20 Things I Learned in 2017

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard. 2017 was a fun year full of more ups than downs and a lot of lessons. I wanted to share some of those with you as we begin the new year! As always, this is going to be a long one so please bare with me. What did 2017 teach me?

Staying Motivated When Starting Something New

“It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.” ~ Lou Holtz. I don’t believe that anyone can stay motivated all the time especially when you are doing something for yourself. At least not in the real world. The lack of desired results can demotivate even the most ambitious individual so it’s important to take the steps needed to help you remain motivated and avoid falling into the pit of self-doubt. Here are the steps I'm taking.

What I Learned in My First Post-Graduate Job

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~ Wayne Gretzky. Last week March 7th marked my 1 year anniversary at my first post-grad job. I feel like I only started a few months ago yet I've grown so much since then. Professionally, personally, financially and socially. With 12 months under my belt, I thought this would be a good time to share the little knowledge and wisdoms I’ve gained over the past year.

Should You Discuss Your Salary?

“Salary is the compensation you get for giving your life” ― Sunday Adelaja. Getting a raise is probably one of the best feelings in the world. After all, it boils down to your boss essentially saying, “You’ve done an excellent job and deserve to be compensated”, right? As exciting as it might be, should you discuss it with your colleagues?

Getting a Job After University

“To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions” ~ Benjamin Franklin. Getting your first post graduate job is not easy and it's even harder for those who have no work experience to back-up their degree. A survey conducted by YouGov found that 52% of employers say university does not prepare young people for the world of work. As a graduate who was in the rat race to get a job last year, that figure is all too real for me. So what has the experience taught me?

Your 20s | Expectation vs. Reality

“Honour the space between no longer and not yet.” — Nancy Levin.. See no one told you life was gonna be this way. Your job's a joke, you're broke and your love life's D.O.A. It's like you're always stuck in second gear and it hasn't been your day, your week, your month or even your year. Sound familiar?