A word of wisdom for my first week of business school.
Nothing could be more appropriate.
A word of wisdom for my first week of business school.
Nothing could be more appropriate.
If you’re a young person today (Millennial, Gen Y, whatever you decide to call it), you’ve probably received your fair share of (awful) financial advice. Whether it was too vague (“Save more), too optimistic (“Just do what you love.”), or too darn accusatory (“Why don’t you kids move out of your parents’ basements, get a real job, and buy a house?!” Well…two words: student debt), we’ve seen ’em all. So it was a breath of fresh air to read a decent article on financial and life advice for people in our generation. To be fair, the article, posted by Time, is a tad bit vague and bit “inspirational,” but the advice is more valuable coming from folks who have actually proven their way financially and professionally. Here are some of my favorite quotations from the piece (read the whole thing here).
“Almost nothing you’re worried about today will define your tomorrow.”
“There has never been an easier time to start a business…just start, and if you fail you can always go and get a normal job, but you will learn so much along the way it will be a great experience.”
“If only I knew then, as I know now, that there is wisdom in uncertainty — it opens a door to the unknown, and only from the unknown can life be renewed constantly,”
“Arianna, your performance will actually improve if you can commit to not only working hard but also unplugging, recharging, and renewing yourself.”
When a hiring manager turns the tables at the end of an interview and asks, “do you have any questions for me?” David Melancon, CEO of btr. says these three questions are important for you ask:
The questions are:
1. What qualities will a person in this role need to be successful in your company culture — as an individual and as a worker?
2. What’s the company’s position on education and development, including student-loan reimbursement and tuition assistance?
3. How does the company keep employees excited, innovative, and motivated?
What’s the most valuable financial or career advice you’ve ever received?
Yesterday I wrote about my favorite Dutch foods (stroopwafels and cookie butter included). So today, here’s a look at some of the delicacies I enjoyed on a recent trip to Antwerp, Belgium. The day trip into Belgium was one of the last trips I took in Europe this summer, so I knew from the start I wanted to savor it. Thankfully, Belgian chocolate, beer, and waffles made the savoring very easy.
View of the Mas Museum.
Me: “Um, yes, totally.”
Server: “Because most people do not expect a hedgehog to be filled with alcohol.”
One day, I’ll be back in Belgium to enjoy theses delicious treats again. Until then, I’ll have to make due savoring the stroopwafels I brought back with me from Holland.
When you think of the Dutch, what type of food comes to mind? Gouda probably. And maybe herring.
Cheese sandwiches. But not just cheese sandwiches. Super delicious varieties with mayo, mustard, avocado, and more.
Dutch coffee. Neither an espresso nor an Americano, Dutch coffee is somewhere perfectly in between. And it always comes with a cookies, so there’s that too.
Kibbeling. Cheap and delicious.
Cookie butter. Obviously this is one of the best things to ever come out of the Netherlands. Add some hagelslag on top and your mind will be blown.
Poffertjes Tiny puffed pancakes. So yeah, they’re awesome.
Apple pie tart. Why is this so much better than any apple pie I’ve eaten in America?!
No words can describe the majesty of the stroopwafel. (By the way, it’s not a real waffle…it’s 1000x better than that)
Gummies. So. Many. Gummies.
White asparagus. Okay, yes, it looks…weird. But trust me– it’s delicious!
Belgian beer. Okay, not it’s Dutch per se…but Belgium is so close that their beer in incredibly easy to come by in the Netherlands.
Frites. Technically also Belgian. But these deliciously cheap fries (complete with Dutch mayo) are everywhere.
Do you have a Dutch favorite that I missed?
I founded the Mia Prima Casa (which means “my new house” in Italian) blog three years ago as a way to keep family and friends updated on everything I was up to post-college. This usually meant updates on how I was decorating my new (first!) apartment, what I was I was eating (usually plants), and what I was wearing.
Today, Mia Prima Casa has a whole new look. I like to think the blog now more closely represents the woman I am today: well traveled, well dressed (or at least trying to be!), and beginning a whole new chapter (business school).
Mia Prima Casa is far from gone, but she goes by a new name now. The Gibbson Girl, which is based off the 1910s fashion icon, evokes a sense of adventure, travel, and boldness. She has a vintage flare. Wears a crazy hat with confidence. Runs marathons. Travels to London. And most of all loves a night in with her cat, watching Downton Abbey and sneaking looks at her old travel diary pages.
I am so ready for this new chapter. And I hope you all are ready to meet the Gibbson Girl.
p.s. The Gibbson Girl has a vintage shop, too!
Technically I’ve been on Rochester, NY for just over a week now. But only recently have I felt truly moved in (here’s why). It’s a bit overdue, but here is my hello post to Rochester!
Looking forward to getting to know you, Rochester.
A few days ago, I went on an angry rant about my experience with U-Haul’s portable box U-Box program. Just a quick recap before I get into the good news: When I called in to schedule the drop off of my boxes, a customer service representative accidentally cancelled the shipment of a my boxes. As a result, when I arrived in New York, my boxes were still in Pittsburgh. The worst part? Twelve (12!) different people at U-Haul could only give me one answer: it would take ten days to ship boxes to me. Yikes! That was not going to do…
A friend passed along the phone number of the U-Haul CEO, Joe Shoen. Apparently, the CEO had given out his number during an interview, inviting customers to call with issues. So I called….and he picked up! I told him my problem then sent him a follow up email with more information (I found what I hoped to be his email address online). Over twenty-four hours passed before I received a return email. His son, Sam, emailed me back, apologizing for the issues, offering me a sizable gift certificate and discount on the services, and best of all, he said the boxes would be in Rochester the next day.
And guess what!? They were!
It was a rough road, but the outcome was good. Now if only U-Haul can empower their associates (below the CEO position) to solve customers issues properly…after all, calling the CEO isn’t the most practical of solutions.
For the record, here’s Joe’s info if you are having a serious U-Haul issue…
Phone number: 602-390-6525
Email address: email@example.com
I’ve got some excellent news! Uncovered Artistry— the nonprofit I founded with my sister five years ago that sells the work of domestic abuse survivors– has NEW ARRIVALS! They’re a while in the making, but I am so proud of the new styles we have up. Our products– all handmade items– are made by domestic abuse survivors… with the exception of these newest additions.
The new arrivals were actually made by volunteers at various events the Uncovered Artistry Project has hosted throughout the years. Participants made the designs using new and recycled jewelry pieces and graciously donated them to the online boutique. And now, I am very happy to say that many of them are up for sale online.
And keep your eye out…there’s more on the way, too!
So what is the Uncovered Artistry Project and boutique?
It started with a simple equation.
Art + Entrepreneurship = Empowerment. Add a couple business-savvy ladies and a serendipitous grant from Projects for Peace, and you’ve got yourself Uncovered Artistry Boutique. We’re a little shop built on the belief that business fosters empowerment in all its flavors (financial, personal, emotional, et al.). Our little piece of this cyber world sells the creative work of domestic and sexual abuse survivors, individuals who, more than most, benefit from the uplifting effects of art and business. Our roots are planted deep in Midwest soil, yet our reach extends to all those with an Internet connection and a penchant for joyful shopping. Shop the boutique today.
I’m always on the look out for great vintage finds for my vintage clothing and accessories shop, The Gibbson Girl, so “flea market” is usually one of the first things I Google when I’m planning a trip to a new city. In London, I discovered small but charming Camden Passage.
Despite a slow start to the day (most shops and stalls weren’t open until 11am and noon), my sister and I were able to discover some one-of-a-kind vintage finds, including a tiny Morris Mini Minor charm that I’m crazy about it! We also stopped in for some Kombucha tea at Appesat, and enjoyed the artistic and chic atmosphere. A few block aways, we found Fara Charity shop and Saint Espresso where a cup of filtered coffee provided a back drop for photographs of some of my day’s finds.
photo credit // elleluna
It’s been 100 days since I pledged to write one blog post every day. I’m a bit behind (21 posts to be exact), but I still wanted to take a moment to celebrate. Don’t stop checking back here on Mia Prima Casa, though! I’ll be finishing up the last 21 posts over the next couple of weeks. By then, I will just be starting business school, so you can expect lots of (new) posts to follow, too!
p.s. Congrats to my friend, Diana, for completing her amazing #100DaysofCreeps. Well done, Cat! And to Jaqui for all those delicious pics. Can’t wait for Measured Making, lady! And obviously to my twin Angie. Hurry up and finish your book already.