Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I’ve very happy to announce that Catching Zee has awarded me with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Zee is a new follower to Ask the Young Professional so receiving this award means that much more to me. There is a catch with receiving this reward… I have to tell you 7 interesting things about myself and nominate 15 more bloggers. 15 more bloggers should be easy, but the 7 interesting things might give me some trouble. I’ve already shared so much when I received The Shine On Blogging AwardThe Liebester and Versatile Blogger Award, thank you again Muffins & MochaExperience Required, and 20somethings in 2013 for nominating me for these awards. So I apologize in advance if I make any repeats.

7 Facts About Me

1. I’m the oldest of four, the youngest is 14 years younger than me.

2. I road a jet ski in the Bahamas and knocked myself and the instructor off…

3. I love to cook. I try to cook all my own meals every day.

4. I was born with a missing muscle, the intercostal muscles on my right side.

5. I think I’ve only ever been in 8 states; MA, RI, CT, NH, ME, FL, TX, and CA.

6. I’m Catholic.

7. I went to an all girl high school with a graduating class of 25 girls.

I hope those facts were interesting enough for you! 🙂

Here are my 15 nominees (in no particular order). I strongly suggest you check out their blogs and follow them on Bloglovin’! I know I am 🙂

That Working Girl
The Flairist
Working Self 
So-Called Millennial
TheUrbanRealist
The Small Things Blog
20-Nothings
StuffGradsLike
Modest Money
Broke Millennial
Chaos and Words
Ms. Career Girl
iHeartBudgets.net
Classy Career Girl
Ambition in the City

For more of my favorite blogs to check out you can go to Yo Pro Community.

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Sneak Peek of Next Week’s YPAF with Kayla Cruz

YPAF is a collection of voices from different ages, places and industries to share advice on starting off and being twenty. This week Ashley Sapp from Chaos and Words shared her thoughts on finding something your passionate about and making that part of your career. On Monday, July 29th we will hear from Kayla Cruz from Gen Y Girl. Here is a sneak peak…

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On Being A Twenty-Something With Too Many Options

Ohhhh being in your twenties…

You think it’s going to be awesome. You think it’s going to be this magical time in your life where you’ve got everything figured out and you get to stay up late and bar hop all night long. And then, when you wake up, you get to dress up really nice and go to that job that you love and be all adult-ish.

Regrettably, that’s not how it is. That’s not how it works.

My apologies.

Because being in your twenties and starting a career, it’s really hard.

And it’s not always fabulous.

And I think perhaps that hardest part is the fact that we have so many options.

Now, options can be great. They really can be.

But your whole life, you’ve never really had a lot of decisions to make.

Your parents chose what school you went to.

Your school determined what classes you took.

Everything was pretty much set up for you. You just had to live your life.

But when we graduate college and we’re starting a career, we don’t even know where to begin.

For the full article and great advice from Kayla Cruz, tune in Monday morning at 9am for the full post. 

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Sneak Peek of Next Week’s YPAF with Ashley Sapp

YPAF is a collection of voices from different ages, places and industries to share advice on starting off and being twenty. This week Lindsay Shoemake from That Working Girl advised twentysomething to persevere through the rejections and never view failures as a failure. On Monday, July 22nd we will hear from Ashley Sapp from Chaos and Words. Here is a sneak peak…
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Your Twenties: The Ultimate Experience

When one begins their twenties, s/he may be in college, searching for a job, working multiple positions, still living at home, finding his/her own place, moving somewhere new, beginning his/her career, perhaps even getting married and having children, or many other examples. The choices are seemingly endless, and that is, in part, of why being a twenty-something is probably even more daunting and confusing than being a teenager. There is still so much to learn, and yet, we are considered adults.

Being uncertain on what you want out of life can be unsettling. Personally, I ran through a multitude of ideas of what I wanted my career to be, and though the industry and job title varied, there was one thing I remained passionate about at all times: writing. What I slowly figured out was that there are ways to put my skills and passions to cohesive use if I did not limit myself on what my possibilities could be. That is perhaps the biggest piece of advice I have to offer other twenty-somethings: allow your potential to expand continuously. There is no need to cut yourself short before you even start.

For more on this story and great advice from Lindsay Shoemake, tune in Monday morning at 9am for the full post. 

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I’m here to answer your questions on work, money, and life in your twenties.

Leave a comment below or email me directly at asktheyoungprofessional (at) gmail (dot) com.

I’ll answer questions privately or dedicate a post to your question.

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Shine On Blogging Award

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I’ve been nominated by Jenny at Muffins & Mocha for the Shine On Award. The Shine On Award was created by senior bloggers as a way for fellow bloggers to support and celebrate each other. I’m really touch by this nomination and the other recent comments from followers saying how much they appreciate this blog. I’m glad that Ask the Young Professional is helping you all.

Now that I’ve received this award, the rules say I have to list 7 facts about myself and nominate 10 bloggers.

7 Facts About Me

  1. I’ve had three dogs in my life time; Chloe, a Golden Retriever the Easter Bunny gave me when I was 4 years old; Scotty, a Western Terrier that’s currently the family dog; and Katie, a foster dog who was an unidentified mix.
  2. When I grow up I’m pretty sure I want to be a Producer, Assistant Director or a Stage Manager… but I’m also open to see where the road of life takes me!
  3. The most adventurous items on my bucket list are sky diving and bungee jumping.
  4. My favorite animal is a tiger… especially White Bengal Tigers. 🙂
  5. My most popular nickname is KTR, but there have been so many variations from KRob to what my roommates call me, Robbi.
  6. I’ve only been out of the country twice to Italy and the Bahamas.
  7. If I could pick one actress to play me in a movie it’d be Kate Hudson. It’s always been between Kate Hudson and Reese Witherspoon, but I think Kate and I share the same spunk.

 

10 Nominees

A Young Pro

Budgets Are Sexy

Chaos and Words

Experienced Required

Gen Y Girl

Modest Money

Stuff Grads Like

That Working Girl

Working Self

31 Days of Awesome

I want to thank Jenny again for the nomination. Check out her blog and these other great blogs!

3 Things I Could Go Without

Anthony’s post from Stuff Grads Like, 5 Things You Need to Give Up for 30 Days, inspired me to think about what I could go without. I sat down to write a list of what I could get rid of, what was unnecessary in my life.  Anything I could think of could fell under three categories. Honestly, I don’t know how long I could go without them because I am only human, but I do know I would feel much better after taking a break from them. I’m going to share these three things with you because I bet we could all do without them.

1. Technology

 

Anthony talked about giving up Facebook for 30 days, but I’m going to take it a step further. Do we really need all this technology in our daily lives? We have cell phones, mp3 players, tablets, laptop, computers, televisions… and crazy gadgets that I’m probably not cool enough to know about. I know some of this is inevitable. Cell phones are good in case of an emergency and we use computers at work. But how much could we reduce our use of technology?

Earlier this week when I got home from work I decided to see how much I could do before I sat myself down in front of the television. I read a book. I finally potted that plant that’s been waiting way too long to finally have a home. I cleaned my fish bowls (Chaz and Bebo are very thankful, I’ll have to Instagram them for you tonight). I did the dishes. I updated my calendar. I even got my laundry in while doing all of this! I did all of this to end my night with a nice meal I prepared. Yes, I ate my meal in front of the television because Leslie Knope is a great dinner companion. It surprised me but I felt a lot better and was in a better mood than my normal “come home and relax in front of the TV” routine.

I think we could all challenge ourselves to at least…

  • Not carry our phones around with us everywhere. Have it for the emergencies and if someone needs to get a hold of you, but leave it in one spot. Don’t check it unless you get a phone call, text messages can always be answered later, enjoy the moment you’re in.
  • Not stare at a screen all day. Our eyes need a break from screens. Most likely you stare at a screen all day at work, so read a book, go outside, get some exercise, meet up with friends, do something relaxing that doesn’t require technology.

2. Complaining

Seriously, do we really need to complain so much? Whatever we complain about, there is always someone who has it worse. I think we forget about that too much. I know, complaining is easy and I do it a lot. I complain about the job I have when most of my friends don’t even have a full time “real” job! How insane is that?!?

Complaining is just a bad habit that brings us down. Why not try our hardest to get rid of it. Instead we could practice good habits to replace complaining. It’s a little cliche but for some reason it’s harder to remember the good than the bad. Reminding yourself of how good you have it and how awesome you are could fight the urge to complain.

I challenge you to fight complaining with positive support by…

  • Creating  inspiration boards. Collect some inspiring words and picture then display them how you wish.  
  • Volunteering. Helping others is a great way to give back and helps make you humble.
  • Complimenting others. Instead of focusing on things you don’t like in your life, concentrate on the good in others’.

3. Laziness

Laziness is like a disease! It creeps in and then you can’t get rid of it! Laziness is the cause of so many unwanted or unnecessary things. The two things I thought of were procrastination and eating habits.

We could get so much more done with our days, weeks, months, lives if we didn’t procrastinate. We would improve in so many areas; work, home, relationships, friendships, and personal goals. If we were proactive we could spend time taking on new tasks at work, which could help us move up in our career; spending more time with friends to maintain relationship; and learning new things to improve ourselves.

I was going to make junk food the fourth things I could go without until I realized that I eat bad because I’m lazy! If I wanted to eat better I could create a meal plan for my week/month, research different diets, and have healthy snacks prepared to resist the easy to grab bag of chips.

Let’s challenge ourselves to fight laziness by…

  • Creating daily routines or scheduling things in a planner.
  • Putting a time limit on our down time.
  • Making a resolution to first do something active and productive before we reward ourselves with down time.

It would be a big leap to stop doing all three things at once. I imagine it would be very challenging to keep your will power up through all of this. But what if we just started with on thing at a time? Or making a small effort each day? Or having one goal from each thing for just a week? Do you think you could go without these three things?

What are your three things you could do without?

Dr. Meg Jay from The Defining Decade – 30 Is Not The New 20

Check out my girl, Dr. Meg Jay! She’s on TED talking about her lessons for twentysomethings.

I did a post series on her book, The Defining Decade, where we learned about the importance of using our twenties to build of future in work, family and personal life. Listen to this talk, read some of my posts, and take the time to read The Defining Decade. If you learn and act, you will be better prepared than most of your peers.

“Thirty is not the new twenty, so claim your adulthood, get some identity capital, use your weak ties, pick your family. Don’t be defined by what you didn’t know or didn’t do. You’re deciding your life right now.” ~Dr. Meg Jay

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