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I'm Alexa, a college senior living in Miami, Florida. I have a penchant for writing, a love for fiction and doughnuts, and a will to live a life of purpose in Jesus. I blog mostly about living local, personal betterment, and writing and can usually be found taking photos, holed up in a coffee shop, or singing along in the pit at a too-loud concert.

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October 16, 2017

Micro-Managing Stress is Good & Here's How to Do It

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted in three weeks (shoutout to you if ya did). This is highly unusual for me. Where have I been? I’ve been trying to decompress. I recently met with a gastroenterologist after experiencing prolonged stomach pain and abdominal discomfort. Thankfully, my test results came back normal, but even now, I don’t feel 100% normal.

Apparently, stress can be a trigger for certain gastrointestinal issues. Stress takes a physical toll on your health, and if anyone says differently... they’re wrong. I thought I was managing my stress, but I guess I wasn’t doing as good as job as I need to be doing. So, I’m doing things differently. 

Part of my plan is more personal and not something I’m going to share here, but the other part is a more generalized, micro-approach (micro-managing is good in this case) to stress-fighting that you can easily incorporate into your daily life. 

+ Make daily to-dos and break them down even further. 

I’m a big fan of lists, including daily to-dos, but I’ve been breaking these down even more. I put everything I need to do in a day, big or small, on a sticky on my computer. The big thing here is to let things roll over. It’s okay if you don’t cross off all the low-priority stuff on your list. Just copy and paste it onto tomorrow’s sticky and move on. 

September 25, 2017

The Great Job Hunt: Tips for the College Senior + Job Search Spreadsheet

I sent in my first full-time job application on Friday. If you're new here, or just missed it, I'm a college senior and graduating this December. I have fewer than three months to go until commencement, and I'm networking my butt off in the hopes that I'll have a job lined up before it's time for me to walk.

Today, I'm sharing how I've organized my own job search and the tools I'm using to find opportunities in the hope that my fellow seniors might find it useful. But don't this deceive you: despite how organized I've managed to make the process (or make it seem, at least), I'm still nervous, naturally. Good luck!

+ Utilize the alumni feature on LinkedIn.

I didn't know about this feature until I met with an advisor in the career center for the first time last week. To use it, go to your school's page and click on "see alumni." You can then search by company to see who went to your school and works where you'd like to work. Find someone whose role/company matches your professional interests, and send them a message explaining that you see that they're an alumn and that you're graduating soon and would love to learn more about what they do and where they work. The worst that can happen is that they won't respond or that they'll say no. 

September 22, 2017

Putting Things Into Perspective

We live in an instant gratification culture. People want things when they want them and how they want them. And if they don't get whatever it is they want at the time they want it, it's time to complain and to blame and to hate. It seems like people will say anything on social media. I don't know if that's because the Internet provides some kind of shield from the real world (Catfish, anyone?), or if people really, truly feel that the only way to cope with their impatience and frustration is to take to an app or a .com.

I am just so. tired. of opening up a social media site just to scroll through complaint after retweeted political hate after social injustice claims after complaint. Especially on social media, there’s a fine line between voicing an opinion and just flat-out complaining, and I don’t think most people know how to keep themselves on that line. I'm not sure if I'm just more tuned into it, or if there's more negativity as of late, but it's sitting even worse with me than it used to.

Over the last week, I've been seeing tons of complaints directed at FPL (Florida Power & Light, for my non-Floridian friends). Some people are still without power following Irma, and yes, being without power sucks. I would know. But perspective. Entire counties lost power. Restoring it takes time, and the turnaround has been far faster than it was when we lost power when Wilma rolled through back in 2005.

Some people lost their homes. Entire communities, islands, were decimated. People lost their lives. And you're going to aggressively and persistently complain that you have to sleep without A/C and take cold showers?

More than anything, I'm disappointed. That people won't look past a minor inconvenience to acknowledge how lucky they are. Hurricane example aside, there's always something that mass numbers of people will complain about. There's always someone that mass numbers of people will hate on and threaten and treat as less-than-human.

If you've been reading this and are starting to wonder whether you're a social complainer, fear not. You can fix that! Before you take to social media to vent, ask yourself:

What will posting about this accomplish?

If the only answer you can come up with is that it will make you feel better, reconsider. Maybe call a friend instead.

What will you think of this post if you scroll past it next week?

If re-reading it would embarrass you, don't post it. If this won't matter in the least after today (maybe you're bogged down with schoolwork), why even mention it?

What would you think of this post if someone else posted it?

If you read this in your feed, what would you do? Would you interact with it? Ignore it? Be annoyed by it? Your answers should make it pretty clear whether posting it is worthwhile.

What's the flip side of the coin?

Your commute is the worst.  But at least you have a car to drive and good music to listen to. You're tired of the Instagram algorithm. It's just a number. You get the idea.

Who do you want to be known as?

Maybe you only complain on social media because you know that your real-life people don't want to hear that from you. So be that person online, too. If you allow yourself to speak negativity, that's what you're going to exemplify: negativity.

I'm just saying that we all could use a little perspective sometimes :)

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