Life Update: I Got A New Job

Overview

Enters college at LSU Fall 2011. Never changes major from Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising. Furthermore, adds a minor in Business Administration. Participates in FA@LSU, interns as a photoshoot stylist, participates in local fashion shows, etc. Interns as a design assistant in Brooklyn, NY summer 2014. Graduates May 2015. This snapshot sounds so amazing, right? Only problem is, I had no job lined up after graduating from college. I was working at Express part-time when I graduated from LSU actually and the only full time job I was able to land was being an admin. assistant for a law office by way of a friend 3 months post graduation.

They say go to college, get a degree, do an internship, and work in Corporate America. I cannot remember what I expected was supposed to happen when I entered college in 2011, but I can assure you whatever it was I expected did not happen. It took for me to move over 500 miles away from home to land a job in my career field. Wait, let me backtrack for a second. It took for me to go back to retail August 2017, uproot my family and move over 500 miles away from home to get a job in my career field--and that’s only the skinny of the story.

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I am a Development Assistant for Bioworld Merchandising on the Mens & Boys team. I work for a pop culture fashion company assisting the development team on licensed and private label products. What does that mean? I enter data into a fashion software, called PLM, that has been created by graphic designers. I also wear many other hats throughout the day, but that is my main job function. Honestly, everything happened so fast. I knew for a fact that I moved here to get a job in my career field. I had so much faith that I would land a job that by the time week 3 came of me living in Dallas I had landed this job. I was determined and most importantly, I told God what I wanted, applied for jobs every day, all while still working at Buckle performing at the highest level not showing that I was totally over retail even though in real life I was. Within a week of applying for the job at Bioworld, I had received the offer letter and started the following Monday. 

Lesson Learned

Even though I was so scared to move, I knew that I needed to move in order to position myself to get to where I wanted be. I wanted to land this job prior to moving so badly, but instead I had to transfer my retail job going strictly off of faith that I would get the job I wanted soon after moving. Luke 17:6 says to have faith of a mustard seed and I had it. It was hard, I was filled with so much anxiety, but my God is bigger than my fears and my anxieties. I had to lean on God's promises and also lean on Ryan--knowing that we were in this together. 

What are you believing in God for? Let me know in the comments below.

Love, Light, & Peace to you.

-KUpshaw

 

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KiYada Upshaw

24 year old millennial building an overnight success story 1 week at a time. Talking about building a fashion brand while being a young newly wed keeping God at the full font of the relationship and career.

Life Update: Degreed, Twice

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God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings, not endings. Just as graduations are not terminations, but commencements. Creation is an ongoing process, and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion are shared by all, suffering will cease.  -Bernie Siegel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview

After a long year and a half journey, I can finally put those 3 letters behind my name. In May 2017 I enrolled in LIM Colleges online Masters of Professional Studies program in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management. It was a tough decision to make considering last time I enrolled in a program post undergraduate life I was misguided and had to withdraw after my first semester. I decided to enroll in this program, one because I always said I wanted a Master's degree, two I was unable to take merchandising courses in undergraduate school and I knew I needed to learn essentials like retail math & buying, and lastly because I was so frustrated with not having a job in my field that I just wanted to be someway involved in the industry and fashion school was my next option. 

I can honestly say my experience was good, not great, but good. The program is on an 8 week system. What that means is every 8 weeks I was in a different course. No there were no breaks in between except when it was time to change semesters and lasted only 5-7 days. I had a discussion board due every Wednesday and Thursday and a paper or project due on Sundays oh and don't forget to respond to at least 2 to 3 classmates in order to get full credit for participation.

The Lesson

I am so proud of myself for seeing this through. It was tough and everyday I said I was quitting, but I stuck it out until the end. I do feel as thought the degree is helpful in what I am currently building. This program opened my eyes up to another part the industry I had no idea about and for some courses, it was great to have a refresher. Overall I'm looking forward to the next chapter. I have no idea if I will get a Ph.D and if I do it won't be in fashion or anytime soon for that matter. 

When I look back over the last year and a half, I honestly wonder how I managed it all. I don't believe in balance, I believe in prioritizing and managing. My blog and projects had to take a seat in the back so that I could focus on school while being a wife and full time employee. It was tough and many times I felt guilty for not blogging or working on a project, but there will always be a time when we have to choose and make sacrifices. So don't feel guilty for having to choose. Adulting is all about choices and making the right ones. Prioritize what is most precent in your life and pick back up where you left off. 

Let me know if you have any more questions about any one of degrees. I'd be glad to go into more detail. Leave me comments and don't forget to like and share this. :)

Love, Light, & Peace to You

-KUpshaw

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KiYada Upshaw

24 year old millennial building an overnight success story 1 week at a time. Talking about building a fashion brand while being a young newly wed keeping God at the full font of the relationship and career.

Life Update: The Upshaws MOVED !

 

 

“I am so scared. Scared to leave the place I’ve called home for the past 23 years of my life, but most of all scared to live in a new state, a new city."

-Excerpt from my journal

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Overview

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As you can tell from the title, Ryan and I have officially taken the next step in this #adulting thing and moved to the Dallas/DFW area. Literally guys, the past few weeks have a been a blur. Apart of me still feels as though I should be getting in the car to head back to Louisiana, but nope it’s real. Chapter 2 of The Upshaw Saga has started off with us leaving our Baton Rouge, LA life to live a life in a brand new state, a brand new city--a place we are somewhat familiar with since we frequent this area every Christmas, but it’s completely different since we are now supposed to call this place home.

The week leading up to moving, I felt so much anxiety and it just seemed like everything that could go wrong was going wrong. And not to mention every reason why I wanted to move out of Louisiana became invalid the closer our move date came. Oh the irony of this thing called life. Now that the move is officially here I’m like “okay Lord your hand was totally all up in this thang.” Seriously though, God has truly made a way out of no way. Ryan and I have been trying to move out of Louisiana since graduating in 2015, but every time we tried something went wrong and we never did. Now, just shy of 3 years, we have moved and it seems so surreal.

Lesson Learned

Be scared. And do it anyway. So many people get super complacent in where they are and are overly scared to follow their dreams. When the reasons why I wanted to move became invalid, I was totally tested on if I still wanted to move, but I had to push through them. I had to push through my fears, block out the thoughts, and still pack my house up anyway. I knew that the uncomfortable feeling was only temporary and everything I wanted waited for me outside of my comfort zone.

Special Thanks

We are grateful to God for his favor. We are truly thankful for amazing parents who have been there every step of the way and encouraging us to keep going after our dreams and goals. We also thank our family in the DFW area who have welcomed us with open arms and have been showing us the ins and out of this highway thing. If your destination is 30 minutes or under your are #winning!  We also have to thank our friend group. You guys will be greatly missed, but it’s apart of growing up--not growing apart. Our friendship will last beyond the end of time.

If you’re in the DFW area i’d love to meet you. Let me know where are the best places to eat, art museum locations, and any fashion/art related events going on.

Love, Light, and Peace to you

-KUpshaw

 

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KiYada Upshaw

24 year old millennial building an overnight success story 1 week at a time. Talking about building a fashion brand while being a young newly wed keeping God at the full font of the relationship and career.