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Although I’m well out of school, I still associate summer time with instant vacation. Instead of two months off of school, I have happy hour 🙂

While I can’t go out to happy hour all of the time, I do like to turn a regular Monday night into Ri-ta Hour. All I need are few Bud Light Lime Ritas, some snacks, and a few of my girlfriends!

I firmly believe that everybody needs a little Rita Hour in their day and I’m here to help you transform the everyday into a #FiestaForever.Bud Light Lime Ritas

The necessities

  • Bud Light Lime Ritas: my favorites are Lime-A-Rita, Straw-Ber-Rita, and Lemon-Ade-Rita
  • A few of your good friends: I recommend a minimum of five
  • Music: follow me on Spotify for my favorite playlists. My current favorite songs include: Ri-hanna “BBHMM,” Jidenna “Classic Man,” Jangle Monae “Yoga,” and Silento “Watch Me Whip” (don’t judge)
  • Snacks: tortilla chips, salsa dip, and BBQ

Once you have the basics down, it’s just a matter of making sure you have enough space in your tiny NYC apartment (…just me? Okay). How do you turn happy hour into Rita Hour? Let me know! I’m always looking for tips for my next soirée.

The Bud Light Lime Ritas are so delicious that wherever they go a party spontaneously happens.2014_Quad_Ritas_Logo[2]

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Last month I talked about goal setting but this post is talking about inspiration, that “aha!” moment. We all know that success doesn’t happen in a single moment. The journey between inspiration and greatness is filled with a thousand small steps.

I recently had the opportunity to attend a “Lunch and Learn” with artist Richard Clarkson and smartwater design lead Alex Center to talk about just that – inspiration. We learned about Richard’s pretty cool nature-inspired work then witnessed it first hand in the smartwater up up up lounge (inside WeWork Gramercy). View Full Post

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So this year I set pretty ambitious goals for myself (as one tends to do when the clock strikes 12 and a new year rings in). To date, I’ve accomplished quite a bit — professionally and personally — and like a normal human being I want more. I want this blog to evolve, I want my YouTube channel to grow (heck, I just want to learn how to properly edit videos and keep them under 15 minutes :P)

To do that, I need to not only visualize but make it come to fruition. I’m here to share how a purposeful set of behaviors can help me (and you!) achieve your everyday ambitions, big and small.

smartwaterMy journey: set realistic expectations, plan ahead, write things down, and take care of yourself.

Set Realistic Expectations:
There’s no need to go from 0-100, mmkay. I find that the best way to succeed is to take your time, understanding the process along the way. By gradually working towards your goal, you’re giving yourself a greater chance at success.

Plan Ahead:
I’m a BIG fan of planning ahead. A little planning goes a long way. Organizing your thoughts is a chance to see key opportunities (wins) and problem areas. You stress less when all of your ducks are in a row— something important for me as I have a full time job AND a blog (not to mention trying to have a social life). I wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t plan as much in advance as possible. This doesn’t mean being strict, but at least you have a course to follow.

Write Things Down:
I have a slight obsession with planners and memo pads so allow me to indulge, okay. I remember things better when they’re on paper versus trying to keep mental notes. I have an organizer for my blog/ YouTube where I write down ideas, products to be reviewed, brand partnerships; and one for personal where I manage work, dates with friends, and key dates to remember for family affairs. You don’t have to be as OCD as I am 😉

smartwater post_glamTake Care of Yourself:
This should be a given, but you have to keep yourself healthy. That means drinking lots of water and eating right. I eat pure crap BUT I do balance it out with nice home cooked meals (ha, thanks Mom. I was never a chef in the kitchen).

That’s it for now! That’s my step by step journey on how to achieve my goals and how you can as well. What are some of your tips? Leave a comment below or tweet me. I’d love to hear from you!

This story is brought to you by smartwater, who believes in making progress every day little by little and sip by sip. That’s how you move up up up.

3S7C2555.dngExciting news ladies! Motions, the official US hair care product partner of Think Like a Man Too, has given me a set of two tickets for the 42nd St AMC screening on Tuesday June 17th! Nothing like a quick giveaway to get the weekend started.

If you loved Think Like a Man, get ready for even more fun and the chance for you and a bestie to go see the highly anticipated sequel. Also…
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Movie premise: Inspired by Steve Harvey’s book Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man, all of the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.
How to Win: Follow @motionshair and @misswhoeverur on Instagram. Once you’ve done both, leave a comment saying you’ve entered with the hashtag #doyou (on my Instagram post or below!) so I know how to contact you. Winners must be in NYC to be eligible (or at least have transportation get to 42nd Street AMC on their own). Flights, hotels, and accommodations won’t be made (sorry, boo! Still love you though)

Giveaway ends Monday morning at 10am; winner must contact me by 1pm on the same day.