July 24 2015
In today's world, I feel like I spend money on overpriced items all the time, and I feel as though I never have a few extra bucks to do something fun. I started making a little goal for myself, and that is to put aside at least $20 a week, or if not $20 per paycheck. It doesn't seem like much, or maybe to some it does, but in any case it will add up over time. If you put aside $20 every week, the total comes out to over $1000 after a year! There's a lot you can do with $1000, and putting aside a little at a time doesn't break your bank. I know that personally, I would love to go on a trip, and if you save money and put it aside, when you go to pay for the trip it would seem like you don't have to fork up a lot of money because you've had this money aside. Also, it's good to put money aside for when bad things happen. You never know when your car is going to break down, or a hole magically appears in your roof, or any other crazy thing that has to be fixed and costs major bucks. With money aside, you can pay for things without feeling like it's coming directly from your bank. I've also been trying to set a budget for myself. I'm guilty of eating out when I can't think of anything to cook, and buying too many overpriced Starbucks drinks. In other words, set a reasonable budget for yourself, and put aside some money here and there, and before you know it you will have a decent amount saved up. ...
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College Life Essentials
July 16 2015
As I am approaching my third year of college, I was thinking about everything that helps me function throughout the school year, so I thought I would share what I think are most important. First of all, I would be lost without my planner. I have a Lily Pulitzer agenda, and last year I had a Vera Bradley agenda. I love them both because they are so colorful and help me to stay organized. Both come with stickers that make scheduling appointments and exams fun. There are cheaper options at Target or Walmart, but I'm a sucker for a cute agenda. Comfy clothes and shoes are a must in college. Between walking around campus and the Louisiana heat, being comfortable is a top priority for me. I love any kind of tennis shoe that gives me a lot of support, and you'll probably always see me in a tee shirt and Nike shorts unless I'm working or at church. Comfy clothes just make me feel relaxed, and college is stressful, so you need all the relaxation you can get. Eating healthy is a must in college. My Freshmen year I did not do this as often as I should have, which resulted in many breakouts and my body to change shape. It's hard cooking everyday in college, but I've found that a crockpot is my best friend. In the morning before class, I choose a healthy Pinterest recipe, throw it in my crockpot, and by dinnertime I have a nice meal that barely took any work. A good group of friends is also very important in college. I love having friends to just be there for me during stressful times, since college is very confusing and new whenever you first start. Also, meeting friends in your classes is the best for study groups! Having a good support system is one of the best things you can do in college. I hope this little list is helpful, I wish I would've known some of these when I was starting college, but they are helpful no matter how old you are....
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Fourth of July Fun
July 2 2015
I have always loved the Fourth of July. Celebrating our independence is fun when it involves friends, family, and great food! Usually my family goes to Michigan every summer to celebrate with my mom's family, and we sit on the beach and watch a spectacular firework show. I love spending all day on the beach with people I love while we barbecue and reminisce on fond memories while we eat watermelon, apple pie, and hamburgers. This year we won't be in Michigan for the fourth, so I don't know what to do with myself. I honestly can't remember the last time I didn't celebrate in Michigan, so I have been looking up some fun things to do here. I plan on making a day trip to Gulf Shores so I can hit up the beach. I love just relaxing on the beach and getting a little tan. I think it is worth the trip to go to Gulf Shores because to me the water is much prettier there than in Gulfport. After that I think we are going to go to the fireworks show at Heritage Park. I've heard that it is a fun time, so I am interested to see if it holds up to its reputation. Nonetheless, I will enjoy the Fourth just because it is a great holiday, and it's an excuse to have a fun day! What do you like to do for the Fourth? I feel like a lot of people typically do similar activities, ranging from spending the day on a boat, grilling, shooting off fireworks, drinking an ice cold beer, or even just baking yummy desserts. I love how no matter what you do, it is a fun time. ...
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June 27 2015
I have always wanted to make a legit bucket list. I made one for the summer a few years ago, and I really liked it. A bucket list helps you to set fun goals to do, and I feel like a bucket list gives you motivation to actually do them. I think a lot of people have similar things on their bucket list, like traveling the world, going skydiving, or trying some fancy food, but I think it would be fun to put things like paying off student loans by a certain age, adopting a dog from an animal shelter, or even putting money into a savings account each paycheck. I feel like it is a good idea to make life more than just going to work every day, and a bucket list helps to make that possible. I recently saw a post about doing 101 things in 1001 days. I feel like that is a great motivation, because that's plenty of time to get a good bit of things crossed off your bucket list. I have always wanted to travel, so for me that would be an exciting thing to do on my bucket list. Likewise, I have always wanted to get my own puppy, and I feel that adopting from a shelter is a great thing to do. Not only is it much less expensive than getting a puppy from a breeder, but you are also saving a life. Travel is expensive, but if you put aside a little bit of money at a time, that money will accumulate and you will have much more to use when you're ready to travel. A bucket list is pretty much a set of fun goals, I think it is a good idea to have one because it keeps you from living that same life every day. A bucket list keeps your life interesting by inspiring you to be different and spontaneous. ...
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June 12 2015
It is hard not to compare yourself to other people. Especially with the media constantly posting pictures of women who are stick thin and tall. I am 5' 3'' and I will never be a size 0, but I find myself sometimes wanting to look like the celebrities and models in the magazines and on TV. I always have to remind myself that not everyone has the same genetics, and not everyone can eat what they want an not gain a single pound. Everyone has a different body type, so for some people it is literally impossible to look like a 5' 11'' model. I know recently everyone has been talking about having a thigh gap. Honestly, I don't think having a thigh gap is all that great. It just makes you look too thin. I would rather be strong than skinny. I think having muscular legs are more appealing than legs with hardly any meat on them. This is just my opinion, but it is also comes down to genetics as to whether or not someone will have a thigh gap; it depends on how wide your hips are, and I am someone who naturally has wide hips. I don't think we should focus on our outside appearance as much as we do. I know I am not the best at ignoring my physical appearance, but it is better to love your flaws and not to listen to what society thinks is "pretty". I find people who are nice and funny to be attractive, it doesn't matter what they look like. So next time you start to compare yourself to someone else, think of all the positives you have, and know that you were made perfect for you. No one else will ever be you, so embrace your own skin. ...
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Dealing with Stress
June 4 2015
I have always been someone who gets stressed out easily. I think it is mainly because I take on way too many responsibilities and I say yes to too many people. Between working a few jobs, school, and trying to keep a social life, it seems like I never have a day to just relax. Therefore, I constantly find myself freaking out over things and not having enough time in the day to get things done. I have tried several things to deal with my stress and I have found a few things that work. First of all, working out is a great stress reliever for me. I love doing some cardio to get my heart pumping, it helps me temporarily forget about my worries. Also, listening to good music helps. Everyone has different taste in music, but when I am stressed anything upbeat that gets me dancing does the trick. I love pop, EDM, and sometimes rap/R&B. Singing along to my favorite songs is not only fun, but it helps me remember to not worry so much. Another great stress reliever is yoga. I recently went to my first class, and I will definitely go back! It is a workout so you are killing two birds with one stone! It's so relaxing and peaceful and afterwards my mind truly feels cleansed. Sometimes I feel like stress takes over my life, but a quick trip to the gym, a yoga class, or dancing/singing session does the trick! I know that for me, I need to take on less and just try and give myself a break. Also, I think I'll try being a little more carefree! ...
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May 28 2015
I've always wanted to be a runner. It just seems like a great way to stay in shape and clear your mind during a nice long run. The problem is, after two knee surgeries and allergies, running isn't exactly my forte. I have several friends who run on the track team and cross country team at school. I also have some friends who just run for fun, but every time I try to join them I end up having to stop early and I feel like I'm dying. I've gone on running kicks where I will start to run every day and eventually I get in better shape, but a lot of the time I can never get into the best shape that I want. Either my knee will start hurting or I literally can't breathe, so I stop. I feel defeated when I don't reach my goal, but sometimes it feels impossible to reach. I have tried various different ways to try and keep in shape but nothing really works for me. I'm convinced my body just isn't meant to run, but I just don't want to accept that. I like how I feel after a run; my body feels tired, but my mind feels at peace. During a run is a different story. I constantly think of maybe just walking the rest of the way or slowing down because I feel as though I'm about to drop dead, so as you can see, it's a struggle. Nevertheless, I still want to try and run. I don't know why I suck at it, but I'm determined to run a marathon or at least a half-marathon one day. Running is something that I think all people should try, even if you're like me. ...
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May 25 2015
I love finding new recipes for healthy breakfast ideas, mainly because breakfast is my favorite meal and I'm currently trying to be healthy! First I love pancakes, but normal pancakes are not very good for you, so I found a delicious pancake recipe that I've tried and is super yummy!
Just get two eggs, a banana, 1/2 cup of oats, and a few dashes of cinnamon. It sounds like an odd combo, but once you mix all the ingredients together and put them on the griddle you will be satisfied. Also, no flour or sugar is needed, so they are much healthier than a normal pancake.
I love making smoothies for breakfast as well. My go to smoothie is strawberry banana with mango! I get frozen mango from the store, or if mangos are on sale I will get a fresh one. I usually use 1 banana, 6 or 7 strawberries, and a handful of mango. I like to freeze my strawberries and mango beforehand so I don't have to use ice (I hate when the ice makes it chunky). Then I put some milk in to help it mix well. Once it is pretty smooth I like to add some honey and if I am working out that day I add 1/2 a scoop of vanilla protein. This makes a delicious smoothie that actually fills me up.
I hope you try one of these healthy breakfast ideas. Both keep me full for a long time, and they are yummy without being unhealthy....
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Healthy Lifestyle Struggles
May 14 2015
I always find it hard to stick to being healthy. I will start eating well and working out every day, but then one stressful day brings me to Dairy Queen and that one Blizzard sends me off the tracks of my health kick. Also, being busy with work and school always seems to get in the way. The way I try is stay healthy is by trying to drink plenty of water and trying my best to stay away from sweets, but my sweet tooth is always craving something! This doesn't always happen, but I always see the best results from doing this. I also love to workout. Even though I get off schedule sometimes, I always feel better after I lift weights or do some cardio. I love to mix up my workout routine to spice things up and keep it interesting. My biggest problem is just sticking to my routine. We are so busy today that it is hard to keep on track. I like to set reasonable goals for myself so that when I reach them I feel good. I never set my goals too high, because if I do not reach my goals I feel defeated, and that is the worst feeling. I love trying my best at being healthy, even though it doesn't always happen, I know I am making the right decisions and will thank myself down the road. Don't be afraid of trying a new routine, it could change your whole life!...
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May 2 2015
Summer is so close that I can't help but be excited for some upcoming vacation time. I always love going to the beach with friends or family and soaking up the sun. I've always wanted to go to a beach in the Caribbean or maybe even Europe, but Florida shall have to suffice, plus it's much cheaper! Sometimes my family and I go to amusement parks or Disney, which is also a super fun time! I love riding roller coasters with the warm wind hitting my face, and water parks are the perfect places to quench your thirst for amusement and keep you refreshed. It is also nice to just take a break from work to relax on vacation. It seems like everyone nowadays is consumed with work, so going on vacation is a nice little break from all of the craziness. Even spending the day in New Orleans is fun! I love going to the Zoo and Aquarium or even going shopping on Magazine Street or in the French Quarter. There are so many fun things to do, and summer just seems like the perfect time to do them! I can't wait to lay by the pool and try to get a little tan. I also can't wait to eat a lot of crawfish and snoballs! What do you like to do for summer vacation?...
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