There’s Good News… And Then There’s Bad News

Bad News: The daily problems of an inconsiderate roommate and her equally inconsiderate friends (I want her – and them – OUT), wedding planning, and job stress. Is there no place of refuge for me? Consumed by ridiculousness and burned out…

Good News: The wedding date is officially set, we’ve booked the reception location of my dreams, and booked a chapel for the ceremony too! Next stop: Engagement photos!

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The Point Of It All

Last week was teacher appreciation week and to show hers, a parent gave me these from her garden.

Little did I know that when I entered the field of early childhood education, the more I gave to the children, the more that some parents would take. Some of them are never satisfied no matter how hard you try. Some of them belittle us and treat us like we’re incompetent. Some of them have the mindset that we’re glorified babysitters and “Anyone can teach, it’s not hard.”

It’s nice when a parent gives back and recognizes that we are competent individuals that deserve respect. It’s nice when they show us that they don’t believe we’re “glorified babysitters.” They know this is actually the most important time in their child’s development and we are part of their foundation. It’s nice when they show us that we’re appreciated.

For The Love Of Money, Shopping, and All Things Wedding

It’s time for my monthly Clothing/Accessory Shopping Expense Tracker:
I didn’t set a goal for April. I knew I would need a few things this month. April Monthly Total: $90.97 (not including store credit card purchases). My store credit card purchases ended up being $50.97.

Sigh… ridiculous, I know. The purchases did get a smidge out of hand this month. So I registered for free on Learnvest.com which tracks my expenses, helps me budget my money, and provides boot camps so I can learn how to manage my finances better. Yes, I’m still on Mint.com too, which sends me my checking and savings account balances weekly through text so I know exactly how much I have.

I’ve been working on exercising my willpower to resist sales both in-store and online. There are things that I do that Continue reading

My Weekend in Pictures: April 20-22 2012

Friday: Saw Think Like A Man… which was one of the best romantic comedies I’ve seen in awhile. Kevin Hart is hilarious! Kept me laughing from beginning to end!

Saturday: Shopping, Grace’s Chinese Take-out, and the beginning of our April showers.

Sunday: Went to the early morning church service. Watched Mission Impossible 3: Ghost Protocol which was a decent movie, but not as great as everyone made it out to be. April showers… ALL day. Sigh…

The Perks of Living Alone

1. Talking to yourself is okay. Even full on conversations… at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

2. Peeing with the door open is fine. Yes, I do have 3 roommates, but it’s not weird at all because we each have our own private bathrooms (one word: AWESOME!)

3. Throwing your clothes on the floor or a chair is acceptable. This happens everyday for me.

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Driving Slow On Sunday Morning

Top: The Limited, Camisole: Ross, Skirt: Forever21, Necklace: H&M, Pumps: JustFab.com, Flats: Payless, Pants: Charlotte Russe, Bag: H&M

Have you ever opened your closet door and after searching for something you couldn’t quite pinpoint thought, “I have nothing to wear”?

Usually, I go through a cycle each week where I don’t have this realization until early Sunday morning ¬†when I’m frantically running around my bedroom half-naked trying to get ready for church. Continue reading

The Legendary Whitney Houston

When I was 4 years old, the first song I ever sang in front of my mom and grandma was Whitney’s version of “I Will Always Love You,” because “Whip-ney Houston is my favorite singer,” I told them. I’m truly saddened by the news of her death.

Many people tend to think solely of the side of Whitney that focused on the negative. The side that spiraled out of control, never regaining footing. I only saw her as the shining star from The Bodyguard (it probably had a bit of something to do with that armored costume she wore for her “Queen of the Night” performance). I saw her as Continue reading

Things I Learned While Being In Love

1. Never settle… As much as I hate to admit it, this is not my first engagement. I was once engaged for a little over seven months, but it just didn’t feel right, mostly because it wasn’t. He didn’t ask my father for my hand (which I actually wanted), I couldn’t tell friends or family about the engagement because we decided to keep it a secret and reveal it “when the time is right,” and worst of all, I was embarrassed to tell anyone anyway… because Continue reading