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May Goals….a few weeks late

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SO…

I’m a bit late on posting my May goals but that’s because I accomplished my biggest goal for the month, I moved to Raleigh on May 10!

Here’s a recap of my goals from last month:

  1. Sell my stuff. I sold my big furniture for way less money than I wanted but oh well, I got it sold! I made many trips to Salvation Army with bags of clothes and little items. I was sad to see everything go but what had to be done was done. Unfortunately, my little car still didn’t hold everything so I have an appointment to pick up the rest of my things in Maryland in June.
  2. Figure out my skills I wasn’t really able to find that quiet time I needed to do this. I will work on this later this week.
  3. Walk more. I did this kind of… I got a little bit of walking done while moving my things and filling my car. My new roommates do actually walk so I will be able to join them.

My goals for May (even though it’s halfway over)

  1. Job hunt! While I’m enjoying my free time of being able to see my friends from the old days with just a drive, I really enjoy working and making money. So I am constantly applying for jobs and already have some networking events on my calendar.
  2. Blog more It really should not have taken me this long to blog this month. I have nothing but time on my hands right now and I should be focusing on getting meaningful posts in along the way. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 17th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

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Jessie Spano and I Are So Excited

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SO… It’s almost May and haven’t blogged much because I’ve been so freaking busy. Here’s a recap of my life in JUST the last two weeks: I put in my notice at work. My (not) boyfriend got laid off at his job (Last Tuesday). I’m having a yard sale to sell all my stuff tomorrow. (on a business’s property since I’ve been kicked off my own lawn) The (not) boyfriend has already gotten a job (got an offer today). Same company, different position, and his dream location. (lucky him!!)

The voice in my head is screaming: “WHAT ABOUT ME??? Read the rest of this entry »

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April 30th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

April Showers Bring Great Goals

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Here is a quick recap of my goals from March and how I did:

1. Figure out where I want to live. Raleigh – Moving in with my best friend and her mom

2. BLOG MORE! Still working on this one. I did increase my frequency this month.

3. Review the books I’m reading. I haven’t finished Parachute but I did finish “A Little Bit Married” and I will be reviewing that later this week.

4. Take better/more pictures. I took some awesome pictures at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (http://www.flickr.com/photos/40985145@N03/sets/72157623445184753/)

5. Be Nicer….to Everyone Working on it and I hope others are too.

Now it’s time to talk about April! 1 month closer to my move!

    1. Sell my stuff. Despite my love affair, I’m going to sell a lot of my possessions, including my bed. I realized that I can’t keep dragging material things around with me and it’s not worth the hassle trying to move everything.

    2. Figure out my skills I know I want to help people but what skills do I have that can help me do this and will translate into a job? I’m off on Weds so I’m going to do the Flower Exercise in “What Color is Your Parachute” while I have some quiet time.

    3. Walk more. I honestly get winded going up stairs. I need to get in shape and walking will be the first step in helping me AND I can get outside to enjoy the wonderful sunshine!

    4. Bug Penelope for more help on my resume PT was helping me with my resume a few months ago and we made some great progress but I think we’ve both gotten away from it so with the BIG move coming up, I’m sure I will need her (and everyone else’s) help.

To participate in the meet-up:

1. Post a list of your career/life related goals for the current month, along with your checked off goals from the last month if you’d like, on your own blog.
2. Come back to BrazenCareerist.com network and leave a link to your post in the comments (*If you don’t have your own blog, feel free to share your list here in the comments to join in!)
3. Then, check out everyone else’s lists as they leave comments – click their links, visit their blogs, say hello, meet, greet and support each other because that’s what it’s all about!

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April 7th, 2010 at 12:35 am

Are You Enjoying Your Drive?

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May the road rise with you By pearbiter

I love to drive.  I always forget about this fact until I’m in my car, shades on, music blaring, going 50 down the highway. Every time my car has broken down, I’ve gotten a little depressed. It’s not always about the cost of repair (unless I need ANOTHER new engine) it’s more about the fact of giving up control of my life. What if I want to go see a movie/shop/run away? Oh, I can’t because my car is in the shop and I’m at the mercy of my mechanic. It’s scary!  Thinking about this reminds me that only I can control my life. I can either get in the car and drive or I can continue to let others drive me around. My drive/ride will always be changing. I may not always like the scenery outside of my window so I can stay or I can get the heck out of there.

I’m also in charge of who rides with me on my drive. I honestly got a 4 door car with my friends in mind. I wanted to be able to pick them up if they needed me to and I want to have room for as many people as safely possible. When my friends ride, we either agree or compromise on the destination. Sometimes it’s perfectly ok to sit back and let others drive. We all need to remember that sometimes but you have to trust that the person driving is going to take you where you both wanted to go.

So I’m excited right now to find some new roads that I haven’t gone down yet and hopefully one of these roads will lead me to where I need to be. For now, I’m just enjoying the drive.

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March 27th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Cupcakes for All!

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I had to order checks this week. I realized I only had 4 checks left and I wasn’t going to make it through until my personal move out date of mid-April.

Ordering checks made me think about how quickly money leaves my hands and how that can’t be the case for much longer. I enjoy buying little things for people to brighten up their day. I bought cupcakes for my coworkers on Friday because we all had a pretty crappy month last month. I buy fun things for my boyfriend like his favorite gum or NC State stuff to make him smile. (I’m guessing this isn’t working btw since we are ending our relationship.)

Well I’m over it. I realize that I’m buying things to make ME feel better, not them. I wanted cupcakes I didn’t care about everyone else. Yes, they enjoyed them but so what?  I need to be saving for my move not trying to make everyone in my office happy for 10 minutes.

Because I’m so far away from my parents (Mom’s in VA, Dad’s in NC) and I have a huge fear of driving large vehicles, I’m going to get some sort of moving cube to move all my stuff. It seems pointless to me to try to drive a U-Haul with my car attached when I don’t even like driving an SUV.  I’m hoping I can fit all of my things in my car and in this cube thing. I already know it’s going to cost me a ton but it’s practical and I need practical to reach my goal of leaving NY.

When you have a goal, sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to. This sometimes includes not spending any money on making yourself feel better just because you are down and taking the baby steps towards actually making your goal come true. Achieving your dreams will be the ultimate payoff! So stop sitting there….go mail me some cookies or start making your own goals come true.

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March 7th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Part 2 Moving

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In order to have a “proper” quarter life crisis, I know I have to do something big. My big idea is to move to a new place and start over. I’ve narrowed it down to 2 dream cities with more dream locations to be added later:

Austin, TX
Raleigh, NC

Well I told my parents last week about this big move and they were ok with it. Both of them would really like me to come back to North Carolina where I’m from but I’m leaning more towards Austin. The other day, my mom calls because she’s freaked out about the guy flying his plan into the IRS building in Austin. She then proceeds to give me a lecture on how dangerous it is in Austin.

Whoa whoa whoa! Simma down!
  While the situation in Austin isn’t minor, there are a ton of bad people everywhere in the world. Regardless of where I go (unless it’s Raleigh where most of my friends from college now are) I’m going to be a single girl in a new city with like no friends. Sometimes when I think about it, it feels like I’m going to have a target stuck on my back. Then I remember the power of social media.



I’m currently a member of LinkedIn, Brazen Careerist and Twitter but before these were around, I was a member of PartyEastCarolina.com (which is currently down) This was my original social media place because I didn’t even have MySpace then (I didn’t see the point of myspace) but this message board was THE place to be for East Carolina students. I pretty much made all my “in real life” good friends from this site including one of my best friends. I’m pretty much hoping that I can do this again with different networking sites. I plan on going to tweetups when I actually get to Austin and to try some new activities like actually going to a class at a gym to meet some new peeps.

I’m friendly so that must mean I can make friends right? Well we can only hope…


What do you think are good ways to make new friends when relocating to a new area?

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February 24th, 2010 at 7:01 pm