New Theme, New Direction

I’ve refreshed my website’s theme and decided to focus on a project for this blog.

Recently, fitness has been a big focus of mine to keep my stress levels low. Instead of coming home and having a few glasses of wine to calm down, I come home and get my heart pumping by working out. I feel so incredible when I finish a session. I feel stronger physically and mentally.

I want to share ways with everyone to work out at home with items you already may have lying around. Gym passes can be expensive, so put your wallet away and just follow my blog. I will be chronicling how I use different items lying around my home to whip my body into shape.

So stay tuned…positive changes will be coming both our ways!

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Where Did the Time Go?

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Like many other bloggers out there, I have failed to keep consistent with updating my blog! I would feel bad, but in crazy times like these, it is very difficult to take the time to sit down and write. I am not making up any excuses, but I am admitting that this has been a challenge, and will continue to be.

My last blog update was back in January of my visit at the Dallas Temp Show. My mother and I were there as In Style Metal trying to sell our items wholesale to companies. Our website, www.InStyleMetal.com, lists our items for retail and we were hoping to break into the wholesale side of business. Besides working there, I have also been trying to be a success at my full-time job.

I have been really unmotivated lately. I thought by my age I would be a huge success. If you don’t know me very well, I can tell you now that I am very hard on myself. I am driven to succeed. With $46,000 in student loans, I better damn well be if I ever expect to pay them back! Living paycheck to paycheck was not a challenge I thought I would be facing as a person who has a college degree.

However, I recently received my annual review at work. I am pleased to say that my supervisors and upper management are all very impressed with my stats for 2013. In fact, I was a top performer. They believe I will go far in life, and I sure hope they are right! I don’t know yet if the company is where I want to be for the next 10 years, but, if I can make it there, I should be able to make it just about anywhere. With new positions opening up in the next month, I am motivated to do my best to earn a promotion. After proving myself a little more here, I plan to try to break into the entertainment industry, like my degree is designed for. I have no idea where in the entertainment industry, but that is for a later discussion.

I must now get busy doing another side job, and if time permits, cleaning my apartment! I hope to be able to post again soon. I hope you are all doing well. Thank you for reading!

Cheers,

The Broke Savvy Blonde

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Exhibiting at the Dallas Market Center

Exhibiting at the Dallas Market Center

I haven’t been on my blog in awhile (I’m so sorry!). I have been a busy gal. I just wanted to share this picture from inside the World Trade Center in Dallas, TX. I’m here with In Style Metal doing business! This place is huge and filled with so many wholesale stores. What an experience this has been!

What is your idea of success?

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I have had many people in life who believe in me and my potential for success. That belief has been a major source of motivation for me as well. Not a day goes by that I do not think about my future and where I hope to be in 5 years. Unfortunately, the desire to be more successful has sent me in a downward spiral of depression.

There has consistently been people who tell me how I should pursue objectives in life in order to be a success. This constant support has created a sense of urgency within me. This urgency has then made each day feel like a failure. Allow me to elaborate:

A coworker asks me at the beginning of the day if I had found a better job yet. Then, later that evening a family member tells me that I need to go back to school. Not only go back to school, but go to a “better” one than I went to before. At the end of the day I go back to my tiny apartment and reflect on how I haven’t moved forward yet. My bank accounts are nearly empty, my refrigerator is hardly stocked, there are job rejection emails in my inbox, and there are bills waiting to be paid.

I wake up the next morning and hit repeat.

A few days ago, a close friend of mine had noticed that I was no longer “Miss Optimistic” and instead now “Miss Gloom”. I had always been the bright and happy girl at work. I had a glow and a sense that everything will always be okay. Recently however, my appearance and attitude gave the impression that I was facing many internal struggles. My friend then told me something that would change the way I see myself and my current state of life:

“You completed a four-year college degree in two, you have a job that can at least pay the bills, a boyfriend that loves you, a family nearby, and are able to occasionally enjoy what the city has to offer. To me, that is doing well.”

She was right. I may not have achieved everything I want to obtain right now, but I am off to a decent start. I am proud of myself and the obstacles I have overcome.

I have not always done things the way others think they should be done. Furthermore, I will continue to complete stages in life the way I see fit for me.

In conclusion, I still believe in myself. That is success.

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Liebster Award!

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I feel so honored to have been nominated by such a talented blogger for the Liebster award! If you haven’t been to A Hero’s Wife‘s blog, I highly recommend my readers to check her site out. She shares her experiences of being married to a Marine who suffers from PTSD. There is so much to learn from this lovely writer, which is why I am thoroughly excited to have received a nomination from her.

If you are nominated for a Liebster award this is what you should do:
1. Post the award on your blog
2. Thank the blogger who presented the award to you and link back to their blog
3. Answer the questions given to you by the nominator
4. Nominate 5 to 10 bloggers with less than 200 followers
5. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer
6. Notify your nominees by posting on their blog

The questions I was asked were:

What is your dream job/lifestyle and why?

I wish I knew the answer to this question. I thought I wanted a career in film, then music, then public relations. I’ll never know until I can try them all out. Overall, I’d love a job that allowed me to use my creativity, intelligence, and have a little bit of fun while doing it!

What is/has been a big struggle/difficult time in your life and how do you think you handled it well? Looking back what do you wish you would’ve done better?

My career has been a big struggle. I wish I would have tried to intern while going through school (although I worked two jobs and completed a four year degree in two). The most common phrase I hear when being denied a job is, “We picked someone with more experience.” Had I worked on that experience while in school I feel I may have better chances now. However, I am still young and have time to land a job I will like.

Why did you start blogging?

I missed out on a job opportunity for a social media position because of my lack of blogging experience. I decided that it would be a fun hobby to acquire, so I started The Broke Savvy Blonde! It has been a great outlet for my thoughts and desires for being a writer.

What is the one most important thing you want to get across to your readers?

No matter what, be a good person.

If you could meet and spend the day with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?

I would like to spend a day with Jerry Seinfeld. I have thoroughly enjoyed his acting and comedy since I was a kid. I’d love to pick his brain on how he got to where he is and advice he has for someone at my age trying to get into the entertainment industry.

What struggles have you faced with your blog/writing and how did you overcome them?

I feel guilty when I spend a lot of time brainstorming or writing on a topic. I work a full time job, manage an online business, help my mother out with her business, constantly looking for a career, and always trying to find time for my boyfriend. When I’m not doing all of those things, I feel that I should be. I have not found an effective way to overcome this guilt, but I persevere and write anyway!

If you were given a million dollars to use only for good/charity/ext how would you use it?

I would give it all towards charities and organizations that fight for the well-being of animals. They are innocent, defenseless, and in a bad situation due to a human cause. I would love the chance to help them all if I could.

What is one subject/issue you wish you could write about and discuss but either don’t know how to address or haven’t yet?

Love.

What is one thing you would like to accomplish in the next 5 years? In your lifetime?

I would like to land a career that will help me pay off my student loans and live comfortably at the same time.

If you could go back in time and tell yourself something when would it be and what would you say?

I would go back to my 16 year old self. I would go into more detail, but my next blog post is exactly about this! So stay tuned 🙂

Following my questions are the bloggers I am nominating. I’m sorry if you have more the 200 followers already, I was unable to see how many some of you had! Each of these bloggers have been able to capture my attention, which really does say something! Please see below:

Processing the Life – He has a wonderful way of reminding readers what life is really all about!

Ashley Nicole – Ashley’s writing style is so beautiful and advanced.

Box Wine Budget – This blog’s title is adorable, much like the blog itself!

Live in my Mind – This writer is young and full of potential.

Geek Recruiter – I enjoy being able to read this blogger’s adventures and his thoughts behind them!

Here are my questions for the nominees:

Why did you start a blog?

Which blog post have you written that makes you the proudest?

Is there any advice you would give to new bloggers?

Do you prefer writing on paper or typing, and why?

In life overall, what is the best tip you have been given?

What was the last thing to make you laugh?

If you were left to survive in the wilderness for a month, what would be your best skill?

If you were to write a children’s fiction book, what would your main character be? (i.e. caterpillar, child, star, etc.)

What is your favorite household item, and why?

What is one goal you hope to accomplish within the next year?

Thank you everyone for your kind words as I venture along my blogging journey!

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Small Business Shout-out

I just wanted to make a quick post about the business I co-own with my mother, In Style Metal.

We sell rustic metal art and home decor that is made by a wonderful artist in Dolores, Colorado. We truly believe in the work that this man does every single day of his life, and have partnered up with him to help deliver his products through an online store.

Recently, he has been battling cancer and staying extremely strong. This man is so dear to me, and I hope that people will love his artwork as much as I do. He has been so kind to let my mother and I partner up with him to not only help him, but help me pay off my student loans with each sale.

If you are interested, please stop by our website at www.instylemetal.com. You might just find something you can’t live without! I appreciate you all for taking the time to read this post and for following my blog. Thank you everyone 🙂

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Writer’s Block

I have been experiencing the famous “writer’s block” since entering into the holiday season this year. I’m not sure why, as the holidays should be a great source of writing inspiration. With family get-togethers, meetups with friends, holiday parties, work, job searching, soul searching, and gift shopping, you’d think I’d have at least something to write about!

Since I am unable to creatively come up with an idea, I will talk about my weekend adventures. It all started Friday evening at the company holiday party…

My friend (and coworker) and I strolled into the hotel in our high heels and bright lipstick ready to mingle. We felt fabulous and really needed a fun night after a long week at work. Heads turned as we waltzed into the ballroom, and from that moment I knew it would be a good night.

The ballroom was dimly lit with disco lights hovering over the dance floor located directly in the center. My first objective was to visit the bar and get a drink to loosen myself up.  I stood in line, took in the environment, and told myself, “You will not get drunk tonight.” After my friend (let’s call her Jane) and I received our drinks, we headed out to find a table. It didn’t take long for my high heels to send a throbbing pain through my feet.

Jane found a table that was occupied by some of our department coworkers. The only seat left for me was by one of our supervisor’s. I like all of my supervisor’s, but for some reason being outside the office next to a supervisor made me nervous. I had to yell over the loud music in order make awkward small talk. Before I knew it, my wine glass was already empty. I gave Jane a look and tilted my head towards the bar to hint that I wanted to refill my glass. Being on the same wave length, we both got up and headed over.

“Don’t worry Kayla, this round is on me.” Jane suggested, knowing that I had forgotten to bring cash to the cash-only bar. I felt lucky to have a friend who was as broke as I am willing to buy me an over-priced beverage. I chose a beer this time because it was the cheapest item on the menu. We headed to the dance floor after obtaining our second round to visit with a woman from HR. She had begun dancing by herself as soon as we walked up.

“Hello ladies! Let’s dance!”

Jane and I looked at each other in defeat and followed the woman out onto the dance floor. I had promised myself I would not dance in front of the people I work with. However, I didn’t want to be a party-pooper either. I took a couple swigs of my beer to boost my confidence and help my hips swing. Several songs later my bottle was empty and I needed to relax my feet.

I plopped down at a table and let out a sigh of relief. It didn’t take long before we found another coworker who wanted to hit the dance floor with us. There we were again, smiling, laughing, and dancing the night away.

Jane is an avid smoker, and each time she left me to run outside and grab a puff, someone was at my side putting another beer in my hand. Everyone around me was already drunk, so I knew I had to take it a little slower. I didn’t want to go to work Monday feeling ashamed. Fortunately, after a night of dancing, drinking, and socializing with coworkers, my boyfriend gave me the call letting me know he was outside waiting to pick us up.

Jane was out on the smokers balcony consoling a fellow coworker who was in a state of drunken depression. I found her and said, “Jane, our ride is here. We need to go!” I could tell she didn’t want to leave our coworker alone in their current state of mind. My boyfriend was outside waiting though, and we both knew we owed him for offering to be our designated driver. We broke away and headed outside. As soon as we buckled up in the car we burst out laughing and recalling all of the night’s events. It only took 10 minutes into the car ride when I realized I was actually drunk.

Saturday morning I inevitably woke up with a hangover. Despite my headache, I couldn’t help but smile. I had a great time 🙂

Emergency Broadcast!

I need to address an alarmingly growing trend. There can be a stop to this madness, but the power comes from within. People of the world, I call out to you now! If you’re a disheartened, stubburn, stressed out individual, please help yourself! Only you possess the power to make the change. Here are a few guided steps:

1. If you keep getting the same results, change the way you handle to the problem!

2. Stop seeing yourself as the victim. See yourself as a strong person who can make positive changes.

3. No problem is the end of the world; Unless the end of the world is the problem!

4. Stop asking for the same advice. You should listen to it the first time!

5. Stop sitting around waiting for the world to change. Be the change.

6. Be open to new ideas.

7. Accept the fact that you are not always right.

8. Have a positive attitude.

9. Have problems? Fix them!

10. If you don’t know the answer, look for one.

Time is running out, so act soon!

This emergency broadcast has been brought to you by The Broke Savvy Blonde.

Have any other advice? Share below!

It’s my Blog and I’ll Cry if I Want to

Okay, maybe I won’t be crying, but I do want to address a problem and ask for advice.

A little over a year ago I landed a job at a major hotel and resorts company. The job wasn’t anything glamorous and hardly required any experience (Do you know how to work a computer? Great! You’re hired!). I took this job to get myself out of unemployment after I graduated college, as the film industry wasn’t working out as I had hoped.

My job is okay. I get my own cubicle, flexible hours, free weekends, hotel discounts, and enough money to at least pay the bills. However, a few months ago I realized I was getting too comfortable. What about my dreams? Why did I stop trying to land a job in a career field that I graduated college for? I was so happy that I was able to get a job after months of rejection and false promises in film that I forgot to keep trying.

My coworkers are great, and are so kind to remind me of my potential. They honestly believe that one day I could run the place! Yet, I feel so mediocre. My friends, family, and coworkers believe in me, yet I keep failing to get a job that I truly want.

I’ve been applying and interviewing for new jobs since my realization a few months ago. I also keep getting rejected. Not to mention, I’ve lost track of what I really want to do anymore. I’m in a rut.

Each interview I have done has asked me the same question, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” Well shoot, I don’t even know where I see myself next month! However, I give them all a different answer about how I see myself successfully growing with their company in whatever department I happened to apply for.

What do I want to do with my life? Music? Video Games? Fashion? Film again? Writing?

Writing!

I love writing. I would be happy with a career in writing. If I weren’t rejected for the social media job earlier for not having blogging experience, I would have never figured this out. I have always enjoyed writing, but I never loved it as much as I have since starting this blog. I’m going to consider that job rejection as a little blessing in disguise.

So now, how does a person go about obtaining a job without prior professional writing experience? Any tips from my lovely readers?

 

The Death of the Unpaid Internship Is Good for Everyone

This article really hit home for me. I moved to a city with a HUGE student loan debt hoping to find a career I could love. However, I could only find internships that wanted me to work 25-30+ hours a week unpaid. How could I ever afford rent, bills, gas, and a student loan debt? Not to mention, there wasn’t an internship with flexible enough hours to help me find a second job that would pay me for my labor. Additionally, I couldn’t find an internship worthy of my time that didn’t require previous experience. Basically, they wanted me to have experience before gaining experience. Okay, I am done ranting. I hope you find this article as interesting and true as I did!

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The instinctive reaction to Condé Nast’s decision to completely discontinue its internship program rather than deigning to pay its interns minimum wage has generally been along the lines of, “Screw you, you cheap bastards.” This isn’t entirely unfair, obviously — the fact that one of America’s biggest publishing companies can’t put its hand in its pocket to pay its entry-level staff isn’t exactly a great reflection on the company or its management. But if others follow suit, the whole sorry business might have at least one unexpected benefit: hastening the end of the unpaid internship system as a whole.

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