That One Barista

That One Barista

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  • That One Barista
    Published 11 months ago
    Meet N' Yeet Gains

    Meet N' Yeet Gains

    Jenna Fail..... When you think of that name, I hope you think of fitness entrepreneur, hero and amazing person inside and out. She continues to influence people all over the world with her fitness routines, way of eating and how just amazing she is. I have been following her for almost the entire existence of my Instagram life, and I will never not follow her. She is my favorite person ever, and I never in my wildest dreams would think I would meet her. Following Jenna has been the best thing to ever happen in my fitness journey. Starting a fitness journey is something hard, and without the knowledge you have no idea what to do. Creating a fitness regiment, trying to figure out what to eat, and navigating the gym can be a stressful thing. Following Jenna helped me get out of my comfort zone since I am a full on turtle with 7 layers of shell on. Jenna helped me without even knowing she was helping. She made me realize that it takes hard work, determination and patience within yourself to get to your goals. Being patient is not my strong suit, and I wanted the results fast, but what I was getting was what needed to happen; but not what I wanted to happen...... Jenna through her instagram stories, through posting and through being a genuine person -- helped me realize that my worth was needed to be found through me not other people. Finding out that I needed to do this fitness journey for myself instead of other people really made me think back a little......I had to do this for myself because if I didn't I was not going to see the results I wanted; and Jenna helped me with self worth and finding myself. I know you are supposed to go on this journey of finding yourself by yourself but Jenna was my inspiration and I knew I needed her to help me through this. Her words of encouragement through her Instagram were genuine, and for that I am thankful. I want people to realize that most fitness people won't take the time of day to comment back to you, message you back and actually care; but Jenna does. I follow a lot of fitness people, but none are more genuine than her, and then when I saw she was going to Oktoberfest a local event from a local Nutrition shop here in town; I knew I had to go....The event at Nutrition Faktory had a little over 20 booths of different local fitness brands and by far was my favorite event I have been to. Getting to go to this was a dream come true. I was I was telling one of my friends, we were gonna have to call 911 because I would be so nervous and excited. Meeting Jenna made my absolute whole world a lot better and knowing she is just as genuine in person as she is on Instagram made it all the better. She has helped me through some of the toughest ruts of this fitness journey, and I am so thankful for her and to have met her. I am still on cloud nine from meeting her, and I want her to know it meant the absolute world to me...... Thank you Jenna, for being the most genuine and helping me through some of my biggest fitness ruts. I will always be thankful for you and your wisdom. Until we meet again, can we be best friends and I absolutely love you. I will not disappoint you in this fitness journey. Thank you for changing my life for the better.
  • That One Barista
    Published 11 months ago
    Say Hello to Self Love

    Say Hello to Self Love

    As I'm sitting here listening to Britney Spear's first album, and her track number five, "Born To Make You Happy," I cannot help but think about if she redid that track in 2019 how it would sound. There is always so much talk about making our significant other happy, but what about our own self? How can we love someone else, if we do not even have enough self love for our own being? Lately, I have been learning some things, and I wanted to pass them along for whoever needed them; because 2019 is the year of self love, and 2020 is just going to keep it going... So here are a few things I learned, or took with me as I processed this self love journey, and what I did to cope. Self love is a personal journey, and it is the most satisfying thing I have ever done for myself.
  • That One Barista
    Published 11 months ago
    I Needed You to Find Myself

    I Needed You to Find Myself

    Heartbreak of any kind can be like getting dealt a bad hand in any card game. Heartbreak from friendships, relationships or even memories. I think people would never think of having a heartbreak from a memory. But when I listen to Selena Gomez's new song, I think of the heartbreak from a two and a half year relationship that I had with coffee, aka my old job. I saw the signs that it was not going to be my forever, I gave it my all by memorizing all of this towns' coffee orders. I needed to lose that job to find myself, and realize my worth in anything. I would've never honestly thought about losing that job would be as hard as it was. I loved, breathed and dreamt about that job. It was my everything, and everyone around me knew it. When I lost the job, I cried the whole way home, and had no idea what I was going to do with the rest of my life. I contemplated so many job ideas, and nothing honestly made any sense. I had finally gotten a job at a local grocery store, that led me to meeting whom I call my "little sister," and a few other amazing people. After that job, I never in a million years would think I would go back to making coffee for people. But here I am, waking up early again to make people coffee, and loving every moment of it. Yes, waking up at 2:30 in the morning two days a week to open is exhausting, but my coworkers make it worth it. We never honestly realize how much we see certain people during the week until we really think about it. We see our coworkers around 20-40 hours a week, and sometimes that is more than we see our own family. When coming into this job that I have now, the beginning was exactly like my first job, and I saw the signs this time, but handled it in a completely different way; and for that I am completely proud of myself. My first job taught me a lot of things, and for that I am forever grateful but the one thing it didn't teach me, was how to lose the first love of your life. In the end, it did; but not for a very long time. Even to this day, my Timehop is of memories of that job, and I am continuing to choose to not dwell on the past; but man, did I miss a lot of the signs... Being a barista for two and a half years at a place where dreams were made to come true, was exhilarating in some parts. Holiday launches were fun because the flavors to this day are my favorite. Chestnut Praline in my Chai will forever be my staple now. I learned how to work, how to be independent in my own worth and about friendships. I will never forget the friendships I thought I had. But those friendships taught me for future friendships that were similar, and boy do circles just keep going sometimes. I think the thing I miss most is the connections I made with certain customers, and to this day—I will never forget them. This job will forever be apart of who I am, and who I was. Dealing with this heartbreak has not been the easiest, but I am making it. Strides everyday, and every moment. I have some of the best coworkers at my job now, and I am forever thankful for that. Being a barista for some people is just a paycheck, but for me it will always be about connections with people just by handcrafting a beverage or handing them a coffee. I am forever meant to be a barista, and I am thankful God has shown me that. Here's to the heartbreak of my first love, and to many more, but in that it is more of a lesson than anything. I needed to lose that job, to find my true calling—and no matter what I am thankful to be a barista
  • That One Barista
    Published about a year ago
    Rapid Ariana Movement

    Rapid Ariana Movement

    Ariana Grande is a household name, but how many songs do you really enjoy by her that are not as popular? Can you even name one that is not as popular as "7 Rings," "Thank U, Next" or "Boyfriend"? Well, I am going to give you ten songs to listen to that are MY absolute favorites that are not as popular as the ones you hear on the radio… because let’s face it, Ariana is queen.
  • That One Barista
    Published about a year ago
    New York Has My Heart

    New York Has My Heart

    In October of 2017, my mom and I took a trip to New York. My whole life I wanted to visit New York city, as it was my dream trip. When we first got there, I had no idea that my heart would be forever taken. New York City was everything I had heard about and imagined. New York City was as beautiful as I had ever known it to be on television. TRL was my first love and will forever hold a spot in my heart, as it should. So of course the first thing we saw and I wanted to sink my whole heart into was TRL. Knowing that they were live that whole week I was there made it even better. I kept looking for my good ole' buddy Ed Sheeran, but only saw him from afar.
  • That One Barista
    Published about a year ago
    It Is Well

    It Is Well

    It has been 682 days without you. 682 days without your laughter, without your advice, without your love here physically in this house. The last 682 days have been the hardest 682 days of my life. No one ever teaches you about the hard lessons of life, like losing your mother. One day you are asking her how to get your contacts and about pink eye and the next she's gone. I think the one thing that these last 682 days have taught me is how to be strong, how to love fiercely without asking questions and how to live every day like it might be my last. I had 24 magnificent years with my mom, and a lifetime of memories. But there's a few things I wish I had known before that I learned along the way from God, including how to have enough faith in Him.