- Clean, safe and accessible drinking water
- Heat in the winter and air conditioner in the summer
- My parents
- My siblings
- Reliable Transportation
- Health Insurance
- Corrected Vision…. And Contacts!
- A Dishwasher!
Happy Weekend! Enjoying a lazy and relaxing first weekend in April with my boyfriend and sweet puppy and trying to find some time to get back on the water and sail sometime soon.
Hope each of you are having a lovely weekend as well.
Hi friends! Happy New Year’s Eve!!!!!! EEEEEK..
I think I blinked and 2016 flew by… it was a year full of many changes.
I was accepted to Law School and ultimately decided to accept a job offer working full-time in banking.
I also celebrated the ONE YEAR anniversary of this blog in October!!! Wow, what a journey it has been. Thank you to all of you who read my blog on a consistent or occasional basis and thank you for connecting with me on an authentic, real level.
I hope each of you have an amazing, exciting and Happy New Year! 🙂
I am not a big fan of making New Year’s Resolutions. I have personal and professional goals I set for myself that I like to keep track of, but when a New Year begins I like to think of it more as a time of reflection and a time to commit to new habits or principles than hard and fast resolutions like “lose ten pounds” or “get a promotion” or “never drink soda again.”
Here are 7 Habits worth implementing in the New Year…
Now that I’ve graduated college, I really feel that I am growing into my own skin more. I like who I am, I’m proud of my achievements and I’m so very excited to continue to experience my life.
I’ve realized I am much more of an introvert than I previously thought and I’ve begun to embrace that rather than always trying to be outgoing or social when I don’t want to be.
Whatever being “authentic” means to you – you should recognize it and embrace your true nature. I really think you’ll be so much happier.
Honor Your Committments
If you are over the age of 21 – if you make plans with someone, even if it is just for a coffee date, drinks after work, brunch on the weekend, etc. STICK TO IT.
There is nothing worse than having limited free time and wanting to spend time with someone and them bailing at the last second, it is disrespectful, makes you look like you have no manners and hurts the feelings of the person you have bailed on.
When I was in college and had a more flexible schedule I was so guilty of making plans with someone and rescheduling at the last minute because I was managing my own time poorly and something came up, I needed to study extra for an exam, I slept in, I wanted to go to the grocery store, etc. a million silly excuses.
Now that I work full-time, I am much more respectful of people’s time and expect them to give me the same kindness.
Value Your Time
On the same note as honoring your commitments, make sure you value your own time. Just say no to things you don’t want to do, don’t make you happy, or will cause you unnecessary stress or hardship.
There will always be another event, party, brunch, church outing, etc. to go to.
Whatever it is that relaxes you or brings you joy, make time for that as often as you can. If you enjoy reading at the end of a long day, try to have a book on your kindle or on your nightstand, if you like taking a hot bath, if you like working out, etc.
Make time to take care of yourself mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically and you will be at 100 percent for everything and everyone else in your life.
Smart Financial Decisions
Build good credit.
Stay out of debt.
Invest in your education.
Don’t buy things you can’t afford.
I want to do a series on good financial habits and investment choices for young professionals. Let me know in the comments if this is something you’d be interested in!!
If you can afford to go out to eat, you can afford to tip a minimum of 15-20 percent on top of what your dinner cost.
A grateful and generous heart has more benefit than just enriching the pockets of the person you have blessed.
If I write something on my calendar or planner I am much more likely to complete it or do it than if I just have an ambitious plan.
This applies to trips you want to take, dreams, and even just planing out your week so that you are productive.
Planning + Scheduling is #1. I recommend having a paper planner and a digital planner that synchs with your phone.
You will be happier and less stressed when you can look at your calendar at the beginning of the month and be predictive of how you need to manage your time and life to get what you want accomplished.
You can’t move forward if you don’t know what you are moving towards.
Are there any good habits that you swear by? Is there anything you think should be added to this list?
Hi friends! Just popping in to say Merry Christmas! I hope each of you have a lovely holiday with your friends and family. I’ll be back around New Year’s with new and fresh content for 2017.
Hi friends, I will be back on a regular posting schedule starting Monday… finally.
My sweet boyfriend has been in and out of the hospital and had major chest surgery to repair a partially collapsed lung so my creative corner of the internet has not received the attention I wanted to give it as I’ve still been working long hours full-time (#bankinglife) and supporting Jordan as he goes through all of this.
Even if you are young anything can happen so it’s important to always be grateful for your health, I’ve found myself lately thinking a lot about life and stress and what my personal and professional goals are, at the top of the list is making a difference in other people’s lives and investing in my family and friends… that’s it, at the end of the day the rest doesn’t really matter. Although I wish Jordan was never sick, I am grateful for so many things, including a fresh perspective and a reminder never to take anyone for granted.
However! September 22nd is the first day of Fall so I thought it might be fun to put together a list of my favorite reasons to love Fall. We have a couple of weekend trips planned and many, many events coming up for the Holidays, I can hardly wait, I am so excited!! 🙂
One of my goals for this fall and for this holiday season is to finish decorating my house and begin entertaining a bit more, I LOVE having people over and planning events, life is short, I want to soak everything in I can.
Is Fall your favorite season? If so, what are your favorite things about the season? Do you have any trips planned in particular? If Fall isn’t your favorite season, which season is and why?
For today’s Girl Boss Monday I decided to focus on “Back to School,” specifically those of you going to university in the fall.
With July flying by I am in a back to school mindset and I find myself anxiously looking back on all of my back to school shopping lists even though I am working full-time now in banking.
I had the absolute best time picking out items for my dorm room at UNC-Chapel Hill and then moving off-campus when I was a bit older. I am a huge planner and knowing that I was prepared for the start of a new semester was refreshing and motivating.
If you are going to school out-of-state or if this is just the first time that you will be away from home for an extended period of time, it can be a bit daunting to decide what to pack, how to pack it, how to transport it and if you will have everything you will need for the semester after your parents leave you at school.
I decided to curate a list of the top twenty or so items I found the most useful when I was living in a dorm during my undergraduate studies.
A hamper is self-explanatory but even so I can’t stress how useful this item is going to be for you, and if you can find one or order one online you should also pick up a big laundry bag in order to carry laundry home with you to your parent’s when you are home for the weekend or on break. The quality of the washing machines and dryers in your dormitory may be questionable so it’s best to have a tote that can fit a lot of clothes in it for those inevitable trips home.
2- Shower Caddy
If you share a bathroom with other students buy a large shower caddy in order to transport your shampoo, conditioner and other toiletries to and from the bathroom, just like the hamper, the bigger shower caddy the better, you might find you want to be able to use more than just the basic items when you are getting ready in the bathroom.
3- Extra Set of Sheets
Again, laundry might be questionable in your dormitory so a fresh pair of sheets will be a lovely change when you decide to change your bedding.
4- Case for Laptop
Every student is normally required to purchase a laptop and you will be taking it everywhere: class, the library, to study at a friend’s house, etc. so a sturdy case on the actual laptop and maybe a sleeve to put it in to protect this expensive investment is a no-brainer.
You can pick up cute and practical plastic shelving from Target, Bed Bath & Beyond or other retailer in order to have more storage space in a tiny dorm room – the storage can especially be used for storing snacks and non-perishable food for when you get hungry and would like a snack.
6- Mini Fridge
For soft drinks, yogurt in the morning when you are in a rush to class, frozen dinners when you have an exam and need to quickly make dinner, etc.
For those nights or mornings when you want something quick and easy and the dining hall or cafeteria is all the way across campus
A date? A formal? An interview on-campus? A steamer is a quick hit to make your clothes look beautiful and presentable.
9- Personal Touches
Pictures of friends, initials hanging on the wall, twinkly Christmas lights, don’t forget to bring a few memories from home as you head off to school
10- Area Rug
If your dorm room is concrete it might be a nice and easy touch to add an area rug to your room, your room will feel warm and cozy and you can pick up a carpet remnant very cheaply from some home stores or outlets if you don’t want to pay full price at Target or other big-box retailer.
11- Flash Drive
For quickly transporting a research paper or project and handing it in, preserving a copy of it or printing at the library, you need a flash drive.
12- External Hardrive
An external hard drive is a little expensive but if your life is on your computer as mine is you might want to think about backing up your data to another hard drive.
13- Febreeze / Clorox Wipes / ETC.
For freshening up your dorm room and keeping things reasonably clean.
14- Command Strips and Adhesives
You can’t drill holes or put nails in the wall of your dormitory but you can hang things with command strips or adhesives.
15- Ethernet Cord
Even though WiFi seems like it is everywhere nowadays it is possible that your dorm room does not have wifi and even if it does an ethernet cord is a hard wired connection and will be much faster – completely necessary.
16- Shower Shoes
Keep your feet clean from the germs in a bathroom that will be used by countless other people – pick up a couple of pairs from Old Navy or Target
17- First Aid Kit
Tylenol, Band Aids, Neosporin, etc.
Plastic Storage Containers // Bins // Shelving to store under the bed or on the shelving I mentioned earlier – it will make moving out easier later and will give you more floor space to actually live in.
19- Weekend Bag
For a trip home or to the beach with friends keep a cute bag stashed in your closet.
20- Business Casual Clothing
For the inevitable interview, group project, presentation, etc. make sure you have something professional and respectable tucked away in your wardrobe.
You can find two other #GirlBossMonday Posts related to college here:
What are your must-haves for your college packing list? Is there anything I left out? What was your favorite thing about living in a dormitory if you’ve already graduated from college?
In lieu of having a monthly bucket list as I’ve done in the past I thought it would make more sense to create a list of activities I’d like to complete throughout the entire summer and have one combined “bucket list.”
Highlights of my summer will include:
Flying into Las Vegas to visit my younger brother, he is currently on a 51 day road trip across the entire United States! Luke and his friend are traveling to almost every major city in the continental United States!
I’m also excited to spend some time sailing in Charleston and volunteering. I’m hopeful to find a charity in North Carolina where I can tutor children who are not involved in any other type of enrichment or activity throughout their summer break.
What items are on your summer bucket list?
Is there anywhere in particular that you plan on traveling this summer?
Hi friends! Happy Friday!
I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend where I can catch up on writing content for HMS Jewels and also some time to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
Today I am sharing a few places in Raleigh, North Carolina that I love. This is an updated post to my previous list of Things to do on a Weekend in Raleigh .
My boyfriend and I love to try new restaurants on the weekends or when we have free time and we have both been so excited to watch Raleigh grow over the past few years. I feel very lucky to call Raleigh home.
Thank you so much to sweet Savannah at The Always Blog for organizing a group of bloggers to write individual posts about their favorite cities on the East Coast.
Caffe Luna – Excellent wine list and they have gluten-free pasta!!!
Warajii – Best Sushi and Nigiri in the Triangle
Babylon in Downtown Raleigh – Sit outside if you can, their oasis is beautiful!!
Tazza Kitchen – Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Cameron Village
bu*ku – Global Street Food in Downtown Raleigh
Second Empire – Romantic and Delicious
Gravy – Italian in Downtown Raleigh – try the gnocchi or the kale salad
Kabab and Curry – Little, off-the-wall Indian Restaurant
Mandolin – Farm-to-table and excellent wine list!!
Margaux’s – North Raleigh, French food, fun martini menu
Foundation – Cocktail Bar
Trophy Brewing Company – Try the “Daredevil” Pizza
Bittersweet – Cocktail Bar + Desserts (Including S’mores!)
Seaboard Wine Warehouse – Excellent selection of wines from around the world
Raleigh Times – Downtown, try drinking on the roof!
London Bridge Pub – Have a patio and lots of drink specials, plus soccer and sports to watch
Benelux Coffee – Waffles and Brunch here too!
Morning Times – Downtown Raleigh
Joule Coffee – Downtown Raleigh
TO SOCIALIZE + SHOP
Charlotte’s – Boutique in Cameron Village
Cat Banjo – Glenwood Avenue
Uniquities – Cameron Village
Two weekends ago, on Friday April 8th 2016, my sweet boyfriend and I had the lovely opportunity to attend the Grand Opening of the Merrimon-Wynne Carriage House at the Historic Merrimon-Wynne House in Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Merrimon-Wynne House is an absolutely stunning wedding and corporate event venue. The house was originally built in 1876 as a private residence for a North Carolina Supreme Court Justice.
I live a few minutes from the Merrimon-Wynne House and had driven by it before but never had time to visit, I am so glad I finally had the chance to see the house and accompanying Carriage House extension in person! Not only did we have a lovely evening but I’ve discovered a new venue that I’ll use personally in the future for events as well as a venue I can recommend to friends and family. Anytime you are planning an event the venue is usually the most expensive and stressful part, I’m so excited that I’ve discovered such a gorgeous venue just minutes from my house! As an added thought, since the venue is downtown if you’re having your wedding there it’s very accessible for guests who may be traveling from a long distance to attend your special day.
Jordan and I were absolutely blown away by the Merrimon-Wynne House itself and the Carriage House that they’ve recently built and added on to the property. The Carriage House is an extension of the Merrimon-Wynne House and it would be perfect to host an indoor wedding reception, formal dinner for a corporate event or any other event that you would need a classic and beautiful space for.
Below I’ve added some of my favorite photos from the event, thank you specifically to Kaila Anderson from the Merrimon-Wynne House and thank you to Renee Sprink from Renee Sprink Photography for the GORGEOUS images of the event featured below.
Some of my favorite parts of the event were the custom cocktails from Donovan’s Dish Catering and the Gelato and Martini Bar from Sugarland Desserts, I thought the idea of a gelato bar was so cute and fun and it was something I hadn’t thought of!
Thank you to the other vendors for making this event such a success!
Hi friends! I’m sorry that HMS Jewels has been off the grid for the past week and a half, life has been insanely busy and I’ve been brainstorming some major improvements and changes to the blog.
Starting this Monday, HMS Jewels will be on a consistent posting schedule of
Monday // Wednesday // Friday.
AND stay tuned for more interesting and personal content including outfit posts and a bit more about me. A specific goal of mine after approximately seven months of blogging was to slowly reveal more about myself and my life and the things I love and care about while still remaining professional and providing good content and fashion for my readers to enjoy. If you’re curious you can read My Goals for 2016 and you can meet my adorable puppy, ARIA!
And if you’re feeling like you want to venture out of the fashion + lifestyle realm, you can read my post about How To Heal a Broken Heart.
A blog should be both professional and personal at the same time, after all, if there are not personal touches on your blog, then your readers could simply look at a fashion magazine, browse Nordstrom.com or simply go to a brick and mortar store to purchase a piece of clothing.
Finally, I am really excited to start working more closely with a professional photographer to create some of the visuals for my blog, I have SO MANY ideas for outfit posts and content for the blog in general and I’m excited to finally have some time on the weekends to explore these ideas creatively and professional through my blog.
I’m also going to be revamping Girl Boss Monday a bit to focus on more tangible, specific, information for millennial women within the categories of finance, technology, investment, etc., it will still be Girl Boss Monday, every Monday, but INSTEAD of just a roundup of five or so articles related to women, it will be more specific advice and helpful information…. stay tuned!!
Last but not least, here’s some weekend inspiration of Dreamy (And Oh Too Expensive) Spring Dresses I found after browsing Net-A-Porter.com
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Hi friends! I am so sorry for the late post and especially sorry to those of you who normally read this on Monday mornings. I normally try to schedule my posts so that they go live by 6am but that doesn’t always happen and sometimes the beach happens 🙂
1- How Tech Killed Fashion Week – Another excellent article from Amy Boone about how technology is disrupting the fashion industry.
2- Barriers Today for Women – Excellent and unbiased article from NPR about barriers to success for women today that aren’t as obvious or visible as previous generation’s barriers to women
First, much of today’s bias is implicit, not explicit. Women are much less likely to be told that they don’t belong in the lab, and people may be less likely to believe that they don’t. But both men and women are influenced by implicit biases — stereotypes and associations that can subtly and unconsciously influence their decisions and evaluations regarding others and themselves. For instance, one recent study found that both male and female participants were twice as likely to select a man over a woman to complete a mathematical task, even when they had no evidence that the man would perform the task better.
3- 25-year-old Caitlin Covington turns Southern-sweet fashion blog into gold Everyone reading Girl Boss Monday right now should stop and read this lovely and well-written article about Caitlin Covington. I went to college with her at UNC-Chapel Hill and it is so exciting to see a fellow blogger have so much success! (Speaking of #girlbosses) I am endlessly fascinated by millennial women supporting themselves with real salaries doing things they truly love and are truly passionate about. Blogging? Fashion? Art? Music? Digital Media? You can make it happen!
4- Every Resource a Full-Time Freelancer Could Ever Need (Plus Some)
5- Michelle Obama teams up with Missy Elliott and Kelly Clarkson.. This was too cute not to share 🙂 Go Michelle!
Hi friends, keeping Girl Boss Monday short and sweet today as I am traveling and will not be near my computer for very long today.
I hope you all had a wonderful, restful, weekend!
As usual, here are my top picks for news concerning millennial women in the past week.
1- What Every Successful Woman Entrepreneur Should Know: Advice From Five Unstoppable Women, I thought this article might be particularly relevant to those of us working in the digital space and the blogosphere 🙂
2- Special International Women’s Day Q&A With Ellyn Shook of Accenture, This is an interview with Ellyn Shook of Accenture, a leading global management and consulting firm. #girlboss #womenshistorymonth #internationalwomensday
Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. It’s a powerful way to focus your energy in one direction with a tremendous result. TalentSmart tested emotional intelligence alongside 33 other important workplace skills, and found that emotional intelligence is the strongest predictor of performance, explaining a full 58% of success in all types of jobs.
4- Only 11% of Top Business School Case Studies Have a Female Protagonist – Is it an issue that only 11 percent of case studies in classwork at a Top Business School represent women? What do you think of this? Some people might say that that’s perfectly reasonable if women only make up 11 percent of business settings… but should we as a society strive to have 50/50 representation in business? I know it would make my life a lot easier and happier! Thoughts?
5- How Single Women Are Transforming American Politics (You should check out this article if only because Beyoncé is in it :-))
Hi friends!! Happy Monday, here’s my roundup of the best articles related to women from this past week!
1- Even on eBay, women get paid less for their labor “…Researchers found that when the seller of these popular items was self-identified as female, the auction got fewer bids and a lower final price. For used items, the gender gap was small, with female sellers getting 3% less money on average. But for new products, women received only 80 cents for every dollar that men got for auctioning a similar product on eBay, the team reports today in Science Advances. The reputation scores of the sellers could not account for that difference, nor could any of the auction options such as the “buy it now” or initial prices. The most striking example was gift cards—vouchers for a fixed amount of money that can be spent at certain stores—for which the gender gap persisted, even though the value is obviously the same no matter the seller.” via Science Magazine
2- President Obama is considering nominating the first woman and the first African American to head up the Library of Congress, read, “Obama’s poised to make a black woman one of the most powerful people in tech”
3- #ShareTheLoad Campaign
“…As women increasingly make gains in the professional world, there is a growing call for their partners to share the workload at home. Even if it’s just marketing, Ariel India’s #ShareTheLoad commercial asks an important question—Is laundry only a woman’s job?—and answers it boldly: Nope.”
4- These Are the Best Cities for Women In Tech (Bloggers and Digital Media Enthusiasts Included)
5-Interesting article from the New Republic about the Difference between Men and Women’s Brains
I LOVE March. It is such a hopeful and beautiful month and it is the first glimpse of a long awaited spring!
I write “monthly bucket lists” in addition to my regular calendar and planner primarily to stay inspired and motivated and more importantly as a reminder to have fun and be spontaneous! It can be so easy to become caught up in “getting things done” that we forget that part of that is also doing things that make us happy, fulfilled and excited.
What goals do you have for this month?
What fun things are on your to do list?
Is there anything in March that you are REALLY looking forward to? (A trip to somewhere tropical is my number one priority this month!)
Happy Monday! Here’s the latest installment of Girl Boss Monday!
I should mention, the primary goal of this series is to provide a recap of the top five pieces of news related to women in the past week. I try to choose things that I think are especially relevant to the women who read my blog: smart, intelligent millennial women who want to have the best balance between their work and personal life.
1- I thought this article was fascinating because it describes how Blythe Masters is pioneering new technology to make trading stocks faster and easier (this is huge news, normally when you trade a stock it can take hours or days for the trade to go through and you can lose time and money if the share price changes depending on the brokerage company you’re working with) If you’re curious about how investing technology is changing read more here
2- I know I keep repeating over and over again the importance of women investing for themselves but it’s SO CRUCIAL… women live longer than men and because of the gender pay gap they make less money so they in fact have to work longer and harder to retire at the same level of comfort and security…. not so if you start investing your money smartly and wisely. Read the full article here (“8 Myths that Hold Women Back from Investing”)
3- On the above note, here’s the best investment advice for women now: read here
4- This is an interview with Adriana Gascoigne, CEO and founder of Girls in Tech, Inc. about the importance of encouraging more girls learn how to code and more importantly get excited about coding and technology! read it and listen to it here
(Spoiler: If you have a self-hosted blog or are blogging in general you’ve probably already gotten your feet wet in regards to learning some manner of coding or knowledge about computer science… if you’re ever looking for a career change consider that a lot of computer science and technology courses are self-paced and can be done on your own time and independently… that’s a pretty powerful concept when you think about the flexibility a career like that could give you if you’re trying to balance life, work and family/loved ones)
Are any of you learning how to code or interested in technology or computer science?
Or, are any of you interested in making the jump to blogging full-time with all the accompanying digital marketing, graphic design, content creation and analytics that come with it?
It is so exciting to me to see the growth of the technology industry and how many people are making the jump to careers that give them more flexibility and freedom but also provide a steady income… there are a lot of options from blogging to website design and development services to offering advice or career expertise via an online platform.
5- Finally, if you don’t do anything else today please take a look at the Gates Foundation’s Annual Letter. They focus on the unequal distribution of time between men and women. Did you know that women do the primary amount of unpaid work around the house compared to men? In India this ratio is SIX TO ONE…. how ridiculous is that? In 2016, the majority of women work full-time… why should they also be responsible for cooking, cleaning, taking care of children and everything else that goes into calculating “unpaid labor” all on their own? Please speak up in your own relationships and life and make sure that there is an equitable division between you and your partner.
Read the full Gate’s Letter here if you’re curious about learning more about “time poverty”
How do you guys balance work at home versus your regular job? How do you divide up the work fairly between your significant other and yourself if you have one?
Here’s an interesting graphic to better illustrate the points I just mentioned:
Hi Friends! Happy Monday! I hope your Monday is short and your coffee is strong. 😉
I started Girl Boss Monday a couple of months ago to showcase my weekly picks of what is important in the world of female empowerment, more specifically helpful tips, tricks and articles geared towards women and their finances, career, relationships, life, etc.
My posting schedule has been a bit erratic due to multiple job interviews, life in general and a very cute puppy…but this week things are slowing down a bit and I will hopefully be on a consistent posting schedule for the near future.
With that said, here are my picks for Girl Boss Monday:
***Updated: Have to throw this article in before the rest about how women should manage money in their 20s. The article is GREAT. It has a ton of strategies and savings tips geared specifically towards women and was written by Sallie Krawcheck (Google her if you haven’t heard the name, she’s amazing!) Read the article HERE
1- I thought this article about women in finance was very interesting. The article is from the Wall Street Journal and it discusses new research that suggests that Female CEOs of banks have a lower risk of failure and default than those run by their male counterparts. Who knows if the study and research are accurate but it is an interesting idea nonetheless.
“Of the 7,000 U.S. commercial banks we examined, those with female CEOs and chairmen held about 5% to 6% more equity capital than male-led banks and had lower default risk.” Read more here
2- This article is from Forbes and it discusses how to manage finances between couples and how to get back on your feet professionally. If you’re interested read more here
3- This article is from Levo League and discusses 9 ways to triple your income in the next 6 months, it’s particularly about building your blogging brand and how to cultivate relationships with brands Read more here
4- I thought this article was so sweet! It is a recommendation for a book to read each year of your twenties. Read the article here
5- Finally, here are “3 Ways to Thrive in a Virtual Home Office” Article here
This past Sunday, I had the loveliest opportunity to brunch with Raleigh Blog Society at their Second Annual “Galentine’s Day Brunch.” It was such a pleasure to meet up with other women in the area who have their own blogs related to fashion, lifestyle, beauty and even food!
In addition, another huge thank you goes to Christopher Nieto from Nieto Photography for his beautiful photography of our event and Betty Edwards from “Write Nice By Betty” for creating the beautiful calligraphy found in the gift bags below we were each able to take home!
I am not kidding when I say this was one of the highlights of my weekend, I had the absolute best time and it was so sweet to be welcomed into a group of supportive, talented, hardworking women.
This is one of my favorite months and I always enjoy Valentine’s Day, even though I’ve usually been single over the years, haha! I am immensely blessed to be sharing another Valentine’s Day this year with a sweet pup and an even sweeter boyfriend.
I have really enjoyed putting together my monthly “bucket lists,” it has been such a fun activity and a breeze to check off the items on the list each month! I really think that as you get older and you begin to have more serious romantic relationships, adopt or purchase a pet, begin working full-time, etc. that time just seems to fly by…. these monthly bucket lists are a way to ensure that I am really “soaking” up life and pushing myself to enjoy the down time I have.
(On a side note, I am definitely cheating with Number 9 on this list, Jordan and I are going to a restaurant called Babylon in Downtown Raleigh for Valentine’s Day… ;-))
I am particularly excited for the Chocolate and Wine Tasting I am hosting at my house for the girls in my life!
What do you have planned for February?
Do you have anything special planned for Valentine’s Day?
Hi lovelies, welcome back to HMS Jewels. I hope everyone had a restful and wonderful New Year’s and a breathtaking Christmas and holiday season. Happy Monday!!!
In addition to my resolution this year to consistently start using a DSLR Camera for my fashion and clothing blog posts, I’ve decided that Monday’s will be reserved for career and financial advice geared especially towards the young professional female, whether you are in college, a recent graduate like myself, or still in high school, Mondays on HMS Jewels are going to be “Girl Boss Monday’s.”
I’ll post and write about a curated list of the past week’s happenings and events related to finance, professional development, career advice, etc. etc. all specifically targeted towards women and channeling your inner girl boss 😉
1- This past week Forbes Magazine released their list of who they deemed to be the best in their field, the annual list is called “30 Under 30” and it is divided by category…. check out the “30 Under 30” in Finance and some of the inspiring women on the list here
2- Sallie Krawcheck, formerly head of various investment banking departments at Sanford Bernstein and Bank of America Merrill Lynch just wrote an article about financial advice she would give her daughter, you can read that here
3- The beautiful and talented Emma Watson just announced she was creating her own book club! Read more and join here
4- Another great article about why 2016 will be beneficial to female entrepreneurs, read the full article from Forbes here
What news sources do you read to stay updated on Current Events? Have you ever joined a book club?
My bucket list posts are quickly becoming some of my favorite posts to write. In December (December Bucket List), I wrote my first list and I was able to accomplish about half of what was on it despite the craziness of the holiday season!
I like the idea of a “mini” bucket list because the items on the list are tangible, easily understood activities that are realistic to complete in a month’s time.
These are posts are completely separate from my original Goals for 2016 those goals are long-term and ongoing… not to mention personal intentions and life milestones I hope to achieve.
Is there anything that you plan on doing to start the year off on the right foot? Do you have any activities you must do this winter?
Hi there! Welcome back to HMS Jewels.
Today’s blog post is focused on my adorable puppy, Aria Grace, or as my boyfriend and I affectionally call her, “Pup-A-Dup”
In the spirit of my newly minted blog, I’d like to introduce you to my beautiful puppy, Aria. She was adopted from the SPCA in August of 2014 and it’s been nothing but good times ever since. Aria is a German Shepherd Lab Mix and is a rescue, she was returned to the SPCA because her family did not want her. She is now approximately one year and a half old, her official birthday is technically in May of 2014, that is the SPCA’s best guess since she was a rescue and they do not know specifically when she was born.
Initially, the SPCA thought that Aria was going to be 70-80 lbs! I’m pleasantly surprised that although she has grown tremendously in the past year and a half, Aria is only about 45lbs. It is the perfect size in my opinion for a dog! Aria is big enough to run and play and swim and hike but small enough to curl up with me at night, and especially during North Carolina’s chilly winters!
Aria is absolutely the sweetest! She is full-grown now but these are some puppy pictures from the past year that were too cute not to post! Aria loves running and never seems to lack energy, she is also extremely friendly and completely fearless. My boyfriend and I often take her on long walks or take her to the dog park and I’ve never seen Aria meet a dog she did not like.
Do you have a pet? What are your favorite activities to do with your pet if you have one?
Hi there and welcome!
Recently I started this blog as a creative outlet to express my love of art, fashion, and life in general. I also wanted my blog to be something that would satisfy my interest in computer science and I wanted to learn how to code well.
Since it is the beginning of December, I decided to create a “December Bucket List” of things I would like to accomplish, see, or experience this month.
December Bucket List
1- Go Ice Skating
2- Make homemade Christmas Cookies
3- Decorate a Christmas Tree at my new house entirely by myself
4- Mail Christmas Cards to friends and family!
5- Buy a beautiful cocktail dress to wear to a holiday or Christmas party
6- Take Aria, the puppy, to play in the snow or “winter” weather at the local dog park
7- Paint something to give to a loved one as a Christmas Present
8- Finish my personal statements for law school! (The pressure is on!)
****Update 6/17/16 Got into law school and decided to gain work experience in banking instead
9- Continue learning about Computer Science and how to code optimally
10- Make Homemade Eggnog!
What is on your holiday bucket list? What is your favorite Christmas memory? Is there anything you do every holiday season with friends or family?
As I approach another birthday, this one’s on Friday the 13th this year (eek!), I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year and what I have learned.
22 Things I Learned At 22
- I learned that it is rarely, if ever helpful to take things personally.
- People are usually trying as hard as they can, they are usually doing their best, if someone is unkind to you, LET IT GO.
- Maintaining a healthy relationship is serious work, but so worth it
- On that note, having a puppy is also serious work and a substantial time commitment but also worth it. Aria brings so much happiness and light into my life and I am so lucky to have adopted her from the SPCA.
- There are no traditional pathways to success or fulfillment, once you graduate from college (Ivy, Competitive, Community College) – you get to decide where you go next
- No one cares what you do as much as you do, seriously, stop worrying.
- Work Hard.
- On the same note, set your boundaries with people and stick with them
- Even if you’re right, sometimes it’s better to just let it go, it’s probably not worth your time or frustrations
- I am proud of the person I am becoming.
- I am so thankful for Jordan.
- Jordan, my boyfriend, has made me a better person.
- He has taught me to think critically and carefully and to always ask for what I want
- “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for”
- Never underestimate how important it is not to burn bridges, seriously just be nice.
- Call your mother, she loves you and knows everything…
- Texting does not count as real communication or contact, if you love someone, call them occasionally
- Save money and save money often and save money early
- Take care of your body, drink water, go to sleep at a regular time, reduce your caffeine consumption.
- I have a love affair with coffee.
- I am too self-critical and often work too hard, but I have grown to like these characteristics in some situations, it makes me a better person
- Bet On Yourself.
Do you have any lessons you learned this year? Is there any advice that you live by?