Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I Am Now a Working Girl...Almost

I had a job interview at Cold Stone Creamery on Monday, and on Monday night,  I found out that I got a job there!!!

I have training tomorrow from 12 to 5 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11:30 pm. Then I guess I will officially be a part of the team there.

At the interview, there were five other applicants there as well. We had to sing one of their mini songs by ourselves, and then sing another one in a group. Afterwards, the guy who was head of the interview had interviewed us individually, asking us about school, transportation, and similar questions.

I wasn't really expecting to get hired, as none of the other places I have applied to in the past had responded to my applications.

But, I am super happy to be able to have this job.

This job is perfect for me, as it gives me the experience I need, and want, for the field I am getting a degree for (baking and pastry).

Plus, I love ice cream!!

Hopefully all goes well, and I do well at work.

AAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe I'm going to be working!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

30 Before 30

I have heard about people doing a 30 before 30 thing, where they do thirty things they really want to do, before they turn 30 years old.

Even though my 30th is not that far off, I have decided to make my own 30 before 30 list, and try to complete as much of it as possible.

So, here is what's on my '30 Before 30' bucket list:

  1. Get a job
  2. Get my driver's license
  3. Visit the Bean in person
  4. Redecorate my bedroom
  5. Go on a trip by myself
  6. Do things out of my comfort zone, to bring me out of my shell/shyness
  7. Learn to sew
  8. Take at least one Zumba class
  9. Get my ears pierced at least once more
  10. Get a massage
  11. Buy a DSLR camera and accessories
  12. Do a photo shoot with me in front of the camera
  13. Visit Lincoln Park Zoo
  14. Go paintballing
  15. Buy a full-size violin, and relearn how to play it
  16. Take a cooking class
  17. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  18. Learn Italian
  19. Go ice skating
  20. Take a self defense class
  21. Go bowling
  22. Visit the Farmer's Market
  23. Go to a Blackhawks game
  24. Buy a pair of white shoes and doodle on them
  25. Spend a day at Great America
  26. Visit the Botanical Gardens
  27. Go mini golfing
  28. Spend a day at Navy Pier
  29. Visit a pumpkin patch
  30. Paint something on canvas
Hopefully I can get most of these checked off before my birthday, but I'm not going to rush into getting all of these done, as my birthday is coming up soon. I can't wait to get started on this!!

Monday, July 6, 2015

"You Should Be a Model"

When I was in elementary school, people have told me that I should be a model, because I was tall, even back then.

Although I was flattered that they thought I should be a model, I just was not interested in being one.

For one, I was really shy (and still am), and felt awkward being in front of a group of people. I also felt awkward about posing for photos.

And, it entailed a lot of things that I wouldn't have wanted to be a part of.

Lately, though, I've been thinking of doing a photo shoot in town someday. This is something I would like to do, as part of one of my goals of doing one thing a month to get me out of my comfort zone/shyness/shell.

Plus, I love photography, and would love to get more experience in the field.

I'm not planning on becoming a full-time model; I just want to experience being part of a photo shoot. I don't mind being in front of the camera (as long as I'm not doing anything that'll make me look foolish or embarrassing!), so hopefully I can have this experience this sometime soon.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer Goals

This post from a fellow blogger reminded me of the goals I set for myself a while ago, but never really started.

I have been on summer break for just over a month now, and I haven't done too much in regards to summer goals. I have a hard time motivating myself, so I am hoping to have friends, family, and others help me start, and stay on track, with what I want to do.

The goals I have decided to make for this summer are:
  • 30 minute bike ride or walk 2-3 days a week
  • Swimming once a week, or every other week
  • Practice cake/cupcake decorating skills once a week
  • Read at least one book a week
  • Apply for jobs until I get hired
  • Make, eat at least one healthy meal a day
  • Go to Farmer's Market each week
  • Learn to sew
  • Spend ten minutes a day cleaning bedroom up
  • Do one thing a month that brings me out of my shyness/comfort zone/shell
These are all the goals I have so far, for this summer. I'm sure I will thing of more as the summer goes on, though, and will add them to my list.

So far, I've only done the bike ride/walking goal. Not good :(

I lack the motivation to really do much, when I'm not volunteering (I volunteer three days a week, for 2 hours each day), so I will most likely enlist a friend or two, to help me out with some of these goals, to keep me on track.

I really hope I can get going in the next week or two, as I am really to do more, and take on more responsibility. I really need it!!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

On the Hunt for a Job

I am finally bringing myself to apply for jobs in the area. I have applied to a pet store a few weeks ago, but was told I didn't get the job (which I wasn't happy about, as I love animals, and would loved to have gotten the job).

Today, I applied to a restaurant that's a block from where I live, so it would be perfect in terms of traveling to and from work.

Tomorrow, there is a job fair going on at the local Jewel, that my dad told me about. So, I will hopefully be going to that, and applying there as well.

Hopefully, I can get a job soon, and become more independent. I haven't had a job in quite a while, and would love to be working again.

I am definitely going to apply to other places as well, until I get hired, but I just wish I had a job already.

I am a shy person, so interviews, and being around people I don't know, is very scary for me.

Here's to hoping I get a job soon. VERY soon!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

California Dreamin'

I forget what movie it was, but I was recently watching a movie, where one of the songs had the words "California Dreamin' " in it, and it reminded me of my trip there in 2004.

It was a graduation gift from my oldest brother, and I am very thankful for that experience. I had never been to the west coast before, and never seen a body of water that big.

Yes, I know it's just water, but it was still pretty cool.

I got to visit San Francisco, see the Golden Gate Bridge, see Alcatraz from a boat tour, go kayaking in a lake, see the third Harry Potter movie, visit a few towns, and many other really cool things.

My favorite part of the trip, apart from being in California and visiting my brother and sister-in-law, was going horseback riding the last full day of my visit.

I LOVE horses, and when my brother asked what I wanted to do, the only thing I could think of was horseback riding.

We went on a 2-hour trail ride up a local mountain. It was really beautiful, and I truly enjoyed it.

Now, I am wanting to go back, and visit the state, as I had really enjoyed being there.

Hopefully I'll be able to do that sometime. I love to travel, and would love to be able to go to many more places in my life.

Monday, June 1, 2015

My Passion for Photography

One of the things I am very passionate about is photography, and I plan on getting a degree in photography one of these days.

I have a page on Facebook (Diane Genge Photography), which I've had for a while now, as well as an Instagram account (https://instagram.com/dgengephotography/).

While out to lunch with a friend today, she asked me about the photos on my personal Facebook account, asking whether it's just a hobby, or if I want to do it professionally.

The answer: Both!

It is something that I truly enjoy doing, and would love to be able learn more about it, and to take better photos as well.

Yes, I know some of my photos aren't that great. But, it happens. That's how you learn. And that's what I love about photography. That there's always room to make mistakes, and to learn from them and do better next time.

And that I can be as creative as I want to be, without a lot of pressure.

So, hopefully within the next few years, I can start pursuing a degree and a job in photography. Or at least, get more experience in the field.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Summer Volunteering

While at the library today, one of the children's librarians asked me if I wanted to volunteer in the children's area again, over the summer.

I immediately said yes, as I love the children's area.

Yes, I am an adult. I am well aware that I am older than the kids the room is geared towards. But, that doesn't bother me.

So, when the librarian asked about volunteering again, I was VERY happy!!

This will be the third summer in a row, that I get to volunteer there. Last summer, I actually gained a good friend, who had only been working there for the summer.

She is an amazing person, who I am so grateful to have met!

The theme for the reading program this year is superheroes, and I am looking forward to all the things that the library plans on doing this summer! So, bring on the summer!!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Things I SHOULD Give Up for Lent...But Most Likely WON'T

I got the idea for this from the blog Living in Yellow, in this post.

In the past, I would decide to give something up, but it wouldn't work out in the end. I wouldn't be able to stay away from it for long.

There are things that I should definitely give up for Lent, but I seriously doubt I will be able to stay away from them for that long, like...


Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
      Seriously, that stuff is ADDICTING!!!

Looking at wedding stuff on Pinterest.
      For some time now, I have been going on Pinterest every day, looking at wedding ideas on Pinterest. I'm not in any kind of relationship right now, so it's not like I'm planning anything at the moment. Pinterest is seriously making me jealous of those who are.

The Internet.
      I spend way too much time on the computer, and on the Internet. I'm on practically every single day, for at least 3 or 4 hours a day. That seriously needs to change.

Junk Food
      I tend to eat quite a bit of junk food, and I am not proud of it. I live in a household where there is always some form of unhealthy food around, and it's always tempting to gravitate towards that, than more healthier options. I am trying to motivate myself to eat healthier, but it's hard with what's always around (we do have healthy foods, but I reach for the unhealthy ones more often).

One thing that isn't really a "giving up" thing, that I seriously need to do, is to clean up my bedroom, and to be in a cleaner environment. I am not a neat freak, so I always just toss stuff onto my bedroom floor, and a lot of my things go missing, or end up broken. So, that is one thing I want to start working on this Lent season, and hopefully keep it up.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Camille and Kennerly: The Harp Twins

I recently saw a video on Facebook, of twins Camille and Kennerly Kitt, twin sisters who both play the harp. They are known as the harp twins :)

Let me just say, that they are AMAZING!!!

They play harp versions of popular TV, movie, game, and commercial songs, which are awesome.

You can check them out on Facebook here, and on YouTube here.

I love find out about new (to me, at least) music, that I enjoy, and that I can share with others.

What's even better, is that the twins are from my hometown. Pretty cool!!

I can't wait to see/hear what else they will be performing in the future.