TWITTER

Why Twitter Should Be Your BFF

Oh, Twitter. Where do we begin? Twitter is looked upon in many different ways. Fifty- year-olds see it as just another tool for the millennials to inform the world of their nonsense. Millennials see it as a valuable tool to staying connected with… everybody in existence from Lady Gaga to Danny DeVito. Despite the various opinions, Twitter can be a beyond useful tool for college students and recent graduates. Part of the reason Twitter is full of so much clutter is because people don’t think about how they are going to use the outlet prior to setting up an account. So we end up with a million and one people informing us they are watching Dancing with the Stars with their cats.

In college, I had a career class where we discussed how each of us want to brand ourselves; how do we want the world to see us? What do we want the world to see of us? In our text, Getting From College to Career we learned Twitter is the perfect tool to accomplish branding ourselves successfully and effectively. Since I was focusing on marketing, I researched the thought leaders in the marketing industry, marketing magazines, businesses that market brilliantly, etc and started to rack up my list of people to ‘follow.’ This helped me to eventually connect with people in the industry and ask for advice from professionals.

This doesn’t mean you can’t follow Khloe Kardashian and tweet about your favorite kale smoothie recipe. However, it should recognized that Twitter is yet another tool that we can use to our advantage if we simply take the time to think about doing so. If you are a screenwriter, creative writer, an up-and-coming culinary genius, interior designer or whatever your desired career path is, find the people you would like to most emulate. Follow their tweets, observe what they are talking about, take note of trends, and join the conversation!

It is no secret these days employers use all these social media outlets to their advantage. When countless resumes end up their desks, they look elsewhere besides profiles on paper. They go to Facebook, Google, etc. We have heard plenty of stories where people have lost opportunities due to what they chose to post on social networks. Instead of making a habit out of posting pictures from the latest frat party, display yourself as a reputable, credible, and respectable college student who is worth an employer’s time.

If you currently do not have Twitter account, I highly suggest getting one! Aside from having the potential to effectively brand yourself, many companies – especially newer companies – post job listings and have exclusive contests and deals for the people who are following them on Twitter.

There are downsides to being so ‘connected’ all the time and being updated on news in a ‘timely’ manner, but with some discretion and a little time-management, we can keep ourselves from getting entirely consumed by the ‘tweetosphere.’

Happy hunting and happy tweeting.

CHRISTMASCOOKIES

3 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes

It’s that time of the year again! The smell of baked goods are starting to fill every home as the Holidays approach and fires are stoked. Soon, Santa’s going to want his milk and cookies, but what recipe do you make??

Here are three simple, fun, delicious recipes that my sisters and I bake every Christmas.

1. Soft Christmas Cookies

Ingredients:

3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 cup margarine, softened

1 ½ cups white sugar

2 eggs

2 tsps vanilla extract

Directions:

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside. In large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients until fully absorbed. Cover dough, and chill for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease cookie sheets On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of chilled dough to ¼ inch thickness. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are barely brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

 

2. Spritz Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp salt

1 cup butter, softened

1 ¼ cups powdered sugar

2 egg yolks

½ tsp anise or almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Sit together the flour and salt; set aside. In  medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the egg yolks, anise/almond extract. Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients. Fill a cookie press with dough and shoot cookies about 1 ½ inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. If you like, decorate with sugar or sprinkles at this time.

Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven.

 

3. Gingerbread Men

Ingredients:

1 (3.5 oz) package cook and serve butterscotch pudding mix

½ cup butter

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp baking soda

1 ½ tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

 Directions:

In a medium bowl, cream together the dry butterscotch pudding mix, butter, and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon; stir into the pudding mixture. Cover, and chill dough until firm, about 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheets. On a floured board, roll dough out to about ⅛ inch thickness, and cut into man shapes using a cookie cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. 

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are golden at the edges. Cool on wire racks.

 

BRIDGETJONES

Loneliness: Part Two

After writing my first post about loneliness, I realized that there were a few things I wasn’t able to touch on. So, keep going with me on this one.

Here’s the scenario: You just graduated from college. You’ve moved to the big city to kick ass, take names and follow your dreams. This was what kept you going through finals and senioritis. Life is happening. Right. Now. This is how it works. You’re not allowed to feel lonely or isolated, right?

Boo! Wrong!

When I moved away from home, I didn’t know a soul. New city, new people, and a new chapter in my life. It was all supposed to be fun and exciting! It was… for the first week or two. But after a while, all I really wanted was a hug from my Dad and my favorite food from Mom. It seemed so juvenile to me at the time and it was certainly part of growing up. But I think homesickness and being away from the people and places you love can be very isolating. It’s still a feeling, but those situations when we are separated from familiarity are certainly instances that lead us to feel oh so alone.

Tangent: I remember watching Bridget Jones Diary and that part when she’s on the couch belting out “All By Myself”, I just kept thinking, “That’s me. That’s so, so me!” (See picture above)

So, what’s the fix here? When you are actually alone, don’t have many friends yet, and just want to go home. Well, here are my thoughts.

1. Home – As Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros said, “Home is wherever I’m with you.” Obviously, the people you love aren’t with you or you wouldn’t be homesick. BUT, try bringing home to you. Try whipping up some of your Dad’s crepes, watch your Mom’s favorite movie or put on that t-shirt you stole from your sister. For me at least, things like that bring a smile to my face and a warm feeling in my guts that no matter where I am, those crazy people are still loving me.

2. Stay busy – If you’re sitting in your room thinking about how alone you are, chances are, you’re just going to keep feeling… alone. Take it from James Brown and, “Get up offa that thing!”. Go for a walk in your new surroundings. Find local spots that you’ll love to show your family when they visit. Take a pilates class! Meet people! Go to church! Interact with humans and who knows, you might even make an awesome friend or two!

That’s all I’ve got on this one. I’m off to that pilates class…

 

Be A Light In The Darkness

The world can be a dark place. Whether it is dealing with loss, pain, or anything of the sort, we’ve all dealt with this sometimes-dark world.

Unfortunately, dealing with the dark world can become a reality when we enter the workforce. Depending on what route we take in our career paths, some of us may have more of a challenging time than others. If we decide to take the corporate route, we may be faced with situations that could potentially result in compromising our values, our principles, the very beliefs we stand for. The reality? No matter where we end up, we will deal with conflict, disagreement, and tension in the workplace at one time or another. Why? It’s simple. We’re human. In dealing with any situation, we all bring our opinions and perspectives that have been formed by our own experiences to the table.

Starting a new job can be exhausting. People in the workplace can get frustrated easily being under the stress of meeting deadlines. People get impatient. People can be cruel. Be a light. Smile often. Say ‘good morning.’ Ask how a co-worker’s day is going. Offer to grab lunch for a co-worker. When someone becomes frustrated and begins to vent to you about a co-worker, put a positive spin on it; help them to see the other side. Bring people up instead of tearing them down. Help to promote a healthy, positive workplace instead of fostering one of jealousy and impatience.

Of course, it’s easier said than done! If we keep this at the forefront of our minds, however when we enter a new working environment, we are more likely to remember to be the example we want to be.