Journaling

One of my favorite hobbies every since middle school has been journaling. Being able to keep something so personal and unique has always appealed to me. I guess what I like about journaling the most is that I can write and draw whatever I like, and no one has to read it! Keeping a journal has definitely allowed me to get out frustration, anger, happiness, loneliness, etc. I know for most people it can be a challenge to start a journal so I thought I would share some tips on how to start you journaling journey!

First, find a journal!

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To start the journaling process you must of course find a journal. When looking for a journal seek a good quality one that will last you. I tend to look for journals that have interesting covers and pages that are blank. Some people prefer minimalistic covers and pages with lines. It’s all about your personal preference.

Pens, pens, and more pens

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You know how buying school supplies makes you feel more motivated, well this relates to journaling. Buying colorful pens can get your creative juices flowing and motivates you to write and draw in your journal. Get creative and make something awesome!

Just keep writing

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When I was a junior in high school my English teacher made us write in our notebooks for 10 minutes straight every day. Yes, you will get hand cramps, but this method helps you get better at your writing skills. Just write whatever you want! It doesn’t have to make sense. Just don’t put that pen down!

Save your memories

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I love saving movie tickets, photos, notes in my journal. It’s nice just to keep a piece of those precious moments with you. When you’re old and wrinkly looking back in your journal you will be able to reminisce those moments. You can even write down your favorite quotes or lyrics at the time! When you look back on it you’ll really see how much you have changed!

Plan out your week

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Journals don’t have to be strictly about writing down your thoughts and feelings. If you are needing some planning and organization in your life I suggest planning out your week in your journal! This keeps you motivated to check things off your to do list and to stay on track!

I hope you guys enjoyed my journaling tips! Journaling has helped me get through so much in my life! If you have any other journaling tips leave them in the comment section below! Have a great week guys and happy journaling!

-Hailey

Spring Essentials

Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Monday (because mine was super rough)! Today marks the first day of spring, and since my last blog post was my winter favorites I thought I would share with you my spring favorites. Spring is not my favorite season, but I’m definitely ready for some warm weather! So, without further to do here are my spring essentials!

Rain Jacket 

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Rain jackets are a must in the spring time! Spring showers pop up all over east Tennessee, and there is nothing worse than walking to class without a rain jacket or umbrella. So invest in a nice rain jacket to get you through the April showers!

Allergy Medicine

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This might not be an essential for some of you but it definitely is for me! The main reason why spring isn’t my favorite season is because it’s allergy season. With all of the trees and flowers blooming it can really hit me hard and leave me feeling miserable! Allegra is my savior so if you are struggling with allergies this spring hit up a CVS.

Chacos

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Is it really spring if you aren’t wearing Chacos? After an entire winter of hibernating in my dorm room I like to slip on my Chacos and head out on a hike! Enjoy the upcoming warm weather!

Sunglasses

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Spring time means longer days, so pull out your favorite pair of sunnies! Invest in a nice pair of sunglasses that will last you a while and that will go with any outfit! Also, buy a case to put them in! I always end up throwing my sunglasses in my bag and they get scratched up!

Those are all of my spring favorites for this post! If you have any spring favorites that you would like to share comment below! Thanks for checking out my post! Talk to you guys soon!

-Hailey

Winter Favorites

When I think of March I start to envision spring. Not so much this March. Actually, I was thinking more about spring in February! All I know is that I am ready for winter to be done and over with. Winter is definitely my least favorite season and I sort of go into survival mode during that part of the year. I always end up sick, with dry skin, and looking as pale as a ghost. I’m not even a huge fan of spring, but I’ll take it over winter any day. Okay, well enough of me rambling about my hatred for winter, here are my favorite products and items for the winter season!

Lip Medex

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I am not joking when I say that this is my favorite chapstick hands down. This little blue pot of magic has saved my chapped lips more than once. Super cheap, super small and easy to carry around, it’s the best.

Scarves

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If you know me, chances are you have seen me wearing a scarf. I love scarves. I think they are a super easy way to keep yourself warm but also looked dressed up. I buy a lot of neutral colored scarves so I can throw them on in the morning and I’m out the door.

Leggings

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Is it really winter if I’m not seen wearing leggings? To me, leggings are the only good thing about winter. I love leggings if you couldn’t already tell. They are so comfy and easy to wear. They go with almost anything and they are like $15. Buy them. Wear them. And love them.

Electric Blanket

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This is what love and happiness looks like. Electric blankets are truly a gift sent from the heavens. They will keep you warm and toasty in your bed, and most of them have a timer on them so they will turn off after a few hours so they won’t burn your house down. 10/10 you need it in your life.

Those are all of the winter favorites I have for today! I probably will make another post with more winter favorites in the near future! Have a great day guys, and we will talk soon!

-Hailey

Taking On D.C.

Hello, everyone! I hope all of you had a great spring break! It’s time to get back into the swing of things and finish this semester off strong! Over the break I visited the nation’s capitol with a few friends. I’ve visited D.C. once before and let’s just say that Washington is like Johnson City, but 20 times bigger and on steroids. I know I’m definitely not used to being pushed around everywhere I go and all the hustle and bustle that comes with living in a big city. I thought I would provide some helpful tips on how to survive in Washington D.C. for anyone thinking about visiting the capitol! Enjoy!

Buy a Metro Card

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If you are visiting D.C. chances are you will be spending a majority of your time sitting on the metro. Booking a hotel in D.C. can be expensive so to save money find a hotel just outside the city (we stayed in Springfield, Virginia). Driving and parking in D.C. is also a nightmare. You are better off putting $15 on a metro card and taking it into the city.

Bring Hand Sanitizer 

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Riding on the metro also means you are going to encounter a lot of people being packed together. Running around D.C. and visiting areas with heavy foot traffic probably means that plenty of people have coughed, sneezed, or God knows what on the surface that you are touching. Who has time to find a bathroom to wash your hands when you are trying to eat delicious street food? Carry hand sanitizer for an easy way to clean your hands!

Bundle Up

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At this time of the year D.C. is still experiencing that weird weather that consists pf 68 degree days and then 20 degree days. Most of our trip there consisted of 20 degree days (lucky us). All I can say is that I underestimated how cold it would actually be. So be prepared!

Bring Good Shoes and Walk Fast

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People is D.C. are trying to get to point A to point B in as little time as possible, so move out of their way. For real, people in that city do not care to run you over, besides they probably are running late to their press conference or something. And you will be walking a lot. I mean A LOT. SO bring comfy shoes that you know will do you good.

Download the D.C. Metro App

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This app is a lifesaver. Need to know which color line to take? How long will it take to get from the Pentagon to the Smithsonian? Will your train be on time? This app will answer every question that you have.

Anxiety

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I don’t remember a time in my life when I was anxious.

From a young age I started showing signs of having high anxiety. I get nervous over everything, even things that shouldn’t make me nervous. It’s hard trying to explain to people how you are feeling when you have an anxiety disorder. It’s almost painful. So much pressure builds up inside of you. Your chest feels like it’s about to explode and your heart is racing. Before I started treating my anxiety this is how I felt almost all the time. I felt stuck with no way out. It was awful, and I know plenty of people who have felt like this or still feel this way.

High anxiety is so common in people these days, especially college students. I am lucky enough to have resources to help me with my anxiety, but I know a lot of people don’t. I don’t want anyone to feel the way that I used to feel. So here are some ways to help reduce anxiety.

Acknowledge Your Stress, but Don’t Let it Take Over You 

Don’t try to push your feelings to the side. Take time to think about how you are feeling. Accept when you are feeling anxious. Know that this feeling will pass over and you will be okay. You have done this before, and you can do it again.

Explore The Outdoors

Whenever you are feeling stressed head outside to get a breath of fresh air. Walk around for a bit, listen to music. Going for walks by myself is one of my favorite ways to focus on myself and my needs.

Focus On The Now

Don’t let your mind play tricks on you. If you are worrying about something that has already happened, know that you cannot go back and fix it. If you are worrying about something in the future, know that that time will come and there is no need to worry about it now. Stay in the present and keep your attention there.

Take A Deep Breath

Breathe. Allow yourself to relax. Know that you are human and that you have imperfections. Everyone needs to take a deep breath every once in a while.

Watch Bob Ross

Yeah. No joke. I love watching Bob Ross videos. There are hundreds of them on youtube for free. Listening to this man’s voice is so calming and his happiness makes me happy as well. I watch The Joy of Painting shows late at night when I am trying to go to sleep! I turn a video on, watch Bob paint an evergreen, listen to him talk about happy little clouds, and soon enough I am passed out. Bob Ross is truly a kindred spirit. Check out his videos if you are looking for something to calm you down after a rough day.

 

I hope these tips help you guys out! I know how hard it can be to live with anxiety and I want to do my best to help people find a way out of it. Have a great week guys and I’ll talk to you soon!

-Hailey

Easy Meals for Dorm Living

Ah! The life of luxury that comes with living in a dorm. Noisy neighbors, stinky hallways, and the occasional critter that crawls across the floor. Yup, there is nothing else like living in a dorm.

Dorm living is definitely not like living at home. You have to make a lot of sacrifices to adjust to dorm life. Get used to wearing flip flops in the community shower, or washing your dishes in your bathroom sink.

The worst part is trying to make food when you have only a microwave. After a while frozen meals and junk food become the last thing that you want to eat. Why sacrifice good quality food for the dorm experience when you can have both!

Here are some easy meals that you can make in your dorm room without having to use an oven or stove top!

Yogurt, Granola, and Fruit

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This has to be one of my favorite things to eat, and it is super easy too! I usually buy plain or vanilla flavored yogurt and add Honey Bunches of Oats Granola. I prefer to add some fruit as well like strawberries or blueberries. Super quick, super easy, and super yummy!

 

Upgrade Your Ramen

Yes, I know. You probably eat ramen all the time and you are probably sick of it. Or you can’t make ramen because you don’t have a stove in your dorm. If so what I am going to show you will change your life. Ladies and gents, this is the Rapid Ramen Cooker and it is here to make your life a whole lot easier!

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Instead of boiling your ramen noodles on the stove you can put them in this little contraption and cook them in the microwave! This cooker is reusable and really easy to clean.

If you still are too burnt out on ramen try adding veggies, egg or other meats into the mix. My favorite way to eat ramen is to add broccoli and lots of sriracha!

Microwavable Eggs 

I know this sounds disgusting, but it works! Eggs are so easy to make (I literally can’t cook anything but I can make eggs) and they are filling. The only downside is that you have to have a stove to make them on! Well, guess again!

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Crack two eggs into a coffee mug. Add salt, pepper, and two tablespoons of milk. Stir all of your ingredients together and microwave the mug for 45 seconds. Take out the cup and stir the contents again. Microwave again for 30 seconds or until the eggs are set!

 

That’s all I have for you guys today! I hope you try out some of these meals if you are struggling with making food in your dorm! Comment below if you have any quick and easy recipes to share and don’t forget to like this post! Have a great day!

-Hailey

Staying Motivated in College

It’s that time of the semester. When all of your classes aren’t so new anymore, and syllabus week is a distant memory. Every time I go to class, check D2L, or even breathe it seems that my school keeps piling up. And every time something new is added to my to do list my motivation goes down a bit.

Now, I am definitely a procrastinator. I always regret waiting till the last minute, but when you are a full time college student, have a job, and are apart of a national honor society it can become hard to stay on top of all of your work. Some days it seems as though I just can’t get a break, and it’s so hard to say no to watching another episode of your favorite show.

So, I am assuming we are all starting to feel this semester kicking into full gear. And I am also assuming that many of you are procrastinators just like me. Motivation is the only way we can keep on moving  on and start checking off tasks on our to do list. So here are some ways to stay motivated when you feel like your world is falling apart.

Tip #1- Buy a Planner

Planners are great for people who tend to forget about homework or projects assigned to them. Keep a planner in your backpack so when you are assigned school work you can go ahead and write it down so you won’t forget! Also, planners are great for people who need help with their time management skills. Plan out your day and what assignments you should be working on. This should make your life a whole lot easier! When you can see your entire week planned out it helps you not over stress and keeps you motivated.

Tip #2- Look For Support

College becomes 10 times easier when you add friends and study buddies into the mix. If you are having trouble staying on top of things find people to work with in the same class as you. When working with another person it motivates you to get the work done even more!

Tip #3- Don’t Let Failure Discourage You

College is all about failing and learning from it. Just because you didn’t do so well on that history test doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try in the class anymore. Let your failures be lessons. Try harder next time. There is always a next time.

Tip #4- Remind Yourself of Your End Goal

Even though college is a lot of hard work, money, stress, and tears in the end it will all be worth it. You will thank yourself for staying up late studying for that final. You won’t thank yourself for watching that other episode on Netflix. Stay in a positive mindset, and don’t get distracted. Keep working to reach your goal.

 

Motivation is something really difficult to keep up all the time. With all of the stress and failures in our lives we begin to wonder if college is even worth it. But I promise it is. In the end you will be happy that all of your hard work is finally being appreciated. If this post helped you out please like it, and if you have any topics that you would like some advice on leave it in the comments! I hope you guys have a productive week!

-Hailey

 

 

Rings

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic week! This week definitely was a rough one for me, but that’s what it is like to be a college student.

For this week’s post I thought I would let you guys have a glimpse inside of my life.  My bio on this blog doesn’t go into too much detail, and I think my audience should know more about me!

I thought it might be boring if I just wrote a post about my personal life, so I decided to get a little creative. In this blog I am going to share with you guys the rings that I wear every day and the story behind them.

I think jewelry is such an awesome way for people to express themselves and each piece has a story behind it. So here is my ring story!

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*Going from left to right*

Left hand ring finger: This is one of the oldest rings that I own. I bought this ring when I visited Mexico when I was around the age of 11. My parents and I took a trip to a Mayan village while in Mexico and I found this ring in one of their shops. This ring has six triangles on it. Each triangle is made up of opal.

Left hand thumb ring: This ring is one of the newest ones added to my collection. I bought this ring over the summer on a trip to Gatlinburg with my mom. My mom and I don’t always get along the best, but this trip was a really good bonding experience for us. I had been wanting to find a thumb ring so I bought one on this trip to remind me of the good time that my mom and I had.

Right hand middle finger: I want to say I bought this ring around two years ago. It was during this summer and the highlands festival in Abingdon, Virginia was being held. My family and I always like to check out the highlands festival each year, as this is a tradition for us. I found a vendor that was selling rings and I went to check it out. I met this really kind woman from Serbia who sells these rings. The stone in the ring is real. The stone is dark green (almost black) with gold flecks inside of it.

Right hand ring finger: This ring has to be my favorite out of the bunch. I received this ring as a six-month anniversary present from my boyfriend, Cody. On December 9, 2016 Cody and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary, so you can say that I have had this ring for a good amount of time. The stone is Ethiopian opal (a peachy/orange color). The stone also used to be round, but over time the stone has chipped away and is now flat, but I still love it.

Okay, I hope you guys enjoyed this post and got to know more about me! I know this isn’t the usual content that I post, but I thought this was a cool and creative way to tell a little bit more about myself. Leave a comment below telling me more about yourself! Don’t forget to like this post, and I will talk to you guys soon!

-Hailey