My Post Grad Plans

Hi friends! If you haven't been following me on Instagram, you might not know that I recently graduated from college! For the past four years, I've been living in Austin, TX, and getting my Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. It's crazy to think that isn't my life anymore.

So, I bet you're wondering what I'm doing now... Well, that requires a little bit of a backstory. Originally when I declared my major, I thought I'd want to work at a huge PR firm in New York. Honestly, I'm not even sure if that's out of the question, but it isn't the plan right now anymore.

When I began the second semester of my senior year, I started applying to jobs like crazy. Anything I thought I was remotely qualified for I sent my resume in for. And for the most part, it worked. I got quite a few interviews, a couple of which I just knew would pan out... Then COVID-19 happened. Suddenly many of the companies I was interviewing with were forced to lay off existing staff and put all new hiring on a freeze.

Y'all I was crushed. I wanted nothing more to graduate and get a job in an industry I loved so much. But it didn't seem like that was going to happen, instead, I was going to head back to my childhood home with my tail between my legs. But then I forgot, a job wasn't my only option.

So I through myself into researching other paths I could take post-graduate, graduate programs, fellowships, internships, etc. And after all of that research, I'm so excited to announce that....

I'm going to Baylor University to get my Masters in Journalism, PR and New Media!

I bet you're now wondering what the heck that means, and what it means for my future career. Well, as much as I have absolutely loved my time at The University of Texas, I feel like there are couple gaps in my education that could really be supplemented by a masters program. Baylor also has a much smaller program than UT, which means I'll get more time to work one-on-one with the incredible professors in the department. Within the Journalism, PR and New Media department, there are quite a few concentrations you can choose from to really focus your studies. I'm still leaning toward marketing and advertising but news-editorial sounds fun as well! 

Now that you know more about the program, I'll tell you what it means for my career. Because of everything happening with COVID-19, there are tragically a lot of people who are currently unemployed, myself included if I didn't choose to go to graduate school. I spent a lot of time feeling sorry for myself for not landing my dream job right out of college, but then I realized I had to change my mindset. I couldn't keep my dissappointment keep me from bettering myself. So that's what I'll spend the next two years doing. 

You'll probably notice a difference in my content, as I'll be spending the summer in Dallas with my parents before I move to Waco in August.  I can't wait to share graduate school life with y'all!

Until next time,

My Favorite Low Cost Beauty Products

Hi friends, long time no see! I've been a little quiet on the blog as I've been finishing up my last semester of college. I'll be 100% honest, it was a hard one. But now that I'm done, I have so many fun ideas for content that I can't wait to bring to the blog. I hope you don't mind seeing a lot more of me!

First up, I want to share some of my favorite low-cost skincare essentials. I'll preface this with a little background about my skin. I've never had particularly bad skin, I usually only break out more during my menstrual cycle or when I'm stressed. However, I do have pretty combination skin, with an oily forehead but a very dry t-zone. So when shopping for skincare I usually have a pretty diverse set of needs, I want something hydrating, but not oily, I want something that's not harsh but can clear the occassional blemish... You name it, I probably need it. But I'm sure as you all know skincare is expensive. I don't want a skincare routine that completely breaks the bank, so I like to mix higher end serums with some less expensive staples. Here are those less expensive staples!

1. Accure Brightening Cleasing Gel
Okay, I used to go through cleansers like nobody's business. I was always trying a new one but never finding anything I loved. Then after losing my luggage on my birthday trip to Las Vegas last year I bought this one of a whim. I've never really heard of the brand, but it was the most natural product I saw. Turns out this cleanser is incredible. It doesn't leave a weird residue on your face and smells incredible. You can grab it at Target for only 9.99!

2. Accure Seriously Soothing SPF Day Cream
Moisturizers and cleansers were in the same boat for me. I'd tried super cheap ones, really expensive high-end ones and everything in between. I didn't love any of them. But when I was rebuying my cleanser, this was suggested to me as something I might like. I was out of moisturizer, so I bought it. I'll admit the first time I tried it, I didn't think I'd love it. But the more times I used the more I loved the way my face felt afterward. It's even better because it's less than $20 at Target.

3. The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Marula Oil
This product is actually a really great dupe for the Drunk Elephant Marula Oil which I used for a while and loved. However, I didn't love paying $40 every time I ran out of it. After some research on alternatives to marula oil, I found this one from The Ordinary. It's literally the exact same thing but way cheaper. I stick this stuff on my t-zone at night and wake up with refreshed skin.

4. Trader Joe's Watermelon Overnight Face Mask
This product has convinced me there's nothing you can't get from Trader Joe's. This product is good y'all. Trader Joe's has a ton of watermelon stuff out right now and I'll be honest I bought most of it. Though I don't really like real watermelon, I love anything watermelon scented or flavored. When I bought this mask, even though I knew I'd love the scent I didn't think I'd be wild about the product itself. I was very wrong. Essentially you slather this mask on before bed then wake up with the most incredible healthy glow. And get this, it's only 6.99.  I also thought I'd add that I read that this mask was a great dupe for the Glow Recipe Watermelon Mask, I've never tried it but if you're interested, try this one!

And those are all of my recommendations! I hope you get to try out a couple, I promise you they really are great!

Until Next Time,

Finding Genuine Joy in Quarantine

We're halfway through what feels like the 800th week of quarantine. At this point, the memes are as funny as they used to be, and your motivation to work from home may be starting to wane. But that's okay, we're all at that same point. My senior year now feels like its creeping by, and every day there are a hundred new tasks for me to finish. One thing that has helped is carving out at least thirty minutes a day to do something that does bring me joy.

That sounds simple enough, doesn't it? In theory, it should be. But I've noticed at least for me, it can be hard to remember what genuine joy feels like. Instead of finding things that make me happy despite this situation, I've been finding what I can do because of this situation. For instance, I can't go outside so I can watch a movie about being outside. Not the same feeling in the slightest.

But, I say all that because I've compiled a little list. Five things I've been doing that have brought me genuine joy, not just quarantine joy.

1. Reading

I've read so many books since being quarantine, probably more than I've read all year. Don't worry, I'll be doing a post later about what I've been reading. But I've learned that nothing makes me feel better about our situation than escaping in a book for awhile.

2. Playing Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

Okay, so this one is a bit different. But I'm addicted to this mobile phone game called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. It's based a few years before Harry Potter gets to Hogwarts, and your character is trying to solve a mystery about their brother. You get to learn different spells, how to fly a broom, earn house points and befriend all your favorite characters. It's a little bit of a time suck, but oh so much fun!

3. Stretching

I am the stiffest 21-year-old ever. I'm always a little achy, it's just my default mode. There's absolutely nothing worse for an achy person than sitting all day long. So even if it's just rolling around on the floor to stretch out my back, every little thing helps. I've been taking obe fitness classes at home, and they have the best ten-minute stretching classes. Though it's just stretching, I love having a little bit of direction. But there are a ton of free options on YouTube & Pinterest.

4. Fellowship 

People need people, it's just a fact. We're relational by design. As a self-proclaimed extrovert, I've really been missing my friends. Even just seeing them on my way to class would brighten my day, and now we don't have that anymore. Of course, I've been texting with my friends, but what has really made all the difference is being intentional. Set up facetime dates, set up virtual brunch dates, set up a specific time to be with people and them alone. I know that though I always have a ton on my plate, the most meaningful facetime dates are the ones you share with just each other.

5. Reading my bible

I'm not perfect at this by any means, I can't even say that I've done it every day. But, what I can say is that every day I've reached for my bible I've had a significantly better day than the days that I don't. I'm a big fan of the reading plans on the YouVersion app, I'm currently reading through one on the story of Easter.

How to Support Your Local Coffee Shop during COVID-19

Life has changed quite a bit since the last time I wrote a blog post. For starters, I, like many others are in social distancing. Pretty much everything in the city of Austin has been forced to close, my last semester of college classes have been moved online and things seem a bit bleak. But this period of forced isolation has also put a couple of things in perspective for me. Just how much I love coffee dates.

Though I like to call myself homebody, there's nothing I love more than chatting with a friend over a latte, or in my case a chai tea latte. But with everything going on, that's not an option right now. Which though I understand, makes my heart hurt for my favorite coffee shops. So I've compiled this list of how we can help.

1. Follow your favorite coffee shop on Instagram & share their posts.
This is a great way to spread the word about your favorite shops, and show your support without spending any money. Here are a couple of my favorites that you should give a follow.

2. Order a latte to-go or get one delivered. 
If you're feeling well, see if you can pop into a drive-thru, or get a latte to go. I'm sure your favorite coffee place will appreciate it. If you can't grab one to go, see if  Favor or UberEats can deliver you your drink of choice. Most locals shops have free delivery right now.

3. Grab their merchandise. 
Does your favorite shop have adorable tee shirts or cute stickers? Now's the perfect time to grab one for yourself, or a couple to give as gifts. Look at it this way, it's another shirt to add to your collection of cozy quarantine clothes. 

4. Get a gift card.
We won't be in quarantine forever, so why not grab a gift card to go visit when we're out? Consider it a gift to your future self. Just like ordering something online and being pleasantly surprised when it comes in the mail. 

I hope you find these tips super helpful, and I'd love to know what y'all are doing to support your favorite local businesses in this trying time. Good luck & stay healthy!

Until next time,