Embracing Early Mornings

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Are you a morning person? I know I’m not! I dread getting up early especially for class. But that's something we all have to do rather it's for work, school, or whatever. But here is how you can learn to embrace those early mornings.

Listen to music

Music can change your mood instantly. I can make myself feel more excited for the day ahead. Normally if it's a really rough morning I will put on some music that will help me get moving. Sometimes I even dance around my room and get my blood pumping. That normally wakes me up and puts me in the right mood.

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Favorite breakfast meal

Something that always motivates me is food. If I know I am going to have an awesome breakfast, I will have no problem getting out of bed. My favorites are avocado toast, pancakes, and anything with bacon. If I have a good breakfast then I will have an awesome day.

Workout

Now this might not be for everyone but I sometimes like to work out in the mornings. Working out energizes me. But I know for some people working out can make them even more tired so it depends on how your body reacts to working out. After workout I no longer feel sleepy. And for my workouts I try not to do anything too hard just maybe a walk on the treadmill or elliptical.

Get things done early

I am the most productive in the mornings. So if I know that I can get a lot of things done, that will motivate me to wake up a little earlier especially on the weekends. So sometimes on Saturdays I wake up an hour or two earlier to get some blog post done. For me being productive is a great motivation to embracing early mornings.

Setting and Achieving Goals

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I love setting goals, to tell you the truth I think I set too many goals. Goals for me is a way to motivated me to achieve something. I feel like when I set goals for myself I feel more accomplish when I finish them, and I feel like I'm growing and getting better.

 Make realistic goals

When it comes to setting goals, it is easy to get overly ambitious. Set goals that are challenging but realistic and reachable. If you have 50 followers on Instagram, you can't just say your goal is 1 million. Yes, maybe that's something you can reach down the line but maybe for right now make your goal 100 followers and then 500 followers and so on. Setting realistic goals will make you more motivated to keep going if you reach that goal you set, you will be ready to challenge yourself even more with the next goal.

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 Make new goals

After I have reached a goal I always set a new goal. You should always be striving for something better. By making new goals that makes me continue to work hard and keeps me moving forward. Don't ever get comfortable where you are, things can always be better.

 Step by step

Not only do I make goals, but I think about the necessary steps I need to take to accomplish those goals. For an example if my goal is to lose 5 pounds, I will write down the steps I need to take to get there. Maybe that’s going on a low-carb diet or increase my cardio. I do this, so I know what it is I specifically need to do to achieve my goal.

 Time

When I set a goal for myself I put a time limit on it. This allows me to keep things moving along and not have a goal for too long. At the beginning of the year I set yearly goals and I also set mostly goals. My monthly goals are a little more specific and smaller then my yearly goals. Most of the time the monthly goals will help me in achieving and reaching my yearly goal. Setting a time on your goals will make you push yourself even more.

 Don’t give up

Setting and achieving goals is not an easy task. Sometimes you might not reach your goal at your set time and that's okay. Just reevaluate and never give up. You will get there through perseverance!

How I Juggle All My Responsibilities

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For those of you who don't know I am a full-time college student, I work part-time, I blog, and make videos for YouTube. I know it sounds exhausting just thinking about it. But over time I have mastered the art of juggling. Now it hasn't always been this way, to be honest it's something I mastered recently.

Schedule Everything Out

When you have so many responsibilities it's best not to just wing it. I have had so many times where I thought I could just go about my day with a list of things to do and remember all of them and get them done but that never works. I have learned it's best to schedule everything out. I schedule studying, taking pictures, drawing, writing post; you name it, I schedule it. It's best to do this, that way you get everything on your list done.

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Don't over think

Sometimes I find myself thinking about the million and one things that I must do and all that does is make me feel overwhelmed and stressed. So, when I find myself doing that I say “Manique snap out of it.” Don't overthink, it will only do you harm. Instead think of one task at a time and focus on that until you move on to the next task.

One day at a time

This is kind of like overthinking. The best thing I ever started doing is taking it one day at a time. The way my mind works is that I will think months in advance which is a blessing and a curse. But I found out that it was stressing me out. So now I try to take things one day at a time. If I dwell on the busy week ahead it will only make it worse, so I focus on Monday then Tuesday and so on.

Breaks

Every now and then I take breaks. That might be for a day or sometimes even a week. And I take breaks in many ways. It can be a social media break or a Blog break, whatever break I choose it helps me refresh and get a better perspective on things. Taking a break can only make you better. Sometimes you get caught up in constantly moving and you forget to take care of yourself. I have had times where I push myself so much I end up making myself sick. I had to learn that it's okay to take a breather.

Stay motivated

Staying motivated is probably the hardest for me. Sometimes I don't feel like taking pictures for Instagram or studying for a quiz, but I try to motivate myself to do those things. One way I motivate myself is by looking at the bigger picture, now this is when looking ahead can be a blessing. I look at what I am trying to accomplish, the goal I am trying to reach. And normally that's all the motivation I need. So, when you don't feel like doing something think about the feeling you will have once you meet your goal.

Becoming a Morning Person

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I am not going to sit here and tell you that I love getting up early and starting my day at 5 a.m. but with a busy schedule I have learned how to become a morning person even though I sometimes don't like it. Living in DC traffic is crazy here so you have to be out the house on time or else you'll be hella late.

Prepare the night before

This is hands-down my number one tip. I cannot stress it enough how important it is to prepare the night before. Don't try to get everything done in the morning. For me how I prepare at night is by knowing what I am going to wear. I also make my lunch the night before so I am not in a rush to make it in the morning. Sometimes I will even go as far as making breakfast at night before so if it's like breakfast meats sausage bacon or whatever I'll go ahead cook the night before. These things will help your morning go a lot smoother because in the morning every second counts.

Give yourself time

It is best to give yourself more than enough time and be early then give yourself just the right amount of time and barely make it on time. I commute to school so if I have a 9 a.m. class I like to leave out an hour and a half earlier which means I need to leave the house at 7:30. It only takes me 30 to 45 minutes to get to campus but if there's a bad accident or something  happens, then I like to have that extra time and not be in a rush. I give myself plenty of time for things that are Beyond My Control.

Don't use your phone

I know it's tempting to wake up and check your phone but don't. Getting sucked into social media and what's trending on Twitter can just make you stay in bed longer. When I wake up I do check my phone but only for two things the weather and school emails to see if a class has been cancelled or something. Other than that, I stay away from the social media apps.

Breakfast

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love breakfast foods. So I use breakfast as a motivator to get out of bed. If I know I have some amazing avocado toast waiting for me I will be ready to get my day started. So just have your favorite breakfast stocked in the fridge.

Don't snooze

I am so guilty of hitting that snooze button, it's ridiculous. Hitting the snooze button is the worst thing you can do for yourself. I have missed so many classes and have been late so many times by hitting my snooze button and sometimes accidentally hitting the cancel button. I have two tricks to help me out with this problem. Put your phone or alarm clock across the room. That way you must get out of bed to turn it off. Another tip is to set multiple alarms. I have alarm set on my phone as well as my iPad so when one goes off and I might hit snooze or stop, the other one will go off as well.

How I Plan A Work Day

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Planning a work day for me is a little complex. I always have a million and one things on my plate. Going to school full-time while trying to blog and on top of that work, is a lot to juggle. So when it comes to planning a work day every second counts. 

Prioritize

First thing is to prioritize tasks. I normally will deal with time-sensitive things first. On a typical work day I will start out with school work because school always comes first. Once I have done my school work I will work on blog post for the upcoming week. Most of the time I will have the blog post written out but I just need to take pictures for the post so in that case I will take photos. Next I might work on scheduling out social media posts. Then if I have time I move on to YouTube content maybe edit a little. But that's pretty much how I prioritize. School, blog, social media, and YouTube. YouTube is usually last on my list because it's newer and something I just started doing.

Make  A list

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Normally the night before a work day I will make a list of all the things I need to do and I make sure the list is detailed. So instead of just putting school work I might put landscape project AutoCAD drawings or landscape perspectives street view. That way I know what I exactly need to do.

Batching

One thing I have learned when it comes to juggling a lot of different things is to not multitask. If you multitask you are only setting yourself up for failure. So what I do is I will batch different task. The blog stuff in one part of the day and maybe the school work in another part of the day. For an example I will  take pictures for the next 2 hours but I will not focus on anything else other than taking pictures.  As far as school work unless I finish all of my landscape architecture work I will not move on to my other homework or anything else until that's done. Focus on one thing at a time.

Timeblock

When it comes to a work day I will go as far as time block to make sure I get everything done. I will block out specific times for different tasks. I get that specific because if I don't I will just spend all day on one task and then I will still have a list of things to do.

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.

 

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.