Perceptions, Principles, and Progress;

An essay on the differing concepts and connotations of energy sources (and how they hinder innovation). The Final Edit. 

Introduction 

In the age of consumerism and common access to energy and tertiary services; individuals are more often than not choosing what is more convenient for them than what is more necessary for themselves. In the modern age, survivability and necessity are seldom concerns with the comfortability of modern life. As much as I may consider myself an environmentalist, my life choices do not typically reflect as the demand for our consumer needs currently are at risk. My once very strong opinion on opposing offshore oil exploration has been reversed due to my own supply and demand to rely on oil to fuel my lifestyle. Leading to misconceptions, this is where convenience crosses the line of ones’ own opinions. If I truly wanted to be ‘environmentally friendly’ I could purchase a bicycle and wake up at least 2-3 hours prior to work for my transportation. Same goes for power usage, as much as I wish I did not need to depend on lights for my apartment or an electrical outlet to charge my phone or my laptop, I am dependent on such sources for my lifestyle. You see, in recent times I’ve begun to have an understanding that it is almost impractical to have beliefs in prioritizing the environmentally friendly while continuing my need to participate in the options provided for survival (I.e. cost effective). I feel we must realize that in order to have the best of both worlds, the future of our energy production will indeed need to be altered, if not, we take an economic and national security risk in the progress of innovation.  

With the 21st century status quo of constant energy use to sustain the average Americans’ lifestyle, the knowledge that our current energy infrastructure is limited and shrinking can be a daunting foreshadow of a potential economic disaster. The lifestyles we enjoy are potentially fleeting if action is not taken to ensure if more sustainable sources of energy are not instituted before they are necessary. While we currently know of the depleting source and have begun implementing other options, the other options are not as cost effective, in which the average American consumer would choose the option that best fits their financial needs. To this advantage there are three methods of energy production that require evaluation when determining the future of energy production, these are renewable energy, fossil fuels, and nuclear power. With this evaluation comes major changes as each produce different economic costs and risks. Our lifestyles are currently based upon what is easily accessible and cost efficient for the average Americans’ wallets. Taking much consideration, the commodity costs as well as environmental and economic risks all need to play a factor when going forth with our choices and determination in the future of our energy production.  

Natural Gas & Fossil Fuels 

With natural gas being one of our main energy sources, much controversy is surrounded by our use, production and import within America. Individually taking into consideration, the use of natural gas accounts for most of our basic needs for our comfortable modern lifestyles. Whether it is cooking, heating/cooling your home, refrigeration, drying clothes, and fuel for vehicles, natural gas consumption has a current impact on the basic human consumer needs. The use of natural gases account for around a combined total of 30% in the US consumption in 2019 for residential, transportation, and commercial activity. The US oil and gas industry accounted for about “31 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas” in 2019 to be consumed. This can be difficult for the average person to understand so to break this down, I calculated that the 31 Tcf that is 231896103896103.88 US liquid in gallons, and 1 barrel is 42 gallons of oil which means a total of 5521335807050.1 barrels of oil being consumed within the year of 2019 (U.S. Energy Information Administration). The reason for this current state of high demand in fossil fuel use is because it is the cheapest option so far of the 3 energy sources being evaluated. With a whopping total $14.24 annual cost per gallon for the consumer in residential areas, and $5.16 annual cost per gallon for the consumers in the city within the year of 2019 (U.S. Energy Information Administration), making it affordable for consumers’ lifestyles.   

Regardless of affordability, due to the average individual consumption and dependency, there is a depletion of fossil fuels as the supply and demand rise, which in turn the prices then rise. A study in 2009 found that these non-renewable fossil fuels make up about “81% of the global primary energy supply, being the single largest primary source for energy oil fulfills 33% of the world’s energy needs” (Höök). Due to this high demand for oil and the rate of depletion, it is apparent that our system needs reevaluated for the future of where our main source of energy is derived from. I enjoyed reading this article as it points out the differences between the concept of a decline rate and the depletion rate of oil supply. While the decline rate essentially means the yearly cutback in the rate of production after peak production, the depletion rate is referring to the rate at which oil can be produced (Höök). With the supply and demand rate, this causes oil and gas prices to rise (ex. gas stations) because it is much more difficult to extract the oil as quickly as it is being demanded (U.S. Energy Information Administration). Essentially, the connection with the rise in energy costs is also connected to the rise in the price of food as well due to production supply and demand of society (Bierbaum). Unrelated to political influence, my research involved diving deeper into how natural gas usage took affect within my lifestyle, I came to an understanding that I may be in opposition of how the process of extracting the oil is not the safest method for the environment, but without the production my life choices would be much more challenging, such as fueling my vehicle and my eating habits. 

Each energy source poses their own threats to the environment, in my opinion the oil and gas industry, is the most complex of the three. Here’s why; agricultural waste/pollution, air pollutants, and oil spills that affect coastlines in America (Bierbaum). Although I disagree with the process of extraction (offshore oil drills and fracking), I understand the supply and demand needed for our current status of living, but with the data provided I do not think the costs and environmental effects are worth continuing this process for future energy production. With the current status of fossil fuels in depletion, new technology for renewable energy sources has been introduced into the mix.  

Renewable Energy 

Only in recent years has the technology for renewable energy been modeled to be improved, but this does not go without its economic and environmental complications as well. A study in 2007 reports that around “80% of the world’s total primary energy consumption is accounted for by fossil fuels, and with the threats of climate change and oil depletion, there is an increase in demand for renewable energy sources, approximating over $30 billion,” (Thomas) which has only increased in a 13-year span. We hear in news reports of solar and wind power with how they limit the use of fossil fuels and can be a switch into energy sources that are environmentally friendly but, how much information do we really know on these products and their costs? 

Reports in 2020 for the Annual Energy Outlook review the demand for electricity as it grows and the future of energy sources through 2050 (U.S. Energy Information Administration). Below you will find diagrams pertaining to the amount of electricity generated from natural gas and how renewables increase as a “result of lower natural gas prices and declining costs of solar and wind renewable capacity, making these fuels increasingly competitive” (U.S. Energy Information Administration). Suggesting the projections for the U.S. Energy production sources and with increases occurring throughout, growth rates for electricity demand have slowed as these new efficient devices and production processes that require less electricity (wind and solar) have replaced depleting sources, excluding nuclear (U.S. Energy Information Administration). 

As the popular demand increases for renewable energy sources there is also information missing, how do they get broken down over time, what is their environmental and economic impact after use? Exploring how environmentalists have long promoted renewable energy sources like solar panels and wind farms to save the climate, Michael Shellenberger’s TED talk dives deeper into what happens when those technologies destroy the environment. Explaining why solar and wind farms require so much land for mining and energy production, Shellenberger has ideas on an alternative path to saving both the natural environment and economic innovation. Thinking my first idea of the technical lifestyles with solar panels and electric cars and thinking of the main obstacles as political, I was wrong, this was not as simple an idea as expected. The implications Michael mentions in this TED talk refer to solar panels on roof houses, “costing about twice as much as the electricity from solar farms, with large transmission lines to bring in all the electricity from the country into a city, and the mix of solar and wind admitting electricity only 10%-15% of the time a year”(Shellenberger). The solutions mentioned are to convert solar and wind energy into an electric battery like source to store that energy, which is expensive to convert. The issue of reliability is that there is too much electricity one day being conducted and another not enough, for example California would pay neighboring states such as Arizona to use the solar electricity, suffering and risking a blow out in the grid. Wind turbines have even become a threat to bird species such as the bald eagle, and solar farms require clearing areas of wildlife; pulling the natural animals that inhibit those lands into captivity where many end up dying, “in other words, all of the major problems with renewables aren’t technical, they’re natural”(Shellenberger). With unreliable and unsustainable power, economic costs begin to increase in the state of CA from solar and wind power usage, we see this in the graph a look provided below, the increase in electricity prices from 2011-2017 due to high demand and low production.

Aside from the worry that fossil fuel sources will dwindle, the demand for renewable energy sources also stems from a populist interest in decreasing carbon dioxide emissions, and the threat of global warming. This interest in reducing CO2 emissions has led to the development of technology capable of reducing air pollution, environmentally friendly alternatives to modern necessities have been and continue to be developed both in the private sector and by government entities. Despite these ‘eco-friendly’ technologies aspirations, energy is still a need to sustain a modern economy and infrastructure. Even with efforts such as electric and hybrid vehicles such as Tesla’s and Prius’ with 64.2% of America’s electricity being produced by coal and natural gasses (U.S. Energy Information Administration). The CO2 pollution of electric automobiles have not been reduced but merely rerouted. With the data in juxtaposition to minimal positive environmental effects, the question that appears in my mind is whether the longer lasting negative effects are worth expansion? The future of our energy dependence relies on the equal part of environmentally conscious and survivability; which leads into the expansion and exploration of nuclear power, we see in the graphs below, provided by Environmental Progress and Michael Shellenbergs TED talk, the comparison between solar/wind and nuclear energy production. From the data we see the context of sustainable energy. As nuclear power plants show more sustainability, academic journals follow this study deeper as the rate of renewable energy education increases. Chacko Thomas of Murdoch University conducted a study in 2008 on the issues with the education of renewable energy, whether it be in course content or skills shortage, the link of teaching to research to development takes a “multidisciplinary approach,” providing solutions to “serious global problems such as oil depletion, air pollution, and global warming,” resulting in mass amounts of technology that needs to be developed to include in the educational programs (Thomas). The main point that Thomas provides is that the variety of technology needed in order to provide the education of renewable sources, is costly and can be unreliable as the issues that surround renewable energy sources that have gone unnoticed and are miscommunicated within the media and educators. The reports show the world’s total primary energy consumption alongside the threats of climate change and oil depletion, as there is an increase in demand for renewable energy sources. 

Nuclear Power

Believed to be the most misleading of the group, nuclear power is underrated and overlooked when considering the environment and our economy and going forth with our choices and determination in the future of our energy production. When I was beginning my research, this energy source stood out to me the most, even with negative associations such as the disasters of the power plants from Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima in 2011, as well as the association with the atomic bomb drop in Hiroshima in 1945. A study conducted by the EPA in 2012 reported that the United States had 104 commercial nuclear power plants in 31 states, generating 20% of the county’s electricity (Palliser). This report is interesting because a study within recent years states that by the end of 2019, the United States EIA reported 58 nuclear power plants in 29 states however, generating  20% of the country’s electricity, the same percentage with fewer plants in just 7 years  (U.S. Energy Information Administration). Advocating for nuclear power is in turn advocating for the environmentally friendly. According to the EPA, nuclear energy production promotes clean energy as it does not emit CO2, sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxides (Palliser). Within another TED talk from Michael Shellenberger we gain a sense of the solar and wind as an energy source to be unreliable in sustainability, compared with the depletion of fossil fuels; generating electricity 10%-30% of the time (weather permitting). In the graphs provided by Environmental Progress and Michael Shellenberg’s TED talk, we examine the comparison of carbon emissions, deaths involved, and materials for each energy source. There is an importance in recognizing where our future energy innovation is to maintain a successful environmental and economic status, these graphs should serve as evidence to such. 

As you can see in the graphs above, the information provided gives incite on the reliability and sustainability of nuclear power compared to other energy sources. Not only is it important to consider moving forward with a reliable energy source but a sustainable one in which can be used for consumer lifestyles as years progress, that won’t dwindle and won’t cause economic and environmental destruction. Nuclear power can not only produce twice as much energy with less materials, it also emits less carbon pollution. As shown in the graph below, Solar energy sources require 5 different materials, all needed to be broken down and “recycled” individually while nuclear energy sources require 3 materials and can be broken down very simplistically. The risk associated with the disassembly of nuclear plants is rumored high and it can be a ‘high’ risk, but looking at the other sources, it’s a risk worth exploring. 

Conclusion 

Even with the high demand of advocating for eco friendly usage for energy sources, our current comfortability and convenience status will not change until things become necessary and convenient for other options when the day arrives of total depletion of fossil fuels. As I was writing this essay, I experienced a drastic change within my point of view on environmentalism, activism and my basic needs as a human; causing me to go through a roller coaster of emotions as it was challenging to foresee that all along, the environment is and will be fine after human existence. In the words of George Carlin “saving endangered species is just one more arrogant attempt by humans to control nature, interfering with nature is what got us in trouble in the first place, with animals disappearing at the rate of 25 a day regardless of our behavior,” the need for lobbyists is not as equivalent to the importance of needing a change in the production of a primary energy source. It took multiple resources such as these academic journals and TED talks cited, for my opinion to have a complete change, but here I am. Someone who once dreamed of working for a non-profit organization, lobbying, thinking I was working towards the “greater good,” now believes that my greater good is advocating and educating others for other resources of energy. Taking the time for educating myself on matters such as these have opened up my eyes to the truth of reality, the harsh truth, that the Earth will be okay, it is us humans that need to realize this to become less of the ‘superhero’ and more of a collected humanity to equally keep an energy source sustainable while still being ‘environmentally friendly’. 

It is not with laws and regulations that change will be influenced but, with the power of correcting the production of the energy system in its entirety to match the financial needs of consumers and influence the environmental activists’ validation, eventually the future of energy production will be progressive. In theory, it is an environmental and economical win, in my opinion shaped by the data given with the depletion of fossil fuels and how renewable energy can lead to other difficulties, that our future of energy production will lead to be innovative with a change towards nuclear power.  

Works Cited 

Bierbaum, Rosina M., and Pamela A. Matson. “Energy in the Context of Sustainability.” Daedalus, vol. 142, no. 1, 2013, pp. 146–161. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/43297308. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.  

Carlin, George. “The Planet Is Fine.” YouTube, 21 Oct. 2007, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W33HRc1A6c. Accessed Oct. 2020.  

Environmental Progress. 2020. The Complete Case for Nuclear — Environmental Progress. https://environmentalprogress.org/the-complete-case-for-nuclear. Accessed 30 October 2020. 

Höök, Mikael, et al. “Decline and Depletion Rates of Oil Production: A Comprehensive Investigation.” Philosophical Transactions: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, vol. 372, no. 2006, 2014, pp. 1–21. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/24502100. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.  

ICPP. “Carbon Pollution: Nuclear and Solar.” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, http://www.ipcc.ch/.

Palliser, Janna. “Nuclear Energy.” Science Scope, vol. 35, no. 5, 2012, pp. 14–18. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/43184528. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.  

 Shellenberger, Michael. “Why I Changed My Mind about Nuclear Power | Michael Shellenberger TEDx Berlin.” YouTube, 4 Jan. 2019, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciStnd9Y2ak&ab_channel=TEDxTalks. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.  

Shellenberger, Michael. “Why Renewables Can’t Save the Planet | Michael Shellenberger | TEDx Berlin.” YouTube, 17 Nov. 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-yALPEpV4w. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020. 

Thomas, Chacko, et al. “Issues in Renewable Energy Education.” Australian Journal of Environmental Education, vol. 24, 2008, pp. 67–73. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/44656502. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.  

U.S. Energy Information Administration. “ANNUAL ENERGY OUTLOOK 2020.” EIA.Gov, 2020 www.eia.gov/outlooks/aeo/pdf/AEO2020%20Full%20Report.pdf.   

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Boss Babe: Balancing Friendships, Relationships, and Yourself (along with Everything Else)

Welcome back my Boss Babes.

I haven’t been active in a long long while and I have realized why; I’m not a very public person with my life. I noticed my blog take a turn for what I didn’t want it to become; fake. I don’t want to sit here and pretend as though I have a perfect life or that succeeding in only what I write about it the ultimate survival guide to perfection…it’s not. I can’t promise to be as active on my blog as I used to be but I can promise to give updates along the way.

So, here is me dishing out anything and everything. `

Life is extremely complex so I’m noticing…but that doesn’t make life miserable. I think my current state of mind is ‘as long as I’m surrounded by what I love and those I love, I will be a loving person all around’ (even to myself). Devoting time to the close people in your life is something I’ve come to realize is most important. Surely, being around someone too long, you pick up on tendencies and may or may not get annoyed however, that makes them who they are and I’m sure they feel the same about you at times. It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean the love is any less.

Friendships to me have recently been defined as having platonic soulmates. If it is true, that person will always be there no matter the cost. No matter the little arguments, no matter the sacrifices. Choices have really defined friendships for me as well. Forgiveness and Acceptance. Being grateful to have those little conversations filled with funny jokes or those moments of vulnerability where actively listening and responding, have a great deal in keeping the connections.

Trying to achieve balancing multiple little groups of friends has been my most difficult challenge lately, and somehow I manage to make it work even if it stresses me at times. Not everyone I’m friends with are friends with each other and slowly but surely I’m trying to mesh here and there. (Not just for my sake, because it 100% makes my life a little more manageable…but because I know some of these friends would connect with each other in different ways). Being only one person, spreading out my time with people hasn’t been the easiest.

This then transitions into building an actual relationship with a companion. With someone I may see myself completely with and this may be too soon to mention but writing this I’m seeing how much I’m just enjoying the time with someone. No labels, but the labels aren’t necessary when we both just know. It’s a pure feeling that doesn’t need defined for anyone else but the two involved and I find that so comforting.

I’ve noticed my perspective on love and lust take a full 180. I used to be so stressed on the “do you really want me?” , “is this building somewhere that will last?”You can’t promise forever with someone but you can promise for now. You can promise that if you want this bad enough, things won’t even come into question especially about trust and ‘loyalty’. You can make promises without words, that this is just right where you’re meant to be.

Spending time with the people they are close with is highly valued as well. It takes a lot to balance ones own friendships but being able to incorporate the ones’ of the person who has most of your interest, is important as well. Time is valuable, and being able to equally share that time with those closest to you is all that really matters.

Since this is so very new, I won’t be spending too much time on that topic but I found the simplicity in that extremely important.

Having space is important too. Knowing when you require ‘me time’ is the most important aspect of your life. I’m not sure if it’s because of ‘only child syndrome’ (another topic for another day) but I really love my alone time. I love my solitude to the point where I can just paint my nails (and then paint them again if I don’t like the color), I can cook/meal prep while playing the best of One Direction… the list is endless. Sure, I can share these moments with a companion or friends in my life but if there is one solid thing I discovered early on in life; you are your own best friend.

I’m realizing the amount of things I’m doing in my life and it’s so much more than I can imagine. I’m loving every minute of my life and things can only get better from here. Taking on a different course in life has opened up a new and fresh perspective. Becoming more of an outgoing-social person and joining clubs and organizations has helped me tremendously by building connections with people; building on current friends and making new as well.

I try to humble myself always, but I’m also learning that bragging and being proud of yourself are two very polar opposites. It’s no secret, I am not perfect, my life has never been perfect. Even in the happy-fun person I show, I have my moments of doubt, my moments of weakness and my moments of pure ‘I just want to be lazy’…but by not allowing those negative thought take over each and every day, I am opening up so many more beautiful opportunities for myself…to be a great friend, to be a great love, to be a great version of my most authentic self.

The Reality of (My) Life

To be honest with myself, I need to not lie to myself (or this audience). Sure my life is ‘great’ (as great as it could be for the time… I’m very thankful); I’m not binge eating the way I was, I meal prep, I have a job, the people I’m surrounded by are incredible, I joined a club…but I’m noticing that I’m lagging.

I lag in applying myself everyday and I miss it. I miss the feeling of being proud to complete things and I need to start attacking this right now (while I’m self-aware). It’s difficult to understand the workings of my mind but, for me it’s as simple as saying “I’m lazy.” And I know when I am…my room is currently a mess and my mind is just as unorganized.

Do you ever just know how badass you are but then fall into a pit of self-doubt? A self-absorbed feeling..slowly, sinking, yet you’re doing everything you can to keep your head above water? I still show up for work, for class, for events…but I mentally check myself out once I’m in the comfort of my tiny space of an apartment.

This is the reality of my life.

I can sit here and blanket these thoughts, or that I “contemplated writing this because of the negative attention” (which, tbh I didn’t).

I’ve become so comfortable with this online journal of mine that

if I’m not totally honest,

what would be the point of having a blog?

I won’t sit here and tell you my life has been perfect since the changes I’ve made, but I can tell you I’ve progressed immensely. I can tell you that the little things I do for myself truly have a huge impact. I can tell you that sometimes it’s more than an “off day”…maybe it’s a few, or even a week.

This is why I needed to stop my series, because I can’t put on a front and act in la la land.

My life is too precious to be faked like that.

I can’t be the only one that understand this.

(We need to stop this trend of being okay with putting only the great things about our lives online and share those other miscellaneous, odd times. It doesn’t mean you’re auto labeled depressed or have a shit life… it makes you human.)

If we [a society] choose to live our lives online,

why wouldn’t you want to project your most truly authentic, honest self?

It takes more than a mantra or just a simple task. You really need to want your life badly enough to go after what you want. That’s still a learning process for me, and I accept that. However, I can sit here and accept it but it won’t change anything.

Failure is not an option.

Mental Health Topic

In order to gain more knowledge, I need to allow time to run it’s course. With that said, this will be my final post in this series for awhile. Starting this blog by myself, I was surprised that in just a few months, my views have grown and I’m finishing the year 2019 with 538! So I wanted to take the time to thank you for the love & support.

Balancing your entire life isn’t meant to be easy or simple. Life is difficult, stressful, and tiring. But, life is extremely beautiful, colorful, incredible, and if enough effort is applied, life will be successful. It’s not an outlook thing, it’s facts. Life is everything.

Maintaining your physical and mental self is very important. You’ll come to understand your own needs to keep your head above water.

Your life should reflect yourself; your endless possibilities, your successes, your failures, your greatness. Don’t shelter that.

I have begun to realize that it’s me, myself, and I in this life. Everything else can be either a positive or negative accessory, depending on choices. Think of it like adding charms to a bracelet. Each one uniquely made and designed for you, to benefit you.

It takes structure, being consistent, and great focus.

Be your own #1 biggest fan.

I feel like I could definitely add onto this however, your life is your life.

Take 100% control of it for your best interest.

Happy World Mental Health Day!

Boss Babe: Enjoy Your ‘Off Days’

It’s true, no one is perfect.

Even the most organized, most motivated people have their ‘off days’. Mine just so happened to be right after an intense weekend, Monday morning at 7:30 am (even though we had a 4 day week). I told myself, it’s just another day you can handle it… but s l e e p …. I’ll shoot a quick email to my professors and my boss and head back to bed. And so I did. I waited for the ‘okay’ replies and slept until about noon. Woke up, got myself together, made some lunch and immediately jumped on my assignments.

C’est la vie..Life happens.

We are meant to take breaks in life, sometimes they are a minor setback, while other times, absolutely necessary. Yes I’ll admit, I got a little lazy, causing me to cancel plans with a friend in that upcoming weekend so I could focus on priorities. That’s what happens and that’s the truth.

Looking back, I’m happy I chose the decision I did because it gave me a lot of time to ‘isolate’ myself to get sh*t done!

When you become self-aware you inevitably realize what you need to do to be successful.

I was actually glad to enjoy some time by myself though, it works out in many ways of getting more accomplished than what you had originally planned.

After I finished my assignments, I ended up finding recipes for meal planning (I got lazy with my ‘healthy lifestyle’ choices and needed to get back into it). I have 4 different dinners to last for each week in October which, saves me money & perfectly proportions my eating habits.

Sometimes a “day off” becomes a time for realization and planning. Like a restart button. Enjoy that.

Thursday will be my last post (for now) in this series: Balancing it All.

Boss Babe: Make That Money

Making Money Moves (according to urban dictionary), is used to describe a badass individual who works really hard to make moves in order to elevate their financial success, fame and or status.

I honestly (hate to say it), use this term loosely as a mantra LOL. More or less in a sense of, I know what I want and I’m going to go after it regardless of life challenges.

Alexa (which I don’t have), play 7 Rings by Ariana Grande

I see it, I like it, I want it, I’ll (eventually) get it.

It’s a process and starting small is okay! I didn’t think I would be working while in college but here I am; it’s truly a blessing to even work in a department for my school (the hours are extremely flexible with classes). However, even without the offer from my school, I would have (un-shamefully) checked a job listing for places like Walmart (or other retail stores).

The process isn’t supposed to be easy but I say this over and over; you have to want things bad enough to accept that a successful life comes with difficulties.

The point I’m trying to make is, you have to start early in the game. Sure, going to college is great for furthering education, etc. However, having a job on top of that, gives you more life skills and the capability to balance both (plus, a paycheck is extremely great to have). Which ties in with time management and organization.

Now, onto some real talk; Saving Money. Sure, you’ll feel like the rich b*tch you are but do you really need that new outfit? (sometimes, it’s okay to treat yourself). I had to rebuild my wardrobe after losing some weight so yes, for me that was necessary however, that doesn’t mean each paycheck I need to spend every single penny. I have plans for Christmas vacation with my family, I don’t have a car, saving for my college loans, and my best friend and I want to move in together.

It’s important to build this now, your future self will thank you. So start by giving yourself an allowance, if you have enough self control you won’t need to restrict yourself to a savings account (although, I highly recommend). Just because it’s available, does not mean you should spend.

Start remembering that memories are more important to make rather than materialistic items; there are plenty of free, or cheap things to do in life by yourself or with others. It is key to understand that if you want that huge house with a gorgeous front yard (or whatever your dreams may be) you need to go out and get that job, it’s okay to start small but start thinking of the bigger picture. If you want that C.E.O position, go for it! All it takes is building to get there.

Next Tuesday: Enjoying Your ‘Off Days’.

Boss Babe: Early to bed, early to rise, makes a WOMAN healthy, wealthy, and wise

Fixing your sleep pattern is tough, I get it. However, quit making excuses and just do it!

I remember the nights of staying up until 3am wasting away with my thoughts. Waking up around noon (in actuality 2pm) the next day. I felt tired, gross, and rushed.

I had wasted a day of my precious life, a day that I didn’t mean to make lazy (not needed for my mental health). (No, it’s not that serious but it’s a great way of reasoning).

In theory, I thought; why keep putting stress on myself? This is my life, I decide where I want to lead. So I began with no eating past 6pm (went along with my healthy lifestyle progress), getting to bed by 9pm (being asleep at least by 10pm), and waking up for daily walks around 6am.

Becoming a ‘morning person’ wasn’t my goal, it was the idea of using my days and my time wisely. Personally, I’m a night owl but with school, work, balancing friendships, and my ‘me time’, wasted days became an issue.

Having that morning time be my ‘me time’ for watching the news, having breakfast, getting a tiny workout in, etc. It wasn’t easy switching my body to this schedule but somehow, I made it work.

Time is one of the best parts about life; but when we feel rushed, we don’t enjoy every moment, we feel like we are unable to accomplish great things.

The reactions I get from telling my friends that I start my days around 5am are quite funny to me. “I could never”, “you’re out of your mind”, “how do you function?”

It’s simple; get to sleep early you’ll end up feeling refreshed and ready to start your day. I have since realized that if it hits a certain hour in the night and I still need to complete an assignment, it’s best for me to get some sleep and wake up early rather than push myself into those late hours.

This leads into my next topic: Making Money. Everything is a butterfly effect, once you start preparing now it will lead you to an extremely successful life (or so, I’m noticing).

Boss Babe: Organize Yourself

Time Management & Organization

I have always taken pleasure in writing something down and crossing it off once completed. Sure, I could write what I need to do in an online planner or my notes in my phone, but going along with my ‘goals’, having things written out is visually pleasing to see how much I am able to accomplish; I can turn back the pages of the past month and review how much effort was applied.

This planner holds my entire life; important dates, plans, homework, office work, errands I need to run. If there is anything to know about my life, it would be in this trusty little notebook.

As you can see, I consider myself “messy but organized”. Take a bedroom for example; walking through someone else’s room and seeing things scattered here and there, you ask the person “do you have (an object) that I could borrow?” You see them scan the room, ponder, and immediately find the thing you wanted. That is my planner, “messy but organized“.

Having a planner goes hand in hand with time management. This is a HUGE connection to being successful.

I know, you’re probably thinking, “this is self-explanatory, this is common-sense, why even bring this up?” To answer that: common-sense isn’t so common. You have to apply yourself in every aspect, even in the little, most common, most over-looked details.

I’m a very visual person, in order to make change (or get things completed..on time) I need to see how to schedule it. I bought a $5 giant calendar to pin on my wall, (as well as writing in my planner..keeping dates organized in all places) month by month I write each important date down, using stickers or small doodles to make it stand out.

I also, take advantage of class syllabus’; all important dates for exams or assignments needed to know, are given to you!

Not only are these materials great for staying organized visually, but time management is easier to handle! The materials do not do the work for you, and I think that is a big lesson to understand.

From my own experiences and applying these aspects to my life; I can guarantee them to be helpful when used. You have to really want things bad enough to have that drive to be self motivated.

When you take the time to get organized, you’ll find yourself with extra time on your hands… that freedom is satisfying and extremely enjoyable.

Leading into next week: EARLY MORNINGS.

Bright Soul


these push pins placed on my heart, are tiny objects

a sense of purpose, holding important things together

sleek marble, where my feet stand

sun glistening through glass and the water shimmering

a metal box, holding the combinations of my brain, light up 

self sculpting shows sunshine, like gold glitter confetti

photos with images of success, pass me by

while people dance in a silhouette

mirrored love of a bright soul

Boss Babe: Goal Setting + Self Motivation

Welcome to My Weekly Journal: Boss Babe!

Each Thursday I will share my experiences in becoming successful & some simple tips, so you too, can be the best boss babe!


Have you ever sat in your bed, or your couch (if you’re lucky to make it out into the living room) and just waste your day watching your favorite flix? Stuffing your face, being lazy, no motivation? Yeah, me too. That all changed for me when I knew that I needed to start building my life.

After a rough sophomore year in college, 2 months before my 20th birthday (May 2019) I decided to take charge with setting some goals. I kept thinking big; wanting to live in Australia, what age I wanted to be to start a family (yeah big big dreams). But, reality hit me, I CANNOT REACH THOSE GOALS UNTIL I CREATE A PATH TO GET THERE.

So here’s where I started: by taking a shower, drinking a giant glass of water, sitting at my kitchen table with a pen and pad.

Here was my list (disclaimer: these were/are my personal goals I set, by no means do they directly line to becoming ‘successful’ however, pay attention to YOUR NEEDS): daily morning walks, reading books, painting, saving $ (for a vacation), eating healthier (smaller potions are key, I tried intermittent fasting on top of exercises), getting closer with my faith, and changing my major (I was in a bad mental state of contemplating dropping out, but there are OPTIONS).

For 2 months I was ‘on a roll’! It was like a star exploding, shattering little glimmers into the galaxy. By my 20th birthday (July 2019) I had; the routine of a healthy lifestyle, waking up early to go on walks, been baptized, had read 4 books and that day I received a job offer in the department that I had switched my major into.

All it takes is tiny plans to mass produce a great life. Day by day, week by week, month by month. Work your way up to those big steps.

Today, (September 2019) I still set those goals for myself: I have a giant calendar in my bedroom with my monthly schedule, I wear professional clothing (not only for my job; my outfits reflect my mood.. look professional, act professional, be professional, that’s the mantra, I also wake up each week day around 5:00AM, making my bed every morning, eating 3 healthy meals with tiny snacks in between, and getting to bed around 10:00PM.

Setting even the tiniest of goals could help you be successful.

My planner is also my entire life, I write just about anything and everything that I’ll have to do in that tiny notebook. It is a solid way to map out things like work, school, social.. WRITE ALL YOUR GOALS.

Mapping out exactly where you want to head in life is a great start; but the best way is to start small then increase your goals to match the reality of your life. In the end, you’ll end up enjoying life so much more. You will learn that with time management and organization *wink, wink* (NEXT WEEKS POST) you can actually find time to ‘relax’ and watch that movie or go out with friends. SET REALISTIC GOALS TO ACHIEVE.

Self motivation is KEY. Inspire yourself, believe in your goals… life has it’s difficulties.. start with making your bed.

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed… If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.

William H. McRaven