The Direction of Dreams

Hello, friends!

 

Today was actually a pretty good one for me! I feel like I have had a black cloud of doom over me the past few weeks as I continuously get more and more discouraged with my slowing running speeds and lack of any job leads.

In case you haven’t been reading long, I am a recent college graduate looking for a job in civil engineering. Along with my two part-time jobs that fill my days, I started my own side business to do freelance sub-consulting for transportation engineers and urban planners. It’s a difficult process that doesn’t reap great financial rewards (yet), but the experience and contacts is really what I’m after!

 

This afternoon, I was presented with the opportunity to meet with a Professional Engineer (PE) who used to own part of a MAJOR civil engineering firm. Essentially, he does exactly what I want to do one day, and it made my day to get a chance to talk with him for 20 minutes. I was there on an errand for another client, but feel like I made a great impression! He might have more freelance work for me! Woo-hoo!

 

He told me to keep in touch, and I left with a smile. I walked straight out of the meeting…and straight into Pinkberry. Without even flinching. Hmm…

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I’m a HUGE fan of tart frozen yogurt. I loved the pomegranate flavor with strawberries and honey granola.

 

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It was a refreshing afternoon treat without guilt.

 

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Once I returned home, I applied to a few more jobs (I got a second wind of motivation) and worked on improving my cover letter. Big thanks to Lauren who proof-read my letter! She teaches a class in cover letter writing, and offered to give me some pointers. Thanks again! 🙂

 

I whipped up a quick meal between tasks:

 

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  • Sweet Potato with cinnamon
  • Grilled Chicken
  • steamed broccoli

 

This afternoon, I got to thinking. I keep getting so discouraged that I still haven’t had a single job interview. I get discouraged that I am not running as fast as I used to. The negative thoughts in my head are literally dragging me down and effecting other aspects of my life.

 

I asked myself, “What if, instead of getting discouraged that I haven’t met my end goal, I appreciated the little progress that I make each day? “

 

A few months ago, running 9.3 miles would have been completely out of the question. But with the baby steps of running a tiny bit more each week, I was finally able to complete my goal. As I continue to increase my mileage, I know that I will gain my speed back. This is also true in my career! I keep making more contacts, getting my name out there, and getting more freelance work.

 

I’m heading in the right direction, and it’s about time I started being proud of my efforts! It’s all about baby steps. 🙂

 

Quote of the Day:

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined."

-Henry David Thoreau

 

Are you heading in the direction of your dreams?

❤ MegaNerd

Memories and Mistakes

Graduation: It’s starting to feel real!

 

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I now officially have my cap and gown!

 

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Class of 2010. I can’t believe this is actually happening!

 

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Five years ago, I had no idea where I would be today. I came to college so clueless about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. All I wanted to do was have fun and hangout with my friends. Oh yes, and of course stall myself from going into the “real world.”

 

Four years ago, I changed my major to Civil Engineering. I was stuck on one of Orlando’s many horribly designed roads, and told my friends who were in my car at the time, “I want to fix this!” I finally had some sort of direction!

 

Three years ago, I picked up a minor in Business Administration. I fell in love with running and then with a boy. I learned to be independent (financially) from my parents, and started taking my core engineering classes. It was a tough year, but probably one of my best ones at the same time.

 

Two years ago, I thought I had it all figured out. I had a great internship, an awesome boyfriend, was doing well in school, travelling to places like Hawaii (for school), and racing like crazy! I pictured moving to DC with my then-boyfriend and finding some awesome job and living happily ever after with my awesome life.

 

Somewhere between now and two years ago, a lot has changed. I started a blog, quit my internship, and some dreams changed. In a way, I feel like I am back at square one, but I am not the same person as I was five years ago. I am strong and independent. I am much better equipped to tackle the world than I ever could have been back then.

I’ve been feeling a little lost as to the direction of my life. I thought that by the time I graduated college I would have it all figured out, I suppose. I learned a lot about life, love, and calculus in college. I feel scared and excited to start a new chapter of my life, even though I’m not sure what will be written on it’s pages.

 

I have no idea where I will be in another five years, but I am learning to be okay with that. My type-A personality would love to know the exact course to take to happiness, but life doesn’t work like that. It would be so boring if we had no choices to make!

 

Life Lesson Learned: I will not be afraid to make mistakes.

 

Enough heavy stuff for one morning.

 

On to breakfast!

 

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It’s been far too long since I made myself an omelet. I changed that today.

 

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I whisked together two egg whites and one whole egg in a mug with some salt and pepper. I poured it into a pre-heated pan, and then stuffed it with spinach and cheddar cheese.

 

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Breakfast is never complete without some sort of carb in my opinion. That is where my whole grain English muffin came in.

 

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I’m off to do some MAJOR cleaning, laundry, and packing!

 

What was the most important lesson you have ever learned?

 

❤ MegaNerd