Get To Know Me!

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Hey Eveyone!

One thing that I forgot is to tell you more about me! I’m Teryn the woman behind Teryn It Up.  I am from Chicago and am technically a middle child. I have 3 sisters and a brother. I come from a big family! I decided to name my blog Teryn It Up because when I was a kid I used to turn two bowls upside down and pretend they were my turn tables. My DJ name was “Teryn It Up”.  LOL!!!

Favorite color – Yellow because my favorite Power Ranger was Trini

Favorite book – Lord Of The Flies it was my favorite book I read in high school

Favorite movie – Jurassic Park the 1st one. I always watch and cover my eyes!

Favorite sport – Hmmm this is a tuff one. I would say football because they have better snacks. Wings, pizza is my kind of party!

Favorite flavor of cake – The Sams Club vanilla cake with buttercream frosting #Givesmelife

If I had to eat one food for the rest of my life it would be – Tacos. Who doesn’t love tacos?

I love to – Binge watch TV

I’m really good at – Not knowing the words to songs

This summer I want to – Explore Chicago more

I want to learn how to – Edit videos

A new goal I have is to –  Use my google calendar

Whats the oldest thing in my closet – I still have my tee shirt from when I played tennis in high school (I graduated in 2004 and probably got the shirt in 2002)

Guilty pleasure – Marriage Bootcamp Family Edition

Must have make up item – Basic clear lipgloss. I want my lips to say poppin

Favorite Christmas Song – Anything Mariah Carey sings

How I take my coffee – Large with almond milk and 2 sugars

If I could change my name what would I change it to- I wouldn’t change my name! I love it. You don’t meet Teryn’s everyday!

Now I feel we are officially besties! You know all of my basics. Tell me more about you!

XOXO Teryn

Summer Summer Summertime!

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FINALLY ITS HERE! SUMMER!!!

Time for sunshine, vacation and the lake! I am so excited for it to be summer! This summer I want it to be different. Now that I have my passion project #Terynitup I feel more motived than ever to stay active this summer. I live in Chicago and summer is literally 3 very short months, and it always flies by so fast before I know it, its Labor Day and I wasted the entire summer just working and watching TV. So this summer I want to do a few things:

  1. Roof Top bar. This is all the buzz this summer in Chicago. Lucky for me one of my management teams roof tops were on the hottest list of rooftop bars in Chicago so I have a little bit of an in! I want to go to at least 3 this summer
  2. Hiking at Starve Rock. Starve rock is about 2 hours away from me but has some of the most beautiful views. Its been forever since I have been there and a hike with friends is just what I need this summer.
  3. I want to start Bullet Journaling. I have a new found passion for planning. I actually have 2 planners. One at work and one for home and I sync everything with my google calendar. I will do a entire post about my bullet journal in the fall and how I feel like it has helped me reach my goals.
  4. Family Time! I want to make it my goal to come out to visit my family at least once a week and have dinner with my siblings at least 3 times this summer. Were all so busy so it would be really nice to catch up with them.
  5. Less TV and more READING!

How many times can we watch the same reality shows with the same drama! This summer is all about detoxing my mind of petty drama on tv (and in real life) and sparking a new curiosity through reading. I will still have a few summer shows that I cannot live without like the Shahs of Sunset, Game of Thrones and Million Dollar Listing that I will just record all summer and binge watch on a rainy day.

This year my goal is to read 5 books this summer. I used to love reading as a child and I am trying to get back into the swing of things. Earlier this year I read “The Year of Yes” and I am feeling so inspired by Shonda Rimes. Right now I am really into girl boss books like You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero and I want to read her next book called You Are A Badass At Making Money! I love her writing style. So here is my summer reading list.

  • You are a badass at making money-Jen Sincero
  • Boss Bitch by Nicole Lapin
  • I Am That Girl: How to speak your truth, discover your purpose and #Bethatgirl by Alexis Jones
  • Ask For It : The high cost of avoiding negotiation and positive strategies for change by Sara Laschever
  • Big Magic- Creatvie Living beyond fear

 

Once I am done reading each book I will do a short post about my thoughts of the books. I am so excited to dive in and learn!

What are your plans for the summer? Let me know in the comments!

 

XOXO

Teryn

 

Basic Ass Spaghetti

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So growing up my mom was like Susie homemaker. I don’t know how she did it. She has a husband and 4 kids, she worked a full time job, somehow came home and would make dinner every night except Friday’s and still managed to have a pound cake in the cake plate. That is a mouth full. Still to this day she always has a bunt/pound cake around. I do aspire to be just like my mom when it comes to cooking. Now that I am an adult I do enjoy cooking! I’m not all that fancy because I am kind of a picky eater, but I am going to share with you my favorite spaghetti recipe! I totally made up this recipes so hopefully it turns out well for you.
Ok raid your pantry and fridge this is what you’ll need:

  • Basic spaghetti sauce
  • Wheat noodles
  • Ground sausage, turkey, beef (whatever you like)
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper

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Ok so you know the drill when it comes to your spaghetti, fill up the pot and boil the water LOL

While that is boiling, I will chop up the onion, and green pepper. I then put it in the separate pan and cook for about 2 min or until the veggies look soft. Then I will put in the ground sausage. I will let all the flavors cook together and by now your kitchen should be smelling amazing!

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Once that is all browned and smelling good I will add in that basic sauce, turn down the burner to low.

Next I’m going to add in the noodles! (Side note this recipe also goes well if you sub the noodles for spaghetti squash).  After about 7 minutes I will do ahead and drain the noodles.

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Now I am going to go back to my sauce. Its been cooking on low for a few minutes I am going to add in 2 tablespoon of sugar. Yes sugar. I love my spaghetti a little sweeter. Its my secret ingredient that my friends love!

Now all you have to do is serve! Even though this recipe is pretty basic, my friends love it and its so easy for me to throw together and it tastes good every single time.

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 XOXO 
Teryn 

 

Financial Smarts = Happiness

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There are many parts of life that can make you happy. From your friends and family, work, hobbies. There are lots of ways to live a happy life. One thing that has always been a little stressful is in the areas of finance.

I’m not going to lie. I know nothing about personal finance, but I defiantly know how to spend money. I love shopping. It makes all my worries go away and I can focus on finding the perfect leather skirt or finding cute jeans at Asos.  When I went through a really tough breakup, this was the only thing that made me feel better. So now I have about $5000 worth of credit card debt I need to pay off.

I have really began to put more focus on now that I am in my 30’s is my personal finances. Most people these days are living check to check and I don’t want to be that way anymore. I feel that now that I am in my 30’s it’s so scary not to have any savings in case of an emergency. Without having this debt, I feel that my life would be less stressful. I could walk a little taller knowing that nothing is holding me back in a financial sense. So, the first thing I decided to do is google.

Ok so when you google how to get your personal finances together it’s so overwhelming. There really are so many opinions on the subject how can you figure out which one is right for you. They talk about stocks, bonds, money market accounts etc. I was so overwhelmed and still didn’t have a starting point. Sorry google I gave up on you.

Next I tried to budget on my own. I like budgets, but I couldn’t figure out where exactly I can save money. When your pay is based off commission, it makes it harder. I had everything on a beautiful excel spreadsheet. I needed more help because I couldn’t figure it out.

The next thing I decided to do is talk with my mom.  My mom is probably the smartest woman I know and she’s really lived life. So, I knew that she would be the perfect person to go to. My mom is also the most organized person I know. She whipped out this tub filled with material by this guy Dave Ramsey. She gave me this little index card with 7 baby steps on it.

  1. Get $1000 in an emergency fund as soon as possible.
  2. Pay off debt using debt snowball
  3. 3-6 months of expenses in savings
  4. Invest 15% of household income into a Roth IRA and pre-tax retirement
  5. College funding for children
  6. Pay off home early
  7. Build wealth and give

After I read those steps I felt some relief LOL. I was so happy that I found something to break down everything I needed to do. At the same time I felt a little scared. Can I really do this? $5000 of credit card debt isn’t that much right? All these things started to dominate my thought process. Then I found out there is a class you can take to help you learn about personal finance! YES!!! YASSSS!!!! I felt a huge sense of relief. The class is called Financial Peace University. I suck at self-study I can’t be trusted to complete it. I am so excited to be around people who want to learn about this as much as I do, and have struggled just like me.

I want to take you on this financial journey with me! Each week I will be writing a summary post about the class and my experience! If you would like more info on Dave Ramsey check out www.fpu.com.

XOXO Teryn

Teryn Up Dating

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Dating, Dating, Dating! I have had good dates and awful dates! I feel like the older I’ve gotten the easier it has become to date. I believe that is because I am comfortable in my skin and I know what I am looking for in a partner.

Step one: Find a guy

This to some this seems like the hardest part. This is the easiest part to me! Are you putting out single and ready to mingle vibes? Do you smile when that cute guy at the check out is looking at you? If not then start ASAP! No one wants to approach you with that resting bitch face. Once he asks you for your number he will text you asap.

Now I do not agree with playing all those games like don’t text back fast or don’t answer for 2 days. No one has time for all that. I usually will plan when I can go out around if I have a cute outfit already or if I need time to stop at Target to look at tops. LOL.

Step two: Dinner vs Drinks

I used to think that every date must be a sit down dinner followed by drinks and maybe a movie. I am a true believer of follow your instincts. So I no longer want to spend 4 hours on a date if I don’t like him. I prefer drinks. I can dedicate an hour to see if he has good conversation and then maybe we can continue on to dinner. Why waste time and HIS money if you know you don’t like him.  Men are on a budget to so don’t waste his time.

Step 3: The Outfit/Make up / Hair

You should to be comfortable on the date. The last thing you want to do is be uncomfortable in that tight dress and not like him! What a nightmare.  Now that it is summer I like to wear dresses/skirts.  I will usually choose something in a pastel or floral. I love feeling feminine on dates. I think when I feel feminine I put out that energy and the men pull out all the stops for me. Opening doors, pulling out chairs, asking if I’m ok 5000 times.

Men always say they like the “natural look”. Well my “natural look” has foundation, concealer, eyeliner, eyeshadow ect. Did I mention that I always bake my concealer? I don’t really care if they like the “natural look” I do what I want. I LOVE makeup. I love feeling sexy with the perfect red lip or flirty with a bright pink lip. My sisters used to make fun of me because I would wear a “Kardashian look” to work! I just love it.  So wear the makeup that you feel confident.

Now with my hair I am always simple. I usually will wear it in a low bun. I feel like a sign of a confident woman is that she doesn’t hide behind her hair. I love low buns. I also don’t mind showing people who I am.

Step 4: Date Night

Date night is here! Date check. Slayed my outfit, make up and hair check. Ok were ready for the date. On the first date I never allow my date to pick me up. Mostly because I’m like Wendy Williams I believe in the killer and don’t want him to know where I live. Once we have built up a little bit of trust he can know what building I live in. I usually arrive to the date right on time. I think a good sign is if he is already there, he wants to impress you. If hes late, I am not going to lie, I am annoyed, but I don’t let it bother me so much I don’t enjoy the date.  By best pieces of advice are:

  • Pay attention to how he is sitting. Is he mirroring you? Is he sitting toward you? Those are all good signs that hes engaged and wants everyone to know that hes with you.
  • Does he gaze at you? You know that creepy look guys give you when hes deep in thought. That’s another good sign that hes into you.
  • Hows the conversation? Is he cute but dumb? Is he smart, cute and obsessed with himself? Don’t let your physical attraction cloud your judgment. Listen to what he says and remember “If a man shows you who he is believe him”.
  • DON’T HAVE MORE THAN TWO DRINKS! That’s how the killer gets you LOL. Just kidding but you don’t need to be drunk with a stranger.
  • Does he pay for the date? Now I am old school with this one. Friends go dutch, a man that is interested in pursuing you will pay. I had a date once that didn’t pay and then wondered why I wasn’t interested in seeing him further. I explained how I felt about him not paying and he said “I thought this was a meet and greet”. WHAT! ALL DATES ARE MEET AND GREETS! So needless to say we are no longer dating.

To kiss or not to kiss. This is totally up to you. I believe that you should leave him something to look forward to if you plan on going out again.

After the date don’t forget to either text him or call him and say thank you for taking you out. I hate when women say why thank a man for what he is suppose to do. Saying thank you is the simplest way to show apprecation.  That’s everything I do for a 1st date.

What do you do to prep? Dating can be fun!

 

Xoxo

 

Teryn

Kick off your shoes and relax your feet

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So its 6pm, Tuesday evening. Tuesday are usually my Fridays because I usually work the weekends.  Its been a very very long week. All I want to do is eat and get in bed and watch “The Real” and right now I’m really into The Real Housewives of Potomac with some tea, while there giving me the tea.  Usually when I am dead tired I make a quick dinner but since I’ve been meal prepping lately I just have to heat it up!

The first thing I do while in the shower is wash my hair. My hair is natural which is a lot of work LOL! I am truly obsessed with Silk Elements products. The shampoo, conditioner and deep conditioner always leave my hair feeling super soft and moisturized. My personal favorite is the olive oil one but it seems my local Sally’s is out of that one so I will begin ordering it online. I use the entire line, I always recommend their olive oil heat protectant spray to my friends.

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I am a believer in aromatherapy! So after a long stressful week I go get my Bath & Body Works  Lavender Vanilla Scrub, Body Wash and Lotion. It smells like heaven. As your using the soap and scrub breathe in deeply and exhale slowly and watch those work day stresses go away.  I usually have a good Itunes playlist going! Currently my fav relaxation playlist is called Mood.

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Once I’m out of the shower, I will do  my hair first again. Usually at this point I’m feeling super sleepy and lazy so I will quickly to the L.O.C method (Liquid, Oil, Cream), put my hair in a bun with a little gel and put my hair wrap on. Then I will use the sleep lavender vanilla lotion and it relaxes me even more. I grab my pajamas, a big cheetah print robe, and my memory foam slippers, grab my pizza and wine then fall asleep in the middle of The Housewives of Potomac.

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How do you all relax! Let me know in the comments!

Teryn

 

 

P.S. I didn’t fall asleep right away so I had to whip out some Junior Mints which taste amazing with my wine! jr mints

The Makings of a Leasing Professional

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I can proudly say my career is in property management.  I never thought I would be in this field for almost 10 years but here I am LOL.  I was in college at Aurora University and I had to take a semester off (I was in college during the recession) so I got a job at the local preschool as a teachers assistant. That’s how I met my best friend. Her mom is a property manager and needed a leasing agent so I interviewed and got the job! Becoming a leasing agent was probably the scariest thing I had ever done in that time in my life. Mind you I wasn’t afraid to move almost 100 miles away from home, making new friends or anything like that.  I also thought that this was going to be temporary. I was going to complete my bachelors in social work and continue on that path.

As leasing agent I was literally the first person people would see when they walked in the door. My desk was in front. The property has 475 units and was half HUD. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into and at the same time it is one of the most thrilling times in my life. Don’t get me wrong there are a lot of logistics to worry about as a leasing agent. I didn’t work at a luxury building at this time it was a C+ and that is being generous.  One thing being a leasing agent has taught me is to always be prepared. When your out on tour you come across everything:

  • Extreme weather. 100 degree days, rain, sleet, snow, polar vortex. Keep an eye on the weather you still have to close that lease
  • Residents! Usually residents are very nice when they see you on tour, but sometimes you get the complainers that don’t care what your doing. I even had one person follow me pretty much the entire tour.
  • The client. Your always wondering if they like you? Are you mentioning everything you need to? Do the hallways reek of marijuana and pee? Ask them questions. This are just a few things that are running through my head.
  • The apartments. When I was at my very first property you had to be prepared to run into anything including roaches. Yes I said it roaches! I had never even see one before I worked there. If you can overcome roaches you can lease anywhere.
  • Paper work, paperwork, paperwork! Working at a property that was half HUD was hard. Shout out to those people who work at a 100% HUD property. When I took my first leasing job I didn’t know that in Illinois you have to hold a valid leasing license. You have to adhere to local, state and federal laws. Its very overwhelming to say the least. The test wasn’t too bad. I’m thinking about getting my broker license next year since it’s the renewal year anyways.

I’m not trying to scare anyone out of wanting to become a leasing agent. I believe that part of the reason I have been so successful at it is I like people. I like talking and connecting with all types of people. Not to mention the more leases you get, the more money you make! $$$ Everyone likes to make money LOL!!

Falling into property management has opened a lot of doors for me and has brought me many successes that I never thought I would have the opportunity to earn. I am still currently in the business and I will be sharing everything I know!

 

XOXO

 

Teryn

 

Be Intentional

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Good Morning!

“Be intentional”, I couldn’t find who said this but it is so simple and yet so big. Say it with me “Be intentional”. The dictionary defines intentional as done with purpose; deliberate. Do you do everything in your life with a purpose or deliberately? How different would you live your day to day if you lived with intent? 2017 for me has been the year of living with intent. Not just shuffling through life, I want to be present, I want to be the CEO of my life.

Be intentional with your fam

Family is everything to me. I can go on and on about how much my family means to be. In today’s busy world sometimes you forget to check in. When was the last time you checked in with your parents? Sometimes we get so busy in our lives that we forgot about the people who gave it to us. What about your siblings, cousin’s, aunts and uncles? Be intentional about the relationships you want to have with them. With your family, the small things are what count the most. Put birthdays on your google calendar and send thinking of you cards.  Your family will love it. How have you been intentional with your family?

Be intentional at work

I have been with my current company for 5 years. The first 2 years were so exciting. I won a few awards then all of a sudden I just got lost in the shuffle of life. When I stopped being focused with my work mistakes happened, and I was so unhappy. I had no direction, just lost floating out there. Once I re focused and decided to be intentional with my work I could ask myself, What is it I want from this career? What am I going to do to get there? Can I find a mentor? These were all new questions that I honestly never thought about. Now that I am being intentional at work, the quality of my work has improved tremendously because I now have a path. How have you been intentional at work?

Be intentional with your dating life

We have all been there, date after date with loser after loser. Are you dating but not finding what you want? Remember no one is perfect. But if you don’t date with a purpose how are you going to find that perfect partner for you? Think about it, if I date with intent on finding someone then you will. Sit back and think about what you bring to the relationship. Now think about what you need from a partner. Your dating life will be completely different. Once I did this I had a new level of confidence within me. How have you been intentional in your dating life?

Let me know how you plan on being intentional in your life!

XOXO

Teryn

Why Blog?

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Hmmmm great question? Why blog? *Takes deep breathe* I feel like that is such simple question with a complicated answer. I wanted to create a blog for quite a while. I just wasn’t confident enough at that time to share my thoughts with the world. I always wondered “What do I have to say” or “No one wants to listen to me talk why would they want to read what I have to say”. So now I am taking a deep breathe, here we go.

I guess my answer would be that its another way to be creative.  I am always looking for new and creative ways to express myself. I have recently gotten into photography, and video editing. Honestly, I wish when I was in high school I would have taken more creative classes because I feel like my life would be completely different. The need for a creative outlet for me has began to be as necessary as breathing (You will learn I am very dramatic LOL).

I work in property management in a marketing positon. There are so many restrictions! Dress like this, speak like that. Even though I have a creative role, I still find myself unfulfilled. I wanted a online space where I could be as uncensored as I wanted and find like minded people. I just want to be me Teryn, loud and proud. The one thing that appeals to me about blogging is finding people who can relate to the day to day part of my life. Other people who are just as social media, makeup, fashion, and food obsessed as me. Being part of an online community of people who are as creative and passionate as I am is the most exciting part of 2017 for me.

I hope that you are all ready to learn with me! I am so excited to take you on this journey with me!
 

XOXO,

 

Teryn