What I Wore + Thoughts On My First Job Interview

Personal, What I Wore // 28 July 2014 // 23 Comments

what i wore - july 28*Note: Some items above are not the exact items I wore, because they were not available on the internet. I chose the closest/next best item that resembled the real item I wore*

H&M Blue Floral Skater Dress* / Memorata by CLN Malka Nude Heels / Classic black blazer*/ Stradivarius shoulder bag* / Topshop Sunglasses / ELF Studio Matte Lipstick in Coral / Estee Lauder Nail Lacquer

Today I had my very first job interview. I was anxious the whole weekend. A few days ago, I was at shoot and my longtime online friend from Tumblr, Maine, was there and we chatted about my career as a freelancer and the pressure to find a real job. She reassured me that it was okay to not want to be in retail if I was really passionate about my freelance job, which was a little refreshing considering majority of the people who I talked to always pressured me to go against my heart and be realistic — though I know both arguments are equally important — finding a real job meant more income which meant more savings for my future. I get it, don’t worry.

I received a phone call on Friday, from Forever 21, asking me to come in for an interview first thing Monday morning for the Visual Merchandising job position. Despite being a little settled with the freelance life, and thinking Forever 21 wouldn’t bother calling me back because it’s been weeks since I sent in my resume, I took this phone call as a sign from the Universe telling me, “Hey, you sent in your resume — it may be nearly 3 weeks late but here’s the chance — take it and do what you will with it. Just jump.” and so that’s what I did.

Below are the thoughts that ran through my head the entire duration of before, during and after the interviews. Some of these I actually wrote down on my phone as it was happening, I clearly did a lot of waiting around, read & enjoy the babbling from inside my head:

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Home, Sweet Home!

Personal // 25 July 2014 // 23 Comments

new home wild spiritWild-Spirit has moved on from its original home, Tumblr, and found a new love in the form of WordPress.org! I can’t believe I only made the switch now, but I have ZERO regrets, and change is always good. I think it was about damn time I moved on from Tumblr. WordPress is very new to me, a little intimidating, but so far I’ve been enjoying fixing everything and have encountered minimal issues. I’d like to give a shout-out to my awesome web host & friend Jaya for helping me move, with the extra guided help of the lovely and all around web genius Sherica, who despite knowing I can’t afford to hire her, helps me out here and there when I need it! Thank you to you both for making this hassle-free for me! :-)

I’m still working around the whole move, fixing the imported posts, tags and categories, so possibly for the next few days the posts might be a bit unorganized. But generally, this is home & I can’t wait to be completely settled in.

I hope you guys love the new interwebz home for Wild Spirit as much as I do! <3

Fotor: The Online Photo Editing Website You Didnt Think You Needed

Noteworthy // 22 July 2014 // 1 Comment

Fotor is an online photo editing website that’s (as far as I know) the first of it’s kind, it’s useful, fun, and easy to navigate. One of the most common questions I get on ask.fm is what program I use to edit my photos. I edit my photos (usually) using Photoshop or VSCOcam for presets… But what if you don’t have access to Photoshop? What if you don’t have access to VSCOcam? Fotor is your answer. It practically has all the basics you need.

I first learned about Fotor by downloading their app about a year ago, I even featured them in a previous post of my favorite photo editing apps, although I mostly used the app for the filters. I had no idea that an online version existed until months ago when my boyfriend Gab needed to resize a bunch of photos for his nephews birthday video, and he was using Fotor to get it done. I think the photo resize feature is the most convenient when you’re in a hurry.

I finally poked around the website a few days ago myself and played around with it, here are a few noteworthy features Fotor has:

Fotor online photo editing

Photo editing feature - Resize, crop, adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, etc etc. You can add filters (In this photo, I used Vintage Autumn), add stickers, add frames, and add fonts. I’d like to note that font choices can be from your own laptop or from the Fotor database. Continue Reading…

This is going to get a little emotional.

Personal // 20 July 2014 // 1 Comment

I’ve been living my days in quite a daze, lately. My situations go into extremes, I’m either really busy and enjoying life too much to bother with my blog or social media, or I’m in a slump where I’m feeling slightly depressed, and I end up spending my days on auto-pilot. I can’t ever seem to find the balance between. 

Right at this very moment, I received a Twitter DM from Katrina asking me if it was okay to post an entry she had written about me on Tumblr. I said of course. I read her post, and it instantly made my chest hurt. In a good way.

You see, lately I’ve been feeling some sort of emotional struggle about myself. I’m feeling lost. I’m questioning who I am, what I’m doing, where I’m going, and I’m feeling like despite all this, the constant good things that happen to me aren’t something I really deserve. And for some reason, these feelings were magnified today more than the others. Katrina’s post could not have come at a better time. It’s like the Universe sent out an SOS and she threw me life saver. 

And then I came to accept the truth of the matter: I had the “Imposter Syndrome”, a term which I randomly came about on the internet months before.

Imposter Syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments. Despite external evidence of their competence, those with the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be.

— Wikipedia

I didn’t recognize it then, but looking back at all the missed opportunities because I was afraid of failing whoever I’d be working with, days where I felt so down about myself because I felt like I didn’t deserve any of the good things happening to me, and always using the phrase “I got lucky” when describing my achievements, even going as far as doubting compliments being given to me thinking people were just lying — it only started to make so much sense, I was dealing with this syndrome. And now that I’ve recognized it and have come to accept it, I can start getting better at how I deal with myself.

This has really affected me negatively, to the point where my work is getting affected by it. I want to apologize for the lack of quality posts on my blog lately. I’m working extra hard to get out of this slump and really get things back in order. I hope you guys will continue to stick around with me, because truly this blog and you guys are on my top 5 priority list. :-)

I hope everyone is having an okay Sunday, mine was spent with Gab, went to hear mass and then had dinner with his parents — which involved a little bit of talk on politics (They explained to me what the deal was on the whole DAP and President Aquino situation… You truly do learn new things everyday! Haha).

Have a great week ahead, my Wildlings <3

 

NOTEWORTHY: The Good Box PH

Noteworthy // 19 July 2014 // 0 Comments

I don’t believe in diets — not the kinds that restrict me from really eating what I want, at least. I believe in “diets” that require eating healthy by eating clean, and eating clean is easy — just remember: no preservatives, fresh food as much as possible, take sugary fatty food in moderation and to achieve eating clean, you have to be the one to cook your food so you can trust whatever you put on your plate is actually healthy or good for you.

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The Good Box PH is a home delivery service that provides you with a healthy, nutritious meal plan of your choice and convenience — 5 meals a day for 5 days. Sound great? It gets even better. You can contact their nutritionist to get a free assessment on your required daily caloric requirement for your body, which is highly essential when you’re living a healthy lifestyle paired with regular exercise. Continue Reading…

The Happy List

The Happy List // 14 July 2014 // 2 Comments

  1. Being greeted by beautiful sunsets
  2. Bringing back the sparks
  3. Having a team you root for win in the last few minutes of a very intense 90 minute game in fears of it ending in penalties, but extended another 22 minutes or so! CRAZY.
  4. Peanut butter Cream Pie cupcakes
  5. Staying up til sunrise
  6. Working out and feeling great
  7. Discovering quaint little restaurants
  8. Bubble baths that last an hour
  9. DIY at home facials
  10. Work emails

Another Monday has arrived, but I’m glad Mondays no longer have a negative connotation for me. I always see people complaining about it, but hey, it’s a new week and a new start… Instead of being bummed about it, think of it as a new beginning! I’ve been feeling really upbeat lately despite some of the usual dampers here and there. I’m glad I can still keep my head up and see the good side to things. I think it’s one of my best qualities, and I’ve worked hard to get to this positive state I’m in. Big things are coming for me, and I could not be more excited! Fingers crossed they push through so I can share it all with you :-)

Have a happy week, my Wildlings! ❤️