When I finished undergrad, my only concern was finding a job and not being back under my mother’s roof for too long. I wasn’t terribly worried about how much student loan payments would or even how they would impact my life years down the road. Now that I’m a real life adult and trying to plan a wedding, buy a house, buy a car, and generally just trying to live, I’m realizing how much of a hold my student loans have on my life. The truth about student loan debt is that it sucks. I don’t know a single person with student loans that feels as though their education was worth it. Despite those feelings, we still have to make those payments, but I have a few tips to avoid letting student loan debt ruin your life. (more…)
According to US News, 70% of recent college students graduate with student loans. Student loan expert, Mark Kantrowitz, estimates the average 2016 grad to hold $37,172 in student loans. A recent survey found that 59% of millennial graduates have no idea when their student loans will be paid off. If those stats aren’t enough to make you say “WTF”, let’s add to it that there are 44 million borrowers in the United States alone with a total debt approximated at $1.4 TRILLION! Unfortunately, I am one of these 44 million borrowers and despite the efforts President Obama made to help reduce the burden imposed by student loans, I believe there is some ugly truth about student loan debt we all want to shout from the rooftops. (more…)
I’m a firm believer that friendships develop in the most unlikely of places. Most people don’t go to work to make friends, but if they are fortunate enough to connect with someone the relationship may not get too deep since after all you know one another professionally. However, I’ve been blessed not just to find someone I kind of like at my job, but someone that I actually want to spend time with outside of work and in the short time that we’ve been closer probably knows me as well as my college friends. Now while some of you may think I’m crazy for letting a co-worker into my inner circle, I’m here to tell you that it has made me realize we all need to have a best friend at work! (more…)
Although I know how to spot a well dressed man, men’s fashion has always been a bit of a mystery to me. I can’t tell you what the current trends are or call off the names of things the way I can with women’s fashion. Despite being a female blogger, I genuinely want Royalty in Reality to be for everyone. When Claire approached me about writing an article for men on how to style a blue suit, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to show my royal romeos a little love. Without further ado, here is Claire’s take on how to make a brighter blue suit a style power play.
Hey Royals! I feel like I’ve been away from social media and the blog for far too long (I only had one new post last week and have been fairly absent for social media). I’ve been busy adulting, spending a little time with my family, and enjoying being newly engaged. On the wedding front, we’ve got a date in mind (that’s pretty far from now) and I’ve been really trying to figure out where and how to get started. Understandably, the Boy isn’t ready to start wedding planning (nor is he all that into the details), but I on the other hand am eager to get started. You guys know how I live (royal in reality), so you know I’m planning to try to save as much money as possible. I’m using this time before we actually need to book a venue and vendors to do some research (and save money). (more…)