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Friday, August 31, 2018

Random Ramblings August Edition

Random Ramblings_August2018

It has been awhile since I wrote a random ramblings post. December to be exact! WOW! If you are new around here, my random ramblings posts are just a major update on whatever is happening in my life or anything I want to share. Enjoy the randomness!

The Blog

The blog started as my creative hub while I was bored (read that story here). I’m now in a new-ish position (started in January, but still learning the ropes) that demands more of my time, brain power, and energy. It leaves very little creative juice for the blog and that makes me sad. I find this to be a fun place to connect with you all and I’m sorry I have been away so much this year. Thanks for hanging in with me while I go through this new season of life.

The Career

I mentioned the new gig above, but to give you more information, I freaking love it! I love it so much that when someone asks me how it’s going I can’t help but grin a big, cheesy grin. I feel guilty when coworkers from my former department ask me and all I can do is brag about how wonderful my position, department, and university division are. See, the thing is, I came from a very negative space and now I am in a place where hard work is appreciated and a “work family” exists. I enjoy getting up in the morning to go to work and I stay late or work from home because it doesn’t feel like work. It feels like what I am doing matters to others and positively impacts students and my teammates.

The leadership pours into us and provide opportunities for personal and professional growth. I have read more books and articles, watched videos, and attended conferences or learning sessions than I did in the last 6 years. It really matters yall, so do it for your team too!

Dave Ramsey Update

It has been 1 year since the hubs and I started following Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps. I talked about it here and here. We have managed to pay off a student loan and several credit cards. There is still more to tackle, but with time and dedication it will get done and it will be a weight lifted from our shoulders. Since I work with students I try my hardest to convenience them not to take out excessive student loans and start the habit of paying monthly on those they have taken. Even if it is $20 a month, it helps in the long run. Not sure if I have convinced any of them though!

I also share the Every Dollar app with anyone who will listen. The whole process of having a budget meeting, entering a budget, and then keeping track of it has helped the hubs and I so much. Where we used to worry about saving and having money in the bank we now know what we have without even needing online banking thanks to the app.

Side note, but money related. I took a big girl step and started a Roth IRA. What an adult thing to do. I wish someone would have told me to do that when I got my first full-time job…10 years ago! Do you know how much I would have already stored away for retirement if someone would have sat me down and explained how important it is!? So this is your wake-up call. Have savings, pay of debt, and start saving for retirement!

Diet Change

If you follow me on Twitter than you have seen I share recipes from time to time when we try something new. I have been predominantly dairy free for years and the hubs recently hopped on board. Starting September 1 we have decided to attempt to go gluten and sugar free for at least a month. Now a lot of people do not agree with restrictive diets and I don’t either, but consider this more of a cleanse because we eat way too much bread and dessert. With regard to sugar I plan to focus on eliminating dessert!

Do you have any experience in cutting gluten and sugar? Share your tips in the comments!

The Hubs

The hubs has always enjoyed photography and videography. Last Christmas I bought him a drone and it’s been the best gift I have given him so far. He captured a lot of great drone footage while we were in the Caymans. You may have seen it on Facebook or Instagram. Well he has decided to take this hobby to the next level and make it a side hustle! I couldn’t be more proud of him! Check out his website and follow along on social media (Facebook, Instagram). If you need any aerial footage captured then reach out to him!

That’s all for now. Can you believe I published 2 posts in one week!? Haven’t done that in forever. Thanks again for your patience while I figure out my time management skills. Until next post…xoxo Becca

Monday, May 21, 2018

Summer Wedges + Life Update

Dolce Vita Shae Wedge Sandal

This consistent blogging thing is not working in my favor and I feel terrible! There are so many topics I want to cover and never seem to find the time. I love each of you who have reached out to me and told me how much you enjoy my little creative space on the world wide web 😛 Thank you for being patient. Today I am going to focus on some summer wedges you must get and a quick life update.

Summer Wedges

Thanks to my former neighbor and friend, @boymom_style_file, I have these amazingly comfortable, super cute wedges for summer! She found them at DSW and thank goodness she shared them on her Instagram! You should really get a pair! They come in white, blush (which I am wanting), rose gold, grey, and black. You can find them here or on the “Shop My Looks” page. Also, go give this gorgeous gal a Follow! There are a few other wedges I have my eye on, so I have included those below.

Life Update

Goodness, where to begin…I accepted a new job in December, started in January, and suddenly it’s mid-May!? What happened?! I have been absolutely loving my new job, responsibilities, and my team. I don’t get as much one-on-one interaction with student assistants like I did in my last position, but the positives certainly outweigh the negatives. The first day I stepped foot in my office I knew I was meant to be with this group.

I have been to two professional conferences and have another one coming up at the beginning of June. I love departments that believe in developing their staff. It goes a long way with retention of employees. Our department’s director also started what I refer to as “book club” with myself, the other assistant director, and the associate director. We are reading John Maxwell’s The 5 Levels of Leadership and the time with each other is really uplifting and eyeopening. The opportunity to discuss our takeaways from the book and learn from each other makes each of us stronger leaders. Plus spending uninterrupted time with our director is a bonus. We are all so busy and rarely have time to talk. One of last week’s discussion questions asked what would you do with an extra 8 hours. The takeaway was there are only 24 hours in a day and we are not given more time so how can we spend time reflecting and planning for the future with the same amount of limited time. It was a great reminder to use any “free” minute to do so. Whether that be on a commute, in the shower, or while waiting for your Starbucks order!

The hubs has switched to day shift and adjusting fairly well. Always an adjustment for us when we take on new habits and routines. Last week was National Police Week. As a thank you to the officers I got together with the other wives, girlfriends, family members to put together goodie bags for each of the officers. We kept is simple and added some snacks, hand sanitizer (a must), car air fresheners, etc. It was certainly a group effort and I couldn’t have done it without help. Next year I would like to make it bigger, but we were crunched for time (remember how I started this section…”suddenly it’s mid-May!?”).

National Police Week GiftbagThe most exciting thing to share is that the hubs and I are finally returning to Grand Cayman! It has been 4 years since we went. He and I will head there a few days earlier than the rest of the family. We wanted to make sure we got some travel time to ourselves since this last year has been busy and we have rarely had time to be together.

There are so many things we are looking forward to on this trip. Particularly being lazy 🙂 After all our travels the last two years we are ready for some peaceful beach time with zero expectations and plans. If we want to take a nap and sleep in, we can!

I think that is all I wanted to include in my life update. Follow our travels through Snapchat (@r8d6g) and IG Stories (@lexiandlady).

Until next post…xoxo Becca

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