Archive for November, 2008
My sister got married in the summer of 2007, the same summer I moved to Chicago. I'm fairly certain that with a sibling's marriage comes the inevitable transformation of family holiday traditions. Besides the marriage, my extended family is huge, and growing. My dad comes from a family of eight kidsâ€”my mom, six. I lost count of my cousins somewhere around 50 or 60. They're getting married and reproducing at such a steady rate that it's hard to get everyone in one place anymore. Part of me wants to keep old family traditions goingâ€”the part of me that hates change and losing touch. But the other part of me knows that it's time to move on and accept that many of us will go our separate ways. It's logistically impossible for all of my cousins to get together for Thanksgiving forever. My family is definitely going through the transformation phase right now, and it will probably take a while. My sister is having a baby in June, which, I suppose is the beginning of new traditions for our family.
[display_podcast] We've all heard that money doesn't buy happiness, and with recent downturns in the economy, the generally accepted ideas of successâ€”driven by consumption moneyâ€”may be shifting more toward personal fulfillment and making a difference. For about 25 percent of the population, known as "cultural creatives," success has always been defined by personal fulfillment rather than money. Tara Joyce realized she fell into this category soon after beginning her life in the corporate world, which led her to found her company, Elastic Mind. Links Tara's Blog: Rise of the Innerpreneur Cultural Creatives: culturalcreatives.org Cultural Creatives have also been labeled as the "Integral Culture": The Global Spiral The Rise of the Integral Culture Recommended Books Karma Queens, Geek Gods, and Innerpreneurs Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties What Color Is Your Parachute? Photo Source: BigBlue under Creative Commons
With all the news lately about people (specifically Americans) living beyond their means, I thought I might discuss a topic that is typically considered somewhat tabooâ€”my personal budget from the past month. I've been entering my spending into Expensr religiously for about a year now to figure out my budget breakdown. I've covered Expensr once before here on the blogâ€”you can anonymously enter your information and then break it out for evaluation and compare yourself to others who have defined themselves through various tags. For example, I've tagged myself with 23, young professional, woman, renting, Chicago, employed full time, etc. I spent $1,789.11 during the last monthâ€”which was actually inflated by the fact that I adopted Romulus, and he needed a fair number of shots for his kittenhood. As it turns out, my spending is well below average. So here's what surprised me... Check out the average amount spent per month for the following age groups, according to Expensr (I should point out that this sample size is fairly small, but this is interesting nonetheless): Age: Average Dollars Spent Per Month
- 18: $952.08
- 19: $1,022.27
- 20: $1,599.37
- 21: $1,454.17
- 22: $1,938.54
- 23: $4,175.99
- 24: $3,664.86
- 25: $3,011.25
- 26: $4,942.25
- 27: $3,648.50
- 28: $3,860.44
- 29: $5,275.85
- 30: $4,931.99
I logged into facebook last night to find my highschool friends coming out en masse to mourn the loss of a highschool classmate who died in an accident on Sunday night. I don't know if you've ever seen a funeral as an event in your facebook feedâ€”I hope you never do. It's hard to get your mind around something like this. It's a startling reminder of how fragile life really isâ€”that ultimately, life's too short to carry on doing something you're not passionate about.
[display_podcast] Jamie Ridler helps people create the lives they love based on who they are, rather than who they think they "should" be. She has some helpful advice for students as they approach their careers and networking Learn Not to Take Things Too Personally This one can be especially hard for students and young professionalsâ€”it can be very challenging when we put out our creative work out there and people don't like it, but sometimes the work just isn't the right fit for the particular project or person. It's like an actor going to an audition. Sometimes they are looking for a very particular style, and it's not yoursâ€”but your style may be perfect somewhere else. Traditional Networking Doesn't Work For Everyone Networking doesn't have to be a chore. Try to reach out to interesting people. If you appreciate someone's work, tell them, or take it a step further and ask them to go out for coffee or lunch. You may be able to learn from or help each other, and this will often lead to more genuine relationships. Don't Limit Yourself Don't start with what you think you can getâ€”you're already limiting yourself. Think about where you really want to be, and make it happen. Book Recommendations Clear, useful, practical and inspiring books: Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life Find Jamie Ridler online openthedoor.ca twitter.com/starshyne
Sir Ken Robinson, of my all-time favorite TED Talk, Do schools kill creativity? (if you haven't watched it yet, I highly recommend you do) has teamed up with the original Blue Men of Blue Man Group to create a new kind of schoolâ€”one that embraces creativity by letting students explore and select their own interests while learning through music, movement, drama, visual arts, drama, media arts, technology and field trips to explore New York City culture. The catchâ€”the school is currently only taking applications for first grade and younger, due today in order to get in next fall (looks like I'm too old for this one). As for tuition, that's going to set you back $27,300. But imagine what these kids will be creating when they get older. Read more about the Blue School in the Time Magazine story, Postcard from New York City . Photo Source: Robert Goodwin under Creative Commons
In a recent study, 85% of students surveys said they were interested in relocating after collegeâ€”and today's economic climate may force more to move in order to find work. When I moved to Chicago in July of 2007, I knew next to no one. I only wish that I'd had (or known about) some of the great resources for connecting with other young people at the time. Sure, there are plenty of ways to do it on your own, but thanks to the wonderful power of the Internet, new resources are making it easier than ever. In fact, you could even start seeking out and connecting with others via Twitter before you move—try searching Twellow by location and interest (thanks to Jessica for that one). Here are a few of the resources I've been introduced to in the Chicago area (I realize the first two skew a bit female...I happen to be one myself, which has swayed my interests slightly). If you're not living in or planning to move to Chicago, I hope you'll take some time to check out similar resources in your own city.
- Monthly Meet-ups for young women: After the success of the "It's Chic to Be Geek" event on November 6, this groups is gearing up to meet every month to connect, teach and inspire young women in Chicago.
- Cheeky Chicago: I met the founders of Cheeky Chicago last weekâ€”they just launched, and they're aiming to give females a resource to get to know the city and connect with each other. Sign up for the newsletter to find out about future events.
- Windy City Social: I met Hope Bertram, founder of Windy City Social, at the "It's Chic to Be Geek" event. She's connecting people on four levels: social, professional, intellectual and physical. Check out the site for upcoming events.
- Jelly: If you plan to work for yourself, Jelly is a group of freelancers who gather together in one location a few times a weekâ€”these groups popping up all over the world.
I want to call to attention a pretty neat opportunity through a client I am working with at Edelman. Pepsi is looking for a few millennial bloggers to head out their headquarters in Purchase, NY to participate in a panel discussion with the Pepsi team around December 16-17. It sounds like it could be a great chance to have a voice within a large organization, and to tell Pepsi what people our age are really thinking. I'll try to get more information for you, but in the meantime, leave me a comment or email me and let me know if you might be interested.
After following a lively discussion about unpaid internships over at 20 Something Bloggers, I think it's time that I weigh in with my own thoughts. I used to be adamantly against unpaid internshipsâ€”and I still am in certain cases. The relationship should be mutually beneficialâ€”if you are working as an unpaid intern and all you're doing is answering phones, that's an abuse of the relationship. There are two factors that must be accounted for before accepting an unpaid internship.
- You should be receiving college credit for the experience.
- The role should provide you with real and valuable experienceâ€”not just look good on paper.
- youintern.com: Internship reviews and postings
- internshipin.com: Job board dedicated to internships, created by 18-year-old Jessica Mah