Welcome to Beauty and the Bustle, I’m so glad you’ve found your way to my blog! I know we’re going to become great friends 🙂

I started this blog in college for a creative writing project, thinking it would just be a fun, online diary sort of thing. I thought documenting my transition from microwaving Hot-pockets  in college to preparing elaborate meals for my boyfriend and me after a long day of work would be an exciting project to see how my life has changed over the years. And it definitely has been interesting!

I’ve been out of college for 4 years now, and it has definitely been a whirlwind. Going from the carefree college life where everything was scheduled and planned for you, to being thrown into the real world, having to find a job, a place to live, figure out how to pay your own bills, cooking for yourself, maintaining a social life, and still fitting in some exercise is quite the bustle. And staying organized, on top of things, healthy, and out of debt is very challenging at this age.

My goal for this blog is to share my experiences, accomplishments, and missteps to hopefully help, inspire, or at least entertain those of you out there that have been in the same situation or are going through the same thing. I want to be as transparent as possible, even if that means sharing all of my most vulnerable moments and secrets (on the internet, no less). I don’t come from a rich family, I don’t own a Louis Vuitton bag (yet), my apartment is almost always a disaster, and I set off my smoke detectors at least once a week from burning food. But I’m working on it and I’ve never been happier with myself and where I’m at in life!

I have learned to find the beauty in all of the bustle and I hope to inspire those out there to be confident, love your messy apartment, accept your hunk-of-junk car, and love where you are at in life right now. Someone once told me, “a rose is still a rose, no matter what stage it is in, whether it’s a small bud or old and withered, it is still a beautiful rose”.

I am currently living in downtown Houston, Texas with my rescue puppy, Boo. I am 25 years old and working in Marketing (not what my degree is in, but hey, it pays the bills). I drive a piece of crap car that I hope to trade-in soon and I have student loan debt out the @$$. But, I am healthy and happy and making the best of it!