Class of 2012

Me & Kerry – 1993(ish)

This weekend, my not so little sister will be graduating from college. Next weekend, she will be turning 22. I’m so incredibly proud of her. And I’m so excited for her to embark on her own adventure into the “real world.” I wouldn’t be an older sister if I didn’t dole out some advice to her. So, Kerry, a few things to remember now that you’re a grown-up:

  1. Take a break! Enjoy the time you have before you start working or go back to school. It could be the last big break you get. (I know, it’s depressing)
  2. Be honest. Whether you screw up at work or in life, own up to your mistakes and just do better next time.
  3. Be nice. To your boss, your coworkers, the bartender, your neighbors, the cab driver who drops you off right in front of your door at 2 a.m., to everyone even if they don’t always deserve it.
  4. Be careful. It’s pretty awesome to be on your own but remember that in some cases you really are on your own and not in the comfort of your college campus. Look out for yourself.
  5. Work hard. But don’t forget to have a life. It’s easy to get caught up in your work and career and let it take over.
  6. You don’t have to figure it all out right now. I can promise you that you’ll have a quarter-life crisis at least a dozen times in the next five years. It’s totally normal.
  7. Save a little money. Even if it’s just $20 a month into your savings account. And keep a “secret $50” in your wallet for emergencies.
  8. It’s OK to spend an entire weekend in your house, apartment, bedroom or wherever catching up on your DVR.
  9. Sometimes it will feel like college really was the best time of your life (and don’t get me wrong, it’s great) but being a grown-up, as overwhelming and scary as it can be, it pretty freaking awesome.
  10. Just because you’re poor doesn’t mean you can steal my clothes.

Love you, Kerry!

All grown up.

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Punch Today In The Face

Work and life have been crazy busy lately that I feel like I’m punching every day in the face. Sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a bad way but hey, that’s life.

I promise to be back with regularly scheduled posting soon!

XO,

Meghan

(Image via my Instagram, download “Punch Today in the Face” here)

Occupy 2012

Looking for some fantastic ways to make 2012 a great one?

UnderConsideration’s holiday cards played on the occupy movement with 99 ways to better yourself, support industries that need it, and most importantly, enjoy your year.

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Looking Back

2011 turned out to be a pretty big year for me…

…After three months of unemployment, I started working full-time again in January.

New apartment

…In March, Ben and I moved from our tiny Manhattan apartment to a more spacious apartment in Stamford, Connecticut.

 

26th Birthday

…I turned 26.

…I traveled to Los Angeles for the first time. A short work trip but certainly fun!

…Ben took me to see Hanson at Toad’s Place in New Haven.

Ben at McGill

…Ben and I went to Montreal and I suddenly felt the urge to learn French again.

…I celebrated my second Hanukkah.

…After five years of dating, Ben and I got engaged.

Among many other, wonderful, things.

2012, what will you bring?

Merry Christmas, Indeed

Twelve days ago, Ben and I were getting ready for our first holiday party.

Truth be told, I was slightly hungover from my work holiday party the night before. So really, Ben was getting ready for our holiday party. He rearranged the furniture, did the last minute grocery shopping and even got me a Happy Meal. My go-to hangover cure.

Together, we did some last minute decorating before we had to run a few errands. While we were decorating, Ben informed me that he had gotten some extra decorations and that he’d give them to me after dinner.

Fast-forward to after dinner. Ben presented me with a gift-wrapped box. Inside were two Christmas stockings. Perfect, I thought, we can hang these up for the party! Inside the first stocking were two ornaments. The first was a dog. I’ve been begging to get a dog for months. The second ornament was house. Our future dog and our future house, Ben said. (cue, awwwww!)

He handed me the second stocking. Inside I felt a box. A box that I thought had a fancy, glass ornament or something. Instead I found this:

I was SO surprised! Ben and I have been together for five years so we’ve certainly discussed marriage and I knew a proposal was coming but I had no idea he was going to do it when he did it!

Looking back on the day, I should have know something was up. The next night we had our party and it was so fun to have our close friends and our new friends over to celebrate the holidays and our engagement. (I’ll post more about the party soon!)

Needless to say, the past week or so has been a whirlwind of phone calls, early stages of planning, telling everyone who asks about how he proposed. Everything was so perfect and I couldn’t be more excited to marry him!

Manifesto For Life

By now, you’ve probably spotted the Holstee Manifesto somewhere on the internets. If not, you can find it here.

But why read it, when you can watch it?

Sometimes we all need a reminder to stop what we are doing and not just live our lives, but enjoy them and make the most of them. The Holstee Manifesto video certainly reminded me.