TOL: Lessons From Work

Well today is my second to last day of my summer internship. (But I’m celebrating that today is the last day I have to wear business clothes because tomorrow is dress down day). This internship has been a blessing in disguise because, although it wasn’t my “dream job,” it was my first-grown up job and I’ve learned a lot about what I value in a career. Here are my takeaways from my internship, Thinking Out Loud style.



1. Work is a big part of your life, so you should love it. By the time I got home at the end of the day, the day was basically over and I wasn’t “fulfilled.” Yes, I would wake up early and work-out (something I love to do) but that’s pretty much the only part of my day I can say I “loved.” I hope to find a full-time job in a field I’m passionate about because I don’t want to feel like I’m staring at the clock and counting down the hours.

2. However, I’ve realized that “dream jobs” are very hard to come by. In my mind, my dream job involves working under 40 hours a week, making good money, not sitting at a desk all day and doing work that makes me happy. HAHA. Obviously that’s not realistic and this summer has been eye-opening in the sense that I’ve realized that no job will ever be perfect. Even if I loved the field I was in, there would always be some downsides. I have pretty much eliminated many of my job “must-haves” and have decided that loving what I do is at the top of my list (see above).

3. Desk jobs aren’t for me. Spending 8+ hours at a desk all day has been a huge challenge for me. Mix that with keeping quiet, sitting in a cold office and doing repetitive work caused me to go a bit stir crazy.



4. Snacks are necessary. Packing snacks for every few hours was new for me (I haven’t packed a lunch in a few years) so the first few days were a fail in the nourishment zone. Snacks not only gave me something to look forward to, but gave me the energy to get through the oh-so-real midday slump.

5. I’m SO lucky to come home to dinner. I’m very fortunate that my mom makes dinner (almost) every night and I don’t have to fend for food or force myself in the kitchen after a long day. Obviously this won’t be able to continue for the rest of my life so I realize how grateful I am now.

6. College life is awesome. I may not like the stereotypical college atmosphere (partying, drinking, etc.), however, I love the freedom. The freedom to schedule classes, plan my days out and take naps when I want. This is something I’m going to take advantage of for the next two years because as much as I want to be done with college, I don’t necessarily want to leave the lifestyle yet. Good thing college is 4 years :)

7. If I don’t workout in the morning, it’s not happening that day. Plain and simple…I don’t have any energy after work. I applaud those who workout in the evenings! It would probably release a lot of stress from the day.

8. I’m lucky to have a job. I have many friends who couldn’t find (or chose not to look for…) a job or internship this summer. While I may be envious of their free time, I know that my summer experience will be very beneficial down the road.

9. I’m well aware of the stereotype that my generation is lazy and I want to continue to defy that label and work for my success. I don’t want anything handed down to me. Just like I’ve “earned my grades” in school, I want to earn my place in the workforce and work my way up the ladder. Who knows, maybe that dream job does exist ;)

10. High heels are cruel. End of discussion.

What have you learned from a previous (or current) job?

Rock Your Body…NOW

What many people do for fun, I dread. What some people have problems avoiding, I have problems actually doing. Time for confessions of a Non-Shopaholic.
Confession #1: I hate shopping. There, I said it. I broke the 2nd commandment of being a girl (commandment #1 being “Thou must be obsessed with fro-yo.” Whoops, I broke that too).

Shopping and I have a rocky history. When I was in elementary/middle school and I started actually noticing different brands and store, clothes became a competition. Not just over what I wore, but how I looked in the clothes compared to my friends. Limited Too was the first store I remember liking and when I realized that was out-of-style, I thought the logical transition was to shop at Abercrombie. But guess what happens when you’re taller and a little rounder than your friends? You don’t fit into Abercrombie & Fitch, let alone Abercrombie Kids. In middle school (hello awkward, early puberty days) I wanted all of my clothes to have a moose logo and smell like the intoxicating perfume from the store. But even wearing the clothes wasn’t enough. My stomach stuck out, the size Large shirts were too tight and I couldn’t get my arms through certain sweaters. Clothes (and shopping) became so stressful. I wanted something that was in-style and that I looked good in.


But guess what happens during puberty? Surprise, our bodies change. Suddenly everything fit me differently. Yet still somehow, my previous “complaints” were replaced by new issues. “My boobs are too small,” “My thighs are wide but my butt is flat,” and so on and so on. Nothing, even the most expensive outfit, was ever perfect. I hated wearing certain clothes, therefore, I hated shopping for clothes.

I’m almost 20 years old and I still have issues shopping. I have “goals” for my body, and even though they have nothing to do with losing weight (I want to gain some upper-body muscle and fat, fyi), I’m still self-conscious. But because wearing workout clothes and sweats is not appropriate for everyday, I was forced bribed to go shopping this past weekend.

As I tried on clothes, some I liked some I didn’t, I realized (duh!) that no matter my size, as long as I’m healthy, I should rock my body. The body I have NOW. Not 10 lbs (up or down) from now, not a bra size from now, not a pant size/shirt size/shoe size/underwear size/sock size from now. Now, now…right this very minute.


Shopping shouldn’t be so stressful (unless you’re talking about prices, then feel free to stress away like I do). It should really just be another time to remind ourselves that we are awesome and we have awesome bodies. No matter the brand, style or size of clothes, wear what you love and OWN IT.

What was your favorite store growing up? Now?

Shopping lovers? Haters?

Workouts + Weekly Reads: Food and Sleep

This week has been go, go, go after coming back from a weekend road trip, working and going to Chicago. This weekend’s rest and relaxation has done wonders for my mind and body. After two different trips out-of-town, I fell behind on proper nutrition. It’s hard to travel having celiac disease- especially when you’re flying and on a tight schedule (that’s a whole separate post). Plain and simple: I didn’t eat enough and the food I did eat wasn’t the most well-rounded (aka lots of peanut butter and nuts). Therefore, I decided to switch up a few of my workouts so I could refuel, sleep and get my body back to normal. It’s amazing what good food and some shut-eye can do for ya.

Monday: 3.25 miles + 10 minutes of weights

Tuesday: 6 miles

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Slow-flow yoga

Friday: Orange Theory (3.5 miles + core-focused weight room workout)

Saturday: 10 miles…I originally planned to do 11 miles but the heat wore me down. I ended up doing 7.5 outside and 2.5 inside on the treadmill.

Sunday: Yoga


Posts I love:

9 Ways Women Can Become Better Women- Thought Catalog

Being Skinny isn’t a Compliment- Fit n’ Cookies

It’s Ok.- Better With Sprinkles

5 Ways Yoga Can Help You Fall in Love with Your Body- Daily Cup of Yoga


Happy Sunday! xo

Chicago Day 2: #Kindawesome

I left off my first recap talking about my little adventure around the beautiful city of Chicago. After I wandered for a few hours I headed back to the hotel to get ready for the real reason why I was in Chicago: The KIND University Ambassador (KUA) Summit.

I work for KIND Healthy Snacks as a campus ambassador at my school. (Not familiar with KIND? Click here!) During the school year I represent KIND by living the brand on campus. What does that mean? In addition to my marketing role of building partnerships with student organizations and sampling product to students, I try to spread kindness around campus. KIND is more than a healthy (and delicious) snack company, our mission is to make the world a little kinder…one snack and kind act at a time. (Side note: Every month KIND donates $10,000 to one KIND Cause. Submit your cause and vote online!)

I am one of 70 KIND University Ambassador’s (KUA’s) from all across the country (and Canada!). Last year was the first year of the program and we had about 40 schools, so to almost double in one year is amazing! The Summit took place in Chicago for its central location and I liked that I got the chance to explore a new-to-me city, rather than New York (which will always be my favorite). We stayed at the MileNorth hotel which was right off Michigan Avenue and I shared a room with the KUA from The University of California at Berkley. She was so sweet and easy to get along with! I actually felt so comfortable with everyone at the Summit and wished we didn’t all go to different schools.

The only event on Tuesday was a welcome reception on the rooftop of the hotel. We played some icebreaker games and I really enjoyed talking to students from (literally) all corners of the country. I had similar friends with a some students too. Small world.


ADPi KUA’s at the welcome reception.

After the reception my roommate, the KUA from Boston University and I walked to Whole Foods for dinner. That would be my second trip to that Whole Foods in 6 hours. Go me..?!

The next morning started with a breakfast at 7 a.m. followed by our morning sessions. The meeting room was filled with KIND bars galore. #Kindawesome is really the best way to describe it.


There were 5 bins like this around the room. My tummy was happy.

There were 5 bins like this around the room. My tummy was happy.

Our morning sessions featured presentations from different departments of the company (Marketing, Sales and HR) and, before we broke for lunch, we had the pleasure of listening to the CEO and Founder Daniel Lubetzky speak. Daniel may have been one of the most inspiring individuals I’ve ever met. His dreams and vision for the KIND and how we can change the world makes me so excited and proud to work for this company.

After a quick lunch we broke into smaller groups for our afternoon sessions and then we sampled product on the streets of Chicago. We probably looked very intimidating wearing matching shirts and (unintentionally) blocking the sidewalks. Just spreading kindness whenever and wherever we can!

Around 4 p.m. we hopped on shuttles to the airport, and that was when the fun ended (literally)…after spending much of last weekend in a car, I’m kind of sick of traveling. I was 2.5 hours early for my flight (there was only one bus for the group) so I killed time by eating and reading. I was starving and needed some nourishing food to top my plain salad so I went up to the counter at a Mexican fast food restaurant and bought an avocado. Just a full avocado. I probably looked like a freak cutting the avocado in the middle of the airport, but hey, it was the best $2 I spent that day!


Everything was smooth sailing flight-wise until we boarded the plane and then found out we would be delayed for 1.5 hours. We couldn’t leave the plane AND the A/C wasn’t working. I finally landed back home at midnight and stayed up until 1 a.m. talking to my mom.

I’m truly so grateful to be working for KIND and am so thankful for my rewarding experience in Chicago.

More posts on KIND (and give-a-ways) in the future :)

Any Kindaholics out there? What’s your favorite flavor? Mine is Almond & Coconut.