Wait..So Life Doesn’t Pause when I Need a Break?

I don’t claim to know everything, if fact this blog is precisely about the opposite. This blog is based on the principles of me not knowing anything about the future but what I have learned from my past and what I am currently learning about the present. With that being said, I thought I would be breaking my cardinal rule of being honest, if I didn’t share a little secret about where I’ve been learning some things about life and being in my twenties.

With the hope of turning pinkrosesandredwine into  a place that helps young people, much like what Oprah’s book club did for the average suburban mom/housewife/and television watcher. Here I go..

Over the summer I read the The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter — And How to Make the Most of Them Now,  by University of Virginia clinical psychologist Meg Jay. She breaks the book up into three parts, the first being Work, second Love, and lastly the Brain.

In each section, she discusses the relationship twenty-somethings have with that specific part of the book. Using the real life examples of clients she’s worked with, Jay makes these tough life lessons easy to digest and execute effectively. The book spells out the truths associated with all the decisions twenty-somethings make and how they will affect them in the future. The points she makes are bold, intelligent, and undeniably true.

She puts a real life price on how crucial this period is in a person’s life. Whether you are a twenty-something or know one, this book can be beneficial in figuring out issues your son/daughter/friend/or relative are going through.

Here are a couple links that explain the book in more detail. One is a podcast with the author, and the other is an article from Business Insider:

http://www.npr.org/2012/04/22/150429128/our-roaring-20s-the-defining-decade

http://www.businessinsider.com/dr-meg-jay-the-defining-decade-2012-7?op=1

Let me know your thoughts on the book if you’ve heard of it, or if you are currently reading it!

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Coffee Addicts Anonymous.. or not

They say the first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one. Whelp, ladies and gentleman, my name is Tatiana and I am a coffee addict. If I do not get my coffee by 8:45 am each morning, all hell breaks loose.I think about coffee before I go to bed, wondering where my next cup is going to come from. I think about coffee at work, when I hit my mid-afternoon slump and need my “pick-me-up”. And sometimes after dinner I can barely resist the smooth, hot, two creams, one sugar, calming effects of that coveted cup. If I could get my fix intravenously, I would.

Folgers was my gateway cup of choice, though gradually I moved onto stronger brands such as Eight O’Clock Coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts, and then Starbucks. And as the amount of cups a day increased so did the $$ spent. In college I managed to spend $180 a month on my addiction. For a poor college student, I quickly prioritized my needs.

With that being said, I have learned to make peace with my so-called addition, and even more generously share with you all. Throughout the course of the year, I think I’ll use my addition for good and explore the various coffee shops in Boston and find out what goes into these magically cups of joy. Stay tuned….

This weekend:

  • Berkeley Perk Café
  • Wired Puppy