It’s quite apparent that posts have been sporadic within the last two weeks. I’d like to thank everyone for the birthday wishes on my last post. That meant more to me than you know. Life has been keeping me quite busy but I managed to figure most of some things out. I’ll make this post short and to the point simply because my reader has 395 unread blog posts that I need to catch up on. So here’s a recap of how the start of my career went..


The first three days were strictly for orientation mainly to get us acquainted with company standards, ethics, rules, and conduct. For the most part, it was very interesting but there were some parts where I fought to stay awake. I think that was mostly due to the fact that I wasn’t snacking all day like I usually do to maintain my energy. We received our laptops, filled out mounds of paperwork, were warned about what not to do with our company credit cards (read:bubbles were burst), and things of the like. I think the most exciting part of orientation was meeting everyone and seeing so many familiar faces from undergrad. I also loved the exercises that we had to do as a team because it really gave us a chance to mesh with one another.


There are some things that I’m not sure I can discuss so excuse me for being so vague. Ya girl is NOT trying to get fired before her first paycheck. Work with me.

I do want to mention how I am holding true to the promises that I made myself. At previous jobs, I was always considered the “quiet one that never really talked.” And while that may be true, I had all the reason not to converse with certain people. In my defense, I’ve never had a job where there was much professionalism and I didn’t want to associate myself with certain people. But, this time, as I have started my career, I promised myself that I won’t be so anti-social and “quiet.” I’ll break out of my shell, tear these walls down that I carefully built with my own two hands.. without ANY regard, and I’ll step outside of my introvertive self.

And I did. Over sushi.


I kept the photo ops to a minimum not because I was afraid of being known as the She who takes pictures of damn near everything, but because I was too engulfed in the conversations that were being had. Within the last few days, we’ve had to consume so much information so it was nice to talk to one another about our personal lives. One thing that I love most about Big Blue is how immensely diverse the work environment is. And that diversity followed us to the sushi bar. You would think that we’d known each other forever how much we laughed with one another. I didn’t want it to end. But, my little ones who had just come back from Dallas were waiting on me. And I couldn’t wait to hear their stories.

So, life at Big Blue is wonderful. It’s exciting. It’s fun. And I’m ready for all that’s to come.

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  1. Yomoba

    July 27, 2013 at 10:38 am

    That. Sushi. It literally looks to die for.

    1. Rae

      July 27, 2013 at 11:04 am

      I didn’t allow the air to touch it! LOL! It was delicious!

  2. Amber

    July 27, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Haha girl don’t get fired trying to do it for the blog world! I’m glad the first day, even the duller parts, went well! It’s great that you’re breaking out of your comfort zones and being more social this time around! And that sushi looks too good to be a photo and not plated in front of me lol

    1. Rae

      July 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      I am most likely going to get more on Monday. LOL!

  3. Mrs. Pancakes

    July 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    you lost me at the sushi plate…delicious. glad the new work environment is going well. that’s always awesome way to start something new!

  4. Kat

    July 27, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Wishing you all the success at Big Blue. You’re definitely going far. Good to hear that you came out of your shell and made it through your first days.

  5. Stefany

    July 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Congrats to you again.. soooo happy for you!!! You definitely deserve it all. And I’m the same way, I’m the quiet one at work lol I hope to change that one day. Anyway.. company laptops & credit cards!? Sounds lovely already! Lol.

    1. Rae

      July 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Yea, it’s pretty interesting. Except the credit cards are only used for travel. Womp! LOL!

  6. Vett

    July 27, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Yay! So happy it’s going well. I’m an introvert too so I understand breaking out of your shell at work :)

  7. Valla

    July 27, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I wish you nothing but the best at the Big Blue. You will succeed and do well and the sushi just made me hungry and craving for some now =/ lol

    Happy Be-lated Birthday, I too will be turning 26 in November.

  8. APRIL

    July 28, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I’m an introvert too so I definitely understand. You seem so excited! I wish you the very best! In the past when I was much younger I tried to break out of my shell but it’s too draining for me. It doesn’t come natural for me to do things I know I don’t like doing. I do love going out and hanging with friends but at work I’m private and def don’t like sharing my personal life with the people I work with, well most of them I don’t bc they don’t deserve to know lol. I’m not a fan of short talk at work either lol. I’m very particular about certain people and can see right through most. I am me and that’s all I can be. If someone doesn’t like it oh well. I’m much older and now so peoples validation is not important to me anymore. Extroverts will never understand me.

  9. Kay

    July 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Yes! Socialize please…it also helps with growing with the company. My cousin have been getting so much promotions after graduation all because she socializes and being a team player. Her boss is actually lenient with her. He trust her to get her job done in time. Others that kept to themselves didn’t quite make it so far. Some just didn’t make it. I learned a lot from her over the years shes been at Prudential. I’m excited for you. I know you have a great personality. Just let it shine through and you’ll do great. Let a sista know when that house and new Audi comes in affect. I might need a ride from the airport to your house! Can you say House Guest!? lol joking (:

    1. Rae

      July 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      I’ve learned over the years that people can’t help you and they don’t notice you if you’re always quiet. And I can say that I’ve missed out on some opportunities by not attempting to make myself known. Once I opened up to certain people, opportunities were available and even created, just for me.

      LOL! Oh and yes the house and Audi are coming!

  10. Trice

    July 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    First off that sushi looks delicious! Secondly, I’m happy that your first day was a success. I hope Big Blue will be all you’re hoping it to be. Lastly, to answer your question, what’s new with me is the new school I’ll be transferring to in a couple weeks! Excited for something new! Have a great week doll!

  11. Law_Fal

    July 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Whoohooo! Yay! congrats! I’m glad everything went well. The sky is the limit from here!!!!!!!!!

  12. Nellie

    July 28, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    congrats!! I am so happy that you like it and feel so comfortable with your co-workers!

  13. Jennifer

    July 29, 2013 at 12:32 am

    I’m definitely glad to have found your blog, it makes me miss Louisiana so badly! Anyways, it’s always a little bit uneasy starting at a new work place .. but I’m sure you will do well. It’s so exciting and refreshing to see young black women making strides in their career. Love the blog :)

  14. Nicole

    July 29, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Good to see you’re life is on a roll! And that sushi looks like it’s to die for. Breaking out of your shell is hard to do, but I’m learning how to do it and being in college definitely helps while I’m around people my own age a lot of the time.

  15. Britton

    July 31, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Congrats Rae! I can’t wait for the time where I finally begin a career that I LOVE! I’m so glad that you are going to open up more at your new job! I plan to do that at mine as well. I’m really quiet now at my current job just because I don’t really wan to get to “involved” with folks there. Can’t wait to hear more!

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