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So fitting for this week

22 Nov

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Austin, Texas: the most beautiful city

17 Nov

18 boxes, 1 bed, 2 dressers, 1 dinner table : the sum of my life. This will be my 13th move in the last 7 years (since I move to the US). I’ve learned a little bit about myself every time I’ve moved..

This particular move is a hard one on me. Professionally speaking, I am thrilled, the move to Houston is coming at a time where I felt I had reached as far as I could go. I am ecstatic for new ventures, new job responsibilities, the excitement of being surrounded by more people, and the hustle and bustle of the corporate office.

Personally, I am depressed. I honestly feel like I am patting ways with a boyfriend. This boyfriends name is Austin. I have only lived here for a year and a half but already the city of Austin has captured my heart. I remember the very first time I experienced Austin, I was an 18 year old freshman in college (in San Antonio). My girlfriends and I had taken an overnight trip to the city that was notorious for crazy fun college kids. My first thought when we arrived was “I need to live here”. Five years later I took a job that had the “possibility” of leading to branch manager of the Austin office.

In my year and a half in Austin, I have experienced it to its fullest. I’ve partied on 6th street, shopped at whole foods downtown, swam at Barton springs pool, kayaked on lady bird lake, and called myself an austinite. I remain in denial that I am leaving and I promise my friends “I will be here all the time”. I can’t imagine not going to see the zilker tree or walking through trail of lights. I also can’t imagine myself in the quite, serene space that is the Austin office.

Here is a cheers to new opportunities and also to romances and old friends!

And Austin, texas, it’s been real!

Until next time,

The IRA Diva

spring in pictures

21 May

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Team work

29 Mar

“Trust takes coworkers into a true team. People on a true team look out for each other. They speak candidly in praise or criticize. They don’t hesitate to fill in gaps for each other when need be. They work hard not to let each other down. They are high performers. It does not happen by magic. It takes strong leadership.”

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Favorite Randy Pausch Quotes

26 Mar

I have “The Last Lecture” on my iPhone to listen to every time I get down and need a little extra motivation. These are the quotes that really speak to me:

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” 
― Randy PauschThe Last Lecture

“Too many people go through life complaining about their problems. I’ve always believed that if you took one tenth the enrgy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out.” 
― Randy PauschThe Last Lecture

“Its important to have specific dreams. Dream Big. Dream without fear.” 
― Randy Pausch

“When there’s an elephant in the room introduce him.” 
― Randy Pausch

“No job is beneath you.

You ought to be thrilled you got a job in the mailroom And when you get there, here’s what you do: Be really great at sorting mail. ” 
― Randy PauschThe Last Lecture

“When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore that means they’ve given up on you…you may not want to hear it but your critics are often the ones telling you they still love you and care about you and want to make you better.” 
― Randy PauschThe Last Lecture

14 Dec

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Hello world!

5 Nov
A new blog. A fresh start.
Somewhere to empty my thoughts and document my days.