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Awards for Versatility in Blogging- Time to pass the baton!

Hello, lovely readers.

I was recently nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award by one of my wonderful readers/ fellow bloggers, Kimberly. She maintains a very inspiring blog, A Mind Ready to Explode!, which is located here: http://words4jp.wordpress.com/  She is also chock full of wisdom and sage advice, always happily commenting on my posts and offering uplifting thoughts when things get a little dark on my end. You should all check out her blog; you won’t regret it.

The criteria below comes directly from The Versatile Blogger Award site which can be found here: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/
• Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
• Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
• Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
• Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
• Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Before I make my nominations, I’ll tell you a few tidbits about myself.

  1. I have a really simple, classic sort of style, but I love bright colors and well-designed patterns and think they should be worn all year round.
  2. I love old movies like Casablanca, To Have and Have Not, and Key Largo. Lauren Bacall is pretty much everything.
  3. I collect elephant figurines from all over the world.
  4. I love board and card games; I can be very competitive.
  5. I’m obsessed with estate sales.
  6. It’s pretty much impossible for me to sleep past 7:30am or to take naps during the day.
  7. I really want some tea bags with inspirational quotes on the tags, and thanks to some sleuthing by a helpful friend of mine, I now know I can find them at Target!

Now onto my nominations…

  1. Expiration Dates http://exdates.wordpress.com/
  2. Little Gypsy, Big Suitcase http://littlegypsybigsuitcase.wordpress.com/
  3. Thoughts http://alicegreczyn.wordpress.com/
  4. The Deconstructed Dating Project http://deconstructeddatingproject.wordpress.com/
  5. Wanderlust http://wanderlustmd.wordpress.com/
  6. Artists & Acoustic Adventures http://jonathanwarnermusic.wordpress.com/
  7. For the Love of Nike www.fortheloveofnike.com
  8. Unkilleddarlings http://unkilleddarlings.wordpress.com/
  9. A Day in the Life of Shareen A. http://shareenayoub.wordpress.com/
  10. Simple Tom. http://simpletombornhigh.com/
  11. The Jiggly Bits… because life is funny http://thejigglybits.com/
  12. The Reporter and The Girl http://thereporterandthegirl.com/
  13. Philospohy & Photography http://bzebza.com/
  14. SethSnap http://sethsnap.com/
  15. Bucket List Publications http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/

Thanks again to Kimberly for presenting me with this lovely award and giving me the opportunity to nominate 15 bloggers whose creativity and versatility bring me a bit of joy and/or a chance to look at things from a different perspective. I hope each of you take the time to pass this along, allowing others to discover new and interesting blogs.

With love,

Haley

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How many cupcakes is too many?

A few weeks ago, I was in a really dark place emotionally. I was having a hard time at work, feeling very complacent and as though I was perpetually stuck, never to move forward. I even tried to book a flight to Oakland to see my friend, Caroline, for the weekend, because she is a human ray of sunshine and can make any bad day better. I decided against that plan only because flights to Oakland leaving immediately would have cost around $2,000, and even in my emotionally distraught state, I couldn’t rationalize that. Instead, I went to Target and spent money on things I didn’t need, but it made me feel better at the time. The real low of the day was when I purchased the Carly Rae Jepsen CD. At that point, I knew I was nearing rock bottom. I took the CD home, along with the cupcakes and copious amounts of chocolate I had also purchased. I ate the cupcakes and marathoned sad romantic comedies, but I couldn’t bring myself to listen to the CD. I knew the only thing to do would be to return it, so I did. I drove back to Target and returned that awful CD. I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought it, but people really shouldn’t be allowed to shop when depressed.

For those of you unaware, I am in pursuit of a career in publishing, though I currently work as an assistant. I have been actively looking by means of sending out résumés, applications, references, and letters of recommendation for a few months now with little to no result. I expected this, so I’m trying not to lose hope. When you submit an application to a large publishing house, you receive an email saying not to expect further response unless you’re on the short list for consideration. Considering how many people must apply for each position, I understand being unable to reach out to every applicant, though it is still a bit disheartening. I feel like I’m good enough, but how do I make them see that. How do I make them notice me above other applicants? How do I make my application stand out and demand attention?

I’ve probably applied to somewhere between twenty and thirty positions since I’ve started my search, without any real result. I’m looking to make a real move, a real change in my life. The jobs I’m applying to have all been in New York, with the exception of one in Boston and one in New Orleans. A week or so ago, I received an email from the Editor in Chief of the publishing house in New Orleans of which I recently applied. She was thanking me for my application and letting me know the position for which I was applying was unavailable. Though it was a rejection of sorts, it was a response, and I was happy to receive it. She was brief but kind and I responded thanking her for taking the time to let me know. That’s really all I want, even if they are rejections, to know.

But this is a waiting game, so that’s what I’m going to do. I’ll keep send out résumés and applications and keep hoping to stand out. Things have never been particularly easy for me, and I wouldn’t expect them to start now. Where would be the fun in that?

With love,

Haley

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10 Things I Love That Always Make Me Happy

As a sort of post-intro introduction, I’ve decided to tell you all some of the things that I love that always make happy or put me in a really good mood, so that you can get to know me a little better.

1. Starbucks peppermint mochas, which can be purchased all year round guaranteeing maximum happiness whenever needed
2. Spending weekend afternoons alone at the movies
3. Barnes and Noble and Target- both stores make me equally happy for different reasons, but both are like giant black holes in which I get sucked in and spend hours without even noticing time has passed.
4. Mushroom pizza from Papa Murphy’s
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower- both the book and the movie, but the movie more. If you haven’t read the book, and you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend you go out and do both immediately. You are seriously missing out. You can get the movie on Amazon at the following link, and Barnes and Noble does a pretty good job of keeping the book in stock. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AFEY354/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_J23jrb0J4BPS7
6. Luna, my cat, except for when she wakes me up meowing at 5:30am, when my alarm isn’t set to go off for another half hour. Otherwise, she’s pretty adorable.
7. Cupcakes from Frosted!, especially the little Oreo ones
8. The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, and Downton Abbey- you can catch up on the current seasons on their respective websites- The CW, ABCFamily, and PBS.
9. Teapots, teacups, and hot cups of tea with lemon- I honestly believe my soul is English. Maybe I was a Brit in a past life.
10. Bright, fresh flowers sitting on my table

“These are a few of my favorite things!” Anyway, I want to welcome all of my new readers and followers and thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I hope you enjoy what you’ve read and will keep reading. I’m really interested in what you think, so tell me… What are your favorite things? What makes you happy?

Haley

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