February 28, 2017

Monthly TBR // March, 2017.

 Heeeeello, everyone!

I cannot believe March begins tomorrow. We're already in the third month of 2017 and that's just insane. I really wanted to plan out my reading this month because I can already tell that I'm going to be extremely busy this month and I cannot afford another reading slump. I had a pretty hard time with some of the books I read in February, so I wanted to make this month a little ''lighter''. There's some YA, a classic, an audiobook that I've already started listening to and two books that I'm super excited about. I really want to read more classic and although the last one I read got me in a reading slump I'm not giving up just yet. I'm actually introducing a new reading goal and from now on I want to read one classic every month. This might not sound like a big deal to some of you, but it is to me. I've never been a big fan of the classic, but this needs to change ! Fingers crossed, I really hope this month is going to be better reading wise.

The Fill-In Boyfriend - Kassie West // After all the high fantasy I read last month, I need some light, fun, easy reads in my life and apparently Kassie West is the way to go on this. I really have high hopes for it, I want romance, I want fuzzy feelings on the inside and I want a book I can fly through. I haven't read anything from her yet, but a lot of people were saying this book is really fun and cute. I just hope the ''Sarah Dessen disaster'' doesn't repeat itself - had the same hopes for That Summer and it was pretty much the worst book I've read in 2016. Kassie West, please don't let me down!  

Heartless - Marissa Meyer // I really hope the hype doesn't ruin this for me. There's a lot of buzz going on around the interwebs, a lot of people got ARCs from the publisher and when a book is overly hyped, it usually ruins it for me (just like Throne of Glass). I haven't read anything from Marissa Meyer, mostly because I didn't want to commit to The Lunar Chronicles series, but I think this is standalone. All I know about this is that it's tells the story of the Queen of Hearts before she became so mean and apparently all she wanted to do was bake delicious pastries. I don't know how I feel about that but my friend lent me the book so I might as well give it a go and she really liked it. 

The Female of the Species - Mindy McGinnis // I have no idea what this books about, but I'm getting feminism vibes. That girl from Epic Reads was gushing about it and I think it made it to her best books 2016, so I decided to pick it up. Another one I have high hopes for and I really can't deal with another book let down. My sister also wants to read so I'm excited for a possible buddy read, but we'll see.    

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen // Obviously, this is my classic for the month. I've tried reading this multiple times, but a shiny new release always grabs my attention and I put it aside. I loved the movie, I really like this story and hopefully this will the classic that ends this weird classic funk I have going on.   

The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware // This is the audiobook I picked for this month. I've already started listening to it and I'm not really sure how I feel about it yet. I usually listen to audiobooks at the gym so I always gravitate towards thrillers and mysteries to take my mind out of the workout and make the time go faster. But, this one started out kind of slow and the narrators voice is too calming and relaxing for my taste. We'll see how it goes!

History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera // I'm sooooo excited for this book. I've already started reading it, and I'm still excited about it.  I'm only 20% in because I'm taking my time, I don't want it to end. Adam Silvera killed me More Happy Than Not and I have a feeling this book will do just the same. I'm so happy he's got another book coming out and I cannot wait.

These are all the books I'm planning on reading this next month. Hopefully, I'll get to all of them, but I usually make my TBRs longer because I like to have some wiggle room. I'm kind of worried about my aversion to classic, but I'm working on it. I think I'm over my reading slump, but you never know. Let me know if you're read any of the books mentioned because I'd love to hear your opinion! If you'd like to come along for the ride and follow the blog please make sure you hit that follow button under my profile picture and share the link with your friends on social media, sharing is caring and it really helps me out a lot!  

What's on your March TBR?

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February 27, 2017

Weird Things That Happened This Week.

As you can probably guess from title, this was a weird week for me. Weird things happened not only to me, but also in the world (or should I say in the universe?). So, since apparently every time something weird happens to me blogging about it is the first thought that crosses my mind, I decided to make this post into a little catch up series. I thought I could take this time to share with you guys some of the things that happened to me or in the world in general that I thought were weird or even a bit crazy. I feel like I need to warn you though that my life is not that exciting: I don't get kidnaped on Starbucks (thank God), people don't usually break into my house (thank God, again) and I don't have a stalker (not that I know of anyway), but I casually stalk some people, in a healthy way.

Just like everything I write in this blog, I'm going to talk about things from my perspective and I'm going to try to be as real as I can, as in I won't create stories just for your entertainment (no clickbait here). So, I'll probably only do this when something weird happens that I feel like sharing. Hopefully, you guys will enjoy this! I might keep doing it even if no one says anything on comments because that's just the kind of blogger I am, but I do appreciate your input. Blogging is a two-way street, if you write something on the comments you can bet your ass I will read it and write back to you. Anyway, enough with the chatter!
NEW PLANETS // WHAT? I know.. This takes first place on all the weird shit that happened to me this week. If you don't believe me, here's the link to a more reliable source. Nasa discovered 7 new planets in another galaxy far far away (or whatever the right technical term is) and I'm freaking out. I've always thought there were other planets with different life forms out there because the universe is a pretty big place and there's no way we're the only blessed life forms out there, but having this evidence is pretty big, right? I thought the internet as whole was going to freak out a little more over this, but apparently this piece of news is being overshadowed by the amount of horrible things that have been going on in this particular planet.   

I WENT ON A DATE, sort of // So, today I'm sharing not one, but two of the newest installments of Michele's Single Life. Well, I went on a date.. kind of. Me being the most single person in the world, I decided to download tinder and some other dating apps. I only did it because a single friend of mine told me she met a super cool guy on the app and that they went on a bunch of fun dates and bla bla bla. If you're thinking ''these stories never end well'', you're right, it didn't end well. So, he ''liked me'' on the app and sent me a message. We started chatting and things were great. He was funny, easy to talk to and not a total stranger because I found him on Facebook and we had friends in common, so not a creeper or online pervert or anything. We exchanged numbers, started with the texting and I got my hopes up, because I'm a human and that's what we do when we're about to be disappointed, right? And then, he asked me out (or so I thought). He told be about a super cool event that was going on (kind of like a party) near the beach and it sounded really fun. His exact words were: ''so, do you want to go?" (I'm translating it to English but you get the point). I thought we were going together, he didn't tell to bring a friend or anything like that. But, no! Apparently, I forgot to read his mind! I arrive at the event ALONE at the time we arranged and he's not there. I thought I was being stood up, but no such luck. He arrived with not one friend, but FIVE. Five of his closest friends just standing there looking at me, and he said: ''so, did you come alone or something?'' I was too pissed to be embarrassed, and honestly, I'm not the one that should be embarrassed here right? So, that was that. I even tried to have a good time, but he was just not making any effort to talk to me so I just got an uber and went home. Bad ''date'' and a good story to tell.          

I FELL ON THE GYM // As you guys know, I've been hitting the gym pretty strong these days (no joke). My building has a pretty good, well-equipped gym and that's where I work out. Since it's inside the building, there's usually families, older people and your regular annoying teenager working out there. But, this week a hot guy appeared. So, being the most single person in the world my brain went on hot guy alert mode. Since I'm super single but also super cool, I decided to act cool (I'm not cool) and just do these super intricate exercises I pick up from fitness girls on youtube (I'm not a fitness girl either) and then I fell down. And it wasn't a quick-nobody-saw-thing.. Heavy weights were dropped to the ground, I fell from the step-thing I was using and hit a mirror on the way down. I kid you not, I fell down with a BAM next to the hot guy, apparently the only one that uses that gym. There goes my first impression. He was actually pretty nice and asked if I was ok and everything, but I'm still mortified. I'm seriously considering moving. Funny thing is, the plan was to finish writing this post and go to the gym. 

CREEPY DM // I'm a blogger and I use my twitter mostly to share my blog posts, connect with other bloggers and readers, and also build a following for the blog. I follow a lot of people I don't know in person, a lot of people whose content I enjoy and some brands and celebrities here and there (Chrissy Teigen's twits give me life!). Most of my DM's are like ''hey, thanks so much for following me, here's a link to my blog/youtube channel/store/website" or the occasional brand wanting me to advertise their product without me knowing anything about them. So, whenever something doesn't go according to this I already think it's weird. But this one had a creepy vibe all of its own. I won't post it here because this man obviously knows I have a blog and he's obviously weird and I don't want to anger him. But, the DM came from an older gentleman offering to fly me to his country and pay for my traveling expenses 'around the world' if I agreed to have a good time with him during this trip. He didn't specify what a good time entailed to, but that's not the point. Well sir, I'm not THAT desperate. I just laughed, didn't answer because I won't dignify these kinds of "offers" and moved on with my life. But that was weird, right? Like, who does that? And more importantly, are there people out there that say yes to these types of question? I'm not even sure if it was a real guy because the profile picture was a creepy landscape-thingy, maybe it was just someone trying to mess with me, I don't know. As soon as I read, I thought it was funny, but after it made me a little angry. I mean, the guy wasn't doing anything illegal. I am legally an adult and he was actually really polite about it, but the whole thing was super weird and creepy and when you think about the amount of young girls and boys on social media you can't help but to be a little scared.    

This was an unusual week, guys! Usually, nothing weird happens to me. I do tend to fall down more than most people, but that's just cause I'm clumsy or when I get nervous around really cute guys. Hopefully, you enjoyed this post. Let me know on the comments if anything weird happened to you this week so we can all have a good laugh, no point in feeling embarrassed now, right?!

Did something weird also happened to you this week?

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Thanks so much for reading and let's chat on the comments. 

FUN FACT: This post was scheduled to go up on Sunday, but apparently me and blogger are still having some issues and it did go up when it was supposed to. I hope you're still interested in the events of my week, even if they're coming to you a day late! :)


February 25, 2017

Reading Wrap-Up // February, 2017.

Well, February was not a good reading month for me. I managed to read five books, but I didn't really enjoy all of them. If you've read my Currently Reading post, you know I've struggled with some of these books. I tried to branch out my reading and try out some different genres and although that is a good thing, sometimes it just doesn't work out for the best. I pushed myself to get through a classic and then the reading slump came. The fact that the book I tried to read after the classic was not very good only made things worst. But, you know.. these things happen. When you set a goal to read 100 books in a year you're bound to get some duds in the middle, right?

I also learned some things about myself as reader this month. Although I'm really into TV shows about high school drama (The OC, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars..), I hate books with annoying teenage characters. I also hate books that rely on bad stereotypes and slut-shamming to make a character look better than another. I'm not a big fan of classics, but I really want to change that because.. culture, you know? And also, self-help books are really not for me. I'm not bashing them and I know they help a lot of people improve their lives, but I think I just have a pretty good sense of common sense and these books just don't do much for me. But most of all, I've discovered that autobiography books about powerful and successful women really inspire me, specially when they're funny.   
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls - Lauren Graham // L O V E D  I T! This book was amazing and now I want to read her other book 'someday maybe or something like that'. I'm a big fan of Gilmore Girls and I loved learning more about Lauren Graham and her time playing that part. I also really enjoyed learning more about her life in general, her time pursuing acting as a full-time job and her time playing Lorelai Gilmore and other roles. I cried, I scream-laughed and I learned some valuable lesson from her. I think I really enjoyed this book not because I was reading about the life of a celebrity, but I enjoyed it because it felt like I was having a conversation with an older, successful and more experienced woman.. It felt like she was giving advice on topics we all struggle and just chatting about her life. I honestly believe that even if you are not a big fan of Gilmore Girls, you'll probably still enjoy this book. I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by her and it was amazing.  

O Cortiço (The Slum) - Aluísio Azevedo // This is the classic I chose to read this month and oh boy, did I struggle with it! The Slum is the English translation to this Brazilian classic, but I still read it in Portuguese because I'm Brazilian. It's about a group of people living in a big building where the rooms were converted to ''small apartments'', something very common in Brazil in the 19th century. It basically talks about Brazil in that time, the arrival of immigrants, the differences between cultures and all that stuff. It was good, it read like a novel which was nice, but at the end I just done with it, you know? It didn't really hold my attention and like I said before, I only read it because I want to be a more cultured person. I think I kind of need to train myself to enjoy classics, so the goal from now on is to read one classic every month.     

Caraval - Stephanie Garber // This books really is as good as everyone is saying. It's been a while since I've found a story like this, that just sucks you up into the world and actually leaves you wanting more. Although it's similar to Night Circus in some points, Caraval has a magic all of its own. This books tells the story of two sisters that have a very abusive and borderline crazy father. One of them writes every year to a men that organizes this big Carnaval event and one year he decided to not only write back, but to offer them tickets to the show. They travel to a distant island and somehow the sisters get separated. In this Carnaval, however, you can just watch the show or you can participate in some sort quest and the winner gets a pretty good award. One of the sisters goes missing, there's a couple of hot guys, magic and family drama.. I loved this book so much and I already plan on rereading it.   

The Miracle Morning - Hal Erold // Reading this book felt like reading a really long and detailed blog post. Although I think the idea of waking up an hour before you usually do and dedicate this time to improving yourself, meditating, working out and all the good stuff is an excellent idea, I still don't get why Hal Erold wrote an entire book about it. He could have explained all of that in a blog post, an article on an online magazine or something. This book is less than 200 pages and I still felt like he was repeating himself. He just goes on and on about things you could with this time in the morning and they're all ramifications of working out, mediating or reading. 

I do like the idea of waking up earlier that everyone else, but I hardly think this is a life-changing concept or a miracle. This book did bring some light to the importance of paying attention to your morning routine and working on self-improvement, but like I said.. this is not something new and it's pretty much common sense. I mean.. if you need more hours on your day, wake up earlier. I don't want to sound too negative because I did enjoy some parts of it, but I don't think this book has some kind of miracle content to make your life better.   

White Hot Kiss - Jennifer L. Armentrout // I really disliked this book, I had so many problems with it that I can't even say I enjoyed my time reading it and I only finished because I want to add it to my Reading Challenge. Most of Jennifer Armentrout's books follow pattern: there's usually a half-half main character (half-warden, half-demon in this case, but there's also half-human, half-alien and half-human,half-greeksomething), a love triangle with a very good guy (in this book he hunts demons) and very bad boy (in this book he's a demon) and the bad boy represents something that is going to ruin the world and our main character needs to it. I read the entire Half-Blood series from her and I loved it, but now I'm getting tired of this whole thing and it feels like I'm reading the same novel over and over again. I love her writing and I think she a very creative and talented author, but please give me something new! I think I gave this two stars because I fell bad giving one star to books, but I really did not enjoy it. The slut-shamming was also the worst!   

Those are all the books I read this month. Hopefully, you had a better reading month than me. I still managed to read 5 books, so it wasn't all bad. Let me know on the comments which books you read this month and which one was your favorite! If you have classics recommendations, please let me know as well, I'm struggling with it. 

What was your favorite books this month?

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February 23, 2017

Monthly Empties // February, 2017.

It's time for my favorite post of the month: EMPTIES! I'm not kidding guys, empties are my favorite posts (and videos) to read (and watch) on the internet. They just give me a weird sense of accomplishment and specially when they're my empties I love the feeling that I used up an entire product and that money did not go to waste. If you've been following the blog for a while you know that I've been making a conscious effort to use up all my products before buying new ones to avoid clutter and waste. It took some time to see actual progress, but now my cabinets and draws have way less stuff and everything is more organized and spacious. If you have problems with clutter and you feel like you own too much stuff, I highly suggest researching minimalism to see if it works for you. 

I wanted to share the products today and not wait until the actual end of the month because I don't think I'll be able to finish up anymore products. I have a lot of makeup that's hanging on by a thread, so hopefully I'll be able to include them on next month's empties. I've also decided to save up all my makeup empties this year in order to see the amount of makeup I'm actually using and I'll probably share it here on the blog so we can chat about it.

Most of the products I'm sharing today are cruelty-free! If you didn't know, I've been trying to switch to completely cruelty-free beauty products and I'm finally able to share some in my empties since I've previously used up most of my products that were tested on animals. I've noticed that I've also been using more products from local and smaller brands too, which is awesome! I only have one makeup item this month, but I have a lot of haircare and shower stuff!
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle in Moist // I don't think I would repurchase this even if it was cruelty-free. I used to be a big fan of Aussie, but I've found better and cheaper alternatives. I mixed this with my everyday conditioner and it was ok. I didn't have a hard time using it up or anything, it's just not a favorite anymore. I do love scent and the packaging, btw. This squeeze bottle is super convenient in the shower when you're trying to mix together three different conditioners in your hand.  
Aussie is NOT cruelty-free! 

Éh! Conditioner // This was a pleasant surprise. Éh! is the first cruelty-free haircare brand I've tried and this conditioner did not let me down. It has a very strong scent, but I liked it. I also liked the formula, the cool packaging and the fact that I actually saw results in my hair. Their products also have better and more natural ingredients and I love that. I'm currently using another conditioner from this brand and I'm also enjoying it. Éh! is a Brazilian brand so I'm not really sure where you'd be able to get it, but I'm sure you can find it somewhere on the internet. If you ever come to Brazil (which I think you should), I would highly recommend picking up some products.      
Lola PINGA! Hair Oils // Lola is another cruelty-free Brazilian brand I'm trying out. The lady at the store told me their hair oils were their bestsellers so I decided to start with that. The only thing I didn't like about it was the packaging, it has a dropper and it's just too messy for me. But the product was great, so great I went back for more as you can see. Lola is not only cruelty-free but also vegan and they also use more natural ingredients. I've only tried the hair oils, but I'm planning on trying out their shampoo and conditioners next. 

Pantene Classic Clean Conditioner // I've discovered a small stash of hotel shampoos, conditioners and body lotions in my bathroom cabinet a couple of months ago and I've been slowly going through them. I could throw them out, but that would be just producing more waste so I decided to use them up. I used to really like Pantene before I wen't cruelty-free, so I already knew I liked this shampoo. It's an ok everyday shampoo, nothing too fancy to be replaced by a regular cruelty-free alternative.      
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink // Guys, I'm throwing a party over here to commemorate the ending of this blush and you're all invited. I still can't believe this is finally empty, no more bouncy blushes for me! I think I've had this for more than three years and it would not go away. I liked the color and the formula, it blended really well and I like the convenience of having a small blush on my everyday makeup bag. My only problem with it is that it didn't last very long on the cheeks, specially in hot climate and the also the fact that it would not end. All in all, I wouldn't repurchase just because it wasn't anything special.  
Maybelline is NOT cruelty-free.  

Leite de Rosas Natural Deodorant // I've been on the hunt for a good natural deodorant and unfortunately this was not it. I'm still not really sure how to properly apply it since it came in this bottle and the product was liquid, so I used a cotton round to apply. It smelled like roses and it was ok for days when I didn't do much, but I can't wear it when I'm going to the gym or work. Overall, wouldn't repurchase it. 

Hotel Body Lotion // I think these are reproducing in my bathroom cabinet! I've been trying to go through this lotions but every time I finish one, two are born to take its place. The good thing is that I've learned my lesson, I'm never ever ever bringing hotel treats home with me.    
Leite de Rosas Nourishing Soap // I loved this soap. It was super moisturizing and the scent was amazing. I would totally repurchase it! 

Granado Phebo Glyceryn Soap // This is not my favorite soap, but it was still ok. I originally picked it up to use in the shower but it wasn't moisturizing enough, so I used it as a hand soap. I like the scent and the fact that it has a vegetal base which not only good for you but also for the environment. I would totally repurchase it. 

Granado Glyceryn Soap in Lavender // I think this is a staple in every empties posts I've done recently. Granado is one of my favorite cruelty-free brands, mostly because they do so many products (shampoos, conditioners, soaps, makeup..) and I've enjoyed almost everything I've tried. This is a Brazilian brand too, but I think it's more easily accessible online if you're interested.    

These are all the products I managed to finish up in February. Hopefully, I'll have more makeup empties to share next month and things we'll be a little more interesting. March is also longer than February so I'll have more time to finish up more products. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and if you've done a recent empties post or video, leave your link in the comments so I can check it out. 

Did you finish a lot of products this month?

Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!


February 20, 2017

Currently Reading // Battling a Reading Slump.

So, I'm on a reading slump and it's not fun. I tried to fight it and push through it, but it came  in full force. I'm blaming this on the classics. One of my reading goals this year is to read more classics, but unfortunately I'm not a person who enjoys reading classics. I think they are very important reads and all, but they usually put on a reading slump. I tried switching up the book I was currently reading, I tried different genres and even turned to booktube for inspiration and nothing has worked. 

So, here I am writing this post was last resort. Maybe writing it all down will help or maybe I just need to put less pressure on myself because, at the end of the day, it's just reading. Reading is supposed to be a hobby and something enjoyable, right? Anyway.. I'm gonna stop rambling and get to the books!

My Life on the Road - Gloria Steinem // I was really enjoying this book when I first started reading it. Gloria Steinem is a very interesting human. She dedicated most of her life to social activism, she has a very particular lifestyle and she's been through a lot so she has a lot of stories to tell. Things were going well, but then I decided to put this aside to read another book and haven't picked it up again since - it's been three weeks. I really want to get back to this book, but I just don't feel like it and that sucks. And I think pushing through it is just going to make the reading slump worst.. 

The Last Time We Say Goodbye - Cynthia Hand // I'm really liking this book. I loved the main character and plot, but she keeps seeing her dead bother and talking to him in her sleep and that kind of freaks me out. I live by myself so I can't be reading about dead brother when I'm trying to fall asleep. At least not if I want to wake up early the next day and be a productive member of society. But, overall,I think this is a really good book. I think it deals really well with grief and loosing a loved one and I loved the writing style. 

White Hot Kiss - Jennifer L. Armentrout // I'm kind of over Jennifer Armentrout's books. They all have a very similar plot and characters - all female main character and love triangles with a very good guy and very bad boy. I'm going to finish this one because it's very fast paced and I like her writing, but I will not keep going with the series and I don't plan on picking up more books from her. 

History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera // Adam Silvera slays me again. I think he's slowly becoming my favorite writer. This book is sooooo good. It got me crying on the thirds chapter and it breaks my heart with every page. It's extremely emotional and it will make you feel all the feels, even the feels you didn't even know you had in you. So, I'm loving it. My only problem with it is that it's very sad, and I'm not always in the mood for so much sadness all at once, you know?

These are all the books I'm currently reading, guys! I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any tips on how to get over a reading slump please leave them in comments because I really need help right now. I'm making it my mission to get over this slump this week and I'll let you guys know how things turn out on this month's wrap-up.  

Which books are you currently reading?

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(not so) FUN FACT: This is actually the second time I'm writing this post. For some reason, even though I clicked on the publish thingy, blogger decided to mess with me and it not only didn't save my post, but it also erased everything. But it's cool! 

February 15, 2017

My Tips For Having A Good Year | 2017.

Yes, I do own a calendar and I know what month it is. This is not some post I had collecting digital dust and decided to post even though it's February. Just like for a lot of people, 2016 wasn't my year. Some terrible things happened, I didn't feel like I was going anywhere and I wasn't putting effort towards the things that I wanted to achieve and the things that made me happy. I was basically sitting around watching Netflix and doing the bare minimal in order to get by, just going though the motions. So, I made a commitment to myself that I would change things up in 2017. I'm still not really sure what I want to do exactly (I have a rough idea), but I do know that I want things to be different. And I believe that if you want things to be different, you need to do things differently.

I started to make some changes in my life to figure out what I want this year to be about and like I said, I have a rough idea. I want to get in shape, focus on studying and bettering myself to achieve my goals and get a better job, and I want to be a better person overall. These are things that are constantly in my life but that I've never worked on with consistency. So, year after year, they would make their way into my New Years Resolutions. This year, I'm tackling them one by one. And, since I'm pretty sure these are very relatable goals that a lot of people want to accomplish, I decided to write this post today so we can all get inspiration, tips and motivation from each other and keep the discussion going even if it's already February.
No matter how much you plan or bullet journal, our days only have 24h and 24h is not enough to accomplish everything we want to accomplish. Learning to prioritize is a must and that's why it's tip number one, it's the most important one. The way I do it is: I figure out what my big goals are for my life and I try to think what is going to help me get there today and I prioritize this things. If that sounds a bit too intimidating for you, try to figure out what you want to accomplish that week or that month and prioritize the things are going to get there. So, basically, if you getting in shape is your main goal, working out and meal preparing (or whatever it is you do), should be your priorities for that day and doing laundry, working on your blog and all these other things you'd like to accomplish need to come second. If you don't focus on your main goals and procrastinate by doing other errands, you'll never really give your best in what you are currently doing because your secondary tasks you'll be done quickly so you can get to the important stuff and when you get to the important stuff you'll feel tired or burned out because of all the energy you spent doing things that are not your priority. 
I don't know about you but I'm a firm believer in karma, the law of attraction and the whole 'what goes around comes around' thing. And also, in order to be a good person you need to be nice and say 'thank you' whenever a 'thank you' is required. And the same thing goes with 'you're welcome', 'please' and while we're at it throwing in a 'good morning' can't hurt. If you're nice to people, people will be nice to you (not always, but most of the times) and your life will become a little easier and a little lighter. The whole gratitude thing fits in with my religious belief, but even if you're not religious, being grateful for the things you have is always a good idea. Specially when you're having a bad day and you feel like you things are not working out for you, taking a moment to list all the things you're grateful for can really help you out. I've did it in a blog post a couple of months ago and you can check it out here if you'd like.  
I was very skeptical when it came to meditation, I didn't see the point of it and I thought it was a waste of time. But, recently, I started to see meditation in a more positive light. I know there are all kinds of meditation (and I highly suggest practicing whichever works for you), but the way I see it meditation is a time I dedicate to think about my life, the things I want to change, how I'm going to change them and just sending out good thoughts into the universe. You can also use this time to pray, imagine your ideal life and even practice gratitude by acknowledging all the things you're grateful for. It's basically your time, with yourself to practice some introspection.
I would suggest doing it in the morning before you begin your day, that way you will have all your goals in mind throughout the day as you run your errands. I've noticed that I'm way more productive the days I meditate and my anxiety is more manageable. It just gives me a sense of purpose when I'm doing the things I have to do. I do 10-15 minutes in the morning, after breakfast and before getting ready for the day. Meditation has really been helping me out and it can't hurt to try, guys!
It's embarrassing how many times I've put 'getting in shape' in my New Year's Resolutions, and I never pay much attention to it after January. Getting fit and working out always is never a priority for me and that's just stupid because if I'm not healthy, I won't be able to accomplish all the things I want to. So, I decided to make working out a priority in my schedule. In the beginning, I would literally postpone errands just to get my workout in for the day. But, as I got more accustomed to my routine, I've noticed that working out actually gives me more energy and motivation to get everything done from my to-do list.  

Watching three hours of Netflix is extremely rewarding, I feel happy and relaxed while I'm watching. 'While I'm watching' is the key here. You'll only have those feeling while you're doing it, and as soon as you stop you'll feel unproductive, lazy and anxious because you spent all that time doing nothing. Although sometimes you need a break from the world, you should dedicate your time to things that will bring you long term gratification. Very feel people get a quick out of studying, but everyone feel accomplished and happy when they're done with their study guide or writing their paper, and then you can go for the Netflix. It's human nature to pick things that will give you instant gratification, that's why planning is so important.  
Planing is gives my day structure. Whenever I don't take my time to plan out my day, I usually don't get a lot done, I spend way too much time thinking about what to do next and I don't feel accomplished at the end of the day. I hate feeling like I could have done so much more. When it comes to planning, you can do whatever works for you. I keep a ''bullet journal'' where I write down my main goals for the week and then I break them down into smaller goals and schedule them on my weekly planner. This is what works best for me. I'm thinking about writing a more in depth post yo show you guys this system, so let me know if this is something you'd be interest in. 

Setting aside some time for your hobbies is extremely important. As you can probably guess, blogging is my main hobby. I don't make money from it nor do I plan on becoming a full time blogger, blogging is just good for my soul. It's something I do simply because I want to (which is  very empowering), it's my time to write down my thoughts and connect with people who share the same interests as me and that makes me happy. It does takes time and effort, but at the end of the day I feel happier and more fulfilled whenever I spend sometime blogging. 

These are all the tips I have for now, guys! Your tips are more than welcomed, please share your input with us on the comments. I want this post to spark a discussion, I really want to know your thoughts on this tips! If accomplishing your goals was easy, everyone would be fit and have the job of their dreams. I believe we need all the help we can find and I really want this blog to be a place where we can all find support and help each other out. Mostly, I think that to accomplish your goals, you need to be constantly reminded of them and to keep track of all your small victories. That's why I'm planning on doing at least one post about accomplishing your goals every month. This is a way of holding myself accountable and hopefully inspiring you guys to do the same. Let me know if you think that's a good idea. If I can do anything to help you out on this, let me know on the comments, twitter or send me an email.

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!


February 13, 2017

Current Workout Playlist.

Heeeeello, everyone!

It's been a while since I've shared a playlist over here and that's exactly what I'll be doing today. Like I've mentioned on my last Life Update, I've been really into working out and ever since the year started I've actually been able to not only stick to my goal of working out at least two times a week, but to surpass it (whenever I can muster the strength to go to the gym on a Sunday). To keep this up, I need all the motivation I can find and sometimes a new playlist does it for me. If you're having a hard time when it comes motivating yourself to work out, I got you - just come check out this post

I think a good playlist is also important to keep you pumped and to help you push yourself harder when you’re training. I love Adele, if I could choose someone to write and sing the soundtrack of my life I would choose her. But, I need something faster and more upbeat to get me going at the gym. I hope you guys enjoy the songs, they’re all available on Spotify if you have a hard time finding them anywhere else.

Cruel - Snakehips
Full Swing - AlunaGeorge
Swang - Rae Sremmunrd
Castle on the Hill - Ed Sheeran
Body Like a Back Road - Sam Hunt
Can I - Tez Cadey Remix - Alina Baraz
Collect Call - Metric
Gold Rays - Vinyl Pinups
11 Blocks - Wrabel
Not Going Home - DVBBS
Made in Hollywood - LANY
Solo Dance - Martin Jensen
Body Talk - Foxes
Love Me Like That (feat. Carly Rae Jepsen) - The Knocks
Pretty Thoughts - FKJ Remix - Alina Baraz

This is what I've been listening to on the gym lately. If you get the chance to check out the songs, let me know on the comments what you think of them. Also, please share with us some of your favorite songs for working out. I'm one of those people that listens to the same 10 songs over and over again, so your help will be much appreciated! I hope you guys are still sticking to your resolutions and working towards your goals for 2017.

What's your current workout playlist?

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