I’m a Mom!

Ok ok hold up, not that kind of mom.

Last weekend I got my very first fur baby! And let me tell you, everyone was right when they said I’d have my hands full. Being 23 with a full time management job while trying to hold some type of social life is almost near impossible with a little 8 week ball of joy running around peeing on all of my favorite rugs.

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Now let me tell you just how out of my mind I am…

Before we got Blue, our blue tick 4-legged perfection, I put a deposit down for a bloodhound. I’ve always wanted to get a bloodhound and we wont be getting him until mid June. Literally the night I made the deposit, my boyfriend Josh decided he wanted a pup of his own, his dream dog, a blue tick.

Yup, I will have not only ONE child to take care of, but TWO.

Stresses me out as I type this.

But all is good, because I’ve needed something wholesome and pure in my life. Something that brings me immediate joy by just looking at it. Two. Puppies.

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If anyone has any tips, tricks, or puppy supply suggestions, send them my way!

Don’t worry, they are in great hands. ❤

Until next time,

Alexis

xoxo

How To Be Happy

My life is nothing close to being sunshine and smiles. Life is hard. I don’t believe there is a person in this world who doesn’t have days where they truly feel unhappy with their life.

Im all about honesty, so let me dip your toes into a little bit of my personal life. I struggle with anxiety daily. The littlest things will cause me grief and stress, and before I know it, I panic. When I could just sit back and think about how little the situation is, I could avoid these anxiety attacks, but instead I lash out at whatever is near me (usually my boyfriend). My anxiety has caused problems in my relationship and have led me to a lazy lifestyle that altered my normal daily routine: going out with friends, not doing what I am passionate about, and led me to toxic habits.

One day it just clicked inside of me. If I wanted to keep the love of my life around and live a truly fulfilling life, I needed to focus on the most important thing in this world: happiness. 

Recently my sister has been going through a rough time in her life as well… she’s older than me by about 4 years, but she looks up to me. She texts me asking for advice, “how did you become happy again, lex?” “how do I push this gut-wrenching feeling away?”

I simply told her what I told myself. And what I would tell to any girl out there.

If your job sucks, get a new one.

Stop relying on the opposite sex for your happiness. Focus on your needs and passions, incorporate them in it, but don’t let them become it. 

Start exercising.

Take up new hobbies and start something new.

Join a community group.

Balance your personal life with your social life.

Write in a journal.

Volunteer.

Get a puppy.

In the beginning these things may just seem like distractions, and well…they are. But before your brain can even process it, these things will become your life. 

Are you laying in bed right now reading this? Get the F*** up. No day is promised to you, fulfill each day with surroundings that make you smile, feel loved, and give you purpose.

Comment down below things that make you happy. Are you unhappy? Why? Feel free to reach out to me!

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Until next time,

Alexis

xoxox

 

I Need a Vay-Cay

Oh, what a year it has been for me. Just when I thought I was getting in the swing of things, life hits hard.

In my last post I mentioned how I was starting a new job as a leasing specialist for a luxury student housing complex. Well…just kidding!! Let me tell you how being a “#girlboss” really pays off.

One huge part of that job was giving potential residents tours of the property, kinda how real estate agents show houses. Being that I graduated with a degree in public relations, that was kinda my thing. Multiple parents and even the management complimented me on how well I toured everyone. Well on one lucky day for me, a manager from a competing housing complex came to tour the property and was in awe by my skills. Only a week later I had the president of their corporate reach out to me and basically offered me a management position at their luxury housing complex… and let me tell you, the offer was a no brainer.

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So, here I am job hopping. Hoping that I can finally decide where I wanna go in life and how I want to succeed with all my efforts.

hint: I still have zero clue

In other news, I guess I’m trying to fill a void in my life that has been tugging at my heart and soul (a little dramatic) for a little while. IM GETTING A PUPPY! In June, I will be receiving my very first fur baby… the breed? Well I guess you’ll just have to wait and see 😉

Im also still working hard on my YouTube channel. This has been something that I have been wanting to start, and succeed with for years now. I’ve always been a viewer but never a creator and I feel like I have a voice and personality that I want the world to see and hopefully love. Living in a small small southern town, if you want to succeed, you must really put yourself out there.

Follow my YouTube channel here:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmlib-qagflNb_8fYfgAbkA

Well thats all for now,

Alexis

xoxo

 

How To Be a #GirlBoss

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It’s no surprise that being an adult is anything but sunshine and roses. Being a recent college graduate, I’ve begun to experience the true meaning of growing up. The bills and responsibilities are not fun, but the main factor that screamed “YOU ARE NO LONGER A STUDENT/TEENAGER/DO WHAT YOU WANT WHEN YOU WANT TO” was the lack of free time and true reality of finding a job that makes me happy.

So a little context….I recently just went through a job transition that basically transformed my life. When I graduated college it was very hard to find a full time job with the degree I had (Public Relations) around the very small town that I live in. I eventually found a job in Marketing that was an hour away from my house. DO NOT DO THIS PEOPLE. Driving an hour to and from work every day is not only expensive but very exhausting. Also, don’t always take the first job that is handed to you… really weigh out your options and think about what it is that you want to spend 8+ hours a day doing for the rest of your life. And for me folks, this job that I had wasn’t it.

It was about 5 months into the job when I truly started to become unhappy. At first, I was forcing myself to deal with it, but I slowly started seeing my happiness fade, my energy to decrease, and my motivation to basically dissolve into nothingness…

It dawned on me. I need to empower myself. I need to find my strengths and dive in head first into the professional world. How did I do this? Im here to share this advice with you so that those of you who are truly unhappy with your profession can better yourself and ultimately and more importantly better your LIVES. If a 23 year old can do it, than anyone can.

  1. BE CONFIDENT

This will be the first and most important step in this process. When I began my very first career job, my confidence was mediocre. I had excellent interview skills, but zero networking and professional experience. It didnt take long for me to get the hang of speaking to others who had YEARS of experience on me, but I gained confidence through getting out of my comfort zone. Those who I met took me seriously because of the confidence I radiated in the room.

Go to your local mall and spend some of your hard earned money on some clothes that make you feel good about yourself. I promise when you dress nice, you feel nice about yourself.

2. JOIN A NETWORK

Joining an online network of those in your profession is a great source for learning and expanding your skills. I have joined some marketing networks that have taught me more than I did studying in college. You will meet others who have been doing what you are doing your whole life and then some!

LinkedIn is a great way to start this. Not only can you show off your experience and knowledge but you can connect with others that may benefit you in some way in the future.

3. BUILD A BOMB ASS PORTFOLIO

I started building my portfolio my senior year of college. If you aren’t sure what a portfolio is, it’s basically a big binder that shows off your writing, job experience, creative work, resume, and basically whatever you think would impress employers. ALWAYS bring a portfolio and leave-behind folder to every interview.

4. DO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TO BUILD YOUR SKILLS

One thing I liked to do to better myself was listening to podcasts and books on my audible app during my long commute every morning and afternoon. I also read countless articles and watched YouTube videos written and filmed by my favorite marketers. Conferences and network events are also an incredibly easy way to learn and build your connections with other professionals who can teach you a thing or two.

Moral of the story is, you don’t have to settle for less than you deserve. At my last job I literally sat behind a desk for 9 hours a day with nothing to show for myself and no room for growth. I was fed up. I put on my big girl panties and started applying for jobs that I didn’t even think I had enough experience for…and then it happened. I got a job offer from a luxury student housing complex in my hometown. I work with people closer to my age, manage events, and i’m on my feet almost all day. No day is the same. Is it my dream job? No. But i do love it and I am very proud of myself for realizing where my life was and where it needed to be.

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So how are you going to be a #girlboss today? Stop thinking about where your life may be tomorrow, and start acting on the today.

Leave a comment below telling me about your #girlboss experience, or how you are going to become a #girlboss.

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Until next time,

Alexis

 

 

Why I Turned Down The “Big City Dream”

Barn edited“Why’d you choose to move down here when you could be living and working in the city?” This is a question I’m asked a lot. People are genuinely curious as to why I wouldn’t move to the city, where my parents live, and work a big corporate PR job and make tons of money.

My answer has never changed.

I moved to South Georgia for college. I spent four wonderful years in a small college town where there is nothing to do but to go to the local bars and drink enough where you’re no longer bored, ride dirt roads (miles and miles of them around here), or attend house parties.

But the University is not what made me fall in love with the area. The small town feel mesmerized me. Ever since I was little id tell my family and friends that I wanted to live on a farm and marry a southern boy. I’m not sure if it was my love for animals or just the completely different culture.

honey suckle editedSo go ahead, ask me… “”Why’d you choose to move down here when you could be living and working in the city?”

The thought of making more money is something no logical person would ever be opposed to. For me, getting stuck in Atlanta traffic for a good hour or more after my 9 to 5 shift is far from appealing. Speaking with people of MANY different cultures, states, and mindsets compared to the simple and sweet southern hospitality of everyone you meet, there’s no question which id rather do. Money is not worth it for me.

tree 2 editedThe pictures in this blog are worth a thousand words. Mile after mile I drive around this town and immediately see something new I want to capture. The area is absolutely beautiful. Sure, it may be extremely hot during the summers and the gnats are very aggravating. But I would never trade the gorgeous vast fields and bright green grass God produced for us for some man-made concrete.

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If you have never been to Georgia, or anywhere in the south…add it to your bucket list. I promise you that the crazy incest hillbillies that the media portrays the south to be is far from what you will encounter. Sweet tea, porch swings, sunflower fields, huge oak trees and a smile from a stranger will keep you here.

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Check out my photo gallery for more pictures that I have taken! There are plenty more to come.

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xoxo

Alexis

Rare Sighting of Snow Fall in South Georgia

It’s Christmas all over again! I can’t contain my excitement today. It’s pretty rare that it snows in Georgia but VERY rare when it snows in South Georgia. Let the snowman building begin! ❄️☃️

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Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year!! What is there not to love? Everything from the weather beginning to change (even though it’s basically summer all year round in south Georgia) to duck boots, sweaters and cute scarves, delicious smelling candles, candy apples…I could go on and on. I decided to share some of my favorite fall activities and dates that are perfect for this time of year, whether it is with some of your best girlfriends or your sweet loved one. Enjoy! 🙂

1. Fair Nights

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The fair is always the perfect date spot for you and your longtime boyfriend or that certain someone you’ve had your eye on for some time. Fair season typically means that it’s chilly and you need someone to keep you warm, especially when you get to the top of that Farris wheel.  It is also a perfect hand holding spot. Personally, my boyfriend HATES PDA, but this year at the fair he didn’t mind when I reached over and took his hand leading him to my favorite attractions. Take your special someone to the fair this year and devour a funnel cake…I know I did.

2. Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

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Ahh yes, one of my favorites! Pumpkin patches and corn mazes bring me pure joy. This is not something I would necessarily do on a date with a boy, but every year in college my sorority would make it a trip as a sisterhood retreat to go to a pumpkin patch. You better believe I was one of the very first ones to sign up. I absolutely recommend getting a big group of your girlfriends together and planning a trip to a pumpkin patch together. Your Instagram will be blowing up with cuteness! 🙂

3. Movie Nights

One of the most comforting things is coming home from work, pouring yourself a glass of wine, grabbing your favorite throw blanket, and snuggling up to someone you love, whether it be a partner or a friend, and putting on a seasonal movie. Hocus Pocus, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Christmas Vacation are a few of my favorites. A date doesn’t necessarily mean you have to travel somewhere! Take a night to relax and enjoy your surroundings with a fall candle lit. p.s. the Sweater Weather candle from Bath and Body Works smells INCREDIBLE.

4. Haunted House

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Since Halloween has already passed, it’s a little too late to go to a haunted house, but it is definitely one of the best places to take someone on a date! When my boyfriend and I first started dating he took me to a haunted house called ‘Scare House of the South’….I.was.terrified. I didn’t want to look like a wuss cause I was with his little sister and her longtime boyfriend, so I literally forced myself into this thing. The entire time I was screaming and squeezing the life out of Josh’s hand. But it worked out because the whole time he was comforting me, and I could tell that he was attracted to the fact that I was brave enough to go through with it because this was no ordinary haunted house… Getting chased by chainsaw demons is not an everyday occurrence Y’all…

5. Pecan Pickin’/Apple Orchard

If you are a nature-lover like me you appreciate this date. Pecan and apple orchards are breathtakingly beautiful.  Josh and I have already planned out a trip to Pearson Farm. It is a beautiful pecan farm in Fort Valley, GA.

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I’m just excited about the beauty of it as much as I am as the tasty pecans and peaches they have! They also offer tours of the farm, and if you go online to their website you can use the pecans and peaches you pick with some of their very tasty recipes, yum!

Now, I am originally from North Georgia and that is where people are more familiar with apples. Growing up my family and I always attended the apple festivals in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it was very common to see a few apple orchards here and there on the way up. Granny Smiths, Gala, Red Delicious, Honeycrisps…all the varieties of apples you can imagine. And there is something just so satisfying about picking your own apple and doing whatever you please with it, whether it be making a pie, apple cider, a caramel apple, or just eating it on its own. I’m telling you, you need to do it this season!

6. Football Game

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Football Games are more than a big deal down south. I mean people will run you over just because you are the opposing team…you think I’m joking. Regardless of the violence, football games are so much fun! I always get so hyped dressing up head to toe in spirit wear and spending the entire day tailgating up until kick off. This is fun with a giant group of people, or with your significant other. Just have fun!

 

Thanks for reading! I hope this gives you a few ideas for some fun this season. Let me know what you do for fun in the Fall!

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xo

-Alexis

 

Cutest Toddler Halloween Costumes

Ok Y’all so for the past few years my aunt has been totally KILLING it with her Halloween costume ideas for her son. I couldn’t resist sharing these with y’all. So I hope you get a kick out of them like I did cause he just looks too stinkin’ cute!


2015- Scuba Diver 


2016- Donald Trump


2017- Willie Nelson and UGA Football Coach Kirby Smart. 

And aren’t those poses just too cute?!? He didn’t even have to be asked to do them.

Happy Halloween Everyone 🎃

Tidal Rise

First of all, don’t get thrown off by the title…I am NOT getting married. Even though marriage is something I dream about on a day-to-day basis (such a hopeless romantic), it’s not my time yet. This past weekend was my Big’s (my big sister in my college sorority) bachelorette weekend! I am going to be one of her bridesmaids, along with multiple of my other sorority sisters from college.

The weekend took place in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We were blessed enough to stay in a condo right on the beach. Let’s start off by saying my friends love to have a good time. Now, I am not much of a drinker, but a bachelorette weekend is an exception right? 😉

Our first day of fun began as a beach day. All the girls dragged themselves out of bed, threw on their bikinis, poured some wine/mixed drinks in some sparkly little tumblers, and spent the day soaking up the badly needed sunlight and discussing which of us was next to get engaged. (spoiler alert: It was me..lol)

After playing mom and making lunch for some of my less sober friends…

“Can you make me a bagel with peanut butter? NOT cream cheese, I need some protein.”

“Are these your Cheeto puffs?…Can I steal some?”

“Can I have a bagel too Alexis?!”

Yes. Yes. and Yes… hahaha

All ten of us took showers and started getting ready for our adorable beach pictures in pink dresses. (and the bride in white of course)

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It wasn’t long before everyone started to complain about how hungry they were, so we suited up for dinner and our so called “crazy night out”.

We took over Senor Frogs in a little strip in Myrtle Beach. If you’ve never been to Senor Frogs it’s a very noisy atmosphere, family-oriented, and the waiters make crazy balloon hats for everyone. They also have a bar, so it can get pretty rowdy at times. The food took forever to get to us, but our waiter made sure that we had PLENTY of drinks and a few free shots to make up for it.

The funniest moment of the night was when the words “karaoke” and “free tequila shots” were heard across the table from the waiters mouth… He knew exactly what he was doing.

Minutes later I found myself, and nine of my frisky friends singing “My Humps” by the Black Eyed Peas on stage in front of a packed restaurant/bar. Why I choose to do this to myself…good question. ha! But the bride enjoyed it, so that is all that matters, and she’s my excuse when my boyfriend asks about all my crazy snap chats.

We threw back our well deserved shots and headed to our next adventure of the night. Little did we know we would end up at Dave and Buster’s playing ski ball instead of dancing at a club. Our poor little underage friend Karina got her fake I.D. taken at the bar we were supposed to go to. Oh, I remember those days…

But all was good because my granny self was exhausted and the bed was screaming my name.

Long story short, bachelorette weekends are meant to celebrate a time with the ladies you love and the one who’s lucky enough to have that diamond on her finger. Whether you have 1 tequila shot or 7, trust me you will have a good time.

Have you ever been to a bachelorette/bachelor weekend or party? Please tell me about it, I love hearing all the crazy stories!

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xo

-Alexis