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"Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Do not be afraid." Frederick Buechner

A Haiku for 2012

My roots grew deeper 

Than I found comfortable

Now I can fly. 

Interviews: 10 things I had to learn on my own.

After a year reprieve, I once again find myself printing out resumes, ironing blazers and practicing smiles in the mirror. Interviews. As I sat in yet another overstuffed chair in yet another office waiting to speak to yet another potential boss, I began to reflect on some of the nuggets of wisdom I have gained along the way. 

Here is what I’ve learned:

  1. When asked, “Why do you want this job?” never respond with, “I just really need a job right now and I’ve been trying so hard.” While honesty is good, and while a telemarketing company is hard to get passionate about, this is never okay to say.
  1. If coffee sometimes makes you shaky or gives you the runs, do not drink it before an interview.
  1. Listen and process before you respond. This will save you from saying something like, “I’m so glad it’s finally cloudy. I hope it stays for a while!” right after the interviewer tells you that he left Washington to get away from his seasonal depression.
  1. Keep a lint roller with you at all times. And deodorant.
  1. While that pencil skirt does make your backside look fantastic, be sure you can sit in it for more than 15 minutes at a time. Otherwise you may find yourself losing circulation and quite possibly almost passing out.
  1. So you might be going to about 5 interviews a week, but make sure you bring the right resume and remember what job you are interviewing for. That desk job doesn’t care that you know how to thrive in nature and are skilled at belaying someone off a super awesome ropes course. 
  1.  Don’t wear shoes that may decide to start squeaking when you walk. It gets awkward.
  1. If you pick hangnails when you’re nervous, keep band-aids on you. Most interviews don’t require a blood sample.
  1. Check the height of the table that you’re sitting in front of before you try to cross your legs. It’s hard to regain composure after you end up semi stuck only to loudly bang your knee as you try to free yourself. ….”ahem, as I was saying, I pay attention to detail, I’m composed under pressure…” Yea right. 
  1. And lastly, if the ad on Craigslist reads: “Office Work, Live in Nanny & Fifty Shades of Grey”, don’t respond. 

Through Painted Deserts - Donald Miller

"Everybody has to change or they expire. Everybody has to leave, everybody has to leave their home and come back so they can love it again for all new reasons.

I want to keep my soul fertile for the changes, so things keep getting born in me, so things keep dying when it is time for things to die.

I want to keep walking away from the person I was a moment ago, because a mind was made to figure things out, not to read the same page recurrently. Only the good stories have the characters different at the end than they were at the beginning. And the closest thing I can liken life to is a book, the way it stretches out on paper, page after page, as if to trick the mind into thinking it isn’t all happening at once….

But life cannot be understood flat on a page. It has to be lived; a person has to get out of his head, has to fall in love, has to memorize poems, has to jump off bridges into rivers, has to stand in an empty desert and whisper sonnets under his breath…”