Friday, August 15, 2014

I Hate Feeling Stagnant

Does anyone else feel this way?

Today is basically my last weekday of summer vacation, maybe ever! I start my last semester of my undergraduate degree on Tuesday. Exciting, yes...but this feeling of urgency and anxiousness started last night. When I checked on my student loans. I knew I had student loans and I knew what they probably added up to and it never really bothered me because I'm not really in the position to make payments on my student loans. Luckily, I was a Community Services Advisor (like a Resident Advisor) for the past three years so my housing was paid provided through my work.

But here I am, graduating soon, debating what I am going to do next. My initial plan was to take some time off, study for the GMAT, better myself, maybe pick up a retail job to get a different perspective of work, and ultimately aim for getting a job in August. While many of those things are still on the list (let's be real- only studying for the GMAT is), I realize that I am in debt and cannot live so leisurely. I currently have around $24,000 taken out in loans, under my name, for my education. My loan has accumulated $3,000 in interest while I have been in school, and continues to grow. This may not seem like a big deal to some people, you may consider me "lucky" because my student loan is not as big as other student loans. But I pay off my credit card in full every month. If I have one thing going for me in life, it is good credit. I am determined to keep it that way.

So, this loan issue started a frenzy. I am a chronic planner. Thanks to Pinterest, I have a lot of things planned out already. I have been searching like crazy for jobs that I would enjoy, in places that would make an awful commute from home. But, let's be honest, I think my hometown was voted one of the "worst commutes in America" so I'm kinda doomed either way, right? Luckily for me, my current job is working in my school's career services center.

I am counting down the days until I can talk to my boss. She told me in the interview before I got hired, "business school straight out of college? I'll let you know why you should wait," and it's been stuck in my brain ever since.

The only productive thing I could think of while struggling with growing up was buying some checks. Yup, like the ones you put in a checkbook. Hey, they might be kinda on the outs but they're purple. And monogrammed.

Here's to a grand semester!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Getting in the Pageant Spirit

Hi everyone!

I am so excited to get the ball rolling on my pageant prep for Miss Contra Costa County in October. After spending a short vacation in Idaho, which was really exciting, I came home and almost immediately got sick! I pushed through, moved into my new apartment which will be my home for the next 4 months, and then came back home to continue relaxing. Well, that's over! I am no longer sick, so it's back to work I go. I picked up some really cute Lorna Jane tank tops to motivate my workouts. Lorna Jane was a Miss CA sponsor the year I competed at Miss CA and since then, I have been in love! I live in her tank tops. They can get pricey, but every once in a while they have a 2 for $50 deal. You'll get your money's worth!

Anyway, as much as I would love to write a whole post on tank tops, I really came here to share some exciting news. You might not be as excited as I am, but I have officially picked my talent song for Miss Contra Costa County! And now that I think about it, I may just have my entire wardrobe already. I'm super excited to start rehearsals and meet all of the other contestants and volunteers! I just really can't wait to be a local titleholder again. I have so many great ideas, and more skills and things to bring to the table than the last time I was a titleholder.

The countdown to Miss Contra Costa County is officially under 60 days! It's 8 weeks away!