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Preparation is key! 💻✅

Up this Sunday morning on one! ⠀

When I am the absolute most productive is when I properly plan for my week! “Wingin’ it” just does not work for a playa! (Unless it’s Harold’s – mild sauce, salt and pepper with a pepper on the side! 👀🍗) I HAVE to be consistent with my regiments and routines in order to be successful. ⠀

Do I love spontaneity? Absolutely! BUT when it comes to being able to reach goals, you need a plan! I wrote about this on my blog before: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”⠀

I am focusing on continuing to be dedicated to a healthy lifestyle which includes working out 3 times a week at minimum, meal prepping for the entire week and drinking 100oz of water a day. In addition, I will constanly be create content for you all to enjoy!

 

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🎵Trap Motivation: Push It! Push It! Push It! 🎶

M O O D!

Trap music just always does it for me! What can I say, I’m clachet! 🤷🏽‍♀️

This week I’m getting it done! Detox is going amazing, drinking my 100oz of water daily, eating clean and feeling bomb.com

You pushing through this week or nah?

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New year, new me = 💩🤷🏽‍♀️

If you can’t tell by the title, I am not a fan of the “New year, new me” fad that fades out by February 1st 😂 Folks be someone new for a whole 30 days until they revert back to their true selves! 🤷🏽‍♀️

nm gi HOWEVER, I am a fan of setting personal and professional goals for the year and KILLIN’ them jawns! I think of it like this: If you don’t set a goal, how do you know when you achieved it? Let that marinate…

One of the top ways I find success with tackling goals is by making them S.M.A.R.T.!

What are S.M.A.R.T. goals?

They are goals that are specific, measurable, assignable, results-focused, and time bound. According to Wikipedia.com,

  • Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
  • Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
  • Assignable – specify who will do it.
  • Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
  • Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.

For example, you want to lose those extra pounds you found at the bottom of the macaroni pan and second helping of peach cobbler, (me too boo boo, me too!)

Create a S.M.A.R.T. goal:

Example Goal: I want to lose 20 pounds by March 1st to improve my overall health and physical appearance. I will do this by eating healthy and working out at least 3x a week. (between you and I… come closer, shhh, this is low key a real goal for me. I need to be snatched for my birthday on March 31st! I am trying to be on somebody’s beach hunty!

Specific: Goals should be simplistically written and clearly define what you are going to do. What, why and how?

Measurable: Goals should be measurable so that you have tangible evidence that you have accomplished the goal. Usually, the entire goal statement is a measure for the project, but there are usually several short-term or smaller measurements built into the goal

Stay on track with your goal by quantifying a measurable path of your success. Each week weighing in on a set day in the morning to see if you are on track to achieving your goal. If not, what changes do you need to make?

Assignable: This would primarily pertain more to goals with other parties involved but it assists with setting a clear standard upfront with such goals. No surprises on who is supposed to be doing what and when. For a personal goal, you can assign yourself with specific deadlines to break up the big goal i.e lose 2 lbs every week, workout 3x a week, one cheat day etc.

Realistic: Goals should be achievable; they should stretch you slightly so you feel challenged, but defined well enough so that you can achieve them.You must possess the appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to achieve the goal.

Make sure they are realistic. Girl, you not going lose 20 lbs in one week – naturally. It’s. Not. Going. To. Happen!

You may lose a whole hunch a bunch of water weight after shocking your body but not 20 true pounds. Don’t even set yourself up for failure just to be disappointed and say “Eff this, I’m just going eat this double cheeseburger!” LOL Chile, we ALL been there!

With that being said, set achievable goals that will help to keep you motivated! Normally, you can lose up to 1-2lbs naturally in a week which is 4-8lbs in a month. If you start in January, you can aim to lose 12-24 lbs by March 1st.

Time-bound: Goals should be linked to a timeframe that creates a practical sense of urgency, or results in tension between the current reality and the vision of the goal. Without such tension, the goal is unlikely to produce a relevant outcome.

You don’t want to set your completion date out too far where it becomes aloof and your lose interest. Can you lose 20lbs in 1 year? course but if you know you have a WHOLE year to do it, you’re not going to be as motivated to complete it.

Most importantly, have fun with it!

You should be excited to set your goals and checking them off throughout the year!

If you’re not measuring your achievements, you won’t be able celebrate them! It’s such an euphoric experience being able to know where you started and where you finished! Started from the bottom now we hea’!

What is your top goal for 2018?

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How to Say “No,” to them and “Yes.” to You!

How I learned to say no while retaining valuable relationships.

No. Not “No,..” not “No;…” just a simple “No.” There is so much power in being able to say no to people, events or things that don’t benefit you mentally, physically or financially. Although I’d admit, it is easier said than done…

My personality has always been very inviting and magnetic to meeting new people, making people feel comfortable and ensuring they are having a great time. I am the person who will make the new person in the group feel at ease by making sure they are introduced to everyone and making sure they have a dranky drank, too. Let’s face it, Ruby likes a lil’ sarsaparilla! (Shrugs) With that being said, I can find myself wanting to be a people pleaser.

I often find myself wanting to attend every event, showing up all the time and being super supportive which is where my inability to say no comes into play.

It’s not that I wouldn’t enjoy attending these events or the time being surrounded by friends and family but sometimes there are just things that take precedent. Those things could be me running around for a basketball tournament for my oldest son, or creating content for my blog, or just sitting on the couch catching up on my shows. (I am a reality TV connoisseur – I can’t help it! Recent highlight from reality TV I love is Marlo fixing Nene’s bun while in the middle of an argument. I was done! LOL)

The point is – it’s MY time and I choose how I want to spend MY time. During my pregnancy, this truly came to light for me. Grandma was just tired, y’all. There were times where I didn’t want to do much of anywthing nor go much of anywhere and “No.” became my friend. I was saying no with pride and feeling good! Now, the gag is, (spoiler alert) I am no longer pregnant. I can no longer use being pregnant as an excuse for not going, doing or participating but I’ve learned that I don’t need an excuse. I need the conviction of knowing what’s best for me and sticking to it. Time is of the essence! Life is too short to completely put your all into things that don’t reciprocate the same value!

Don’t feel like you have to justify your “No.” with a comma, semicolon or an explanation!

Now, I am not saying just abandon everyone and miss everything because that’s just wrong LOL Of course, there are certains things that you just don’t miss such as milestone events. You make time for what’s important!

Did I fear people feeling some kind of way and drifitng away from me? Yes, but I had to realize something.Those who matter won’t mind. Those who mind, don’t matter! Relationships are meant to evolve and those who are truly there for you will understand and may even learn to take a page from your book (if they haven’t already)! Take care of your boo boo! Feed your soul with the time you need to accomplish your goals, replenish your energy with self-love and care THEN worry about the rest.

Have you been exercising your right to say no?

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The world needs what you have!

It’s on you to share your talents, no one else!

People get so wrapped up wondering what others will say if they try multiple things. So you started on business, it didn’t work, now you want to try another one? So you got a degree in Economics but now you want to get into marketing? SO WHAT! DO IT!

People will judge you for not doing it their way. People will invoke THEIR societal stands and fears on you – don’t let them! It’s so important to live YOUR life for YOU! I can’t stress this enough.

You don’t know what you’ll be successful at unless you try it. You don’t know what will make you TRULY happy, unless you try it! The world needs what you have, so why are you waiting to give it? I’ll wait.

 

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Life Lessons with Ruby: “If it don’t fit, don’t force it!”

Life Lessons with Ruby:

“If it don’t fit, don’t force it!”

 

By now, yall know my parents were the kings and queens of sayings and life mottos. (Hey Mommy and Daddy! *Insert wave* As a child, I can remember this saying being shared when trying to stuff a toy in an overfilled toy box or squeeeeezing myself into a tight cubby hole to play in and my parent’s very vividly would say, “If it don’t fit, don’t force it!”

As a I reflect on this saying, (despite the gramtactial errors of it LOL) it makes me think of the relevance that it provides to my adult life in decisions amongst my personal growth, relationships and professional development.

As I ventured into the journey of entrepreneurship, I was quite unsure of what I wanted to do. Yes, of course I want to be a full time entrepreneur, creating my own destiny, flexibility to spend time with my family and ultimately creating a legacy that lives beyond me. Ok, great buttttt, HOW do I want to do “that”? What does “that” consist of? Social media provides accessibility to see other people in their passion. I knew I could do anything…. but what did I LOVE to do? Researching, thinking of my passions, joining mastermind groups and participating in webinars really helped me to hone in to my true heart’s desire.

I am true people person! I love hosting events, entertaining, engaging with people, hearing their stories and sharing my knowledge in all realms of lifestyle and beauty topics such as personal life challenges of balancing being a mother, wife and ultimately a woman. Sharing my favorite recipes, fashion, beauty tips and secrets coupled with the ability to meet masses of people via the internet lead to the creation of To Be Ruby!

Could I have become a fitness guru selling personal training, meal plans and exercise plans? Yes, but that’s not my passion (and let’s face it, I am not a size 2 and love macaroni and cheese, tewwww much.)

The point is, if it doesn’t fit don’t force it.

If you are not happy in your current career, don’t force yourself into staying just because of the considerable pay, or that you spent 4 years getting that degree and dreading those student loans – it’s not worth it! Now, I am not saying go quit your job and become a floating spirit in the Cayman Islands (unless you can afford to which leads to me being envious (isnert emoji) because child bills still need to be paid. You gotta eat and how you going watch your favorite reality shows if you don’t have electricity? I’ll wait.   What I am saying is, channel that unhappiness to a passion to pursue what makes you truly happy. If you love creating oil paintings, come home every night and work on your paintings, market them on social media, build a brand to help you launch yourself into that preferred field!

Now, not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur which is perfectly fine, it’s not meant for everybody and shouldn’t be forced on everybody!

If you want to stay in corporate America but want to switch careers from finance to marketing, share your passion with your current manager, ask for additional projects that would give you those transferrable skills to transition into the new field and network with the department that you are interested in. Don’t wait around and HOPE that life happens to you. Make it happen!

When it comes to relationships with friends, family and/or significant others, “If it doesn’t fit, don’t force it!”  If they are not pouring into you as much as you pour into them, Nino said it best, CANCEL THEM!

Life is tewwww short to chase relationships, chase companionship and to chase people who don’t want to be there! If you stop reaching out to them, will they call? If the answer is no, they need ta go! I will not invest energy into things or people who don’t make me happy. Neither should you, boo boo. After all, why would you want to surround yourself with people who don’t appreciate you or your presence? Their presence is no longer needed, dismissed.

Have you noticed that you are forcing tasks, things or people that don’t fit in your life? If so, what are you going to do about it? Comment below.

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Biggest Lesson Learned from Superbowl Sunday.. Chile, it wasn’t about football!

When it comes to football, as the world renowned lyricist Trick Daddy stated, “I don’t know nan! Nope, nope.” 

All I know is that Super Bowl Sunday means pizza, wings, and great dips intertwined with the best commercials of the year. Honestly, I look forward to the commercials and piggin’ out chile. Give me my little dranky drank and conversation with my other girls partaking in the fake celebration of football. I don’t know much about the lead up to this Superbowl Sunday besides Deflate Gate and the possible wrongful use of drones to film other team’s practices. Shady McGrady business if you ask me. So, from there on, I was fake rooting for the Falcons.

Did I learn how many yards are needed for a 1st Down? No.

Did I learn the difference between the different flag colors? No.

Did I learn anything football related? Absolutely not!

Yet, I did learn a very important lesson: It’s not over, until you decide it’s over!

The faces of the Patriot fans accompanied by their social media posts drastically changed from the overzealous cheers of confidence to praying with the faith of a mustard seed. Child, rosaries came out and hearts began to beat rapidly hoping for mercy. It was over. I mean, it had to be right? It was the 2nd quarter with the Patriots not scoring, like Trina this time, not nan points.

 

But, wait how in the matter of a fill of guacamole and lime chips, a circle around the party being a Chatty Patty and a loud yell from the living room did the game become tied? As Braxton P. Hartnabrig would say, “What the heezy?”

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How did it happen you say? Because the Patriots were resilient, they were determined and committed to achieving their goals. They didn’t decide it was over.

It’s not over until you decide it’s over!

They didn’t let the fear of potential defeat diminish the glory of a potential win. Let me say that again.

They didn’t let the fear of potential defeat diminish the glory of a potential win.

Look at you neighbor and say neighborrrrrrr, “Don’t let the fear of potential defeat diminish the glory of a potential  win.”

Are you doing that in your life?

Do you push through despite all of the things that can go wrong? Or do you quit to prevent from failing?

Do you set goals for yourself with the mindset of accomplishing them by any means? Or do you allow yourself to be sidetracked by all the obstacles life throws your way?

Rather it’s starting your own business, getting that promotion at work, losing those extra pounds from last years resolution or embarking on your journey to financial freedom (plus that extra 5 you gained this year. Child, we all been there), are you going to do it? Are you going to commit to yourself? Because at the end of the day, you have to do it (Whatever it is) for YOU!

Or let me guess, you don’t have time, you work full-time and when you get home you don’t have time to work on your dreams? Oh, your kids are in involved in after school activities and sports so you don’t have time to go to the gym? Ohhhhhh you don’t know what you want to do in your career so you’ll just stay at this job because it’s comfortable? Excuses on top of excuses. Anything worth having, is worth fighting for. Are you going to fight for it?

You have permission to mess up the first quarter of your life, quarter and some change, of your life.

You have permission to make mistakes.

You have permissions to recognize that you aren’t performing at the best of your abilities.

You don’t have to settle for less.

You don’t have to be comfortable with medicoritcy.

This uncofmortable phase of unhappiness you’re feeling, you can end it.

This does NOT have to be your destiny. It’s not over until you decide it’s over!

Most importantly, you have permission to rectify what’s wrong. Growth is the necessity of evolution. You can’t evolve in your spirit, your being and passions if you don’t grow!

No one can change your life but you. Are you going to do it?

If you don’t, who will?

I’ll wait …..

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5 Airplane Etiquette Tips to Save your Life!

5 Airplane Etiquette Tips to Save your Life

With my recent travel, I have noticed people don’t neccessarily know simple airplane etiquette that can save their lives! We already have to be in this cram spaced, with hundreds of people we don’t know for hours on end.

With that being said, there’s just standard airplane etiquette that I assumed people just knew. Well, you know what they say about assumptions…

#1 Sanitation Etiquette: If you’re sick,keep it to yourself!

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Honestly, truly, (in my fur) you sneezing, coughing and carrying on right next to me may lend you an evil eye or extra elbow nudge. The reality is, you knew you were sick before you got your narrow tail on the plane.

Granted, no one can foresee when they will be sick but you didn’t just realize you were sick while boarding this plane. So, then why wouldn’t you plan accordingly?

    • Bring tissue to cover your mouth when you sneeze.
    • Bring hand sanitizer to use after said sneeze or cough.
    • Bring cough drops to curb that death cough that seems to cause you to practically expel your lung. Take an immune system builder.

These young whipper snappers have new products to take to help aid in the prevention of getting sick such as airborne. I will have to admit; I’ve tried it for my last trip and did NOT get sick! So, definitely worth a shot (Insert hyperlink for amazon)

Old school mama remedies work just as well. Nothing like some good ole’ fish oil tablets or acidophilus still works wonders. #TrustyDusty

#2 Seat Etiquette:

Window Seat Sitter: If you like sitting by the window, please get all your stuff before you sit down.

  • Nothing is worst as an aisle sitter, than getting up to let the window sitter and middle sitter sit down just for the window sitter to want to get up tp get their iPad 15 minutes later.
  • Now, you knew you wanted you iPad during the flight, why didn’t you get it out before you sat down? I’ll wait.200-1.gif

Middle Seat Sitter: You are the one to bring the row together or apart. Please stay in your lane aka your seat.

  • No, don’t lean closer towards my side because we are not cool.
  • No, don’t try to use the left armrest – that’s not yours. Everyone gets one armrest. Not 2 because you’re in the middle. One. You know the rules, don’t ever try to play me.

Aisle Seat Sitter: Let’s not forget about the forgotten aisle seater.

  • You most likely chose that seat because you like having extra room. Well, guess what, that comes with other responsibilities.
  • You are the person that’s going have to get up for every restroom break, overhead bin rummage and stretch needed.
  • Don’t get mad and roll your eyes when people need to get up. You choose this life, it didn’t choose you. Get up, move to the left and let a playa go tinkle. Hey, I am not bias in this rant. 💁🏽

#3 Electronics Etiquette:

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    • I’m scrolling through my social media pages.
    • I’m playing my games on my phone.
    • I’m listening to my music.
    • I’m writing my blog posts on my iPad.
    • Mine. Mine. Mine.

I don’t need you sneaking with your peripherals looking at my phone. What did your teacher always say? Keep your eyes on your own paper 📝

#4 Sleep Etiquette:

We board the plane and exchange small conversation about our travels, why we are traveling, who we are visiting, how long we will be there. Cool. I love talking to people and find their stories to be quite interesting! Yet, I have a distinguished ability to read individuals verbal and nonverbal language.

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  • If you’re engaged in an interesting conversation as passenger’s board, there’s signs to indicate if that conversation will continue or not.
  • If the flight attendant gains everyone’s attention for the safety presentation and you see the other party put on their headphones, the conversation is over.
  • If the other party speaks about being tired and ready to take off (so they can sleep), the conversation is over.
  • If the other party begins to wrap up in their sweater, travel blanket or coat, the conversation is over.
  • If they lay their heads back on the seat or on the window, the conversation is over.
  • Do not, I repeat, do not tap on the other party to ask a question while their eyes are closed. Unless you’re telling me the plane is on fire, don’t wake me up. Even if I’m fake sleep because I just want to relax, don’t try to wake me up.

I legit had someone wake me up to ask me if I wanted gum for takeoff 👀

Just let me sleep, so I can be great. When I’m rested, I will kick the bobos with you the whole flight but if not, I will want to kick you from keeping me from getting my sleep 😩 Read the signs – they’re quite clear.

#5 Conversation Etiquette:

It’s a 10pm flight, the lights are dim but yet and still you feel your conversation with your friend, who is sitting right next to you, should sound like their in a different state?!?

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With the lack of light and conversation taking place on the flight, do you think anyone wants to hear your loud bantering? Absolutely not!

Be easy: you’re doing what they call, the most! Understand your surroundings and be mindful of those who are trying to take a nap, keep their baby sleep (because who wants to hear a crying baby on a flight) or simply not trying to hear your cacklin’!

 

If you follow this simple advice, you are bound to avoid getting elbowed, side eyed or even worse, cursed out. Save your life, take my advice.

What is your advice on airplane etiquette?

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Trap Transalations

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-8-18-52-pmIf you know me, you know I love all music. From one of my first purchased albums being  Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill to, ironically, my next favorite album being Jagged Edge, Jagged Little Pill. Jagged Edge is my favorite group of ALL TIME! Point blank period. Owned all their albums and still listen to them to this day! “Can’t take another heartbreak…Why’d you do the things you did, knowing that I loved you so babyyy!”“Can’t take another heartbreak…Why’d you do the things you did, knowing that I loved you so babyyy!” I digress. I know, I know the sidetracking in me never left. I love to paint a story, I can’t help it 😂

Now, that’s the r&b/pop side of me who you will catch listening to Trey Songz on repeat, my favorite male artist (Have y’all listen to his covers? His mixtape are equivocal to his albums! Yuuuup), being a Belieber and of course sipping on my Lemonade with Yonce. The other side of me, loves trappin’ out the bando.  Yes, I mean Future, Torey Lanez,  2 Chainz and artist alike. 👀

Are you judging me?

Like one of my mentors in my head, Shonda Rhimes, THE SHONDA RHIMES says in her book, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, you will not come up on my page judging me.

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out hearing the rap music blare in your ear motivating you to get snatched while you find your “tempo like I’m DJ mustard whew!”
or motivating you to just get it done -whatever “it” is. No excuses. No complaints. Just trapping out the bando!

Besides random mumbling of disoriented lyrics with lack of substance that some rap songs have, sometimes all you need is a good beat. Like people kill me thinking everything has to be deep! Not all music is deep. Some music is specifically made for you to wipe off your head, shoulders, knees, toes because you ON! B-O-O-S-I-E B-A-D – ok, sorry I just mentally got turned up. I’m back, I’m back.! My point is there’s good music with clear meaning, depth and strong messaging, dance music with fun catchy lyrics to make you pop lock and drop it and some music that falls in between.

In this edition of Trappin Translations, we will visit the contributions of the orginator of one of my favorite motivational songs in the fine art of rap. Big Sean (Boooooiii!) is the artist whom created  “Bounce Back.” The lyrics read,

Last night took an L, but tonight I bounce back
Wake up every morning, by the night, I count stacks

Trap Transalation:

Let’s talk about this, last night he took an L also known as a loss but by the end of the night he was able to bounce back. He was able to recuperate what he had loss rather it be his focus, his ability to achieve a goal or a certain amount of funds.  Despite the situation that could have defeated him, discouraged him from pushing forward to prosper in his day, he was able to persevere by the end of that very same day. Talking about motivation?!?

Rather wanting to start your own business, climbing the corporate ladder, you should want to have this same mindset that one day can change anything!

Any day that you don’t, as Big Sean says in this song, wake up in “beast modeeee”, or not dedicated to your craft or showcasing your talents is a day that you can miss out on that opportunity! You never know who is watching you or whom you may encounter that day. It could be a influential customer who unexpectedly promotes your business or senior management who notices the astounding work your have been doing on a project. You just never know!

What is one of your favorite rap/trap songs? If you would like for me to review a certain song, drop your suggestions below!

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TURN DOWN FOR WHAT? Your reputation! 5 Things NOT to do at your Company’s Holiday Party

TURN DOWN FOR WHAT? Your reputation
5 Things NOT to do at your Company Holiday Party

 

Company parties can be a great chance to get to know your coworkers outside of work, seeing everyone dressed to the nine and really just to have a fun night! However, keep these things in mind or you may be the talk of the night but not for positive reasons…

#5 NO EXTRA SHORT OR TIGHT CLOTHES: Yes, it’s a holiday party where you want to show up and show out but be smart, like come on, you know better. In high school, we had set rules for proper attire. If you put your hands to your side and your clothes were shorter than that, then it was too short! Apply that same rule to the company party and you will be good in the hood. This is not the club this is a company party. Sure, be the Beyoncé of your company. Slay! But, be Beyoncé in Halo not Beyoncé in Drunk in Love! Just. Don’t. Do. It

#4 NO TWERKING: As soon as you feel your back begin to arch and hands drop to the top of your thighs, STOP. You have gone too far. Straighten your back, get you a glass of water and sat it on down, not sit, sat. Period. Just. Don’t. Do. It.

#3 NO SHOTS: The purpose of a shot is to enhance the progression of your level of inebriation (aka get tipsy quicker.) WHY would you need to do this at a holiday party, with coworkers, your manager and the CEO of your entire company there? Why? I’ll wait… Just. Don’t. Do. It.

#2 NO GETTING DRUNK. #3 leads us into this. I mean that’s pretty simple and straight to the point. What else do I really need to add to that? Have a drink or two, socialize but keep it cute and classy – not wasted and nasty. If you get drunk, you played yourself. Just. Don’t. Do. It.congratulations dj khaled you played yourself

#1 DON’T FORGET TO LEVERAGE THE OPPORTUNITY: Whether you are a looking to climb the corporate ladder or leveraging you current role to fund your entrepreneurial ventures, keep in mind that you are in a room full of connections. You never know who is watching you, you are still in a professional setting! The manager for a future role you’re interested in pursuing may remember you from pop lock and dropping it on the dance floor. Or the room could be filled with future clients or potential customers for your own business venture, you just never know. Work the room, introduce yourself and let people know who you are! If you don’t take charge of your destiny, who will?  Just. Do. It.

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