Life changes, oh my!

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Well hellooo strangers! Long time no see! I am still alive and well, I promise, I just have been neglecting this blog. There’s no excuse besides just life. And man oh man, life has changed since I last wrote a post.

First of all, Happiest of 2019!! Can you believe that it’s TWENTY NINETEEN?! How did that happen? I swear, 2018 just went by in a blink of an eye.

2019 is starting out to be a year of transitions for me. First of all, I now have a full time job (YAY).  I went back to my job that I had 10 years ago when I first graduated college. Is it the ideal position? No but it is the ideal company for me, at this moment of my life. I am so grateful to be back to having a reliable paycheck, benefits, and just overall better financial health. I have lofty goals within this company and I am so so excited to see where I can go (up and up, that’s the goal) the second time around :).

Second, which is the biggest life change, I WENT BACK TO SCHOOL! For nursing! Like whhhaaa?? I am currently doing the pre-reqs and should be able to apply for the actual program next year , so please wish me luck! I’m having to train my brain to be a student again. Why did I decide to go back to school , you might ask?  Bottom line: I want to be able to have a job wherever I go. And I believe that when you’re a nurse, you will have an easier time finding a job than let’s say a marketing job in a town saturated with marking people and businesses. But that’s just been my experience (the marketing job , not being a nurse, at least not yet 🙂 )

So, suffice to say, 2019 has started with a bang for me and I am excited to see where else this year will take me.

How about you?? I want to know how your new year is starting. Let me know what you’re hoping to accomplish this year. I can’t wait to know!

Until next time,

xoxo, susel-6

 

Philly 2018 Girls Trip!

“In West Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground is where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school

I had no idea how to start this blog post but Fresh Prince came to my head when I thought about Philly so it just made sense to start with the song, right? 😬 Anywhooo!

This time last week, I went to Philadelphia for the first time with 3 of my girlfriends to attend The Good Fest, a Wellness Festival, “A full day experience that will challenge and excite you – and leave you happier, healthier, and more fulfilled than when you arrived.” – and boy, did it deliver!

We arrived in Philly very early Friday morning, dropped off our bags in our hotel, and then explored a little bit. And by explore, I mean we walked around to look for food… and I was oh so pleasantly surprised how many vegan options there are in Philly! For our first day, I went to Hip City Veg and ordered the Udon Noodle Salad. Laaawwwd, I am still dreaming about that salad. I cannot recommend it enough.

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My friend, Shamira, ordered this sushi burrito and I am posting it because look how beautiful!

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Then it was time to check in to our hotel. GUYS. We stayed at The Windsor Suites and I cannot recommend them enough. I am definitely staying there next time I’m in Philly. First of all, central location. Second, our suite was AHHHMAZING AND HUGE. Third, the customer service was out of this world. I made a quick video tour of our hotel room with a disclaimer that I am not a videographer and I have no idea how to edit videos 😝 But I really wanted to show off this suite!!

We also had the sweetest welcome from the staff: goodies from Whole Foods and local PA coffee!

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If our room wasn’t cool enough, the hotel also has a rooftop pool. SOLD.

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city view from the rooftop pool!

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Breakfast at the hotel restaurant!

I’m surprised we even left the hotel! But indeed we did. Philly was calling to be explored!

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Sweets from The Reading Terminal!
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Mission Taquiera

Before we knew it, it was Saturday and it was off to The Good Fest! I actually didn’t take a lot of pictures because I was too busy enjoying the speakers and activities but here are some that I took. My favorite speakers were Ruby Warrington who wrote “Material Girl, Mystical World” and Shan Boodram who talked about how to Keep to keep your vag poppin … Yep, you read that right 😝

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For more, check out my stories on my instagram… it was such an amazing experience!


Sunday: Soul Cycle (duh!) , PS & Co, and exploring more of Philly!

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It was a quick weekend trip but oh so many memories made! All I know is that I will have to go back to Philly soon and explore more…and eat more 😬 What about you? Have  you been to Philly or from Philly? Any recs?? Let me know!

Until next time,

xoxo,

xoxo, susel-6

 

Seattle!

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Ahhh Seattle. It’s always a good trip when Seattle is the destination. Two of our best friends were getting married and we had the opportunity to travel to Seattle for their wedding (my husband was the best man!). We were there for less than 5 days so you know I had to pack that trip in with as much goodness and yumminess as I could aka food! coffee! friends! Soul Cycle! 😜


Our Hotel:

We stayed at Hotel Andra, a boutique hotel in Downtown Seattle, 1 block away from the wedding. You guys. I cannot recommend this hotel enough! First of all, the hospitality and customer service is out of this world, from the moment we entered the hotel to the moment we checked out (at 4 am!). Second, the hotel itself and our room was beautiful! It had everything we needed, including chocolate and COFFEE. I also could’ve just lounged around all day in their bath robes 😆

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A panoramic view of our room.. so spacious for 2 people!
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Coffee 24/7 in our room.. trouble! LOL

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Would’ve just chilled in the room in their robes 12/10
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Their lobby was beautiful.. and had a fireplace that was much needed because Seattle BRRRR
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Checking out at 4 in the morning 😬

If you’re ever traveling to Seattle, I highly highly recommend staying at Hotel Andra!


Food! Coffee!

You know I had to yelp some places to check out while I was in Seattle. Here’s some of my faves:

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Taro latte from Moore Coffee Shop.. YES PLEASE!
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Macaron from Lady Yum
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Breakfast at Portage Bay Cafe
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The biggest and best avo toast from Mr. West Cafe Bar
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The bar area at Oddfellows Cafe
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Kale & Farro bowl from Oddfellows Cafe.. OMG SO GOOD

If I could only recommend one place, I definitely recommend checking out Mr. West Cafe Bar. The aesthetics alone…


The main event:

Like I mentioned in the beginning, we were in Seattle for our friends’ wedding. The wedding was beautiful and I heard that I had way too much fun 😬

The ceremony and reception was held at the very beautiful Kimpton Palladian Hotel  
The bride looked gorgeous, the groom looked handsome and the best man of course looked super handsome 😜

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Even the streets are cooler than GSO 😆
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You might have heard of this…

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Of course I had to hit up Soul Cycle while I was there
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The Mariners won!
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Vegan hotdog at the baseball game!

Seattle, you’re awesome. Can’t wait to visit you again!

Until next time,

xoxo, susel-6

 

DISC Assessment

Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve always loved taking quizzes. Not quizzes at school but those quizzes that you can find in teen magazines: “What is your aura’s color” or “Where will you meet your true love?”, Don’t even get me started on how much time I can spend on Buzzfeed taking their stupid quizzes now 😐

But there are actual personality tests that I’ve taken as adults like The Myers Briggs personality test that is actually so spot on that it’s scary! (I’m an ESFP!) I’ve also taken the Love Language quiz and found out that my love language is Words of Affirmation which is also spot on!

But I digress. The personality test that I want to write about today is the DISC Assessment. I took this test the first time 2 years ago at a previous job and I took it again recently and still got the same result.

So what is the DISC assessment? According to Disc Profile, “The DiSC profile, published by Wiley, is a non-judgemental tool used for discussion of people’s behavioral differences. The DiSC® model provides a common language that people can use to better understand themselves and adapt their behaviors with others – within a work team, a sales relationship, a leadership position, or other relationships.”

So what does the letters DISC mean? D is for Dominance, I is for Influence, S is for Steadiness and C is for Conscientiousness. I’ve taken this assessment twice and both times got I for Influence.

My result is this in a nutshell:
People with the i style place an emphasis on shaping the environment by influencing or persuading others.
A person with an I style

  • may be limited by being impulsive and disorganized and having lack of follow-through
  • is described as convincing, magnetic, enthusiastic, warm, trusting and optimistic
  • prioritizes taking action, collaboration, and expressing enthusiasm
  • is motivated by social recognition, group activities, and relationships
  • may fear loss of influence, disapproval and being ignored
  • values coaching and counseling, freedom of expression and democratic relationships

Goals

  • victory with flair
  • friendship and happiness
  • authority and prestige status symbols
  • popularity

Will need to expend more energy to:

  • follow-through completely
  • research all the facts
  • speak directly and candidly
  • stay focused for long periods

Some of those points are SPOT ON.  It’s also good to know what I can improve on, like being more organized! Do let me know in the comments if you’ve taken this and what your results were!

Any other personality tests out there that I haven’t taken yet? Let me know because ya know I would want to take it!

Until next time,

xoxo, susel-6

Let’s be adventurers!

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I love this quote so much because you can find adventure from anywhere if you’re open to it. Right now, I am on this amazing adventure called life. It’s not the easiest to move from an established community (aka home) to a state where you barely know anyone. I needed to build a new circle, meet new people. All I can say is that thank god I’m an extrovert {introvert}!

7 months later, I am feeling home in my new state of North Carolina. I have my routine, new friends, new hangouts. I’ve been lucky that my new city has felt welcoming. Here’s some lessons I’ve learned the past several months:

  • Faceboook Events – Thanks the heavens for social media. I checked out facebook events every weekend when we first moved here (and I still do!) and that’s how I was able to find out about what was happening in my new city. It’s where I first found out about Alisha’s Wise Women Wednesday events! I went to her first one a couple of months ago, didn’t know anyone, left feeling grateful that I went as that’s where I met some new friends! I also met local female entrepreneurs who are just super inspiring to be around!
  • Explore Explore Explore! – I feel lucky that we found an apartment in downtown Greensboro (even if it’s really only one long street ha) so I am able to walk around, explore new cafes, shops, bars, etc. When we first moved here, I was able to just walk around to explore our new surroundings. Found out where the local co-op was, the library, the parks, the breweries, etc.
  • Workout! – I needed to find a new fitness routine/community stat. I was pretty involved with my gym back in MN and missed being part of a community like that. So I tried a couple crossfit gyms and several yoga studios. I ended up joining the local YMCA because a) CHEAP b) got me back into running c) it’s literally a 5-10 min walk from our apartment and then joined Radiance Yoga for my namaste fix. If  ou’re ever in Greensboro, you MUST check this yoga studio out! I love love love love the instructors there!

Moving to a new city where you don’t know anyone is never easy but I chose to look at it as a positive thing. I looked at it as a new adventure with my life partner aka husband and we get to experience it together!

What about you? Have you ever had to move to a new city? What was your experience like and do you have any lessons you want to share?

Until next time!
xoxo,

xoxo, susel-6

 

Big changes, oh my!

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Wow. This little blog of mine has been oh so neglected! So many changes since the last time I wrote!

The biggest change is that I am no longer living in the Twin Cities. We moved to Greensboro, NC! My husband accepted a job at a University here and we packed our lives  and moved down south. So far, so good. I’m pleasantly surprised how much I am liking NC. It’s beautiful down here. Oh, and it’s December and it’s 50 degrees. Not bad, NC, not bad! Not to say I don’t miss MN though, because I certainly do! In fact, we are going back home for the holidays and I cannot wait!

Another big change? A CAREER CHANGE! I am no longer in the mental health field and am now in the food/beverage marketing field. I quit my FT job back in April to take on the marketing coordinator role at WholeMe, a snack company based in MN, part time. Yes, it was a gutsy move, it was uncomfortable leaving $$$, but I knew I needed that change. I was no longer happy at my old job and it was time to make that leap. And I have never looked back!

Let’s see, what else… We adopted another dog! We adopted Artaud, 1.5 year old shiba inu, back in April. He’s adorable. It’s great watching him come out of his shell. He was so scared when we first met him. He’s still skittish around other people but he is so comfortable with us now.

Unfortunately, even though we added to our family, we also lost a furry family member, our bunny.  RIP Bun Bun.

Ok, I think that about covers it. Until next time!