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Why Are Adults Excluded From Easter Egg Hunts?

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I ask this question, not out of jealousy (I swear), but really just out of curiosity.  I understand why there is an age cap on egg hunts, because older children and teens don’t want to share their candy (who can blame them?).  If they were all allowed to participate they’d run around and grab all of the eggs and the little ones wouldn’t get any.  In that case, it’s good to have an age cap on the event.

But seriously, it’s different for adults.  We’re grown-up enough to play nicely with the toddlers that are waddling around the grass hunting eggs.  We know that we should leave the easy, obvious ones for them.  But why should that mean that we can’t hunt the more difficult eggs?

As a young adult, living in a city where none of my family are located, being excluded from Easter egg hunts presents an unfortunate situation for me.  I want candy for Easter just as much as the next kid.  But I can’t hunt eggs, and I have no family here to exchange Easter baskets with.  And going out and buying my own candy to eat is just depressing.  So here I am, three days from Easter, chocolate-less.

Godiva-Foil-Wrapped-Milk-Chocolate-BunnyMeanwhile, I know for a fact that one of my friends (who shall remain nameless) has already conned her mother into buying her approximately 8 Godiva chocolate bunnies, none of which has made it to Easter.  I guess you can do that when you’re still in high school and living at home…

So why do people think it’s so inappropriate for adults to hunt eggs?  After all, we’re all just kids at heart, and everyone loves that rush you get when you find a particularly well-concealed Easter egg.  It’s the same feeling you get when you locate that thing you’ve been missing for weeks, only you don’t have to spend weeks panicking over what happened to your chapstick (or TV remote, or watch, or flash drive).

Maybe next year I’ll organize an adults-only egg hunt.  Now the only question is: Who will hide the eggs?

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5 Reasons You Should Never Settle

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Some really interesting thoughts here…I’ll be thinking hard about this article for a while.

Originally posted on James Michael Sama:

As I sit here to write this article, I’m in our hotel room overlooking the beach. The waves sound so close you feel like you can put your hand out the window and touch them. My girlfriend is making coffee. Her tanned skin is accentuated even further by the stark white walls. The rays of sun are coming through the blinds signaling a new day has begun. Michael Bublé is permeating the room from my laptop speakers.

Next to me on the table is this month’s copy of Esquire, the cover of which is beckoning us with “84 Things A Man Should Do Before He Dies.” And I sit here thinking to myself – no matter how many failures I face or how hard life becomes, I refuse to settle.

You can settle for less than you deserve in many areas of life. A job you can’t stand going to…

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The Ramifications of Taking Risks (aka: my new haircut is awesome)

I went out on a limb this Saturday and cut off most of my hair.  It’s now shorter than it has been since I was in 5th grade…but everyone (myself included) is loving it!  So I’ve learned that occasionally taking a risk is a good thing.  Maybe next I’ll get crazy and actually sing at karaoke….

 

In order to retain an air of mystery I’m not actually posting a selfie (also I hate those).  However, I’m feeling pretty confident about this haircut, therefore I’m going to show three pictures of it on someone else.  Obviously, I have cheekbones just as great as hers *sarcasm*

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Yay for new hair styles!  I love this look, and it’s perfect for spring.  So now that I’ve started down this path, get ready for more risks!  Hopefully all of them turn out this well…

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Is It Ethical to Watch the Sochi Olympics?

Originally posted on Cody C. Delistraty, writer & modern historian:

Sochi Olympics. Courtesy The Sun Times.

Sochi Olympics. Courtesy The Sun Times.

When Adolf Hitler demanded that no blacks or Jews participate in the 1936 Berlin Olympics he was hosting, many Western countries weighed the possibility of a boycott. Hitler eventually backed down, but he still maintained his “Aryan superiority” rhetoric and even sent the chief of police to arrest and detain every Gypsy in Berlin. Everyone knew the atrocities he was committing, but the United States still decided to compete. Only Spain and the U.S.S.R. did not attend those Summer Olympics.

Vladimir Putin is certainly no Hitler and modern Russia is nothing like Nazi Germany, but the underlying principle is the same: hosting an Olympics is a mighty weapon and one that other countries don’t want to confront. Every country wants to let their athletes participate at almost any cost, so boycotting an Olympics, a World Cup, any prestigious global competition, is essentially political suicide…

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How real is the real world? (Musings from a plane)

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Everyone has heard it….“The real world is tough”.  It’s a phrase that we’ve all known since we were kids, and it only becomes more prevalent as you become an adult.  Having spent years procrastinating on joining the “real world” by attending college, and then graduate school, I haven’t really had a lot of “real world” experiences yet.  But my friends who got jobs straight out of college have continued to beat the same drum… “The real world is tough….” (I’m not sure if they realize how tough graduate school is.  Choosing to continue with more school after four years of college is a task in itself, not to mention the actual schoolwork…)

I told you in my last post about how I had accepted my first big-girl job.  I knew that once I started it, I’d officially be a part of this “real world” that everyone talks about.  Now, after two whole weeks of my new job, I can officially say that I LOVE IT!!!  I am having so much fun meeting people and learning the different aspects of the job that I haven’t even been upset that already a few nights I’ve had to work late.  Every day is a new experience with new knowledge for me to soak up.  I feel like I’m in exactly the right place for me at exactly the right time to make a difference in the world.

Now, this makes me wonder, how real is the “real world”?  As I sit here on a plane flying home for the weekend, I can think back on my two weeks of work.  And it doesn’t really feel like work.  It’s a work-from-home position (which really means get together with my coworkers at a coffee shop or one of their houses) and has really flexible hours, so I don’t feel like I’m chained to a desk.  And while it is constantly busy, each day has consisted of different tasks, so I’m always interested and engaged and tackling something new.  My coworkers and supervisor are all positively lovely people and I enjoy seeing them every day.  I’m doing important work, and have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the community where I live.

Does this sound anything remotely like the “real world”?  So far to me it seems pretty close to a fairy tale.

I’m sure the “real world” will catch up to me eventually…but until then, I can confidently say I’m quite blissful living in my dream world.


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How I Scored My First Real-Life Job: things I have learned about job interviews

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So I can officially say that I am now REALLY EMPLOYED!!  Yay!

I am incredibly excited to be starting my first real world job as the new Grassroots and Membership Coordinator for WakeUP Wake County.  WakeUP is an incredible organization that focuses on local issues surrounding smart growth.  I am absolutely ecstatic to be starting this new chapter of my life (and my roommate is especially thrilled that I can stay here and she doesn’t have to find a new stranger to live with)!

In light of this recent event, I’ve decided to share a couple of things that I’ve learned during the months of job interviews.

1. Don’t get too attached to a job until you’ve met the person/people you’ll be working with.  (There are some odd ones out there, people.)

2. Make sure to carry ten extra copies of your resume at all times, especially when you go to an interview, as some people will inevitably forget to print it out even though you sent it to them. If you have an extra, you look awesome, if you don’t, then no one has a resume to reference while questioning you.

3. Do your research!! I cannot stress enough how much easier it makes an interview if you know about the organization and what they do. I have also started looking up blogs and websites that give some helpful tips on how to answer common interview questions, and they’re very insightful.

4. I’ve come to see that job interviews are strangely similar to the eight years I spent cheerleading. Looks are everything, you can “fake it ’til you make it”, and you learn after the first one never to wear a top that shows visible perspiration.

Now that the interviews are over, I’m looking forward to the best part about getting a job…shopping for professional clothes and shoes!  (I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on that….)

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