Five Minutes

I think it’s safe to say that my life plans change every five minutes or so.


One minute, I think I have things all figured out. Then five minutes later, a new opportunity presents itself, and another door is closed. My life is a bit all over the place right now as I’m currently throwing around the some ideas:


  • Should I stay in Orlando?
  • If so… I need roommates. Living alone is $$$$$$$$$$$$.
  • Should I go to graduate school? ($$$$)
  • If so, how can I afford it? ($$$$)
  • If not… can I find a job?
  • Where is this job going to be?
  • Should I move back to Tampa with my dad?
  • Should I move to NC with my mom?
  • Blah, blah… you get the idea.


Too bad everything revolves around $$$ or my choices would be much easier.


I’m trying to be as flexible as possible since everything is so un-planned right now. I have a back-up plan, but I’m waiting for my “plan A” to unfold. Does that make any sense?


I’ve been on a salad kick lately, I think it has something to do with my desire to stuff as many fruits and vegetables into my body as it will allow. I have been feeling a little down about this whole, “my-life-is-so-unstable” thing — maintaining my healthy habits provides some sort of normalcy.


My newest favorite: The Five minute salad.




I call it this because even if I change my mind every five minutes, there is something in this salad that will appeal to me at all times.




It includes:

  • spinach
  • romaine
  • leftover chicken
  • leftover Trader Joes’s Grain Blend
  • corn
  • snap peas
  • broccoli
  • red pepper
  • carrots




No salad is complete without amazing dressing. That is why Trader Joe’s Tuscan Italian makes its way onto almost every salad. Unless I use the beloved poppy seed. Sorry Poppy, Tuscan Italian won this battle.




There are so many ways to make a salad, and usually it always turns out well! I’m kind of feeling that way about life right now. I have so many choices, and they all seem so great!


Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one graduating “without a plan.” I know this cannot possibly be the case.


❤ MegaNerd

Job Interview Confidence

This morning, I had a job career interview.



Obviously, I started with my most favorite breakfast ever…


…Kashi H2H, banana, milk, and PB.

Let’s not forget about the coffee!




Calming the tummy nerves was a necessity.


I was honestly more nervous about the fact that there were three lanes closed on the freeway than the actual interview itself. Traffic was so backed up and I got there literally JUST in time even though I allowed an extra hour to drive less than 10 miles.


The road pretty much just looked like a giant parking lot.





When I first heard that the company wanted to interview me, I was SO nervous. I knew that at least a dozen other people would be interviewing for the same position, and I had to figure out a way to stand out. There was absolutely nothing  I could actually do in one week to make myself a better candidate other than gaining confidence. I didn’t have time to learn new skills, or graduate, or take another course.


While I have no idea yet where I stand as far as actually landing the job, I do have to say that I walked in to the interview  feeling very confident.


The interview itself went really well. I know that if I don’t get the job it isn’t because I am a failure. All that I could do is be myself and if they don’t like it, then there is something else better out there for me. Optimism is my motto.

I received at least a dozen e-mails today (crazy!) asking how I prepped for my interview.


Honestly, I already had everything inside me, I just had to find the key to unlock it. I had to let my abilities and confidence shine through. I had to let the interviewer know that I wanted the job, and that I was the best candidate for the position.




Here is how I personally boosted my interviewing confidence:


The Resume:


I think I had exactly 14 revisions of my resume before I finalized it.  I had several people proofread it, including old co-workers, friends, classmates, and even people that are in the industry. This is the very, very first impression. I knew that if my resume sucked, I wouldn’t even get a call. Everything is 100% truthful, but worded to make me sound, well… EPIC.


I also printed 5 copies to bring with me, and I ended up needing 3 of them! It always pays to be prepared.



Dress Confidently:


To be honest, I have gained a tad bit of  weight since my last office job. I am totally fine with that, but my professional wardrobe is a little too snug to be appropriate if you know what I mean.


I wanted to FEEL confident, so I went and got a new (properly fitting) outfit. I tried on outfits for an hour until I found something that made me feel GOOD.



I automatically felt more confident and professional wearing this outfit.




Practice, Practice, Practice:


A week or so before the interview, I Google-d "top job interview questions”, printed out a list, and practiced answering them. I took notes and throughout the week I thought of examples of things I wanted to say if certain questions were asked.


Practicing what I was going to say took the guess work out. I was able to speak much more articulately.


I had Mark ask me interview questions so many times that I think he pretty much could have done the interview for me. Poor thing, he really is a good sport.



Act Like You’re EPIC, and You will BE epic.


Honestly, one of the things that helped me out the most was a simple text message from Taylor, just before I walked into the interview.


It said, “Don’t be nervous, it will show! Act like you are the most confident person ever and that they would be LUCKY to have you.”




I will keep you posted as the job search and interviewing process continues! In the meantime, I am off to relax. After all, I’m done with finals AND the interview.



What are your tips for job interview confidence?


❤ MegaNerd

Found What I’m Looking For

Wow, the weekend flew by! I can’t believe it’s Sunday night already.


This week is going to be BUSY!

  • Today: Spent the day looking for an outfit for…
  • Monday: JOB INTERVIEW! (and last day of spring classes)
  • Tuesday: Work @ both jobs
  • Wednesday: Hydraulics Final
  • Thursday-Sunday: Work and Studying
  • Monday: Steel Design and Geotechnical Eng. Finals!


Then I have a two week break before I start my last undergraduate semester EVER!


This afternoon I headed to the mall to look for an outfit for tomorrow’s interview. I have my very first real job interview tomorrow, and I’m really excited!


I spent about an hour shopping, and eventually found this:




In the meantime, I ended up finding a lot of other fun items…I always get distracted!




It seems like every time I’m looking for something, I have a hard time finding it. Last year, when it was time for the Healthy Living Summit I couldn’t find a dress to save my life! When I’m not looking for dresses, I find tons of cute ones! The same thing happened today. I searched at 10 different stores before finding a basic interview outfit. Whew!


Mark recently discovered that he needs glasses, so while we were at the mall, he stopped at a few places to check some out.


He looks so smart in them! Not that he isn’t smart, he’s a double engineering major!




Meet Professor Chaos




Hmmm… I wonder what I would look like with glasses?




We got out of the mall just in time! There were severe thunderstorm warnings and even a tornado watch!




Obviously, I cancelled my run. Hopefully I will get a run in tomorrow before my interview! It may help shake any jitters, anyways. I don’t have much to say about it other than that I know there will be other people interviewing before and after me. I hope that I can figure out a way to make myself SHINE!


The last (engineering-related) job interview I had was three years ago! I was EXTREMELY nervous, but obviously I couldn’t have done horribly, because I got the job! I feel confident and am trying to have a positive attitude. I just need to watch my usage of the word “like.” I tend to say it waaaaaay too much when I get nervous.




My tummy is a little bit knotted so dinner was basic.




Couscous-broccoli-chickpea combo. Never fails.




I am off to get a good night’s sleep before my big week. I feel like I have a bunch to look forward to! 


What was your first career-related job interview experience like? Did you feel prepared for it?


❤ MegaNerd