10K Training Plan

2014 is going by quickly, and the faster time seems to slip away, the more I feel like I need to be making concrete goals. Aside from my 2014 goals, which are going quite well!

So, drum roll please…. I’m training to run a 10K! I’ve pretty much mastered the 5K and I’m bored out of my mind. Not to mention the few pounds I put on over the colder months (eek). And my slightly higher cholesterol (double eek). And my goal of running 450 miles this year. I’m using an 8 week program and I’m very excited to be doing something different. I do best with exercise when I’m working toward something over a chunk of time. Here’s what it looks like:

My 10K Training Plan

Goals for 2014

This list feels short but I think that the more goals I pile on the more likely I am to fail at something. So here they are!

  • Attend the annual NACADA region 2 conference in March. Learning, networking, and advising combined! What more could I ask for?
  • Read 35 books. I managed 28 books in 2013, so I think I can swing it.
  • Cut back on processed food. My go to lunch consists mostly of wrappered snacks and I feel like there are better things I can be putting into my body. I have yet to discover what those things are that won’t leave me feeling hungry 2 hours later but that’s what the internet is for!
  • Get my arse back to the gym. I have a (gifted) gym membership all set for the first half of 2014 AND a built in gym buddy, so let’s do this thing! Things that could use some work:  my core and upper body. I’ve always had strong legs, but that’s really where it ends :)~
  • Run 450 miles. It’s not too lofty, but it’ll require me to regularly get my runs in.
  • Try 12 different things, one every day for a month. I like to mix it up.
    • January: Gratitude journaling. Write down three things every day that I’m grateful for. Big or small.
    • February: Small acts of kindness. One a day.
    • March: Wear lipstick. It makes me feel elegant and put together and I don’t do it enough.
    • April: No TV. Go outside! It’s spring!
    • May: No phone in the evenings. Shut it off for two hours a night and just be.
    • June: Photograph one thing a day. It can be anything.
    • July: No Buy July. Meaning I can’t buy anything for myself that isn’t groceries or necessary toiletries.
    • August: Yoga every day.
    • September: No sweets. Eat fruit instead.
    • October: Meditate for 20 minutes every day.
    • November: Drink nothing but water.
    • December: No wearing black.

On Vulnerability, Plans, and the Crooked Path

I’ve been having a lot of conflicting feelings lately, and they all stem from my own sense of vulnerability.

I’m gonna rewind here a bit. Since I started college in 2008, I’ve tried very hard to do the ‘right’ thing. I graduated in 4 years, knew I was destined for something other than advertising, found my calling in academic advising, went straight on to grad school and finished my master’s in a year and some change. I did everything pretty formulaically. The next step in the equation for me was getting a job in higher education. This is where things start to sort of veer off track and life takes the wheel. I’ve been applying to jobs that I don’t have enough experience for to even be considered for an interview. I’ve been networking my arse off and the general consensus is that yes, I need experience on top of my degree. Meanwhile, I need to be a current student at a brick and mortar campus in Pittsburgh to get an internship, and volunteering isn’t something most offices will allow you to do as you can’t just ‘work’ for free. And FERPA etc.

That brings me to where I am now. For the past five years I’ve been able to pride myself on my plans going as, um, planned. And now?  I am extremely vulnerable. I have a master’s degree and I’m working retail for minimum wage. WOW this was so not a part of my plan. I guess you could call me a control freak of sorts, and not being able to control this part of my life plans is making me a bit crazy. I’m stuck in the experience cycle.

It’s obviously not something exclusive to me or my situation but it’s hard not to take personally. Some days I feel like giving up on pursuing advising and channeling my energy elsewhere. Other days, I feel grateful to have a job, no matter what kind it is, and I construct unconventional dream plans to worm my way into an advising job somehow. Sometimes I feel alone. And then there are days like today where people I’ve only met through Twitter shine through the clouds like sunshine I haven’t seen in months. And even though I’m no closer to a job, knowing I’m not alone helps immensely. Being vulnerable doesn’t have to be something I bear privately. I can be openly vulnerable. It’s pretty frightening, but it’s so much easier than internally feeling embarrassed that I didn’t immediately get a job out of grad school that uses my degree.

We’re all on a path, and for most people my age, that path is crooked. There are more unemployed and underemployed people than there are job openings, we all have a good chunk of debt from our education, and it’s a buyer’s market, to put it in real estate terms. Employers can afford to be ultra choosy with job candidates because there are so. Damn. Many of us.

I’m completely unsure as to where my professional life is headed at this point. I’m vulnerable and my pride has suffered quite a bit as a result. There. I said it. And I put it on the internet so there’s no taking it back now.

Here’s to the crooked path, vulnerability, and the willingness to accept the unpredictability of my life going forward.

Thanks for reading :)

Introducing Yogi!

Yogi 2

As you all know, we’ve been waiting very patiently to get a dog. Now that we’ve moved into a dog (read: pitbull) friendly apartment Mack and I were finally able to adopt a dog from the Animal Rescue League on Saturday. Some things about Yogi:

  • He’s almost 2 years old, and a 60 lb. snuggle bug! He also loves to gives kisses and ‘pet me’ nudges.
  • He’s a pitbull mix. We bought a dog DNA test to find out what other things he is, though.
  • He loooooves bully sticks and rope toys. He stole a bully stick from Petagogy the first time we went in :)~
  • He tore his ACL and had to have surgery in the spring and he has a cool Frankenweenie scar on his left hind leg.
  • He was at the shelter for almost 7 months (he was there longer than any other current dog), but we have no idea why as he’s lovely, calm, potty trained, knows sit and lie down, and overall really just wants to please you.
  • He loves to meet new people!
  • He’s just awesome in general.

6 Reasons You Should Hire Me

  1. I’m always working to improve my multicultural competence. This is something I’m very proud of. Multicultural advising is more than just advising a student of a different background from myself. Multicultural advising means helping students from all backgrounds define their goals both educationally and academically by giving priority and taking into consideration the student’s values, personality, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, and/or socioeconomic status, and acknowledging how the institutional climate in regard to culture, programs offered, tolerance, privilege and oppression may affect these students.
  2. I’m excited. I’m truly passionate about academic advising and higher education. Back in 2011, I was still an undergrad at Temple University, studying advertising. I was becoming more and more unimpressed with the manipulative ways of advertising all in the name of selling a product, and the sinking feeling that I wasn’t going to enjoy a career in advertising wouldn’t go away. After returning from a wonderful semester abroad in London in April of 2011, I learned about an opportunity to become a peer advisor for the study away department. I was immediately excited and I couldn’t apply fast enough. As I started to think about how interested I was in peer advising, it occurred to me that I could help others for a living through academic advising. I’d always wanted to help others. I’m a natural ‘helper’, and I always have been. If you need anything, I’m the one carrying a few Band-Aids and a nail file around in my purse. Just in case.
  3. I have a pretty diverse skill set. I’m pretty hip with the social media lingo, and I know how to utilize TwitterFacebookPinterestInstagramLinkedIn, and  WordPress.com. Social media comes naturally to me, whether it’s being a Millennial or just having a knack for it. I can type around 90 words per minute, and I know how to use a Mac and a PC. I’m knowledgeable when it comes to Microsoft Office Suite, too. I took Prove It assessments and scored  83% on the Microsoft Word portion and 93% on the Excel portion. I’m a quick learner which also helps.
  4. I’m organized. I’m the most organized person I know. I don’t lose things. Ever. I still use a tangible planner (with pencil only!) in addition to the calendar on my phone (can’t seem to get the paper planner to send me reminder texts and/or e-mails). I make to-do lists and know how to prioritize tasks and manage my time so everything gets done in a timely manner. I’m a habitual list maker and I find that it eases my mind to get everything down on paper so I can focus on what I’m doing here and now. I also like to get to appointments (and airports and train stations) early.
  5. I’m a good writer. And I hope this website speaks to that. I won a D.A.R.E. essay contest in 5th grade. Not that that means much today, but hey, it’s, uh, something. But seriously. I know how to write a concise e-mail, and I understand how important it is to write an e-mail tactfully as there is absolutely no context in regard to tone or facial expressions. So the occasional :) or >:( goes a long way when used appropriately. Just kidding about the mad face, although I do find it quite amusing :P
  6. I have a decent amount of customer service experience under my belt. You know, answering phones cheerfully and making the occasional phone call, helping others, remaining calm and polite, picking up clothing customers have left on the floor, folding t-shirts, cleaning up vomit… I’ve seen a lot, and I understand customer service. From the consumer point of view and the corporate point of view. Even if my day is going awfully, I know it’s important to put on a smile and  check my emotional baggage before I board the plane that is any sort of interaction with anyone.

Just in case, here’s a link to my resume and my e-mail address :)