I like to believe that saying yes is good for you. Not only is this little word an affirmative exclamation, but it renders positivity to both those who give and receive it. It’s an especially useful and conductive word for graduates in a position such as mine. This is why I’ve made a resolution (who needs to wait until 2015?!) to dole out more of these little gems.
This limbo is a prime time to do some of the best exploring, if you just open yourself up to the opportunity. Go to that interview/party/workshop/gathering – you might just end up having a great time. That aside, you may network and make some great connections. Or you could end up stumbling upon the best G&T that London has to offer. Or you could find the love of your life and live happily ever after. The point is, there are a million different opportunities that you’re completely unaware of, just waiting for you. Worst thing that could happen is that whatever you signed up for is not that great… so you just go back home. At least you tried.
Think about the alternative; the job-hunt leaves you spending way too much time at home (probably in your p.j.’s, I won’t lie) staring at a screen. On your own. It’s easy to get sucked into that little bubble, completely unaware of what’s going on just outside your window. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself making all kinds of excuses as to why you can’t possibly go anywhere or do anything. Believe me – the lure of your bed can wait. It will be there when you get back!
Since I’ve started ignoring my inner sloth I’ve been subject to some amazing experiences ranging from fabulous (and boozy) catch-ups, mouth-watering meals, a sexy magazine launch and even an impressive 3 course Michelin starred lunch dangling 100ft up in the air.
Who knows what could be awaiting you if you use that magical three-lettered word a little bit more often.
Just say yes.
Have you ever woken up and questioned when exactly it was that you let yourself go?
I probably have. Then I remember that the daunting little question is moot because I’ve been in a constant state of eating since before I even had teeth. It seems old habits die hard. Here’s a little proof for you.
I was raised in a family of foodies. I blame them entirely for my consumption patterns such as waking up ravenous every morning with breakfast on the mind. Or planning dinners about three nights in advance. Or generally grazing throughout the day. It came as no surprise while rummaging through old family albums that about 50% of all childhood pictures taken involved plump little fingers maneuvering some tasty morsel to a welcoming mouth.
They say that once you find something you love doing, you’ll never work a day in your life. I don’t think I’d fare particularly well as a professional eater, I don’t have the gag reflex for it, but the industry draws me in. I was fortunate enough to be able to assist in a Restaurant & Bar PR and Marketing agency recently, which opened my eyes to some of the fantastic culinary delights that London has to offer, as well as my enthusiasm for the vocation. This is something I’d like to pursue and will hopefully get the chance to document here as I go along.
“What do you like to do in your free time?” people ask me. *
Well, I eat. **
* Genuine interview question.
** Genuine answer.
Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is take a break. Remove yourself from the commotion. This is why I find myself at home with a cup of tea lovingly made by Moo after an afternoon hike with Daddy Vee.
My best advice for when everything is just getting a little bit much?
Turn off your computer, put your phone on silent, get up and leave the house.
(After reading this, that is).
One of the biggest hurdles to overcome when you don’t actually have a source of income though, is finding what you can do in your free time that costs very little, if not anything at all.
This is where I’m lucky. No – this is where I’m fortunate to say I have two homes. One of which being the breathtakingly beautiful Zürich, Switzerland. There is a mountain quite conveniently right outside our doorstep; the Uetliberg. We live on it and it would be nothing if not wasteful not to have a little wander up it once in a while.
Make the time to go on your own mini adventure. Clear your head with a leisurely walk. Distract yourself with striking and fresh scenery.
I promise you that all the worries that now seem so big shrink with every step you take.
Here I am – 22 years, three diplomas and two graduations (third one pending) later, and yet to take any legitimate steps to a stable and valid career path.
I’ve run out of things to graduate from, so now lie in that limbo of uncertainty between the comfort of the student years and the absolutely terrifying world of the grown-ups.
It’s here that I’ve stumbled upon an unsettling truth; finding the right job for you (let alone your first proper job) is hard, it’s competitive and it’s certainly going to take some trial and error… not to mention time.
So far, I can’t say I’ve really been experiencing this ‘funemployment’ that people speak of. There’s a lot of pressure to jump right from an academic life into a working one. Where this pressure is coming from I can’t really tell you – it’s certainly not coming from my family or friends. Perhaps it’s a deep-seated urge to feel safe and settled, when I’ve never coped immensely well with change.
It’s probably a good idea to get out of that mindset now; the routine of going to classes and rushing to finish assignments isn’t really indicative of what to expect from real life. It sounds cheesy, I know, but now seems like the perfect time to find myself. Explore my adoptive city. See the sights. Eat the culinary treasures.
I’d like to believe that the mystical ‘they’ who tell you that you’ll make it to where you need to go eventually are right.
In the meantime, here I am figuring out how to put the ‘fun’ into unemployment.
See my Bucket List to check out what I’ll be getting up to!