Waves of Change

I hate change– in all forms. Think about it, pennies and nickels are a nuisance. If I counted all of the change that is hiding around my room, I’d probably make a dent in my student loans. On that note, I must sign off to scour my apartment for loose change. Just kidding… 😉 Continue reading “Waves of Change”

Strategic Sunday Pt. ???: Back From the Dead

Why hello there!

After not blogging for about 6 weeks, I am finally making a resurgence. In the spirit of transparency, I’ve been allowing life to throw me around mercilessly, causing everything to transform into a giant snowball that has left me to retreat under my covers and avoid everything at all costs. Fortunately, I break that cycle today.

Don’t worry, it hasn’t all been chaos and conspiracy theories. Life has treated me well, I’m just working on the coping and “rolling with the punches part”. I’ve also come to realize that I missed blogging, as it helps me stay balanced– so here I am– getting back to the basics.

This week: I’ll be posting some funny updates about my shenanigans and my freelancing work (spoiler alert: it’s been crazy! In a good way though). So sit back and enjoy, because I’m back! Happy Sunday!

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Taryn & Margarita Take LA!

Last week I decided to go on a quick excursion to California. It was only a day trip, but I had so much fun! During my brief visit, I went to Downtown LA, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and West Hollywood. My friend, Margarita had never been to Southern California, so I felt as though it was my Californian duty take her. Plus I needed to scope out my favorite locations to determine my residence for next year. I totally thought I was going to choose Santa Monica, but Downtown LA won my heart in a landslide. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures as I was too excited to absorb my surroundings to do anything else. Fortunately, I am about an hour away, so I’ll be getting some photos this trip.

Downtown LA

We made our way to DT in the early afternoon. I was able to find parking in the Financial District and the meter still had time left! The cool thing about being in the Financial District on an early Saturday afternoon is that it’s super low key. In fact, I was able to people a wide-eyed tourist and just meander and take in all of the scenery. DT LA is like an urban jungle; forresty-green with concrete around it. We made our way to the Historic Core in which I saw some of the most beautiful architecture. I was enamored by the whole experience. It’s so weird because though I had never been in that part of LA before, I felt at home. All I wanted to do was get out my notebook and just write down my observations about the people around me. To sum it up, I felt inspired.  We stayed for a couple of hours, perusing the different districts and had a blast.

Santa Monica

My first year of college was spent in the Valley, so I was about 30 minutes from Santa Monica for the school year. Whenever I was feeling down or overwhelmed, I’d zip over to the pier just to get away and chill. That was 8 years ago (geez, 8 years?!) and til this day, I still pop over to Santa Monica as it’s my little getaway place. Going back last week, I still had the nostalgic memory of breathing in the ocean air and feeling at peace with the world. Plus I got a kick out of how much Margarita was enjoying Santa Monica. I make it my mission to show my Vegas friends why So Cal is better, drought and all. 😉

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West Hollywood/Beverly Hills

I’ve always been a huge fan of being creepy and checking out the beautiful homes in Beverly Hills. For starters, all of the homes are structurally unique. From Tudors, to Colonials, and Mediterranean architecture, each offers something uniquely gorgeous. I’m honestly surprised that I didn’t crash my car as I was paying more attention to looking at the homes than driving (whoops). Since it was dusk, we briefly drove through West Hollywood, this time around it wasn’t as awesome as it was for me last year, but it was still a fun place to drive through.

All in all, I really enjoyed my visit (so much so that I’ll be in DT LA in the next hour). I know it’s probably a mind trick, but I really feel happier when I come back to Cali. I can’t really explain it, but it’s like I’m seeing in color. I am more expressive, funnier (in my humble opinion, lol), and just more myself. So 2016 will be the year that I call DT LA my home!

#100DayProject: Day 7

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It’s day 7 of my writing project! Today, I’ve been able to knock out a good amount of writing. I think one of the hardest things about writing (at least for me) is that you have so much you want to say, but you’re overthinking the process. I’ve found that writing in streams of consciousness helps me jump over that hurdle. I let my mind wander and see what sticks while editing the rest. For all my fellow #100DayProject peeps, how are your projects going? Let me know! 🙂

The Young and the Dogless

Two weeks ago marked the 2 year anniversary of the adoption of my beloved fur-child, Abbey. Early March 2013, I decided that I wanted to rescue a dog. Granted, I had no business trying to raise a dog. Trapped in corporate slavery, easily putting in 60+ hours a week; what was I thinking? Nevertheless, I adopted this adorable Australian Shepard/Brittany Mix and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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8 Super Cool Apps to Keep you organized

Hello Blogger Friends!

I’ve been a busy bee getting articles published and whatnot, so my blogging has fallen to the wayside. The plus side is, that I have loads of fun things to share, including my most recent trip to see my parentals in Monterey! My dad turned 50 earlier this month and my sister’s family and I flew out there to surprise him. While I was there, I went to San Francisco to hangout with a former colleague turned friend and a college buddy of mine (more on that later). It’s safe to say that I’ve fallen in love with the city. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be a resident there. Continue reading “8 Super Cool Apps to Keep you organized”

I See My Name In Bright Lights

So this whole “blogging regularly” thing is quite the task. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, sometimes I just get so wrapped up in the delivery that I get overwhelmed and don’t say anything at all. Well, as a writer, whenever I go through a dry-spell, I become like a backed up toilet; clogged and unable to get the job done.

Honestly, writing is like breathing for me; it is essential to my wellbeing. So that said, I must write!!

Ok, now that I have my craziness/dramatics out of the way, I come bearing some pretty cool news. You know that secret writing thing I’ve been alluding to? Well, now I can share it! Last year in October I was approached to attend the HR Tech Conference by a little publication called ForbesYup! I was totally ecstatic (Also scared shitless, but I digress)! They needed a Las Vegas based writer to cover the conference for their BrandVoice channel and they reached out to silly old me!

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I can’t get into too much of the particulars unfortunately, but the whole experience was AMAZING. Listening and being part of a conference where professionals met to understand the root-cause of talent acquisition problems was fascinating! It was an incredibly humbling and thrilling journey to say the least. It solidified that I love writing and being able to weave into various industries and learn about them. I felt like I was finally finding where I belonged.

In addition, the HR Tech conference hosted Third Eye Blind to play a concert! The first night of the conference, I was standing around with some newfound friends (yup, this introvert made friends, who knew?) in the front row at the House of Blues getting free drinks handed to us while belting out some 90’s alternative gold. It was a hell of a time. While I enjoyed the research aspect of the gig, I did have some learning to do on the editing side of things.

I learned a vast amount working with the editors at Forbes. They kicked my butt, but in the best possible way. I had to stretch my writing skills to the furthest literary mountains possible and get out of my comfort zone to meet their expectations. They’re high caliber for a reason, and the learning that occurred was invaluable.

So after some blood, sweat, and tears I am published and I could not be more pleased. I showed it to my parents, loved ones, and now I’m getting to share my excitement with my blogging buddies!! I’m not going to lie, being able to say that I have multiple bylines in Forbes exhilarating!!!

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  So without further ado, I Taryn am proudly showing off my work, feel free to check it out and let me know what you think! 🙂

http://www.forbes.com/sites/castlight/2014/12/15/4-ways-to-engage-and-retain-millennial-employees/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/castlight/2014/12/29/3-new-tech-tools-that-bridge-the-gap-between-employers-and-workforce-newbies/

Fear and self-loathing in Las Vegas

Why hello there,

Long time no see!

First and foremost, I hope everyone had a splendid holiday! Mine was swell, except I spent most of it abandoning my family due to work obligations (yup, I am owned by the “man” once again, but more on that later).

Now that I’m finally starting to understand the work/life balance game, I’m back in the blogging world!!

I have some awesome news to share with you all, including being published in a prestigious magazine, but that is a different story for a different day. So on with the show!

I’m having the case of nostalgias lately. A.K.A., I’ve been sulking in a corner licking my wounds and moping like a whiny baby because life is unfair.This has been brought on due to the fact that I haven’t had very much downtime and I’m growing increasingly unhappy doing what I’m doing. Fortunately for me, my mom came into town for a couple days to visit and it was definitely much needed.

I’ve always appreciated my parents and have known how lucky I am that they are really awesome. Quite honestly, I prefer spending time with them than most people because they’re fun to be around. While my mom was in town, I got the pampered kid treatment; the dinners, hugs, and words of encouragement, which was exactly what I needed after the on the job drama I’ve had (I swear I’ll talk about it later).

On top of having my mommy in town. My best friend’s little brother, Micah, who’s like my own little bro happened to stop in Vegas and needed a place to crash, so he came to my house. I haven’t seen him since my trip to SD last year, so it was nice to catch up and see how he doing. Even though I only got to see him for an hour, it was really nice just to chat with someone from back home.

This weekend was fun with my mom, but I was super bummed to take her back to the airport. While driving, I felt like a little kid being taken to daycare for the first time. I did not want my mommy to GOI even accidentally went to the wrong part of the airport. Alas, she is back in Monterey and I’m moping a bit.

I suppose being back with old familiar faces reawakened parts of me that have lain dormant for some time. There was a point in time in the world where I was fearless and took life by the balls! Where that girl is, I’m not entirely sure, but something tells me, she’s going to be resurfacing soon. 😉

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Brooklyn Girls: Review

Brooklyn Girls

I recently read “Brooklyn Girls” by Emma Burgess. I have to admit, after reading raving reviews, I can’t say I wholeheartedly loved the book. Critics said it was “Fantastically funny, fresh and utterly relatable”; I don’t necessarily agree. There were parts to the book that had some merit, however after reading it, I was a bit disappointed. On a positive note, it was an easy read, it took me a Sunday afternoon to burn through the book and I did like the writer’s style however the overall story left a lot to be desired in my opinion. So without further ado and without giving too much of the story away, here’s my review.

Character Development of the Protagonist

The protagonist Pia, is essentially a 22 year old self absorbed party girl who fails to understand that actions have consequences. In the beginning of the book, I had to put it down and walk away a few times out of shear annoyance. I found Pia to be incredibly irritating and childish. Her world view is skewed and it makes it difficult to find empathy for her situation. I almost wanted to shout, “grow up”! Now, I understand that you cannot always identify with the character but her emotional depth and “growth” throughout the book feels forced and unnatural. She has a lot of demons to battle which I sympathized with. I was coming around to her mourning of the tragic loss of her first serious relationship until it was discovered to be a 2 year romance that took 4 years to get over. Now this is where I was super lost. Really?!!! 4 years and she still has a panic attack when she sees this dude and butchers a potential relationship. I understand that serious relationships are difficult to get over, but honestly I failed to sympathize with her. Not to mention her romance with Aidan, a 29 year old venture capitalist, is unrealistic at best. This dude is incredibly perceptive and too perfectly groomed for a 22 year old child who all of a sudden “grows up” in 6 weeks. I suppose it appeals to the inner romantic in people but again, it fails to be relatable in any sense of the term. Also the redeeming qualities and emotional/maturity hurdles Pia jumps through almost come off as obligatory and improbable. If I had to use one word for how I felt about the character it would be: exasperated. Also the other 4 girls had added some redeeming factors in the book at times, but still couldn’t quite tie it all together for me. That being said, this is a book series and the second book is out, though I’m not sure if I’ll give it a go at this point in time.

Synopsis:

In the beginning, Pia has her annual meltdown party for the breakup of her serious boyfriend. Her antics get her fired from her first “big kid” job that her parents landed her. After finding out, her parents threaten to take her back to Zurich to keep an eye on her. She then lands a restaurant gig and through a variety of episodes manages to get into the food truck industry with funding coming from a loan shark. She finds insta-success with some help along the way along with chance encounters with a handsome British guy. During the story she manages to go through some self-destructive behavior, patching up then messing up, then patching up again the relationships with her roommates/friends. All of this is going on while dealing with paying off a loan shark, competing with another food truck, warding off her parents, and then magically finding herself in the end all within a 6 week timeframe. There are a lot of moving pieces to this book and the author does her best to tie them together but I just didn’t “get it”.

Bottom Line

I think the author is a fantastic writer structurally. She strings sentences along together with ease in which you can easily run through the book fairly quickly. Her imagery is great and I could honestly see myself in the city right along with the characters. With that being said, that’s pretty much all that I was impressed with. Maybe my hopes/expectations were too high. When I first read reviews about the book, I thought to myself “finally, maybe someone out there has captured the plight of what 20somethings of this generation are going through”.Boy was I disappointed. Also I’d like to point out that all of these “broke girls” in the story had some monetary back up source of funding, which again many 20somethings of today cannot relate to. Also, not every 20something is a raving party girl; though the author attempts to portray the other roommates in that light. Seeing as I am 24, I thought I’d have an easier time relating to the characters as they are closer to my age. But honestly it kind of felt like a 1 note theme of “everyone has their own problems” but in the most cliche way. Don’t get me wrong it was a decent read, it just felt a little underdeveloped and lacking a sense of reality. I’ve heard great things about the author, so I’ll definitely give her some of her other books a shot, but the Brooklyn Girl Series just doesn’t do it for me. If you’ve read the book, I’d love to hear your take on it! 🙂

So, yeah, I’m Pretty Awesome

I tend to downplay my awesomeness. I.E. when someone pays me a compliment, I tend to brush it off. More often than not because I usually don’t have the confidence to admit, that “hey, I might be talented”. It’s hard accepting compliments without feeling that A: you aren’t deserving of them, and B: you don’t want to appear cocky. I’ve also realized that I’m not the only one. Why is it, that most people (particularly of the XX variety) don’t take in positive affirmations well? I’m baffled by this. It’s like I’m automatically ready to dismiss anything nice that anyone says about me. It’s kind of sad really. So in my ever-growing quest for self acceptance, I’m challenging myself to take a compliment and accept it. No strings attached, no negative self-talk, just the appreciation that someone else likes whatever it is that I’ve done.

In unrelated news, I’ve been trucking along on my Bum Chronicles. I had the very distinct pleasure of seeing Bonobo in concert. If you’ve never listened to him I have attached a YouTube video of my favorite song of his (I love all of them, but I can’t post everything now can I?). It was at a newer venue in Las Vegas called The Brooklyn Bowl. If you’re ever in these parts, I definitely recommend that you check it out. It’s Brooklyn inspired decor plus the fact that you can eat, drink, bowl, and catch an amazing live act in one place makes it incredibly unique and super awesome to boot. Though it’s technically on the Strip, it’s far enough removed that most tourists aren’t even aware of it, which is nice for locals. But anywho, I digress. I absolutely LOVED the concert, just seeing all different types of people being moved by miraculous sounds is just something words cannot capture. The closest word I think that could describe the mood is: Harmony. I think that leaders of all countries should just attend a concert and get swept up in the vibe. Maybe we’d all get along better. Nothing like a good ol’ concert high. Well, there were people toking it up, but that’s unrelated to what I’m talking about, lol. IMG_10271IMG_10181IMG_1165

 

Also, my ventures to RedRock have been so amazing and great. I’m kind of a nature enthusiast now. Who would’ve thought? Getting out there in the open is so incredibly relaxing. It’s like my soul is being reborn every time I go. Fortunately there’s like 18 different trails, so I’ve been diversifying it up each time. I wish this weather would stay like this forever! So to some this up, learning to take a compliment, going to more shows, and getting outside more often than not are my main takeaways as of late. There’s so much to do and see, I want to take in all of it! I’m putting a bunch of photos of my shenanigans. Compliments are welcomed ;-).

 

 

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