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Day 14: Bad News Happens October 5, 2009

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Ok so I wouldn’t say that I got horrible news. But I mean it’s another kink in my plans.

So back two weeks ago I emailed the Broadcasting Production head and asked about how I could get involved with them. The guy seemed very excited that I had reached out to them asking about information. So I sent my resume to the guy who he directed me to.

Well that guy called me today. He basically said, we’ll try to help you but it doesn’t look too good. We’ll keep you in mind. He gave me some leads to other places that I could apply to. He was a super nice guy but the news was a little disheartening. I just want to hold a camera for crying out loud. There was something about a union, but it was never specified which one exactly.

The point is, you can try and try and try and you might get bad news every time. Don’t lose hope or give up because of bad news. Bad news happens. Bad news may direct you to good news. I now have a few more places to send my resume and a new contact to add to my book. I also gained experience in talking to professional people. You can learn something from everything, even bad news.

While I am sad that things have to be the way they are right now, it’s ok. I love my job and getting to talk to so many different people. I am content with life for now. That’s all that matters.

Onward to the Dream

 

Days 12, 13, and 14: The Importance of Friends

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This weekend I had some friends come and visit me.

It was a very exciting and fun time. Friends are extremely important in your quest for following your dreams. Surrounding yourself with a network of people that are going to support you helps you grow and gives you some extra courage to continue your quest. Having friends that support you is important for many reasons. Hopefully they are truthful with you. They will help guide you and may even help connect you, if it is at all possible. They encourage you and cheer you up. They laugh with you and are real with you. If they aren’t then they aren’t your friends.

This weekend’s tip is to keep yourself surrounded with supportive friends. They are great for encouragement and guidance. They will help and support you, each step of the way. Also, be sure to laugh and relax as much as possible. Life is too short to be miserable. That’s what friends are for, pick me ups, support, and fun.

 

Days 10 and 11: Activities October 1, 2009

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It’s important to remember, in your quest for chasing your dream, that as hard as you try you need the help of others.

This lesson was made clear to me yesterday and Tuesday when I was able to hang out with Disney friends from all over the resort. On Tuesday night I played softball, I am in the Donald League, with 13 other Disney workers who I knew. Well, I knew 4 of them and got to know the rest. People were from all over the resort but we were all friends. We learned to work as a team and to support one another. After the game we went to hang out and we just talked. It was networking to have fun. Now people know me and know that I am dedicated and willing to work. They know I am fun and creative.  I feel like people need to get to know you out of an office setting, in order to really know who you are and what you are capable of.

Yesterday I simply went to work. When I’m at work I see and hear so much. Yesterday I was so happy to be at work. I was cracking jokes with the guests and they were actually laughing. It was a lot of fun! The day flew by too! I was able to speak with my managers about my move, if I was making the right one, and just live in it. It’s good and it’s healthy!

So get out there and be active. More importantly be active in the community you want to join and work in!

 

Day 9: Why I would work for Starbucks September 28, 2009

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Ok so we all know I am working a part time job at Disney.  But I am really poor and I am trying to find another part time job.

One of the first places I applied to was to the two Starbucks shops by my apartment. I have always wanted to work for Starbucks and I wasn’t sure why. It was just one of those urges you get when you really want to do something.

Well, I was sitting in Starbucks today, reading a book and drinking my grande non fat caramel macchiato, and it occured to me why I wanted to work for Starbucks. There are many reasons why a person would want to work for Starbucks. If you are part time they give you all these cool benefits like health care and tuition reimbursement. But that doesn’t appeal to me. I mean it does, but that’s not what was drawing me to this company or shop.

Coffee brings people together. Coffee makes your day better. Almost every time you walk into Starbucks or drive thru, the barista is friendly. I have run into some really grumpy baristas, but that is besides the point. If you go into the same Starbucks enough times they learn your name, what you do, and exactly how you want your coffee, latte, mocha, frap, whatever. Baristas at Starbucks are great! They usually have a lot of fun and are easy to relate to. Occasionally you run into some Starbucks shops that just have unhappy employees, but that’s something that needs to be taken up with a manager. Coffee with a smile makes people feel better. Besides, for coffee lovers, just being able to get your coffee or beverage is an amazing part of your day. You might really need a coffee pick me up.

So that’s why I would work for Starbucks. I have applied and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be part of a Starbucks team but like the rest of the world, they really aren’t hiring. I really wish they were though.

 

Day 4: It could get boring September 24, 2009

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So today was a rough day. I found out that I didn’t have to go into work today so I had the day to myself. Sure I got some things done, but for the most part it was boring.

Waiting for the job of your dreams may get boring, but don’t let that stop you from going. One suggestion I have is to find ways to do what you love. If you love to write, then keep a journal, go outside and write about a certain spot you visited or something you saw, maybe write a story. If you are like me and like to work with cameras then go outside and take some still shots or record yourself doing things like fake reporting or something of the sort. If you like working with you numbers then, well that’s not really my area of expertise so I’m not sure what you should do in your spare time.

However, it is good to have a few lazy days. I believe they are good for the health. You need days to get yourself organized, clean, read a book, etc.

Remember that you should always be looking for connections. You could find one on a website or just walking around your living area. You could run into by accident in the grocery store. But you should always have your eyes and ears open for people that may be able to help you.

Sorry that today’s lesson is kind of boring. It’s just a boring day. I also was just writing my article for the Orlando Examiner so I am bit tired in the writing department. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

 

Same Blog, New Cause September 13, 2009

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Hey Gang!

I know I haven’t been writing in here lately. I hope to change that, but I have been busy moving on with life Post Grad. It’s hard because the job market in my field isn’t doing well. So I have moved to Florida and am working part time for Disney in hopes of going full time and into something more important like management or entertainment.

Anyways the real meaning of this post to let you guys know that I have changed my Social Vibe cause. While I still support To Write Love On Her Arms and think that you all should support it too, I have decided to change my cause to the American Diabetes Association cause. This cause is near and dear to my heart for many reasons, the main on being that my dad has been in the struggle with Diabetes since the age of 21. He’s now well into his 40s (sorry dad) and has a pump, but he still crashes. Lately, he took a really hard crash and it really hit home for us as a family. It’s scary when someone you know turns into a different person because their sugar is too low.  My dad, usually a stern but fun guy, gets really giddy and way out of whack. You know when something is up. My dad has not only be in battle with Diabetes but also with Cushings Disease. We are very lucky to have him with us each and every day and I hope that he is alive for many more years to come. Right now, while they are finding a cure, we have to support them in their search. We have to support the advancement of medicine and research. We have to support the families of those who are battling diabetes as well and those who are struggling themselves. So please take the time to visit click the like on the side and support this awesome cause.

Also, it doesn’t hurt to become aware of Diabetes so be sure to check out the ADA’s website! http://www.diabetes.org/

Thank you so much guys for helping me help this amazing cause (as all the causes on Social Vibe are)!

~~Lauren~~

 

Growing Up August 19, 2009

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Lately I have been having trouble sleeping. You could blame this on a lot of things but I think it’s mostly my fear of the future. Graduating from College and not having a job was really hard on me. I felt like I let a whole bunch of people down. I still don’t even know what I want to do with my life. I just need to figure it out. The worst part about this whole figuring it out thing is that I know I am not able to do it here at home. I am way to comfortable here and I am not interested in trying to make it on my own. So I have been having to make hard decisions that take me away from the one place in this world that I love the most: My home and my family.

I have decided to move to Orlando, Fl and work for Disney again. But as of right now I am only part time so I am without benefits. I will  have to find another job or two to make ends meet. I think it will be ok but I am scared.

I keep trying to put on this brave face because I really do want to work for Disney. But I’m really scared of the future. It might be easier if I was doing this with a friend, but I’m not. I’m going this road alone. I’ve done a lot of things on my own, but this I am not ready for. A lot of people have faith in me and I guess I just need a little faith in myself. I’m just scared. I don’t want to leave my amazing family, but I know that I have to. I need to push myself. I need to find what I really have a passion for in life. I need time to just be me, on my own, and to live. I hope to find a strong passion for something I can work at. I hope to find love and life long friends. For some reason, I never got that out of college.

I leave September 2nd. I’m nervous but I know this is the start of an amazing adventure. I just wish I knew for sure that this is the right thing to do.