The Last Few Steps to Graduation

Hey my Beautiful and Handsome readers,

As some of you know it’s about that time for me to graduate from college and I’ve been running around as madly as the mad hatter lately.

It’s also been lovely out and I can’t tell you how absolutely happy the sunshine makes me. I pop out of my winter shell and run around aimlessly asking everyone to go to a cafe or beach with me to soak in some rays.

I’ve mostly been working on the last bits of work before I can kiss homework a sweet goodbye for once after 22 years. (and then start sending out a billion more resumes)

I cannot tell you what an amazing experience college has been for me and how excited I am to start on the next path and find a career. So here’s what I’ve been up to:

We’ve been celebrating a lot.


I’ve been lucky enough to have some of the greatest friends a girl could ask for.


We’ve had a lot of fun this past semester especially. 481183_10152657456305434_1218474300_n


And don’t worry, I’ve been keeping my belly happy and posts will be coming soon.

Black Jack Burger from Max Burger topped with jalapeño jack cheese, roasted green chiles, guacamole, honey-chipotle onions on an artisan role with a side of some crispy eggplant fries. IMG_20130424_134805

Oh and eating a lot of Insomnia Peanut Butter Cookies. Whoever introduced me to these are pure evil. 431779_10201195120100318_1139858496_n

and taking in some rays while searching for some luck…

Every summer I go around and search for my first four-leaf clover to start it off.

I found a FIVE-leaf clover so I hope it’s a sign I’m going to be extra lucky (keep your fingers crossed!)

Oh and we’ve been nerding out a bit…IMG_20130428_203822

and eating some more.

Ahi tuna tacos at The Spotted Horse. These babies are Black & White Sesame Crusted Sushi Grade Tuna, Warm Tortilla, Grilled Pineapple, Jicama, Mint Salsa, Side Of Wasabi-Lemon Yogurt Sauce. Delish. IMG954345

Next stop: Find a job. (while eating lots of delicious food and traveling a bit).

If you find yourself in procrastination mode check out my tumblr: A Cup of Tia

Wherever you may be around the world reading this, I hope you are enjoying a beautiful sunshiny day.



Catching Up

I know it’s been a while, a couple of weeks since we’ve seen each other and I apologize.

But, here I am catching you up on where I’ve run off to these past few weeks.

I turned 22 and blew out the candles on my cannoli birthday cake. Yes, I don’t like cake, nor chocolate so my family has gotten my birthday down pat after 22 years. Oh, and we had some pudding with raspberries and whip cream (I could eat the whole bowl if they allowed it).

A caffeinated brunette

My parents gave me a beautiful present, a custom-made ring. I absolutely love it!


I discovered this awesome place in the Lower East Side which I will tell you about in the coming days. It’s a little hole-in-the-wall find which are my favorite kind.


For my last spring break ever…sigh…

A few of us headed to LBI where we had a fun few days on the beach, although it was only 50 degrees.


I ran along the beach, found some shells and of course, had to write spring break in the sand.480462_10152657268270434_1047326259_n

I also took a few trips to Brooklyn and Manhattan (mostly the Lower East Side this time) to catch up with some friends and enjoy some delicious food.

I have plenty of restaurants to put my pen to and they will be up soon.


I just had to add in a food picture.

Mushroom ravioli…mmmm.581676_10152613771425434_1696410092_n

And it’s St. Patrick’s Day today so this guy will be up on the blog in a mere hour…pinky promise!

Look at that scrumptious Irish Soda Bread.


I’d post the shenanigans of my fun around the city yesterday for St. Patrick’s day, but we will leave that up to the imagination.

What My Last Semester of College Has Taught Me, Thus Far

What My Last Semester of College Has Taught Me, Thus Far -acaffeinatedbrunette.comYes it’s getting down to the wire. Every time my professor mentions the amount of days until graduation we all cry a little inside. The last semester of college is the definition of bittersweet. College has been an amazing experience thus far and it’s almost over. It’s the last semester to take on everything you possibly can before you’re walking down the aisle in those very (un) attractive gowns. Here’s to making the best of everything…Cheers! Oh, and what I’ve learned…

  1. I don’t want to be old, I’m not ready to grow up!…Ok, now that we got that out of the way….
  2. Always be yourself and just have fun.What My Last Semester of College Has Taught Me, Thus Far
  3. They LIE when they say your last semester is your easiest. I see the papers, exams and books piling over my head daily. Climbing a mountain seems easier some days. (If you know me, I’m totally kidding about that.)
  4. Experience teaches you a lot more than your homework.
  5. Knowing waitresses and bartenders on a first name basis is a good thing.
  6. It’s OK to change your major- Hey, I started as music education and somehow got into Public Relations and Marketing. It’s not exactly a pebbles throw from music to marketing but it was the best decision I ever made.
  7. School comes first but fun comes second. If I stayed inside like some of my friends every weekend studying I think I would’ve gone completely insane.  There’s a balance between studying and giving yourself some time to relax and enjoy.
  8. Your friends are everything, be good to them and always make time for them.
  9. Don’t miss a St. Patrick’s day parade, New Years or Halloween.What My Last Semester of College Has Taught Me, Thus Far
  10. There is no “Too Late”.
  11. I need a job- The phrase “poor college student” is very real and the reality of life is coming sooner every single day. Here’s to sending out resumes until my computer breaks.
  12. Go out to dinner and try different cuisines. College is for experimenting in all ways. It’s ok to splurge every once in a while.
  13. Make time to do things for yourself.
  14. Love without regrets.
  15. Keep looking forward- I’ve learned a lot these past 4 years. Let go of the little things, the people who don’t treat you the way you deserve, and whatever happened in the past. Enjoy what’s about to come and make the best of everything you can. You only have a little time to enjoy every bit of what you have here.
  16. There is never a parking spot when you need it most.
  17.  Spend a little more on wine and martinis. It’s well worth the experience.
  18. Leave your comfort zone, take an internship somewhere away from home or try something you may not truly believe you’ll like. I never would’ve thought I’d intern at an airline and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I have a love for travel, appreciation of good food and culture more than ever before.
  19. Travel as much as possible.What My Last Semester of College Has Taught Me, Thus Far
  20. Take the advice of my grandmother, “Don’t talk to strangers, unless they’re taller than you and handsome.” She’s a smart cookie.
  21. Jungle juice is a bad idea, just have a beer.
  22. You can fail a class. Ask me how my first semester of college went in Communication theory, then how I got a 3.9 the next semester. You’ll survive, I promise.
  23. $5 movie nights are amazing.
  24. Just try everything, at least once.
  25. Always stay caffeinated ❤

What if Money Didn’t Matter?

Lately, I’ve really been asking myself what truly makes me happy? As college graduation is around the corner we face many decisions on the way we want our life to go. Do I want an office job, do I want a travel job? What job makes me happy? Do I want to travel before I start a job or can I find a job that fits perfectly with my desires? This video asks, “What would you like to do if money were no object?”. I believe every college student should be asking themselves this. What would make you truly happy? Whether it be skydiving or owning a farm, it doesn’t matter to anyone else but yourself. You’re the only person that can make yourself truly happy. I met an artist through my travels who told me, “Do what you truly love and the money will follow. If you are passionate about what you do and love what you do, it will shine through.” I believe this to be one of the most inspiring quotes I’ve heard and what I have counted on throughout my college career. So ask yourself, are you doing what you love? And if not, what truly makes you happy?

This video is worth watching:

“Better to have a short life that is spent what you like doing, than a long life that is spent in a miserable way”