Paris New Year (Young Man with Tulip), 1949 © Robert Frank
Did you catch Haim’s performance on SNL? I love their energy.
I quit my job three months ago. I have so many thoughts and feelings on that decision that I could write about it for days, but in a nutshell: it took a lot of guts, I’m scared out of my mind right now, I have a limited amount of money in my bank account, and I have no idea what I’m doing.
What I do know is what I love. And what I love is tech, design, coding, making things, and having a real impact on people’s lives. So I’ve held onto this passion and chugged along for the past few months, doing bits of freelance design here and there, teaching myself things. To say the past three months have been easy would be a lie. But to say they were miserable would also be a lie. I’m glad I made my decision and think I’m better for it.
But what I didn’t realize was that I can’t do this alone. Let me back up: I’m very ambitious and independent. I received straight A’s all throughout school without any help from my parents, I studied for the SATs on my own and received a high score, and I applied to a smattering of colleges on my own and got accepted into all of them. During college, I did roughly the same thing - I kept my head down and worked hard.
But now, after quitting my first job out of college, I’ve realized that yes, hard work matters, but to really go far in life - you must let others in. You can’t go at it alone. You need to learn to take a deep breath and embrace the word “networking,” no matter how much it makes you break out into a cold sweat. Because people give you jobs, not your resume or your work.
This realization hasn’t been easy for me to swallow. As a naturally introverted person, I definitely have a knee-jerk reaction to any concept of networking. It makes me feel smarmy. It makes me feel like I’m using someone. And I really hate it when people use other people. But this recent guide to "non-creepy networking" by the great Jessica Hische got me thinking. She says it best, so I’ll quote her:
"I don’t “network”, I make friends…. If you’re like me, networking is relatively easy because it is absolutely transparent to every person you meet that you are interested in who they are as a person rather than what they have to offer you.”
So that’s the key - networking doesn’t have to mean that you’re being smarmy or trying to use someone. It just means enjoying meeting new people, and making new friends. I like making new friends. I can do that, I think.
So with all that said, my pre-Thanksgiving resolution I’ve set for myself is this: Make a list of everyone you want to meet in NYC. Reach out to them. And when they offer to meet up with you, just go and meet them. Don’t be nervous. I’m always nervous - but seriously, please stop that. You’re awesome. And an awesome person just agreed to meet up with you. So go. Make a new friend.
Navy, Navy, Navy
Really into this color right now.
Goldieblox - toys for future engineers
!!! So cute and perfect.
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I am confused
Hello Tumblrs. I am alive. I’ve been designing and drawing all day erryday and it’s awesome. Hope everyone is well <3 Happy almost Thanksgiving!
young in new york city turned 6 today!
wow. can’t believe i’ve had this tumblr for almost a decade now. it’s so interesting to see how tumblr has grown and evolved through the years. with all these new blogging and discovery platforms, i’m still trying to figure out the best place for tumblr to sit in my little social media menagerie.