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emmacaroline

  • Health, School

    Say Goodbye to Mid-Semester Slumps

    Mid-Semester Slumps

    Say Goodbye to the Existential Dread

    Halfway through the semester, I found myself completely burnt out. Overwhelmed with a full schedule and a color-coded planner demanding all my time, I needed a change. Although I had no motivation in the mood to give up, I also didn’t have the energy to wallow.

    These are the steps I took.

    Rest

    Sometimes all your brain needs is a nap and a snack to refresh. I began forcing myself to turn off my phone. Without the anxiety of missing a text or call, I had time and head space to enjoy things like a hot shower, a charcoal mask, and an entire movie. Whatever helps you feel mentally and physically rested is important. Taking care of oneself isn’t an option. Self-care is adamant.

    Cook

    For some, cooking is stressful. But for those who enjoy the challenge, cooking is an excellent way to clear your mind. I love discovering a new recipe. Cooking is therapeutic and rewarding. Try it sometime!

    Exercise

    I am constantly thinking about where I need to be and when. Time is personally, a big stressor. Therefore, it is relaxing to clear my agenda and go to the gym. I love taking my time at the gym and allowing myself to relieve stress. The gym isn’t always relaxing. However, exercise can be done almost anywhere. For example, take a nice, long run through the neighborhood. Blast the headphones and block out the world.

    Let go

    Saying no is healthy. Accepting every invitation or offer is exhausting. When one begins living to please, they stop living for themselves. Learn to say no to things that aren’t mandatory – as well as things you don’t actually want to do. Making decisions for oneself also makes it easier for one to partake in self-care.

    Take a break and allow yourself to rest. Brains can’t function on empty.
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  • Cooking, Food

    You HAVE to Try This Perfect Avocado Toast Recipe

    You Have To Try This Perfect Avocado Recipe

    The Perfect Avocado Toast

     

    A recipe so delicious – I had to share!

    I have tried so many different ways to eat avocado toast. However, I have discovered the way it is made best. When I first tried avocado toast, I wasn’t into it and did not understand the hype. But then, I had someone make it the right way for me and wow – SO good! All you have to do is follow my simple instructions below.

    I have had avocado toast from highly rated breakfast spots but none as good as mine!

    Here’s what you need: 

    • 1 avocado
    • 1 slice of whole grain bread
    • Red pepper flakes
    • Himalayan pink salt
    • 1 tsp olive oil
    • 1 egg (optional)
    • 1 lemon (optional)
    1. Cut avocado in half. I usually only use one half and save the rest for later.
    2. Toast bread. You can use a toaster or the oven (I am in college and don’t have a toaster.)
    3. Take one avocado half and scoop it out. Then, use a fork to mash the avocado while adding a splash of olive oil.
    4. Spread the avocado onto the toasted bread. Sprinkle salt and red pepper flakes to your liking.
    5. If you want to add an egg on top for a balanced breakfast. Boil an egg, chop it up, and top off your toast!
    6. If desired, slice up a lemon and squeeze on top. It adds a zesty, delicious flavor!

    It is so GOOD, extremely filling, and so easy to make. I also like to experiment with different seasonings. Lemon pepper is random, but I think it tastes really good on top.

    This avocado toast is so delicious I have to refrain from eating it every single day.

     

  • School

    Fun Ideas for a Spring Break Spent at Home

    Ideas For Spring Break

    Fun Ideas for a Spring Break Spent at Home

    It seems like everyone but you has plans for an amazing Spring Break vacation. Don’t let this get you down. You also have amazing Spring Break plans – regardless if you go anywhere.

    If you are stuck at home for Spring Break, this list is for you!

    Read

    All those books on your reading list that are sitting on your shelf collecting dusty are ready to be picked up. Grab the one you’ve been eyeing and go outside and read while soaking up some sun in the backyard. Or go to a local coffee shop, get your favorite pastry, and read.

    Binge Netflix

    There are so many shows on Netflix that have many seasons to keep you busy all week. My favorite shows to binge are Grey’s Anatomy, Law and Order, Friends, That 70’s show, You, Gossip Girl and The Office. All of these shows are extremely addicting. Trust me, you will not get bored.

    Bake

    Bake cookies or a cake. If you don’t usually bake, learn! Baking is so much fun and you get to eat whatever you bake. Get creative and just experiment. Learn to bake in a new way, like making vegan or healthy chocolate chip cookies. There are so many recipes and fun ideas on Pinterest, so have fun looking them up and start baking!

    Redecorate/Organize

    I am sure your room could use a new look, I know mine could. Change up the way your bed is positioned in your room, or move your dresser next to the window. Change things up a bit. Or organize your drawers. I know it is easy for clothes to get jumbled up and it becomes frustrating trying to close drawers. So, dedicate a day to organizing, refolding your clothes or redo your closet.

    Exercise

    Go on a morning run or start a new exercise routine. Exercising can only improve your health, so try it out! Or maybe go on Youtube and learn how to do yoga or pilates. There are so many different workouts out there and Youtube is full of free ones.

    Treat Yourself

    Give yourself a spa day. Put on a face mask, prop up your feet and watch your favorite romance movie. Finally, paint your fingernails and toenails. It’s about time – since you have been slowly watching the polish chip the past few months.

    Start A Blog

    Finally, write that first blog post you have been putting off for months. You know have a whole week to design a blog and express yourself through writing. Be bold and make it your own!

    There are an endless amount of ideas to keep you occupied all spring break.

    If you find yourself bored, think of all the things you’d like to do during the school year that you never have time for and do them!

    Make the most of your week and relax. You deserve it!

  • Home Life

    Make Your Room Instantly Cozy!

    Make Your Room Instantly Cozy

    Make Your Room Instantly Cozy!

    Sometimes the smallest changes make the largest impact

     

    My Christmas lights above my dresser were pathetically hanging by one nail with half of the lights not shining at all. Which meant I had to use my overhead light that made the ambiance more like a gas station. My bookshelf was full of random items and was used for storage rather than books.

    My room felt miserable to be in. It was cluttered and disorganized.

    When I come home after a long day, I want to put on my pajamas and curl up in my blankets surrounded by warm lights that make me feel cozy and happy. My blank walls, broken lights, and junky bookshelf were not giving me the happy vibes I needed. When I finally had enough – I brainstormed on how to make my room somewhere I wanted to be.

    I started with my blank walls. I picked up a stack of photographs that had been sitting there for months waiting to be used and hung them. This instantly changed how my room felt. It felt less like an apartment and more like my sanctuary.

    Next, my bookshelf needed a major redo. I took the random items and placed them inside of an antique suitcase I had and grabbed my favorite books to place in my bookshelf. Cleaning up that bookshelf was such a small thing but it made a huge difference in my room. My room was already cleaner and less junky.

    Finally, to the Christmas lights.

    The lights definitely needed to be replaced. I drove to Hobby Lobby and bought a 3ft strand of Christmas lights. I hung them so that they were on the wall surrounding my entire room. The aesthetic of my room completely changed, and now gives me that warm and cozy feeling every bedroom needs.

    I lit my candle, which was perfectly placed on my bookshelf, full of books and wow it felt so much better! I was shocked at how different my room looked and felt. Now, I look forward to hanging out in my room and I love it so much. I get so excited to finally get home, jump in my comfy bed and lay under the yellow lights with a book in my hand and the smell of a candle burning.

  • Articles, Relationships

    Getting Over A Breakup Is Hard

    Getting Over A Breakup Is Hard

    Getting Over a Breakup Is Hard

    How I dealt with mine – 

     

    My first breakup was shocking to me. Although it was my decision, it affected me more than I expected. Two years with someone and now they are out of your life. For good. It is a weird feeling and your emotions are out of whack. So many things remind you of them, almost everything in the beginning. You feel like things are going to be life-changing and dramatic when you break up with someone. In a way it is, but only because it is change. It still hurt, but it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. After all, I had lived without this person most of my life what made me think I wouldn’t be okay without them? So anyway here are some things I learned that made the experience overall a little better.

    It’s okay to not be okay

    Cry if you need to cry. Lay in bed and sulk and be upset. Be mad and angry and feel all the things. If you don’t let yourself be sad it is bound to come up later, so save yourself and get closure at the beginning so that you’re not still thinking about all the unanswered question you could have. Eat your chocolate and watch your sad movies, it doesn’t make you pathetic. Losing someone you love and your best friend is hard so you’re allowed to be upset.

    Time is Essential

    When it is still fresh, you are not going to magically wake up and feel like it didn’t happen. You will go thru a lot of ups and downs. One day you’ll be side, the next day you may be distracted and shove it in the back of your mind. You may even think you’ve gotten over it and then the next day you see a movie you always watched together and the sadness rushes in. Things will be different for a while, don’t rush it.

    Treat Yourself

    Get your nails done, go to Target and buy things you don’t need (Target is therapy, don’t argue me on that one), or go on a run to clear your mind. Taking care of yourself and your body will make you feel so much better. So put on your charcoal mask and binge-watch your favorite Netflix show, you deserve it.

    Do Some Organizing!

    One thing I did was purging my junk. I cleaned out my closet, organized my junk drawer, and decluttered my room. Being upset urges me to clean for some reason, but it honestly helps so much and makes everything feel cleansed. Maybe it’s in my head, but it really distracts me, eases my mind, and makes me feel like I have my life together, somewhat.

    Find You

    It is easy to lean on someone for your identity, especially in a relationship. Go out and don’t be afraid to try new hobbies, make new playlists, do what you like to do because you don’t have anyone else telling you to change the song. Start a journal or go get that book that’s been sitting on your book list for months now. There is always room to learn and grow so view this as more time to get to know who you are. Express yourself in new ways and learn to love you because there is so much freedom in being confident in who you are.

    Find Comfort in Being Alone

    It’s easy to rely on your friends during times like this and it’s okay to surround yourself with people you love but learn to also do things by yourself. If you are afraid to be alone this is a perfect time to get out of your comfort zone. If you learn to enjoy your own company, you’ll always be okay. Go to the grocery store, go get food, or go read a book in a coffee shop. I used to hate being alone I would never go to Target or TJ Maxx without a friend because it made me uncomfortable. After my breakup, I moved to a new city and was forced to learn this the hard way. So enjoy yourself, it is okay to do things alone…it is very enjoyable for me now and now I don’t have this need to constantly rely on people.

    All in all, breakups are hard and everyone copes differently. Just know, that you will be okay and there are better things to come. You have so much to look forward to!

  • Body Image, Confidence, Health

    My Fitness Journey

    My Fitness Journey

    Learning the Difference Between Self-Sabotage and Self-Care

    When I was 14 I decided to make a change. Chubby and tired of being labeled “the chubby friend”, I started a 30-day workout video called “30 Day Shred” by Julian Michaels. I also downloaded the My Fitness Pal app to count calories. All of this was completely new to me and I had zero knowledge of working out or healthy eating.

    However, I did know that the Google search results on “how to lose 20 pounds in a week” were not working.

    Within the first week of counting calories and working out, I noticed results. Because I was in the ninth grade, my metabolism was probably in its prime. I just needed to put in a little effort because of bad genes. Thanks, Mom and Dad. Without realizing it, I lost 30 pounds in a month! Often, I lost motivation and did not want to work out, but watching the scale go down helped me to persevere.

    If you know anything about counting calories – you know that once you factor your weight loss, it lowers your calorie intake and so on. Ultimately, this created an obsessive behavior. As the weight continued dropping, I managed to still see myself as the chubby, 130-pound girl I was determined to erase.

    I was miserable. I constantly thought about food, and wouldn’t hang out with friends if I hadn’t worked out. If I missed one day of working out, I felt like I had gained 5 pounds. If I ate more than 2 slices of pizza I would take laxatives to make up for it. After diving straight into an incredibly unhealthy mentality, I didn’t eat cake on my birthday because I was afraid it would make me fat. I was afraid of food and terrified of gaining any weight.

    This went on for a while until I was miserable enough to confess to my sister – which wasn’t much of a confession because all I ever talked about was food and working out so she had already noticed.

    My mentality was so messed up. I started to research on maintaining my weight and tried to find stories about people who had gone through the same thing. I found nothing.

    It wasn’t until I came across a girl on Instagram who had just finished a workout guide called BBG. Grace had abs and that was what I was striving for. I worked hard and wanted abs to prove it. So I started doing BBG and I did not like it, at all. I thought the workouts were boring because I was a runner. I didn’t finish BBG but I continued to follow Grace and her fitness journey. BBG lead her to fall in love with lifting weights and cured her unhealthy relationship with food.

    Finally, I found my solution to this madness. Although the weight room was unfamiliar to me, I threw myself in. To be honest, I was clueless and felt like a man. Eventually, I  learned the correct form, put my headphones in and pretended to know what I was doing – using the Nike Training app as my guide. I fell in love with the gym. It became my stress reliever and my favorite part of the day. My body was sore, but seriously who doesn’t like that feeling? I felt so strong but just wanted to transform my body.

    Weight lifting resolved my eating issues. I fell in love with healthy eating and learned how to balance my meals and fuel my body according to my new active lifestyle. I stopped counting calories and solely focused on how my body felt and the nutrients I was consuming.

    It is incredible the way my body has transformed. Now, I workout 4-6 days a week and love it. Also, I’m much stronger and am learning a lot about form and technique with the help of Youtube and Instagram. It is crazy what you can accomplish if you just change your mentality. 

    Be healthy and take care of your body! WE can do anything. Girl power!