Cats/Kittens, College, Education, Health & Wellness, Life

What’s Essential For Success: Class of 2014 Edition

Being a member of the Class of 2014, I’m sitting in the candidate pool with all of my fellow bachelor’s degree-wielding graduates… all 1.8 million of you.  Now being one in a million never seemed negative until it followed that heavy fact, but what will set you apart from that chomping-at-the-bit crowd is one quality: Positivity.

Now you’re probably thinking it’s an irrelevant quality to have in the competitive job market.  Certainly confidence, a cut-throat attitude, or flooding the job market with your tailored resume should ultimately be what’s essential for any successful graduate.  The unfortunate fact is that you’re going to have to face (no matter how confident, cut-throat, or determined you are) a whole lot of Rejection.

And that amount of rejection is going to be brutal.

Remember those 1.8 million other graduates?  They’re doing the same things you’re doing.  They’re ironing their interview suit.  They’re re-working their cover letters to cut down the competition.  They’re stacking their resume with internships and extracurriculars to make you look like yesterday’s trash.

When you start receiving those automated rejection emails from the companies you dreamed of working for, you’re going to need a thick skin.  No college course on your transcript will help you read through rejection email after rejection email after rejection email.

And while you’re sorting through your batch of Dear Candidate letters, you’re going to hear your collegiate friends bursting from the seams.

  • She just received an offer for her dream job.
  • His start-up has taken off and all the media outlets are a buzz with his success.
  • Oh, and that flake who worked at the coffee shop off-campus?  He was just picked up by Google.

BY GOOGLE.

Who knew he programmed as a hobby at night?!

You’re going to be practically foaming at the mouth.  The now-jaded, post-grad version of yourself has become quite the cynic.  This is where your positivity is going save you from yourself.

In order to terminate self destruction mode, use Optimism.  

Sure, you’re seeing success spring up left and right.  It’s just not springing up for you yet and that’s entirely fine.  Those earlier success stories are great for those who are reaping the benefits and you should try to find it in yourself to be happy for them.

Your success is right around the corner and if you let the negativity get to you, it’ll pass right on by.  After all, the only success story founded on grumpiness was written by a cat.

 

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Cats/Kittens, Entertainment, Life

My Shameless Obsession: My Cat

At work the other day, I was in an elevator talking about the television shows I watch with a coworker.  Another woman was standing with us and it was said that we talk a lot about the shows we watch.  This realization prompted the woman standing along side us in the elevator said, “Well, wait until you have kids.”

My coworker and I reached our floor, we stepped out, and as the elevator doors closed we looked at each other and said, “Are you kidding me?”  To my coworker, it was a comment she hears all too often in her job which is mainly with the married-with-children type.

The woman’s comment outraged my coworker because she hears the same comments about her age and marital status (and child-less status) all the time.

The woman’s comment outraged me because she didn’t even hear me begin to talk about my cat. Her name is Mable, but I also call her Bacon because “Mable Bacon.”

I have one thing to say to you, lady: Nothing compares to my cat obsession.

My Instagram account right now:

#100DaysofHappy?  No.  #100DaysofMable. mylifeMy Twitter account right now: twitter   My Facebook account right now:

Yes, I censored my friends in my photo.

Yes, I took an inspirational quote and made slapped it on a photo of Mable.

Yes, I know how great it looks. facebookThe worst part about being obsessed with my cat is that she doesn’t know or she doesn’t care or she does know and doesn’t care.

But do I care?  No.  I’m too busy obsessing over my cat.

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Cats/Kittens, Education, Entertainment, Health & Wellness, Life, Technology

Your Brain on Facebook

Facebook is blowing up about a video on Facebook.  What does it do to your brain?  It might surprise you… or it might not.

Some “facts” thrown out at you in the video explained in real life:

Courtesy of Reddit User Se7en_Sinner

People are incapable of intimately knowing more than 150 people.”

I don’t argue this fact, I argue that I can intimately know up to that amount.  It depends on my definition of intimacy, I guess.  My definition of intimacy involves letting someone hear my righteous burping or see me without make-up.

Basically for me, the deeper the intimacy, the more natural, bodily functions I’ll allow a person to see.

I’ll be honest, my intimate circle is small because I don’t want other people seeing or hearing things that can’t be unseen or unheard.

“Girls Don’t Poop” PooPourri Commercial

My friend count on Facebook isn’t just a number that makes me feel good because it’s high and that means I’m “like omg so popular.”  My number of friends says that I met all these people at least once.

Maybe I slept over their house in middle school because we were best friends and we did that every weekend.  Maybe I shared a class with them and we rolled our eyes every time that one kid pulled out his e-cigarette.  Maybe they told me a joke at a party and I nearly fell off the couch and peed my pants a little.

Life is too short to keep track of how I met my “friends,” but I can say I know at least a couple of details about the person without needing to scan their profile to figure out “who they are.”

And my friend count is over 400.

“The western and modern world sanctions individuality.  The individual is measured by … having a career, wealth, a self-image, and consumerism… Many people lose their social and familial connections in favor of a self-actualization ideal.”

Courtesy of HeyImmaTrickster

Is it entirely wrong of me to pursue a career, to generate an income, hold my head high, and buy things I want?  No.

Does that make me self-obsessed?  No.

Would my friends be mad that I’m pursuing my goals that I set for myself?  No, because they wouldn’t be my friends if they did.

So we should blame the online social network because we’re “collecting friends like stamps and not distincting quantity versus quality?”

I’m going to go with my favorite reply and say, “No.”  Strictly speaking for myself, I see quality in every person I meet… maybe with the exception being that douche with the e-cigarette in class.

(I did not add him on Facebook.)

“Converting the deep meaning and intimacy of friendship with exchange in photos and chat conversations.  By doing so we are sacrificing conversation with connection.”

Again, I might be speaking for myself but when I send my friend a cat photo I found on Imgur, I’m not saying, “OOH Cat.  Look at cat.”  I’m saying, “Hey, I like this cat photo and I know you will, too.  Not in a way that it’s obviously a cat and we both like cats.  In a way that this cat symbolizes something deeper, perhaps a longing to be a cat or to merely be in a cat’s presence.  We are both cat people and seeing this cat will make us both happy.  Here, I present to you not only a cat photo but the happiness that can only be achieved when two cat people see a cat photo.”

AGAIN, I repeat that I have a “small, intimate circle” of friends.

Also, depth of my cat obsession:

“Instead of building true friendships, we’re obsessed with endless personal promotion.  Investing hours on end on our profile, pursuing the optimum order of words in our next message, choosing the pictures in which we look our best.”

Honestly, if your social media account is all that is holding your life together: Keep on keeping on.  I won’t judge, just like I hope you don’t judge me for the horrible, awful looking faces I keep making in every photo I take or all of my cat photos.

MasquradeBall

Masquerade Ball circa 2013.

The “fantasies” that this video proposes we use social media for:

1.) We can put our attention where we want it to be.

2.) We will always be heard.

3.) We will never have to be alone.

Which equate to “I share therefore I am.”

A play on Descartes’ “Cognito Ergo Sum” or “I think therefore I am,” however the fantasies are exactly not fantastical.

These ideas are not whimsical or frivolous.

Whether or not social media exists, these are truths we as humans have until the day we die and cease to be.

So, take that Sherry Turkle.

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Cats/Kittens, Celebrity, Entertainment, Life, Technology

Animal Lovers: Instagramers to Follow

Here’s a brief list of Instagramers who will populate your Instagram feed with daily photos of some favorite-worthy photos.  These furry friends will surely brighten your day while you’re mobile.

dailypuppy

The dailypuppy posts the cutest puppies every day.  Just check out those French Bulldog puppies!dailypuppy

jmarcoz

This user focuses on French and English bulldogs.  Some of my favorite!

bulldogs

puggleparty

This Puggle poster have a “puggle problem.”  If you enjoy the Puggle breed of dog, hit Follow!

Puggleparty

emonemon

This Instagramer has a Scottish Fold cat.  His name is Shishi-maru and he will put a smile on your face when you’re browsing through your feed.

cat

A classic favorite:

hamilton_the_hipster_cat

Here is a cat that needs no introduction.  With almost a half-million followers, this cat is Internet-famous.

Hipstercat

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Cats/Kittens, Fashion, Life

Review: Otto Things on Etsy

If you’re looking for an accessory that’s handmade, unique, and a quality purchase: look no further than Otto Things made by Marion Juszczak.

Named after the sassy man-cat who inspects Juszczak’s work, Otto Things dolls out perfectly-stitched, colorful wallets (both large and small) and planners that will set you up to be noticed for your stylish taste.  For some examples of what I’m talking about, check out a few items I simply love below:

wallet2Earthy, Floral Themed Wallet- $22.00

wallet3Beautiful, Winter Themed Wallet – $22.00

walletTrifold Travel Wallet – $16.00

plannerWeekly Planner with Hand Sewn Cover – $10.00

If you find an item at Otto Things that you must have, place your order fast because these pieces truly are one-of-a-kind.  “No two are alike – ever,” and you can bet you’ll be sorry you missed your favorite when you see the “Sorry, this item sold” notice.

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Cats/Kittens

RIHANNA’S RIGHT NOW KITTEN REMIX

Some of you may  not know this, but I enjoy editing videos in my spare time.

One day, I had a lot of spare time:

I know I posted this a while ago, but there was an error with the Youtube account…

Rihanna’s Right Now featuring David Guetta was remixed by DJ Frust.  I pieced together footage of when my 7-week-old kitten was playing with a rave stick (which she loved) and played the music in the background.

Now before I go, let’s view some Rihanna Cat-Related Photos!

Meowza!

Ferrrocious!

Purrfection!

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