A Day In The Life- Day Eight

 Hi friends! Today’s prompt for day eight of the October blogging challenge is a Day In the Life. Lucky for me, I wrote a similar post not too long ago, and since not much has changed, I’ve decided to link it here.

Hope you all have a wonderful day friends, and see you here again tomorrow!

7 Lessons I’ve Learned This Year- Day Seven

Hi friends! Today’s prompt is 7 lessons I’ve learned this year. Well friends, I’ve learned lots in 2015 so far! Here are the top 7:

  1. Protect Your Passion- This year more than ever I’ve realized how lucky I am to have found my passion so early. I know exactly what I want to do with my life. and I’m excited to be taking steps toward it. No longer do I ashamedly say I’m ‘just a nanny.’ I am the owner and founder of The Newly Born Mother, an Austin-based postpartum care service.
  2. Accept Help When You Need It- Pretty self-explanatory. This time last year I was a little too proud for my own good, and ended up struggling on my own because of it. I’ve always found that people are more than willing help if you ask, and there’s no shame in doing so.
  3. I Am A Great Caregiver- Another biggie. This time last year I worked in a preschool in the infant room, and of course being the youngest person hired by the school gave a boost to my self-confidence. This year I’ve begun nannying and in the meantime have taken on several families for date-night sitting, and am always so pleased to know that they think I’ve done well! It wasn’t until now that I realized my natural caregiving abilities are something that is really special. I’ve always found caring for children to be easy and enjoyable, but now I am more confident in my ability to handle all sorts of children, and to do so well.
  4. Love grows and grows- Friends, I have been lucky in love for almost two years now. At only 20 and 22 years old, neither Jacob nor I have had a relationship last this long. I have been so incredibly blessed to have Jake by my side these last two years, and I am so proud to see that our relationship has continued to change and grow, and become something even deeper.
  5. Find a signature scent- Coach Poppy love! I thought I had a ‘signature’ scent before wearing this perfume. For years since high school I wore Pink Sugar by Aquolina. It’s a sugar-y cotton candy-smelling perfume that was perfect for high school days, but now I find it too sweet now. I’m in love with Poppy by Coach and am constantly receiving compliments on it!
  6. I’m Not Great at Selling- This past year I’ve taken up painting and love creating new pieces on canvas. Problem is, these canvases keep piling up in my house, and I need to get rid of them, which is why I created my Etsy shop. Aaaand I’ve only sold one piece. I’m good at painting, not too great at selling!
  7. I Need Time for Me- Friends, it’s exciting to see tons of new messages on Care.com every few days. It’s satisfying to know that parents find me trustworthy, and it makes me feel good when parents reach out for babysitting. But, it’s so easy to get burned out! I love caring for kids, of course, and because I’m also terrible at saying no, I started a bad habit of filling up my entire weekends with babysitting gigs, much to my boyfriend’s dismay. My new rule is that I only allow myself to babysit one night per weekend, on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Another recent addition to the rule is one of my oldest ideals ‘my time is worth more than my money.’ This still rings true, and honestly I would rather spend time watching Netflix and decompressing with Jacob than driving out to someone’s house, watching the kids, then driving all the way back home at night, all for $45. My newest limitation to taking on babysitting gigs is making sure the hours will add up to as close to $100 as possible. Want me to watch your kid for two hours on a Tuesday? Sorry friend, snuggling up with Jacob and watching Ink Master is worth more to me than $30. #sorrynotsorry

Well, looking at it now, maybe number seven should’ve been number one. I guess overall the theme of what I’ve learned this year is to value myself and my time more. I was insecure before, but now I am more confident than ever. I’m worth it. I deserve every happiness that comes my way because I work hard to get what I want. Positive thoughts friends :) What are some things 2015 has taught you so far?  Let me know in the comments, and see you back here tomorrow!

Don’t Poke Me- Day 6

Hi friends! Today’s blog post prompt of the day is six of your pet peeves. Just follow these simple steps and we can be friends:

  1. Don’t Poke Me- I absolutely hate when people tap me as a way to get my attention. When people go tap tap tap on my shoulder, it literally gives me anxiety. My heart races, my breath shortens, and all I can think is that whatever you have to tell me better be so important. Oh, you just wanted me to tell you what time it is? Then don’t tap tap tap me like the world is ending ohmygod you almost gave me a heart attack stop it. Stop it! DON’T POKE ME.
  2. Ignorant People- Conservative Republicans are the worst offenders of this bunch. Like, are you aware that your views make you seem like you don’t care about anyone but yourself and your money and your religion?
  3. Don’t Touch My Feet- I read somewhere that this is a preemie thing. That babies born prematurely had blood drawn from their feet in the NICU, and that’s why they’re particularly sensitive. Mine are both sensitive and particular ticklish. Someone’s hands hovering above my feet gives me this weird feeling of anticipation. Pedicures are the worst for me, and massage therapists have to be reminded- NO FEET.
  4. Don’t Click/Tap/Drum Your Pen/Pencil- Jacob used to be the worst about it when we studied together. Now he goes to all his TA’s study sessions, so its not my problem anymore, woo!
  5. Don’t Chew With Your Mouth Open- This is gross and everyone knows it. Stop it. STOP IT.
  6. Don’t Put Me Down- Don’t dare tell me that nannying isn’t a ‘real’ job. Don’t think I don’t know what I’m doing with my life. Don’t ever doubt me, and we’ll be fine.

What are your pet peeves, friends? Let me know!

Top 5 Favorite Movies- Day Five

 Hi friends! Yep, two posts in one day because ACL Fest was crazy busy! Also, although I love that I can blog from my phone, I was saving my precious battery life for taking pics of all the wonderful artists I was lucky enough to see! Today’s prompt was on my 5 favorite movies! I’m always more than happy to share, so here we go:

  1. Grease– Yep. This 1978 musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John is my absolute favorite movie!! I actually think this was an inherited favorite, as it’s also one of my Dad’s favorite movies, so I grew up watching it almost every time it happened to come on tv. I have most of the lines memorized by now, and have known all the songs by heart for years. It got even better once I grew up, because I was able to recognize all the ‘hidden’ dirty jokes!
  2. The Great Gatsby– Ahh, my Leo! I was in love with this book after reading it junior year of high school, and was absolutely ecstatic when the newest movie came out in 2013. That being said, the movie does not at all live up to the book. The book is much more of a cynical view of the rich and affluent of New York City at the time, while the movie focuses on the glitz and glamour of Gatsby and Daisy’s tragic love story. But, I do love the move on it’s own. It’s a great story, and there’s really nothing better than all the wonderful 20’s fashion that takes place in the movie, and the soundtrack is one of my favorites as well. Yes I buy movie soundtracks! Another one of my favorites soundtracks is Guardians of the Galaxy, followed by The Wedding Singer, and Tangled. Oh, not the right place for this list? Right. Moving along…
  3. This is 40– Having been 17 when this movie came out, I have no idea why I’m so obsessed with it. It’s just one of those movies that Jake and I always end up watching the entirety of when we catch it on tv. One day we wanted to watch it and it wasn’t on, so we bought it. It’s a kind-of sequel to Knocked Up, and features Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, who basically just struggle at turning 40 and all that it comes with. Whether you’re 40 or not, their relationship is entirely relatable, and maybe that’s why Jake and I love it so much. It’s real, ya’ll.
  4. Almost Famous– Fun fact: I just saw this movie this year! Jacob’s my movie guru and knew I would like this movie, despite my skepticism. Despite having been out for more than 15 years, this movie with Kate Hudson stole my heart just a few short months ago. A great story about a kid following his dreams to write about music, I was obviously most fascinated with the ever-elusive Penny Lane. I seriously wish I was as cool as her. Not even like traveling and basically being a groupie (or Band Aids, as they liked to be called), but just having the confidence that Penny Lane exuded throughout the entire movie. Definitely one of my absolute favorites!
  5. Uptown Girls– Again, a random older movie staring the late Brittany Murphy and baby Dakota Fanning. It was released in 2003, when I was still only in about 2nd or 3rd grade, so I’m still not sure how I stumbled upon this movie. It’s a story of the daughter of a former rock star turned penniless years after her parents passed away. She’s in New York, all alone, and ends up being a nanny for the aggressively Type-A Dakota Fanning. It’s a great story of growing up, and changing and adapting, as eventually Ray (Dakota Fanning) relaxes a bit into a ‘normal’ child, and Molly (Brittany Murphy) realizes that at 22 years old, she needs to start getting her life together. Great movie, and the ending always leaves me in tears, its seriously so sweet!

There they are, my top 5 favorite movies! See you back here again tomorrow!

Behind Alyssa Racquel- Day Four

 Hey friends! Today’s prompt is to tell the story behind my blog name. This one is a little silly for me, but here goes.

Alyssa Racquel. Alright, pretty simple. It’s my name, first and middle. Why not my last name? Because the internet is scary and when I started this blog I was maybe 16, and didn’t feel the need to put the risk out there. Plus, when I get married, it won’t become obsolete as a name! I chose to go with Alyssa Racquel as a name rather than a ‘true’ blog name because, at the time, I didn’t really have a niche for my blog. As a matter of fact, I still don’t! I still don’t really blog about just one thing. If I would name my blog anything, it would maybe be ‘ATXNanny’ or maybe ‘A Tiny Piece of Me’ or ‘Craft, Eat, Nanny.’ I don’t know. To me, there really is no better way to describe my blog than ‘a little bit of everything.’ And that’s wonderful, because I’m just as in love with my blog name now as I was when I began.

See, my blog is named after me, because my blog is just like me. My blog is me. I am a person with different interest and likes, lots of hobbies and pastimes. I’m not a fashion blogger, because I love clothes, but also love other things. I’m not great at couponing or saving money, so that’s not a great focus for my blog either. I love crafting, but don’t do it often enough to create a blog around it. My blog is me, and I can’t wait to look back on all these posts and really see how I’ve evolved not just as a blogger, but as a person. I envy other blogs that have a passion and purpose; a sole focus for their blogging energy. But that’s not me. And I will never try to make that be me. Alyssa Racquel is who I am, and who I’ll remain.

The number one rule to blogging is to find your niche. Apparently this is the only way to gain followers, the only reliable way to make sure that people have an interest in what you’re saying- write to their interests. I write for my own interests. Everything I write is for me, from me. I’m not hurt if you don’t want to keep up with my rambling posts. But I’d like to think I’m an interesting person, and that I’m doing an okay job navigating this crazy thing called Life. If you think so too, then follow along. There’s a little bit of everything<3