Best wishes in the new year!
Best wishes in the new year!
As I prep for my trip to Boston this week, I am reminded of a thought I had when my friend Maggie (pictured above talking to our Couchsurfing host at Trinity College campus in Dublin) visited last month: Why are we social butterflies when traveling?
While at Burwood Tap, a neighborhood bar, Maggie wanted to see what was on the jukebox, so she… joined the next guy who approached it and helped him choose a song. While doing so, she began talking to the group of girls next to the jukebox. She returned to our table, sat for a moment, and said “those girls seem really cool; I’d like to talk to them again” … and then she did just that.
Why was this so shocking to the rest of us at the table? Why was it so absurd that she would go continue a conversation with seemingly nice people? Are we all so afraid of a conversation going poorly that we can only bear the thought when in an unfamiliar city with people we will likely not see again?
Give yourself a mental staycation this week. Spark a conversation with someone on the bus (CRAZY, I KNOW.) Say “good morning” to people on your way to work. Go up to the fun group of people at your favorite bar and INTRODUCE YOURSELF. Be a social butterfly like Maggie and pretend you’re on vacation. Most importantly, be kind and enjoy yourself!
Have a great week! Can’t wait to tell you all about Boston when I return
Okay, it’s been a while. My dog ate my blog posts. Nah, I can’t lie to you. I got a little wrapped up in Instagram lately FOLLOW ME, PLEASE @dontreadintoit. Apparently it’s best to blog to maintain “blogger” status?
I was reaching a point of exhaustion in the job hunt, along with a poorly-timed relationship with a guy who didn’t know we were in a relationship (it’s a theme of mine; if any of you ladies want to patch things up with the ex, send ’em my way and they’ll come crawling back to you. Rates negotiable.) For two weeks, I had this crazy anxiety I couldn’t find the source for – that gut feeling (ADVICE – FOLLOW IT). After weeks of tricking myself into believing I was upset about my lack of job, I decided to test things out to see if it was the relationship. After far too long, I asked if he saw it going anywhere – he responded by telling me he still has dreams about his ex. Good call, gut.
I’m no expert (see above), but I think relationships are more simple than people make it out to be (romantic, friendships, family). Joanna Goddard of A Cup of Joe posted advice her sister gave her. Mark Manson posted similar advice. In essence, life’s too short to be with someone who doesn’t want to be with you – a person either likes you or they don’t. You do you.
A week later, I got a job offer (which I start TODAY!). Coincidence? Perhaps. A good lesson nonetheless. Make room in your life for good things to happen.
Have a lovely week!
As spring break approaches for us late goers, picture this (but don’t cry, it’s not real):
It’s 5am, you’re at the airport, moments from boarding your plane to your spring break destination, and you realize you’ve forgotten your phone.
You met your friends at their place at some ungodly hour, get in the car, ready to head to your spring break haven, and then you get that empty feeling of lacking your phone.
I’d like to hear what you guys think! Vote and/or comment below:
For spring break, I’m going to North Carolina with my family for my sister’s golf tournament. Needless to say, I would walk home to get my phone if I forgot it.