Mid-Semester Blues

It is the dreaded part of the semester where most students motivations hits a low and we want nothing more than to sleep all day and avoid our responsibilities. This week, being the first back from spring break, has already been jam packed, stressful and very draining both emotionally and physically.

Over spring break I pretty much ate, slept and visited friends and family, which to me is just as good as going somewhere warm and peaceful. The week flew by and before I knew it I was in the car making the hour and a half journey back up to college.

As this week begun I found it hard to get back into the routine of working and going to class, instead of waking up at noon I had to get up at 8 or 9 which that in itself was a huge struggle. Another big struggle was going to the gym and working out after taking a week long break from my normal routine of going 6 times a week. I could tell I had not done heavy cardio in a while and soon found workouts that were previously easy came challenging to me as I struggled to complete them.

Another thing that was weird about coming back was the lasting eeriness about the events that took place the week prior. If you did not already know I attend Central Michigan University, and if that doesn’t ring a bell then google the school and see read about the tragic event that took place just before spring break began.

It is chilling to watch such tragedies, like school shootings, on TV, and I never imagined that something like this would hit so close to home and would be talked about all across the country. If you want to hear more about how this impacted me personally I can write a separate post talking about that subject.

Though something so tragic happened we are more united than ever as a campus and encouraging posters saying ‘We are CMU’ are located all around campus. Being such a sensitive subject my professors were sure to direct us to the counseling center if we were having issues coping with what happened and needed further help as to how to cope healthily with it all.

On a lighter note I have a upcoming Spectrum Health visit this Friday in which we are going to visit the hospital, get a tour and speak to representatives and health administrators involved with the hospital. I am very excited for this opportunity and for sure will be writing a post about my experience and what it involved!

This is another reason why I cannot stress how important it is to get involved with different clubs, whether they are academic like mine is or simply just for fun, they provide you with opportunities and networking opportunities you would not have otherwise.

As of right now I only have 7 weeks left in the semester which is absolutely crazy to think about, i’m almost done with my first semester of college! I came into the process to intimidated but now that I am almost done I can say it is not as hard as I thought it would be but it was for sure a big adjustment, now to kick these mid-semester blues to the side and build up enough motivation to make it through these next 7 weeks!

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Shop My Wishlist: March 2018

I always tend to leave a lot of items in my cart when it comes to online shopping, so I thought I would share those items with you guys and give you some spring and summer inspiration! So here are some items on my wishlist from various sites:

Victoria Secret

 The Player Sports Bra

This sports bra is so cute and now that I am working to get in shape I love looking at different sports bras because I think when you are at the gym you should feel comfortable in what you wear and if it is cute and can be shown off that is a plus!

These leggings are so cute and I mainly wear leggings when working out. I have never had a pair of Victoria Secret leggings before just because of how expensive they are but I think they would be a great investment! I usually go for high-wasted leggings when working out just because they are more comfortable and stay up a lot better but I think these leggings would be great for working out!

I think this shirt is so cute and would be perfect to wear around campus in the spring time and even in the summer! I think the white looks beautiful and crisp and the ladder sleeves make it that much more unique and cute!

Dormify 

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  • Wanderlust Collection: Bed Set Collections_Wanderlust_A_7923_1024x1024

I absolutely love dormify when it comes to decorating my dorm or in my case preparing to live in an apartment next year! They provide great inspiration and their site it pretty mucha one stop shop due to their wide variety of decor, bedding and other great products! This bed set is perfect for me because I want to have a grey, white and navy blue theme in my apartment next year!

Romwe

I have been wanting to order from Romwe for a while just because of how affordable the clothes are! But because of the low prices I have been a bit skeptical and hesitant to try them out mainly because I do not want to get ripped off and be given cheap clothing

  • Halter Dress

I think this dress is perfect for the spring time and would look great on me! I love to dress up occasionally to go to class because it makes me feel a lot better about myself and gives me that boost of confidence and motivation I may be lacking for the day!

I have a couple of bathing suits but some of them are worn out from chlorine and honestly I just need to invest in some new sets. Typically bikinis are on the pricey side but to see this set for only $11 is such a steal! I think this bathing suit is perfect for the summer and would look great on any skin tone!

I find it really hard to find a good pair of skinny jeans that fit perfect and will last a long time! I currently don’t own any black jeans so for the price I would be willing to try these out and they seem to be super cute!

Ulta

I have been wanting to try these for a while because I see everyone rave over how amazing they are! I would want to try out a deeper shade like sunlight or candlelight because I think it would give my skin a perfect glow under foundation. However because they are $42, they will remain in my cart until I gain the courage to spoil myself and buy them. 

MOBR0967F_1_L.jpgThe main reason I haven’t bought this is because I am not the best at makeup and I never wear eyeshadow. However I think this palette would be a good starter palette because of the color scheme and for the price you get amazing quality eyeshadows!

I have seen beauty influencers rant and rave over this product saying it is an amazing go-to everyday lip gloss. I will for sure be investing in this sometime soon mainly because I want to start getting more into makeup and explore different brands to see what works best for me!

So there are some various items I have in my carts that I am dying to buy! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I am thinking about making this a monthly thing, what do you guys think?

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How I Stay Motivated in College!

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When it comes to college, motivation is something that seems to be hard to keep at a high level, balancing classes, work and social life can get very stressful and exhausting at times making for a rough week. This week for sure has been a hard one, I worked 10-4 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, had a club meeting from 9:30 pm to 10:30, after which we went to applebees. I had 3 papers due and not to mention I worked out everyday as well, so this week has for sure taken its toll on me.

I have never been good with motivation, for me it is hard to keep up and sometimes all I want to do is lay in bed and sleep. However I knew what I needed to get done, and instead of cutting out my workout I pushed through it and I am very happy I did. So here are some ways I stay motivated in college!

  • Plan the week out

So every Sunday night I will go through all my class syllabus and if there is something due that I don’t already have in my google calendar, I add it. I will also block out study times if I have an exam coming up, as well as mark down any meetings I have for the club im in or any social events I have going on. I think this helps me a lot because instead of cramming things in throughout the week I can take each day piece by piece and slowly work at what needs to be done for the week!

  •  Get up early!

I don’t have the typical college schedule, only having class on Tuesdays and Thursdays if for sure a blessing. My first class on those days begins at 11, so I try to get up around 8:30 or 9 to make sure I can get a good breakfast in and just let my body relax a bit before i have to jump into the day. I find I can be really motivated in the mornings so sometimes I will sit down and do some homework or study for something. I also drink plenty of water in the morning because I find it wakes me up and makes it easier for me to get out of bed!

  • Watch college vloggers

I know this may seem weird but when I watch other college students on youtube and see the way they take on college and the different things they do, it leaves me inspired and motivates me to do better! It is interesting to see how college is in different parts of the country and I love to see the different study methods, workout routines and just daily routines different college people have!

  • Remind myself of my goals

This is a huge source of motivation for me because when I look at the goals I set for myself, whether that be personal or college related, it sparks a fire to achieve those goals and makes sure I don’t settle for mediocre. I think a big reason why I lose motivation during college is because I lose sight of why I am doing this and the future I want to have for myself, so through going over those goals and adding new ones it keeps me on track for the future!

  • Surrounded by motivated people!

I try to surround myself with people who will motivate me to do better, when it comes to working out I always go with my friend and we both keep each other on track and remind ourselves of the goals we want to achieve. It is also nice to be able to go to the library with friends and study together because it takes a bit of that stress off and makes you feel like you are not alone.

So there are some ways I stay motivated in college! I hope you enjoyed reading! Don’t forget to follow and subscribe with your email so you never miss a post!

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Fitness Goals 2018!

Going into college I had heard about the freshman 15 but didn’t think it would happen to me. Man was I wrong, 23 pounds later I weigh the most I have ever weighed and it does make me insecure. You can tell a difference in my face and in my body and that is why I decided to start working out to get this weight off and get back to the body I used to have.

Right now I weigh about 140 which may not seem like a lot but all through high school I was a steady 115 and was kept in shape by sports. Now that I am at college I don’t have sports to keep me in shape and I am for sure not eating how I should be and that is the main reason I have gained so much weight.

The past couple weeks I have been going to the gym 3-4 times a week and while I haven’t notices a huge difference I do feel a lot better and healthier. I struggle however to maintain a good diet and somehow always end up eating bad which defeats the whole purpose of working out. So since I have started working out I journaled a couple goals I want to maintain and I thought what better way to stay on track with those then to share them with you guys.

  1. Work out at least 3 times a week

As I mentioned before I do workout 3-4 times a week but sometimes I really don’t feel like going to the gym because I am too tired or have too much to do. Even if I workout for 30 minutes it will still make a difference and that is what I have to keep in mind if I want to achieve the body I want to have

     2. Get under 125

My current weight goal loss is 15 pounds, although that is a lot I believe if I stick to a strict schedule and stay conscious of what I am eating it will be something I can achieve before the end of the semester in May.

3. Get Abs back 

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This is a huge goal for me because I used to have a good toned mid section that I was proud of and didn’t leave me feeling self conscious, I want to get back to that so I can freely wear a bikini and feel good in it because right now I don’t see myself wearing a bikini with the body I have

4. Stay Motivated!

This is something I always struggle with when it comes to getting in shape, especially in college. Balancing work and all my classes I often have little motivation to even do my homework let alone work out. However I feel amazing and accomplished after a good workout and that is something I tell myself to stay motivated. Another thing of course is wanting to feel confident again, get back to my old self.

5. Figure out a routine that works best!

Right now I have been experimenting with my workout routines. I start off on the elliptical and do a mix 3 workout which targets legs, glutes and arms. I usually do this for a mile then move onto abs which I do russian twists with a medicine ball, crunches, sit ups with a medicine ball and then end by doing squats or another butt workout. This has been working great for me but id like to do more arm workouts to build up my upper body strength a little bit! (Check out my Pinterest to see my fitness board!)

Those are some of the main goals I have for my fitness routine, I am hoping to achieve them all and will be updating weekly with my progress and anything that has changed!

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Figuring Out My Life

When I first applied to Central Michigan I was a pre-physician assistant major, and that was truly what I thought I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be a vet or a doctor, so I decided on the doctor path, did some research and picked a major I thought would be right for me, boy was I wrong.

I went to college orientation where I got all my classes and was shown the path I would have to take to get the career I wanted, to say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. Seeing all the classes I had to take, patient hours I needed to rack up, GPA I needed to achieve to be competitive, it all killed my passion.

When I say I could not be happier this happened I really couldn’t, the thought now of going through all those classes, science which I am terrible at, math which by no means is my strength, it all would have been terrible.

About a month before I was set to move into college I started to stress out, I truly knew if I continued down the path of Pre-PA I would be absolutely miserable the entire time I was in college and I didn’t want that at all. I started doing research, extensive research to find careers that were more suitable for me and the strengths I had already possessed, I knew I still wanted to work in the healthcare field but I didn’t want to be direct patient treatment.

That is when I stumbled upon the Health Administration career, and words can’t describe how thankful I am that I did. I set up a phone appointment with a academic advisor to rearrange my classes and see if Health Administration would be a good path for me to take. She was super helpful in guiding me through changing my classes so I was on the right path, and the credits that had transferred in lined up perfectly with the classes I needed to take so I was already ahead of the game in taking classes I already needed.

When I entered college I was still a little iffy about the major and if it was right for me, I didn’t know much about it and was still trying to explore my strengths and weaknesses and apply those to what I wanted to go into. The first semester seemed to fly by and I had no troubles completing my classes and earning good grades, which I was more than thankful for.

At the beginning of this semester I stumbled across a club we have hear at central called CHAPS, Collegiate Health Administration Preparatory Society. I went to the first meeting to see what it was really about and fell in love, a club where I could explore the career and meet new people who were passionate about the same things, it was an amazing opportunity and I knew I had to join.

A month later and I am officially a member, attending meetings bi-weekly and events put on that will further my knowledge of the field and provide great networking opportunities that will benefit me in the future. As of right now I do think this field is right for me, being a leader in healthcare is something I would be great at and I would still be able to be in the field of healthcare without giving direct patient care.

I guess in saying this I just want to make it clear that the things you want to do going into college isn’t always what you are going to come out doing. I could still very well change my major and do something completely different, but as of right now this is what I want to do with my life and it is something I am super passionate about.

Take the time to really think about what you want to do with your life, your strengths and weaknesses, what makes you the happiest, it is all a huge decision and one that should not be taken lightly. You have plenty of time to figure it out, everyone I have talked to has changed their major at least once, some three of four times and they are doing just fine and are happy doing what makes them happy.

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January Favorites!

This is something I want to do every month just to show you guys my favorites of the month! Don’t forget to follow me on all my social media listed below!

Beauty

I absolutely love this product! After I wash my face I will spray this all over and rub it in and it leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed! I also use it to set my makeup and will spray it throughout the day to freshen up my makeup and just make my face look hydrated and radiant! Rose water is super good for your skin and this product is easy and convenient to apply making it that much better!

I use this to take off my makeup at night and I absolutely love it! I also use it when I wake up in the morning just to get the excess dirt out of my pores and it leaves my face clean and matte. I tend to have very oily skin so when I saw they had a mattifying formula I knew I had to try it! I bought it at the beginning of the month and have barely used any of it so this bottle goes a long way!

I had heard great things about this product so when I saw it at my local walmart I knew I had to try it out. I grabbed the honey beige color and I love it, it is light enough to provide highlight to where I apply it while not making me look washed out. It keeps my face set and matte all day and is a cheap alternative to some expensive face powders!

Hair Care

I always tend to have a dry scalp when it comes to winter time so when my grandma bought me this product I was excited to try it out to see if it worked. I have been using it twice a week for the past 3 weeks and I can really see an improvement in my scalp, it is not as dry as it was before and it leaves my hair feeling healthy and smelling amazing. If you have dry scalp I would for sure recommend this product!

  • OGX Renewing Moroccan Argon Oil Hair Mask

I use this product once a week and leave it in my hair for about ten minutes, I feel it leaves my hair feeling healthy, strengthened and less frizzy. It is only about $6.00 which to me is a good price compared to some hair masks that don’t work nearly as well as this one does. If you struggle with dry, frizzy hair I recommend adding this to your weekly hair care routine!

Music- Follow my Apple Music 

  • Revival- Eminem

This album is one of my favorites at the moment, I love the songs Walk On Water and River. This album is very different from what Eminem usually puts out and I like the overall message he conveys through this well thought out album.

  • Divide- Ed Sheeran

I know this album is a little old but I still love it, it’s the perfect album to relax to or listen to while studying. I have always loved all of Ed’s music and this is no exception to that, this album is simply amazing and so down to earth. My favorite songs at the moment are Dive, Perfect Duet and Supermarket Flowers.

Apps 

  • Google Calendar

As I stated before in my post “How I Stay Organized In College” I use Google Calendar to keep up with assignments and life in general. The app itself is easy to navigate and provides a simple and clean look to it. I love the customization options of being able to categorize my different events and make them different colors. I like this app a lot better than the Apple Calendar just because it provides a lot more customization.

  • Sweat Coin

This app literally pays you for the amount of outdoor steps you take a day, being in college I do a lot of walking so why not get paid to do it right? Sweat Coin offers a in app currency where you can use it to buy different offers like amazon giftcards and paypal money. Here is the link if you want to check it out here.

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How I Stay Organized In College

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Staying organized in college is the key to success, and I suck at staying organized.

Starting the new semester I made it a goal of mine to stay more organized and make sure I am aware of every deadline in advance to avoid last-minute stress. Everyone’s organizational system is different and it takes a while to figure out what works best, but I think the system I have now is pretty good and I have loved it so far. Here’s what I do to stay organized in college:

  • Google Calendar

Google calendar is my absolute holy grail, without it I wouldn’t know what to do. I have tried paper planners in the past and they just do not work for me, at all. So this year I decided to try google calendar for all my assignments, exams and meetings I have. I find that in the middle of class when the professor is giving important information in reference to deadline, it is easier to pull up my calendar on my phone or laptop and put it in. Google calendar also offers a to-do list which is right next to the calendar so I can easily put in things I need to get done while looking at the week ahead and what I have due.

  • Folders

This may be a given but using different folders for each class has made it easier when looking for different handouts or assignments. I have a different color for every class which makes it easier to visualize what folder goes to what class. In addition I use a five-star three subject notebook which provides a divider between each subject allowing me to easily use it for all of my classes!

  • Keeping my desk clean

This is extremely hard for me because I tend to just throw random things on my desk leaving it a mess at the end of the day. I start my morning by cleaning up everything and putting it where it belongs because when my desk is clean and organized it makes me feel more productive and ready for the day. Keeping your workspace clean is so important because often if your workspace is constantly a mess, so are you and that is not a good lifestyle to live.

  • Color-coding

As I said before I color code my folders according to class, I do the same with my calendar. I color code events into different categories like; homework, exams, meetings tasks and so on. I assign a different color to each category which makes viewing my calendar a lot easier because I know what needs to have priority for the week and what things can wait. You can also do this in a written planner!

  • Assignment Spreadsheet

Last semester when I got all my syllabi, I went through and made a google spreadsheet and went week by week putting what was due in the class on what day. This was super helpful and I was able to cross things out and color code them so it was easy to pick out what was important and priority for that week. I also would track my grades as well by putting a column for what I received on the assignment which made it easy to visualize how I was doing and in what classes I needed to work harder in.

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