The Best Thing About Your Day – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

Until I go to Chile, I’m not doing a lot this summer! Luckily what I am up to is pretty fun! Most nights I work at my university tutoring center. Not many students have come by for the subject I tutor (or in general), so usually the other tutors and I talk and hang out! It’s also the perfect time to study for the GRE. All in all, I’m basically getting paid to sit there and enjoy my evening.

The other thing that’s been fun is my astronomy class! It’s very relaxed and we’re learning fun things like how to use star charts and telescopes. Tonight we learned about where the seas on the moon are! The subject is really interesting and I always look forward to class.

One thing that is¬†not fun is that I haven’t been feeling well the last couple of days. I think my sinuses are acting up because I’ve been petsitting! ūüė¶ I didn’t grow up with pets and pet allergies run in my family, so I’m going to the doctor tomorrow to figure things out. Hopefully I can find some help! It also makes me sad because the pets I’m watching are very sweet and I would hate it if they were making me sick!

What’s the best (or worst) part of your day? Is there anything you look forward to? Let’s explore the little things that make us happy!

Something To Remember – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

Everyone has a mantra that they try to live by. Today, I’d like to share some of the mantras that I remember throughout the day that are important to me!

Choose happiness.¬†About a year ago I struggled with anxiety, and while I am doing much better now I still have my bad days. So whenever I’m feeling down, and I’m feeling down because of things out of my control, I try to remind myself to¬†choose happiness.¬†I remind myself that I am in control of my happiness, not the things that happen to me. This brings me to my second mantra…

Keep things in perspective.¬†The other day I locked my key in my car and it basically ruined my afternoon. When I called my dad to let him know what happened he told me about how my mom had locked her key, me, AND my sister in the car! Suddenly what had happened didn’t seem so bad. While some days are just bad days and it’s okay to feel upset over it, keeping things in perspective helps me choose happiness.

I think this¬†Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them quote sums these two mantras up pretty well…

“My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.” – Newt Scamander

There are two other very important mantras I try to remember:

Getting started is the hardest part.¬†This is SO important for me to remember as a student. There’s a lot I need to do even if I don’t want to, but once I start an assignment I become engrossed in it! So whenever there’s a project that needs to get done, I always think of how good it’ll feel when I’m finished once I’m getting started.

Discipline is a muscle to be exercised.¬† As is resilience, and creativity, and endurance. Once I saw a video on Facebook, and a man was saying that practicing discipline is the best way to improve it instead of trying to save it for special occasions. I’ve continued to hear the same thing about resilience, creativity, and endurance: that if you want more of it, you need to practice it instead of assuming it will always be there.

What are the mantras you live by? What is something you try to remember? Let’s explore the things that we remember!

 

The Books In Your To Read List – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

The title of today’s challenge is the books in my to read list, but a more accurate one would be which books¬†are not in my to read list! According to my Goodreads account, I have over 100 books on my to read list! That is a¬†lot of books! Instead of trying to list them all, I want to talk about a few of the books I am looking forward to reading this summer!

Room by Emma Donoghue

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Room is the story of Jack, Ma, and the Room they live in. I didn’t hear about the book until the movie starring Brie Larson was released but was immediately fascinated by the story when I heard of it. Growing up I avoided emotional stories like this. Now I am ready to dive into the story!

 

 

 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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The Nightingale is the about two sister’s separate journeys during World War II. It’s the newest book on this list since it was first published in 2015 but it is the one I have heard a lot about! I have read many reviews online but became really interested when one of my friends recommended it. I’m also drawn to the story of sisters. I myself have an older sister and we have a very strong bond, so I am very excited to learn about these sister’s paths and the relationship they share.

 

 

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

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The Paris Wife¬†is based on Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, and her time with him in Paris. Although it was published in 2011, I didn’t hear about it until I went to the Ernest Hemingway House over this last spring break. After learning about Hemingway and his many wives, this book seemed like a must read!

 

 

 

What books are in your to read list? What are you looking forward to reading this summer? Please share, and let’s explore the world of books!

 

 

A Really Good Idea – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

A really good idea… What is a really good idea?

It was a really good idea to visit my boyfriend this last weekend – he is doing an internship out of town and I missed him so much! We went out to eat, saw a movie, cooked dinner together, and spent time watching Parks and Rec. It was the perfect visit.

It was a really good idea to tutor this summer. I work in the evenings so my days are free to blog, exercise, and do anything else my heart desires! I also have not had any students ask for help from me yet, so as of now I am being paid to study for the GRE. Now THAT is a really, really good thing!

It was a really good idea to watch Aladdin and have some wine last night! Haha!

It’s a really good idea to go and exercise this afternoon. I did a good job of working out everyday last week and I want to keep the progress up!

It’s a really good idea to study my Spanish. I have not been doing any work towards this goal. The hardest part of any task is just starting it, so it would be a really good idea to start today!

Have you had any good ideas today? This month? The year? EVER?! Please share, and let’s explore our really good ideas!

A Time When You Were Frightened – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

When I was little I was afraid of losing my mom in the grocery store and scared of thunderstorms. When I was younger I was fearful of others judging me. But in the spring of last year, I became extremely frightened of things within myself.

The spring of my sophomore year of college was an extremely difficult time for me. I had friends and I was enjoying my classes, but not everything felt right. Outside of class I spent a lot of time by myself. This was mostly because my best friends lived off campus while I lived in a dorm room by myself. I also wasn’t feeling very confident. I was constantly putting myself down and questioning myself.

I was unaware of the loneliness and anxiety accumulating until one day I broke down. I called my mom hyperventilating, about how I hated being alone. About how I couldn’t stop negative self talk. About how I would start a cycle of insecure thoughts and how I couldn’t stop them from going around my head.

After this situation I became very aware of how frightened I was of the loneliness and anxiety within myself.  I was getting the tools I needed to overcome it, but simply by being aware I was a thousand times more frightened.

A little over a year later and I am a THOUSAND times better. While there were times I felt like I might never get to this point, I am very proud of myself for conquering the fear within.

When was a time you were frightened? Is there anything that still scares you? By exploring these fears, we will be able to overcome them.

Something Good From Last Week – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

Last week, I had the chance to attend and present at my workplace’s conference! This was very exciting for me because it was the very first conference I have ever attended and really enjoyed it.

I work at my university’s academic success center, so the conference was full of other employees from other success center’s from around the country! And the best part? I was given free food and paid to attend!!!

I also had the chance to give a presentation about how to help students feel engaged with tutoring! At first I was really nervous, but I had an awesome presentation partner and the audience that attended was very attentive. When it was over I felt great! And I even received a few business cards!

What is something good that happened to you last week? Let’s explore the good in our lives and world!

A Step You Have Taken Towards Your Goals – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

This month I have a few personal goals: to exercise everyday, study for the GRE, blog more, and practice my Spanish. So, how have I been doing with my goals?

Exercise Everyday

For the last week, I have been doing a great job! I have gone to the gym every morning to have a good start to the day. I don’t do a very difficult workout each day just to give my body a break in between intenser workouts, but I do keep up with my butt and gut challenge! This challenge builds in difficulty throughout the moth and also has rest days, so it fits perfectly into my routine. If you would like to see what I’m doing for exercise and try out some moves yourself, you can checkout the butt and gut challenge too!

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Study The GRE

As of last night, I have taken the first steps to studying for the GRE! I have a 5 lb. study book and took the diagnostic tests yesterday. Now I have a better idea of what to study so when it is time to take the exam, I can earn high scores! I only have a year of college left and want to apply to excellent graduate programs, so I only have a limited time to make this goal a reality.

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Blog More

Having just started my blog challenge, this should not be too hard to accomplish! I am really looking forward to the prompts and writing about thing I would have never thought of on my own. I also have some other post ideas that I would love to write about in addition to this challenge. It should be a very successful month for this goal!

Practice My Spanish

This is a goal I have not been good about working towards. I have told myself everyday this week to set aside time for this, but I have not. This goal is very important for two reasons. One, I am going to Chile for 6 weeks in July and I want to be as prepared as possible! Two, I am not sure if I will be able to take anymore Spanish classes in college. I only have a year left before I graduate and I have already taken all the required Spanish courses for my degree. As one of my favorite Spanish phrases goes, “Vamos a ver…”

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Do you have any goals for this month? Have you made any progress towards accomplishing them? Join me and explore our goals today!

 

JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

I am so very excited to start a blog challenge this month! I found the following questions on Pinterest, and felt like they were very fun and creative so that the posts would challenge me as a blogger and provide insight on my life for you as a reader. So without further ado, here is my blog challenge for the month!

 

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I also want to give a shout out to BeaFree and Roxanne who are also doing challenges this month! Please check them out and give them some love!

Liebster Award

YAY! Another award! I am very very thankful to Beafree for always nominating everyone for awards, she has such a big heart! Please go look at her wonderful page!

Rules:

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs.
5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

11 Questions:

1. Where would you like to visit?

EVERYWHERE! But if I only had to choose one place, I would choose Ireland since I have never been and it looks beautiful!

2. Other than English, can you speak any other languages?

I am conversational in Spanish! I also remember a few words of German from high school and would love to learn it again.

3. Do you prefer to bake or cook?

I prefer to cook since to me, it seems like it offers more variety.

4. Would you rather go out to eat or stay home and cook?

I think I would want to go out… it costs more but there is no prep or cleanup!

5. Are you good about answering your phone calls, texts and emails or do you often forget?

I always have my phone with me! Haha!

6. Are you a country person or a city person?

Definitely the city!

7. What kind of music do you prefer to list to?

At the moment I prefer blues style music.

8. What is one of your favorite childhood memories?

Going to the beach with my family!

9. Do you have a go to outfit?

Jeans and a striped long sleeved shirt! It’s always cute and casual.

10. Wild night out or stay home and chill?

Stay at home and chill! Especially with Netflix and pizza!

11. Are you good at bowling?

No siree! Haha!

Questions to You:

1. What is your guilty pleasure?

2. Who is your role model?

3. Red wine or white wine?

4. Hot weather or cold weather?

5. What is your favorite movie genre?

6. What are you watching on Netflix right now?

7. What is your preferred social media?

8. What is your favorite flower?

9. Who is your celebrity crush?

10. Do you like any sports?

11. How did you get interested in blogging?

Nominees:

I would like to nominate Sarah for this award! Sarah, do not feel pressured to do this but I would love to see your answers! She has an INCREDIBLE blog and I would love it if everyone would check her and give her some positive words!

 

 

Essential Oil Perfume

Summer is here and with it brings warmer nights and… stinky sweat? Ew. Don’t get me wrong, I am a strong advocate for showers and deodorant. But what if you want to smell noticeably good?

Here is my dilemma. I¬†love the smell of perfume, but¬†hate¬†the ingredients in them. According to an¬†eBay¬†article, some perfumes may not disclose all the ingredients but instead just use the word fragrance. Usually all the ingredients used to make this fragrance are synthetic, and if you live in the US the FDA does¬†not check if these synthetic ingredients are safe before they hit stores…

I know, I know. I sound paranoid. But since coming to college I have tried to be more conscious of what I use on my body and in my living space so my body, my spirit, and the earth can be cleaner. I believe that using essential oils to make perfume can help me and the earth feel (and smell) better!

Not only are many essential oils labeled as organic or natural, but it is much easier to access information on these types of products on websites like www.fda.gov. Essential oils can also be used as alternative medicine! I use lavender and peppermint oil often for headaches and congestion.

While I haven’t made essential oil perfume¬†yet, I have made a guide for when I do! It has all the information you need in order to make a scent perfect for you!

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Have you made essential oil perfume before? Do you like or dislike essential oil? Please comment with your thoughts so we can explore the world of essential oils!