20 January 2019

I BOOKED A TRIP ON IMPULSE

This is from my birthday trip. I was visiting the Benjamin Franklin museum in Philadelphia. 
With only nine days left before the spring semester, I'm beginning to find myself excited and restless already. With a new semester comes new books, professors, adventure, and endless amounts of papers. I'll meet more people and enjoy more lattes which I'll end up giving up again by summer. Believe me when I say I'm excited. I just have one problem: I'm going back to the same routine without actually making the most of my break.

Every winter students at university get the month of January off before returning back to the books. That month is our small bit of freedom before the summer holidays. Everything happened so fast this month. Christmas came and went. New Year's Day came and went. I dived headfirst into working so I can save money and not be stressed out while I'm in school. Then I took a moment to just relax. At that moment I realized that January is practically over.  I didn't get to do much of anything.

That's when I impulsively booked a trip. In the moment of clarity, I thought about how short life is and life doesn't end when I graduate. It is super important that I am mental, physically and, emotionally prepared for the semester coming up. So, this week I'm off to Philadelphia again to rejuvenate. I'm going to enjoy some fun time in a city I've come to love. The last time I was there it was summer and it was my birthday. Maybe this time I'll go ice skating and see some of the sights that I haven't seen yet. Maggiano's and Little Nonna's is a must. What about the One Liberty Observation Deck? There's so much that I can do and I'm ready for some me time and fun time.

I decided to do more of this. I'd like to take more trips spontaneously. Even if they're short day trips to cities I haven't been to. I love traveling and sometimes getting away just for a little while is all anyone needs. Next stop Boston? Who knows? Possibilities are endless.

If you've ever been to Philadelphia or if you're from there, what would you recommend I do during my stay?

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16 January 2019

5 THINGS I'M DOING DIFFERENTLY IN 2019

If you read my last post, With A New Year Comes New Beginnings, then you know about the things that I want in 2019. For example, I miss being an early bird and having peaceful, anxiety-free days. I even mentioned blogging and how I've been M.I.A. for a while. There's a big difference between wanting something and trying to obtain it. How do I go about being a better blogger? What can I do that I haven't done before? What can I continue to work on or do better with? These are things I'm constantly asking myself. I'd love to continue to evolve as a person and blogger, but that won't happen if I'm standing still.

There are things I have to do differently to obtain these goals. Change can be scary, but these changes are simple. This is about work ethic and radiating goodness back into the internet. After all, the internet can use some good. 
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” - Albert Einstein

HERE'S WHAT'S CHANGING

  1. Organization. One of the most important key factors to anything I do is organization. My calendar is color-coded, so I know what's happening. It easier for me that way. A lot of people have told me that they have two separate planners. That doesn't work for me. I need to see everything all in one place. Stress levels decrease for me when my day is on one single page and things actually get done. If I use two planners, I'd probably forget about one of them. Then I'm back to square one. This also allows me to schedule my days and exercise my lack of time management skills. There are so many things that can get done, especially on busy days. Sometimes a little organization goes a long way.
  2. Planning. Taking the time to plan helps out in the long run. I've always been a spontaneous blogger. If I ask a friend to take my picture and I like them, I may post them then and there. There are many pros to planning like getting things done properly, less anxiety because I have the time to perfect things and smoothe out the edges, there's more quality than quantity, and making my words mean more and make sense instead of rambling. Without planning I'd probably wish I had planned (which happened way more times than I can count), writing on the post becomes messy, and I don't get the result I wished for which is safe to say that that you as a reader and myself may not be happy.
  3.  I’m taking chances. In this past year, I have gotten e-mails for opportunities. Blogging is a dream. Working in fashion is a dream. In fact, I have many dreams and they're all things that I can make a reality. It's one of the things I wish to do in life. So why did I turn down such great opportunities? I was afraid of failing myself and the company I'd work with. This year all of that is being pushed to the side. If a company wants to work with me, that means I'm good enough for that company. I won't fail them or myself because I'll work hard like I do everything else. I'll put my heart and myself into everything I do. Besides, they must like me for me, right? Why else would they reach out?
  4. Spreading the love. I understand how hard bloggers work to put out content that is worthy of our eyes. It's so nice to see the photos, the carefully written words, and the designs and concepts a blogger comes up with for each post. That's why, and I know the feeling, it's important to stop by and say hello. Give their post a read. Leave a lovely comment. It doesn't take long. Most of the time I'm LOLing by the end of their post. There are times when posts are serious, but most of the time they're fun. I have my faves that I always go back to, but I always keep my eyes open for new blogs to read. My favorites folder is jam-packed with blogs. I guess it's safe to say I'm never bored. Last year I started interacting with other bloggers. I love to leave comments on their blogs. It's nice to feel appreciated for what you do and it's something I want to continue to do more of.
  5. Working outside. I've been using an app called Coffitivity for a couple of years now. The app is perfect for studying or working because it gives me the feeling of being in a cafe. The app itself has different tracks like CDs. Some are sounds you'd hear at a university and others are sounds you'd hear at a cafe. Cafe's are my favorite and I live for them. I've been using this app through my journey at my university to make up for gloomy libraries, but it's time to change that. While I will still be using the app, getting the real experience is so much better. Since I am balancing school, work, and blogging, getting these small moments of social time is good for me. Why not edit in Central Park when the weather gets warmer? Why not sit in cafes and feel the city around me? I feel like my most productive moments have been at cafes.

There are many other things I'd like to do differently that isn't blog related. Some of this stuff has to do with my academic career at my university. I just wrote a blog post about what I did differently last semester and how it worked for meOther things have to do with my personal being which has been stated in my previous post. The most important thing I must remember is to always be progressive. I must continue to learn, grow, evolve, etc. as a person. No matter what changes I wish to make they must always be for the better. They must be because I am wishing and wanting them to happen. Everything is always done out of love and with a peaceful heart.


What are some things you wish to do differently this year? What worked for you last year?

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. - Babe Ruth

DARIANNE 

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09 January 2019

WITH A NEW YEAR COMES NEW BEGINNINGS

2018 was very good to me. I started at a new university and was challenged academically. I pushed out more content for my blog and worked hard to get it right. I did well with keeping up old resolutions and forgetting to make any for the new year. 2018 showed me what people I should keep in my life and those I should leave behind. I set goals. I accomplished some and I failed. I learned many lessons. I have grown from my mistakes. 2018 made me tougher and my backbone stronger. I became happier with myself and got further in the brutal process of self-love.

2019 has officially arrived. I am ready for her. I am ready for what life brings. As I said before, I didn't make resolutions. It's nine days into the new year and my mind has been stuck on what I want. I don't want another "new year, new me" moment because the process of being who we are doesn't stop because the clock strikes midnight on the first of January. Being is a lifelong process with chapters and levels. Being is a never-ending rollercoaster of trial and ever. It never stops. We learn and we go. We prosper. We fight. We keep going. That's why I don't have resolutions. I never really stopped being on the journey that I am on. None of us really can stop our own personal journey. They continue even if we change our mind.

SO WHAT DO I WANT?

For starters, I'd like more peaceful days. This means that I must worry less. It's hard when my anxiety hangs around like an old friend. I'm learning to trust in myself more and let the things I can't control go. I find myself taking moments out of my day just to breathe, tell myself that it's going to be alright, enjoy where I am in that moment, and to reflect. I never want to waste a moment or feel like my mind, body, and soul isn't centered or at peace. I want to be one with myself and that is another never-ending journey that's part of life.

I miss the days when I was in bed before midnight. I used to be asleep by ten. It used to be so hard to sleep because my body refused to rest. Training myself to go to sleep early was the best thing. I loved early morning when it would be just me and my tea. It took a long time for me to train my body and rewire my clock, but just like that it was all undone. Balancing university life and work is hard enough alone. Then comes the long hours of studying or having random graveyard shifts. I've gone back to not sleeping and inhaling espresso to keep up. It's time I stop. What I want is to reset again. I'd like to go back to when I'd get an early, good night's sleep. I'd like to wake up early mornings and feel like I can function without espresso. This something I'll be working hard at for the next couple of weeks. I need it.

Something I'm very happy about and I'd like to continue is the lack of time I spend on technology. The latest iOS update allows your phone to average the hours you spent on it each week. Last week was only an hour and the week before that was an hour and a half. I don't want to spend my time sitting on social media wondering why that person is on a beach living it up and I'm wearing layers to stay warm. I am not her. She is not me. Besides music, I use my phone for three things: school, work, and social media. School is currently not in session and by work I meant blogging. I'm not a fan of social media even though it's been useful in more ways than one. I like being outside and experiencing things. Cheers to spending less time on our devices and more time living.

This one is short and sweet because I've already written a post having goals and being inspired by someone unexpected. I have both short term and long term goals. I want to continue working on them. Sometimes I lost sight of what was important because I was caught up in my own anxiety. I must keep my vision clear and keep moving. This year it is more than possible to achieve a lot of them. Nothing can hold me back except for me and I am not about to sit around being afraid. Watch out world. I'm coming.

The last is personally impersonal. Sort of. I've been M.I.A. on the blog because I've been brainstorming. What do I want to do? I know for sure that I want to produce quality content that we'd both enjoy reading and reflecting back on. I'm not in a rush. So, while I figure it out, I will do other things to stay active. What will that be? Stay tuned and you'll see.

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.” ― Norman Vincent Peale

While this post is about continuing on my journey, the title is fitting. You and I both have been given another year to do all the things we wish. It's up to us whether we waste it or not. Sometimes we find that somewhere along our journey is a new beginning or a new chapter. Continue on being your most amazing, authentic self. Keep working on you as an individual and see what amazing things come about from it.

I hope your 2019 is better than your 2018. May you prosper, reach your goals, and continue on this wonderful journey you're on.

DARIANNE
P.S. What are some things that you'd like for yourself this year? Did you make any resolutions?

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