Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dream Jobs | Winter Blog Challenge

From the time you were in elementary school until now, how many times have you been asked - in that strangely patronizing tone of voice - "So...what do you want to be when you grow up?"

Go ahead. Try and count. I'll wait.

It seems like the adults have this strange fascination with knowing what our career paths may look like, even if we're nowhere near the age where we are able to really think about it. 

Many kids may say things like: "Firefighter," "Veterinarian," and even "Superhero," - which is absolutely adorable. The beauty of children to choose such heroic professions has the power to bring a smile to the most forlorn face. 

However, as we grow and mature, we start thinking of things that seem realistic while also matching the interests that we develop. If you ask a teen this question, "What do you want to study?" and they might respond "Graphic Designer;" "Medical Doctor;" or "Psychologist."

Because as we mature, we begin to dream differently. Sure, some may still choose Superhero any day. But the computer nerd may dream of a profession in design. A person with the heart for others may dream of teaching. And a person with a phenomenal voice may dream of one day becoming a well-known singer.

A few weeks ago, I uploaded a video on this topic of choosing careers. Although it is quite silly and sarcastic, the basic elements are still there. The most important factor in making this decision for yourself is to take a step back and make sure you're really doing this for yourself and nobody else. In years time, the person who has to live with your decision is you. Do what you love, as opposed to what somebody else would love to see you do.

Dream big, and dream often. Remember that :)

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Best Things Are Worth the Effort | Winter Blog Challenge

Since I uploaded the Winter Blog Challenge - (Yes, I know that it's not really winter anymore, I just have yet to complete the challenge...needless to say, I'm terrible at challenges, haha) - I've had a lot of good things happen. And I postponed writing this post specifically because I was waiting to hear back from a few select, important people first.

Most people who've subscribed and followed me on YouTube and people who know me in real life know that I'm a college student - or University, as some people say. I've been stuck in my hometown for years, patiently waiting for the opportunity to go out, venture into the world, and have new experiences.

About 6 or 7 months ago, I applied to a few higher-level universities and was told that I wouldn't know their decision on whether or not to accept me until mid to late March. So I waited. I didn't want to get my hopes up, but realistically, I had no reason to believe I wouldn't be accepted anywhere.

Fast forward, and I have now received acceptance letters to every school that I wanted to go to. Even though I've had some pretty great things happen, I'd have to say this is the best of all. Not only do I have hope to have a better life, I can finally get out and "see what the world's about."

I'm not sharing this story to brag. I want to share something that I've been progressively learning, personally, through this. You know that old saying: Good things come to those who wait? Not to get totally cheesy, but there is some truth to that.

I'm not saying that everything you want will be handed to you in life, and all you have to do is wait for someone to deliver it. I'm not saying that at all. The things you want in life, you have to work for it. And sometimes - of the time - you're going to have to work really hard. But through that, you will have to be patient and know that someday, that hard work and diligence will pay off. That "good thing" they talk about doesn't come without a little blood, sweat, and tears; but when you do see it, it'll all be worth it.
[UPDATE: I follow Alfie Deyes - @PointlessBlog - on insta and he posted this picture. Fits perfectly with what I'm saying here :) Follow him on insta and give him some love!]

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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Best Spaghetti Yet! | Winter Blog Challenge

If you're not familiar with the Winter Blog Challenge, read this first

Most people you run into might say they're a picky eater, but I personally haven't yet met a person who's a pickier eater than I am. When I was a kid, I actually liked practically anything until one day, I just wasn't having it anymore. To this day, I don't eat most fruit (I especially can't stand the smell of orange and grapefruit, let alone the taste), chunky tomatoes, olives, anything that has pickles in it, and several many more foods. However, there has always been one dish, one combination of foods, that I can never say no to - even when made extremely poorly - and that's spaghetti (or spaghetti bolognese). It's my weakness, my one true food love.

I probably spend more money than I should trying to find the best spaghetti in any town I visit. And for several years, despite the many places I've tried, my favorite remains California Pizza Kitchen's Spaghetti Bolognese. I don't know why, I don't know how they prepare it (I should ask them one of these days) but it's simply the best. Their sauce isn't too runny or chunky. They typically don't over or undercook the noodles (you wouldn't believe how many times I visit other restaurants and order a pasta dish, only to find the pasta overcooked). From the first moment I tried their Spaghetti, I fell in love and never looked back. Seriously, if you're as big a spaghetti fan as I am and have a CPK in town or visit town with a CPK, order their Spaghetti. You won't be disappointed. (But if, for some reason, they don't get it right for you, tell em to shape up or they'll have to deal with me, haha).

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