My Career Took an Unexpected Turn

In 2016, I entered college as a criminal justice major and my plans were to be a probation officer. However, after few events and multiple discussions with counselors, friends and family I ended up switching my major the second semester. I went from being a criminal justice major to an English major. Essentially, all of my prior credits were useless and I had to restart my whole college career in that semester.
At this point in my life I was living on my own, and had a lot going on mentally. I was in between jobs, and went from a full-time student to a part time one. I ended my first full year in college with the lowest GPA I had ever received, one failed course, and clueless as to what I really wanted to do with my life. The following school year, 2017-2018, was more about getting my life back on track.
In 2017 alone I had at least seven jobs. Some of which I worked two at a time, but for the most part I was job jumping for the year. At the end of the year a good friend and colleague of mine mentioned that should apply to work at the college. One of the main issues I was having was managers unwilling to work with my school schedule. Although      I was hesitant I applied and was asked to come in for an interview. Unfortunately, I had some life events happen to me (ones that I don’t feel quite at liberty to discuss) and I had missed my first interview. I was lucky enough that about three weeks later, my now supervisor, would meet with me for an interview. So, what is it that I do at my current college? I’m a student service representative – specifically I’m a Peer Mentor.
I never thought that my job, and possible career, would lead me right back to why I wanted a degree in criminal justice. Do I think that I will change majors again? No, I love writing and editing too much to give up that dream. I’m currently trying to get published in a magazine, and be featured in another exhibit. That being said, the reason I had choose a criminal justice degree in the first place is because I wanted to help people. I wanted to be able to impact people in a positive way. Every day that is what I get to do at the college.
Monday thru Thursday I sit at a desk where I answer emails, make phone calls, take walk-ins and even schedule meetings to make sure that students get what they need to succeed while they are in college, and when they graduate. I am so thankful for this opportunity, and blessed that this job has led to other opportunities for me at the college. Upon becoming a Peer Mentor, I ended up running for Student Board Representative for 2018-2019, and ended winning. Overall, I am super happy with my career and the other opportunities that I have been blessed with. I cannot wait for my final year at the college and transfer over to a university.


Remembering: Death of A Bachelor Tour

Exactly a year ago Brandon and I got to experience Panic! At the Disco, live. I remember very vividly that entire weekend, and I know that I will never regret it either. It was the Thursday before the concert when I found out that Panic! At the Disco was playing in Louisville Kentucky. I had exactly three—hundred dollars in my bank account and that was barely enough to in the first set of seats, diagonal from the stage. But I knew that no matter what the seats were, Brandon would enjoy them.

I had ordered the tickets and called him that Friday while I was leaving work, at the time all of us worked at Subway together, which was exactly fifteen / twenty minutes away from where he was living at the time. Now his mom already knew that I was getting the tickets, but he still had zero clue that this was going to happen. I was schedule to work that Sunday, but we worked it out that she would come in early so I would be able to get ready.

While driving to his house that afternoon, I vividly remembering this being our conversation:

Me: “Hey what are you doing on Sunday night?”

Brandon: “Nothing”

Me: “Want to go to Louisville to see Panic! At the Disco?”

** Complete silence **

Me: “I bought the tickets, we are pretty close to the stage.”

Brandon: “Yeah!”

Now, in order to get him to go I had to fib a bit and tell him that I had a family member of mine get me a discount through her works. It would be months later when I would tell him that I paid the full price.

On Sunday around noon we set out on one of our first real adventures. As everyone knows, we would go out spontaneously at midnight to random cities, but this was our first real adventure, that was decently planned and not at 3 AM. This was before Brandon had his fancy Elantra, and before I stopped driving at night, so we set out in my Toyota, the car without shocks. It’s crazy to think that both of my Honda and Toyota could travel such long distances. They never really let me down, but I’m not going to say I miss my 1990’s vehicles… because I would be lying, I love not having a car that’s older than me.

When we got to Louisville we ate dinner at this little pizzeria called Bearno’s, I don’t know if it was because we were starving or if it was simply just that good, but their pizzas were the bomb and not super overpriced! That’s a win-win.

Now, call me sappy, but Brandon and I often talk about the first, real, moments that we realized that we cared for each other more than just friends. That night was so important to me, on the way down, we were both so excited, despite the whiplash we were getting from the Toyota. I think we listened to every Brenden Urie song he’s ever performed. When we got to our seats, which the layout confused the hell out of me, it was the first time in a long while I had been in a large crowd of people. I was so nervous that I was going to have a panic attack, but Brandon made me feel really secure. Needless to say, no panic attacks happened that night, and everything about that night just started to make sense to me.

On our way home, we ended up going over a toll bridge twice getting lost, and we even ended up in a really sketchy part of the neighborhood when my car almost broke down from not having oil in it. Eventually we made it over to Indiana, where we ate at an IHOP. We were so tired by that point, that we were putting syrup in our coffee… listen, I will justify this until I pass, but they didn’t have creamer and nobody likes black coffee. We did what we had to do.

When we finally started heading home, Brandon and I had some intimate conversations about the future and what changes we wanted to make in our lives. It was that night that Brandon and I decided to look for an apartment together, and it wasn’t that long after that I started spending my weekends over at his place. When we finally got back to his place, it was almost 6 AM. We were so tired, I am pretty sure we just slept the next day away. I often think about last April and how much has changed, for the better. Everyone always said that we would end up together, but we never believed them. Our excuse would always be that we were to similar, but as it turns out that’s what makes us so good.


So, thanks Panic! At The Disco, if it wasn’t that concert those conversations would have never happened.

I’m a Consultant Now!

About a year ago, one of my friends started selling Pure Romance. At the time I thought the whole company was purely sex toys. However, I agreed to host a party and little to my knowledge Pure Romance was so much more. I started falling in love with their bath and beauty line, as well as as their toy collection. A year later, here I am – a consultant!

Lately, bills have been hard to pay and all of my consultant friends have been sharing on Facebook about how they make so much money from Pure Romance. I figured, I should give it a shot as well. I am such a people person and I know that with time and dedication I could totally make this gig work!

I am currently waiting on my starter kit to come in the mail, however everyone can still order online on my Pure Romance website! Once my starter kit comes in the mail, I will be able to do my Pop The Box with all of my family and friends! That’s what gets the ball really rolling!

I am so excited to be able to have this opportunity and cannot wait to see where it leads.

Click here for my Pure Romance website!

Click here to like the Facebook page! I won’t be using my WordPress to promote the business 🙂

— S.B