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Life, Lately + March Goals

6:48 PM

Guys, this is a big post. I'm combining my "Currently" posts + my "Life, Lately" updates + my March goals for two reasons: 

1 - they all kind of mesh together this month. 

2 - It's been a hot minute since I did any of these. My last goals update was in December 2015, My last Currently update was in March 2016, and my last Life, Lately was in Jan 2016.

I'm excited to bring you this update, because I have been spending so much time on my biz related posts, that I genuinely miss just virtually chatting with you via my personal blog. Because I'm not worried about making bank from PB, I finally feel like I can openly write about whatever I want. What better way to start that than being a complete narcissist and talking about my life & literally nothing else! 

I'll start with Currently..Right now I'm currently: 

WATCHING // New Girl, again. Allison had never seen it, so I forced her to watch it with me. Turns out she is just as obsessed with it as I am. I'm also watching the new episodes of Grey's on Hulu, and tonight I'll be glued to my TV while I watch the newest episode of How To Get Away With Murder. If I was able to find it somewhere, I'd be watching the 7th season of Shameless, but it isn't on Netflix. 

MISSING // The warm weather. It turns out that in Colorado, snow can happen the day after a 70 degree day. Apparently March is the heaviest snow month, so I'm not really looking forward to that. My tiny body doesn't handle the cold weather well..someone send heated gloves, please! 

PLANNING // Some new paid products for RYCL. Be on the lookout for a printable, customizable planner, and a course dedicated to Social Media Advertising. After creating my free e-course, I've been really excited about creating a product that is jam-packed with info at an affordable price. 

READING // Unfortunately, nothing. I really need to invest in a new book, but I just haven't had the time, or the motivation. I've been lazy lately, and I need to work on getting out of that rut. For those of you who have been reading, what do you recommend? 

FEELING // mediocre, at best. I've been lagging with my Bullet Journaling and self care, which is taking a toll on my physical health. I spent February being really really sick, and I'm still trying to get over the congestion. Being across the country from your dad when you're sick is really shitty, but I did have a very good caregiver who made me homemade chicken noodle soup, and tucked me into bed at night when I had a fever. Since I was stuffy, I spent about a week sleeping with my mouth open, which destroyed my lips. But, I have a weird fear of chapstick, so they're healing unbearably slow. I know my mother is laughing right now because I refuse to use chapstick. 

WEARING // Black. Professional. Warmth. The three words that describe my wardrobe lately, because it's currently snowing in Colorado. No one should really be surprised about the black, though. If I've changed anything, it's the fact that I started wearing flare jeans instead of straight jeans again. I'm feeling kind of "blah" about my wardrobe lately, and hate that half of what I own is scattered between PA & NC. 


ENJOYING // My freaking JOB. Which is a great thing to be able to say. I love what I do. I never imagined that I would be able to work in the social media field, but I'm damn glad I do. it makes life 100x better. I really love the fact that I'm still able to incorporate teaching into my day to day job duties - instead of teaching English to middle school kids, I'm teaching business owners about how Facebook can benefit them! 

NEEDING // to eat healthier. Somehow I've regressed to the broke college girl diet...McDonald's at 10pm because I'm bored. I am 24 years old and I still haven't learned how to properly meal plan. I just need someone to make the plan..buy the groceries..and show me how to cook. Is that too much to ask? (yes). 

 LISTENING // to the new Weeknd album (still), and the new Halsey song from Fifty Shades Darker. I haven't made a new playlist on Spotify in a while, so I might start that in the summer months. Right now my most recent song ads are: 

Lies in The Dark x Tove Lo
Say You Won't Go x James Arthur
Chained To The Rhythm x Katy Perry 

I haven't been impressed with my Discover Weekly on Spotify, and I'm hoping that changes. Usually I'll have a handful of songs that I really love, but right now they're a major miss for me. 


LOOKING // dehydrated and tired. Just kidding. I am looking forward to seeing my little sister graduate high school, and visiting Dani after she graduates college. I'm sad that I wont be able to attend both graduations, but Dani, I'll be there in spirit.



Work: My 9-5 is so much fun. I love being able to work in digital media + advertising, while also teaching people about the benefits of Facebook. I'm trying to get very involved with client meetings, and give them a more personal feel with advertising. I want them to see a face and know they have a real person working on their accounts. I feel like I'm constantly learning new things, and I have the freedom to be creative on the job. It's a great feeling, and I'm finally settled in something long term. My side hustle is still fun, and I like that I have the freedom to move at my own pace with this. Even though I have a 9-5, I've felt like I can allocate more time to this biz than I did when I was a teacher. I developed my ideas for RYCL while I was teaching, but it wasn't until after moving and starting a job in a different field that I really felt like I could dedicate time to it. My favorite part about this whole brand is I get to bring people along as I grow. For example, I just wrote a business plan for RYCL and will be sharing the process during a Facebook Live event in March! 

Play: This is a hard section to fill out. I still feel like I haven't established myself in Colorado. I'm making some new friends, but I am pretty homesick for the people I went to college with. No one really tells you how hard it is to develop real adult friendships after college. On the plus side, my biological sister is coming to visit me on March 7th, and I'm really excited to show her around. I visited Colorado for the first time two years ago, and just traveling to a new area was so exciting, so I think it's going to be a really great experience for her. One of my college sorority sisters will be visiting on the 11th and I cant wait to catch up with her as well. 

Inspiration: A lot of my inspiration is coming from brands like ByRegina, or Femtrepreneur.co. I get a lot of my biz inspo from them, and after taking two free courses, I felt really motivated to create my own. You can sign up for it right here. Style wise, my new haircut was inspired by New Girl - more specifically Jessica Day. Huge thanks to West End Salon in Boulder for the awesome cut. 



Blog Posts:
Not much has been happening on this blog, mainly because I was so focused on building my Social Media Management biz. But here are the most recent posts, + some "in the works" that you can look forward to! 

PB:
"What Being a DZ Has Taught Me About Love" - I wanted to write something that my fellow sisters can relate to, and remind them of why they joined the sorority that they did. 
"Why I'm Glad I Moved Away From My Hometown" - Am I the only one glad that they moved out of Hickory? 

RYCL: 
"How To Use Facebook For Your Biz" - A complete guide to making Facebook work for your brand! 
"Canvas Ads: Getting Creative With Facebook" - A breakdown of one of Facebook's ad features that I think is ahh-mazing.



March Goals:
I'm dedicating March to getting back on track with my self care. I want to spend the month making sure I'm taking care of myself first, before I take care of anything else. I'm feeling a bit out of control in all aspects of my life, and I think that stems from my lack of personal goal setting. 

Personal: 
1// Get back into Bullet Journaling
This happens to me from time to time - I will completely stop using my planner. I don't know why I do this, but I do know that I need to start again. I want to utilize it more for self care and keeping myself accountable. Reading Boho Berry and joining her Facebook group has re-inspired me! Maybe I'll even get a March "Plan With Me" video up. 

2// Visit the Denver Aquarium 
I want to do this when my sister is in town! I've been to the Denver Zoo 3 times since I moved here (because Allison has a membership) and I love it. I just want to experience something else that Denver has to offer. 

3// Don't sweat the small stuff 
This goal is vague for a reason. My temper has been at an all time high lately, and I want to scale that back. I want to stop nitpicking small things, and start choosing my battles. I'm wasting a lot of time being mean, when I could be spending more time loving life. Honestly, this will probably be the hardest goal for me to reach. I've always been high strung, and a hot head, so it will take some serious dedication. Fingers crossed. 

Business:
1// Send out weekly emails
Because of my free e-course, I've built a pretty solid email list for RYCL (don't want to take the course, but still want freebies in your inbox? Sign up here), and I'm excited to connect with my subscribers. I want to start sending out weekly emails with freebies, updates, and cool content for them to explore. I know this will take some extra time, but I know that it will help my biz in the long run. Have any suggestions? Comment below or send me an email! 

2// Build 1/4th of my paid course
I started out setting this goal to be "half of my paid course" but I know that right now that isn't possible for me. I'm building a course worth money, so I want to take my time with it. BUT, I know if I don't set a deadline or goal, I'll keep procrastinating. I was able to build my e-course because I had a structure with specific tasks for each day - I might try that again.
3// Build 2 social media schedules pro-bono for clients
I'm lucky enough to work with two clients right now through RYCL. I want to create their social media plans for free, because I want to show them that my method will work. I firmly believe that giving something(valuable)away for free is the best way to build trust and create a long-term client. That's what I'm trying to do here. 

I'll leave you with some questions for yourself.
What are your March goals? Is there a theme for the month, like mine is self care? 
What type of blog posts do you like seeing on PB? 
How's your life, lately? What changes do you need to make? 

- R

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Making My Life My Own, Over & Over Again.

8:22 PM

In the midst of building a business on my own, I have completely neglected this lifestyle blog. It probably feels like the forgotten older sibling when Mother brings home the new baby sister. .My last post was from JUNE 2016, when I was finishing up teaching. That was right around the time that I decided to (quite literally) abandon all of my belongings and move to Pennsylvania.

Guys..I'm not kidding. I left all of my "not needed" possessions in an apartment in North Carolina and got the F out of there. The owner of that apartment was not happy to say the least. *Shoulder shrug*


Fast forward to now, and I honestly feel like I'm back in June 2016.

No, I don't want to move again (I've moved to two different states in the past year). I just feel like I'm living my life submerged in mediocrity. The last time that I had a home that I was my own (and not anyone else's) was in 2013.

TWENTY - THIRTEEN, people.

It was my studio apartment that I rented right before Jess and I had moved in together.

I feel like my life has become a 9-5 drag, and I'm not really doing things. I am spending my days the same, and my weekends the same.

Something that I really enjoyed about Pennsylvania was the turbulent schedule. One night I might be working until midnight, while another night I might be out having a beer at Yard with Christine and Melissa. I met so many new, interesting people. I reconnected with friends from high school. Sure, I was living on about $600 a month, but I was content.

I feel lonely without my friends here. I miss being able to drive to East Stroudsburg and having dinner outside with Melissa and Lacey, and I miss weekly wing nights with Dani and Tyleia in Cullowhee.

Moving to a new place as an adult is weird. I feel like I'm in this limbo where if you haven't grown up here, or made friends from college here, you're just kind of stuck awkwardly trying to find situations where you can make meaningful friendships. Although, I would like to point out that I've made a few very nice friendships from work and my relationship.

But, building connections through a relationship feels like I'm cheating the system. I've developed second hand friendships. I want to meet people who can become my people.

Feeling stuck about this has bled into other aspects of my life. I feel stagnant in my own personal growth, and I feel like I've put a halt on my goals - mainly because I haven't had the motivation to create any.

I call it a seasonal meltdown. I get groggy and sad for a bit - and I feel like I'm living in a shell where nothing extraordinary is happening (and if anyone tells you that your life cant be extraordinary, they're lying and should be shunned. You're awesome). This is when my anger gets the best of me, and I feel completely and utterly helpless. Like my life is not my own.

Am I the only one who feels like their life isn't even their own? 

As I was driving to work this morning, I realized that I had the power to reclaim my life and make things happen here in Colorado. Drastic measures have always been my specialty - I mean I did move across the country, leave a relationship that I thought was "forever", and start a job in a field where I had no formal experience.

When I get down like this, I have to remind myself that if I want to do something or have something, I just have to make the first move.

If I want to make adult friends here, I just have to say hello.

If I want to do something other than watch Netflix every night, I just have to get in my car and go. 

If I want my own space, I have to create it (or have a super awesome girlfriend who will help). 



My last blog post on here was all about creative goals, and Project Happiness. Who says I have to stop because I missed six months? The answer is no one.

I've always been fiercely independent. Some people love it, and others hate it. The ones who hate it are usually the ones who I feel are suffocating and controlling me. Being in a new place means I'm not being stopped by anything.

And to be fair, I've felt this way before, and I'll probably feel this way again one day. It's okay to feel stuck and unhappy at times, but that doesn't mean you have to stay that way. I will constantly be creating a life that I enjoy, and I'll probably have to reiterate this advice to myself again one day.

This opportunity was given to me to thrive and create a life that I actually want to live. What the heck have I been waiting for?

What are some things that you do to enhance your independent side, and make you feel your happiest? 


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Project Happiness: June // Creativity

7:00 PM

I’m still working on my Project Happiness and this month is focusing on creative goals. School ends in the middle of June which gives me a good chunk of time to focus on other side projects and hobbies that I might not have time for during the school year. April went so well while I was working on my career related goals, so I’m excited to see how this month turns out. Before we get into the newest goals I decided to take a look at my progress from April;


April Recap:
1// Create a routine: This fell into place because being a teacher causes for a natural routine. My class schedule gave me a daily routine, so I focused my “create a routine” around my planning period. My planning lasted from 11:30-1:00, with lunch in between. Before lunch I use that time to clean up my room (I have three classes before planning) and check my emails. By 11:45 I’m on my way to lunch. Afterwards I go to the office and check my mailbox, and then head to my room to complete lesson plans, answer more emails, or grade student work.


2// Keep a clean desk: I’m really glad I chose to do this, it helped my room stay so much more organized. I made the effort to make sure my desk was clean and organized before I left each afternoon - this meant I would be coming to a nice clean space in the morning. It eliminated stress in the morning, and helped me keep track of everything.


3// Give 110%: This is something my Dad always talks about. Giving my best effort all of the time. When I started this job I wanted to be seen as a quality Special Ed teacher that really threw herself into the job. I LOVED doing this, and it’s paying off now because I can tell that my employer appreciates my work. As I transition into the next school year I want to continue this and making it a full time goal of mine. I am lucky enough to have a job in this economy and I do not want to take it for granted.


4// Build relationships: This was probably the hardest for me. I’m a natural loner, and I have a hard time creating meaningful friendships or relationships. In an isolated position like EC I found it difficult to create relationships because I was never around those teachers. Basically I just tried to be nice to any teacher that I came in contact with, that way I wasn’t a teacher known for not trying.


I feel like overall I did a solid job. I kept the four goals taped to my desk, so I constantly saw them. I truly believe that visual cue helped me on multiple occasions. I’m thinking I’ll create a phone wallpaper with the goals so I can see them. I don’t think they would be of much use on my work desk because these goals will be happening at home or while traveling. I picked 4 goals that were broad enough to allow for maximum creativity, but could also be measured;


June: Creating
1// Start gardening: This will be a project to start after EOG’s have finished at school. Right after the school year ends I’ll be jetting up to Pennsylvania to visit my dad, and that will be a perfect place to start gardening. I haven’t really decided what I want to grow, but I’m open to ideas. I’ve always thought growing vegetables would be a brilliant idea, because then I could use them in my cooking - but I have no clue where to start to be honest. Before I go to PA I want to spend some time researching and learning how to maintain vegetables in a homegarden.


2// Write everyday: I think I’m most excited about this one. I’ve been working on a novel and am almost 3,000 words in (yay)! I want to keep up the writing trend by immersing myself in that novel. I recently read the book No Plot? No Problem! By the founder of National Novel Writing Month and it really resonated with me. It got me PUMPED about November - so pumped that I decided to start writing this month and kind of train for the NaNoWriMo event. My goal isn’t to finish the novel in a month, but rather write every single day. Even if it’s just a few hundred words. I made a word count tracker and a page # tracker in my BuJo to visually see my progress. If anyone is thinking about attempting NaNoWriMo in November, PLEASE let me know. I want writer buddies.


3// Create a vision board: This idea came from The Book of Doing that I got a few years ago. I’ve always thought that this type of project was cool, but I’m not really sure what I would put on the vision board. I’m still not 100 percent sure, but I’m going to try. I have an old bulletin board from my apartment that I’m going to use as my vision board - I think I’ll start with hanging some polaroids that I’ve recently taken. If you’ve created a vision board, what’s on yours?

4// Learn something new: Would you judge me if I told you I really want to learn to do a split? Like.. that’s literally what sparked this goal, the idea of being able to do a split. Why? Who knows. But I’m going to learn to do one. I think everyone should adopt this goal at some point in their lives, preferably during a more easier time in the year (hene why I picked summertime). Learning is so inspiring and motivating, and I feel like it really enhances your life. Who says learning has to end after high school or college?

Beauty

#OOTW: What I Wore to Work This Week

9:11 PM

When I started teaching I swore on my life that I would wear heels every single day. After about 6 months of full time teaching I ditched my heels and bought some really comfy, but also stylish, flats. I try to mix up my outfits and create interesting looks, while also staying comfortable at work. I'm walking around a LOT - so having something I can move in is a must, but I'm also a fashion snob, so I need to be the best dressed out there. 

I decided to snap some photos of what I wear during the week in hopes of creating some inspiration for the newly graduated or new teachers out there! 

Monday: I dressed in a ton of brown tones this day - the shift dress wasn't too tight, but didn't have sleeves so I paired it with one of my favorite cardigans from Charlotte Russe. The dress is from my GG-Little and I absolutely love it. The statement necklace gave it a small pop of burgundy color, and the boots are a staple in my closet. I've worn them so much that they have holes in the heels. 

Tuesday: These pants were $3.00 at Rue 21 and are SO FREAKIN' COMFORTABLE. I call them my 'work sweatpants' because, even though they're bright and colorful, they're super stretchy like yoga pants. It's like having a huge secret at work (you thought these were really cool dress pants - jokes on you! They're yoga pants). Because the pants are so bold I paired it with a black dress shirt with a peter pan collar. 

Wednesday: This outfit was basically a DIY project. I bought this "skirt" at Rue 21 a few weeks ago, but it's actually a maxi-dress. It's super cute, but the top half isn't appropriate for school. I decided to tuck the top half inside the bottom half and pair the skirt with a navy form fitting shirt. The gold buttons on the shoulders went well with the warm tones in the "skirt". This is probably my favorite outfit from the week, and has re-ignited my love for maxi skirts! 

 Thursday: After getting my hair cut I wanted to wear a shirt that showed it off nicely. With super short hair, sleeveless shirts look the best, plus the back of this pink shirt had a bow that you wouldn't be able to see with long hair. As the weather gets warmer, this shirt was perfect. Minimal jewelry was needed since the focus point was my hair cut, and I wore my staple black jeans and thigh high boots. Be sure to check with your employer on how wide shirt straps need to be! 



 Friday: Casual Fridays are the best! I wore black jeans with my knock off converse from Rue 21, and a plain burgundy t-shirt. I LIVE for casual Fridays because they're easy and I feel so comfortable. My shirt is from the men's section of H&M, which was such a good choice because 1) insanely cheaper and 2) fits better! 

If you enjoyed this type of post, please let me know and I'll keep recording my outfits! 

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