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The title “Fledgling Journey” came from a conversation I had with a friend when we were talking about feeling like we were a little lost after we graduated from liberal arts colleges. We felt like fledglings leaving the nest security and venturing out on our own, taking big risks for the first time. We both had degrees, but that college diploma didn’t really prepare us to do something specific. There were no direct career paths. It was also during a recession, so jobs were more scarce than usual. I was upset with myself for not career planning in college and assuming it would all work out. I wasn’t sure if I was on the right track. I asked (and am still asking) myself what’s important to me, what I want to do, which skills I want to develop, where I want to go, and how to get there. This blog is to share my own journey as a fledgling and hope that maybe my relative struggles help you navigate yours and encourage you to try new things.

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My name is Lauren and I’m a native Seattlite. This blog is my outlet because I enjoy writing and you can’t get better at it until you have some accountability and feedback.

Some fun facts:

-I worked at a zoo in high school, and the animals I have fed or pet include a bat, armadillo, sloth, blue tongued skink and peacock.

-I once got a paper cut on my eye.

-I have seen every episode of Friends about 12 times. Don’t say I don’t know how to waste time. It is one of the most relaxing escapes from reality.

-I took a personality test that said I’m 100% introverted. I didn’t think that was even possible. I’m also INFJ: Introverted, intuitive, feeling, and judging.

-I am a little contrarian. When my sister and I were making Christmas cookies, I pulled out the dinosaur cookie cutter because…if you put a Christmas hat on it, it’s a Christmas dinosaur. Obviously. When someone tells me I can’t do something, it suddenly becomes very appealing and if someone tells me I have to do something, I immediately dig in my heels.

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