Tuesday, January 03, 2017

17 Ways to Conquer 2017 // Guest Post

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to Sanjana’s blog. Today I have the honor of posting on her blog.


I am sharing 17 ways to conquer the new year with y’all:


Create a new skincare routine.


Skincare is so important. I started using skincare products from Tarte’s Rainforest of The Sea collection. My skin has never been clearer.


Take lots and lots of pictures.


Last year, I took so many pictures. When I’m bored before I go to bed, I just scroll through them. It’s nice looking back at the memories.


Take a class.


I’m actually going to start a kickboxing class in the near future. I’m looking forward to not only the new experience, but alleviating stress.


Try something new.


I’m going to be trying lots and lots of things this year: prom, college orientation, etc. Embrace new things.


Let go of toxic people.


And sometimes it can be so hard, but it’s worth it. I did this once-- and I suffered some consequences. After letting time heal wounds, I felt incredible… Like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.


Pray.


Sometimes I pray a lot and sometimes I don’t pray at all. When I pray, I feel good. 2016 was a year where I truly grew in my faith. I want that to continue.


Get creative.


Express yourself. I do it through writing… maybe you do it through art.


Manage time management.


I live off of to do lists. It’s really helped me manage my time more wisely. If you can manage your time better, your stress is history.


Stick to your fitness routine.


Every year, I think it is the year that I’m going to go hardcore. It’s not practical. It lasts for two weeks- if I’m lucky. Make it practical. And stick with it. One to two times a week is plenty.


Drink fruit water.


I started drinking lemon water over the summer. It has a ton of benefits. Read about it here.


Come up with a financial plan.


Now, I’m not going to lie. I stink at financial budgeting stuff. This year, my family is putting $1 away the first week of January, $2 the second week of January and so on… until we’re at $52. We’re going to use this for a fun filled vacation!


Strengthen your confidence.


I’m serious: wear what you want to wear, dance to the music you want to dance to, follow your heart. That’s the real way to strengthen your confidence.


Do your hobbies.


People have always told me that having a blog was dumb.  You know what, it’s not. Because I enjoy it. I love coming up with blog post ideas… I love drafting them…. and editing them… and making graphics… and connecting with people. It’s kinda indescribable.


Stay motivated.


I’ll be completely honest… sometimes I lack motivation. In order to stay motivated, download some apps. The Holy Bible app sends verses to you everyday-- I love that.


Keep a journal.


I definitely recommend keeping a journal. I started one in April of 2015. I was really able to analyze my pieces and understand myself a lot better.


Set goals often.


I love setting weekly or monthly goals. It makes me work a little harder for the things that I truly want.


Say yes more often.


Zoella is one of my idols. 2016 was the year of saying yes for me: I told my boyfriend I loved him, I applied to three colleges (and got accepted to all of them), took a public speaking class and got an A, etc. For me, that’s motivation enough to say yes more often this year.

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Thanks for these tips, Guilianna! I know I will be using them to help make the most of my year. 
Guilianna is the sweetest and always has such great advice. I was so excited to have her guest post on my blog to kick off the new year. She is an amazing lifestyle blogger, so you should definitely check out her blog if you haven't already! You might remember her from the Blogirl collab last summer.
I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season filled with all the people and things you love. Here's to a happy and prosperous 2017. Happy New Year!  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Room Decor Essentials

As I  Black Friday shopped, I couldn't help but gravitate toward the room decor and got some serious inspiration. I personally love changing up my room and finding simple elements to spice it up, so I wanted to share some of my essentials with you. Who doesn't love cute room decor?

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Marquee Letter 
I got a an "S" marquee letter sign for my room last year, and I think it is the perfect way to dress up an empty wall or shelf. These signs look great for the holidays and are bright enough to serve as a reading light.

French Bulletin Board
Again, these are great to fill an empty space in your room. I don't have one of these yet, but I've heard that it is pretty simple to DIY it. When I make mine, I plan to tuck photos, letters, greeting cards, and notes that make me happy and hold a special place in my heart.

Trinket Tray
Trinket trays like this one by Lauren Conrad are so dainty and pretty! They are a great way to display odds and ends and look sophisticated on a nightstand or dresser. My crown-shaped tray stores my favorite earrings, some hair elastics, and a couple of charms.

Lantern String Lights
I have a couple sets of colored lantern lights, and they are so bright and cheery! I love how they make my room look so cozy yet add a pop of color to my walls. You could even string these across your headboard or mirror.

Jewelry Organizer
I received one of these for Christmas one year, and I've found it to be very useful as well as decorative. Mine is a pink-and-green paisley print, but I think this Paris-themed one is just as pretty. Jewelry organizers are a great way to show off your favorite jewelry and keep it from getting lost.

Quote Wall Canvas
It is great to wake up to a saying that you love. You can easily DIY your own quote wall art, but looking at ready-made ones gives me some inspiration.

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Changing up your room can be a great way to transition into the new season and refresh your life without breaking your wallet. What is the theme of your room? What color are your walls? Leave me a comment below because I love hearing from you. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Fall Recap // GOMO Campaign

Hi everyone! First of all, I'm extremely sorry for my blogging hiatus - I've been busy with school and clubs. Now that my tennis season is over and I have more free time, I'll be able to spend more time blogging and catching up on your posts. I'm glad to be back!
It is no secret that we spend way more time on our phones and social media than we'd like to admit. Along with social media comes FOMO, or the fear of missing out and staying up-to-date. When Eventbrite reached out to me with their GOMO campaign, I was ecstatic to participate and encourage young people to get out more often. Today I'll be sharing some things I did over the last few months to make the most of life.



Homecoming - Homecoming this year was such a blast! My friends and I all got ready together, went out for dinner and photos, and enjoyed some ice cream before heading to the dance. Everyone looked so beautiful and it was an unforgettable experience.


Nephew - I have family all over the place, and my cousin and her family came to visit us all the way from California in September. My little nephew just turned four and he is adorable! One of the most memorable things we did together was take a day trip to explore some Native American caverns, even though he was scared of ghosts the entire time!


Volunteer - I volunteered at a Halloween festival with a friend in October. We made paper ghosts and passed out candy to all the trick-or-treaters, and all the kids' costumes were so cute! It was freezing but very enjoyable!



Nature - Every year, fall colors are in abundance where I live. I love taking day trips to parks with my family and taking lots of pictures. We love to take walks and visit the nature centers at the parks. It was a mild fall with nice weather this year, so we were really able to take advantage of all the cool afternoons and weekends.


What can YOU do to make the most of every day? Think about organizing your own event or participating in one through Eventbrite! Take part in summits, expos, workshops, performances, and more!
Life is all about real-world experiences, so I hope you'll take some time to put down your phone and step outside. Life has so much to offer and none of it should be wasted. I encourage you to share a photo of your favorite fall experience using the hashtag #GOMO to show how you're living in the moment. As always, thank you so much for reading and a special thanks to Eventbrite for sharing this wonderful campaign with me. Visit their website here. x