It’s been awhile since I’ve been here

I haven’t touched my blog in about a year, and I’m almost at a lost of words on where to start. I miss writing, immensely. I want to actually start writing a book, something I’ve dreamed of doing since I was a kid.

Then I also find myself wanting to get back into the world of blogging. I want to share the shit life lessons I’ve endured in the last couple years, the words of wisdom of what I’ve found well to work for people looking for a job (coming from a recruiter’s perspective), the places that I explore in my travels with James & the best little spots to stop in, and how I’ve come to deal with my mental health challenges – along with the ones that I’m still facing today.

I don’t know if anyone still takes a look at this little side of my internet, but if you do, you may see me a bit more active on here.

As for where I’m at today? I’m mostly content. Snickers is still the best dog a girl could ask for. I have a partner by my side that encourages me to be a better version of myself each day. I’m still trying to figure out my career path and where to settle down, but I’m making progress each day.

So I’m hoping to make a commitment to try and be on here more often. And if I’m not, hopefully I’m working on a book. A real ass book. Could you imagine?

Best,

Andie

It’s 2020 and I’m content.

I used to write in a blog religiously, and I’ve found that I touch this site barely a few times a year. I just took the time to make most of my posts private, because I feel as though I’ve gone through a “fresh start”.

2020 has been shit for most, I think we are all in agreement there. I’ve gone through an abundance of change, and now that I’m reflecting back on it I can’t help but to think that 2020 has given me more than I could have dreamed.

I’ve got to a better place with how I feel about myself. Sure, there are still times where I cry in my closet, or panic as I try on clothes, but there are more days where I feel confident, strong, and ready to take on the day.

I love working out. I love being in the gym and seeing what I can do with my body. I love moving my body, whether it’s at a fitness center or outdoors.

I have my own place, with Snickers as my roommate. She is constantly begging for belly rubs and for my leftovers, but she’s the best roommate.

I’m seeing someone who inspires me to be a better version of myself in every way. I feel as though I might be the luckiest girl in the world.

I don’t have a lot to say in this moment. It’s 2am, technically Thanksgiving, and I just feel content. The last day was incredibly difficult, but I’m proud for putting myself back together and feeling excited for next moments to come.

Tomorrow – er, today – I hope you’ll continue this way.

Happy Mother’s Day, Momma DeBrino

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Hi Mom. I wanted to make a special video for you today, but I couldn’t hold myself together long enough.

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When you came to FL and we went to EPCOT on my day off

I wanted to take today to say thank you for being my best friend and biggest supporter. Without you and Dad, I’d be completely lost. The guidance you have given me has shaped me to be the person I am, and hope to be.

 

Being away from home this long has been the hardest thing for me. I miss you every single day, which is why I call you every chance I get. It’s the reason I make my goodbyes short when I leave from Seattle back to Vegas — or where ever I happen to be living — because I know I’ll turn into a sobbing mess when it hits that I don’t get to hang out at home with you, Dad, and the animals once I get on the plane.

When I got accepted into the Disney College Program, you could sense that I was scared to go. I remember you saying, “If you get accepted, you can’t back out. You have to go.” I guess you have always known me better than I’ve known myself – you know I get scared of taking chances on doing things for myself, and if it wasn’t for you, working for Disney would have never been a thing in my life. And going to Florida with you is one of my favorite memories, ever. I still can’t believe we spent an entire week in a car, with no

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When we left for FL and we both couldn’t stop crying despite getting to spend the next two weeks together

breaks from each other, and we never once got in an argument! (ha) It was the most perfect road trip.

 

Before I moved to Vegas, I was so stuck on what to do next with my life. Where to go to school, what to major in, where to live… and you told me to just open up my own business instead. You have always had faith in me that I could succeed, no matter what path I decided to travel down.

You inspire me every day to be who I want to be, and not who everyone tells me I should be. You’ve been there for me during every moment in my life, good or bad: you’re more than my mom, you’re my best friend.

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On our way to Oregon during my Spring Break

I can’t wait to be in the same state as you again (which hopefully will be soon), because when I think about home it doesn’t feel the same without you around. Thanks for being the most loving, quirky, and fun mom. I love that I grew up in a house that encourages being silly while also encouraging me to try my best in everything I do- and to also not worry about the people that try and hold me back from doing so.

So thank you, mom. Thank you for being there for me even when you’re busy. Thank you for answering the phone even though you’re eating dinner. Thank you for encouraging me to live where I want to live, and to follow my passion instead of money. Thank you for supporting me to go to London this summer, and for helping me plan each moment of the trip. Thank you for being you, because it’s the best.

I’m sorry I can’t be there in person to celebrate Mother’s Day with you, but I am counting down the days until I get to see you next: only FIVE to go!

I love you, mom. See you soon!

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Mom at the Riverwalk in Texas

Airbnb E-mail Scam

This summer I will be traveling to Europe for my first time, and decided to use a booking website I have heard so much about: Airbnb. After hearing nothing but good things over and over again, I knew it’d be a good choice. I was especially excited at the opportunity to rent a house with my friends for less than the price of paying for a night in a hotel.

So far we have booked in four different countries, and finally we started looking at our next option: Paris. The weekend we are looking at is booking fast, and with such a large group we knew we had to act soon. That’s why we were so excited when we came across this listing:

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The total for the whole weekend would only be $90/person, an offer we didn’t want to pass up. I immediately went to request to book it. I told the host about how we are a group of 8 business students,¬†and we are representing our school based on our academic and leadership achievements. I explained in our message how professional we are, and how passionate about business we happen to be. This was the message I received back:

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