Why Pinterest Isn’t Just For Girls Planning Their Weddings

If you’re a business-owner – whether your company is national or international, online or brick-and-mortar, mom-and-pop or corporation – one thing is certain: you and/or your company needs to be active on social media. Of course, this is easier said than done. However, in today’s day and age, social media is critical to the success of many companies, no matter what industry they may be in, and today I am here to talk to you about one social media site that I believe to be highly underrated: Pinterest.
 
Now, before you laugh or throw in the towel and decide Pinterest isn’t for you, let me explain why it is. According to a post on SocialCompass, image-centric social media sites are on the rise and will see success in 2014. Of course, like all other social media platforms, it may be that Pinterest indeed isn’t for you and your company. But, as I said earlier, let me try to sway your mind before you put your foot down.  
 

What it is.

In essence, Pinterest is a giant, online scrapbook where users can “pin” photos of just about anything onto various pin boards; animals, food, clothing, locations…if there’s a picture of it, it can be pinned. Users create different boards for specific photos they have pinned; for example, my Pinterest includes boards for recipes I want to try, fashion I love, places I want to travel to, etc. Pinterest also allows users to follow people and companies with whom they share the same interest; for example, some of the “pinners” I follow include my friends, various retailers where I like to shop, and the Food Network for recipe ideas.
 

Advantages

For some industries, such as retail, joining Pinterest is a no-brainer. However, if you are in the legal industry for example, Pinterest may not be the most suitable social media platform for you to be spending your time on. For companies relying on a visual element, such as companies in the design (home, fashion, etc.) industry, Pinterest is the perfect platform. In fact, no matter what industry you are in, there are several advantages to being on Pinterest.

  • User engagement is extremely high, and for companies targeting women, Pinterest can play a tremendous role; according to an article by AdWeek, women trust Pinterest more than Facebook and Twitter. Unlike other social media sites where people strive to have followers, Pinterest is used solely for people to express their interests; followers are an added bonus.
  • You have the ability to see what your followers are interested in based on what they pin and the comments they make on pins. For many companies, Pinterest is free, valuable insight into their consumers’ minds. Pinners can upload photos and create their own pins; for many businesses, this is helpful because it allows companies to create pins of anything from food they serve, animals that are up for adoption, houses that have to be sold, clothing and other merchandise…the list is endless. 
  • Like other social media sites, Pinterest can be integrated with a company’s Facebook, Twitter, website, and blog; this feature allows for companies to run integrated campaigns across all their social media platforms.
  • Pinterest allows users to be linked back to a company or individual’s other social media sites; pinners simply double click on a pin, and it redirects them directly to a company or user’s Facebook, Twitter, website, or blog. This ease of use is a key factor that can play into bigger sales for many companies.

 The list of why you as a business owner or company should be active on Pinterest is endless, but hopefully this article helps give some insight on what Pinterest is and why it could be a beneficial social media outlet for you to use. If you are already on Pinterest, or looking to create an account and are unsure of how to obtain more followers, this article is a great place to start. And for more information on how to make the most of your Pinterest, take a look at this article from PR Daily!

“There’s no price tag? Oh, it must be free, HAHAHAHA!” No.

After having worked in retail for almost five years now, I think it’s safe to say that I can write a book on my experiences as a retail employee. From screaming children and adults to destroyed stacks of clothing to hidden trash, I’ve experienced it all. I’ve worked four Black Fridays – well, three and a Brown Thursday – participated in numerous inventories and floor sets, stayed past my shift countless times, and worked plenty of Back-to-School and holiday sales.

These experiences have taught me a lot, such as time management and patience and how to be polite even in the worst circumstances. However, after all those years of dealing with customers from retail Heaven and customers who could only have come from the deepest pits of retail Hell and all those customers in between, I want to share some of my knowledge as both a shopper and a retail employee. Hopefully these tidbits of information help you not only make your next shopping trip more enjoyable for you, but for the retail employees as well.

1.) See the title of this blog?

If I had a nickel for every time I heard some free merchandise-related joke, I’d have…a lot of nickels.

2.) Something as simple as “hello” can make our day.

After hours of being on our feet folding and re-folding clothes, we just want to go home. So when we get unnecessarily snapped at for talking to customers, our days become much longer. For many stores, it’s corporate policy to greet customers as they come in. Trust me, we are not trying to be creepy, and we are not assuming right off the bat that you are walking into our store to steal something – unless you’re being weird and suspicious, but you’ll know that we know that you’re trying to steal something, trust me. Believe it or not, retail employees genuinely want you to enjoy your shopping experience; a happy customer makes for a more enjoyable experience for the employees as well. Many times, more than corporate or store policy, it’s just in our personality to be friendly. More often than not, I found myself at the receiving end of weird looks, total disregard, or “the hand” when I greeted customers. So when the rare customer actually said “hello” back to me, it definitely made my shift a little brighter.

2.) Trash cans are for trash. Displays are for merchandise.

Seriously, people. C’mon. I’m not sure what happens to people when a trash can isn’t within arm’s reach, but apparently it becomes okay for everyone to assume that the whole store is their dumping ground. As much as I love playing games, playing hide-and-seek with your trash is not my idea of a fun time, so please refrain from hiding it behind stacks of merchandise. I can promise you that if you ask – politely or otherwise – I will throw your trash away for you, because after a long day of being on my feet the last thing I want is to be in the store thirty minutes after my shift was supposed to end and find your breakfast sandwich wrapper behind the stack of t-shirts I’m re-folding for the bajillionth time.

3.) We are not babysitters.

Here’s a little P.S.A. for the parents out there: retail employees are not your babysitters, and we have no problem telling your child not to climb / touch / push / pull / go near / even think about looking at displays. Please keep your children in check and have an eye on them at all times. It is not cute when your child pulls down displays, no matter how much you want to smile and laugh it off. If your child makes a mess, please take some initiative. And by initiative, I mean help clean up the mess, not find the nearest employee and inform them that your child just spilled an entire sippy cup of juice in a trail throughout the store and then continue about your business. However, the worst thing you can do is simply not tell anyone that your child just dropped an entire cup of soda on the now-sticky floor.

4.) When a cashier is ringing you up, please don’t be on the phone.

It will make everyone’s life easier if you simply wait the five minutes that it takes for us to ring you up to make the phone call to your friend about  what she said to him and he did to her and what your plans are for the weekend and what you’re going to make for dinner – IT CAN WAIT. Not only is it rude, but it’s time-consuming for the cashier to try to decode your weird hand gestures, and it wastes the other customer’s time who have to wait for you to get out of line. 

5.) Don’t think we can’t see you stuffing that shirt way into the back of that display that’s two feet from where the shirt was originally picked up from.

I’m not entirely sure that people understand why stores hire sales associates, so let me clarify something for everybody: sales associates are hired to help you and to make sure the store looks presentable for the customers. To further clarify the latter statement, it is impossible for associates to keep the store looking somewhat neat if people keep throwing clothes wherever they want. It takes only a minute to return an item to where you originally found it, and even less time to give it back to a sales associate. Like I said, it’s our job to help you and make sure the store looks good, and I can promise that we would much rather just put the clothing back ourselves than have to find it smooshed behind a stack of totally unrelated merchandise, as this just adds unnecessary hassle and time to our shift.

6.) XS – XXL

That is how almost every store sizes their merchandise. Extra small on the top, extra large on the bottom. It’s not rocket science.

7.) Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

It amazes me how much customers will avoid talking to a sales associate. We’re not going to eat you. Yes, some of us have been working for hours and hours without a break, and we’re definitely hungry, but unless you’re shopping in a florist’s shop and your name is Seymour, you have nothing to worry about. Our sole purpose is to help you, the customer, have the best shopping experience you can. If you can’t find something, ask us. If you can’t reach something, ask us. And if you aren’t sure about a price…you guessed it, ask us. 

8.) We talk about you. #SorryNotSorry

I would be lying if I said the opposite. Yes, we talk about you, so please be on your best behavior. We love sharing our experiences about the wonderful customers we get, but you can be damn sure that if you’re rude or leave a pile of clothes in your wake, all of the employees will know about you. All. Of. Them.

9.) If a sales associate is helping a customer, wait your turn to be helped.

Yes, we see you hovering over us. We know you’re waiting to be helped. It doesn’t matter if you have a question that will take one second or one minute to answer; it is rude and disrespectful to interrupt another customer who we are helping.

10.) We are human beings, not dogs.

I wish I could count the times that someone has whistled, snapped their fingers, or loudly cried some manner of “Oy” to get my attention. Unfortunately, I can’t, because it’s happened so often. We are human beings, not your maids who are in the store to cater to your every need. We may not appear busy, but really we’re staring at the table of upturned t-shirts debating whether or not it’s more feasible to just dump them all on the floor and try to reconstruct all the stacks all over again. If you need help from an associate, walk over and actually say you need help. Yelling “Oy” and snapping your fingers at me and then waving me over will not make my feet move towards you any faster. 

11.) “I was just calling to see if you had this sweatshirt in the store. It’s blue, with a hood. The company’s logo is on it.”

News flash: we have plenty of blue hoodies in the store, and all of them have our company’s logo on it. If it’s not something we can help you find in five minutes, we will most likely just tell you we don’t have it. To make it easier, when you’re looking up merchandise online and calling the store, look for the product code or style number; associates can quickly look it up and let you know if the item is definitely in the store or not. Also, if you look up an item online and then come to the store to find it, bring a picture of the item with you. 

12.) Don’t ask multiple associates the same question.

This really only applies to those who persistently believe that all the associates are simply lazy, incompetent a-holes who have nothing better to do than lie about whether or not an item is in the stockroom or lie about the prices. If one associate says that there is no more merchandise, then there is no more merchandise. Of course, I’d be a liar if I said there are people who simply don’t want to check the stockroom; however, we are hired to make sales, and to makes sales we have to sell merchandise. Associates are the ones who spend all the time in the stockroom and take care of shipments and inventory, so trust them when they say that there may not be any more of a certain item. However, don’t be scared to ask the associate to call another store to ask; oftentimes, the associate will offer to do so themselves, or you can simply look online. One of my biggest pet peeves is when customers ask one associate for the price of an item, and then ask another associate when they are dissatisfied with the answer. Don’t be that person.

13.) We don’t price the merchandise.

Related to number twelve, I would just like to make it crystal clear that neither the associates nor the store managers set the price of the merchandise. If an associate tells you that the price of an item is something that is higher than what you expected, we are in no way able or willing to give you a discount simply because you don’t like the price. Those are corporate decisions. Don’t shoot the messenger. 

14.) Do you want your money back? Bring your receipt.

Before you purchase an item that you think you may want or need to return, ask an associate about the store’s return policy, as some stores will only give you back store credit regardless of the method you used to pay for your items and many stores have a specific time-frame during which you can return items. Most stores, however, do credit your money back the same way you purchased the items; i.e. if you used a debit card, the money will go back on the debit card. All stores, however, will require you to have the receipt on-hand in order to receive cash back, and every store I have ever shopped in will NOT give you cash back for items purchased with a credit card. If you come in empty-handed, expect to get only store credit. 

15.) “Are you guys closed?” Not at all! Please, disregard all the other stores that have their gate down and come on in.

Those numbers with AM and PM next to them on the door? Yes, please disregard them. The retailer for which I worked had a corporate policy that disallowed associates from requesting that customers leave the store. As this was the case, when customers stayed past closing time, we often turned the music down and lowered the gate a little. *Hint, hint*. Please do not walk into a store five minutes before it is about to close unless you absolutely know for sure what you are going to purchase. Definitely do not walk into a store five minutes before a store closes if it is going to be a large purchase or a large return or exchange. We are tired, we want to go home. Most importantly, don’t ask us what time our store closes and then inform me that our store in another mall closes at a later time: I will hate you and think of at least a hundred different ways (in my head, of course) to politely (“politely”) inform you that you can go shop at said mall instead.

16.) Don’t decide what items you want to buy while you are being rung out.

I understand that many people may be on a limited budget, and oftentimes it’s easy to realize too late that you have selected an overabundance of items that you may not necessarily be able to pay for. However, the cash register is not the time or place to decide which items you do and don’t want to purchase. For the cashier’s sake and the sake of everyone else in line, do not ask the cashier to ring each item up individually until a certain monetary amount has been reached, and don’t keep switching between this shirt and those pants and that shirt and these pants until you’re satisfied with your purchase. All the merchandise in the store will have a price displayed for it, and if it doesn’t, ask an associate. Deciding at the register which item you want to buy also increases the associate’s workload as we are then required to put back those seventy items you decided you didn’t want. So please, please, please make sure that prior to checking out, you have added up the cost of the items and you know exactly what you want to purchase. 

Honestly, this list could go on and on. However, I don’t want anyone to get me wrong; I absolutely loved my job. I met some of the greatest people and learned some valuable lessons while I was working in retail, and I can say wholeheartedly that it is definitely an experience that I believe everyone should have at some point in their lives. 

The 22 things I’ve learned in my 22 years of life.

We’ve all heard the Taylor Swift song, “22”. Repeatedly. On my birthday, my younger sister threatened to play the song constantly, all day long. And while I am not the biggest fan of T-Swizzle (as she is lovingly called between my sister and myself), with lyrics such as “We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time; It’s miserable and magical oh yeah”, now that I’m 22, I can relate. With that being said, I want to share with the rest of the world twenty two wonderful life lessons/tips I have learned so far. 

Note: These are in no particular order.

1.) Chivalry isn’t dead. And it’s not just for men.

Ladies, listen up! Yes, we swoon when a boy holds a door open for us and buys us flowers and pays for our meals. We make so much effort to promote equal rights for women, yet for some reason we seem to think that chivalry is only for men. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a feminist, though I do believe in equal rights for everyone. However, I grew up not believing in chivalry, but instead believing in basic human goodness. If we don’t want chivalry to die, then all we have to do is remember to say “please” and “thank you”. Hold the door open for the person behind you. Pay for your date (ladies) once in a while. Be kind without attaching strings. As long we all do our part, chivalry won’t be able to die. 

2.) Don’t just be book smart.

Book smart isn’t going to get you everywhere in life. I mean, it’s definitely great to pay attention in school. However, no matter what you’re doing or where you are, you always have an opportunity to learn. Volunteer at a local animal shelter or soup kitchen; travel, even if it’s somewhere local; try new foods; learn a new language; the list is endless. By opening yourself to new people and experiences, you will learn so much more than you thought you could.

3.) It’s okay to fail (sometimes).

So, you failed the pop quiz or missed the game winning goal. So what? Failing builds character. Now, I’m not saying don’t meet deadlines or party so much you fail a class. But don’t stress about small failures! Those are the things that push us to do better.

4.) Love your family (but not like Cersei and Jaime).

Blood truly is thicker than water. Countless times I have heard people talk about how much they hate their parents and how unfair their parents are…because they didn’t get the iPhone they wanted or their mom made them go to a family event. SO. WHAT? Our lives are like plays, and while we’re center stage, our parents are doing EVERYTHING behind the scenes. They sacrifice so much for us to live our lives. Yeah, we’ve all been through that teenage phase where we hated our parents and wished they were like so-and-so’s mom who got her the newest iPod. But we are not entitled to a damn thing, and it is through their love for us that our parents make sure we get the best of everything. Don’t be ashamed to be best friends with your parents; I know I am. And it’s not just parents. When everyone else deserts you, your family-parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins-will be the only people standing by your side. They don’t judge, and they love you unconditionally.

5.) Don’t be ashamed to be a child at heart.

I am twenty two and I love seeing what movie Pixar is going to release next. I loathe the child who reaches the last swing at the playground before me. I can’t wait to think of what I’m going to be dressed as for Halloween this year. We all want to grow up and graduate and have jobs and live on our own, but honestly, as much as I want all that I also do not want to lose my childhood. And I don’t plan on it either.

6.) There is a right and wrong way to put toilet paper on the bar.

There just is.

7.) Don’t be too bothered by what other people think of you.

If someone doesn’t like you, it shouldn’t concern you. Don’t waste hours of your life obsessing over why someone doesn’t like you. Sure, you may be the nicest, prettiest, funniest person around, but that doesn’t mean you’re entitled to the world’s adoration. Live your life, and if someone doesn’t think twice about you, it’s their loss. You probably don’t want to be friends with someone like that anyways. If someone goes out of their way to say unkind things about you, let it roll off your shoulder; they’re the ones who have to live with themselves, and it only shows what type of person they are. You know who you are and who your friends are, and you should be happy with that.

8.) Do go to school. Don’t wear pajamas.

Unless you are going to university on a full ride-and if you are, congratulations!-you or somebody you know is paying for your education. MAKE THE MOST OF IT. I cannot stress that enough. Why pay hundreds of thousands of dollars on an education when you’re not even going to go to class? And if and when you do go to class, don’t wear pajamas. It doesn’t matter if you’re class is at 7:30am or 7:30pm, DO NOT WEAR PAJAMAS.  Dress appropriately; even if you’re having a horrible day and you’re running on an hour of sleep, the least you can do is wear sweatpants. Sure, they may not count as real pants, but they’re a hell of a lot better than wearing your pajamas. You are paying good money for the education you’re getting, so you probably want to dress like you care. Whether or not you believe it, your professors are evaluating you from day 1 to final exam day. Meet your professors one-on-one; at the end of your first day of class just introduce yourself and let them know that you’re looking forward to their class. Go to class, participate in class, go to office hours and supplemental instruction, don’t procrastinate on assignments, and don’t be afraid to ask questions! As the daughter of a professor, I can’t stress how important these things are. When you’re looking for jobs, internships, or volunteer experience and you’re asked to provide references, the people you put down will be your professors and previous bosses. If you sat in the back of the class and never spoke once or never went to class (even though your professor “never took attendance”), your professors know exactly who you are and what type of student you were, so make your life easy and go to class and receive the education you’re paying for.

9.) Own at least one suit/formal outfit.

Everybody needs to own one suit. Business and law students should probably own two. You never know when the occasion will arise when you need to be dressed formally. Girls, not only should you own a suit (or at least formal pants), but you should also own at least one formal dress as well; it doesn’t need to be floor-length, but it also should not be able to double as something you would wear to the club. Also, when I say “own a suit”, I mean the whole package; at least two dress shirts and shoes to go with. It’s better to buy a well-fitting suit before you need it and be prepared than scramble around at the last minute looking for something that kind of fits. 

10.) Work in retail or the food industry.

Everybody should work in retail or the food industry at some point in their lives, for at least a month. You’ll probably hate me for it, but by the end of it, you’ll be thanking me. Working in retail proved to me that some people really are worth bitching about for days on end; however, it also taught me a lot of skills, such as teamwork, time management, patience, and in general how to have a good work ethic. 

11.) The Backstreet Boys are THE boy band of the ’90s.

Sorry N’Sync fans. You’re just gonna have to live with it.

12.) Travel

I totally understand that not everybody has the means to travel the world. However, that shouldn’t prevent anyone from traveling. Don’t go far; hop on over to the next city, if nothing else. Traveling broadens our horizons and teaches us so many things that we will never be able to learn just from reading, going to school, or watching TV. 

13.) Read

Like traveling, reading is another way to broaden our horizons. It lets us explore new worlds and lets our imagination thrive. I know plenty of people who abhor reading; however, even if it is only one book every six months, I believe reading is a critical part of our lives. It not only helps us expand our literary knowledge, but it allows us to be exposed to different views and ideas.

14.) Participate in extra-curricular activities.

One rule my parents really enforced while my sister and I were growing up was that we had to be involved in some sort of activity. We both played soccer and tennis, we both took swim and gymnastics lessons, and my sister took ballet lessons while I played a season of softball. We also both did Kumon, which, when we were younger, was seriously the bane of our existence. In high school, we were both in marching band, and my sister was part of the Model United Nations club, which she has continued to participate in now that she’s in college. Looking back, I am definitely thankful that my parents were strict about our participation in extra-curricular activities (even Kumon). Of course, what extra-curricular you participate in is completely dependent on what you’re interested in; however, I still strongly suggest that everybody participate in at least one extra-curricular throughout their period in school, as well as after. Join a sports team, a dance team, an association/school group (Indian Association, Student Government, Programming Board, Greek life, etc.), a book club…anything! Not only does this give you an escape from school or work, but it allows you to learn and become good at something new, as well as make friends who are interested in the same things as you are.

15.)  When someone tells you that what you post on social media or what pictures you send to people will be accessible forever, don’t laugh them off.

Thankfully, this is not from experience. However, I’m a college student, which means that when I can’t sleep at 2am, I’m browsing the Internet, and all those photos of kids partying and smoking and doing illegal things are everywhere. You posted that picture of you doing a keg stand at a frat house when you’re only 15, and then you deleted it…well guess what? It’s still there. Maybe not on your Facebook or Instagram, but it’s somewhere on the Internet. Most of those photos on websites like Reddit and Imgur are screenshots, which means even if you deleted it, someone (besides yourself) has already shown it to the mass public. Even Snapchat, where the photos automatically “disappear” after however many seconds, can be screenshot. Now, there are even apps that allow people to access such photos. My point? Be smart! Don’t post photos of you smoking a joint, drinking copious amounts of liquor, or making fun of people online. If you absolutely have to, then make a private album that only you and a select few people have access to. Trust me, current and potential employers are looking at these things, and oftentimes we’re friends with our co-workers on social media sites. Just be smart about what you post.

16.) Take care of yourself.

A few months ago, I had an incident where I fainted in my lanai. Thankfully, I live at home and it was one of those weekday nights where my mom chose to stay up until 11pm.  I was rushed to the ER, and long story short, the prognosis was that life had caught up to me and I needed to take better care of myself.  Working in retail and being a full-time college student, plus being a night owl and eating about as many meals as a hibernating bear, basically meant that my eating and sleeping habits have been skewed forever. I never eat breakfast (except weekends, when I eat with my family), and I know that that is one major cause of all this. It didn’t help that I was eating two, sometimes one solid meal a day and sleeping around 3am. Since I fainted, I’ve been to the doctor numerous times to make sure everything is working the way it’s supposed to. It’s annoying, and easily avoidable. So this is a lesson from personal experience: eat right, sleep enough, and just take care of yourself. 

17.) It’s okay to like things that other people don’t like.

I don’t like bacon. Seriously. Luckily, my friends are amazing and love me (with numerous threats to “un-friend” me) regardless of this fact. One of the greatest things in life though is having friends who not only like some of the same things as us, but also things that are different. How many times have we said “I would definitely be friends with me, but I’d probably kill me if I had to marry me.”? I know I’ve said it a million times. I have friends who are going to go see the 1D movie (and they’re in college), who prefer N’Sync over Backstreet Boys, like water parks instead of roller coasters, etc. Having friends who have different interests as you is what keeps things exciting!

18.)  It’s okay to not know what you want.

There is no way we’re always going to know what we want. When I started college in fall 2009, I went to school with an abundant amount of credits from AP classes and dual enrollment that would allow me to graduate early, and I was majoring in Biology, hoping to do the pre-med track and become a pediatrician. By spring 2011, I knew that I had to change my major, and that’s exactly what I did. I changed my major to Management, only to realize that is also not what I wanted to do. So in fall 2011, I went back to the advising office and changed my major to Marketing, adding two minors in Advertising and Supply Chain Management. Now, fall 2013, I am finally in my last year of college. I should have graduated early, and should now be in the stage where I’d either be employed or looking at/enrolled in grad school. Am I? Nope. Do I wish I had started off majoring in Marketing? Yes. However, we’re never going to always know what we want in life, and that’s okay. Though I’m ready to be in the next stage of my life, so many wonderful things have happened because I’m a fifth year senior in college, and I think those definitely outweigh the regrets.

19.) Do what you want.

Kind of linked to my last little tidbit, even if you don’t know what you want, when you figure it out, do it. Don’t let anybody stop you (unless it’s illegal, then please take their advice when they say “no”).  If you decide you want to go skydiving, then go skydiving! Anything that brings you joy in life is something you should do, and you shouldn’t let anybody rain on your parade. If your dad wants you to join his law practice, but you want to pursue a degree in music because that’s your passion, then follow your dreams and pursue that music degree! The only way we will truly be happy in life is if we do things for us.

20.) Some things are worth sacrificing.

Again, linked to my previous tidbit, while it is important to do what you love, it is also important to remember that some things in life have to be sacrificed. There have been many times in my life when I have looked forward to something but have had to give up the chance to do them because of something more important. Yes, it sucked and it hurt, but it’s important to understand that sometimes what you want to do and what you have to do are not the same thing and you’ll probably have to give up what you want. While this may hurt and suck initially, in the long-run you’ll see it was the better choice.

21.) Technology isn’t everything.

I am glued to my phone, just like every other preteen, teenager, and young adult. I am constantly checking my e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and who knows what other social media and websites. However, it’s important for us to all, once in a while, take a break. Leave your phone at home for the weekend and go somewhere. Go to the beach, rock climbing, the local market…wherever! Get some fresh air! Read a book, watch a movie, learn how to cook something new. Our lives are flying by, and we don’t even realize it. Technology isn’t everything, and it’s better that we realize that sooner rather than later.

22.) Love yourself.

Probably the most important thing I have learned in life is to love myself. That doesn’t mean act like an egotistical asshole. It means that no matter what anybody says to you or how much they try to put you down, you don’t let them rain on your parade, ever. Follow your dreams, aspire to be something great, wear what makes you comfortable, surround yourself with people who love you, and love the life you live. 

A little bit about me.

So, either you came to my blog on purpose, or, if you’re like me, you started at Point A and started clicking through until you were at Point B, and now you’re here and wondering who the heck I am.

Like my parents, I was born in India. Unlike my parents, I was raised in the United States. I lived in Ohio until I was in the 4th grade (I’m totally a mid-Western girl at heart), but I currently live and go to school in Florida; I’m a Marketing major, with a double minor in Advertising and Supply Chain Management. I worked in retail for four years and am currently the Director of Social Media for Ignite, an online magazine that is based out of Gainesville, Florida. Eventually, I’d love to work in a small- to medium-sized advertising or mixed marketing communications firm in a big city; somewhere like Chicago or San Francisco (my dream city!). I would also love to go to graduate school at some point.

I’m a total foodie; I love, love, love trying new types of food and pinning new recipes that I will probably never have enough time to make. I love traveling, and I’m positive that my thirst for learning about new places and cultures will never be fully quenched. I can go from 5yrs. old to 50yrs. old in 0.06 seconds. I’m a creative type; in my spare time, I enjoy making greeting cards. I also love reading, binge-watching shows on Netflix, spending time outdoors, spending time with my family and friends, or watching movies. My best friend is my younger sister, who I know I can always count on for advice and a good time! I am also an avid sports fan, particularly football and college basketball; my favorites teams are The Ohio State University Buckeyes and the Green Bay Packers.

I started this blog because, well, if I’m being completely honest (I am!) it was required for a course I took over summer. However, I plan on continuing with this blog because just like all the other 20-somethings I know, I have no idea what I’m doing with this crazy, wonderful, heartbreaking adventure called life, but what better way to relate to all those out there than by sharing my stories and experiences? From professional to personal, this blog will have it all.