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Straighten Your Crown

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Sometimes bad things happen that you weren’t expecting. And maybe, even if you had an idea it was going to occur, you still felt blindsided when it actually happened.

Maybe in the aftermath, as you are staring wide-eyed at the knife you’ve pulled out of you, blood drip drop dripping from the blade, you start to realize that the small sliver of hope you’d been holding onto wasn’t strong enough without the other person holding onto it.

Maybe you hadn’t even been holding on that tightly anymore.

Maybe hope had slipped away a long time ago and you forgot you were wielding a blade of your own.

But now it’s time to set that blade down. Sew your wounds shut. Hold your head up and adjust your crown. Push through the pain because you have greater things to face.

You were meant to rule the world. So don’t you dare give up until you are on your throne. Build that empire. Adventure awaits.

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People Will Stare

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I posted this quote on my Instagram earlier this week and I just wanted to give it some extra attention just because it speaks to me so much. I feel that it holds truth no matter where you are at – school, business, fashion, book club, etc.

People are going to stare. Maybe not stare in the literal sense. But they will look at you and they will judge you.

Daunting words, I know, but unfortunately this is the way that our world has become.

Are you kind enough? Bold enough? Wearing nice clothes? A leader? Do you fit the societal standards that have been placed upon all of us?

There are several ways to respond to this. You can either relinquish a piece of yourself or you can be unabashed, stand tall, and make it worth their while.

If someone is going to stare, give them a reason to. Be proud of who you are. Show off your fun style, your confident and unique personality, and just be you. You are beautiful and the world deserves to know that.

So, dear readers, what I want you to take away from my blog post today is this: Go out into the world and show them all what makes you so great. And when the end of the day comes and they’re still staring, ask them this – Like what you see?

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The Big Clean

It’s official, dear readers. I’m currently obsessed with social media.

The one good thing I can say for me is that it’s really causing me to clean up and reevaluate myself. What do I need? What do I not need?

Unfortunately, my hoarding habits don’t die easily. I have definitely made some progress in organizing everything and making it neater. My next goals are to create a “backdrop” for videos – make a pretty background that I change on a weekly basis. I have a friend coming over tomorrow and she’s going to help me in brainstorming that.

After that is to organize my closet – and I’ll be honest, it needs a LOT of organizing. My closet is overflowing. This is both a good and a bad thing. I have cute clothes and accessories, but not enough storage for them. Oops.


Please note I also have a wardrobe in my actual bedroom. One of the things I need to do is organize my dresses and find a place for my fancy hats… 

When I make more money, I’ll move into an apartment with a bigger closet (future husband, I hope you don’t own much). 

So, thank you current obsession, for helping me do what I should have done when I moved in to this apartment half a year ago. Maybe I’ll be able to present it for a one year rentaversary in August.

Any of you have the sudden urge to clean everything out recently? Do you have any organizational tips, dear readers? Feel free to share or comment below!

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Becoming Queen


I am a Queen.

No, not true-blue royalty. As amazing as that would be, I’m talking purely about my life and the owner of it.

Every decision I make affects my entire life. That’s a lot of responsibility.


So, in order to act like the Queen I am and bring a bit more meaning to my life, I have some changes that I feel I need to work towards. There’s a lot and it’s going to take a while, but I think I’ll be able to get it done.

So expect some changes. This blog will be a bit different. I know I’ve said that before, but this time I’m really going to be working toward my goals.

What are they? Glad you asked.

  • Fashion: As my adventure card reading stated on New Year’s, 2016 is when I’m going to focus on building my personal style and taking more interest in fashion overall. While it could be said that I’m recently obsessing over this because of said adventure reading (and possibly a Jane By Design marathon), this was all going to happen eventually. Working at Altar’d State part-time has really helped me grow my interest in clothing and fashion overall.
  • Writing: Be it blog, novel, short-story, fanfic – I’m going to learn how to write again. And it’s going to be awesome. Hopefully. Let me know if it’s not, so I can work on fixing it.
  • Music: This is going to be more of a challenge. After I buy my violin bow, I really want to focus on developing my skills here and one day mastering the violin. Yeah, I’ve harped on this a lot before, but I need to get this done. I can’t sit around saying I’m going to do it and be just talk.
  • Social Media: I want to go into marketing. I want to learn about marketing. And social media is kind of important. Thus, all of my beautiful social media accounts will get to see me more this year. This also includes posting more YouTube videos as a second part to my blog.

Okay, so there’s a lot more. Working on my confidence is a big must as well. Going on adventures and having fun at events in Austin. And networking. Lots of networking. I want to meet people and learn from them and become a better person because of it.

And just know that this isn’t a list that all Kings and Queens need to focus on. I just feel like it’s something that I need to work on: appearance, confidence, inner circle, and communication with the world around me.

So, that’s me and that’s where I’m heading. I’m steadily going to fill the role of Queen Brittany and rule my life accordingly, with head high and a smile on my face. We only get one life, so why not live it without regrets?

So, fellow Kings and Queens, how do you want to live your life?

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Personal Branding: Who Do You Want To Be?

Or rather, what part of you do you want the world to see?

Despite all the talk about “being yourself,” it’s quite important to show off how likable you can be. It’s not that you have to separate your true personality and the face you show the world – they can be one and the same. In fact, they should be.

How do you correctly portray your character and personality?

In the long run, it’s up to you. There are a million and one ways to show yourself off in a favorable light. Probably more. Have a good public rep, strengthen your LinkedIn with certifications and volunteer hours, work towards networking in the field that you endeavor to end up in…

There really is more to it than that, though. I like to think of it as deeper. Who do you want to be? Who do want to be?

Honestly, I have no idea. I can say that there’s a certain goal I am aiming for, but I will always want to take myself further as soon as I hit the mark of completion. I know I am not the same.

So, for now, the goal of branding is to increase one’s strengths and increases of success.

  • Grow your confidence by wearing clothes you feel comfortable and powerful in.
  • Eat foods that provide you with the strength to get through the day – and foods that won’t cause you to crash later.
  • “Fake it ’til you make it.” Even if you don’t feel confident, take on the demeanor as if you are. Straighten your back, lift your head. Look fear in the eye and stare it down.
  • Make small talk with strangers at that event you don’t want to go to. Be kind to everyone you meet. Have fun.
  • Keep a strong social media platform. Don’t blog or tweet anything you wouldn’t want your parents to read. People that want to stay in contact with you will quickly judge you based on the content of the social media you run (which is sad, but true).
  • On the other hand, don’t be afraid to blog or post things that you want. Just make sure to keep professional and leisure separate – maybe have two accounts that you use.
  • Smile, smile, smile. It brightens up the room and can be super contagious.

There are tons of personal branding posts out there (like this one on Forbes and this cool Personal Branding Blog). Seriously, it’s a lot to wade through but you find some great content out there.

For me, my personal branding is going to consist of some real changes in my lifestyle and the way I portray myself on a daily basis. I’m talking more confidence and a cleaner, crisper look. Be excited. Change is good.

What about you, my dear reader? Have you thought about your personal brand? Please share down below!

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“It’s Not How Good You Are…”

“…It’s How Good You Want to Be.”

I just saw this on tumblr and it really lit a spark in me. Everything I am doing now if for who I want to be in the future. It’s all preparation.

I tend to worry about the little things. My anxiety has been attacking me a lot lately, just because there is so much before me that I could be doing and launching myself into. Life freaks me out.

Then again, who isn’t freaked out by life?

For some reason, I feel like I’m not doing enough at this moment in time. I can’t think that. I’m preparing. I’m building my skills. I’m getting there.

And so are you. Don’t freak out about the little things. Take everything in stride and enjoy life. Build yourself, create yourself, and love yourself. You got this.

Not everything is going to come crashing down on you all at once. You aren’t going to be able to do everything perfect the first time around (though we would all love for that to be possible). You’re not a robot, you’re human.

So stop thinking that you aren’t good enough, that you aren’t who you want to be. You’re not there, but you are getting there.

So, tell me, how good do you want to be?


Counting Down to the New Year

The thing about the New Year is that you never know what it’s going to bring you. It could be anything – good or bad.

This year was a mixture of both, but the bad stands out the most. Death was prevalent. Oh, it was so prevalent. My family lost two of our dogs. There were several deaths in the family, one of which we are still waiting for the funeral due to an autopsy. People that I know lost ones dear to them as well. It was a rude awakening for me, to know that this kind of thing happens all the time.

I wish it didn’t.

Yet, I can’t focus on the bad. There was good.

I graduated from college with my bachelors. I made a 4.0 while at St. Edward’s University. I was in a symposium to present research I’d done and I was a finalist in a business plan competition with one of my best friends.

I got a job. Several jobs.

I helped organize Austin Startup Week and had the most fantastic time. I worked more at the company I interned for in the spring. Went back to the theater and really enjoyed the summer. Apple wanted me, even if they ended up not funding the position they were going to hire me for.

And now I’m working at St. Augustine.

Now I have all of that to try to grow from, experiences that have helped me become who I am right at this moment in time. Some of them I wished I hadn’t experienced, but I guess it’s all a part of life. It’s happened, I can’t do anything to fix that.

Nothing at all.

What do I do now? What do we all do now? Nothing ever goes the way you plan it, doesn’t matter if you are a student in college, someone working to pay off their loans, a parent, or the ruler of a nation. There will always be obstacles that try to bring us down.

Don’t let them do that.

Believe me, I know what it’s like to lose to the obstacles and fear of things going wrong. It’s horrifying and nobody should have to go through that. Not you. Not anyone.

I realize this post is growing in length and that I’ve preached this subject again and again. But it’s important to me. Bad things happen, people, a lot of bad things. The state of the world is terrifying, yes. People can be cruel and mean and rude. And when everything’s said and done, you have to live with it.

And you can.

Believe in yourself. Don’t focus on the pains of the past. Look to the future and be excited about all of the great things waiting for you. Not good, great.

It’s not like you are magically going to get over all the bad things that happen. You are going to have to work. Pick yourself up. Aim in the direction of your dreams and make them happen. Honestly, it’s all within your grasp if you just try.

The New Year is almost here. Where will it take you?

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Ideas, Ideas, Ideas

I want to do something AMAZING.

As do we all. But, really, this feeling to do something spectacular just likes to take over me. I wish it would last forever, because it is a good feeling – as if I am flying and I can see everything from where I’m at.

My newest idea is to start a business. This is something I plan to seriously do in the future, but why should that prevent me from doing something now.

The perks of starting a business now:

  1. Experience. And I want experience. I need experience.
  2. Fun. Why should I not have fun with it?
  3. Extra money. I need money.

I’m young. Taking risks is something I’m expected to do. So why not meet expectations?

I asked a friend of mine if she wanted to do a joint business venture together and she’s all for it. I’m excited to get together with her and put our heads together to come up with something amazing.

I still have other plans and other ideas that consist of the following things:

  • YouTube channel – actually sticking with it
  • Mastering violin. Just need to practice.
  • Learning Japanese. And Korean.
  • Becoming fluent in French.
  • Getting an awesomesauce job (and I think I’ve found my new perfect one here)

The problem is that I have no time for all the dreams I have (unless someone wants to turn me into a vampire or otherwise immortal being that doesn’t decompose or get scary looking? That’d be perfect). But I’ll finish as much of them as I can.

So, my dearest readers, what say you? What are your plans and goals for life or for the near future? Feel free to comment below and share!

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Being Your Best

It’s simple, really. Be you.

So many people think that in being your best, you have to change yourself and do things that you normally wouldn’t do. You have to achieve unrealistic goals in unrealistic ways and push yourself to the edge.

I’m just here to say that’s crazy.

Being your best doesn’t mean that you have to win a million awards or work your way into top management within a month of being hired. You don’t have to change your personality to fit others better or to be able to work a certain job that others want you to have.

As I said earlier, being your best means to be you.

Nobody is perfect.

Let’s say that again. Nobody is perfect.

Perfection is a fictional world that we all dream of. Perfection is so far out of our grasp, that it doesn’t even exist to begin with.

There is nothing wrong with that.

Everyone has flaws. Flaws are beautiful. Flaws are real. 

You just need to try to reach the goals that you give yourself. You need to put out the work that you can and learn to grow in areas that need growth. You can’t expect growth to happen overnight. It takes time.

Travel the road that looks brightest to you. Take on jobs and hobbies that suit your interests and your strengths. Enjoy life. Don’t do things that make you sad or make you feel like the world is falling out underneath you.

Be you.

Nobody else can. Even if they try their best, they will never be your best.

What do you think, dear readers? Do you want to share any stories or advice? Shout out below!

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Late Night Ramblings

It’s 12:31 AM and I have work in eight and a half hours. Somehow, I have the writing bug.

Life after college is going well. I had my third interview last Wednesday with Apple on my birthday and I’m hoping to hear back this week about the interviewing process. I am really excited about this position and I think I have built up so much excitement about it, that I will be very disappointed if I do not make it.

But optimism will prevail. I have had many amazing opportunities to grow my skills and love to learn whatever comes my way. This makes me an ideal candidate (or at least that’s what I am telling myself!).

The month of June is supposed to be a month for me to “begin again.” I want to improve myself and take better care of myself. This means no sugary items, no soda, more exercise, and more self-training in areas I want to be skilled in (such as learning Korean, playing violin, or writing).

I’ve failed so far and it’s only been three days. I’ll try to improve from here on out.

My first goal has been to take better care of my skin and teeth, which I started in May. That has been a success, though I wish to improve more. Working on my diet will help with this.

Which leads me to my second realm of improvement: eating habits. I have nasty habits of eating very little and when I do eat something, it is something super sugary. No more! I’m going to put a stopper to these habits and work on eating healthier. Meaning I might do a detox diet and then setting a strict meal plan (and maybe this will help me learn to cook good foods).

Aside from all of that, I have been working on filling out job applications. I haven’t heard back from anyone yet, but depending on what happens with Apple it could be a good thing (I really, really want the Apple job). Still, there is a lot out there and I’ve looked at many great positions that are open. Wherever I end up at will be a blessing and a joy to go to – I know my first true job after college will help me to learn a lot.

I’ll finish this post off before I turn myself into a zombie in the morning, trying to eat the brains of my coworkers. Do you have anything you’d like to share about your job search after college? Or about self-improvement and healthy diets? Sound off below! I’d love to hear what you have to say.

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