June Recap

Hey all & Happy Friday!

I can’t believe that we are already at the end of June! This month flew by! I spent a lot of time this month with family celebrating some pretty important things, such as my grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary. You don’t really see marriages lasting that long anymore, so it really is special to celebrate a love that strong.  My grandparents got a blessing at their church & then we went on to eat, drink, & of course dance at the Hofbrauhaus in Cleveland. My grandma loves to dance, she was constantly pulling everybody up to dance with her. Remember, just because you’re 82 doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun!

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June also was spent listening to jazz, which is one of my favorite things. I went to Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh with my mother & brother & sat outside with a little picnic in the park. We listened to some live jazz & sipped some wine, it was a perfect summer night. Spending time with my mom & brother is one of my favorite things; it’s something we don’t get to do as often as we used to, so when we get the opportunity I love every minute of it!

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I also was able to see a couple family members that I haven’t seen in awhile at a party at my dads house, which was so much fun! I did some adulting as well in June which was not my favorite thing. I went through tons of job applications & interviews. Some of the employers never got back to me, one of the interviewers didn’t show on me, & I even supposedly got hired somewhere but they never got back to me! Despite all of these bad experiences I did get 2 jobs & I even choose to take part in this amazing business opportunity that I will tell you all about very soon! I applied for my first grown-up apartment as well! Things are changing which is pretty crazy but it’s changing for the better!

How did you spend your june?

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Why You Should Be Using Reusable Bags

Hi all & Happy Friday!

Today I am going to share with you something that I strongly care about; using reusable bags! I gave 3 speeches on this topic my senior year of college, a lot of research was conducted, & writing those speeches only strenghened my view.

My love of the ocean inspired these speeches, sharks are my favorite animals & their lives are being affected by these plastic bags. Plastic bags are taking over the ocean & destorying it’s ecosystem. Whales are ingesting plastic bags, a pilot whale in Thailand was found with almost 20 pounds of plastic bags in it’s stomach (Zachos, 2018). Whales are not the only animals that are being harmed by these plastic bags. Turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish & try to eat them, sea lions are getting wrapped up in them, & sea birds are eating small bits of plastic known as ‘microplastics’.  These animals are dying & their homes are being destroyed because of us humans.

So much plastic is being produced & a lot of it isn’t being properly disposed of. If plastic isn’t properly recycled it takes 400 years to decompose (Parker, 2017). I’m not going to go deep into the numbers & facts because trust me, I just won’t stop, but please check out the two articles that I’ve linked!

As you can tell so far I am not a fan of plastic bags. After making these speeches I’ve worked hard to make sure that I always have a resuable bag with me; whether I’m grocery shopping or going to the mall. I understand it can be hard to stop using plastic bags, they are literally everywhere! However, one resuable bag can make difference! Even if it’s just one bag you bring to the store, it’s one, or maybe even two, less plastic bags that you are taking home, or that end up in the ocean.  Many cities have something called a plastic bag tax; which means that consumers have to pay for plastic bags while they are shopping. I have come across plastic bag taxes in London & in Chicago & I think they are brilliant! Studies have shown that these taxes really do work & many consumers respond positively to the taxes as well. It encourages consumers to bring a resuable bag around with them & it makes them feel as though they are making a difference in the environment.

Reusable bags are super easy to come by, you can buy big bags at TJ Maxx & many grocery stores even offer them as well. When you buy bags & bring them to the grocery store they often give you discounts for using the bag! I have loads of bags & even though it’s just a reusable bag it does make me feel as though I’m making a impact. Companies have made some really cute bags as well, TJ Maxx has cute designs that they change around all the time. My favorite resuable bag right now is actually one that I got printed myself & passed around after my final speech. The bag features my favorite quotes; one of the quotes that I live by.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not” – Dr. Seuss

I hope you all reflect on this quote & really think about the impact that you could be making by recycling & using a reusable bag. If we don’t make changes soon we may lose the ocean, which is home to thousands of beautiful animals.

Do you use resuable bags? How do you feel about them?

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Liebster Award #2

Hi all & Happy Monday!

I was nominated for the Liebster Award last week by Hot Shot Headlines (Thank you so much) & now it’s time for me to answer my questions & pass the award along!

If you haven’t taken part in the Liebster Awards before here are the rules:

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions about yourself provided by you nominator—or 11 random facts.
  • Nominate 5-11 fellow bloggers with fewer than 1000 followers who you think deserve the award.
  • Create a new list of questions for your nominees.
  • List the rules in your post.

Here are my Q&A’s

Do you play games?

Mostly board games! I grew up playing board games with my family & I love playing them. It’s brings together the family for some fun & also a little competition. 

What are your five favorite movies?

My 5 favorite movies is a little tricky! My top movies would have to be Waynes World, The Breakfast Club, Silence of the Lambs, The Grand Budapest Hotel, & Boondock Saints. 

Do you have a favorite animal?

I do have a favorite animal; it’s Great White Sharks! 

Where is your favorite place to watch movies?

My favorite place to watch movies is curled up in bed. I can be super comfy & pig out in bed. 

Where is your favorite place to read?

My favorite place to read is usually outside on my back patio. I can get a little bit of sun & a wonderful breeze & it’s all just very relaxing. 

If you could have a dream breakfast served to you, what would you order?

My dream breakfast would be a mimosa, eggs, bacon, toast & my book!

Do you have a favorite alcoholic beverage?

LOVE me some wine, but who doesn’t!

What is your most vivid childhood memory?

My most vivid childhood memory is running through these obstacle courses & completing these treasure hunts that my mom would set up for me & my brother in my backyard.

If you could have a house built anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A beautiful house a little outside of London, so I can have a beautiful little english garden. 

Where is the one place you want to visit, but haven’t yet?

Poland! It’s where my family is from but I haven’t managed to get there yet. I am going there on a cruise this summer so I cam super excited! 

What is your favorite city?

London, England! 

Below are my nominations of blogs that I really enjoy reading! This is just something fun so if you do not want to take part please don’t feel obligated!

MY NOMINATIONS:

My Q&A for nominations:

  1. What’s your favorite song?
  2. What book have you read more than once & why?
  3. What’s your go to activity when you’re feeling down?
  4. What’s a issue/cause/topic/charity that you strongly care about?
  5. If you could vacation anywhere in the world; where would it be?
  6. Do you have any pets? What are their names?
  7. Where is your favorite place to travel to?
  8. What’s your favorite painting/drawing?
  9. If you had to choose your last meal what would it be?
  10. If you could go back in time, where & when would you choose to travel to?

Thanks for stopping by!

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My 5 Interview Tips

Hi all! Happy Tuesday!

I’m still trying to figure out a blogging schedule that works for me so sorry for the random postings!

Since I’ve recently graduated college the one goal in my mind is to get a job! It’s a current stressor that keeps me up at night sometimes. I’ve been putting myself out there & applying to jobs all over the place & taking part in all sorts of interviews. So because I’ve been going through the interview process I thought I’d share a few of my interview tips!

1. Look Your Best

The first tip is an obvious one; you always want to look your best for an interview! When putting together an interview outfit I always make sure to go for simple patterns, nothing too crazy, I usually stick with patterned dress pants & a solid colored shirt with some flats. Another tip is to wear something that is comfortable; if you’re anything like me you’ll most likely be nervous & you don’t want your outfit adding to your discomfort! Some of my favorite interview clothes from from H&M, New York & Company, TJ Maxx. They all have great selections of cute clothes that are also professional. If you’re short like me New York & Company has great dress pants that actually fit to the ankle!

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2. Gum & Water

Before an interview my mouth goes completely dry with nerves & dry mouth can bring the feeling of bad breath. Personally, if I feel like I have bad breath I will be self-conscious about it & not be able to focus during the whole interview. So before my interview I make sure that I chew a piece of gum on my way there; chewing gum, to me, helps relieve some tension & anxiety. Bringing a water bottle along with you is KEY! Fill one up before your drive so you can have a drink on your way there; but more importantly so you can have it after your interview, because if you’re anything like me you’re completely parched after an interview.

3. Be Prepared

The job hunt is not just about searching for jobs & applying; you need to know who you are working for. Before your interview be sure to research the company/position you are applying for.  The things I always look for & write down is the company’s mission statement, their care approach, & their history. Since the jobs that I am looking for are in the mental health field I find it very important to see how prospective companies treat their patients. This research will not only benefit you but also impress your interviewer as well!

4. Plan Accordingly

I am someone who is always early, not matter what the occasion. The night before it is key that you plan your drive to your interview. Especially, if you live in a busier area, you need to plan around traffic patterns, to make sure that you are not late! I always arrive at least 15 min early, being early helps relieve some of my anxieties, because if all else goes wrong I know at least I made it on time! Even if you are taking part in a phone interview I make sure that at least 15 minutes before the expected call I go into a quiet room & try to get comfortable.

5. Smile & Be Polite 

Never underestimate the power of a smile! Going into an interview with a big smile & firm handshake makes a great first impression. A smile can show your positivity & it also makes you look happy to be there & interviewing. Be polite during the whole interview (obviously) & when you leave be sure to smile, shake their hand, & thank them again for taking the time to interview you.

Thanks for stopping by & checking out a few of my interview tips!

What are your pre-interview rituals?

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Summer Reading List

Hi all & Happy June!

Since I’m still finishing up my trip in Sedona I thought I’d share a post with you while I’m away!

This trip has gotten me into the summer time mood BIG time. So I figured I would share with you guys my reading list for the summer! I have books everywhere & the list of books I want to read is never ending. I decided to pick 4 books that I already have at home that I want to have finished by the time summer is over. All books are linked if you’d like to check them out for yourself!

1.  The Witches of New York by. Ami McKay

I love love love books about witches; whether it be fiction or not they just fascinate me. A quick synopsis of the book is that it’s about a 17 year old girl who starts to work as a shop girl for these two other women & soon she finds out that she has these spiritual gifts.

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2. in a dark, dark wood by. Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware recently seems to be all the rage in the psychological thriller genre which are the type of books that I mainly read. I started reading this book while I was at work & it was really hard to put down & I still haven’t gotten to finish it yet. If you’re a fan of Gillian Flynn, like me, it seems as though you’ll love Ruth Ware just as much!

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3. I’ll be Gone in the Dark by. Michelle McNamara

If you’ve been reading this blog or know anything about me you’ll know that I am OBSESSED with true crime. This case has always been so fascinating to me so I had to read it. I started reading this book at work too, before the Golden State Killer suspect was caught, & it had me totally wrapped up in it. Michelle is such an amazing writer, even though it’s a true crime book she wrote the book as if it’s a story.  I still haven’t finished it & I can’t wait to, just be prepared to be scared!

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4. Big Little Lies by. Liane Moriarty 

I have read Liane Moriarty books before & they are always amazing! I know this book has recently been made into a TV-show but I have had to hold off on watching it because I am one of those people who have to read the book first. The book focuses on 3 women throughout some difficult times. I can’t wait to get into it!

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Thanks for stopping by!

What books are on your summer reading list?!

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Holy Guacamole

Hi all & Happy Friday! I have never posted a recipe before, which just seems crazy because cooking is one of my favorite things to do! Now that I’m back home & finally back into my dream kitchen I can go back to cooking more normal things instead of just chicken & rice for every meal.

Now that it’s getting warm one of my favorite snacks to eat in the summer is guacamole, not only because the produce is finally getting into season, but it’s super easy to make! I originally found the idea for this recipe on Pinterest [I would love to give credit where it’s due but I can’t find the recipe anymore] I have changed the recipe a bit however, but the idea to add greek yogurt in the recipe was definitely the Pinterest users idea & I’m sorry I can’t give you credit!

Holy Guacamole

Here is a list of the ingredients that I use for this guacamole recipe:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • cilantro
  • 2 tsp. chili powder’
  • 1tsp. lemon or lime juice (I didn’t have any lime juice & helps with reducing browning)
  • salt & pepper to taste

This recipe is super fast, it takes about 15 minutes total (unless your a super fast chopper!)

First, Cut the avocado, remove the pit, & mash the avocado in the bowl until semi-creamy I like a little bit of avocado chunks in my guac.

Then, add in the greek yogurt & mix well, add in your diced tomato & onions as well as the cilantro.

Now I didn’t state an amount for cilantro because I think its all based on personal taste. I add a lot of cilantro, about 2-3 bunches because I love the peppery taste that it adds. However, if you don’t enjoy the taste as much obviously add in less!

After everything is added in, now it’s time to add the spices! Add in the chili pepper & lemon juice (I didn’t have lime juice at home so obviously if you have lime juice use that instead) & then salt & pepper to taste!

Finally your guacamole is ready & your ready to share it with your fam & friends (or keep it to yourself, there’s no shame in that)!

Thanks for stopping by! If you try out the recipe I would love to hear how it goes!

Cheers,

Hannah

Poshmark, Twitter, & Tumblr

Hi all!

Just a quick little update on some things because I’m not so sure how to make a full post about each of these things.

Being in this post-grad life I am trying to save up all the money I can & I’m doing that my completely clearing out my closet! I didn’t realize how many clothes I had that I did not even wear anymore. So because of this I’ve decided to sell all my clothes on Poshmark! If you’re interested in checking out my closet you can here!

Hannah’s Closet

Also I set up both a Twitter & Tumblr account for my blog! I wanted to be able to spread my blog around on all sorts of social media, but also post some other things I enjoy on both accounts. So please feel free to follow me & I will follow you back!

Hannah Undecided Twitter

Hannah Undecided Tumblr

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheers,

Hannah