BEING INTENTIONAL THIS CHRISTMAS

It’s finally here, the first day of December! The jolliest month of the year filled with candy canes, great movies, the best music, warm blankets, and twinkling lights. Something about this time every year just fills my heart with joy. People seem to be in good spirits (well, ignoring finals week because that’s a biased week) and want to spread cheer to those around them. It’s just a good time of year, and for as long as I can remember I’ve always loved it. I even wrote a whole essay about it when we had a state writing exam in middle school that required us to write about our favorite holiday!

However, this Christmas may mean a little more than most. I’m excited for Christmas but I also know that soon after I’ll be moving to Disney World! That’s also a very exciting thing, but it does mean that Christmas will likely be the last time I see a lot of my family and friends for a while and trust me when I say that I am not good at goodbyes. I’m actually really dreading it. I’ve always found goodbyes to be a really hard thing, despite having a lot of practice with them. I don’t think anyone finds them particularly easy. but for me, I find myself getting really attached to those around me and I don’t want to leave and potentially let the relationship weaken. I know this is probably the anxiety-ridden side of my brain telling me that I’ll lose friends by leaving and I try not to dwell on it, but when I think about actually saying goodbye it tends to rear its ugly head.

Despite the lurking goodbyes that will follow, I’m still really excited to make this an amazing Christmas. I want to see as many people as possible to get in time with the ones I love before I say goodbye for a while. I want to be really intentional about spending time with people in real life and not just over the phone. This is a great time of year to really spend time with people and make some amazing memories. So, here are some suggestions on fun things you can do with the ones you love this Christmas season:

  • Go ice skating (I’ve actually never done this due to the fact that my mother thought I’d break a leg if I did, but I REALLY want to).
  • Drive around a night looking at people’s houses. No, not in a creepy stalker way, look at their Christmas lights! One memory I have from when I was younger is riding around nearby neighborhoods with my dad and sister looking at everyone’s festive lights. One house even had their own radio station that if you turned to would match the dancing lights!
  • Have a movie night! Pick out your favorite Christmas movies (One of my favorites is Snowglobe if you need a recommendation), pull out the softest blankets you can find, pop some popcorn, brew some hot chocolate and have a cozy night in with some of your favorite people.
  • Go sledding! If you live somewhere that is getting snow, please go sledding. I don’t care how old you are. I will always love sledding. There’s just something so fun about sliding down a hill on a plastic saucer and eventually landing face first in the freezing snow. If you live in the country you could even consider hooking your sled up to the back of a four-wheeler with a rope for some extreme speed!
  • Watch a Christmas parade. I’m pretty sure every town has a Christmas parade, so gather your friends and go watch one! You may even get some free candy out of it.
  • Throw a Christmas party. What’s better than just getting your favorite people together all in one place, eating festive food, listening to music, and seeing where the night goes? Maybe even have a contest for the best Christmas outfit and go caroling. It’s bound to be a good time.
  • Bake some cookies together! This is quite possibly the best time of year to bake some cookies, pour a glass of milk (almond, soy, or regular. Whatever floats your boat!)

I hope this gives you some inspiration to be intentional about spending time and making memories with the ones you love this Christmas! If you’re reading this & are one of my friends, please let me know when we can hang out this season. I want to spend time with everyone before I leave.

❤ / Bailey

My Honest Thoughts on Moving

My top three biggest fears in life that have stayed with me since I was young go in this order:

1. Elevators, indoor rides, caves, being buried alive, and any space where there is not a clear/easy exit.

2. Being completely alone.

3. Change.

Yeah, that third one’s gonna be real fun here in two months (exactly two months from today to be exact). To be completely honest, I’ve never been a big fan of change. I tend to order the same thing I always get at restaurants, where the same variation of clothes for a while, and I order the same three drinks at Starbucks every time I go. I like things that are familiar and that I know I can trust. Going along with that has been a fear of moving. When my dad had to take his old job back in Charlotte I begged my parents not to make me move. It scared the living daylights out of me.

I think this is one of the major reasons why I needed to go to Walt Disney World next semester. The truth is, I know this is a fear I need to face head-on if I want to be fully “adulting.” I need to be outside of my comfort zone, away from my family and experiencing new things every day so that I can continue to develop and grow as a person.

As much as I know that I need this experience, it still scares me. I’m scared at the thought of my friends forgetting about me while I’m gone, that I won’t stay in touch as much as I’d like to, that I’ll miss out on big things happening back at home, and that I’ll miss out on opportunities to form and grow relationships here. There’s this nagging voice in the back of my head repeating these things to me. Most of the time, my excitement outweighs that as this is an incredible opportunity that I’ve dreamed of doing for so long, but it doesn’t make the fear completely go away.

Luckily, it tends to only come in waves. I think the more I actually prepare for moving, the more excited and comfortable I’ll feel. I love shopping and the idea of decorating my new apartment so I can cling to that for joy. Of course, I’m also excited to be spending almost every day for four months in one of my favorite places on Earth with the amazing new friends I’ll make. I am looking forward to forming a family away from family and getting to know so many new people. It’s things like this, and the reminder that this is a dream come true, that help make everything seem a little less scary.

I’m learning that I’ll have to trust God through the change. I can’t tell you how many times I prayed that He would show me a sign as to whether or not I should go, and everything seems to be saying “trust me and go.” So, here’s to answering that call and going. I’m ready for this next big adventure.

❤ / Bailey

GET TO KNOW THE DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM (THE DCP TAG)

Honestly, I still can’t believe that in a few short months I will be moving to Orlando and working at the happiest place on Earth. The anticipation is a struggle and I’m finding myself getting distracted most days by thinking about DCP related things. I’m also realizing that there are several things causing me to worry thanks to my fear of change and the unknown. However, I can definitely tell the excitement side is winning as every time I think about it I end up smiling ear to ear. To help build up some excitement (and hopefully get out some of the things that are making me distracted) I’ve decided to do the DCP tag. It’s a lot of frequently asked questions to get to know more about my program, as I know several people have been asking me about it. Hopefully, this helps answer some of the questions I keep getting asked! Not that I’m bothered by questions, I could talk your ear off about the program no problem.

How did you hear about the program?

I found out about the DCP when I was on my 16th birthday trip to Walt Disney World. I met a cast member in the Emporium on Main Street and we started chatting about why I was at Disney. I told her it was my 16th birthday trip and she immediately ran to get me a birthday button! She told me she was working there as a part of the college program, and ever since that day I knew that was something I wanted to do. I actually went back to the hotel that night and began researching about it.

How was the interview process?

The interview process wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I purposefully tried to not put any pressure on myself, because I knew if I didn’t get in this time I could keep trying every semester until I graduated. I applied on August 23, 2018. You fill out an application with typical job applications questions. They ask about which roled you’d be interested in, where you’d want to work (Walt Disney World vs. Disneyland Resort), job experience, skills, traits, the whole job application shebang. I attached my resume and some photos of floorsets I had done while working in retail (can you tell my top role I was going for was merchandise?)

I honestly was getting a little worried because I hadn’t gotten my WBI (Web-based Interview) the same day. I had read a lot of blog posts and watched a lot of vlogs from cast members doing the DCP where they had gotten there WBI within hours of applying. However, two weeks later I got an email saying they’d like me to move on to interview rounds and I received my WBI. This is in its basic form a personality test. They want to see if who you match the values of the Walt Disney company. I took a deep breath, got a glass of water, and filled it out that night. You’ll know pretty immediately after completing the WBI if you’re moving on the next round… the phone interview.

The phone interview is probably the most stressful part of the entire interview process. You schedule a day and time and wait until it arrives to speak to a Disney recruiter. It was very stressful! My phone interview was only five days after I had completed my WBI, so I didn’t have a super long time to prepare. I looked up potentially questions that could be asked (thank you, internet) and wrote down some notes to make sure I’d remember to mention certain things I wanted to talk about. The phone rang on September 10th, and to my horror, my phone decided to be an absolute jerk. It sounded like the recruiter was speaking to me from underwater! I had a slight moment of panic but then realized I could make out most of what she was saying and decided to press on. A lot of the questions are pulled directly from your application. She asked about any tattoos or piercings I may have (the Disney look is something I can touch on later), reiterated that many positions involve lots of standing in high temperatures, and went through each role I had expressed interest in and asked some follow-up questions. Of course, the question of the hour was “why do you want to do the DCP?” That is one that anyone who ever applies to the program can be expected to be asked. She also had me talk through some possible scenarios of how I would close a line if I were a character attendant or how I’d react if parents were unhappy with a makeover I was giving in the Bippidi Boppidi Boutique/Pirate League. Overall, I felt pretty confident with my PI and my recruiter was so nice and easy to talk to.

I hung up the phone that day and began a waiting game that would turn to pure joy when I found out that I was accepted!

Where were you when you found out you were accepted?

I found out I was accepted while eating lunch with some friends at Chick-Fil-A (a truly holy establishment). I got a text update saying “Exciting update! Check your email for more details!” and my heart started racing. I quickly dropped my fork, switched over to my email account, and there it was!

What is your role?

I was offered the role of merchandise, which also happened to be my top role! In that role, I can learn more about marketing and PR from a Disney standpoint which I am stoked about. It will also count as my internship as a requirement for my major at school that I need to fill. The other roles I expressed interest in was PhotoPass, Character Attendant, and Bippidi Boppidi Boutique/Pirate League.

What are you going to miss while on the program?

I’m not just saying this to be a suck-up, but I genuinely will miss my friends and family the most. I’ve never been gone for this long from my family and will miss seeing my mom, dad, and sister. I love all of the people in my life right now and am already planning on harassing them with many texts and Snapchats to stay in touch while I’m gone. Don’t think you can get rid of me that easily!

I’ll also miss my current job. I absolutely adore all of my co-workers and the work that I am doing, but in order to find out what I want to do with the rest of my life, I need to experience new things. Of course, I’ll also miss my cat, the cute pets I get to pet-sit for on a regular basis (I basically feel like their god-parent at this point), Pal’s peachy sprite, the possibility of snow in TN while I’m gone, and Daylight Doughnuts bubble tea.

Which Disney park is your favorite?

Honestly, I’m a big fan of Epcot. I could spend days wandering around the World Showcase and never get bored. The Magic Kingdom is a very close second.

What is the first thing you want to do when you get there?

I’ll probably be crying (mostly happy tears, of course) but I want to go sight-seeing around Orlando and get used to the city I’ll be calling home for the next four months. I need to find the nearest Target, Starbucks, and Chick-Fil-A to make it really feel like home!

What’s number one on your DCP bucket list?

Definitely to watch the fireworks with my new friends on our first day in the parks as cast members. I haven’t been to Disney since they changed the show from Wishes, so I’m stoked to see the new one.

What is one thing you hope to take away from the program?

I really hope the DCP provides me with a new sense of self-confidence and just a new sense of self in general terms. I’ll be completely on my own for the first time, making new friends, and having all of these new adventures that will hopefully help me develop and push me out of my comfort zone to overcome fears and self-doubt. Obviously, I also hope this experience provides me with so many amazing memories that will last me a lifetime.

I hope this answers some of the questions you may have about the DCP. Expect a lot more DCP related content to come. Have a magical day!!

❤ / Bailey

 

 

ONE OF MY DREAMS CAME TRUE

On September 25, 2018, one of my dreams came true. I got an email from the Walt Disney Company that I had been accepted into the Disney College Program for Soring 2019! This has been something I have wanted to do since I learned about it while on my 16th birthday trip to Walt Disney World. To say I was excited would be an understatement. I almost choked on my Chick-Fil-A salad and then almost cried (and I HATE crying, so you know I was in a big mood). It’s such an honor to be accepted into this program on my first try. So many people apply and there are only a limited amount of spots, so I am truly ecstatic that Disney chose me!

Some of you may be asking, “what exactly does this mean?” Well, In January of 2019 I will be moving to Orlando, FL for a paid internship at Walt Disney World. I’ll be working in Merchandise in Disney World stores. As of right now, I’m not sure at which of the parks or resorts I will be working at, but honestly, I’m excited for any of them. IT’S DISNEY WORLD FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! I will remain a full-time student taking 15 credit hours of online classes through East Tennessee State University to stay on track with graduating in May 2020 and maintaining my academic scholarships. It’s gonna be a lot, but several people believe in me, and I think I’ll be able to balance it all well.

What I do know now is that this is something I am meant to do. I have to keep reminding myself about this because I can already tell the transition is going to be hard. I’ve never lived away from home, especially not 10 hours away with a bunch of people I’ve never met before. I’m dreading saying goodbye and leaving my life as it is right now that I love so much. I love where I work now, I love my school, and I love my friends and family. But, I feel like any growing that I have left to do in order to become a fully functioning adult is going to need to be done away from home. I need to push myself out of my comfort zone and not let fear or anxiety stop me from potentially having an experience that will change my life. I’ve prayed long and hard about this situation and every sign God is sending me seems to be pointing me to go, so I will obey and trust that now is the time.

I truly am excited about this incredible opportunity. I’ve got a lot of packing, planning, and preparing to do in the next three months before move in! While I’m deep in preparations I also have to remember to keep on top of this semester’s workload (going to school when you know you’ll be going to Disney soon makes concentrating very hard). Please pray for me as I am awaiting this adventure. There’s lots to do, lots of people to see, and lots to think about.

See ya real soon, Orlando.

❤ / Bailey

HOW TO CARE FOR YOURSELF WHILE CARING FOR OTHERS

It’s no secret, I love helping people. I’m often the friend that people turn to when they need a shoulder to cry on or some advice. A lot of times, I was known as “the advice giver” and I love being that person! It explains why my number one trait when I took the Clifton StrengthFinders Assessment was Developer. I see the potential for improvement in people (not in a cocky kind of way, but in an “I want to help you” way) and it’s hard for me to fight the urge to let them talk to me and give them advice.

Lately, I’ve been carrying a lot of other people’s burdens. There’s been a lot going on for family and friends and I want to be there for them with all that I have and help. I’m realizing though, that I can’t sacrifice my own mental state to help someone else because that just doesn’t work. All of this came up when I remembered something my mom said to me recently:

“Everyone always comes to you with their stuff, but who do you take your stuff to?” 

Mom wisdom coming through. She wasn’t wrong in saying that & definitely shook me up a little. Of course, because I wanted to maintain my put-together “I’m fine” self I said, “I have people that I talk to.” Which, isn’t completely a lie. I do tell my best friend most of what I’m going through, but I definitely don’t share everything. It’s super hard for me to open up to people and let down my guard. This isn’t because I don’t trust people, it’s because I’m afraid if I do then people won’t want my help anymore because I won’t seem as strong. I now realize this isn’t the best logic and I shouldn’t let it be a guiding force in how I live my life.

This is particularly important to remember in the current season of life that I am in. I’ve had a lot going on with my dad having multiple foot surgeries and working way out of town so I hardly ever see him, starting Junior year and taking on fifteen credit hours of classes, and learning how to balance everything with working 29 hours a week (I’m used to only working around 20 hours during the school year), and trying to maintain whatever social life I can grab on to while making sure I stay in touch with my friends and family. It’s definitely a busy season, and I’m not at all complaining about it because I often thrive in busyness.

However, I do need to take a step back every now and then and evaluate my own well being. I tend to forget to eat or get enough sleep because I want to just keep on doing all the things I have to do, but that’s not healthy. Plus, while all these things are going on I need to make sure I’m aware of my mental health. I’ve been really anxious lately worrying about school and all of the issues people around me seem to be facing and I’ve kept that to myself. It’s starting to become apparent though by my constant lip biting or picking of every scrap of the blue polish that I had on my nails last week that I need to take a minute to relax. I actually became a bit of a moody monster last week due to it all, so sorry to anyone that I may have sassed or heard me belting songs from my “rainy day vibes” playlist. Special thank you to the person who called me out on it so I could learn to watch it and realize my sass wasn’t helping anyone (although sometimes my sass can be really funny).

All this to say, make sure you don’t forget to care for yourself while caring for others. It’s not selfish, even though that anxious voice in your head might try to tell you otherwise. You can’t fully be there for other people if you’re not at your best and you drive yourself to a breaking point. Have a “you day” where you do some of your favorite things to chill you out. Here are some of my favorites if you need some inspiration:

  1. Take a walk around Target. There are so many cute things to look at! Just make sure you have some money with you because you’ll more than likely end up spending more than you intended on home decor or clothes.
  2.  Drive around with no particular destination and sing some of your favorite songs.
  3. Have a long talk with a friend. I know many of us Millenials don’t remember that phones weren’t made just for texting, but sometimes it’s soothing to hear someone’s actual voice.
  4. If you don’t feel like talking to another person, talk to your pets! They’ll never interrupt or judge you and are great listeners.
  5. Plan something. I’ve been adding so much stuff to my Halloween & Christmas boards on Pinterest. I’ll probably only ever execute one or two of them, but it’s nice to think about. One day I’ll embody my true Pinterest self.
  6. Lay on the ground and stare at the sky. It’s really quite mesmerizing to just watch the world go by. Just don’t stare directly at the sun!
  7. Binge watch something on Netflix, Hulu, or whatever entertainment provider you prefer. It will provide some much needed chill time.
  8. Stretch your body through yoga or do some dancing. Whatever type of exercise you like to do, do it. If your body feels happy then you’ll feel happier.
  9. Eat your favorite food. Everything is fine in moderation, so have that one slice of pizza!
  10. Read a devotional or inspiring book. A little heart help goes a long way.

I could go on forever (thanks to my love of lists) but I’ll stop here for now. Hopefully, some of these can help those of you like me who often forget that it’s just as important to care for yourself as it is to care for those around you. It makes a world of difference!

Peace & blessings,

Bailey

 

NEW SCHOOL YEAR, NEW GOALS

As the first week of my third year of undergrad has come to a close, I’m beginning to realize that this year feels a lot different than my previous two of college. First of all, how am I already a junior? It hit me that I’m halfway through and so much closer to my degree! That’s crazy to me. It seems like just yesterday I was starting college as a baby freshman who kind of knew what she wanted to be and where she wanted to go, and now I’m starting to get questions like “Where are you going to go after college, are you staying in Johnson City?” and “What exactly is it that you want to do in your field of study?” LET’S SLOW DOWN THERE. While I have some idea of where I want to go and who I want to be, I keep having to remind myself that a lot can change in my remaining two years. No isn’t necessarily the time to be making those decisions.

Despite the thought of graduation looming closer over my head, this year just feels different as a whole. I’m not sure if I’m just carrying more confidence being an upperclassman, but the start of the school year didn’t scare me (I’m talking first-day anxiety jitters) as much as usual.  I didn’t feel the need to obsessively look at the class lists online ahead of time to find a familiar name or worry about my professors being sticklers. I went in knowing whatever was thrown my way I could handle, and I had a really good first day! At least, much better than a lot of other people at my university. I only have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays (but that does mean an 8 am and staying way later than I’d appreciate) and on the Monday that the university actually opened, there was a lockdown due to a weapon on campus. I wasn’t there, but I was getting all of the alert texts and started texting all of my friends who were on campus to see if they were okay. It was definitely an interesting first day of the fall semester, but luckily no shots were fired and everything turned out okay. Aside from that craziness, the first week back went really well. All of my professors seem really nice & I’ve made friends in all of my classes where I didn’t know anyone & reconnected with some of my friends who are in the same program & class as me.

That being said, let’s set some goals for this year. Since this is my third year of college, I’m going to set three main goals.

1. Make the Dean’s List…again! YAY! One of my goals for the previous school year was to make the Dean’s List & I did. Now, I want to do it again. Especially since I now know that I can.

2. Join as many clubs & extracurriculars as possible. I’m really determined to get more involved on campus this year, and one way I see that happening is through clubs! I didn’t get to join very many clubs for the last two years because working retail meant most of my nights were booked. Now that I have a job with consistent hours where I get off work at 5 pm every day, I can actually do things in the evenings. Specifically, I want to get involved with a campus ministry and the club for my major. I haven’t decided which campus ministry yet, but I’ve got plenty of great options to try out!

3. Bring as much joy & positivity to my fellow students as possible. College is a tough time. It’s hard enough trying to stay on top of all of your assignments and studying, throw in working, trying to figure out who you are as an adult, and all the utterly crappy stuff that gets thrown at people and that pretty much describes college. We’re all just a bunch of kids figuring out how to become adults. We need constant encouragement & support to make it out somewhat sane! So, I want to be really intentional about lifting up those around me at school. It can be really easy to focus on my own assignments & issues, but it’s important to remember the impact you can make by taking a minute away from yourself to help a friend with an assignment or simply look up from your phone while walking from class to class and smile at someone. Nobody truly knows what other people are going through, especially in college, so being a light in the darkness is a powerful thing.

To all of those people reading this who are also returning to school, I wish you the best of luck. Remember to drink lots of water, make as many friends as possible, and study as hard as you can. Just do your best and have a good time! College is a time to make memories while figuring out who we are meant to be.

xx,

Bailey

PS – Go Bucs!

 

A SUMMER OF GROWTH

What a summer this year has had in store. I can’t believe that school starts in one week and that the summer of 2018 has come to an end. It’s been a crazy ride that has gone by seemingly too fast. At work, I gained more responsibility in my position, got to do some really cool graphic design/logo work, tried my best to keep things smooth sailing within my time, created a 27-page booklet from digital design all the way to print, wrote a lot, and somehow managed to do it all while keeping my sanity & social life intact. We took a family vacation to Fells Point, MD & Harrisburg, PA where I got to visit an aquarium, conquer a little piece of my irrational fear of ghosts (I don’t know if I believe they’re real, but staying at the Admiral Fell Inn sure made it seem like they were), see Harry Styles live on tour, eat a lot of Amish pretzels & pierogis, spend time with two of the cutest little boys in all of PA, & spend precious time with my family. I got to pet sit for many different friends & basically spent over half the summer living out of other people’s homes. Overall, this summer was packed full of growth and learning. To wrap it all up, here is a list of some of the things I learned:

  • Saying goodbye is okay because more than often you’ll see that person again if they are someone who’s meant to be in your life.
  • It’s okay to hand things off to other people and not try to juggle everything by yourself. You’ll likely lose your marbles if you try.
  • Mama Mia 2 is a great movie, but it will make you want to cry like a baby.
  • Any sort of baby fever can be squashed when you spend a week with a 2 & 3-year-old. They’re exhausting!
  • Adobe Illustrator is not my friend, but I’m determined to make it my friend one day.
  • When proofing the same content over & over again, a change of scenery can definitely help.
  • Distance sucks in all types of relationships, but it’s worth it to do what you can to stay in touch.
  • Dreaming big is important, especially with a God who can move mountains.
  • Follow through is SO important. Saying you’ll do something doesn’t mean much if you don’t put words into action.
  • Don’t forget to make specific time for resting.
  • Time away from your phone is good for the soul.
  • Having artificial nails is all fun and games until you try to take them off yourself and it hurts.
  • Never let your age define you. You can be mature beyond your years and ready to take on the world.
  • No creative idea is stupid. It may take some rearranging or really good planning to execute, but that’s how some of the best things are created.

I’m pretty sure this summer is the best one I’ve had so far. I definitely had rough days, but overall I’ve been filled with immense joy in what I’m doing, the people in my life, and the direction God is taking me. I’ve grown in myself and my skills in what I’m studying to do. It’s been a great reminder that I absolutely love the industry that I’m studying to be in, and already getting into it. It’s got me thinking more about what exactly where I want to go career-wise. I know I want to go into PR for a company that’s putting out positive messages, but other than that I’m not sure. I know God’s got a great plan and this summer was for sure a part of it.

What are some of your most memorable parts of this summer?

xx,

Bailey

JULY BRIGHT SPOTS

July was a busy, busy month. I dove into working and dog sitting & that filled the month. Looking back on my calendar, I only slept at my house for nine out of thirty-one days because I was constantly pet-sitting. I absolutely love house sitting, so it wasn’t a problem but I’m glad to be spending some time at home in August. I had a lot of good days with friends, catching up with some I hadn’t seen in a while and making the most out of being intentional with hanging out with people. That being said, with it being busy I didn’t have many new favroites but I had a few.

Starbucks Reusable Cold Cup – It’s really important, as human beings, to do our best to try to save the planet we’ve been given to live on. Recently, there seems to be more of a trend of brands being eco-conscious and promoting an eco-friendly message. One in particular that has been making headlines is Starbucks. It was recently announced that by 2020, Starbucks will be getting rid of all single-use plastic straws. I think this is a great start for a company with such influence to make a change. The whole ramble of this was brought on by a purchase I made of a venti reusable cold cup. It looks exactly like a regular disposable Starbucks cup, which I think makes it super adorable, and was a really great purchase. As I’m not a fan of hot drinks (other than the occasional mocha), buying a venti cold cup is the perfect thing for my regularly purchased Pink Drink. Plus, I get 10 cents off every drink. Saving the Earth and saving some money all while getting my Starbucks fix, what more could college girl want?

Raining Grace Jewelry Gold Dipped Leather Earrings – When I saw these earrings on Instagram, I immediately knew I wanted them in my life. When I heard that Raining Grace Jewelry was going to be at a local maker’s market, InstaCrafty, I had to go. I’ve gotten so much wear out of these earrings in the two months that I’ve had them. They’re comfortable in my sensitive earlobes, they manage to stand out from my crazy, curly hair, and they add a nice pop to every outfit. The particular ones I got are brown with a gold dip, so they pretty much go with everything that I wear. They can easily transition from casual to more dressed-up depending on what you’re wearing as well. I would highly recommend following Raining Grace on Instagram and picking up a pair of their earrings.

Warby Parker glasses – For the last couple of years, I have seen social media influencers promoting a brand called Warby Parker but never really thought much of it. I recently decided I wanted to get new glasses, mostly with the hopes that new ones would make me wear my glasses when I’m supposed to. I hate going to stores to shop for glasses so the option on Warby Parker to pick five pairs for an at home try on to get mailed to me was very appealing. You can take a quiz about your style preferences and face shape to get suggestions and help narrow down the options. Within 5 days of ordering my box, it got to my house. It was fun getting to try on and play with all the different glasses. I found one that I loved and decided to order. First of all, these glasses are very college budget friendly. For my single-vision lenses, the glasses cost $95. Normally, my glasses that I get from the eye doctor are a couple hundred dollars. When I found out you just upload a picture of your prescription when ordering, I was afraid it would take longer than expected to get my glasses. I was BLOWN AWAY when they arrived in the mail just around a week after placing my order. WHAT?! They also came with a super cute case that says “NICE TO SEE YOU” on the inside and a cleaning cloth that has the history of Warby Parker written in a fun way. I got the Brady glasses in tea rose fade and I’ve gotten so many compliments on them. I’m very pleased with this brand and would definitely buy from them again.

xx,

Bails

PRO & CON LIST ABOUT MY LIFE RIGHT NOW

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I love making lists. Lists make things organized, easy to read, and fun! While I was thinking of a different way to write about everything going on in my life right now, I thought why not make a list? It’s good to remember what you’re thankful for & acknowledge what you’re struggling with every now & then. So, here are 3 of my pros & cons that are going on in my life right now.

PROS (things I’m super thankful for that make me smile extra big):

MY JOB – I just love my job. The work that I’m doing pairs perfectly with what I’m learning in classes so I’m getting “real world experience” that I also find extremely enjoyable. Plus, the people that I work for are just the best. They’re some of the funniest & most talented people I know. I’m so thankful for how they continue to pour knowledge into me, lift me up, & bless my life.

GOOD HEALTH – *Knock on wood* I HAVEN’T BEEN SICK SINCE NEW YEARS! This is a huge pro considering my health track record from last year. Two solid months with no significant illness is really good for me. Hopefully, this is a good sign for the rest of the year!

SCHOOL – I’m really proud of myself for staying on top of things this semester. I have been working really hard to keep school my first priority (sometimes I let work get in the way because I think I’m ready to be a full-blown businesswoman adult) & I haven’t slipped up so far. My dedication is being reflected in my grades which makes me super happy.

CONS (things I’m struggling with & trusting that God is working on something through):

I MISS TWO OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE – this has probably been the biggest struggles recently. My Dory (we call each other Squishy & Dory from Finding Nemo) has been off in Australia kicking butt & taking names. I’m super proud of everything that she’s doing & know she’s having a great experience, but that doesn’t mean I don’t miss being able to see, call, & text her. I am, however thankful for Snapchat keeping our convos (although brief) alive. I can’t wait to reunite in May & go on many Summer adventures. Preston is also still living in Montana and although we text every single day, I cannot wait for him to move back to Tennessee. It’s really hard when you can’t see some of your favorite people in person. I just really wish they were both here. I know through this God is testing my patience in the waiting  & strength.

FINALS ARE IN ONE MONTH – Where has time gone? It just hit me how close finals are & I don’t think I’m ready for them to be so soon. They come at the end of every semester, but I don’t think I’ll ever get used to how fast each semester goes by. Godspeed & go Bucs to all my fellow ETSU students in this one month we have left.

MY DOG ISN’T DOING TOO WELL – It’s a hard reality I have had to try & grasp. My dog is dying. He’s 14 years old so this shouldn’t be unexpected. Nevertheless, it absolutely breaks my heart. He’s started not being able to stand and just falls randomly & cries. I know once he’s gone he’ll be with his dad (my uncle Bobby) in heaven but it’s still hard to grasp he’ll be gone. Especially with my best friends not being around I’m beginning to sink into a feeling of loneliness knowing my Buddy will likely be gone soon too.

What are some things your thankful for or could use some prayer about right now?

xx,

Bails

 

 

 

GETTING IN THE GROOVE

How is it already February? I’m pretty sure I blinked once and January disappeared without a trace. It was a month full of craziness though and, to be honest, I’m glad it’s gone. So, what happened in January? Let’s start with a little look back at the month.

I started my fourth semester of college (my half-way point) and let’s just say it wasn’t the easiest of transitions. I recently decided on a new minor in business management, although I’m not betting a whole lot of money that this one will stick quite yet, and that means I’m delving into a world of completely uncharted territory for me: THE BUSINESS WORLD. My major in Advertising & Public Relations happens to be in the College of Arts & Sciences, so now I’m branching out a little bit for my minor into a whole new college. I was a little anxious about it! I mean, it’s business doesn’t everyone act super professional and wear suits to class every day? At least that’s what I thought. The Media & Communications program is where my heart is & it was scary to dive away from it even if it is just for my minor.

Classes have been going well, though! After not having a math class in over a year, I was a bit worried about taking accounting (it’s known to be a toughy) but I seem to have gotten my math groove back and am doing really well. My Writing for Public Relations and Science & the Modern World classes are online but I am actually learning a lot from them. My Writing for PR professor is the best and is constantly reassuring my writing. Writing is one of my passions but something I am always self-conscious of so it’s nice to have a professor boost you up. Public Relations Publications is definitely helping fuel my creative energy. Organizational Behavior & Management is a nice refresher of things that generally come as common sense. I’m feeling optimistic about this semester and it is definitely keeping me on my toes.

The start of the year also meant the start of a new job…well more like a new job title. Charming Charlie of Johnson City was closed a week before Christmas with no looking back. Luckily for me, First Christian Church – Johnson City offered me a permanent position transitioning from Communications Intern to Communications Assistant. With this new role came more hours, more responsibilities, and more growth. I get to put into action the things that I am learning in the classroom which means I’m getting real-life experience, and not to mention a great portfolio boost.

My main focus for January was finding a good balance. I had to learn how to balance all of the new classes I’m taking this semester, then combine that with my work schedule, and it took a couple of weeks. I struggle with anxiety and worry a lot this month, and there’s been a lot going on that has just kept my mind racing. There’s a lot going on, already, in February. Here is a list of some things I’m really excited about & some I’m quite nervous about:

  • My first accounting test is on 2/12
  • I’m having an ultrasound on 2/13  to check my Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (Happy early Valentine’s Day to me)
  • As cheesy as it is I have a cute, pink outfit planned for Valentine’s Day
  • I’ve got an appointment made with my advisor to make a GRADUATION PLAN
  • I’m going to Orlando, FL at the end of the month to a conference called Exponential & I could not be more excited

Now that we are in the second month of 2018 and I’ve gotten into a groove, I have chosen a word to represent my goal for this year to be CREATE. I often suppress my creative side out of fear of not being good enough, but I have come to realize that I cannot let that stop me. Creativity has so much potential and power for good. I also want to help create joy, happiness, and good vibes in the lives of others. Something I never want anyone to forget is that we were created to do great things and therefore are always working towards creating great things.

I hope you all are off to a good start to 2018! If you had to pick one word to represent your goal/mission for 2018 what would it be? Let me know in the comments, let’s have a chat!

xx,

Bailey