10 Year Challenge

January felt like one big “Transition Tuesday” across all my social media feeds.

…Which I guess makes sense considering January is kind of like a transition month…

I chuckled at the photos, gasped at the changes, but most of all I liked to see everyone’s GLOW UPs! Or perhaps the person in the picture from now just looked more confident and happier than they were in the picture from 10 years prior. A lot of times, that’s what comes with age. It’s a great side-effect!

The 10 year challenge for me, and for most of the people on my social media feed, piggy backs a few short months after 10 year reunions for the class of 2008.

I didn’t go to my high school reunion. For various reasons, top of which was a scheduling conflict. And besides, it’s 2018! Everyone was on Facebook by the time we graduated, so needless to say, I’ve pretty much “kept up” with everyone from the day we graduated.

Funniest thing about not even going to my high school reunion was that I ran into more people from Cy-Falls Class of 2008 during 2018 than I have in YEARS! I remember one time in particular when I went couch shopping. I went in the morning to browse one place, fell in love with one that was comfy and well within my budget. I checked out a few more places, didn’t see anything I liked, so I went home to change & glam up for Father’s Day Dinner, and then to swing back by the store to order my living room furniture.

I remember events based on my makeup & what I wear

While waiting, I hear someone call my name. It was a friend of mine from high school, who I probably hadn’t seen since the summer after we graduated. We chatted for a bit, catching up on life. That evening after dinner, I went out with some friends and ran into a couple of other people while out at some bars that I literally hadn’t seen since probably AP English.. From that point, I had a NUMBER of blasts from the past.

The funniest part of it all, I was told numerous times from those interactions that I haven’t changed a bit.

HAHA!

I think back on 18/19 year old me and where I was at in my life – just finishing high school, dating a horrible boy who guised himself as someone worth of my love, so much to learn, my whole life ahead of me, adventures waiting…

She was such a precious young lady. Thinking about her makes me want to tell her a few things :

  • All your “friends” went out of town for college. So what? Make new friends. If they were really your friends, they would’ve done everything they could to stay in touch with you, encouraged you to go and visit them, or they would come back to Houston to visit you more often.
  • Do NOT feel bad about not getting into your “dream school”. Everything is in God’s will, if you didn’t get in, He probably has a different route for you. So enjoy the school you did get into & enjoy really getting to live in and explore your home town
  • Do NOT feel bad about not getting into your “dream school”. Everything is in God’s will, if you didn’t get in, He probably has a different route for you. So enjoy the school you did get into & enjoy really getting to live in and explore your home town
  • So what your school doesn’t have a “football” team or a strong organized sports team. Would you really care anyway? I know you might feel like you’re missing out on “real school spirit” or a more conventional way of making friends, but that means you can get creative or make friends from genuine common interests versus feigning interest in sports.
  • Commuting isn’t fun, but commuting from the ‘burbs to school each day will give you a head start on “Real Life” more than living on campus will
  • Don’t worry about not having partied “enough” in high school. There will be plenty of time for that. The cool kids who did all that in high school really will look worn down & out before their time. It gets old fast (and it makes you look old fast too! It kind of is like the movies – the cute guy from the “cool crowd” that you had a crush on all throughout high school will have a beer guy by Sophomore year from all the years of beers, trust me!) College parties are more fun anyway 
  • Dump Him! Don’t be afraid of hurting him, sure he’s a nice guy, but y’all are young. Both parties will move on. And sure as h*ll don’t be afraid, whatever happens, happens and you will get through it. You’ve got a lot of time and there are plenty of fish. Never forget this.
  • Study harder, get to know your professors better, join different “societies” & groups & stop thinking about that MRS degree or what’s going to happen after college. Boys & jobs WILL come…
  • NETWORKING IS EVERYTHING. Luckily, the first job you have out of college is rarely the one you’ll be at for the long haul, and having strong networking groups available for when you need to change careers will be critical
  • Save more!!! 
  • Dare I say it, Mom & Dad are right. About almost everything, and mostly Mom.
  • Keep working those makeup skills, baby doll. It’s a great hobby and you’ll get better at it. But with anything, keep at it!
  • Know what you deserve, and never settle for less than that. It will take some time to learn what that is, but you will figure it out. I promise.
  • ENJOY EVERY MINUTE! Right now it feels like you have a lifetime ahead of you, and you do! But then 10 years go by and you realize as life has gotten a little shorter, you will lose a few people between now and now… little, frivolous things that used to grind your gears no longer will, you’ll start to realize the fake friends, and your need and want to constantly try and impress people will diminish. You’ll grow more into who you truly are. The hard times will come, but you’ll make it through and it will reveal a part of your character you didn’t know you had. Or maybe you did, but you needed that experience to jolt it out of you. Never forget to keep on loving NUMBER ONE – YOU! – show the world how you should be loved and treated by demonstrating that same love and comfort to yourself and those around you. You will go so far.

Wow! I didn’t realize I had so much to say to 2008/2009 Maria. Writing to an 18/19 year old me feels a little like writing to a naïve little best friend J I’m not gonna lie, I got a little emotional on that last part. But it’s the best advice I could give myself – love yourself and you’ll find yourself. 

I’m so glad I didn’t know the things that I know now, I don’t know if I would’ve come out the way I did had I known it all. It’s been such a great journey. Cheers to the next 10 years. And Thank God for anti-aging skin care products!

xoxo

the Glam Greek

Planning on Rocking Your Year

I’m sure by now you might’ve seen this meme

I haven’t just started seeing it this year, there were different versions for 2016, 2017, 2018… I seriously feel like this most years.

The last 3 months of the year are usually SO full of activities, events, meetings, parties, etc. that when January 1st rolls around, and I’m still in bed from being up WAY past my bedtime the night before, and hungover from thinking that an all night, champagne diet is a good idea, the last thing I want to do is get started on New Year’s “Resolutions” or getting my schedule/calendar going for the coming year.

This year I was particularly bad, I didn’t even get my 2019 planner or calendars until well into the 2nd week of the month!

I don’t have a brand of planners that I like, so I tried a new one I found from Office Depot by Emily Ley. What drew me to this planner first was the design, obvi! And second was the size. I’ve always gotten sort of thick planners, thinking it would give me enough room to keep notes in order to stay really organized, and floral designs were usually my thing!

I was wanting something simpler, smaller, thinner, so that I could take with me easily in a tote bag. Regardless of the design, I always prefer a weekly planner, with ample room to write for daily activities. After being pleased with this planner meeting those requirements, I flipped through the pages and found the rest of the planner amazing as well. A 2019 Holiday list, and a Bucket List (which I love so much more than “Resolutions”!), to-do lists EVERYWHERE, colorful tabs & icons, and even “instructions” on how to use it. I really loved the “Simplicity Tip” it gives for each month as well.

I use a lot of colored pens to keep my planner looking interesting, but I don’t necessarily have it color coded, lol! Yet. That and stickers will be my project for 2020 🙂

I keep a wall calendar for major things like birthdays, events, dinners, appointments, and vacations that I have planned. I will use the wall calendar from last year to transfer important dates to remember to update my new calendar, and then I update as things come along.

This year I’m trying a new thing with a very thin notebook one of my best girlfriends gifted to me for Christmas, where I keep a running to-do list, and other various notes that I jot down as they come to mind.

Don’t get me wrong, because pretty much this paper notebook is the equivalent to my Notes app, but there is something so satisfying about crossing out tasks with a pen.

This is the year I (hopefully) stay really organized in all aspects of my life –

  • I work full time
  • I run a blog
  • I run a skin care business
  • I like to have fun
  • I like to take days to relax

These aren’t a lot, but as time goes on, that list gets so much longer! And I’m trying to create good habits from now. Wish me luck!

How do you like to use planners to stay organized? I’d love suggestions for color-coding as well.

xoxo

La Glam Greek

2018 Highlight Reel

It’s already been a full week into the new year and we’re well on our way into 2019, but I definitely feel like I needed a week recovery before really delving in, so this past Monday was really, like the “official” start, ya feel?

I finally bought a planner, and a wall calendar… I’ve only written like 4 things in it so far, but the one I got for this new year says to utilize this first month to reflect on last year because despite the lows, there were LOTS of highs and it was a heck of a good time!

January – March

  • I started my year at a new place inside the loop – I’m officially a city girl!
  • Started Festival Season at In Bloom Fest
  • Girls Trip to Vegas, went in almost as a complete stranger to this group and came out part of a She-Wolf pack. My heart was full!

April – June 

  • I bought my first big girl car
  • LA Trip/Coachella
  • Miss Houston Latina
  • Totally Rad 90’s party
  • Lake Travis

July – September

  • New dates <3
  • Ellada <3
  • Bachelorette Parties

October – December 

  • Greek Festival
  • Princess Maria Day – Twenty-Fine edition
  • Austin, TX
  • The Holidays…

I always feel that before I can really get into the new year, I have to look back at all that I did the year before. It’s something I’ve always done and puts me in a really good place! The latter part of 2017 left me in a dark spot, and I spent most of 2018 learning A LOT. But the ride was fun and I’m ready to keep learning, to keep evolving and for this book to keep going. Cheers to all that happened last year and cheers to all that’s to come.

xoxo

La Glam Greek

Dream Big, Sparkle More, Shine Bright

And just like that, Christmas 2018 is over. It came, and it went! I don’t even know where the year’s gone, but it’s been such a great ride.

As I get older, sometimes it’s hard to get in the Christmas spirit… responsibilities, work, bills, social events, adulting…

At Christmas Eve mass last night, I thought to myself, this is my 30th Christmas!

And I looked around at all the people there, all different ages, all different backgrounds, and thought about all the Christmases they’ve celebrated; the number of Christmases my parents have celebrated; and I looked around at all the children and their bright eyes, looking at all the lights & the decorations, dressed in their red and their green, trembling with excitement. And I remembered that same excitement when it was my 8th Christmas too! After about 20, there will be some years when the feeling just isn’t there… until RIGHT at Christmas!

This year though, I was quite in the holiday spirit early on – had my decorations up the weekend after Thanksgiving, and I wanted all the red, glittery, sparkle everything I could find!

Sometimes it’s hard to feel the sparkle & shine of life, but I hope you all have felt it this Christmas!! And if by chance, it didn’t go the way you’d hope (as holidays usually don’t!), just know that there’s always next year, God willing ❤️ love you all, thank you so much for stopping by my blog, wishing you many blessings of health, happiness, success & love for 2019!

Love,

María, La Glam Greek

Painting the Town Purple – How to Bachelorette Party in Houston

Once upon a time, not a long while ago, bachelor and bachelorette parties were simple, yet very festive and celebratory affairs, where a young, soon-to-be married couple would have “one last night” to be wild and free with some of their best friends before the impending incarceration in which we call marriage. (just kidding, I don’t think that way!) It used to be a night before or a couple nights before the actual wedding, and didn’t really consist of too much other than maybe dinner and drinks with your girlfriends, and perhaps a male stripper if you were on the wilder side… Then millennials started getting engaged and married and it turned into a weekend get-away with your closest gal-pals to get really wild. (I blame Vegas for this)

Now don’t get me wrong – AT ALL – I ABSOLUTELY adore a destination bachelorette party! But sometimes, it just doesn’t fit in someone’s schedule or perhaps even a budget! So when my cousin asked me to be one of her koumbares and plan her bachelorette party, she was very carefree & go with the flow, “I don’t mind at all what we do or where we go, here’s who I’d like to attend, knock yourself out…” the only thing was that between moving across the country in July to be with her Sailor, having a new work schedule and coming back and forth for dress fittings and wedding preparations… well time was a precious commodity.

Houston isn’t exactly a city one comes to to vacation. We’re a commercial city, people come here to work! But we know how to have a d*mn good time!

There are only a few things that one must truly need to successfully pull off a bachelorette party and that’s :

  • love
  • laughter

(lol, jk… but actually)

  • rest
  • relaxation
  • food
  • alcohol
  • good friends

Luckily in the Bayou City, the temperature rarely falls below 85 F well into mid October, so a Labor Day staycation was the perfect time to lay by the pool since that’s all anyone wants to do anyway!

Literally the Best Pool in the Nation, y’all!

Right in the center of downtown, is a little modern, urban oasis, with a Texas shaped pool, a pool that looks over Discovery Green, goddess treatment and a stellar spa (I highly recommend the massage!) – this is the place to hang out for the day or overnight. There are multiple hotels in Houston that would offer the same, luxurious experience, such as the Houstonian, but I decided that the Marriott Marquis would be great for a recently relocated Texan!

That evening, we went back to my house, which is close to a very popular nightlife district, to enjoy a rather naughty time learning about fun toys and being served by a handsome BUTTler. Decorating and party favors don’t have to be expensive, and you can find lots of really great and affordable things on Amazon!

Then we went out for a traditional bachelorette bar-hopping experience! (only thing is that we didn’t get out of the house til midnight, so we only stayed at one bar… haha!)

Brunch, which is always a great idea, can only be elevated by an accompanying performance! Houston now is home to a Hamburger Mary’s, the Original drag brunch! And let me tell you something, honey… Houston Queens can SERVE! On top of that, the food is GREAT!! (as are the Bloody Mary’s) As well as being a fun experience, it’s a great place to go with a group of friends.

Really wished I could’ve gotten better pics of the show oh.. & the food!!

I suppose Houston isn’t the first stop I’d consider for a destination anything, but there are fun things to do in every corner, which only a true Houstonian can truly appreciate. And besides, who doesn’t like a spa day and some time out by the pool accompanied by a fruity drink?

There are plenty of places to play here, my sweet bachelorettes (and any Maids of Honor or Bridesmaids who are currently stressing over where, what, how and when to plan a bachelorette party your best gal pal would love). Throwing a Bachelorette Party in your own town should be an easy job, let me know other ideas and suggestions! 🙂

xoxo
The Glam Greek