So the Stress Begins…


Looking for your first job, searching for your own apartment, and scouting for your life partner. Which do you believe is the hardest?

For me, I am unable to answer that question because each are extremely and entirely different, although the stress overlaps.  For instance, your first job may dictate where you live and what the dating pool is compromised of and vice versa. So in all seriousness, these few post-graduate milestones are some of the hardest (and most annoying).

Luckily for me, I was offered a full-time position with Soom Foods, the tahini company I have been working part-time for. At first, I was weary to commit to the awesome company because of the lower pay and small benefits, but I realized the potential, growth, and experience that I will obtain at this place and I couldn’t be more happy with my choice to stay. I’ll keep you posted with the updated responsibilities – I start very soon!

As far as apartment shopping – YIKES! It has been a very, very tiring process. I’ve met with over 5 different realtors, stalked craigslist, and have roamed around the Philadelphia neighborhoods I am considering living in in search of “the” apartment. The worst part is the expense of parking in the city. If paying $300 to park my car in a garage nearby didn’t exist or if I didn’t have to see an increase in the already expensive rent to park my car, I could easily point to a location I’d love to live in! However, the parking issue is what’s really making this whole search absolutely dreadful. Luckily, I have a few months until my current lease is up…

Alas, the search for a “husband” or a boyfriend…where shall I start? I could and should seriously consider starting a blog about the guys that I end up meeting and the story behind how I met them. It would be a whole lot more interesting than what I blog about on here! Simply put – the dating scene in Philadelphia is quite large considering all of the eligible Jewish bachelors (my Jewish identity is a huge part of my life and I want that to be apart of this person’s also), but the ones that I’ve met aren’t looking for anything too serious, and that’s where the downfall is. COME OUT OF HIDING, YOU SILLY MEN!

So as you can see, I am very hopeful about the latter two items I mentioned, but it is a stressful toll to say the least.

Welcome to the life of Julie Ozlek. Let the adventure begin.

All my love,



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