Before the Career, There was the Internship

Are you or someone you know suffering through the stress of finding the perfect internship? As if applying to college wasn’t difficult enough, finding an internship to put the bow on the college experience can be a nightmare. College students (and high school students in some cases) can feel the weight of the world on their shoulders during this time. As they look for the ideal position that will help pave the yellow brick road to an emerald future, they start to question, “is this the future I want?”

Let’s establish that the first internship doesn’t lock someone to a career path with a ball and chain. The idea of an internship is to get all that book-smart and show how it can be converted into street-smart. Ace every test about how an engine works, get a job with a mechanic, then realize the smell of a car shop gives you migraines. How could this be avoided? By gaining the proper experience before diving in.

Much like finding a job, there are a lot of resources online, in your community, and on campus to point you in the right direction.



There’s a slew of job posting websites out there, but what about ones geared directly towards internships? is exclusively for intern seekers and intern hosts. This simple to use site has connections to internships across the U.S. Put in your internship credentials and reel in the results. You can modify your search deeper by including the company name, identifying a search radius, and filtering by opportunity type. This is a great tool to get an overview of what is out there. Some more internship searching platforms are,, and

Company Website

Do you have a dream company you are striving to be a part of? Check out their website for available opportunities. Companies will usually post job openings in the “Career” section of their website. Sift through the listings and see if any of them are realistic for an internship position. Don’t be afraid to apply. The worst thing that’s going to happen is you get a polite email from their loving, caring human resource department saying “sorry… but good luck!”


A wise teacher once told me “you SEND emails, you GET emails back.” Take your hunt deeper in the company website. Find an email address. It can be any, but try to find someone with a position closest as possible to the department in which you’d like to intern. Attach your perfectly edited cover letter and your most up to date resume to an email addressed to the chosen receiver. In the body of the email, explain how you have been tirelessly trying to get an internship with the company, but “cannot find the proper person to contact… would you be able to help me out in any way? It would be greatly appreciated!”. The receiver will most likely send you an email back saying “hey, I’ll help you out by forwarding this off to Person X who is in charge of hiring, sourcing, recruiting, etc.” Then, like every eager person would, sit by your computer and refresh your inbox every two minutes for the next two weeks with your fingers crossed.


If you are search savvy enough to find the human resource director of your dream intern company, connect with him or her on LinkedIn. LinkedIn makes it incredibly simple to connect with professionals, but sometimes too easy. The prewritten “I’d like to connect with you…” message is convenient, but imagine getting tons of those a day as a busy human resource director probably would. Stand out. Compose an elevator pitch as to why you’d like to connect with him or her. Make it clear you strive for an internship with his or her company. This will show that you are actively searching for a position in their company. If he or she responds, great! Get a dialog going and see what doors that opens. Do not, I repeat, do not get disheartened if “there are no available opportunities for you now.” This is a person who has connections to other people just like them. Ask if any businesses in similar fields, in the area, or in general may have opening. Ideally, he or she will send you some information on a company or a member of the staff that can help you elsewhere.

In Person


Salons typically welcome walk-ins, but what about businesses? Dress in your ready-to-interview attire, take a drive to your ideal internship location and walk right in. Explain your situation to the greeter or receptionist. Hopefully he or she will understand! Ask if there is a right direction he or she can point you in to talk with the right person. If not, ask for some contact information for someone who could help you. If the receptionist or greeter can’t give this to you, leave a copy of your resume, cover letter, and ask for him or her to relay a message to a higher-up.

Career Services on Campus

The career services center on your university’s campus is filled with tips and resources on the job world. Everything from resume tweaking, to tips on an interview outfit, to what internship would be best for your major, the career services center can be a goldmine. Universities have connection with businesses domestically and abroad. Businesses understand how important fresh talent is, so they will sometimes pair with local universities to provide them with minds to mold. See what your university has to offer you beyond the books. If you are a graduate job seeker, see what the career services center where you graduated from can do for you in your job search. Career services embody all sorts of services for any stage of your career.


Remember your father telling you one of his good friends owns an IT company? What was the name of it again? Find out! You’d be surprised at how opportunistic your own network can be. Spread the word that you are looking for an internship in a specific field. Because you’re “in the loop,” your message may be forwarded to opportunities that are not available to just anyone. Jealous of the internship your friend just scored over at the Fortune 500 company? See if there are any more spots! Ask your friend if you can use him or her as a reference. Having someone “out a good word in for you” can work wonders. People tend to trust their colleagues, especially when it comes to bringing new people in. Send a message to your network and see what arises!


Again, do not, I repeat, do not get disheartened if “there are no available opportunities for you now.” Timing is everything when it comes to things like this, so be patient. Relax. As long as you you’re your wheels turning, you will see results. Remember, you are not tied down to this company or the internship against your career’s will. You are there to learn!

How to Thrive Through School Vacation

How to Survive Thrive Through School Vacation

February School Vacation Week; Ah, those were the days! A full week dedicated to lounging around in sweats or escaping the drab of winter to enjoy a tropical oasis. Those days ended for most of us when we entered the workforce. For many working parents, school vacations are not only less than enjoyable, they can be down right dreaded. If you are lucky enough to be able to work from home, the situation may actually present an even greater challenge. It’s easy to be pulled in opposite directions which results in feeling less effective on both ends.

Our best advice when juggling multiple priorities is planning. In this case, the important thing is to have a plan that allows time to get out of your routine and be fully present with your kids. If your work demands are high, you may benefit by partnering up with another parent to cover for each other so one of you has a free day while the other enjoys a day of fun with the kids. Just because you’re a working professional now doesn’t mean you shouldn’t join in on the fun, or relaxation! You’ll be glad you did and so will the kids.

Here are 7 of our favorite “get-a-ways” for school vacation week that are fun and educational for all.


Have a theme day

Be pirates for the day and greet each other with “ahoy, matey!” or just “arrrg!” Transport yourself back to medieval times and don’t just “go to the living room,” but “journey beyond to the living roometh.” Have all the meals coordinate with the theme, too! If you’re having an island day, start the day with a tropical fruit salad packed with pineapple, mango, bananas, and oranges. Take it a step closer to the sandy beaches by sipping coconut water straight for the coconuts with fun, curly straws!

Create a family piece of artwork

Have each member choose his or her medium. One can choose paint, one can have glue and construction paper, another glue and gems, and so on. Grab a big piece of paper and get to creating! If you can’t find paper larger than printer paper at home, a perfect alternative would be to flatten out that big cardboard box that has been sitting in the garage for months. The cardboard is a bit sturdier than paper so more paint, glitter, and glue can be smeared on it. As for the creative process, you can make it an avant-garde free-for-all, or have each person portray themselves with their medium. The result will have your individual elements combined in a artistic family portrait.

Make a movie or TV show

We capture candid moments all the time with our cell phone cameras, but what about a family feature film? Gather everyone together and pick your favorite movie or TV show to recreate. Get the creative juices flowing and make your own movie! Trap a princess in a tower of cushions and film her prince charming coming to save her, fighting off dragons along the way. Get the ingredients together for the family signature dish, throw on an apron, chef’s hat, and create a cooking show. If your family is the competitive type, go head to head in a game show! From creating the set to crafting costumes, everyone can chip in.

Tour a factory

There are factories all over New England that offer tours and give out goodies at the end. Ever wonder how chips are made? Well, go find out! The Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory tour in Hyannis, Massachusetts shows you how a common potato is transformed into a tasty, crunchy, Cape Cod chip. See how chocolates are decorated at the Hebert’s Candy Mansion in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Ben and Jerry’s in Burlington, Vermont. Factory tours usually have the products available for sale at the end, including exclusive ones you can find anywhere else. This can be a tasty and educational experience for everyone!  Utz Potato Chip Factory in Fitchburg is closed until April but put them on your calendar now for the April vacation.



Geocaching is world wide treasure hunting. Locate Geocaches, or treasure, using GPS coordinates, or the Geocaching app available for iPhone and Android. The treasures can be located somewhere hidden, or in a popular tourist destination. Once you and the family find the Geocache, you take an item out and replace it with one that represents your family. Take a look through the log book within the Geocache to see how many other people have exchanged its treasures. Make sure you leave it exactly where you found it!


Our schedules can get so clouded that we can forget about taking care of our community. Take a moment with the family to help your local organization. This can be lending a hand at your local church’s food drive, reading to residents at the senior center, or spending time with cats and dogs at the animal shelter.

Build a snow giant

This puts a fun spin on your typical snowman building! Pile some snow together and see how tall you can make your snowman. Mix it up and model the snowman after a cartoon character, athlete, or celebrity. Adding food coloring to the snow can make the snowman more realistic and give it distinctive features. Put a bunch of snow sculptures together to make a winter wonderland.


Whatever you choose to put on your family fun calendar next week, we hope you find the same joy and excitement of school vacation as you did when you were a kid.

Top 5 Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day At Work For Little Or No Money

Every holiday has its icons. For Valentine’s Day, it’s the Cadbury heart shaped assorted chocolate box by a landslide. You know Valentine’s Day is coming when the isles at your local drug store are packed with them. We’ve come a long way from the original Valentine’s Day, ironically established to celebrate the lives of two Roman men, both named Valentine, who were executed on February 14. The significance of this day made the journey from executions to the celebration of love. Along the way, there came a trend known as “Vinegar Valentines” in 19th century America. They were anonymous cards sent to people with the intention of pointing out their negative qualities, not the loving ones. Thankfully that trend has passed us by! Valentine’s Day is often a day of joy, sometimes sorrow, and still always fundamental importance.

As we give remembrance and acknowledgement to those in the most special places in our hearts, let’s not forget those in our work place. How do you show your appreciation to the people you work with on Valentine’s Day? Here are five ideas that top the list without breaking your budget.

  1. Acknowledge a job well done or a particular talent that you admire. Depending on your work environment or your own personal style, this might be stopping by someone’s desk to pay him or her a sincere compliment, writing a note, or picking up the candy he or she is always craving. Words of encouragement can go a long way.
  1. Say thank you. A simple “thank you” can show more gratitude than you think. Workers who feel appreciated are more prone to step up and do more than what is expected. Chocolates are a “gimme” when it comes to V-Day giving, but nothing is likely to be as powerful as the words, “I am grateful for you.”
  1. Make them laugh. This one may sound cheesy, but there are a host of benefits you bestow on a person when you bring out a genuine laugh. It’s a universal response that is delightfully contagious. Give one person the gift of giggles and watch the whole office join. Laughter is truly the best medicine as it heals the body, mind and soul.
  1. Break bread, or better yet, cake! If your team is quirky enough to appreciate cake-decorating together, that’s one way to take the Valentine’s Day workplace bonding to the next level. Spruce it up by cutting it into a heart-shape. Add some festive candies to the top. I am a believer that teams who eat together are happier and more effective together. Snap a picture of the final product and put it on your company’s social media accounts. Even better yet, make it a competition!
  1. Cut out early as a team (with the boss’s permission!) This suggestion is actually geared towards you, Boss. Surprising your team by allowing them to leave an hour or two early can show your care for them and make that day a little more memorable. Who wouldn’t mind beating out the rush hour traffic, right?

Like any holiday, remembrance is what Valentine’s Day is all about. Whether it’s remembering to give thanks, remembering those who have served our country, or remembering spiritual significance in our lives, there is one common thread that runs through all of our holidays; love. One might say that Valentine’s Day is the holiday of all holidays because it embodies the unifying theme of what and why we celebrate.  Whatever you choose this Valentine’s Day, remember love is given in all types of forms from a hug, to a kind word, or to a Cadbury heart-shaped chocolate box. What matters most is that it comes from the heart.


A sense of urgency is healthy when a pressing task is at hand. If the reports are due tomorrow, you bet your bottom dollar they’ll be done and polished by the end of the day today. Opening my notebook to my checklist, prioritized tasks jump out at me like a pop-up book. When the caffeine kicks in, or when anxiety’s arms embrace me, everything is to be done by lunch; no breaks and no exceptions.

A cluttered checklist sets me over the edge from positive productivity to pessimistic procrastination. My eyes twitch from monitor to monitor, trying to make sense of the internet windows open and open ended randomized tasks…

Update my LinkedIn.

Find prices for Hamilton tickets.

What is a bounce rate?

Tune into On-Point with Tom Ashbrook.

How do I make this text two columned?

Change my profile picture… wait, why?


With enough practice, I have overcome this chaotic loop with some simple steps.

  1. Lower the coffee intake

I know, I know; how dare I suggest you put down your cup of “can-do” potion. I’m not saying get rid of it entirely, but take it one day at a time. Choose one day of the week where you won’t drink coffee. The next week, two days, and so on. Dependency is only good for tax forms, babies, and healthy relationships. Don’t want to give up coffee? Drink more water. It’ll keep you better hydrated which is overall better for your mind and body.

  1. Wake up earlier

There is something majestic, whimsical almost, about the early morning hours. The stillness creates a calming air that eliminates the sense of urgency. The earlier you wake, the more time you have to get ready. Waking up just to rush to work can put strain on your psyche, so why not treat yourself to time?

  1. Find the time for gym time

Apparently, sitting is the new smoking. The average 9 to 5 job requires you to sit hours on end in front of a computer screen. Where does the energy go that our body naturally produces? Does it go to breathing and typing? Simply put, yes. If you are not exerting your spare energy by doing, say, twenty minutes of cardio or weightlifting, where is your energy going?

  1. Cut the crap (crappy food, that is)

Now I’m not saying jump on a multifaceted, complex diet. Start small. A good rule of thumb is to cut out the C’s: carbs, candy, and cola. Carbohydrates take longer for your body to digest, henceforth carbo-loading the night before a long morning run. Too many can also make you very sleepy after you eat, causing you to loose valuable focus. Candy and cola are packed with sugars that can make you jittery and anxious.

  1. Turn off notifications

To achieve pro-level productivity, all distractions must be eliminated, especially the sporadic “buzz buzz” we’ve all come to know and love (and dread). The silence is unusual at first. With notifications off, you will be drawn to unlock, select, and open your desired social media apps substantially less. Two apps that I have muted; SnapChat and Messages. Since no urgent news arrives in those communication boats, why let them sail away with your attention? Besides, Mom’s most likely not going to Snapchat you that she has fallen and can’t get up.

Everybody is different, there’s no doubt about that. If these tips to keep on task don’t work for you, don’t sweat it. Do a little bit of research, explore the possibilities, and don’t get discouraged.



Make-up and Money

Does wearing make-up mean more zeros on your paycheck?

Achieving a seamlessly blended smoky eye or perfectly fitting foundation can be tricky. If your coworker’s eye liner is more even than yours, does that mean they are getting paid more? As we continuously push for equal rights in the workplace, this tidbit seems overtly superficial. Let’s check out some facts…

First, we differentiate between attractiveness and grooming:

  • Attractiveness is boils down to how appealing or alluring an individual is.
  • Grooming relates specifically to how clean, well dressed, and “put together” an individual looks.

In 2016, a long term study was published that dug deeper in the pay differences between attractive vs. unattractive and well-groomed vs. not-so well-groomed individuals. Conducted by two sociologists, Jaclyn Wong of the University of Chicago and Andrew Penner of the University of California at Irvine, the study found that among 14,000 participants, attractive workers earn roughly 20% more than average looking workers. This is solely based on attractiveness. Let’s turn to the grooming differences.

If we think of the average woman’s grooming routine (hair styling, lipstick smearing, foundation dabbing, blush brushing, perfume spritzing, bra clipping, heel slipping, dress zipping, stocking pulling, etc.), there are more steps than the average man’s grooming routine (shower, maybe shave, tie shoes and maybe tie, button shirt, zip-up pants). Comparing the two morning routines, one looks much less labor intensive than the other.

In the end, is it all worth it for a woman to go the extra mile in polishing herself?

Well, if it’s money she’s after, the answer is apparently yes. Penner and Wong’s study showed that the “average-looking, well-groomed woman” earns around $6,000 more annually than the “average-looking, averagely groomed woman.” Nicely groomed men vs. not-so groomed men have little to no variation on their pay levels.

But what about other aspects associated with grooming?

In 2011, Procter & Gamble, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston University, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute funded a study that found women wearing make-up scored higher in other’s perceptions of thier competence and trustworthiness compared to women without make-up. Perception of professionalism seems to be impacted by make-up also. To quote a study in the London Times, “64 percent of directors said that women who wore make-up looked more professional.”

The truth is, trustworthiness, competence, and professionalism come in people of all styles.

While we all know that we shouldn’t judge a book by its’ cover, the truth is apparent once again; perception is reality.  Make-up or no make-up, a woman should have the right to express herself authentically without being deemed less competent or professional. That being said, we owe it to each other to check in with ourselves on what is driving our perceptions. Likewise, we owe it to ourselves to be prepared to rise above the perceptions of others that may be less than fair.

Be Kind Behind the Screen


What was the last human interaction you had that totally made your day?  It could be a simple passing smile, a stranger giving you a compliment, or the barista that made your coffee extra special that morning. How did it feel walking away from the situation? Pretty good, right?

Why are these situations considered exceptions instead of the norm?

To answer that, let’s look at how technology has changed the way we interact. The screens on our cell phones, computers and tablets, create a buffer to the real world.  We can say whatever we want to whoever we want with no immediate consequence.  Today, a few swift taps on a keyboard and click of a mouse, send our thoughts and emotions into cyberspace with the effort and care it takes to swat a fly.  Many times, these are unfiltered thoughts and visceral emotions that yield to sharp criticism of others or their opinions.

On the contrary, someone can give praise just as easily. Take Facebook’s “like” button for example. You have the power to approve of someone’s idea without even talking to the person. You can support someone’s opinion from the opposite side of the world with just a click of a button. Want to learn more about this mysterious entity? Send the person a message or an e-mail! Now you have an instant connection with someone you never would have before. This is a new power for people if you think about it. Let’s use it for good, not evil.

Is anyone coming to mind right now? What if you look at your own social media posts?  If you were in a room of strangers, would you be comfortable saying those things out loud or directly to one’s face? At the end of the day we know what Mom always said is true, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say (or type) anything at all.”

So, what was the last human interaction you had that totally made someone’s day?

Time to Recharge

baby with headphones

Productivity at work or in life is effected by many different factors. One of the subtler factors is your sleeping habits. Sometimes it’s harder to get the right amount of sleep. Luckily, they are many steps you can take to help yourself fix your problem.

  • Take a warm shower. According to Sara Schartz, a writer for, this could help you fall asleep faster. Studies show that “rapid temperature change will prepare you for sleep”. Not to mention that warm showers are a great way to relax your muscles after a long day.
  • Grease up! Oil is essential to getting massages in spa because its’ warmth helps you relax. When you’re getting ready for bed, use oil after a hot bath to moisturize and relax.  By warming it slightly and really massaging it in, you will help relax your muscles.
  • Don’t use your phone as an alarm. Phones are great for many reasons, however, they are not great to bring to bed with you. They will result in you being distract and using it instead of sleeping according to Drake Baer, a writer for Business insider. Use an alarm clock if you need one.
  • Dim the light on your phone or don’t use it. The light from your phone has been proven to keep you up. It makes it harder to fall asleep while also straining your eyes. An hour before bed, use dim light and try to put any screens away: TV, Computer, Phone etc. Whatever you are engaged in right before going to sleep will be picked over in your mind so be sure it’s content that helps you unwind and doesn’t wind you up!
  • Exercise later in the day. After exercising people are often exhausted but continue with the rest of their day. They progressively get less tired but this exhaustion could be put to better use. It could make it easier to fall asleep due to some of the exhaustion still being there from your work out.
  • Counting. No, not sheep. Baer advises that counting backward can help settle your mind. One suggestion is to count backwards from 100 in multiples of three. This brain exercise will distract you from everything else you have to do while helping tire you.

As easy as it is to sacrifice sleep for whatever passion you have, remember that it will catch up to you. You will eventually not be able to sleep at the same time or way which will eventually hurt your productivity in life. Remember, sleeping is the only way to recharge your body.

Treat Yourself!

halloween witch isolated over white background

It’s that time of year again. No matter where you look, spooky goblins and ghosts will be parading through the streets on Saturday night.  You may be excited and ready for the masses of kids coming to knock on your door or you may shut off the lights and ignore ever ill fated attempts to illicit candy. Regardless, of whether you like Halloween or not, why let kids have all the fun? Adults can just as much fun at Halloween once their little ones are done trick-or-treating.

  • Have family time. Put on family appropriate Halloween movies and marathon them all night. The great thing about Halloween being on Saturday is that kids won’t be exhausted from getting up early for school and won’t have to go to bed early for school either.
  • Stay up late watching horror movies. Once the kids are asleep, staying up late and watching real horror movies could be fun. Invite friends over and make a night of it. Watching movies is much more fun in a group.
  • Go to costume parties. No, costume parties aren’t just for awkward teens. Going to a costume party at a friend’s house could be tons of fun. Plus, you can wear whatever you want. Try something new or funny. Halloween is one of the only nights you’d be able to wear something as risky.
  • Go on a haunted trail. Haunted trails maybe be corny but the feeling of anticipation that builds while walking through the woods could scare even the bravest of people.

Halloween may not be one of the more popular holidays but it is a fun one. It involves a lot less stress and allows for many different ways to have fun.  Don’t let this Halloween be like all the other. Do something exciting!

The Oprah Aha

A surprised adult male. Age 25-30.

As the years add o to my life, my ideas and opinions become more set in stone every day. Then something always comes around that makes you rethink your life. On Wednesday night, I attended a poetry slam that did exactly like. It felt like I was having an “Oprah Aha” moment. The way the poet spoke made the foundation in my life seems less stable. As scary as it was, I was thrilled. I realized that in my life, I never really thought about other people or the world the way the poet did. These “Aha” moments are rare but easy to fin without going on any kind of spiritual journey.

  • Poetry readings or poetry slams are amazing because they present ideas in fresh ways using metaphors and simile. They mention ideas that may not be at the forefront of your mind. Spoken word is written in a way that makes it less obscure than regular poems. Plus, it is presented in a way that makes it conversational as oppose to a recitation of a poem. Another great thing about slam poetry is that it creates a calm environment and allows the audience to connect with the writer in a small setting.
  • We all love a good laugh, but lately comedy sketches have been more than just a good laugh. They have been a way for people to introduce very complicated ideas in a new form.  As our politicians become comedians, we now turn to our comedians for news. Only comedians don’t just talk about news, they talk about everything there is to talk about. Despite the fact that they are funny, comedians have a lot to teach us about more serious matters.
  • Volunteering isn’t just for kids trying to get into college. Adults should try to volunteer when they can. Being around people who aren’t as fortunate or are going through a hard time will give you more perspective on life. It will make you realize everything you have and everything you take for granted. Volunteering is also a great way to learn about different issues and different people. Exposing yourself to other groups will help you become more cultured also.

Sometimes we need reminders that we’re not done growing yet and that things aren’t always how they seem. There is so much going on in the world that we still need to learn about and so many experiences out there. Gentle reminders and giant Oprah Aha moments are the only way we will continue to grow.

New Reasons to APPreciate

Throughout the day, I receive about twenty notifications for tasks I should have done the day before. Because I’m constantly busy during the school year, I’ve been forgetting almost everything that I’m not notified of. In our hectic lives, it seems like everything gets lost and forgotten unless it’s on our phone. The calendars and planners we promise ourselves that we’d use every year still aren’t helping us keep organized especially since most of them probably haven’t been opened yet. For me, the best way to stay on top of everything was by going paper less. There’s an app for everything and here are some of the best apps and websites to keep you organized.

  • Wunderlist is a modern to-do list that you can access from their website and their app through your laptop, phone, and tablet. It lets you organized task by subject and allows for reminders and due dates to be set. The tasks you create can also be shared with others and there’s an option to send messages out to other users. The app could also be used in a professional setting as a way to manage group work.
  • Scannable. Scannable by Evernote is a useful app for scanning documents. It takes a picture of a document, cleans it up, and lets you export it. You can export the document in many ways including sending it to your Evernote account and sending it via email. This is a great way to escape the clutter and still have documents at the palm of your hand.
  • Evernote and OneNote basically serve the same purpose of allowing you to take notes on the go, on their websites, and through their downloadable computer software. Both are available on your laptop, phone, and tablet. They could be used for everything from work tasks to grocery shopping. The great thing about these apps is that they let you use bullets and bold text which is formatting that most note taking apps do not allow.
  • Hours is a time tracking app that I use for work. It’s great because it lets you time activities, enter the time in manually, or both. The app also creates reports which you could send out via email. Using this app could add accuracy to your time sheets and help you stay more organized.

Despite how cute and funny they are, you can do so much more with your phone than just watch cat videos. However, remember that despite the convenience in going digital, sometimes sticky note can do the trick. I think I’ll start by opening that agenda I bought two months ago. Good luck and get organized!