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!
I stopped by Peregrine Espresso on 14th Street and enjoyed a latte. A peregrine falcon is a powerful bird that dominates the sky. I don’t know about you but when I stop by I am always reminded of how vast the sky is. As I drank my latte, I couldn’t help but think about flying.
Some of my favorite memories involved hopping on a plane. I took my first flight at 6 weeks old (that’s a long story) and have been flying ever since. Many people are intimidated by travel because it seems scary and it seems expensive. I want to encourage more people, especially minorities, to get in the sky and fly!
I wanted to share some of my favorite travel resources that make traveling as a 20 something more attainable.
Student Universe. This is a great resource for students because it gives discounted hotels, flights, and rental cars. I always look on Student Universe first before any other flight booking website.
Sky Scanner. This is also a great resource that you can use especially if you’re not a student.
Take advantage of travel rewards. Many credit card companies give lots of points when you sign up for a credit card. Having a rewards card allows you to get points on everyday purchases. These specific credit cards give you the most bang for your buck!
Flying doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating. Take advantage of all the resources out there, and let the adventures begin!
This semester has taught me a very valuable lesson: give yourself grace. This semester has been full of immense pressure as I think about life after college. I have had many sleepless nights and many emotional breakdowns. One thing I know for sure is that it will be okay (I am mostly saying this for myself).
Life is so hectic and it’s easy to think we need to be doing more and achieving greater heights. While evolving is important, it’s also important to recognize that life is about balance. I love spending time with my friends, and getting my nails done. These simple moments remind me that it is so important to breathe. My friends uplift me and make me cut myself some slack.
It is so easy to be hard on yourself, but give yourself a little grace today because you’re doing amazing sweetie (Kris Jenner please don’t sue me)!
Today I stopped by Philz Coffee in Adams Morgan. Philz is a unique coffee experience for sure. I had the Philtered Soul medium roast coffee blend. It had notes of hazelnut and chocolate. Smelled great and tasted even better. Philz caters to all your coffee drinking needs. Stop by and let them know I sent you!
While I was walking I came across this mural. It reminded me of the importance of stopping and checking in with yourself. It is the middle of the semester and I am checking in to see how ya’ll are doing. I am tired! Whoever said senior year would be a breeze, lied to me. Balancing 22 credits, finding a job, hanging with friends, mental sanity, and life has been quite the challenge. I can’t believe it’s already October. Three more months until the year is over, and I am reclaiming my time.
Take time to check in with yourself and those around you. Life gets hectic and it is so easy to let things slip through the cracks. Take a pulse of your mental health and your calendar. Honor yourselves and treat yourselves well!
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.