How I Stay Active in College

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I have never had a rigorous workout routine. I was not much of a high school athlete and when I did play soccer in elementary and middle school, the workouts were contained to practices. I was the occasional treadmill-user and would go to a yoga class every now and then but consistency has never been my strong suit when it came to working out. Surprisingly, college changed that! I find myself doing something active every day of the week!

1// Walk Everywhere

I live on a very small campus so I don’t have to drive to any classes or any meals. The size makes it super easy to walk everywhere! In fact, walking is pretty much the only way you can get anywhere. It has been a super easy way to get my daily step count pretty high.

2// On-Campus Workout Classes

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday a group of us go to a kickboxing class on campus. It has been a super fun way to get some cardio into my week and I’ve met so many awesome girls through the class which makes it an easy decision to go workout.

3// Hit the Gym

I’m going to be honest, before college I don’t think I have ever used actual gym equipment. I know that sounds a little crazy but now I know how to work a lot of the equipment and feel more comfortable in the gym. That comfort has been helpful because previously I didn’t know how to use anything so I felt too nervous to go to the gym and make a fool of myself! Now I go to the campus gym on the days I don’t have kickboxing.

I know it can be hard to find motivation to work out but I found a good group and we motivate each other to stay in shape and workout consistently, making it an easier decision to get active!

What are some things keeping you motivated to stay active?

xo Carolyn

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Tips for the First Semester of College

 

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Obviously I am no expert on college, but I’d say I have learned a thing or two to pass along. My first semester wasn’t too bad. I performed well in school, made some great friends, and got involved in a couple activities I plan on continuing throughout my undergraduate years. So here are a few lessons I learned to have a great first semester.

1// Make the first move

Making friends can be hard, especially if you are going to a school where you don’t know anyone going in with you. But the easiest way to put yourself out there is to make the first move. Ask someone to lunch, invite someone to study with you, propose coffee with someone, etc. Chances are, there are plenty of people in the same position just waiting to be asked to hang out. Everyone needs a lunch buddy!

2// Prioritize

This can be tricky, especially with so many options for the different ways to spend your time. I made it a point to put my classes above my social life but I put mental sanity above everything and sometimes that meant taking a break and hanging out with friends. It’s all about balance! It can be hard to choose between doing all the different things the new environment has to offer, however you have to decide what is most important and what can wait.

3// Don’t be afraid to go to a meeting alone

There are so many different opportunities and sometimes taking advantage of those means going to an introductory meeting alone. I know in high school it would take some serious mental preparation before I could go to a meeting where I didn’t have a friend with me. I found that every meeting can be a good way to get to know more people and get involved in something new!

4// Join something

This goes along with number three in that you have to go to meetings in order to get involved in something. But keep in mind that college is not like high school where it is so easy and encouraged to get involved in every single club and hold every single leadership position possible. In college it’s best to just choose one or two things to devote your time to because as I found out, the classwork takes up a good chunk of time, making it hard to devote more time to extracurriculars.

5// Talk to your professors

Believe it or not, they want to help you and after every discussion I had with my professors, I felt more confident and better off. I discovered that as scary as it can be to talk to a professor, in the end they are the ones determining your grade so it can be helpful for them to see you are actually putting an effort into the class and desire to learn and grow.

As I said, I’m still learning and working towards a successful college career. However, these are a few of the things I found to be most important in finding my place in a new college life.

Let me know what helped you in your first semester of college and feel free to email me with suggestions for content you all want to see!!

xo Carolyn

Everyday Makeup Look

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Let me preface this by saying I am in no way a makeup expert.  In fact, I would call myself a beginner who doesn’t really know what I’m doing.  I’ve found certain things that work for me and have pretty much been sticking to my super simple makeup look for the past few years.  Yes, there are occasions when I go all-out, but for the most part this is the routine I stick to.

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I’ve been subscribing to Birchbox for a couple years now and could not recommend it more.  Every month you get a box with five beauty samples in it that are personalized to what you put on your profile.  The majority of the makeup I use comes from Birchbox and honestly the sample sizes are so big that I hardly ever buy makeup anymore because everything I need just seems to come in the mail at the perfect time!

I try not to use too much foundation. In fact, most days I skip the foundation.  Normally I just put a little bit of concealer on the problem areas and jump right into my eye makeup (the most fun!).

The Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is my goto.  I start with “bootycall” all over my eye.  In the crease I use “tease” and for the lid I mix it up but have been really into “half baked” recently.  I like to use “blackout” as liner most of the time.
Side note: I do recognize how weird the names of the eye shadows are:)

My all time favorite mascara is the Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara.  Some days I just stick with that mascara and nothing else!

For blush I use Laura Geller New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten in Tropic Hues and sometimes I use the Laura Geller New York Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey highlighter.

Most days I finish off my look with Burt’s Bees chapstick.  Sometime I add lipgloss but not very often.

I tend to keep my makeup routine simple and easy.  If there are any products you can’t live without, leave them in the comments below!  I love new ideas!

xo Carolyn

 

 

 

Where Have I Been?

 

IMG_209B80FEEB1C-1.jpegWow. It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to actually write a blog post! So what has happened? Before starting school, I thought I had my whole blog planned out through October. I had pictures ready and content planned out. Nothing was written, but I was more than ready to knuckle down and crank out at least a post a week, if not two.

But then college hit me. I was completely unprepared for the amount of time I would lose to studying, classes, extracurriculars, and social obligations. This past semester has been one big, long, learning experience that I have been so grateful for (more posts to come about the specifics). I thought I had perfected time management and was on top of everything happening in my new, crazy life. Boy was I wrong! My blog started to slip through the cracks. Even when people would ask about it, I kept brushing it off in my mind. It wasn’t until recently that I realized how much I missed it and how important it is to keep up with.

I don’t know how consistent I’ll be able to post, but my plan is to use last semester as a learning experience and as a way to figure out how to fix my timing and incorporate this blog into daily life. My goal is still to expand and improve and I know I can only do that if I put in the time and energy and make it a priority,

Sorry for the abrupt reentry into the blogging world. Rest assured, this post will not be the last time you hear from me. My plan is to restart consistency this month and continue as I return to school in three weeks. Bear with me as I navigate the life of a college blogger.

xo Carolyn

 

My Favorite Way to Exercise

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I am not consistent with working out at all.  It is a major struggle.  I go through spurts where I’m all in and workout super consistently for a few days (or a month if I’m really good) and then I just stop.  Currently, I’ve been working out consistently and am trying to find a way to make it stick.  If you have any recommendations for keeping consistent motivation for working out, leave them in the comments below!

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Whether I’ve been working out regularly or am in a workout dry spell, there’s one thing I love doing-yoga!  I did ballet all through elementary and middle school and I think I’m reminded of that when doing yoga.  The flexibility and leg strength involved pushes me enough to feel the workout days later.

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In Ohio I’ve gone to 3 Sisters Yoga Studio and at home, I use the P90x3 yoga video.

I’m not the best at yoga but it’s a fun way to workout!  The stereotypes can make yoga seem like a relaxing experience, but not if you make it hard for yourself!

xo Carolyn

Everyday Curls

 

IMG_9F8D84DFABF2-1.jpegMy hair is naturally textured so curling my hair is generally a lot easier than straightening it or doing anything else!  My hair also holds curl really well so how I curl my hair might not work as well for people with thinner or naturally straight hair.

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What I Use:

Before curling, when my hair is still wet, I use this Aveda heat protectant.

I like to use a wand and have been using this one since Christmas.

I prefer this hairspray because it’s super light and keeps my hair from getting crunchy but if your hair doesn’t hold curl as well you might need to use a stronger product.

I recently tried a curling trick I had seen on the internet but didn’t believe actually worked.  Come to find out…it does!!  It probably works better for me now that my hair is longer and it has become my goto!

All you have to do is put your hair in a high ponytail and curl small sections.  I then take my hair down and do touch-up curls where I need!  But if you have shorter hair, or more layers this technique won’t work.

My other method is to curl the hair in layers.  I section off the bottom layer and curl 1in sections away from my face on both sides.  I repeat the process until the bottom layer is done and then move onto the next layer.  If you want the curls to be more relaxed you can hairspray them right after curling and then brush through your hair at the end, creating bigger curls.  For beach waves I recommend curling small sections and in different directions, not just all away from the face.

I love curling hair because curls can be dressed up or dressed down depending on how you style your hair! Let me know if there are any products you love for your hair or if you have any questions!

xo Carolyn

Miracle Hair Product

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I have tried SO MANY different hair products.  My hair is always my primary focus when I’m getting ready and because it’s thick and textured, most of the time I don’t wake up with it looking perfect.  When I need a quick fix, many times I use sea salt spray.  But the issue with salt spray is that your hair ends up crunchy or sticky and you aren’t capable of changing it up later in the day.  Thus, most of the time I resort to lots of heat.  I blow dry, straighten, or curl and basically ruin my hair.  Of course I use a heat protectant but that much heat every day takes a tole on the hair.  That’s why I was so so so happy to discover this product!!

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Phytodefrisant Straightening Balm is by far the best product I have every used in my hair.  And I’m not exaggerating in the slightest!!  All you have to do is put it in wet hair and if you want, you can be done!  My hair dries so smooth and straight just letting it air dry!  The product is also super light and doesn’t make my hair feel heavy or weighed down whatsoever.

But that’s not all!!  If you don’t want to air dry, the product also works amazingly well when you blow dry!  The label says it’s heat activated and I believe it!  After using a blow dryer I barely have to go back through at all with a straightener!  There’s no frizz, no fuss, and it takes hardly any time at all to make my hair look great!

Yes, it is called a straightening balm however I’ve used it and then curled my hair and get super big and loose curls that hold.

I would recommend this product to anyone looking to get gorgeous hair with no fuss!  Waking up for early classes and not having to worry about how my hair is gonna look has been a blessing in college!

xo Carolyn

Phytodefrisant Straightening Balm

P.S.
This post was not sponsored.  Everything I have said has been my own opinion without any prompting by the company.