New Site. New Design. All of it Moved!

Hello readers!!

I just wanted to thank you all for reading my blog all these years – even as I updated sporadically. Hah.

But I’ve seen purchased a new domain and created a new site to use. It’ll have all this content – and more! – but I figured it was best to do to have my own self-hosted blog.

So just pop on over : http://drivenbytatiana.com/

And I’ll be updating there from now on.

Thanks for hanging out with me here. I’ll definitely miss this site. *sniff sniff*

:D

I Received The Liebster Blog Award!

Oh happy day! Lynn Asummermoon Davis nominated me for The Liebster Blog Award! This is the first time I’ve ever been nominated for something in regards to my blog!

Here’s the meaning of it that I copied and pasted from her blog:

“Ok, so here is what I’ve learned about the Liebster Blog Award; “in German—“liebster” means “dear,” from the verb “lieber” [to love]“. The Liebster Blog Award in essence is all about recognizing worthy bloggers with less than 200 followers (or was it subscribers?), and raising their blog visibility. In other words, spread the love.  I am assuming that most of the blogs I read probably have more than 200 followers, so I did my best to recognize some bloggers that I feel more certain don’t have over 200 followers and are deserving recipients. I hope I don’t offend anyone if I was wrong, and they do have 200+ followers. Also, there is no obligation to continue this award.  If you don’t want to participate, I won’t think anything of it, and I won’t stop following your blog.”

The way the Liebster Award works:

  1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
  3. Copy and Paste the award onto your blog
  4. Nominate 3-5 blogs to receive the award. (I read 3-5 on another blog so I opted for 3)
  5. Inform them of their nomination by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here is my list of Nominees (In no particular order):

1. A Summer Moon (Lynn!): I actually found out about her because I was hanging out on LinkedIn and I kept looking at her picture thinking that I knew her! Even though I didn’t, but I friended her on Twitter after checking our her blog. She blogs about a little bit of everything: her journey through life, her thoughts, being Gen Y, entrepreneurship…

2. Julia Tarquinio: I’ve been checking out her blog a lot and I LOOVE a lot of her posts. She taught in Chile for a year, so she talks a lot about that, and now she’s back in the States, doing more soul searching!

3. The Feminist Griote: her blog is about black feminism and the blogger’s observations regarding pop culture and media. It’s really great and I love checking out her stuff!

 

I don’t know which blogs has x-amount of traffic, so I picked ones that don’t get a lot of comments since that seems to be an indication of traffic (???) to me. :D

 

I’m a Doormat.

When I was a freshmen in high school, the girls had to run the mile first. So all the boys had gathered on both sides of the track while we ran. Alternatively, they booed or cheered each girl as they ran past. I remember fear bubbling up inside me; I didn’t want to be booed. I vaguely remember the girl in front of me getting booed. Or cheered. I don’t remember. It was my turn – I got booed. The girl behind me got cheered. Part of me wondered if it was because I hadn’t run straight through and instead walked some parts. Or if it was because they didn’t think I was cute.

Maybe it was a combination of both.

Honestly – I have no idea.

Around this same time I remember playing basketball with this other black boy my brother was friends with. I told him that I don’t believe in God. And ever the proper Christian, told me I was going to hell. I thought I was going to cry. Good thing I hated him already.

During my first year at my new high school, I didn’t have very many friends. So I ended up sitting with the same few people regularly.  Two of the boys took my seat when I went to get something to eat. I saw them laughing about it. I don’t even remember what I did in response.

When I was 16, my mother didn’t defend me when my adult cousin called me names, insulting me. I cried right there while everyone watched. Only his wife marginally stuck up for me – and we’re not related.

My mother forced me to go to a state school because she couldn’t afford to send me anywhere else. I remember crying every night; I was having a hard time fitting in. Oh, and my grades sucked. I’m pretty sure I would’ve flunked out had I not transferred.

During my first semester at the new college I transferred to – I wasn’t fitting in. I ended up befriending a bunch of freshmen. I didn’t belong. They regularly said things that hurt my feelings and yet I persisted. One evening at the birthday party of a mutual friend, I made a comment I thought was hilarious. They didn’t seem to think so; and shot me down. I left crying. I spent the rest of my college career pretty much friendless.

My mother, when we moved to NY, didn’t want to enroll me in a school in the city, because she was afraid I wouldn’t be able to defend myself. That something bad would happen to me. Even my own mother didn’t believe in me.

I guess that makes me a doormat .

What about you?

 

Welcome to my Blog!

Hey, welcome to the blog!

My name is Tatiana and I’m unemployed. I just graduated from college and it’ll be a year this coming May. And it’s incredibly overwhelming because it seems like everyone is going something, and I am not. My friend is going to Japan in a few days (her agency said yes despite the disaster), another friend is working at a start-up in NY, and another person I know is going to graduate school while living with her fiance.

So while I eventually want to take this blog to newer, and greater heights, my focus will be on my current state of joblessness and what I’m doing in the interim.  It has been suggested that a person do something with their time, versus sleeping all day (which is what I’ve been doing) or spending all day applying to jobs online (another thing I’ve been doing). And today was the first day I started the process: going to volunteer at the Alliance de Francais and looking at specific agencies so I can understand what I need to do to become a copywriter.

I’m hoping to make some friends as I do this, and I definitely hope you’ll join me.

Thanks for stopping by. :]