ENTJ….whaaaaat?

If you haven’t taken the Meyers-Briggs test, you need to – like right now. If you don’t know what it is or why it would benefit you, stick around. The Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test is a personality test that tells you many different things you didn’t know about yourself just by answering a set of questions. It tells you where you get your energy from, how you choose to make decisions, whether you prefer to be spontaneous or organized, a lot of things. It is something interesting to find out so that way you know where you stand. I thought it would be a great opportunity this week to go over the results of mine.

** Disclaimer : I am not a expert MBTI person, I am just giving my opinion of my MB typing.**

I am an ENTJ.

E – Extrovert : I get my energy through people. When I’m around people is when I feel most comfortable. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy alone time, because that wouldn’t be true. I do enjoy having time by myself to relax and rejuvenate my mind and body. I just tend to get more energy when I am involved in something that is in a group like going out to the bars, or having a class discussion, or many other things.

 

N – Intuitive : I get my information by using logic and finding patterns. Rather using my senses to determine how I feel about a situation, I like to use what information I already know in order to make my decisions. This especially rings true in my life because I don’t like to make uniformed decisions. I prefer to research absolutely every angle in order to come to a complete decision.

 

T – Thinking : This goes hand-in-hand with the intuitive side of my personality. I am considered a head thinker over a heart thinker. I choose to make my decisions based off of logic and not based off of my emotions. I try to not let emotions get in the way and cloud my judgment.

 

J – Judging : I fair much better in life when things are planned out and organized. I don’t enjoy winging things because it makes me feel like I’m out of control. I prefer to have my life planned out and have goals rather than just waiting for things to happen for me.

 

I enjoy Meyers-Briggs because I think it helps me define my quirks. It makes it easier to understand why I am the way I am. It helps me understand how I approach different scenarios and problems. It also really makes it more understandable for my peers to really get to know me and the way I think.

 

One the things I’m not the happiest about is that it can spotlight your weaknesses as well. One of my weakness that I found out through the MBTI is that I’m not very sensitive to others emotions. Although that can be harsh to hear, its still better to know that so I can be more aware in situations where it would come into play. It makes you recognize which things you need to spend time and work on.

 

Do yourself a favor and take the quiz!

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I WON THE LOTTERY….?!

I like money. Like, I REALLY like money. I like getting money, I like spending money, and I especially like finding out how I can get more money. Aside from the obvious channel of making money via work, another way you can make a lot of money fast is through winning the lottery. Because I like money, I don’t really enjoy gambling with it. I don’t like that there could be a chance that I could lose whatever money I have and that just doesn’t sound appealing to me in the slightest. So if I were to win the lottery (let’s assume I randomly decide to play and even more randomly, actually win) there would be two things that are almost immediate. First off, I would quite literally freak out. When you play the lottery, you’re not wagering the possibility of winning a couple dollars, its more like millions. I’m 99.9% sure that anyone would freak out because I’ve never seen someone calmly win money. After the freaking out stage and probably a new prescription of Xanax due to now added anxiety, the worst thing would happen – TAXES WOULD COME OUT. There’s a good chance that all my energy for my emotions would be balled into straight tears. Can you imagine having a ton of money and then having a massive chunk of it disappear? That’s not something very fun to experience. It hurts me when it comes out of my measly paycheck now, so I can only imagine what it would be like to watch it leave my extra large winnings.

Okay, but let’s say hypothetically that I’m still left with a ton of money. What would I want to do with it then? I have compiled a list (in no specific order) of how I would handle/distribute my winnings.

  • I’d pay off any debt I had. Debt sucks. Being a person in your 20s who is getting a college education, you know a thing or two about accumulating a massive amount of debt. I would like to pay off any educational debt as well as debt related to luxuries like my SUV. We can’t forget about pesky credit card debt either – SAYONARA!

 

  • I’d by a house. I think it would be great to invest in a house. I would probably purchase a house somewhere coastal because I’ve always wanted to live near the ocean. I’d have to have a huge house built so that way I can customize everything as well.

 

  • I’d travel somewhere. I’ve always wanted to go somewhere like Greece, Italy, or New Zealand so I’d probably book a trip there for a couple weeks. If you have a large amount of money lying around why would you not use it to have those experiences?

 

  • I’d give money to a charity or a cause I support. I’m a very opinionated person so I always have a point of view I’m trying to get out there. I love supporting people who are fighting for a cause. I think its our right and duty as humans to make a difference and I’d love to in any way I can. If I had the money, I would give it for sure.

 

  • I’d invest it or start a business. I believe that if you put your money into something, it might as well be making money for you in some way. Honestly, what’s better than making more money from your money you already have – nothing. I could invest it and have someone else take care of it, or I could start a business. Because I like to be a part of something, I think I’d have to start my own business so I can be hands on in how it is distributed and be able to watch it come back to me.

Although this is all completely hypothetical, it’s still a lot of fun to think about. What would you do if you won the lottery?

Which is Better: Being A Child or Experiencing Your Twenties?

Now that I’m in my 20’s I’m starting to sit back and think about everything in my life up to this point. More specifically, I like to compare how much my life has changed since then. Believe me, a lot has changed. It is crazy to see how some things have changed drastically and other things have only changed ever so slightly. I think it is easiest understood by explaining what is almost always a given at each age and compare. Granted, this is not going to be applicable to every single individual, but is applicable to most people at the ages specified.

As a child you have the best of both worlds. You have zero responsibilities. You don’t have any bills. There are no meetings to get to or a job you have to report to, you’re living the life. The only thing you’re required to attend is school, which isn’t that hard of a task. Granted, school could’ve been hard for most children, but for some reason I zoomed through with little to no issues. When it comes to being the 20-something year old I am now, I’m torn between if it is the greatest or the worst. To start off, I have bills now – expensive bills – which I didn’t have as a child which kind of makes me not want to be so old anymore. Everything you do is expensive and everything costs money. However, when you’re in your 20’s or later you’re able to make the money in order to pay for those things. Its cool to work and see your payoff, literally. And then you can spend your money how you want because you’re the one who made it. There are no rules either which is pretty great. There is a pretty good chance you are almost, if not completely independent at this point which is a great accomplishment. You make the decisions that are best for you and you’re the one who is left with the consequences. I think the best part of growing up has to be finding out who you truly are. I get it, it sounds super cheesy. Its just cool to really see how you make decisions and how you see yourself.

When I try to compare which I enjoyed more, it’s hard. It’s hard to determine which is better : to be free of responsibilities and maintain your innocence or to have the freedom to be you and discover who you truly are? I’m sure I’ll never really get to the bottom of it, or if there is even a definitive answer to that question. All I can say is that I’m learning to appreciate life no matter which stage I’m in, and you should too.

Why Everyone Needs A Dog

I think everyone, at least one time in their life or every minute of every day (like me), want a little fur child. I’m here to be the peer pressure you need to have some extra hair around the house. Now let me start this off by saying, any pet will do. However, my blog this week is about why everyone needs a dog. You heard it right – a dog. I’d be lying if I said cats were equal because that is just not possible. I realize I could potentially be upsetting people by saying that dogs are superior, but I’m ready to take on the negative views on this particular subject because I can’t be waivered at this point. Honestly, I shouldn’t have to explain why everyone needs a dog because it should be self-explanatory, but I’ll humor myself. So here it goes:

  1. They are always happy and excited to see you.

Dogs are notorious for always being right where you’re at at all times. They’re the first ones to greet you at the door, toy at the ready. Yes, occasionally they can be moody like the best of us, but the majority of the time they are a ball of sunshine that prances behind you as you make your way around the house.

  1. They have the best personalities.

It’s so cool to be a dog parent and see how their personalities unfold. It really is like having your own kid in dog form. When they get comfortable with you and figure out a routine, its so fun to see how their personalities transform. You can tell what things make them excited, what things make them tick, where their go-to spot to sleep is, and all kinds of other fun things.

  1. They are the best cuddlers/pillows.

I may be speaking for just myself here, but my dog is the absolute best cuddler. Like 9 times out of 10, I’d probably choose to nap with her rather than someone else. If you didn’t already know, the average body temperature of a dog is anywhere from 101° to 102.5°. That means, you are cuddling up to a squishy little furnace. Granted, this doesn’t work as well if you have a smaller dog, but if you have a large dog that doesn’t mind sitting still or napping – it’s heaven. 

  1. They can’t talk back.

This is quite possibly the best reason to have a fur child if you’re not so keen on having an actual child right now or ever. Sure they have their own way of being a snot sometimes, but it’s nowhere near the amount of “snottery” you would have to put up with an actual child, and the attitude sure doesn’t last 18+ years like the latter.
In conclusion, fur children for everyone! You get a fur child, you get a fur child, and you get a fur child * In Oprah Winfrey’s Give Away Voice *. But in all honesty, the most important thing (even more important than getting a pet) is to remember that if you cannot afford to take COMPLETE care of a pet, don’t do it. I know you may want one, but do not subject them to bad or no healthcare because you were not in a good financial state when you purchased the pet. Also, another side note: Adopt, don’t shop. Finally, best of luck in your fur parenting!

Image Courtesy of Myself – sorry not sorry for spamming the blog post with unsolicited  pictures of my dog. 😊 The featured banner image is courtesy of Pixabay.com.

Modern Dating : Like or Dislike?

Oh, modern dating. How much we love and hate you at the same time. Just like with pretty much anything, there are good things and bad things when it comes to modern dating. Does the good outweigh the bad in this situation or is it the other way around? One may never know. What you can be sure of is that it is incredibly subjective. The opinions are going to change from person to person just like many other hot topics. Some people are going to prefer the old fashioned form of dating and others are going prefer the direction that modern dating it taking now. As a single female in my 20’s, I’m here to give you my opinion on what I like and dislike about dating as we know it today.

Let’s rip off the Band-Aid on what I can’t change and go over what I would rather not be the way of dating these days. To start off, I don’t like how little effort seems to be shown in modern dating. Since modern dating has migrated to practically online dating, it requires little to no effort to find someone.  Most times all it takes is a click or swipe to get the ball rolling. Since the actual act of selecting someone you find attractive is all it takes, that level of laziness seems to be apparent throughout. There really is no such thing as courting anymore and if there is, it is minimal. Secondly, it doesn’t seem quite as intimate especially when it comes to emotional intimacy. Because more often that not you are communicating behind a screen, it’s not required to dig below the superficial. One of the major issues I have with modern dating is the lack of accountability. There are so many blurred lines because we are more hesitant to make things official (see above where I talk about laziness), it doesn’t seem wrong to be talking to multiple people. You don’t have to actually see this person face-to-face, in an online dating stand point, so things like talking or flirting with someone else is almost expected because there is a lack of accountability.

Let’s get on to the good part. Modern dating has some really good attributes though that too many people shrug off. Firstly, the act of actually dating online is so much more relaxed. You are able to communicate via text or online which means you can do it while going about your day. You no longer have to set aside a time to meet up with the person and discuss everything you are wanting to know. Eventually, you’re going have to meet them, but the timeline is a lot less forced and you’re able to take your time to get to know the other person before meeting face-to-face. You also get to ask the questions you’re wanting to know without having to risk the embarrassment to their face. It is extremely convenient when trying to get to know someone. It’s nice to not have to worry about certain, more traditional ways of dating because most people these days are the furthest from traditional.

No matter if you prefer modern dating to old fashioned dating there is always going to be truth in that dating is always going be evolving. It would be in your best interest to learn the modern way of dating as it comes. After all, once you find the right person, there is a good chance you won’t have to do it again. Remember – Swipe left. Swipe right. Go get ‘em tiger.

 

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My Favorite Beauty Product Breakdown

If you know anything about me, you would know that I have a small [READ : LARGE] obsession with makeup. There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not researching different types of makeup, watching some type of tutorial, or spending every last penny I have on something aesthetically pleasing to put on my face. Many people I’ve talked to said they would love for me to do a product review of a few of my favorite beauty products so that’s what I’m doing today (in no particular order)!

Now I usually tend to go for the budget friendly products because I’m a college student who is broke 99.9% of the time, so the products I review are going to be affordable.

 

Olay Age Defying Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream Moisturizer

          Let me start off by saying that anything that will help me look younger, longer I’m game for. I’m always trying to have great skin. This product does just that. It allows your skin to live up to its full elastic potential. Do you have fine lines? It helps with that too! A good benefit of the night cream is that it is oil-free which means that it won’t clog your pores. The best part though? It does all of the work while you sleep. What could be better than that?

 

Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter

          If you like sparkles, this is the holy grail of sparkly highlighters. They have an array of color options available to where you aren’t only stuck with a cookie-cutter highlighter. One of the best qualities is the stay power of this product. This product does not budge throughout the entire day.

 

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow

          I can’t honestly say enough good things about this brand, but their Super Shock Shadows rank pretty high on my list. I personally am a sparkle person. I love anything that glitters so I tend to gravitate to those types of products. Their sparkle shadows are the greatest. They have a ton of colors and they are all buildable so you can have a little sparkle or a ton of sparkle. Not only do they have great sparkle shades, but they have matte colors as well.

 

Naked Smoky Eye Shadow Palette

          I love this palette. The colors are great and like the colourpop shadows, they offer both matte and sparkle options – but all in one palette. This palette is so versatile which makes it such a great product.

 

Tartiest Lip Paint

          I just recently came across this product and from the first use I was hooked. This is a matte lip that doesn’t feel like a matte lip. More often than not, matte lips immediately dry out and flake when applied, but this product went on very smooth and felt great on. This stuff seriously stays. I had the product on for easily 8+ hours without the need to reapply.

 

If you get a chance to try out any of these products – do it! Easily 5 stars for all.

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A Day to Celebrate Women

If you were alive and breathing last Thursday, you would (READ : SHOULD) have known it was International Women’s Day. Now being a woman myself, I’d like to think I know quite a bit about the female species from experience. I know that we are able to have children which is not something any human can do. We can multitask like no other, we can wear makeup, and we tend to live longer then men. Why would you not want to celebrate women when they can do so much?

Though it’s usually not on the top of everyone’s list for favorite holidays/days, it is oh so very important. It is our duty to pay homage to the women who got us where we are today. Without women like Marie Curie, Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Rosa Parks we wouldn’t have some of the things we have if they hadn’t chosen to take a stand for something they believe in or in Marie Curie’s case, we wouldn’t have things like X-Ray machines which is something everyone utilizes. Whether or not you realize it, women have made it possible for us to make a large amount of advances that we have. Having this day to celebrate women is another day to show how powerful women are. As a woman you can do anything you put your mind to and that in itself is amazing. You can never remind women too much about that fact. In addition, having International Women’s Day helps to encourage young women to follow their dreams. It reminds them that you can do anything you put your mind to and to not let anything or anyone s get in your way.

So looking back at last Wednesday it’s not just to celebrate all the good women have done, but to remind us of how far we still have to go. Maybe if people only realized how much the women of our past have helped us get us to where we are, it would help us make strides toward the future. Until then, I’ll be wearing my red and supporting the women around the world, International Women’s Day and the other 364.

 

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A Few Very Simple Tips & Tricks to Successfully Tinder

Ew – swipe left.

No thanks –  swipe left.

 Hey thereee – DEFINITELY swipe right.

 

If you talk about swiping left or right to any millennial, chances are you’ve opened up Pandora’s box of discussion. Cue the talks about the good, bad, and usually ugly about online dating in this day in age. One of the most talked about and used online sites for single people is Tinder. Tinder is a dating app in which a picture shows up on the screen with the name, age, distance away from you, and a small bio of the individual. You then decide if you find them attractive and respond accordingly. If you like what you see, you swipe right. Not so interested, swipe left. People from all walks of life utilize this site. It can be the young person not interested in anything serious yet, the people who put their careers first and are having a hard time finding someone into their late 20s, or it could be a simple as someone who just wants something to pass the time. Either way, it can be difficult to navigate at times. Plus, if its something you’re seriously trying to find success in, it would be nice to have some tips or tricks before you get started.

I have compiled a list of tips when diving head first into the Tinder world. I used my personal experiences along with some of my friends to make sure I express the best ways to be a success on Tinder whether it be the simple how-to’s or how to present your best self on the site.

  1. Be straight-forward and honest. People are not trying to play games when it comes to Tinder. They know what they’re there for and they’ll get straight to the point. It is common knowledge that when you get on there you’ll have people that are interested in what you’re there for and some won’t be there for the same things. Its best to just be honest from the get go to avoid any confusion.
  1. Always read the bio. This tip may seem like an obvious one, but I think it is worth another mention. Too often we’re more interested in if the candidate in front of us is visually appealing than about what kind of person they are or if you share a common interest. A bio is there to give you a little glimpse into what they enjoy, what they’re looking for, and in most cases a quick laugh.
  1. Please, for the love of God, have appropriate pictures. We don’t want to see picture of you that are years old or when you were skinny in your glory days. Show us a picture of something that means something to you or you accomplishing things like graduating. You’re more likely to get a swipe right if you look like you are ambitious and are up for doing things besides sitting at home by yourself taking crappy mirror pictures.
  1. If you have a kid or girl in your picture – explain yourself. Again, this should be another obvious one, but there’s a good chance you’ll get passed along if there is a picture of a child or girl without an explanation. Is the kid your niece or nephew? Is the kid yours? Is the girl in the picture an ex-girlfriend? Although they technically don’t have to disclose that information, it could save you from an awkward conversation ahead of time so they know what they’re signing up for.
  1. Have proper conversing etiquette. Please do not start a conversation off with something vulgar. You may think it’s cute and straight-forward, but most of the time it’s not going to be taken that way. It’s going to come across to most as rather scummy to be completely honest. In addition, this may be my own personal opinion, but if you address me by my name rather than something synonymous to visually attractive, you’re more likely to get further with me. It just shows you took the time to look up my name which is a nice gesture.

 

As long as you follow those tips stated above, you should have a relatively decent experience on Tinder. However, I think the main thing to remember to is to not take it too seriously. Just be yourself and the rest will work itself out.

 

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What’s the Truth About Being A Twin?

So by now you can gather a couple things about me based off of what I choose to write about. It’s pretty obvious that I enjoy traveling, make-up, all things PR, and wine. What you may not know about me without knowing me personally, is that I’m a twin. It’s true – if you couldn’t get enough of me already, there is a carbon copy of me. Now being a twin is and is not all it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes its great, other times it can be frustrating. I’m going to try my best to give you a glimpse into the life of being a twin.

So let’s start off with the obvious – the good. Honestly, what’s better than having a built in best friend? I’ll answer that – absolutely nothing. I never had to do the awkward ‘let’s make friends with this other kid so hopefully they’ll end up sharing their toys with me’ in Kindergarten. We mostly formed a twin alliance which unintentionally intimidated other kids into pretty much letting us have the toys if we wanted them. Another great thing is I always have an active soundboard. She doesn’t get to not listen to me. It’s her job as my twin sister to be there and listen to me tell the same story about a cute guy 6 times in a row. It’s just twin code to be there whether she wants to or not. It’s silly to think that she is just going to put up with being talked at though because she is practically the same person as me. You know my sass and sarcasm? That’s right. She mirrors that just as well. The thing is after I’ve told her the same story about the cute guy over and over again, she has no problem telling me when I going head first into time number 7, that she hasn’t paid attention to the last 6. That’s the thing, we have a level of honesty that is out of this world. It can be brutal or the most heartbreaking, sweet comment, but either way it’ll be told. There’s no such thing as boundaries or privacy with us. But let’s be real for a second, the absolute best part about being a twin is tricking other people into believing you are the other twin. It’s great to just mess with people and see how confused they get.

But being a twin isn’t all that great at times. Just like it’s all fun to intentionally confuse people, it is only that much more annoying when people do it on their own and don’t realize it. There are very few things as frustrating as constantly being called the other twin’s name or being confused with them. Contrary to popular belief, Melissa and I are not the same person. We don’t think the exact same, we don’t feel the same, we don’t act the exact same. It’s important to realize that yes, we have a lot in common but it does not make us the exact same. Individuality is hands down the hardest thing to obtain as a twin. It really is probably the most sought after thing for someone in our situation. You spend a lot of time convincing others that you don’t share a brain and you can think for yourself.

Being a twin means a lot of things, but most of all it means to me that I’m special. I feel so lucky to be someone who can experience what life is like to have someone who is your best friend and twin sister combined. But when it honestly comes down to it, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

What I’ve Learned on My Journey as a PR Major.

So you hear of the career “Public Relations”, do you know what that entails? According to Renee Blodgett, “public relations in its true sense is about human connections and the art of mastering human connections at a deep level. In the early days of PR, it was about relationships with not just the press but communities in various forms – the difference was that these audiences were not online. When played from a place of passion and purpose, public relations in the new world will not only take social media, branding and marketing to the next level, but will elevate the people and products that are changing the world.” Public relations these days is so much more than its traditional definition. With a public relations degree, you can land jobs like a publicist, corporate spokesperson, copywriter, media planner, event coordinator, investor relations, etc. Now this sounds like a fun career path, but there are many things that you don’t know when going into the field. Now I can’t speak from personal experience because I’m not an actual public relations professional yet, but can let you know a little bit about what it’s taken for me to get here and what I know won’t change over time.

  1. You’ll have absolutely no time. Right now I have it pretty tame. I write about ten different piece of copy a week. Some longer than others, but nonetheless ten pieces of copy to write can be a little daunting at times. I know that if I choose something in the copywriting or publishing section of public relations I need to snap myself out of it and realize that 10 pieces of copy is a breeze. I’m sure I’ll look back and laugh about when I thought I had it rough in college.
  1. All of your copies will start to sound the same. Now I’m getting assigned many diverse and different topics to write about each week, but I still find it hard to not have them all sound the same. Since I’m working on many at once, I think it confuses my brain into merging them all together. I definitely need to devote more time in learning how to spice up my writing.
  1. You’re going to edit, and re-edit, and edit again. Basically, you’re going to edit so much that when you think you’re done, you’re going to have to edit it some more. Your final copy is going to be edited so much that you should be surprised if it sounds anything close to your original. However, all of the editing is necessary. The good thing is that the more that is edited, the more you learn how to better your writing skills and approach.
  1. You have to be extremely good at multitasking. Public relations is no joke when it comes to multitasking. You are without a doubt going to have a million and one things that you have to be working on and managing at once. It’s literally your job to make sure it gets sorted out and completed before a deadline. That’s why you get paid. You can’t afford to drop the ball. Make sure you have that skill mastered before stepping foot in a public relations role.

As I go through my time in college pursuing a degree in public relations, I’m sure I’ll learn many more tips and tricks. However, right now I’m working on learning how to hone my skills in the categories listed above. Once I have those down, I will be ready and more than willing to tackle more. One thing is clear, I cannot wait until I get to show off my skills in the real world. Lookout out, public relations world!

 

 

 

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