100 Followers!

Hey everyone!

I’ve reached my first milestone/achievement today! 100 followers!

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I’ve been blogging sporadically for about 2 years but I didn’t get consistent with it until late last year. Apparently that consistency is paying off.

I want to thank each and every one of my readers. Your comments, “likes”, and views mean a lot to me.

I really appreciate your support!

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Milestones: My Fiancé Got a New Job

My fiancé started a new job last week and I’m so happy for him. For the past year he’s been working at the airport as a ramp agent/bag runner. The pay was terrible, the hours were terrible, and the airport was an hour away from where we live. For most of the year that he was working there, he was working two eight-hour shifts for four days out of the week to make ends meet. In order to work that many hours and get a reasonable amount of sleep, he had to stay with friends who lived closer to the airport on days that he worked. So we only got to see each other for three days out of the week and those were weekdays, which meant I was at work for most of that time. After a few interviews throughout the year resulted in no job, he was offered a job earlier this month and he took it. This job couldn’t have been more perfect for him and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

This job is relevant to his major in college

Most people who take the time to go to college and get their degree want to work in their field of study after they graduate. But unfortunately, that doesn’t happen for everybody. Not working in your field of study can make you feel like you wasted your time and money on getting a degree that you can’t use. So I’m very happy that my fiancé doesn’t have to deal with those thoughts anymore. Now instead of just having a “job”, he can look forward to a long career in his field.

This job is closer to where we live

Like I mentioned earlier, my fiancé was working an hour away from where we live. And he hates commuting so we had to compromise a lot of quality time for money and sanity (for him). Continue reading

Save The Date: Choosing Your Wedding Venue

I’ve finally done it! I’ve finally booked my wedding venue and we finally have a guaranteed wedding date. The wedding planning process consists of making decision after decision. Choosing your venue is one of the first big decisions that you have to make. Your choice of venue kind of dictates everything else. Your wedding date, your vendors, your honeymoon, your dress, etc. Everything begins to fall into place once you book your venue. Since I’ve finally done the deed, I feel like I should share my most helpful tips for choosing your venue.

Narrow your search down BEFORE you start visiting venues

There are a lot of ways to filter through the long list of wedding venues. You can save yourself a lot of headache and confusion by getting your list down to no more than FIVE venues before you start making tour appointments. Continue reading

Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Damier Ebene

Back in January, literally the day after New Year’s, I bought my very first Louis Vuitton handbag.

I bought a Speedy 30 in the Damier Ebene canvas.

I chose to buy a Speedy because it’s a top handle bag and that’s mostly what I like to carry. I don’t really care for shoulder bags because that’s all I had when I was in college and my shoulders really suffered. I think I’m a little traumatized by that so I’ve been avoiding shoulder bags for a few years now. I chose to go with the Damier Ebene print because I feel like the monogram print carries an obnoxious connotation. People just look at it like “Oh, you just want people to know you’ve got a Louis Vuitton.” I wanted a print that was a little subtler, so that people would see the bag first and not the print. The monogram bags also have lighter handles and they tend to get darker and show marks, so I thought the Damier Ebene would just be better for me. I love the dark handles. It’s probably one of my favorite things about the bag.

It was not an impulse buy by any means.

This is a purchase that I had been thinking about for almost a full year in advance. Continue reading

2015 Recap/2016 Resolutions

2015 has been such a good year for me.

I started the year off working a three-month long temp job assignment, I was in a long distance relationship with my then-boyfriend, and I was living at my parents’ house. By MARCH, my temp job had turned into a full-time permanent position with the company. My boyfriend who came down South to visit for Valentine’s Day ended up never going back to his hometown in New Jersey. In MAY, we signed a lease for our own apartment and we moved into our first place together in JULY. In AUGUST, I went to Las Vegas with my girls for the first time. Shortly after, I started cooking the recipes that I saw on Pinterest and playing fantasy football with my boyfriend and his friends (my record was 10-3). In SEPTEMBER, I went to Washington DC for the first time (I know, I should’ve been there years ago) for a family reunion. My “boyfriend” became my fiancé in NOVEMBER. And now here we are at the very end of DECEMBER where I just had an amazing Christmas with my soon-to-be in-laws.

It may be hard to do, but I believe 2016 will top the amazing year I’ve had in 2015.

These are the things I am claiming for my 2016:
– Get back in the gym! I really slacked off on my workouts in 2015, but I’m trying to be in the best shape of my life in 2016.
– Build up my emergency fund. I have a good cushion in there right now, but you can never be too cautious.
– Get MARRIED! Or at least set a date and know the details of my nuptials.
– Have a 750+ credit score. I’m already in the 700 club, but there’s always room to improve.
– Get on a good schedule with my blog posts. This is another area that’s been neglected in 2015. I really like blogging, so I have to do better.

Milestones: I’m Moving!!!

I’m moving in with my boyfriend in less than 30 days!

I’m excited, super ready and a little bit anxious all at the same time.

We have sort of lived together before. In college we basically took turns “living” at each other’s apartment rent free. So this time around we will both be paying rent and we’ll both be legally and financially responsible for the apartment.

Throughout the time when we were “kind of living together” we worked out all the kinks that couples have to deal with when they live together for the first time. So I’m looking forward to moving in this time without having to go through that “I love him, but I hate his habits” awkward stage. We’re kind of past the point where we argue about putting the toilet seat down and not pushing your chair in. Been there, done that.

This time I expect smooth sailing as long as we can keep it together financially. And the finances are what I’m anxious about. I have to be on a budget for the first time ever. We, as a couple, have to rely on one another financially for the first time ever. We both have full time permanent jobs so we should be ok but money is like one of the biggest problems for the average couple so we’ll see how it goes. But for now, I’m feeling optimistic about everything.

Shopping for the apartment has been awesome and fun. It’s been expensive too. Overall, I’m having a good time searching through all the home decor sections of various stores. But I’m ready to be done buying things for the apartment, so I can relax and enjoy living in it. I don’t like when things are a work in progress so I’m going to try to get the apartment completely decorated by the end of September.

Wish me (us) luck!

Milestones: I Have A (Permanent) Job Now!

I have been working temporary jobs for the past year or so, with assignments that range from a couple of days to a few months. My temporary service placed me on an assignment in early December 2014 and that company has recently decided to hire me as a permanent full-time employee. This is really exciting for me because I am officially not a “temp” and I know that I’m going to have some amazing opportunities for advancement later on. This isn’t just a dead-end job that will have me stuck in the same position forever. This is the official start of my career! They know me, they understand my career goals, and they know what I am capable of. It just feels so great to be appreciated and valued by this company.

Milestones: #TheBigDay

“I’m reppin’ for the girls who taking over the world,

Help me raise a glass for the college grads.”

– Beyoncé, “Run The World (Girls)”

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So I am graduating from North Carolina State University in less than twenty-four hours with my Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Ironically, I’m still not quite as excited as one would think I should be. However, I am VERY excited about going to The Cheesecake Factory after the ceremony and eating everything in sight. So, while other graduates are pre-gaming and getting ready to dance their butts off at the club tonight… I am listening to Beyoncé songs and reading “30 Things Every Woman Should Have & Should Know By The Time She’s 30” (random book that I bought for myself today)… Oh, and writing a blog post. Sounds fun, right? I considered going out and getting wasted like a regular person would, but it’s more important to me that I look good (meaning “not sick/hungover”) at the ceremony tomorrow because a lot of money was spent on my dress, shoes and hair. I can always go out and party tomorrow night anyway… It’s not like the clubs won’t be open.

So what’s next? I have no idea. I don’t know if I want to go to grad school. I don’t know if I want to take the GRE. I don’t know if I want to move away from home; although I am open to it if a good opportunity comes my way. I’m thinking I will just keep working with the temporary agency that has been sending me out on assignments for awhile and see if I can get something long-term now, since I had limited availability during the semester. In the meantime, I’ll be applying for jobs elsewhere and seeing what sticks. I don’t know. On another note, my graduation gifts have been EXCELLENT. This is so much better than Christmas because I’m like the only one who’s getting gifts! Except for my mom, since Mother’s Day is literally the day after I graduate. But I don’t mind sharing my spotlight with her since she, you know, gave birth to me.

Anyway… Back to reading my new book and watching Beyoncé YouTube videos so I can attempt to get pumped up for tomorrow. I don’t know why I’m having such a lackluster response to one of the biggest moments in my life thus far. I guess it’s because I don’t know what’s going to happen next. I am a J (Myers-Briggs) so I get more excited about actual plans, like my “graduation trip” to the Dominican Republic later this year. Plus the actual graduation ceremony is just a show for the family anyway. But Beyoncé videos/songs can usually help me get excited/motivated too, hence the quote at the beginning of this post. So I guess that will have to do, for now.

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