Operation GMST


We are half way through 2010 and depending on your general outlook on life these days that can either be a good or bad thing (think glass half full or empty). For me, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a toss up. I have a decision to make. I can either allow my life to go one way or the other. It’s up to me if the rest of 2010 will be a bust. That being said, I can now allude to the point of my last blog entry:

I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.




Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

–William Ernest Henley

Pep Talk


We all have goals, short term and long term goals. How much effort we put into achieving those goals is solely up to us. However, there will also always be obstacles that get in the way.

Many times we use obstacle or external factors to create excuses as to why we can’t do something about our situation. Sure things happen that are out of your control (like the weather or time). Don’t worry about these things, they are out of your hands (unless you know a wicked rain dance or have a time machine).

What we don’t realize is that the biggest obstacle standing in our way can actually be ourselves. The worst thing you can do is sabotage yourself by letting your attitude, mindset, or fears get to you.

It’s how you react to life’s obstacles that matter. Actions speak louder than words. Do something about your situation. Don’t wallow or feel sorry for youself, it will get you nowhere! Don’t let your own hang ups about yourself get in the way of achieving your goals.

With that said, I apologize for not updating in awhile. I can give you a billion reasons why, but I’d rather not create excuses. I will just make it up to you with action…or words 🙂

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I didn’t want to use the term “diet” because this concept is only temporary. Once you return to your normal way of eating, everything you did during your “diet” will basically become null and void. Eating healthy is a lifestyle change. It’s about adopting healthy ways of eating for a lifetime. I was thinking the other day, why not take tips from eating healthy and use them to improve other aspects of our life? Like a diet, you should slowly try and incorporate these changes into your lifestyle permanently and not as a quick fix!

Cut out junk food from your diet. Cut out Debbie downers from your life.

Cutting out junk food from your life ultimately will help you become healthier and will give you more energy. Just like junk food, there are people in your life that you could live without. There are friends who are realistic and bring up valid good points in order to ultimately help you. Then there are some people who have a way of constantly bringing you down whether it be with blunt statements or sneaky passive aggressive side comments. You know who these people are.

Have a healthy mix of complex carbs, lean protein, and good fat. Have a healthy mix of hard work, play, and relaxation.

A balanced diet is a good diet. Cutting out whole food groups will work temporarily, but in the long run your body will crave certain nutrients. Similarly, all work and no play will burn you out in the long run. Give yourself a break from time to time. You don’t always have to be out partying either. Find simple ways to relax that don’t involve a television. Try having a nice bubble bath at the end of a long day, re-reading your favorite childhood book, have a glass of wine…or do all three!

Keep a food journal and log everything you eat. Keep a to do list and log all your goals and accomplishments.

When you’re trying to lose weight, or just eat healthier, it’s important to keep a food journal to keep track of your eating patterns. Sometimes we eat more than we think or don’t get enough vegetables when we think we do. Use this technique with your everyday life. If you are having trouble with time management or find that you aren’t quite reaching your goals, keep a simple journal or to-do list to track of your day/goals. Pinpoint your areas of improvement and tackle them head on.

Find a support group that share your healthy outlook on life. Find a community that share your similar goals.

It’s inspirational to hear stories of individual success and accomplishments. There are things we strive to do in order to prove to ourselves that we are strong and in control. However, no matter how driven you are, there are times when you become discouraged. This is the time when we are either glad that chose to surround ourselves with people who are supportive and understanding of our struggles… or wish that we did. It’s always good to have a support group for moments like this. If you can’t find one in real life, there are many online communities and blogs where you will find all kinds of amazing support.

DO want

DO NOT want

Right now I am loving my current internship because I get to do what I love, from the convenience of my own home. The only downside? Our weekly meetings. Why? Because to get there, it takes a little over two hours one way without traffic. You can imagine how spending a total of four to six hours on the road can be a complete nightmare. (Disclaimer: In the long run, the commute is worth it for this amazing opportunity.)

I sat there today in bumper to bumper traffic, stewing in my own frustration and anxiety, while I imagined all I could be getting accomplished if I wasn’t stuck in traffic. It made me realize that this nightmare is a reality for so many. While I can’t invent a flying car or a teleportation machine for you, I have come up with some simple DO’s and DO NOT’s for those who suffer from DCFH (Daily Commute from Hell) syndrome.

DO listen to a book on tape/CD. DO NOT read an actual book in traffic. Don’t roll your eyes, I’ve seen this happen multiple times in traffic…you know who you are!

DO learn another language by listening to audio tapes/CDs you can borrow from the library. DO NOT curse the other drivers in another language. Okay this I guess I can make an exception 😉

DO sing aloud to your favorite songs on the radio. DO NOT fall asleep to your favorite songs on the radio.

DO chew gum to keep your hunger in check. DO NOT chew out the other drivers and proceed to keep them in check by cutting them off.

DO eat something simple like an apple or pear. DO NOT peel an orange or squeeze yourself some lemonade.

DO make a mental to-do list of everything you have to do that week. DO NOT make a mental list of everything you wish you could do to the person who just cut you off.

DO think of something nice to do for your significant other when you get home. DO NOT plan on ignoring or giving them some attitude as a result of your mood.

DO gas up before you get on the freeway. DO NOT wait for the gas light to appear while you’re in the furthest lane from the exit in bumper to bumper traffic. True story.

DO go to the bathroom before you leave. DO NOT hold your pee for the entire ride. No one likes a UTI.

There are probably a bunch more that I can think up as I’m sitting in traffic next week. But for now, I’ll leave you with those. While I was a little sarcastic with some of these, there are some things you can actually get done. Didn’t think you had time to brush up on your Spanish or French? Think again!

What are some things you like to do while sitting in traffic? What’s worked and what hasn’t?

P.S. I was featured on Brazen Careerist last week…crazy! It was a pleasant surprise to say the least. Especially because it was also one of my shortest blogs to date. I guess I can take a hint, right?

I’m visiting my brother, who’s currently in college…and it’s FINALS WEEK! I kind of miss it. I actually miss the runs to starbucks, the intense studying and the hiding out in the library or study centers for hours (or days) at a time. So I took note and did the same. I went to two different libraries and was able to get more work done in those two or three hours than I have when I tried to do work at home. There are a lot of things you can do to get in the proper mind set so you can be more productive.

1) Go out!
I think it’s important if you’re unemployed to get out of the house once in awhile. Even if you’re just applying to jobs. Take your laptop, resume, cover letters or whatever you’re working on at the moment and find somewhere where you can sit for a couple hours and just dive in. The lure of a comfy bed, food, and reruns of Friends is a greater distraction to me than the laid back environment of a library, café or bookstore.

2) Suit up!
Sometimes when I can’t get out of the house for some reason, I purposely get ready to go out– put on a nice outfit and even some makeup. While working in pajamas seems tempting, it personally makes me feel lazy and uninspired to do anything but sleep.

3) Drink!
I was surprised to learn that my brother doesn’t drink coffee during finals week, so I happily bought him some Starbucks. I don’t want to be the cause of anyone’s addiction, but having something to drink while I’m working always helps me focus. No, not an alcoholic drink (just makes me sleepy actually). But rather something like tea, coffee, or even a smoothie.

Reading the headings, it seems as if I’m urging you to go out to a bar. Well, you can do that too…after a full day of being productive.

Is there any particular routine you like to go through before you can properly sit down and become productive, or can you just sit down anywhere and get work done?

Also, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂

in transit

When I started this blog, not that long ago, I was very focused and determined to find a job or internship to jump start my career after coming back from abroad. And I did it. I found an exciting internship that has given me the opportunity to open myself up to new experiences. This opportunity is also forcing me to realize that I shouldn’t lose focus just because I accomplished a “goal” of mine. In a way I’ve lost a bit of momentum and focus because now I’m thinking, “What next?”

My goal for this blog was to keep myself accountable while I was in transit. I was in transit because I hadn’t reached my destination. Even after landing an internship, I realize I am still in transit towards my final destination, where ever that may be. Initially, I thought I was trying to go from point A to point B, unemployed to employed, beginner to advanced, unsatisfied to fulfilled, etc. However, I’ve realized that sometimes life is not about getting from point A to point B. It’s actually more like getting from point A to B to C…to eventually point Z.

Things happen during a journey and every now and then there’s need for a pit stop. Maybe it’s to give yourself a reality check, or maybe it’s to learn more about yourself… it could be lots of things. Whatever the purpose of your pit stop may be, I think it’s always important to evaluate where you are on the map (of life, or love!) as not to lose yourself along the way.

Many bloggers out there have found their niche and have been vocal about encouraging other new bloggers to find one they are passionate about. The past few weeks I’ve been blogging about job hunting and the thoughts that come with being in transit. In fact, I’ve come to realize that I won’t be writing about this particular journey forever. This blog for me is more of a pit stop. It’s been a learning experience. I’ve learned a great deal about myself and what I need to work on personally, emotionally and professionally. It’s keeping me focused and is a constant reminder that I need to set goals for myself, hold myself accountable and actually do things instead of always thinking and planning.