I usually post pics in black and white, but hey it's Tuesday, (just a regular day in the middle of the business week lol) why not add some color! The other day I went to a baseball game with my aunt, cousin, and sister. After the game, we walked around the city. I realized that there is just as much to see in Detroit at night as there is in the morning if not more. In recent years Detroit has undergone various gentrification projects in its' downtown area. And while gentrification has its perks, it has its negative effects as well. Gentrification allows for modernization. However, updating can be expensive causing the cost of living to financially increase in the area, pushing people who have been there for years out. It's not necessarily right but people are doing it everyday slowly but surely and by the time attention is called to it it is to late. Everything is a business so make sure you don't get left out of the deal! Make sure you take advantage and enjoy what is rightfully yours. Although the current Detroit is not the city I grew up in, it's still my city and I love it and the opportunities that it offers.<3
This past Monday and Tuesday I was away at my college orientation. I didn't pick an orientation date that coincided with people that I knew so ultimately I was a fish in a new sea. Due to me not knowing anyone, I was reserved to at first. Not too far into orientation did I make my first friend. I was walking out of the building where we had to check in, into another building where we waited until the first session started, when a girl held the door open for me. We began sharing feelings of nervousness and not coming with friends and hey, we became friends from there. For majority of the orientation we stuck together also meeting more people and adding more people on Snapchat LOL. It wasn't until that evening that it hit me that my life will change in two months. It also wasn't until that evening that I actually became excited for college. I won't lie, this sea is big. I even began to question if I made the right decision as far as college. However, orientation unknowingly answered this question for me. Although the campus and the school is HUGE I feel that I belong here and I will prosper in this environment. My advisors are so helpful and the students are nice. The ice cream was pretty good...well food in general and they had cute school apparel. I better enjoy it while it last because if I haven't already learned how to budget I definitely will before first semester is over. Anyways... GO GREEN! #MSU21
So, if you have been reading my blog since it's birth back in January, you'd know that my first post ever was about my goals for this year. (And if you haven't read it, go read it now) I had 6 different goals and I have only really been successful in about half of them...too bad if I must say. Half of my goals for half of the year lol *pats self on the back*. So here we go...
My first goal was less procrastination. I still procrastinate lol, as you can see it is Tuesday that I am posting and not Sunday lol...sorry. However, I get bursts of motivation and I hope this burst lasts forever.
My second goal was budgeting. I've been decent with this goal. I'm not completely there yet but I'm not as bad as I was. I'm still working on it.
On to my third goal, applying for more scholarships. Now, I have applied for more scholarships and I won one! However, I feel the reason I have not won more was because my essay was not done from the heart but instead was done with the mindset of just trying to get it done. I have one essay that I wrote that I feel is bomb and we'll just have to see.
My fourth goal was read at least one book a month. I have been reading...lol the same book and I am ordering way faster than I'm reading. Since I am ordering multiple books at once I get sidetracked and I book bounce a lot without finishing. But, I always go back! (Hmm maybe I'll share with you all a good reading list.)
My fifth goal was graduate high school, and yes I DID IT! Lol thank god:)
Last but not least, intern for a social media or broadcast company. Currently I am going through that "I'm not sure what I want to do with my life" phase and not sure what I want to necessarily be or study anymore but I am in the works of trying to intern at a radio station. Hopefully this will help me gain a lot of clarity.
So there we have it! I still need to work on my procrastination, budgeting, and reading at least one book a month. I'll be back in December with my end of the year review.
It's official guys! It's the first day of June and in my book the first day of summer becauseee...(drum roll please) IM DONE WITH HIGH SCHOOL! Yesterday was my last day and although I am glad, it is honestly bitter-sweet. Bitter because the ending of this chapter in a way is the ending of your childhood and the beginning of adulthood. So many memories, friends, and so much of the person I am today has been shaped because of high school. However, it is sweet because high school is annoying and doing the same thing for 4 years with the same people in the same building gets old.
With graduation, college, and new opportunities around the corner I am excited to see what life has to offer. I want to travel this summer, have new experiences, meet new people, and just be the carefree-black girl that I was born to be! This summer I plan to focus on me and my goals. With less distractions I will have more time to focus on my blog, YouTube channel, and clothing. Look forward to more consistent post every Sunday. Let's virtually toast to a fantastic, safe, and adventurous summer of growing into the amazing people we are meant to be! *clinks wine glasses filled with sparkling apple cider together*
"Whoever said money can't buy happiness, simply didn't know where to go shopping."- Bo Derek. Yes, the best things in life are free, but have you gone shopping?!?! The older I get the more I become interested in clothes, beauty, and fashion. On average I would say I go shopping about every other week. When working at the mall I went about a few times a week (smh). And when that direct deposit hit, those online stores were calling my name, using "free shipping","50% off everything", and even "student discount" (which I'm eligible for now) as bait. Personally, I feel that a person can never be done shopping because there is always something new being designed and a new trend being set.
Although I may not be the best at saving in the aspect of how much I shop, I am pretty good at getting deals or DIYing more expensive things. In other words, I get more bang for my buck. From one smart shopper to another, if you like shopping just as much as me and wish to save more so you can shop more lol, here are a few of my tips...
1. Go crazy on semi-annual sales (stuff can get up to 50% off if not more)
2. Download Retail me not to get coupons
3. Always shop on holidays (stores will more than likely have a sale and offer some type of discount)
4. Go thrifting (you can find some cute cheap stuff or stuff you can possibly bring back to life)
5. If something is expensive then do it/make it yourself. (Michaels and Joanne's always have a sale. Etsy and Amazon are also good for finding things you may not be able to find in stores.)
6. NEVER BUY ANYTHING FULL PRICE (there will always be a sale or a discount code that exists somewhere out there)
From one shopping addict to another, I just want you to know you are not alone and I hope some of my tips were helpful. OH! And be sure to purchase some of my affordable clothing and accessories:)(Read below for more details.) Until next time loves!
Everyone, whether it be a freshman, sophomore, or junior all have expectations of what they believe their senior year will be like. I know this because I was in the shoes of each freshman, sophomore, and junior. When you are on the outside looking in, senior year looks like a ton of fun. Why wouldn't it? After all, you're getting ready to graduate, you're done with this HUGE standardized test, and you're getting ready to move out the house to be on your own and go to college. People do not often talk about the bad side of being a senior.
I feel that the biggest misconception is that senior year is a breeze. Now, senior year is not necessarily hard but it is still school. In my personal case I am taking IB/AP classes which is a lot of essays to write while still balancing regular classwork, work, college business and a personal life. For some people, their senior year just may be a breeze but one thing that will hit you senior year is the FINANCES.
Senior year is so expensive and college is even more expensive! The financial part of college doesn't really hit you until this year and you may even figure out your "dream school" doesn't necessarily fit in with your wants, needs, or finances. Many scholarships can be done regardless of what grade you are in. The sooner you get started the better.
Senior year doesn't completely suck it's just all about balancing and learning to manage your time well which will be a crucial skill needed to be successful in college and in life. The fun doesn't really start until the end of the year. Prom, graduation, pep rally's, open houses, and getting out of school early all occurs towards the end of your senior year so please cure your senioritis or get a vaccine because you need to hit the ground running your senior year. Fill out your college apps over the summer, get your letters of recommendation at the end of your junior year along with copies of your transcript, fill out every scholarship that you can because who doesn't love free money? GO GET A PLANNER and stay on your ish. Work hard and play at the end! Your time will come and you will thank yourself for making your workload lighter. If you are currently are a senior or have already graduated, you can understand where I'm coming from. You only get one senior year in high school (if you're lucky LOL) so do it right so you can enjoy it!
Last April I officially began my journey in the retail world. My first official job was working at DSW. I love shopping there but boy did I hate working there. Your coworkers truly make a difference in your work experience. You can have the worst job but best coworkers and it can make the job so much more enjoyable and vice versa. You can have the best job and worst coworkers making the job more dreaded. Now don't get me wrong, my coworkers were so nice and entertaining but the managers were unorganized. There were four different managers. Everyone is different so of course you know what you can and cannot do depending on the manager who is working during your shift. However, certain expectations are just too high LOL.
From personal experience, I know when I go into a store I would like to be greeted then left alone to do my shopping. If I do have any questions I would just like for there to be employees floating around the store so I can easily grab one for assistance. One of the managers would quiz us on the people in our designated areas for the store asking questions like, "What is that person shopping for today, are they a rewards member, how much were they looking to spend, or what event were they were shopping for?" What customer wants to have that long of a conversation while shopping?!?! And why would you sign someone up for rewards on the floor and not the register? After working here for about a month, I was "fired" but not really fired because I had to call to see why I was not put on the schedule and that is how I found out.
Retail isn't all bad. Towards the end of the summer I started my current job at Dry Goods. I love all the girls I work with, it is much smaller than DSW. I know all my coworkers and we hang out outside of work. They make the already fun work environment even more enjoyable. Retail is not bad at all it can definitely be fun it just depends on where and who you work with. Working in retail definitely makes me shop soooo much more but it has forced me to dress outside the box. Overall I love my retail experience and feel it is help prepare me for owning my own boutique one day.
"New year, new me!" As they tend to say during the final months of one year and the beginning months of another year. However, in 2017 the motto is "New Year, same me, better me!" Nothing is wrong with who you are, just improve who you are. Set new goals, see new places, meet new people, do more of what you love, and have more quiet time (time to yourself). Okay, okay I'm done preaching! Back to what this post is all about:)
Here are a few things I want to accomplish this year:
1. Less procrastination- Yes, yes procrastination happens to the best of us...or maybe it's seniortis. Either way I want to be more proactive and less lazy. I want to get stuff done!!
2. Budgeting- Working in the mall is a blessing and a curse. I love it because everything is all in one place. At the same time I feel...cut that, I know I shop way more than I used to and I need to save for that rainy day. (If my rainy day fund is low at least I'll have a cute raincoat, boots, and umbrella.)
3. Apply for more scholarships- There is sooooo much money out there that people are willing to give away and I need to get my hands on some of it. I need to find time at least a few times a week to apply for various scholarships. (That's why I started a scholarship club at my school for seniors so I could help this senioritis epedimic)
4. Read at least one book a month- I love reading I just never find myself finishing a book during the school year.
5. Graduate high school- It's been a long time and it's still coming but not coming fast enough. But when it comes I will be ready cause I graduate with my associate's degree and IB Diploma yayyyy. I still can't believe I'm going to college and will be embarking on a new world/experience that is definitely out of my comfort zone.
6. Intern for a social media or broadcast company- I believe it will be an amazing experience to work first hand in the field that I am interested in pursuing.
I have more goals that I've jotted down in my really cute dreams and schemes journal, yet, these are the most important goals for me this year. Remember quality over quantity. Focus on one goal at a time and watch your growth and your dreams unfold right before your eyes. Make 2017 a year to remember. May both you and I accomplish our goals this year. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!