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Every so often, my company does something for its employees to give us a bit of a break in our hectic schedules. Today was ice cream day; a local ice cream shop brings a cart by and we all get free ice cream and time to hang out and enjoy it. As I was waiting in line to get my delectable cup of salted chocolate ice cream, I stood talking to my coworker and friend. We talked a little bit about work, but we quickly moved on to talking about what’s going on in both of our lives. I felt (and still feel, hours later) calm and capable after that mid-day break.

I’m sure I’ve said this before in some way, but I really appreciate this company. They go out of their way to organize events like ice cream day which may seem small to some people, but it is a nice thing for employees. The company doesn’t have to go and spend money on ice cream or a party (2 a year in fact–a Christmas party and a Spring picnic), but they do. Sometimes, those seemingly small gestures go a long way, in my estimation, to creating a comfortable work environment. I forgot all about ice cream day today until the little reminder popped up in my Outlook. I forced myself to look away from article proofs, stretch my arms and legs, and get up and go downstairs to stand around, eat, and talk.

My friend and I had a lovely afternoon conversation and I got to enjoy some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had (honestly). I’ll take that over an hour of answering email correspondence any day :).

Do any of your employers or schools go out of their way to do things for their employees/students?



As many of you may have been able to tell from my posts, I suffer from anxiety. It’s something I have to work with every day and I am still learning about it. I think this is an important topic that people should feel comfortable talking about because it seems to me that more people suffer from anxiety, depression, and other illnesses than I realized. I guess it’s a sensitive topic (I know it took some soul-searching on my part before I felt comfortable enough to write this post). I’d like to talk about dealing with anxiety on a personal level as well as a professional one in a two-part post (this being the first part) because I think it would be beneficial for millennials to raise their voices and talk about this shadowy topic out in the open.

On a personal level, I deal with stress and anxiety by doing small but effective things, such as listening to music, lighting a candle, engaging in calming activities that I enjoy, and exercising. I also try my very hardest to not allow work issues to seep into my home-time (I’ll talk about that more next time). I’d also like to start meditating at some point but, honestly, I’m a bit worried because of all the thoughts whirling around my head. It may sound counterproductive, but I’m afraid they’ll completely take over and I’ll be in a worse position then when I started. Maybe one day! For the most part, these other strategies work; I am able to calm myself sufficiently so I don’t feel that I’m adrift and unable to come back to reality.

I think these “rituals” to help me calm myself down are so important to me, personally. I know that prolonged feelings of stress and anxiety can have long-lasting physical as well as mental effects. I also want to clarify that I’m not on any medication or anything like that for anxiety, so I am only speaking here in terms of my own experience. Please feel free to share your experience in the comments if you feel so inclined.

How about you readers out there–does anyone deal with anxiety or any other illness? What works for you when you need calming down?

Charlie Brown

I did it! I accepted a new job! This Friday is my last day at my current office :).

I’ll be doing the same thing I do now (well, almost the same thing) but at a larger company. I’m very excited! It seems like the organization of their work is very different than what I’m used to and I can’t wait to learn something new. I do love my current company (especially the people), but I just felt that it was time for me to make a personal move.

I feel so much more experienced now, not only with applications, cover letters, and interviews, but with my own self-knowledge and expertise in my field. I’m certainly not an expert in anything, but I feel MUCH more confident in my abilities after almost two years working diligently. Also, I know myself and I know how I work, so I was able to answer interview questions honestly and effectively. I had answers to the hiring manager’s questions ready to go because I was confident that I knew what I was talking about. This process was so different from when I went through it the first time two years ago!

While I’m sad I’m leaving my current company, I’m also excited to begin a new path. And, let me tell you, I feel powerful. I took charge of my future and decided to look around for a new opportunity in my career path. Don’t be afraid to look and don’t be afraid to take the leap and apply! Remember, the best time to look for a job is when you already have one :).


The next logical step in my oh-I’m-an-adult-now? journey seems to be moving into an apartment of my own. My commute will be shorter, which is a huge plus for me, and I will be living with one of my oldest and best friends (because I certainly cannot afford to live on my own yet). We are looking seriously for a place right now, in fact. But I can’t quite shake the feeling of…what would you call it…utter fear? Excruciating anxiety? It’s not quite that bad, but it might be pretty close. This is a big step and it’s something I’ve never done before because, really, does living in a dorm room at college or in a rented bedroom at grad school really count as living on your own? They were both learning experiences, definitely, and they were the steps I needed to take to understand what kind of person I am and what kind of person I can and cannot live with.

There are so many articles and blogs out there about millennials in their 20s and 30s living with their parents and I can see why (though many of them also state that this trend is no different than it’s ever been). It’s EXPENSIVE to pay bills, rent, buy food, and take care of yourself. And I’m not even out there doing it just yet! I also have student loan payments (the paying of which I sometimes compare to giving up my firstborn or cutting off my left arm), that keep me second guessing what I can really afford. I keep asking myself “How do people live on their own?”

Part of all this anxiety comes from the fact that this is my first big financial decision (if you don’t count taking loans out to pay for college) and I’m doing it on my own (well, with a friend, but you know what I mean). It’s a scary prospect to become an adult and do “grown up” things, especially since I have great parents who have helped me out the past few years when I was in graduate school and then looking for a job. I feel like a child still, sometimes, because I really don’t know what to expect in the big wide world out there. Who does when they first start out, though? In between bouts of freaking out, I do believe that I’m going to be okay because I know what kind of person I am. I’m invested in my future and I care about the decisions I make–both of which are helpful when deciding to move out (and for life in general, really).

What about you lovely readers? Do you have any stories about when you first moved out in the big wide world?


Also, check out these similar articles:
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3. 2 charts prove millennials really are living with their parents in record numbers – Vox

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