01.04.2017

10 Things I Want to Achieve in 2017

Happy New Year! I hope you all had an exciting and safe holiday. I’m officially back at school about to finish my last couple of months… where has the time gone?

Since this is the time that everyone is sharing the resolutions and goals for 2017, I thought I would join in the fun! I am so excited to see what this year has in store. I was going to attempt to come up with seventeen things, but I could only think of ten that are really meaningful to me. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to achieve these goals!

  1. Work out two-three times a week
    My fitness and health are probably my biggest priority this year. I got a FitBit from my boyfriend for Christmas because I was so outspoken on it, and can’t wait to get started!
  2. Drink three bottles of water a day
    Hydration is something that I’m always slacking on, but I am determined to hydrate properly not only for health benefits, but also for my skin!
  3. Create, and maintain, a YouTube channel
    I had a YouTube channel very briefly last year, but this year I’m determined to stick with it. It probably won’t get created until after graduation in May though so stay tuned!
  4. Post one fashion/outfit post a month (at least)
    I’ve always wanted to introduce more fashion posts on the blog, and one a month is a great place to start!
  5. Read fifteen books
    Reading used to be one of my favorite past-times but it’s hard to do when being a student. The list of books that I want to read is through the roof!
  6. Post (at least) three times a week
    I’m really trying to get back into full-time blogging this year. I used to want to try to post every weekday but it’s been hard getting back and sticking to it so this is an easy place to start.
  7. Set aside time for blog-related activities
    My winter and spring semester are much more laid back than my fall, so I’m going to take my outside time to really get involved in the blogging community. I want to do more Twitter chats, comment on other blogs more, etc.
  8. Call people more
    In today’s world, we are always texting people. But I really want to try calling my friends and family more because it’s much more personal than sending a quick text.
  9. Successfully complete the ‘Couch to 5k’ Challenge
    As previously mentioned, my fitness journey is one of my biggest resolutions. I recently found this challenge and think that it’s a great way to get into running and building endurance.
  10. Attend a blogging-related conference
    There are so many different events throughout the year that bloggers hold and attend, and I would love the opportunity to go to one this year!

What are you trying to achieve this year?

12.26.2016

The Christmas Tag | 2016

Merry Belated Christmas to those who celebrated yesterday! I hope your day was filled with family, friends and all the love and happiness you can imagine. My family had a very relaxed Christmas at home watching basketball and home cooking!

I was planning on getting this post up before Christmas, but my family was on a cruise last week and I wasn’t able to get it written before we left, apologies! I am so excited for 2017, I have so many fun things planned. I will definitely be doing a post on my resolutions and hopes for the new year, so stay tuned for that!

  1. What is your favorite Christmas film?
    1. I would have to say this is a tie between Elf and Christmas Vacation! I watched both of these on Christmas Eve and they always make me laugh to no end, and put me in the holiday spirit!
  2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
    1. Unfortunately I haven’t… that’s what happens when you live in Florida. Hopefully one day!
  3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
    1. Typically I spend it at home with family, or at one of my relatives homes. My family has also taken cruises over Christmas in the past.
  4. What is your favorite Christmas song?
    1. I would have to say “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey. I know, basic, but I can’t help but sing and dance along every time I listen to it!
  5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
    1. Sometimes! This year we didn’t, but in the past my family used to pick one present to open on Christmas Eve.
  6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
    1. You know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Doner, Blitzen and Rudolph! Did I just sing the song in my head? You bet!
  7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
    1. I always love the home cooking that goes on in my family. This year my dad is cooking a huge ham all day and it smells delicious! I can’t wait to have it in a couple hours.
  8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
    1. Sadly, our tree is fake and pre-decorated! 🙁
  9. What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?
    1. Hmm… I love anything peppermint! So peppermint bark, cake, brownies, you name it!
  10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
    1. Honestly, I love giving gifts. I love seeing people’s reactions to when they open it. But I also love receiving them, especially when they’re super thoughtful ones.
  11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
    1. I honestly can’t think of the best one I’ve ever received… but my boyfriend got me a calendar with pictures of things we did over the past year last Christmas and it’s definitely one of my favorites and most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received!
  12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
    1. I would have to say somewhere in the mountains! Or New York City… either of those would be amazing. I love snow, but also love being in New York during the Christmastime.
  13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
    1. I fail miserably… my dad is the best present wrapper I know!
  14. Most memorable holiday moment?
    1. I would have to say being in Quebec with my mom’s entire side of the family. We all got to explore a new place together.
  15. What made you realize the truth about Santa?
    1. To be honest, my parents never told my brother or I. We kind of got to that age where we could tell the handwriting was the same. I’m not sure of the age!
  16. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you stick to them?
    1. I would say I stick to about half of them… but this year I’m really going to try to!
  17. What makes the holidays special for you?
    1. I love spending time with family and remembering moments that we’ve all cherished throughout the years. Nothing can beat that!

Have you guys done this tag? I’d love to read it if you have!

I hope you guys have a fantastic holiday season, and an amazing New Year!

 

11.29.2016

How to Utilize Social Media as a Blogger

How to Utilize Social Media as a Blogger

I’m no where near a social media pro… (if anyone is, it’s my friend Fletcher) but I like to think I know a good amount about it. I actively use Twitter and Instagram to help promote blog posts, as well as communicate with others, and am going to try using Facebook more but that’s about it! I don’t like having a lot of social media accounts because I feel like I pay more attention to one rather than the other, hence why I very rarely occasionally use Pinterest and Tumblr.

Nonetheless, I thought I would share with you my tips and tricks on using social media as a blogger!

+ Instagram
Instagram can be a tricky one. To have a theme, or not? To use hashtags, or not? I personally do both of these things, as I find they generate much more traffic. Since Instagram changed their algorithm (which I’m still salty about) it’s been much harder getting traction on some posts, which is why I find it’s essential to use hashtags. I do my best to post every weekday and stick to a general theme for the editing on my photos, I like to be consistent!

+ Twitter
Twitter is one that I’ve picked back up. I rarely used it before this summer. I find that it’s one of the easiest ways to contact a fellow blogger! I’ve made most of my blogging friends through Twitter since you can take part in weekly Twitter chats. I’m definitely trying to do more, but sometimes school gets in the way and I’m unable to. If you haven’t checked any out I highly recommend #CreativeCoffeeHour and #CreateLounge! All you have to do is search the hashtag and you’ll be able to find info on when they are.

+ Facebook
I use my personal Facebook account, rather than a page, to spread content. I’m a part of a couple Facebook groups for bloggers such as Blogging Babes, Blogging College and Blog Elevated to name a few! These groups will have “Post of the Day” threads for members to share their most recent articles and to ask questions. I highly suggest joining them if you want opinions on things or have general blogging-related questions!

11.14.2016

How to Become a Morning Person

How to Become a Morning Person

I like to consider myself a ‘morning’ person. I enjoy waking up early and using that time to be as productive as I can. But, I’m also kind of a ‘night’ person. I love staying up and doing things such as blogging, social media or even will work on homework assignments. I have no problem going to bed late, but still waking up early… I don’t know how I do it.

I’ve seen people asking how to become more of a morning person, and what they can do to improve their mornings, so I’m sharing my tips on how to become a morning person!

+ Make a Routine
I personally love this one. When I wake up there is a list of things that I need to do before I head to class, so I always make sure I tick all of them off when I wake up. I’ve heard that if you do something consecutively for around twenty-five days (don’t quote me on that!) you can form a habit. This helps with just that!

+ Set Multiple Alarms
I have at least three alarms that go off in the morning for myself. The first is the earliest I want to be up, the latest is the latest that I want to be out of bed, and I spread some out in between so I don’t sleep over them.

+ Show in the Morning
This is just a suggestion, since I know some people prefer to shower at night. But I find that when I shower in the morning I am much more awake and ready to take on the day. Towards the end of my shower, I turn the water to a little cooler for around five or ten seconds to help wake me up even more, which might sound crazy! But I really do find it helps.

Are you more of a morning or night person? I’d love to hear any tips you have for mornings!

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11.11.2016

Things to be Thankful For

Thankful

This week has been an emotional one here in the United States, to say the least.  People are still trying to wrap their heads around everything. That’s why I’m using this post to reflect on things that I’m thankful for, and I encourage you guys to do the same. None of these are ranked in any order, just however they come to my mind. This inspired by Kayla over at Kayla Blogs, you can read her ‘Thankful Thursday” posts here and here!

  1. My loving family
  2. Freedom of Speech
  3. Coffee
  4. Autumn leaves
  5. Having running water, electricity, food
  6. Being able to receive a college education
  7. Fuzzy socks and blankets
  8. Having a roof over my head
  9. Reality television
  10. Blogging

Leave the things your thankful for in the comments below! As Kayla put it, “cherishing and reflecting on the good and making sure we don’t lose sight of that” is so important, especially right now. I love you all so much, thank you for reading ❤️

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