The Awkward Girl's Guide to Networking

As a self-proclaimed awkward person and a newbie in the professional world, networking is definitely not my cup of tea. Even though I do consider myself to be a people person, talking to people in order to develop connections and "build my professional brand" can feel difficult - after all, I find talking to people in general exhausting, even more so when I have to introduce myself.

Still, it is a valuable skill and fairly necessary in today's day and age; the saying "It's not what you know, but who you know" is a true one, even if it doesn't feel honest sometimes. Still, as much as I hate to say it, networking has enabled me to really develop meaningful conversations with great people, and I have gotten some of the best advice from sitting down for a one-on-one, even if I was terrified to start.

Although networking is not my favorite thing in the world, over the past two years I've acquired a little bit of knowledge from peers and mentors on the importance of networking and how to make it successful in spite of my awkward tendencies. I'm here to drop that knowledge on you friends, and I hope you'll share some of your tips & tricks in the comments too - us awkward people have to stick together!!!

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when navigating the scary sea that is networking:

Life Updates Pt. 2

Oh hi - did you miss me?

I know I haven't been consistent in posting on here, and I know I keep making excuses and I'm sorry about it. This blog is still important to me & something I hope to be proud of, but this summer has somehow simultaneously been everything I've hoped for and nothing I've expected all rolled into one.

This past month I have kind of let working full-time and the newness of living on my own 55 miles away from my family (it might not seem like a lot to you, but it feels like a whole lot to me!) engulf my life, which yes, I know is not good, but I think the time was necessary to devote. Living alone is still proving to be difficult in its own way, but I am working through it, and I know that it's an experience that I'll be able to use in the future. If you have any tips on beating homesickness while living alone, let a girl know. ;)

The four weeks since my last post have included a few changes, and I am finally ready to share them with you all.