What a year it’s been for Grad Meets World! I warn you guys now, this is a long one, so grab some coffee and enjoy clicking through all the fun stuff. If you would rather not read the entire post then please make sure to fill out this survey so I can better serve you in 2013.
In a nutshell.
I tried things differently this year. It was a year when my post-grad anxiety started to subside, I succeeded in starting to put my health first, reconnected with Miami and even started dating again. Despite the hardships that sometimes ensued, like upsets at work or serious heartbreak, it’s the best year I’ve had in a long time. It’s also the most calm I have felt in what seems like years. No regrets.
I also made tremendous progress financially, within my career and in my personal relationships. A lot of it is thanks to this blog and it’s readers. You guys not only inspire me, you also help keep me accountable and for that I am forever grateful.
2013 will be dedicated to planning workshops (already have two in the works!), partnerships and creating a space where millenials can share, grow and learn from each other as we create our careers, our health, our personal experiences and our lives. I want this to be a space where you guys can come for positive reinforcement, resources and connections.
With that being said, please make sure to fill out this survey so I can better serve you in 2013.
Thank you all for another incredible year!
The Ultimate 2012 Round Up
What a year for Grad Meets World! Apparently some of the topics discussed got some serious attention! With that being said here are the top posts from the year:
Why It’s Okay to Be a Boomerang Kid (This little number sparked quite a controversy and even got my blog featured on The Consumerist! You guys had some awesome things to say in what turned into a healthy debate.)
Some of my personal favorites…
Love and Relationships
Favorite Things I’ve Written for Other Websites
How LocalLEVO Is Helping Me Through a Breakup - The Levo League
Can You Come in for an Interview – Tomorrow? - The Daily Muse
4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes - Lifehack
3 Ways Freelancing Can Land You a Full-Time Job - Simply Hired
How I Plan on Getting My Savings Back After Spending $6,000 – Careful Cents
20 Lessons Learned From 2 Years of Blogging
Grad Meets World turned 2 years old this year! 2012 truly represents a year of tremendous growth for this blog and myself as a person. With that being said, here are some of the most important lessons I’ve learned.
1. It’s okay to be vulnerable for your readers. In fact, it makes for true connections.
2. Building a practice of any kind – saving money, exercise, meditation – is like strengthening a muscle. It takes time, work and dedication, but the rewards are sweet.
3. You can use your own hardships to reach out to others and help them.
4. At the end of the day we’re all human. We have the same victories and we have the same hurts.
5. It’s more than okay to take a break and recharge.
6. I’d rather have fewer clients who pay well then a bunch of projects that pay shit.
7. My life coach training constantly pushes me out of my comfort zone.
8. The only certainty in life is uncertainty – it’s what you make it mean that matters.
9. You have to think of the bigger picture in terms of your career – not just what your paycheck is. That is to say, what’s going to benefit you in the long run? What extra stuff can you do? How can you go big?
10. Learning how to manage your boss is probably more important than actually managing your job.
11. Forgiveness is the bedrock of a happier life.
12. It’s okay if you have a different path than what others want for you.
13. Make your friendships more romantic and your romantic relationships more brotherly. (Favorite lesson from Gabrielle Bernstein & A Course in Miracles. Really came in handy this year.)
14. I’m not going to die if I don’t pay off my credit card in full one month. I just have to make sure not to make it a habit.
15. Sometimes it’s okay to take a risk with your money. And it’s certainly more than okay to invest in yourself.
16. Your relationship with yourself is the most important one you will ever have.
17. Your family cares for you and they want what’s best, but sometimes you have to tune them out in order to become who you are meant to be.
18. Having compassion for someone who hurt you is not rolling over and playing dead. In fact, if you can see the humanizing factor in every undesirable situation you’re going to heal much faster (and more gracefully) than you ever imagined.
19. You can be open and honest in every aspect of a romantic relationship and it’ll work for however long its supposed to. If it ends it’s not because of being so open, it just wasn’t meant to be. Simple as that.
20. Networking and getting involved in your local community is one of the coolest things you can do for your career – and for yourself.
Personal 2012 Milestones
Partnerships: I teamed up with American Student Assistance as one of the writers for their SALT blog. It’s been an incredible experience as I share my career experiences with others who are just starting out. They are also some of the coolest people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Keep a look out in 2013 for a Career webinar by yours truly and SALT!
Writing: This year was HUGE for me as I got published on one of my favorite business publications – Forbes! This was all thanks to the incredible team over on Glass Heel. Make sure to check these ladies out for anything you can possibly need to go from cubicle to board room! I also started writing for The Daily Muse, Lifehack and continued writing for my favorite career ladies over at The Levo League.
Community: I went on a networking marathon during the latter half of 2012. I am proud to be a part of The Levo League’s LocalLEVO Miami chapter and have connected with such incredible ladies as a result! I also got to meet The Levo League co-founder Amanda Pouchot, Community Manager Maxie McCoy and The New Professional’s/The Daily Muse’s Angeline Evans! Furthermore, I got together with local Spirit Junkies and Gabrielle Bernstein enthusiasts to start a group of women who are there to support each other, help each other and be like spiritual running buddies. It’s truly been an incredible opportunity to meet so many like minded ladies living in my own community! Here’s to helping each other elevate not only our careers, but our lives as well.
Life Coaching: In April 2012 I officially started my life coaching certification course. The entire process has been a huge eye opener and I see myself using the skills I’ve learned in my writing, in my personal relationships and at my job. I’ve also taken on a couple of clients (both long time readers of the blog) to help me create a program and test out exercises (thanks to the both of you for being so patient with me!). In 2013 I will be putting things to the test with workshops and webinars. Make sure to sign up for the email list to stay updated!
Fitness: December 26, 2012 marks one year since I decided to practice yoga on a regular basis. Regardless of what is going on in my life I always find myself back on the mat. I’ve had the absolute pleasure of getting to know incredible teachers at Prana Yoga Miami and take tools I learn on the mat into my daily life. Yoga is truly a gift and I am thankful to have incorporated it into my life. In September 2012 I also picked up mixed martial arts/boxing and have been steadily going ever since. I can feel (and see) the changes in my body and it feels great! If you’re ever in Miami make sure to check out Arena Combat Sports for a hell of a workout and some pretty cool people.
On a personal level: I have made some incredible connections this year as I maneuver my way through the crazy city of Miami. There’s always something going on in this vibrant town and for that I am so grateful! I also opened up on a much more personal level through a romantic relationship, released some fears that had been holding me back and got a huge lesson in compassion and forgiveness. I’ve really opened up this year – both in my personal life and on this blog – and the process has been a beautiful one.
What’s next in 2013?
1. Live workshops and webinars!
I’ve teamed up with some incredible people, both locally and online, to bring one of my blog dreams to reality – workshops and webinars! I’ve got a fitness goals workshop in the works with an awesome Miami personal trainer & I’m teaming up with a couple of great websites to create career development workshops in the Spring. Keep an eye out for more info!
One of my goals for 2013 is to write up monthly email blasts for my loyal subscribers. You guys are the lifeblood of this blog and if it weren’t for you this blog wouldn’t be what it is today. I plan on cracking myself open and going deep in these posts so make sure to sign up for insights you’ll only get via email.
3. How can Grad Meets World improve?
My goals is to help you guys in your post-grad lives. I get a lot of material from my own life as I learn to maneuver finances, my career and personal relationships but I want to make sure these things are helpful for you. Please feel free to use this contact form to send me any insights or suggestions. Or, please make sure to fill out this survey.
Thank you again for another incredible year for Grad Meets World! May all your goals, wishes and dreams come into fruition as we enter a New Year!