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!
Hello world! I have enjoyed searching DC for the best of the best, and I have found some real gems. At Emissary I had a Mint Mojito Iced Coffee. It was minty and delicious, and the closest thing I’ll be having to a mojito until my 21st birthday in a month! I loved the vibe in the place, and could feel the good energy. There are so many things I love about coffee shops, but my favorite is the community that is built.
For one of my classes I interviewed an entrepreneur to see what its like building a business from the ground up. When talking to my classmates about their projects, I learned about so many amazing black owned businesses in the DC area. People of color have been denied access to property and money for centuries, so I think it is super inspiring to see so many men and women of color own businesses.
I have compiled a list of some black owned businesses. Support them and show them some love! It takes quite a lot to be an entrepreneur.
Calabash Tea Bar, 1847 7th St NW
Here’s The Scoop!, 2824 Georgia Ave NW
The Spice Suite, 6902 4th St NW
Ben’s Chilli Bowl, 1213 U St NW
Khepera Wellness, 100 Michigan Ave NE
Coffy Cafe, 3310 14th St NW
Puddin’, 1309 5th St NE
Lettie Gooch, 1921 8th St NW #110
This isn’t all the black owned businesses in DC, but its a list to get you started. We must support each other, or no one will.
Hello! Today I stopped by Bourbon Coffee. Bourbon Coffee opened its door in Kigali, Rwanda in 2007, and now has coffee shops in DC and Cambridge, MA. Bourbon Coffee is the first coffee chain to originate from Africa. They believe in producing coffee naturally crop to cup. It was a beautiful space where I felt uplifted and joyous. I enjoyed the Virunga roast. The Virunga roast is sweet and vibrant, with a pecan nuttiness and a smooth clover-honey finish (bourboncoffeeusa.com). It was a delightful cup of coffee, and I could tell the beans were grown and harvested with love.
As I was sitting and waiting for my coffee, I thought about our world. We have the luxury of living on such a beautiful, majestic planet, and I feel like we have completely taken it for granted. My mind kept thinking: we’ve got to heal our world. Not just for ourselves, but for future generations.
Being a college student makes sustainable living quite difficult, but I am going to challenge myself to cut down on my plastic use and my overall consumption. I am also going to try and shop with businesses that are taking care of our planet.
I stumbled upon a cool athletic clothing company. Girlfriend Collective takes plastic water bottles and fishing line, and makes athletic workout gear. I think that its ingenious to take something so destructive like plastic water bottles, and use them to make clothing. A great way to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Check them out, and let them know I sent ya! 😉
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!
It’s beginning to look a lot like fall! Today I had my first hot drink of the season at a gem that has taken the coffee industry by storm. Blue Bottle coffee shop is quiet, modern, and sleek. I had a cappuccino and my heart instantly felt at peace. For me, drinking coffee brings a stillness that my Type A Personality needs. After a crazy emotional week, there’s nothing like a good cup of coffee to bring me back to center.
Today I have been reflecting on the amazing people in my life. I am literally so blessed to be loved by so many. I have lifelong friends and college friends that love me like we’ve known each other forever. I can say this with every fiber in my being: without friends I would have never made it! I am always amazed at how many people have my back on a regular basis.
I often take my friends for granted, and for that I am truly sorry. Think about the friends in your life. Do they make you feel loved, respected, and cared for? Mine do! And I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Cherish your loved ones today. Let your friends know how much they mean to you and don’t be afraid to be lovey and gushy!
Ain’t nobody messing with my clique! Because if they mess with my friends, they mess with me.
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.
I cannot believe its happening! I have a blog! Hopefully you’ve read the about page (if you haven’t, do it now!) and learned some basic info about me and the point of this blog.
I have been wanting to create a blog for sometime now, but it never seemed to be the right time. Plus, I kinda hate writing. This blog started as a class project and I can’t wait to see what it becomes. I am sure like most things it will take on a life of its own.
So that’s it, that’s the blog post. Follow me on a journey to coffee lovers paradise, where I hope my words (and pictures!) will inspire you to take your own journey. It ain’t easy out here for us 20 somethings, but with these posts, I hope you’ll see that you aren’t alone.