5 Go-To Apps I Have On My Phone

Hi Guys! Happy hump day! ūüôā

For today’s post I thought it would be fun to share with you guys five of my go-to apps that I have on my phone. The apps that I’m going to mention are the ones that I pretty much use daily and/or just generally, that really come in handy to me.

I’m not including any social media ones just because yes obviously I use all of my social media apps/accounts regularly, but they’re not really that important.

Not only are the apps I’m going to mention the ones that I use almost daily, but I also find them (personally) pretty important which I’ll go into detail for why in a bit.

So without further adieu…

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In no particular order:

  1. My Fitness Pal

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I have actually spoken about this app a few times on my blog throughout a few of my fitness posts. Ultimately it’s a great app if you’re into fitness because it allows you to keep track of everything from what you eat throughout the day, to the amount of calories you need to intake, to how many steps you’ve taken in a day, your weight, etc.

I highly recommend downloading this app ESPECIALLY if you’re just starting your fitness journey because it’s a great place to keep track of everything like this in one specific place.

2. Eternal Sunshine

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I don’t really know or remember how I came across this app, but I am SO glad that I did. It’s just a really great motivational app. If you happen to have and/or just know of the app called A Sprinkle of Jesus, I think it’s pretty similar to that. Every day, at least 3-4 times a day, I get notifications for inspirational/motivational quotes, daily mantras to tell myself in order to get motivated about other things, etc.

I never realized how much I needed this app until I finally got it and saw the kind of notifications I was getting from it. 10/10 recommend if you’re looking for motivation every now and then.

3. Citizen

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If you’re anything like me and happen to get anxiety fairly quickly, this might not be the best app for you. However, I do have it just because as much as I may dislike the notifications I get from it all the time, I do also like to be in the know and aware of things that are going on around me.

Ultimately it’s an app that if you put in some credentials for yourself and the area you live in, it’ll update you on and any all crime that happens to be going on in the general vicinity. Everything from serious stuff like murders, to much less serious stuff like 2 people simply fighting in the area. It also allows you to chat with other people in the same vicinity that may have other details about what’s going in that incident, as well as post any possible pictures/videos of any incidences that occurred.

4. Retail-Me-Not

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If you happen to go out shopping a lot, and especially look for coupons/discounts while doing it, I sincerely hope and recommend that you download this app. It is perfect for finding deals that may be going on in particular store favorites of yours.

I’m not exactly sure how many stores that they include in this and how they go about choosing the people/stores they want apart of it, but once you get into the app, it allows you to search for particular stores that you want and show if there are any deals and discounts going on in that store currently or online.

5. And finally, WordPress

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Surprised? You shouldn’t be. If you happen to have a blog and use this particular site for it, this is the perfect app to have on your phone. It’s literally just a handle-held version of the site. You can check all of your stats, start and/or edit blog posts, etc. It’s super convenient especially if for whatever reason I happen to be wanting to publish a post, but am not around a computer, I can just do it right there and then on the app.

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I hope this was helpful to you guys in some type of way. Leave me a comment down below or on my social media accounts about some of YOUR go-to apps you have on your phone and I’ll be sure to check them out!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you guys in the next one ūüôā

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ‚̧

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One Year Post College Graduation Life Update

I can’t freaking believe that it’s already been an entire year since I graduated from college. Where the heck did the time go?! A lot has happened and changed in that time, so I figure it would be cool to give you guys a little post grad life update from the past year.

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For those of you that don’t know, although I was able to walk down the aisle at the SUNY Purchase College graduation, I didn’t actually get my diploma that day. I was still a few credits shy of being able to officially get it, but I am super grateful that they allowed me to walk with my class and not wait a whole other year to be able to do that. I won’t get into TOO many details with that because I did an entire post on why exactly this happened to me and what I had to do in order to be able to officially get my diploma, which I’ll leave linked¬†here¬†if you wanted to check it out. However, ultimately I spent the majority of my summer after the ceremony taking online classes to fulfill the amount of credits I was lacking.

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To say that it was incredibly annoying and time consuming was an understatement. I mean here I was pretty much in the mindset that I was done with college and school in general, but still having a foot through the college door with these online classes. The entire thing was the epitome of so close yet so far. But I knew I had no choice but to get it done because I had gotten this far, so may as well. It was good though because I had to take 4 summer online classes, and they were all separated, meaning I had one that started the week after the graduation ceremony (in May), one that started in the beginning of June, one that started at the end of June, and one in July. So none of them overlapped with each other or were too stressful, but I always said I did 100 times better with online classes then otherwise anyway, so I guess in that aspect it was totally fine.

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First Few Months After College

While I was dealing with my last couple of classes I was also applying to a ton of “real” jobs all over the place, because I mean c’mon, I was about to officially be done with school and knew I had to do and find SOMETHING work related once the summer was over. I know I shouldn’t have been, but I was also being super picky with which jobs in particular I wanted to apply for because I had already worked 3 different retail jobs in the past 3 years and was beyond over THAT.

So that’s what I spent the majority of my time doing, while also working at a summer camp where I pretty much spent every summer before that. More than halfway through the summer though, I got a call while I was at work in reference to one of my applications, and how they wanted to have me in for an interview right away which was freakin’ amazing because I had only started applying to places about 2-3 weeks before.¬†*Spoiler alert, it was for the job that I’m currently at in the city!*¬†A few days later I went for the interview, everything went amazing and a few days after that I got called again but this time to come in and temp for the day to see whether or not I would actually like working there. Long story short, I loved it, they loved me and I obviously ended up getting the job!

It was actually really crazy because I think I got the call for the first interview in the first week of August, during the second week of August I got called to temp, and I remember the day after my birthday (the 18th) I got offered the job and they wanted me to start on Monday (the 21st). Everything was happening so freaking quick, but honestly what did I care? I was just so excited to have been offered the job pretty much right out of college (which also keep in mind, at this point I had just  finished all of my online classes, passed them all and officially done and out of school), so the timing could not have been better.

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My Current Job

I get asked all of the time what exactly is it that I’m doing now, and ultimately I work at a law firm in Midtown East as a receptionist/law assistant. The firm is pretty small, but it’s extremely successful (I would say the name but I’m not entirely sure how that works with mentioning them and what not, so I’ll just play it safe and keep that part out). And yes, I know that it probably doesn’t sound as “all that” as I was hyping it up to be, but honestly it’s an amazing position. I’m the type of person that I NEED to be kept busy in my work, otherwise I’ll get bored super quick and end up hating what I’m doing, but with this job I’m ALWAYS doing something which I love. I’m either working on emails, answering phones, mail, FedEx, filing, working on agreements, or paying bills. Something is always going on. And even if there are a few days where it’s really quiet (like right now for instance because my boss will be away in Florida this coming week), it’s still fine because I can do things that I like or want to do like read, write or work on the blog.

 

 

*Obviously I love to dress up in work clothes btw ^; Also, clearly my range of posing isn’t very diverse haha.*

A lot of people tend to say and think that the work I do is more for people who are interning as opposed to an actual job let’s say, but I really don’t care because it’s not at all a difficult job, and I’m getting paid pretty fucking great for “the little” that I do, which actually isn’t a little at all because when it’s busy, it’s freakin’ busy. Plus, considering it’s my first “real” job that isn’t at all affiliated with retail right out of college, I think it’s pretty great, so I’m definitely not complaining. *(Also, I hope I don’t come off as being upset or cocky or anything along those lines, because that’s really not my intention. I’m just trying to clarify for the people who have told me some of these things before).*¬†I am beyond grateful for getting this job, especially since I had no type of office experience, so my office manager was giving me the benefit of the doubt and taking a huge chance on hiring me, and thankfully, it’s turned out for the best. Everything really does happen in its own time and for a reason.

*Can we talk about how I just made 8 months here already too?!?! What the hell, Father Time needs to slow that shit down a bit man!!*

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My Career & The Future 

I also get a ton of questions about whether or not this, working in a law firm, is what I studied and/or want to do with the rest of my life and the answer is¬†NO.¬†I did not study law while I was in college and I do not want to do anything in the field of law. I have no interest in making a career out of this, HOWEVER, being here and doing the work that I do to help out my boss has taught me A LOT, and I will say that it is an interesting type of work. It’s just not necessarily for me or what I see myself doing.

For those of you that don’t know, I got my degree in the Bachelor of Arts with a specific concentration of journalism.¬†This is where it gets kind of complicated because yes, I studied journalism, but I discovered a little too late in my college career that I didn’t actually want to do journalism. I knew that I loved writing, but I didn’t want it to be in such a “strict” setting the way that journalism standards typically tend to be (and no I don’t mean that in the sense of deadlines and what not). I want to be able to do more of creative writing in books and like this on a blog than anything else, but by the time I realized this I was already finishing my junior year of college about to start my senior year. So it really would not have made sense for me to switch majors so late then pretty much have to completely start over with a new one. Plus journalism and creative writing are one in the same in the sense of writing as a whole, so it’s not like I completely wasted my time or anything like that.

Bu ultimately, no, working at a law firm is not what I want to do as far as a career, so I don’t plan on staying at this job forever.

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Adulting *Cue the dramatic Horror Movie Music*

I know that speaking of or even thinking about adulthood and “adulting” can seem like such a terrifying thing, but honestly I was SO excited to finally be done with college and start living my normal adult life. Sure being completely independent and trying to make your future happen can be a scary thing, but personally, I could not wait for it. I have yet to miss or regret wishing for my school years to be over so I can do my own thing. The only thing I can honestly say that I miss a little is campus life. Being able to dorm and have the roommates I did (predominantly in my last year), other than that I truly don’t miss any of it. In retrospect, I think I’m the happiest I’ve ever been being out of school, working and almost completely supporting myself. And no, I do not in the SLIGHTEST bit have everything figured out in my life, but it really is an exhilarating feeling to know that I have complete control of everything that goes on in it from here on out in spite of the times that may feel or seem questionable and/or as if I’m lost. I hope that makes sense.

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Overall, life is just really good right now. I’m working a great job. My family is all doing really well. Diego and I have SO many plans for ourselves that are currently in the works and we’re about to make 4 years together in like 2 months. A lot of my friends and just people in general that I know are prospering in SO many different and insane (good) ways. I get to go to the gym regularly, which I LOVE now. The weather is getting better and warmer. And I get to do the things that I love on a regular basis. By no means, am I trying to say or make it seem like my life is perfect, because it most definitely is not; there’s always going to be side stuff that’s going on with family, work, your relationship or friends, but in general, it’s just a really good time in my life right now that I’m genuinely happy about it.

I’m definitely nowhere near where I want to be or doing what I want to do, but everyday I’m taking new steps to make sure that I get closer and closer with each day that passes.

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You know that feeling you get when you feel like you’re meant to be and do something big? I haven’t quite figured it out for myself yet, but everyday that feeling intensifies more and more, so I’m taking it as a sign from God telling me that I’m in the right direction, and I’m getting closer to it. I just need to keep doing what I’m doing and working hard at it. So that’s exactly what you’ll catch me doing. I’m excited to see what the future holds for me and the people I care about in my life. Year one is down, and I can’t wait to see what the next couple of them have in store for me.

 

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ‚̧

College Isn’t For Everyone, And That’s Okay.

Hi Guys!

Good morning, or good afternoon wherever you are in the world!

Today’s post is going to be something that some people might find slightly controversial to some degree. It’s the topic of a college education and my complete thoughts on it.

Something I want to make clear before moving forward with this post, a minor PSA, is that for this one, and any other  topics I may cover that may seem heavy and/or controversial for any reason(s), I want to always be able to be totally and completely honest with my thoughts and opinions.  Even if you do not agree with the things that I have to say, please keep in mind as I just mentioned, they are MY thoughts and opinions and experiences, that I tend to feel very strongly about for a variety of reasons which, like I will do in this post, will go in depth as to why I feel the way I do, or see things the way I do. As I mentioned in my introduction, I welcome any and all feedback that you as my readers have to offer, but please keep in mind that all I ask is for positive, constructive criticism, not any negativity or bashing.

Moving forward with the post, I had someone request for me to write about the topic of schooling and everything I feel about it. Now, when I say schooling I am referring to college, not high school or anything earlier than that. My true and honest belief on this topic is that college really isn’t for everyone. There are some people in the world that I feel just love school and are destined to be doctors, lawyers, etc., which require years and years of schooling, but that’s okay because¬†they love school and they’re good at it (as weird as that may sound). And then, there are people like me, who I feel are/were not meant for going to or finishing school, which is okay in its own way.

For those of you who may be reading this and are family of mine, friends of mine, or even friends of my family/parents, this may come as a shock to you, especially if you know my parents and how they are. But, yes it’s true, for a while throughout my college career I never felt like I was meant to be in college, hell there were several times when I even contemplated dropping out because of how much I disliked it; I never had any motivation to go to class, never had motivation to do assignments, study for tests/quizzes, etc., it was bad. There are several reasons that I think come into play with why I felt this way, all of which I will attempt to explain now.

Now, something I want/need to make clear before moving forward is that I LOVE to learn, as hard as it may be please do not mistake any of what I’m saying for pure laziness and failure, because I truly did and still do love to learn. I love being able to learn new topics, languages, cultures, etc. I love reading, and I love writing. However, not in a classroom setting in this day and age where “learning”¬†has just come down to headaches, stress, staying up all night every other day to just get stuff done for the sake of getting a passing grade.

I could be very wrong and my memory could be seriously messed up, but I remember being younger and learning things in school used to actually be fun; it would be fun and the teachers would actually take the time to help you understand things, not just pass you for the sake of not having to deal with a person for a second or third time later on. People actually cared about having the students understand the topics, instead of only caring about passing or failing them.

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Personally, I found that learning things on my own by actually reading up on topics, researching them, or just experiencing certain things at¬†my own pace was 100 times more beneficial for me, as opposed to sitting in a classroom for 2 hours listening to professor Jackoff explain how x + b = z, find A, but also calculate how many times little Sally can get around the block with C. First of all, who ever thought it was actually okay to add letters into math problems, and secondly, I’m a writing major for a reason, why will I ever need to know calculus?

I felt like I was wasting my time and my parents money sitting in several classes like this that A. I had no type of interest in, but was forced to take for the sake of credits, and B. Had no type of relation towards my major. I understand that during a person’s first year of college they are expected to take¬†their “core requirement” classes, which is pretty much the basics; English, math, science, etc., but after that first year, there should be no reason why I’m spending all this money in order to “better myself”, but am forced to take unnecessary classes in order for me to be able to graduate.

If I am spending hundreds/thousands of dollars on supplies, books, classes, and tuition, I should be entitled to take the classes that I personally want to and interest me, and still have them ALL counted as credits towards me being able to graduate.

Part of me feeling the way I do about college also sprouts from the fact that I didn’t exactly have the best experiences while in school. I went to two different schools throughout my college career. My very first year of college I went to the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, and for the rest of my three years I attended SUNY Purchase. Let’s discuss the process of me transferring schools…

It was probably one of the most difficult, repetitive, and ridiculous processes I have ever had to deal with. It was pretty much like I was reapplying for college all over again. The application process itself wasn’t necessarily the issue, the primary issue was the stuff within and after the application process. Such as: application fees, paying to have transcripts sent from one school to another, paying other special fees that they may have for one reason or another, etc. Some of these payments are understandable in the general reasoning for it, however the prices itself are outrageous. THEN once those fees were paid, having schools either misplacing or simply never receiving some of these important documents needed to complete the process, and them not really caring whether you did it the first time or not, you gotta do it again; and pay for it all……AGAIN.

Following the entire application and actually being¬†admitted into the school obviously comes the actual school part…yay! *she says sarcastically*. Now, it wasn’t until like my third year of school that I realized how badly both schools screwed up my credits from my first year (and let me just say now that shit followed me for the rest of my time in school; every year I would try to catch up credit wise, and every year I got screwed over in a new way).

Every semester when it came to creating your schedule for the following semester, the way they did it at Purchase (I’m not sure if this is just them or other schools do it this way too, but either way I think it’s stupid), is that you were able to add your classes based on the number of credits you already had (not including the ones you were taking that current semester). For example Monday would be for students with 90+ credits, Tuesday would be for students who had 60+ credits, etc. And you had to wait for your specific day in order to register. So because of how they messed up my credits, I was always somehow behind and always got the shitty end of the stick when it came to choosing classes; all the classes I wanted would be booked up, ALWAYS. In an effort to catch up credit wise every semester, whether in the winter time when we had break, or during the summer, I was always taking extra online classes (extra classes + extra books = EXTRA MONEY).

So as I previously mentioned, this followed me for the remainder of my time in college, but it really freaked me out come my senior year. I mean realistically, who wants to be worrying about missing credits on top of Senior Projects, midterms/finals, graduation, and what you’re going to be doing with your life after college right? Just my luck, this is when stuff started to get really scary.

My last semester at Purchase, I attempted to overload myself on courses and credits in order to be able to make the graduation deadline and walk with the rest of my class…THAT was an epic fail lol. I tried it for like a week or two, and ended up really not liking it, so I ended up dropping like 2-3 of those classes, being left with only 4 now. The only positive thing about all that was that I ended up¬†doing really well in the four classes I¬†stuck¬†with. However, I ended up finding out I was still about 14 credits short from graduating. So I had to be able to think quick, and figure something out because I was not trying to have to come back for ONE more semester in the fall and then have to wait until the following May to be able to graduate.

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It ended up being told to me that I would be able to walk so long as I ended up completing the remainder of¬†my credits over the summer with more online classes. OF COURSE there was a catch though…. Purchase only allows you to take 12 credits worth of classes during the summer session, and doing an override was pretty much nonexistent. Now, imagine my frustration, I’m trying to do literally every last possible thing to get this done once and for all and be able to graduate, but Purchase was too busy playing with my emotions like SIKEEEEEE you THOUGHT you was gonna graduate on time. My only solution was on top of taking the 12 credits worth of classes I needed from Purchase, to also find ANOTHER school/class that would be able to help me¬†fulfill those last 2 credits needed for me to walk. I ended up choosing BMCC in Manhattan, being that it’s something close and I thought it would be quick to do.¬†The process for applying to and getting the class from BMCC was a completely different type of headache; but the bottom line with that was I ended up finding the one class I needed, enrolling in it and being fine.

So now here we are in May 2017, I was actually going to be able to walk at my graduation and ON TIME. I must admit that even through all of the headaches and issues I went through to get to that final point, it was a huge deal to finally say I was going to graduate college; granted I still had to finish those last few summer classes to make it official and get my diploma, but none the less it was still a big deal for me.

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The rush and sense of accomplishment you get from walking across that stage really is incredible, I will admit that, especially when you finally overcome all of the obstacles that were holding you back the entire time.

However, personally, I feel as though colleges make it seem and feel way too difficult for some people to better themselves and receive “higher education.” They play a lot of games it feels like when it comes to classes or financials situations that come up. And I’m not really sure if I find all of the issues entirely worth it in the end. And for what? A piece of paper? Yes, many jobs nowadays do require you to have a degree, but that’s it’s own separate issue. I feel like if a job is going to hire you, it should be because of YOU, your personality, how you carry yourself, and what you can bring to the table at the company you’d want to work at. Not base whether or not they’re going to hire you on if you got straights A’s and/or a 4.0 gpa. That’s not realistic, and things shouldn’t be that way. I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard of friends or classmates of mine going through similar situations if not worse, and as a result, are forced to take a leave of absence from school because mentally and financially it takes a major toll on them. And so what does that mean for them? They’re losers? They’re not going to make it in life? Why, because they simply can’t afford to go to/finish college? No joke, the financial and mental scarring that college can leave on a person is SERIOUS. Pretty much killing yourself to be able to make ends meet to afford school and get at the very least just a passing grade, for that piece of paper. A piece of paper that in the day and age we live in, won’t/can’t even guarantee that you will be getting a job in the field that you busted your ass for the past 4 years or so to study. It really is incredible when you think about it. Most people don’t even end up being able to work in the particular field they studied so long and hard to be apart of, because they have to be realistic and settle for a job that’s going to pay the bills at the moment until you can figure something else out.

The bottom line for me, is that anyone who chooses to go to college for any particular reason(s) I totally and completely understand and respect you for; but personally I don’t know how worth it truly is. I know I already did it and finished, which was great, but I like my sanity, and wouldn’t do it again. I’d prefer to just pretty much home-school myself, and read books, do research on topics that interest me and ones that even don’t. After all, once school is done and out of the way, adults, doesn’t relationships, having a family, and life itself in general become one big home-school for ourselves? Figuring things out by googling it to find your answers?

Finally, I just want to end this off by saying that I would never encourage people not to go to school, I have little cousins that are babies right now, some that are approaching high school right now, and some that are about to start their first year in college, but if down the line they were to realize that college ain’t for them, I truly would not blame them in the slightest.

And to my future kids, again I will never encourage you guys NOT to go to school, but I will hear you out and understand you if you didn’t want to go one day or realize that it is not for you, so long as it is legitimate, realistic, and logical. AND if you can somehow compensate not going to school with something positive and constructive like working for the meantime until you figure things out.

*(To those fellow parents who may be reading this post thinking: “She’s young, she doesn’t have kids, her mentality is going to completely change when she finally does have kids,” you know what you’re probably right, it just might change, things just might be different when I finally do, but as of now, this is how I feel, and this is how I believe things will be.)*

This post was not meant in any way to judge those of you who may be in college right now or about to start your journey through college, it’s simply basing all of this off of my personal experiences, thoughts and opinions. To those of you who are starting your first year of college, or those who are nearly done, I wish you nothing but the best, and that you guys have a prosperous year.

Hope you enjoyed it.

Til next time!

-Xoxo Leo Girl ‚̧ ūüôā