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Trying to get the monkey off my back pt. 1

He weighs a ton. I am sick of him. I have nicknamed him “Andy”. He will not go away. He started off as a new born but over the past 4 years, he has grown into a full 65 pound adult monkey.  Can you imagine carrying all of that extra weight on your back along with your current weight? You would think I would have lost a couple of pounds so the weight of the monkey would  not seem so heavy. Instead, I gained weight and added more pounds. So with the monkey and my extra weight, I am a hot mess.


For 2013, my goal is to get him off of my back. First, I will start small and put him on a diet so he can lose some weight. That will make him manageable as I carry him around. Secondly, I will pass the monkey to someone else. Check out this great article from Harvard Business Review that asks the question, “Who’s Got The Monkey?”. I really do not care who has him just as long as he is not on my back. Lastly, when he shows up (oh he will), I will not let him set up residence. I will make sure of that. I will gladly hand him over to the next able body to carry him around.


I said Yes

I have surrendered! That is my declaration today. I have decided to let go and let God guide me through my transformation.  I have been struggling and fighting with this decision for the past 20 months. When I decided to surrender it all, it became an eye opening experience.  My shoulders started to relax; my heart pace slowed down and I got a full night’s sleep. I was able to get up the next morning and run my appropriate training miles without feeling sluggish, apprehensive or resentful.

I know for sure that my struggle was not in vain but a lesson I needed to learn. As I embark on this new “destination”, I will be able to chart my progress and see the growth within.

I am reborn, reinvented and reignited with energy, focus, and determination.

Onward and Upward!

No looking back, pressing forward for all the things God has in store for me!


Does an MBA make you a better CEO? – The Conversation – Harvard Business Review

The question I would like to ask is does it make you a better candidate when searching for a job? Sure, they use age as a factor; however, as the world evolves and you age, one would think you become more knowledgeable. Am I missing something here? As many of my colleagues contemplate how important our graduate school pedigree is in a tight job market, some have had to re-enter colleges for “re-training” if you will on skills that the current job market requires you to have. The onus becomes on the graduate schools to prepare students for the ever changing marketplace. I would love to hear what recent MBA graduates have to say.


I Have to Pace Myself

Job hunting is not a sprint but a marathon. A very long marathon. I have to keep reminding myself this every time I don’t get a call back or receive a request for an interview. Stay positive and keep it moving is my mantra.


Hope Is All You Need

One of my friends landed a job.! Not just any job but her dream job! The job she really wanted to have at the salary she wanted. Congratulations to her for her dedication, discipline and focus. With her news, I’m definitely feeling more hopeful.


I’ve Come Too Far To Give Up Now

Yesterday, I heard from two companies I had interviewed with that decided to pass on me. I knew at least one of these positions I would get. Both were a cut in pay which I had come to terms with. One job said I wasn’t chosen because they found another candidate whose background and experience closely matched the job description. What a blow to my ego. I can’t help but ask the question: “What is wrong with me?”  After my meltdown, my answer to the question was “nothing.” I figured that everything happens for a reason. It’s just not my time. I am in my  11 month of being unemployed and I can’t give up now. I have to continue to persevere and know that my time is coming. The right job at the right company is just within reach. I have to stay focused and understand that minor setbacks or distractions is all part of the journey.


Run Your Own Race

On November 1st, 2009, I joined 39,999 fellow runners to run the ING NYC Marathon. My reasoning for running the such a marathon was a life long dream of mine. I wanted to see how far I could push myself and whether or not I could stand up to the training and grueling running schedule in order to prepare for the race.  Since most of my training took place during my unemployment, I realized more so than ever that you have to run your own race. This even applies to job hunting. There are people who may be faster and quicker on the race course than me the same way there will be people who may land a job before I do. There are lots of variables that can affect this outcome. For running—you take into consideration factors such as body weight, training regimen, running history, activity level and so on. For job hunting—factors may include, experience, industry knowledge, education, aptitude level, and so on. Thomas Edison said “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”  During my training for the marathon, I worked hard because I wanted to accomplish this goal; I kept up my training schedule even though I felt discouraged because of my job situation and I definitely used common sense while running the race to know that I will not  finish the marathon in 2:25. Although, I didn’t complete the marathon in the time I wanted to, I did finish. That’s the most important take away, I finished! I also look at job hunting the same way, I will get a job! If I work hard, stick-to-it and use common sense, I know it’s just a matter of time before employers start opening their doors to me.


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