FINISHED: T-Shirt Quilt

Tada! After working on this quilt on and off for about 2 years, it’s finally finished. A few years ago, I decided that I was going to make a t-shirt quilt of all my old high school t-shirts as a way to keep the shirts but not have it clutter my closet.

Between then and now, I had a lot of life changes as I mentioned in my 2020 Vision post, and I didn’t necessarily make it a priority to finish this quilt. However, once I moved into my latest place, I decided that I wanted to finish this quilt before winter 2019. So throughout the course of 2019, I finished the top sheet, found a finisher near me, sewed the binding myself, and cut the final loose threads off the edges to be able to completely call it done.

Take a look at the finished product and let me know if you have any questions on how to get started yourself!

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2020 Vision

Ya’ll, I started this blog when I was in college. 

I wanted a creative outlet for my thoughts, and in the 5 or so years that this has been live, I graduated college, changed jobs twice, and lived in 4 different places. Needless to say, the past few years have been in a constant state of flux, and it’s been reflected in the handful of posts that I’ve done.

With change comes a lot of uncertainty, and I struggled to find my footing in this post-college life. I tried to find myself through a lot of trial and error, especially in the realm of hobbies. I wanted so desperately to find “my thing” that I thought would be my defining role to give me some sort of guidance and direction in the real world, so I tried anything and everything I had an ounce of interest in. I ended up leaving a graveyard of projects that I started and either never finished or quit before it could really take off.

Looking into 2020, I want to revisit that graveyard and give these projects another shot. This time around, I want to focus, and that will be my intention for the rest of the year. Instead of casting my net far and wide to see what sticks, I want to 1) be intentional about what I choose to dedicate my time to, and 2) stay focused when I pick a project to work on. I want to stop abandoning projects as soon as I encounter an obstacle and stay focused enough to see it through to the end.

I know this is way easier said than done – as with most new year’s resolutions and intentions. But I plan on giving it a shot because I have nothing to lose. I can gain so much more by staying focused, like learning discipline, perseverance, and accountability. I’m looking forward to seeing the results and opportunities this brings for me, and I am excited to share more as the year goes on. 

Watch out for me, 2020! I’m coming for ya!

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I Took a Week Off & Here is What I Did

New month, new changes, right? We’re half way into the fifth month of 2019, and have I got some news for you! I switched jobs!

It’s been a whirlwind of a time. 2018 was the second hardest year of my life, but 2019 has been the craziest. I don’t know if it’s something about turning 25 and hitting my quarter life crisis, but I’ve just started realizing what I find trivial and what I deem important to my happiness. However, that is a post for another time.

Today, I want to focus on my week off – the first time I’ve really taken a break in the past 6 years. I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to really take care of myself, but I guess the older I get, the more I try to find time for myself knowing that I am happiest when I am still.

So here’s a recap of what I did during my week off, and I hope it inspires you to treat yourself when you get the chance. Continue reading

What Not to Say to Potential Employers

What Not to Say to Potential Employers

Have you ever talked to someone who has these far fetching ideas on what they want to do in life, but when you ask “how are you going to get there?” their immediate response is “I don’t know.”

Recently, I have had a lot of people talk to me about their career. I always ask, “well, what do you want to do?” These are a few of the responses I get:

  • I just want to not have to work so much.
  • I want paid vacation and good benefits.
  • I know I don’t want a typical desk job.
  • I don’t know, just not what I am doing now.

Do you know what these responses tell me? Absolutely nothing about you, your goals, what you have to offer, and how you plan on getting to where you want to be.

These answers are just not good enough.

Harsh but let me tell you why they are not good enough. Those answers show that you haven’t put enough thought into what you actually want to do in the years that you will be in the workforce.

Another issue with these statements is that it says nothing about what you have to offer a company. There are no technical or soft skills in there that employers are looking for. You have to reframe this to something that a company actually needs, like you want to lead a team or build better websites or up their sales.

If you’re not putting out what employers are looking for, you are not going to be found. Simple.

However, this is not to say that you can’t tell a potential employer that you want good benefits or that you want to make your job work for you. In fact, you can tell them all those bullets above, just in a better way. For example…

Instead of saying: “I just want to not have to work so much.”

Say this instead: “I need work/life balance.”

Instead of saying: “I know I don’t want a typical desk job.”

Say this instead: “I want a job that allows me to travel or be active to get the job done.”

It’s all about reframing, so let your employers know your expectations without coming across the wrong way.

It is also okay not to know what you want for your career, but don’t give up on trying to find it. Every job you take should point you in one way or another, but make sure that you are paying attention to the things that motivate you and the things that drain you. Get hired, learn what you need to learn, then move on to something better with the foundation you have built.

Finding your dream job is tough. Nobody starts out in their dream job, and no dream job can last forever. But taking the time out to figure out what you actually want to do in life and also phrasing it well to your potential employers will take you one step closer to achieving your dream.

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Let’s Get to Quilting!

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Happy March! I recently embarked on a journey to make my own t-shirt quilt after I got the best gift of all time… a sewing machine! I had been wanting one for a while now so I could patch up some of my clothes instead of buying new stuff (money saving tip right there). But I quickly found out there are so many awesome projects you can do with a sewing machine! Continue reading

7 Things I Learned After Moving Out

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It’s been almost 3 months since I moved out of my parents’ house. After college, I moved back home to save money while I searched for a job. In a year and a half, I completed an internship, worked a job from hell, then ended up in my current role at the best company ever! Needless to say, it’s been one hell of a year and a half, but I’m still feeling the effects of the transition from college to adulthood – especially with the whole move.

Now that my life is a little more stable and I am finally settling in to my new place, I am slowly starting to realize how impactful my decision to move was. From a long and trying period of figuring out logistics to the short period of adjustment in a new city, I have learned so much about myself… or as Kylie Jenner would say, “I am realizing stuff.”

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Miss You, G.

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Nearly nine months ago on Christmas Eve, my grandmother passed away, just a few days shy of her 95th birthday. If you have been a long-time reader, you know how much of a superwoman she was.

I remember her giving all the kids piggy back rides around the house, whipping up our favorite meals without complaining, and teaching us how to add and subtract using chopsticks. My childhood was so loving because of my grandmother, who made sure I woke up in time to catch the school bus every morning and who was the one to tuck me in at night. She chased monsters out of my room, cleaned the wounds when I fell, and bent over backwards to make everyone’s lives as easy as possible.

She was the glue that kept the family together and the foundation upon which we built this amazing life in the United States. Without her sacrifices, this life that my family and I live right now would not be possible. My parents would not have been able to work three jobs, take care of two kids, afford a house and save up to send the kids to college. She was truly an amazing woman, and I admire her for her strength and dedication to always do what needed to be done for the sake of our family.

Even though so much time has gone by, I still feel like the hardest part about her passing was that I never told her thank you enough, and I never told her I love you enough. I grew up and got wrapped up in my own world, and I didn’t have the clarity of mind to realize that my time with her would end so quickly. All those times that I could have spent with her but didn’t will always be my biggest regret.

So for anyone who needs a reminder to always be present with the people you love, this is your reminder. You don’t have to be sappy to tell someone you love them. Just be there, in the moment, without any distractions. It could mean the world to them.

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G, I love you, and I miss you dearly.

DIY Plant Stand Makeover

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Since last year, I have accumulated 14 plant babies. It all started with my HORT 2000 class at UGA taught by the sweet David Berle in Spring 2016. Mid way through the semester, one of our assignments was to identify, repot and maintain an indoor plant until the end of the semester. I got a banana croton, which I did not know until Lowe’s replied to my tweet (thanks for saving my grade, Lowe’s).

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Back & Better

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Oh, how good it feels to be back! Since August, I’ve had a lot of changes in my life – both good and bad. I’ll have to catch you up soon with a series of new blog posts. But until then…

Check out the resolutions I made for myself in the new year. Please hold me accountable! Usually I go with something simple like “be a better person” or “work out more.” This year, I took a different approach that is a bit better suited for my mindset.

I like to compartmentalize my life just to stay organized, so I figured that compartmentalizing my resolutions would be more beneficial to me. Check out how I broke it down below.

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