Today marks a brand new step and direction for this blog. For the past few months I’ve been working hard at redesigning, rebranding, and rediscovering my direction for Sara Katherine. Allow me to reintroduce myself to those who are new and those who have stuck around through this journey.
Blogging grew into one of my passions back in my early college years when I started writing about the Disney College Program and my experience working in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland on thedisneyden.com. After a few years, I realized I wanted to write about more than Disney. It took a while before I discovered exactly what I wanted to do, and who exactly I wanted to target. I had to first experience a few big life changes.
After I graduated college in December 2015, I continued working at Disneyland and landed a three-month social media internship with a fashion company (which if you know me, is a little odd while I’m over here typing in a Doctor Who screen tee from Hot Topic and yoga pants). It was a good experience, and seemed like a perfect path for a full-time career after it finished. However, along with not having any positions available after the three months, I also decided it wasn’t the right fit for me. Needless to say, I felt very much back to square one once the internship ended.
A few weeks later, I walked for graduation. I felt so behind compared to others around me. Students who usually received lower scores on exams and projects had big hot shot full-time jobs and here I was….going on three years of working part-time at Disney. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed my job. Heck, it introduced me to some of my closest friends, my wonderful boyfriend, and even helped me land a book deal. However, I knew it was time to move forward and take a step into a full-time career.
This phase in my life wasn’t an easy one. The job search is an arduous task. On top of this, my anxiety was starting to spike dramatically and I was starting to feel depressed. I experienced panic attacks throughout my years in school, but this was different. I felt so hopeless and lost, as if no one fully could understand or help me. It was affecting my relationship, and my parents confessed they didn’t even recognize me. I didn’t know what to do.
After applying to nearly any and all entry-level marketing and social media positions on LinkedIn and Indeed, I finally landed two interviews for companies in the hospitality and tourism industry – exactly what I wanted. At this point in my life, I was never rejected after an interview. Call it skill, good timing, luck, whatever you like, but I felt confident going into both meetings. One screening went okay, but the second went incredibly well. I even landed a second interview, and afterwards felt fantastic! This job was in the bag.
A week went by after my second interview without any news, so I emailed them to follow-up and again express my interest and excitement for the job. One day while I was working at Disney, I finally received an email: they had already filled the position.
They rejected me.
Something else to learn about me: I have a huge fear of failure. Always have. So this….wasn’t great. I kept it together for the rest of my shift, but felt incredibly defeated. Thankfully, I pushed forward, and started immediately applying for other jobs and even responded to a LinkedIn message someone had sent me inquiring about a social media position they had available at their company.
And you know what? That random message turned into my first full-time job.
Not only am I currently a Marketing Manager for a restaurant franchise, but I took control of my anxiety through seeing a therapist and taking courses online. I now have a newfound desire to make self-care a priority in my life, and tackle the trials and tribulations that come with becoming an adult.
This brings us to now. Today I present you the new and improved “Sara Katherine.” I want to help fellow twenty-somethings find they’re way through the adult world. From career tips, to self-care advice, finance help, and even strategies for every day chores/tasks…I want to create a guide that school never taught us.
Let’s conquer adulthood together.