From Porch Sitting to Desk Sitting

Y'all I have been feeling pretty dang nostalgic the past few days. Seeing all of these graduations pictures has gotten me feeling some kind of way that I have been out of college for FOUR YEARS. Sometimes I feel like it was just yesterday, I was sitting on the Klondike porch skipping class or spending countless hours in my apartment binge watching TV with my roomies/best friends, and sometimes those magical, carefree times feel like an eternity away.

When I graduated from college, I felt all kinds of lost. I was away from my friends, working 40 hours a week, and the weight of the world felt like it was crashing down on me (looking at you student loans). I wish I had someone telling me its going to be okay, and that the transition will get better. So here I am, four years later, and here are a few things I have learned:

  • If you want to take a year off and go travel, DO IT. If you want to take a year off, live at home, and screw around, DO IT. Because I am here to tell you, the jobs are not going anywhere, and once you start working you have 50 + years to go until retirement. What is the rush?
  • You have no idea what you want to do with your life? That's cool, I do not really either, but every day I learn a little more.
  • Friendships become different. You have to work a little harder to maintain them. And I can guarantee that you will find out who your true friends are. 
  • You are lucky if your first job is your dream job. If your first job is not your dream job, use that as motivation. But you may also come to find that what you think is your dream job, may not be once you get into the workforce. 
  • I have had three jobs since I graduated, and have no shame in it. A lot of people will put others down for "job hoping". Its so "millennial". No, I am just trying to find a good fit for me and my career. 
  • It is really, and truly hard going from no real schedule and all the time in the world off, to having as little as ten days of PTO a year. That is two weeks y'all. That is nothing. You have to become more conscious of your time and learn to use it to the fullest. Do not think it looks bad to take time off. You will burn out if you overwork yourself. 
  • Become friends with your co-workers. These are the people you are going to end up spending the most time with. They make work more enjoyable and are great connections once you move on from a job.
  • Money is important, but its not everything. You may have to take a paycut or make a lateral move to be happier and more fulfilled in your day to day.
  • You have to work a little harder on your job, friendships, self, family, LIFE. I mean it is a lot to juggle. 
  • BUT, at the end of the day, life goes on! You transition into the real world, you make money, you get a dog, you take awesome vacations, and life is fun! 

So here are to the best four years of my life, I will cherish them forever. If you are new grad embrace the change! If you have been out of college for a while and are still trying to figure this adult thing out, well I am too, so we can do that together.

Let me know if I missed anything, shoot me an email or write me a comment!

Weekend Rewind

Happy Monday!! I know that I literally said last post I am bad at these and probably will not do them, BUT I just had such a great weekend I could not resist! 

On Friday, Alex and I had the most relaxing night we have had in a while. We had NO plans and no where to be and it was honestly amazing. The next few months for us are incredibly hectic, so it was nice to just cook dinner at home and enjoy hanging out with each other. I did take this time to do a mini photo-shoot of Harper, because why not, and I just can not believe how quickly my fur child is growing up. 

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Saturday was the BEST day. I headed to High Point to celebrate a sweet, sweet babies 2nd birthday! I really am the worst as I have no pictures of his actual birthday or his party or him blowing out the candles, but I think its for a pretty good reason. My sweet, wonderful, caring and loving friend got engaged to the man of her dreams! I am over the moon that I was able to be there for the big moment and help celebrate this amazing time in her life! Love is awesome y'all, and so are happy endings. I also love any reason to smile this hard.

Sunday, was also a great day, as we got Harper swimming! Alex suffered a few war wounds along the way but she ended up LOVING it once she got the hang of it. I recommend everyone gets their dog to swim because this puppy has been tired ever since. She did not even want to go on a walk with me tonight. 

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Seriously how cute are they? 

We rounded out the weekend by celebrating a friends birthday at Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, and I 10/10 reccomend their Emilio's Chicken Sandwich. I got it with no bun, and with grilled chicken instead of fried (Paleo-ish) and it was amazing. 

We are off to Colorado later this week, and this will be the first time we have taken a vacation since we got Harper. Y'all, I am not going to be okay. I will cry, hard. And it will be ugly. Yes, I am fully aware she will be more then okay, but ya know. I hope everyone has a great rest of the week. I can not wait to share our trip, as Colorado is a special place for both Alex and I! 

Random Ramblings

Hey guys! Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a good weekend and a great start to the beginning of the week. A lot of bloggers that I follow seem to follow a pretty strict posting schedule, like Five on Fridays or Weekend Recaps. I tried that. Hence why I posted a Weekend Rewind on Wednesday last week, and concluded I can not do that in a timely manner. I am also incredibly lazy at heart and honestly do not feel like thinking of legit topics half the time. So here we are. Random Ramblings.

  • I know the past like five posts of mine have mentioned the weather, but I can not say enough about how much I love this time of year. We had three days of non-stop rain last week and I thought I was going to go crazy. Since that has cleared out it has been AMAZING here in Charlotte. So much sunshine, and no humidity. I am loving every single last minute of it, before summer comes and going outside becomes unbearable.
  • If you are semi doing Paleo like I am, I have a suggestion for a great place to go grab dinner! I know one of my biggest struggles is I LOVE to go out to eat. But that normally means not eating healthy. I went out to eat with my girlfriends last week to Cantina 1511, and I got tacos in a lettuce wrap and asked for no cheese. Now you are probably thinking, that's not a taco. I mean its not, but it was something healthy-ish and I did not have to be the annoying friend that was like I am Paleo I can not eat there.
  • I went an saw Avengers: Infinity War last night, and holy cow that movie is amazing. BUT what was really outstanding was the movie theater. I cannot remember the last time I went to see a movie before last night and I STILL can not get over how nice this theater was. Apparently this is the new standard in theaters, and I clearly need to get out more. We were able to pick our seats beforehand which is amazing, you do not have get there super early and fight people. The seats RECLINED, the popcorn prices have come down, and there was a bar there! Seriously, I need to get out more.
  • Alex and I are headed to Boulder, CO in a few weeks and I CANNOT wait for a little vacation. Does anyone have any suggestions of places to go that are about an hour or less from Boulder? We bummed around Boulder the last time we were there, went to Rocky Mountain National Park and did some hiking and went to Colorado Springs. Would love to see something new this time around.
  • I have been meaning to set up a "subscribe" button here so you guys will get emails when I post a new blog post. But I am a bad blogger and have not done that, so maybe this time next year that feature will be up and running. I am also a bad blogger and have zero photos from the past week to share.

That is all I've got! I hope you guys have a great rest of the week! I am setting a goal to write at least one legit blog post this week, but stay tuned if that actually happens. Like I said, I am a lazy girl at heart and most nights snuggling with my dog is more appealing then writing.