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2016 Goals

Hey everyone,

So as the holidays are quickly leaving us already the new year approaches us. This year I decided its a year about me , I am going to travel, I am going to work harder then ever at my job, I am going to get straight A’s , oh and did I mention travel?! So far I have planned/ in the process of planning 5 trips I have been saving for this forever and I simply cant wait.

My first trip in January is Killington Vermont.

killington-grand-resortBesides loving to snow board and ski I was also born not to far from here and love visiting. I have family there and even though I have lived in New Jersey longer then I did there it will always feel like home when I return. I will be venturing on a three day ski trip with friends while staying in a hotel right on the mountain.

Then in February… its a girls trip to…. NEW ORLEANS !!

untitledMy two best friends and I are venturing our way to Mardi Gras the day after that is. Mardi Gras never seems to die down here and its ten times cheaper if you leave the day after. So we are staying for two days to immerse ourselves in rich new Orleans culture.

Then for my 22 birthday in June we are going to…. you guessed it, VEGAS

The Strip at night, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America - getty creative

I have always wanted to go here not just to gamble but to see all the attractions and different architecture that you cant find anywhere else.

Lastly I am planning a cruise with a bunch of my friends for graduation, even though I graduate in December everyone will be graduating next semester. ( Man time flies) So we decided to have one last trip before we all go off to our real jobs and cant take off time for a while.

2016 is going to be such an amazing year , and this is only the beginning of it!

What are your plans?

Kailee

Staying Focused

Once winter break hits, I know that all we want to do is sit around and watch endless hours of Friends, The Mindy Project, and Orange is the New Black.  While these endless hours are much deserved, the second the spring semester rolls around, it only seems harder and harder to get back into the swing of things.  Here are some of my tips that I’m going to follow this break so that I don’t fall into a slump:

  1. Try to read 3 new books.  With our winter break being exceptionally long (not complaining), there is enough time to pick up some of the best sellers of the season.  Whether that means sitting in your local bookstore for a few hours every now and again or checking books out from your local library, it’ll feel good to keep your wheels turning.
  2. Write down your goals.  With all the high pressure of setting goals for the new year, you can easily say them outloud or think about them, but seeing your own goals in your handwriting makes all the difference.  Set long terms goals, seasonal goals, and semester goals.  Be realistic, but also push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
  3. Pursue a different subject.  While this can easily be applied to #1, learn about subjects that you are interested in outside of your major.  It is easy to get caught up in the craziness of school, but learning outside of your major can help you understand your relevant subject more easily or look at it from a different, newfound perspective.

You’ll be good to go once January rolls around!  Happy winter break!

Brunch Time

As you know, New York is known for many things, including its food.  Within the NY food scene, you have your specialty bakeries and pizza joints, but there is something so unique about the New York brunch scene.  It is a big weekend event, the end all, be all of food pictures and the ultimate dining experience.  I’m here to give you the top brunch places in the city:

  • Sarabeth’s
    • The very talked about restaurant from Gossip Girl doesn’t disappoint.  While the food can be a little pricey, it surely does not disappoint.  With many locations throughout the city, you’d think you wouldn’t have to wait too long, but make sure you give yourself enough time to wait for a table.
    • Must try: Classic Eggs Benedict
    • http://sarabethsrestaurants.com/
  • Egg Shop – 151 Elizabeth St.
    • If you are all about eggs, this is the place to go.  The options are seriously endless and you’ll become a frequent visitor.  There’s really no bad time to have anything egg related especially if it’s in the form of Egg Shop’s Spandex Bowl or Reformer Sandwich
    • Must try: Scrambler Bowl
    • http://www.eggshopnyc.com/
  • Alice’s Tea Cup
    • Attention all pastry and tea enthusiasts, this is the place for you.  From the MASSIVE scones to the pots of tea and decorations, this is every child’s dream restaurant.  There can often be a wait since the locations are fairly small, however you can always take a scone to go!
    • Must try: Alice’s Curious French Toast
    • http://alicesteacup.com/
  • Pies ‘n’ Thighs
    • With 2 locations located in the Lower East Side and Williamsburg and a name like Pies ‘n’ Thighs, how can you resist this place?  While they are known for their desserts and chicken buckets, this place is an ideal restaurant for the group of friends that can never agree on where to eat.  There’s something for everyone.
    • Must try: Brunch Special – Chicken Fried Steak-n-Eggs
    • http://piesnthighs.com/
  • Cookshop
    • This famous restaurant located right near the Highline dishes up some of the best brunch food around.  It’s a perfect place for a large group because of all of the options and for a beautiful stroll along the Highline after you inhale everything that Cookshop has to offer.
    • Must try: Baked French Toast Griddle
    • http://cookshopny.com/

I hope you can find time to treat yourself to some of these spots before winter break is upon us!

Ashley

The Wrap Up

Hey everyone!

So the end of the semester is coming pretty quickly. I feel like it was just yesterday where I was writing about my goals for this semester, where I thought I would be and my expectations for my classes.

I must say I learned so much this semester and my life has changed so much in these past few months. My classes were all amazing the one class I highly recommend to anyone is Business Communications which is an English class taught by Professor Landman.  THE MOST beneficial course I have taken at FIT. It taught me how to write memos, fix my resume, and how to handle the work place in a much more professional manner. Don’t get me wrong it had its fair share of work but I believe it was beyond worth it.  I apply the things I learned to my everyday job, which is very hard to say about a lot of things you learn in High school, College ,ect

1212I also became an official licensed insurance producer in life, health, home and auto, all while being a full time employee and student ! ( I’m not going to lie it is something I am extremely proud of, because I never thought I would get through it). I also bought my very first car all on my own as well. ( Which you can see above ) Life is going great as of right now, I made it through the semester with  what looks like good grades so far ,working full time and you will soon be with my on my journey through only online classes next semester.

How was your semester ? Any struggles? How about recommendations to classes you took?

Happy Holidays,

Kailee

 

Window Watching in NYC!

THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE! 

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That means it’s time to window shop watch, here in the city! 

New York City’s stores are recognized for their spectacular window displays and decorations. Here are a few that are worth taking a look at if you are in the area!

1. Macy’s (Nov. 20th – Jan. 4th) – Macy’s is dedicating its window displays this year to Charles Schultz’s cartoon creations. Each of the store’s six Broadway-facing windows hosts a display depicting the holiday adventures of the Peanuts crew.

2. Saks Fifth Ave (Nov. 23rd – Jan. 4th) – Saks is filling its windows with wintery versions of some of the world’s greatest natural and man-made wonders. On top of that, they transformed the entire front of the store into a winter palace complete with crystal spires and a light show involving more than 225,000 illuminated elements!

3. Bergdorf Goodman (Nov. 17th – Jan. 4th) – Bling bling! Swarovski studded this year in honor of the crystal maker’s 120th anniversary. More than 7 million Swarovskis were used to create the display, with each window presenting a different crystalline theme: a prismatic cave, bedazzled suits of armor and life-size lions and a birthday ballroom with every cake and gift coated in crystals.