go through in order to be across the country in 12 hours. And can you hear my weird music from my office? The relationships I have developed over strictly phone/email professionally and personally also blow my mind everyday and make me aware of how large America truly is. I have only met in person about 10 of the 150 people I’ve technically “worked” with and it feels like one big episode of MTV’s Catfish at times. People working for worldwide companies… how do they do it! I’m sure the “sparkle” will fade, but for now I will admire the ability of large-scale communication. That is, until a coworker from 2,000 miles away is still fully capable of expressing frustration tomorrow, or giving me tips on yoga classes (both happened today!).

To being that much more “professional” tomorrow,

-H 

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Ralph Waldo Emerson… and 12 hour work days

Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of those days. The content of our character is so much more important than the daunting headaches of previous failures and future anxieties. Now only if we remember this at 3PM with no patience left for the work day… Ralph is THE MAN by the way. Always inspired by his words.

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Is this thing on?

Computers are a part of my everyday life, and ironically enough I aim to use this source as a way to “unplug”. To reset my views on social media and the ties in my brain that correspond. It’s vulnerable to put words to paper, but even more so to place your words to a site. Hence, I’ll first and foremost address an addiction I (hopefully) share with many others do who maybe one day will read this blurb/rant/whateveritis. Exhale.

The transition of 20somethingyearold life has swooped in and taken ahold of my everyday thoughts. Becoming aware of your habitual interactions and view points is an enlightening, terrifying experience that has rocked me. Something I struggle with daily as a people pleaser, is a need for approval in every direction. Not only my to boss, but that girl who sat next to me in English class in middle school as well. Why is it that as individuals we obsess over appeasing our acquaintances? I believe social media has somewhat brainwashed our generation to strive for perfection in every aspect, including our “online” personas.  I am a firm believer in real life interactions, and used to claim “I don’t talk about myspace in real life” (remember how big of a deal TOP EIGHTS were?!) but the reality of our society is that these social sites have become a part of us. They should be talked about. But also recognized for what they are: social sites. Not social “meeting up for a drink” or even remotely hearing the heart behind life’s events.  I feel guilty as I have justified an obsession with social media because I’m “passionate about people and their stories”. But the stories that are portrayed through the online world, are still apart of just that: the online world. I’m looking to contribute differently for the next couple of months, but mostly for selfish reasons in that I want exercise for my neurons.

So with 3% battery life and a Tuesday morning commute in 8 hours, I’ve begun my somewhat creative “reset”. I apologize if it’s a bore… or just a longer facebook status you really didn’t feel like reading 😉

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