My 2016 Resolutions

I know it’s a tad late in January to come up with resolutions, but this is really the first time I’ve had a chance to sit and think about what I really want to do with 2016.

In 2016 I will celebrate my 7 year anniversary with the Atlanta Metro area. In honor of that, I resolve to visit at least a place once a month, in the Metro area, that I have been meaning to go to forever, or have been to in the past but didn’t truly appreciate. The places I’ve picked are:

  • The Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Oakland Cemetery
  • Hike to the top of Stone Mountain
  • Atlanta Botanical Gardens
  • Kennesaw Mountain
  • Shakespeare Tavern
  • A Beer Bike trip (they look like SO much fun)
  • Agatha’s Mystery Dinner
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sweetwater Brewery
  • Sips & Strokes (where you drink wine and paint)
  • Breman Museum

I resolve to read at least one non-school book per month.

I resolve to be better about my blog and not neglect it.

 

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Spring Semester Goals

Whoa, Spring Semester begins TOMORROW. I’m officially 1/3 of the way done with law school, May 2018 can’t come fast enough.

This semester I’ll be taking a total of 11 hours:

  • Constitutional Law II
  • Property Law II
  • Civil Procedure II
  • Legislation

So far in school I’ve used Microsoft Word to take class notes, but recently learned of the wonder that is One Note! So, this semester I’ll be taking all of my notes in One Note. Also, because I don’t really want to carry my heavy books and laptop with me everywhere I go, I’m contemplating a switch to using my iPad Mini for class notes with a bluetooth keyboard, and just using my laptop as needed.

Once the semester gets into full swing, I’ll do a  post about how I’ve organized my One Note and my new study schedule.

I am going to have the best semester yet. That’s the main goal. That’s actually always the goal. So far it’s worked, I’ve gotten better with each semester. My other goals for the semester include:

  • Drink a lot of good coffee
  • Finish all my reading for the upcoming week by Sunday at 5pm
  • Maintain positive study habits that I picked up over the last year and a half
  • Continue to create positive study habits
  • Write more
  • Actively work with my Civil Procedure study partner (even though we lost one in a transfer to Georgia State)
  • Actively work with my Constitutional Law study partners
  • Learn how to study with healthy study snacks (I’m a sucker for some junk food study snacks, they just make my brain work)
  • Maintain some level of sanity during finals

 

Until next time,

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Saying Goodbye

So I realize that I made this announcement about being better with the blog, and then proceeded to… do nothing.

BUT, I promise there was a reason. I flew to Sacramento, my hometown, for Christmas/New Year’s for the first time in two years. My trip home was great, I got to see a bunch of family and friends, got to eat some delicious food that I have sorely missed (I’m looking at you, In-N-Out and Luis’ Jr!) and got to drink some tasty wines.

The night I left, New Year’s Day was the night the picture above was taken. That big bear of a dog is Mocha, our 14 year-old chocolate lab. In that picture, I’m saying my goodbyes, because I knew she wouldn’t be around much longer. 14 is OLD for a lab. I told her that it was okay to go, and that I loved her. The night after I left, I got a call from my parents that she had passed away. Mom said she never really got back up much after I left.

She waited for me to come home and say my goodbyes.

She was just the sweetest thing. The year we got her turned out to be way harder than my or my parents had ever imagined. Just a few months after we brought Mo home, my mother had her first open-heart surgery. Because of that, Mocha was not the best-trained dog ever. But she had the best of intentions. She was the eternal puppy– full of love and energy. She always thought she was a lap dog and was more than happy to sit on any of her humans the moment we sat on the floor of the living room.

I’m thankful for the life she had, the laughs she caused, and those big sweet yellow eyes. I’m thankful she’s at peace and is no longer in any pain.

I’m gonna miss this goofball.

Thank you for waiting for me. Love you, Mo. Forever.

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Please forgive the absence.

So I’m realizing that I very much abandoned this blog. So sorry! BUT, one of my 2016 resolutions is to write more, especially non-academic writing, and since I already have this platform I might as well!

My plan is to update at least once a week, with some allowances during finals season.

The time since August 2014 has FLOWN. I survived my first year and a half of law school, I helped to host not one but two galas for 5,000 Senior Citizens. I was in Selma for the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday. I got into a car accident that ruined the front bumper of my car (no injuries, thank goodness!). I started going to church (more on that later). I’ve gotten so much better about studying. There’s of course been so much more, but that’s just a quick taste.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be working on topics, posts, and new ideas.

Stay tuned!

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What to Wear: Law School Orientation Edition

Megan’s outfit choices for Law School Orientation. It’s creeping up pretty quickly!

Take a deep breath because orientation is right around the corner. Seriously. Orientation is next week.

Sneak peek of schedule, because I know you’re just on the edge of your seat:

Day one we’ll be listening to lots of the normal orientation-y things; such as: welcome, panel discussion with SBA (student bar association, think of it as the student government association), skills testing, lots of departments giving talks (career development, IT, academic support, peer mentoring), talks about the law journal (here I come!) and moot court. 
I’ll be rocking business casual/business attire.

Day two is our community service day. My number one choice assignment was a ride along with APD, which I’m really hoping I get assigned. BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE FREAKING AWESOME. Also there are a few meetings I have to go to, like research training, and getting my student ID. (I might be looking forward to the student ID a little too much, hello discounts.)

Day three is the most formal, they’ve asked us to dress in business professional/executive attire, they actually specified dark suits. We’ll be talking about fitness for the Georgia Bar (OMG), professionalism, ethics, stress management, and the code of student responsibility.  

Here’s an idea of what I’ll be wearing:

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The top that I have that I would wear with this outfit is darker, it’s chiffon and has multiple tiers. I’ve worn it to work several times with cardigans and blazers and I love it.

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Luckily, with my job, I’ve got this last day’s outfit on lock.

For all three days I plan on keeping my hair simple. My hair is already pretty dang straight, but I’ll straighten it, and maybe pin part back. That’s actually how I have my hair right now. I think it looks pretty cute, if I do say so myself. 

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Warby Parker launches brand new Beacon Collection. And it’s pretty great.

Warby Parker launches a new frame collection, the Beacon Collection, perfect for young, stylish adults!

[this post has been sponsored by Warby Parker]

IMG_2885-6 Recently I was contacted by Warby Parker in order to do a post promoting the launch of their new line, the Beacon Collection. And I’ve got to say, I am sort of loving this collection, as well as all their other stuff. Guys, they have a freaking monocle.

 

Warby Parker has a great reputation in the fashion industry, for a reason. They’re a solid company with inventory that can be worn by men and women with any face shape. While doing my diligent research for this post, I’ve seen lots of their frames, and let me tell you…  Loving it.

 

Stop what you’re doing and look at how happy these two are while wearing the new Beacon Collection: IMG_1785-4 IMG_1549-2IMG_2500_V1-1 Below are my two favorite frames from this new Beacon Collection, the McKee in Whiskey Tortoise and the Ingram in Revolver Black. I might be a bit biased, but I’m pretty positive both of these would look adorable on me. I’m such a sunglasses girl, I have them stashed all over my apartment. And I can only imagine that during law school I’ll become an eyeglasses hoarder as well. I plan to rock simple shapes with timeless style. And these will move effortlessly from work, to school, to my after 5 activities.McKee- Whiskey Tortoise Ingram- Revolver BlackHere’s the Beacon collection in full:

This new collection was “inspired by impromptu, can’t-duplicate-them all-nighters, when having no plans brings endless possibilities.” I think that’s a great way to sum up this collection. I feel this idea transcends more than a season– as is the typical case in the fashion industry– but I truly feel that this collection is an age. It’s a group of young adults who are out in the real world, living real lives, keeping it all together by looking effortlessly stylish.

 

If you’d like some more information about their optical lenses, check that out here. Sunglasses information? That’s right here.

 

So, dearly beloved readers, let me know what you think of the new Beacon Collection, sound off in the comments! 88A3A9C667A12CB1E604D96AA36B9015

I am so sorry

I have been so incredibly busy with work and getting ready and prepped for school to start that my beautiful blog sort of fell by the way side.

WELL NO MORE. But, due to my soon to be changing schedule at work, my editorial calendar will also have to shift a bit. Right now I’m looking at having one-two fantastically amazing posts a week. I’ll still be writing about career development, professional fashion, and of course my adventures in law school.

Speaking of which… Orientation starts in LESS THAN A MONTH. We are in crunch time people! I’ve received my first reading assignments, but I’m still waiting on assignments for my other classes, as well as the dang book lists to get posted. I really don’t want to have to pay for expedited shipping.

We’re also heading in the the season for the Mayor’s Ball. I’ve been asked to focus on the registration system, which… is sort of huge. The registration system is where we get all of our data from, transportation information, special needs information, address information. I’m excited, but it will probably also mean coming into work on the weekends to input data.

I promise, I’m gonna do better!