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The Most Amazing Thing Ever!!!

Do you know what the most amazing thing in life is?

Watching your child grow up before your eyes.

The past six months have went by so fast. It feels like yesterday that my little girl was swaddled up and they were handing her to me. I remember night after night waking up to feed her and change her diaper. I remember watching her struggle to keep her head up, until finally she gazed back at me with a huge smile and her head very steady. I remember the first time that she reached for her foot. I remember the first time when she sat up when she was sitting in her bouncer. Now, she can sit up (with support), crawl around on her belly, talk (baby sounds), and eat (baby cereal).

Here’s a compilation of the first six months with a baby:

Update on Baby, Future Plans, etc

 

I know, it’s been awhile since I posted on this blog. Two months, actually. I’ve been really busy with the mom life. My baby girl is almost 6 months old. In fact, her six month birthday is this Saturday. After six months of exclusively breastfeeding her, I’m planning on starting her on baby cereal this Saturday.

The past six months have been 20160817_104645filled with so many firsts. And they all happen so quickly! I saw her find her hands and feet for the first time. I saw her roll over from tummy to back, and then, months later, a few days shy of her 5th month birthday, she rolled over from back to tummy.

The past few weeks, she’s been doing a lot of commando crawling. Commando crawling is when the baby gets around by lying flat on their back. She is going to be crawling on her hands and knees soon. She’s also been holding her own chin up with her own hand. It’s really quite cute.

She can sit up. I have to prop her up but once she’s in that position she does a really good job keeping her balance. Compare that to just two months ago when she could not keep her balance very well.

Having my baby girl has been such a life changing experience. I never really knew what people meant when they say that your life begins with the birth of a child — now I know.

In other news, about a week ago, I made my very first YouTube video. It is a photo montage of my baby girl’s first three months of life. Check it out below. I am open to any suggestions / comments. I used the free YouTube editor to add the pictures. But if you know of a (better) free editing software than please let me know about it below.

I’m planning on posting my (second) YouTube video on my baby girl’s first six months of life. I will post the link as soon as I post it on YouTube.

 

In other news, I might be going back to school. As many of you are aware, I completed my Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications degree at SNHU last year. I might be going back to get my graduate certificate in Quality Assurance. I’m currently looking for schools that offer the program. If any of you have a degree/certificate in this field, then please leave a comment below. Tell me how you like it and any relevant experience.

Until next time… I’ll try to post again soon.

 

 

 

“Oops, I did it again”

I have a bad habit. I start a blog, post several posts in the beginning and then I stop. I stop.

Why do I do that?

Because this blog was once so new and exciting. It was like a shiny new toy. I was like an excited child on her first day of school after a long summer. I relished in the title, the URL, my followers, the WordPress community. I loved everything about this blog… until one day I didn’t.

But there’s another issue here. The reason why I stopped posting was because I had nothing new to post. I can’t write about how I wake up, brush my teeth, get dressed, check my email, go to work, come home, do schoolwork, brush my teeth, go to bed and then start the whole process all over again. That would get boring.

Face it. As humans, we all live boring, incredibly mundane lives. We do the same things all over again. For many of us, we don’t have a choice. Bills need to get paid. We need to eat.

But there’s another thing. I’m almost done with college. I’m currently taking my last course. I’m applying to jobs like crazy hoping to find something that I will love. I have faith that I will find something. I know that I did not go to college for a total of five years since I was eighteen for nothing. College is an investment and I am determined to make sure that it was a good one for me.

This blog was born after I took a Social Media class at SNHU. I wanted to write about the college life. Books. And what it means to be an untraditional online student who started out college traditionally living in the dorms.

But now that I am almost done with my undergraduate education, I am changing. My life is changing. Something happened to me. I am terrified at the thought of the unknown. But I have hope.

Stay tuned for a new post. (I promise you won’t see another “oops I did it again” post from me).

And the title is a tribute to Brittany Spears. My childhood… oh, the nostalgia!

Takin’ it one day at a time

So, apparently the hit Netflix show “Orange is the New Black” season 3 is going to be released this summer. I’m super excited and eager to catch up the characters that I have grown to love, such as “Crazy Eyes.” I’m glad to hear that the character Brook Soso, who was introduced in Season 2, will be returning. She’s young and she’s mixed. She reminds me of me, though I’m not nearly as talkative as she is.

I think the reason why I love “Orange is the New Black” so much is because the characters are so relatable. No, I haven’t been to jail or prison. But I feel as if the characters are being real and true to themselves. In the episodes, the women gossip, talk, dance, have sex. There are no inhibitions. Anything goes. The women aren’t pretending to be a famous actress or singer or aspiring to win the lottery.

They are real women, trying to get by. They are taking it one day at a time. And I think that is something that we can all strive to learn.

It is important to live for the moment. Life is short. Don’t waste time thinking about what could have happened. Or what will happen. Live for today and be the best that you can be.

Top 6 Things I Learned at SNHU

6 Things That I Learned at SNHU

 As I approach the end of my time at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), I would like to share the top eleven things that I have learned. (Note: These eleven things are not in any particular order).

1. Time Management

Since I take online classes at a brick-and-mortar college, 95 percent of my education is dependent upon me and how well I can get my work down on time. Like most online students, I have extremely busy with work, personal life and school. This means that I have had to learn how to prioritize and plan. I have to plan my work in advance. I have to take it one assignment or task at a time. Once one task is done, then I can move on to the next. This is the key to managing my stress level. I’m glad that I have had to learn how to manage my time because this will be extremely important post-graduation.

2. Teamwork

Taking online classes at a traditional brick-and-mortar school, it may seem as if I don’t have many opportunities for collaboration. Not true! In my Writing for Public Relations class this term, my professor divided the class up into two groups. I am a member of group A. Every week, we work on a different project together using a Wiki platform. One week, we created a flier for an organization. Another week, we wrote news leads. It is an interesting experience as we all learn to set aside our differences and work together to create a project. It has helped to bring new ideas that I alone would not have thought of.

3. Leadership

Teamwork is tied closely with leadership. Teamwork cannot happen without leadership, and vice versa. On SNHU’s social media site, I am one of the Peer Leaders. I motivate new students by giving advice and sharing personal stories. I learned that being a leader is not about giving orders. It is about setting an example, accepting and receiving feedback, and working as part of a team. It is about motivating others and holding others accountable. Leaders are the first people to get up and do something. They set the bar high and expect others to follow.

4. Motivation

I have to stay motivated at SNHU to succeed. Since I don’t have to attend class three or four days a week, it is up to me to make sure that I know what the assignments are and when they are due. It is up to me to make sure that I do these assignments. For me, motivation comes in the form of my impending graduation. I have three classes left, after this one, and then I am done. When I am that close, that’s even more reason to keep going. Another way that I get motivated is (call me crazy) is by watching SNHU commercials. Those commercials are really entertaining.

5. Networking

Since starting at SNHU, I have tried to cultivate my online presence by polishing up my personal brand. I have a LinkedIn profile, which I use to connect with fellow SNHU students and alumni, as well as connecting with people in my chosen field. I also have a Twitter account for networking and promoting this blog. Networking is about making friends, connecting with industry experts, and putting myself out there. I communicate until I get heard loud and clear. I make a name for myself so that I am not just some random person out of a million with a Facebook page.

6. KISS

Chances are, you are familiar with this acronym. KISS stands for Keep It Simple, Silly. As a Communications major, I do a lot of writing for my classes. I write news releases and articles. I create brochures and write memos. In each of these assignments, I am realizing the value of using short sentences and common words. I have to write to be understood and not just to impress.

4 Tips for a Successful Job Interview

Job interviews are terrifying. Just saying ‘job interviews’ can cause tremors and evoke fear for many college graduates. And yet, it is an inevitable part of graduating. It is the next step.

I’ve had a couple of job interviews. I’ve had some that went well and some that just didn’t. When they did go well, it was because I was being myself. With that said, I’m going to present four tips for a successful job interview.

Tip #1) Be humble.

Be modest. Don’t brag. It’s okay when the interviewer gives you a compliment for your perfect 4.0 GPA. But don’t talk on and on about it. Simply thank the interviewer and move on.

Tip #2) Be honest.

Tell the truth. Don’t lie. Don’t tell your interviewer that you are an Adobe Photoshop Guru, when you don’t even own the program. Tell the truth about what you can do and not what you think the interviewer wants to hear.

Tip #3) Do your homework.

Research the organization. Research the position. What is the organization’s mission? What are its values? Do you see yourself making a difference in the future of the organization? Where do you see yourself ten years from now? How will you help the organization achieve its goals?

Tip #4) Speak nonverbally.

Act well. Oftentimes, your nonverbal communication (behavior, mannerisms, appearance) has a more profound impact than your verbal communication. Maximize this by maintaining good posture, dressing professionally, and having a good attitude.

Be honest, be humble, do your homework, and speak nonverbally so that you can establish a relationship with the interviewer. This does not mean that you should be their best friend. But you do need to establish a rapport with the interviewer. You want the interviewer to see your potential and what you can do for the organization.

Watch this YouTube video that I found about this hilarious job interview:

Comment below and tell me what you think about this video. Or, share your thoughts on job interviews. What has worked for you? What hasn’t worked?