Reflecting On 2018: highs, lows, college, and growing up.

 

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2018 is finally coming to a close, and it has definitely been a year to remember. Throughout the past 12 months, I have experienced so many different things, both good and bad. I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the year and everything it has brought to me. 

Starting off with the beginning of the year, I wanted to start fresh and make 2018 my year, like every year. I set goals and resolutions but didn’t really stick to them and I ended up carrying a lot of negativity with me into the new year. My freshman year of college was rough, it was a period of figuring out who I am and what I want to do in my life which is overwhelming for anyone.

In addition to that, I experienced falling outs with multiple people in my life that I considered my best friends, my people. There is something about seeing different sides of people, the sides that you never knew existed. So, instead of starting 2018 with a fresh and positive mindset, I allowed that situation to influence me and really impact the way I lived my life.

I went through a very low point in my life where I was considering dropping out of college and going back home because I truly thought I could not pull myself out of this funk. Continuing onto the spring, things got better, I grew my friendship with my now best friend and she made me realize what true friendship was, and how I deserved to be treated.

I took a leap and joined a club centered around my major, and ended up falling in love with it that much more. It allowed me to focus on what I was going to college for, not for friends, I was going for myself to ensure I lived the best life I could. From touring hospitals to attending different workshops to become more educated about my field, it was all such an amazing experience.

Heading into the end of spring I was more than ready to get out of my dorm, final exams zipped by and I finally packed up all my things, loaded them in my car and leaving that dorm allowed me to leave behind all of the negativity that took place that year. I remember on the drive home I just took a sigh of relief, knowing I was finally done with the year and could finally begin to recover and build myself back up from the year.

During the summer I took a nannying job, and I can truly say I am blessed to have met such an amazing family. This summer was one of the best summers I have ever experienced, I got to go to the movies, the zoo, amusement parks, arcades and the beach with such amazing kind hearted kids, and I am excited to do the same this summer.

The end of summer brought my birthday, my brother and I usually celebrate our birthdays together because they both fall in August so we took a trip to an amusement park. This day was fun in the beginning, I conquered my fear and rode a roller coaster and had a day of fun in the amusement and water park. The day ended on a sour note, one I don’t like to linger on, so my 19th birthday wasn’t what I wanted it to be, at all.

Going into my sophomore year of college I was so excited, move-in day came fast and before I knew it I was moved into my own apartment. Living alone has been pretty bittersweet, I love the independence of living alone but it is hard to deal with my depression being alone for most of my time.

This semester has been one of the happiest, stressful and just fun times of my life. I joined a sorority and met my amazing big, Zeta Theta Pi has definitely changed my life in so many ways and I am so thankful to be a part of such an amazing group of girls. Being in a sorority has forced me to step outside my comfort zone and really embrace making the best out of this year.

The end of the semester ended on a high note, I managed to earn a 3.7 this semester which brought my cumulative GPA up. I worked very hard in my classes this semester, mainly because they were classes involved in my major and minor and I was passionate about getting to learn more about the health care field.

Going into 2019 I am going to start with a clean slate, I want to get back on track with fitness, eat healthily and really just embrace everything this new year has to offer. I know I can stay positive this year and really work to improve myself and my mental health.

I know this post was lengthy and wordy but I really wanted to reflect on the year and everything I have gone through. Take this opportunity to start the new year off right and embrace everything it has to offer, get closer to your friends and family, step out of your comfort zone, pick up a hobby and just live the best life you can live!

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My Goals For 2019!

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So last year I did the same post but for 2018 and I actually accomplished some of those goals! So I wanted to do the same this year to give me something to look at and hold myself accountable for! So here are my goals for 2019:

  • Reach 2,000 Followers on this Blog

As of right now, I am at almost 1,300 followers on this blog which I am so thankful for! But as I head into the new year I want to begin keeping to a weekly upload schedule in order to really grow my blog! I also want to start different series like a weekly Q & A and advice post, what do you guys think? If you want to follow or subscribe for more of my content click here or to the side of this blog!

  • Reach 500 Followers on Blog Instagram

So I have recently started a new Instagram for my blog in order to connect with fellow bloggers and really promote my content! I have been on the fence about doing this for a while because I always link my personal Instagram but sometimes I feel weird posting my content to there because it has all of my friends and family on it! So with that being said my Instagram for my blog is liveitwithkarla!

  • Begin My Fitness Journey 

So for a while, I have been wanting to lose weight but with class, work and sorority it has been super hard to eat healthily and work out. But this year I am not using any excuses and I am going to start eating good and working out! I want to try intermittent fasting as it fits in perfectly with my schedule and I have a terrible snacking at night problem that I need to get rid of! If any of you have tried intermittent fasting and have tips please comment them below!

  • Develop My Photography Skills

Yesterday I made the decision to finally invest in a camera, which is something I have been wanting to do for a long time now! So I bought a Nikon D3200 from a friend, and I am so excited to get to learn all of the ins and outs of photography and really just develop the passion I have always had! If any of you have any beginner photography tips please comment them below I would really appreciate it!

  • Continue Doing Well In College

I have been doing pretty well throughout my college career and this past semester I ended up with 4 A’s and 1 B-, I will do a separate post reflecting on this semester and my classes but going into the spring semester I want to start off as strong as I did this semester in order to end up with the same success.

  • Connect With Other Bloggers

So recently I joined the Gals on the Go facebook page which was developed from the gals on the go podcast which I highly recommend you guys go give it a listen, you can listen here. It has given the opportunity to connect with other girl bosses and just air out my struggles, getting tips, and just networking in general! So with that being said if any of you want to connect and just have someone to talk to my email/dms are always open! My email is lifewithkarla@gmail.com and all of my social media is listed below!

These are just a few of my goals for 2019 and I hope I can accomplish all of them! Comment some of your goals down below!

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My Sorority Experience!

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As some of you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I recently joined a sorority! It has been such an eye-opening experience and I wanted to reflect on the pros and cons of joining a sorority and share my personal experience!

So back in September, I went to the Zeta Theta Pi info night. I was so excited and nervous to join a sorority, I had never considered myself a ‘sorority girl’ so this was a big step for me. One of the main reasons I wanted to join was to make friends and get to know different people. My freshman year was very rough and it affected how outgoing I was and making friends was a scary process because I never knew if I was deserving of such amazing people.

Pushing that fear aside I went through the process of joining ZTP, which included 2 weeks of recruitment followed by 6 weeks of new member period which is basically where we got to know the ins and outs of sorority and we got to know all of the sisters. Once I made it through the 6 weeks I was officially a sister of Zeta Theta Pi, and it was such a good feeling. Now that I have made it through a semester, I have the ability to go back and reflect on my experience in hopes to provide some of you with an idea of what to expect.

Pros:

  • Meeting and making amazing friends

Of course one of the best perks of joining a sorority is making so many amazing friends. The first few weeks were hard because I didn’t really know any of the sisters so I had to force myself to get out of my comfort zone and introduce myself and talk to them. My class became very close because we were with each other all the time and we planned a retreat and sleepover which has been one of my favorite memories so far. If you are not a ‘people person’, don’t let that hold you back from joining a sorority, there is always going to be someone like you and you will always be able to make those amazing connections!

  • Getting opportunities to volunteer/give back 

So my sorority is actually a service sorority rather than a social sorority which means we do not go through the traditionally rushing process. One of the things I have fallen in love with is the service aspect, from making cards for children at St. Jude to volunteering at our universities Christmas Outreach, it has all been so fulfilling. That is one of the main things that drew me to my sorority is their focus on service, it is important to find something in a sorority you are passionate about whether that be their values, philanthropy or the things they are known for.

Cons:

  • Time commitment

Sorority has definitely taken up a large chunk of my life, which isn’t for everyone. During my new member period, I had something to do basically every day of the week for sorority, and at times it did become very overwhelming. Before joining a sorority make it a point to ask how big the time commitment is, I know some sororities it may be just a couple days a week but for others, it can be a lot more. For me, being busy is something I wanted to happen because it keeps me on my toes and on top of things, but again if that is not for you then ask what time commitment may look like for your sorority!

  • Stress/Drama 

With any sorority, there is going to be some sort of drama, it is a factor that is unavoidable. Things happen that can cause stress and it can really suck sometimes, but everything will work out and be resolved. The stress can stem also from being busy a lot more than what you are used to, I know for me that is a lot of where my stress stemmed from. It is important not to get sucked into any drama or add to it, keep in mind why you joined the sorority and focus on that rather than any type of drama. 

Overall I am so happy I joined ZTP, it has brought so many amazing people into my life and that to me makes all the stress well worth it. If you are looking for a place to be yourself or just looking for a place where you feel as though you ‘fit in’ then consider rushing or joining an academic sorority/fraternity. If you guys have any questions or want advice please feel free to comment or email me at lifewithkarla@gmail.com.

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Are you guys apart of a sorority? If so which one?

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Christmas Wishlist 2018!

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I can’t believe it is already almost December! I have 3 weeks left of this semester and then I am on Christmas break for 3 weeks! My family has been asking for my Christmas list for this year and I posted one on my blog last year so I figured I do it again this year! Here is my Christmas wishlist for 2018:

  • Black Rain Boots(Size 8.5)– It rains so much around the spring and fall time and my college campus is notorious for puddles and flooding. I am sick of going to class with wet feet and decided maybe it is time to invest in a pair of rain boots like everyone else!
  • Image result for north face jester black laptop 15North Face Jester Backpack in Black– I have been needing a new backpack for so long, the one I have now is from my sophomore year of high school so I have been using it for quite a long time!
  • Vera Bradley Iconic Zip ID Case (Indio)– Recently after 4 years of having it my Vera Bradley ID case finally broke, in the meantime, I ordered a cheap version off of Amazon but I would love to have another one of these, they are so useful and convenient to carry around!
  • Brita Water Pitcher(5 Cups)– I am a big water drinker and would love to have a pitcher to store in my fridge to keep it cold and filtered!
  • Anything Sorority related: A tote, Sweatshirts(Medium), Shirts(Medium), Ect. My sorority is Zeta Theta Pi!
  • Sports Bras(Small) and Black Sports Leggings(Small)- I have been in need of some new sports bras and leggings and I want to start working out again so these would be a perfect motivation!
  • Anything Harry Potter- Obviously being a potter head I would appreciate receiving anything Harry Potter related.
  • Anything CMU: Sweatshirts(Medium), Shirts(Medium), room decor, ect.
  • Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be– I have heard nothing but good reviews about this book and have been looking for a good self-help book to read and really get into!

    The Hate U Give– I have a thing about not watching a movie before I read the book and I have been wanting to see the new movie The Hate U Give. Then I found out that there was a book and I absolutely have to read it before I go and see the movie!

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them– Of course being a huge Harry Potter fan I need to read this book and can not believe I haven’t done so yet!
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child– Again being
    a huge Harry Potter fan this is a book I have been wanting to read since it came out and am super excited to finally get my hands on it and read it!
  • Every Breath– This is a Nicholas Sparks book, whom of which I am a huge fan of, and I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on it!
  • Gift Cards: Target, Meijer, Walmart, Kohls, McDonald’s, Culvers, Subway, Panera, Taco Bell, TJ Maxx, Bath and Body Works, and Visa Gift Cards.
  • Fuzzy Socks

I just want to take a moment and acknowledge the holiday season is not about getting gifts, my favorite part of the holidays is, in fact, giving and spending time with my family and friends! Don’t take the holidays for granted and remember to be thankful!

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What is on the top of your Christmas List?

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Self-Care Tips For College!

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Self-care in college is something that people often times forget about or neglect to do, but it is definitely a necessity to staying sane and getting through college! Here are a few of my self-care tips!

  • Know your limits

One of the most important parts of college is knowing your limits in regards to not taking on too many things. It is so easy to become overwhelmed with school, social life and clubs or groups you may be apart of. Always keep in mind that you are in college to get a degree, school trumps all at the end of the day. It is okay to say no to things, you don’t have to go to every event being put on and sometimes, it is okay to miss a class in order to catch up in other areas or you just need a break. If you exceed what you can actually handle it can become very overwhelming and make life miserable when it should be fun and worth wild!

  • Establish a self-care regimen

Knowing what is good for you and your mental health is so important to know or figure out. For me, I take Fridays to relax and forget about school for the day. I will sleep in, take a bath, watch TV and just take the day to recuperate from the stress of the week. If you like reading, block time out before you go to bed to read your favorite book to unwind! Take a bath and relax, watch some TV or play your favorite video game! Everyone has different ways to unwind and practice self-care and it is totally all up to the person as to what they want to do!

  • Take a Mental Health Break

Last year being a freshman was scary and sometimes I felt like all I did was school, eat and sleep and it was the worst feeling. I got to the point where I was having breakdowns more often than not about classes, friends and other things I was apart of. I decided to take a day and not go to class and just take the day to catch up on whatever I needed to and just relax and it was the best decision ever. Of course, I don’t recommend doing this every week because going to class is very important but if there is a week where you really can’t handle going to class, take the day and focus on getting your mental health back on track!

  • Find Your Person

As cliche as this sounds it is so important to have a person in college that you can go to when you are feeling down or going through something. It is such a different atmosphere in college because you don’t have family to run to when you have a bad day, although they are just a phone call away it is important to have that person you can sit down and just get all your stress and struggles out to. Whether this be a best friend or a counselor at the school, any form of ‘your person’ is important to ensure you can maintain your mental health!

Those are my tips for maintaining self-care in college! I hope you guys enjoyed, if you have any questions or are struggling with college please feel free to email me at lifewithkarla@gmail.com or send me a message on Instagram! I would be more than willing to offer some advice or be a person to talk to!

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October Favorites 2018!

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I seriously cannot believe it is already November, this past month has flown by! With that being said here are some of my favorites for the month of October!

  • Clothing 

– Maroon Converse/Accessories

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Low Top Unisex ShoeShout out to my bff Candice for these shoes because they are seriously my favorite shoes to wear! My school colors are Maroon and Gold so these are perfect to wear around campus and to tailgate to show some school spirit! However, they are currently covered in mud from the last football game so if anyone has any tips on how to get mud off shoes please let me know!

Alex and Ani Harry Potter Bracelet

I bought this bracelet a while ago as a Christmas present to myself and I seriously love it! Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love anything Harry Potter so when I saw Alex and Ani had a Harry Potter line I knew I needed this bracelet! My next purchase from them will for sure be something else Harry Potter related!

  • Beauty/Skincare

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes

Image result for neutrogena makeup remover wipesIf you are looking for good makeup remover wipes these are it! I have been using these for so long, they are perfect for on the go and they make taking off your makeup so easy. I keep a pack in my nightstand so when I’m too lazy to get up and wash my face I can just grab one of these and wipe all my makeup off! They come in a variety of kinds including oil-free, sensitive skin and night time!

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer 

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer Makeup, Sand, 0.2 fl. oz.Remember when you were younger and would steal makeup from your mom or grandma to wear? Yea this concealer was the first I took from my grandma and I still use it to this day. This concealer is seriously amazing, I apply it under my eyes and over any blemishes before I go to class or work and it makes me look more awake and refreshed! If you are looking for an affordable concealer this is for sure the one for you! They also have a pretty good shade range!

  • Food/Candy

Bolthouse Farms Smoothies

Being in college I don’t always have time to make breakfast in the morning, and something I love to have for breakfast is a smoothie! These smoothies are seriously so good and for the price they are for sure worth it, they come in a big size or small individual ones which are good to grab and go on busy mornings! My favorite flavors are the strawberry banana and the berry boost flavor, these are a cheaper alternative to the Naked brand smoothies!

Black Forest Gummy Bears 

I first discovered these on a road trip when I randomly bought them at a gas station and ever since then I have seriously loved these. The best thing about these gummy bears is they are organic, which makes me feel a little better for indulging on sugar. If you have never tried these I 10/10 recommend!

  • Music

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Anyone who knows me knows my music taste is all over the place. I like everything from rap to hip-hop to indie to country to throwbacks, I seriously listen to a little bit of everything. My Spotify is the best place to keep up with what I’m listening and loving, for the time being, you can follow here!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! This month has been so hectic and busy but I’m happy to say that I meet my big for sorority tomorrow and I am officially initiated on Sunday! Follow me on all my social media listed below to see this weekend!

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There are my October 2018 favorites! 

What have you been loving recently?

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Fall Essentials!

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Fall is by far one of my favorite seasons, I love the beautiful colors of the leaves changing, the chilly weather, going to the pumpkin patch, apple cider and so much more! Here are some of my essentials for fall!

  • Candles

By far my favorite thing about fall all the different amazing scents that come with it! I love anything pumpkin spice and apple, it’s a subtle yet pleasant smell to keep your room smelling nice and fresh! Here are some of my favorite candles for the fall:

 Hot Cocoa & Cream 3-Wick Candle - Bath And Body Works

Hot cocoa and cream from bath and body works is by far one of the best scents! It makes your room smell like freshly baked brownies if that is the type of scent you like I would totally go for this one! You can check it out here.

 Flannel 3-Wick Candle - Bath And Body Works

I got the flannel candle for Christmas and it was lit almost 24/7 in my room last year! This candle is more of an earthy and musky smell and it provides a freshness to the room without being too overpowering! If you like more of the woodsy scent then this is for sure the right candle for you! Check it out here!

  • Decorations

Having my own apartment this year I for already knew I was going to decorate for every season! Having the freedom to decorate how I want is the best thing because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for! 

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Halloween is one of the easiest holidays to decorate for because it is so easy to DIY things and make it look cute! For me personally, I have multicolored string lights all around my apartment which add a pop of color and a good vibe. I also recently painted a canvas at a sorority event(I am not an artist so it’s trash) and it just adds that extra hint of Halloween to my wall.

I get most of my decorations from dollar tree! They have cute and cheap decorations that you could even add your own touch to and give it something extra!

  • Tailgating

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A big fall essential in college is football tailgating! I looked forward to tailgating so much this year because now that I am a sophomore I know more about how tailgate works and how to dress for it! Because I live in Michigan, the weather can vary during tailgate season, on homecoming I wore a crop top and leggings yet last weekend for our rival game I work a sweatshirt, leggings, and gloves because it was snowing. 

Tailgating is definitely what you make of it! Have a good school spirit, rep your school and find an amazing group of friends to go with to make it that much better! At my school, we take tailgating pretty seriously and it is something everyone goes to and it is such a fun atmosphere to be a part of!

  • Fall Fashion!

Sweater weather is my favorite weather and fall is the perfect time to break out the fuzzy sweaters, flannels, and boots! My go-to during fall is a sweater layered with a flannel, leggings and black combat boots. There is so much you can do with a flannel to make an outfit unique and that much cuter and that is a big part of why I love fall so much!

I am also a big sweatshirt and hoodie type of girl and it is easy to throw on and go to class in while still looking cute yet comfortable! Hoodies keep me warm and there is nothing better than being comfortable in class, especially the long ones that seem to drag on and on!

Those are some of my fall essentials! I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post, I will for sure be doing a part 2 in the near future!

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What are your favorite fall essentials?

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