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{Book Review} The Big Life by Ann Shoket

{Book Review} The Big Life by Ann Shoket

Let’s start by saying this – Ann Shoket gets it. She knows what millennial women are going through and she’s somehow able to take the jumble of stress, fear, and ambition that’s spinning around in our brains and give us a book that addresses everything we’re […]

The Danger of a Singular Identity

The Danger of a Singular Identity

I am a writer. This is my identity and has been for most of my life. About a week ago, though, I began to question this. While I am undoubtedly a writer – I’m a journalist, I write fiction, and I’m always thinking of new stories – […]

The best of [April]

The best of [April]

Well, it’s May 1 (hello birthday month!) and I’ve got to say, April really flew by. I went to Florida, was published on Girlboss.com (check it out below), and fiiiiiinally launched Post Grad Purpose. I also did a lot of reading (as I tend to do), and watched/listened to some things, and I thought I’d share some of that. Check out some of my faves from the past month:

What I’ve been {watching}

  • Ingrid Nilsen So I have no idea where Ingrid Nilsen, aka my dream BFF, has been all my life, but I am so happy I finally discovered her. In case you’ve also been out of the loop, she’s a YouTuber who makes videos about beauty, fashion, and general lifestyle advice. She has a very calming presence and soothing voice (is that a weird thing to say?) and I’ve felt inspired by her to put myself out there more. Finding her channel is what motivated me to finally start this little blog.
  • Scrubs I found out a couple weeks ago that on May 2 Netflix will be removing Scrubs and I’ve been binge-watching hard to prepare for its absence. Scrubs (the most medically accurate show BTW) is hilarious and smart and dark and dramatic and it somehow pulls all of these things off perfectly. Netflix has threatened to pull it many times in the past, but fans always rally to keep it around. No word yet on what will happen this time around. *fingers crossed*

What I’ve been {reading}

  • Big Little Lies The book (and the show) everyone is talking about. Yes, I jumped on the bandwagon, and honestly, I don’t even care. This book was amazing! Do yourself a favor and read it ASAP.
  • The Big Life As a former subscriber of Seventeen magazine, you better believe I was all over this book by it’s past editor, Ann Shoket. It’s a career advice book for millennials that acknowledges how stressful and chaotic post grad life is (HELLO!) – Shoket’s advice: “Embrace the mess.” [Full review coming soon]
  • Selena Gomez’s Vogue cover story I have always LOVED Selena Gomez and one of the reasons why is because of how real she is. Her April cover story in Vogue is no exception. Selena speaks candidly about her mental health issues, which I think is pretty inspiring for other twenty-somethings who feel alone in their struggles with pressure and stress.

What I’ve been {listening to}

  • Ladies Who Lunch I know I already mentioned Ingrid Nilsen, but hey, finding her YouTube channel led me to finding her podcast and I’m hooked. I’ve never really been into podcasts before, but this one has changed everything. It’s by Ingrid and her friend/fellow YouTuber Cat Valdez (who I’m not super crazy about, but Ingrid balances the show out) and they talk about, well, pretty much everything. They tackle social issues, relationships, personal identities, and a lot of other things affecting people in their twenties.
  • The Moana soundtrack on repeat Who says post grads can’t love Disney? The Moana soundtrack is straight fire 🔥 🔥 🔥

Post Grad Reads

{Best & Worst} of Post Grad Life

{Best & Worst} of Post Grad Life

Like all things, post grad life has pros and cons. When it’s good, everything’s fine. You paid your rent on time, your boss praised you in front of your coworkers, and you nailed your meal prep Sunday night. You’ve got this adulting thing figured out. […]

Purpose vs. Paycheck: How to Strike a Balance

Purpose vs. Paycheck: How to Strike a Balance

Ever since I was little I always said I would never take a job just for the money. Case in point, I am now a newspaper reporter (and broke af). My dad would always tell me I should be a doctor or a lawyer, but […]

Learning to Take More Chances

Learning to Take More Chances

You know that feeling you get when you have an idea in your head that just won’t go away? It keeps coming back to you no matter how many times you try to brush it off. You know it’s something good, but the fear of the unknown keeps you from pursuing it.

That’s what Post Grad Purpose is for me. It’s an idea I got almost two years ago that I’ve been toying with on and off for months. I’ve gone over all the possibilities for failure and have asked myself a million questions — is it a blog or an online magazine? Is it a business or a hobby? — and to be honest, I haven’t answered a lot of them. Although I’m scared to death about all the ways this site could go wrong, the incessant gnawing of that voice in my head is what’s motivating me to move forward. The voice, and my belief in this idea, are what’s driving me.

Since graduating from college almost three years ago (oh my god, BTW), I’ve experienced the highs and lows of post grad life. I know exactly what it’s like to graduate college and realize adult life isn’t all that easy. Many nights have been spent laying awake wondering what the rest of my life will look like and how I’ll ever be able to accomplish all the things I dream of.

What is Post Grad Purpose?

Post Grad Purpose is for those twenty-somethings in the same boat I find myself in. We’re wading through this difficult stage in life and can often feel alone in our struggles. All around us people are building start-ups, landing book deals, and being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. We’re only at the beginning of our careers, but it already feels like we’re falling behind.

After graduation, I quickly realized the difficulties of post grad life aren’t always talked about or are downplayed, and that a lot of people need help and advice. I hope to take what I’ve learned over the past few years and share it with others. By drawing on my personal experiences and talking with others, I plan to write about careers, relationships, wellness, and life outside of work, as well as talk about the books and articles I’ve found helpful.

One of the biggest things I’ve realized since graduating is that I want to live a meaningful life. Sure, most people want this, but I’ve noticed a trend with millennials where we crave passion and purpose. We want more than the money and fancy titles; we want to enjoy the work we do and the lives we lead. My hope is that Post Grad Purpose can guide people, myself included, to that point.

Taking chances & going for it

Like I said, this blog has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while now. Thinking about doing it and actually doing it are two completely different things, though, and I got tired of only doing the former. I realized it was time to take a chance.

Taking chances and creating opportunities for yourself are huge parts of post grad life. Putting myself out there hasn’t always been my strong suit, but I’m working on it. Starting Post Grad Purpose is my first step towards that.