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

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.

How I Relax (without technology)

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Sometimes decompression is necessary.  After a long day of getting work done or running around, an hour or two of rest can feel so good!  I have certain goto ways to decompress that have so far worked wonders!

Read//

I’ve made a couple posts about books I enjoy (this one and this one) so clearly reading is a good goto for me!  There are so many books out there that you can decide if you want some light fluffy reading or something more serious or thought-provoking.  Depending on my mood, I like to mix up the books I read.

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Knit//

My grandma taught me how to knit and it’s so relaxing!!  I like to knit while listening to music (preferably the John Mayer Pandora station) with a nice cup of tea next to me.  Once you get the hang of knitting, the repetitive motion let’s your mind wander and you it’s such a good decompressor.

Card Games//

A good card game can fun!  Especially if it doesn’t get super competitive and is just a fun way to relax.  It does involve finding someone else willing to play but if you can do that, you’re golden!

Life can get busy and work can get hard, but finding ways that allow you to relax without pulling out your phone or turning on the tv can work wonders on calming down the mind.

How do you like to relax?

xo Carolyn

Perfect Travel Outfit

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Traveling seems to be the theme of the week!! I find myself doing a lot of traveling in the summer and fall with my family so I’ve pretty much figured out some staple pieces for any kind of travel, whether it be a flight or a long car ride.  It always amazes me to see how some people dress for travel.  I definitely go for practical and comfortable any time I’m traveling.

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I pretty much always wear leggings.  Super comfy and also warm which is great for those  cold airports and planes.

In the summer I wear a tank top or t-shirt with a sweater or sweatshirt over top.  Like I’ve mentioned, airports tend to be cold but the destination can be warm so the sweater/tank top combo is practical and comfortable.

If I’m going on a plane, I like to keep my shoes easy to slip on and off through security.  It can be a pain to take off and put back on a pair of tennis shoes so I stick to my Birkenstocks.

I’d love to hear other tips and trick for traveling outfits!

xo Carolyn

Top (similar)// Sweater// Leggings// Shoes

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Carry-On Essentials

 

Image-1.jpgIn my opinion, the carry-on bag(s) is the most important bag you bring with you.  You have it with you the whole trip so you have to make sure everything you are going to need the whole time traveling is included.  I always bring some sort of big bag and my purse.  Generally the big bag is a backpack but on a couple trips I’ve opted for my Longchamp bag instead.  Whether I take a backpack or tote, here are a few things I always make sure I have, no matter how long the flight or drive is.

 

Headphones//

One of the most important things to remember.  I just use the earbuds that come with my phone, nothing fancy, but they get the job done!

Chapstick//

The dry air in planes can really take a tole so I always make sure to have chapstick on me.  Honestly, chapstick is something I have with me no matter what.  I believe it is a life essential.

Book//

I like to have something to read, especially on short flights.  Listening to music and reading can be the perfect way to kill time waiting for a plane or on the plane!

Water Bottle//

I always take an empty water bottle through security and then fill it up at a water fountain or get water somewhere once I find my gate.  Staying hydrated is definitely important during travels.

Laptop//

For longer flights I like to rent movies on my computer and other times I can be super productive during flights!  Either way, it’s always a good idea to have your computer with you for work or entertainment.

Sweater/Sweatshirt//

It doesn’t matter if it’s 100 degrees outside, I can always guarantee the airport and plane will be cold.  Sometimes big sweaters can double as blankets!

A lot of times, people will write about how they bring a change of clothes and basic toiletries, maybe I’m too trusting but I’ve never done that.  I try to keep my carry-on bags light and at the size where I can just shove them under the seat without having to worry about overhead storage space.

What are some things you always make sure to have with you during flights?

xo Carolyn

 

8 Tips for Beating the Afternoon Slump

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I don’t know about you, but come 3:30 or 4 in the afternoon I’m ready to rest.  It doesn’t matter what time I woke up in the morning or what I was doing all day, around that time I hit a wall.  Sometimes it’s fine to just chill with Netflix for an hour, but other times it’s more important to keep moving and stay motivated for the rest of the day.  I’ve developed just a few tricks that I tend to use when I need to stay motivated and keep my energy up for the rest of the day.

1. Coffee

Sometimes all it takes is a chai tea latte to give me that final push to finish.  That little jolt of caffeine can be all it takes to keep the energy up until dinner.

2. Exercise

This can be the hardest thing to do when you are facing a slump, but it can also be the most affective.  However exercise can mean something as simple as taking a walk or doing one of the 5 minute workouts you can find on Pinterest.

3. Go Outside

A breath of fresh air can be the simplest way to gain the momentum to continue on through the day.

4. Eat a Snack

A small handful of nuts or some other kind of protein can help get you moving.

5. Clean Out Your Inbox

Deleting all those annoying emails and unsubscribing from all those sites you never knew you joined the email list for can feel super wonderful.

6. Listen to Music

Jam out to Ed Sheeran’s new album or whatever it is you like to listen to and get pumped up.  Create your own “Get Psyched” playlist to help inspire productivity and a good attitude.

7. Create Something

I’ve talked about this on another post but it’s worth mentioning again!  Sometimes getting creative like drawing, playing an instrument, or writing can give that motivational push to finish out the day.

8. Make Plans

I feel like it’s always mid afternoon when I start to make plans and I think it helps give me something to look forward to!  If I know I have a coffee date for the morning, I’ll feel inspired to get things done now so there’s nothing to worry about when I’m out with friends!

I am in no way an expert on getting out of slumps but these are tricks that help me.  What do you do to wake up and get motivated to finish the day strong?

xo Carolyn