The Liebster Award

Thank you so much for Elevated Hope for nominating me for the Liebster Award! It’s definitely a great way to discover new blogs. I’m not following too many people yet, but her page is beautiful, so definitely check it out.



As I said, I don’t have many followers yet, nor do I follow many others yet, but these three have stood out to me. I nominate:

Digging Up Ancestors

Clean meets Lean

Life in Prose

These are probably my favorite three I have come across so far (besides Elevated Hope) so I encourage everyone to check them out!

This post will be a great introduction about myself as well, so hopefully you enjoy a slight deviation from job search, resumes and advising.

My 11 questions:

  1. Have you ever heard of showing cattle?
    • Actually I have! I have some rural communities around my town, and there’s always a big fair in the summer that shows cattle and horses and probably other animals as well.
  2. What is one topic you could write for days on?
    • That’s kind of a tough one. I would say the job search, since that is one of the topics my blog is based on, but even further into that, I would say finding your inspiration. There are so many things in this world that inspire me, both good and bad. I think finding something in your life that truly makes you step back and look at things differently is important. It might not happen very often, but when it does pay attention.
  3. What is your favorite movie and why?
    • I have quite a few that I love, but I never get tired of watching Casablanca. There’s something uniquely awesome about watching old movies like that, especially one so timeless. I’m also a closet WWII history buff, so I love watching shows and movies about that time period.
  4. What is your Myers Briggs initials?
    • INFJ. I originally took this in high school and got INFP I believe, but it changed when I took it again in college. I’ve read a lot about this and other personality assessments, and it’s one thing that truly fascinates me. INFJ is apparently the rarest personality type, and from what I gather, also the most complicated. But who said everything should be simple?
    • I also like to use this in my work. When you take the assessment, the results also contain possible jobs and careers that your personality type might be good at. When I’m working with a student who has close to no idea what they want to do, this is a great tool to kickstart their brainstorming.
  5. What kind of car do you drive and why?
    • I drive a 2004 Saturn ion. I drive it by necessity at this point. After my Jetta needed a new radiator or something obscenely expensive, my dad got rid of it and helped me get the ion. Two recalls, one notice, two brake jobs, and 98,000 miles later, here we are! I was finally able to start putting real money away when I got this job, so I’m hoping it lasts me until I can get something newer. But let’s be serious; my only real requirement at this point is automatic windows.
  6. If you could do anything with no constrictions, what would it be?
    • There are a lot of things I could answer this question with, but designing my own house is probably close to the top of the list. Along with being a closet WWII history buff, I also love architecture and design. For a split second in high school, I thought about majoring in interior design. Contrary to what some people might want in their dream house, I don’t think mine would be overly extravagant. It would just be amazing to have something that’s in your head actually come to life.
  7. What’s your favorite diner or hole-in-the-wall place to eat?
    • For breakfast, I would have to say Cobblestones in downtown New Bedford, MA. The owner has changed a few times since I’ve started going there, but the food is always amazing. I’ve never had a bad breakfast from there. There is also a Mexican restaurant down the street called No Problemo. Hands down best burrito and tostado salad I have ever had.
  8. Who has impacted your life the most?
    • Besides my parents, I would have to say my best friend that I met in college. When I started college, I had friends, but no one that really knew where I was coming from, personality wise. I met Carrie when she transferred to my school my sophomore year, and it was like we had known each other our whole lives. We have very similar personalities, and it was great to have someone who was always on the same level. If I didn’t have her around, I know the rest of my college experience would have been drastically different, and perhaps not for the better.
  9. What’s your viewpoint on animal rights vs. animal welfare?
    • I’m a huge animal lover, but I honestly don’t know a lot about this debate. I think it would be silly to say that animals are not here for our use, but I use the term “use” extremely loosely. Obviously we have killed animals for meat and clothing since the beginning time, and being a meat eater myself, I stand by that. As long as it’s a humane process, or as humane as it can be I suppose. I am definitely opposed to wearing fur, because I think skinning an animal just for fur is a little cruel. So whatever side of things my opinion puts me on, that’s where I stand; but like I said, I don’t know a whole lot about it, so I don’t deem myself an expert by any means.
  10. What is your comfort food?
    • I actually love to have mac and cheese for my comfort food of choice when I’m sick. I really have to be in the mood for chicken soup and things like that, but I always like mac and cheese when I’m not feeling well. I’m not sure where that came from.
  11. What is your favorite city to visit?
    • I recently visited Burlington, Vermont for a half marathon, and it’s a pretty awesome city! There’s a lot to do, great places to eat, and of course Lake Champlain is beautiful. I also love North Conway, New Hampshire. We used to go there quite a bit when I was a kid, and it definitely stuck with me.


11 Random Facts

  1. I felt relatively fine about turning 25, but not so much about turning 26.
  2. I have a book problem. I’m currently reading (and watching) the Game of Thrones series, but not too long ago I bought another book to read; this series is 5 books, up to 1200 pages a piece and I’m halfway through with the fourth book. Needless to say, I still have plenty to read, but I have to stop myself from going into Barnes and Noble “just to look,” because inevitably, I will buy something to add to my pile.
  3. I love pizza, but I’m currently trying to give it up for the summer. In accordance with my last post, the struggle is real.
  4. I’m a runner; I’ve run 3 half marathons.
  5. I majored in Psychology and minored in Criminal Justice and Creative Writing.
  6. I love coffee with my oxygen.
  7. I truly believe in signs and fate; If I didn’t, I most certainly would have had a more difficult time navigating my job search. Everything happens for a reason.
  8. I recently got my 5th tattoo, which is also inspired by the same arrow quote that this blog is named for.
  9. I wholeheartedly believe that if I can help at least one student, my job is totally worth it.
  10. I have a bucket list of places to travel to; although Europe and Australia and other places would be awesome, there are so many unique places within the U.S. to visit as well, and those are at the top of my list.
  11. I applied to at least 300 jobs before landing my current position.


11 New Questions

  1. What is the first thing you ever wrote about?
  2. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
  3. What is the oddest job you have held and what did you learn from it?
  4. If you could share your writing with anyone who would it be?
  5. Why do you write?
  6. What is the one food you can never resist?
  7. Do you have a dream job?
  8. If you could describe your writing style in one word, what would it be and why?
  9. What is one thing you have learned about yourself recently?
  10. What does success mean to you?
  11. Why did you start your blog?

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