Category: The Pointers

The Do’s and Don’ts of Mardi Gras

Before we dive into all things Mardi Gras, can I just freak out for a moment that the second month of 2016 is already here?! I feel like I was just telling you guys about my 2016 goals and now I’m already making recommendations on what to buy your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day and trying to help you all get ready for Mardi Gras. It is insane how quickly time passes and I sincerely hope you all are making each moment count! Now that I’m done having a moment, let’s get back to making sure all of you know the do’s and don’ts for enjoying all of the Mardi Gras festivities happening between now and Fat Tuesday! (more…)

The Royal Guide to Thriving and Surviving in Grad School

Week 2 of the semester is just about done and I’m not hating it any less than I was last week when I shared the six struggles of graduate school students I wish my friends and family would understand. Judging from the comments, many of my fellow grad students feel my pain, but there was one comment in particular that really stuck with me. The comment was from someone who said she would be starting grad school in March and while she was already nervous, my post had made her even more nervous. (more…)

6 Struggles of Grad School Students You Need to Understand (and Accept)

Today’s blog post was scheduled to be about a simple, yet cute outfit I wore this past weekend to The Boy’s cousin’s birthday party. The thing is, I didn’t even make it out of the house. I was mentally/physically exhausted and while I wanted to celebrate her milestone, I couldn’t pull myself together to put on real clothes (i.e., a bra), comb my hair, put on make up, brave the cold, and be in a club. So as I sat at the computer trying to think up fake words to accompany my pre-shot photos, it dawned on me that I was doing both my readers and myself a disservice. Instead of trying to make you guys think I was looking fabulous and twerking in the club this weekend, I thought I’d address the reason why I had to skip out on the partying. In two simple words, the reason is graduate school. If you have a full-time working graduate student in your life there are  some grad school struggles you simply must understand and learn to accept. (more…)

Giving Away My Wedding Dress

After 6 long years, I have decided to give my wedding dress away. I’m hoping the next girl that wears it will be as beautiful on her day as I was on mine. Okay, let me stop, by now I’m sure most of you are wondering when I got married as I’ve never mentioned a husband and those of you who are close friends are probably gearing up to send me a “WTF” text. Don’t worry, the boy still hasn’t proposed and we didn’t elope behind your back. However, I really did giveaway a wedding dress, but not one that was worn to a wedding! (more…)

Sayonara 2015 and Hello 2016

Happy New Year Royals! I hope all of you brought in the new year surrounded by loved ones. The beginning of the year is an excellent time to reflect on the previous year and set goals for the new year. Last year wasn’t really one for the record books so I’m thrilled to say sayonara 2015 and hello 2016. In fact more negative things come to my mind than do positive things. However, I am grateful for the my health as well as that of my friends and family, the trips we took, starting Royalty in Reality, and all of the other blessings that came my way. This year  will be spending a lot more time focusing on myself both professionally and personally.
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