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You could be anywhere in the world, but you are here with me,
It took me a long time to accept the following phrase: GOD HAS PLANS FOR YOU
In other words, no matter how hard I try in my life, nothing is going to go as I imagined or anticipated. It can all go to shit. No matter how great your intentions. And that is ok.
Ever since I left school in 2011, I have learned to deal with failed plans, job disappointments, the unpredictability of freelancing and the journey of just trying to get my life together in my twenties.
What do I really believe: magic happens when it seems like your life is falling apart.
That is why you must never stop working towards your dreams. Always stay focused, even when you feel defeated.
How did I get where I am? Well let us just say the turning points have been: “perfect” jobs I did not receive and losing out on “ideal” opportunities.
Quick Story: I had the highest expectations upon graduation. I knew all the job opportunities will come pouring in. I graduated, moved back into my childhood bedroom at my mother’s house, and was not even getting interviews. I reluctantly accepted my old job at a coffee shop in Central Park, NYC from a previous manager. I was miserable as I thought these days were behind me. I have a bachelor’s degree, for God’s sake… It was at the hostess stand where I met the person who would lead me to Orange, New Jersey. Next thing you know I am an AmeriCorps VISTA at HANDS, Inc., and later an artist-in-residence at Ironworks.
Here I am, almost six years later, a burgeoning career in writing, journalism, community organizing, marketing and event planning. Something that would not be possible with one of those desk jobs I applied for, or if I did not take that dreaded coffee shop job in the summer of 2011, that I felt was holding me back. I am passionate about the work I do and enjoy doing it. I could not ask for more.
Lately, I have found myself in a similar situation. Plans not quite working out like I had hoped and feeling like I am falling behind in the pursuit of my BIG future. The people I thought would be standing beside me, are no longer there. I learned that endless ambition does not exist in everyone. I thought it was over, I began questioning it all. But then in the midst of what I thought was a downturn when I lost my job, I began living again.
This could not have been possible without our readers. If you are reading this, I want to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I hope that this blog has been somewhat of a resource, little entertainment, and informative for some of what is going on in my world living here in Orange, New Jersey as a writer and community organizer. My work is getting more focused towards youth, and this is when I realized that this was important because they are the future. I am now exactly where I need to be. And without our partners, subscribers, colleagues, friends, interviewees, none of this would be possible. THANK YOU!
I want to also extend a message of hope, and positivity to our readers. Keep pushing, no matter what may seem like is bringing you down! If you stay focused and surround yourself with ambitious, and driven people with the same goals, things will begin to fall into space. But if you stop working, to wallow, you are wasting time, and that is something you can never get back. What helps me stay positive is pushing my friends towards their dreams and greatness.