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Failing Doesn’t Mean You’ll Always Lose.

image(10)“That was the day she made herself the promise to live more from intention and less from habit.” ~Amy Rubin

As the first year of my Masters comes to an end, I can’t help but think about where I started and where I’ve ended up. Not only did I uproot my entire life out of my home country, but I also landed myself into one of the most populous urban cities in the world.

It seems like just yesterday I was packing up my things and heading out into the unknown. Stuffed between a frying pan and a hard place, with my sights set on the New York City horizon, I knew I was destined for stories and adventures that would change my life forever.

So, what’s all the buzz about? This grad school thing, is it worth it? How’s New York? Is it really all it’s made out to be?

These are only a few of the questions that I seem to be getting asked as my first year comes to an end. Let me start by saying the risk was worth it. That “hard place” I mentioned, was leaving my friends and family behind. However, the outcome would be to fulfill a goal.

I found myself starting to piece together the puzzle of my life. After endless months of worrying in my last year of university about what I wanted to do, all those worries seemed to come to an end. I began to realize that all my energy and hard work was being rewarded with an
opportunity to discover a career path that I’m endlessly in love with.

Yes, you CAN love your career.

I think that’s the biggest lesson I’ve taken away, but also the biggest piece of advice I can give. We all have limited weeks. We all have a life where we can choose to either make the most of what we’ve been given, or just let life take its course.

I say: go work your ass off.

Make a goal and fail at it. Choose another goal and fail at that one too. You know why? Because when you happen to stumble upon that one goal, where you’d be willing to do anything to fulfill it, THAT’S when you’ll know that you’re where you’re supposed to be.

Stop listening to all the people who tell you that you can’t do something. I can’t count the
number of professors who told me that my writing would get me nowhere. Now, I’m thanking them for making me work harder. Prove everyone wrong. Make a mistake. Who cares! When it’s all said and done, make sure that you’re happy and that you’ve chosen a path that was meant for you.

Be willing to push your limits. Step outside your comfort zone and into unknown territory. It pays to be uncomfortable because you’re learning something new. We have a chance to make our life how we’ve always imagined it to be. Now take that dream and put everything that you’ve got into it. Go work for the life you want to live.

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10 Lessons New York City Has Taught Me.

image-88“Always behave like a duck – keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like the devil underneath.” – Jacob M. Braude

It’s been almost seven months since I packed up my bags and shipped it from Toronto to New York City. Hard to believe! A lot has changed since then, and I’m still asking myself where the time has gone. In a city like New York, time can be easily swept away by the hustle and bustle of the streets. I know I am not the only one that gets asked, “So, what’s NYC like?!” In honor of those people, and to do a little self-reflection, here are 10 things I’ve learned since I moved to the city!

  1. You have to be self-assured. Things are not always going to work out in your favor. Sometimes you have to hold your head high, believe in yourself, and move forward.
  2. It’s not going to be 9-5. This was never a surprise to me. It was only reinforced when I moved to the city. If you’re looking for a 9-5 job, PR might not be your calling.
  3. At some point, you will feel overwhelmed. I think back to the movie Friends With
    Benefits, and I couldn’t agree more with Mila Kunis, “New York can be a bit lonely at times … [but] Every place can be a bit lonely sometimes.
  4. These lights will inspire you. How cliché. In all reality, sometimes you have to stop and take in your surroundings.
  5. Make the call. You’re going to have to make a decision that’s only best for you. People around you might not always agree with it, but trust your gut.
  6. You will make a mistake. You will also learn from it.
  7. There is always going to be someone who is one heel ahead of you… and that’s okay. You might be intimidated, but never feel as though you don’t have something to bring to the table. You got to where you are for a reason.
  8. Take a break. Sometimes work and stress can pile up. Take a deep breath and carry on.
  9. Network, Network, Network. Seriously. Every single person has a story, and a
    connection. In PR, this is essential.
  10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Although the city will toughen you up, never be afraid to ask questions. It demonstrates your desire to learn more, but also shows that you’re
    willing to admit that you don’t know everything.

What has your city taught you?

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