This is a very bittersweet moment for me! Three months ago, I started this blog as a class project. I have always loved drinking coffee, and when this idea came to mind I knew I had to run with it. Since the beginning I have visited 22 coffee shops across D.C., Denver, and Boston. I am so proud of what I have been able to accomplish in this short amount of time.
Since the start of the blog, I have turned 21, got a big girl job for after graduation, shed many tears, had many sleepless nights, and drank LOTS of coffee. You all have been so supportive of me as I jumped face first into this whole blogging thing.
To celebrate, I visited Vigilante Coffee in College Park with my dear friend Lo. I am so grateful to my friends and family and everyone who has supported me.
I am not sure what comes next, but until I figure it out…
I took a quick break from campus and went home to celebrate my birthday with family and friends, and to get my big girl license! In between the DMV and my nail appointment, I stopped by Crema, in the RiNo district. Denver, Colorado has been my home for 21 years, and is always changing and evolving. I had a vanilla latte and a butter croissant. I really enjoyed my time sitting and reflecting on the semester and my 21 years on this planet.
Rejection is hard man! This semester has been filled with rejection as I have been deeply entrenched in the job hunt process. I have received a lot of no’s from companies I wanted to work for (one no on my birthday!) and I have shed many tears. I wish I had some remedy for sadness when we face rejection, but I don’t.
Rejection is apart of life and something that we will have to deal with for the rest of our life. Surround yourself with great people who can help lessen the blow, shed whatever tears are necessary, dust yourself off and try again!
This past week I was in Cambridge, MA for a job interview. These past few weeks I have been interviewing like a mad woman. It seems like interviewing is a right of passage in the business school. After my interview, I stopped by Haute Coffee and enjoyed a vanilla latte. Fall was in the air, and the streets were clean and peaceful.
As we are all trying to get in our bags, I wanted to share 7 tips to help you ace your interview and get the job!
Research the company and the role. Companies want to know that you know something about where you’re interviewing and why you’re interviewing.
Look up common interview questions. Glassdoor is a great resource. Even a simple Google search can do wonders for your preparation.
Have quality questions for the interviewer.
If you know who you will be interviewing with, look them up on LinkedIn. This will help you ask more guided questions.
Use the STAR method. Situation, task, action, and most importantly, results.
Dress the part. Know the culture of the company where you are interviewing, and know how to dress. Usual rule of thumb: no jeans!
Send a follow up thank you note. I really love this last tip because it goes a long way. Recruiters are working hard and interviewers are busy. Thanking them shows that you are conscientious and a team player.
These are just my favorite tips for interview success. I hope that these tips are helpful.
Today I stopped by The Potter’s House. It is a non profit organization with books and meeting rooms. It is a place where you can grab a cup of coffee while staying engaged in the community. I had a vanilla latte.
Being in a bookstore always gets me excited! I have always loved reading ever since I read my first chapter book, Junie B. Jones. I am so grateful that the people who I grew up with made reading cool and stressed the importance of staying informed. Books made me think critically and question the status quo. They have encouraged me to dream big dreams. While the books I read now have changed, my thirst for knowledge and a good story remains the same.
This year I read a very transformative book.
The Defining Decade by Dr. Meg Jay was one of the best books I’ve read for 20 somethings. She gives real tangible advice grounded in her experience as a Psychologist to 20 somethings. I am so grateful that I came across that book because it transformed how I think about money, relationships, and the most defining decade of my life: my 20s.
Today I stopped by The Cup We All Race For Coffee Shop. It’s a cute little shop located inside The Line Hotel. The place is known for being trendy and chic. I had a chai latte (I NEED A BREAK). I have had so much coffee these past few weeks, I needed to stop and pace myself.
This break from coffee inspired me to think about other things in my life that I need a break from. I never realized how many bad habits I have normalized in my life. We all need breaks, literally and metaphorically, and I think that now is the perfect time to take them!
I have compiled the things I will be taking a break from (yay for lists!).
Social Media (I care way too much about Keeping Up With the Kardashians)
Shopping (I made a budget and I’m sticking to it!)
Stressing (I will find a job and life will be fine!)
Stuffing my emotions with food (carbs will not get me down!)
I hope my break inspires you to take a break from whatever it is that is keeping you from being great!
Today I needed a quick pick me up, so I headed to La Colombe! Their macchiato gave me a nice energy boost to keep me engaged long enough to finish my work! There’s nothing like a fresh manicure and a shot of espresso to keep me going.
Hi my name is Adia, and I am a spendoholic. I love spending money. I can’t help it! I like nice things and I love good food. After a sobering conversation with my mom, I realized my spending habits are one area of my life that I have let get out of control. I am by nature very impulsive. Honestly, I hate the word no. Especially when it comes to a good meal, or a sale.
I am no longer a kid. Which means that the choices I make now, will impact my future. This upcoming year is going to take quite a toll on me financially as I will be graduating college, moving into an apartment, buying a car, paying rent, getting insurance, etc. Needless to say, I can no longer afford frivolous things. I am going to challenge myself to stick to a budget and say no now so I can say yes later!
I have just admitted that budgeting isn’t a strength of mine, so I am going to leave it to the experts.
Managing money effectively is not easy, but it is something that can be learned. As I continue to learn more about being fiscally responsible I will of course share the knowledge.
This has been quite the semester for me. Busy doesn’t begin to describe it, but maybe the fact that I am drinking coffee at 10:30pm will. When in need of a late night coffee break, head on over to Tryst in the heart of Adams Morgan. I had a classic latte, what is your drink of choice?
Football season is among us, and while I am not a sports fan, I know one thing: teams all across the country are preparing their playbooks for the upcoming season. For many 20 somethings we will inevitably have to deal with roommates. I have put together a roommate playbook, to help you prepare for the upcoming season!
I am honestly tired of roommates. As an only child, coming to college and experiencing a roommate was almost traumatic for me. Out of all my roommate experiences, nothing compares to staying in a roach infested 2 bedroom apartment with 9 people in New York City. This summer I had an internship in the big apple, and I wanted the cheapest housing option possible. BIG MISTAKE! Let’s just say someone drinking my Whole Foods Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice was the final straw (I’m still mad about that).
While your roommate experiences hopefully won’t be as crazy as some of mine have been, I hope these tips can help you navigate the unpredictable waters of sharing space with someone.
Create boundaries upfront!
R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (not an acronym I just love the song)
Don’t be afraid of (healthy/necessary) conflict
Actually fill out the roommate contract
Sharing your space can be scary at times, but use this roommate playbook to ensure you and your roommates create memories and not nightmares!
The first stop on this train ride is the Colada Shop, right in the heart of DC. This vibrant coffee shop prides itself on bringing Cuban life and flare to the city. I got my usual: cafe con leche, Miami sweet! I can’t wait to visit Cuba, but until I get the chance, I’ll be on T Street getting grounded.
Thanks to Megan Thee Stallion, we’ve all being having a Hot Girl Summer! I spent my summer in the concrete jungle, where I shopped, ate, and had too much fun. My New York City Summer was as hot as can be, and my wallet is still in recovery (bars!).
Unfortunately, the school year is upon us and threatening to blow out our flame. Luckily, I have 3 tips that will keep you burning hot all semester long!
Preparation, Preparation, Preparation. I am the queen of planning ahead. My friends will tell you I plan too far ahead, but nonetheless, preparing will always be your friend. Prepare dinner for the week in advance, Prepare for all your upcoming assignments weekly or monthly, and prepare a budget (not my strong suit)!
Make Time for Friends. At this point in our lives, we are the freest we will ever be. Don’t sit alone and waste away, get out and play! Go on great adventures and fill your days with laughter.
Get Help When You Need It. This is a tough one for me, because I often act like a lone wolf. People are so willing to help 20 somethings, so please reach out. You never know what someone else can do for you until you ask.
Don’t let this semester cool you down. Stay hot with these tips! Let me know your tips for a Hot Girl Semester.