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I never stop trying to inspire myself, and at the brink of expiration now is the time to take the reigns and take control of my life. (Again, with the whole adulting thing.) Eventually coming out of the ideology of prancing around with cat ears, fun loving and free, can get old, and common sense kicks in that I don’t have a 401k or what’s my 20 year plan?

Well, thankfully some influential people who have their mind set on things, wrote these books that have changed my way of thinking, and now growing up isn’t too bad. Read on to read 3 Summer Reading Books for Adulting.

“Yes, I could have made some different choices in life but I did what I did, both good and bad and I am not who I was, I have moved on, it’s all part of growing up.”

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The Secret by Rhoda Byrne

A world renown book that has been adapted into a feature film, was suggested to me years ago by a friend in college who taught me about the “law of attraction.” In a nutshell, the law of attraction is whatever you think, you manifest. As general as that sounds, there’s so much more to it of course.

The Secret reaches every part of your life, money, love, self confidence etc. The idea that you can control here and now and the future, by manipulating your thoughts of what you want to appear in your life. This concept has been used for hundreds of years, from important figures in history like Abraham Lincoln and Einstein. This just proves how much this theory works.

Lost in what I wanted to do in college I needed a way to get out, but with so many ideas running through my head, I didn’t know which path to take. Finally, I picked up this book that was what I needed, and who knows, God/ the Universe was actually listening.

I learned several tips on creating habits of taking negative thoughts and turning them into positive ones, a great trick that manipulates the mind. It keeps you focus on your goals, and again keeping good thoughts so that you can manifest yours dreams. It’s worked for me countless of times, and to this day I still continue to use it.

I know it sounds ridiculous, like its some sort of magic lamp, but honestly it’s a lot of mind power controlled by only you. When reading this book, keep an open mind and soak up as much information as possible. Believe, and give it a shot, what’s the worse that can happen? Your in the same place you were before the book? Only you are keeping yourself from your dreams.

“Never let a day pass without looking for the good, feeling the good within you, praising, appreciating, blessing and being grateful. Make it your life commitment, and you will stand in utter awe of what happens in your life.”

Rhonda Byrne

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines, Mark Dagostino

A book made of love from love, with the famous HGTV “Fixer Upper” couple Chip and Joanna Gaines. Known for their empire in Waco, Texas, the Magnolia business was born and there to stay. This book is their amazing story of how they met and how they begun this journey from a small lawn company, to a popular house hold favorite show on the Home and Garden Network.

I discovered them while flipping through channels, and I saw this Christian couple horsing around that are polar opposites. One is shy and disciplined, while the other is outgoing and wild. (sound familiar;) The dynamic between them working as a team, ripping down houses while bringing them back up with this farmhouse rustic theme, was so beautiful. Coming from two different spectrums of life, then working together, while priority number one is their family, why wouldn’t I make Gary watch this with me.

I actually bought the audio book which is great on long drives, and in 2 days, I could not stop listening to it. I think I drove just to listen to it. Listening narrate their life, coming from humble beginnings and incorporating the devotion of God, was such a blessing to hear. Especially, with the crazy mishaps they’ve been through in their life, really mimics Gary and I’d personal growth together now.

I truly enjoyed it. I recommend for the couples who just got married. It’s perfect for newlyweds finding their place within their team.

“Don’t quit, and don’t give up. The reward is just around the corner, And in times of doubt or times of joy,listen for that still, small voice. Know that God has been there from the beginning- and He will be there until… The End”

Chip and Joanna Gaines

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

SO, you’re out of school, in debt with loans, credit cards, and possibly a house, what do you do because it seems like an ever lasting sinking ship. Here’s the answer – Buy this book!

Even with growing up with frugal parents, I still took in so much information from this book.

Total Money Makeover was created for anyone struggling in the financial department. It alleviates the pain of figuring out a game plan to pay off debt. Dave Ramsey, is known not only for this number one best seller but as well as his radio show, where he gives people financial advice for peace of mind.

Years ago I was working countless hours at the salon trying to build and at the restaurant waiting tables trying to make a living. Putting in the time to wonder at the end of the year when tax season hits, where the heck did my money go?

I was sick of it, so I googled the best book to solve my money problems and behold, this 5 star easy read popped up. I could not put it down, and after reading it, I feel so confident in where I’m investing my money as well as how much debt I’ve already paid off. After reading you’ll know soon enough of getting into the Ramsey vocal of “gazelle intensity,” taking the “baby steps,” and working at the “snowball” affect.

A go to book for anyone looking for financial peace.


“We buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like.”

Dave Ramsey

Poolside Reading

There you have it, the reading list you need for this summer. You may think we’re reaching the end soon of our sunny vacation days, but you definitely will find out these are all reads that go by super fast. Not because your skimming through it either. Adulting needn’t be a pain of growing up, it should be the personal freedom to be what we want to be. Do check out these books, if not through these amazon links, than check out your local library.

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Have you ever went shopping, walking aimlessly up and down the aisles of the store, searching for the best planner and you come out either empty handed or the planners out there only have bits and pieces you actually like. If only you could take those pieces and melt them together. A constant struggle of what I used to have every time school shopping was within this season. Until now…


Searching forums, blogs, Pinterest, top 10 lists, I finally found the best planner anyone will ever need, and that’s the Passion Planner. Created for like minded people who are driven to complete goals, this perfect organizer, literally organizes your whole entire life. Read on to find out the specs on why this planner is so perfect.

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Hi my name is the Passion Planner

Created by Angelia Trinidad, in 2013 she struggled with what every student was worried about, and thats life post grad. The anxiety of what comes next after years of school, stepping away from the comfort zone of this routine you’ve perfectly set up from years of schooling to the “real world.” Applying her overachieving characteristics from school towards a business that will help other people have a system to know where their life is headed, creates a map, for anyone scared of the future at least visually can work on goals to achieve their dreams.

For three years I’ve been using this planner because it really works for me. I actually just bought another one to add to my collection. I know I’m not a post grad student, just a busy hairstylist who needs to organize life and business to maintain sanity. I’ve planned multiple international trips, buying a home, and getting married, all by using it exactly to a T.

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How to use your Passion Planner:

  • First things First create your “Passion Roadmap”
    • A couple pages in you’ll find the Roadmap, you take 5 minutes to jot down everything you’d like to accomplish. It’s a personal wish list that can be as realistic or bizarre as you want.
    • Since I’m a neat freak I like to jot down on a piece of paper first to organize my thoughts, then transfer over to the bubble map.
    • You can put down career goals, future family life, where you’d like to travel, financial freedom, etc.
  • Here’s the “Gamechanger”
    • To use this organizer to the best of it’s abilities, now that you have your Passion Roadmap you can plan out specific things you want to achieve from it by scheduling it out in smaller bubble maps called a “Gamechanger.”
    • For instance, planning your monthly page, flip back to your Roadmap and work with what time frame you want it done by.
    • The idea is to break down big goals into small goals to get to the BIG GOALS.
    • I work better using specific dates and deadlines so I usually just write it out on the day and specific time frame on the weekly page.
  • Master the Art of Colorful Writing
    • I’m a very visual person and what helps me is to take these colors I use from various writing utensils to create a key. Whether it’s icons or certain colors I use, each thing signifies a certain action. Here are some of the tools I use for my key.
      •  Highlighters – draws attention to an important need or, a personal appointment. I like using this for the weekly section.
      • Crayola Markers – dating bills, holidays, birthdays, any certain special occasions, I use these markers that are thin enough and yet still bold in texture, on my monthly page.
      • Profile Pens – for side notes, game changers, these easy guidable pens pulls through for me on cursive penmanship.
      • Papermate Flair M – within the weekly section on specific times, I use this to mark what I’m doing within those time slots.
      • Crayola Pencils – I color the area of time that needs to be blocked out, so that it’s known that I need to specify my time and energy on that one piece. This creates a time frame on priorities.
  • Stick it to Me
    • Stickers are fun to dress up the page. Stupid cats meowing or lil’ kawaii sushi dancing around, draws attention to your eye on what needs to be done, or just looking at cute stuff makes you happy, than so be it.
  • Washi Tape
    • I use this for dividers or borders. It creates a space for lists, tallying, grids, etc. Whatever you feel that is urgent that needs to get done within your priority list.

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Here’s some more key features that I love about this planner.

  • “Monthly Reflection”
    • After each month, like a journal, you just take what’s happened and really contemplate what you’ve accomplished or haven’t, and what you could do better.
    • Sometimes you get distraught after you’re so involved buying a new planner making ti pretty then nothing gets done. I love this part because it shows how you can wipe off that bad energy and really go into the next month with a clean slate.
  • “Side Projects”
    • Located on the left hand side of the weekly page, there’s a grid that has a list for your Personal Projects and Work Projects. I like using it to divide the areas of my life that need balance. Again coming from my Passion Roadmap, I get to work on projects such as making time for family, praying, blog marketing, and so on.
    • Within the week dates post the project you’d like it to be accomplished by.
  • Grids & Blank Paper
    • In the back you can use it like a bullet journal and write down Bucket Lists, Work Out Plans, Movies to Watch, and so on. Endless amount of space for you to use for the whole year.

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Planning Your Dreams

I ordered the “Sunrise Gold” 8.5″x 11″ Academic Planner ’17 – ’18 costs $35

If you can’t tell from the pictures, it has a beautiful shimmery outside soft cover, with a detailed embossed pendant in front. They all come with a green bookmark that my cats go crazy after.

I’m absolutely obsessed with this planner. For someone who is super goal driven and needs help balancing their life, I highly recommend the Passion Planner. I honestly believe that this is the best planner you’ll ever need!

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The mist of salt water in the air, boats in the harbor, and barnacles up the sea wall, sounds like a pirates life for me. Playing pretend of course never ended for this 29 year old gal, obviously. Earlier this month Gary and I took the challenge to meet up with his friends over at Ponce Inlet for my first time going fishing at the Jetties. I had so much fun and am willing to share what you need to know about Jetty fishing at Ponce Inlet.

“There’s a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot.” -Steven Wright

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The Special Spot

I have special memories in my heart of my father bringing my brother and I fishing off the ocean docks. Putting these massive poles at the time in the water, we knew nothing except the minor pointers of bait it, drop it, and reel them in. It seems like yesterday, but now it’s been ages since fishing at the pier. For a couple years, since owning our boat we’ve now and then have tried freshwater fishing over at Lake Eustis, but either we would all come out dry or it wasn’t worth keeping the fish because freshwater fishing just wasn’t trustworthy on how tastey or healthy the fish would be. Other than the Jetty’s we’ve gone a couple times crabbing late at night, and that was really fun, it’s just dangerous not having great eye sight. Also, the insects at night are horrible.

Gary’s coworker, a wise old asian dude with mystical powers of always reeling in fish, knew a spot that he’s shared with plenty of other coworkers who have gone with him, that have caught MASSIVE fish, supposedly really tastey ones as well. These guys also promised Gary that he would be another veteran reeling in the “big one,” and adding to the collection of fish stories.

Of course, Gary needs his partner in crime, so here I go on this adventure to this spot everyone’s talking about.

jetty fishing at ponce inlet

jetty fishing at ponce inlet

Lighthouse Point Park

 5000 S. Atlantic Ave.,  Ponce Inlet


Lighthouse Point Park

Equipped with what we thought we knew we needed, we headed out early in the morning toward Daytona Beach. Directions led us to Lighthouse Point Park, a great recreational 52-acre park, where if you don’t like fishing you could either walk the trails, hide from the sun at their pavilions, or hit the beach, then come back to base camp to shower or for bathroom breaks.  There is a $10 fee for each vehicle at the park, or you can buy an annual pass that’s $20, which is well worth it.

From the parking lot there’s a small trek to head out to the end of the pier where beyond the concrete is rocks extending to the Jetty farther out into the ocean. Sharp slippery rocks, off  balance from carrying a pole in hand and a backpack full of nasty prickly crabs, risk of waves pushing me off for me to be swept away forever – is this worth it!?

Danger should be my middle name, or stupid because this was pretty difficult climbing these rocks. Most of the guys could balance themselves and slowly step across, but for me, trying to keep up was hard. I was scared, I didn’t like how wet the rocks were, and frankly, I’m a delicate creature who needs to be attended to. Before walking out on the rocks, Gary’s coworker, which by now you might envision an old asian man with a Fu Manchu, gave us a tip to wear old socks over our water shoes, which was a brilliant idea for they became great grips for the rocks. Not the best, but better than what we had. My tip is to step on top of the barnacles because that gave me a little more resistance to the slip.

I finally met the guys midway along how far the rocks go. I was thankful that they stopped because I was  nervous when I spotted fishermen at the very tip of the jetties. We unpacked on top of these sturdy flat top slabs of rock where we gathered our bait, backpacks, and other fishing essentials.

jetty fishing at ponce inlet

jetty fishing at ponce inlet

One Fish, Two Fish, What Fish

Looking across the harbor watching  boats go by, families waving at us atop our spots, waves crashing through the  caverns underneath us ,while little crabs walk by catching anything that washed ashore, was pure bliss.  Pictures of the lighthouse reminded me of Wuthering Heights, a hopeless romantic book that I only wish my Heathcliff, Gary, could feel within ripping our crab bait in half alive among the stench of guts in the air. Yes, a romantic date at the beach for us indeed.

BUT to the point of why we risked being out there. Underneath these treacherous waves, of at the time, 2 foot swells, you can catch Tarpon, Spotted Seat Trout, Snook, and Red “Drum” Fish, among other sea creatures. Prior to heading out to cast, make sure you register a Saltwater Fishing License, I bought mine for $17.50 at Walmart.  Another great tip would be to find out Florida laws on what season to catch certain fish, and what size the fish should be to take home. Click the link below for more details on that, the link will bring you to the official Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission site.

Saltwater Fishing Regulations

King of the Rock

After countless of tries for myself at the Jetty’s, I’ve given up hope that I myself will one day be a pegged legged old sea hag telling tales of great Red Drum giving me that good fight that caused me to lose my one true love Gary, to be left with my obnoxious shoulder perched  parrot “Gary,” that I’ve named him after. That day, and another day I did not catch anything, just a few bites every now and then. Although my husband and his brother have been there a few times now and have caught a good size of Red Fish. Too large though to take home, they could try, but that $500 fine really isn’t worth it. Their pride though is restored and I believe I could be that true bad luck out there. Old Fu Manchu, the wise man of the Jetty’s at Ponce Inlet, still remains King of the Rock as you will see him there from ashore catching one fish after the other, and still lives to tell the tale.

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