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Monday, September 26, 2016

My Top 5 Podcasts

Lately, I've been listening to a lot of podcasts. I have about a 30 minute commute to and from work every day, so I have a lot of time to listen to podcasts. Here are my top 5. I'm always looking for new podcasts to listen to, so if you have one that you love, please share it with me!


1. The Lively Show---I recently started listening to Jess and I love her. She shares advice on living your life with intentionality and purpose. She talks a lot about how to find your passion. She is currently traveling the world to try to find her purpose in her life. I highly suggest it for any female in their 20s, 30s and 40s. 

2. Willow Creek Community Church--- I've been recently trying to figure out Christianity and how it pertains in my life. I wasn't raised super religious, but I've been curious about it and how it can benefit me. I love this church and how their sermons can relate to me no matter what day of the week it is. 

3. The Dave Ramsey Show---I've always been a weirdo-geek about money. Once I found Dave, all my finanicial questions and worries have been answered. He gives such simple steps and advice for getting out of debt and becoming wealthy. My husband and I are currently on baby step 2 and almost done. His podcast is an open radio show. People all over the US call in and ask Dave their personal finanical quesitons and he gives them his honest opinion. I just love Dave! 

4. Dear Sugar---This podcast is done by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond. They answer questions from listeners that pertain to love, heart break, family and life sturggles. Readers write in and the "Sugars" answer their thought-provoking letters. It's a good listen! They have some amazing advice. PS. Cheryl Strayed is the women who wrote 'Wild', her memior. 

5. Serial---I listened to this podcast back when it was the big hit! I'm keeping it on my Podcast list because I'm hopeful there will be another season with a new criminal story. If you haven't listened to Serial, I highly suggest it. PS. I'm Team Adnan 

What are your favorite podcasts? Please Share!

Friday, July 11, 2014

My Itch....

to let it all out and write.



I haven't written for awhile mainly because I've had 1,001things to do and blogging was 1,002.

Whoever said that growing up is fun and easy...is lying. Well...actually, I've never heard that from anyone, but it's how I feel. Like I'm thrown into adulthood and I'm supposed to have it all figured out.

And... I don't.

I feel like I have all these responsibilities now...

I have so much on my plate right now; wedding planning/sorting, trying to get all this loan stuff figured out to build our first house, paying off my student loans, starting to think about the new school year and then a side business that the fiancé and I started a couple of months ago.

I'm supposed to be excited about planning our wedding and frankly, I'm not.

I'm supposed to be excited about (possibly) building and moving into our first house and frankly, I'm not.

The truth is, I'm a scared wreck. I don't feel prepared. I don't feel old enough. I don't feel confident.

I'm scared that my fiancé and I will have money issues. I'm scared my fiancé won't find a full-time job. I'm scared we won't get this house. I'm scared to be on our own.

However, I cannot stress about things I cannot control.

I just need to reassure myself everything will be ok.



At least I have a career I love. Times like these are when I wish we had year-round school. So, I don't sit and pity myself over the real world.

...I think too much.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunday Social....is back!

I haven't done one of these in a LONG time.

I thought I'd jump in this one because I haven't in a long time. It's early Sunday morning and I'm blogging with a cup of coffee in my hand...perfection :)


This week's questions:
1. What is the name of your blog? How long have you been blogging? 
The name of my blog is The Very Unofficial Adult. I have been blogging since October 2010! Holy cow!!
2. Why do you blog?
I blog as an outlet. Like most people that blog, I enjoy having my own space to write whatever I want to write. I also write better than I speak...I just hope I can become an even better writer.
3. What is the first blog you ever followed? 
Hmm...I wish there was a button on BlogLovin' or Blogger where it told you. I honestly can't remember. I think my very first blog was my (RLF) real-life friend, Erin's blog. And from her blog, I found Hanna's and from her's I found many many blogs I love.
4. What is your favorite post you wrote in 2013? 
5. What are your blogging goals for 2014? 
Blog more on things that are on my mind. Comment more. And look into a blogging conference...any tips?
6. Top 3 favorite blogs to follow? 
Only 3?!?!? FINE:
-Leah at S.I.F
-Hanna at Bouffee Bambini
-Erin at Two Thirds Hazel
...even though I read tons of great blogs!

Ok---off to school to get ready for the new week. I hope everyone has a great Sunday!

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Vitamins?

As a long user of vitamins, I never really noticed if they worked or if they did what they were meant for. I would usually just find the cheapest one in Target or even just the name brand kind. If I had never been exposed to Nutrilite, I wouldn't have known (or felt) the difference.

Until I started using their all natural vitamins, I genuinely FELT a difference. Not only can I feel the difference, but look at this demonstration I did for my friends and family.

The ones on the left are the vitamins I usually took. The ones on the right are my new multivitamin, Double X.
You can see the 2 different pills on the counter. I filled 2 glasses up with warm water because our bodies are made up of mostly water.

 These are the 2 pills in the water cups.

And this is the vitamin 8 minutes after I put them in water. Notice the lump of vitamin on the bottom of the left glass. The water is cloudy but it never fully mixes in with the water. Notice that the Double X mixed in better and faster. 

They have more than just multi-vitamins, so please go look around.  Nutrilite is the leading vitamin and supplement company in the world. Yes, you read the correctly....even before GNC. That means it has GOT to be a good company!!

Are your vitamins or supplements working for you? Let me know.

I'm looking for people that are interested in improving their health, trying something new, or someone who will just give me an honest opinion on the products. Let me know if you'd be willing to receive some free products?

In the mean time, how cute were my puppies today? Nap time!



THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST AND ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN FROM MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCES.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

BIG Changes and BIG Deals

First...look what happened December 8th, 2013!!!




YES!!! The Boy and I are engaged and we couldn't be happier. 

How he did "it": He put a red note on Bronx's (our dog) collar and The Boy told me to go get Bronx from outside and I noticed the red tag and I was asking The Boy why he had it on him. I finally got Bronx to get the tag off and on the front it said "To: Mommy" and I opened it and it said, "Will you be my mommy...forever?" I freaked out threw the cards in the snow and turned around and he was on one knee...and you know what happens after that!

Let the wedding planning begin. Any good websites or advice? I'm all ears! Ahhh.... I still can't believe it! I'm sooooo happy!!

Another big deal news, although not AS big of a deal as the engagement, we started our business and partnership with a great local team here in the Northwest Suburbs. 

The Fiancé (that'll be his new name) and I are driving business online to small and large corporations. We are partners with the Amway corporation. They have 3 exclusive products lines; an all natural vitamin and supplement line called Nutrilite, a top of the line make-up and skincare line called Artistry, and an all organic, safe and natural cleaning product Legacy of Clean. We are so excited to start this venture in our life. 

Check out our business page here. More on demonstrations, giveaways, and testimonials from friends and family. Please let me know if you'd like me to send you some free sample products based on a product line that looks most appealing to you in exchange for your honest reviews of the products.

Well, it's football Sunday around here. That means while The Fiancé watches screams and swears at the football games, I'm looking at Pinterest for wedding ideas and meal planning for the week and making my to-do lists for the week.

I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday week full of laughter, family, friends and fun!!!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Finally...Turkey Day!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Turkey day! I had parent/teacher conferences Monday and Tuesday. My family drove to Virginia last Saturday morning and so I flew out Tuesday night to meet them in Roanoke. This is the e-mail I compiled to my mom midair from Chicago to Charlotte. ((Let me remind you, I needed to get into Roanoke, VA...)) 


Mom,

So far, into this hour flight...

1.) there has been continuous baby crying/screaming… they are not stopping to breath either. Continuous, no joke! (oh and did I mention there are now 4 babies on board)

2.) my phone died right after I got off the phone with you (good thing I have my phone charger—hopefully I can find an outlet somewhere in the Charlotte airport…but the way today is going, I’m not counting on it)

3.) a man was getting his jacket out of the overhead bin and the jacket and a small man purse dropped on me….which in turn, made my diet coke spill all over me, oh and did I mention….I was working on all my lesson plans for the next 3 weeks. FML! 

4.) Oh and i figured out Mickey (my pup) peed on my black leggings I have on when I was home (I obviously didn’t realize it) and now I’m smelling it. (these strangers smell just as bad, so I’m not too worried about it)

5.) I found out my flight to Lynchburg is delayed 2 hours!!!

6.) I havent eaten anything except fruit snacks since 11:30 AM...




….can you tell I’m going a tad crazy????

I need a tall glass of wine waiting for me in the car.


Well, I hope everyone has a great turkey day. I'm thankful that I'm finally here and I'm currently in a house that smells great. 
Last year, Black Wednesday


Last year, Thanksgiving with The Boy.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

How Do You Know?


How do you know you're ready for the next step...

in your career?

moving out and the whole renting vs. buying?

in your relationship?

These 3 questions have been keeping me up at night. NO JOKE! I just can't figure it out. Everyone says, you'll know when the time is right...I don't believe them. Let me explain further...

How do I know if I'm ready to take out another loan to put myself through grad school? I'm still $15,000+ in debt from my undergrad. :::sigh::: However, (side note and to make the long story short: I was a terrible not so good student when I was growing up. It wasn't until I went to college that I really "got it"---sad? Maybe. But oh well) it has always been a dream of mine to earn my Masters degree in the field of education. I haven't decided in what or where, but I know I want to pursue it and accomplish that. So, you might ask, why don't you? It's a little green papery thing called money. Ya, don't have that. But if I don't have it now, when will I have it? Certainly NOT when I'm ready to buy a house, nor when I'm getting married and certainly not when I'm ready to have kids because all 3 of those come slightly before my Masters degree. Therefore, when is the right time to go back to school?

How do I know when to move out? I'm currently living back at home with my parents (and more recently my little sister also moved back home---one big happy family AGAIN lol) not paying rent. Since I've moved back home, I have been paying off more on my student loans per month. The Boy (yes, we're still together) is still living at home as well, since he did go back to school and works on the nights he doesn't have class. He only lives literally 4 minutes away. So, neither of us are paying rent and instead, we're paying off as much on our loans as we can. We're ready to move in together (and I'm ready to by on our own) but it's a matter of being educated on the whole real estate world. We don't want to waste money renting an apartment and with a dog (and wanting many more), it's not the most ideal. So we're willing to stay in our homes until we figure that out. On top of everything, we don't know where to start looking because we don't know where we want to live. It really depends on where ever The Boy gets a job and we won't know that until January. Would we even qualify for a pre-approval or mortgage with all of our student loan debt? Who knows?!


How do I know (100%) if I'm ready to take the next step in my relationship with The Boy? I mean we're talking about FOREVER!!! That's not something I take lightly. I feel like we've talked about our future a lot lately, but I'm not sure if we've talked about the BIG things. For example; how would we pay for a wedding? We come from different family dynamics, so how would that play a part of OUR future together? Would he resent me if I couldn't have kids? Who would take care of the financial stuff? Are we willing to move somewhere else if jobs are lacking here (for both of us)? Are we willing to split different 'chores' around the house? And just long term goals. Forever is a scary thought. Any pivotal questions or conversations you needed to have before 'forever'?

I know everything will happen the way it's suppose to, so for that reason, I'm not all too worried about it. I know I will get my masters someday, when I'm married to my best friend in our new house. :::insert a sign of relief)

Back to blogging again and man, that felt good to write!