All posts tagged: preparation

Playing House: What Toys Taught Me That School Should Have

I sat at the bottom of the staircase as my brother finished making his sandwich in the kitchen. “I didn’t really know how to hold him. I kind of held him like a football, haha.” “I’ve actually known how to hold a baby since I was…about four. By the age of six I knew how to swaddle a baby, change a diaper, and feed/burp them.” “What’s a swaddle?”

Nail Your Next Phone Interview in 4 Easy Steps!

? Phone interviews are hard. These tips can help. 🙂 Dress to Impress I know what you’re thinking. “T.A. this is a phone interview. Who cares what I’m wearing?” They might not be able to see you, but you can see you. The way you feel about yourself has an affect on the way you and come across over the phone. If you’re lounging around in sweats and a hoodie, that will come across in your interview. You don’t have to wear a suit or anything. Just put in a little effort into your appearance before you interview. It’s the same concept of dressing up for a test or a class. You look successful, you feel successful, you are successful. Learn Everything About Your New Potential Employer Literally, stalk them. Learn everything you can about them. What awards did this company win recently? What is their motto or mission statement? What do they do primarily? What is their largest source of revenue? Are they involved in charity work? If you know these things well, it…

How I afford to travel

Originally posted on Sitting Pretty In The Queen City:
I get asked a lot how I afford to travel so I wanted to share with you how I’m able to go on all these trips! Sorry to disappoint but I don’t have a sugar daddy financing these excursions and my parents are not paying my way : ) The biggest thing  I do is go on a financial diet when I’m home. I don’t have a large disposable income but I joined mint.com years ago for free and it keeps track of my spending and I can see where my weaknesses are in my budget (for instance eating out for me was adding up to be a lot so I joke about how I eat ramen noodles to afford travel.) I’ve been learning to cook more and it’s definitely saved some money. I also realized I’d be happy sacrificing a few things to set aside travel money. I only get my hair done maybe 2 or 3 times a year now and pay to get…

Post-College: The English Major

Originally posted on JalaynaCarter.com:
“Post-College” is a series of blog posts featuring everyday young people as their work to achieve the life and career that they dreamed of. Few of them find themselves in places that they mapped out and most of them are okay with that. Andrea Acosta is a 23 year old English Teaching Fellow at Phillips Academy Andover. What did your life after school look like? After six months in the office job at the non-profit (a job I started a week after graduation), there was actually a long stretch of time (6 months) where I was just living at home. At the time, it was frustrating and boring, but in retrospect that time was invaluable. I feel like there’s a lot of pressure on people, especially just out of college, to move fast into your next job, next city, next career step. But honestly, I took those six months to sit down and do my applications slowly (not rushed), take my graduate school exams (without the stress of a job and…

How to Survive a Long Haul Flight

Originally posted on The 9 to 5 Wanderer:
For me, preparation for a long haul flight always starts two days before takeoff. In high school, my coaches always told me that what you put into your body two days before has the biggest impact on your game time performance. On the field, this meant carbo-loading and lots of hydrating. While a pre-match pasta feast may not be super relevant to travel prep (or my rapidly declining metabolism), eating the right meal before your flight absolutely is, and hydrating remains a must for both travel and sport. Two night before a long haul flight I begin pumping fluids, a process that continues straight through the flight. While hydrating during the flight is great, hydrating well before takeoff is crucial. Planes cabin air is so dehydrating, and if you’re relying on a couple glasses of water in-flight, your skin is already playing an impossible game of catch up. I make sure I eat healthily (or as healthily as I can) for the two days leading up to my flight…

My Backpacking Australia Checklist

Originally posted on Greasepaint & Good Times:
With my trip to Australia being next week (!) I thought it was time to sort out my own backpacking checklist, so I can share it with all of you. As this is my first time backpacking (sort of) I’m as new to this as you may be, and want to share the tips I’ve learnt so far in my travelling journey with you guys. If you are an avid backpacker and travel more than me, please let me know if you have any tips or anything you could add to my checklist. This checklist isn’t going to be a full list of what i’m taking, as you can probably sort out what clothes you’re taking yourself, but it lists the essentials and/or things that I think will be helpful that other people may or may not have thought about. Packing cubes. I am a big fan of “Backpacking Bananas”. She started off like us, with a WordPress blog, and moved onto YouTube to put everyone’s minds to rest about what…

Fall Gardening 101: How to Start

Originally posted on The Farm on the Hill:
I don’t remember when I actually first heard about a fall garden. ?I think it was a conversation with my mom a few years back when she read about how to garden year-round in a 100 square foot space. ?Between our cut budget and my new found interest in eating locally and in-season more, I decided that this year we were going to try it. ?This past week I got all of my seedlings planted in the garden. ?I need to try to get the carrots planted this week and I will plant my spinach, arugula, and lettuces on Labor Day weekend. I have to say that I had a hard time finding a lot of information about fall gardening. ?Its easy to find out WHAT to plant but not how to plant. ?Even vegetables that can be planted in the fall, don’t have a information on the seed packets on how to plant for the fall. ?I don’t have this fall gardening thing all figured out…

Why I’m Not Breaking the News to My Parents Just Yet…

Originally posted on F R E E D O M:
As in, I was approved of requested time off from work, but I haven’t told my parents. At least not yet, why? Because, they tend to over worry and ask too many questions. Case and point, why is it okay for me to go a State over, but not okay for me to hop on a plane and go further, into another continent? Even if its just for a few days? Even if I have the resources and capabilities to do so? It is as if parents have this built in alarm that gives off paranoia – or, you know, maybe I’m just sheltered and overprotected. Or maybe they think a cross-continental trip will cost a lot of money and I’m not being ‘wise’? Or is it because they don’t believe in me crashing with my friends and all the shenanigans I’ll get up to with said friends? Well, these 21 days will be my chance to prove myself once and for all, because I…