Recap Of Christmas Weekend

Andddddd we’re back to regularly scheduled programming :/

Who else is bummed that Christmas is officially over?! Because I know I definitely am 😦 . But, at the same time, I’m actually really happy because I had a REALLY great and memorable weekend (unexpectedly at that).

I ALWAYS look forward to Christmas-time, as I’ve mentioned several times before in other posts, but I also don’t ever expect much just because it’s always relatively quiet in my house, and we (my immediate family) always end up staying home and just being with each other.

THIS YEAR, however, was completely different (in a great way). I say that because this year we got to spend it with extended family, something that we haven’t done for one reason or another in YEARS.

Now don’t get me wrong, just spending it with my immediate family for the past few years was always nice too and comfortable, but it really is always a great time when we get together with our extended family too.

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Family Time!

So, this year we were able to spend Christmas Eve AND Christmas Day with my mom’s side of the family. Christmas Eve we hosted at our house, which was Christmas Pajama themed, and Christmas Day we spent at my Godfather and aunt’s house, which was Christmas Slipper themed.

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Both were ridiculously fun, filled with Christmas music, laughter, gift giving, games, karaoke and an overwhelming amount of food and desserts (not complaining about that though lol).

When we (the cousins) were all younger, it would be like our little Christmas tradition to always get together and spend Christmas at SOMEONE’S house from the family. So the fact that for a while there it had stopped was kind of sad, but I’m SO glad we finally got to pick up on it because it was definitely a blast.

*Also, if you read my ‘The Christmas Tag’ post from Blogmas day 1 (which I’ll leave linked here if you want to check it out), you would’ve seen that my top “Christmas wish” was to be able to have this happen, so the fact that it actually DID was really awesome for me.*

Overall, it was a really great weekend, and although it wasn’t my ENTIRE family there with us (from both sides), and some important people were missing, it was still fun and extremely memorable.

Plus, I got a ton of great stuff this Christmas, which was another surprising thing because I really don’t ever tend to tell people things I want for Christmas and/or give them a wishlist anymore. But, let’s get into a few of the things I got….

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Presents!!

Firstly, I just want to start off by saying that I’m not usually the type to show off every single thing I get for my birthday, Christmas, etc., I just find it kind of weird and also tend to feel bad.

Sure, I’m grateful for everything I get, and I’ll show one or 2 things that I really love, but overall I just end up feeling bad about it because I never want to make it seem like I’m throwing things in peoples faces. What if they can’t afford things like that? Or what if they don’t usually get things for these occasions at all? Just a few of the things that go through my mind for things like this…

However, I’ve come to realize that doing what I’m doing now (blogging) and how into it I’ve gotten, it’s kind of a necessity to do that. Not necessarily show off the things I have, wear, etc., but to the same extent, that’s kind of exactly what it is, which is why more and more recently I’ve been sharing things like that with you guys.

So that’s what I’m going to be doing right now, sharing with you guys a few of the great gifts I received from my loved ones this year 🙂

  1. The first few things I want to mention are actually stuff that Diego got for me. We’re actually really weird when it comes to gift giving, because we get so excited about doing it and what we got the other person that we end up talking about it ALL the time (without actually saying what it is), and have the anticipation kill the other person lol. This year he got me this GORGEOUS Coach bag (which he knew I needed because although I almost never switch out my bag(s) once I get used to them, it was LONG overdue for a new one) and 2 masks from the brand GlamGlow because he knows I LOVE face masks. ❤
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Gifts from Diego ❤

2. These aren’t all of them, but they are a few of the gifts that I received from my parents. I’ve never heard of the brand that blue bag is from, but it’s called Karl Lagerfeld Paris and I think it’s SO cute. Tiny, but definitely fashionable and can hold quite a few of my little things that I typically tend to carry in my purses. Then you have these UGG rain/snow boots which are great too because I’ve been DYING for a pair of boots like this for the longest, and what better then a simple black pair? Then you have this Miss Dior perfume that I’ve been wanting because it smells SO pretty AND……it’s Demi’s favorite perfume ….are you surprised? You shouldn’t be….And finally, you have this cute little Christmas story book. If you guys haven’t realized by now, I’m a bigass kid, ESPECIALLY when it comes to cute little things like this, I mean c’mon….LOOK AT IT!!!!! 😭😍 Plus, I cannot WAIT until I have kids one day to read these to them, and even pass them along to them…ugh it’s going to be the best!! (Again, just a few of the things they got me, not all).

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(Some) Gifts from my parents ❤

3. This is a gift I actually got from a good friend of mine and Diego’s named Geno. How freakin’ dope are these?! I’ve come to REALLY love this brand and it’s style. So far, I have a t-shirt from them (courtesy of Diego), another pair of sneakers although they’re off-white (also courtesy of Diego), and now these!! Can’t wait to take some cool pictures with these on and show them to you guys! 😀

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Gift from my friend Geno 😀

4. And finally……the gifts I received from my brother and his fiance!! You guys, I was so damn excited when I saw this….lol. For those of you that don’t know, I’m a HUGE Potterhead, so this was ridiculously exciting for me!! It’s actually pretty funny, because about a month ago, I had told Chris (my brother), that if no one got me a wand for Christmas…everyone hated me, and he/they actually remembered and did it!! 😂. Plus, the books are always great to read (especially now with the illustrations to back them up), and I love penguins AND fuzzy socks, so it was a general win/win for me. Thanks guys!! ❤

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Gifts from my brother and his fiancée ❤

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I hope that you guys not only enjoyed this post, but also had an AMAZING Christmas with your family, friends and/or general loved ones, and that you got everything you wanted.

Please follow, like, share and comment and I’ll see you guys in my next post!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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1-Year Fitness Update!

Hey Everybodyyyy! Happy Hump Day! 🙂

In today’s post I really wanted to be able to talk to you guys about my 1-year fitness update; how it’s been going, where I’m at with it right now, and where I hope to be in the next few months (my goal).

This is something that I’m a little nervous about, as I’m sure most people would be, just because health, fitness and weight in general, are all really sensitive topics to speak about, especially in this day and age. However, I thought it was important to share this with you guys for a few different reasons.

Important because firstly, it’s a pretty big milestone (for me). Secondly, because who knows, maybe somehow or another me speaking about this will help and/or inspire someone else in their own fitness journey, or to even START their own fitness journey. And lastly (although this sort of piggy-backs off of the first two reasons), because I just recently did an entire post on confidence and self-love (which I’ll leave linked here if you guys wanted to check it out), and so what kind of person/writer would I be if I didn’t speak out on something as important as body-positivity and self-love more in-depth for something as sensitive as this?

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How The Past Year Has Been Going:

The first thing I want to speak about with this is probably the most obvious thing, which is, how this past year has been (fitness-wise). And well….let’s be honest, dieting is hard and it sucks ass. You really have to learn self- control when it comes to something like this, ESPECIALLY if you’re used to eating a certain way for a certain amount of years, which I pretty much was.

I’ve mentioned it before, several times, but I am not only a picky-eater, I’m also a MAJOR junk-food eater. Put those 2 things together, and you’ve pretty much got a recipe for disaster (in my case anyway).

Now, I’ve never been the best eater, throughout my entire life. BUT, I will say that it got really bad when I was away in college (as I’ve spoken about once before in my first health post, the reasons for this, etc. which I’ll leave linked here ). I gained A LOT of weight in college, I would actually say that the majority of my weight gain happened in college (freshmen 15 is no joke ya’ll even though it extended over the course of 4-years, but whateverrr!).

But it just got to a point where I literally weighed the heaviest that I EVER did. I definitely wasn’t obese, but for my age, height, etc. the weight I was at (at the time) was NOT good. Plus, I was not happy and/or confident in my body AT ALL. It was a bad time, for a long time. And I’m sure other people noticed it obviously, but few actually told me about it. Which was fine I suppose, because it’s one of those things that you kind of just need to see/realize for yourself in order to make any sort of change.

There were times where Diego would REALLY try to push me to go to the gym, and I would go, but then I would just be eating whatever still before or after it, so it was completely defeating the purpose. It took a few months after I started my fitness journey for it to REALLY start. And what I mean by that is, for a good 4-5 months, I had gotten the whole working out, and going to the gym consistently part down, but I wasn’t taking the food portion of it seriously, so I hadn’t been seeing results.

It wasn’t until about May that I started to take both super seriously, not to the point that I turned anal about it, but to the point where I actually started seeing results now, so it was the actual exciting part.

And I’m not going to lie to you guys, it’s hard af to keep up a diet, there were SO many times when I would give in to any/all of the cravings that I had, whether it was with regular food or junk food, and would see what little progress I made turn to shit. However, I learned to not only control those urges, but also not deprive myself of the little things that I wanted, and would find healthier alternatives to go around that, while also being able to stick to my diet.

Every once in a while like during “that time of the month,” it gets a little difficult because of cravings and what not, but over time I have actually really felt like it’s gotten easier.

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Where I’m At Now:

Between going to the gym AT LEAST 4-5 times a week, and cleaning up my eating TREMENDOUSLY, I have seen SUCH an insane amount of progress.

I think you guys can agree with me that how we perceive ourselves and our bodies can be really iffy sometimes. Sure, you have your days where you’re feeling GREAT and super confident with yourself throughout workouts, after workouts, etc., but there are also those days where you pretty much look exactly the same, but the confidence just isn’t there. You don’t feel yourself which, as a result, causes your confidence to diminish a little.

Well in general, that’s happened to me pretty frequently, especially since, although I know I’ve made a lot of progress, I’m not quite where I want to be yet and some days are harder than others to see the results that a lot of other people see, in yourself.

HOWEVER, I’ve learned that I really need to give myself credit when it’s due, and little by little (with each pound being shed), I have been gaining the confidence back that I used to have a few years ago.

I think my progress actually hit me the most thanks to some pictures that I took last Thursday (on Thanksgiving). I’m not exactly sure what I was doing or why I was doing it, but at some point during the night I was scrolling through old pictures on my phone and came across the ones I took last year for Thanksgiving. It didn’t fully occur to me until I decided to do a side-by-side picture of that and the one(s) I had just taken earlier that day and this is what I saw:

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Last year thanksgiving vs. thanksgiving this year…a 26 pound difference. On the left, I was at about 203lbs and currently, on the right, I’m at 177.

I’m not at all happy and/or proud of the way I look on the left side, in fact, I’m kind of embarrassed to be showing that picture compared to me now, BUT I am SUPER proud to see how much of a difference between the two there really is.

If you know me, and even if you don’t really but follow me on social media and see my posts, you would know in recent months how much work I’ve truly been putting in at the gym, and this is just proof of that. I am super proud of where I currently am at now and can’t wait to see where I’m going to be in a few months with this fitness journey of mine!!

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Where I Want To Be (My Goal):

As I said earlier, I’m not at all where I want to be yet, but I know that slowly but surely, I’m getting to meet that goal.

Ultimately, my main goal is to lose another 10-15 pounds and tone up my body a little more, then just continue to maintain it from there.

If I continue the work-out and eating regimen that I currently have, I really don’t see how or why I wouldn’t achieve these mini goals that I have set for myself (unless of course I just happen to throw it all out the window one day, which I don’t count on doing).

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Overall, it definitely has NOT been an easy fitness journey for me, but looking back at where I once was, and seeing where I am now, is enough motivation for me to keep pushing through. Besides, I’m not looking for easy and never have. And between my own confidence and Diego behind me pushing me to keep going, I know I’m going to end up hitting all of my fitness goals sooner rather than later.

Well guys, that’s it. That is my 1-year fitness update. I hope you guys like this post, and that in some way, shape or form it helped and/or motivated you to keep pushing through your hurdles that may be stopping you from going to the gym or just continuing your own fitness journey. You CAN do it. It’s going to take time and dedication, but it is 100% possible. Keep pushing through and I promise you that you’ll end up seeing results!

Thank you guys so much for reading, please like, follow, comment and share, and I’ll see you guys in my next post! 🙂

-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 ❤