Life

Maintaining your Mental Health

Hey guys! I am very sorry that I have been MIA since the last time that I posted. I am currently going into my fourth week of classes of my last semester. So as you all can imagine things have been quite hectic for me, especially with getting settled with my everyday schedule and back into the swing of things. However along with this, for the past few weeks I have also found it sort of hard to try and write. Not only have I been physically busy, but so has my mind and I’ll admit not always in the most positive ways. With my life so rapidly changing each day before my eyes, it has certainly taken a huge toll on my mental health lately. Which is why I couldn’t exactly find the motivation to sit down and write. But I decided since that is the very reason that I have been so absent lately, why not just take a shot at sitting down and writing about it to see how it goes.

Mental health is something that many of us have difficulties with keeping up with, especially when we have so much going on in our lives we may just push it off or avoid acknowledging it. To be honest, I don’t know about some of you but personally I feel that acknowledging my mental health a bit scary sometimes making it hard for me to address it. Mental health struggles are completely normal for basically everyone (even those who say otherwise) so it is okay to to the things that we need to do in order to maintain it. It becomes especially important to make sure that we do not ignore maintaining our mental stability during times of lots of life changes and stress which is something that I am still learning each day. Not to talk about it as necessarily something that can be “controlled” because it is hard to try and control our minds. Our minds go where they want, when faster than we can even process what is going on in them.

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Life, World

Reasons Why I Love Traveling Alone 

Hey guys it’s me again! I hope everyone is still comtinuing to enjoy their holiday time. I know I definitely have been and happy that it is still not quite over yet. So I’m literally on the bus right now to go see my boyfriend in Philly to celebrate New Years with him. I also had a conversation earlier with my dad that inspired me a bit. If you know me personally you know that I do a lot of traveling by myself. Today I was just thinking and realized that I really do love traveling alone for so many reasons. I figured that this is also something that many others can relate to which is why I was like yeah I’m writing about it haha. Besides I’ve got some time to kill before I get there to him so sorry you guys have to be the victims of my boredom but it won’t be too long I swear! Haha

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Life

What Christmas is Like as an Older Child

Hey guys its me again! Bet you didn’t expect me to post again so quickly huh? Well here I am! Lol But I don’t have anything too lengthy for you guys today. I just wanted to talk a little bit about being an older child during Christmas season. Of course its appropriate because it is officially two days before Christmas. Also because yours truly knows a lot about this topic as I am the oldest of 5 siblings currently going through this. As the years have gone by my excitement and overall attitude toward Christmas has changed so much. When I was younger I remember being so excited on Christmas Eve to the point where trying to go to sleep was pretty much impossible. I would get so excited for Christmas morning that I would race into the living room with my siblings and see what gifts that “Santa” (aka my parents) got me. I remember being so happy to see that our Christmas tree was filled with presents underneath and not knowing where to even start with which to open. Although if I remember correctly I liked opening the smaller gifts first and saving the biggest ones for last. But anyways, lately I’ve just been thinking about how much has changed since these days since I am now 21 years old and a senior in college.

First off, I noticed it was hard enough for me to even get into the Christmas spirit this year while worrying about trying to get through the end of the semester between preparing for final exams, figuring out finances, booking travel arrangements and etc. So of course I was not necessarily focused on the fact that Christmas was coming. I remember my parents asking me at some point during the semester, “Hey, so what do you want us to get you for Christmas?” and I was completely taken back by this and confused. Now when they ask these questions it has gone from very specific requests for toys to asking for things that I literally need or cannot afford on my own. Or what literally no one can get enough of and that is money! “Don’t even bother getting me anything, I’ll just take the money you were going to spend on gifts or me.” Or even how about you know keep paying my phone bill for as long as I can stretch it out haha.

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Life

Chilling out During the Holidays

Hey guys its me again! Just wanted to check in with everyone. Sorry that I haven’t posted in awhile this past semester was super tough. So that pretty much meant I had no time for anything! But hey I just completely my last fall semester of school with just one more to go before the “big G, aka Graduation Day! But I still have a little bit of time before then so right now I am just focused on the current moment. Which is why I want to talk about one of my favorite times of the year, the holiday season! The holidays is a great time to chill out, take a step back and enjoy what really matters. So I decided I want to give you guys 4 tips on how to best enjoy your time off for the holidays!

   1. Catch up on some much needed rest!

We all know that sometimes our everyday lives can sometimes take away some of the essential rest that we need whether if its from school, work or any of the other things that we all indulge ourselves in each day.  With that said it is important that we take the time we have off during the holidays as the chance to catch up on some serious relaxation time. Sleep in, take naps, pamper yourself and catch up on your favorite shows! Take some time to rejuvenate after the rough semester, busy work week or whatever it might be causing you stress. Get some rest you deserve it!

2.  Enjoy some quality time with your family, friends or significant other.

Everyone knows that the holidays is the perfect time to spend quality time with your loved one! We often get so caught up in our everyday lives, that we do not always get to see and talk to the people we love the most as often as we need to. These are the people who keep us sane and support us through all of our hardships. And what better time to do this this then during the holidays? I don’t know about you guys but I can’t think of another time. Besides I know that I always manage to have a great time with the people in my life that I love whether if it is doing anything that has to do with food (because food always brings people together lol), going on shopping dates or just hanging out and catching up! Continue reading “Chilling out During the Holidays”

Life, Relationships

Young Love is Not Dead

Hey guys its me again! Sorry its been awhile since my last post my schedule has been super crazy lately. But I’ve been super excited about today’s topic that I absolutely love talking about and that is my relationship, I know sounds corny but whatever I have to admit it. My boyfriend Jamal and I have been together for awhile now and we have such a healthy relationship that is full of love. Not to sound cliche but we really entered each other’s lives as a breath of fresh air at just the right time.

But before I get more into the mushy stuff I just have to say that I am also really excited about this post is because it is has a special addition to it. I have been wanting to get into vlogging for awhile so Jamal and I decided to to film my first video together for this very special post! We took the chance to use this as the perfect chance to introduce my first of many video blogs along with share a little about us. We asked people on social media to send us a bunch of questions to answer about our relationship to incorporate into the video in order to make it fun and interactive. Besides if your’e not having fun with your significant other than something is seriously wrong. Fortunately we got a surprising amount of awesome questions that we were able to use for the video! So many that we had to split it into two parts in order to answer them! Guess people actually like us or something who knows. So I’ve included the links to my new YouTube channel towards the end so that you can get to them right from here!

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Life

Theme of the Year: Do What Makes You Smile

Hey guys so this topic is something I have definitely felt inclined to write about and share with you all because it is sort of my personal theme I am choosing to go by this year. For so long I have definitely been the type of person who would place my desires on the back burner for a variety of reasons. Whether if it is fear of what other people will think, putting too much on my plate or doubting my own potential. But this summer really allowed me to take some time to reflect on my current life and the things I want to change. I just thought about how stressed out I was last school year and realized one thing I felt I was lacking was doing the things that make me smile.

Not to say that I never did this before but I knew that I was not doing it ENOUGH. From juggling clubs, events, work, performances, finances, school and much more. I was barely incorporating anytime to do the things that make me happy. For a while I honestly began to forget what those things were and it made me crazy!

For example, one thing that has always been very important to me is expressing my creative side. One of my major outlets of that is singing and that’s one fact about myself that people should definitely know about me. (By the way this topic will get its own post so look out for that soon!) But I have always had such a great love and appreciation for music because of the pure beauty of expression it represents. Singing has been a great love of mine and given me my own unique way of expressing myself for as long as I can remember. It has always been included in my life and it has helped me through several difficulties in my life and also highlighted the good times. Overall I can say that I have a genuine love for it and it is one of the many things in my life that contribute to my happiness. Continue reading “Theme of the Year: Do What Makes You Smile”

World

Spread The Love People

 

Hey guys! So I don’t usually post too much online on my opinions on politics and news but with all of the madness that has gone on this week I’m finding it very difficult to not say anything. I feel that by not saying anything, or at least attempting to get some sort of message of mine out it is a waste of what could be valuable thoughts to extend. Most of us tend to always think that sharing our views or opinions won’t cause any sort of change. But you know what? This is not always true, at the end of the day you never know who will come across it. It can be a mass of people or just one single person, if you can make some impact that’s what matters. Not to say that you should just go on social media ranting and arguing back and forth with internet trolls who aren’t worth your time. But with so much madness in the world, we need more ambassadors to spread messages of love and positivity. We should use our talents and positions of power to extend these messages. Whether if it is through blogging, music, social media, sports teams or whatever it may be we can use this to benefit the world around us.

With constantly seeing negativity and hate in the news it can be very discouraging when thinking about what you can do to help. We think to ourselves “I am just one person, what could I possibly do?” The truth is yeah, one single person cannot solve all of the world’s problems. But what each individual person can do is start small and use their positions within their life context to make a difference. This can mean doing a better job with helping those in their local communities, extending kindness to strangers on the street, advocating for what you believe is right, help those who are hurting helping educate ignorant people, there are endless possibilities guys! Also do not shut someone down just because they have a views then you, but maybe try just having a simple conversation discussing your differences and see how far it goes. Do not discourage yourself and think that your actions and words don’t matter because to someone they will. For instance a simple “hello how are you?” can go such a long way.

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