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Life of a 20 something..

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Every time I meet a 20 something year old, especially at work, we immediately bond on the fact that we are young professionals just starting out the rest of our lives (career-wise) and are eager to learn from each other, always. For example, being a nurse, our patients trust us a lot, and sometimes as a young nurse (who looks 12 years old esp haha)..it takes a while for someone to completely trust me and not watch me like a hawk while I work, ready to correct me if I make a mistake. Is it frustrating? heck yeah…if this was an older nurse, the patient assumes they have been working long enough to know what they are doing and the trust is just there…by default….but for me, I have to work to earn it. I keep myself updated by reading up on different procedures, medical equipments, refreshing my knowledge on meds and their side effects, pathologies and their prognosis, surgeries and post-op care, etc

Many professionals in their 20’s have a lot of why’s….you hate being criticised by your peers, being called the new “So and so” , being babied/people over-explaining things to you…at times people may even assume certain mistakes at work are from you, and you may even be wrongly accused of doing things you didn’t do.
The important thing to remember, is that there is nothing wrong with your performance (unless there’s an obvious one, then fix it haha), it is the norm for people to react this way to new professionals. I found myself doing the same thing recently and a light bulb just went on in my head! And for those that are going through this, it will pass, this is the beginning of your amazing journey in whatever it is you’re doing.
Tips:
– Always be respectful towards your co-workers, don’t judge them based on how they do things, people do things in their own unique ways.
– Be humble and be willing to learn, always refresh your knowledge through fact based literature or from experts in the industry
– Know your goals and work persistently towards them
– It is okay to work overtime at times, you are just beginning a journey, don’t expect to have it all “cushy”
– Fake confidence if you don’t have it already
– Finally, enjoy the journey all the way..despite the challenges and many tears that you’ll shed. If the place you’re at doesn’t appreciate you and your handwork, find a place that does, if this is not possible…be patient things will eventually work out

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“My thoughts are stars I could not fathom into constellations” – John Green

“I write because I do not know what I think until I read what I say” – Flannery O’Connor

“To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to  make  you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.” – e.e cummins

“First, I am very fascinated by how everyone  loves each other, but nobody really likes each other ” – John green

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear, and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)..” – e.e cummings

DSC_0454_FotorHopefully it will stop raining so I can do get out of the house. Today I really wanted to blog but had nothing to say ha!, so I decided to try do a self-potrait.. you like?

I also binge read other blogs I like, and hadn’t had a chance to read recently. It’s so  refreshing for me to read other people’s perspective on things related to daily boring everyday life, and I also like getting inspired in terms of food, style, working out etc, some of my faves are delightfully tacky by Elizabeth, twenty seven by Michelle and Curious Natalia. I find this ladies blogs “from the heart”  and very unique and personal. It’s obviously very brave for people to share their lives with the wide world web (the good and bad) and I respect such content, despite my disagree-ability  or agree-ability. I honestly hope my blog will go into a similar direction, something someone can relate to, not just nice photos/clothes.

-purejackie-

Stripes simplicity

Today was weird, I woke up thinking I had the day off and was really confused when work called me to go in….ooppss!, I can’t keep track of my days anymore..

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striped dress – thrifted

6 pointI also can’t wait for this week to end, its been hellish, but I am trying to stay positive. Do you guys ever miss school/classes?, I do.. I miss learning new things and being excited to finish projects in college, and I honestly can’t wait to go back because I am really struggling to like my new work position. I don’t want to quit just because am unhappy there, I know its only temporary so I’ll give it my best and hopefully things will look up soon.

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8 pointyay to career change thoughts!!

yay to career change thoughts!!

Stay positive friends, it’s almost spring 🙂

-purejackie-

Do me a solid.

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I think summer came early in the pnw and am not complaining, the weather has been gorgeous all week and I finally got to enjoy it today, even though I have become accustomed to the rainy and cloudy days. My work week has been very eventful and I couldn’t wait to get a break from all of that, and soak up on some vitamin D.

I almost never wear jeans, since I spent half of my teenage life in jeans, so I decided to double it up!, I used a red belt to pop some color since my shoes matched the denim haha, I needed comfortable shoes I could walk in.

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Denim shirt: old navy// pants: HM//shoes: target

tips on a double denim look: wear a different tones of denim, don’t accessorize with more than 2 items, wear different color shoes or belt.

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Do y’all (pun intended) like the other side of WA?, I felt a little “mid western/southern cowboy” I have to say. I enjoyed playing with the sunset because I never get the chance to take sunset photos, it was fun.

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DSC_0085Enjoy the little things in life, one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.

-purejackie-

Oh for pete’s sake!

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit

Things am really excited about right now? having a day off from the long stretch of draining work days. I love my job, but working with sick people who constantly need you for help can be draining in ways I cannot describe. My whole thing was looking forward to binge-watching madmen, listening to my favorite audiobook (the goldfinch) on my commute from work and hanging out with my favorite person, but I have finished both madmen and the book and I don’t know what to do with myself anymore! I got into Hart of dixie for a while because of all the cute outfits the cast wears but I just fell off that train (too much cliches in the storyline) and started watching parks and rec for some laughs. It’s also unbelievable that January is almost over and tax season is upon us (yes please). I have to say that I am loving my new attitude in this cold and grey weather, I have been very outdoorsy, trying new things, complaining less…..lets hope this carries on until spring.

I didn’t realize how much school consumed my life until now, even though i have a full-time job, I feel so free (even though i wish i had more hours in day) and “normal”, i guess the fact that i was always a full-time student for the last four years had just become a normal for me and stress was part of my life without even noticing.

On other news, I recently wore this cute top from f21. I went to the mall to use up my hm gift card and could not resist popping into f21 after I got an email stating all sale items were 50% off!!!, unfortunately i didn’t get a sale item(after hrs of searching for something cute – everything was in large sizes 🙁 ), so I walked to the spring section and fell in love with this fabric:

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So I ended up with the peter pan collar crop top(i live for the 60s 🙂 ) and a jumper/romper with the same fabric, I haven’t worn the romper yet, but here are more pics of the crop top:

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IMG_2320-0the back is supper cute – buttons all the way down

IMG_2329-0and of course i was wearing my h&m jacket- def a fav for this season

– purejackie –

Mailbox peak attempt 1

Hi friends,

So remember that post about “solo hiking” not being my thing?, well scratch that, I did it today and I have never been prouder of myself!
I knew none of my friends would join me on a January hike (40 degrees out), and my bf’s working schedule is insane – he can barely tell whether it’s day or night anymore so I ventured out on my own…..I couldn’t wait any longer.
I chose mail box trail, which I have wanted to go on since summer, I read reviews on WTA, and decided I was up for the challenge. So I unfortunately got up late, no traffic (1 hr away), and I wasted 15 mins trying to find parking since the road to the trail’s parking lot was closed. Found parking a mile away from the trail (I was determined!! nothing could stop me. Haha)

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Started up the trail at 12:30, I was so excited at the start,

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And then I hit 3 miles of upward gaining feet, no soul in sight , just endless trees, I contemplated going back but I kept pushing. I knew the sun would set at 4:30 pm so I promised myself if I didn’t reach the top by 2:45, I would turn back. Most people reach the top within 2-3 hrs so I hoped to really see that mailbox. In total(both ways) the hike is supposed to be 9.5-ish miles so when I hit mile 5 I was really confused ( I was using my Nike gps app), I started seeing people and they warned me the hike to the top was no trails just climbing up rocks and that I needed a flashlight for my way back down – I had one ☺️, and a survival kit too lol
Anyway, when I met this couple sitting in the woods, the girl looking like death, I gave them half my food, despite the fact that I was dying myself.
So I got to the end of the forest at this open spot literally less than a mile from the mailbox but it was 3:15pm and no way Jose was I going back in the dark. So my adventure ended that close to the freaking mailbox but I’ll be back (earlier) and I shall conquer you mailbox peak!!

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The beautiful views at my stop – the sun was setting

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I was way too excited to eat these cookies

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I had a blast! Am glad i went solo, it was a much needed me-time, solo date.

“money fills pockets, adventure fills the soul”
-purejackie-

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