I mean who doesn’t love a new bag, pair of jeans, or some new shoes. Now the summer is finally here, it’s time to take out your summer wardrobe and add a few pieces to it! I know I have my eye on a few things already.
Sorry, It’s been almost over a week since I’ve posted. Why? Well I just moved to NYC last Friday, and I’m still trying to get settled into my new job as a Junior Account Manager at ClassPass. It’s been a madhouse moving from the Midwest to the East Coast, but I’m definitely loving it.
I decided to check out Coney Island for the first time with some friends the Sunday I arrived (aka where the pictures). I was a little underwhelmed. Tons of tourists, dirty, and kind’ve expensive. At least I can say that I’ve been there. Though the beach was pretty awesome!
The job. Oh my god. The day before I didn’t get much sleep due to having a little fun at Soho House & nerves getting the best of it. I kept thinking to myself, I can’t believe I’m here. Is this really happening?
The first day I headed to the Flatiron district where the office was located. When I entered into the office, I felt like I entered a lululemon store. Gorgeous girls with macs were running around in the chicest workout apparel from lululemon. I instantly thought to myself, WELCOME HOME.
The first day was a bit of a blur. Things were thrown at me left and right. Excel documents this, excel documents that. There was never a dull moment in the office. I even had to perform a song based on a description I was given to 40 people. Talk about a crazy day in the office.
Now for one my favorites, the team. When I first met all of the Account Managers and Junior Account Managers, I noticed that I was the only guy. Not a problem. The girls were so adorable, sweet, and helpful. They knew that I was going to be overwhelmed the first day, but pretty much took it step by step to help me understand the daily tasks, ect.
At the end of the day, I didn’t want to leave. I felt like I was at home and had an amazing first day. Everyone was extremely welcoming. Yay, I’m so happy to be apart of the ClassPass team.
T-minus two days till I’m on a one-way trip to NYC. Whoah. Time flies.
To those who don’t know what I’m talking about, I am moving to NYC on Friday. Yes, this Friday. Why you may ask? Well, I was fortunate to get offered a position at one of my dream companies, ClassPass. If you’ve never heard of ClassPass before you’re probably living under a rock or don’t work out. It’s one of “hottest” startups right now that caters to consumers who want to vary up their workouts without paying a huge penny. It’s genius.
I can go on and on about how excited I am to work there as a Junior Account Manager, but I’m not going to bore you – hah.I’m sure you might be curious of how graduation went? It went well, besides a few surprises. A few surprises that I did not want to happen, but were totally out of my control. Oh well, life goes on. At least I had my three favorite people there.
As I pack my bags and say my last farewells, I think about how much work I put in to get to this point in my life. Whether it’s being rejecting interview after interview or just not getting what you want, everything happens for a reason.
Several internships, four years of undergrad, and several jobs later, I’m finally going to be in NYC.
PS: How do you guys feel about my all black Birkenstocks and Louis Vuitton Toiletry Pouch? I’m really obsessed with my Birkenstocks, but not sure if I’m going to keep the Louis Vuitton Pouch or not. Uhm, decisions.
One of the best feelings is knowing that you spent four of your hard earned years, kicking butt, to soon get a piece of paper that will allow you to, maybe, get your dream job. That’s how I’m currently feeling right now. A few hours ago I took my last final. I slammed the pencil down, handed the test to my professor, and walked with my head up high.
I basically feel like I’m on cloud nine. To think that I will be the first person in my family to walk across a stage and receive a college diploma is incredible. There were a lot of people who didn’t believe in me. People that constantly bombarded me with negative comments, but did that stop me? No.
I will be walking that stage on Saturday. While many of my colleagues said that 10-15 of their family members are coming to their graduation, I will only have three of my closest family members with me. People who believed in me, even when I was at the bottom of my journey. People who continued to motivate me and support me. Those are the only people that I want to see on graduation.
Without those family members, I would be history.
So to those family members, Lela, Lolo, and William – I want to thank you. I actually can’t even thank you enough. I know that when my career grows that I’ll never forget you. You have made my dreams come true and I know some day I will make yours.
And if I ever have kids in the future, I would never let them go through what I had to experience to get my college degree.
Yesterday the Chicago Marathon announced who was “approved” from the lottery to run this year’s marathon. A week before the deadline I decided to, once again, take a shot at running the marathon. I didn’t have high hopes of getting into the marathon this year, because…
I passed out running my first marathon on mile 16.
I ran really slow the second time around, because I found out I had two stress fractures in my left leg.
I know. Excuses, excuses, but at least I had the dedication and drive to try to run these marathons.
After completely forgetting Bank of America was going to announce who was selected to run, I checked my email and noticed I had one unread email from Bank of America. I began to get a little excited, but didn’t want to get my hopes up. Millions of people enter the lottery and only a few are chosen. This is when I get this message.
I couldn’t believe it. I was chosen, for the 4th year, to run the Chicago Marathon. I jumped for joy and thought to myself, should I really do it?
I went through a bunch of pain the first three, was the experience really worth it? YES it is. The endorphin high on race day, people from around the cheering you on, and finishing that 26.2 miles (and not being able to feel your legs). Yes, all of these things are so worth the pain and effort.
So here I am, signed up for my fourth marathon. The big question is, how am I going to run this marathon differently? Well, I can tell you that my goal is to be under 4 hours and finish. Oh and not kill myself during training, because it seems like every time I train, I hurt myself. I need to make sure I give my body rest and have a consistent training plan throughout my fourth journey.
Of course, I’ll be posting my crazy adventures right here, so stay tuned! I feel like 2015 is going to be the year. 26.2 miles, here I come.
Can’t stop. Won’t stop, has basically been my mantra for the past month. With the school semester coming to an end in a week and opportunities flying by, I can’t stop and definitely won’t stop.
I told myself that I won’t let senioritis get the best of me, but it’s getting harder and harder as it comes closer to the end. I’m just so close that I can’t give up now and I definitely won’t. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. When one door closes, another one opens.
I know I’ve been pretty inconsistent with posting 2-3 times a week on my blog, but school has definitely gotten the best of me. It’s extremely difficult to juggle job interviews, working, 19 credits hours, and working out. Sometimes you just have to make it work though.
If you’ve been following my Instagram, you know that I’ve been Souling it up a bunch. Not only has it helped me cope with some of the stress that I’ve been having, but I also get a sweat out any toxins I took in. I actually bumped into one of the founders, Elizabeth Cutler, while I was running into a class. She was so sweet and humble. I’m pretty much obsessed with SoulCycle, but my left oblique has been so sore that I’m taking a little rest.
On top of working out a crap ton, I finally received my illesteva leonard sunglasses from east dane. I’m so obsessed with them that I’ve been wearing them non-stop. They’re lightweight, chic, and perfect for everyday wear. I’ve already started to plan my next illesteva purchase, oops.
I hope you guys had a great weekend, because I know I did. The weather was so gorgeous this weekend that I was able to sneak in a 7 mile run on Sunday. It felt incredible to just run in shorts and a tank top. I know I’ve said this numerous of times, but I hope the weather just stays like this.
With the weather starting to finally warm up that means that school will be ending in just a few weeks. I can’t believe I only have 3 weeks left of my undergraduate career! WOO. I couldn’t be more excited to move on. Of course the next 3 weeks will be hell due to the amount of work I have remaining before I graduate. The key to not getting overwhelmed is do not procrastinate, take one project at a time, and look forward to the end goal. Oh and I can’t forget believing in yourself is extremely important.
On top of all the craziness, SoulCycle Chicago finally opens tomorrow. I’ve seriously been counting down the days since a little birdie told me they were coming to Chicago. I was fortunate enough of to get into the first class the studio is having at 7am with Jaclyn. I’ve heard some pretty amazing things about her, so I’m glad to be able to finally experience her class. If you haven’t signed up for a SoulCycle account, make sure to do it fast because there are already a few sold out classes!
Of course with a little craziness comes a little shopping. I didn’t go crazy, but with the sun coming up I figured I would need a new pair of sunglasses. So I did a little research on some brand and decided to purchase a pair of illesteva sunglasses. Jena, friend and blogger behind ChiCityFashion, raves about her illesteva sunglasses, so I thought hey why not give them a try. I also saw some A.P.C. x RetroSuperFuture sunglasses that might be in my closet in the future.
For now I’m off to do a little homework and prepare my mind for SoulCycle tomorrow. I think I might go a little crazy on merch tomorrow, but we shall see.
Yes you heard me right, you now have the chance to ride with Lady Gaga on the Tuesday, April 21st at the new SoulCycle Chicago location. Although the bravery bike that is next to Lady Gaga is sold out, there are still 10 more bikes available! The bikes start out at $1,000 (you get a cute swag bag) and proceeds of the profits will benefit Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.
Not only are doing good deed by donating to an incredible charity, but you will be able to participate in an event that tons of people dream of doing (me included). If only I had $1,000 just laying around I would be there in a heartbeat.
Oh I can’t forget that Cynthia Germanotta, Lady Gaga’s mother, will be joining the group of lucky riders in creating awareness and raising funds for Born This Way Foundation.
If you do have an extra $1,000 laying around, simply click this link and sign up for a bike. I know I’ll be thinking dreaming of what songs will be blasted in the class. I’m sure there will be some Bad Romance and ArtPop playing.
It’s time to put all of your heavy jackets away and stock up on spring basics. What better of a time to do so when East Dane & Shopbop are having their friends and family sales. Hello comfy tees, chinos, and sandals. Okay maybe just not yet. So why not get a head start?
Using the code SPRING25, you’ll get 25% off on a bunch of goodies. Whether it’s that Miansai bracelet that you’ve been wanting or some Theory tees, you’ll be able to save 25% off the normal price (woo). There are a few brand exclusions that you can see check out right here.
The sale starts today (April 7th) and ends on April 11th at 11:59pm PT. So make sure to get shopping, as the sale doesn’t last much longer and there’s only a limited supply of goodies.
Here are a few things that I’ve been eying over the past couple of weeks.
I can’t believe I’m saying it, but I think its finally spring. The weather was in the 50s and it was incredible. The perfect weather for a light cardigan and baggy tee paired with nice denim and comfy sneakers. I wish it was this kind of weather everyday.
Aside from the gorgeous weather, I came back from my insane New York workout trip last night. I had an amazing time out there. Not only did I workout a crap ton (2 SoulCycle + 1 FlyWheel class), but I got to see + grab dinner with one of my favorite FlyWheel instructors. By the 3rd class I thought my legs were going to fall off. I think I’ve learned the hard way that foam rolling is your friend. Although it hurts like hell, it is necessary for all cyclist and runners to do it. I’ll probably be doing a mini review on my favorite foam roller in the next week or two. I feel like its something people always forget to do, because (1) it hurts and (2) people don’t think its necessary. Like I said, I’ve learned the hard way.
I hope everyone is having a Happy Easter and a Happy Passover! Enjoy this beautiful spring weather. Hopefully the weather will stay like this over the next few months.