Saturday, July 11, 2015

Why Its Not The End of the World to Get Married Young

I have seen several things posted to Facebook lately about things like "26, Unmarried, and Childless" or "14 Reasons You Shouldn't Marry Young" telling people, and women in the 20's that they shouldn't get married until they have their life settled, saying things like "You'll miss having male friends" or "marriage sort of freezes your development." But the problem I have seen with all of this is that no matter what you do, someone is going to tell you what you're doing is wrong.

My boyfriend and I have been together for over three and a half years and we are only 22/23, and I plan on being married in the next year and a half (DISCLAIMER: No, I'm not engaged yet, but we are still planning on things going in that direction). I have heard over and over from people to "wait until you get your life settled before you have to be responsible for someone else" or "you need to enjoy your life before you get tied down" or my personal favorites "what about your career?" or "you don't want to be dependent on a man for your whole life!"

As someone who has been in a longterm relationship for several years, I am tired of hearing this stuff and being shamed for wanting to be married young. Yes I understand that marriage is hard work and it is a team effort to make it work, but that is something I want. Yes, I want a successful career, but I want to have children and be able to spend time with them and be at home. Yes I don't want to be completely dependent on a man, but I do want to have someone that I know will take care of me.

Why does it have to be one way or the other? So many people think that the only way a woman can be successful in her career is to wait forever to get married and not have a family till their 30's and if a woman decides that she wants to get married in her early 20's that she cannot have a successful career or even care about her career. I personally think that there is no reason that a woman (or man) cannot have both; a successful career AND a

Some women don't want to get married at all or want to wait until they are in their thirties to get married, but I am the exact opposite. I have set my goals for my life before I get married; one of the first things that I told my boyfriend when we started talking about getting married was that I would not get married until we had both graduated and how our degree and really that was my biggest requirement because I knew that once I found the person that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with that I would want to do that and spend my life with him and as much of my life as I can.

I got lucky that I got to meet this amazing guy that I know is who I want to spend the rest of my life with at such an early age and that I will get to, Lord willing, spend the rest of my life with him. I want the internet to accept that. Don't pressure people one way or the other; to think that it is a horrible thing to get married before you're 35 or that being single in your 20's is an awful thing because these things are that are good about both things and people need to be able to figure this out for themselves without feeling pressured to do it one way or the other.

What are your thoughts about getting married? When did you get married?
Picture from my senior pictures

Friday, July 10, 2015

Don't mind me, I'm just the intern

What I thought an internship was: doing the work without the pay because I am getting school credit that I paid for...

When I started my internship at WOOF Radio in Dothan, Alabama in May, I had no idea what to expect. WOOF is a small radio station that is family owned and operated and has been for over 50 years that plays soft rock on the FM station and there is a sports talk station on the AM side. I expected to go in, work and hopefully learn something that would help me get a job later. BUT what I got was an AMAZING internship that I never dreamed would be possible. This internship hasn't just taught me theory type things that I have heard about in school, I have gotten hands on experience and so much more. Honestly, I think I have learned more in my 10 weeks at WOOF that will help me in the long run than I think I have learned in college.

Now I did learn a lot in college but internships definitely teach you so much more of a real world learning. If your major or school does not require an internship, do yourself a favor and get one anyway. Try and get multiple if you can. It can't hurt you, you can only go up.

And now that I am graduating in 2 weeks here are the top 3 things that I learned from my internship.

Don't be afraid to try new things:
Just because your major is in one thing, if you are interning at a company that is in your field, just do whatever they ask you do. You will learn more and be more useful in the long run if you can do anything in the field. Don't limit yourself to what you think you want to do, because that's great and all that you know what you want to do, but you might be asked to do a different task and end up falling in love with it.

Ask questions:
You are there to learn and those who work there should know that and hopefully they will be willing to help you. I know that I have been blessed to have such an amazing internship with people who really care, but in most circumstances, you are going to get out of the internship what you put into it.
Make connections: 
If anyone has seen the movie The Internship about the two men who loose their jobs and get internships at Google (if you haven't seen it, go watch it, it's hilarious) but in the movie, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are the least likely people to succeed in the internship but because of the connections they make with the other interns and those around them, they end up doing a whole lot better than anyone expected from them.  But the whole point of this is to say, don't keep to yourself during your internship. Make friends with those you are with, both other interns and the employees. It will really pay off because especially the employees of the company have been doing whatever you're doing longer than you have and they know more people so they can be great resources for job hunting.

What kind of things did you learn from your internships? Where did you intern at? What advice would you give to those interning or about to start to job hunting??

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dear Future Freshman

22 days from now I will be a college graduate....hold on, let me let that sink in for a second. I HAVE LESS THAN A MONTH AND I HAVE TO ADULT FULL TIME!!! To me, that is only slightly terrifying. The whole "what are you doing after graduation" question has been floating around for like a year, but now it is getting so much more real. And don't let them fool you into thinking job hunting is fun and really isn't. I don't have to go back to Troy in the fall for band camp or classes, I have student loans that start repayment in January and the rest of my life to think about.

Okay, mini panic attack under control.

Now that I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that I will no longer be able to put on forms at the doctors office "student" or get the "student" discount at stores anymore, I have been doing some thinking, "What are things I want my brother to know when he starts college?" (which by the way, is in a year....that blows my mind more than the fact that I am graduating)

Advice to College Freshman from a Soon-to-be College Grad

The better prepared you are the better you will do: My college classes taught me a lot, like Who's on First, What's on Second and I don't Know is on Third...but I have to say, most of what I needed to know to succeed in my internship was taught from out of class experiences. I spent a lot of time in college doing extra circulars like our TV station and band and things like that have taught me more than my classes. Time spent outside of class is where you have more access to real-world learning. Don't just sit in front of your computer all day long and watch Netflix or play video games, go find a club to get involved in that is in your major. Do something productive with some of the free time you have. Not only is it a great resume booster, but it also helps you network with people who are going into the same field as you, and believe me, that goes a long way later.

Keep Track of Your Free Time: This is something that I have struggled with during my college days and I am just now getting the hang of it while I am interning. Enjoy your free time, but set limits on it. I can't tell you the number of times that I have sat down on the couch and told myself "I'll only watch an episode of 'Say Yes to the Dress' and then I'll go do x, y, and z." and guess what, three hours later, I realize that x, y, and z still haven't been done. Something I have found that makes this easier is just do the work before you sit down. That way you can enjoy your free time. Make a to-do list, have a planner, anything to help you see what needs to be done and helps you keep track of it is so helpful! Just be sure you actually use your planner, just having one isn't going to do you any good...

Be Sure to have "Me" Time: There are days that you sometimes just have to say "Today is for me" and not let anyone ruin it for you. Go read a book or shop a little bit, whatever it is that makes you feel better, because believe me, college will get stressful and hectic and you have to know how to handle it. Even if it is 10 minutes a day to just sit and read you Bible or a good book, do it. I promise it will do you a world of good.

Manage your Stress in a HEALTHY Way: This is sooooo important. I have seen people who don't know how to handle their stress in ways that are healthy and end up physically hurting their bodies. Too much food, lack of food, lack of sleep, alcohol; all of these things are ways to hurt yourself. Go to the gym, eat something healthy, take a nap, all things to help keep your stress levels down, and are pretty good for your body.

Have fun: When they say college is the best years of your life, they aren't joking. You have the freedom of being an adult (which means making some adult decisions) but you are still a kid in that you can go out at 2 in the morning and get McDonalds if you want and no one will really judge you (and if they do judge you, get rid of them, you don't need that kind of negative influence in your life haha). Just don't forget, college is only for a few years, so make the most out of the time you have there and make crazy memories that will give you stories to talk about for years to come.

So for all of you soon to be freshman, or anyone in college or really anyone in life, take some advice from me and learn from my mistakes.

What are some of your best tips to make it through college?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I'm A Looser

This post has two points...

1. I am a looser because I have not done great at this blogging thing. But I am in a position now to get better with it. My life is going through a lot of changes right now and I think one of the best ways to get all of my thoughts organized in my head is to write about them. Even if other people aren't reading it, it is a way for me to work through what I am doing with my life and give me something fun to write about. Graduation is less than a month away (24 days to be exact) and that is a crazy concept. But more on that later.

I hope you will stick with me as I get through my last month as a college student and try to figure out the next stage of my life.

2. I am a looser because my friends and I have decided to do a biggest looser challenge. This is going to be fun because it is a friendly competition between a bunch of friends, and even if I don't win the actual challenge, getting a little healthier is a good thing.

I have bought a bunch of fruit and veggies to try and make some healthy meals. But again, more on that later.

Here's hoping that I am more dedicated now, because I feel like I need to be blogging because it makes gives me something to be productive about and a way to figure out where I'm going in next.

Until later,

Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Name, New Chapter

Well hello there! So if you noticed, A Taste of the College Life is now......

I felt this change was necessary because well, I am leaving college in a couple months and I feel that this has changed from a food based blog to just a life style blog.

And it has been a couple months since I have posted so here is a big 3 update!

1. I tried to give blood, that didn't iron was too low. But I am going to try again soon because I do want to be able to give blood and hopefully my iron levels will be higher. It was fun though because I got to hang out with my roommate and best friend.

2. I GOT AN INTERNSHIP! That means I get to actually graduate in July! I will be interning at WOOF FM in Dothan and I can't wait. I am so excited to learn about this field of journalism and see where this will take me.

3. I started my own business! I am now a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. I get to run my own business and make money while still working on my education. I have been working it for about a month and I think I'm doing pretty well at it. If you ever need anything let me know. You can visit my Mary Kay website HERE. Having this job is great because I work it around my schedule and get to make other women feel wonderful (and men, there is an entire line of Mary Kay Men's products)

What have you been up to? I'm glad to be back and I am hopeful to be able to incorporate some of my make up and Mary Kay into the blog!

Talk to you soon

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

100 Questions...well 99

1: Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
When I am in my apartment, it is usually open...just because I am too lazy to close it and it is hidden from view.

2:Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
3:Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
It is a good night when they stay on top of me
4:Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
Nope but there are a couple that I think would be cool to have
5:Do you like to use post-it notes?
Yes all the pretty colors
6:Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
7:Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?
8:Do you have freckles?
Only in the summer
9:Do you always smile for pictures?
Yeah...even if my back is turned

10:What is your biggest pet peeve?
ummm..I don't know if it is my biggest one or not but people who don't know the difference between their, they're and there
11:Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
Sometime and then I start thinking about other things and forget to count
12:Have you ever peed in the woods?
I don't think so
13:What about pooped in the woods?
hahaha nope
14:Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?
maybe :)
15:Do you chew your pens and pencils?
number 16 was inappropriate so we will be skipping that one! Onto the next!
17:What size is your bed?
18:What is your Song of the week?
Uptown Funk (yes I know it is over played but I don't care)
19:Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
20:Do you still watch cartoons?
I was watching Loony Toons the other day
21:Whats your least favorite movie?
I can't think of any because I forget the bad ones
22:Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
Under my bed
23:What do you drink with dinner?
Coke or Dr. Pepper
24:What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Ranch or Honey Mustard
25:What is your favorite food?
26:What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
27:Last person you kissed/kissed you?
My Boyfriend
28:Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
No, but my brother is a boyscout going for his Eagle (Proud sister)
29:Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
30:When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
This morning
31:Can you change the oil on a car?
32:Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
I plead the fifth
33:Ever ran out of gas?
Thank goodness, no
34:Favorite kind of sandwich?
Hot Ham and Cheese 
35:Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Big fluffy omlette
36:What is your usual bedtime?
between 10 and midnight
37:Are you lazy?
38:When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
Disney princesses, Dorothy
39:What is your Chinese astrological sign?
40:How many languages can you speak?
Fluently? 1 
Really bad patch work? 2
41:Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
Not anymore because I didn't know how long I would be at this apartment. But once I get a real place I will get some again
42:Which are better legos or lincoln logs?
Lincoln Logs
43:Are you stubborn?
Sometimes...I am my daddy's daughter
44:Who is better…Leno or Letterman?
I actually don't watch so no preference 
45:Ever watch soap operas?
nah but some of the stuff on ABC Family should be considered a soap
46:Are you afraid of heights?
just a little bit 
47:Do you sing in the car?
48:Do you sing in the shower?
49:Do you dance in the car?
50:Ever used a gun?
I've been shooting with my dad
51:Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
high school
52:Do you think musicals are cheesy?
no!They are amazing
53:Is Christmas stressful?
54:Ever eat a pierogi?
...what is that?
55:Favorite type of fruit pie?
56:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
57:Do you believe in ghosts?
I don't really know 
58:Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
Who doesn’t?
59:Take a vitamin daily?
60:Wear slippers?
61:Wear a bath robe?
62:What do you wear to bed?
pj pants or shorts and a t shirt 
63:First concert?
Third Day
64:Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?
65:Nike or Adidas?
No preference
66:Cheetos Or Fritos?
67:Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
Sunflower seeds....peanuts would kill me
68:Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?
No, should I
69:Ever take dance lessons?
when I was really little
70:Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
no idea
71:Can you curl your tongue?
Now I can
72:Ever won a spelling bee?
Nope, I have always sucked at spelling
73:Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
74:Own any record albums?
75:Own a record player?
No...but my parents do
76:Regularly burn incense?
77:Ever been in love?
78:Who would you like to see in concert?
Carrie Underwood or Bruno Mars
79:What was the last concert you saw?
The Air Force Band?
80:Hot tea or cold tea?
81:Tea or coffee?
Coffee for sure
82:Sugar or snickerdoodles?
83:Can you swim well?
Not enough to compete but yeah
84:Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
yeah...I didn't know that was a thing
85:Are you patient?
86:DJ or band, at a wedding?
87:Ever won a contest?
88:Ever have plastic surgery?
89:Which are better black or green olives?
I am good with either
90:Can you knit or crochet?
I can crochet
91:Best room for a fireplace?
Family room or bedroom
92:Do you want to get married?
93:If married, how long have you been married?
not yet
94:Who was your HS crush?
I don't remember
95:Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
96:Do you have kids?
not yet but hopefully someday 
97:Do you want kids?
98:Whats your favorite color?
99:Do You miss anyone right now?
my family 
100:What inspires you?
pinterest...haha seriously 
I love tags like this and hope you guys enjoyed it and learned something new about me.  Leave questions/ideas in the comments for future blogs. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

March Goals, February Recap, And Product Review

**This post contains a review of a product that I was compensated for, but the opinions are all mine.**

Wow, it is already March?? Where did February go? I really don't think that this is possible. On top of the strange fact that time seems to be going super fast, Alabama is all sorts of confused in the weather department. Within the next 72 hours we will go from a high of 78 tomorrow and a high of 39 on Thursday. Just thought it was a fun fact.

Anywho, here are my recaps of the goals I made in February.

Health and Fitness

Keep drinking water: I haven't done as well with this as I would have liked, but I can also tell it. Which I guess is good because that means I know when I need to drink more?
Walk 10,000 steps per day: I don't think my phone ever broke 10,000 steps but I know there were days that I did hit it. Though having this as a constant thought in the back of my head, I did realize how much I just sit during the day, especially when I don't have classes till the afternoon.


 Apply for more internship: This one I did really well. I applied to about 5 more internships and have heard back from a couple. But that news will come later. So stay tuned!


Have an awesome V-Day date: Well we didn't really do much for Valentines day, he had fraternity stuff on Friday night and basketball games on Saturday. But we did have a lot of fun. I made him a date in a box and made dinner and he bought me 101 Dalmatians on DVD because it is one of my favorite movies ever. While it wasn't anything extravagant, it was a lot of fun and relaxing.


Get more page views: I have hit 10,000 page views total during this past month, but hopefully it will only continue to grow.

Health and Fitness
  • Go to the Gym: One of the things I want to do before I graduate is get start going to the gym on a regular basis, and I have started going a little bit but I want to do better about it. 
  • Have fun during Spring Break: So I don't have anything big planned but it is my last Spring Break ever so I am going to make this a lot of fun.
  • Work on Re-branding: This weekend I announced on Facebook that big things were coming for the blog, and that basically means that I am working on redoing the blog. Like us on Facebook so that you can keep up to date on everything.

Something I got to do this month was try out a new eyelash curler. One of my favorite things about makeup is eye makeup. I love playing with mascara, eyeshadow, eye liner, any thing. So when I was given the opportunity to review this Eye Lash Curler I was really excited. It comes in super cute packaging and works fantastic.

It is $15 on Amazon but I think it is worth it because it works really well. I have used cheaper eyelash curlers before but this one I could really see the difference.
My makeup yesterday. Sorry for the terrible picture.

What are your goals for the month of March?