Lifebeinggirly, M.S. coming soon to the blog!

Happy 4th of July weekend, loves!

Girly #Carfie
Girly #Carfie

I hope you are having a fabulous weekend doing whatever finds you the most happiest. I wanted to share the good news with you…I’ll be graduating from grad school soon! How soon?? The last day of this semester is July 26th…that day will mean that I AM DONE!! I DID IT! Lifebeinggirly will have a Master of Science M.S. degree and will be one step closer to becoming a licensed clinical mental health counselor! YAY! YAY! YAY!

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It still hasn’t fully hit me yet due to still having a few assignments in my class left to do, however, I learned that I passed my COMPS (counselor preparation comprehensive examination , aka CPCE) so that shows I have successfully understood what I have learned for the past two (three) years. It’s a test every counseling student must pass before they can officially graduate. AND I DID IT!

If you have followed my blog from the beginning, you know how much grad school was an up and down, rockin’ roller coaster of emotions, determination, quitting, giving up, inspiration, perseverance, confidence building and boosting, learning, everything that can put someone through an emotional car wash that lasted longer than you thought it would. I learned that everything requires hard work and that being successful doesn’t come easily,even though some people make it look that way! Know that if they can do it, you can do it, too! This shit didn’t happen overnight. It was replacing one negative opinion about myself with a positive and encouraging fact. It was telling myself, “You can do it. Don’t give up.” More positive affirmations as opposed to my usual all or nothing thinking of “Since I didn’t get that done, that means I won’t be successful in anything else!” No bueno.

I’ll save the long and sappy acceptance blog post for when I actually have that diploma in my hand, but I just wanted to encourage anyone who is second guessing themselves and/or thinking about quitting something to not give up on yourself. You can do it. And if anyone else tells you otherwise, stop talking to that person. Life is too short for those people!

I miss you guys! Please let me know how you’ve been doing! And, was there a time where you had to do positive affirmations to remind yourself that you rock?? I’d love to know!



It’s a girl thing (39 photos)

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My blog wouldn’t be a girly girly blog without showing The Berry some girly love for their “It’s a girl thing.” post. LOVE!

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On Giving Yourself Enough Credit


More often than not we don’t give ourselves enough credit. We discredit our accomplishments by telling ourselves or others that it was no big deal. Such saying like, “Well everyone does this anyways!”  or “It’s not that difficult to do.” “Everyone has one so no big deal.” “It was nothing.” “He/She did it better than me.” Do any of those sound familiar? If so then you are not giving yourself enough credit!

On this Wednesday, I want you to focus on all you’ve accomplished so far this week. Even if it’s the smallest thing, name it and write it down on a note. This will work as a “credit” card. Chances are that what you THINK is no biggie is a HUGE deal for someone else to carry out. Give yourself a pat on the back and be your own cheerleader! Grab your Bestie Betty Rubble and do what her and Wilma do best and “CHARGE IT!” once you pull out your completed “credit” card. When you’re feeling low, discouraged, or not as accomplished as you think you should be, write out your accomplishments of your day and use it to go back to so you can charge yourself up.

Here are some of my accomplishments this week:

  • Signing up and committing to my last graduate course even though it’s an online course (they intimidate me!)
  • Writing this blog post (the critic inside my head is like, “Oh, you’re only writing one post in two weeks?? You might as well not even have a blog.” Take that!)
  • Being kind to others and to myself
  • Lending a listening ear to others
  • Having patience

That’s what I have so far. I’m sure I’ll think of more as I go on with my day and I’ll add them to the comments below.

How do you feel about giving yourself enough credit? Do you feel like you could max out your “credit” card with goodness or do you have a full remaining balance? Either way, I’d love to read what your credit summary is so far!!

Thanks for reading!

<3 always,


Blob Post

Hey, there!

I wanted to do a full of life filled post of what has happened in the past few weeks. So much has happened. So much!

I swear I am constantly taking a mental photograph and making sure to adhere a sticky tab on it to come back and reminisce about it. Here are the sticky tabbed moments of my life over the past weeks. Forgive me if I missed something!

My sister moves to Denver

Christina & Dina sisters

The Simpsons at Universal We went to Universal as part of her “To Do List Before I leave Florida” list

This one was tough…but I’m so happy for her and her adventure in Colorado! I miss her already!

My #WorkBestie

Because everyone needs one. <3 Friends at work make work even better. This girl “keeps it real” and always gives support. Even better, she is always down to get dinner and dessert after work and watches me drink without judgement.


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Silly friends

Baublebar Obsession

Baublebar is amazing. They have the most stylish baubles for only $10 and free shipping. I’m addicted and a huge fan. Just as huge as their statement earrings worn with their statement necklaces.

Here’s the link to shop, these baubles really perk up any outfit!

Baublebar Statement Earrings

Baublebar baubles

Lifebeinggirly’s Favorite Drink is…Mimosa! More specifically, Mango Mimosas!

I’m 31 years old and I finally have “my favorite, go-to drink.” Champagne and juice!! I always tried any drink to see if I loved it. I thought it was Gin but then I realized how much I felt like an angry, bitter old man after drinking it. Not girly, not cute, either! So naturally, bubbly for my bubbly self! Get it?

Mango Mimosa

Ipsy Subscription

This was April's and my first Ipsy bag. It had a roll-on parfum (smells beautiful!) dry shampoo, full-sized Too Faced Melted Lipstick, TheBalm eyeshadow, a full-sized nail polish color (such a pretty color!) and a cute clutch <3
This was April’s and my first Ipsy bag. It had a roll-on perfume (smells beautiful!) dry shampoo, full-sized Too Faced Melted Lipstick, TheBalm eyeshadow, a full-sized nail polish color (such a pretty color!) and a cute clutch <3
That's a moisturizer, leave-in conditioner, eyeshadow brush, lip primer and two big samples of Urban Decay's new gloss, a full-sized black eyeliner, and a cute clutch!
That’s a moisturizer, leave-in conditioner, eyeshadow brush, lip primer and two big samples of Urban Decay’s new gloss, a full-sized black eyeliner, and a cute clutch!

To complete the basis for girly girl-ness, there has to be make-ups, nail polish, perfume, and any other things that make you feel pretty! This is why I LOVE my Ipsy subscription! It’s a monthly bag of goodies that arrives to your door every month for you to experiment with. I’ve gotten really nice pieces so far and how cute is that bag?? For only $10 a month, it’s a really good deal and who doesn’t love surprises?! Check it out here if you wanna join in on the fun!

Going to Disney World on my days off with my husband

Funny faces at disney

at Disney

Best times are when me and my husband are off and we get to drive one hour to the magical place on Earth. This time we went to Hollywood Studios and saw how Disney does Star Wars weekends. It was fun! I have a hunch that this park may slowly become Star Wars world…just my opinion! And I think it will be great because whatever Disney does they do it well.

I hope you enjoyed my blob post. I thought about it today when I was talking to my other friend at work, #iloveyourface! <3 I was explaining to her how I haven’t blogged like I used to and figured I needed to do a big, blob post to catch up! I hope you enjoyed it!

Here’s to a fabulous week!

<3 always,


Blog (Job) Abandonment

Can I just say that I’m totally guilty of this?! I mean, if this were my real job, my posting history has been dismal and I’m surprised WordPress or any blogger goddesses out there hasn’t fired me yet. Thanks for not doing so!

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I love, love blogging. I know what you’re thinking….”then why aren’t you blogging, girly??” I KNOW…I’m still getting used to juggling school and work and still trying to be lazy all at the same time so blogging unfortunately was put on the back burner. Mind you, I ALWAYS think of ideas while I’m driving to and from work. I think, “oooh! That would be a great blog topic! I should write about it.” Then once I get home…the pajamas come on and I’m DUNZO for the night!

“Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah….she’s said sorry before and this is no excuse!” says the mean girl blogger I’ve made up in my head. She’s sassy and not impressed. With this being said then, I’m going to write my heart out like I used to. Life being girly IS ME! And just because I haven’t been writing doesn’t mean I haven’t been blogging through my Instagram. Please follow me on there! I’ve Instabloggd more recently and you will know that I have not fallen off the face of the Earth. YAY!

Mimosa and meCheers to the freakin’ weekend!

What’s your weekend plans? How was your week? I’d love to know! I’ve missed you!!!!

<3 always,


Friday Girl Power! Inspiration

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Happy Fri-YAY!

A friend of mine was recently featured on the cover of the local Tampa newspaper. The Cover! Front page news! Isn’t that amazing??!! Wait, SHE’S AMAZING.

I wanted to share her story with you guys as hopes that you will also feel inspired. I got goosebumps while reading her story, and even more so when I saw her the next day at work to congratulate her! Just FYI: You will get goosebumps from her story.

I needed to feature Medina’s story on my blog because she is one of the nicest, funniest, and strongest woman I’ve ever met. Medina played professional basketball and was really, really good at it. With the Final Four being held in Tampa, she was honored with the Perseverance Award. I knew the first time we spoke at work that she would be my friend, not just a co-worker.  Medina has helped me become more assertive and to be stronger, even though I’m not as tall as her! She helped me find my inner warrior voice to use instead of my often timid, passive, non-athlete voice. She has a laugh that’s contagiously loud, making you want to laugh out loud even harder.

When word hit that she was on the front page of the newspaper, I immediately went out and bought a copy. And there she was! Front page, her story there for all those to read. The title read, “You get up and keep going.” It is awe-inspiring. It’s for anyone who’s needing an inspiring push in life. Her story shows how perseverance gets you farther than you could ever imagine. Her quote is to “Never give up.” Three simple words that make a powerful statement.

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I don’t want to give the story away so please read it here.

I feel happy to know a person like Medina. I hope you enjoy her story as much as I did and please share it with anyone who could use some inspiring to “never give up.”

Have a happy Friyay, ya’ll!

<3 always,



alex and ani disney world

entrance to disney

My husband and I recently became Walt Disney World Annual Passholders! Yipppeee!

Living so close to Orlando we decided that Disney would be our go-to for our entertainment. Only about an hour and a half away from our house, we are excited to go visit Disney World as many times in a year as we please!

Yes, Disney World is where I have been. That and work and being preoccupied thinking about work stuff. I must say, working in the social services field can be overwhelmingly exhausting. Compassion fatigue and burnout are real things…not just terms you hear about in graduate school. It’s so crucial to have a life besides your work or it will take you down. This is true with any job but I find this especially true when you work with the public. So when the time came for my husband and I to think about what we’d wanna do to have fun, Disney was it! What better way than to escape to “a whole new world?!” (Get it?)

Cinderella's castle!
Cinderella’s castle!

Oh, and did you know they have special Alex and Ani Disney bangles?! As if my addiction to this needed to be flamed. I couldn’t help but take a photo  of my charmed arms for my Instagram while at the Magic Kingdom. I got one but just one!

I love this photo because it’s just so pretty. It has pink flowers, Spring season in the air, and jewelry. <3

I’ll be sure to post more photos while at the Disney Parks! I hope you are doing well and are having a Spunky Spring so far <3

alex and ani disney world

Doing What’s Healthiest for You

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To celebrate my “Spring Break” (I mean, do they have Spring Break in grad school?? Our class was cancelled due to our teacher going to a conference, so yeah, I’ll consider it Spring Break) my grad school bestie, Irene, met up to do what we love to do most: go to the mall and be together!

I had worked earlier that day and was sorta tired. It was my Friday at my work and was happy knowing I didn’t have to go straight from work to school, it’s my Friday but also my longest day. Irene texted me to ask if I wanted to mall it up during our would-be class time and without hesitation I said, “F*ck Yes!!!” But as the day went by I thought “well, would I still like to go out after work or do what I normally do and go home, take off my bra, and watch Netflix while I nap?”

Even though I knew I’d be tired from the day I told myself that I must, must, must take time for myself and do the fun things I enjoy. Not only being a grad student but also working in a field where it’s so easy to focus less on yourself since there are so many people to help. Of course helping others is amazing, don’t read this the wrong or selfish way…it’s just that you must be aware of what your job title is and what your title as YOU,  _________ (enter your name here) is. For me, it’s being girly and doing what makes me happy.

One of those is of course, mall dates, but also blogging! I knew I could count on tons of fun with my grad school bestie AND have photo-ops to share on my blog with you. That fleeting thought of going home and isolating myself sounded good but seeing my gorgeous friend and doing something out of my typical schedule sounded WAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY better.

Two giant coffees, getting a matching pair of pink Alex and Ani bangles (our BFF bangles, yay!) and spending time with my beautiful friend was the perfect way to spend my “Spring break.”

What are things that you love to do once you’re off the clock? I’d love to know!

<3 always,



Stand Up For Yourself…One Conversation at a Time

Being told something about yourself from someone else when it’s not asked caught me off guard.

Has that ever happened to you?

I was told that I don’t stand up for myself. And instead of stopping and defending that statement, I continued telling a story (one that I was in the middle of telling, btw) I didn’t stop and say, “No, I do.” or at least a “Ya, I’m working on it.” type of defending statement. Instead, I didn’t say anything. So as I tell this story to my sisters, they pointed out that I didn’t stand up for myself in that very moment!!

Wow. Ugh. I’m still working on being assertive and not second guessing myself. It sucks when this happens though.


Has this ever happened to you? Let’s revel in support of one another!

Besides this, I had a great day. How about you?

<3 always,