Friday, January 31, 2014

Confessional Friday

 For the first time I am participating in Leslie's Confessional Friday and this week is a special edition...getting to know one another! 

1. Your name:

2. Where you're from:
 Born and raised in Homestead ,FL (just south of Miami). Went away to school at the University of Florida (in Gainesville, FL). I graduated in the spring of 2012 and have decided that Gainesville is my home for at least a couple more years. 

3. What do you do with your days? (Work, SAHM, student, etc.)
 I work full-time as a sales assistant at a broadcast company. We own a couple radio stations in the area so there are always events to go to and its never the same each day. Probably one of the best jobs I have ever had and the potential to move up in the company is a major PLUS. Living in a college town, I still find nights where I am at the clubs feeling like a student again ( I mean I am ONLY 23) but there are nights that I am a total homebody; in bed by 9:00 watching TV with the boyfriend (and of course my pup snuggled in between)

4. Tell us about your family (photos are great!)
My mom is my best friend hands down. She raised my older brother and I by herself because my parents divorced when I was 7. My brother, Alex, is four years older than me and just recently moved to New York with his girlfriend. ( Going from Key West to cold NY was a big change).  My family is ALL very close. We aren't a big family but we sure are crazy! Growing up, all my aunts/uncles/cousins lived within 30 mins of my house which was one of the main reasons we were so close. We may have all moved around a bit now but we still remain just as connected and I wouldn't trade it for the world!

5. What are your dreams and goals?
Now that I am done with school, I want to succeed in the workplace and then eventually settle down and start a family. Simply put...I just want to be happy.

6. Why did you start blogging?
I started this blog in 2011 because I thought it would be fine to have a place I could write about my life..kinda like a journal. I wrote one little post and then didn't come back for TWO YEARS! I don't post every day but I trying really hard to get into it and hope one day to have a good group of bloggin' friends because of this little blog. (Don't be afraid to comment if this is your first time here; I love new faces!)

7. Maybe tell us some random facts!
My name is actually an Irish boys name that my parents thought of randomly before I was born. 
I have slightly webbed toes (oops TMI?)
I have never (*knock on wood*) broken a bone

That's all about ME! Hope you learned something and decide to stick around this little blog of mine!
 Happy Friday to all!

<3 happy bloggin'

Thursday, January 30, 2014


Let's talk about being on time. (venting once again on this lil blog o' mine). Being on time is pretty important right? For your job, a date...just about everything! It seems like there are people that haven't quite learned just how important it is. 

Yea, I have been late a handful of times. Yes, I have gotten used to my close friends ALWAYS been late when we have plans ( I leave ten minutes after I am supposed to just to counteract their tardiness). But when it comes to being late EVERY SINGLE DAY to a job that you have had less than 6 months (and the tardiness has been from the VERY beginning). 

I work at a broadcasting company. It's a very LAID BACK environment which I love. If you're running late, text the boss. If you need the day off, easy peasy lemon squeezy. But you still want to make a good impression, correct? Not the case for a handful of women I work with.  They can't seem to make into work on time any day of the week. There is always some reason for their tardiness. They fall into three different categories:

1) " I had to take my toddler to daycare"
Well your kid has been going to the same daycare for the past 6+months, it hasn't changed locations so why don't you leave a little bit earlier? If I see you driving right next to me on the way to work and you have yet to drop off your child, that means you're running late! (Which just happened a couple days ago). If it's not the daycare it always some excuse with your child. I don't have kids but I do know that blaming them for your lateness doesn't seem very fair!
2) " I have a meeting" 
The ladies I work with that seem to always been late are in sales so having a meeting is a valid excuse. (They go on countless meetings a week) but 9 times outta 10, their meetings are not going to be first thing in the morning. If you use the excuse on Tuesday that you had a meeting at 9am...don't try to use it again the next three days because it isn't going to work. 

3) They don't even acknowledge they're late. 
They walk in 30 mins late as if its nothing. Umm I'm pretty sure my boss wants me here at 8:30am so why are you dragging yourself in at 8:55 and its no biggie? Like I said up there ^^^ leave a little earlier and you wouldn't be late. what a concept

What boggles my mind the most is the fact that the manager/boss lady is one of the culprits so when her sales team is late, she blows it off like its not really a big deal. The only time she makes a fuss is when HER BOSS is going to be in the office.If you don't "punish" when they are late, they are going to continue to do it. Just like children, they won't learn because they don't know they are doing something wrong!

Another thing is the fact that these ladies get away with just about anything. One girl in particular has gotten so drunk (one time at the work Christmas party) a handful of times and doesn't show up to work the next day (or if she does its at 2pm). I am 23 years old. I have had my fair share of drunken nights and hung-over mornings. I am over that now. But I still enjoy going out from time to time. I know my limit. I have to wake up at let's NOT take tequila shots at 3am..bad idea!  I went out just last night and I made sure that my happy butt was at my desk before 8:30 am!


 The last and final thing that I don't think I will ever understand is the way that some of these girls dress. (that sounded bitchy didn't it?) I stay in the office all day so I can wear jeans and a hoodie (and I do from time to time) but most days I am wearing dress pants and a nice shirt. I want clients to see me as a professional and my boss to respect that I am mature enough to put together a work appropriate outfit. These girls...not so much. Your a size can wear just about anything and it will look good on you...and somehow you manage to look like a train wreck. Your skirt/dress is way too short and you're not even matching. Are those high heels uncomfortable? I can tell because you're hunched over and limping. (*what*) And don't get me started on the fact that you have BEDHEAD! You brushed the front of your hair ( or so I think?) but you managed to forget the back of your head for some reason? 

I am a young adult who has had a job since I was 15 years old. I believe I know how to be mature, professional and of course, punctual. You don't get respect from your employers when you show up late every day and look like a hot mess. I hope that young women learn that being on time and looking the part will make a world of difference when it comes to the relationships you have, whether it be work, friends or romantic. I sure has heck will make sure my future daughter does.

<3 happy bloggin'

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Can YOU get off my internets...?

 Bloggin' again? Who am I?! I am starting to get a little better at this whole thing and I am loving it.

           Now on to what I wanted to discuss today...the site GOMI (or I was reading Not Before My Tea last week and she was jokingly talking about how she wanted to be on the site. She brought it up again today about how she didn't agree with the site and she truthfully would not want to be on it...EVER!

           What is GOMI? It's a website where ladies (and probably some gentlemen) talk badly about bloggers. There are forums divided into "Healthy Living Bloggers", "Fashion Bloggers" etc. and then they just trash talk each blog. IT'S HORRIBLE! I went onto the site after seeing it on a couple other blogs and was intrigued by what these people would actually have to say about some of the blogs I read on a daily basis. What blows my mind is the fact that the people on this site follow these blogs (or at the very least, read them each day), follow them on twitter, instagram etc. just to bash them! They are caddy and spend time outta their day to nit pick every little thing. When will people learn that we are suppose to stick together and give each other confidence, not tear each other down? Yes we all love to gossip and I don't know if that's ever going to change but at the very least, we could not do it on an online platform.

           The other thing about this website that blows my mind is the fact that its not just a couple comments here and there...there are sometimes HUNDREDS that go on for a span of a year or so. And commenters are so happy with themselves when they right a mean comment and when someone comes into the forum and has some NICE to say, they all gang up on that person too! It is unlike anything I have ever seen. These women (who I am guessing are not teenagers) spend their days just finding little things that these women who are just like them (these bloggers aren't celebs; they are normal ladies who decided to start a blog) did wrong (the way they dress, the way they write, who they are dating blah blah blah) and publicly ridicule them!

          Hey guess what? Don't like a bloggers outfit? KEEP IT TO YOURSELF! We don't all dress like models on a daily basis and your probably sitting on your couch in pajamas so don' t judge!  Don't like something they wrote about? Send them a private email to discuss it or maybe comment on their blog (the blog that you are looking over with a fine tooth comb anyway.) Why do these people feel the need to public bash on these women; the women who are putting themselves out there for the world to see and don't need a group of women to sit behind a computer screen and be BULLIES because that's exactly what these people are BULLIES!!

       The last thing I have to say about this site before I try to forget it even exisited is: PUT YOURSELF IN THEIR SHOES! How many of these women on GOMI are bloggers then themselves? Probably not many. Try doing what they do and then maybe you wouldn't be so quick to judge them. Get a life and GET OFF MY INTERNETS!
<3 happy bloggin'

Monday, January 27, 2014


I have been doing so good on this whole blogging makes me oh so happy! I thought today would be a perfect time for a little update/currently I am...

Listening/Watching - I just finished watching this video of Mackelmore/Madonna's performance last time at the Grammy's. I didn't watch any of the Grammy's but I heard so much about this part that I needed to watch it. You need to watch it if you haven't already. So beautiful!
Four-time Grammy winner Macklemore performed "Same Love" with Ryan Lewis at the Grammys Sunday.

Eating - Just finished a breakfast sandwich from Dunkin' Donuts that was oh so tasty but probably not the best for me. oops

Drinking - An un-sweet iced tea (w/ Splenda) from Dunkin'. I am not a coffee drinker so this is my go-to drink in the morning! 
Reading - Besides the computer screen? Nothing and not happy about it. I love reading and I just can't seem to find a good book to read lately. Any ideas?

Feeling - All sorts of feelings. I am happy with life but the everyday struggles of money, work, etc. take  a toll on you after awhile. Being a grown-up is hard but I have to face the hardships to reap the rewards right?

Weather - Gainesville weather has been perfect lately. I love the cold weather but not sure I would deal with the snow and negative temps like some parts of the country are experiencing. This is what I am dealing with for the next couple days and I am LOVING IT!

Wanting - to go on a shopping spree? to not be stressing about the little things in life? to go a vacation?

Cooking/Baking- I didn't do much cooking/baking this weekend since the boyfriend was away but I hope to cook as much as possible this week. I need so more go-to recipes to try out instead of using the same few I have.
Looking Forward to- The end of the work day when I can change into sweats, put my hair up and just relax. My job is very easy and laid back but I still enjoy going home to the boy and my pup and just doing a little bit of nothing.
Wishing- that it was Feb. 22nd...ugh!
Loving- my amazing family, friends for everything they do for me and especially the boyfriend. Without getting sappy and mushy, he really does make me smile and is the perfect shoulder to lean on when I need it. Don't know what I would do without any of these people in my life.
<3 happy bloggin'

Friday, January 24, 2014

Five on Friday


1) I have not started 2014 on the right foot at all. I need to start eating better and working out more. I keep telling myself that I am having a "cheat day" but that turns into a whole week! Ugh got to be a be more motivated and get my butt moving!
2) The boy does so many amazing things for me but I love the little surprises like breakfast in bed on a lazy Sunday or bringing me flowers just because! He never fails to make me smile :)
3) The cold weather here in Florida has been AMAZING! Not sure I would be able to handle the -9 degrees or worse that my brother is feeling in New York but I love the chilly 35 degree morning and cold nights that allow us to have bonfires with some great friends.
4) I just got this bracelet at Aeropostale a couple days ago.(Can't seem to find it on their website) I am in love with minty colors lately and its so simple I can weather with a lot of outfits but adds a bit of *bling* that I like.
5) I am debating if I want to grow to keep my hair short like the first pic which was taken like a week ago or grow it out long like the second pic which was taken like 6 months ago. I like it short because its easy to manage and gives me more volume but I LOVED how my hair looked when it was super long. Decisions , decisions.
That's all I have for today. Have a great weekend and stay warm!!
<3 happy bloggin'

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Year in Review: 2013

Well, well, well. Here I am again...gracing this blog with my presence after being away for over 2 months. But did anyone really notice? *cricket chirps*...didn't think so! Well anyways I am going to do my year in review (almost a month behind schedule) and hopefully start 2014 being better at this whole blogging thing!

Spent NYE out & about Gainesville with some amazing people.
Soaked up as much time as I could with my cousins before they left to head back to Australia. 
Photo: Ladies night!  #creeperinthecorner #futureroomies
Spent Valentine's Day as a single girl with some friends (one of which I don't speak to anymore)
Photo: Wishing safe travels to the best friend a girl could ever have. I can't believe you're gonna be so far from me since we have been within ten minutes of each other since we were 8yrs old. So proud of you and can't wait to hear of all your amazing travels in Europe. Can't wait to see you again soon. Love you boo boo!
Said good-bye to my best friend of 15+ years as we moved to Europe *sad face*
Thought I knew where I would living in the next couple months and how life was going to be in 2013 but ALL that changed.
I met this guy.
Who would have thought that after everything I went through in 2012
that I would be in a relationship again.

Celebrated Roxi's first birthday! (Can't believe she's going to be two soon!)

Celebrated my 23rd birthday!
Signed a lease on a house (oh how that would be a mistake!)
Kind of a low key month.
 Celebrated one year of adopting my pup Roxi.
Went out a lot with friends. 

Started a new job as a Sales Assistant. (still serving on the weekends). It was a change of pace but I have to say it was the best decision I could have ever made! 
Remember that lease I signed and those friends I am no longer close with? Well this is the month that I decided living with them would be the wrong idea so I subleased my room (that I had not yet moved into) and distanced myself from negativity.


Started looking for a new place to live within my budget that was still suitable for an energetic dog.  Sean was moving to Gainesville, and we made the HUGE decision to live together even though we had only been dating for FOUR MONTHS! (it was scary but I wouldn't change it for the world)
Moved into our new apartment and made it into our home :)

 Family came to visit and help set up the new place.
Celebrated Sean's 28th birthday.

 Was a busy month for my job with all the events we put on at work. 
Family came to visit again
Went to Halloween Horror Nights (don't know why I torture myself each year)
Saw Florida Georgia Line in Concert
Went out for Halloween with the boytoy and my best friend. 

Celebrated Thanksgiving with Sean's family. 
Photo: Happy holidays! thank u Kenyon Rath ! I love u so much for your unconditional support and love,I could never b without u!
As you can tell...the boyfriend was SPOILED!!
Did some Black Friday shopping for the first time in Gainesville
 (usually I am back home in Miami for it)
Finally went back to my hometown after being away for 9+ months.
 (Sean's first time there)
Celebrated Christmas with my family and enjoyed the time off from work. 
Went to Jacksonville for NYE and had a blast with some of our good friends! 
2013 was a great year. Had its ups and downs of course but I met some amazing people, started a great job and got to do a lot of things that I never would have thought I would. Can't wait for 2014 to be EVEN BETTER!!
<3 happy bloggin'