C A R E E R | It’s Already Been A Year

If you have been following this blog for a while, then you would know that last time this year, I had recently started my first job at my current place of employment. I would have to say this is a really big accomplishment for me. I have not only never worked for one company for this long, but this has also been a very growing up #adulting year for me. I learned what it really means for a company to rely on me as an individual in my field of choice, the 9-5 struggles, and a salary.

This is still a crazy concept for me. All of it, the salary, the 9-5 every day, and to have a job in the field I went to college for and to stay with them for so long. I am always learning something new that helps me as a designer, I am challenged, and I get to do what I love. I couldn’t ask for anything else. I am very excited to see where this next year will take me career wise and I will keep you updated.

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Why Wait…Start Now

Over the past couple of months, I have been a in a weird rut I have to say. For a 23 year old,  where I am in life is pretty good. I have a full-time salary paying job in the field that I went to college for (Fashion design), I moved out of my parents house, and I am financially independent. But what I think has been getting me down is that I am not at the place where I would like to be in life. Now I know that anything worth having in life takes a lot of hard work and sometimes time, but I think I have gotten to a point where I believe that I should stay put at the level I am in life.

But, reflecting on this idea, I realize that I don’t and shouldn’t think this way. I don’t believe that just because I am in my early 20s, I shouldn’t already be working at my goals in life seriously. Yes, there is definitely some soul searching, and trying to figure out how I want to achieve these goals, but my goals still exist.

Now what are these goals? I want to be my own boss. I want to have the financial freedom and schedule freedom that essentially I can do whatever I want everyday. If I decide I want to work hard for a whole week of my future business and not leave my house, I want to be able to make that decision. If I decide to go travel the world for a month there, and not worry about work, I want to have that option. I think that by working for someone else, I loose a lot of that freedom. If I don’t show up to work, I don’t get paid. I don’t want to be restricted like that.

This doesn’t mean that I just want to have an income from doing nothing all day. I can’t appreciate money in that way. I want to earn my own money and to be proud of the hard work that I have put in.  I want to know that what I get out of in life is for me, not for someone else’s dreams.  I also want to create an impact on this world however small or big that is, I would like to put my stamp on this life and say that I did what I set out to do.

There is no reason to wait to do this.Now, yes I can’t quit my job tomorrow and just do what I love. I am still restricted in that format. But setting out a detailed plan of where I want to see myself in a year or two, will definitely put me in the right direction. So I plan to work on my own fashion designs more, to work on my fitness journey more, be able to create an income outside of my full-time job, where I can then become financially supported by my dreams.

What are some of your goals in life? Where would you like to see your self in a year or two?

New Year Resolution

Hello Everyone,

I have come back to you with my New Year Resolutions.  What I like to do is create vision boards rather than resolutions. By creating a vision board, I am always reminded of what my goals and dreams are for the year and I can remember to work on them everyday. Vision Board16

Here is the vision board that I have created for myself and I will break it down for you. Each image is either a goal  a vision that I see for myself. It doesn’t necessarily mean that I am going to complete all of these in this year, but at least I know what I am working for.

 

  1. Tattoo– I would really like to get 1-2 tattoos this year. I did have this on my vision board last year and had the full intention of getting one, but when I started to look at what my long term goals were, I realized that financially it wasn’t going to be a good idea.
  2. All natural hair– For the past year, I have been slowly transitioning to natural hair. I realized that I missed the volume that I could achieve and the more options I had with my natural hair when I was younger. So, for this year, I am planning on trying to get rid of all relaxed/damaged hair as well as creating some real shape to my hair.
  3. Finances– In regards to my finances, I do like to spend, but I would rather have cash in my accounts and feel stable for rainy days. This is why I would like to save more this year and create a goal of $6,000 to be in my accounts by the end of the year.
  4. Health/fitness– I will be doing a more extensive post about my fitness/health goals, but my most basic goals for this year is to be a better runner, running around 2-3 miles per session. In addition, I want to reduce my body fat down, toning up over all. Also I want to become a stronger person and be able to squat 100 lbs in a 10 rep set. Lastly, I would like to be able to do an un-assisted pull up by March.
  5. New York– This was and idea that I thought about a lot last year for a few months. I have always wanted to live in NYC and have never really accomplished this goal. So, I am going to be saving up and hopefully move  back to the Big Apple by the end of the summer.
  6. Move Out- Living with my parents has actually been great. But, as I have grown up and matured in the past few months, I realize that I need to make the next step into moving out on my own.  In doing this I become fully responsible for my finances and actions, and I take the full step into adulthood.
  7. Adele by Adele Jackson– So I have been working on my own brand/company. But I  haven’t spent as much effort as I could have this past year. So, I would like to get to the point with my brand that it is more of a part-time job, rather than a hobby. I would also like to start a transition to working for myself and freelancing for other companies on the side.

What are some of your goals/resolutions for 2016? Leave a comment below.

Don’t Know What To Write About

Hi Everyone,

Yes I am still alive, and I have not forgotten about you, but I don’t really know what to write about. At the moment, I have not received my first salary based check yet, which I am excited to see. I am still living at home, and I haven’t been up to much. I have worked a lot on my Etsy store, which is great. I have actually started to make great strides for that store, but it also means I am spending more money. I am starting to realize that I will have to put some money int  for a while before I will start receiving money.

What I would like to know from all of you though is, what would you like to hear from me? Are there any topics that you would like me to discuss in the near future?

It’s A Learning Thing

HI everyone,

I am so sad that I have been neglecting this blog. But then again, I guess its goes with the title of this post, “It’s a Learning Thing.” I am starting to learn that with the process of commuting, working, exercising, I don’t really have time for much else. The amount of tv that I watch in a week has cut down tremendously. But I had some extra time today, mainly because I didn’t go to the gym and thought I would talk to you guys.

In regards to work, I went to a photoshoot for my company today downtown in the fashion district. It was a lot of fun and it was interesting and in a way educational to see how a photoshoot goes for a small company such as the one I am working for. It consisted of two models, the two of the owners, a photographer and a make-up artist who also did hair and me plus one other girl who worked with the clothes. Besides doing photos for their e-commerce and line sheets, they also did an editorial all in one day. I haven’t done much studio photoshoots at school, but I guess I can now put this on my resume which is nice.

In regards to my personal life, I realize that my weekends are becoming more precious. I don’t have time during the week to work on projects and I need to learn how to balance projects and leisure between two days. I think I need to figure out which day I would prefer for work/clean and then a leisure day and maybe switch back and forth between these two days. I know that I need to get out of my house more and explore LA more. Start looking into areas that I am not as familiar with in regards to where I want to live when I move out. I also know that as a 22 year old single woman, I need to get myself out there, otherwise I look back and its 10 years down the line and I’ve only worked on my career life and not my personal life.

I don’t think that for this month I will have a vlog. I haven’t had time, and the time I would have to vlog would be in my car and I don’t have mount for my phone yet. But hopefully  I will get one soon.

A Month In The Working World

So it has officially been a month of me working in the working world as an assistant designer. It has been quite crazy I will have to say, but I am loving it because it means that I am starting to save up money. In addition, It also means that I am learning more about what it means to be a designer and a business owner from my company. What I like about where I work is that they are quite small. In addition, I get to see two different sides of fashion, Fast Fashion and Contemporary Women’s wear. I definitely will have to say that I prefer the contemporary women’s. In addition, I am starting to learn how important it is to be on a schedule and organized. It can create chaos if a company is not.

Given this new change, I am starting to realize how much of my time is actually given up for work. I have pretty much no time to do much after or before work given that some days I am staying till 6 or later. In addition, I am starting to realize how draining work can be. This is not only a motivation for me to start working on my  own brand, but it also just makes me realize that if I did want to leave earlier from work, that does mean I am going to have to prioritize work in a way that will allow me to do that.

As I am starting to save up money, I am now looking at money in a different way. I am spending when I need to and not so much just because I can and want to. I think this is a great way to look at money because it allows me to save up for bigger purchases and payments such as vacations and an apartment.

1st Week of My New Job

Hello everyone,

As you have probably seen from my last week’s video vlog, I have a job. I am very excited about it can’t wait to see what this new journey brings. I though I would do a writing journal about my 1st week given that I don’t want to forget about writing.

Day 1 was a long day but it was great. I had started the day off by waking up at 4:30am to go to the gym before work with my Dad. It was great that I was able to get the exercise in because I would not have been able after. Later I had him drop me off at the bus and arrived at work by 9am. I had ended up getting there before mostly everyone which allowed me to settle in a bit and then I just started the day. I am very happy that my fellow designers are great. They seem really fun and I think we will get along well. I was kept busy all day which I loved slowly getting the hang of everything. I even ended up staying a bit late, aka 6:15pm. It wasn’t something I was planning on doing, but I was caught up on the work and the only reason I did leave when I did was because I needed to catch the buses home and also the building was closing down. Commuting home wasn’t that bad. I did have to wait for my dad to pick me up from the subway station because the bus that does go up to my home stops running after 7:30pm and I had missed it by then.

The one thing that I think is going to be tough is that because I am spending so much time commuting, I won’t get to spend as much time at home awake with Coco, which I feel bad about. I am happy though that my mom is able to look after her. I do know though that I am going to have to start paying for daycare when we move out which is going to be a pretty penny. Im in bed at 9pm, trying to make sure I get enough sleep so I don’t go mad. I can’t wait to see with the next couple of days bring.

Day 2

Well I didn’t go to the gym today which meant I could sleep in for an extra hour, waking up at 5:30pm. One thing though, I took the earlier bus today and ended up way to early to work. In a normal setting that wouldn’t be seen as a bad thing, but when you can’t even get into the building, that is when it is kind of a problem. I was happy though I didn’t have to wait too long and given that I had popped into walgreens for a second had filled up some of my time. Today was a pretty good day. I was busy all day, which is what I like, but for some reason my top boss decided to lay all this work on me within the last 30 min of work, which mean that I needed to take really great notes for tomorrow. I literally already stayed an hour fifteen over the 8hr work day, and really needed to take the bus home. At least this way I can start tomorrow with something to do.

Day 3

Today was a long day as usual. What did make this day different however is that I had to go to work without the ride from my dad, which means two buses and a subway. It wasn’t bad though because I actually didn’t have to leave as early and was able to watch one of my shows that morning given that I had still waken up early. What was nice about today however was that after work I was able to catch a ride with my boss since she herself lives in the same neighborhood as me. I also got to eat dinner out with my dad at a sushi restaurant which was really needed. It wasn’t so much the sushi that I needed, but to do something outside of work and being at home. I know it has only been the first week of work, but it feels like a lot more. I am also starting to realize I am not going to have a lot of time to myself to work on personal projects during the week.

Day 4

Today was just another day, I had a lot of things to work on which was nice to keep busy. I even got to leave the office during work for lunch given that I didn’t bring one with me today. I think its good to step out for a bit so that the hours don’t drag on for too long. I am also starting to have more trust in which I can send emails to our warehouses in India without being approved prior which feels great. I can’t wait till I create my own designs and just have a bigger role in the company.

Day 5

I have to say that  I was excited that it was Friday. It was not only a good week, but  it was along week. With having to wake up early for commuting and going to be dearly, I just needed some time that wasn’t surrounded around work. Today was a good day though, I was able to sit in on a design meeting and I felt very productive today.

I am really excited to see what happens with this job, to learn all that I can learn and to progress as a designer.

A Week In July

Hello everyone,

I thought it would be nice to mix up my posting media with some videos every once in a while. Here is me vlogging about what happened last week. I hope you enjoy

Finding the Drive

I will have to say that I am someone that when in school would always been on top of my work and even doing more so that I could get the most out of the project, when it came to my design work. Now that I am back home and am trying to start my own company and sell things online for now, it has become hard for me to have the drive to start creating things. I am not saying that I haven’t created anything since being home, but finding the money for supplies is harder when you don’t really have a job to invest in the supplies that I would really need. But  I know that since I really don’t have  a steady income at the moment, and I have the time, I really need to kick myself into gear and get into starting my goals.

So I am giving myself a deadline to open up my Etsy Store in the beginning of August. Please look out for that as I try to create social media outlets for it as well as starting to show the products that I will be selling. I am really excited about and can’t wait to see how things will grow.

Not As Planned

As it has been about a month since I have been back in Los Angeles, I thought that with the help of two recruiting agencies  I would be employed by now. But that is not the case. I worked one temp position for one day, and I was suppose to work for them more starting today, but the lady that I would be working for has not gotten back with her emails in regards to the recruiting agency  I am going through. So this can be very frustrating.

Within this past month I am starting to realize that  I may have to live at home for much longer than anticipated. Yes, I wanted to move out on my own by the end of the year, but since I don’t have a full-time or even freelance position, I would not be able to pay for anything I would actually would want to live in, as well as my transportation source is about to leave with my sister, so I have to save up for a car as well.

I am staying positive in regards to my situation and I know that many others who just recently graduated are in the same position. I know that everything will work out it the end and if things don’t look up in the next couple of months, maybe I should start looking in other directions.