Updated: May 3, 2020
Hey beautiful people! So glad you all could stop by, not really a fan of lengthy blogs or videos so I won't be long.
What a time to be alive. There are so many things going on in the world and all I can do is pray. Pray for those in need of work, pray for the high school students that aren't getting a commencement ceremony, pray for those who have lost someone during pandemic. Literally just praying, keeping the faith, and hoping for the old normal again.
For those who do not know me, I am Briana N. Ellis. I am an educator and aspiring author here in Atlanta Ga, and the creator of this here blog/website. In this blog I will cover finally graduating, Disney updates, what's new with teaching, my first book and new business.
Done with the B.S
Soooo, did I anticipate my senior year to go like this, of course not, but it's really okay. I had so many other accomplishments to achieve, but now being in this moment and looking back; having accomplishments, half of them will hold no weight. And by that, I'm saying that the young woman that I became at Alabama State University is what's going to get me where I need and want to be in life. We had a virtual ceremony and honestly it was a joke lol.. but I'm #grateful. Our commencement speaker, Susan L. Tyler mentioned:
"To live below your means, learn business and not looks."
That saying is forever going to stick with me, it's never been a show if you ask me. Ever since I been in school, I've been educating myself on things that will matter later on down the line, like life insurance, taxes, building properties, credit lol all the regular adult things.
Now am I done with school? No. Never. #WGU22
As long as I'm healthy, and I have all my working body parts, school is for me because I'm making it FOR me. I believe you have to create your success and that's just exactly what I'm doing.
A lot of you may know, Disney is closed due to COVID 19, and most of their internships had to stop. Just like most universities, they sent letters and had their students/workers pack up and be on their way.
Now this is sad for those students who took a semester off, now they have to go back home and figure out how to start back school again for either summer or fall. Luckily, they're giving people a chance to come back and re-apply. Hopefully those students could come back after graduation. That's why I choose to do the program after graduation, more freedom, more time to work if I wanted to extend my stay, and while doing online grad classes I could take it with me.
Now my move in date is August 17. As of right now nothing is cancelled. I've been checking Florida news and they're slowly opening back up. Will it be the same? um no... Yeah it sucks, but at this point, I'm ready to work. Fun can still be made ... 6 feet apart.
Now this was my little working / vacation before I decided to go into a class room so it's either this fall or next spring. The opportunity is always there. I did the work to get in so, lol it's always there.
Here's a link below for the latest Disney update.
Teaching... it's so fun and carefree in my opinion. I can't wait to start officially in a classroom. Many of our mentors guide us into waiting, they want us to mature more, study abroad, grad school, all that good stuff, and I couldn't agree more. As of right now, I still have my lead teacher position at the Bricks4Kidz program and I just received a position at Qkids.
Qkids is an online teaching business where you can teach English to students from China. All you need is a Bachelor's
degree and a TESOL Certification, which you can purchase from Groupon right now for just $19.99.
Anna's Amazing Adventure
Children gain immeasurable knowledge about their minds, body and emotions from the literature they encounter. It is important for children to be exposed to medical, creative and historical literature at a young age.
Who knew creating children literature was going to take this long. Anna's Amazing Adventure will be for purchase hopefully by the end of 2020. My illustrator and I are working day in ... and day out to make sure it's perfect for you all.
I advise during this quarantine, learn to value books and stories. Spark your child's imagination and stimulate curiosity. Help your child's brain, social skills and communication skills develop. ... help your child understand change and new or frightening events, and also the strong emotions that can go along with them.
SUPER, super excited. This is something I probably wouldn't have done right away if it wasn't for this quarantine. I've always felt like I was a jack of all trades, plus I really wanted something for myself.... besides Disney lol
So I created a storefront with tee-spring called "lounge." I truly see bigger and better for the brand but for now it's a mini tee line business which I'm excited about. Whether you're starting a small business or exploring ways to expand an existing one, a business plan is an important tool to help guide your decisions. Think of it as a road-map to success, providing greater clarity on all aspects of your business, from marketing and finance to operations and product/service details. I've been having a blast in quarantine designing, creating and planning.
When I visited L.A back in 18' I obsessed over their beautiful aesthetic. Everything was just so earthy, and if you know me you know I love the color green. Since then I've been into neutral color, coffee tones, earth colors, anything that looks calming I'm down. So the colors you see while wearing "lounge." are going to be brown, dark brown, light brown, tones that represent people of color, all shades of beauty and brown.
It won't always be like this though, stay tuned of course we'll have colors for everyone.
When I originally thought of "lounge." I thought of sweats. In my opinion, I'm not a fashionista. I enjoy baggy clothing, robes, black or white clothing, simple outfits etc. I obsess over being comfortable, period, and with any profession, like being a teacher, doctor, or stay at home parent, doing in-home work while being comfortable is just as important. So then I thought OK.... all professions, lets lean into lounge. "lounge." sheds light on being comfortable because for multiple professions the work doesn't end in the work place, the work continues in the comfort of your home.
Whether you lounge with your kids, lounge while doing paperwork, or lounge while creating content, being comfortable is key.
We're also striving for the saying that to "lounge." is to learn. love. live and most importantly lead. That's why to make it more special, a percentage of each purchase will go towards a child's educational needs. This could consist of paper, pencils, food, art materials, etc. I'm currently creating custom storage bins to place these items in for students. Many students have after school clubs, tutoring, summer school, etc. "lounge." will be able to provide educational supplies year round.
On the "lounge." online store we're providing shirts, tanks, hoodies, pillows, blankets and more. Be sure to stay tune and follow us @leanintolounge_ on Instagram.
So from here on out, this space is to collect your thoughts and lounge.
With this website/blog we're here to keep the inspiration going, motivate and provide.
Thank you for the love and support. God Bless and lets lean in "lounge."