Last day of the year and I finally give you all a post after being MIA for two months! Welp, life happens!
2016 has definitely been a whirlwind. It may have been one of the weirdest years for humanity, but it was by far one of the best years I've ever experienced.
It's so cool thinking that this time last year I was hanging out in Palm Springs, California and roaming around downtown Los Angeles taking in the sights. Obviously I did all the touristy things, but I still had a blast.
After beginning the year in California, I made my way back South to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Watching the mini parades move throughout the French Quarter was so much fun, not to mention that ten pounds I gained while I was down there. If you;re a food, you need to get down there!
Once I returned home from all my travels, things slowed down a bit. I was still on the hunt for a job and prepping to take the GRE so I could submit applications to graduate programs. Plus, I got to dig in a bit deeper at church by serving in childrens' church regularly. Even though I was content at where I was in life, I knew I was destined for something more.
And then, it came! It was one of those scenarios where everything good happened all at once. I accepted a new job to tide me over until classes began, was invited to interview for another job out in Houston, and was admitted to my new two year grad program. And to be honest, it's only gotten better since then!
I worked all summer and saved everything I could so I could get back to Tuscaloosa for school. I mean, ya'll, I signed a lease for the first time without a guarantor, put utilities in my name, and officially moved out of my parent's house!
Once September rolled around school was in full swing. I have to admit, the transition phase was pretty hard for me to handle. I was doing everything on my own. Maintaing my own place, being financially responsible, taking advantage of all the opportunities and activities graduate school provides, and just staying sane was a lot harder than I thought it would have been. Honestly, the struggle was definitely worth it. I found out that I'm much stronger than I ever knew I could be! I took on new challenges and said "yes" for more than I ever would have in the past.
Despite 2016 being that one year we'd like to black out of the history books with a Sharpie marker, it was one heck of a year for me! So here's to 2017-- new experiences, new challenges, new adventures!
Happy Monday loves!! I am currently en route to Alabama from Pennsylvania [travel post later this week!] and wanted to share a few good reads for you. Over the past few months, I have been on an estimated 20 flights and needless to say, I'm beginning to feel it in my body and soul. I'm having a blast traveling everywhere, but man it really can take a toll on your body. Not to mention, I've missed a few too many 8am Sunday morning church services. But instead of wallowing in my aches and pains, I've decided to combat it!
If you know me, you know I was a 'yogi' back in college. Seriously! I attended 1-2 yoga classes on a weekly basis during undergrad. *Gosh I miss college. I loved it a ton but eventually fell out of it when classes required more attention and post-graduation. I've decided to get back into the flow. I actually saw Yoga Girl in Target a few days ago but it was priced at $20+. Needless to say, I left it on the shelf and found it on Amazon for $13. Once I get back into the yoga flow, I'm sure my bones won't be as achy from all my plane rides!
One thing that doesn't get my achy is reading. I'm almost finished with Pastor Brian Houston's book, Live Love Lead, and it truly is a great read! It's in no way a substitute for church or delving deeper into His word, but instead, it's a great addition. And now that Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr.'s book, Sandcastle Kings is available for pre-order, it looks like I'll have enough material to fill me up spiritually while up in the sky. I'm so excited to read both of these books and use them in addition to other material.
It seems like we're always on the go nowadays, so finding time to take care of our physical and spiritual selves can be taxing. Take some time to find things that help re-fill your body & soul!
Monday Musings are back!! I hope each and everyone of you are having a splendid day so far! Like always, I scour the internet (i.e., Pinerest) for things that draw my attention and share them with you all here.
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apartment decor (similar here) // michael kors lexington watch // confetti push pop // panama hat // plaid //
ab & squat challenge // knee high boots (similar here and here)// filter of hope charity //
Hello loves! Monday has rolled around once again (seriously, where did the weekend go?) and that means it's time for #MondayMusings. When I first started #MondayMusings, it was to serve as a filler for my lackluster (still kind of lol) blog posts. As of recently, I've been so consumed with traveling and finishing up my graduate school applications that I haven't even had time to develop a to-do list for my blog. But, with the office slowing down, I'll have some serious time on my hands to put together some new topics and ideas to cover!
Today's #MondayMusings is by far the biggest hodge podge of things if I have ever seen one! I didn't have a theme for this one, so I just picked a bunch of things that caught my eye this past week. Enjoy!
1. Apartment Decor (Ikea): I'll be moving into a new apartment this fall, so I've already started compiling the furniture I'll be needing. This shelving unit from Ikea is perfect for me to store all my cute knick knacks with out a sense of clutter. A quick coat of gold spray paint and viola!
2. Michael Kors Lexington Watch: My birthday is in 19 days, so I decided to treat myself to a new watch. I'm not big on name brands, but I own a leather strapped Michael Kors watch and it's been good to me. And because of that, I'm trying out this much nicer, mixed metal watch. I'll be sure to share once it arrives.
3. Push Pop Confetti (Thimblepress): Is this not the most genius thing ever? Confetti in a push pop dispenser? Love, love, love this! It creates one nice big explosion and showers that place with hand cut colored paper and metallic foils. I keep trying to convince my supervisor to allow me to bring one to our office parties, but she's still not convinced. Until then, I'll be enjoying my little party of one with this awesome invention.
4. Panama Hat (J. Crew): I'm jetting off to Mexico in about 3 months, and I've been searching for a Panama hat for the longest! It's perfect for when I'm relaxing by the pool, enjoying the Mexican waves, or strolling through town. This is definitely a staple item I'll be adding to my wardrobe.
5. Plaid (Brighton Keller): First, let me say, Brighton Keller's blog (Brighton the Day) is AHHH-MAZING!! Seriously, where have I been all this time? Hiding under a rock obviously. Her style is legit. She's got a way of mixing pieces so effortlessly. When I found this plaid look on her blog, I was definitely impressed. I happen to have a nice red/black flannel at home, but have no clue how to style it, but Brighton saved the day with this look. Look for a plaid inspired look on the blog in the future!
6. Ab & Squat Challenge: With the start of a new month, comes the start of a new challenge. Last month, I was unable to complete the 30 squat challenge due to lack of preparation and time management. Well, that was last month. It's a whole new month and my mind and body are ready for it! Plus, I've got to get bikini ready for Mexico and a quick trip to visit a special friend at the end of this month ;)
7. Black Over the Knee Boots (Michael Kors): I own quite a few pairs of brown boots, but have only one pair of black boots. And they're actually booties, not even tall boots. I found these amazing Michael Kors boots blog surfing and knew I had to have them. I scoured the internet in hopes of finding them in suede, but was only able to find them in leather (which isn't so bad). They're a little on the pricey side for me, but I'm looking to invest in my wardrobe. And these over the knee boots will never go out of style. Go ahead and grab them before they're gone!
8. Filter of Hope: I decided at the end of 2014 that I would donate to a global charity each month and I was lucky enough to have stumbled upon this Filter of Hope on Instagram. I know there are tons of non-profit organizations around the world, but this one spoke to me because they provide families across the globe with water filters. Clean water is essential to a healthy life and well-being. Many of us living in developed countries take clean water for granted. I mean, I've got about 4 water bottles laying around my bedroom floor right now! Only a small donation of $40 sends a filtering device to a family in an underdeveloped country. I spend maybe $200/month on myself alone each month (too much!), so spending $40 to help a family get clean drinking water was a no-brainer. Check out the website and see how you can help! I promise it'll make you feel good once you do it.
Have an amazing week! I'll be back later detailing how to pack a tasty lunch you can take to work.
We have made it to the final Monday of 2014, loves! I hope everyone enjoyed their seasonal holidays (Hannakuh, Christmas, Boxing Day, the start of Kwanza, etc.)! I thoroughly enjoyed my much needed break. I've still got a little bit of down time before I head back to the office, so I plan on spending it with you guys and getting my life on track for 2015 (post on this tomorrow). I'm so excited for the new year! But before it gets here, I want to share a few things that caught my eye over the weekend. Check out this week's #MondayMusings!
chargrilled salmon via The Honeybee // ink // Dezso by Sara Beltran // trench via with love from Kat // margaritas via Food52 // book // overalls // leopard couch //
This #MondayMusings is by far the best one I've ever put together. And it describes me so perfectly! Healthy foods, amazing jewelry, MARGARITAS, and effortless style. Not to mention my craving for some ink, decorating tips for my future apartment, and my love for literature! Take some time out of your day and look around. Maybe you'll find something that catches your eye. :)
Have a great Monday! Stop by the blog later this afternoon as I recap my Christmas holiday and tomorrow as I detail my New Year Resolutions!
Hello loves! I hope everyone's Monday was particularly magical! The start of the week can be a drag sometimes, but just think, you finally have another week to get things accomplished. I've been so consumed with preparing for the GMAT that I've been lacking with posts. (I've been studying just about 5 hours each day to prep for my exam that's 5 weeks away.)
So, I've decided I want to try something new. If you've been with me, you know I try to do little series here and there that haven't really panned out so well. For example, I attempted to do a book vs. movie review called "Paperback to Silverscreen" (how clever am I?) but that only lasted for The Godfather and Julius Caesar. Instead, I'm trying something a little different that will hopefully keep you interested in my blog and show you some of the things I'm interested in. Titled "Monday Musings", I'll be highlighting some of the items I'm currently craving, my newest purchases, and anything that gives me some sort of inspiration. I hope this will add a little bit of magic to your sometimes mundane Mondays!
Partner In Crime bracelet / Accessory Concierge
Fall Nail Color / Essie's Stylenomics
Hello, I'm Margo.
25 year old laid-back lady currently pursuing my MBA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Just using my blog to share my growing faith, evolving style, favorite recipes, and exciting travels with you!
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