1/27/10

My Life as a Chick Flick

It was supposed to be simple. I've done it thousands of times. Point A to Point B. But somehow last week, a midst feelings of helplessness on the job front, I gave in. My usual walk from my car, through the mall, to the subway turned into a dose of pointlessly indulgent retail therapy. What made the cut? A book about living like a European (I can't stay away from the Literary Travel section), an embellished dress for this weekend, a floaty tunic just because, Clinique's Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Black Honey and some cheap chick flicks. I have got to stop "just looking" at HMV. This time I left with 13 Going on 30 and The Holiday. Despite feeling slightly embarrassed by the time I finally sat on the subway, at least I hadn't reached for sweets. But that's a whole other story.

As the week went on I continued to look for job opportunities online. Though I keep hearing that my first job may not be exactly what I have always dreamed, how far off will it be? I applied for three more positions, including one as a proofreader for a book publisher. I polished my resume, cover letter and sent them out, hoping that someone would take a chance on a bright, young thing like myself. If my life were a chick flick, I'd probably start out in some lackluster position and then rise to the top in a flurry of bylines, clothes and smiles set to a cheesy soundtrack. Sad as it may seem, it's nice to know that I'm not alone. My friends and I are equally struggling to make the transition from students to entry-level go-getters. As I sit here and try my hardest to avoid my inbox, I can't help but think that if this is all some sort of cinematic set up (I saw Post Grad on the plane home from Florida and unfortunately could identify with certain parts of it) I'm ready to begin rolling the opening credits.

Over the Taupe

I began this month filled with the energy that comes with every new year. So far I've managed to keep all of my resolutions, except there's one I realize that was never made. Stop procrastinating. After avoiding the blog for some time I realize that suddenly there's a lot to say. Here's a recap:

1.My workout/running schedule so far has been really fun (imagine!). AG and LVS are great motivators in the gym. Although my eating habits are here and there, that sort of chat is better suited for a whole other kind of blog. In terms of the glossies, I've recently subscribed to Women's Health. They may be repetitive, but at this point I'll take any positive reinforcement I can get. I've told you before, I'm a sucker for any cover lines that shout about having confidence, being in shape and personal style.

2.Though I was excited for the semester to begin, Ryerson cancelled courses and forced almost everyone in my program to rethink their schedules. Hence, I entered the world of magazine design where I was told I would leave the class with the ability to talk the talk of the art department. That first day I was wide-eyed, last night I was struggling to stay awake. Blame the amount of new concepts I'm trying to wrap my mind around or the early morning wake up calls (See 1) - your pick.

3.In elementary school I became so intrigued by my horoscope that I questioned crushes based on whether or not our signs were compatible. While I'm no longer so interested, I gave in and read what to expect as a Scorp in three different publications while riding the subway a few weeks ago. According to the stars my career prospects won't be too bright this month (thanks!), but the social calendar will. Regardless the past few weekends have included recaps, a visit to Ciao and a night at the Mod Club (I'll take any venue featuring DJ M-Kutz and once again, he did not disappoint). I suppose the nights out make the days divided by part-time work, school and sitting at my computer a little less dreary.

To clarify, Over the Taupe is my current nail colour. If you know me, you know that my favourite pick-me-ups include buying dvds and manicures. Plus a little OPI was the perfect way to prep for this upcoming weekend. Tattoo Friday and Spice Route Saturday. Happy Birthday to all and to all a good night.

1/11/10

Another Underdog Story

I'm trying my best to keep the 2010 momentum going, but it's hard not to slow down when the snow is falling on a quiet night. Today I was reminded why I'm writing and constantly searching for the next opportunity during a phone interview with Sabrina Jalees. Jalees is a Canadian comedian, tv personality/host, writer and motivational speaker. I was instantly attracted to her story because she is extremely ambitious. She was hosting a show on CBC and writing a column for the Toronto Star while she was a student at Ryerson!

It was another chance to work on my interviewing skills. As always, procrastination took over and so when I got home from work this afternoon I had little time to take my jumbled notes and turn them into a flowing list of questions. I narrowed down the topics that I wanted to talk about with her and made the call. "Would she be funny?" I thought. As we began talking I got my answer. Amidst my frantic note-taking I certainly had a chance to laugh. Born in Toronto, Jalees has recently relocated to New York. Naturally the city's infectious energy crept into our conversation as well. Her creativity, confidence and drive has led her to create a place a for herself in the Canadian comedy scene at such a young age.

After we hung up I was immediately excited to start working on my story. I headed down to school only to find that 2 out of the 3 courses I enrolled in for the semester have been cancelled. I may not be able to replace them, which is a frightening thought. If I can't fall back on "oh, I'm concentrating on school right now," then the pressure is on to build my portfolio. Though it may be easy to sink into my cozy abode filled with classic movies and neatly organized back issues, it's time to get to work. I applied for another job and pitched a story earlier this week. You know what that means. I'm praying for responses in my inbox. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh.

1/6/10

Honestly, it's 2010

I have to be honest. While I may have used the holiday season and my family vacation to Florida as reasons to stop writing, that isn't completely true. One major reason that I've neglected my blog is because I didn't get that job I interviewed for. Sounds childish doesn't it? Now that I can see the words in front of me, I definitely think so. Yet just a few short weeks ago I was officially torn by the news that the editorial assistant position had been offered to someone else. I just thought I should come clean with you because I love to end each post with a positive twist, but that doesn't mean I always feel that way.

There I was, days before the editor was to make her decision, envisioning myself getting dressed for work, toasting with friends to my new position and blissfully awaiting my first big day. Soon enough, I received an email telling me that I had not been offered the position. It was courteous, complementary and extremely encouraging, but it was still far from what I wanted to hear.

After an extra-lengthy separation from my email, favourite blogs and twitter, I realize that I am ready to get back out there. There are jobs to apply for, people to meet and stories to write and I personally cannot wait. A sucker for glossies and the cover lines they throw at me, I scoured the latest issues while on vacation and found a slew of resolutions and promises that women all over the world are making to themselves in honour of 2010. I'm not typically one for resolutions, but I do like feeling like I have a clean slate to reconsider my perpetual list of things to do. As I watched the ball drop from my grandfather's condo in Florida I realized that this has been a big decade for me. First kiss, first love, three graduations, several adventures abroad and countless dreams later I'm still excited for the new experiences ahead. It's only a few days into this brand new year, but here are a few things that have made the cut:

-write, write, write and get published along the way
-find first "real" job (and try to put my days as a part-time retail worker and receptionist behind me)
-return to my diary (my life from ages 11 to 20 is summarized in 13 books and I figure the more I let it out on paper, the less I'll run for chocolate each time my mood is up or down)
-go back to NYC (will I see Central Park in bloom?)
-run a race (I signed up for my first 10km and already created a new playlist for my return to the gym this week)

I think I'll withhold the remaining items. I've got to get back into the swing of things rather quickly, I've already got a story to work on and school begins again next week. Though I stopped at the airport newsstand for some essentials, I can't help but feel out of the loop. Any particular glossies grabbed your attention this month?

Home Again

Florida wasn't quite what I imagined it would be. The weather was oh so cold and though I look forward to E!'s marathons, a girl can only take so much. I finished all of the books I brought with me and then went out to buy some magazines to keep me entertained. Tonight I happily arrived at home to find my brand new issue of FASHION. Inside, designer Nanette Lepore reminisces about vacationing on the Amalfi coast and with the picture above, so do I.

"We swim in the green grotto, eat incredible grilled seafood, and at night find out way to this tiny, out of the way bar and dance on tables, drink Prosecco and listen to some '50s-looking crooner sing Neapolitan songs. It's a blast."