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Monday, February 23, 2015

Love Yourself

It's the most simple piece of advice: Love yourself first. Take care of yourself. Make sure to always have time for yourself.
However, most people can't seem to follow it. We spend so much time taking care of others that we forget to enjoy a few moments for ourselves. And we forget to take care of ourselves (inside and out).
I can completely relate to this. It's the end of February, and when I'm not spending my nights with my nose in a textbook, I am out with friends or family. I sometimes forget what it even feels like to relax just by myself, and not be exhausted.
This past week, we have had off from school due to the 8 inches of snow and negative temperatures our lovely Virginia has had. You would think I relaxed for a bit. Wrong. I stayed up until 1 AM most nights doing random busy work, studying for tests, and working on projects. So I finally found a hobby; blogging. I made this blog Friday at about midnight (hence, my first blog post is about midnight) to have some "me time" and do something I enjoy.
Last night I tried going to bed early (9 PM but I fell asleep at like 11), but I woke up this morning with a cold. So here I am, sitting in my bed, typing away. Maybe I should stop typing and take a nap...but I have more things to do. Oops.
But about an hour ago, I made a cup of hot chocolate, and sat right by the fireplace. It sure does feel good knowing I took a nice little break (I absolutely love my snowman mug).
What I can assure you is that taking even just 10 minutes off is the best feeling ever. Here are some of my tips on how to relax:
- Plug in headphones, and play Taylor Swift's 1989 album. Or any music you like. Blocking out the world for a while can let you think and take your mind off things.
- Bake. Whether you bake double chocolate cookies or a pan of lemon bars, it is worth it. Those extra calories are a treat you deserve after a long day.
- Work out. This may not seem like the most fun, but getting fit will make you feel good on the inside. Taking care of yourself is super important.
- Read a book. Grab that book in the back of your shelf and crack it open. Living vicariously through Harry's life at Hogwarts is worth it, trust me.
- Take a nap. This is the most simple one. Just sleep for a bit. Most teenagers or adults never think of taking a nap, but waking up refreshed will certainly make you feel better.
Always remember; remember to love yourself.
These 5 tips have definitely helped me cope with stress. Let me know of some other ways to relax! 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Macaron Love

Since I live about 30 minutes away from Georgetown, I love to stop by at the Macaron Bee! I could eat macarons all day :)
I know a lot of my friends are not fond of macarons, so let me know if you are or aren't! I want to see if I am the only one who is obsessed with them!
I know you can't see my full outfit, but it was super cute and casual for my day walking around Georgetown.
Shoes- Steve Madden combat boots
Maroon Pants- H&M
Blue button down- Urban Outfitters
Grey socks- Target

Saturday, February 21, 2015

anonymous

This quote truly speaks to me. Thank you John Green for this! To me, this means I can travel anywhere and be completely anonymous. If I take a trip to NYC, no one will know who I am, and I can meet people without them having an idea about my personality. It's like a fresh start. 

Midnight Thoughts

It's midnight. The whole day is over. 24 hours, 1440 minutes, and 86400 seconds gone. What did I achieve? What did I wish happen that didn't? What am I even doing with my life?
This is the time I lay in my bed, with thousands of thoughts swirling in my mind. I think about why I ate that cookie, I gained extra calories for no reason. I think about the smile I could have gave in the hall, people probably think I'm rude now. I think about the conversation I should have had with my mom, asking her how her day was, instead of her asking me.
It's midnight. I lay here thinking about all my regrets, yet I forget about all the good deeds. This isn't a depressing blog writing away my sorrows. I should be happy that I worked out and am staying fit in a healthy way. I should be grateful I gave advice to a friend who trusted me enough to ask for some. I should be thankful for the trip to New York City my parents just paid for.
We learn from regrets, and eventually we find something good in them. They shape us as humans.
As Marilyn Monroe said, "Fear is stupid. So are regrets".
The clock is ticking, so take advantage of each second. When the hand hits midnight and you're laying in bed, think about how today can make tomorrow better.