“Keep your image on Facebook professional.” We’ve all heard that sentence haven’t we? When I was close to finishing college I started a complete overhaul of my online presence and removed all of my “party” pics and Googled the shit out of myself. Then Facebook Timeline rolled out and I felt a ton of pressure to have a Timeline photo that was different. I didn’t want some regular ol stock photo so I decided to make my own. Some of my designs were complete crap. I knew this because I would have no “likes” on it after its debut. Anyway, the whole point of this post is for you to look at my new & exciting design. It’s a perfect representation of my personality. Clean, colorful, fun & professional.
What were you born to do? I think a lot of us get caught up with life and don’t ask ourselves this simple question. Some people are working jobs where they make tons of cash in companies they care nothing about. So what’s the point? I want you to not just think about your outer-self and your financial goals but also your inner-self who needs to be fulfilled as well. Since I turned 25, I’ve been on a fast and furious mission to graduate college and change my life. I finally did last December. It took me 9 years. I like to think that I’m an expert student.
So what’s my dream? I want to be a computer programming/social media/blogging/advertising/freak. Since I graduated, I’ve been LinkedIn’ing, Tweeting, Facebook’ing and cyber stalking those who currently hold a job in my dream career and members of companies I’d like to work for. I’ve spent countless hours doing this. I mean, I don’t want to brag, but I’ve become a pretty good stalker :) Since it’s my goal, it’s been sorta like my full-time job. I want this bad.
One of the companies I started following this spring is @NYCinterns. Around the middle of March, I went online and saw that they were having a conference with a bunch of speakers from big name companies on April 21st. Casually I looked up flights, DFW to LGA, then closed my computer and went about my day. Later that week I told my girlfriend about it and she said, “How much is the entrance price and how much are flights?” She’s the more sensible out of the both of us. For a recent grad, I couldn’t afford a flight and the ticket to get in, so I emailed them and got a sweet discount. I booked my flight that same night.
So yesterday I went to the event. A great quote I heard from one of the panelists at the event was, “passion without execution gets you nowhere.” Real shit.
But passion isn’t everything. I’ve had no luck. A few empty leads & many new acquaintances. Luckily for me I love to ask questions and the answer I’ve heard time & again is:
“You need to live in New York to find work here.”
But see, if I move to New York with my life savings and no job, I’ll have to disconnect my phone. That’s the only sure-fire way to make my fiscally conservative Latino parents discouraging words disappear. I think they can survive a few months without hearing from their eldest daughter who just moved to a huge new city 2,197 miles away (I calculated)…right?
Since the event, I’ve been pumped and inspired to take the risk to follow my dream so much so that I haven’t been able to stop looking over my notes and sharing my experiences with my girlfriend and Aunt. I want to share everything I wrote down with all of y’all so here’s what I wrote:
Finding your passion is easy, following it is the hard part. Don’t lose sight.
“Push away the thieves of your ambition. Who makes you better? Surround yourself with those people.”
I hope my notes have inspired you to think about what your passion is and to take baby steps into making it a reality. One day, maybe even ten years after you first start, you’ll get there. As for me, I’ve made a few connections on this trip that I’m going to follow up on so I can be one step closer to my goal.
Thanks for checking out my page. My name is Viviana Baluja but my friends call me Vivi or Viv. Here’s some more about me:
Viviana + Anarchy = Vivianarchy: independent thinker who thrives off the absence of established order.
I’m a 20-something (almost 30 eek!) woman living the dream in the uber hip, hippie-vegan-liberal land you know as Austin, TX. I have a degree in Strategic Communication with a concentration in Advertising (aka Journalism) from the University of North Texas, UNT.
Most of my time is spent working, but on my free time I love to be with my fiance shopping at local farmers markets, watching old episodes of Portlandia and Reno 911, baking recipes I find off Pinterest or making a mess doing unnecessary DIY projects around the house.