Hello loves! I’ve totally neglected to share with you all year but I’m back. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ve been kept in the loop but if not, let’s get down to business! (and if you don’t follow me already you really should)
Today lets talk about OUR HOUSE! In August we signed a million papers and moved into our very 1st house in Northeast Austin, TX. We lovingly call it “The Love Shack”. Sometimes it feels unreal and I still catch myself saying “the apartment.” It’s such a hard thing to shake! I’m so use to apartment living but I am so in love with our home. When we first moved in, we quickly realized that all of the shabby chic furniture that looked nice in our apartment looks ugly in our home. But of course we are big cheap-o’s so piece by piece we are replacing things. Well Mariel is the one replacing everything by taking pictures and posting them on Craigslist. She’s a hustla baby. I just want you to know.
Our new house didn’t have a kitchen island and came with very little storage so we’ve been hunting for one. We found this gem for $150 at Sams Club! It was the last one they had in stock and priced for quick sale. To keep sprucing things up, we wanted some live plants inside so we went to East Austin Succulents. After some debate we picked these two and love them! The one on the right has since gotten really big and the one on the left stays little. [that's how she grows.] The last two pics of Mariel and I are just us home-ownin like a boss.
“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.
Hey y’all I’m Vivianarchy – the owner of this blog! I started this site back in 2010 so I could share things with you and have a place that I could look back to the happenings of my life. I don’t blog every day but try to share as often as possible!
I’m a 30-something wife and homeowner in the uber hippie-vegan-liberal land you know as Austin, TX. Most of my days are spent working for a global digital ad serving company [internet pop-up ads are totally my fault] but when I’m not working — I love to shop and craft. I’m happiest when shopping and creating! I love to stay busy and make our home more inviting and ready for every season.
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