Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Rest is Still Unwritten

Hey y'all! I have amazing news and I feel as if I could explode of happiness. Life is so insane because one minute you are beside yourself with what could be going on in your life; then the next minute you hear the best news in the world that will completely turn your day around. After going through training for long ass hours last week, I landed the job officially: Selling cars! Honda cars to be exact. Someone pinch me because this job is a game changer for me.

It's not only something I've never done before, but it's pretty much a new career. Never in my life would I have imagined myself standing where I am now, selling cars, but here I am. I'm embracing this change and although it's exciting, I'm a little nervous. I haven't interacted with customers in person in gosh, 8 years? I've been cooped up at a desk job and this is going to be completely different.

If you remember that song Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield, that's what's playing on my mind as I'm writing this. I also loved watching The Hills on MTV when it was poppin'.

Nothing else is new; my car is still at the shop with no ETA for when it will be fixed. Dating life sucks and I have no time for it hence why I'm enjoying my single life. I joined Helene's Blog Boss Babe community and I'm uber excited. I can't wait to receive my mug! I can't find a pic of it yet, so I guess you'll have to wait and look out for it on social media. Found it!

I found a new smoothie place {Nekter Juice Bar} that actually makes breakfast bowls, yum! This one is the Acai Banana Berry bowl. It was so good, I want to try their other bowls and most likely lick the container once I'm done.

It's way past my bedtime so I'm gonna wrap this up. How's y'alls week going so far?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

My Life is a Movie + Beyonce Formation Tour Concert Recap

Hey y'all! I know I'm writing here a little later than normal, but I have been going through what I'd like to call, "My life is a movie" because it basically is. As you may or may not know, I lost my job two weeks ago. Right when this happened, the bank that had my new loan for the Accord was so thorough that they verify employment. This was such bad timing because they found out I was no longer working there and so they didn't fund the loan. I had to give the Accord back to the dealer and I was sad, but at least I still had a car because I got my Civic that I bought a month ago, back.

Then a week later, I'm on my way to an interview for a job that I wasn't even sure about and I got into a car accident. It wasn't my fault, it was the lady who hit me, at fault. I don't think she has insurance because her insurance card was from dates of last year. I took her info anyway, didn't want to call the cops because that will take longer and I was in a rush to this interview.

I ended up having to file it under my insurance because her insurance is still investigating and supposedly they haven't confirmed if she has insurance or not. It seriously shouldn't take this long, so I didn't want to wait on them. I took my Civic to the shop yesterday and the bodyshop I'm taking it to said I don't have to worry about paying my $500 deductible. How nice is that? I was so grateful.

So now I'm driving a rental (free of charge because I had rental car coverage), which is a Hyundai Elantra and it's really cute. After all of this shit storm, I feel like my life is a movie. One thing after another, but thankfully not all is bad.

On Monday, I went to a job fair at this Honda dealer and I ended up getting the job! I'm so happy that I finally got a job that I know I will do well and make lots of money. Also, now I'll hopefully get a discount on my next car if I decide to trade in my Civic.

I start tomorrow and so I probably won't have a life, but at least I'll be making that money. If you live in the Dallas area and need a car, message me.

Went to the Beyonce concert on Monday night and it was ah-mazing!!!

This was my first Beyonce concert ever and I want to see her all over again. She is such a legend of our musical generation and I'm in awe of her. One of her songs, I noticed my friend Melissa got emotional on. Then I myself got emotional when she sang 1+1. She sang with such passion, it touched my soul. After that she did a Prince song and we both lost it. We were crying and it was such an emotional moment, she seriously touched us in a way that music can only do. Melissa kept saying, "This is too much, I can't take it". Ditto my friend, ditto.

We danced most of the night and it was a packed house. It was our second time at the Cowboys stadium and it was greatness. We got lucky because parking was right by the door, our seats were by the aisle and we were in the first section above the floor seats. She's coming to Houston in the fall and I may have to fly down there and go with Melissa again.

I did my makeup a little dramatic with a big cat eye; I'm still learning how to do it like my makeup artists that I follow on social media. I know it takes time, but I wish I could draw it like that every day.

Now I need to find me some Beyonce shirts so I can slay all day everyday, you feel me? How's your week?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Get Yo Guacamole On For Cinco De Mayo

With today being Cinco de Mayo, I felt it was about time I shared with y'all one of my favorite appetizers on the planet. If I hadn't moved to Texas, I would have never known about the incredible and addicting goodness you find in a really well done guacamole. I love On The Border's as well as Chipotle's. So I surfed the web and found a recipe that's pretty much a replica of the Chipotle, with my own spin on it.

I don't really like mine too spicy (blame it on being Puerto Rican), but my spice tolerance has grown over the years. You won't ever see me using Sriracha or eating hot cheetos anytime soon though. But if you like yours spicy then carry on with yo bad self.

While doing my research, I found this site that informs you on the Tips How To Make the Best Guacamole: Tips and Mistakes to Avoid; and I seriously did not know that using water keeps the guacamole from turning brown. Mind blown. Did y'all know that? Learn something new every day.

So let's just get to it because I'm getting hungry here and I know you guys want to get this guacamole on.

What you'll need to get it on:

2 or 3 ripe Hass avocados (from Mexico are probably your best bet)
2 teaspoons of lime juice
2 tablespoons of cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup of red onion, finely chopped
1/2 a jalapeño, including seeds, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt

The 7 steps to guacamole heaven:

1. Make sure your avocado is ripe and ready. The way to tell if it's ready, you'll notice the stem is snuggled up in there and when you hold it and squeeze gently, it's squishy but firm.
2. Cut the avocados up in half and remove the seed. I cut mine in squares so that it comes out of the skin much smoother.
3. Scoop that bitch up and put it in a nice medium size bowl so you have room to smash and make the magic happen.
4. Toss and coat it with lime juice, because lime makes it taste so delicioso!
5. Add the salt, jalapeño and onions and mash it up with a fork or potato masher.
6. Be gentle when you mix because guacamole is like a little baby. You don't want to mix it too much either or it won't have that good consistency.
7. Taste that guacamole until your taste buds reach guacamole heaven and serve!

FYI, you can also use any leftover guacamole you don't feel like eating and use it as a moisturizing face mask! What the what? I need to try this myself! I'm sure I won't wash it off and eat it instead, jk. It will be tempting though.

If you make this heavenly appetizer, be sure to share it on Twitter or Instagram by using either/all hashtags:
#BellaTaughtMe or #ImInGuacHeaven or #CincoDeMole - if all else fails just mention me @bellaandthecity
{Send your snaps too to - bellaimami}

So enjoy this lovely holiday with your friends and guacamole lovers. Pass me the tequila!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

April Recap: My Favorite Posts

Haven't done a month recap in a minute so I decided to do a roundup of my favorite posts for April. I gotta say that April was a super long month for me because so much happened. For one, I got a new car again. Then, I had some issues at work that came to a head smack at the end of the month. Then I started to work out again and that whole enchilada. By the way, I haven't gone back to the gym since that week and I need to get on the ball because, hello? summer is right around the corner.

Besides all the daily life happenings, I feel as though my blogging world was jiving smoothly because I'm mighty proud of the posts I churned out when things weren't super honky dory; is it ever really though? Ah, life.

But before we dive in, I have an announcement. My bff Melissa is taking us to the BEYONCE concert next Monday! Oooooh wee!! Lemonade here I come, Bey all day bitches!!

Now that that's out of the way, here are my favorite posts. If you missed these, feel free to check them out and leave your comments if you must.

To go to the posts, just click on the pics. I made it a little easier for you, see?

Even though this one was towards the end of March, it's still one of my favorite Confessions of a Blogaholic posts:

That just about does it so I hope that May will be a hundred times better than April and with Beyonce concert to boot, I feel pretty blessed already.

What were your favorite posts for April out there on the interwebs? Share it in the comments.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Truth Is... She's a Sour Patch Kid

The workplace can drastically change when management changes. It can change for better or for worse, depending on the management style etc. A few months ago, I enjoyed working at my job until they brought along a manager who was overseeing the customer care side over to our sales side. Mind you, we don't get compensated by the hour like customer care does, yet everything they would do would make you think we should get paid by the hour if they say x, y and z as the rule.

I kept to myself and always hit my goals each month until last month when she threatened to fire me. It came as a surprise to me because she had never addressed this issue with me before, but I know that's something I've been working on. The month before she suspended me over something that could've easily been fixed over a conversation. Instead of communicating what the expectation is, she took matters into her own hands and suspended me for 3 whole days.

My revenge when I got back was hitting my goals and showed her that her suspension didn't do jack shit to me because I kept going. But somehow, when she threatened to fire me, that shook me. She dismissed my termination letter and I walked out of there with goosebumps on my arm. Wow. I can't believe it's gotten to the point where they would want to fire me. So here's my chance to prove to them that I want to be here.

A few weeks later, my numbers suffered and I was at the bottom of the barrel compared to everyone else. I haven't been in this position since last year and I hated it. The more I worked, the more I had this terrible feeling I wasn't welcomed there and I didn't want to go to work anymore. It didn't make it any easier when I would walk down the hall and she would walk by and barely make any eye contact. I get it, she didn't like me, but at least be professional and say hi.

At this point, there's really not much you can do when someone has it out for you. I'm not an ass kisser so I wasn't about to take the bitch to lunch and stop by her office and ask her how her day was. I could've done all that if I wanted to be an ass kisser, but that's just not how I roll. I kept my head down and just did my job as best as I could. By the second week of the month, my numbers were a little better, but not enough to keep their eyes off of me.

So last week they took me into their office and told me that that day was my last day there. I couldn't even be mad, I just felt really sad that it came to this. This person who, for whatever reason does not know how to communicate with her employees, is immature and was so unprofessional countless times, doesn't like me and she finally found her little excuse to get rid of me.

The only thing I said was, "It's fine, you guys didn't like me anyways". Because it's the truth. Since when did a popularity contest have so much weight on who keeps their job these days? It's so ridiculous and I'm furious at that whole concept. It's seriously like you never leave high school. I hated high school, I was always the outcast and I feel like this person alienated me from my colleagues with how she treated me.

I didn't even do anything to her to deserve that. Maybe she envied who I was, maybe envied my looks, the way I carry myself, my confidence, I dunno. But this person is such an unhappy human being, she's definitely not a joy to work with. None of my coworkers like her and they dread when she walks by our desks. For her having a sweet, soft exterior, she is the cruelest person I've ever met. Down to her core, she is a foul person. She's a sour patch kid.

I'm so glad that I don't have to be around her toxic personality to bring the worst out of me. I'm a pretty easy-going person, but when she would be around I felt like a cat having to curl my back towards her and hiss at the bitch. Who wants to go to work feeling like you're going to war? No thanks! I like peace and quiet. I like togetherness and communication. I like for someone to tell me what they expect of me and not face petty bullshit.

Moving on to better things ahead because I know eventually I will find my calling. With patience I know I won't stress myself out and be open to any good opportunities that have already been laid out before me. I have 3 interviews this week and I know one of them will be it. Wish me luck guys!