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July 30, 2015

Asking for Advice: DISNEY TRIP.

I cannot believe I'm finally doing a traveling post. For you guys who have missed them I'm really sorry but what can say.. I haven't been traveling a lot and you can only talk about previous trips for so long, you know ? I totally aware that some of you only come here to read about my traveling experiences and I'm really grateful for that but traveling requires money and time, two assets I've been lacking.

If you couldn't guess from the title already, we're going to Disney World at the end of the year. By "we", I mean Me, my mom and my dad. Sebastian is super busy with his master and my sister is boring adult who cannot get away from work for only 9 days but I'm not getting into that right now. 

I wanted to get this post out today because we'll be doing our planning and booking the hotel soon (I'll share the whole thing as soon as I know everything) and I wanted to ask for your advice first. I know for a fact that I have a lot of American readers and although I can imagine not all of them live in Orlando, Florida (or even close to that area) I believe some of you may have gone there before. 

This not our first time going there (it's actually our 7th or 8th) but although we've gone there multiple times we always end up doing the same stuff, not that I'm complaining, I actually love it there. So this time I wanted to try something different. I've been doing some research here and there but it's hard to settle a plan if you've never gone to the place or heard anything about. I asked out on Twitter but except from a "like" from a Disney fan page I didn't get much response. 

So, if you've ever been there, have friends and family who have or you live there, please let me know any recommendations of cool stuff to do and places to eat and shop. We're already going to some of the theme parks and the main malls and outlets. But honestly, anything helps. It can be your favorite store to shop or your favorite restaurant.

That's pretty much it for today's post. I'm super excited for this trip. This was actually a surprise for me, since I'm graduating this year my dad decided to surprise me and my mom by buying the tickets. It wasn't a total surprise because we were talking about maybe traveling to somewhere in the US but he decided to take matters into his own hands and be an awesome dad. 

Thanks so much for reading and keep the recommendations coming!



July 28, 2015

HOW TO: Don't Freak Out During Finals Week.

I didn't have "finals week" during college, my teachers simply scheduled exams in a convenient day for them and let us know so we could prepare, but I know a lot of people have them and I know how stressful it can be. So, after spending four years in college (I won't even count my high school years of struggle) I'd like to believe that I've acquired some knowledge in that area and in the last semester I didn't even interrupt my regular schedule when I had exams.

The tips I'll be sharing with you guys today are simply things that I used to do (and still do) to prepare for an important exam, it's not just for "finals week". They will help you organize not only your material but also your mind, which is the most important thing. 

I know I always say that I'm not organized and that my life is a mess and bla bla bla.. But that only applies when it comes to other areas of my life other than school. I've always applied myself really hard and studying always came first. So if you're interested in learning my tips on how to not freak out, just keep reading.. 
I see a lot of posts/videos like this on the internet and everybody says: "Make sure you have all your pens and pencils" and I'm always like:"REALLY?". I don't know about you guys but the last thing I'm worried about is the kind of pen or pencil I have when I'm studying and also, if you're a student it's a given that you have pens and pencils on you, specially when you're preparing for an important exam. 

I'm talking about your textbooks, special articles you should read or any kind of complementary reading. I cannot tell you guys how many times I needed a specific article or chapter of a different book for an exam that I thought I had but actually didn't.. So off I went to buy it online and expend my hard earned money when I could have just printed it at school.   
I also see a lot of people on the internet (and also in real life) claiming that they are so awesome because they did everything the night before. I don't know if they are like Jimmy Neutron or just lying but I find it almost impossible to do things last minute, specially when you're in college. Actually, I find it impossible to do it last minute and get a good grade.

So, get yourself a planner and plan the s#!t out of the month of "finals week" or even a little earlier if you can. I usually try to keep up with the required reading for every class but since I know this is super hard make sure to take a couple of hours on the weekend to try to catch up. 

I know this may seem a little too much but your girl over here has major anxiety attacks if she feels like she doesn't know anything before an exam. If you're anything like me, planning it out and doing little by little helps a lot. It's also good because you see progress in your work and you're gonna feel a lot more productive.  
Everything that you think that you should do but you don't actually enjoy doing (exercising, for example), I suggest that you try to make it a habit. So try to include studying into your everyday schedule. It doesn't need to be a drastic change, maybe try reading one chapter of any subject everyday and build it up from there. 

In my experience this really helped and the days I didn't read or study I felt like something was missing and also missed the feeling of being productive. I don't know about you but at the end of the day I need to feel like I accomplished something. 

They say it takes one month to build a habit, I suggest you get started today.    
Working out is one of the best things to do when you're stressed. It's a great excuse to take break and not feel guilty about it, you're gonna balance out all the junk food you're eating and it's gonna help you to clear your mind. 

When you come back from the gym or from a run, I guarantee you're gonna feel more productive, more motivated to keep going and less sleepy and tired. I know.. Exercise works in mysterious ways, if you're not doing it you're missing out.
Unfortunately, I cannot tell you how to prioritize the things that you're studying because I have no idea what you're actually studying. But prioritizing it's the best way to deal with stressful situations, because if you start freaking out and having panic attacks it's only going to make things 100% worst and you won't get any studying done. At least this way you still have shot on passing. 

Just focus on what teacher said in class (this is why it's good to take notes) and if you can talk to students who already did this exam or passed the subject and ask what they think it's more important so you can focus on that. It's always better to read everything but in the real world sometimes it's just not possible. 

I hope these tips help you in case you're feeling a little lost in the middle of all those sources of knowledge you have in front of you and I wish you the best of luck in your next exams. 


How do you get ready for an exam ?

Thanks so much for reading.



  


July 27, 2015

Book Review: Dirty Little Secrets by Liliana Hart.


I wasn't quite sure about what to do for today's post and since the only thing I've been doing, other than studying, is reading I thought it'd be cool do another book review. I hope you guys are enjoying these reviews as much as I'm enjoying writing them. Sometimes it's good to mix things up a little, don't you agree ? 

I mentioned this book on my last Currently Reading post and I cannot believe how fast I managed to finish reading it. I could not put this book down - I read it between classes and on my everyday commute, I just couldn't read it before bed because I'm a big baby and I don't like reading about murder before I fall asleep.

Anyway, it all starts with a murder and the story goes on from there. We follow the perspective off Dr. Graves, a woman in her thirties who works as the coroner of a small town. She is single, has student loans to pay and is quite desperate to find a man.    

She is best friends with Sheriff Jack Lawson, who is also in his thirties and seems to be pretty much irresistible to every woman in the county. He's responsible for the murder investigation which, eventually, turns into murder investigations. 

Unexpectedly, a new and mysterious writer arrives in the small town saying that he's doing research for his new book and since Dr. Graves hasn't had a date in years she gets pretty excited about this arrival. Even though the situation seems a bit sketchy, she decided to follow her heart (or her lady parts) and proceeds to go on a date with this mysterious man. 

And that's where I'm stopping and if you want more you're gonna have to read the book. I don't know how much this book is now, but I got it for free in the Amazon store, in another one of those late night downloading sessions I told you guys about on previous posts.

This is not a hard core suspense or thriller. It's has murder and they are trying to solve a case but it's a very funny and easy read, like I said I breezed through it. I liked the fact that the story took unexpected turns and that at the end the book really took me by surprise, which is something that doesn't happen very often.

Although I couldn't really relate to the characters because we do not have anything in common, I still found myself cheering for Dr. Graves and wanting her to get her life together. I also liked the whole aspect of a small town because it makes the story more dynamic since the author is able to tell us more about the people who leave there and it gets me more interested in solving the case myself.  

I gave this book a 3.5 out 5 stars on GoodReads, because I liked it but didn't love it. This book is the first one in a trilogy or a series (I'm not really sure) and although I would like to know more about this characters, I don't think I'll be buying the sequels just because I there are better books on my TBR pile.

What are you currently reading ?
Thanks so much for reading and I'll talk to you soon.



July 26, 2015

Why I Took An Unannounced Break From Blogging ?

Heeeello, everyone ! 

It's Michele, the girl who eventually comes here, writes some stuff and calls herself a blogger ! Now, jokes aside, I'm back. I don't know if anybody missed me or even noticed I was gone for while but I decided to do this little post to update you guys anyway. Whether you want it or not, you're getting an update today.  

First things first, why did I take a break ? To be completely honest, this break was not planned at all. Usually, when I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with real life, I let you guys know that I'm taking a little break to get my s#!t together. But this time, my life got completely crazy and blogging just wasn't a priority.

I don't know if I already said it here on the blog but I've recently graduated (it's official but I haven't had the ceremony yet) and I decided to apply for a public position but to do so (here in my country) you need to pass a very difficult exam and that's what I've been doing lately - studying. And since the exam is almost here I've been studying like crazy and didn't even have time to work out or go outside where life happens.. Hence the lack of posting. 

I'm not gonna tell you that things are gonna change because they probably won't. I'll keep blogging because it's something that I love but, unfortunately, sometimes I'm gonna have to take a few breaks to catch up with all the things that are going on in my life. 

I've been really striving for balance but it's hard. Whenever I feel like I've established a routine for myself, life slaps me in the face and says: HA-HA I don't think so, Michele! But I'm trying and hopefully things will get better in the future and I'll learn how to be an adult. 

As for future posts, I'm planning on doing a lot of Book Reviews because I have been reading a lot lately. I also NEED to do an Empties post because I've been collecting garbage for months now and it's becoming a problem. The traveling posts are also coming back since I'm currently planning a trip to the US and I'm super excited to share this in the blog and also get some beauty products recommendations to purchase. 

So, thanks for being patience and not giving up on the blog. I really appreciate each and everyone of you amazing people who take time to read my crazy rambles. 

I'm coming back tomorrow with a new post, promise.




   

July 13, 2015

Book Review: Three Girls and a Baby by Rachel Schurig.

I have to admit that I had very low expectations going into this book. It was just one of the books that I got on my latest random Amazon downloading spree in which I download pretty much any book I can find in the store for free. Sometimes the books literally such and have a bunch of spelling problems but once in a while you can find some hidden gems like this one. 

This book had basically everything I need in a book to get my attention and it's no surprise that I gave it 5 out of 5 stars on GoodReads. Actually, if you read my last Currently Reading post this might come as a surprise to you since I said that I was not loving this book and that I was hoping that the story would get a little more exciting.

And it really did. The story revolves around three best friends who live together in a little house. The main character Ginny MacKensie is your average girl who just graduated college and couldn't find a job in her field of study so she start to babysit for a living and things are apparently working out for her in that front.

She's also very sad and trying to get over a bad breakup. On a random evening her ex-boyfriend appears in her house and since they obviously still love each other, one things leads to another and they end up sleeping together. 

Unfortunately, this changes nothing and they are still broken up. Except that this changes everything and she ends up pregnant with his baby and after that the story only goes uphill. 

This book is filled with unexpected turns and a lot of things happen along the way that get you completely by surprise and you will find yourself rooting for Ginny and her baby in a way that you did not expect.. At least that's what happened with me. 

Another high point of this book is the way the author portraits the friendship between Ginny and her two best friends. Their bond is unbreakable and it shows that Ginny can count on her friends more than she could ever count on any man. It shows a lot of character growth and we can see Ginny growing up and turning into a strong independent woman who does need a man to rise her child. 

The boyfriend situation is another roller-coaster. As the story unfolds, first we hate him, than we love him, than we hate him again and at the end I just adored him to pieces.

As to the low points I have to say that, in the beginning, Ginny's relationship with her boyfriend was not healthy at all and it looked like she needed him to give her the push to be a good person and that really bothered me. 

And another things that ind of bothers me but not that much is the fact this book is only part one of a trilogy and I really don't see the point of making this story into a trilogy. I feel like a book is more than enough and the end didn't leave me wanting to know more about those characters. 

But from what I've been seeing lately, stretching a story that could be told in a books to fit in 3 or 4 is very common thing. Needless to say, I won't be reading the sequels but I am very happy I read Three Girls and a Baby. 

In the little summary that appears on GoodReads, they compare Rachel Schurig to Sophia Kinsella and Meg Cabbot and I think this a very accurate comparison in the sense that these authors usually write romances with a lot of comedy but as to writing styles I think they are very different from each other.

All in all, this book was really great and I would highly recommend if you're looking for a very light and quick read. I devoured this book is 3 days and I loved it.   

Have read anything by Rachel Schurig ? 
What are you currently reading ?

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll talk to you soon. 


      






July 9, 2015

Turning That Frown Upside Down | My Take On Being Happy


Yesterday I read an article online about being happy. To be honest, I have no idea why I was reading it because I do not believe that anyone has the recipe to happiness and everybody gets happy about different things so in my opinion it's quite pointless to read these kinds of things. 

Now, you might be asking yourself: So.. hmm.. Why are you writing this post ? And the answer to that is actually really simple. I don't believe in tips or telling people things they should do to be happy, in my opinion happiness is about a choice.

First of all, happiness can mean different things to different people. For instance, I get happy when I buy makeup and my boyfriend gets happy when he buys books and maybe you get happy when you go to the beach... I don't really know and it doesn't really matter, the point is that you can't really tell people what to do to feel happy and most of those articles you find online always say the same thing like, work out or be with your family. Although working out and being with your family can make most people feel happy, it doesn't really work for everybody.

Second of all, like I said before, I believe happiness is a choice. It's the way you see things and how you choose to live your life. I know some of you might be thinking that what I'm saying is the same old cliche "choose to be happy" and in some way it kind of is. 

In every situation in life we can actually choose to make the best of it and by choosing to feel happy we'll actually be happy. When I feel down or sad I just pump up some music (usually some T-Swift) and start dancing around the house or maybe I go online watch some YouTube videos and that usually does the trick.

But if we're talking about happiness in the long term, I don't think that living a happy life is easy. You need to work for it. And I know that sounds weird but it's what I believe in. I know that laying in my bed is comfortable and easy and I'd like to stay here the entire day, but will that make me happy at the end of the day ? Knowing myself, I know it won't. For me to feel happy I need to feel accomplished, I need to get out, do stuff, meet my friends and even spend some time with my family like a lot of those articles say but while I'm doing all that stuff I need to have a positive mindset because if I don't none of that works and if I don't want to be happy I won't have the strength to get up and do them. At the end of the day, it comes back to you. Know what I'm saying ?

You're truly the only person that can make yourself happy because nobody can make any of the things those articles say for you. It all comes down to your choices and the way you feel like living life. Like I said, you can choose to be happy or you can choose to just go through the motions in life.

So, having said all of that, my biggest and only tip on being happy is: choose to be happy. During our entire day we need to make choices (what to eat for breakfast.. what clothes to wear.. what music to listen on the way to work) so you might as well also choose to be happy.

In all of my talky posts I tend to ramble and sometimes I find it hard to get my point across so I'm sorry if my writing gets to confusing but I think you can get the main point. 

What do you think about it ?

Thanks so much for reading and I'll talk to you very soon. 








July 6, 2015

Little Life Update.

Hello everyone !

For today's post I decided to make a Life Update post because a lot has changed since my last one. My life has a weird way of staying the same for months and then all of a sudden in a spam of day things get turned upside down. But fortunately, this time the Gods of destiny smiled upon me and I only have good and exciting updates. 

First and for most, I delivered my final dissertation last Friday and I'm finally free. I have officially fulfilled all the requirements for graduation and now it's only a matter of time for all the things to get processed and for me to get a college diploma. Uh Uh Uh, who excited for me ? 

I seriously cannot believe that I'm already graduating and although it's super scary it's also super exciting. I'm so over the whole college thing and I really want to get my life going. 

The second exciting thing is that Sebastian is coming to visit. He bought the tickets yesterday and this time he is going to stay here for an entire month. I love him and all but I'm also happy because I'll get to make OOTD posts again since I'm gonna have my full time photographer back !  

Last week I also completed my Reading Challenge for 2015. I know it's only July but it's true, I'v finished it. I think I really underestimated myself on this one since I only set out to read 30 books and now I'm not sure what to do. I don't know what the rules are but I'm sure nobody really cares about this stuff so I'll just keep reading and adding the books over there and will see how many books I get to read until the year is over.

I also want to thank you guys for the great comments on my last post. I really appreciate all your advice and I'm happy to say that me and my friend had a really good conversation and she told me her side of the story. We agreed on certain topics and disagreed on others but what's important is that we understood each other and things are getting better.. I knew we were not going to because instant best friends again but we're getting there. 

And that's pretty much what's going on, peeps. I'm back to posting new content three times week, I just can't commit to certain days because I'm super busy at the moment. So the posts can make Monday, Wednesday and Friday (this would be my life goals) or Friday, Saturday and Sunday but the important things is that they will come.


What's new with you ?
I really want to know what's up with you ! 
I know I don't know you personally 
but believe it or not I care about you guys.

Thanks so much stopping by and I'll see you soon. 

  

July 3, 2015

Asking For Your Advice: Friendship Fail.

Hello everyone !

I know a lot of bloggers and Youtubers do advice posts and I even attempted to do some of those in the past but today's post is going to be quite the opposite. As you can see from the tittle, today I'm asking for your advice. I thought this would be an interesting thing to try since most of you guys always give me very good advice and are a little bit older and with more life experience.

As you can also guess from the tittle I’ve been currently dealing with a failed friendship. Now, let me explain this a little better. I used to be very good friends with this particular girl, and to be honest, I don't really know what happened but we've seemed to just drift apart. 

I don't really remember us having a big discussion or a fall out. I think we just stopped seeing eye-to-eye and I didn't agree with some of the things that she did and, obviously, she didn't like some of the things that I did. I didn't feel like facing the problem up-front because I really hate confrontation, so I basically ignored the problem and kept pretending everything was alright.. I know that wrong. 

Now, it's been almost an year and I feel it would be awkward to bring it up all of a sudden and that's where I'm stuck right now. I don't know if I should say something or just keep pretending things are alright and give it some time. 

I really want things to be alright between us again and I don't think accepting that we don't get along anymore is the best option, so I need your help. Please let me know what you think about this and how I should approach this situation from now on.



Thanks so much reading and I'll talk to you soon.