The Fledgling Journey

Navigating a Good Life One New Experience at a Time

How Mindful Should Your Relaxation Be?


When I relax, I trend toward doing something mindless. Some of these activities (like 2 hours of Gilmore Girls) are fine in moderation, but sometimes it’s just a method of escapism. Practicing mindfulness helps me engage in more intentional relaxation.  Unfortunately I can’t avoid every problem, uncomfortable thought, or stressful situation. The ability to calmly pass through these situations, thoughts, and feelings is something I aspire to.

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Favorite Blogs & Why I Read Them

My Favorite Blogs & Why You Should Read Them


Want to know how I got into reading blogs? If not, too bad.

If you’re reading this, you didn’t close out the window. Thank you and yes, my jokes are always this good 🙂

It all began one lunch break when I decided I was going to have an Odwalla smoothie instead of eating food because of a food allergy that made my mouth hurt. I thought a smoothie would be soothing and when I went to the drugstore to pick one out, there were about 20 options. I decided to google “Is Odwalla healthy” because I was having a nostalgic moment where I missed Ask Jeeves and that awesome butler who figured out how to turn my questions into reliable search terms. RIP Ask Jeeves. You are now and lame.

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Waiting for Inspiration is a Bad Idea


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I’ve been thinking about blog posts and feeling more than a little stumped. I want to write interesting things if nothing else. That’s tricky. I don’t think my life or ideas are particularly unique or refreshing. As a new blog, I lack a clear direction and a unifying theme, but it’s mine and I’m going to write what and how I want to. Even if I have zero readers, I figure getting into a writing habit is beneficial. Accordingly, here are a few things I’ve perused recently:

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It Has Been Awhile…

I’ve been a little MIA lately. Like 2 months MIA. The good news is that it’s because I got a new job! Man, new jobs are tough. The fact that that’s one of the first things I say might make me a pesimist. If I were an optimist, I would say, new jobs are challenging but exciting! I dislike the first few weeks (or months, depending on the job) because I constantly feel like I’m being evaluated and that they’re testing me out to see what I’m capable of. In reality, it’s also a test period for me. If the employer is going to be unreasonable, this is my chance to get out without wasting too much of my time and energy on a job that probably won’t be worth it. My anxiety has been pretty high lately and I forgot how taxing new jobs are. It takes so much more energy when you’re learning a lot of new stuff. You’re also stepping into figuring out who you ask about what and what the hierarchy is. Who is rigid and who’s easy-going. Who it is and isn’t ok to piss off. Seriously. At my last job I used to be so worried when a client would be irritated with me and it wasn’t until I worked there for a few months that I had the confidence to know that everyone was supportive and had my back with unreasonable clients. Looking back, I remind myself that even if they hadn’t had my back, I should feel confident enough to set reasonable boundaries. You can only do so much and with experience comes more confidence.

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How to Use Your Personality to Your Advantage in a Job Interview

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When you interview for a potential job, they’re looking at more than your skills and what’s listed on your résumé. They want to know if you’ll fit in at the office and the qualities you offer. Someone gave me advice for job interviews that I found very useful. They said to be sure to do two things to prepare for your interview. First, read over the job description and think of talking points that relate to the job’s duties and qualifications. For example if it says “attention to detail” think of a situation where you paid attention to detail and it helped the office. Second, think of problems the office likely faces and how you would contribute. For example if it’s a job at a law office, they’re probably busy and deadlines are important, so you would want to emphasize your time management skills (with specific examples  – do you make lists? schedule things on the calendar so they get done?  how do you prioritize? ) and attention to detail. So below is a breakdown of traits specific to the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicators, Introvert or Extrovert, Intuitive or Sensing, Thinking or Feeling, and Judging or Perceiving and the qualities they encompass, which are listed below each type. Hopefully the ideas below will get you thinking about how your personality is a good fit for the job you’re applying for and about how to highlight these qualities in an interview.

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