Category Archives: Fitness

First! on the Laguna Surf

A couple of weeks ago, I got a chance to try my luck at surfing, thanks to Oakley and my gig at LAmag.com! Read more about it here. While I feel lucky to consider that “work,” it was a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of a neighboring coastal town that usually never warranted more than a drive-by along picturesque Pacific Coast Highway. As it turns out, Laguna Beach and the nearby Doheny State Beach in Dana Point were the perfect settings for a string of firsts.

Photograph courtesy of Gary Copeland

With nothing but the sound of crashing waves before us and the soft earth below us, a bout of early morning yoga lifted my spirits and prepared me for a day in the water. Numerous sun salutations (how else would the sun come out?), warriors I, II and III, and balancing poses galore gave me energy and confidence for the day ahead. Having done yoga on my own for the past couple years, it was so refreshing and encouraging to be in a class again. I even did my first yoga head stand!

Photograph courtesy of Jason Merritt/Wireimage

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Run, run, run to the cities of the future

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of getting reacquainted with my fellow journalism colleague Alma for a nice run around the campus. The weather was beautiful – sunny but with a nice breeze – and we connected over job-searching woes as recent (or in my case, almost recent) grads. I’m happy to say I now have a weekend running buddy! New routines may be hard to start, but motivation comes much easier with a friend in tow. Plus when do you ever get the chance to gallivant across campus without hordes of zombie-like students getting in the way?  Our late morning run left me feeling great all day, and I can’t wait to do it again.

While Sunday was full of activity (followed by several errands, which are really major activities in themselves), the majority of today consisted of me stuck at the computer, typing, searching, retyping and searching some more. AKA reformatting my resume and sending out job applications.

Resume’s are my one-page nightmare. How does one market themselves effectively and successfully? How can I fit everything on that darn page? How do I portray my lack of experience as an attractive skill set that demonstrates my potential? Thankfully, I had the guidance of some key peeps, namely my dad (a director of finance who has recently hired several employees to fill in gaps made from the mass-lay offs of 2009), a career center counselor and a close friend who works for the HR department of Northrop Grumman. All are people who know what they are looking for when going through a stack of potential candidates. Below are some key points that I took away from them to improve my resume:

  • Use active verbs when detailing your job responsibilities.
  • List specific accomplishments, especially if you don’t have much experience. It not only shows that you were an asset to the company, but that you meet or exceed goals. Read the full article…