The Beginning

Hi there!

I guess there is no better way to start something than to just jump right in, so here it goes! It has been exactly one month today since I graduated from Manhattanville College with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre.

Look! Here’s me as a college grad! Me at Graduation!

Though it has not been the smoothest month of my life, it has definitely been an interesting one. A few days after graduating I went on a ten day trip to London, which was absolutely amazing, but when I came back home reality hit. (But here, look at how pretty Big Ben is!)Big Ben

Plans change, life goals change, people change, etc.  and I’m not too sure how I am going to end up where I would ultimately like to end up. So that’s why I wanted to start AmysPostGradPath. I hope it will encourage and inspire others to keep moving forward and taking things one day at a time. Nothing happens over night and I believe that the journey is just as important as the destination, if not more.

One month post grad and I finally got a job! After many many applications and worried nights later, I got that desired email back. Though it isn’t in the field that I would like or have anything to do with what I want to do with my life, it is a job and I am lucky to have the opportunity to save what I make to get me closer to my goal. But that’s what I mean when I say plans change, a couple of days ago I had no source of income and it wasn’t looking too good. And this isn’t exactly a direct path I’m taking here, in all reality I don’t even know what the right path or direct path looks like. With this little job, this little steady paycheck I can start getting to where I need and want to be (more details on that on another day!).

I will hope to blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on my Post Grad Path and we’ll see where we end up! Thanks for adventuring with me and see you soon!

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

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Fiction Friday ~ An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Happy Fiction Friday everyone!! Today I want to talk about a book that I have a lot of feelings on… And that is Hank Green’s debut sci-fi novel An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.

an absolutely remarkable thing

Basically my feelings on this book are all personal; with that being said if you love science fiction you will love this book, if you love fiction you will love this book, if you love reading that captures your imagination and pulls you in from page one until you’re flipping the pages manically wanting more you will love this book.

Aliens, being an adult not sure where to go with her life and relationship, fame, fortune, humanity and so much more is in store for you.

When I really love a story I know it because I force myself to put the book down. I want to savor the story and extend it for as long as possible. I don’t want this world the author created and I’ve taken to to end. It took me three days to finish this book (the size and material of this book would take me a few hours) even though I wanted nothing more than to consume it the moment I got my hands on it. It’s captivating, horrifying (because of how truthful it is) and funny. Basically, you should all read this book, I promise you, you’ll love it.

 

Now, for my own ego we’re gonna dive into the personal reasons why I loved this book. But hey, it’s my blog so isn’t this what we’ve all signed up for? ANYWAY…

There has only been one other book that I’ve read in my life that when I read it I KNEW I had to be the one to tell this story (when they make it into a movie). That book was the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson, which my junior high English teacher told me to read because I would love it, she was right.

From page one of Hank Green’s book I’ve had the feeling that I need/have to be the actor to tell this story. I know it sounds ridiculous but have you ever had that feeling when you come across something so special that you have to be a part of it? Like it’s part of your destiny and/or much bigger than yourself but yet yourself is a piece of it? That’s how I feel about this book. I don’t think I can explain it, or I’ve explained it well. But when and if they make this novel into a movie, I hope to the Universe I can make it to that audition. Because this story is so so special and April May deserves to have someone to do her justice, and I really truly believe that that person is me.

So Hank, if you’re reading this please know that I love your story and I believe it to be something special. And if you give the rights of your story away to a movie studio, please throw my name into the audition pool.

If you’ve read all of that, thank you. You didn’t have to and I don’t blame you if you didn’t. All in all, I love this book and everyone should read it.

Until next time,

Amy

Another Glossier Haul!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you are all having a great week so far! I know we’re all surprised here that I purchased more things from Glossier and as always I thought I would share!

Glossier Haul 12:18

So let’s start with the Glossier Stretch Concealer. I have loved this concealer for a while now but sometimes I would choose something else, I now realize it’s because I had the wrong shade.
I purchased one shade deeper “Medium 20” and let me tell you, IT’S MY PERFECT MATCH. And now I do not want to use anything else. I love this concealer, it has my perfect amount of coverage for me. It’s lightweight, covers my bags but without being heavy, sticky, creasing, drying or irritating. It lets my freckles come through and I love it. If you couldn’t tell haha! A lot of people are hit or miss with Glossier and I happen to one of the people who love them.

I also bit the bullet and purchased their jumper. And oh my goodness let me tell you it is the most comfortable, softest jumper I own. I never want to take it off, it’s pretty pricey but I had a coupon so since I’ve been eyeing it I thought I treat myself for Christmas. I’m so glad I did.

Finally I got (with a purchase over $50) I free compact mirror. Now, I don’t know how long the promotion lasts (it still might be on when this goes up) but if it’s no longer a promotion the mirror and bag it comes in is $10. It’s a bit big and it doesn’t have protection for the mirror (mine’s already marked up from traveling to my house) but I love the little version of their classic pink bag and it is a good size for traveling maybe not your purse (definitely too big for my tiny crossbody bags).

And that’s all I got this time! I’m overall THRILLED with my purchases and can’t wait to get great uses out of the products!

Until next time,

Amy

Fiction Friday ~ Books I Got For Christmas!!

Happy Friday everyone!! Today I wanted to share with you the amazing books I got gifted this year for Christmas and all the books that are now on my list to read, I’m extremely excited to get reading!

xmas books 2018

~The Next Person You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

~Little Moments of Love by Catana Comics

~Uncommon Type Some Stories by Tom Hanks

~An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

~Yes Please by Amy Poehler

~Becoming by Michelle Obama

~The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

*Not pictured because they were ordered and haven’t arrived yet are:
~Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks
~Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

I’m so excited to start reading! I didn’t know Mitch Albom wrote another book and I cannot wait to start reading Becoming as well as Bridge of Clay because I loved Zusak’s books, The Book Thief is one of my favorite books and the reason I got it again was because this was a signed copy my Mom found! I also am thrilled to get into the two books by Tom Hanks and Amy Poehler, two of my favorite actors.

As well all know, I love books so any books I get for christmas always becomes a favorite gift for me! Let me know what books you got for the holiday seasons, if any! I’m always looking to grow my book collection and read something new!

Until next time,

Amy

New Year, Same Me

Happy New Year everyone!! 2019 is here and I must admit I’m quite excited for 2018 to be over.

I’m not one to make New Year goals, mostly because I feel a lot of the time its the same thing of “I want to work out more or go on a diet” and that sort of thing which I never stick to and really who does?

But last year and the year before I started making little goals, three years ago I told myself I wanted to start blogging the next year and every year since I started this blog one of my goals is to keep it up.

I like setting achievable goals and little goals because I don’t like setting goals I know I’m not going to stick to and give up and then just feel bad about myself. So this year I thought I would share with you my 2019 goals!

~ Stick to my blog schedule (twice a week)
~ Get into and start Graduate School (I’ve applied and now nervously waiting to hear)
~ Put money into my savings account every paycheck even if it’s $10 (living paycheck to paycheck is really hard and I’ve slipped on my savings lately which stresses me out)
~ Try to create a capsule wardrobe (I have so many flipping clothes that I don’t need and it causes so much anxiety for me, I don’t like clutter)
~ Create a routine that I can stick to when working all of my jobs at the same time (ex. sleeping schedule, eating schedule, making time for Mom and Jason, making time for myself so I don’t burn myself out)

~And lastly, MOVE. (Hopefully this year Jason and I will finally be moving out of NY and moving in together)

And those are the goals I am setting for myself in 2019! Some little, some big but personally I believe are all realistic goals for me to set.

I hope you all have a happy healthy New Year, I’m excited for 2019 to begin and I hope you are too!

Until next time,

Amy

Fiction Friday ~ Big Magic!!

Happy Fiction Friday everyone! Two posts in one week?? What is this 2017?? I’m trying so so hard guys trying to get back on the blogging game, I’m just having a hard time balancing it all but I miss it so much. 2019 look out cause this space will be back on it’s feet!

Today I want to talk about a book that I am currently in the middle of by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Big Magic

This is “Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert. I’m halfway through it and it’s one of those books where I read a section put it down and pick it up the next day, read a section and repeat. Which is something I tend to do when it’s a non-fiction book and something where I need to reflect on before I read it again. I tend to read quickly and with (I guess this is a kind of self-help book) type of book I need to take a step back and process what I read.

This subject is something that deals with your creativity and living your life to it’s fullest. It is extremely well written and flows beautifully and if you are a creative person (which I think everyone is) and feel like you are in a rut or feel like you are constantly holding yourself back, I 100% believe this book is something you should read. It’s realistic with realistic goals to set and it’s honest.

With the new year approaching I think it’s a great book to get your new year started in the right direction! Happy reading!

Have you read it? Let me know!

Until next time,

Cheers!

Amy

Trying Weleda Products!!

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you are having a great day in the midst of the holiday season! I’m not gonna lie, I finished with my holiday shopping and wrapping last week so I feel like I’m missing something… But in reality it’s just because my tradition is wrapping presents on Christmas Eve while watching “Sleepless in Seattle”. Sadly I can’t this year because I will be at work so I had to get my stuff together early haha!

Anywayyyy, this is a long winded way of saying, it’s freezing in NY and my hands are dry and cracking and I watched a YouTube video where they were talking about this brand and I’ve decided to bite the bullet and give it a try!

I was a little annoyed because there are a couple of retailers in my area that says they sell this brand but every time I go in it’s never there! So if you’re in NY and you know a store that carries Weleda let me know because spoiler; I’m obsessed.

Weleda

I picked up two products because there was so much to try but I wanted to start with the basics; which for me are hand cream and lip balm!

So I picked up the original, cult favorite Weleda Skin Food! This thick balm has done wonders for any little dry patches I get this time of year, tip of my nose, elbows, heels, cuticles! I have yet to try it on my hands all over because it is on the thicker side but it has worked so well and cleared up my dry patches so well I’m gonna have to try.

I also picked up the Weleda Skin Food Lip Butter, which has the same citrus-y scent (I say citrus-y because there are other things mixed in their so don’t worry if you’re not too keen on citrus scents) that I really do enjoy. I have only used this once but I can already tell that this is going to be a favorite of mine!

Weleda prides itself on the power of natural ingredients as well as being cruelty free. And I can without a doubt see why this brand and the Skin Food range is a cult favorite! Both products are definitely going to be in my handbag forever, I may have to order another one to keep at home…

Have you tried any products from Weleda? What do you love? Let me know, I am really excited to try more from them! And also let me know if they sell them in stores and what stores in NY!

Until next time,

Cheers!

Amy

Dry Skin Winter Essentials!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you are all doing well! Today as the weather has significantly dropped and the sky looks like snow I thought today would be the perfect day to talk about my favorite dry skin winter essentials! So let’s jump right in shall we?

Winter Essentials 2018

These three products are new to me this season but they’ve changed my life and they are not going anywhere!

First up we have from the brand “Yes To” we have their Yes To Coconut protecting hand and cuticle cream. I have loved this brand for a while now and I have recently, in the last few months, have been obsessed with this hand cream. It is super moisturizing and thick, but not greasy thick. A little goes a long way but at night I like to lather up! I have even noticed that it really does work on my cuticles too! I’ve picked mine up at CVS and Target (I’ve gone through a few of these) and it’s about $10, bonus they always take a coupon if you have them!

But nothing has worked better on my cuticles than my new discovered love from Lush! This is their Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter. It smells like Pine-Sol in the absolute best possible way and my goodness this is the only product that ACTUALLY WORKS on my cuticles. Still working at Starbucks, we was our hands a million times a shift, and my hands (which have always been dry) have been so difficult to keep healthy and moisturized. I’ve been using this for about a week and my hands look incredible. You really do only need a small amount, it is a bit greasy but take the time to massage it in and it doesn’t bother me. It’s about $19 but for this tub and the amount you need this will last a long time, though you can use it on elbows, feet, really anywhere that is super dry and in need of a boost! Highly, highly highly recommend; trust me I’ve tried them all haha!

And finally a lip balm that feels super fancy, isn’t too expensive and smells and works divine. It’s by Mario Badescu and it’s their (new? definitely new to me) lip balm. It’s coconut scented so already I’m sold. It’s been keeping my lips nice and healthy during this super cold that finally hit New York. I found it for $7 at Ulta in their version of the aisle of doom and I’m so glad my impulse control is so terrible because I am obsessed with this!

Until Next Time!

Cheers! xoxo

Amy