My BIG Change

Hello! This post is going to be short, sweet and to the point. I’ve been working on something big for a few weeks now and I am finally ready to reveal it. Drumroll please….

I HAVE MOVED BLOGS.

Please, do not be alarmed. No, this is not a drill. I have decided that while I love Suzanne’s cup of coffee and it’s platform, I’ve grown out of it and it’s option. This lead me to purchase a self hosting plan from bluehost and I decided to start all over- so, after this post, there will be no more posts on Suzanne’s cup of coffee. I now have a .co website! This was a big step for me. My new blog is here or below

http://theuneditedlife.co

It’s called ‘The Unedited Life’ and i’m so excited for what it holds in the future. Please follow me on my future adventures and check it out! Thank you so much for your support and you have made it possible for me do to this- and for that I cannot thank you enough.

xoxos

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A New Start

College. I don’t think we realize how big of a step it is from high school. Going from asking to go to the bathroom, to attending class whenever you want is a huge step and responsibility to take on. It’s always an assumption that it’s the next logical step after high school- and I think that is unfair to the students.

My college experience for my first semester was kind of a mess. I partied too much, didn’t study enough, and abused relationships with people and lost a lot of friends. I had a breakdown about three weeks ago- that is one week before finals. I ended up going home because I felt unsafe on my own. I stayed home for a week and decided to surprise my friends back at school. As soon as I walked through the door- I knew something was wrong.

I was excluded, ignored, and flat out lied to. The people who I thought were my friends were actually judging me the whole time behind my back. They found this opportunity to basically press the ‘unfriend button’ and told me to my face, “We don’t want to put effort into being your friend anymore.” Wow.

Now, if you knew me, you would now i’m very dependent on the idea of friendship and having strong relationships to rely on. I ultimately did not have that- and I think while my mind was telling me that all along, I didn’t want to believe it. I let it affect me so much, I couldn’t take my exams. I simply gave up: I had no energy left to put into people that weren’t going to put effort into me.

This leads me to the title of this blog post- a new start. I have made a really big decision- and the first one I really made on my own. I (drumroll please)

I am withdrawing from college. (For now)

I know this is a big decision(and this post is probably just for me to justify my own decision and make myself feel better), but I think at this point it’s what’s best for me. I have a plan, because knowing me I can’t do anything without a plan. I am taking a class to get my Virginia Real Estate License- i have always been interesting in the residential side of real estate and design, and I think this is a great opportunity for me. I also have started looking into nannying jobs. (I’m actually meeting a family today and i’m so nervous.)

This opportunity and decision also gives me more time to do the things I love- blog, craft, and write. And my college experience was not a waste- not at all. I learned so much and though I met some people that weren’t so great, I met some super great people!

So, that is my update. Kinda boring, but a big one for me. So, have you made any big decisions lately? Let me know!

xoxos

 

The Christmas List

 

“MOM DAD MOM DAD WAKE UP IT’S CHRISTMAS SANTA CAME SANTA CAME!”

False alarm folks, but make no mistake- the screaming is coming. You need to be prepared, so not only do I recommend earbuds, but also some kick-ass presents. Now, me being a young adult, I will be the first to say I am certainly NOT a gift giving expert and that everyone is different. The list an pictures above are just what is on my list for Santa this year and if you find any of these suitable for anyone you know, great! All of these vary from price range- any where from $10-$200, so make sure you budget!

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I love everything in this picture and I just want it all. I have all the links right under here!

Boots/Tassel Necklace/Urban Outfitters Dress/Malificent Pop! Figure/Casetify Phone Case/DSW Bag/Kendra Scott Earings

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Do you see how fluffy that husky looks? Yea- it’s adorable. You’re welcome. Links below!

House of Harlow Necklace/Kate Spade Earrings/Polaroid/Husky Squishable/Monogram Necklace

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I’m a big reader, art fanatic, make up lover, and (shockingly) i’m human so I get cold and sometimes need a jacket! Links underneath!

Sharpie Brush Tips/Mac Lipstick in Magic of the Night/Morphe Pallet/Saint Anything/Patagonia Pullover

So, again, this is just what is on my list. Let me know what is on yours so we can compare!!

xoxos

1O Things That Get Me Through Everyday

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I can’t believe it. It’s already fall, my favorite time of the year! Oh autumn, it’s been a long nine months without you. I can’t wait for falling leaves, the changes in color, and thanksgiving and spending time with loved ones.

I got a compliment today, and one of the best ones I think I have ever received.                           “Every time I see you, you are so joyful and happy.”

As soon as I heard that, I knew my day was already made. I thanked her and hugged her and while it may have been weird to do this in a fast food line, I wanted her to know how thankful I was. This little words, little compliments that you get from people can really make your day so much brighter. I compiled a list of things that get me through everyday. Some of them are simple, everyday things. Others are things I use all the time throughout the day to keep going.

  1. Coffee. I cannot function without my coffee. I love my Keurig with all my heart and am partially convinced it is indeed my one true love. I use original blend and add Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer. It’s all about the coffee creamer.
  2. Me-Time. Me time is so important. I try to schedule it after or between classes so I can compose myself and to be quite blunt, to get my shit together. I take this time to sit down and have a snack and write or paint- anything that calms me down and brings me back to realize today is the day and to live like it is the last day I will ever know.
  3. Books. Books and reading/writing are amazingly soothing. I look forward to going back to my dorm and reading one of my new finds at Target or Barnes and Noble. Today, you can find me reading Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. You can find it here and I highly recommend it!
  4. Setting small goals. I tend to procrastinate in any way I can on work. While it is definitely a problem, i found my own personal solution to it: rewards and setting goals. For example: If I finish my english paper, I get to blog for 30 minutes.
  5. Appearance. This one I think is super important (for me personally) because when I dress up, I feel so much better abut myself. Setting aside 10 minutes for makeup in the morning seems impossible, but i isolate time to make myself feel beautiful, and that is really helpful.
  6. Family time. Being away from home kinda sucks. I miss my dogs and my family so much- that’s why I try to set aside time once every few days to sit down and FaceTime my mom. We talk about everything that has been going on and when the day comes that I get to talk to her, I’m basically running out of class to talk!
  7. Hope. Hope is a feeling I wake up with everyday and cherish. Without hope, I would have nothing to look forward too. I hope my day turns out well, I hope my project gets a good grade, etc. I don’t necessarily believe in false hope. Why? Because there is no such thing as getting your hopes up for nothing. You got your hopes up to work harder and while it may not have been the outcome you wanted, you became a better person by working towards it. I think hope motivates us all. We all hope and wish for things. Getting there and going up the ladder builds hope and confidence. Confidence is key. Keys unlock doors. Unlock the door to your happiness with hope. (See what I did there?)
  8. Joy. Joy comes from the small things, and while sadness tries to get in the way of your joy, you simply can’t let it. Joy makes you feel warm and fuzzy and amazing. There is no better feeling than joy or happiness.
  9. Love. Love is so important. If you go through life without love, it’s lonely. Going through life alone is no way to enjoy life. Love comes from everything- pets, friends, family, your hobbies-anything you are passionate and love to do should help you get through the day.
  10. Faith. Being a Christian is a lot of work… and I don’t think there is anyone that is described as ‘the perfect Christian’. Faith is one of the hardest things to gain and to learn, but it is so worth it. So many of my wrong choices and mistakes have been made because I have turned my back on God, and I have to learn (especially while in college with temptation lurking everywhere and double on the weekends) to always welcome Him with open arms. Being in a community of women and people just in my dorm building that have the same beliefs I do is so reassuring. It helps me remember that I am not going through this alone- I have my peers, family, and God to help guide me through life. While it’s hard, God knows the pure of heart and he knows the good intentions we have sometimes turn out poorly. You’ve heard the saying, ‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions’? I think that is total BS. Good intentions are what helps us become better people- it’s how we act upon them that gets us into trouble. The moral of this is simple- God is with you and me everyday and He is here to help; don’t hesitate to ask for it.

These things get me through my day right now- and while some of the concepts are bigger then my capability of understanding them, I’m trying… it’s the thought that counts, right?

What gets you through your day? How is your day going today? Let me know! ALSO, I would love to get to know some of y’all and your blogs if you have one. Leave a comment with the link and I would love to read some stuff!

xoxos

About Me

My favorite senior photo

My favorite senior photo

After doing countless amounts of research on other blogs, I found out I was missing a key page on my blog…an about me page! Now, I have never written any type of auto-biography before, so you’ll have to bear with me!

My name is Suzanne, I’m 18 years old and i’m currently in school for graphic design! Art, writing, and computers are all my passions, and combined they come together to create a beautiful thing called blogging! I think blogging is such an amazing outlet for creativity and expression. I hope to one day design and help others with their blogs and websites!

love love love painting. Painting is what I like to do in my free time.

The truth is, you are enough

The truth is, you are enough

I have dozens of canvases just waiting to be painted and that excites me! I usually paint things that I see on my Pinterest, or I take quotes and layer them on a background!

I am an avid dog lover, especially considering I have two Boston Terriers of my own, Olive and Violet. Just some fun facts about me:

  • I love the beach, but I would choose the mountains over it any day.
  • I am from RVA, also known as Richmond Virginia!
  • I love social media- so any time you see me on my phone? I’m probably checking Insta or Facebook.
  • My goal in life is to be happy and have a family. Family is the most important thing to me and while it seems silly, someday I want family to be the most important thing to my kids.

Please feel free to contact me about anything! I’m always open to chat!

So...this is new! What do you think?

So…this is new! What do you think?

The Truth About College From A Freshman

Me and my hall-mates!

Me and my hall-mates!

Being accepted and going to college has been my biggest dream come true. It has been everything I hoped it would be and more…emphasis on the more part. While college has been such a blessing and an amazing experience and opportunity, so many things, let’s call the speed bumps, have come up blocking me from fulfilling my potential here. This one sentence I have tried to avoid as much as possible, but I think it’s time it needs to be said. College is high school all over again. Yikes!

For some people, high school is/was a breeze. I applaud them. High school was literally my own horror movie. College? It isn’t the sequel, it’s more of the continued part two of it. Some things change, and some things don’t.

What changes:

  • The work load. (it doubles)
  • The amount of grades you get- you learn to make every single one count!
  • Your freedom. This is a huge one. I didn’t get a lot of freedom (and by that i mean just leaving and going out to parties or going out without telling my parents) in high school, which I am happy about- it made me who I am today. The problem is, now I have all this freedom to do whatever I want and I don’t know what to do with it. It’s almost like I have a schedule again- stay in Sunday through Wednesday and go out Thursday through Saturday. That’s a lot of walking and not a lot of sleep.

What doesn’t change:

  • People will still not like you. It’s inevitable.
  • Relationships. They still suck.0e1c4c6316c9e1277ee07afd017bd5c5
  • You and you’re roommate are like brother and sister or sister and sister. You will not get along at times and this time, mom and dad aren’t there to separate you.
  • You will get frustrated with teachers. They will assign an unusual amount of reading and do not be fooled: there will be pop quizzes.
  • You will still fail a test or a quiz. While it sucks, you move on and study harder and find out how to improve or what you did wrong.
  • There will be cliques. I think that was the biggest lie I heard from other college students as I was preparing for college myself, “Oh, no one cares, it’s college!” No, you lied to me and to yourself. People definitely care and they have their own friend groups. The only way to describe it is the cafeteria tables. They have the different tables for the different groups? Yea, that still applies.

The beauty about college though? It’s a fresh start. There are so many people and while, yes, some people are going to exclude you and not want you around, so many people do. It’s so important to find yourself in college. Isn’t that the point? To find out who you are and what you want to do for the rest of your life? Luckily, my experience isn’t too bad. I still am so thankful for everything and everyone I have here.

This post isn’t to discourage you from wanting to go to college- not at all. This really is just to say that no matter where you go or what you do, you need to be true to yourself and find yourself. I cannot stress this enough. You can’t enjoy life while you’re pretending to be someone else! So go! Go out and find yourself!

XOXO

COFFEEdude

Desk Organization: College Edition

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If there is one thing I can’t stress enough about for college, it’s organization. Being organized is super important; but how can you be organized in such a small space? It takes time, effort, and determination…but with some post it notes, clorox wipes, and pictures, it can be accomplished easily. In order to help you do this in an easy manner, i’ve written up some step by step instructions.

1.  Cleanliness is happiness. Before you even THINK about organizing, you should clean your desk. All you need is a clorox wipe to wipe down the surface. This helps prevent you from getting sick and keeps your mind at peace…at least until you re-organize.

-You don’t have to clean just in the beginning. Cleaning keeps you healthy. Let me break it down for you. Clean Often = Healthy you 🙂

2.  What do you need? This is where you need to figure out what you need on your         desk and in your desk. Another question you should ask yourself is, is it accessible? You should base your decisions of placement by how often you use the item. Post it notes for me go on the desk, while my stapler and tape go in the top drawer. Still easy, just not taking up space.

3. The difference between basics and decoration. Now, personally for me I have a ton of knick-knacks on my desk. I like looking around and seeing my little bobbleheads and cards friends and family have sent me. It makes it ‘homey’ for me.

4.  Storage and pictures. I have a few pictures on my desk, but lots hanging on my wall. While your desk should be a fun place, it needs to be a safe place with minimal distractions. I have a picture on my desk of my puppy, Violet, and that makes me happy; hence why it’s there…so I can see her everyday. Storage is also a big part of organization too. I have storage on my desk for my makeup and two mugs: one for pens and pencils and one for makeup brushes. I also use them as book holders, so my books don’t fall. (Innovation and improvisation are key in college as well.)

Once all of these steps have been completed, you need to make sure your desk is a happy, workable space. I personally feel better when my space is cleaner and organized. My desk is used for homework, blogging, and it’s also my dining room table in my dorm (innovation at its finest). How do you like to organize? Do you prefer working at a desk or somewhere else? Send me comments or pictures of what your desk looks like! I’m curious!

XOXO

COFFEEdude