These boots were made for… [Giveaway & More!]


Change is scary. Even if my college years haven’t been exactly “easy” they’ve been mine; and despite the fact that I’ve been in a rush to get out, the people and things that kept me sane through this chaotic part of my life have left a permanent mark on me. I am a better, happier, more mature person because of college. And it isn’t just that I’m graduating…it’s that I’m stepping into a new, scary chapter of my life.

I’m moving 500 miles away from home. Kansas City. While that’s less than 1/4 of the distance to California, there isn’t a set timeline. I don’t go there for a few weeks or months and come back. I’m moving there. I’m starting my big girl career. There will be no “intern” in my job title. This is huge. In some ways, it feels like it isn’t real yet. It feels too good to be true.

I’ve worked for years to get to this point. Now it’s here, and I’m nervous. But, there are coping mechanisms for these things.

Shoes.

The right shoes can make a woman feel unstoppable. Confident. Fashionable. Empowered.

Well, graduation is Saturday. And when I walk across that stage in the North Central College Residential Hall/Recreation Center, I will be rocking a new pair of kicks. These aren’t just any shoes. They’re beautiful, well-crafted, comfortable, attention-grabbing western boots. Shyanne boots, to be exact. Shyanne Butterfly Inlay boots, to be even MORE exact. I knew that I wanted to wave my country girl flag one last time at graduation, and fully intended to wear some boots at graduation. It was a matter of finding the right dress to match one of the pairs I already had.

One day a few weeks ago, out of the blue, Rachel of Boot Barn contacted me to say that Boot Barn wanted to offer me some boots. The only stipulation? I had to write a review of them. And as a reward for my readers, they’re giving me a pair to give away! Not into the style? Don’t worry; there are several to pick from, some of which may not be listed on the Boot Barn website. More on this tidbit shortly, but first, the review!

My first impression of my boots. And that beef jerky was delicious!

So, my mission was to try these boots out, REALLY try them. My method was to wear them every day for a week, and a busy week at that. These boots walked countless miles back and forth around campus, they carried me through several outings to bars and restaurants, they kept me dry in torrential rain, and they even did some dancing.

My first impression of these boots was great. At a glance, the leather is decent quality, the shaft of the boot is well-lined and sturdy. I was disappointed at first because, at a glance, the soles looked like they were made of a hard rubber. A closer inspection showed that they were, in fact, leather soles, but had a shiny black coating. This didn’t impede them much; the soles wore in a natural way and roughened up just fine.

The leather was pre-distressed to JUST the right point. It looked worn and rustic, without looking broken down.

The pink is a bit washed out by the flash, but there’s a good look at the texture of the leather. Distressed, without looking destroyed.

The comfort level of the boots is fantastic. I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they’ve stayed, even after the massive amounts of walking, running, dancing, and bar-hopping these boots have survived in my last week of college. Because of my birthday and the end-of-college celebrations, these boots really got a work-out in regards to goin’ out on the town. Additionally, it rained cats and dogs on my birthday. My feet were dry and warm inside of my Shyanne Butterfly Inlay boots.

These boots carried me on not one, not even two, but three nights out. Two birthday outings and a big night out for seniors celebrating their last weekend of college.

I wear a lot of brown and pink, so I feel like I had a lot of great options to accessorize. Whether these were complementing an outfit featuring pink, or adding a pop of color to an neutral ensemble, or adding a bit of rustic country charm to a more urban outfit, these bad boys were great. They worked with a khaki-colored linen skirt, peaking out from under boot cut jeans, and rocked the tucked-in skinny jeans like champs. Long story short, these boots were everything I could have hoped for…and maybe more.

Even my city friends, some of which have a track record of NOT appreciating my boot-centric style, loved these boots.

I can’t wait to debut my graduation dress with these beauties. I feel like the outfit will be Pinterest-worthy, and that’s saying something!

SO, you want a pair of Shyanne boots of your own? Do one (or all) of the following:

1. Β Comment on this post with a piece of important advice (or more than one!) about moving out and living on your own.
2. Comment on this post with a cost-effective recipe.
3. Tweet the following. Feel free to add any hashtags that you choose, as long as all the required text is there:

“I’d love to win some of these @BootBarn Shyanne #cowgirlboots to celebrate @kmrivard’s graduation!Β https://kellymrivard.com/2012/06/05/gradboots/Β #gradboots”

I’ll announce the randomly-selected winner (tracked using the hashtag #gradboots as well as through these comments) on June 10th! A few rules:

1. You only get one entry. So, even if you do all of the above (which I would, of course, appreciate), you still only get entered once.
2. I am not allowing anyone in my immediate family to enter. I’m afraid my sister, mom, and sister-in-law are all a little bummed about that.
3. The winner must be at least 18 years of age.
4. Anyone who is also giving away boots as part of Boot Barn’s program is not eligible to win. You already get free Boot Barn boots. Let’s share the love.
5. I still accept free advice, even if you aren’t eligible to win!

And gentlemen? Don’t be afraid to enter; the women in your life would probably great appreciate you winning them a pair of boots! And if you’re looking for a men’s boot giveaway, be sure to watch my friend Ryan‘s blog, Agriculture Proud. He’ll be featuring a men’s giveaway through Boot Barn very soon!

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36 thoughts on “These boots were made for… [Giveaway & More!]

  1. Kelly-

    Best of luck to you as you embark on a new chapter of life. My advice is the following:
    1. “Live. Laugh. Love.”
    2. Enjoy the journey. It’s great to get to the completion of a goal, but sometimes the path to getting There is just as great.
    3. Don’t compare yourself to others. You are your own individual with unique strengths.
    4. Reach for the stars!

    I’ve enjoyed getting to know you & hope to have some fun adventures with you in the future.
    xoxox

    Robin

  2. This best piece of advice for moving out on your own is to be happy wherever you go. Nobody can plan what the world has in store for them but with a positive outlook, any destination can be a positive experience. Be thankful you’re given the opportunity to see the world but never forget where you came from. Always know you have a place back home. Wherever life takes you, kick ass!

    Also, moving out on your own is a huge change in many aspects. One of them being cooking for yourself..everyday. It’s no longer like living in a dorm where you can survive off easy mac and Ramon noodles. It’s important to cut costs and make enough for leftovers. One recipe I want to share is this creamy chicken and pasta dish. The recipe is included below =]

    1/2lb dry rotini
    2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
    1lb boneless skinless chicken breast – cubed
    1lb frozen vegetable mix – thawed
    4 oz reduced fat cream cheese
    1/2 cup lite Italian dressing
    1/2 cup 2% fat milk

    Cook pasta as you normally would. Drain it and keep it warm.
    Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken cubes and cook until no longer pink.
    Combine cream cheese, dressing and milk and whisk until smooth.
    Add thawed frozen vegetables to chicken along with sauce mixture. Stir well and heat through – about 5 minutes.

    This makes about 4 servings so you can heat it up for lunch the next day and it’s pretty healthy too.

    Good luck in everything you do, and don’t forget me! =)

    • Teester, I could never forget you. You were my first friend at college and I’m going to miss you so much. We’ve come so far. And now I’m getting all sentimental. Your comment made me tear up. Also, that recipe sounds downright delicious.

  3. Oh, yes. I have a ton of reciepes I can share! Advice on moving out on your own? Hmmm. Kelly, I have no doubt that you are very capable and could be giving advice yourself. But….Make sure you don’t fall into the eating-out trap. Or buying expensive coffees trap. And any appliance you need you can buy for $5 at a thrift store. If you can’t find it there, you don’t need it. Hugs and congrats!!!! (ps, I need those boots) (i will be praying to the boot gods about this)

  4. Kelly,
    I am very proud of you, and excited that you are moving on into the next “big girl” phase of your life.
    Fact of the matter is: Little girls don’t get this far, so you’ve already got a lot of big girl experience.
    As far as moving out on your own, a bit of advice from your long-lost internet brother:
    If you have Ross stores in your area: Use them. We got tons of new stuff for our place for really, really cheap.
    Don’t skimp on a crappy bed/mattress. You get one body, screwing it up by sleeping on crap is silly. Plus, you sleep better.
    This recipe isn’t necessarily cheap, but…helpful.

    One tumbler. (Can be found at Ross).

    Jameson Irish Whiskey

    4 Ice cubes

    Pour Jameson into tumbler over the 4 ice cubes. Swirl around.

    Laugh like this: “Moooohahahahahahahahaha”

    Throw your head back during laugh

    Sip

    Enjoy

    Take Over World

  5. Kelly-
    First of all congrats! I am so proud of you for making it and really shining throughout your journey! You’re an intelligent, beautiful, sassy, and funny woman and I am so glad we’ve grown close over the past few months! I cannot wait to follow along with your adventure as you journey out on your own.
    Remember sometimes you’ve got to lose sight of the shore in order to discover new oceans. πŸ˜‰

    And girl, I could list recipe after recipe for you. If you ever need/want recipes, you know where to find me.

    Enjoy these next few days! Bask in your limelight! You deserve each and ever bit of it! πŸ™‚

  6. My advise to you is the same advise I had inked into my arm.
    Risk more than others think is safe.
    Care more than others think is wise.
    Dream more than others think is practical.
    Expect more than others think is possible

    All that and drink good beer.

  7. My advice: never forget who you are or where you came from. Spend your hard-earned money wisely. Call (text, tweet, facebook message, snail mail) your folks once in awhile, they are going to miss you fiercely.

  8. Kelly,
    Looks like you had a lot of fun in your boots…. It is a big step moving from college to career, but from following your posts, I am sure that you will adjust well. My advice to you is this:
    Learn to love within your means. (I wish that I would have learned that myself much earlier in life).
    Next, make sure that if you have the opportunity to try new things by moving outside of your comfort zone, that you do them (again, something I think that I learned a little late).
    Best of luck! πŸ˜‰
    Andrea

  9. My dear, dear Kelly – You know where to find some of my recipes, so I’ll leave you with this piece of advice: remember where you come from…it’ll help you determine where you want to go. It’s not easy to make your own way, but once you get there, the view is spectacular. And never doubt, there are many of us behind you that have complete faith in you. We’re here when you need us.

  10. Hey Kelly, first off, CONGRATS on graduation!! As a 1yr Purdue alum, I can completely relate to your nervousness yet excitement of moving away for a new job.

    My advice:
    1. Explore your town to find all of the small town places that remind you of places you went to back home. You’re chances are that those are the same type of welcoming people that you knew and loved back home too. (Believe me, even in a big city there are places like this, you just have to do a little searching) πŸ™‚ It will make you feel more at home and give you those places to go when you miss home or that small town atmosphere.

    2. I agree with Ty above, don’t skimp on a cheap mattress.. use your money to get a quality one and then search out antique stores for fun vintage furniture that you can revamp to suit your apartment decorations. For an example, check out my “Real World Noblesville” blog post. http://boilermakerag.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/real-world-noblesville/

    I have a great techinque to “distress” furniture that looks really cool and rustic if you’d like it, I’d be happy to share. πŸ™‚

    3. Cost effective recipe: Weight Watchers Enchiladas from Pinterest (Hopefully you like enchiladas) http://pinterest.com/pin/19703317089604553/

    Weight Watcher Recipes 6 points (old points) Serves 6
    Nutrition Info: Calories 390 | Fat 11.5g | Carbohydrate 36g | Fiber 2g | Protein 33g

    1 pound lean ground turkey
    1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
    1 16 oz can reduced fat refrigerator biscuits
    1 ΒΌ cups shredded low fat Mexican Cheese
    Extra Ingredients
    Green Onions, black olives, salsa, etc.
    Fat Free Sour Cream

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown turkey and drain if needed. Mix in a can of enchilada sauce. Cut the refrigerated biscuits into fourths and stir them in the meat mixture. Then you just dump it all in a greased casserole dish and bake for 25 minutes until the biscuits are cooked through. Usually I use a tooth pick to see if the biscuits are done. Take out of oven and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake an additional 10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

    This is very simple, but awesome. It was one of my first Pinterest recipes I tried, and its cheap too!

    If you have any other questions, I’d be happy to share my experiences as a fellow “big girl world” newbie, just let me know! πŸ™‚

    Best of Luck in Kansas City!

  11. Kelly… Love the boots, and as you know, I am a firm believer in the philosophy of shoeism (yes, I made that up) and KNOW there is no such thing as having too many shoes! Remember that always! As for moving out… I’ve move a lot in my life. Best advice, especially when renting… Take date stamped pictures of every square inch of your apartment…. Even inside cupboards and appliances. Keep them with your lease, just in case. Second piece of advice… Meet your neighbors. Last piece of advice… Walk your neighborhood to learn where the best coffee shops, grocery stores, bakeries and dry cleaners are located. You want close, clean, and friendly.

    Cheap, easy recipe: I have a bazillion but here’s a quick ramen fix (since you’re just out of college) … Dress them up with chopped, sautΓ©ed meat (chicken, stew meat, shrimp all work) add a hard boiled egg, sliced in half and a sliced green onion. Or cook the ramen to boiling and add one egg for quick egg-drop soup.

    Now, GIVE ME THE BOOTS!!!

  12. I am honestly a bit jealous that you get to move to a new city! As someone who’s had a bit of practice, here’s my advice:

    Go outside your comfort zone – it was scary to move to a place where I felt like everyone already had their friends. I had a hard time putting myself out there to make friends, and it made my first year pretty lame. Join clubs and go to classes – it’s an easy way to meet people with similar interests.

    Don’t make work your life! You need to give yourself time to adjust to a new place, so make sure you schedule in some fun stuff.

    Call your friends from home – don’t rely on keeping up with people on Facebook. Don’t lose the connections with people you care about!

  13. Congratulations and you are going to do fabulous where ever you are. My advice is remember “God’s Country” is where ever your heart is. Enjoy the journey. Find a church and look for boots the ‘real country boots’ and you’ll find a great friend.
    Hugs it’s been great to watch your journey so far and look forward to seeing the next step in those awesome boots.

  14. I cannot think of any advice, but I do have a good recipe to share. Especially if you’re having friends over to help you finish it off.

    Homemade pizza:

    2 cups flour
    1/8 cup olive oil
    1 cup warm water
    1 packet (2 and 1/4 tsps) dry active yeast
    pinch of sugar (I like brown sugar)
    pinch of garlic salt
    italian seasoning to taste

    Dissolve the sugar and yeast in the warm water. Set aside until foamy. Put flour in mixing bowl and add garlic salt and italian seasoning. When the yeast is foamy, add oil to the yeast mixture and add that mixture to the flour. Mix well. The dough will be somewhat sticky, but it should form a ball (if it doesn’t, add a little flour). Place the ball in a oiled bowl and allow to rise at least 1 hour (I let mine go longer and can then press it into a thinner crust). After rising, oil a pizza pan and press the dough into it and bake at 350 F until just starting to brown. Add sauce and toppings and bake at 425 F until cheese is starting to brown.

  15. Kelly ,
    You have always been so smart and very outgoing so I know you will be fine going out into the world on your own. Your parents have raised a beautiful young woman they can be very proud of so go out there and be the best you can be and kick some ass in the working world. Young people like you are needed in this world we don’t have enough young who want to make a difference. you have my best and enjoy all your new adventures that life has to bring you. Lots of Love
    Jolene

  16. My advice? Make a slow cooker/crock pot one of your first kitchen purchases. They’re a lifesaver. They’ll let you make some of the “cheapest” cuts of meat super tender and delicious without hours of actually slaving away cooking. Sometimes the recipes can cost a little more, but you get soups, stews, and more that can serve a whole bunch of people, or can be frozen and saved for a rainy (or lazy) day. Here’s one of my favorite recipes:

    Barbecue Pulled Pork
    4 pounds boneless pork shoulder
    1 onion, sliced in rings
    2 cups ketchup (a 24oz bottle seems to be exactly 2 cups. weird.)
    1/2 cup warm water
    1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1 teaspoon gluten free Worcestershire sauce
    1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

    The Directions:
    Use a 6 quart crockpot. Trim meat, and place into your crockpot. Add sliced onion. Squeeze in 2 cups of ketchup, and then pour 1/2 cup warm water into the ketchup bottle and shake. Pour the ketchup-y water into your crock. Add vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire, Tabasco and salt. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until meat shreds easily with a fork.
    [from http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2009/01/crockpot-barbecued-pulled-pork-recipe.html%5D

    Here’s 365 days worth of crock pot recipes: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2009/01/2008-flashback-entire-year-in-order.html
    And summer crock pot recipes: http://eatathomecooks.com/2012/05/summer-slow-cooker-meals-beat-the-heat-in-the-kitchen.html

    Congrats and good luck!

    Sarah
    http://www.sarahndipity.me

  17. Kelly! Congratulations on graduation! We’re excited for you to move to our old stomping grounds;). I have a few things I’d like to share with you. First, my most fantastic recent meal planning discovery… http://www.foodonthetable.com …a meal planning site complete with mobile apps, recipes, & a grocery list that makes itself. Loving it. Enter your favorite recipes or choose from a variety of others.
    Second, right after I read your blog post I saw this on a friend’s facebook page…looks like great advice for your first “real world” job. Go get ’em!:) The link is long, but here it is… http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/06/five_tips_for_your_first_job.html?referral=00563&cm_mmc=email-_-newsletter-_-daily_alert-_-alert_date&utm_source=newsletter_daily_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert_date
    And, lastly, what could go wrong wearing those boots!;) Pick me and we’ll walk in style:) Hope you’re enjoying every minute and not stressing as your life changes:).

  18. Well girl it’s time to move out! And you need to whip out your boots and pack this stuff up. Saddle up your horse and git r done!!!! Pick me!!!!

  19. Kelly,

    Congrats on this huge accomplishment, we all knew you could do it! πŸ™‚

    My best advice for moving out on your own, as I just did it myself this past fall, is to take it slow. I use to be one of those people that as soon as I moved into a new place I had to immediately go shopping to decorate and fill the new cupboards full of “things.” In coming to law school I did things a little differently. I really packed up only what I needed and slowly let myself fill the walls and shelves full of new “things.” This has really helped Des Moines feel like home for me, and I hope that it will help you as you make the leap to KC. I wish you all the best!

    Elizabeth πŸ™‚

  20. Congrats on graduating and best wishes as you begin the next chapter in your life. Below is a yummy favorite recipe from my mom.

    Pizza Casserole
    1 lb. hamburger
    24 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce (Paul Newman 5 Cheese is yummy)
    1-2 cups pasta noodles (whatever type of noodles and then amount you prefer)
    Small can of mushrooms (optional)
    Pepperoni slices (optional)
    8 oz. pack shredded Mozzarella cheese

    Brown hamburger and pour out grease. Cook noodles. Mix together hamburger, noodles, spaghetti, mushrooms and pepperoni in 2 quart dish. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Top with shredded cheese last 5 minutes of baking.

  21. When I move a new place I make a plan for a few times I’ll be at home, nothing too often but a month to 6 weeks in, a weekend makes a difference. I also try to get a friend or two to visit to make sure I can see some new stuff nearby and show off how things are doing. Start following the KC hashtags too and meet some new folks that are not connected to ag or the office…. you need diversity even if the other things are comfortable! And give a sister some boots! πŸ™‚

  22. Kelly,

    First & foremost, congrats! It’s awfully exciting to take the next step in life!

    Being a newcomer myself, I have lots of advice, but most important is to take some time for yourself. If you accidentally sleep in until 9 on Saturday, it’s okay. Learn that it’s okay to say no every once in a while. You will enjoy it all a lot more if you can enjoy the moments that matter!

    Good luck!
    Jamie

  23. Congrats Kelly on your upcoming graduation!
    I have a similar story – I left my home state for the neighboring on but did had fears as well.
    What I have learned is don’t have regrets and go outside your comfort zone. Those people that you meet in your new town and job, will be some of the most amazing friends that you have ever met!
    I wish you the best of luck!

  24. Congratulations Kelly on your upcoming graduation!
    I have been in a similar situation. I left my home state for the neighboring state but I had fears as well.
    My piece of advice is be yourself, have no regrets. Like my mom always says, those that you meet in your new town and job, will be some of the best friends you have ever met. Continue to make a difference, you’ll do great! Best of luck!

  25. Oh Kelly! I am so proud of you! And a little jealous. This is a wonderful time in your life that you will look back on with so much pleasure! My advice? Live alone for a while, and learn about yourself. It will prepare you for so much!
    And:
    Potato Casserole

    6 baked potatoes, with skins removed and grated with cheese grater
    1 can cream of mushroom soup
    1 cup sour cream
    1 cube butter
    2 cups grated cheddar cheese

    Spray the bottom of 9×13 glass pan with non stick cooking spray. Layer
    grated potatoes in pan. Mix the rest of the ingredients in bowl and
    mix. Pour mixture over potatoes and bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
    Garnish with chives.

  26. Kelly, My advice – Always look forward, never look back. Forward is the direction we always want to move in. Congrats on your college graduation and the new job. πŸ™‚

  27. Kelly, Here is one of my FAVORITE recipes that I have created in my own cookbook (www.rebau.net/cookbook). As you know, Pasta is among many country-girls favorite dishes. This sauce can go with pasta, chicken, beef, shrimp, vegetables and anything else you can think of.

    Congratulations on graduation and your move to the mid-west! I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

    ~Alfredo Sauce~

    1/2 cup Butter
    1 8oz. package Cream Cheese
    1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
    1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
    1/4 tsp black pepper
    2 C milk
    3 oz. Grated Parmesan Cheese (more or less to taste)
    Parsley flakes to taste

    1. Melt Butter in sauce pan on medium heat.
    2. Add cream cheese & garlic and onion powder. Whisk the mixture till smooth. Add the Black pepper.
    3. Add the milk, a small amount at a time, while whisking. Add the Parmesan Cheese and whisk to smooth lumps.
    4. Remove from heat when desired thickness. Thin with additional milk if too thick.
    5. Add parsley flakes if desired. Toss with hot pasta of your choose.
    6. Top with cooked chicken, shrimp, crawfish etc. if desired. ο»Ώ

  28. Here’s are two pieces of advice I want to pass along…

    Dwelling on the unimportant, stressing on the unintended, and freaking over the unknown simply doesn’t work… and are a bit like lighting a match in a dark room to make sure no one accidentally sprinkled any gunpowder on your bicycle, kept under the stairs, near the back porch, in January.

    And….always, always, always trust your cape!!

    (And now, I’d just LOVE to win those boots that are so stinkin’ cute!!)

  29. Congratulations, Kelly! I hope to meet you someday IRL at AdFarm in KC.

    As for moving out and living on your own, my advice is to simply enjoy this time. Connect with others, find community in KC, guard your heart, and have fun. There’s no time quite like your early 20s and it flies by!

    Now make with my boots, cowgirl!

  30. Yummy inexpensive recipe for chicken and tomato pasta:
    Add chopped cooked chicken breast and canned seasoned diced tomatoes to a batch of Noodle Roni Parmesan. Simmer together til noodles are done. Yummy, cheesy, tomatoe-y deliciousness!

  31. Congratulations Kelly!!

    There are some many great pieces of advice in the comments! One of the most important things I have learned that goes perfectly with this post is to buy good shoes. A good, comfortable yet stylish pair of shoes will take longer to find and will cost more (boots are easy to find but comfortable AND stylish shoes are harder), but it will be worth it.

    Have fun at your “big girl” job and I can’t wait to see your new adventures!

  32. Kelly,
    You will be awesome in the “new” job. Always leave a smile wherever you go. God made them to be given away. Keep life simple and God first and everything else will fall into the right order!!! I love the boots they are adorable and would be great for “wedding week” in Lubbock in July!!!
    Hugs!!! Pamela

  33. First of all… Congratulations on your Graduation lady! You should take a moment to soak it all in and be very proud of this accomplishment in your life!
    Some advice for moving out, being on your own….enjoy this time! This is the time in your life to learn things about yourself. You just graduated college, where you were “taught” things from books, maybe toward your career or simply more “book” knowledge. Now that you are moving out on your own, miles from home at that, this is the time to embrace life and learn what makes you tick type of thing. This might not make a lot of sense, but look back in a year from now, and I can guarantee you will have had a lot of life lessons without even knowing it at the time, which makes us grow as individuals.
    I remember moving out and wanting the best apt, best location, decorations, etc. advice…. Keep it simple and live within your means. Write out a budget, and keep to it. Try and put $ into savings as well for emergencies, even if only $20 to 50 a week or two. If you don’t touch it, it will add up, trust me.
    Call your parents to check in, say hi. I’m 32 now, and my mom says she still loves to hear from my sister and I πŸ™‚ as we love to hear how parents are doing as well.
    Never burn bridges, as you never know when you might run into that person, or have to work with that person, hahaa! Life is about networking, so true. Not so much about what you know rather than who you know. So if your boss asks you to join a work event ( but you have plans with friends already) go to the work event. Your boss will remember that you went, and will be another time to net work πŸ™‚
    Oh, if you go on any dates, always tell a friend where you are going, and give her the guys phone number. I know, sounds totally over board but there are some creeps out there! LOL
    These are some random points of advice, but I hope they will help you. πŸ™‚
    My favorite recipe still….. Live well, love much and laugh often! Cheap food recipes can be found online, foodnetwork πŸ™‚
    I love the Shyanne boots from boot barn, would love to rock them with an outfit…. But most of all, good luck to your and your new chapter in life, make it your own!! πŸ™‚

  34. I am just a simple country girl, Making my way in this world, But you cant get anywhere by just walking barefooted, You got to have a lovely pair of “COWGIRL BOOTS” to strut your stuff in πŸ™‚ I do not own a pair of cowgirl boots and I would love too πŸ™‚ Thats why I am hoping my advice to you will be something you can carry with you wherever you go!

    “Everything in life is not always downhill. Sometimes it can be like a mountain and hard to climb. But with strength and determination you can over come even the greatest obstacles. Never hold back if you go into something do it with a full heart and that way you will never fail”

    Hope this helps you in life. Blessings

    Victoria P, from Tennessee

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