Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before College

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I can't believe that I am saying this already but summer is over and school is start up again! Normally I dread going back but this is my senior year of college so I am so ready to just get it over with. Because this is my senior year I have recently started thinking about my whole college journey and wanted to share some things I wish people would have told me before starting college.

It Goes By Fast!

When you graduate high school and getting ready to start college it seems like another 4 years or more of school is that last thing you want to do and seems like it’s will take forever. But I am here to tell you it won't. I can't believe that I am almost done! Those years go by really fast and you didn't realize how fast until the end. So just know time will fly by!

Take Your General Classes First

I would say this is a great tip for those who really don't know just yet what they want to major in, but it is also good advice for anyone. Coming up on my senior year I only have to the classes for my major left and don't have to worry about my general classes, which is awesome. The sooner you get those classes done the better. That way you can have more free time to enjoy your senior year.

Fall Semester Classes

I feel like this is a personal thing to me but I like the fall semester a whole lot more than the spring semester, maybe it's because I am just coming off of summer break so I feel more motivated and excited to start school. But I also think that fall semester classes go a lot faster than spring semester. If you live on the east coast like me then you know during the spring semester it’s the coldest (Jan-April) and when it's brutally cold outside I just want to sleep in. In the fall semester it starts to get cold around Dec and by that time it's winter break.  With that being said, normally I try to take majority of my classes in fall or the classes I dread taking (like math ughhh!) because I know that semester is faster and in the spring semester I will be less motivated to do it and more ready for summer to start. 

  It's Ok Not To Have Everything Figured Out

When you start college, you feel like you need to have everything figured out which is so not true. It's okay not to know what major you want to pursue or what you want to do with your life. For me I changed my major once but I have friends who changed their majors twice maybe even three times and that's okay. College is about figuring that stuff out so don't feel like you have to have everything under control or know everything about your future. It will come to you in time.

Community College

After High School there's this pressure to go to a college and I wish someone would have told me it's okay to start off at a community college cause at the time I didn't know where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do. I feel like a community college would have given me that time to think about those things. So my advice would be to go to Community College if you want and don't worry about what everyone else says, just do what you think is right at the time.  I feel like it's this stigma around Community College but it doesn’t make you less of a person if you start there. A degree is a degree no matter how or where you got it.  You can start off taking all of your general classes there, and it’s a  lesser rate than if you took them at a 4 year college.

Be True To Who You Are

I feel like in college sometimes going to a new place, meeting new people,  having new experiences can make it easy to lose yourself. So I would say never forget where you come from, what values you have and know what's right from wrong. Because in college that can be the most testing time in your life.

Trust Your Gut

What I always lean on is my intuition and you will need to depend on that and trust your gut a lot in college. No matter the situation you find yourself in always listen to your gut. Trust me it’s right 95% of the time.

Enjoy it

And the last thing is to just enjoy yourself. This is one thing that you'll never experience again in life so just soak it all in and make the best out of those years, because they'll be some of your best memories.

 

Tips for Staying Motivated To Workout

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It's hard to stay motivated to work out. I know I find myself doing well for about a week and then just fall off. Sometimes I get so unmotivated to get up and work out. I've learned for me I have to trick myself and do things to make me want to work out.

Weigh Ins

I like doing weigh ins because they keep me motivated and let me know if what I am going is working and it makes me want to push myself to work even harder. I normally do weekly or bi weekly weigh ins. I won't recommend doing daily weigh ins and becoming obsessed with it because that can become counter productive. When I do get on the scale and see that I am making progress that motivates me to continue to work out and when I don't see the weight I want to see that just motivates me even more.

Take Photos

I find that taking photos is probably more effective in motivating me than the weigh ins. Looking back at old pictures of yourself and seeing that difference when you look in the mirror is pretty amazing, it makes you want to continue. Also seeing how clothes fit on you differently and how they look on you is a big motivator. 

Make Goals and Mile Stones

I am a goal setter! I love setting goals for myself in all aspects of my life. So when it come to working it's not different. Sometimes I will set a goal of how many times per week I want to work out or how many steps I want to take daily. Whatever the goal is, it can be a motivator! And once you've accomplished that goal, you set a new one that challenges you even more.

Work Out Buddy

I personally don't have a workout buddy, I am a loner when it comes to working out. But I know for some people having a work out buddy is a great motivation. Having some one to push you and support you is just what you need sometimes. Also having a little friendly competition never hurt anybody.

Body Inspirations

I like to have body inspirations. This can be a good motivator but don't ever get to a point where you're comparing yourself to your body inspiration. For me I follow a lot of fitness Instagrammer, so when I am in bed feeling lazy and just want to lay around and watch my favorite shows all day. I can scroll through Instagram and see my favorite fitness Instagrammer and that will motivate me to get my lazy butt up and work out. My favorite fitness Instagrammers to follow are Rosanna Cordoba, Melissa Molinaro, Massy Arias, and Brittne Bae.

Building Confidence

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When I was little I used to be a very shy and quiet, and in some situations, I still find myself being that that girl, but I've grown and became more confident as the years have flown by and it took a lot for me to build that confidence and put myself out there the way that I wanted to. Without me building that confidence in myself this blog might not even exist. I never thought I would have the confidence in to do something like this.  I used to never take risk and would have never even though of putting myself out there the way I have. So today I'm going to share some things that helped me build my confidence and things I learned along the way.

 Not Caring What Others Think

When it comes to building confidence, you can't care about what other people think. Sometimes we let others determine what makes us happy or what makes us feel good and you can't spend your life worrying about if what you're doing or how you look it's acceptable to others. For me once I determent that other people don't control my life and I that I can’t care what you think of my decisions as long as I am happy it's when I started to build confidence in myself and accept myself for who I am rather than for what people think I should be or for what people think I should look like. And once you start thinking like that you feel freer and unless burdened.

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Failure

For me I find that failure is a big confidence-booster. Someone telling me that I can't do something or failing at something makes me more motivated, more confident in try to pursue it and make it happen. But not everyone views failure as that which is part of the problem. Failure is just a way of teaching us a lesson and we should learn from that lesson and when we go back and try to overcome that failure we should be more confident in ourselves because now we know what not to do and how to do it better.

Acceptance

Acceptance is a big part of what help me build my confidence accepting that some things are out of my control, accepting my flaws and accepting that things aren’t always going to go the way I want them to go. Also accepting who I am as a person really was an eye-opener. When I think back, one trait that has always followed me from a young girl to an adult is my body type. I have been skinny my whole life and no matter how much I ate I just couldn’t gain weight. And I remember never being able to find jeans that were long enough for my legs but at the same time fit me well. Or not really having boobs when everybody around me were starting to get training bras. And I don’t think it was until later in my life I stop worrying about that and I truly accepted that yes, I am skinny, yes, I have long limbs, no jeans are not going to fit me the way I want them to. After I accepted all of that I could stop being self-conscious and be more confident.  I learned that jeans might not always look the best on my but when I do find a pair that are the perfect fit to buy multiple in different colors and that my leg look amazing in dresses and skirts and that I never have to worry about not wearing a bra if need be.

Fear

Fear controls so much of our lives fear of not being accepted, fear of being different, fear of living the life you want to live. When I got out of that mindset of being fearful of taking risk and putting myself out there that is when my world opened up around me. At first, I was just holding myself back and holding back the confidence that I had in myself. And it wasn't until going through some life experiences that I knew that I no longer was afraid and that I was more able to be myself and to my surprise people liked me expressing that side of myself, the side they had never seen before.

Essential Oils For Hair

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I love essential oils especially for my hair, they have so many amazing benefits. The essential oils I'm obsessed with right now are lavender oil, tea tree oil, rosemary oil and peppermint oil.  

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Lavender Oil
Lavender oil increases the number of hair follicles, which makes for a thicker head of hair. Lavender Oil also decreases hair fall by making the roots stronger.
Other uses: Lavender oil is super calming, can stop or reduce the itching of insect bites, and helps heal burns and wounds.

Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is great for scalp health and getting rid of dandruff. It can also help unclog the hair follicles and get rid of fungal infections.
Other uses: Help fight acne, removes makeup, and soothes skin irritations.

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Rosemary Oil
Increases cellular metabolism, which stimulates hair growth and promotes healing. It can slow graying and also treat dandruff.
Other uses: Relieves stress, boosts immune system, and removes bad odor.

Peppermint Oil
Increases the blood flow to the scalp. It opens up pores and has an awesome cooling effect.
Other Uses: Relieves muscle pain, helps with sinuses,and a natural antibacterial. 

How I use my essential oils:

  • Add a few drops to my favorite conditioner or shampoo. 
  • Add a few drops to a carrier oil like sweet almond oil or grape seed oil.
  • Add a few drops in a spray bottle with water. 

August Mood Board | 2018

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I hate to say this but summer is basically over!!! At the end of this month I will be heading back to college for my senior year, which I am excited and kind of sad about. With me going back to school soon I have been trying to work hard on making blog content and getting it scheduled ahead of time. Blogging while in school is very challenging. This upcoming semester I will be taking 5 classes and try to keeping blogging at least 4 times a week, while trying to make content for my two YouTube channels! So my schedule is going to be super busy and stressful but I am up for the challenge. 

August Goals

Come up with new schedule for school, blogging, and YouTube.

Do some back to school shopping. (Supplies and clothes)

Get mentally prepared for school. 

Schedule out a lot of content. 

Try to enjoy my last few weeks of summer.

DIY Tea Body Scrubs

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One thing that always has to be on point in the summer is your skin. Everyone wants their skin to be soft and glowing. For me to achieve my summer glow I make sure I have some body scrub around. Body scrubs can make your skin smoother, fade dark spots and aging spots, prevent ingrown hairs, reduce the changes of body breakouts, and help moisturizers to work better. Yup body scrubs can do all that!!! You can find body scrubs at a store but why do that when you can make it yourself. Here are two tea body scrub recipes your skin will love!

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Vanilla Chai Latte Body Scrub 

Ingredients

2 to 3 Chai Tea Bags

1 cup of White Sugar

1/2 cup of Coconut Oil

To your liking! Vanilla Essential Oil or Vanilla Extract 

Instructions: 

Add all ingredients in a bowl and stir. Store in a jar with lid and enjoy

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Green Tea and Lavender Body Scrub 

Ingredients

2 to 3 Green Tea Bags

1 cup of White Sugar

1/2 cup of Coconut Oil

2 to 3 drops of  Lavender Essential Oil 

Instructions: 

Add all ingredients in a bowl and stir. Store in a jar with lid and enjoy!

Getting The Perfect Blog Photos On Your Phone

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There is a misconception about needing an expensive camera to take awesome photos for your blog and Instagram, which is far from the truth. Most of the images I take are on my phone. A phone is something you always without any doubt have with you, and that makes it more convenient. If you are just starting out as a blogger I wouldn’t rush to the store to buy an expensive camera, buy it later down the line and for now use what you have and make the best out of that first. Yes, photos taken by a professional / expensive cameras look good but I am going to share with you some tips on how to those phone pics look just as good.

Take A Lot of Shots

When you take your pictures make sure you take a lot of them. I can take about 50 pictures and literally only keep 4. So having those options that you can choose from is ideal because you don’t want to take just 5 pictures then hate all of them.

Different Angles

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This tip is very important! Taking picture at one angle only is a no no. Be sure to take a pictures at multiple angles. You would be surprised at how different an image can come out at a different angle. Also when you take pictures that are just not just head on and straight it makes the image looks like it was taken with a professional camera. My go to photo angle in from below, it makes you look a lot taller and you can get amazing sky shots in the background.

Focus

One way to make any shot look amazing is to just focus. Whatever you subject is make sure that it is in focus, clear and sharp. Just give a small tap on your phone screen of the subject and snap away. Also depending on the phone and distance from you and the subject, when you do focus on the subject it can sometime blur out the background which makes your photo look even more professional.

Lighting

Something as simple as lighting can make or break a photo. I find this very important when taking flat lays but this is also important in other types of photos. If the lighting is bad it can make the photo look horrible and even worse when you try fix it by increasing the exposure when you edit it. The lighting doesn’t have to be perfect but enough so that the picture is clear and bright before editing.

Edit

Lastly the number 1 most important tip is to EDIT! Yes edit! Editing your photos will make them look so much better. Editing is something that will take time to learn and you won’t really know your editing style until you just try. With editing photos it is a lot of trial and error. But the basics to getting any photo to look better is adjust the exposure, contrast, sharpen, temperature, and saturation. When I first started editing my photos those were the first things I would adjust and they made a big difference. My go to editing apps are VSCO, Snapseed, and Facetune and I recently started using Lightroom.

3 Step Skin Care Routine For Sensitive Skin

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My skincare routine has changed more than a few times in my life. I have very sensitive acne prone skin, and over the years I have learned that less is more when you have sensitive skin. I have a 3 step skin care routine that has stood the test of time. I do this routine day and night and occasionally add other products depending on what my skin is going through.

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Cleanser

My first product is my cleanser which is the Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Foam Wash For Acne-Prone Skin. I have notice when it comes to sensitive skin a foam is ideal because it’s not too harsh on the skin. The Cetaphil Foam Wash is very gentle but very effective when it comes to cleaning my face and keeping me acne free.

Toner

After using my cleanser I use a toner which I started using only a year ago. I know what was I thinking! Toner helps really clean those pores and get all of that dirt and makeup out. My toner of choice is Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel. I am so cautious when it comes to trying new products on my skin because I can have a really bad reaction and do more harm than good. But this product is amazing definitely a game-changer. I take a cotton round and wipe it all over my face and really focus on my acne-prone spots which are my forehead and chin.

Moisturizer

After my toner has dried I add my moisturizer. I use the  Neutrogena Ultra-Gentle Facial Moisturizer. This moisturizer is unscented and very light, it doesn't clog my pores but keeps my skin very moisturized. And that's it short simple and sweet! All of these products you can find at your local drugstore:)