NOTES ON A SUNDAY (3)

NOTES ON A SUNDAY 3

Happy Sunday guys! If you follow me on Twitter you know that I just started watching House of Cards, I know I’m late, and I am literally obsessed! This show is amazing- I graduated with a political science major so I’ve been a lover of politics and news media for a while. Frank and Claire are amazingly ruthless and this demonstrates all the stuff and schemes that go on behind the curtain. If you are familiar with the show, you know the main character Francis Underwood is full of interesting quotes that leave you thinking even after the show is done. This week one of his quotes inspired my post.

Not settling for mediocre or situations that don’t reach specific goals has been something that’s important to me for a long time. From applying to colleges, taking internships/jobs during college and even in my current job. I always feel that there’s this proverbial table, like the quotes says, and that in switching things around slowly, removing some things replacing them with others we can either worsen or better or situation. This is something I was taught at a really young age, so I was so surprised to hear the metaphor in the show!

I took this quote in two ways, the first: having the ability and drive to work to change your circumstances can be something that is so beneficial when planning the steps from the point A to point B that everyone talks about. Realizing that you aren’t necessarily stuck or stagnant in a situation and that you can change things, can offer a great new perspective when you think you’re out of ideas and options! Two as I mentioned before not settling and never sitting by watching something happen that you aren’t comfortable or happy with go on, can be great in any situation. Career, friendships, relationships, fitness/health etc. If you don’t like something, figure out your options, work hard, and make the necessary changes, flip the table over.

#NotesOnASunday
Kc

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DECEMBER IS HERE!

December 1

So I know I’m a day late, but who’s counting! The fact that this is the last month of 2014 is nuts to me and it’s seems like it flew by. I love doing my first of the month posts, to kind of give myself a bit of perspective on the month, and let you guys know what I’m up to. This month is no different- I hit almost all my November blog goals so I set the bar much higher for December! With Christmas coming it will be a bit difficult, but with that comes a bunch of days off from work so I literally have no excuse. I am still finishing up my ideas for new “columns”, for lack of better term, for 2015 so if there’s anything you guys want to see from me leave it in the comments below. I have a bunch of stuff coming so stay tuned!

Kc

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

SERENDIPITY

Happy Thanksgiving! I just wanted to put up a quick post saying happy holidays to you guys and hoping that you’re having/are going to have a great day with lots of family and food. I don’t think I’ve told you guys, but I’m going to my boyfriend’s family for the first time and I’m both nervous and excited. I’m sure it will go well, but if any of you girls have gone with a boyfriend before you can definitely understand what I’m feeling ha! I have a Gratitude List post that I’m in the middle of working on that should be up either tonight after dinner, or in the morning since I’ll already be up early #BlackFriday. Again, have a great holiday!

Kc

NOTES ON A SUNDAY (2)

NOTES ON A SUNDAY

Happy Sunday guys- this weekend flew by! I had a great, and cold time, Friday night going to see the tree lighting with C, and finally saw the Beyond Lights last night with a friend! Anyway, I was thinking of what to write for this weeks #NotesOnaSunday and kept putting it off and putting it off and realized in that, that I found what to write about. I have long struggled with procrastination and putting things off until the literal last second. Whether it was homework in college, buying flight tickets, finishing home projects-basically everything, until recently. I figured out that there are certain things that I don’t and never have procrastinated, like planning my blog for instance, shopping for an outfit for an event, planning dates for my boyfriend and I, and assignments at work.

That kinda made me think, why do I procrastinate so badly on some things and not on others? I still don’t know the exact answer, but this quote has been helping me procrastinate less and I thought I should share it with you guys! I feel like looking back and saying I shoulda/coulda done something that was completely do-able, and was only stopped by procrastination, is the worst and I never wanna do that. Using that as my motivation and even taking it down from a year to a week has brought things into great perspective and helped so much! Don’t get me wrong a lot of my procrastination stems from laziness and simply not feeling like it, which I still struggle with, but giving whatever the activity is a bit of context is beneficial on several levels. I sometimes even find myself saying “Let me go do this now because next week I’ll be so behind” or some version of that!

This quote, that could maybe even be called a mindset, can be great for long term goals too! I take it to heart in certain aspects of life like my career and my blog. Day to day stuff makes us put off those long term aspirations for “someday” or “at some point”, but getting started little by little can make such a huge difference. And though I’m definitely still learning, I think I’m getting better at handling day-to day things and making taking steps toward my long-term goals a priority. Partly due to this quote replaying in the back of my head ha!

What do you guys do to combat procrastination? If you have any tips or think this quote may help you too, let me know in the comments below! And if you’re not already follow me over on Twitter @ChicAndDefined!

Kc

NOTES ON A SUNDAY

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The weekend is coming to an end so I hope you guys had a good one! I had the most amazing pizza at Motor City Brewing Company and got drinks with some friends who came up from Chicago! I wanted to start this series of posts, which I’ll probably do every other Sunday just to give you guys a bit of a glimpse into what I’m thinking and my life on a non-fashion level. I got an email from one of my readers asking about my job, how I balance blogging and stuff and why I don’t put it on my blog.(I love getting emails from you guys by the way so send ’em my way at chicanddefined@gmail.com!) It made me think about how I usually don’t put outside life and personal stuff here on the blog and really don’t have a reason why. I think it’s important for me to intro that stuff slowly and I just never took a first step, so here it is#NotesOnASunday! I thought this was an easy way to take a quote or phrase that would let you guys in my life a bit right now and explain why!

A lot of times, especially right after college, it’s easy to fall into the cycle of comparing yourself to others. Who’s doing what? Who has the best job? Who’s at the best grad school? Who’s getting married? (so not interested in that last one ha!) It can literally go on and on. I sometimes find myself falling into that cycle as I’m scrolling through my Facebook Newsfeed and seeing people doing stuff, or not doing stuff- we all know a few, and kind of getting envious of some of the things people are doing. Don’t get me wrong- I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot and am on a great path, but seeing other people’s experiences sometimes effects me ya know?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that I graduated in May 2014 and began working for a big marketing firm in the social media marketing dept. right after. This was a big choice for me as I unlike a lot other people, decided not to go to grad school. I just thought it wasn’t for me, and wanted to start my working career in marketing or PR. Even still I found myself second guessing, when people would ask where I’d applied, and told me about their plans for after graduation. I know I should be really happy that I have a great job, that I love and am doing something related to my ideal career, because I also have those friends who, for lack of better term, settled and are doing something totally unrelated, but in scrolling through my Facebook I get those same feelings. Seeing people who have moved to different parts of the country, who are traveling or in great grad-school programs always makes me second guess.

When that happens I immediately log off, because by then I’m totally over it, and refer to the quote above. Knowing that I’m where I need to be, that I’m on my own path and making things happen the way I want them to, not in comparison to someone else’s life, definitely gets me back on track and into a much better mood! It’s good to see what others are doing every now and then to keep fueling my drive, but not as a benchmark for where I should be. Ever. Do you guys ever fall into that cycle of comparison? Let me know in the comments below! And if you like this type of post hit the like button so I can decided whether or not to keep doing them!

Kc

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