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January 30, 2017

HOW TO: Stay Motivated To Workout.

Heeeeello, everyone!

How are y'all doing with your 2017 Resolutions? Like I've said in some of my previous posts, I really want this to be the year in which we all keep track of our resolutions and goals. I want to get to December and be able to cross off everything from my list and feel like in 2017 I actually accomplished something. So, for this post, I thought it would be cool to talk a little more about working out and loosing weight. 

Like I've mentioned before, I don't feel like 'loosing weight' should be your end goal. When you limit your goal like this, you'll only be happy and feel accomplished when you see a certain number on the scale and that doesn't prove anything. It doesn't prove that you're healthy or that you're pretty or anything like that. Unless an actual doctor told you to achieve a certain weight, loosing weight can't quantify all the progress you can make by working out and eating well.

In my case, I just want to feel good in my body. I want to feel comfortable in my bikini and I don't want my body to be an obstacle to wearing the clothes that I want to wear or to do the things I want to do, and that's why I want to work out more often this year. When I was writing down my personal goals (let me know if you'd want to me to share them with you guys), I wrote down 'feeling comfortable in my own body' as my main goal and 'working out three times a week' in the how I'm gonna get there session. With my schedule, three times a week in the best that I can do. 

Having said that, even with all of my weekly check-ins and my daily planning, sometimes I don't feel motivated to workout and I feel like that's a problem a lot of people are faced with everyday. So, I decided to put together this post in the hopes of helping you out with that and also helping me out in the future in case I forget these. I'm currently writing this post in my workout outfit as a last attempt to get my ass to the gym. Anyway, let's get to the tips!  

ONE // Watch YouTube Videos and Check Instagram. 
This might sound like I'm telling you to procrastinate, but trust me on this one. I don't know about you, but when I watch videos of people working out it motivates me. There's no way that seeing those super ripped fitness models and youtubers won't motivate you to put down that bag of chips and get moving. They're also a great source of different ways to workout and different exercises for you try out at the gym or at home and keep things interesting. Doing the same thing over and over again doesn't challenge your body and is flat out boring. 
Here are some of my favorites, if you get the chance check them out:

TWO // Do Something Different.
I don't know what was going on with me last week, but I was feeling super unmotivated and the thought of going to the gym literally made me cringe and crawl back to bed. So, after procrastinating for a while (which in something you shouldn't do), I decided to take advantage on the pool and go for a swim. Now, I know that I might not have burned the same amount of calories, but at least I didn't waste a day and still did something towards my end goal. Not everyone might have easy access to a pool, but you can always take your dog out for a walk, follow a workout video on Youtube or just put on some music and dance for 30-45 minutes in your room if you don't feel like leaving the house. Going to the gym is not a mandatory rule to loose weight, you just need to move your body.   

THREE // Put on Your Work Out Clothes.
Sometimes, just putting on our workout clothes helps. Whenever I'm not feeling motivated to do something, I take small steps. So, if working is the goal and you just don't feel like it, try putting on your clothes. The next would be to put on your sneakers too. By doing that, you're sending the signal to your brain that it's time to work out and chances are that, if you're already in the right outfit, you're gonna feel that you might as well leave the house, even if you're not in the mood to go to the gym, maybe you'll try going for a walk. Don't mock it till you try it! 

FOUR // Take Progress Pictures.
This has helped me sooooo much, guys! I'm not confident enough to share progress pictures of my body on the internet. And to be honest, I don't really feel the need to post pictures of myself wearing nothing but underwear on Instagram (but that's a topic for another post). I just take pictures and store them on my phone, whenever I don't feel like working out I just pull them up to remind me of how far I've come and how far I still need to go to accomplish my goals. Seeing progress is a big motivation for me, but also realizing that I'm still far from being comfortable in my body (my end goal) still works. Maybe you feel like posting your progress pictures is a way of holding yourself accountable and whatnot, whatever works for you, just do it!

FIVE // Caffeine.
I wouldn't recommend relying on caffeine to workout because that might not be the healthiest option, but getting a caffeine kick once in a while can get you pumped up to work out when you're feeling down and lazy. You can go for a cup of coffee, redbull or any sort of pre-workout the cool kids are taking these days - I'm not really into pre-workout but some people swear by it. I would recommend going for more natural options, like apples, lemons, green tea or even combination of both.   

EXTRA TIP // TREAT YOURSELF.
Guys, working out is hard. Sometimes you don't feel like it, sometimes it's just too cold or too hot outside to do anything. So, if you muster the motivation to go out into this crazy world and do something to achieve your goals, I don't see why you don't deserve a glass of wine and a 30 min Netflix session at the end of the end to unwind and relax. You earned it and if anything it's just going to keep you on the right track and help you replenish your energy. Just like moving, relaxing is good for the body and the soul sometimes. 


These are my tips for today. Having said all of that, I just want to highlight that these are tips for people who want stay healthy and workout. You don't need to loose weight to be beautiful or anything like. I hope you enjoyed this post and that these tips help you out. If you'd like to share some of your tips with us, that'd be awesome. I love when you guys comment and let me know if you like the post, if you agree or if you disagree with me. Constructive criticism (as well as compliments) are always welcomed in this blog. I hope you guys are having a wonderful and if you're not I really hope it gets better soon!


Do you have any tips to share?
Is loosing weight part of your 2017 Resolutions?

Thanks so much for reading and get moving!


January 29, 2017

Pan That Palette 2017 | January Update.

I'm so excited to share with you guys my progress on these palettes. If you haven't seen my introduction (you can check it out here), I've decided to pan 3 smaller palettes instead of a bigger one. These palettes have been in my collection for more time than I care to admit and it was time to get them out, but they were still good and not expired so that's why I decided to pan them. When I started I already had pan showing in some of the shades, but nothing major. I did some good progress on these shades, I expend the pan on some of them and hit pan on a new shade, which is pretty exciting. 

I know it's just the first update and I still have 11 months ahead of me, but I'm already a little tired of these shades. I've been forcing myself to use eyeshadow everyday, and that's just not me. I think I'm going to slow down a bit. I'm still going to focus only on these shades, but I won't force myself to use eyeshadow every single day anymore. I feel like if I overdue it in the beginning, there's no way I'll be able to keep this going until December. Anyway, here's is the progress!
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Kiko Street Fashion Palette in Addictive Song 02 // This is the one on the bottom. I was able to expand on that light brown shade and hit tiny little pan on the highlight shade. I really like to use the light brown on the crease as a transition shade, it's the perfect brown for my skin color and it goes with pretty much every look I tried. The white shade I use almost every day all over the lid, brow bone and inner corner - I tried using it as a face highlight but it doesn't really work with my skin tone. Other than that, I've been using the dark brown to set my liner, but since I don't use eyeliner that often there's not much progress. You can see a small dip in the pink shade and that's because I was mixing it in with the light brown on the crease just to use it up. And the wine shade is pretty much untouched, I think I wore it two or three times. 

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Eyeshadow Palette // This would be the one on the top right. On this one I just expanded the pan on the white and dark brown shades since I was  focusing more on the Kiko quad this month. The white one I used as an inner corner and brown bone highlight - I'm not a big fan of this shade, it's just too white to work anywhere else but I occasionally wore it to set my primer and layer other shades on top. The dark brown I wore mostly to darken up the crease and in the outer-v, it's not completely matte but it's close enough to work. I didn't even touch the other shades to be honest, I think this is going to be the hardest to use up. 

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Eyeshadow Quad // That's the one on the top left. I hit some pretty good pan on the light gold, really expanded the pan on the darker gold and hit small pan on the shimmery white and dark brown, but mostly because I angled my brush a certain way to do so. I used all of these on the lid in different occasions, except the white one. This white is extremely shimmery and sparkly, the only place it works is in the inner corner. I think this is going to be the hardest shade to use up on this quad, but we'll see if I can come up with a different way to use it. If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments, I really appreciate it!
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So, that's my January Update. I think there's a lot of progress this month, but I'm still not sure if I'll be able to finish up all of these shades this year. This project has really made me think about the amount of time it takes to use up an eyeshadow and I'm slowly realizing that I'll never be able to completely use up everything I have. But this is a start, at least I'm doing something about it this year. Anyway, hopefully you enjoyed seeing my progress. If you're also doing a Pan That Palette, feel free to leave your links on the comments. I love keeping up with these kinds of projects! And again, if you have any tips or suggestion on how I could use these shades faster, please let me know - I really need some help over here!

Are you also doing Pan That Palette? 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!




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January 28, 2017

Reading Wrap-Up // January, 2017.

Heello, everyone! 

I hope you're all having a great day and if you're not I hope it gets better soon. Today, we're talking about books! I thought about waiting a little longer to see if I could squeeze in anymore books in this wrap-up, but I came to terms with the fact that this was a busy month and I won't be able to finish anymore books. I read a total of 5 books and two of those were audiobooks. Not bad, but it could definitely be better. I'm not going to beat myself up, though. Life is messy and sometimes reading only 5 books in a month is the best I can do. 

I read two books that I've been meaning to get to for months, and I'm so glad that they're not just sitting on my kindle collecting electronic dust and mocking me. I'm making it a point this year to stop impulse buying books on my kindle. I was justify it because it's an ebook, it's cheaper and it doesn't create cuttle in my house, but I got to a point right now these unread books are creating clutter in my mind. Anyway, you probably don't want to know all about this internal battle I'm having right now. Let's get to the books!




Dumplin' - Julie Murphy // This is one of the books I've been meaning to get to for ages and, sadly, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. This book sets out to be all about body positivity and accepting yourself in high school, but I felt like it was really lacking in that department. I didn't like the way the main character treated her mom and her best friend, kind of like blaming them for being thin while she was fat. And she was very whiny, complaining all the time and only thinking about herself - kind of like playing the victim. All in all, I did enjoy it a little. I like the romance aspect, some of the friendships and sometimes the internal monologue was dead on. It threw me back to high school and I remembered having very similar thoughts. It just felt short on the body positive aspect to me, which was the main focus of the book in general. 

Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon // This book on the other hand was surprisingly good. Since it was super hyped on booktube and book blogs, I was very skeptical in the beginning. This is mostly about a girl that's allergic to everything, so she can't leave her house and not a lot of people are able to go inside, and she stays under her mom's care. And then, a boy moves next door and she falls for him - it's YA so I'm not spoiling anything. But, then things start to happen and she starts to question some of her mom's attitude and then you need to read the book to know how things unfold. The love story was just the cutest thing ever, and that plot twist was everything. I really enjoyed this book and I'm planning on reading more from this author. 

The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood // I decided to read this book because a friend of mine recommended. He said it was one of those fiction books set in the future, but that are super realist and talk about things that totally could happen. And that's exactly what this is. In my opinion, it was also super thought-proking and intriguing. It had a lot of internal monologue which I'm not usually very into, but I really liked the way this author did it. The story is basically about a couple that lost everything due to an economic crises and they had to move into their car. They decide to join a program that gives them a house and a job, but in return the need to spend every other month locked up in jail while another couple lives in their house. Bad things start to happen and the story is all about human nature, marriage and how people can seem to be a certain way but turn out to be completely different. It was incredibly interesting. 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling // Reread and still amazing! I listened to the audiobook in English this time (first time I read it it was in Portuguese) and I cannot recommend it enough. It felt like I was watching the movie in my head, but with so much content. I think this is my third time rereading Harry Potter, I just can't help it.  

Aristotle and Dante Discovere the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz // This book was beautiful. I loved the story, the writing and all the characters (specially Dante), which is something that never happens. I just finished reading it so I feel like I can't talk about the story without giving too much of it away, but it's basically about the friendship between Aris and Dante, discovering who you're in high school and all that good stuff. It's diverse, it's own voices and it's amazing. I'm already predicting this is going to be one of my favorite books of the year.


Overall, it was a pretty good reading month for me. I didn't read a lot of books, but I only had one let down. Hopefully, I'll do better in February! I'm currently reading The Last Time We Said Goodbye, which I mentioned on my last TBR, and I'm really enjoying it so far. I hope you enjoyed the post and got some good recommendations - and by that I mean please read Aristotle and Dante!   


What was your favorite book this moth?

Thanks so much for reading and I'll talk to you really soon!  


January 26, 2017

Monthly Empties | January, 2017.

First empties of 2017! I actually finished quite a lot of products this month, way more than what I was expecting. I've also realized a couple things: it takes me more than 4 months to finish a regular bottle of shampoo (yes, that long!), I go through bar soaps like crazy and I really hate stick concealers. It took me 24 years to realize these things and I'm as shocked as you are. For the amount of shampoos and conditioners I have in my back stock, you might think I go through a bottle a month. This whole Minimalism thing I've been trying out has really helped me to pay more attention to my habits and figure out exactly how much product I need. I knew I was buying too much, but I never thought I would need more than a year (in the rate I'm going I might need even more) to use up all the shampoos I own - and that's if I don't buy anymore. So, basically I have enough shampoo for the years to come. That's it, I'm officially a hoarder!

Anyway, today we're not talking about my hoarding tendencies (because apparently I have them now). We're taking about empties! This month I finished a lot of hair products, a couple of makeup items and a lot of soap. I'm gonna try to make this as informing and helpful as I can. Let's get to the products!
Granado Glycerin Soap in Lavender // This was pretty good, but not as good as my new favorite soap. These soaps are 100% vegetal base and love that about it. The scent was really nice, it wasn't drying but it wasn't very moisturizing either. It's ok, and I would repurchase it. 

Granado Phebo Soap in Spring Flowers // Not a big fan of this one. It was little drying and I didn't feel like it foamed in the shower. The scent was nice, but I won't repurchase this one. 

Granado Phebo Creamy Soap in Turkish Fig // This is my next favorite soap. Ever since I started to transition to cruelty-free products, the one thing that really bothered me was my Dove Beauty. I loved it, it was super moisturizing and I couldn't find anything like it to replace. And now, I found this and this is even better. The scent is amazing, it's creamy, it leaves a nice moisturizing feeling on the skin AND it's cruelty-free! I don't think I've ever been this excited about soap in my life, and the names are all exotic and fun. Highly recommend this. Granado is a Brazilian brand, but you can easily find it on Amazon and other websites. 

Rexona Active Emotion Deodorant // I have a love and hate relationship with aerosol deodorants. I love the fact that it keeps me dry and smelling nice throughout the day, but I have the fact that it's so wasteful and so bad for the environment. This one in particular is not cruelty-free so I won't repurchase it, but I think I'll stay away from aerosol deodorants from now on. And if you know of a brand that sells aluminum-free deodorants, please let me know on the comments, I'm really struggling to find a more natural alternative. 

Fresh Sugar Face Polish // This was just a small sample so I can't really attest to the quality, but it was nice to use while I had it. I think it did an ok job exfoliating and I like the fact that it left kind of oily finish to the skin which was very moisturizing. I just don't see the point in spending money on things like this, I don't see much of a difference on my skin to justify buying the full product. And also, they're not cruelty-free and super expensive. 
L'Oréal Extraordinary Oil // I really like this oil. I used it after washing my hair and I really saw a difference. It made my hair more shiny and overall healthier. I really like the scent too and the fact that it's reasonably priced, hair oils can me ridiculously expensive. The only reason I won't repurchase it is because L'Oréal's animal testing policy is still very shady and confusing. A lot of websites I trust don't trust L'Oréal in that department, so I think I'll just wait a little more to see how things unfold. I have other cruelty-free alternatives that I love so that's not a big deal for me.  

L'Oréal Excellence Creme // This is the little leave-in conditioner that usually comes with hair dyes. My mom has been dying her hair for ages now, so she has built a pretty big back stock of these little things. She was going to throw some of them out, so I took a couple and I've been slowing going through them. Surprisingly, I really liked it. It was super moisturizing, it smelled nice and it's very compact for traveling. I just add a small amount to my regular conditioner and use it in the shower. If you know someone that dyes their hair and doesn't use these, I would highly recommend asking for it. I think you can't buy this separately, though. 

Éh Shampoo for Dry Hair with Macadamia Oil // This shampoo smells AMAZING. I want a perfume and body lotion with this scent, seriously. Super hydrating, it left my hair smelling amazing and super soft. I really liked the bottle too. It was more expensive than regular shampoos, but since it takes me months and months to use up one bottle, it's not a big deal to get these. Éh is a Brazilian cruelty-free brand, but if you can find it online I would highly recommend it.

Herbal Essence Hydralicious & Silky Bookst Conditioner // I hated this. I usually really like Herbal Essence, but this particular line sucked - I also hated the shampoo. I didn't really like the scent, I didn't see any difference in my hair and the conditioner was super thick and hard to wash off. Herbal Essence is not cruelty-free also, so I won't be repurchasing it. I still have a couple more bottles to go through, but after that I'm done with Herbal Essence.   
Elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium // I used to really love it, but now I'm not so sure. I just don't think I need brow products like this in general. I've noticed that just a tinted brow gel works for me because my brows are already pretty full and even as is, I don't need that much extra pigment or shaping products. I've also been going for a more natural look lately, so I don't think I'll keep buying these anymore. But if you do need some help in the brow department, I would highly recommend this. It's super cheap, it works great and it lasts a long time. And plus, Elf is cruelty-free which is awesome! 

Risqué Technology Top Coat // Favorite top coat of all time and the only I've been using for a few years now. It's extremely shiny, it makes the nail polish last up to 4 days (you can make it to 5 if you don't do the dishes or adult things) and it's fairly cheap when you compare it to OPI and other brands. I love this, I already have a backup and I'm repurchase it as long as I do my nails. It's cruelty-free. Risqué is also a Brazilian brand, but I'm pretty sure you can easily find it online. 

Avon Ideal Face Stick Concealer in Light Beige // Hated this. Hated this so much, guys! This was a pain to use, it didn't blend on my skin, it look horrible and extremely dry under the eyes and the shade was super off. I don't know how I powered through this, but I did. I used this before and I don't remember it being this bad, maybe I got a bad one or something. I will never ever repurchase this. And also, Avon is not cruelty-free.

These are all of my beauty empties for the month! I'm finally being able to use up some of my non cruelty-free products and replace them with better alternatives. I'm also starting to see a difference in my cabinets, there's way more empty space now and I love it. It's been a very slow journey to Minimalism and switching to only cruelty-free products, but seeing progress like this is really good. Hopefully, this little reviews were helpful to you. If you have any questions or thoughts you'd like to share, let me know on the comments. I love chatting with you guys!

Did you finish a lot of products this month?

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!


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January 22, 2017

Monthly TBR | February, 2017.

As you're going to see in the near future on my wrap-up, I've slacked a little when it comes to reading this January and I'm not really sure why. I was extremely busy sure, and I guess reading just wasn't a priority for me this month, but I still think I could have done better. So, in order to change this vibe that I feel like it's slowly going to become a reading slump, I decided to put together my reading TBR list for February and get myself inspired again. I choose some books that I feel like are going to be quick reads (really important when you feel a reading slump coming) and also some books that I've been really intrigued by the premise. 

I decided to pick 5 options, but my ultimate goal is to read only 4 of these. I decided to give myself some much needed wiggle room and decide as the month goes by what I'm in the mood to read at the moment. Hopefully, I'll get to all of them, but I'm not holding my breath on that one! Here are the books I chose for February!
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Every Day - David Levithan // I've been meaning to read a David Levithan book ever since I read You Know Me Well, which he co-wrote with Nina LaCOUR and was one of my favorite reads of 2016. I decided to go with this one this month because a lot of people say they loved it, the reviews are pretty good on GoodReads, the premise sounds like something I  would enjoy and also because I've been wanting to read more diverse books. Actually, now that I'm writing this I'm not really sure if this diverse or not, I have to get back to you on that one on my wrap-up. I don't know much about the story, all I know is that we follow this character that wakes up everyday a different person, but is always in love with the same girl. I'm super intrigued and excited about this one. 

The Nest - Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney // This cover sis gorgeous and a lot of people were raving about it on the internet, these are the reasons why I decided to pick this one up. I'm also excited because I found a copy in my local library and that never happens, every time I look for book there it's already taken or they don't have it. I'm taking it as a sign and I think destiny wants me to read this book. Hopefully, it's as good as people are saying.   

Dark Matter - Blake Crouch // I wanted to get the physical copy for this one 'cause I think my dad would also enjoy it, but apparently it's impossible. So, I got it on my kindle. I already started reading and I'm intrigued. There's a lot happening and the writing is very fast paced. Since I'm only around page 50, I don't know much about it. But, we follow this  scientist? physicist? (I'm not sure), as he goes out for a drink to celebrate his friend's award and he gets kidnapped on the way home.

My Life on the Road - Gloria Steinem // One of my resolutions this year is to read more about the things I'm passionate, and when it comes to feminism I thought Gloria Steinem was the way to go. Given the events that are happening right now all over the world, I think informing yourself (specially if you're a girl, but also if you're a boy too) on this subject is really important. Basically, the world is turning upside and we need to be more politically involved. And to me, being politically active involves learning as much as you can on the issues we're all facing. 

The Last Time We Say Goodbye - Cynthia Hand // I don't know much about this book. It was an impulse buy (something I really need to cut back on), it's YA, I saw good reviews online and it was relatively cheap for an ebook - those are the reasons why I got it. I decided to read it this month because I have a feeling that if I keep pushing it back, I'll never read it. Better to keep the momentum of the impulse buy going and get to it already.  

That's all I have for today's post! I'm really looking for to reading these books, but most of all I just don't want to go on a reading slump. I feel it coming and I'm trying as hard as I can to avoid it. Fingers crossed! I hope you found this post interesting and maybe you got some recommendations to read next. Let me know on the comments what you're planning on reading next month and if you've read any of the books I've mentioned today!

What's on your February TBR?
What are you currently reading?

Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!  

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January 18, 2017

HOW TO: Stay Focused On You Goals.

Heeeello, everyone! 

Continuing on with this month's topic, today I wanted to do a very practical post sharing some tips that will hopefully help you out this year. I'm not a life coach, these are just some things I've been doing that I feel like have helped me in the past. Some of them I took from the internet, some were advice from my dad (don't tell him!) and some came from the numerous self-books I've read trying to get my life together  Last year I slacked a little and didn't really stay focused on the things I wanted to accomplish, but this year we're doing it differently. We're staying on top of things, we're scheduling, we're planning and we're accomplishing... If you're still with me, at least you're trying just like me and that has to count for something, right? But enough chatting, let's get to some life-changing tips!
ps: they're not life-changing. 
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ONE // REALLY CHALLENGE YOURSELF.
I know a lot of people say that you should keep your goals realistic and I'm not disagreeing. I also agree that you should set a bigger goal and them break it down into smaller steps, but when you're planning out the smaller steps, that's when I think you should really go for it and challenge yourself. Let's say your big goal is to get in shape this year. Great goal, healthy, realistic, you go girl! But when you start planning, instead of saying that you'll go to the gym 2 times a week, let's make it four! I know, you work and study, maybe you have kids... But, if you consider that Saturday and Sunday are usually days when you're off work and with more free time, I think you can make it those 4 days a week. You know what I'm saying? I think that the only way you're going to make this year better than the last is if you do things differently and not repeat the same approach. You (and I'm including myself here) already did that and it didn't work, so let's all agree that we can do better in 2017. 

TWO // WRITE IT DOWN.
If you just say ''I'm going to loose weight this year'' and you don't write it down or make a plan, chances are you're still going to be carrying those extra pounds or maybe not get that promotion or start that master program once 2018 rolls around. We're not getting any younger here and making a plan (in my opinion) is the best option. I mean.. you strategize and plan stuff at work and in school, so why not do it when it comes to your personal development?
And I think you should go all out on this, get a new notebook, set deadlines (if they work for you), schedule your work outs, check the deadline to send in your masters application. Do whatever works for you, but make sure you keep this notebook in a place where you see it every single day. The only way to achieve big goals is to put in the work every single day. Small steps add up and that's how goals get accomplished.  

THREE // WEEKLY CHECK-INS.
I'm a big fan of weekly check-ins. Usually on Monday, I write down on a piece of paper what I want to accomplish during the week (chapters I need to read, work outs I want to do, blog posts I want to write) and stick that paper on the first page of my planner, which is something I open everyday. As I get things done I cross them out. And then, usually on Sunday nights (or next Monday morning if I'm feeling lazy), I go over that paper and see what got done and what didn't. If I didn't accomplish a certain task, I roll them over to the new week and I write it down on a red pen, so I know that I already didn't accomplish it the last week.
I've been doing this system for a while and I really like it. I allows me to see the things I've been neglecting, the things I really need to stay on top of and also in which areas I can push myself more. 

FOUR // RELAX.
Rome wasn't built in a day and you don't need to accomplish everything from your weekly list on Monday and Tuesday. Give yourself some wiggle room and know that you're going to face some things that were not planned. Last week I schedule Tuesday to be a day when I'd watch all of my online classes only to wake up and realize that the internet was not working because of last night's storm. Shit happens and you're going to have to deal with it. It's not the end of the world if you have to roll a task over to next week, you just can't keep doing it for 6 weeks straight. I believe that there's a force in the universe that makes everything work itself out in the end, you'll get where you want to go. There's very little in this world that's worth freaking out for.

FIVE // JUST DO IT.
Planning can only do so much. You can make thousands of lists and schedules and decorate your planner super nice, but at the end of the day you still going to have to do the work. You need to buckle down (or get up) and get things done. Sometimes you're not going to feel like it (check this post if that's the case), some weeks you're going to have to stay up late Sunday night to get all your tasks done for the week, but that's just life. If you really want something, you're just going to have to do it and nobody can do it for you.    

So, these are my tips for today. I really hope this helps you out with achieving your goals this year! I know in the beginning we're all super pumped and motivated, so hopefully this tips will keep you going when that excitement slowly burns out. Just do your best, and if  you get tired or unmotivated throughout your journey, just remember that everyday is a chance to do better than yesterday. I know this is a little cliche, but it's true. Let me know how you're doing with your resolutions and your goals in general in the comments, I'd love to know!

Do you have any tips to share with us?
Do you agree with my tips?

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!



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January 16, 2017

VEGETARIAN.

Heeello, everyone!

If you've been following me on social media you probably know much more about my life than you wanted to, but the good news is that you might also already know that I've decided to become a vegetarian in 2017. It's been a hard but extremely rewarding process and I wanted to chat with you guys about it today. I thought it would be cool and interesting to share some of the reasons behind this decision, as well as some of the benefits of this diet and my overall thoughts about it. I went completely vegetarian on January 1st 2017, so I've only been doing it for 16 days, but I have been noticing some changes in my healthy and energy levels. I think I'm going to do more updates on the future, but for now I'll just focus on what I've learned in this 16 days. 


WHY?
The main reason why I decided to become a vegetarian in 2017 is the meat industry. I'm sorry if I'm too basic, but it all started with the documentary Cownspiracy. It's easily accessible on Netflix, but if you don't have Netflix I'm sure you can find it somewhere on the internet or buy it from their website. It's a pretty lengthy documentary (about one and half hours), but to put it simply: the world is ending and the meat industry is one of the biggest contributors to that fact. I would highly suggest watching it, it's extremely eye opening and interesting - they don't appeal to images of animals being slaughtered and still get their point across. 
So, my main reason is the meat industry. I'm not opposed to eating meat in itself, I feel like animals and humans have been eating meat since forever and that's a natural thing. But, I am opposed to the way animals are treated and bred just for consuming purposes and that's why I decided to cut meat from my diet. And when I say meat I mean: chicken, red meat and fish. The documentary also touches on the fish industry, and that really got to me. 
Having said that, I won't be cutting out animal products like diary, honey or anything like that. I did stop drinking milk (I switched to sow milk), but I really need cheese and honey in my life. You might think I'm being a hypocrite, but I'm just fine with my decision.  

HOW?
I started the transition in December, 2016. I basically cut out red meat and chicken, I was only eating fish and trying out vegetarian alternatives like tofu, mushrooms and different recipes to see if it was doable. And, as you can see, it's more than doable. I can safely say that I do not miss or crave meat whatsoever. I used to be a big fan of burgers, but finding vegetarian alternatives has been a fun hobby and some vegetarian burgers are pretty tasty - nothing will give you the flavor of meat, but that's just something you can live without and. in my opinion, a very small price to pay.
I would suggest doing as much research as you can: watch youtube videos, learn recipes, follow people who are doing the same thing as you. This is a good way to stay on track and motivated. In my case, as long as I can eat tasty food I'm good. I couldn't live on salad and fruit for the rest of my life, so incorporating good recipes makes all the difference. 
I was a bit worried because I work and study, so I can't cook all of my meals everyday. But, finding vegetarian restaurants or even vegetarian options on regular restaurants is not hard. You can always food prep and bring you lunch with you, but that's just too much work and planning for my taste.     

BENEFITS.
I'm not a doctor, I can't explain to you all the health benefits at length, so I'm just going to focus on what I've been experiencing and noticing myself. I'm sure you can find endless reports and articles about vegetarianism online. If you're interested in that aspect of the diet, I suggest watching this video and doing some research on your own. 
Groceries // I spend way less money on groceries. As you all know, I live in Brazil so the cost of meat is not that high, but I still notice a lot of difference in the amount of money I spend in the supermarket. Although tofu is kind of expensive, I don't consume the same amount of tofu as I would consume meat. Fruits and vegetables are way cheaper, and since you need to buy them on a regular basis you avoid wasting food (and money). 
Energy // I don't know about you, but when I used to eat meat in a meal I used to feel tired and lethargic right after. I needed some time to just rest and digest the food. Now, as soon as I finish eating I'm good to go. I feel better and lighter, I don't know how to describe it in a better way... I just feel lighter.
Time // Cooking is so much easier now. I can cook a good meal in less than 20 minutes, and before I needed 30-40 minutes to get the meat seasoned and cooked - since I didn't fry anything, cooking stuff in the oven takes more time.
Weight // I did lose some weight, but nothing incredible or alarming. I did noticed that my weight has been fluctuating also, but I think that's just my body adjusting to the new diet. Since meat is out of the question, I have been avoiding greasy foods in general so I think that's why I slimmed down a bit.
Clear Conscience // Before doing the transition, I knew that eating meat was not the best decision, but I still did it. I would read articles online about the meat industry and the affects meat has on your body, and I would feel guilty about what I was putting into my body. Now, I feel way better about my choices and more in control of my life. This is just something I was experiencing and I don't want to make you feel like you have to change your diet. Just know that if you want to, I'm here for you and support you 100%. And if you don't, I respect your decision. It's your body and you choose what do with it!

That's all I have for today. Hopefully, you found this interesting and helpful. I think sharing your story and leading by example is the best way to make any change in this world. I feel really good about this decision and I can't wait to see how my body changes and the benefits I'll see in the future. I haven't yet, but I do plan on going to the doctor and getting some exams to see if I'm doing it the right way, but for now I've just been going by my own research - which I know is not the best and would not recommend.    


What do you think about vegetarianism?
Are you a vegetarian too? Or vegan?
Do you have any tips for us?
Thanks so much for reading and I'll see you soon!


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January 13, 2017

Most Disappointing Books of 2016.

At first, I wasn't planning on writing this post because I really don't enjoy giving books a negative review. But, after seeing so many people on the internet doing something similar, I realized that reviewing the books that I didn't like is just as important as reviewing the books that I did like. That way, if you trust my opinion or if you think we have similar reading tastes, you can avoid this books and save yourself some reading time. I'm not gonna be writing reviews for these books today, I'm just going to talk about why I didn't like them, so if you have no idea what some of these are about just go over to GoodReads and check it out real quick. Now, without further rambles because I want to keep this post short and sweet, here are my least favorite books of 2016! 
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Captive Prince - C. S. Pacat // This book was the biggest let down of 2016. I bought it because everyone on booktube was saying that it was amazing, super cool and super original. I had high hopes for it, but I didn't even know what it was about. I was expecting some Game of Thrones vibes since there's some royal family drama, but the closest thing this book had of Game of Thrones is the sex scenes. So much sex. I felt like every other scene I was reading had some sort of sexual insinuation and I really didn't like that. This is something that usually doesn't bother me that much, but it was just too much in this book. I wasn't really into the plot either and I felt like the characters were all very similar. 

Slamed - Colleen Hoover // So, apparently, I'm not a big fan of Colleen Hoover. Maybe I'm just not a big fan of Romance in general, but this book didn't work for me. I thought this had all the big YA cliché elements, and the whole story was built on the biggest one of all (and the one that bothers me the most): boy meets girl and everything works out in the end. I didn't like the whole slam poetry thing, the romance had some major red flags for me and the plot was overall not interesting. I did like the family aspect and some part of the romance, but it was overall a bad book for me. 

That Summer - Sarah Dessen // Second worst book of the year for me. It's so rare for this to happen, but I didn't like anything about this book. I went into it thinking I was going to get a fun-light-beach read, and I got some major family drama and a whiny main character. The nobody-gets-me act got real old real fast and she was just complaining about everything. Her mom was just a bad mom. Her sister was getting married for all the wrong reasons. and to top it all of, she starts liking her sister's ex-boyfriend. I really don't like to bash books, but I hated everything about it.

Seaside Dreams - Melissa Foster // I picked this one up because it was free on Kindle and sometimes I find some hidden gems this way, but this was no hidden gem. I can't pinpoint exactly what I didn't like about this book, it was just overall weak. The plot was good, but I felt like the author could explore everything a little more. The characters were lacking, some of the friends got mixed up in my brain since none of them had really strong characteristics and there were some romance cliches I didn't like. But, I liked the romance in general and the small town vibe. I wouldn't recommend reading this, but it wasn't the most disappointing one. 

Ugly Love - Colleen Hoover // I had a lot of problems with this book. The story is told from two perspectives, the guy (Miles) and the girl (Tate), and Miles' chapters were written in verse because he's just sooooo deep and feels so many feelings. I really didn't like that aspect. Their relationship developed in a weird way and was really not believable at all. Tate is kind of a sassy girl, which something I enjoyed. But, she lets herself be manipulated by this guy who clearly doesn't have his shit together and just wants to mess up her mind - kind of in an abusive way. There were some scenes that were just wrong and not realistic: in the beginning when they don't even know each other that well, he literally orders her to stay in his apartment while he watches a game in her brother's apartment with his friends. And I'm like, what? Who does that? Who accepts that? Somethings were really just off for me and I couldn't ignore it. Miles wasn't romantic at all, he treated Tate like shit, and the author kept trying to portrait that as romance, love or whatever have you. And Tate accepted being treated like that because apparently she was in love with a guy she's know for two seconds. It really pisses me off when author portrait romance like this.    


These are the books that I least enjoyed this past year. What I learned from this post is: I need to stay way from Colleen Hoover, avoid the Romance genre and not get my hopes up when it comes to overly hyped books. Having said, I feel like I had a really good reading year, I read some amazing books (check them out here) and I also read more books than I was expecting. Hopefully, I'll have fewer books to mention in my Most Disappointing Books of 2017. Fingers crossed!



What are some of your most disappointing reads of 2016?

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


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January 11, 2017

Links I'm Loving | January, 2017.

Guys, it's the second week of the year and it's still weird to write 2017 on the post title. Where's the time going? When did I get so old? I'm becoming an adult and I'm not ready for that. Anyway, I feel like I haven't done a Links I'm Loving in a while (see the last one here) so we have a lot to catch up on. I might even do two this month, I'm not really sure yet. I'm trying to make January a month dedicated entirely to setting goals and resolutions, and learning new/better ways to stick to them and to just make a plan to kill it in 2017. 

I always start the year super pumped and excited and then, as the weeks go by, I just forget all about my resolutions and go with the motions throughout the year. I always try to do my best, but if you don't have an end goal or if you don't focus on it (or even forget it like me), chances are you're just going to take what life throws at you and try to stay alive. But no sir! 2017 is going to be different! We're going to do things, great things! Or we'll at least try to.. Having said all of that, I chose for today a couple of links that might help us out this year. You're definitely going to see a pattern here. These links are all about #goals, achieving them, remembering them and getting shit done!

If you're having troubles setting goals/resolutions or sticking to them, this is the channel to go to. Michelle has the best advice when it comes to this topic and she just seems like such a good person. I love her channel and she has a very calming presence and voice. I know it's weird to say that, but check out her channel and you'll see. 

Esquire | 25 Best Books of 2016.
I've been trying to branch out more with my reading. I've been focus only in YA and Romance for too long now, and I want to change that. Since I get most of my recommendations from YouTube, I've decided to explore different places to see what people that have different reading taste from mine are reading, and I came across this list. I highly recommend doing something like this if you feel like you're stuck in a rut with your reading. From this list, I'm very intrigued by Homegoing and The Queen of the Night.

Haley Cairo | Achieving your 2017 goals.
This video was really different from what I was expecting. Like I said before, I'm really set on making 2017 a great year because 2016 just sucked for me. So, I did a lot of internet research (because I'm millennial and that's what we do) and I found this video. I thought it was going  feature the same silly tips youtubers always talk about, but Haley had some really good insight on this topic. And after that video, I started watching others and I really liked her channel. She focuses mostly on lifestyle, working out, some study hacks and all that good stuff. 

GoodReads | Our Shared Shelf
As I was trying to find different places for book recommendations, I also decided to check out Emma Watson's book club on Goodreads. I didn't know this before, but apparently it's a feminist book club where they read and talk about book that evolve feminism and the empowerment of woman. I loved it, I just purchased on my Kindle some of the books they read last year and the book they're currently reading, The Vagina Monologues. I truly recommend checking it out, I feel like everyone could learn more about feminism and what some of badass ladies out there are doing or have been doing to help us out in this department.

ChooseVEG | Vegetarian Meal Plan.
If you've been following me on Twitter you probably already know this, but this year I'm trying to become a vegetarian. I opted for a vegetarian lifestyle because I really wanted to stop contributing to the meat industry and also because I can't commit to being completely vegan. I like cheese too much and, honestly, it's just too much work. I eat out a lot and I travel frequently so being vegan just wouldn't work for me. I know these are not excuse, and maybe one day I'll be able to be vegan, but for now I'm fine with being vegetarian. As I was doing research and trying to find alternatives to meat, I came across this website and it really helped. They have meal plans, tips for dining out and all that good stuff. If you have other resources to suggest, please leave them in the comments.. I could really use some help.


These are some of the links I've been loving this week. Hopefully, this was helpful to some of you and maybe you got some good tips to get you started on your resolutions. I've never been this excited for a year as I am for 2017, I really want to try to make things differently this year and just give my all on the things I'm trying. If you get the chance to check out the links, let me know what you thought about them, I really enjoy chatting with you guys! I'm still debating wether or not to share my personal resolutions and goals, so if that's really something you'd be interested in seeing let me know on the comments. 


Do you have any links to share?
And yes, you can leave your blog link! :)


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