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Fun, Inspirational, Quirky and FREE Desktop Wallpapers

26 Feb

In my recent BuzzFeed Community post, 15 Totally Useful Ways to Waste Time at Work, I offered the idea to change your desktop wallpaper. A new and interesting wallpaper could change your attitude while you’re busy on your computer getting things done. Something funny could brighten up your morning while an inspirational background could be the kick in the butt you need to start a new project. Basically, if you have the classic Microsoft background or the cloudy sky wallpaper, you’re doing it wrong.

I scoured the internet for unconventional wallpapers. You’d be surprised what’s out there! And for free! Here’s a list of my favorites:

hermanmiller

thefoxisblack

briannarose

^my current background^

thesweetescape

briannarose

twotwentyone

thefoxisblack

designerdaily

designlovefest

pinterest user

thedesignwork

What did you think? Where do you get your desktop wallpapers from? Do you design your own wallpapers? Send some to me! I change mine weekly 🙂

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Another Millennial Wants More – But Its Not What You Think

12 Feb

Hundreds, if not thousands, of arguments exist out there that millennials are spoiled, egocentric and lazy. We want too much, expect too much and ultimately get too much. Blah. Blah. Blah. Well you know what, world? I want more and I’m not sorry for it.

Is it more money? No. More time off? I’ll pass. More work-life balance? What life…

What I want – brace yourselves – is something more. Something more than earning a degree and getting a job. Something more than a paycheck. Something more than a nice desk. Something more than my boss’s acceptance. And I’m not alone. 

The problem is that our society isn’t built to support these kinds of “outlandish” dreams all in one lifetime. Seriously, how many 20-somethings can start an awesome company, travel to India, meet Bono and get invited to the Oscars all in one lifetime? Probably about seven. While some lucky folks get the opportunity to fulfill these desires, most do not. Unless your dad’s coworker’s aunt’s daughter’s best friend’s sister-in-law is planning to open a start-up company, you’re pretty much bound to societal expectations: get a degree, get a job, and shut up! There’s intimidating competition, limited time, and yes, inadequate amounts of money. I know, “GREAT! Another millennial complaining about money.”  Well you ain’t about this life so please continue reading. 

With that being said, you should know that I did graduate college, I did move away from home, I did get a job in the field I wish to pursue, and I do plan on being successful. And maybe I am the typical millennial but it is just not enough. While sitting at my desk all day, every day, I can’t help but dream about who I want to be. The torturous question, “Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?” haunts me because the answer is nowhere to be found. Besides becoming Beyonce’s personal assistant, obviously. If only!

This is an honest confession, if you will, where I admit that I want more but I don’t know where to start and doubt my desires. Ultimately, I struggle with who I am and where I’m going. But I’ve learned that that’s okay! So, here’s a [working] list of the dreams I have and the doubts that come along with them. I welcome your feedback! Please, feel free to offer suggestions, rebuttals, comments and the like. Here goes nothing…

 I want to:

♦Start a business, but what business?

Make a difference in someone’s life, but in what way? 

Advocate for change, but what’s a good, trustworthy cause?

Organize and host a 5K run/walk, but for what and who?

Learn accounting and bookkeeping, but where to find the time? 

Meet inspiring, educated people, but how and where?

Design a mass-produced invitation, ad, or brochure, but for who? 

Become popular on Twitter, but for what?

Play a significant role on a team, but what team? Athletic? Work-related? Volunteer?

Teach someone something meaningful, but I’m no teacher or expert, am I?

Donate a gift to my alma mater, but what would actually make a difference?

Create a useful, life-changing mobile app, but do I have any good ideas?

Be a role model, but for doing what and for who?

These are silly dreams, maybe. Attainable dreams, probably. Some of you might encourage me to just go for it! But like a true millennial, I want it all…and fast. However, I shouldn’t be sorry for wanting success, service, and education. Either way, the road is not yet paved and it should be an interesting journey.

An Informal Offer: The Struggle

13 Sep

As if job searching in today’s tech-crazed world and in this job market weren’t already confusing as hell, I’ve come across yet another difficulty! Or should I say awkward situation?

Recall a few posts ago when I revealed my potential move to Morgantown, WV. The only thing I needed was a job…and a dresser! Wonderful news: the job has finally come my way! After traveling 6 hours to WV from NJ to interview for the position, I got a call four days later. Yay!

So what’s the issue? The offer remains informal. The HR rep said, “We would like to offer you the position, pending a background check. Once that is complete, we will schedule your start date.” Needless to say, I am thrilled. This job is perfect for me and it would really jumpstart my career. I’m so ready! But as I anxiously wait for the information to process, I’ve found myself obsessing over anything and everything about the hiring process.

♦What if I fail the background check?
♦3-5 business days – but it’s been 7! What’s going on?
♦I have more questions. Should I contact HR? Or my future boss?
♦My current job doesn’t require 2-weeks notice. When should I tell my current boss?

The list goes on. I can’t stop thinking about what this all means for my job and my life. However, I can’t really make any decisions until the offer is formal and final. This is what we call

The Struggle

I did some research and found some great insight on what to do and how to feel in this situation. Isn’t the internet a beautiful place? Here’s what I found:

Responding over the phone

Don’t make life changes YET

Don’t jump the gun, they’ll understand

In the meantime, I’ve been secretly designing a moving announcement to keep myself busy. Hoping for some good news SOON!

Anyone else have stories about informal/contingent job offers? OR anyone have suggestions while I wait? I’d love to hear from you♥

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