Workin’ 9 to 5.

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Hello blog world! Exciting news today!

Today, I received an offer for a full-time, big-girl job in my field of study. To say I am ecstatic is a complete understatement. I was so nervous before, during, and after my interview, as it was the first one I had ever been on for a career of my choice.

When I received the phone call today, I almost fell out of my chair at my desk at work. I couldn’t believe it and it took me a solid 10 seconds to process what was even happening.

The sense of freedom I immediately felt knowing I would never have to work retail again, would never have to work weekends again, and would never have to work nights again hit me so hard, I was ready to run sprints around the mall, hugging random strangers along the way.

All I’m gonna tell you is that you might feel like school or volunteering or intern/externships are a waste of time, but they are not. All the work I have put in has gotten me to this point today. Keep working your cute little butts off. Keep pushing. The time spent and stress felt will not last forever. And the reward of knowing you did it, it’s all worth it.

All that is left to do is tell my boss, finish out these two weeks, and the rest of my life will start to begin. xoxo.

Strength.

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For anyone out there who needs it at this time:

Here’s some of my favorite verses to remind you that you are strong, your voices will be heard, and you will make it through.

1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”

2 Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”

Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Isiah 12:2 “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”

Isiah 33:2 “Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

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.

Oatmeal, milk + honey.

Back in October, my boyfriend and I had taken a little weekend trip to Ellicottville, New York to celebrate our anniversary. Anyone who knows Ellicottville knows that it is the cutest little small town with some of the most gorgeous scenery. It’s typically a go-to for the winter, as they are a popular destination for the skiing and snowboarding communities, alike. I had never been in the fall before and was blown away by the beauty of nature around me. I mean, come on. Look at this view!

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Anywho, the one day we took a walk around town, we wandered into one of the little boutique-y stores filled with antique goods, soaps, unique jewelry, and candles. Let me just put it out there now, we love candles. We are guilty of going crazy at Bath and Body Works’ $8 candle sale and have so many candles around the apartment that an outsider might think were a couple of pyromaniacs.

So, when we saw a wall of candles, we were in our own mini heaven. As we started exploring the different scents, the owner of the boutique gave us some background on how amazing these candles are! The brand is called Milkhouse Candle Company. They are a company originated in Iowa, who started making candles as a candle.jpghobby – they used canned jars purchased at local auctions! The candles are made from pure beeswax and natural soybeans that are grown right in Midwest America.The product itself is so cute – the smaller 5oz candles are canned in a cream jar, the 8oz candles are canned in a milk bottle, and the 16oz and 22oz candles are canned in a butter jar. The burn on these candles is soooo clean and the scents are to die for! We went with the 16oz Oatmeal, Milk & Honey and we love it. The entire apartment smells wonderful for days at a time!

I would highly recommend this brand of candles to anyone looking to make their entire house feel soothed and smell amazing. 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.

Things I’m currently obsessed with, 2.0

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Thirteen days later, and we are back for a new version of “learn about more things that are currently consuming my life.” Enjoy!

  1. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I started this Netflix original series one night just to play in the background of my room as I was trying to sleep. I knew I was going to pass out at any given time, and didn’t want to miss out on important parts of Parenthood, so I scrolled through and found this little gem of a series. Oh my god, it is so funny. It kind of has the same vibe [and some of the same actors!] as 30 Rock, which I love. Plus, I feel like anything involving Tina Fey is automatically iconic. I am done with the two seasons available and am constantly wishing for more!
  2. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Not going to lie here, I completely judged a book by its cover considering it was a required text for school that my professor sprung on us the second day of the semester, telling us we had to complete and write a 10 page response on in 7 days. So, I was bitter about it before I even read the first word. But as I am a little more than halfway done, I realize that this is a great choice for a required-read for just about anyone approaching the scary real-world, or anyone who needs a little pick-me-up. These seven habits are important life lessons – be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand-then to be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw.
  3. Nyx Cosmetics Epic Ink Lip Dye in the shade Blaze. I went to Ulta the other day for a new beauty blender and saw the massive display of this new [I think?] lip line from Nyx. I grabbed one in the shade Blaze and figured I’d try it out, not only because it was new, but because the shade looked killer [and, of course, I had a coupon]. The formula is extremely thin, kind of not what I expected, but something I loved. It dried super fast into this super-matte-lightweight-yet-bold lip color. I wore it the entire day and did a very small touch up only once. Highly recommend.
  4. John Mayer, The Search for Everything: Wave 1. Guys, are you kidding me? From 2013 up until now was the world’s longest wait for some new music from John Mayer. Sometimes when artists go so long without releasing anything new, I get nervous because Lord only knows how the music will sound. But in this instance, this album was so beyond worth the wait, I don’t even know what else to say about it. Just listen to it, and you’ll get what I mean.
  5. The 1975I am obsessed with them every day/week/month/year of my life, that is nothing new here, but this week’s obsession with the band stems from the fact that they are playing two freaking nights in my hometown on their spring tour. Annnnd I got approved for a presale code to buy tickets tomorrow. Nothing can really top this right now. xoxo.

Happy birthday to my best friend!

Today, my honey turns 26 years old, only solidifying the fact that we are now both old and approaching life after retirement. *cringes*

So on the day of your birth [I certainly hope you are reading this at one point in the next couple hours or days] I am going to tell the world why I love you so:

  1. You gave into my obsession and let me adopt a guinea pig. In addition to the whole adoption part of this, you also let me name her Kenneth, and you let her live at the apartment and sleep next to your bed. You don’t get annoyed with my 8,000 pictures of her daily, and you send me 8,000 more back. And you didn’t make fun of me when I suggested we create an Instagram page for her [PSA: FOLLOW @kenneth.the.guinea.pig – you won’t regret it].
  2. You constantly compliment me, even when I feel or look like shit. It annoys the crap out of me that you think I look just as good in sweats with no makeup as I do when I am all dressed for work, but hey, guess it could be worse!
  3. You make me laugh. You are literally the funniest person I know. And your laugh makes me laugh harder – it’s a vicious cycle.
  4. We make a good team. We can do anything together. No matter what it is, we always have a good time. We say the same things at the same times. We think the same thoughts. Sometimes our clothes even match. And, we always run the table in beer pong. *high five*
  5. We always have fun. Whether it’s eating ice cream out of the carton watching Netflix in bed, going to the store at 10PM, or going away for a mini-vacation, we always have a good time. I didn’t know trips to Wegmans could be so much fun before I met you.
  6. You always support me and my life decisions. There is not one thing that I have done with my life that you have not supported. You always tell me how proud you are of me, and that means more to me than you’ll ever know.
  7. You never give up on me. You’ve seen me at the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, and at the end of the day, you are always there.
  8. You love me at my best and my worst. I can act like a weirdo and you don’t question any of it. You love that I wear weird clothes and eat strange things that you don’t like. You’re always there for me when I need a shoulder to cry on or a person to laugh at. You’ve taken care of me when I was sick, and take care of me when I’m healthy.
  9. You’re so good looking. Especially with that new haircut. And dressed for work. And in crewneck sweatshirts. And always.
  10. You’re my best friend. You mean more to me than anyone in the entire universe ever has, and I’m so glad we get to adventure through this crazy life together.HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love you! xoxo.