the better me diaries ep. 2 routines and goals

 

hello and welcome back to my blog! if you are new here, hello my name is Karla, I am a junior in college majoring in health administration. this series on my blog is going to be a raw, in-depth journey I am taking to get healthy, find myself, face my problems and challenges head-on, find my purpose in this world, and ultimately find who I am. I hope through taking this journey and putting it on the internet, I will be held accountable to obtain the life I deserve, and I hope maybe one person reads this and decides to do the same for them. you can check out the other episodes here.

So this was my first official week on this journey, and I think so far it has been going very well. One of the main things I am trying to do on this journey is take everything day by day, worrying about the things going on currently, not things happening in the future or that have already happened previously. The first thing I wanted to do in order to keep myself accountable is visualize what routine I want to keep and the different goals I have for myself.

Having a structured routine in my life is a necessity for success, it allows me to visualize how I want my days to go. Here is my ‘ideal daily routine’ spread in my bullet journal;

starting with my morning routine

  • 7:00 am
    • wake up
    • make bed
  • 7:30 am
    • brush teeth
    • wash face
    • take medicine
  • 8:00 am
    • get dressed
    • makeup/hair
    • to-do list
  • 8:30 am
    • hydrate
    • breakfast
    • pack up and leave

next is my night routine

  • 9:00 pm
    • take off makeup
    • pjs
    • moisturize
  • 9:30 pm
    • journal
    • youtube
    • instagram
  • 10:00 pm
    • phone away
    • read
  • 10:30 pm
    • sleep

Now the fun thing with this is you can customize these routines based on what works best for you! For me, my days start no early than 7 am because I have no where to be until 9 am everyday, so a two hour morning routine is more than enough time. This is all about trial and error, seeing what makes you feel the best throughout the day and what helps you stay focused and positive is an important part of these routines!

One thing to keep in mind while making these routines is being honest with yourself is key. Very few people enjoy getting up early, and if you are one of those people then chances are waking up at 5 am suddenly is not setting yourself up for success. You have to take gradual steps to make these good habits come natural to you, so maybe start by waking up at 7 am, then 6:30 and so on.

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The next thing I wanted to do set goals for myself, goals are important because they allow you to see what you want, and think about the steps you need to take to get there. In order to visualize these effectively, I split them up into 4 categories; academic, social, health, and personal. Here is my bullet journal spread for these;

  • academic
    • stay ahead in all my classes
    • end the semester with at least a 3.6 gpa
    • explore different career options
  • social
    • have 1 meaningful conversation a day
    • put myself out there more romantically
  • health
    • lose 5 lbs by christmas
    • eat out only 3x per week
    • track all food daily
    • go to the gym at lease 3x per week
    • drink at least 3 bottles of water per day
  • personal
    • take my mental health seriously
    • stop procrastinating
    • keep my room clean
    • read daily

Making goals for yourself is so freeing, it also makes you feel a sense of motivation and responsibility to get all of these things done. It is super important to once again be honest with yourself, and be reasonable with what you want to achieve. For example, instead of giving myself a broad goal of losing 20 lbs, I set a goal to lose 5 lbs by Christmas, which is more feasible and will prevent me from losing motivation or getting discouraged easily.

 

With that being said, I am happy to say week 1 went very well, I was able to wake up at 7 am every school day and was indeed asleep by 11 pm. I only went to the gym one time, and did 30 minutes of cardio, however I am starting small and celebrating small things in order to keep myself motivated. Eating healthy went pretty good as well, I only ate out twice and when I did, I made more conscious decisions on what I ate.

My goal of having 1 meaningful conversation a day is what made me feel the most joy and happiness, even if it was just a simple ten minute conversation with my grandma, it made me feel better to know I was positively contributing to my relationships and friendships.

That is it for the second episode of the better me diaries, I hope you guys enjoyed and if you did make sure to subscribe to my blog, this series will be going up every Sunday! here is my mood board on Pinterest!

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the better me diaries ep. 1 my dream self

This series is something I have been wanting to start for a long time, it is one of the main reasons I started my blog years ago. Recently I stumbled upon a series on youtube entitled ‘The glow up diaries’, a series dedicated to a woman going through the motions of life, and instead of getting sucked in, she takes her life and makes a change. Through watching this series, I have become inspired and moved, to make the changes in my life I have been needing to for a long time. So thank you Alivia D’Andre for the inspiration I need. Check her out here.

I have been needing to make a change in my life, for years now. I have dealt with a lot in my twenty years on this planet, and have never really done anything to better my situation or who I am as a person, until now.

This series on my blog is going to be a raw, in-depth journey I am taking to get healthy, find myself, face my problems and challenges head-on, find my purpose in this world, and ultimately find who I am. I hope through taking this journey and putting it on the internet, I will be held accountable to obtain the life I deserve, and I hope maybe one person reads this and decides to do the same for them.

I am not happy with my life, and I have not been for a very long time. I go through the motions of dealing with my depression and anxiety in unhealthy ways such as eating, shutting people out of my life and losing focus on what truly matters. This doesn’t just affect me, it affects everyone around me, my education and it prevents me from being the person I have wanted to be for so long. So in order to change this, I have created a journal in order to visualize these thoughts and goals, inspired my Alivia and Pinterest.

Part 1: my dream self

In order to begin this journey, I have to be able to know who I want to be at the end of it, my ‘dream self’ so to speak. The first step to this is creating a perfect balance of my life, which includes; rest and sleep, good nutrition and exercise, relationships, school and finance, intellectual stimulation, creativity and play, and finally sense of purpose.

I went through the motions of asking myself questions in order to capture this dream self on paper.

  • how does she look at life?
    • life is a beautiful thing and even through the ups and downs, she is happy to be alive
  • what does she eat?
    • she eats to fuel her body, not to fuel her emotions or stressed, she has a well-balanced diet.
  • who does she surround herself with?
    • she surrounds herself with people who love and support her endlessly. those who make dark moments bright and turn bad into good. she is not afraid to get rid of anyone who brings her down and makes her feel as though her authentic self is not good enough.
  • what does her body look like?
    • her body is toned and there is no look of fat which makes her feel lesser than she is. she is confident when she looks in the mirror and no longer labels herself as ‘fat’.
  • what does she focus on?
    • she focuses on school, her relationships and herself. she no longer procrastinates or locks herself away in a pit of depression.
  • how does she express her creativity?
    • she blogs, with the hope that she will make a difference in people’s lives and make them happy. she journals, draws and writes until her heart is content.
  • what is her purpose?
    • her purpose is to succeed, in school, her career, and in her creative outlets. she wants to make an impact in this grim world in an effort to make it bright.

Here is the visual spread I created in my bullet journal:

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Through visualizing my dream self, the balance I need and asking myself those questions, I have the motivation to change my life in order to obtain these things, to make my dream a reality.

That is it for the first episode of the better me diaries, I hope you guys enjoyed and if you did make sure to subscribe to my blog, this series will be going up every Sunday! here is my mood board on Pinterest!

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June Favorites!

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This past month has been jampacked full of all different types of things, new experiences, adventures and things I have fallen in love with! So here are some things I loved during the month of June!

Beauty/Haircare

Now that it is summertime it is so important to make sure your skin is protected, especially the sensitive skin on your face! I have been using this sunscreen on my face for years and recommend it to anyone! It is not greasy at all and does not feel heavy on the skin! It also allows your skin to breath and still get a good tan without burning!

I was in search of a new leave-in treatment for my hair and I am so happy I found this one! This Mist is amazing for when you get out of the shower, it detangles and hydrates your hair as well as takes away frizz! You can also spray it on dry hair to refresh it when you are in between washes!

 

Books

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

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I recently finished this book and will be posting a review next week! This book was an amazing murder mystery and thriller, I finished it within a day because I just could not put it down!

 

Podcasts

  • Gals on the Go

This podcast is perfect for any girl bosses looking to get tips and tricks on how to be the best they can be. Brooke Miccio and Danielle Carolan are college lifestyle YouTubers, their podcast is absolutely amazing and I recommend it to anyone who is in need of some motivation and insight on various topics! Check it out here!

  • Young & Ambitious

I have been watching Siena Mirabella for years now and I have always loved her videos! This podcast talks about various things and is the perfect podcast for girl bosses! Definitely, go check and out here!

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  • Music

All of the songs I loved in the month of June can be found on my June Spotify playlist! If you want to check it out you can click here!

  • JBL Flip 3 Speaker

Image result for jbl flip 3 blueI have been using this speaker for a couple years now and it is absolutely perfect for the summertime! It is splash resistant so is perfect for lounging by the pool or going to the beach! The sound quality is amazing and the bass on the speaker is pretty good for such a small speaker!

 

 

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What have you been loving this summer?

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Summer Wishlist 2019!

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There are SO many things I want to buy this summer! Here are a few things I have saved in my cart and will hopefully be purchasing!

These are literally the cutest sandals ever! I have been needing a pair of new shoes because I only typically buy 2 a year so I think these would be a perfect addition to my wardrobe for the summer time!

 

 

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Recently I have been loving the color yellow and I have always wanted a pair of slip-on vans! I think these would be the perfect shoes to spice up an outfit and make it that much cuter!

 

 

Rompers are my favorite thing to dress up in during the summer! This romper is so cute and old navy is known for their amazing deals and high-quality clothing! This with the checkered yellow vans would be such a cute summer outfit!

 

 

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This is probably the most expensive thing I want right now but I have been eyeing an Apple watch for so long now! They are so useful, especially now that I have been working out lately and getting back into a fitness routine, and just for the simple fact that they are useful in general! I think I just might have to treat myself to one of these for my birthday in August!

 

Anklets are perfect to show off in the summertime and this one from Pura Vida is so cute! I have ordered from Pura Vida before and it is such an amazing company to buy from, I will definitely be investing in this Anklet before the end of summer!

 

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I have followed Whitney Simmons for years now and because of her, I have always wanted to try the GymShark brand! Since I have started working out I have been wanting to invest in some more workout leggings and sports bras so I will definitely have to try these out!

 

 

There are some things on my summer wishlist! I will definetly be doing a part 2 of this and when I purchase these products I will do a review! Don’t forget to follow my blog for updates every week!

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What is on your summer wishlist?

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Current Music Favorites!

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I have been absolutely obsessed with listening to music and discovering new artists and genres lately! I have been making a separate playlist for each month in order to prevent myself from listening to the same things over and over again! So here are some of my favorite songs right now! Don’t forget to follow me on Spotify! 

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Here is my June Playlist!

 

 

Favorite Songs:

Alaska– Maggie Rogers

Motion Sickness– Phoebe Bridgers

High Horse– Kacey Musgraves

Grow as We Go– Ben Platt

Free Animal– Foreign Air

La Song– Lewis Watson

Not What I Meant- Dodie (ft. Lewis Watson)

Up, Up and Away- Chance Pena

Rose-Colored Boy– Paramore

figure it out– Faith Marie

21– Mitch James

bad guy– Billie Eilish

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There are my current music favorites! What have you guys been listening to lately?

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Q&A Sunday pt.1: College, Lifestyle, Sorority and Much More!

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This was highly requested for me to do and I got a bunch of questions from you guys! If you would like to send in questions or ask for advice you can message me on instagram(@liveitwithkarla), comment below or email me at lifewithkarla@gmail.com! Let’s get into answering your guy’s questions!

  • How do you deal with roommate issues?

So this question is one I got multiple times and I can totally understand why. For most of us, college is going to be the first time you live with roommates that you don’t know, and it can be rough. Last year I lived in a 4 person dorm with 3 random girls, and it was a big adjustment, to say the least. The first thing to do is sit down and discuss rules, whether you are okay with overnight guests, how clean the dorm needs to be kept, whether or not you are comfortable with your things being borrowed and one of the most important things to discuss is partying, whether or not you are okay with typical party activities happening in the dorm.

One of the main issues we had as roommates was the lack of common courtesy. When living with other people you have to respect that you are not the only one sharing that space, so good things to do are ask before you have guests over or let your roommates know you are having a hard week academically and would prefer to keep the dorm quieter for the week. Any issue can be resolved and if you do not feel comfortable doing it on your own then seek out the help or advice of your RA, that is what they are there for! Focus on your academics and don’t allow roommate issues to impact the way you perform in your classes!

  • Advice for someone who has never partied before? How do I handle college party culture without getting overwhelmed?

First off you do not have to party in college, don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. Partying in college is very controversial but also a big part of the culture. If you do decide to party, stay safe and know your limits. Always go out in a group of 4 or bigger and establish a buddy for the night so the both of you can look out for each other and make sure the both of you are safe. It is so important to know your limits in terms of how comfortable you are going out, if you don’t feel comfortable going to a big party then don’t go, if your friends are true friends they will respect your decision not to go and won’t push you to do something you don’t want to.

  • How did you choose your major and why?

Originally when I committed to my college I was a pre-pa major focusing in biomedical. I think this had a lot to do with being a first-generation college student, I wanted to become a doctor and make my family proud even if it wasn’t the fit for me. I had a realization that what I was doing wasn’t the best choice, I wasn’t a science person by any means and I didn’t want to be stressed out my entire college career. So I set up a phone appointment with an academic advisor a month before I started my freshman year and she put me in more exploratory classes to figure out what was truly right for me.

When I started taking interest in Health Administration I met with an advisor for that specific major and instantly fell in love, the idea of still being able to help people but doing it in a different way really made me happy and I knew I choose the right major. It is however totally okay to not know what you want to do, just know that in time you will figure out what truly makes you happy, don’t focus on the amount of schooling or the salary you might receive but what truly is going to make you happy in the long run!

  • I don’t know if you have talked about this but do you deal with mental illness in college? How do you handle it?

This is something I haven’t really talked about but I’m happy to share some coping mechanisms I have adopted throughout the past year. I have always been a very anxious person, but I just figure it was nerved and it was something everyone dealt with. I finally was diagnosed with anxiety and depression about a year prior to coming to college, and it has truly changed my life. I personally take medication that helps control my anxiety and depression, but some days are worse than others. When I first moved to college I would get really homesick and depressed to the point where I didn’t want to get out of bed to do anything. That is when I started going to a counselor, something I had never done before.

Being able to talk to someone and just have them listen is an amazing feeling, I was able to express these feelings and she provided me with different ways of handling what I was dealing with. This truly helped me get my depression under control, and while sometimes it would flare up, I knew that it would pass and I would be happy again. I also developed very bad test anxiety, I always felt that I was going to fail a test, no matter how much I studied for it, I would get my grades back and I would always do better than I had told myself.

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, in college, there are a lot more people suffering from it than you will know, it is important to know you aren’t alone. Surround yourself with amazing people who will lift you up and remind you why you are on this journey and never lose sight of your dreams and goals.

  • Tips for someone interested in joining a sorority?

So I recently joined a service sorority on campus which means I am not apart of a “true greek” sorority. Basically, we don’t participate in rushing and instead, we do 2 weeks of recruitment followed by a new member period so my sorority does things a little differently but I still do experience the culture of a sorority. Recruitment and meeting all of the girls is a bit intimidating, mainly because I was worried about saying the wrong this and messing up but it honestly is all about being your honest and true self. I remember feeling nervous before I would go to events but once I started to get to know the girls it made me feel so much better.

I would recommend going into everything with an open mind and open heart, be ready to get out of your comfort zone and spend a large amount of your time talking to new people and getting to know them. Also, make friends in your new member class(the people you rush with) because you are all in the same boat and can talk to each other and voice any concerns. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t receive a bid from the sorority you really wanted, there are always others and take it as an opportunity to realize that maybe that sorority wasn’t a good fit for you! A sorority is all about being apart of a sisterhood and experiencing amazing things with amazing people, you will not regret following your heart and creating bonds and friendships with everyone!

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The Best College Classes I Have Taken

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This post was highly requested on my Instagram so here it is! I also have an announcement so be sure to read the end of this post! If you have any post ideas or posts you would like to see please comment below! Here are my favorite classes I have taken thus far in my college career!

  • PSY 250: Abnormal Psychology

This class has to be one of my favorite classes I have taken here at central, the content was interesting and the professor was passionate about the course throughout. I took this because I was originally a psychology minor, which I have decided to drop and switch to a leadership minor instead, but I do not regret taking this course whatsoever. It provided me with insight on different mental illnesses and how they affect people in different ways. I learned a lot about illnesses that I personally related to and it gave me a better idea as to why I might experience anxiety and different ways to go about treating it. I received a B in this class, mainly because I did not work as hard as I should have, but the content and professor made this class amazing and I would recommend it to anyone interested in psychology!

  • LDR 200: Introduction to Leadership

This was the first course I took as a part of my leadership minor and it has been my all-time favorite class I have taken. The class was set up so each person was apart of a “family”, basically the group you would be with the entire class and complete activities and projects with. My family was amazing to work with and we still keep in contact even though the class has ended. I got to complete team building activities, learn more about who I am as a leader, rock climb, and by far the most impactful activity we did was ziplining. I have a huge fear of heights, and this activity challenged me to push past the discomfort and fear. We had to climb a twenty-foot ladder up to a platform where we were hooked up to a zip line, we had to say something we wanted to leave on top of that platform, something that has held us back in our lives. For me, I said not being able to truly love myself was something I wanted to leave on the platform, after that we had to fall backward, trusting the zip line to catch us and carry us to the bottom. I remember physically shaking and not being able to control it, a pit formed in my stomach and I began to cry because I was afraid. Finally, I let go of this fear and fell backward, landing safely on the ground. This class taught me so much about myself and has been by far the most impactful class I have had.

  • HSC 507: Introduction to Health Service Organization System

This course was one of the first I took for my major, and it really made me realize my passion for the healthcare system and how much I wanted to change it. We watched a video entitled “Escape Fire”, it was about the U.S health care system and how corrupt and broken it really is, and before seeing this film I did not realize how bad it really was. After watching this film I had a moment where I truly realized why I was majoring in Health Administration, to help people, and that has always been a passion of mine. My professor for this class, who is also my advisor, was very upfront and unlike any professor, I have had before. He really wanted us to succeed, he didn’t want us to worry about our grade but instead focus on the content he was teaching. I appreciate the content this class taught me about not only the healthcare system but about myself as well.

  • HSC 333: Managing Health Populations

I didn’t necessarily like the content in this class, I more am listing this class because of the professor. She has been one of the best professors I have ever had, she really cares about us as students and if we ever had something come up she was super understanding and was always willing to work with us. She also went out of her way to make organize the rest of my classes and set up my course plans for the rest of my time at central. The content in this class was interesting at sometimes, we learned a lot about epidemiology which is very interesting to me. Overall I loved this class because of my amazing professor and all the friends I made in this course!

 

There are my favorite classes I have taken so far! I am only in my 4th semester of college, so im sure this list will grow as I get farther into my college career. Just to clarify I am majoring in Health Administration with a minor in Leadership!

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What are some of your favorite classes you have taken?

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