Friday, April 27, 2018

Traveling Hacks You Probably Did not know

Ah so I travel a lot during the year. I travel for work, fun, and to see family. Last year I traveled 25% of the year and this year just a little bit more! Spending a lot of time on the road or up in the air you learn some great hacks. 

TSA PreCheck- If you travel 3 or more times during the year, or exclusively during the holidays get TSA PreCheck. I promise this is the most life changing travel hack. Most of the time I travel on Monday mornings, and guess what. So does everyone else! I have made flights single handedly due to the fact that I have TSA PreCheck.  

Wine Opener- I have bought 2 wine openers in my whole life. To be honest, even in college I refused to buy a wine opener, and I became a hot fire flame of a wine opener. I am not even kidding I can open a wine bottle with anything. That being said, clean out your bag every single time before you head out and start packing. BECAUSE every single time I have flown in the past year. TSA pulled me over because I had a wine bottle opener. Where do they come from? I honestly do not know. I think TSA just gives it

Wine- Okay, say you do drink wine, and you are on a longer term trip, or you are celebrating. Prosecco's cork pops off and you do not need a wine opener. 

Suit Case- Get a good suit case. Last year I kept debating splurging on a suit case or not, and it is the biggest game changer. Something that allows you to pack perfectly, and feel light when you are trucking through an airport is the best. 

Play by the Rules & Ask Questions- The travel industry makes money off of your mistakes. They have super strict rules, and are only getting more strict. Also the travel industry is fast. If you are confused or do not understand, then ask! There has been times where I have been charged with the silliest things. Take a double look, because things are always changing. 

Safety vs Price- Trust me I am a cheapo, but I will let you know that spending a couple of more extra bucks to make sure you are in a better neighborhood will make you all the more relaxed. 


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Life Round Up

Hey what is up, hello. I have not had a weekend off in forever. So this weekend had pockets of naps and lots of time hanging out. Overall, so lucky to get a weekend doing nothing.

I was suppose to have all of Thursday to clean my apartment and pack it up. However, something more fun came up (can you say champagne bar) and I ended up going to that instead of doing what I planned on doing all week. Friday, I luckily got off a little earlier due to having later meetings all week. I no joke spend the moment I got off until dinner plans running around like a crazy person getting ready for this move. 

May was probably the worst month for me to move, due to the fact that I was gone 3/4 weekends in April. ALSO, I am gone the last week in April. SOO I am now thinking what on earth was going through my mind. 

BUT I have to keep reminding myself that the laundry situation in my apartment is the worst thing I have ever experienced. It was so bad, and I did not feel safe what so ever. I have to keep saying this to myself so I do not end up canceling all the plans to move. 

Also deploying is making moving mass chaos. I am still pretty young, so my furniture is not anything special. My whole furnished apartment probably cost me less than 600 dollars. Which if you are a grown up human, you know furniture does not cost that little. 

I was hard core debating getting storage, or selling. It was a hard thing to work out. But the fact that I could get back, AND move again. Was way too much. People always talk about how moving is not a fun thing to do, and I agree. It ain't fun.

Anyways, Saturday was full of brunch, naps, and more eating. I could not have asked for a better day.

THEN Sunday was just as relaxing, but a little more relaxing. It was a great weekend of being home before having to be gone for a full week. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Why I joined the Military

I have interviewed a handful of my military friends about their experience but I have never talked about why I joined or what I do! *Nothing in this blog Is associated with the ideas of the military all opinions and ideas are my own* 

How did I join the military? 

Well let me say this, most of my cousins and uncles were in the military. It was not the biggest surprise that I joined, except for me. 

I skipped my senior year of high school and I went to school at Georgia Southern University (Go Eagles!) my family ended up transferring to Michigan.

I was getting super homesick from being 4 hours away so I thought moving with them would be the best move. HOWEVER, I would not do this unless I got an internship AND was going to go to a big10 school. 

Both ended up happening HOWEVER. two weeks before school started my parents were like “hey we can’t pay for you to go to MSU.” So I replied (like the sassy brat I am) that I was going to join ROTC, thinking they would be like “no you can’t do it”

That day we made an appointment, and I was going to try out ROTC. I ended up loving the people and I signed a contract at the end of the semester. 

Okay, that’s great. That was college, what do you do now?

So I graduated from undergrad in 2016 that same day I commissioned as an army officer. (You can see the post here, and here is proof that I talk about this haha) I went the army reserves route which means you meet for one weekend a month. 

From there I went to basic officers leadership course which is three months to learn the role I would actually be doing in the army, which is Human Resources. 

After that I went to my unit and became a platoon leader (manager is how I would explain it). And I get to lead 20 amazing soldiers. 

Overall review of the job? 

I have super conflicting feelings about this. I think this is an amazing job for young people, or single people, or people who are wildly independent. The army is an amazing way to give yourself and your family and better way of life, trust me they will take care of you. I thoroughly enjoyed the military the first couple of years I was in. This job put me in high stress situations I never imagined I would be in, I learned how to deal with those things, I have gotten to do things I never imagined I ever would, and at a young age it gave me a good sense of self. Which is hard to put into words but I really learned who I was, and I can honestly thank the military for guiding me through that. I learned all of this and I just have a desk job.

That being said the military is amazing, and honestly I look at it as my greatest achievement. I mean getting to the point of being into the military and maintaining a career is a stressful and hard thing and looking back I’m so happy I was able to do it. 

However, I’m proud of that, but the thing that makes me happiest is being with my loved ones. And being in the military makes that hard sometimes. So for me that is my constant struggle. I am still learning balance, but I know I am lucky for this whole experience. I always say "I am wearing the best jersey for the best team". 

Overall, the military has been a huge part of my life lately, and I thought I would share that with you all!

So there you have it a little extra slice of my life! 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The sing behind the ring

This is my little Texas ring. I have been wanting a pearl ring for forever. For those of you that do not know I actually grew up in Texas for 10 years. So Texas hold a certain vibe in my heart. BUT that’s not what this is about. 

I asked my Platoon Sergeant (my military cohort) if I could wear it in uniform (he said probs nah) I came back from putting it in my bag and my platoon (the handful of soldier that I have the honor of leading) and they all looked nervous and they were like “ma’am is that a promise ring” I laughed and told them that I was not 12 years old so no hahah. For someone who shares a ton on the internet I’m a super private person, so they are always trying to creatively get info out of me. I thought that was hilarious. 

This past year i have had a lot of emotional moments in Texas. Going back to last August I found out I was deploying, and I attended a training conference in El Paso. This was a loooong week of planning the next year and just a ton of emotions for the unknown.

Then this past October i headed to Houston after Hurricane Harvey. I went to help out the Houston branch with my job. Because what people sometimes forget it is the people helping do the reconstruction were also affected by the hurricane. I work in what is called a manufacturing industry. I would call it being in the construction industry. But what I think of it is ✨exterior design✨ apparently I can’t call it that though. Going into peoples homes that were completely destroyed was so eye-opening and heartbreaking. One day of destruction can cause months of rebuilding.

This past weekend I was in Dallas for more deployment information. This one was more for how to handle finances and family matters and overall dealing with the lifestyle of being deployed. Families were allowed to come to this and it was interesting to see how much they went through during an deployment as well. 

Lastly! I’ll be deploying out of Texas! I wanted a ring to kind of remember everything that has happened and will happen in that state. So there you have it! 


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Graduation Dresses 2018

Ah graduation is right around the corner! So that means finding a job, and finding a great graduation dress. I know a handful of schools graduate in white dresses, so here is a mix with solid color dress. As great as pattered dresses are, I think solid colors are so much more ever green meaning you will not regret it in 5 years. (Nothing will last 10 years;) )


Thursday, April 5, 2018

April Book Club

Right before I headed to College our girl Rebecca Harrington came out with this book Penelope. I freaking loved it. I remember reading it three times in three weeks. I'm not a book  person, but this book stuck with me. 

I was honestly on a book drought. I was not going to be buying any books until October, and let me tell you I do nawt buy any books new. I found out Harrington was coming out with a new book. I did not stop, drop, or roll. I bought the book and all its glory. 

Penelope really stuck with me, and I though Sociable could be the exact same thing. So far. It is! It is about a gal who is in New York City, trying to ~* find herself*~ She gets rid of her eh boyfriend, finds her new job, and is ready to roll. 

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