one for me

This post was inspired by THIS song.
Great listen. I would highly recommend.

A day can make a whole world of difference in life.

Imagine a day something incredibly impactful happened to you.

Those few seconds of processing the information made a difference.

Now scale that to a year!
Time changes a lot of things, as I’m sure we are all well aware.

On Valentines Day I crafted an Instagram feed post and stories sponsored by Saxbys. This is something I could have never envisioned myself doing!

Saturday marked one year since I moved in with my aunt.

Tuesday I attended the media party opening of the new Dim Sum House in Rittenhouse Square hosted by the public relations company I used to work for.

Although these things may not sound incredibly crazy or important, they are huge milestones for me.

I’m not one to be sensitive but while reflecting on challenges I faced in 2019 I’ve been nostalgic! I am incredibly proud of the woman I have and continue to become, the emotional and mental progress I have made, and the professional growth I have achieved.

At this point last year I was in the process of expanding my world.
Previously the lens through which I viewed life was incredibly distorted. I believed I was fighting all of my battles alone. Everyone and everything was against me.

I didn’t realize it at the time but I was a baby bird with broken wings.

At the start of 2019, I was still enrolled at Drexel University and the new quarter was about to begin.

I took Introduction to Western Philosophy which I accredit largely to enlightening me on the larger picture of life. I forget the professor’s name but he was cool as hell.

Many of the belief systems and norms of Western cultures I was introduced to intrigued me. I was a great student for this course.
I did most of the readings, participated in class, thoroughly completed the homework. I really enjoyed the course!

I was already familiar with the concept of self-reflection, or introspective thinking, but this class piqued my interest further.

Mindfulness, a state of awareness or consciousness, can be achieved through enough reflection and practice. This is a state of mind in which you’re able to truly think clearly.

It’s not a one and done kinda thing sadly.
You have to learn about various methods and see which work best for you.

If you would have told me a year ago I would be preaching about the importance of mindfulness through meditation and self-reflection I would not believe you.

But ya know,
🎶 What a difference a day makes… 🎶

We must experience discomfort to grow.

My Pattern, an astrology app which I follow as religiously as Co-Star Astrology, has been telling me that I attract wild experiences.

I have indeed had some crazy life experiences thrown my way but to say I draw them to me is insane. However, sis isn’t usually wrong…

So I’ve been working on my methods of leadership to be able to control my life!

I cannot control what happens to me but I can control how I react to it.

Thanks Aunt Leen for saying that to me repeatedly until it eventually made sense!

Here’s to 2020! A year full of positivity, love, and growth for all!

Think about where you came from.
Embrace where you are now.

Talk soon,
Alex

~ coffee vibes ~

When it comes to coffee some love it, others hate it.

I’m one of the coffee-loving fanatics.

I am actively cutting back on my caffeine intake. However, that being said, I’ve turned my coffee time into an event, or ritual, of sorts.

Branching outside of your typical at home medium roast black drip-coffee to more elaborate coffee house beverages makes the experience more lavish! Plus no cleaning up or work for you!

However, with the TONS of coffee drink available it can be overwhelming to choose.
Not to mention costly.

I’ve compiled a list of drinks I’ve been grabbing lately. They’re yummy, affordable and versatile — something for everyone!

SAXBYS

GO-GETTER ESPRESSO OVER ICE

I have two ways I will order this depending on what my coffee vibe is at the time.

If I’m feeling average I will opt for the iced espresso and add a splash of almond milk.

I also love cinnamon so if I’m feeling ~spicy~ I’ll mix in cinnamon powder!

If I’m feeling a coffee but not looking for the heaviness of milk or want something a little different I will get the espresso with coconut water.

It might sound strange but it’s good.

Don’t knock it til ya try it.

TIP
I always ask for espresso drinks in the smallest cup.

CHAI COLD BREW

I love chai scent, flavor, Pantone color — all of it!

When Saxbys launched the cold brew line I was super excited to try this one.

Love at first sip.
The keyword being first.

It was a tad too sweet for my liking.

Then I tried it dirty (added shot of espresso) and I was obsessed.

But if you’re looking to keep costs low this isn’t the option.

However, I recently discovered the half-sweet option which keeps the sweetness at bay while delivering just the right amount of caffeine at a decent price.

So if I’m looking for a pick-me-up I’ll get a small chai cold brew half sweet with little almond milk!

I mentioned in this older post that I am “spending the semester with Saxbys” as a Campus Partner!
Saxbys is a bit pricey if you’re accustomed to getting huuuuge low quality iced coffee from other more accessible places. However, the quality of Saxbys is worth it!
I want to help you get the best deals, dawg! I’ve taken it upon myself to sample the menu (food, drinks, snacks, etc.) and let you know what’s worth getting. 🙂

If you download the Saxbys app here you’ll get $3 off your first order!
That’s a free double shot, y’all.

STARBUCKS

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO OVER ICE WITH COCONUT MILK

If you order through the Starbucks app (which I highly recommend), it has a fancier name.

I order this baby in a tall cup. I love it.

Lattes at Starbucks can be expensive and this is basically a concentrated coconut milk latte.

I prefer no sugar in my drinks so I do not get this sweetened, however, that is always an option!

ICED LONDON FOG TEA LATTE WITH COCONUT MILK

Yes. I’ve been really into coconut milk lately.

Starbucks’ standard grande London Fog Tea Latte is crafted with 2% milk and 4 pumps of vanilla flavor.

I modified it to a tall cup, 1 pump of vanilla and coconut milk.

The final result was decent! This is for sure an acquired taste.

I believe the traditional way would be 100% times better.

Unfortunately, I am unable to digest dairy. I will retry this one with soy milk!

HERMANS

If you’re really into coffee, check this place out.

Despite their array of espresso beverages, including something with tonic water that I am not sophisticated enough to enjoy, I often opt for black coffee.

The energy of the space is very welcoming. Something about sipping something so familiar in such a warm space is comforting.

I come here to do work, journal, daydream, etc.

It is hit or miss in terms of crowdedness.

If the weather allows I love sitting outdoors.

Red and white lawn chairs are set up along a South Philly street with cars passing by, neighborhood patrons walking their dogs, and all the other aspects of living life.

It may be because I grew up in the city but I find this space to be very pleasant and would recommend everyone sit outside and read a book, or just observe your surroundings.

Let me know in the comments below if y’all try any of the drinks I mentioned! What’s your go-to coffee order?