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Happy 100th Post!

A special thank you to Cupcake Mania for making such an adorable (and tasty) cupcake for this special event!

Wow. If you had asked me a few months ago if I thought I would actually reach 100 posts on this blog, I’d have laughed and walked away. I can’t tell you how proud I am for really sticking to this, and I’m really grateful to the people that read this blog. I’ve been wracking my brain on how I wanted to celebrate this post, but could never pinpoint just one. There were so many great ideas out there, yet none of them felt right.

This past week, I’ve been really thinking about my future. I’ll be turning 27 later this year. It’s been a bit difficult coming to accept this fact. While people around me keep telling me that I have years to finalize my plans in life, I know that before I know it I’ll be 30 and full of regrets if I don’t get serious now. And 30 is only 3 years away at this point.

So, I do what I do best: plan. I sat in deep thought for a while and looked at my life unbiased like a business. Trends and patterns started appear before me. Suddenly, things started to get a bit clearer. I wanted to finish school, open up my own business and have the ability to work freely from home no matter how hard it gets. That’s what I wanted.
It’s in the details
Planning your life is easy. Following through with your plans is harder. I come from a generation of instant gratification seekers and instastars (a Phineas and Ferb quote for you). Despite how much I fight those natural urges to bitch about how my life isn’t magically coming together without me needing to put much effort in, I still fall victim to the stereotype. 
But this time, I got lucky.
School Days
When I decided to go back to school, I knew I had to really think about what it was I wanted out of life. I’m not sure how much detail I’ve really gone into about this, but I’ve been researching this since October. It wasn’t until mid-December that I actually put this all into motion. Once I narrowed it down to 3 degrees I could live with doing, I dove into my horrible school records to see just how much work I’d have to apply in the next two years. Turns out, not much at all. 
Quick backstory: Before I left school, I was working towards my Small Business Certificate and my Web Design Certificate. At the time, I had to take a lot of bullshit intro classes for Web (Intro to the Internet and Intro to Microsoft Windows, to name a few). The reason I gave up was because I only needed to retake one class for my Small Bus Cert and a bookkeeping class. They cancelled the bookkeeping class and I cancelled my efforts in school. 
Well, the school will be accepting those as electives now. For my GE and electives, I’m only missing 6.5 units, and the 18 units required for my Business degree. But wait! There’s more. Turns out I’ll only need another 3 3-unit classes on top of that for my Social and Behavioral Studies degree. And if I decide that I want to be crazy and put in one last semester of effort on top of THAT, I’m only 4 3-unit classes away from getting my Arts and Humanities degree. While I haven’t quite decided if I want to get my A&H degree just yet, I do know that I’m definitely getting Business and S&B degrees. I’m very excited and very proud of myself for making this decision. I’m only a week into the semester and I’ve already applied more effort now than I ever did in the past (meaning I’m ACTUALLY reading the books instead of using them as serving trays for snacks).
Now I just need to find a bag that can support my 2,039,482,058 lb books. -_-‘
So… then what?
I found myself asking that a lot. ‘You’re getting all these sweet degrees. What the hell are you going to do with them all? Most importantly, what are you going to do with a business degree? That’s kinda vague. And the Social and Behavioral degree, what about that? You’re starting to sound like the School Spirit Skit from Kanye West. Do you really want your life to sound like a Kanye West track? I don’t think so.’
After shuddering and throwing up in my mouth a little bit, I knew I couldn’t just stop there. Stopping there meant blindly walking into a situation I might not be able to recover from. I didn’t want to waste my time going to school for a degree I didn’t want to obtain a career I didn’t want… for the fifth time, only to quit a few classes in. No, this time, I had to grow up and making grown-up decisions.
That’s when I realized that I wanted to open up my own online thrift store and blog professionally on top of it. While my blog skills as of late are pretty sad, and I’m definitely not doing all that I can or should be to make this more successful, I know that I am capable of greatness if I apply myself. So, that is what I’ll be doing for the next 150 posts. When I come back to celebrate my 250th post, my hope is that I’ll be a stronger blogger, a better student, and a more knowledgeable business woman. 
I hope that you guys will be proud of that. If you guys have any suggestions on how I can improve my blog, I would love to hear your thoughts. 
Again, thank you for reading!
*I would like to state that Jeff is currently hovering over my computer and forced me to put commas in my overly exaggerated number.