Intern Mingle

As if I could not think or brag enough about interning for such an awesome non-profit organization, Friday topped the icing on my cake! After interning all day, a group of interns, the Head of Fun, and I attended the Intern Mingle I organized. We had pizza and drinks at the office, where the CEO joined us and asked many of us if we were returning for the summer (obviously, yes!). We hung out at Dave & Busters all night, laughing, socializing, and enjoying each others company. Before leaving the office, I asked Katie to take a photo of the group in the lobby, and of course, our CEO, Nancy Lublin, photobombed us!

The Photobomb

 

Conversing with Lublin and the group made me feel so honored to work with such smart, witty people (and to work for an inspiring, educated, hard working CEO). I am so grateful to have found such a unique, quirky team to work with and learn from, I know I won’t be able to find this anywhere else. I hope to intern with them for the rest of the year and eventually turn this into a job opportunity (*fingers crossed*). A HUGE thanks to Katie, she is one unique, amazing advisor and has taught me so much about the HR field! I cannot wait until the next intern mingle!

My commute to my internship is better than yours! Here’s why…

As I continue my commute to the internship of my dreams (sigh), I have taken note of a couple of things:

  • Bring an umbrella (just in case)
  • Dress for the weather (seriously, you’ll regret it if you don’t!)
  • Know where you’re walking (unless you’re prepared to get run over by brisk New York walkers!)
  • New York Penn Station will always be a mad house during rush hour (you’ll be dodging many people en route to your destination and that’s okay)
  • Always try a different route to work (you never know what cool stores or restaurants you may discover on the way)

But most importantly…

  • Keep your phone in your bag while you’re walking/on the train/in a taxi (you get the point)

Traveling to New York these past couple of weeks have been amazing! I wake up on Wednesdays and Fridays with so much energy and excitement, that it surprises my mother (I’m not a morning person…and I don’t know if I ever will be)! I enjoy my 35-minute train rides, even when they’re delayed, because I know exactly where I’m headed. I take pride in my stride to the office; the people, buildings, flashing lights and fast-paced city life inspire me. But there’s one thing I’ve noticed on my commute that really bothers me: people using their cellular devices while walking.

This isn’t just happening in the city, it’s happening everywhere! I’ll admit, I am a human tailgater (and I’m sorry! But I’ve got places to be, people to see, things to learn and be inspired by!). There are so many people who are on their phones while walking to class or work…it’s extremely upsetting (and rather annoying). As a person who wants to experience everything the world has to offer me (especially while I’m walking), I find it disturbing how obsessive people have become with using their cell phones to browse the web or text all of the time. I mean I get it, we’re living in a digital world now, we’re advancing, people are wired to technology, etc. But do people really have to answer there friends/family/business partners/whomever else while walking? Are the messages that important that you simply just MUST answer while walking (and run into me in the process)? Can’t it just wait till’ you’ve made it to your destination? It’s almost as if these people are suffering from technology/social media anxiety (such things exist)!

On walks to class or work, I keep my phone in my bag and on silent. I find it highly disrespectful to the people walking behind me or in front of me if I were to just pull my phone out and text as I walk.  Being aware of my surroundings is much more important to me than my phone. Not only that, I find much more inspiration by looking up than at my devices screen. There have been countless of times on my commute to the city where I’ve locked eyes with the most beautiful strangers and smiled, found a restaurant I’d add to my list to try out, discovered a store selling really neat vintage clothing and accessories (I’m not a hipster), or took in the nature of New York around me. For those of you who will argue with me and tell me that it all gets old- it doesn’t and it never will. I love my commute to my internship. I’m appreciative of every moment I am able to get up, get ready, and work with such an amazing team in an amazing city. You can feel this, too, if you’re brave enough to  take some risks by following your dreams, discover what drives you and inspires you, and (as less-cheesy as this sounds) let go of your damn phone!

For the people who text while walking, here are a few tips for ya!

  • STOP texting while walking (seriously, just stop-it’s just a terrible habit)
  • Know that if you don’t discontinue this terrible habit, you’re pissing off other commuters (ahem,me-the human tailgater)
  • Focus on what’s around you, let go of that anxiety, you’ll never know what will inspire you or whom you’ll make eye contact with
  • Take time throughout your commute to class or work to appreciate your life and those in your life
  • Learn to connect with others around you instead of just your phone

For the people who are just addicted to their devices:

  • Read a book on your train/taxi ride (it’s a lot more productive)
  • Listen to music (it’s therapeutic)
  • Connect with a stranger (if they don’t look suspicious and/or crazy)
  • Write in a journal (also therapeutic and helps you become a much better writer)
  • Sketch in a sketchbook (also therapeutic and you may wind up inspiring yourself!)
  • Meditate (I don’t need an explanation for this!)

In highlight of this topic/post, here is a photo I was able to take on my commute back home from the city. It was a muggy, rainy night, but the lights and traffic around me seemed to dance all around me. As I took everything in, I happened to look up at New York’s iconic building- the Empire State Building. I gazed at this stunning building while waiting for my right to cross the street, amazed, inspired, and truly thankful for this moment in time. Sometimes it never hurts to look up, ya never know what will inspire you next!

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Day One of My Dream Internship!

I have not used this account in awhile (my apologies, I’ve been a very busy Bea). But I am working on keeping this thing updated for myself and for my future followers. It’s 2014 and with that came an entirely new beginning for me. After applying to a dozen companies and receiving some rejection letters, I finally received an email from DoSomething.org for the spring internship position I had applied for. This was the second time I applied for the internship and after not receiving any callbacks from the other companies I had applied to, I was feeling extremely discouraged. That is until  DoSomething.org contacted me! If you follow me on Twitter and are friends with me on Facebook, you would see how many of their photos or news I share with everyone. I’ve admired this nonprofit organization for so long, I am absolutely in love with their involvement with teens and amazing causes. Making a difference in the world is something I have always been passionate about, and now I am able to experience it, by interning for DoSomething.org this spring as the Intern of Fun!

Though it was a rough start to the week with the snow/ice storms we’ve had, I finally made it to the office on Friday- and did I mention that the office has a disco ball and a Pac-Man machine?! How AWESOME is that?! As I arrived to the building, I found this beautiful bike in front of the building with a beautiful message- so I took a picture of it (I was feeling inspired). While taking the photo I thought: Why not take a photo (or two) of my commute to my internship? Whether I find something that inspires me on my daily commute to and from New York, from a fellow intern or advisor, or something in the office- I feel it is important to capture what inspires me as much as I can throughout this internship (and on the daily) and document it so I can look back at the amazing things I learned and people I’ve met.

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But back to the main point: my first day. I love how quirky and unique each staff member is, especially my advisor, the Head of Fun! Everyone is so welcoming and humbling! It’s such a different environment, no one has their own office or cubicle, everyone works together, as a team, which is something I believe in!

I had lunch with two great interns, I scoffed at how one of them perfected eating their burrito without dropping any of it on the table or floor. We also spoke about where we are from and what colleges we attend. I also made a couple of corny jokes- A for effort though, right? I’ll get better at jokes (just kidding, I won’t, and I’m okay with that because I still make them laugh- but with me or at me is the REAL question!)….

After lunch I worked on a couple of tasks that the Head of Fun had assigned for me through this really neat website called Trello! Seriously, think virtual post-it notes, but cooler! I read my first issue of The Tissue Issue, something I’ll go over as I create my first one for the team! Once work came to an end, I walked with one of the interns to New York Penn Station to head back home. Throughout that entire walk, I smiled. I smiled and realized, this is how I want to feel leaving work- HAPPY!

Spring clean my room away

It took me awhile after moving all of my things from the apartment at Rutgers back into my own room at home, but I finally cleaned my room! I know I make it sound as if I’m a hoarder or I don’t clean very often, but I do. I am obsessed with reorganizing my room and dusting every Friday. I even like going through my closets to see if there is anything I can give away. This year, I’m able to give away a lot of things. After cleaning my room thoroughly and rearranging my furniture, I feel less cluttered and and more organized than ever before. As I went through so many of my old clothes, papers, and collectibles, nostalgia hit- trying to convince me to keep everything I was hesitant on letting go. But I cleared my thoughts and kept telling myself that LESS is MORE and that I no longer wished to keep things I grew out of (let’s just say I had enough in my room to create a small thrift shop, I know…sad). Besides, if I’m able to give these things away, others can benefit from it.

Now it’s time to pick out some paint and give my room a big girl personality!

 

Prolific Poetry

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I had written an article about a local author I know in the area I live in for the newspaper/magazine at Rutgers University. I was so excited to put the word out for Esham, he is such an inspirational person, especially for those of us who come from very difficult backgrounds. I finally was able to grab a dozen newspapers (a couple for Esham and his family and a couple for myself) but was not impressed with the way the editor had edited my paper or how she did not credit me for the interview. What ultimately pissed me off though, was the fact that they did not bother posting a picture of the book with the interview I conducted after contacting them plenty of times to do so.Yes, my article was posted in the newspaper but it was just an interview- it was not able to provide an entire story being that the photo of the book was not included. So I’ve decided to post a cover of the book, to paint a picture for my future blog readers, and the interview that had taken place early April. I hope you enjoy the interview, but most of all, I hope you give this author a chance and check out his first book. If you do, read it with an open mind, every person has a story and this is how he chose to tell it! “Prolific Poetry” is available through paperback and e-book. Get your copy today and support local authors, artists, and people who have dreams. ♥

40-year-old Newark native Esham Abdul Giles is a self-published author and entrepreneur. He founded publishing company, Focus Write Inspire, and released his first book during the summer of 2012. With a book of quotes, titled “Quote Me,” released April 19th, and a semi-autobiographical novel entitled “Eyes Closed, Mind Open,” due out this fall, Giles continues to pursue his dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Giles has given me the opportunity to interview him about his first book, “Prolific Poetry,” a collection of poems that articulate Giles’ story and his positive outlook on life:

Beatrice: How many copies of “Prolific Poetry” have you sold so far?

 Esham Abdul Giles: 620 paperback copies. I just formatted it to be purchased as an e-book through iTunes and other secondary sources.

Beatrice: Who or what inspired you to write “Prolific Poetry”?

Giles: Rumi, I read a lot of poetry from him. Abraham Lincoln has always been a favorite of mine. Langston Hughes is another. But, what truly inspired me to put the book out was the death of my friends.

Beatrice: It’s great that you were able to turn that loss into something positive. How did it affect you and your writing?

Giles: At one point in my life I thought we were all cursed because someone I knew was dying one year after the other. I lost five friends. One was sick; one died in a car accident; two were shot. It was a lot to deal with but their deaths helped mold me into the person I am today. With each experience of dealing with their deaths, it changed how I dealt with the world, specifically the area I lived in. I made sure I did not put myself into certain situations that I knew would probably lead me into trouble. I stopped hanging out and focused more on my writing and exploring this side of myself that I kept hidden. I wrote for therapeutic reasons, just to get it off my chest.

Beatrice: How did you go about putting “Prolific Poetry” together?

Giles: I did my research on how to put a book together. I also spoke with someone about the cover design. I took all of my poetry, sat down and asked myself: “what do I want to put out?” I went to an editor who assisted me in picking out certain ones. I didn’t want the book to be completely dark or just focus on one thing, I wanted to show my readers that I could write about a lot of different topis, such as politics, family, friends, gain, and loss. I also did not want to base my work as urban; I wanted my poetry to touch everyone!

Beatrice: Were you embarrassed to display this private side of yourself?

Giles: Yes, because I was opening myself up. I’m a serious person, and that’s the way most people see me. They often forget that I’m not just a stern person and that I have feelings as well. The day I got the book published and had to press the button to release it, I was scared. I asked myself “Do I really want to open myself up?” because if I do this, there is no turning back. But I did it and it’s going well! Managers and co-workers purchased the book at both of my jobs and they love it. The book is going to move to New York soon. I have my fingers crossed!

Beatrice: Did you fear how people would view you after reading about your past experiences?

Giles: Yes I did! I was afraid people would judge me. I wrote about some dark experiences and wasn’t sure how the book would be received. But, I did my best to try and turn each of those bad experiences into something positive. So although I wrote about some dark events that took place in my life, I’ve had people approaching me, telling me that it was a positive book. I’ve inspired people to write their own stories or do the things they’ve always wanted to do, they’re not afraid to take the risk anymore because I stepped out on faith and took the risk.

Beatrice: What advice do you have out there for students who want to publish their own books or jump into the publishing industry?

Giles: Take your time and do your research! Read as much as you can about the publishing industry and about people who have self-published their books like I have. Try not to get stuck in just one area. Remember to copyright all of your work! If you’re creating your own publishing company like I have with Focus Write Inspire, make sure to create a company name or logo to brand yourself because in the end you may not just be publishing your own books, you may end up publishing someone else’s.

My First Entry!

So after reading “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin, I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t necessarily need to make yearly resolutions- I find that they just don’t work out very well for me and I usually give up after the second week of working on them. Monthly, or even weekly resolutions are much more realistic and reachable. Monthly resolutions can help cross things off from your bucket list or can turn dreams into reality (for me, at least). So here goes to creating my very first blog (and most likely to not keeping it very updated, harharhar)!