Happy Birthday To Me!

This year’s birthday feels a little different and unexciting than they have in the past. I am 24 years old today! 23 was a challenging year, I had to grow up a lot and survive in the real world. I’m in a relationship and had to kind of relearn what it was like to be part of a couple. 23 was a learning experience, but that’s what life’s all about – right?

Thank you all who have been following along with me since I was 20 years old (weird, right?!) This blog has transformed over the years and I owe a lot to you guys. And thank you to anyone who has been following even for one year, one week, one day, or one hour! I am so appreciative of the support.

As a birthday present to me, I’d love if you could reblog or link back to me in the following weeks. I’m working on getting 2,000 WordPress followers and I’m at 1,700 so I have a little bit of a ways to go.

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If you’re feeling charitable, I’d love for you to donate here: https://my.charitywater.org/matt-hoffman-2/matt-hoffman.  We are working towards getting $1000 to provide others with clean drinking water.

Thanks again to everyone who is reading this! I already kind of celebrated my birthday by traveling to Montreal last weekend, it was a blast and I will be writing about it soon ! Stay tuned and cheers to 24 years old.

xoxo

Rosie

10 Ways To Celebrate The Little Things

Last year, I celebrated everything. New job? Champagne! Birthday? Champagne! Seeing my friends for brunch? Champagne!

And it was awesome. From the smallest to largest things, we celebrated and it made everyone feel good. Because why not make every occasion a special occasion? I kind of lost track of celebrating things because I got too busy to even care about my accomplishments. And that’s no way to live, we should all be proud of the things we’ve done and should celebrate them, no matter how big the feat!

Here are some ways to celebrate the little things:

  1. Get yourself some flowers – buy them in a store, pick a daisy in a field, you deserve some beauty in your life!
  2. Make your favorite food – indulge a little, I buy Chipotle to celebrate everything and it makes me super happy.
  3. Give someone a gift – surprising your friends with little presents goes a long way. I sent some of my college friends $5 each on Valentine’s Day to buy a drink or some chocolate for themselves.
  4. Take a selfie look good, feel good, show it off!
  5. Do nothing – give yourself a break, you’ve been working so hard so just binge-watch some Netflix!!
  6. Pop champagne – doesn’t matter if it’s a $5 bottle (ick) just pop that baby and celebrate!
  7. Get together with your friends – let them celebrate with you!
  8. Treat yo self to some new clothes – or whatever item you’ve been storing in your online shopping cart, go ahead and purchase it.
  9. Call your mom – you KNOW she’s gonna be hyped for you.
  10. Write down your accomplishments and what you’re grateful for – put some things in perspective and just take a moment to feel good about your life.
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Two Year Blogiversary!

I seriously thought I had been blogging for more than two years so I’m pretty sure I’ve lied to a couple of people about that – sorry!

Two years ago today I published my first post on Hookup Culture – yay!! It all started as a class project and slowly grew into something that I never could’ve imagined. After I graduated college, I continued this blog as a way to vent and connect with the community. As a way to help people and have people help me. As a way to continue my passion as I entered into the work force.

Through this blog, I have begun to brand myself on WordPress and on Instagram. Social media has opened so many doors for me. I feel like because of this blog, I am evolving into someone that I am proud of.

Thank you so much to the WordPress community. To the blogs that have been following me for the past two years and for the ones that have just arrived. You all really mean so much to me.

It’s funny how I keep some of you in mind when I write certain posts and how I know which one of you will comment on what. It’s great to know there are people out there who care and that have been taking this journey with me!

Happy two year blogiversary to me – and here’s to many more 🙂

xoxo

Rosie

My First Airbnb Experience: Toronto

Over Memorial Day weekend, I visited Toronto.

I chose to book a room through Airbnb for a couple of reasons.

  1. I heard it was cheap
  2. I wanted a great travel experience

I kind of thought of Airbnb as the Uber of hotels. It’s easy, cheap, technologically advanced, and geared to my age group. Just like Uber, which I use often and LOVE, so I decided to give it a shot.

It was a great decision. If you ever decide to visit Toronto I would 100% recommend the airbnb I stayed at. The host was SO friendly – he gave us a huge list of things to do and places to eat. We were staying in the basement apartment of his house, which had it’s own entrance, two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen. It was so well decorated and cozy – it had everything a hotel would have.

We ran into our host twice and each time had a great conversation and really got to know the perspectives of a Canadian. They said that Canadians were rude and in America the stereotype is that Canadians are too friendly! We said New Jerseyans are often considered rude, and they said they thought Americans were very friendly! We also chatted about marijuana (because they have dispensaries all over and in New Jersey it’s still pretty illegal), politics, the upcoming elections, etc.

We spent $330 for three nights and four days. To stay a long weekend in a beautiful weekend in Toronto – and to split it three ways – it was so cheap considering how amazing the trip was!

It took us 8 hours to drive and 8 hours back, of course we hit a little bit of traffic considering the weekend. Between the tourist attractions, food, drinks, gas, airbnb, and ubers we took to get to some far places – we probably spent around $300 each on an amazing weekend vacation. Cheap!!!

In Toronto we visited the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Music Garden and the market, as well as Toronto Islands. We brunched every morning (shout out to Old School because their food is AMAZING!) And we went to the bars at night – The Pilot was an awesome rooftop bar! And H Bar had awesome food to chow on while we drank. And the bartender at the Dog’s Bollocks was super funny – plus the drinks were so cheap.

Over all, Toronto is a beautiful city. Much cleaner and friendlier than any other city I’ve been to. The food service is very slow (especially compared to America) but that just means we got to relax and allotted more time for eating!

I would love to live in a city like Toronto – maybe in the next five years I could end up living there 🙂 But if you’re thinking of visiting, definitely make the trip! And I will give you the information of my Airbnb host because he made the experience a thousand times better! Now I’m just wondering when I can go to Toronto again!

Happy Birthday To Me :)

Hi friends!

Today is my 23rd birthday and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped me reach my goal earlier this month of getting 400 likes on my Facebook page!! Your support is amazing and it was honestly such a great gift to reach a goal I’ve been working towards 🙂

I celebrated my birthday by visiting Toronto this weekend and I promise to blog about the experience! It doesn’t feel like my actual birthday since I did all my celebrating already – but I am very thankful for an amazing year and I’m super excited for what’s to come!

Thank you all again for being a great community and for constantly supporting me ❤️

WordPress, Will You Like Me When I’m 23?

Updated 5/17

So, my birthday is in two weeks!

I think birthdays stopped being exciting after 21, now everything just seems disappointing. To quote Blink 182 (like everyone else does on their 23rd birthday), “Nobody likes you when you’re 23.” And soon, I’ll be exactly that age.

So far, I’ve LOVED 2016. I set goals for myself monthly and I’ve crushed all of them. I do new things, meet new people, and have accomplished so much.

I’ve set a new goal myself. My goal is to have 400 likes on my Facebook page by my birthday – which is May 31st. I currently have 398 likes!! Thank you to everyone who visited my Facebook page and gave it a like 🙂 You may be thinking “only 2 likes away! That’s not so hard!” Trust me guys, it’s not easy. I briefly reached the 400 and then two people unliked my page so I’m back under again lol

If you have a Facebook and you want to give me a little birthday present this year, head over to www.facebook.com/hookupcultures and give the page a like 🙂 I know numbers aren’t everything, but they are something. And the reach I get from Facebook is tiny, but significant. Having just 20 more followers makes a world of difference in stats. Especially when I know the people I follow on WordPress are from all over the world!

Thank you in advance!

And by all means, if you have a Facebook page please drop your link in the comments! I would love to like your page back.

xoxo

Rosie

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