I’m only human

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I’m only human

So turns out my plan to write weekly didn’t turn out so hot.  Life got in the way as it often does.  I was a first year teacher last year with a chaotic classroom situation.  Needless to say I survived, with almost all of my sanity in tact.  Now I’m back in it for year 2.  It’s already off to a better start so far.  Which means, hopefully I’ll have more time to spend time on things I love, such as writing and interviewing.  I’ve started a vlog channel on  youtube called Table for 1.  I figure I can talk faster than I can type, so hopefully it will prompt me to both write and record more of the things I am passionate about and will allow me to share those things with all of you!  I just set up the channel and am working on editing the first video now.  Once it’s completed I’ll put it up, so be on the look out!

Much love ❤

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In earnest.

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Photo via Fortune.com, courtesy of SSGA

 

Happy International Womens Day!!! (a little late, but the day isn’t done till you’re asleep right?)

I’ve always aspired to be a writer, not necessarily a career writer, but a writer none-the-less. Someone once told me that many people say they want to be writers, but to be a writer, you have to actually write. That sentiment surprised me because I thought, how dumb; of course writers write.  But when you’re in the daily routine of adulthood it is amazing how easily it is to go so long without writing a single thing from the soul. I myself have so easily lost track of time. My last post was in November and was written by my fantastic roommate. I’m sorry I have been away. I have missed this site! So now, inspired by International Womens Day, I bring you my plan, in earnest.

My goal for this site is to provide positive outlooks from myself and some of my brilliant and beautiful friends. I have had a variety of jobs, but I have always loved listening to people. Learning what it is they do, what inspired them to do the things they do and helping spread any knowledge that I can to assist people in following their own personal dreams.  For me, that means talking with people and sharing their stories with all of you!

I was previously working 4 jobs this past year, because school loans are the worst. Anyway, I have been working towards obtaining my alternate route teaching certification and am doing so by currently teaching Elementary Special Education. It is as tiring as it is rewarding. I am loving the experience, my mentor is amazing, and getting to know my little munchkins and watching them grow from August until now has been so fulfilling!  After school I tutor most days and over the summer I dove into the world of waitressing. I continued waitressing until this past month. While it was a truly eye opening experience into social stigmas and human behavior, it was a lot to take on with my first year of teaching. I also just finished up my second year working with the Houston Texans.  We had a great seasons and I ABSOLUTELY enjoyed all the Superbowl festivities!!

Unfortunately while I was busy doing all that and gaining all these different perspectives on the work industry, I was neglecting focusing on my own passions and past times…you know the things people do to enjoy life and unwind from the stress of adulthood. I would make excuses that I was too tired or that I didn’t’ have time.

No more excuses. This post is truly written in earnest. I am going to start posting twice a week on anything and everything.  I also really want to put a lot of focus on starting my interview portion of this blog.  The goal is to interview everyday people who are doing different types of work.  I know there isn’t enough time to possibly do all the jobs that I would love to attempt in this world (though I am absolutely going to try as many as I can).  For all the ones I can’t get around to, I want to interview others who are doing it, living that life and provide readers with tips on how to reach those career aspirations from professionals who are actually doing it!

So cheers to the future, after all, it is what we make of it!

XOXO- “Ellie”

Wanna get away?!

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Wanna get away?!

By Lindsay

I am not a spontaneous person by nature, I can go with the flow but I do like to know things in advance. However, when the opportunity came for me to fly and see my parents who I haven’t seen in a couple month came up I had to seize the moment and get a flight out the next day. It started with a joke, my mom saying she was going to go shopping for their new Florida vacation home and me saying I’ll fly out to help her because I had the next three days off, being a nurse can have its perks after all. We all laughed it off especially after we found out there was a hefty four-hundred-dollar price tag attached and that was for a one-way ticket! I checked a few of my go to sites for discounts but either way you sliced it, I was going to have to shell out a pretty penny for this flight so I moved on; I didn’t think it was really going to happen anyway. Later that night my dad texted me to call Southwest and see if I could use his miles since he doesn’t fly with them often anyway. I told him yeah sure tomorrow I’ll call and see if that is possible since it was about 8pm. Then he told me no, he wants me to use them for my flight tomorrow. Oh yeah, I originally was joking but they wanted me to come out and I needed a hug from my dad more than I wanted to admit.

Here starts my journey of trying to plan out my trip, oh and the flight I wanted was at 5am the next day, so I had about nine hours to coordinate everything and figure out if this was actually possible, talk about panic mode. Looking back on it now I was being a little dramatic, nine hours is plenty of time to plan but again I’m not the most spontaneous of people.  I like taking my time to figure things out, or put it off until someone does it for me. So I look at the miles my dad had but it was only enough for a one-way ticket for Southwest and the other ticket would be four-hundred-dollars and that was way too much for only a quick trip. Then I remembered I have a bunch of miles for United that I have never gotten to use. So I look and found a ticket back home that in the end would only cost me eighty dollars. Perfect!

My next dilemma was transportation. Parking at the airport is pretty cheap here in Texas, at least compared to what I was used to in New Jersey.  Ahh the benefits of not living in the tristate area. However, the problem was that my flight out was at one airport and my flight in was at another. I was more than determined at this point, plus I had bought the tickets before thinking about this part so I had no choice, I was doing this. I decided on parking at the first airport since an Uber at 3:30 in the morning didn’t seem too possible plus I needed to make a stop at the post office to put a package in the mail, and then I would Uber from the other airport back to my car. There may have been a better option, but it was getting late and I needed to get to bed! With everything planned and my bags packed I was ready for my 4 hours of sleep and my adventure to begin, and it will be worth it because my parents are amazing and I needed my hug!

I learned a lot from this experience, I learned that being spontaneous is fun and that if I want to do something, JUST DO IT! Because, life is short and I want to experience many things. My advice if anyone wants to do this is check to see what your miles can do if you have them. If you don’t, what are you doing? Get an airline miles card because it’s worth it. Unless you don’t ever fly then probably not. Plus, this is just the trip you need to use those miles on, a last minute getaway the otherwise would cost a lot of money therefore making you decide against going. Also go look at different website there are a million of them all with different deals. You may have to settle for flying north 2 hours and then back down south for 2 ½ to get there like I did but it’s an experience and you get to see more of the country that way. A lot of people spend their time dreaming about what they could do and might experience instead of going out and doing it. If I wasn’t doing this I would have used my days off to binge watch Netflix, put off my homework, eat junk food all day and probably not leave my apartment. (Now that doesn’t sound too bad either, but I can do that any day.) I don’t always get the opportunity to fly to another state and see my family and go to a place I’ve never been before. I may not have an experience here that will change my life or be an exciting story to tell someone else but, for me this is something that is different and fun and that is worth it.

So to anyone thinking that they want to get away even if it’s just for 2 days or a day trip somewhere. Do it, don’t think it won’t be worth it or put it off until another day. Find someone to go with or go alone just make sure you go. To quote Rory from my favorite TV show Gilmore Girls “Maybe I’ll be a Journalist and write books or articles about what I see. I just want to be sure that I see…something.”

Once an “Office” fan, forever an “Office” fan.

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Jenna Fischer, aka Pam Beesly, shared the most adorable photo of a fan’s son dressed as none other than our favorite Office scrooge, Dwight Schrute!  The picture is literally too adorable for words.  It almost makes me want to have kids so I can dress them up in clever pop culture references that give a shout to my favorite shows!

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From all of us here at Untitled Ellie, we wish you all a very safe, spooky, and happy Halloween!

Andy Grammer’s “Fresh Eyes” makes me want to be in love.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my independent single lifestyle, but listening to the lyrics of “Fresh Eyes” reminds me of those rare relationships that exist where love continues to grow. If you think about it, some couples out there met when they were incredibly young: teens or early 20’s.  Do you truly know yourself at that point? I would think most of us don’t. I know that my goals and beliefs and even some of my viewpoints have changed pretty drastically from when I was in high school.

This song however, reminds me of two people who fell in love young and stayed in love and now, in their (relatively) “later” years they’re falling in love with each other all over again.  With the person they have grown to be.  I personally think it’s hard to find someone, especially at a young age that you can commit yourself to because there’s no way to tell whether you’ll grow together or apart.  Just from observing those around me it’s incredible to see how many people start out so in love and then grow apart so drastically.

But then I heard “Fresh Eyes” and it was a nice reminder that there are those special cases out there where two people manage to grow together. They may have changed and they may be a completely different person than when they first met, but the love is still there, if not stronger.  It’s such a romantic notion: to fall in love all over again with someone you thought you already knew so much about.  And yet, there are still moments where your eyes are opened and you realize something new about them or little things you forgot about your partner that you originally fell in love with.

I didn’t write the song so what it’s truly about, I don’t know, but this is my take on it and I enjoy listening to it whenever it’s on. Well done Mr. Grammer.

Boosterthon…Yes, it’s a real thing.

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Boosterthon…Yes, it’s a real thing.

Fundraising has changed COMPLETELY since I was in school. I don’t know if it’s a North East vs. The South thing but we were never as hardcore about fundraising as schools seem to be now.  I remember having to sell wrapping paper and cheesecake.  The instructions were basically “here’s a magazine, go to your neighbors and family and friends and sell some stuff so you can go on field trips”…the end.

As many parents may know now, this has drastically changed. The school I work at recently had a fundraiser that was a week-long and pretty intensive. They brought in a company called Boosterthon that actually sets up shop at the school for an entire week and puts on a whole show to get kids amped up to earn money via a fun run.  It’s a creative and fun new experience that I have never seen used before in regards to fundraising (thought it is totally giving me flashbacks to my days as a Radio Disney team member).  It’s great because it gets kids motivated and excited about raising funds for their school, but also promotes fitness as the selling point instead of baked goods (and other things that no one ever really needs).

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Even us teachers are able to get creative with our classes by making a team flag. “Make a simple class flag” they said…..clearly they don’t know me.

It’s so much fun to walk through the hallways and hear the kids chatting about their experiences with the energetic Boosterthon team members. Especially after a few students, who raised enough money, were even able to pie these peppy individuals in the face.  Apparently nothing gets kids more excited than smashing desserts in an adult’s face!

The actual Fun Run itself was an awesome sight to see as well.  They set up the entire gym into a track in which the kids could work out their energy and run countless laps to catchy music and fun lights.  Even the parents were invited to watch their kids participate!  These awesome team members then went above and beyond by letting us have a separate shortened fun run for an incredibly small group of afternoon students who weren’t able to run in the morning.  The students had a blast, and the teachers and parents enjoyed watching the kids have so much fun and raise money for our school district.  It was a true win/win type of day!

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So, in case you weren’t previously aware (like me), fundraising is no longer just a pamphlet, it’s now a production….and it’s pretty cool.

I tried waitressing so you don’t have to…unless you want to ;)

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With all the jobs I’ve had, I don’t know how I managed to go my entire life up until now never having waitressed before, but alas the time has come to try it out. I’ve recently started waitressing at an Italian restaurant in the Houston area and it has been quite the learning experience. I knew this industry is very dependent on people skills, but I never realized how much psychology is truly behind it.  It’s amazing.  People can come in and have the worst experience and if it ends on a high note, they remember the high.  Of course the same goes for the other side of that truth.  People can have a great time and then one thing goes wrong at the end and they remember it as a terrible experience. It is truly amazing to see how subtle things like the table coverings being straight or having the seats pushed a certain way changes a person’s view of the caliber of their dining experience.  This of course is not only subject to the eatery I work at, but to all dining venues.  Reading a table is also important.  Some customers come in wanting to chat with their servers and others just want to be left alone.  I’ve worked in the service industry, but never quite like this.  It definitely keeps me sharp and teaches me interesting aspects of human psychology.  If you’re interested in waitressing or making a career in the dining industry, definitely read up on non verbal social cues, it will absolutely help you.  Because this business is all about reading your customer, anticipating their wants and needs before they even ask will get you far.  It can be a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun; the two aspects are not mutually exclusive!

Interview: Lindsay P.- Nurse

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I sat down with Lindsay P. to discuss how she followed her career path from New Jersey to Texas and how making this leap has helped her to make strides in her career.

What was it like to move incredibly far away from everyone and everything you’ve known for a job of your dreams or for your job goals? It was really scary, I was really unsure if I was doing the right thing, but it ended up turning out well.

What made you take the leap of faith to move from New Jersey to Texas? I think it was the fact that I wasn’t doing it alone and I always knew if I didn’t like it I always had a place to go back to.

Have you always wanted to be a nurse? No, I went to my first semester going into college I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to do elementary education.  But I had an education class and I just remember looking at the teacher and being like “I can’t do this, I don’t speak in front of groups of people”. I didn’t like it and my one friend was going to be a nurse and I remember hearing about it and thinking that seemed interesting. I like science, I had an anatomy class and enjoyed it and I thought let me try it.

How do you like nursing now? I love it, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life, because it kind of combines everything that I wanted to do in one. I like caring about people, helping people, and the teaching aspect. I like teaching people and I do that every day at work, teaching people all about what is going on and what to do at home.  And there are so many options, if I get bored of one thing I can move to a different area.

What area are you in currently? Postpartum, so after delivery they come to me and I take care of the new mothers and teach them different things on handling their new babies.

Do you want to stay in this area or move on to something new in the future? I definitely want to move to a different area.  I like it now and I never thought I would when I first started.  But I actually really enjoy it, but my goal now is to move to working with the babies and eventually go to the NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit) and work with the newborns that are really sick.  Even in nursing school I thought of that. It was either that or the emergency room, and I don’t think I can cut it in the emergency room…maybe if I get more experience nursing, but I love the little babies.

What steps did you have to take to get to where you are professionally? Going to school I went to county college and failed out of the program by 1 point.  So I started all over at another school and ended up being valedictorian in that class.  I think that is my biggest accomplishment going from failing out to being #1.  I was super excited!

What caused the complete turnaround? I realized my study habits, from high school, which was nothing, wasn’t going to cut it in college. I had to just give up a life for 2 years and focus because if this is what I really wanted, losing those 2 years wasn’t going to matter.  I remember missing big events like 21st birthdays and little things like watching the Super Bowl where Beyonce blew the power. I was studying for a test, I missed the whole thing.  I just realized I had to just do whatever it took and study my ass off to get what I really wanted.  It also made me realize I really did want to become a nurse.

After completing school what steps did you have to take to get a job in the medical industry? I had to take the test to get my boards, once I passed that and got my license I could actually apply and that’s where I ran into trouble. I applied anywhere and everywhere, online and in person; anything to get my foot in the door to get some experience. I had no places hiring me. It took me 4 months to get my first interview which was a home healthcare place.  I had one interview in NJ at a hospital ever and I didn’t get it.  Even knowing people who were nurses couldn’t get me in because no one was hiring. I ended up doing home healthcare for a while which was a hate/love relationship. On twitter I was following nursing accounts and I saw people getting jobs right out of school in the ICU and hospitals in all these other states and I thought maybe it’s just where I am that has job shortages.

So social media helped prompt the idea to look out of state? Absolutely. These people would post things like “I passed my boards and I start my job next week!!” and here I was 6 months out and nothing. These people were out in Wisconsin and Alabama and elsewhere, I thought maybe I just need a change of scenery to find a job. I needed to do something else because what I was doing wasn’t working.

So you moved… We moved here to Texas and I started searching hospitals around where we were and going on their websites and applying.  The first one to call me back was the hospital I am now. I actually had an interview the Monday after that for another job, but they offered me the job for this one almost on the spot, so I accepted it.  I needed a job and I was just so nervous I wouldn’t find anything else, so I took it. But it ended up being really good. I started on the med surg floor, basically if you’re admitted to the ER they would be sent to me and I would start all the admissions and draw blood and give medications until you got a room. And then they closed that area down and they transferred me to postpartum. I ended up liking it. It’s not too crazy. There’s days where I don’t sit down for most of the day or don’t get a lunch but it’s nothing I can’t handle.

Are you happy with the career choice thus far, has it been rewarding? Definitely, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Even with those stressful days, it’ll be something little like a patient being grateful for me helping them that makes it worth it; as cheesy as it sounds.

What is the hardest part of nursing? The hardest part is trying to please everyone.  It’s a hard time in people’s lives, no one wants to be in the hospital.  Granted, it’s for a happy experience, but for the most part no one wants to be there and they’re just after surgery.  So it’s trying to just not take it personally if they’re angry or yelling at you. And sometimes you just won’t get along with people; the personalities just don’t match and they don’t want you around. That’s the hardest, but you just have to realize that’s just what happens.

Was it hard to shake up your life to pursue your career? That was probably the hardest thing because I’m so close with my family.  I would have dinner with my mom at least once a week and we’d watch Jeopardy.  So that was the hardest thing; moving away and hearing my whole family gets together and not be able to be there. It sucks but I know it’ll be worth it.  Even if it’s just to get the experience and then go back home or not, I don’t’ know what’s going to happen. But being in a place where you have no friends, it’s hard.

Have you made new friends?  It’s hard making friends as an adult. When you’re younger you’re forced to be friends because you’re all in school together, but as an adult it’s hard, for me at least, to make a friend. I’m not a very open person. I’m nice and I’ll listen but I’m not open. So I think people write me off as closed off, but I’m just shy!

Do you regret moving halfway across the U.S.? I’m happy. It gave me a job that I enjoy and what I came out here to do is what’s happening. So it was definitely worth it. I enjoy being out here and getting the experience that I need and just breaking out of my comfort zone, which I think is important. I would do it again.

What does the future hold for Lindsay Pavlosky? I have no idea. I know I want to be here in Texas for a little bit, at least until I finish my bachelors. And continue to get experience from work and try to get into the NICU. And then either staying here or moving, I don’t know.  Now that I’ve gotten over that hump of knowing I can survive moving and being away from family and friends, it’s not necessarily here or home it could be somewhere else in the U.S.

What advice do you have for anyone pursuing a career in Nursing? Stick through it. It’s going to be hard and it’s a lot of work. Nursing school is rough. You’re going to cry. It’s going to happen, and that’s okay. But in the end, if it’s your passion, all the hard work is worth it.

Get to know more about Lindsay-

Follow her on Twitter: @LindsayPav

Favorite show: Gilmore Girls, I know way too much about that show!
Female Role Model: I love Angelina Jolie; I think she’s such a good person. She does a lot of good in the world. She travels to different countries and helps people. Honestly, I would love to do that. I want to go to different countries on medical mission trips but I’m afraid to do it by myself, so I need to find someone to go with me!
Something on your bucket list: Visit all 50 states and I’ve gotten a lot of them. I have a list on my computer because I’m a nerd.  I’ve still got at least 15 more to do. Alaska is going to be the hardest one. I love to travel and I’d love to see other countries, but a goal is to at least be to every state in my country.
Weird obsession: YouTube channel called Dr. Pimple Popper.  I’m obsessed with it. Favorite Pod casts: Gilmore Guys, The West Wing Weekly, and How Did This Get Made First high school job: My first job was ShopRite and I worked there for a few months and then I had to do field hockey and could only work 1 day a week so they basically fired me, but in a nice way.  But that led me to the movie theater. I spent 10 years of my life working there and met many of my friends there. So I would do that one again, but probably not ShopRite.

Texas Two Step

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So, I did it.  I went to a dance hall for the first time in my life. I moved to the Houston area almost a year ago and it took me this long to finally check out some line dancing.  Let me be the first to tell you it is HARD AS HELL.  I thought I’d be fine.  I’ve taken 12 years of dance, this should be a piece of cake right? Wrong. It could have been the alcohol or the fact that I was wearing heels when everyone else was decked out in their best cowboy boots (rookie move), but I did not catch on super quick.  It took me at least 4 different songs to finally pick up the rhythm. I will say, however, being from the east coast and only knowing how to bump and grind to music, this was a really interesting and fun new experience. Random men came up and asked me to dance, and the best part was I didn’t have to feel their manly parts all up on me. I think this southern style of dancing may possibly be my new favorite! Though I still love me some east coast dance music any day!

FXX’s The League is back for one final season

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Photo courtesy of Google

Photo courtesy of Google

Check out Megan’s review of the League for http://www.pop-break.com.  Will you be missing the crazy antics of The League once their final season is through? We know we will!  But until then let’s celebrate the fact that it’s FRIDAY and that both Football AND The League returned to us this week!!

http://pop-break.com/2015/09/10/tv-recap-the-league-the-other-draft/