I am not sure if I am proud or embarrassed that Carson’s first concert to go to was Nelly at last year’s Wildflower Festival. I think he’s proud… Wildflower Festival happens every year about 20 yards from my apartment patio and this year’s is this weekend! I don’t know a ton about it, but I do know that there will be live music and beer. That’s all I need…
Unfortunately, there won’t be any “E. I. E. I. Oh, oh,” this year but there will be some pretty cool bands; Gretchen Wilson, an Elton John cover band, The Charlie Daniels Band, and Uncle Kracker are playing Friday night. I’m extremely excited about The Toadies on Saturday and Robert Earl Keen is Sunday.
Oh wait, I’ll be at the Bishop Arts District annual Brew Riot supporting our Dallas local brewers on Sunday. Brew Riot is another Dallas “shin dig” with live music and beer, but this has craft beer. Oh, hell yes. (If you’re going, vote for my friends The Manhattan Project!)
Lastly, this doesn’t include live music or beer, but it might eventually… I guess Ku De Ta saw my last blog post because now I have a complimentary membership. I’ll definitely be in the gym all week after drinking all of this beer to get ready for Ku De Ta season. Woop!
My birthday is coming up (June 4th to be exact) and I’m not sure how I am going to top off last year’s celebration.
Last year, my girlfriends and I did everything from drinks by my pool, beer tastings at The Common Table, dinner and more drinks at a few bars in Uptown to the pool at the Omni Dallas. It was quite the adventure to say the least…
Now, for this year, I have discovered this place… Ku De Ta Dallas. This Dallas gem is in a discrete location behind Three Sheets, off of the Central Expressway and Ross. Ku De Ta is unique because of its very resort-y pool-side bungalows during the day and destination nightlife seen at night. It’s like a stay-cation! I’m dying to check it out. What do you think? Does it look like douchebag central?
You’re young and trying to find your inner Marissa Mayer (CEO, Yahoo). Why Marissa Mayer? Well, she has style for one; she’s paid her way, climbed to the top and she’s not even 40! Your twenties is all about self-discovery, but don’t take advantage of this prime time!
Where do you see yourself five years from now? What do you need to do to get there? Who is in your support group? Are you on the right path?
Having an idea of where you want to be in five years is like having the middle part of your puzzle put together and all you need are the edge pieces. Are you passionate about teaching, nursing, real estate, marketing, etc.? What do you enjoy doing? What makes you happy? When you have that part down, you can then start to dream big and visualize yourself in those shoes and carrying that designer purse you paid for yourself.
Okay, back to reality. What do you need to do to get there? First, get your foot in the door! Start at where you can and learn the ends and outs of your desired industry, and most importantly, get the experience, make your contacts and do the bitch work. You aren’t going to be the CEO of Yahoo overnight. Not sure where or how to get your foot in the door? Find someone that has your “dream job” on LinkedIn. (It’s like Facebook for work!) This is a great way to see someone’s professional experience, what they’re degree is in and if they have any special certificates. Take it a step further and follow these industry leaders on Twitter and participate in industry related discussions. But wait, if you are going to take it to this level, make sure you tweet things that wouldn’t offend your grandma, better yet, a possible future employer.
Who do you have in your support group? Having influential people close to you, or an actual group of supportive people is huge. It means you’ve done something to impress these people, they trust and want what’s best for you and you look up to them. You will always have people trying to tear you down, but if the person tearing you down has a hand in you achieving your goals, separate yourself from them. What’s the point of keeping them close anyway?
Are you in the right direction? If not, don’t jump ship! Hang in there and keep an open mind. Start thinking about your future. This is YOUR time, not anyone else’s.
Trying to successfully pull off being a fictional character a couple of nights a year is almost as hard as actually delivering presents to every kid in the world in one night via sleigh and chimney. Or, at lease it is for me! And now because of that, my apartment currently smells like burnt, smokey, cheap candy.
I’ve always been a terrible liar and may be a slight procrastinator. This is making it very hard for me to pull off being Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny and eventually the Tooth Fairy. Actually, Carson will probably have this all figured out before the day he loses his first tooth.
So, I might have fallen asleep the night of Easter before playing Easter Bunny… I woke up close to 3 AM and immediately starting getting Carson’s Easter present out and got the eggs and candy to hide. I kind of threw this whole Easter egg thing together and found cheap, pre-stuffed and packaged eggs. As soon as I starting hiding the eggs, Carson woke up sick. I thought I would just leave the eggs alone and hide them before he woke up the next morning. Spsh… yeah right.
Yup, it was 8 o’clock in the a.m. when I eventually woke up to hide the eggs. I crept into the kitchen where I left the eggs and started getting them together as quickly as I could. Not 5 minutes into it, I hear “The Easter Bunny came, mom!” I threw the tray of left over eggs in the oven to hide from him and he didn’t notice a thing! Phew…
Now, a few weeks later, I decide to cook dinner (I clearly don’t cook often, or at all). Let’s just say, the only thing I ended up cooking was plastic eggs, Now and Laters and Smarties.
I’ve been seeing quite a few #BrowGame hashtags on Instagram linked with pictures of very bold, large, distinctive eyebrows. I’ll be honest, eyebrows should never be a feature you point out to someone; they are almost always awkward and unfitting. That was harsh… But, thin eyebrows are out, so here are a few tips to avoid the evolving stereotype that will be associated with #BrowGame:
You’re a natural blonde with died brown hair- You most likely look like you don’t have any eyebrows, so use a light brown eyebrow filler to give your eyebrows slight definition without looking like you’ve drawn them on.
Brunette going for the bolder/thicker look? Don’t let them grow passed your your tear ducts and do not use a filler once they’re grown.
Arches are good, but only one per eyebrow. I’m serious.
Never go for the bold eyebrows, eyes, and lips combination unless you are in or going to a drag show.
People should see your eyes and/or your smile long before they see your eyebrows. If people are seeing your eyebrows before anything, we have a problem.
”My boss just slammed me with a new project that is due in 2 hours.”
“My coworker is wearing his cheap cologne again…”
“I might still be drunk from last night.”
“Completely re-writing this proposal. Some people don’t know how to use a comma.”
Well, those aren’t has bad has LeAnn Rime’s social media rants that put her into rehab, but they are close! Generation Y is known to result to social media in the heat of a moment, opposed to calling a good friend or shooting a text to vent. And surprisingly enough, most of this takes place on Twitter, public Twitter profiles, where you follow industry leaders, your company handle, and possible future colleagues. Even better, they probably follow you! Use Twitter to make a name for yourself, get to know influential people in your industry, and allow them to get to know you!
Then you have Facebook. You don’t want random people emotionally invested in your struggle or your pursuit and you don’t want to necessarily decline friend requests from your favorite happy hour group. Yes, I’m saying it is okay to friend/accept friend requests from coworkers – if you do it right! Let me let you into my little secret… Facebook friends lists. Create a list for all of your coworkers that you become friends with and you can easily block that group from seeing certain things on your FB. You can even post a status update and hide it from that particular list. I have a ‘work folks’ list.
So, tell your close friend sorry. You’ll be going to them to vent a lot more instead of venting to your following.