Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I'm Addicted to Coffee and Other #GrownUpProblems

Disclaimer: I'm not trying to be complain-y at all here. Just want to put a humorous spin on some of the little things that I've faced while being a part of the working world. Well, kind of. 

Before I start today's post (or rant) I'd just like to say that yes, I did just hashtag the title. I know, so ridiculous and tasteless...this isn't Twitter (or Instagram...it's cool to hashtag there, yes?). I'm doing things I never thought I would, kind of like when I say I won't change my taste in music because I met a gorgeous boy with better taste or that I won't change my writing style to get an A in a class or that I'll stop wearing all black to church. But I digress (don't I always?).

Anyway, I've dabbled in the big girl world a bit this summer, and it's been pretty amazing. Like, "I'm really obsessed with everything I'm doing and can't wait to be a pro" amazing. But flirting with the ideas of being a grown-up and an almost 20-something have caused some issues which I affectionately call and hashtag #GrownUpProblems. I know you're positively itching to read them, so here it goes:

1. I'm addicted to coffee. I thought this was bad when I was taking Organic Chemistry, but it's only gotten worse. The sad part is that I know I'm only going to love coffee more and more. My grande skinny iced caramel macchiatos are just a gateway drug to more espresso-loaded, sugary, soy-latte style drinks. UH-OH.

2. I can't wake up early, especially on Friday. Call me spoiled, but my earliest class last year started at 11:45. I know, beautiful. I was also blessed with an entire year without Friday classes. That one was a blessing from God. He's gotten A LOT of "thank you" candles at church for that. I've had so much trouble waking up early, and after three months, it hasn't really gotten easier. And the sound of the  iPhone tone that is my alarm makes me cry sometimes cringe. 

3. Talking on the phone. Maybe it's because people think I have the voice of a five year old, but talking on the phone gives me serious anxiety. I can't even tell you how many people have asked me if I'm old enough to be making the call to wherever, be it the doctors or to order a pizza. As I forge my way into the working world, I know I'm going to face things like phone interviews or client calls and those things scare me to death. I'm being so real.  

4. Commuting. I like driving. I don't mind being in a car for an hour. But there is nothing that I hate more than traffic. I'm always stuck in traffic on the drive home from my internship, despite the several crafty routes I've figured out to make my commute easier. The trick to getting through rough bouts of traffic, though, is good music. And with my recent acquisition of satellite radio, I recommend Sirius channels 36 and 51. You're welcome. 

5. Irrational People. Let's face it, we're going to have to work/deal with some crazies in our careers. There are going to be people you love, and for every one of those, there will be three you either can't stand or can't reason with. And that's ok, it builds character. At least that's what I tell myself to keep me from going totally and completely insane. 

So those are my five #GrownUpProblems. If you agree or disagree, or have a #GrownUpProblem of your own to share, let me know! Try me on twitter and don't forget to hashtag #GrownUpProblems and #UnderPRessure!

XOX,

Elise 

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