Networking and mingling during the holidays.
As a young professional it is important to surround yourself with people with similar interests in passion. Recently, joined Young Professionals of NJ because I wanted to network and establish relationships with people. After graduating college, it became more difficult to make and maintain relationships. Some of my friends were still in school or did not live locally. I attend the organizations holiday party at the V Lounge in New Brunswick and had a wonderful time. I encourage all people to join an organization that will get you off the couch and creating new and exciting experiences.
I use to plan everything. I realize how little planning helps. Now planning is necessary but it is not the most important thing, I planned at this age to be in a different industry, hanging out with different people and talking about a different things. I think about all the career planning I did and career coaches and where am I now is not where I planned in college.
When I was in college I really wanted to be in the entertainment industry. Currently, I work in the mortgage industry which is hardly creative. I wanted to hang out with people who were ambitious and driven and I want to speak about my journey and experiences. I am still trying to figure out what is the next best step and what actions I can take to get there. It is not about the destination it is about the journey to the destination.
You can only control your reaction to a situation, I am not advising not to plan at all. I have a planner in my purse and jot down ideas and things that I would like to accomplish. What I am trying to say is spend more time doing and less time planning. Life will be more enjoyable.
Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I feel disconnected form myself, my goals and dreams. I do not feel that way constantly but recently its a feeling that I have been experience more often. I am stuck in this routine where I wake up in the morning and its what has to get done today ? Who do I have to call? What bill do I have to pay next? Its this Monday thru Sunday cycle and its starts over and over and over again. When will it end? Do I need to make better decisions? Do I need to check in with myself more. I am not sure.
I have not been as active on my blog but great opportunities and events have come my way. I recently was a production assistant on a feature film shoot in NY city. I can’t provide many details about the film because I signed a waiver but it was really exiting. I have never worked in film but it was amazing opportunity to expand my creative services.
Yesterday, I want to a free taping of the famous Apollo Theater. I met Dougie Fresh but Gladys Knight and Michael Biven also attended the event as guest judges. Most of the acts were great and few were terrible. I never realized how long it takes to shoot a television series. Many of the clips were reshoot multiple times. The live performance was Chrisette Michael, a popular R&B singer.
My favorite thing that I did this month was attend Fashion Week. I was able to snag a ticket to Fashion Week 2013 Premiere Event Feat. Project Runway Designer Irina Shabayeva and Vogue Published Designer Long Tran. The event was held at Empire Hotel Rooftop on44 West 63rd Street, New York, New York 10023. The cloths were amazing. I defiantly preferred Irina line because it was more practical while Long’s collection was more futuristic. It has always been a dream of mine to go to Fashion Week. Every year I would try to volunteer but never could get a position.
In August, I went to a Toni Braxton concert at the State Theater in New Brunswick, NJ. It was awesome and the State Theater has defiantly upgraded there line of events. The place was packed as she perform some of her greatest hit such as Unbreak My Heart and Breathe Again. Ton’s sister Towanda, Trina and Traci performed as well. Trina is also launching a solo career and had a mini concert within the show. I thought that was very nice of Toni to let her sister shine as well. Tamar was not there, I assume she is busy with her own career.
This is shaping up to be a wonderful September and my birth is this month. Super excited about turning 24.