Things I’m currently obsessed with, 6.0

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  1. LANY. I know what you’re thinking, “another band made up of boys?!?!” The answer? Yes. All things yes. This band has been active since 2014, but it wasn’t until recently that I started tuning into their material, and let me tell you, I have become head over heels obsessed. I keep telling everyone I know to listen to their music and have turned into basically their marketing manager overnight??! All I know is, I haven’t listened to anything in my car other than their album, LANY, for about three weeks now. I am undoubtedly hooked. Check out one of their songs here.
  2. Baby Daddy. I didn’t start watching this show when it was trendy, same story goes for most shows I watch, but it popped up on Netflix a while back and my brother and his girlfriend were huge fans. I jumped in a couple times and watched with them, and suddenly it only made sense that I watched it from the beginning of the series. Now, here I am, with a new season out on Netflix that I finished in [not kidding] one day. If you need a good laugh or a little pick me up, check it out. You won’t be disappointed.
  3. Chobani Flip Coffee Brownie Bliss. Coffee flavored greek yogurt with biscotti pieces, milk chocolate, and brownie chunks. Need I say more? Personally, I love crunchy items in foods and its no surprise that I drink enough coffee to fill my body head to toe, so I feel as if Chobani dug deep into my soul and crafted this yogurt just for me. In their defense, however, I haven’t had a Chobani greek yogurt I haven’t liked, so there you go.
  4. e.l.f Double Ended Lipstick Duo in the shade Need it Nudes. I picked this up one weekend in Rochester with my boyfriend when I had forgotten a lipstick *gasps* at Target. I thought it was interesting to have two lipsticks included in the same wand, but much to my surprise, this has been the lipstick(s) I have been reaching for first. There were five options to choose from, but I got the nude shade(s) making it go with virtually everything in my wardrobe. The day end is a soft nude shade, whereas the night end is a bit bolder. The formula is sooooo creamy, it doesn’t dry my crusty lips out to the core. And, bonus? It was only $5! [$5 for two lipsticks…that’s almost unheard of].

What an eventful day.

I am sitting here typing this at 9:33pm wondering how I am even still alive and functioning after the last few days I’ve had.

My trip home from Long Island finally ended at 4:58am,giving me a whopping 47 minutes to lay in bed and sleep before day one of my new job.

Monday’s always suck, but this Monday morning was absolutely dreadful. I slept for literally as long as I possibly could before having to wake up, shower, get ready, eat, make a lunch, etc. before making the trek to job training. In the back of my mind, I kept thinking about the weekend I had, hoping to find some glimmer of happiness to keep this day going, but I just couldn’t shake the fact that I was so unbearably tired driving into work today.

Once I got to my job, I got greeted with a “hey, time to take your ID picture!” ever so fitting that the badge I have to wear now sports the most disgusting sleep-deprived, hair in bun picture of me I have ever seen in my life. So bad, that I am contemplating faking a lost-ID scare and paying the $5.00 for a new one.

My first day was honestly great. I learned a lot and got some free pizza for lunch, so that is always a plus. I made it through my 8 hour day in one piece, still energetic after my XL coffee this morning, and proud of myself for not tipping over while sitting in the conference room all day.

Leaving, I was never so excited to drive home and go lay in bed. But naturally, because I was so exhausted and so ready to unwind, I was the victim of a hit and run accident on my drive home from work. I got sideswiped by an idiot trying to pass a car, who obviously did not see little ol’ me in the right lane. Damage is minimal but I felt like I was not going to make it the 0.25 miles home after talking to the police and filing a report.

Tomorrow is a new day. I am in bed now about to fall asleep, so I am confident I will be well-rested and ready for the week ahead. xoxo.

What do you do?

What do you do when someone who has made such a tremendous impact on your life suddenly isn’t here anymore? Unexpected deaths are never easy, but they are especially hard when you don’t want to even think about the final outcome being real.

I’ve made it my mission to write about things relevant in my life throughout this year. With that come the good and the bad experiences. And unfortunately, this is one of the bad.

It’s hard to talk about my four years in Catholic high school without mentioning the man we all lost today, Deacon Dan. I mean, how could we not remember his highlighter-pink-doubled-as-a-magic-eight-ball Jesus statue on his desk?! Honestly, who even knew that was a thing?

When I hear others’ talk about their religion classes in high school, their experiences are not the same. The classes were boring, the message is monotone, it’s too serious, etc. Our classes were not boring, and half the time you didn’t even feel like you were learning about religion at all. We all learned and admired our God in a way that wasn’t strict – we learned in a way that was relevant to us. We watched films, had discussions, or completed assignments that most would not consider to be religious, but carried the message we needed to hear. He took the seriousness out of a serious subject, and we all listened.

The part that I admired about this man the most is the way he cared about all of us, individually. He pushed us to break through the boundaries we thought we had. He always wanted us to succeed, and to reach higher than the expectations we had for ourselves. He always checked in. He always wanted to know what we were doing. He always wanted us to reach our highest potential. What he did for me those four years, and beyond – I cannot even explain. It’s hard to believe that in this crazy world we live in, good people like him still existed.

He touched the lives of so many of us for the past 13 years, and I am sad for the students entering into NCHS that won’t get to meet him or experience how great of a man he truly was.

Thank you, for everything. I hope we’ll all make you proud up there. xoxo.

“And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn. Make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of His Hand.”

Things I’m currently obsessed with, 3.0 


  1. Awkward. I recently signed up for Hulu [I know, I’m behind] and have reincarnated my love for this MTV guilty-pleasure from many years ago. I forgot how freaking hilarious this show is. For the record, I’m still #teamMatty. 
  2. Buying [and wearing] XL Shirts. As if I am actually a size XL and not a size S/M. I can’t get away from my love of roomy, cozy clothes. I am currently sitting here typing this wearing a men’s XL tee shirt, happy as a clam. 
  3. Dunkin’ Donuts Cold Brew with a Shot of Hazelnut. I am one of those freaks that believes in drinking iced coffee year round. I just can’t get into loving the hot stuff. [SIDENOTE: It is Roll Up the Rim seasons at Tim Hortons, so I’ve been making the sacrifice]. No cream. No sugar. Just a nice smooth cup of coffee. 
  4. Makeup Revolution “Affirmation” Eyeshadow Palette. Holy cow guys. I’ve been going back and forth between different eyeshadow palettes and which one would be a great addition to my makeup stash. I was at Ulta the other day [shocker] picking up a couple things for my mom, when I decided to look into expanding my palette collection a little more. I found this palette by Makeup Revolution, which I’ve just recently learned is exclusive to Ulta, for just $15! I’ve been using it daily and I am obsessed. 
  5. Nature Valley Cinnamon Granola in a Bag. I have been nonstop eating yogurt and granola for breakfast in hopes that I will eventually get skinnier one day [lol]. I found a bag of this granola at Wegmans and decided to try it since I’m a huge fan of the Nature Valley brand itself. I would highly recommend this to anyone. It adds just enough crunch and substance to your yogurt that you need to feel full and satisfied. xoxo. 

Firsts turn into lasts.

I’m approaching this weird time in my life where everything is coming to an end. It mostly revolves around my brother being a soon-to-be-graduating senior in high school.

Two nights, we had another “last” in this lifetime full of firsts. Since the age of 7 he has played hockey; from house to select to travel to high school, it has been something I’ve been a part of religiously for these last 11 years.

One of our most-visited rinks these last years was Hockey Outlet in the Wheatfield area. Last night, we had our last experience there. It is crazy to think that something so familiar is soon to be something of the past.

Last night, my brother and his girlfriend went off to their last school dance before prom. I remember going to that same dance what seems like 2,487 years ago thinking that we had a long time before things started to change. And honestly, you don’t. [SIDENOTE: Can we take a moment to talk about how they’re the cutest couple?!]

These next few weeks and months are going to bring about some huge life changes for our family dynamic. Having a sibling want to go on his own, states away, to accomplish great things with his life is both a blessing and a curse. How do you know everything will somewhat stay the same? You don’t.

Cheers to more final moments to a great kid. Let’s finish this thing strong. xoxo.

 

1 out of 12, done!

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Happy February 1st everyone!

We are already through one month of 2017 [how wild is that?!] and it seems like so much has happened throughout these last 31 days. Some of the month’s most iconic events worldwide include:

  • President Donald Trump was officially sworn into office.
  • Millions of people participated in the Women’s March in response to President Trump’s inauguration. In the United States, this became the largest single-day protest in American history.
  • Scientists at Harvard University became the first to create metallic hydrogen in a laboratory.
  • Worldwide controversy sparked after President Trump signed an executive order restricting travel and immigration from Muslim-majority countries.
  • The famous America actress Mary Tyler Moore passed away at age 80.

In regards to my own personal life, I:

  • [Almost religiously] contributed to this blog everyday, minus one or two days, keeping in touch with my New Year’s Resolution.
  • Turned 24.
  • Went on job interviews.
  • Started looking at new cars.
  • Got a new job [and have an official ending date in regards to my current job].
  • Bought tickets to see The 1975 in May.
  • Started a new semester of grad school.

It doesn’t seem like a lot but, hey, it’s only 31 days. Here’s to the rest of the year! xoxo.

All you need is a little inspiration.

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So, as stated in my post Things I’m currently obsessed with, 2.0, I read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey for an assignment in one of my grad school classes. As also stated, I was extremely annoyed that I had to read an entire book in 5 days and write a 10 page paper on it, because, what else would I possibly do with my life?!

However, it turns out my professor was right. This book actually was a good read and was pretty eye-opening to the fact that while I think I am a pretty good person, there is always more you can do to be the best, happiest version of yourself.

This book was broken down into seven habits to make yourself a better you. The first three habits are focused mainly on building your own independence and shifting your perspective of being a dependent person to being an independent person. The next three habits are mastered after you build this sense of independence, and focus on the interdependent side of the world. The final habit focuses on the continuous improvement that will happen over time if you are able to work to find the balance between independence and interdependence in your own personal life.

One of my favorite statements from Covey in this entire book came in chapter 1, not too far into the book at all. He stated that the most positive way you can influence any situation in your life is to firstly work on yourself, on your own being. The most proactive thing we can do is to be truly, genuinely happy and share a genuine smile with those around you. By shifting your focus from negative to positive, to shift your attitude from if only to I will, will help you remain positive and find your true sense of what makes you happy.

Our entire life provides us with so many opportunities, so many chances. It is our job to take these chances and opportunities and develop the capacities to handle all the pressures life throws our way. Everything is a learning experience. You won’t always get it right, but one thing you can always do is own up to your actions. Own up to both your successes and your failures. Assure yourself that it’s okay to “mess up” sometimes.

By taking the time to ask yourself what really matters and allowing time to do the things that mean the most to you rather than every little thing that is thrown your way, you will begin to realize how much time is wasted on things that don’t really matter in the long run.

We all have one life. We all have so many opportunities to find our happiness and share our happiness with others. It’s up to us to take this chance and run with it. We all deserve it. xoxo.

Welcome to the real world!

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Today was a big day solely for the fact that this afternoon, I had my first interview for a job in my field of study. It went well and I am proud of how it went, but I am overwhelmingly happy that it is finally over. The first-time-don’t-know-what-to-expect jitters are gone and I feel like I can finally breathe again.

Here’s some tips for all you peeps out there beginning to enter into the real world post-graduation:

  1. It’s more than okay to be nervous.
  2. Plan the route to your destination ahead of time, and give yourself at least 15 minutes leeway to account for traffic or other unexpected traffic scenarios.
  3. Make sure you have all of the necessary paperwork they want to look over – drivers license, social security card, official transcript, certifications, etc. It is better to bring too many things than not enough!
  4. Dress to impress. Even if the attire for said-job is more casual, it’s better to be overdressed than under!
  5. Show up at least 15 minutes early. You do not want to be late, but also want to prove that you’re ready and excited to be there!
  6. Smile, stand up, shake hands, sit down.
  7. Don’t cut yourself short! When the interviewer asks you to describe yourself, your talents, your aspirations, your qualifications, don’t undershoot. Preach it to the choir that you are awesome and deserve this job!
  8. Relax. Breathe. It will all be over before you know it!

Now, all that’s left to do is sit and wait for the call telling me if I got the job or not, and to prepare myself for [possible] other interviews to come! xoxo.

The struggle of figuring out how to adult.

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With about one semester left of grad school, it’s starting to smack me in the face that one day I’m gonna have to “grow up.”Actually, not just one day. It’s one day soon. Part of this sad reality came from asking for business attire, a blender, and money to put towards college tuition for Christmas and birthday gifts. How wild is that?

My boyfriend and I even bought a cute little dry erase calendar for the apartment to try to organize everything as best we can. Although the calendar looks full, it’s really only appointments, schedules, birthdays, and little events that are on there.

The more and more I try to plan out and organize each new month, the more I see that even though I think I am so busy or stressed now, chances are, I have no idea what is coming for me. I mean honestly, I only have to take care of myself – get myself to class, get myself to work, buy food for myself, make sure my homework is done. I don’t have a home to take care of, kids, anything like that.

The older I get, the more I am realizing that not everything can be planned out. My boyfriend is often a good reminder of that, as he always tells me that there are certain things in life that will happen unexpectedly. That there are things that will be thrown at you that you can’t prepare for. The more I realize this, the more I realize how much admiration I have for my parents and my grandparents for doing everything they do without losing their minds.

There are so many of my friends that seem to have everything figured out. They are either engaged or married, have kids, have a house, a stable job,  and have what seems to be an established life. Sometimes seeing all these posts on social media can knock me down a bit, because here I am at age 24, still in school, still waiting for a big-girl job that is not being a retail manager, still waiting for “life to begin.” While I know that 24 is still so young, it can still be hard feeling like there’s so much more you feel like you could have done in these few short years – things that are different than what you actually did.

While things can get overwhelming, I have to realize how lucky I actually am. I have a family who loves me. Friends who are always there for me. A boyfriend who supports me. A chubby little guinea pig. A roof over my head. [A little] money in the bank. An opportunity to further my education. I have food on my plate and a warm bed to crawl into every night. And that’s pretty damn awesome.

Hopefully one day soon, I’ll figure out this whole grown-up thing. I won’t want to nap to get away from the world. I’ll choose a pencil skirt and heels over distressed denim and converse. I won’t want to have ice cream for dinner. And once I do, I hope I’ll be able to look back and wonder why the heck I was ever stressing out in the first place.

Cheers to 2017 years!

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“When you start to feel like things should have been better this year, remember the mountains and valleys that got you here. They are not accidents and those moments weren’t in vain. You are not the same — you are grown and you are growing. You are breathing, you are living. You are wrapped in endless, boundless grace. And things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday.” — Morgan Harper Nichols

I saw the above quote by Morgan Harper Nichols on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, and I feel like it is very fitting to use to kickstart a new year.

Here’s to 365 new pages in a new chapter that is the story of your life. Cheers to 2017. Let’s do this thing. xoxo.