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5 To-Dos To Get You Through Every Week

 

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HuUuUuUmp day… already!? Every time I remember that it’s Wednesday I immediately have the image of that crazy camel trotting through my mind. Am I the only one who gets this? I don’t think I can be the only one.

 

Aside from Friday and Saturday, hump day is one of my favorites. I don’t mind most days of the week, but a Wednesday is a pretty good day in my book.

 

Like most people, I usually make a hefty to-do list at the beginning of the week. If I am feeling productive and actually crossing things off my to do list every day (like I totally try to do every week), I make another list for myself on Wednesday.

 

Wednesday is the turning point from the beginning of the week up and go to the end of the week relaxation and winding down (usually, for me at least). Here are a few things I try to get done every Wednesday:

 

Finish Off The Week Strong:

You probably started the week feeling ambitious and ready to take on all of your goals. Make sure to end the week with a bang, and continue to work towards your goals, whether they are long term or short term. If I have a bigger goal that I want to achieve by the end of the week I find that it helps me to stay motivated if I take a glance at the goal every day. I usually write down my major goals for the week in my planner, and look at them every time I write something down in there.

 

Think About The Upcoming Week:

It’s never too early to start to plan the week ahead! Think about all of the goals you want to accomplish the following week and get crackin’ on figuring out what and how you can do to accomplish them.

 

Take Some Time For Yourself:

If you know me, you probably know how strongly I feel about alone time. I believe that alone time is so so SO important when it comes to having a strong, stable, mental state of mind. If you can free up some time, get your mind ready for the upcoming week and declutter a bit. Grab a lil’ midweek pick me up like your favorite coffee or donut(s, box of 12 donuts), and treat yo’self because hey, you deserve it.

Plan Out Something You Can Look Forward To:

Wednesdays are weird. It’s like the beginning of the week is a blurred memory and the following week is so far away. Plan something fun and exciting for the upcoming weekend. This will give you something to look forward to and will stand as a reason to keep pushin’ through the work week.

 

Celebrate Your Accomplishments:

Celebrate what you have already accomplished throughout the short beginning of the week! It is important to celebrate the little things and know how much you are capable of accomplishing. The middle of the week is the perfect time to get your life organized, and work on completing your weeks goals. Don’t forget to reflect on your successes too!

 

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Our Engagement

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Yesterday I took a trip to the bank to make a quick deposit. The first thing the bank clerk asked me was: “you have a wedding savings account?” At that point, I was just standing there like “helloOoOoOoOo obviously I have a wedding savings account???- the only reason why you asked me that is because you can see the account on your screen this very second”. Which, by the way… am I the only one who finds it odd that bank clerks can see all of your information? I know it’s their job, but I still find it weird that they can look at every single account I have, even if I’m only making a deposit into one of them.

 

The bank clerk than apologized for asking about my engagement, claiming that I probably get asked questions about it every day (which I do). The truth is that I actually love getting asked about my ring. In fact, I will flaunt said ring in your face UNTIL you ask me about it. I do this just so that I can brag about how cute Rob is and how I get to marry my best friend.

 

Which leaves me to the reasoning behind this blog post. I realized this morning after my conversation with this woman that I never got a chance to talk about my engagement on the blog! You’re probably wondering why the heck I never blogged about such an important part of my life. Rob and I actually kept our engagement pretty low key, just because we wanted it to be special between the two of us.

 

It has been a few months since we got engaged and I feel like it’s totally time to talk about our big day on the blog. Here’s the story:

 

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Rob and I were studying abroad last semester so we got engaged in the city of Prague. One day we had a school “field trip”. You and I both think field trips are great. Whenever I think of field trips I immediately think of the good old days when I went to unique, fun spots in middle school. Places like the Bronx Zoo and the Aviation Museum. I guess when you’re in Europe and have access to such important historical sites, field trips aren’t as fun. We took a field trip to Lidice. A town, that was once full of life but ultimately was completely destroyed by the Nazis. I learned a ton from this trip but it was obviously a very sad experience.

 

After we got home from the field trip Rob had told me that we were going out to dinner. You know, one of those cute lil’ date nights that he had already planned and set up prior to me even knowing. Normally I’m all about this type of thing, but after a day spent learning about all of these families who had lost everything for no reason at all, I was in no mood to selfishly indulge in dinner.

 

When it came down to it, I decided not to pass up free food. I ultimately ended up dragging myself out of bed and going on a cute dinner date with Rob.

 

On our way out of our dormitory building we passed by two friends of ours. Rob asked them if they wanted to come to dinner. Weird right??! I was so confused as to why he was asking our friends to join us, on what I thought was a date night.

 

As we started walking towards the restaurant I knew something was up. The sun was just about setting, Rob was acting a bit off, and he had just invited our two friends to come to a fancy, romantic dinner with us.

 

Grab your popcorn… Here comes the good part.

As we passed by the Prague castle, which happened to be our favorite view of Prague, Rob asked if I wanted to take a picture with him. I wasn’t totally thrown off about this because the sun was setting, but usually I’m the one begging Rob to take photos with me, not the other way around.

 

Sure enough as Rob was asking me to take a picture with him, he got down on one knee and popped the question. To be completely honest, I have no idea what he said. But apparently his memorized speech got mixed up anyways, so I guess it’s for the best that we both don’t know exactly what was happening.

 

After that we frolicked off to dinner and had ourselves celebratory night with three different desserts and quite the amount of champagne. As you probably guessed, our friends didn’t actually end up coming to dinner with us.

 

And that about does it! That is the beginning of our story!

How I Create 3 Blog Posts A Week, Every Week Of The Year

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Whenever I spend time on different blogs I always wonder what kind of process the blogger goes through when creating their content. I believe that most bloggers have their own, unique, process for creating content which is learned and utilized with practice over time. After all, creating a process is a process…. Ha…ha

 

Believe it or not, creating a blog post is a lot harder than it may seem. A small idea can turn into hours of writing, editing, revising, and promoting. I have finally learned (it took long enough) that having a routine to create blog posts is much easier than trying to do it at random. Today I’m giving you an inside look at my everyday blogging routine.

CONTENT IDEAS

I have found that this is probably the toughest part of creating a blog post. It’s important to me to think of post ideas that my audience can relate to, I always keep my audience in mind when I brainstorm post ideas. I have found that my most beneficial way to think of blog post ideas is to go on websites such as PinterestBloglovin‘, and even sometimes StumbleUpon. I usually spend chunks of time each week to jot down all of my ideas on paper, then end up actually deciding what I would like to blog about.

I find myself thinking of post ideas at the randomest of times. Because of this, I use the notes app in my phone to keep an ongoing list of blog post ideas. This makes it easy for me to quickly keep note of any ideas that come up throughout the day when my computer or a notebook isn’t nearby. If you want to learn more about apps to keep notes in click here

EDITORIAL CALANDER

  • To help diminish the last minute scramblings of thinking of blog post ideas, I have recently begun to use an editorial calendar. If you are unfamiliar with the term, an editorial calendar is basically a calendar with a set schedule of blog post ideas. This way you always know what you’ll be blogging about on each given day (and hopefully) will never be in a last minute rut debating what to post about.

ACTUALLY WRITING OUT THE POST

My favorite part of my blogging process is writing the actual blog post itself. I have a much easier time getting my thoughts down with a pen and piece of paper than I do with a screen and keyboard. I enjoy writing most in the morning, I try to get up pretty early each day. You can probably imagine that the morning is usually when it’s the quietest in the college setting, you’re right. (I get distracted easily in loud settings). After I get all of my thoughts down on paper, I’ll head over to the computer and type them all out. After I have my thoughts typed out in front of me, I’ll usually leave it as is. I don’t go back to edit or revise my posts until about a day later. I do this because I like to see my work with a fresh set of eyes.

  • Editing is pretty boring, I won’t lie. I just reread over the post a bunch of times and try my best to catch any grammatical mistakes or funky sentences. An awesome editing tip that I learned in one of my composition classes is to read the work backwards. Not literally backwards, that would be tough, wouldn’t it? What I mean is,  backward as in reading the last paragraph all the way to the first rather than the first to the last. Does that make sense?

CREATING GRAPHICS

What’s a blog post without some cute pictures and graphics to go along with it? I use sites like Canva or Picmonkey to create my graphics- both of which are free! Canva is my favorite graphic creating site because it allows you to save previous templates. This lets me go back to them in the future with just a few simple clicks. For pictures, I usually stick to my own or head over to sites like Unsplash, which is basically like a database for pictures that photographers will willingly let you to your own desire.

PUBLISHING AND PROMOTING

After I finish writing, typing, editing, and reviewing my blog post, I’ll go ahead and publish it! After publishing comes the promotion part. My favorite promotional tool is Hootsuite. This free website allows you to schedule social media postings. For example, when I create a new blog post, I’ll head over to Hootsuite and schedule it to be tweeted five times that day. I also use Pinterest as a promotional tool, it is one of my blog’s greatest traffic sources. Lately, I have been trying to figure out StumbleUpon. A TON of people have told me so many positive

 

What is your blogging process? Do you have a blogging routine or do you just kind of do your own thing with each of your posts?

 

 

 How I Saved Up Enough Money To Live In Europe For 4 Months

 How I Saved Up Enough Money To Live In Europe For 4 Months- sincerelykenz

One of the first questions people ask me when it comes to the whole study abroad subject matter is how I saved up enough money to do everything that I did. If you were to spend some time creepin’ on my Instagram, you would probably take note of just how much Rob and I did and saw during our semester in Europe.

 

A little disclaimer though, this isn’t in any way a “how-to” post about saving up an extreme amount of money. I’m just writing about my personal experience saving money, and if it helps no people or 1,000 people then that’s cool with me.

 

It’s quite obvious that studying abroad costs money. Think about it, you are traveling the world, and living in a different country for four months. Living anywhere can be expensive, but starting fresh in a completely different country is a bit different. Prices will most likely be different than what you are normally used to (I found certain countries to be crazy expensive, and drastically different than what I am used to), and most students try to travel during the weekends or when they are off from school. The combination of these expenses adds up a lot quicker than you’d think.

 

 

THE LOGISTICS:

Rob and I knew that we wanted to study abroad the summer before we actually left. Because of this, we had time to figure out how to get the funds we needed. We spent a lot of time creating a plan and budget for ourselves based on what we wanted to see and do during our time abroad.

 

It can be tedious, but taking some time to plan out and budget can go a long way. We determined how much money we needed while overseas by first figuring out how much traveling we wanted to do during our semester. Like a lot of people, Rob and I wanted to travel most of the time that we didn’t have school. Our mindset for our time abroad was to basically go “all out”… with caution.  I had never been to Europe prior to our trip, and I was ready to see everything I had always heard about. Rob and I both knew that we wouldn’t be able to do something like this for quite some time, so we decided to sensibly live it up as much as we could.

 

 

GET A JOB:

Living a fancy lifestyle with a “no limits” mentality is obviously a bit pricey. Our mindsets were more like hello bougie four months in Europe, hello 2 jobs this summer ha … h a

 

The biggest way that I earned enough money to live in Europe for four months was picking up another summer job. I worked almost every day, and most of the days I worked mornings at my first job and nights at my other job. This combination left me with 10 extra pounds (PSA: bagels for breakfast every day and sundaes for dinner do not mix well) and a ton of money to frolic comfortably around Europe with.

 

I also made a good amount of money from the combination of my blog and social media outlets. I collaborated with a few brands and did a few sponsorships as well. If you are looking to learn about monetizing your blog or social media outlet in any way click here or here.

 

CUT OUT UNNECESSARY SPENDING:

Rob and I saved a ton of money by beginning to live what we like to call a: ~peasant~ lifestyle. We barely went out to eat and kept our celebrations and date nights as cheap as possible. Yes, this was lame while it was occurring but in the end cutting back on our usual spending habits together paid off our plane tickets to Dublin and Italy.

 

This newly acquired lifestyle also included a minimal amount of spending on materialistic items that I would purchase every once in a while. I’m normally a pretty frugal type of person, but I do have a few things that I like to splurge on every now and then. With small choices to live more simply, these things did add up in the long run. I began to paint my nails on my own, and cut out unnecessary spending habits, like going to the mall every other week to pick up one or two things, and my trips to Target which never really end well when it comes to my bank account.

 

PRIORITIZE:

You WANT to go see the world and have a fantastic time studying abroad. So passing up a movie night with friends or date with your boyfriend/girlfriend isn’t a necessity. If having a “no limits” attitude while studying abroad is a priority for you, then make sure to treat it like one when it comes to spending. If you know that traveling is a priority for you, then don’t forget it! Spending money on materialistic things can be tempting, but think about what you could be spending that money on when you’re actually abroad. Like skydiving or plane tickets.

 

 

BE CREATIVE:

I also utilized apps like Poshmark and Mercari when it came down to the wire. I took a look through my closet and organized my clothes by what I had and hadn’t worn in the past month. Everything that didn’t fall into the “worn” category got uploaded to both Poshmark and Mercari. Lil’ pro tip: Mercari has different, cheaper shipping methods than Poshmark and takes a lower percentage out of your earnings!

 

I ended up making a few hundred on these apps. Although I didn’t get full price for the clothing items that I sold, what I did get quickly added up.

 

I think the easiest way to earn money before such a long trip like studying abroad is to save saves save. Also, get creative! About two or three weeks before leaving Rob and I began making and selling choker necklaces (you can probably guess who’s idea this was) through social media. These days, it’s so easy to get creative and set up some sort of online business. With the help of Venmo and Paypal we easily made transactions with people who were miles and miles away from us.

 

Although studying abroad cleared out a good chunk of my bank account, it was totally worth every penny. Living in a different country for four months is a once in a lifetime thing for most people, why limit yourself when you’re there?

 

Have you ever saved up for something very expensive? Do you have any tips or tricks to help?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apps You Need To Download Right Now To Boost Productivity

 Apps You Need To Download Right Now To Boost Productivity - sincerelykenz

I won’t lie, I hate the idea of being on my phone all of the time buuuuuut it is 2017 and my phone is basically like a digital holder for everything that is going on in my life on a day to day basis. Like many, my phone is my source of connection to friends family, and my job. My phone also serves as a tool for me to creatively portray my self and promote my blog creatively through the use of social media.

 

If we are technically speaking, I guess you could say that my computer is where all of my “blogging magic” happens. To be completely honest, blogging really never ends when you publish a post. There are a ton of other things that go along with publishing a new blog post, and most of this is done from my phone. From being active on social media, to promoting posts, to interacting with fellow bloggers, my phone is a necessity when I’m blogging on the go.

 

Here are a few apps that I use daily. These apps help me promote my blog, and keep me organized every day of the week.

 

 

 

WordPress/Blogger/ Etc.:

Whatever your weapon of choice may be, it’s never a bad idea to have the platform’s app on your phone. I personally use WordPress, and find that having the app on my phone allows me to quickly edit a typo in any post, upload posts on the go, or any other blogosphere duty that I need to complete when I don’t have my computer by my side. Having your platform’s app on your phone allows to easy and simple fixes to minor problems that may arise on your blog.


EverNote:

Let’s be real for a second… Apple’s note app that automatically comes with the iPhone is so ~last year~. Just kidding, but seriously the note app is subpar in my book. I use EverNote for all of my notes because I feel that it is a bit more organized and more visually appealing. One of the awesome things about Evernote is that you can connect your notes to all of your devices. I personally find this to be an awesome feature.

 

Bloglovin’:

Bloglovin’ is probably one of the most beneficial blogging tools that I have discovered since starting my blog. Bloglovin’ allows you to connect with other bloggers, and share your own content across the platform. Whenever I have some time to kill I always find myself scrolling through the newsfeed that Bloglovin’ creates for you based on the bloggers that you follow and style of blog posts that you enjoy reading. Bloglovin’ also has a new update with a program called Activate. This allows content creators to apply for possible sponsorship opportunities! Having the Bloglovin’ app handy will allow you to scroll through the Activate campaigns whenever you have you’re using your phone.

 

 Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest:

Social media is one of the most important aspects when it comes to growing your business or blog. Constantly sharing photos, tweets, and other creative aspects of your life will further your chance to connect with others and grow your audience. Even though the new algorithm kinda’ sucks, Instagram is currently my favorite social media outlet. I love the freedom that Instagram gives you when it comes to portraying yourself in a creative light. I’m not crazy into Twitter, but I’ m trying to work on my Twitter gameTwitter is an awesome app for connecting with others in a quick and immediate fashion. Facebook is also not a fave of mine, but is a social media outlet that has been around for what feels like forever and has one of the highest use rates across the boards. I usually head over to Pinterest when I need some inspiration, or just feel like wasting some time looking at beautiful photos, and reading interesting articles.

 

 Hootsuite:

If you struggle to post on social media on a constant basis Hootsuite is what you need in your life!! Hootsuite is seriously awesome.  It is basically a social media post scheduler (try and say that three times fast). You simply upload the link to your blog post on the app and it automatically schedules itself live on all of your social media outlets. Hootsuite gives you the option to schedule posts whenever you would like, or when your followers are interacting the most on the platforms. I use Hootsuite whenever I have a busy day and know that I won’t have time to update my social media accounts on my own.

 

Wunderlist:

Throughout the day there are countless amounts of things that we need to keep track of. Whether it be work related tasks, business meetings and goals, or simple things like appointments and errands, the list goes on and on. If you don’t always carry your planner around with you this is the app that you need in your life…like now. This app allows you to set dates, reminders, and create a variety of lists. Something super cool about this app is that it allows you to use Hashtags. The use of these makes scrolling through folders and lists extremely simple.

 

Photo Editing Apps

Although I love the idea of carrying my DSLR camera around with my 24/7, it isn’t exactly practical. So with that- say hello to my iPhone camera! I take most of my unplanned pictures on my iPhone. Tweaking contrast, light and saturation of pictures, which were taken on your phone, can really make their quality look much better. Some of my favorite picture editing apps are VSCO and Aviary!

 

The iPhone Reminder App:

This app is totally underrated. I use this app to remind myself of basic everyday things that I normally would forget. One of my favorite features of the iPhone is the connection between Siri and this reminder app. If you’re on the go , or driving and need to remember something for later you can simply ask Siri to remind you about whatever it is. This will automatically log whatever it is into the reminder app!

 

Do you have any go-to apps for being productive and maintaining a blog? Let me know in the comments below!

Turn Your Bad Day Around Immediately With These 5 Steps

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Have you ever woken up on the “wrong side of the bed”? Maybe you slept through an alarm, or you simply didn’t think that you would get such a late start to the day. To make matters worse, as you’re rushing to get out of the door you spill your coffee all over the floor, and your fresh out of your favorite breakfast food.

 

The combination of these things will surely lead you to have the worst day ever, right?! Wrong.

 

I have been there; we have all been there. When you pretty much think that your day is going to be the absolute worst just because of a few unpleasant things that occurred during your morning routine. Every day can’t be perfect and everyone has their good days and bad days.

 

As soon as one or two bad things occur during my morning, I immediately start to get angry and think about how bad the rest of the day is going to be. But, throughout my 20 years of both bad mornings and good mornings, I have learned that categorizing a day as “bad”, or “the worst day ever” just because of a few unexpected mishaps in the morning, isn’t really worth it. Rather than dwelling on the few bad aspects of your morning, you should try and redirect your day and turn it around.

 

Here is a list of some of the things that I try to do when my day gets off to a rough start:

 

 

Exercise:

You know, and I know that exercise is the bomb dot com when it comes to changing a bad mood to a good one. Exercise is proven to make you feel happier! Those good ol’ endorphins that exercise produces will make you feel better and turn any bad day around in little to no time. If you are not a member of a gym, you can go on sites like Pinterest or Youtube and find some workouts that are home-friendly. If you don’t have time to smash out a real, intense workout, you can always opt for something a bit simpler like going for a long walk with your dog or BFF.

 

 

Start Off Your Day With Something That You Really Love:

Got a favorite coffee shop or food you like to eat in the morning? Go grab it! If I’m ever having a rough start to my day I try and do something that makes me purely happy. This usually entails going out to purchase an iced coffee or cookin’ up and indulging in my favorite food group, pancakes. Keep in mind that doing this doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny, you can opt for something free that is equally as fabulous.

 

 

Treat Yo’self:

#TREATYOSELF. Guuuuuurl you are a hard working, awesome individual and sometimes you deserve to treat yo’self. Get your nails done or go shopping for a bit, do something that makes you happy because you simply deserve it!

 

Get Crackin’ On Your To-Do List:

Most of my bad days stem from a high amount of stress that is surrounding me. If I have a ton of things to do, or just a busy work schedule I immediately feel weight on my shoulders and can’t shake it until I get at least one or two things done on my to do list. I get stressed very easily. To help me rock out the things that I need to get done, I try and make a small to do list every morning. It is CRAZY how good it feels to get some things checked off of the to do list.

 

Have A Simpler Outlook On Things:

Life doesn’t always have to be so hectic and fast paced. Sometimes, taking the time to look at your day through a simpler lens, and focus on paying more attention to all of the minimal things that you encounter throughout the day that bring you joy and happiness. Think of the little things that make you happy and zone in on those rather than on the bad.

 

Laugh It Out:

Similar to exercise, laughing produces endorphins as well. Head over to YouTube or something similar and search for some funny videos. My personal favorite place to get a good laugh is to scroll through all of the old Vine videos on Twitter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Is Short- Here’s How To Live Each Day To The Fullest

Life Is Short- Here’s How To Live Each Day To The Fullest - SINCERELYKENZ

 

Whether we like to hear it or not, life is short. Days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months. Before you know it, a new year has begun in what feels like just the short wink of an eye. 2017 got off to a bit of a rocky start for me. A really good friend of mine unexpectedly passed away, and it was a shock to the whole college community that we both attended as well as the best friends and family members lives that she had touched throughout her short 20 years on this Earth.

 

About a month or so after that devastating period of my life, Rob and I shipped ourselves off to Europe, where we spent a semester in Prague, Czech Republic. Our time spent here was fulfilled with memories that will last a lifetime and new friendships with people who we hope to stay close with forever. I recently took some time to reflect on how this year has been going, more specifically about my recent study abroad experience. The time Rob and I got to spend in Europe absolutely flew by. Our four months felt decimal and it feels like it was just yesterday when I was being dragged on to the plane (did I mention that I’m deathly afraid of planes???).

Time is a very valuable entity and it passes by extremely fast, way too fast. After taking a bit of a hiatus from blogging, I thought about all of the excuses that could be utilized as the backbone for my slight disappearance from the blogging world these past two months. But then I got thinking, and my thoughts brought me back to how my life has been going these past few months, and the idea that life is short. I should not have to explain my lack of blogging to anyone other than myself. Life is too short to be held up to these high standards that we inevitably fall short of sometimes. Yes, I had a blast in Europe, and yes I probably could have been blogging throughout the entirety of my time spent overseas. But looking back now and thinking about the time that I was in Europe, and my transition back to the states, I wanted to be living in the moment. I didn’t want my blog to be one of the things that was holding my back from spending genuine time with those who I appreciate, and care about, and had missed while I spent my semester overseas.

 

My point is, life is short. We need to stop wasting time, and accomplish the goals that we hope to one day achieve because life can be taken away from you sooner than you think. We waste so much time and I’m not so sure why. We choose to waste time, even though it is so valuable. Whether it is wasted time on your phone, or wasted time due to distractions and excuses, we need to be more conscious of how we are choosing to spend our time. Here are four things that might be holding you back from spending your time how you would like to:

 

Comparing Yourself To Others:

I’ve done it, you’ve done it, heck, we’ve all done it- the endless cycle of finding someone on a social media outlet (usually Instagram) and completely stalking every aspect of their life. Before you know it, you’ve invested 20 minutes of your time into someone who you probably know absolutely nothing about. This person most likely isn’t going to post about the negative parts of their life, and their social media outlet is probably portraying only what they want you to see…. only the good stuff. Instead of comparing yourself to others, and investing your time into people who you barely know anything about, you should invest time in yourself. Take time to pick out the qualities that you absolutely adore about yourself and work on being comfortable with yourself always. Deep down, you are a rock star, you just gotta’ know it and own it.

 

Justifying Your Wasted Time:

Off the top of your head, you can probably easily think of 5-10 things that you would like to achieve right now. Whether it is starting a healthy diet, working out regularly, maintaining a blog, or even starting your own business … you really want to achieve this goal, right!? Instead of thinking about all of the reasons why you can’t begin your journey to achieving said goal, think about how much time you’re wasting, and simply letting pass by while you justify reasons and excuses as to why you haven’t started yet.

 

Waiting Around For Something To Happen:

Most of the successful people in this world had to work their way to the top. Things normally do not land in people’s laps, and most people do not rake in millions of dollars overnight. If you know anyone who has either of these capabilities PLZ teach me your ways?! Anyway, you have to work towards what you want to achieve in life. And you most definitely have to work and push yourself a LOT if you want to make it to the top. Waiting, and thinking that something is going to miraculously one day occur to put you where you want to be, isn’t necessarily the best mentality to have. Rather than waiting for whatever it is that you want to happen, try hustling and working hard to achieve the goals that you have set for yourself.

 

Create A “Reset” Button For Yourself:

Figure out something that will allow you to essentially, “reset”, for a little bit when things aren’t going the way you want them to. Whether you decide to simply shut down your computer for a bit, or take part in some sort of activity that allows your mind to run free for a while, figure out something that works for you. I personally love to get some fresh air or (naturally), eat a snack when I’m feeling over worked, over stressed, or just done with something that I need to get done all together. Going along with finding your internal reset button, make sure you know when it is time to stop working. It really doesn’t matter how you decide to measure this, but you need to know when to stop. Pushing yourself to finish something when you’re not really feelin’ it anymore, and just want to be done with it, is not going to produce results that you’re proud of.

 

What are your thoughts on time? Do you do anything to ensure that you are not wasting it?

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3 Time Management Skills For Everyday Life

Stress, it is really something, right? Stress affects everyone in different ways. Some people succumb to stress very easily (hi, that’s me), while others have the tendency to keep cool and vibe on with little to no stress or worries while doing so. Like I have mentioned in blog posts time and time again, my stress-o-meter is pretty weak. I’ve seriously got a wimpy, puny amount of things I can take before my stress levels sky rocket and lead me to either A) have a mental breakdown or B) run from my problems.

 

Most people would probably agree that being productive, and having time management skills can aid in limiting stress. The combination of these things can help contain stress levels to a minimum. I have been working on my time management skills since freshman year of college. Let’s just say that my skills are still not where they should be, and quite frankly, I don’t think I’ll ever perfect them. But a girl can try, right?

 

Lately, I have been trying to better my time management skills. My blog has been pushed aside due to the stress I have had with everything else going on in life. In other words, my time management skills suck and I blame my poor time management skills for my lack of blogging.

 

Like anything else important in life, I headed straight to Pinterest to generate some ideas about time management, and how to better the minimal time management skills that I already (sort of) have. Here’s what I got:

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Try To Use The “Pomodoro” Technique:

The “Pomodoro” technique was coined in the 1980s. It is basically a way to channel your inner productivity and actually accomplish things through the use of time intervals. The way this works is kind of simple: you are to work with complete and utter full attention (this means no phone or other distracting gadgets) for 25 minutes, and then you are to take a 5-minute break. The catch, is that you can’t use technology on this five-minute break. Think grabbing a snack, or taking a quick walk rather than ending up stalking your friend’s-brother’s-mother’s-classmate’s-great uncle for what ends up being 20 hours when it was supposed to be 5 minutes. The technique calls for doing this twice, and then taking an hour-long break, where you are permitted to use technology. I haven’t put this technique to use yet but it seems quite enticing. I can totally see the possibility of getting a lot done by eliminating the use of a phone for a whole hour, but then being rewarded to use it for an hour. Side note: am I the only one who immediately thought of pasta when I first read the name of this technique? Pomodoro actually means tomato in the Italian language, so I guess that’s how I made the connection. Supposedly the man who created this technique used a timer that was shaped and colored like a tomato. You learn something new everyday folks.

 

Batch Related Tasks Together:

If you have a hefty amount of things that you know you need to get done, try batching some of them together. I guess the closest thing I can compare this to is a workout plan: if you are going to the gym for 6 days a week, usually you’ll split up the weekly days by muscle groups. For example, on Mondays you would be training legs and glutes, on Tuesday you would be training triceps and shoulders…. I’m sure you get the idea. So if you had some blogging work to do, some emails to check, some groceries to shop for, or errands to run, go ahead and group them by day. When I do this, I’ll delegate one morning to doing laundry, and thoroughly organizing/ cleaning my room, and another morning to blogging, checking emails, and going through my bank statements. Having set plans for each day of the week eliminates the possibility of wasting time.

 

Spend Time Each Morning Planning Out Your Day

The first thing I do when I wake up each day is whip out my planner and spend some time thinking about what exactly I want to accomplish on said day. This quick half hour of every morning sets the tone for my day and helps me gear myself to taking on the goals and tasks that I need to accomplish. I like to make smaller “to-do” lists for each day rather than lengthier “to-do” lists for each week. This takes some weight off of my shoulders when I’m feeling uber stressed and helps me to achieve small goals each day.

 

 

Do you have any time management tips? Let me know in the comments below! 

Trying Not To Try: Live Life Spontaneously

Hallo! Bonjour! Amsterdam anyone? Or Paris? I can take you there now! Well- sort of….

 

First of all, I would love to clear some smoke that is in the air. I can’t believe I have gone this long without posting on my dear lil’ blog. But life is life, and life gets busy- ya know? Having the opportunity to study abroad is something I’ll be forever grateful for, and is an adventure that has led me to create memories that I will genuinely never forget, like ever. However, traveling can be stressful! It’s tough to find a balance between traveling, a social life, my blog, as well as school work. Shocker, I know, but believe it or not studying abroad requires a bit of studying. With the combination of midterms in all of my classes last week as well as constantly being in and out of Prague for travel purposes I guess you could say I haven’t really had my “blogging mojo” lately. I’m very hopeful that it will come back in time, once life slows down a bit.

 

Speaking of midterms, Rob and I took all of our mid-semester tests two weeks ago. We ended the stressful week with a bang though, as we left for Amsterdam the following Tuesday! Rob and I have been to two different countries throughout the course of the past eight days which is pretty crazy when you think about it.

 

Our small adventure started off in the land of wooden clogs and pancakes- the one and only Amsterdam. After a long waited two and a half months, I was finally reunited with my parents. They came to visit Amsterdam for a week, and we met them there amongst my aunt as well as my brother.

We were in Amsterdam for only four days but they were all jam-packed thanks to the planning and preparation from my super fabulous mom. We spent some days exploring the city but also took a few to check out the areas outside of Amsterdam like Keukenhof and De Zoeker.

 

Keukenhof is Holland’s famous tulip … park? I’m not sure if it’s considered a park, but that’s the closest thing I can compare it to. It’s basically just a giant garden with pathways for people to walk through. Amongst the amazing landscaping and flowers, there are also areas to grab various types of foods and treats. We spent another day in De Zoeker and looked at a ton of windmills. These bad boys are massive and believe it or not, are the means of power for a majority of Holland.

 

After a farewell to my parents, my brother, Rob and I headed to Paris! Paris is a short train ride from Amsterdam, and I actually loved the city a lot more than I thought I would! I think it is safe to say that we squeezed every bit of Paris out of Paris. Does that make sense?

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The three of us make quite the trio and we actually traveled very well together. We were all ambitious to see what the city had to offer and thinking back, we all do a fair share of walking (try like 10 miles a day) without complaining… for the most part.

 

Taking on the famous elegant city with only a map and little to no wifi, we ended up walking for hours and hours each day. One of my favorite things to do in cities I’m checking out for the first time is to get lost within their streets. While we didn’t get lost, we did walk for a majority of the time we spent in the city, which to me, is equally as interesting as getting lost. The highlight of my time in Paris had to be checking out the cities amazing views from a ferris wheel.
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We spent all of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday exploring the streets of Paris. Out of spontaneity Rob and I decided to cancel our bus home (13-hour bus ride back to Prague, ew) and booked a trip to Disneyland instead! We headed to Disneyland for one short day, but it was amazing and didn’t fall short of our expectations. How could it though? It is the happiest place on Earth, right?

 

My goal for this blog post was to talk about spontaneity but I guess I just got so excited about both Amsterdam and Paris that I totally got side tracked… oops.

 

Even though this is all coming from a spontaneous trip to Disneyland I guess my point is that life is too short to live in fear. Don’t be afraid of straying from your perfectly planned out life goals. We should embrace the perfectly imperfect aspects of life and do things on a whim, do things that make us purely happy and fill us with complete bliss.

 

Despite being deathly afraid of flying (we’re talking mental breakdowns before almost every flight), I still travel the world. I sing so loudly to Bruce Springsteen that I’m sure my whole dorm can hear me, I eat pastries for breakfast in Paris, dance my butt off at pubs in Amsterdam, and have somehow survived two and a half months in Prague without dying.

 

What most people don’t realize is that it’s these small little parts of life that add up to something that feels a little bit perfectly imperfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

72 HOURS IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

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Copenhagen, what can I say? I love ya.

Rob and I spent the last few days amongst the Danes in Copenhagen, Denmark. We had heard a ton of amazing things about Copenhagen prior to actually visiting the magical land so you can imagine how excited we were to spend some time there.

After gathering a ton of recommendations and information on the lovely Cope from a variety of different people who had previously been, we had quite the itinerary planned out  for our short time there.

First, let me start off by saying that Copenhagen has hands down the best foods I have consumed in quite some time- and that’s saying a lot considering I spend a majority of my time eating.

Rob and I were advised about Copenhagen’s amazing food prior to our arrival there; so we were very eager to fill our palettes with delectable Danish food. Nothing fell short of our expectations and everything was absolutely delicious. And I’m not talking the standard delicious; I’m talking uber delicious, like literal make your  mouth water delicious.

Here are some of the food spots we ate at:

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The Union Kitchen:

This hipster-esque place was our first destination after our plane landed. We opted to get some brunch grub at this spot because it was recommended by a ton of people, and was right off of the famous canal in Nyhavn. Here, we got avocado toast with poached eggs as well as a waffle. I always feel so fancy when ordering poached eggs, these bad boys are totally a new fave of mine since I’ve been brunching my way across Europe. Anyways, our fancy-ass poached eggs were fabulous and the waffle was topped with yogurt and fresh fruits.

After my time spent in the city, I have learned that one food  Copenhagen has seized to create extremely well is bread. The bread that our avocado/poached egg was on was to die for. I’m talkin’ super tasty with an amazing texture. I’m not really sure how to describe the texture; it was just a really good one.

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Located inside of an industrial building on “Paper Island”, this was another hot spot that was recommended by a few different people. Copenhagen Street Food was probably one of my favorite parts of Copenhagen. Quite ironic how my favorite spot had to do with food, right? This industrial building is jam-packed with a crazy amount of food trucks, all selling fresh food from a variety of different ethnicities. Some of the ones that struck my eye were the British pancake truck and the Spanish tapas truck. Rob ended up getting a burger, which he claims is the “best burger he has ever had”, and I got a burrito filled with cactus (interesting, right?!) and potatoes. This was an awesome experience, and the whole atmosphere had a really cool vibe. There were actually bars inside of this giant building as well, and a ton of people were  outside sipping on drinks and eating delicious food along the water.

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Snails:

Okay, to be honest, I’m not sure what the exact Danish name is for these sweets, but we were referred to them as “snails”. I know it’s a bit of an odd name, just think about the awkward looks I got when I told people back in Prague about how amazing the Copenhagen “snails” were! I’ll admit, these Danish sweets were BOMB. I’m talking addictive, surgery, magical rolls of pure joy and fatness.

Rob and I sought out to find the best snails and ended up eating 2 every day we were in Copenhagen. As aggressive as this was, we ultimately found that Holms Bakery had in our opinion, the best snails. This bakery had the perfect texture to cinnamon to frosting ratio. I guess the best way to describe these sweets is something similar to a flattened out cinnamon role? A few that we tried had a flaky, croissant-like consistency while others were more doughy with thicker, fuller textures. I miss these sweet treats already and wish they were sold in the Czech Republic. This is a total must try if you ever find yourself strolling past a bakery in Copenhagen.

Aside from spending an unnecessary amount of money on food, we did some actual things in the city as well! Copenhagen is a crazy vibrant, and very trendy city. With that being said, there are a TON of amazing and fun things to do during your time spent there. Unfortunately, the weather did not side with all of our plans.  We did as much as we could with the conditions at hand.

Here are some of the things we did whilst in Copenhagen:

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Nyhavn:

The first and obvious thing we did in Cope was walk around Nyhavn. You really can’t miss this spot, as it’s basically one of the major areas that Copenhagen is known for. This is the area of Copenhagen that is probably in most of the pictures you’ve seen, with the colorful houses lining the canal! Rob and I actually thought about taking a boat tour along the canal, but the weather swayed our decision. We ended up walking around instead. Nyhavn is lined with cute cafes, shops, and ice cream parlors. We were advised that the restaurants in this area were a bit pricey so we opted to stick to coffee instead. You can’t go to Copenhagen without spending some time around this gorgeous canal. Fun fact: there are actually in ground trampolines around this area! These brought out my inner 12 year old and were a lot of fun.

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Den Blå Planet:

This type of thing isn’t what rob and I usually do when we are exploring different countries, but due to the pouring, (might I add, freezing) rain, we decided to check out Copenhagen’s famous aquarium. This aquarium is said to be the second largest in Northern Europe. Tickets to get into the aquarium itself were a biiiiit on the pricier side of the spectrum but we did end up enjoying our time there.  I guess you could say it was worth it. If you have time to explore Copenhagen with no weather conditions holding you back I wouldn’t recommend going to this aquarium, just because the city is packed with so many different unique things that are probably a bit more exciting than an aquarium.

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Freetown Christiania:

This was such an intriguing part of the city. Rob and I actually spent a huge chunk of time wandering around the trails that lead up to the center of Christiania feeling very confused. Christiania is actually a major hippie area of Copenhagen that has about 850 residents. It’s basically like a  little city inside of the city. We spent some time walking around this city’s three-mile radius, and it was awesome. I guess the best way to explain it is hippie?! I’m not really sure, but definitely, a very cool experience and I would recommend checking it out if you have the time.

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Rosenborg Castle:

This castle was breathtaking. It is actually the oldest castle in Copenhagen and has the most historical importance. Believe it or not, this castle was built in 1606 but was renovated to look like what it does today in 1624. The Danish Crown Jewels and the throne Chair of Denmark are stored in this castle. I can’t even imagine how heightened its beauty is during the spring when everything is super green and in bloom. The castle is surrounded by a ton of grass and gorgeous landscaping. Taking a walk through here was a very nice break from Prague, as it’s a very bustling city.

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Amalienborg Palace:

This is where the royal family lives in Copenhagen. Surrounding this palace, are a set of four identical looking buildings. These are: Christian VII’s Palace: (otherwise known as Moltke’s Palac), which is strictly used for guest residencies,  Frederik VIII’s Palace: (otherwise  known as Brockdorff’s Palace), which holds the Crown Prince Family, Christian IX’s Palace: (otherwise known as Schack’s Palace), which houses and King and Queen and lastly, Christian VIII’s Palace: (otherwise known as Levetzau’ Palace), which is a guest house for the Prince and Princess of Copenhagen.

Tivoli Gardens:

I am so so saddened to say that the Tivoli Gardens were actually closed during Rob and I’s time in Cope! This amusement park dates back to 1843, and is actually known to be one of Walt Disney’s inspirations for the layout and look of Disney Land! The park is only open from April to September so we were a few weeks early 🙁 I have heard that Tivoli is an amazing experience and that you just ~have~ to go. I guess this gives me an excuse to venture back to Copenhagen in the future!

All in all, Copenhagen was an absolutely remarkable city. If you ever get the chance, I totally recommend getting lost in the streets of this unique area.