The Young Professional, Pros & Cons

Upon graduating college everyone's goal is to land a job and  begin progressing in their careers. Divulging into my personal experience working in a professional setting as a young adult has revealed to me how unprofessional, professional life really is.  While in college, I attended a plethora of professional development workshops from email etiquette, networking, first impression etc.  You name it, I've probably attended it. The deeper I find myself interacting and observing my colleagues the more I noticed professionalism is not "Professionalism"  it is a "Mask".

It is a mask, that tends to shade over the fact that you are human. It covers your creativity, charm, and individuality. I find myself at times in certain settings where I am in conflict with being "professional" and being myself.

As a young professional, you are praised for your youth. You are looked upon for modern and edgy innovations and being able to streamline everything into one, much like our all in one smartphone.

Yet, you are disregarded in some instances as incompetent and inexperienced. While, the difference is not lack of knowledge but a different method of attack. We Millennials, have such an amazing niche. That is our unapologetic notion that "anything is possible". Can you truly blame us, we've been feed this line since birth? Yet, in the professional world, we are met with restrictions, or a clear cut "NO", for the same suggestions we were hired to possibly implement.

Though it is not all bad, it is truly uplifting when you are acknowledged by your colleagues for your amazing work and  growth. When others pull you aside and say, " you will go far you have amazing potential". It is by far a great confidence booster.

In all, where do you find that happy medium of being yourself, and being "professional"?The answer to that will be different for everyone and many factors play a pivotal role. For example your work atmosphere, your relationship with your co-workers, and communication. Once you figured that out, you can make a decision for yourself , on how much of yourself, can you give to the "professional" world.

Year of Execution | 2017 New Year Resolutions

As we are midway through the first month of the year, I wanted to take the time to reflect back on my progress so far. My new year resolutions actually started in September of last year. I created a list of things I wanted to accomplish before the year ended, that I could carry into the new year.

Last year was beyond a stressful and depressing year for me. Granted there were amazing things that took place, but I did not allow myself to truly enjoy those moments. I couldn’t enjoy them because I didn’t allow myself to, I was honestly blinded by my own despair. I did not handle anything well including stress, time management, relationships, or myself. Everything went to the wayside, and I was going through the motions, unhappy as I have ever been.  

Nearing the tail end of 2016 I knew in my heart that I did not want to continue on in the same manner.  I finally got tired of being sick and tired, I knew that things needed to change, I needed to change.  In December, I hired Fatima Farmer as a coach. I have been following Fatima online for some years when she announced that she is offering “Empowerment Coaching” I jumped on the opportunity and signed up. Like I said I was tired of being sick and tired.  She definitely delivered, we had weekly phone calls and we communicated via email throughout the week. Fatima really listened to my concerns and helped me create a plan of what I can do to live happier and be content with myself overall. I learned that I already know what it is that I need to do, it’s just the doing it. Execution is the key to 2017 being a great year for me. Some of my goals for the new year are:

Health and Wellness: This year I want to establish and maintain healthy fitness routine and eating habits.  I don’t want to limit all foods, but I do want to make better choices with every meal. The goal is to develop a lifestyle where I am swimsuit ready all year long and not conscious of my body. To do so, I will exercise 4-5 days a week, and meal prep my lunches and dinner.

Social/ Networking: I hate feeling like all I do is work. Luckily, I am not too shy of a person to avoid going out alone. I plan to go out at least twice a month, whether it be spoken-word, concert, networking event, or a new restaurant.

Creativity: Growing up I was extremely creative. I would paint, draw, write, sew, read music, photography. With working a full-time job and graduate school, it has not been easy to find creative outlets, until I decided to start this blog is serving as my creative outlet. Ultimately, serving as somewhat of a creative director and satisfying that itch to create. I want to be consistent in posting also teach myself basic web and graphic design.

Finance: I want to save $2,000 outside of my emergency savings. As usual, saving money is always a goal. This year I want to take things a step further  to save for my future home. My address has changed more times than I can count in the past 2 years, and I have had horrible roommates and landlord stories that I can save for another post.

Self-Love: I know that regardless of the material attainment I gain whether that is a new job, fit body, more money, nicer clothes. None of those things can bring everlasting joy. I can only find that in myself. This year I want to be more confident, self-assured, simply not afraid to be myself. I will surround myself with positive like-minded individuals, read more, listen to motivational podcasts. Take time to listen to myself and get rid of what is not serving me and keep what is.