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    First week in Chicago

    Guys, I made it through my first week in Chicago. Pop the bubbly, because this girl is now a true city girl. If you didnt know I moved to Chicago check out my previous blog post here.

    Last Saturday I sold my car, packed up the budget truck with all my crap and headed to Chicago with my future husband and my dog. Let me tell you it was no easy day. The day was off to a rocky start due to the fact that I was supposed to sell my car Friday night, but couldn’t because my dad was on the title as well. It took us 6 hours total to pack up my stuff and my fiance’s  stuff. We didn’t arrive in the city until 9:30 pm, yeah with a large moving truck and a whiny dog. Luckily I knew about this app that will provide you with movers, it’s kind of like Uber for moving. The app is Dolly. And let me tell you those two guys who showed up to help us unload were literal definition of Superman. With their help, we moved everything in, in under an hour. My mind was blown and my pockets were empty because I tipped them so well.

    week in chicago

    So like I said it has been 7 whole days since I moved to the lovely neighborhood of wicker park/noble square. We are like on the outskirts of both wicker part and noble square. But I just say we live in wicker park.

    This week has consisted of me unpacking(barely) working from home, job interviews, and figuring out the train system aka the “L”. I never have to worry about having to leave my car anywhere because I’m too drunk because I don’t have a car.  I also managed to squeeze in a social event. I attended a SHOPBUZZED event. I have been following them on Instagram for the past few months and totally in awe of their business and how they believe in #collaborationovercompetition. Anyway, the event was held at the Otto Mezzo bar(It gave serious gatsby vibes) in Chicago, the event included 6 amazing vendors. I ultimately ended up only buying one thing. Hey, I just moved my cash flow is kinda low. I bought a t-shirt from Chloe’s Cravings one of the co owners of Shopbuzzed, she has her own tee shirt business. It’s totally casual and aesthetic af.  I managed to make a couple of friends(i think) with two sisters.

    I also managed to attend the Renegade Craft fair, which was amazing. It had a lot of handmade products by independent businesses. I opted to just buy a delicious piece of praline sweet potato pie. It was so delicious. I washed it down with an almond horchata drink!

    Praline Sweet Potato Pie, justice of the pies

    So like most of my blog posts, I am making a list because I love lists.

    I thought I’d do 7 things I have learned from moving from Indianapolis to Chicago.

    1.  Have 2 – 3 people help you move. It was just me and my fiance and we were so tired by the end of the day.

    2. Hire movers from Dolly. You can hire people for a time period which is the easiest option in my opinion.

    3. There are a lot of food places. I knew this but I have to stop myself from eating out every day.

    4. You really do not need a car. I have been carless for 1 week and I have been pretty okay without it, we will see how I feel once winter comes.

    5. This goes along with #4 but parking is a bear. My fiance had his car here for a month and he had to keep up with trying to move his car due to street cleaning. He already received a ticket because he didn’t move his car for street cleaning. It was too much of a hassle that we both decided to go sans car.

    6. The walk score is amazing. Well at least in wicker park it is. I can walk to grocery stores, tons of restaurants, and gyms. I have never been so close to so many different places that I can walk to.

    7. Last but not least, living in the city is the best. I finally live in a city where everything is here.

     

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    Life Update: Moving to Chicago!

    Now watching The Outcasts on Netflix

     

    I cannot believe it has been a little over a month since I have written my last blog post. I feel like I lost a part of me. But guess who’s back, back again? My life has completely changed within the last month. I have really exciting news that my best friend aka my fiancé aka my future husband accepted a job opportunity in Chicago and has been living it up in Chi town. Which means I am moving there too!

    Moving to Chicago

    The Kicker is now I have to find a new job/career. I have been thinking long and hard about what I want to do for a new career and honestly, I’m like a kid in the candy store distracted by all the yummy options. One thing for sure is imp keeping my blog, I have been thinking of getting a more creative job. I’m not sure what but despite me taking a mini hiatus from the blog, I have realized I really do enjoy blogging and the great online community that comes along with blogging. For me the possibilities are endless I just have to explain to companies how I can be the right fit for them. Or become an entrepreneur, which would be cool.

     

    I have also thought about going back to school to get my masters in business and marketing. But I feel like I do not need to put myself through school again right now. I am already still in loads of debt. Is it worth going back to school and getting masters? I might need to do a pro/con list for this. Who thinks I should look into Grad School?

     

    Anyway, again I am so excited to move to Chicago with my fiancé and dog. I can’t wait to meet new people and get into the Chicago blogging scene. The neighborhood we live in is so cool. Almost everything is walking distance away and we are close the train aka the “L” aka the Blue line. Can anyone guess what neighborhood we moved to?

     

    It’s been real Indy, I’ll miss the friends I have made and all the memories.

     

    If anyone has any advice about moving to Chicago leave me a comment.

     

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    Just go for it

    Just go for it

    Fears

    I have been living in my fears a lot lately despite my desperate attempts not to. I have been telling myself no a lot. Or I don’t know if that’s what I want to do. Which it makes sense. I’m 25 years old and I feel like I am at a crossroads with myself. Who I am should I be me or who I am expected to be? The obvious answer is to be me. But who am I? I have been hiding from the world.

    I started this blog because I felt that it was a way for me to express myself. But I haven’t been doing that. I have put myself in a box, too afraid to say or do something because I feel like I’m not supposed to do that. But who cares, I live in the free world and I can do whatever my mind thinks of. I am more than my fears. I need to just go for it. Even if I feel that no one cares what I think, I care and I am open and willing to share it with you.

    A few days ago I went to a local blogger event at a boutique in broad ripple(Indiana) and I met some incredible women. But one of the girls,  Tara made me realize that I should honestly just do me. She also said I need to surround myself with like-minded people who support me. I didn’t realize that I needed that. I’m pretty self-sufficient on my own but sometimes you need a little push from a friend saying that you can do it. Tara has isuch a fun-loving personality, she goes by thesmalltownblonde.

    Reach out

    If you are new to blogging like I am, don’t be afraid to reach out to other bloggers near you or online. Most of the time they are super friendly and willing to help and provide inspiration and give you the little push you need to go for it. I know I needed it and will really start hammering out 1-2 new posts a week spanning a broad range of topics because I have way too many interests and moving pieces in my life to focus on just one, anI i know Im, not the only one.

    Blogging is supposed to be fun, a way for you to express your creativity and to do whatever you want to do. And if someone doesn’t like your content then that isn’t your target audience. Just write, even if you suck at it, eventually you’ll have to become better. And anyway there are so many different writing styles, mine is more conversational and casual.

    If you are feeling that fear is preventing you from expressing yourself, don’t, I’m telling you to just go for it.

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    How to Change your Mindset

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    Happy Monday!!

    “Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will change.”

    My whole life my parents have taught me words are powerful and that having a good mindset is key in life. I never really thought anything of it as a child, it took me until I was an adult to fully understand that what say and think can change your life for the better or for the worst. I know a lot of people who have self-doubt or live in fear may sometimes feel like they can’t get far in life or do anything because of the ideas they have about themselves or what others have said about them.

    I’m here to say that you can do anything you put your mind to, of course within reason. For my college graduation I put on my cap that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, Phil 4:13. I really believe that and continue to live my life accordingly.

    So If you struggle with lack of confidence and self-love then keep reading.

    Full disclaimer: I am not perfect and still struggle myself with my mindset at times as well.

    Okay, let’s do this. If you have been reading my blog posts you might realize that I enjoy lists a lot.So I’m going to try and do this in list format.

     

    Words

    If you hear yourself saying I hopeI wish, if only a lot then you may struggle with your mindset.

    If you really want something saying things like I hope I get that job really isn’t going to help you get the job. Confidence is key. Saying words like I will get that job and I have all the qualification for this job, the job is mine. Now that sounds much better. In return, you will feel better about yourself and open up space for positive thoughts versus self-doubting and lack of trust in yourself.

    My mom tells me to this day to speak things into existence. Which is so true if you have ambitions and dreams that you want to see come to fruition. Last year during this time I was struggling to pay my bills but I just knew I would be okay, I kept assuring myself that I will pay all my bills and I will not ask for help from anyone. I only asked for help once but it was for such a small amount and I was able to pay all my bills and go on a vacation and drive to my friend’s wedding in Tennessee. Now I’m not trying to paint this perfect picture of myself, I still sometimes struggle with money and am still in heaps of debt, thanks, College! But I continue to prevail and to always check my mindset.

    Future Self

    I like to think of my future self and how I can be that awesome woman whose affluent and does what she wants in her life. Which takes me to this past weekend I watched Wonder Woman and let me tell you it is what the world needed. Throughout the movie, she was told No by her mom and No by men she barely knew. And what did she do, she completely ignored them. Even though people were telling her she couldn’t do this or that, she knew she could or at least really wanted to do it. My fiance called her stubborn, which I find interesting and its what we all should be more of, we need to be stubborn. We need to demand what we know that we can do

    Be Stubborn. Don’t let naysayers tell you that you can’t because you obviously can. Always believe that you can do the impossible because you were born for more, and to great and incredible things. Let your life Shine, and show them who’s boss.

    I feel like I went on a massive tangent but the most important thing I wanted to share with those is to think about what you think about yourself, are you proclaiming negative things in your life, do you constantly doubt yourself and never feel like you’re good enough for whatever reason. Then stop and think and change your mindset. Tell yourself you’re beautiful, tell yourself you can get a job, just believe that your words are magic and change your life, seriously.

    **Some people might think I’m crazy but I know that one day I will do something incredible. Truthfully I already have, I have to remember to give praise to small victories. It’s the little victories we have to celebrate!

    Be inspired.ambitious.unique

    P.S. Check out my favorite mindset queen’s Facebook page. She is truly amazing

    -Ratanya

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    Weekend Trip to NYC

    Two weekends ago I had the pleasure of embarking on my first mom and daughter trip to the Big Apple aka NYC. It’s only fitting as this is my Mom’s 25 year of being my mom.

    We flew Delta Airlines, definitely not United(haha)even though I hear they are offering up to $10,000 to any passenger in the case of an overbooked flight.

    Upon arriving in the city that never sleeps we arrived at the Park Central Hotel at 10:30 am ish our room wasn’t going to be ready until later that afternoon. So to the City.

    Here’s our Hotel:

    Park Central Hotel

     

    Park Central Hotel

    Park Central Hotel

    We originally had a plan to see the statue of liberty, empire state building and possibly a museum. We ended up only seeing the Empire State Building in the rain and cold.We tried getting to the statue of liberty twice, but like life, it didn’t work out the way we wanted.

    The view from the tip top of the Empire State Building.

    Empire State BuildingEmpire State Building  Empire State Building

     

    One of my favorite parts of NYC is Chinatown, and apparently, my mom’s too. While in Chinatown we stumbled into a Korean restaurant called To Two Boonsik. It was delicious and reasonably priced. We also got some bubble tea, and gelato from little Italy as well.

    To Two Boonsik

    Korean Food

    To Two Boonsik

    Korean Food

    Chinatown

    Later that night we went to Times Square to do touristy things like take pictures and eat deliciously overpriced tacos.

    Time Square

    SATURDAY

    I saw my first Broadway play! It was called Natasha, Pierre and the great comet of 1812. I highly recommend it. Josh Groban is in it and obviously, he sang just perfect. The play wasn’t what I was expecting it was unique and interactive. This was such a vibrant play, that I was shocked and pleased the entire time.

    Broadway

    Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

    Since our hotel was so close to Central Park we took a brief stroll, it was too cold to walk for too long and ended up walking to a Thai restaurant near our hotel. The food was amazing the service was eh.

    Central ParkCentral Park

    TL: DR

    New york is freaking amazing obviously. We did touristy things. And we ate tacos, Thai food, andKorean food mostly. It was also was very rainy and cold:( Taxi drivers are rude in NYC, thank you Lyft for coming to our aide. And I had a lot of fun with my favorite Mom!

     

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    Fabfan Friday #2

    Hey, hope everyone had a great week! Here the second edition of Fabfan.

     

    1.Dear White People

    I have been waiting for this show to come out for so long. I really enjoyed the movie, and am happy to see more shows that represent people similar to me.

    2. 360 Wigs

    I love my natural hair, but sometimes you just want to take a break and just wake up with perfect hair. I have been researching non-stop to find a good company. The reason I’m looking for a 360 Wig is that it has lace around the perimeter of the head for a natural look if you want to pull it up in a ponytail. So far I like WowAfrican, which I have bought from before(great hair) and OMGQueenhair which I haven’t bought from before but am seriously thinking about it due to their more affordable price.

    3. Soft Black Girls

    I recently came across this magical website called Adorned by Chi thanks to the Instagram gods and decided to join her Facebook group full of beautiful soft black girls. And even though we are all weird and different I have never felt so happy to see that there are other girls like me. Check out Adorned by Chi online store full of cutesy and awesome finds, I plan on buying a shirt from her online store very soon.

    4. Podcasts

    I recently realized podcasts are great to listen to. My new job requires me to drive a lot and listening to music gets tiresome. But listening to Podcasts are much more interesting and stimulating in my opinion, especially for a long drive. I’ve been listening to NPR, Black Girl Boss Podcast, and Bucci Radio by Amanda Bucci. Go check them out, or find ones you might like!

     

     

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    Fabfan Friday

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    I created my first email account when I was about 13 years old. I had no idea what I wanted my fist email to be, so I searched online for name ideas and somehow came up with fabfan04. The 04 is because that’s my favorite/lucky number.

    So I decided to start a weekly thing where I list four things I am a fabfan of! See get it!

    Here we go:

    13 reasons why

    At first, I wanted to have a whole post dedicated to this show but I thought a quick little blurb would suffice. SPOILERS!! just kidding.  If you havent watched this show, stop and clear your schedule for the next 13 hours. I didnt know what to expect from this show, but I had no idea that It would affect me so much. Reach out to your friends and let them know you care and love them.

     

    Girl Boss

    So for the past few months I have been obsessed with any and everything related to paving a way to being a #girlboss! I started listening to Sophia Amoruso podcast #girlboss and a Netflix original show based on her was released today Friday April 21st! I’m over the moon excited to watch it, let me know if you like it or not.

     

    New York City

    This weekend Ill be in in NYC with my mom just for a random getaway! This is my second time in the city, the first time was for mainly volunteer work. Hopefully I will get to see the empire state building this time. I might post a blog of my weekend adventures in New York!

     

    Despacito [REMIX]

    This week while traveling for work I heard Justin Bieber singing a song I hadn’t heard before and then next thing I knew he was singing in Spanish, and I immediately fell in love with the song. The original song is by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee. Go Listen to it Now! I know I’ll be listening to it on repeat!

     

    And that’s a wrap! See you next Friday for my next Fabfan post. Let’s hope I keep this up. What would you want to read/ hear/ know from me!

    -Ratanya

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