My most realistic days include working my full-time job, blogging, Stella & Dotting, being a fur mom, catching up on shows and making dinner…
- I have four alarms, and yes I realize the times are a bit quirky: 501a, 540a, 544a, 549a. If I decide to get my butt up at the 501a alarm, I will do a quick 20 minute workout. If I am feeling too tired from staying up to watch the Bachelor the night before, I will most likely get up around the time of the second alarm blaring.
- Once up, I get ready for work, which takes me about 20 minutes…30 minutes if I shower in the morning (I am a night-time shower person unless I workout in the morning) – and then I am out the door. This time includes washing my face, brushing my teeth, getting dressed, doing my hair and face, snuggling the dogs up, and make my breakfast smoothie.
- Since I meal prep the night before, I just through my food in my lunch sack for the day, grab my water jug and I’m off!
- Thanks to my 10 – 13 minute commute, I enjoy my quick jam session on my way into work.
- Every morning, after I park, I feel like I am the ‘bag-lady’ as I carry my purse, laptop bag and lunch into work…
- As soon as I walk into my office door, it is anywhere between 615a – 630a
- Once inside the office, I turn on my work computer, put my food in the fridge, listen to voicemails’ and most importantly…make my coffee. (black with no cream or sugar)
- With busy work days, a nice 15 minute stretch break is appreciated or instead of taking a lunch, my co-worker and I will do a quick yoga video (thank you Yoga with Adriene)
- If so, after a nice break, I will eat my lunch while checking and responding to emails
- 430p I leave work and head home for the night (making any stops on the way…grocery store, Target run or to purchase wine :))
- Once home, depending on if I am the first one home…
- Let the dogs out
- Feed the dogs
- Open any packages that I have!
- Blog and/or Stella & Dot
- Start on Dinner
- Yoga or quick workout
- Finally sit down and catch up on a show or read a book
- Considered a grandma for my early bedtime; I am in bed anywhere from 8-830p…except for Monday nights where I am in bed after 1030p because of the Bachelor!
And then I do it all over again…
I am the first to admit it, I am officially obsessed with handbags – and how much stuff I can jam inside! I am the type that changes my handbag pretty frequently – match my outfits, switch out for a clutch, hands free satchel, you name it!
So what’s in my handbag…
Black Eyelash Pouch:
- anything lips 🙂
The Never Ending Bag also Holds:
- A Book…always
- Get Fit Journal to track my daily water intake, food and exercise
- Planner…or else I would be lost on a daily basis!
- Business Cards
- Nail File
Shop other purse looks like mine here: https://www.stelladot.com/shop/bags?ts=ll4jm
Student Loans…BE GONE!
Let’s be honest, there are not that many families that can pay for their children’s college career – so with over 70% of individuals paying their own way through school, I am positive I am not alone on what to do with winnings from the lottery.
Education debt = an ugly crisis
I do not question the significance of a higher education, but the undesirable consequences of squashing debt shouldn’t be an obstacle of life.
Doing things entirely backwards following high school graduation; I did not live in a dorm like ‘normal’ high school graduates their freshman year, nor did I have season Football tickets to cheer my team on. Dropping out of beauty school, I moved back home, enrolled in my Community College and took the first full-time job I could find…working 2nd shift.
Three years later, I was no longer working on 2nd shift but was beginning to establish a long-time career; I just didn’t know what I wanted to do when I grew up…
Working three years in a department as a ‘stepping stone,’ I learned a lot about my employer and myself. While working there, I enrolled myself in a University and slowly began to earn credits towards a Bachelor’s Degree in management/business – which felt like it was going to take forever.
After interviewing for another position within the organization, I was offered the job and two weeks later, started on a new journey. Within months, I received my first job promotion and started to feel that the opportunities were endless. This promotion did come with one expectation; I finish my Bachelor’s Degree. Proudly accepting this advancement, I increased my credits and became a full-time student, while learning the responsibilities of my new, full-time position.
After your friends graduate with their Bachelor Degrees, start to establish their long-term career and you even have a friend who earns a PhD, you can see why one may feel discouraged that they still don’t have a degree of their own. It was hard at first; and I tried to keep it a secret. I worked all day, then went home and wrote paper after paper and posted in discussions after discussions.
At the age of 28, and 6 years of working full-time for that same employer, I walked across my University’s stage and joyfully accepted my first college degree. Although I did not want to walk and felt that receiving my paper degree in the mail would have been acceptable enough for me – I can see the joy it brought my family and friends.
My most proud moment, thus far, would not only be receiving my first job promotion, but earning my college degree as well. Some people just can’t juggle the workload of both school and work; however, I kept going. I was working full-time and was an online student full-time; this is not easy…but if you ask me now, I would be a forever student if I could.