life blurb

i wanted to let the blog world know:

i am going to Coffee Fest this weekend in NY.

i finished my first week of insanity and i feel great.

i bought tickets to texas, and while i am there i am scoping out competition for my coffee shop.

i love my job(s) and am possibly getting a temporary third job.

the Lord is surprising me each day.

i may be broke but i am so happy. money is nothing.

and although where i am living is not ideal and may not be my favorite place, i love the people that surround me every day and i am so lucky to be where i am.

embrace where you are. it’s where you are supposed to be.

(twenty two by twenty two update will come a bit late this week… SORRY!)

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A deal and a steal!

Disclaimer: I didn’t literally steal anything… just saying.

Yesterday I purged my closet… when I say purge… I mean PURGE. I took everything off the hangers and piled it all on the floor of our little basement. All I can say is I’m glad my roommate wasn’t here when I started because the amount of clothes that filled up our floor was so embarrassing. I can’t believe how many items of clothing I own(ed). Needless to say I got rid of A LOT of clothes.

I took all of my clothes to Buffalo Exchange in Georgetown and got a good deal for the clothes I sold and donated the rest to charity(BTW, if you take clothes in to B.E. they will buy what they want and if you don’t want to keep the pieces they won’t buy they will donate the clothes for you. I was very excited I didn’t have to take an extra trip to Goodwill or Salvation Army).

Okay I need to get to the point of this blog post.

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I was sifting through the racks while waiting on my quote and I found a beautiful pair of brand spankin’ new J Brand jeans for $20. I knew J Brand denim is a nicer brand but just to make sure I quickly Googled them to see how much they sell for… $170-250 is what they sell for and are sold at Bloomingdales. I bought them. I am a happy, happy lady. I’ve been looking for a nice pair of jeans for a while because right now the only pair of jeans I own are the $10 XXI jeans, which are great… But won’t last forever.

Have you gotten a deal so good you just want to share it with the world? Please share in the comments below!

another day in the neighborhood

I hope everyone had a great Sunday! Mine was wonderful, thanks for asking. It was a beautiful, sunny, warm(er) day with a high of 54 in the city. Because it was so beautiful the Eastern Market was boomin’. I ended up strolling through 4 times on my way to and from church then on my way to and my friend’s house.

Each time I walk around Capital Hill I am amazed that this is my neighborhood, that I can see the capital from my house, I can walk to work, I can buy my produce at the local market each weekend and meet new people around every corner. To be honest I could go on for a while about how much I love living here… I will refrain and move on to the pictures.hill hill1 hill2 hill4 hill5 ^^3 for $12!!!!!!!^^hill6 hill7 hill8

january white

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Long story short, this weekend was a spontaneous escape from the city that was much needed from us girls who are all lovers of nature deep down. We went to Seneca Rocks, West Virgina and found this AMAZING house on airbnb at 9pm the night before we were going to leave (yes, it was THAT spontaneous). Seneca House  was the beautiful, unique house we stayed out. Shelly warmly welcomed us into her beautiful home– which she and her friends built from the ground up. She answered our many questions about her life, the house and her handsome dog, Bubba Lou.

We didn’t do much except eat, watch movies and go for a 6 mile trek up the road Seneca House is located on (which was breathtaking, BTW). Doing nothing was exactly what we needed, an escape from reality. It was lovely, with lovely people (and a lovely dog)!

 

The night before

As many of you know I am moving to Washington D.C. tomorrow. A 12 hour drive awaits me in the morning and if you asked if I’m looking forward to the move I would respond with a huge smile, giddy laugher and an enthusiastic, “YES!”  This was all before graduation. I’m sure most college graduates out there know the agitation that grows during the final semester of your college career and it feels like the excitement of throwing your cap up in the air is never going to happen.

It does. And it did.

Now, I’m excited to move to D.C., don’t get me wrong. But I am realizing the reality that awaits me. Being 12 hours from my closest family member, having to learn a new (big) city, only knowing a handfull of people, not being sure if your job is going to pay the bills… etc. Fear is trying to set in. My mind somehow wanders to these topics and feeds into the things that could go wrong or remind me that I’m only 21, I could never survive in a city.

But I know this; God has guided me to this place. He has opened doors, provided an amazing place to live, placed me within 15 minutes of my 3 best friends, provided a job (a fun one at that!) and the list could go on. As nervous as I am, a have an overwhelming sense of of peace about all of this.

I lived in the same house for 17 years, went to a university 2 hours away from home the size of my high school, have been taken care of up to this point. My life has been safe. This is a big step.

An adventure awaits. This is just the beginning of something greater. God is big. He has big plans for me, big plans for YOU.

See you in D.C.!