Hey there Royals! I know it’s been almost an entire month since you last heard from me (and for that I am sorry), but your girl has been busy/tired/not really feeling like myself. I feel like I owe you guys a bit of a life update of what’s been going and what my plan is moving forward!
As all of my Instagram followers know, I finally finished my Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University back in May! I have a whole opinion about the program and online education in general, but that’s a post for another day. Since “graduation” (I’m using quotes because I decided not to go to D.C. and walk) I’ve been on the hunt for a new job. Ask anyone that has been in the market for a new job, it’s basically a full-time job itself. Every day after work, I am applying for up to 10 positions. What’s most frustrating is the countless hours I spend on applications, to not even get so much as a “yea, we went with someone else”. But such is life and the job application process.
Since babysitting is on a brief hiatus, I picked up a second job at Things Remembered. It’s a gift shop that specializes in personalization. From embroidery to engraving, they can pretty much personalize anything. It’s the perfect part-time job for a bride on a budget that has gifts to buy for her bridal party! They have an entire wedding department that I’ve pretty much decided I must have….so I’ll have to fight the urge to buy myself too many “Future Mrs. Williams” gear.
I’ve been spending so much time looking for a new full-time job, I haven’t really been wedding planning, other than picking a date, saving money, and writing the first draft of our guest list. Why did no one warn me how out of control this guest list was going to get? I’ve barely done anything and I already feel overwhelmed. Thankfully, I’ve found a wedding planner that I think can bring my vision to life while keeping me realistic about the budget. She’s given me the assignment of contacting potential venues, so I’m plugging away at that and making appointments to see things. Considering we still have over 18 months to go, I’m not feeling the sense of urgency just yet and have just been enjoying my engagement.
Since my last post, we’ve had two people somewhat unexpectedly pass away. The first was The Boys’ aunt. She will be sorely missed, but her passing allowed me to meet a large portion of my soon-to-be family that I had no idea existed (hence the guest list getting out of control). It was nice to watch The Boy fellowship with distant cousins, aunts, and uncles. My only wish is that we were spending time with them under different circumstances. The second death was a young woman I went to high school with. She was a few years older than me and we weren’t particularly close, but she was part of a group of young ladies that my friends and I looked up to all of high school and after. Her untimely passing struck me harder than I was expecting and was an unpleasant reminder just short life is. She was only 29, had just finished her MBA, and was embarking on her career…and now she’s gone. I admired how she traveled the world and how her personality/smile made anyone that came in contact with her love her. I’m still in disbelief that she has departed this world, but I want to make sure I heed the lesson that her life has taught me. I’ve started working on a bucket list/dream list. I’m done planning to do things 5-10 years from now (yes I plan that far in advance) and want to live more in the moment. I’m not quite ready to share my list yet, but I want to remind everyone that life is short. Tomorrow isn’t promised and we have to all make sure we make the most of each day by chasing what makes us happy and not holding grudges against loved ones. I want to encourage all of you to reach out to someone that’s been on your mind that you haven’t talked to in a while. Check in on them, let them know that they crossed your mind. I’m sure they will appreciate it.
Moving forward, I’m going to try to blog more…at least once per week. Blogging really is a great stress reliever when I’m not obsessing over the number of subscribers/followers and pitching to brands for sponsored opportunities. The truth of the matter is, I’ve missed my Royalty in Reality family. I’ve missed your comments and requests for specific blog posts. I’ve got a few things in the works for you guys and I’m excited to share when the time is right! Til then, feel free to slide in my DMs or send me an email! I want to hear from all of you!
What have you been up this summer? Drop your life update in the comments! Do you have a bucket list for life? What’s on it?