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HOW TO BALANCE A BLOG AND A COLLEGE LIFESTYLE

HOW TO BALANCE A BLOG AND A COLLEGE LIFESTYLE- SINCERELYKENZ

Let’s face it, college is a big deal. The constant struggle of balancing classes, keeping up with a social life, and participating in extracurricular activities can get extremely overwhelming at times.  Adding a blog to this mixture makes things even more hectic- trust me, I would know.

 

Blogging is something that definitely requires a lot of time (if you want to be a successful blogger that is). Amongst writing posts on a regular basis comes social media upkeep, promotion, networking, and a TON of other things.  Adding the work of maintaining a blog onto the work that comes along with college was definitely a big adjustment for me. I have learned a lot from keeping up with these two things.

 

Although the balance is tough, and it is a lot of work, I do believe that maintaining a blog while succeeding in college is totally doable if you set your mind to it! With enough determination and motivation you will be able to figure out how to manage your time accordingly and give your schoolwork the attention it needs as well as your blog the attention it needs.

 

In this post, I’ll be touching on some tips and tricks that have helped me balance my blog and college life, I hope they help you too!

 

PLAN AHEAD

As a college student with a lot of things going on, my planner is literally my savior. I seriously don’t know how I would function in life if it wasn’t for my planner. I plan out each day by setting a list of things/goals that I must get done.  I use my planner to write down my upcoming assignments, exams, and any other extracurricular activities I have in the near future. My life seriously goes out of whack when I don’t use my planner, it has become one of my best tools in aiding me to keep up with my blog and college life! I highly recommend purchasing a planner if you do not have one already, it seriously works wonders!

Similar to planning out college related things, I also plan out everything and anything when it comes to blogging. My editorial calendar is my life saver- I use it to plan out all of my posts ahead of time and make sure that I am on track for upcoming posts. I also have a notebook strictly for blogging, where I plan out all of my posts, brainstorm ideas, and generally, write down anything that comes to mind blogging related. I have found that “batching”, or writing a bunch of posts on one single day has also helped me balance  my blog and college. Whenever I have a free day during the weekend, or some free time during the week that isn’t dedicated to school work, I “batch” posts.

 

BE REALISTIC

While updating your blog on a constant basis, keeping up with social media, and staying up to date with all things college sounds ideal… things don’t exactly always work out as planned. Be realistic when it comes to the balance between your blog and college workload. Don’t set goals that you know you won’t be able to accomplish and don’t over work yourself. Time management is extremely important when it comes to maintaining a blog and living a college lifestyle.

You really need to zero in on how you are using each of your days and be sure that you are allotting the right amount of time for everything. Don’t stress over getting a blog post up if you know you have a test that you have to study for! Take days off and figure out what works best for you. Don’t burn yourself out.

 

 BE SMART

Be productive and choose your time wisely. Maybe watching Netflix for three hours when you still need to finish a blog post isn’t the best idea. Constantly keep track of what you need to get done and prioritize it as much as you possibly can.

Use the free time you have for the things that really need to get done. Update your social media, answer emails, and engage with other bloggers whenever you have some extra time on your hands. This may be tough when you have a 30-minute gap between classes and a nap is seriously calling your name BUT think about the long run and do what is beneficial for you.

Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize! Write down what you need to get done and go from there. Ultimately, college should be your number one priority. Complete all of your college-related things first and then head over to your blogging work if you have the time.

 

 

 DO YOU HAVE A BLOG AND ATTEND COLLEGE? WHAT DO YOU DO TO BALANCE THE TWO?

THESE 7 THINGS COULD BE THE REAL REASON WHY YOU’RE SO TIRED EVERYDAY….

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Sometimes I feel like naps are  the only way that I can make it alive throughout a given day. I know I’m not the only one who has days where I just feel like a straight up zombie because I am so tired. When you feel this tired it’s tough to want to do things and be motivated to get stuff done.

 

You know when you just feel like there isn’t enough coffee in the world to wake you up and get you prepared to take on the day? Most of us account for these days with things like working so much, or just an overall busy lifestyle. While we may be right about these reasons sometimes, there could also be other issues that are causing us to feel this tired.

 

With that being said, here is a list of some reasons why you’re constantly feeling so tired:

 

1. YOUR SLEEP CYCLE IS WHACK.

This is kind of self-explanatory but if you aren’t getting enough hours of sleep a night, you will be tired the next morning. In addition to this, if you’re sleeping too much you will also feel tired.  One of the most frustrating things for me is when I wake up at a certain time in the morning, and feel wide awake (for example, 7 a.m.) BUT I want to catch some extra zzz’s, I eventually wake up feeling so much more tired!
Point is, listen to your body and wake up when your body is telling you it’s time to wake up. Also, going to bed and getting up at different times every day can really take a toll on you, try and get to bed at the same time every night and you will see a difference in how awake you are the next day!

2. YOU’RE NOT FUELING YOUR BODY WITH WHAT IT NEEDS.

If you are the type of person who skips out on certain meals throughout the day or eats a lot of junk food- this is a reason as to why you’re so tired! MAKE SURE YOU ARE EATING BREAKFAST. And I’m not talking a bowl of cereal, grab some eggs, toast, fruit, heck even a pancake if you’re feeling daring.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When your body wakes up from being asleep (it’s basically in starvation mode) you need to fuel it with the nutrients it needs so that you can get the energy you need to get throughout the day.

3. YOU NEED WAAAAATER.

Que the SpongeBob episode where SpongeBob is at Sandy’s house dying of dehydration… ha. But seriously, like your body needs the right foods, it also needs enough water.
Try and drink at least a gallon of water a day. Doing this will improve how you feel and will give you the extra energy that you may have been lacking.

4. YOU NEED TO HIT THE GYM.

When you are constantly sitting down and not moving very much, your body goes into a sluggish sort of state. Continuously resting may cause you to be even more tired than you originally were.
Take a walk, or go for a short run! Do something to get your body moving and you will see a difference in the amount of energy that you have.

5.YOU’RE STRESSIN’.

Stress isn’t good for anyone. Stress can wear you out and cause major exhaustion. Instead of letting your mind run to a billion different places each night before bed, try to zero in on only a few things that you need to get done rather than a bunch.

6. TOO MUCH COFFEE.

Wow, I never thought these words would ever come out of my mouth (or should I say my keyboard????). I am coffee’s biggest fan, and would never want to completely cut it out of my diet. BUT sometimes when you have too much coffee it can actually cause you to get tired rather than wake you up.
If you are having more than two cups of coffee a day it might be affecting you negatively. You don’t want your body to be relying on coffee every day.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS ON TRICKS ON BEING TIRED? DO YOU THINK ANY OF THESE SEVEN THINGS ARE THE REASON WHY YOU ARE SO TIRED?

 

7. SOMETHING IS WRONG.

Sometimes fatigue is a sign of a bigger problem. Feeling tired or worn out all the time is a symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid disorders, anemia, polycystic ovary syndrome, and other health problems than many women suffer from.

Again, if you feel like you might have one of these problems (or a different one) you should consult a doctor.

Monday Motivation- AUGUST 2016

Good morning beautiful human beings of the internet! Wishing you all an awesome start to another week. I’m not sure about you guys, but it has been craaaaazy hot where I live. Like go outside and literally melt hot… the humidity has been super high- I’m hoping that this week it will decide to relax a little and take itself down a notch because I seriously can’t handle it.

 

Today’s post is kind of lame. I have been experiencing a bit of a “blogging rut” lately and have been having a tough time figuring out what to blog about. This is one of the most frustrating things because you can’t create blog posts if you have no idea what to write about.  I have spent a ton of time this past weekend trying to write posts but have ended up deleting them because they just weren’t working. Do you ever experience stuff like this, where everything and anything jis not working as you had planned/hoped? Don’t lie.. you do, I know you do. I think everyone hits these bumps one way or another in whatever it is that they’re doing, it just takes time to get back into the swing of things and figure out how to overcome them.

 

 

With that being said I wanted to just keep today’s post short and sweet. I wanted to throw ya’ a little bit of motivation to get through this Monday. With the help of Pinterest (naturally) here are a few quotes to get your productivity/motivation/happiness gears crankin’ today.

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I hope you all have a great day! Hopefully my creativity will be pumping these next couple of days and I’ll be able to have a fun post on Wednesday!

 

 

THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT PACK FOR COLLEGE

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I’m not the biggest fan of packing for college. To be honest, I think its quite a hassle to have to constantly (not constantly, just twice a year… but still) have to pack all of your things and move them into a new space. I personally think that it gets to be frustrating, time-consuming, and annoying.

 

I remember the summer before my freshman year of college, I really thought I had to pack everything that I owned…. like seriously everything. I was so nervous that my life would be over if I forgot to pack certain things. In reality, this was not the case at all. I could have been worrying about much more drastic things than forgetting a 7th spare toothbrush for college. If you think about it, there is a mail system for a reason. You can easily order things online if you forget to pack them. You can even have a family member/friend/loved one ship you something of your own if you really need it.  Your college also (probably) isn’t in the middle of nowhere, and you will have access to different stores to purchase anything you may have forgotten to pack.

 

For the most part, college dorm rooms are small. You really can’t fit all of your belongings into your new living space. You also have to remember that you’ll be living with a roommate who needs an equal amount of space to bring his or her belongings as well.

 

When scrolling through Pinterest and searching for college packing tips, I found a TON of posts about what to bring to college. Posts such as: “What You Never Thought To Bring To College”, “The Ultimate College Packing List”, etc were endless. BUT I found barely any posts on what not to bring to college. So, being the super awesome person that I am, I decided to create my own list all about what not to bring to college.

 

1.Unnecessary Clothes:

If you haven’t worn that shirt since the eighth grade… chances are you won’t decide to wear it in college either! Leave clothes that you haven’t worn in a few months (or years)  at home. My freshman year I was totally convinced that I would all of the sudden, wear shirts that I hadn’t worn in months- I was wrong. If you haven’t worn the item in a few months, college isn’t the time where you will magically start wanting to wear it. Only bring the clothes that you really love and wear on a regular basis. Dorm room closets are small, don’t take up space with clothes that you won’t end up wearing.

2.Every Medicine Known To Man:

Like I mentioned before, you have access to stores where you can buy these kinds of things! Only bring the medicine that you regularly use to school with you. Hoarding a billion of different types of medicines in your dorm room will take up space… and might freak your roommate out.

3. A Printer:

Like most other things on this list, a printer will take up unnecessary space in your small dorm room! Most colleges have a ton of different buildings on campus with printers in them. I know that my campus has a printer in every residence hall, on all floors of the library, and even in most of my education buildings. While having a printer in your room may be convenient, it isn’t exactly a necessity and will take up a ton of space.

4. All Of Your Lifelong Memories:

Do you really need your high school yearbook, a box full of the cards you received for your 16th birthday, and your “most valuable player” plaque from the third grade with you at college? No. having one or two memories to help you when you are homesick is a great idea, but don’t go over board on this. I remember I brought my high school yearbook with me to my freshman year of college…. why?! I’ll never know.

5.Decorations That Aren’t For The Wall:

A bunch of small statues/stand up decorations may sound like fun but once they are actually in your tiny space taking up room on your desk, you won’t think they’re that nice. Bringing decorations to hang on the wall is a great idea, but I seriously would advise you not to bring so many small little decorations that take up space on places that you’ll need to do homework and store your books.

DISCLAIMER: all of these opinions are from my own personal experience, I bet there are some people who brought all of these things to college with them and absolutely used them all! This post is just about a few things that I personally would advise you not to bring!

Traveling Survival Tips You NEED To Know

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Happy Friday party people! I am so excited that it’s the weekend. I’ll be visiting my best friend from college today and could not be any happier because I have only seen her once this whole summer!

Today’s post is a bit different, but is still awesome because come on guys, how could I post anything less than awesome on this blog. Today’s post is actually from guest author Emily Saunders. I got a lot of love from my recent study abroad posts so I figured this guest post would be the perfect fit for my blog. Enjoy!


Lets face it airports are the least interesting part of our holiday. They are stressful, busy, and if you have to wait for a long time, very boring. The number of people using airports is increasing every year with Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International recording a record breaking 96.1 million passengers in 2015.

In this post, we will look at ways to make your time spent in airports less stressful and more enjoyable during these long waits.

Arriving

When traveling abroad, most people worry about missing their flight. We’ve all done the scheduling in our brains only to find that we are still packing when we should already be on our way to the airport! The best way to start your journey stress-free is to pack beforehand. There is nothing better than waking up for a long journey worrying only about what you’re going to have for breakfast.

Another trouble some of us have is worrying about the losing time when it comes to parking your car at the airport, and how you will be able to get to the airport in the first place. To reduce stress and save time when parking your car, Parking4Less recommends valet parking as the most convenient option for travelers when arriving in the UK. This type of service is available at literally all major airports across the world. This ensures that you are not wasting time looking for a parking space if you are running behind schedule. If the airport you’re using has a direct train line this is also a quick way to get from the city center to the airport terminal you’re departing from.

Checking in

There are many ways to prepare for checking in that will make your time at the airport less stressful. The first is to check-in online during the 24 hours before your flight, according to USA Today Travel. According to USA Today Travel, the benefits of this are huge and you will be surprised how many people don’t take advantage of it! Not only do you get to choose your seat but also it speeds up the time spent at the check-in desk (although unfortunately, it can’t speed up the time in the line waiting for the person in front who didn’t check-in online, haha).

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Surviving the Wait

You get past security with no problems only to see that your flight is delayed or your layover is something like 8 hours late…. what are you going to do!? One trick many people miss is to enquire about airport lounges. This is because we think you have to be VIP to enter, yet many lounges offer reasonable rates to use all the facilities states Grrrl Traveler including showers, buffets, and Wi-Fi. Another tip is to use the terminal as a shopping trip. If you need a new set of headphones or camera wait until you get into the terminal to buy one at duty-free price. With a bit of preparation, you can turn your wait into a shopping spree and save money.


I hope you all enjoyed this article and can use it to your advantage in your future traveling instances! A big thank you once again to our guest poster today!

 

July Favorites 2016

August … already?! I really, really, REALLY can’t believe that summer is almost over. I have mentioned in basically in all of my recent tweets, my insta posts, and (naturally) my last few blog posts. BUT I may as well say it one more time- I just can not believe how fast this summer flew by.

 

Monthly favorites posts are one of my favorite type of posts to write (see what I did there, eh?) I love creating these posts because I can reference back to them in the future and see what I was loving and doing throughout certain times of my life.

 

July was a busy month for me. I worked a lot, Rob and I took a fun trip to Fire Island, my friends Alex, Alessia and I took a road trip adventure to Ocean City, Maryland and I worked a ton… did I mention that already? July was also an awesome month for my blog. I finally broke 2,000 followers on Instagram AND I got to work with some amazing companies. One of which being, Bed Bath and Beyond.

 

All in all, July was great! I did a ton of things and achieved a lot of goals that I have been working towards blog wise. Anyways, I guess I should stop babbling now and actually get to the point of this post… my July faves…

1.Earrings

I won’t lie, my earring game is pretty weak. I usually just go basic and stick with small pearls or diamond studs. I keep it pretty basic because I’m lame and never really cared for earrings. BUT I recently decided to spice up my earring game during this month of July by 1. Piercing my second hole by myself which by the way, was a horrible idea. 10/10 do not recommend doing this ever. And 2. Purchasing some new earrings. These earrings are from a cute lil’ boutique and I am actually kind of obsessed with them. I actually reached out to the owner of this company and was surprised how quickly and how sweet she was when getting back to me. I was blown away by how quickly she responded and  how down to earth she was. I also got a set of earrings from Francesca’s and love love love them, they are so simple but so unique at the same time.

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2.  Instagram

I feel like this is always a favorite of mine but I seriously just love  Instagram so much. I actually just wrote a post about it, here. I love how Instagram is such a creative outlet and I love engaging with other bloggers on the app. Viewing other people’s photos and being able to see people’s lives through their camera lens is just so intriguing to me. Obviously couldn’t talk about Instagram without a lil’ self-promotion of course- so follow me on Instagram if you don’t already!

3. Rob <3

As always, Rob is on the top of my favorites list. I am so so lucky to be able to go out with my best friend and am so thankful for our adventures and the memories that we are able to create each and every day. We did so many fun things this month and really stepped up our class game. We usually have our date nights at Taco Bell but these past few months we have been exploring new restaurants and going on different types of adventures. I still do love a good taco, though.

4. Burts Bees Under Eye Cream

I’ll admit, I have the WORST under eye issues. No matter how much sleep I get, my under eye circles are always so gross. I recently discovered a new product, though, and it has been helping me a lot! I am a big fan of Burts Bees and have tried a ton of their products, which never fail to disappoint. I figured I just haaaaaaaaaaad to pick up their new under eye cream and put it to the test. This product was awesome enough that it fell under my July favorites list. I apply it before I go to sleep at night and it works wonders. It minimizes the puffiness of my under eye circles and even helps to tackle the dark color that they seem to be every morning. I totally recommend splurging on this product if you need some help in the under eye section!

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5. LifeSavers Mints

These aren’t necessarily a new favorite of mine, but I figured they were worthy of being on my favorites list. These mints are the bomb dot com and I could literally eat a bag a day if I wanted to. I’m not a huge fan of gum so these mints are my go to when my breath needs a lil’ pick me up (which is like 99% of the time). My favorite flavors are spear mint and peppermint, both never disappoint.

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Welp, that about rounds up my favorites for this past month. I had a ton of fun whipping up this post and hope you enjoyed reading it! As always I hope you all have a fabulous hump day. Be sure to check back Friday for a new post! Did you do anything exciting during the month of July? What are your top picks/favorites?

 

These 5 Simple Tips Will Improve Your Instagram Profile Immensely

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Instagram is hands down one of my favorite social media apps. I love how you can express yourself through pictures and I love how creative you can get when it comes to editing your pictures/coming up with captions, etc.

I have been using Instagram for as long as I can remember, my pictures seriously used to be blurry blobs of nothing (big thank you to Apple and their 2007 iPod Touch camera quality). My pictures were pretty bad but thankfully those days are long gone and I now understand what pictures I like and how to edit them in ways that I like.

 

Because I love Instagram so much, I do spend  a lot of time using the actual app. I always warn my friends before they follow me about how much I post on Insta, haha. I like to think that I am a pretty good Instagrammer and that I understand how to grow my profile and post and post pictures that my followers enjoy viewing.  Here are some tips that when used right, will help you be on your way to using Instagram like a pro.

 

Create A Theme

I know, I know, everyone is always talking about their Instagram theme and how you just neeeeeed to have one- but seriously themes are awesome! Having a theme throughout your photos makes your profile look so much more appealing, and everything just flows so much nicer. Creating a consistent theme is pretty simple, just try your best to edit all of your photos in a similar way. For example, the theme I have going on is kind of white/light. I just try my best to only post photos that will flow with my theme and to edit them accordingly. Although it can be tedious at times, it is definitely worth it in the long run. I gained a ton of followers after I started posting with a consistent theme and I have worked with brands a ton, solely because they liked how my theme looked and wanted to promote their product on it.

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Be Consistent

Posting a photo once every two weeks isn’t going to give your account any spotlight. People usually follow other Instagram accounts because they enjoy the pictures that the user is posting. While trying to post every day is kind of overkill, it will grow your profile. I try to post as consistently as I can as long as the images are good quality and flow with my theme. I would say that if you want to start seeing results in the numbers of followers you have, you should be posting at a minimum of three times a week.

Connect

Follow other accounts on Instagram and connect with different users! Spend some time commenting on other peoples pictures and you will receive some comments back in return. Once I began spending a good amount of time connecting with other users on Instagram I saw an increase of followers on my page and received a lot of love back in return!  Even something as simple as responding to someone else’s comments will help grow your profile!

 

Use Hashtags

There are an absurd amount of hashtags that are floating around in the Instagram world. Take some time to research relevant hashtags for your pictures and utilize them! I have found that searching for certain hashtags and liking/commenting on pictures people have posted with those hashtags has helped me grow my page immensely! There are a bunch of different posts on Pinterest all about different hashtags for different bloggers/niches- Check em out!

Have Fun

One of the reasons, why I like Instagram so much, is because it is such a fun app! I love having fun with the pictures that I take and being able to express myself throughout my profile. Coming up with captions, editing pictures, and taking the actual pictures are all of the awesome things that come along with Instagram.

Like anything else, it takes time to grow your Instagram and gain followers. You won’t see results overnight but if you spend a chunk of time working on all of these things every day you will eventually see that hard work pays off- I promise! I have grown my Instagram so much since I started working on all of these things. I have created a brand for myself that people are familiar with and I have worked with companies just because of it. What are some of your Instagram tips and tricks?! Feel free to comment your user name below, I would love to check your profile out!

How To Start Planning Your Study Abroad Trip

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Am I the only one who feels absolutely crazy because it’s almost August?! I seriously envy you if you don’t feel like this summer flllllleeeeeew by. In just a few short weeks I’ll be back up at Oneonta (I go to college there, get with the program) doing homework and studying for tests #adulting.

 

Although I would love to pass the rest of my summer days by throwing away my worries and lounging around the pool, I do have to start thinking about school and preparing myself for the upcoming semester. This upcoming semester is especially exciting because I will be getting ready to study abroad! Yup that’s right I said it, I’ll be in Europe between the months of late January to late May next year! It’s so exciting I could cry.

 

As you probably know, being in a different country for four months is kind of a big deal. That’s why there is a lot of thought/planning that comes along with it. There are a lot of things that come into play when you decide that you would like to study abroad. I have only gotten through less than half of them, but at least that’s something.

 

Here are just a few of the many things that I have started to do this summer to get ready for my study abroad adventure next year:

 

 

1. Where?

I would say that the most important thing about the whole study abroad process is deciding where you actually want to study. Most colleges offer a TON of different places to study abroad. You (obviously) want to choose a place that you’ll be comfortable in for four or so months.  I have been told by a few different people that the best way to select exactly where you want to go, is to narrow it down to at least two places. This way, if something goes wrong with choice #1 you can always fall back on good ol’ choice #2. Figuring out where you want to go is fun! Do some research and find out what program is best for you.

 

2.Scholarships

Studying abroad isn’t free- some programs can actually be insanely expensive.  This is what scholarships are for! Take some time to budget out your trip and research as much about scholarships as you possibly can. Talk to your advisors and see if they know about any scholarships, also be sure to see if the actual program you are applying for has any scholarship opportunities. Make sure to plan ahead so that you will be abe to meet the scholarship deadlines, this will increase your chances of actually receiving the scholarship.

3. Take A Look At Your Classes

One of the major parts of studying abroad is the actual studying part (ha). Make sure that the classes abroad coincide with the classes that you must complete at your regular college (I don’t really know what else to call this). I know I had a ton of trouble figuring out if I would be able to actually study abroad because of my classes, and it took a lot of planning and researching to find out to rework my classes so that I could go.  You want to make sure that going abroad won’t halt your graduation time or effect your degree in the long run.

 

4. Have Some Fun

Researching all about where you want to study abroad and where you want to travel is so much fun, it’s so exciting to learn all about new places and to figure out what you want to see when you are actually abroad. Pinterest is an awesome site for this, there are millions of posts about basically anywhere and everywhere- check it out!

 

5. Budget

Yes, scholarships do exist, but you can’t exactly count on them. Be sure to figure out how much your program costs and figure out how you’ll be able to afford it. Figure out how much money you actually will need when you are abroad and set goals of how much money you need to save and go from there.

 

 

Are you studying abroad- have you started to plan yet?! I hope you all have an amazing Wednesday and enjoy the rest of your week as well! I’ll be scooping ice cream all night 🙂

Ocean City Adventures: JULY 2016

If you read this post, you would know that my friends and I took a road trip down to Ocean City, Maryland last week.  My friends Alessia, Alex, and I drove down to OC to visit our friend Haley. Haley actually goes to school in a different part of  Maryland but is staying in Ocean City for the summer.

 

We only went for a few days because we all had to take off of work to go, and like any job, it’s tough to take too much time off. Our lil’ vacation basically consisted of the beach and lots of food. I wanted to write this quick blog post to recap our few days away and of course the food that we ate.

 

On Monday, we arrrived in OC at around noon. We headed straight to the beach and spent most of the day there. For lunch we went to a cutesy cafe that served primarily wraps and paninis, I had a jerk chicken wrap but sadly forgot to take a picture of it 🙁

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Tuesday was another beach day. We did go to an awesome restaurant for breakfast though! We went to a restaurant called, Bad Monkey, and it was SO good. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I love love love to go out to restaurants for it. We all opted to get the “Funky Monkey” for breakfast, which was basically a giant plate of home fries, eggs, homemade toast, and pancakes. I have to say that my favorite thing about this restaurant was the complimentary monkey bread that came with our meals- SO TASTY! Ocean City Recap- sincerelykenzOcean City Recap- sincerelykenz

Tuesday night we checked out the boardwalk and hung out at the house for a bit. We were all exhausted from the beach and went to bed pretty early.

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Naturally, we got acai bowls Wednesday for breakfast. This isn’t surprising at all because I spend all of my money on these bowls almost once a week. I can’t help it, they are just so good!

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After stuffing our faces with fruity goodness we headed to the town where Haley goes to college. She gave us a tour of her school and we ended up grabbing a quick lunch and ate it at her house.

All in all, we had a great time! I love exploring new places and going on different adventures. Have you ever been to OC, did you like it?!


 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO CONQUER MONDAYS

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The start of yet another week… Happy Monday guys! I hope you all have a great day and enjoy these last few Mondays as summer begins to wind down to a close.  As you read this, I’ll be on my way down to Ocean City, Maryland to visit my friend, Haley. My best friends Alex, Alessia, and I decided to take a lil’ road trip and venture off to somewhere new and visit our friend Haley ,who stayed there for the summer.

 

In today’s post, I wanted to chat about Mondays. Mondays seriously get such a bad wrap all of the time. I mean think about it, out of all of the days of the week Mondays are known as the worst. Everyone loves Fridays – we can even handle Wednesdays (*sometimes). But Monday, no one can even try to deny – Mondays suck.

 

Mondays are the oatmeal raisin cookies that you thought were chocolate chip. Mondays are that puddle you parked next to, that you now have no choice but to step in. Mondays are the people who request for you to play games with them on Facebook every other day. Mondays are everything that happiness is not. Now I can’t say I disagree with any of this, but I do believe that you can make your Monday a bit better if you just push yourself to try.  Here are a few of the things I like to do to have a better Monday:

 

1. Wake Up With A Positive Mindset

I just wrote a whoooooole post about this, here. Having a productive morning can lead to such a productive day.  Wake up a bit early, get some things done and internalize how good your day is going to be. Waking up with a negative attitude because it is a Monday isn’t going to do you any good. Fuel your body with a great breakfast and get ready to start your day on a high note.

 

2. Naps

A Monday can be a lot better if you are not awake for half of it. Taking a nap allows your body to get rest and gives you a break from well, Monday. I suggest taking a nap ranging anywhere between 45 minutes to 7 hours, whatever works best for you.

 

3. Have Fun! 

It’s Monday, be happy!  A fresh start to a brand new week where you can conquer whatever it is that you set your mind to.I personally don’t mind Mondays because they are like a brand new slate, a start to a new week that can go however your attitude leads it to.  Be sure to treat yo’self on Mondays. If you really hate the day so much, do something that you enjoy to take away the Monday pain. Buy  a little snack from your favorite food stop, hang out with friends, and have fun!

 

4.Help Out Others

Unite with all of the other Monday haters out there and help each other out! Hold the door for someone, buy someone a cup of coffee, just generally take time out of your day to be courteous towards others. While you may be in a bad mood just because it is a Monday, other people may be in a bad mood because of something much more serious/important.

 

5. Remember That You’re Alive

How sucky would a Monday be if you weren’t alive to live it? As much as a Monday can suck, at least you’re still here to take part in it! Be thankful that you are healthy and well on this Monday and embrace it! There are some people who aren’t lucky enough to even have to opportunity to say they hate Mondays.

 

 

I hope you all have an awesome Monday, hopefully this post can help add a bit of positivity to your day and lead you off to a great week! Wednesday’s post is up in the air, because (like I said) I will be away and am not sure what the wifi situation will be like- but be sure to check back Friday for a definite post! 🙂