Did you guys know that I have moved every year at least once for the last six years? Ever since heading off to college, I’ve moved a ton. Most of my college moves were little. I packed everything in trash bags since I didn’t own furniture and would pack it into my car at the time (I miss my orange VW Bug). But, this time was different. I actually own furniture. I had my own apartment for the last year which forced me to buy real, adult furniture. So this move was a little different. I even rented a Budget truck to move everything. Finally, after six weeks, I feel like I have my room together and I thought I would do a quick Jacqui Travels room tour.
One of the biggest complaints I hear from my friends (and maybe I’ve had this thought before) is that we didn’t learn anything about personal finance in school. I can still recite the quadratic formula but when I graduated college I wasn’t quite sure what a 401k was. Shout out to my 8th grade math teacher, though, that quadratic formula really stuck with me. We get a lot of ridicule about this and though some of it is warranted, the world of personal finance is confusing. Should I be paying down debt? Do I need a savings? What about my student loans? Is your head spinning? Cause mine was! Luckily for you guys, I dug straight into personal finance when I graduated and I’m here with a comprehensive personal finance guide for millenials. Trust me, you need this.
I made a goal at the beginning of the year to make it to Seattle this year. I have always wanted to go and this year I felt drawn to it. Well, I used five of my vacation days in May to go to Hawaii with my BFF and then a considerable amount more during the rest of the summer to attend to some family matters. I really had accepted that it wasn’t going to happen this year. I just kept repeating “it’s not a 2016 goal”. But, when I realized I had TWO vacations days left and a BFF who wanted to visit Seattle just as much as I did, we booked a planet ticket. We left on a Thursday after work, had 3 full days and flew back on a Monday. What a perfect 72 hours in Seattle.
The best part about flying is that you can literally be anywhere you want in the world in a matter of hours. It might be more hours or less hours, but it’s always just hours. One of the worst parts about flying is that it can be stressful, a lot of waiting and really an unorganized mess if you don’t prepare before. There are few things worse than boarding your flight and realizing you don’t have headphones (there’s probably a crying baby right next to you because of course). Need some tips to help survive your flight? I’ve got you covered.
If you told me when I was fourteen that someday makeup would be a hobby of mine, I would have called you crazy. First off, I was an independent, strong 14 year old who didn’t need to wear makeup because I was focusing on school and work and sports (let’s laugh a bit about fourteen year old Jacqui). Second of all, makeup isn’t a hobby, I would say. But guess what? I can still focus on “important” things and *love* makeup. I love trying new products, switching up my eye shadow and browsing the isles of Sephora for something new. It’s fun and it makes me happy. But because of this, I do have a lot of makeup. A lot of makeup that is precious to me and I don’t necessarily want to travel with. What if it gets lost? I leave it somewhere? It gets crushed some how? Traveling with my home makeup bag just made me nervous, so I had to come up with a plan.
There are very few things in life that I think can’t be cured by tea, the ocean, a trip to Ulta or a boozy brunch on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Who doesn’t love gathering a group of friends for mimosas and biscuits on a Saturday morning? We are heading into perfect brunch weather as we transition from summer to autumn. The heat from the summer is fading, giving way to brisk mornings and perfect afternoons. Call up some friends and make plans for brunch on Saturday at one of the best boozy brunches in Greenville, SC.
We have entered the final days of summer! I honestly thought this summer would never end. But on Wednesday you will wake up in summer and Thursday you will wake up in Fall. I know that the seasons changing doesn’t *magically* make everything in your life better, but there is something very therapeutic in a season like Autumn. It’s a season of change, a season of subtle transition and a season of letting go. I’m ready to let go. Goodbyes are hard and this week we are all saying goodbye to the summer season. As you soak up the final summer rays of 2016, I put together five things to remember this week (a little Monday motivation) and in the months going forward.
Three day weekends are my favorite. You only need to take one day off work to make it a four day weekend and with a four day weekend, you can do anything. And by anything, I even mean drive to another city/country that is at least 12 hours away. We drove 12+ hours there and back to spend 48 hours in Toronto.
I have been to a fair amount of places in Europe and in Central America but I had never made it to Canada until very recently. A few friends of mine and I decided to road trip from Charlotte to Toronto. We left after work on a Thursday and ended up in Toronto by Friday evening. We ended up with 48 full hours in Toronto. I don’t feel like we were rushed at all and we got to see the city. Read ahead to find out about the perfect way to spend 48 hours in Toronto.
My first year our of college I felt like a fish out of water. I was in a new town (a small town at that), I was new at my job and I didn’t know but one person in the area (my roommate at the time). Everyone I worked with was older and more established (aka not searching for coins to buy tacos in their couch cushions) and I was having a really hard time making friends. Seriously, I found myself searching the internet for ways to make friends after college. When you leave school suddenly you aren’t forced to be social with people your age. After a year of not making much of an effort, I decided to make some changes. Here are my top five ways to make friends after college.
When I returned from studying abroad in Italy, I looked around my room and felt like something was different. Everything looked the same as when I left, yet something just felt off. After a few days I realized that what had changed wasn’t my room but rather myself. I just had these wonderful four months in Europe, exploring this beautiful continent but you couldn’t tell that by looking at my room. My room is an extension of myself and I wanted to you know how much I loved the world just by looking at it. This began my quest to find the perfect maps for decorating my spaces and pay tribute to my time abroad. I have moved every year since studying abroad but my maps always followed suit. Here are my top five favorite inexpensive maps that I have up to showcase my love of travel.