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communicator

I guess I’m not really the person I hoped to be in some respects. When I was a kid and we had to give how-to speech’s, you know the ones you had to produce every couple years; Well, I never felt like I had anything to present on. I loved giving speeches, I didn’t mind even crafting them, but I didn’t like picking what to teach others about. I have no super topic that I can just relay mounds of information about: not music, movies, current issues, football or even basketball. I am interested in each of those topics, but I don’t know any more than the average Joe.

It’s much more fun to have humungo smarts on a topic and I always felt kind of inferior for not carrying an area of expertise or extreme interest. And I don’t think I came up with those negative feelings all by myself, but people rarely mean any harm.

I guess my interest is in communication – writing, speech giving, engaging in spiritual conversation, reading memoirs, learning new languages, observing habits of people and analyzing how that reflects who people are…but maybe not in the outwardly smart ways that I kinda wish I was. I don’t have a super impressive sounding degree (people have told me public relations aka communication is a “jock” major, which unfortunately doesn’t allude to any type of intelligence), I don’t have a popular blog, I don’t even know more vocabulary words than you. But I guess those things don’t carry as much meaning as I want to give them.
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This blog has been and will be my life memoir. I’m too lazy to use a pen and paper and I like the clean appearance of online type. This is the last blog I (hope) to post on Facebook; I think Facebook cheapens blogging, even though that’s probably where you are reading my post. If you want to follow this, all of this ramble and confusion and straightforward thoughts and feelings, feel free to bookmark, stream a feed or just visit, but I’m taking this off my Facebook page completely. I don’t need all my future bosses, classmates, professors, and professional contacts to read these thoughts on my life. Most people aren’t interested in reading some 23 year-old’s thoughts on self-discovery, but I hope to find some people who are.

Buy a shoe, give a shoe

Shoe Shopping + Philanthropy = Toms Shoes

My friend Andrew just introduced me to this sweet shoe site. The idea is when you buy a pair of shoes from them they donate a pair of shoes to meet a need in South America.

Plus there’s free shipping:)
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These shoes are meant for walkin’, for you and for them.

Life Update – December style

LOCATION:
    I’m moving out! This January, in approximately 29 days, I will relocate to an apartment in Reading, right next to the 10th & Marion elementary school near Albright College. I’m moving in with my friend Megan who I know through InterVarsity. Basically I’m excited to be closer to everything in Wyomissing and closer to work at Sweet Street. While I will be sad to leave my parents, I hope that the move will help me build more relationships with friends and family closer in and around the Reading & W. Reading area.

Rent is cheap and the apartment is pretty cute. We just have some wood-paneling walls to figure out how to make beautiful. But, I’m excited to have a place where people can come hang. Don’t worry. House party/themed party will be planned soon. More details to come.

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I paid off my car last week and received the title in the mail yesterday! This is one of the reasons I’m not concerned financially about moving out. Unfortunately school loans hit me in T minus 16 days. Booo.

JOBS
The rundown: I work at Sweet Street & Penn State Schuylkill.
At Sweet Street I hold the prestigious position of “Marketing Mailroom Coordinator”. I ship out marketing materials to brokers and sales managers. I work in a mailroom. But, my hours are super flexible and I often get free dessert. Not a bad gig.

At Penn State Schuylkill I am the “Interfaith Campus Coordinator”. I basically do religious activities – I work with the Faith groups on-campus, more specifically work with the Christian organization, Faith Alive, and the soon-to-be Interfaith Council. I organize rides to church and am working on the structure of faith things on-campus, what’s needed and how much. I also staff campus events. Nothing like getting paid to watch a movie or see a comedian. This is a pretty sweet job although it definitely has its challenges.

I have no idea what’s in store for me next year. I would love if my Penn State job turned full-time. If it doesn’t, I’m hoping to apply to a job at Alvernia College for the next college school year working in Student Activities. Basically I’m just praying for guidance from the Big Guy Upstairs and asking for doors to open wherever they may.

OTHER
I do marketing for GRAVITY Music.Books.Art (www.gravityonline.com). I am looking to take some djembe lessons from my friend Andrew hopefully like once a week (it’s an African hand drum that I’ve wanted to learn how to play forever!). I started to meet with a Spanish speaking man from Sweet Street to do an “intercambio” where we speak in English and Spanish so I can get a better grip on the language and hopefully become fluent someday.

Because my Penn State job only runs when school is in session, I will have off from Dec. 12-Jan. 12. Therefore I will be working more at The Yellow House Hotel, my long-time waitressing job, hopefully as many hours as I can. AND I will have lots of free time, as I will only be working 4 hours a day at Sweet Street. So, if you’re reading this and you’ve made it this far down this post and still care about what I’m saying, you are obviously a real friend and we should hang out. Hit me up in between those dates and for sure, we can catch up

Thanks for reading – Peace.

Proof I’m getting old

Besides graduating from college, I’ve noticed some things about myself recently that have me showing my age. Some are most disturbing than others. May I note, that if you find some of these qualities are those which you are taking on yourself, that’s okay, I’m finding it’s not quite as bad as I once thought it might be.

1. I drink coffee with cream & sugar. While I enjoy a latte and a frappuccino, today I went to Dunkin’ Donut’s for a meeting and ordered a coffee, just a coffee. I would have felt like I was 12 getting the usual (fattening) caramel mocha frappuccino, so I decided to order a mature drink. And surprisingly, I liked it.

2. Weight isn’t so easy to maintain. Now that I’m not in college, hopping in every pick up game of volleyball or basketball, its much more difficult to stay active. So I realize that I can’t eat everything I like and I need to watch the food I eat because I might actually game some weight. This is a disaster. (It also doesn’t help that I work at a dessert company).

3. Bed time rules have changed. My entire life I’ve had problems going to bed before midnight. In fact, it was dang near impossible. Now, by 11pm, I’m exhausted and ready to go to sleep. Very serious change. It’s quite shocking actually.

4. I understand why people enjoy doing nothing. This was a question that plagued me for quite some time. Why/How do older people just sit around and do nothing? Are they depressed? Life must be awful for them! I’ve found its quite the contrary. Sometimes, not all the time, I too enjoy coming home from work and doing nothing simply because I’m tired and I want relax. For someone who is always on the go, this is a new, strange concept for me.

Other factors to add to the list about me or about you?

Life Update Numero Uno

These are my official plans for my first year of my post-college life (subject to change, of course)

I got 2 jobs on the same day.
1) I’ll be working at an “inter-faith campus minister” at Penn State Schuylkill campus is Schuylkill Haven (about a 40-minute drive). This is part time, about 10-15 hours a week. I’ll be organizing a faith fair, helping students get rides to their places of worship, and helping out with their Christian Fellowship on campus. I will also be working part time for an unknown amount of hours at Penn State attending their campus programming events such as comedians, bands, trips possibly, etc as another part time gig there because they need additional event staffing.

The number of hours at Penn State is kind of unknown because my boss is having a meeting with his boss this week to find out exactly how many hours they can pay me for. Either way, I’m really excited to be working for Penn State! I’ll have some great experience under my belt working for Penn State, and have my foot in the door there.

2) I’ll be working at Sweet Streets as their Marketing Mail Coordinator about 20 hours a week located on 5th Street Hwy. I was interviewed by their Manager of Marketing and she almost didn’t hire me because she said I was too overqualified for the position but they didn’t have any openings on their marketing team at the moment. She did say she would be sure to look at me when a position opens up.

I’m pretty excited because I think both jobs could lead to great opportunities within both companies. While I’m working, I will also be getting involved with my sweet church Koinos, hanging out with friends, hopefully visiting friends at YCP and living at home.
So far, post-college life isn’t that bad, in fact I’m determined to make it a good time:)