Thursday, January 31, 2008

My (last) two cents

I just want to have a moment to vent about Uncle Sam. DANG!!!! Why why why must you take all my money through out the year and then when I get all excited about getting a refund, you take that too!!!!! Man, just when I think that I was going to use that money to get a month ahead on all my bills so that I can start saving to get my own place by summer. Now I am just like the rest of the country, two checks away from being homeless (well not homeless since I am staying with relatives, but yall get what I am saying).

All I ask is that I am included in the money they will be issuing out this summer (if congress does not block it).

QUESTION: Can anyone give me creative suggestions/ideals on part time jobs?

Friday, January 25, 2008

Today's Quote

I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.
-Harriet Tubman

This quote is still relevant today for my generation and younger. Sorry for so few posts, but I have so many thought and feelings I want to share, that it is hard organizing and posting them. However I promise to do better. To be truthful I do not even know if individuals are reading this, but nevertheless nothing happens over night. Stay tune..........

Monday, January 21, 2008

2008 Presidential Election Part Two

In the Michigan Republican election, Mitt Romney won. With beating John McCain, this gives Romney campaign some life, and maybe a chance. There have been three different winners in the Republican race (Huckabee, McCain, and now Romney). This is going to make it hard for them to pick a primary candidate.

In the Nevada Democratic election, Hillary Clinton prevailed again. Next up for the Hillary, Obama, Edwards, etc. is the South Carolina election on January 26. This will be interesting because of the state’s high African Americans voting percentage.

In the South Carolina Republican election Saturday, Mike Huckabee conceded John McCain.

Republican candidate, Duncan Hunter, has withdrawn from the race.

Celebrating MLK --Did you have to go to work?

Since obtaining my new job, I have had no complaints. However once I learned that we did not get to have MLK Day off, I was a little upset to say the least. I kept thinking, "I thought this company was more diverse than this." Well after overhearing a majority of our people make comments such as, "Man! I could be at home washing! or "I could have slept in today.", it made me realize that having the day off was not a good ideal. If you are not going to reflect on why we are celebrating this great man, then come to work. However I just feel that this day is not meant for having a day off at work. It should motivate you to start a conversation, help out our people who is less fortunate, and just reflect on how far we have come and how far we have to get in order to be the dream he talked about.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Quote of the day

This morning like every morning I am at work with my headphones on listening to “Steve Harvey in the Morning” show. One of Steve’s guests was Denzel Washington and he was discussing the movie, “The Great Debaters” and his children. Mr. Washington stated that there is a line in the movie that he himself put there that he always says to his children. This statement is as followed:

“Do what you got to do, to do what you want to do.”

Now mind you, this statement may not be profound to anyone else nor have the $100 words (as my grandma called them) in it. It was just a simple statement that woke something up in me. Being a college graduate who finally found a “real life/corporate/what her degree is in” job, I am now in the position to get myself together financially. However let’s say that Uncle Sam is really getting his fair share and me having to purchase a new car (a whole other post in its self), it seems like I make the salary of a fast food worker. Being that I just moved to the area and have been blessed to live with a relative until I get on my feet, I do not understand how Uncle Sam can take all my money. I know the more money you make (and being single with no dependents), the more money they get, but gosh!!! I move up 10k in salary and all I see is $200 or a little more in my checks every month.

With paying Sallie Mae, car note, car insurance, private student loan, cell phone, credit cards (went crazy in college and paying the consequences now), and misc debt, I have none left to save to get on my feet. This leads me to this conclusion:

I need to get a part time job.

The only problem is (or was since this morning) that I have been very picky about what type of job it is, the days and times I can work. I keep saying that I have to have a personal life and plus I am doing a lot of things to establish myself and start my company. HOWEVER I cannot do anything that I just mention if I do not have any money left over to do it with. As far as having a personal life – never been a club person, but lets just say that going to a HBCU and joining my sorority, I have had my fair share of fun. Also right after getting out of college I made up for anytime that I wasted on this thing called studying in college. So we can safely say that this is not a good excuse. Next there is this thing as starting a business. How can I start a business or get prepared to do it with NO CAPITAL?

As of this morning, there will be no excuses. If that means working every night and missing my favorite television shows (that is what I have TiVo for) and weekends, so be it!!! I have to do what I have to do, to do what I want to do. What are a couple months to a year? I know it will be hard and I will be extremely tired, but I have to learn to make sacrifices now when nothing is going bad and not do something when I am in dire need to do it, but prepare for situations early so that they will not be so bad when they occur. Get on my feet now while I am single and free of major responsibilities. As long as I make time for me, my hobbies (which is reading and now blogging), exercising, and a course I am taking, I should be fine.

Hey maybe it will keep my mind off of being single!!!! (Another post for another time!!)

2008 Presidental Election Part One

Being that I am 25 and will be 26 when we vote for our next president, this will be my THIRD time voting for a president. Even though it will be my third time voting, this will be the FIRST time that I will actually pay attention to ALL candidates and their views. Even though this is my blog and this is America……..I am free to give my opinion of who I want to become president. Nevertheless I feel that I need to keep that information to myself. With that being said, I truly feel that my generation and those younger truly do not know how the election process works.

In the past two elections I voted for the lesser of two evils and relied on the information that the media gave me without researching for myself. As I am transitioning into a full blown adult with my own mind, I have been inquisitive about each and every candidate regardless of party.

So I have decided to inform individuals who come to my blog about the presidential election process.

Here are the following candidates based on their party as of 01/15/08:
Democrats: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, and Dennis Kucinich.
Republicans: Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson.

The 2008 Presidential Election is underway with state primaries being held across the country, in which each party will choose its candidate for president. The majority of states will hold primary elections on Super Tuesday, February 5th, 2008. Whichever candidate wins the majority of the parties delegates will go on to the General Election for president on November 4th, 2008.

To determine who the parties will delegate, we have something called THE CAUCUS.

A Caucus is nothing but a meeting with registered voters of the particular party. The voters that are in attendance get with groups that support a particular candidate. A voter that is undecided on who to vote for is put into a group and each candidate’s group tries to persuade the undecided voter to join them. At the end of the caucus, they count votes and determine which candidate wins the caucus.

As of today, Iowa (winners – Obama for Democrat & Huckabee for Republicans) and New Hampshire (winners – Clinton for Democrat & McCain for Republicans) have had the caucuses there. Michigan had one tonight (only for Republicans) and Romney won. Next up is Nevada and South Carolina.

Look for updates and continue knowledge on how the presidential process goes.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Happy Founders Day!!!

Today we celebrate 95 years of Delta Sigma Theta's legacy.


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Symptoms of having a quarter life crisis

1. Feeling “Not good enough” because one cannot find a job in a academic/intellectual level.
2. Confusion of identity.
3. Insecurity regarding the near future.
4. The nostalgia for college and/or high school life.
5. Loneliness.
6. A sense that everyone is, somehow, doing better than you.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

To blog or not to blog.........

Hello everyone!!

I decided awhile ago that I wanted to have my own blog. It seemed like the great thing to do, to share all my random thoughts, opinions, views, and experiences with like minded complete strangers. But I got kinda scared. You see, I used to keep journals and diaries all the time when I was a kid. Ultimately, they would all end up abandoned. However now that I am older, I miss being able to just write about my life. After admiring several different blogs from afar, I am now ready to have one of my own.

Being that my blog is titled, “My Quarter Life Crisis”, it will be fitting if I tell you a little about myself. I am a 25 year old female currently living in the Atlanta area. I am in that transition of leaving the young adult stage to full blown adulthood. I am currently in an entry level position of the field I went to college for (truly blessed because I know a lot of individuals cannot say the same), learning that a 9-5 is not me and developing myself to become a business owner.

I am currently on a mission to develop myself as an intellectual. My blog will include everything I feel is related to the transition into adult hood. We hear things such as “Oh he/she is just being a teenager.” Or “They are just going through a midlife crisis”. Well why no one warned the teenagers/young adults what was about to happen to them once the parents/authority figures have them figure things out for themselves? These years are supposed to be the best time of my life (like every stage), but to me it is the scariest. I feel helpless, indecisive, and panicked. I am at a point in my life where I am no longer planning for my future (school) and actually setting things into motion. Scared that I am not where I am suppose to be and looking around at my peers and friends and wondering why I am not where they are at.

I've spent so much time between the ages of 18 and 24 trying to come across like I know what in the heck is going on and like I have any idea what I'm doing. I have decided however, that it is officially time to embrace the fact that I do not know everything.

Feel free to comment and leave ideals of what you will like to discuss.