Quick Life Update (Excuses for Why I Haven’t Been Writing)

Hi everyone! I know it’s been approximately, well, forever, since I’ve actually written anything here, so I want to explain why:

Chicago trip #1: When my mom broke her clavicle so I flew out the next day to

Chicago trip #1: When my mom broke her clavicle so I flew out the next day to “help” her and we ended up walking around the city for the entire day… oops.

Excuse #1: In the past month I have traveled to Chicago twice, so two of my weekends have been filled with family and Chicago (and not having a computer with me).

Chicago trip #2: The one where the whole Paules side of the family got together in Chicago for the first time in forever and had a great time.

Chicago trip #2: The one where the whole Paules side of the family got together in Chicago for the first time in forever and had a great time.

My last day at Columbia; that campus is incredible.

My last day at Columbia; that campus is incredible.

Excuse #2: Things have been super hectic. During the second to last week of the Columbia Publishing Course, we had our magazine workshop where I was the publisher of our mock magazine. The magazine was for career-focused women and it was called “Bossy.” It was amazing. My group was made up of seventeen women and one man and we had an incredible time spending eighteen hours a day creating a fake magazine. As tired and stressed as I was, it’s kind of also exactly what I want to do with my life. On top of that, I had multiple job interviews that week (more on that in the next excuse). A week later, the course ended and I moved back to Brooklyn and tried to relax for my last week of summer vacation. I slept in really late, went to the gym, and watched a ton of Netflix (if you haven’t watched “Grace and Frankie,” you should).

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Excuse #3: I joined the ranks of the employed! One of my many job interviews panned out and I am now officially a full-time employee at a publishing house. Last Monday was my very first day as a Marketing Assistant in Higher Education at Oxford University Press. I got a free mug and a tour of the coffee machines on my first day, so I think you can assume I’m enjoying it (in all seriousness though, it’s been really great – my coworkers are awesome, my boss is the nicest person ever, and I’m learning a lot). In my free time at the office, I’ve been trying to decorate my cubicle; so far I have Christmas lights and some cloths from South Africa – if you have any brilliant cubicle decoration ideas, I’d love to hear them!

Look, my Oxford mug filled with iced coffee. What could be more perfect?

Look, my Oxford mug filled with iced coffee. What could be more perfect?

You know you're an assistant when......... Coffee run #1

You know you’re an assistant when… Coffee run #1

Coffee run #2 (same day)

Coffee run #2 (same day).

Excuse #4: I didn’t realize that time management was a hard thing when you have a grown-up job. I was always so caught up in worrying about finding a job that I didn’t even think about the fact that having a 9 to 5 job might be hard… it’s not that my job itself is insanely challenging, but managing my time throughout the day has been a bitch and a half. Let’s start with the fact that I have to wake up at 6:45 (Okay, 7:20). I’m trying to go to bed earlier and earlier but no matter how much sleep I get, 7 am doesn’t get any better. Then there’s trying to go to the gym, the 2+ hours of travel time to commute to work, making dinner that isn’t fast food (I had Burger King for my celebratory dinner after my first day of work… it was a shameful moment), etc. It’s way harder than I thought, although I guess I hadn’t really thought about it much.

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Excuse #5: I’ve decided it’s about time I get paid for my writing. I’m sick of writing blog posts and articles that appear all over the internet (some of which have gotten over a million views, for the record) and only getting a pat on the back and some “congrats!” emails from my parents. Not that I don’t love those emails, because I do, but I could be thousands of dollars richer if I was even getting just $10 for the things that I’m writing. So I guess that’s one of the real reasons I haven’t been posting my normal content here… I’ve still been thinking of ideas and writing them down, but instead of sharing them with all of the internet for free, I’m trying to get paid to freelance. That being said, if you have any connections I can use, HMU (PLEASE, I’m desperate).

So that’s my life in a nutshell! I promise I’ll try to write more. Love you all <3

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