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Spring Semester 2017 Goals

By on January 10, 2017

Hey y’all! I hope everyone has had a great first week of 2017! As I write this over the weekend, soaking up my last few days of winter break, I was inspired by this post on Dani Dearest‘s blog!

I’ve never set goals for myself (at least outside of my own head) for the semester. I just finished my first semester at my new school and I loved it. The campus, my classes, the people, everything. LOVE my school. But there were a ton of things I was excited to do once I transferred that didn’t really happen in the first semester. Obviously, I knew I wasn’t going to do everything in the first semester but I wasn’t fully satisfied with what I did do. I was a bit scared and timid and mostly focused on settling into everything. (Universities are way different than community college! Maybe I’ll do a post about that…)

So, I’ve decided to set semester goals for myself and I’m posting them here to hold myself accountable! But also to inspire someone else to set semester goals (or any goals)!

Get all A’s and B’s in my classes

This has been and always is my number one goal! I love school, I love learning, and I love the sense of accomplishment when I get good grades. Especially if the class is hard! Grades are the key to getting that degree, which is the whole point of being in college!

Attend a Delight Bible Study session

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Delight Ministries is an all women’s Bible study group that has a chapter at my school. (They have many chapters at so many different colleges around the country! Just check out their website here to search for yours! I actually know a few girls already involved. I wanted to attend last semester but it just didn’t work out. They meet on days that are difficult for me to make it to. However, with my new schedule this semester, it should be easier and I want to make an effort to attend!

Make new friends

Now, this goal may seem silly to some people. I don’t know about y’all but I’m shy. I’ve definitely improved with talking to people and I’m pretty good about making “semester” friends with people seated around me in my classes (especially when the teacher makes you work in groups) but extending the friendships out of the classroom is where I really struggle. I chalk it up to two things: being a commuter and being introverted (more on both of these in a later post). It gets lonely on campus sometimes so I would really like to make a few solid friends this semester!

Look for study abroad opportunities

I LOVE traveling. While I am a very amateur traveler (never out of the US, typically family vacays, etc.), I can feel deep down how much I want to travel. There are SO many places that I want to visit. What better way than to get college credit and learn while I’m there?! I would really like to study abroad sometime in my college career. I have to keep a look out on the website and maybe even talk to an advisor to get some planning done in advance. (This leads me to my next goal)

Save $10 of every pay check

Saving money is always a great idea and always a goal of mine.Whether it be for study abroad, paying off student loans, or just saving to save up. I want to be more hands on about saving my money for the future!

 

 

Hopefully, this list has inspired something in you to set goals for yourself! I think setting goals is wonderful, even if you don’t accomplish them. I get bored when I’m not working towards something. At the end of the semester, I’m going to revisit this and see what I’ve accomplished! Here’s to a new semester!

 

What are your goals for the semester or for the whole year?! I would love to hear your goals!

xoxo Ariana

 

 

 

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2016 RECAP

By on January 3, 2017

Wow, I cant believe it’s already a new year! 2016 was a big year for me. So many amazing, incredible, once in a lifetime things happened to me and I’m so blessed for it all! Let’s have a recap, shall we?

 

Things that happened in 2016:

  • Turned 20 years old
  • Met Sadie Robertson at her book signing which resulted in the funniest picture EVER
  • The Panthers made it to the Super Bowl (gotta represent the home team!)
  • Graduated with a 2 year degree (at the same time my cousin graduated with hers!)
  • Baby sister turned 16 *cries*

  • Traveled to Nashville for the first time (You can read about it here,here, and here!)
  • Got accepted into my #1 school
  • Road tripped with my mom, sister, and best friend to Atlanta to meet Kian &JC on tour
  • Got Abby hooked on Teen Wolf
  • Took my sister with myself and Abby to soundcheck at the 5SOS concert
  • Went with my family to see Lindsey Stirling perform the next day (read about both concerts here!)

  • Had all four of my wisdom teeth removed
  • Traveled to Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where I check off a life bucket list item of eating at Cafe Du Monde
  • Had the annual family beach trip to Sanibel immediately after

  • FREAKED OUT over the PLL summer finale
  • Got obsessed with a handful of amazing new television shows
  • Celebrated my one year blogiversary!
  • Babysat A TON (and I wouldn’t have had it any other way, love those kiddos!)
  • Traveled back to Atlanta with my dad and sister for Dragon Con (and met some of Hollywood’s finest)

  • Started my first semester at my new school
  • Took a “Children’s Literature” course that was about comic books and superheroes and the homework was to watch the correlating superhero movies (a dream come true in the college world, at least for me)
  • Took a family weekend trip to Boone

  • Baby sister learned to drive (again *cries*)
  • Voted in my first presidential election
  • Best friend got accepted into Hogwarts (delivered by a special anonymous owl *wink wink*)
  • Had a MAGICALLY WONDERFUL time at the happiest place on earth!!! (Magic Kingdom and Epcot!)
  • Developed a new love for Star Wars
  • Started learning Italian (buongiorno!)
  • Made all A’s and B’s
  • Celebrated a wonderful and very merry Christmas at home with my favorite people in the entire world

And just like that, it’s a new year!  A whole new year full of new experiences, new people, new places, new knowledge, new accomplishments. I am QUITE excited about this new year. I feel different about it, different than I ever have. I feel like some big things are going to happen this next year. Maybe not big to other people, but big for me. And I’m ready, ready take this year on head first! Let’s do this 2017!

What is something you are looking forward to in the new year?

xoxo Ariana

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This post was part of Helene’s (from heleneinbetween.com) link up party! Thank you so much for hosting this Helene!! It was my first link-up EVER so I already have a New Year’s Resolution checked off  ✔

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3 VLOGMASES TO GET YOU IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

By on December 14, 2016

 

I loveeee vlogmas. Like blogmas, on YouTube, Youtubers decide to daily vlog from December 1-December 24, all Christmas-y! I always look forward to catching up on Christmas vlogs every year, at the end of my day. Or even if I can’t keep up, I binge watch my favorites the week after Christmas.

Today I bring you my top three that I love watching!

  1. Zoella- Zoe Sugg

It is no secret that Zoe is my favorite YouTuber to watch. I’m pretty sure I have mentioned her on the blog before. She is just so adorable, so funny, relatable, AND an avid Christmas lover! She does vlogmas every year and hers are my number one favorites every year! Last year and this year, she has also done 24 Days of Zoella on her main channel , where she posts a new Christmas main channel video every day until Christmas! I love watching her Christmas fun with her friend Mark, boyfriend Alfie, and cutest pug Nala!

2. Aspyn and Parker 

I watch Aspyn and Parker regularly and I just love them. They have been married for over a year and I love watching their adventures together! They travel the world and have their own store https://lucaandgrae.com/. They sell the cutest clothes and shoes, it’s amazing y’all. Their vlogmas videos are so adorable and I love Aspyn’s Christmas decor with bright and modern colors!

3. Morgan Yates

Y’all, I love Morgan. Maybe it’s because she is also from North Carolina or maybe because we have the same level of sarcasm but she is just so fun to watch. Her style and Instagram are #goals to be honest. She’s in college (like me) therefore I find her videos really relatable and honest! She also has a fun main channel .Her vlogmases are so cute in her house with all her roommates and at home with her family. I love following her adventures!

 

There ya have it! Three fun and completely different vlogmases to watch and get you in the Christmas spirit! These are only 3 that I watch, there are definitely more that I watch sometimes! Life is so busy that right now 3 is all I can keep up with for right now!

 

Whose vlogmas do you love to watch?! Or have you ever watched vlogmas before? Let me know!

xoxo Ariana

 

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Tips to Get Through the Mid-Semester Slump

By on November 14, 2016

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It’s that point in the semester where nothing is really happening. Halloween is over, people are ready for the holidays but there’s still classes, papers, projects, class registration, tests, etc. in between. It can be hard to push through and I myself am struggling. I just want to work on this blog and get ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas! But school is a priority that my family is paying for and I need to stay focused, no matter how many times YouTube or Netflix calls my name.

So I have put together a couple of tips to get through what I like to call “The Mid-Semester Slump”!

Buy a new planner

Nothing makes me feel like I have my life together than a new planner! I have recently gotten really into planners and I love my new one! It’s from the Create 365 brand and I got it from Michael’s. They always have sales going on and coupons! Just writing out all the things I need to do and the things I want to do creates a visual for my week and makes me feel productive! It feels so good to check off things I wrote down! And buy a cute one! I am a firm believer that if the planner is cuter, I’m more likely to write in it and open it back up to look at what I wrote. Sort of like if the gym clothes are cute, I’m more likely to work out (and feel cute while doing it!).

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Do not procrastinate

(Kind of put this one in here for myself) I am the queen of procrastination, like seriously I need a crown for it. I put things off so bad. This semester I have been sooooo much better at time management with school, even people close to me have commented on it! But it’s hard to not put things off because I know I have a good grade so maybe missing this one won’t matter much while I continue watching New Girl. BUT NO. Don’t. Keep hustlin’, keep being ambitious, keep it up! You’ll thank yourself later!

Talk to your advisor

When I started school at community college, I hardly ever met with my advisor. I always saw tips online saying “become best friends with your advisor” and never really understood until now. Since I’m pre-elementary education, there’s a cluster of tests I have to take to be accepted in the program and be licensed. I would have totally forgotten about them had I not met and emailed my advisor! I understand all that advice now! Thankfully, my advisor is super nice and helpful all the time (pretty sure he groans if he sees my email in his inbox)! Meeting and talking about the next step for me always makes me feel on track and productive. Like all this studying and stress really IS to get me closer to my end goal.

Deep clean an area of your space

I just switched out my closet from summer to fall, hung up all of my clothes, and put everything away. I feel SO much better and decluttered. It was nice to have that time to myself and it felt almost therapeutic. And it didn’t take as long as I thought at all, especially since I put on some YouTube videos I needed to catch up on! Setting aside time to deep clean is a great mental break that is also productive. I’m excited to wear all my sweaters now!

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Write A To-Do List and STICK TO IT

Even though I have a planner, I still write a small to do list for the day. I try to accomplish at least two things on the list per day! I’m staying productive but not stressing myself out. It also helps with the day-to-day as we move through the middle of the semester! I also use the app Wunderlist which allows me to compile a bunch of different to-do lists. I mainly use it to just jot down things that I randomly think of or something said in class that I don’t have time to reach for my planner to write down!

Allow Yourself Decompression Time

And lastly, just relax. Allow yourself to binge watch a couple of Netflix shows. Curl up with a book. Go out with your friends. Take a bubble bath. Do whatever you can that you enjoy to pass the time until finals are done and we can relax into the holidays!

 

Hopefully these tips helped! Do you have anymore tips to add to the list? Let me know!

 

xoxo Ariana

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Tips For A New College Semester

By on August 28, 2016

SPRINGTIMEIts that time again! I don’t know about you, but I always always always loved the “back to school” part of the year! It was always so exciting, new classes, new supplies, seeing friends again and maybe making new ones! I have always loved school (which may or may not have something with now majoring in education).

Lots of you are either starting your first semester ever in college, or maybe even your first semester in high school! I’m putting together some tips that will hopefully make this whole school thing easier because even for those of us who love school, it isn’t a piece of cake.

And if you are still in high school, it’s okay! These can work for you too

  1. RENT until you can’t rent no more

RENT YOUR BOOKS. I have probably paid 1/4 of what all of my textbooks actually cost just by renting them on websites like Amazon or Chegg. I’m in my third year of college and after just transferring to a big university, I TRULY understand how important this is and I would swear by it! Sometimes I buy the book if it might come in handy later (like my psychology book or education books) but you can still (more than likely) find cheaper buying options online than your college bookstore.

2. Stay Organized (as much as possible)

In high school, I never used a planner. I was one of those annoying people that could just keep track of everything in my head and still keep my head above water. I didn’t even think of buying a planner before my first semester in college because I was never able to keep them in use before! Within a month, I had to go buy one because it was suddenly impossible for me to remember everything and keep up. I swear by my planner now. Invest in one that fits your needs, even if it is a bit pricier! There are so many planners out there with different layouts and calendars! Buy one that looks cute so you look forward to writing in it! I have found that if I don’t have cute notebooks, planners, etc., then I’m less likely to open them and do the work! I always feel better about using the product if I like the way it looks!

Also, keep track of all official school documents (along with class work). Any records, billing statements, confirmations, etc. Buy a file or folder (or a box with multiple folders) and keep up with your documents. I cannot tell you the amount of times keeping my records has saved my life later on. If it’s online, don’t print it until you need it but save it as a PDF! I have a file folder on my computer with my school name, and then sub-folders where I keep all sorts of documents! I also organize my classes this way too.

3. Recycle (where you can)

As I just said above, I usually always buy a couple notebooks that are cute to inspire me to do my school work! But also, I recycle my old binders and notebooks I didn’t really use. We’re not made of money, especially in college. It’s probably the most financially vulnerable time in our lives. So recycle old school supplies if you can! I usually do this between fall and spring semesters. If there is a binder still in good condition, I’ll just take everything out of it and use it for a class in the spring! But if your notebooks are kind of beat up or you just don’t like them, it’s totally fine to just get new ones!

4. Talk To Your Teachers

Talk to your teachers. Come on, repeat it back to me so I know you heard me. This goes for any grade, any school, ANYWHERE. I was very shy my first year of college, and though I did well, I could have made it easier on myself if I had spoken up. Raise your hand in class, ask other classmates. Everyone is nervous, most everyone is shy, so you are not alone! Make use of your teachers office hours because they are there to HELP you. Nobody becomes a teacher unless they truly care about helping their students learn. Even the scary, strict teachers. If your professor is strict about the way the assignments are done, don’t complain about it and be stubborn, just do it and they’ll give you the grade.

IF you are struggling with a class early in the semester and your grade is going down (which is nothing to be ashamed of), get help. Your teacher maybe can arrange extra credit, give you extra help, or assign you to a tutor. I learned this the hard way. Don’t be stubborn and think you can help yourself all the time. It’s OKAY to get outside help!! They don’t bite!

5. Get Involved

This advice is good for high school and college students. Get involved. Join a club whether it’s intramural sports, a Bible study, or even Quidditch (yes my school has a Quidditch club and so do many others!) Don’t stand on the sidelines and longingly look, just do it! Maybe others who are also nervous and scared will see you do it and follow! Trust me, joining sports teams in high school was my lifeline and I’m still trying to find that in college but I’m much happier trying than if I wasn’t! This is the time in your life where you have the time, the energy, and the opportunity to do all these amazing and fun things! You are going to want to look back on these years and have fond memories! Find things that inspire you, challenge you, and interest you. Use them. Make friends. Make memories. You’ll thank yourself in the years to come!

 

I really hope these tips helped you out or made you slightly more excited about school! I hope everyone had a great back to school week and likes their classes! What’s your favorite part of school? Let me know in the comments! And leave any questions you have!

 

xoxo Ariana

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College Graduation

By on May 22, 2016

 

IMG_9425So on May 13th, I walked across a stage and received my first college diploma! Now typically people my age are in a four year university. I actually attended a local community college first and am transferring to a four year university. I was just going to mention graduating in another post I am working on when I started looking through pictures and thought, “what the hey!” I worked hard for this diploma and part of the reason I started this blog is so I can look back on big parts of my life. Here’s how the day went:

So I’m actually going to start with the night before. The week was tough, it was finals week and I had been studying/taking exams literally until Wednesday afternoon. Then I met my friend for lunch, since she was back in town for the summer, and THEN we met a couple of other friends at Hobby Lobby because we wanted to decorate our caps. It took me until Thursday, the day before graduation to figure out what I wanted to do with mine. So Thursday, after sketching out a couple options, discussion, a lot of Pinteresting, and more than a couple trips to Hobby Lobby, I finally figured it all out and was ready to get crafty with my cap. BUT. Just my luck, it had been storming and the power went out. Not just the cable and internet, no. Every light, anything run electrically, including the AC and my overhead fan. It was all completely off. So I finished decorating my cap by candlelight. IMG_9827

It really wasn’t that bad. I also used the flashlight on my phone. I was able to put the finishing touches on it the next morning since the power FINALLY came back on at 3:00 am (aka I could use the glue gun).  I really wanted to go with a Disney theme because if you know ANYTHING about me, it’s that Disney is very near and dear to my heart and very much a part of me.

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SO, on to the next day. I woke up around 9:30 and immediately started the “getting ready” process. You know, shower, hair (which was my main concern),makeup, etc.  We had to be at the stadium where graduation was by 3 and the ceremony was at 4. It took roughly 30 minutes to get there and traffic was starting to get bad once we got off the highway. There were already so many people there. The graduates had to separate from the families and I left my purse with my mom which also held MY PHONE. (They had said to leave valuables with your guests so that’s what I did; I didn’t realize I could have my phone with me because I was literally the only one without one) I got to where the graduates were and realized this, then found a classmate from this semester who so kindly let me borrow her phone to call my mom. They lined us up and we stood there for about an hour. It was kind of boring and tedious but it was fine. I made conversation with people to pass the time. Then the ceremony started and we were led in. There were a lot of graduates and my section was first. I only got nervous approaching the stage because the steps were wobbly and I didn’t want to trip. It’s kind of funny that it has so much buildup and you’re only on the stage for like five seconds. But it’s the most nerve wracking five seconds (at least to me). We somehow all ended up completely in the wrong seats in different rows as we sat back down (no idea how it happened we were all confused).

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After the ceremony was over, I found my two friends (the ones who went to Hobby Lobby with me) and we took a few selfies, and then they let me borrow their phone to find my family because it was MADNESS. So many people. Shoes were starting to hurt. Finally reunited with my friends and family, we took pictures and then set off for dinner. I chose T.G.I. Friday’s because they’re only in the city for some reason and I happen to love that restaurant. Dinner was soooo delicious and wonderful. I was so exhausted by the end. We took a few more pictures before leaving too.

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I am so blessed and grateful to reach this milestone. I am so proud of myself because I have worked so hard, especially this past year, to move forward in my journey and now I have an actual degree! It’s really exciting and I thank God for allowing me these incredible opportunities. I thank God I have the wonderful family and best friends that I do. They are my support system and so so important to me!

Congratulations to the class of 2016!! Did any of you just graduate?

xoxo Ariana

 

 

 

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Comfy But Cute Outfits For Spring/Summer!

By on May 8, 2016

 

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Do you like to look cute but feel comfortable? I know I do. But no matter how cute it is, the less comfortable it is, the more I will turn away from it. And sometimes, the price of comfort is not looking cute and fashionable. So, I have for you today three outfits that I wear quite a lot that are super cute but also super comfortable! These work especially well for college so I’m writing this post as a sort of comfortable college outfit guide as well.

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A simple t-shirt goes well with pants that are this patterned! I LOVE patterned pants, especially when they are this light breezy material. Some people may have a problem with the elastic waistband but I actually love it. I hate when pants are too tight and there’s no give. But with this, it fits your body where it needs too! I wear this to class a lot actually. I can easily just throw on a sweater to keep warm in the cold classrooms!

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This has quickly become my go to outfit for everything! Class, going out shopping, out to dinner, you name it! In fact, I actually wore this yesterday shopping with my mom! It is SOOO comfortable. It feels like you are wearing a giant, soft t-shirt. Last summer, I was on the hunt for a dress JUST like this but couldn’t find the right one. I’m so glad I held out for this one! Also, does anyone else agree that Target sandals are the best? I seriously own so many sandals from there. These are so comfortable and do not rub my feet in any way! I can wear them for long periods of time and still my feet feel great!

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                                              overalls // t-shirt (similar here) // shoes

Did anyone else live in short overalls as a kid or is it just a southern thing? Either way, I used to wear these ALL the time (well not these specific ones, but you get the picture). I even went through a phase where I absolutely hated them. But, the trend came back around and they’re so cute! I love pairing mine with a black and white t-shirt (my shirt has a hidden Mickey Mouse on the pocket!) and my trusty red Keds. But honestly, any color, plain, patterned, or graphic t-shirt would work! It is easy to reflect your own personality through the outfit, like my Mickey! The overalls I got are sort of a stretchy denim, which I really liked because I have a love-hate relationship with denim. I don’t feel like they are cutting off my circulation! They’re breathable and easy to move in, which makes them super comfy! These work well for college as they are easy to relax in class in and you still look like you put effort into your outfit!

 

Hopefully you will try out these outfits or similar one, or these outfits inspired some of your own ideas! Either way, I hope you enjoyed this post! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @absolutelyariana1! I am so excited for this summer and already have so many posts in my head!

xoxo Ariana

 

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Home Stretch Encouragement

By on April 10, 2016

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It’s that time of the year. I currently have 33 days left until I graduate from my two year college with my Associate’s Degree! (YAY!!!!) I am so excited and finally feel like my hard work is getting me somewhere! It’s also the hardest part of the semester. I’m trying to get things in line for next semester at another school, plan trips, keep up with my homework and classes, not letting my grades drop, all the while feeling less motivated than ever! It’s also slightly colder than usual, so I’m constantly looking on Instagram and Pinterest dreaming of warm places!

Are you also at this point in the semester?! College, high school, etc. It doesn’t matter. It happens every year. Burnout is real and I swear, this is the point when its the worst. But this is also a crucial time for deadlines and grades. So, today I’m going to leave you with some quotes to encourage you and motivate you through the next month or two!

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These quotes are just reminders that trusting God and taking things one thing, one day at a time, I can get through these next few weeks. Y’all can too! Hopefully these quotes instilled some peace and encouragement in you! What are some of you favorite inspirational quotes?!

Also its National Sibling Day so here’s a picture of me and my favorite little sister in the world! Isn’t she adorable?!

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P.S. Follow my instagram (@absolutelyariana1) for some exclusive pictures and easy updates on the blog!

 

xoxo Ariana

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7 Things to Do for Spring Break When You’re Not Going Away!

By on March 20, 2016

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So you’re not going away for spring break?! Neither am I. But have no fear! It can still be just as fun as a vacation! (Okay maybe not just as fun, but it can still be fun) I present to you my list of 7 things to do on spring break when all you’re doing is staying at home.

  1. Go get ice cream/frozen yogurt/snow cones with your friends (also a good opportunity for cute insta pics)
  2. Walk your dog (quality time with your furry friend plus some cardio! Get out in the sunshine!)
  3. Do the crafty thing you keep saying you’re going to do (you’ll be so happy you did!)
  4. Read an amazing book (since you’re not physically going anywhere, let written words and your imagination take you someplace magical!)
  5. Grab a couple of friends and go out for the day! Shop, goof around, eat, find something new to do! Find a touristy thing in your town or a city nearby to do!
  6. Deep clean your closet and change out fall/winter clothes for spring/summer (at least I will be doing this and it makes me feel better about life)
  7. Have a movie/spa night with your best friend, sister, or mom! Veg out, watch your fave movies, paint nails, face masks, all the fun relaxing things!

The important thing for spring break is to relax and enjoy your time off from school. I don’t have spring break for another week (filled with exams and midterms ewh) but I’m working hard and I know all of you are too! You deserve this break and just because you aren’t going on a trip doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! And after a full week of relaxing and resting, you’ll be fresh and ready to finish out the semester!

Hopefully this helps any of you in the same boat as me or sparks ideas for other things to do! If you have any other fun things to do for spring break, feel free to share them!

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P.S. I have created an Instagram account for the blog so go check it out! @absolutelyariana1

xoxo Ariana

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Hard Work Really Does Pay Off

By on December 18, 2015

 

Hello everybody!

I know, I know, I haven’t been on here in awhile but the reason is that this semester, my classes were a lot tougher. Towards the ends, I had papers, projects, tests, and final exams and it slowly became a lot to handle. I write this now from the comfort of my bed and the freedom of winter break (hallelujah!) as I have just finished all of my finals as of yesterday and received my final grades.

Here lately, specifically to one class, I felt like my teacher was being difficult, the work was getting harder, my grades were going down, and my academic self-esteem was getting lower by the minute. I never had time to do things I wanted to do, instead having to prioritize everything I needed to do. Especially when December came and I just wanted to do Christmas things. Basically, there was all of sudden no time for anything anymore and I had my fair share of meltdowns these last few weeks. Now, I am not writing this to brag or whatever in anyway, more so I am writing this for me to look back on when things get tough. School has always been my thing. I love school, I love learning, and school has always come fairly easy for me. I even chose education as my major! That is not to say I have never had to work for my grades because I definitely have always worked for my grades very hard. But its never been anything like what this one class was. I worked so so hard in this class that my grades in other classes started to slip. I was so mad at myself, at the world, and just really down. I had to write a huge research paper with many different parts and by the time I finished it, I felt like it was the worst, most haphazardly-written paper I had ever done. I was not very confident in it (which I usually am) but I was so mentally burnt out and 100% done that I turned it in. Then came the final and a few other assignments and I surprised myself with how well I did on that.

Today I finally saw my grade. My grade on the paper, my grade on the other small parts, and my final grade. I was very nervous because I didn’t want my GPA to drop, since so many things I have lined up are dependent on it, and just a pride thing. My jaw nearly fell off my face when I saw my actual grade. I don’t want to give specifics because I don’t want this to sound like I’m bragging. I don’t remember the last time I felt this proud of myself. I jumped around the house, singing and dancing, going crazy. I worked really really hard to make a good grade in that class, even though I honestly thought it was a lost cause. I prayed to God just to ease my mind and let me feel like everything was okay.

I am here to say to you, anyone who is reading this, and also, Ariana in the future looking back on this. If you ever have a time when you feel really beaten down, tired, done, and just very low in what you are trying to achieve, do not quit. It will work out. It will pay off. Keep going, give it your all, even if its just %50! If %50 is all you have, use it! Things will work out in your favor, even if its not immediate. Just keep going and keep praying. Have faith in yourself.

 

 

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