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 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

Lets get her hitched!

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Watching one of your best friends get married is a beautiful thing. You may cry, smile, or faint cause you hate the dude, but this day was perfect! My sorority Big married her best friend, Caleb, Saturday and I am beyond happy for her.

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The venue was absolutely gorgeous. It was in Marion, South Carolina at a little southern ranch. The ceremony was held outside next to a pond with a fountain that spewed water right behind the pastor as he sighted the sacred words that bonded the two together. All of us bridesmaids wore dresses that matched her maroon colored flowers on her bouquet and carried hydrangeas in our left hand with Caleb’s handsome groomsmen locked in our right arm.

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The second best thing about this wedding was being able to share it with all of my best friends! Being in a sorority made it easy for Megan to choose her bridesmaids, and of course, most of us all happened to be AOll’s. The weekend was full of bonding and feeling like beautiful young women, doing each other’s makeup and hair and not to mention our boyfriends got to bond as well. Side note: The photographer loved us because we were so good at posing for pictures. You can thank sorority recruitment for that!!

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This past weekend has truly given me wedding fever. Ever since I was a young girl I have dreamt of the day that I would get proposed to, where it would be, how I would react, and so on and so forth. I am such a sucker for love. God has placed a man on the earth for every woman to feel loved. I am so glad that I got to witness Megan live out God’s plan. I am definitely that girl who keeps a jar of “wedding plans” and sticks cutouts of wedding magazines in it for me to pull ideas from one day. haha! I just can’t help it. It will truly be the best day of my life.

With that being said… I’d love to hear your wedding stories! What was the theme? What color were the dresses? How many bridesmaids did you have? Let me know. I live for these things.

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-Alexis