Philadelphia Recap

Hey Dolls! Long time, no blog once again (insert eyeball here). I literally just got back from a week in Philadelphia with my family, as those of you who follow me on Snapchat know. Though I documented everything on Snapchat I did save some of the snaps to share on the blog of my adventures (and many misadventures) I had in The City of Brotherly Love.

 

 

Though it wasn’t my first time in Philadelphia it was my first time being legal in Philadelphia so that made things a lot more fun.

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Also, if you follow my Snapchat y’all know I like to eat…

 

Let’s also not forget dessert, and our froyo dates, our four year old twin cousins                              Image-1-64Image-1-3

 

I also got to see the other half of my family. Excuse our bumness, we were about to leave for our 11 hour drive back to Savannah!

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I always love traveling and I especially love going to Philadelphia to see my family, but I always LOVE coming back home to my own space! The trip was great and I hope I have more time to travel before schools starts back up! Do you guys have any travel plans for the summer? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!

Until Next Time!

I Love You Carrie But…Samantha Jones is Goals

Sex and the City is freaking i-con-NIC. Carrie Bradshaw was (and still is) what every woman aspires to be. Smart, amazing closet, amazing man, with an amazing fairy tale ending. I get it, Sex and the City is basically “Carrie’s Story”…but what about her friends, Miranda, Charlotte, and of course Samantha Jones who were also apart of her story while having their own stories chronicled too. Yes, Carrie is great, but Carrie Bradshaw lied.

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For one, running around New York City in stilettos…definite no go. It’s also not so easy to meet men, you’ll be perfectly fine if you spend a ridiculous amount of money on shoes instead of bills, and actually making a respectable living as a freelance writer in New York City…definitely not probable. Let’s instead step into the more so “realistic” side of Sex and the City that is the absolutely fabulous Samantha Jones.

She wasn’t afraid to be herself

One reason that we should all strive to be Samanthas and not Carries is simply due to the fact that she was completely fearless when it came to being her true self. Samantha was unapologetically honest and if it made her a “bitch”…well then so be it.

“I love you, but I love me more”

Samantha also wasn’t afraid to put herself first. When she finally found true love with Smith Jared and she found came to the realization that though she loved him, she loved herself and her freedom more. When she met Richard but Richard did her wrong and he finally said those three little words she had wanted to hear…she left us with this gem:

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“If I worried about what every bitch in New York was saying about me, I would never leave the house.”

Though I personally hate the use of the “B-Word” while being used to reference other women, I do admire Ms. Jones for this one. She doesn’t take shit from anybody especially about her sex life. In a world where girls often fall victim to the double standard and are slut shamed for it, a Samantha Jones mentality is much needed. Sex is great, and girls and guys shouldn’t be held to certain standards or whatever you’d like to call it because of how many people they’ve decided to do the do with.

Samantha helped inspire my choice to pursue a career in PR

This reason is more so a personal reason as to why I’d rather be a Samantha than a Carrie, but Sam helped spark my interest in a career in PR.

Samantha wasn’t afraid to work hard to get what she wanted. Especially when people underestimated her. She was a successful #GirlBoss that made her way in the PR industry and wasn’t afraid to get down and dirty with the big boys (figuratively and literally) when it came to getting shit done.

 

So…do you still wanna be a Carrie? No worries, this is a no judgement zone because let’s be honest, all of the SATC ladies are just great in their own way. Who’s your favorite SATC character? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Until Next Time!

School, Youth Group,and Faith: Weekly Round Up Vol. 1

For the most part I don’t really do rambley-ish type blog posts. However, with my Girl Talk series and now my Weekly Round Up series…there’s a first time for everything. And that’s great right? The purpose of Being Bailes is to share my life with you guys and give an inside look on life as a twenty-something navigating life in this upside down world we live in. So as I sit here, in my bed, with a half dozen Krispy Kreme donuts and caramel iced coffee rewatching Scandal from the beginning (currently having some major Olivia Pope style envy right now) I’m going to tell you guys what my week has consisted of…here we go

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School

Y’all. These basic graduation requirements are low-key the bane of my existence this semester. Right now I’m taking fifteen credit hours (five classes), and six of those hours (two classes) are basic general education requirements that everyone needs to graduate, while the rest are classes in my major. My two classes not in my major are a Spanish class and a music appreciation class. The music appreciation class isn’t so bad because my professor is great. However because of the fact that my parents put my brother and myself through private school throughout elementary school in order for us to get a firm educational foundation and then through the Charter school system…I’ve been taking Spanish since I was 4 years old. I’m darn near close to fluent. So I struggle with motivating myself to go to class because I get so bored!

It’s also midterm time so today after I manage to get my life I’m going to need to go to my car, get my binder, and get my materials together to prep for the massive amounts of studying I’m going to be doing for the next two weeks.

Youth Group

If you read my last Girl Talk post or have been following my blog for awhile, you know that I run youth group in my church, mentoring girls between 5 and 16. The group is called Blossoms, due to the fact that myself and the two other girls I work with agreed that the name was fitting because as young ladies you’re meant to blossom into the woman that God intends for you to be.

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It’s been a struggle adjusting  and learning to run a ministry for me personally, probably because despite the fact I’m 21 I feel like a child. It’s like when you’re in a situation where shit hits the fan and you look for an adult to fix it…and you realize  you are the adult. It’s a little surreal but I feel blessed to have the opportunity  to work with such amazing, beautiful, and intelligent girls who have their whole lives ahead of them and the fact that their parents and my Bishop allowed the three of us to have a part in their development. Right now I’m in the process of planning activities for them for the next three months which is something easier said than done but we’ll see how it goes.

Faith

I’ve never necessarily been completely open about my faith, at least on the blog, but to give a little background on where I stand, I’m a church girl, I come from a church family. My grandparents had me in church from birth basically, my great grandparents, grandparents, and a whole slew of uncles, aunts and cousins are in the ministry as well. This being said, it’s basically understood in my house that every Friday, Sunday, Tuesdays if we were out of school, and occasionally other days throughout the week my brother and I were expected to be in church. However, recently I’ve felt somewhat separated from my faith, and desire to work on my relationship with God. I won’t go too in depth with my faith right now though, because I do see myself doing a Q & A blog post or video just on my faith alone.

That’s all for my weekly round up. Let me know what you guys think about these kind of posts and send me questions you want to ask for this potential Q & A if you’re interested in me doing one!

Until Next Time!

Inspo- Vol. 1

Inspiration is everywhere. It pushes us to try new things, explore, and let’s be honest —  get our shit together. Here’s who (and what) has been inspiring me lately.

Jayla Koriyan

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Yes! Jayla is one of my all time favorite YouTubers. She’s the definition of a Girl Boss and she’s a girl that has it all. She has the brains (she’ll be graduating from college this year with not one but TWO degrees in four years), she’s got the beauty, and she’s business savvy.  She even wrote a book titled Pretty and Educated available NOW. Jayla started her YouTube career making fashion videos while she was still in high school and when she went to college, she took her subscribers along with her, expanding her channel to include weekly college blogs that are let’s face it, one of my few addictions and I look forward to watching what she’s been up to every Sunday. Jayla’s bubbly, fun, and very real personalty makes her subscribers feel like she’s their real life best friend which is one of the things that drew me to her channel when I was starting college.

Jayla’s Beauty Channel    Jayla’s Vlog Channel 

Micah Nicole

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I first found Micah on Twitter and of course, I did some lurking. I found out she too had her own blog and really drops some knowledge in her blog posts. Micah is also a PR major and the true definition of a Girl Boss. One of her most recent blog posts focuses on why personal branding is important for college girls, no matter what you want to do post-undergrad. Check out her blog if you get the chance, I swear you won’t be disappointed!

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With Love From Emalee is a blog that I’ve recently stumbled upon. Coincidentally enough, Emalee is actually from my hometown. Even more coincidentally, we both major in Public Relations. Her values and even her reasoning as to why she chose to major in PR are so similar to mine and her blog aesthetic is literally #goals.

This has been what’s been inspiring me lately. Like I said before, everyone is in need of a little inspiration because we all get stuck in a rut every now and then. I’d love to see what’s been inspiring YOU lately. Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

Until Next Time!

How I Stay Organized – My School and Personal Lives

Hi guys! I’ve missed blogging so so soooo much you have no idea. I even felt kind of guilty for not sticking to my posting schedule for a few weeks but every now and then we have to take a step back and take care of ourselves, mentally, emotionally, and physically, which is exactly what I had to do. Part of taking care of ourselves also has to do with how organized our lives and environments are. Whether it be our rooms, our cars, our workspaces, our schedules, how we handle all of these things affects our levels of stress. So, I’ve decided to show you guys how I stay (or attempt to stay) organized.

I must plan under any circumstance

And no, I don’t mean mentally think out what I’m going to do with my day or week when the time comes. I mean physically write out what needs to get done and what I want to get done. Doing this allows me to actually see what I’m doing and if I’m actually getting things done! Plus, my Lily Pulitzer planner is adorbs so that’s an extra little perk too, right?

I also must clean as I go

I’m going to be completely honest with you guys. I’m a very OCD type of person. I like for things to be a certain way and just organized accordingly. However, I’m also very lazy and all too quickly when I look, my room/car/purse/desk/life is a mess. So before I leave the house, after or while I’m getting dressed, before getting out of the car if I see any mess I must pick it up right then and there so it doesn’t begin  to accumulate.

I schedule in “Personal Days”

Yes, you read that correctly; I schedule in “personal days”. Some of you may ask, “well what about classes?” Yes, I do have classes however, this is why I use the word schedule. Remember those packets of paper stapled together that your professor gave you at the beginning of the semester? What’s it called again? Oh, right a syllabus. Your syllabus is what is going to save you. It has all your assignment dates, test dates, class meeting dates, all ready predetermined. This being said, sometimes life gets a little crazy and you need to take a day to get your priorities back in order and get organized. Before I do this though, I consult the syllabi for all of my classes and then pick a day to take off. This is what I like to call “skipping smart”.

Well guys, this is how I stay organized, I hope this helped in some way with the Spring Semester fast approaching. What are your tips for staying organized?

Until Next Time

2017 Goals

You guys, I’m back in action! Some of my longtime followers may have noticed I took a little bit of a break from blogging and social media for a number of reasons, mainly due to the fact that I needed to take some time for me to figure out what exactly it was I wanted in life and to reassess my priorities because, duh self care is important. 2016 has been a hell of a year for me. With 2017 finally here, I’m ready to get back to the grind, so what better way to start off the year than to document and share my goals for the year.

Financial Goals

  • STOP SPENDING JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN, BAILES!

I admit it. I have a little bit of a shopping problem. Okay, I kinda just straight up lied. I have a big shopping problem. When I feel bad, I shop. When I’m happy, I shop. When I’m bored, I shop. It’s a never ending cycle. This being said, I have to cut it out. Less spending, more saving.

  • Invest

I’ve always believed in investing whether it be in myself or my closet (more so my closet), however, I want to do more than just that. I have friends that are mission minded and have their own creative ideas. Who better to invest in than your friends? We always want to put our money towards products and services provided by people we don’t even know, so why not put our money towards people we actually do know?

Academic Goals

I want a 4.0 for the semester, or no less than a 3.5. No if, ands or buts about it. Yes things do come up, but that’s no excuse for me not to be great. I know that I can pull off a 3.0 with very little effort, but why be lazy?

Career Goals

I currently have an internship working in my city’s Chamber of Commerce in the public relations department, which mainly deals with tourism. I love the work I get to do and the people I have the opportunity to meet, but I want to kind of step out of my comfort zone and explore other areas in the PR field this year.

Personal Goals

  • Make More Time for Me

I have always been the type of person to set aside my wants, for the benefit of others. That stops now. At the end of the day I have to ask myself if I am truly happy and proud of what I’ve accomplished this year, and my life as a whole. If I want that answer to be a resounding ‘yes’, then I have to focus on myself and what my goals are and what I want.

  • Plan Ahead

When it comes to managing myself I have no problem planning ahead, just in case. However, within my church I work with my cousins Brittany and Sierra in our girls ministry, working with girls between the ages of 5 and 16. We take them on outings, have small and large group workshops and discussions, as well as work on other responsibilities we have within the church. However, Brittany went off to college in August and is now in Atlanta for the majority of the year and since then, things gave been a little hectic. I feel like I can do more, I just haven’t truly sat down to plan effectively and work out how exactly I’m going to carry out my plan. This is a major goal of mine for 2017.

Blog Goals

My goals for my blog are really very limited though it’s going to take a lot of work on my part to make it so. I’d like to:

  • Brand myself more effectively
  • Gain a larger following on my social media platforms
  • Create content with more substance than fluff

Overall I feel like my goals are achievable for this year and I hope to make everything I want possible. I’m a firm believer in the phrase, “Stay down until you come up” and that’s exactly what I plan on doing this year because I want 2018 to be my cut up season. What are your goals for 2017? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to read them!

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College Morning Routine

I’m a morning person…that fails at mornings. Not all the time, just some of the time. Either I oversleep, I get distracted, or I just don’t feel inspired to wake up and slay the day sometimes. Monday through Friday my classes start at 9 AM so I usually leave the house around the same time of day. However, when I am on my actual routine and totally ready to conquer whatever the day has for me, this is my morning routine.

6:45 – Alarm Goes Off

I absolutely love iOS 10’s Bedtime feature that determines what time you need to go to bed to get the desired hours of sleep you want, and gently wakes you up at your desired time. My reasoning for my alarm going off this early when I don’t have class until late morning is extensive. The main reason for my doing so is to start the process of waking myself up so I can actually get up at or around 7.

7:00 – Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

Caffeine is always needed and wanted in the morning. Self explanatory. I also always watch the news or some cartoons (on a good day) and work on either homework or blog ideas. I also check out what I’m doing for the day and plan my day out in my planner.

8:00 – Slay the Day

I start getting ready for school (teeth brushed, faced washed, getting dressed, doing makeup, you know the deal). I’ve kind of figured out if I don’t start by 8:30…I’m going to be late, no question. I also wish I was one of those people that could get everything ready the night before, but when I do, especially regarding my outfit choice I tend to change my mind the next day!

8:45 – Let’s Hit the Road! 

I usually  try to leave the house within the 8 o’clock hour. I’m out the door and in the car, headed for class. Most of the time in an effort not to be late for class, I’m eating breakfast in my car.

Thanks for reading! This is my current morning routine for school! Are you a morning person? What’s your favorite part of your routine? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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