Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dissertations Suck

What have I learned lately? Great question large internet void.

Don't procrastinate.

I waited until the week my dissertation was due to really put fingers to keyboard. Most of the work was done while I was in Europe so it was just a matter of writing it out in the proper format. That still takes time though. I didn't touch the research since I got back because I was so absorbed in living life and getting adjusted to working life. Fail.

FYI: Don't wait. Do a little at a time and go from there. I really wish now, on my two days off in a row that I could spend it chilling by the pool instead of at Starbucks or on my couch (really my bed) furiously typing this thing out.

It has given me leave to take sweet insta pictures and write this post but those are just more procrastination techniques.  But hey, even when you are attempting to crank out a 50+ page dissertation  in a few days you need an occasional break right?

So, procrastinators of GLM UNITE!!!! We can rock this and finally finish with this degree!

**Disclaimer: This whole post is a motivational tool for myself and yet another way to delay actually writing the rest of this stupid research paper.**

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Confession: Made a huge mistake at work two weeks ago.

I am an extremely high anxiety individual.  I put undo pressure on myself to be the best I can be. I try to do everything to perfection and learn as fast as possible. Granted since I am human,  thus I fall extremely short. I am not perfect at all. Doesn't stop me from stressing myself out to be better unfortunately.

This undo pressure manifested itself in the amount of time I gave myself to learn how to run payroll. Not too glamorous right?  But hey, I have to have goals somehow.  I wanted to learn in four pay-runs. On my fourth pay-run, all I had to learn was how to pay the bills at the end. My undo stress caused me to be verrry on edge.

My father is the type of person that when quitting time hits, it is time to go. I am more like my mother in the sense that I stay until I can finish everything on my to-do list, and if I can't then I take it home. (#workaholic)  But on this particular payroll Monday, I wasn't done at quitting time and my dad and I had ridden to work together. He was ready to go, and I wasn't.

Long story short, I told my dad to "Shut Up."  

A.) Never tell your father to "Shut Up."

B.) Never tell your boss to "Shut Up."

C.) Crying never helps, it only makes it worse.

In yoga class the other day, the teacher read a quote that really hit home. It went something like, " in school we are taught that mistakes are bad, but if you examine how we learn, it is through mistakes." I definitely learned that my parents are my bosses, and at work I can't confuse the two.  Huge mistake, and even bigger lesson learned.

Saturday, August 9, 2014


One of my best friends texted me the other day and reminded me that I am not blogging as much as I should be! She's so right. Life has been so crazy and I just haven't made this a priority.

What has been my priority? Work, work and more work. However, a conversation I keep having with my girlfriends over the past couple weeks is how to meet new people and productively fill my free time. So.......

QUESTION: So what is the solution to our generation's problem with meeting new people post-college, especially of the opposite sex?

ANSWER: I have no freakin' clue.  Don't get me wrong, I have fantastic friends. Post college many of my good friends moved away, thus leaving my normally bubbling social calendar pretty sparse. Also, who has time for a relationship?! Not this girl clearly!

I am just as lost as the next 23 year old, especially when it comes to relationships.  I am trying to find a hobby while meeting someone who can tolerate me for a couple of extended periods of time during the week, and find other people who share my interests of travel, beer/wine, brunch, being active, books, and corny movies.

  • Do we post highlights of ourselves on Tinder and hope that whoever we match with isn't just interested in sex and is actually doing something productive with their lives? 
  • Do we brave the stigma of of just to find out if everyone available is either weird or in the army? 
  • Or do we do it the old fashioned way, and meet someone at the bar, grocery store or *insert cliche meet-cute place here*?  

What do we do?

When you find out, let me know. Until I figure it out, I am picking up hot yoga as a hobby, working 8 hours a day, and squeezing in time with my family and friends on the occasional day off.

The Dreaded SkinCare Talk

Alright, consistency clearly isn't one of my things yet when it comes to the blog. Working world is tough, throw in a smidge of a social life, and a daunting dissertation and I am slightly overwhelmed-but in a good way!

This post is dedicated to skin.  Weird, but go with me.  Anything I am going through in life is on display on my face. Now, I don't mean my facial expressions, though I could get better at that, I mean the state of my skin. If I am stressed say hello to a breakout, if I am emotional say hello to red splotches and if it is that time of the month, say hello to cystic acne.  It is always a battle. My mother will agree with me, I am sure.  However, my battle is greatly helped by a set routine, some awesome products, and people.

Routine: Morning

  •  Wash/exfoliate my face with my Clarisonic Mia 2 (best purchase I made in Europe) and Seacret Mud Soap. This soap is the most amazing, it is made from the mud in the Dead Sea. I promise after using it for two weeks, I saw a massive reduction in the number of stress related breakouts. These are two of my must-haves! 
  • Because I have combination skin (helloooo T-zone) I can't over moisturize otherwise I breakout, so I save that step for nighttime.  Thus I jump right to SPF because you can't ever be to careful and let's be real I am pretty pale. I use Votre Vu's Antioxidant En Garde SPF because it is SO lightweight and non-oily. Then I am out the door after a five minute makeup session.
  • Sidebar- If I wake up with super puffy eyes as has been known to happen I whip out my Hydraphase Intense for Eyes by La Roche-Posay. This stuff will do wonders for puffy eyes and you see a noticeable difference in thirty minutes. 

Routine: Night 

  • Take off my make up with Neutrogena Deep Clean Makeup Remover Wipes. Love these because they are oil free and I keep a stash of them in my car for after work too. Grease, sweat and oil are not my skin's friend.  Repeat the Clarisonic and Seacret Mud Soap routine. 
  • Then comes the moisturizing! I start with Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator. It helps even out my skintone and get rid of those emotional red splotches. 
  •  I use Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion for my face.  It is just the perfect non-oily lotion for my overly oily face! 
  • I also use Normaderm Hyaluspot for cystic acne breakouts as spot treatment.  I discovered it in Europe and fell in love at first use. I would use this in the mornings too, but it does not react well when you put makeup on top, it sort-of flakes off. You can't get the Normaderm line in drugstores in Raleigh, NC but I did see them in New York City when I was there earlier this summer. (Jealous of city life-so many skincare options!!!) Thus, I order these and the La Roche-Posay products online.  

Every week, like clockwork, I go to The Skin Center of the Triangle (Shout out to Sarah Rosado!) Each week I get an acne treatment which sometimes involves chemical peels, hydrating masks, laser correction and popping of the occasional pimple . Seriously, it is covered by insurance and for me it turns into a therapy session.  I love it, and it helps keep my acne in check!

I have included all the links to my favorite products and I hope that you find your own skin care regimen that suits your skin-type. The best feeling in the world is when my face is clear enough to not wear makeup. There is nothing that can replace that confidence in my book. Let me know what your skin routine is,  and if it's as intense as mine!