Gucci Belt: Splurge or Save?

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Happy Friday babes! Today I wanted to talk about the Gucci belt that is trending right now. I decided to finally make the purchase back in January after thinking about it for quite a while. It’s definitely pricy, but so far, I’ve been wearing it with almost everything. If you’re considering getting one, I highly recommend it! When it comes to making the decision on whether to splurge or save, I like to think about it for a while and do my research. Some of the factors that I considered were things like durability or versatility, however, it has met all of my expectations! Also, I know that they are sold out pretty much everywhere, but the manager of the Gucci store in New York let me in on a little secret…they’re unisex! I ended up purchasing the men’s belt because they offered a 1 in size. The standard 1 1/2 in belt was way too big for me so I chose to get the mens 1 in. It fits perfectly and the sizes are the exact same. I’ve also compared it with the women’s belt and there is no difference! With that being said, if you’re trying to decide whether it’s worth it or not, I’d definitely say it is! Hope everyone has a great weekend 🙂

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My Favorite Girl Bosses

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Strong-willed, inspiring, girl boss women are out there changing the game. They are creating unique shops, changing social standards, and inspiring other females. There are certain girl bosses that I follow that I think will have a positive impact on your life:

Jen Gotch, Chief Creative Executive, Ban.do

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Jen is my favorite. Not only is she the CCO of Ban.do (ummm have you seen those planners? And those shoes? And that office supply? I could go on forever), she is hilarious and raw. With featured “Dear Future Boyfriend” and “Dumpster Dancing” stories highlighted on her Instagram, Jen Gotch shows that you can be successful and you will still feel emotions. You still get sick. But guess what, you pick yourself back up. I honestly see her as the crazy aunt who does crazy stuff in public, but everyone digs it.

Sophia Amoruso, CEO, Girl Boss Media

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My experience in South Africa & Tanzania

Last May, I had the opportunity to study abroad in South Africa and Tanzania. I went with Belmont University and got to stay for three weeks. We were studying the Apartheid in South Africa  so we went to various historical sites and met with several political prisoners. Along with studying the Apartheid, we also had the opportunity to work with children at Red Hill School. Red Hill is an informal township in Capetown, meaning it does not receive any government funding. At the school, we played with the children and taught them songs & dances. We got to spend three days with the kids so it was amazing getting to build relationships, even in such a short amount of time. This was my first experience witnessing poverty outside of the United States, however, I realized that they were far from “lacking”. In Africa, the presence of community is so strong, whereas in the U.S., I feel that it is not sometimes.

After a week and a half in South Africa, we traveled to Tanzania to work with ECHO and climb part of Mount Kilimanjaro. For those of you who do not know, ECHO is an impact center located in East Africa that serves as a basic training center giving technical assistance to help organizations and community development workers to work more effectively to reduce hunger. We worked with the team to build trenches on farms in Tanzania to help keep the crops safe during monsoon season. Unfortunately, Tanzania receives a lot of rain during this season causing the crops and soil to be washed away. By building these trenches for families, we were able to reduce destructive soil erosion, collect water for the fields, and help distribute the water more evenly throughout the fields. This was such an eye opening experience because this is something that I, myself have never had to worry about. Though it felt like we didn’t do much, we left a huge impact on these families in ways we will never know.

We also spent two days climbing part of Mount Kilimanjaro and stayed in the cutest campsite. The climb was breathtaking and not too difficult! We got to experience the immense amount of wildlife and the best views. If you ever have the chance to go, I highly recommend taking the time to do this!

The last couple days in Tanzania were spent on safaris! We got to tour the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. This was my favorite experience in Africa because of the wildlife! We saw monkeys, lions, zebras, giraffes, and more! Below I’ve posted photos from the trip. If you ever have the opportunity to go, I’d love to share more with you 🙂 This trip was so many things to me, but challenging is the word that describes it best. And not in a sense of difficulty, but in a sense of growth. I look forward to hearing your thoughts! Hope everyone is having a great Thursday!

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Broccoli Cheddar Chicken

Hey guys! Last night I made this amazing broccoli cheddar chicken. It’s a copycat recipe of Cracker Barrel’s famous chicken. Being that their broccoli cheddar chicken is my favorite, I HAD to try it! For the chicken, it needs to be thin so I picked up some thinly sliced chicken cutlets from Publix. They made this recipe 10x easier! Also, I recommend trying flavored Ritz crackers for this! On the comments, I read that a lot of people used the garlic Ritz crackers and said it made it so much better! This recipe was super easy and only took me 15 minutes to prepare! I will definitely be adding this to my dinner recipe list! Give it a try and let me know what you guys think. Hope everyone has a great week 🙂

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5 Time Management Tips for the “Yes” Girl

I was the “yes” girl.

Whenever an opportunity was presented, I took it.

Whenever someone needed advice, I gave it.

Whenever someone asked me to do something for them, I did it. 

I did it because I thought that was what a good friend would do.

I did it because I thought it would make me a bad person if I were to say “no.”

I did it because I thought it was the right thing to do.

During my freshman year of college, I attended a “self-care” seminar. A woman was sharing a personal story of how she was the “yes” girl. She explained that it all changed when she woke up and realized that in order to be a good friend to others, she had to be a good friend to herself. This meant that she had to learn how to say no so that she could properly take care of herself and manage her time wisely. Unfortunately, I didn’t value “me time” because I was living a life to please others. That all changed after that seminar.

It took some time for me to break that habit…it’s not easy to do. I even catch myself falling back into my old ways every now and again. However, I learned to listen to my body and find what I needed in order to function at my personal best. Below are 5 tips that I have learned over the years that have helped me significantly with not being the “yes” girl.

1. Set your goals. I have found that it’s so much easier to be productive when you set goals for yourself. Each week, I list out 5 things I want to accomplish. Take that time to figure out what your goals are and make them happen!

2. Plan ahead. By planning ahead, I know how busy my week is and can efficiently get what I need to get done, done. It’s not always easy and sometimes things come up, but by having a pretty clear idea of what your plans are, it makes it easier to follow through and manage your time wisely.

3. Learn to say “NO. Yes, it is completely fine to say no. It’s so much better to be honest and say that you can’t rather than adding it onto your already-full life plate. Remember that saying “no” doesn’t define you, nor does it make you a bad person. Make yourself a priority. 

4. Value your time. Understanding the value of your time will help you to choose your commitments wisely. Prioritize so that you can get the most important things done. Try making a to-do list. By writing down everything that needs to be done in order of importance, you can see what you need to be doing first. 

5. Ask others for help. It’s okay to ask for help when you need it because sometimes you just can’t get it all done on your own! I know it’s hard for all you Type-A’s like me, but your health & sanity comes first!