My Personal Horror Story: Piercing Gone Bad

Halloween is just around the corner. Horror stories and movies are gobbled with fervor. But … horror lives outside the fantasy realm. Horror lacking the supernatural or the psychopaths. We can find our own horror stories within our own life stories. Here is mine. (if under the age of 18, you actually can read this horror story)

The Unhappy Millionaire: Money doesn’t make you happy

Have you ever been asked what would you do with a million dollars if you won the lottery today?

I know I have like at least 20 times. Each time I give a different answer because I have no idea what that  kind of money is like. 

How often has money clouded your thoughts? Has it made sad or happy?

Many think that if they had a little more money they would be happy. I see this especially true in my family. My grandmother grew up in the Great Depression in America when money was an item that one would scarcely come across. She spent her youth pinching every penny and dime that she could to feed and care for her family. My mother and father worked multiple jobs while studying in college to pay tuition and bills. So the feeling like there is never enough money is a familiar story to my family history. However, I recently learned that the money after a certain point does not make you happy. 

Life Kit: Guide to Studying and Happiness in College

ollege is a transitional phase most go through in their life. However, it is a constant juggling act. You have to balance your personal life with school and work. It can be very stressful. I often makes one say, “I can’t adult today” meaning that they are struggle to reach the real world expectations they carry around. Guess what? You are not alone. I have muttered these grumblings occasionally too. It is ok to feel like this. But if you are like me and seek shortcuts and tips on how to make things a little easier or how to understand them better I think I may have found the solution for you.

Hack Your Life: Staying calm when you know you will be stressed

As I get ready for midterms at college and upcoming job interviews, I can’t help but feel the stress. We can’t ignore the fact at some point in our lives we have felt the grip of stress pressing upon us. It can tear you up inside if you aren’t prepared to handle that stress. Science has proven stress can cause bodily harm so what should we do about it. So I decided to research a hack. A hack that would address when we know stress will be coming into our lives. 

Hack Your Exercise The Easy Way! – Tip for Better Living

Exercising seems like a love or hate things. But does it have to be? Is there a hack for making exercising easier? I have to admit that I have my own love/hate relationship with my local gym. I hate using the weights but love doing the exercise class. Well Emily Balectis has news for you! If you change your vision then you have the possibility of exercising becoming easier for you. How? I will let her explain.

Emotional First Aid: Healing the Heart

We prepare ourselves on how to treat our physical injuries. We take first aid for serious injuries and teach our children on where are the bandages for their scrapes and cuts. However, we fail to prepare ourselves for loneliness, rejection, and depression. We fail at creating tools in our lives that would help us during these challenging times. It has become a such apparent issue in our society that it has become a topic for research for Guy Winch. He addresses his research during his local TED Talk called Why we all need to practice emotional first aid. 

My Go-To Travel Necessities: Carry-on Edition

As I get to ready for traveling this fall, there is one list I use as my the first things that go into my carry-on bag. My carry-on bag is the first thing I always pack because if anything happens to my suitcase that I store under the plane I will have to live out of my carry-on until I can either purchase new items or my suitcase arrives. So here is my list of travel necessities in my carry-on bag:

Jumpstarting Creativity: What, Why, and How

If I say the word creativity what do you think it means? How does it apply to your life? Do you think that you have creativity? The dictionary says that creativity says “the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work”. I have worked in teaching, marketing, and other such profession that could be considered creative. I love books, drawing, and writing which are creative hobbies. However, I can not tap into my creative talents 24/7. I am only human. With my activities and some of my past jobs involving the need for creativity, I recognized the need for the immediate generation of creativity when you need it. So I had thought to myself, there had to be some way to trigger this power. I think I may have found the answer during my commute while I listened to the TED Radio Hour. They had an episode called Jumpstarting Creativity where people like Tim Harford spoke on how to rekindle and harness it.

Planning with a Planner

I love using my planner to organize my day. It helps keep me on track and remember when and where I am suppose to be. Focusing on a manageable to do list is also super important. So here are my tips for planning life with a planner to get the most out of it without going crazy.

The Ultimate University Packing List

The college year is getting ready to start and as many across the country are getting ready to start this new adventure. A packing list from someone who lived in dorms for at least 3 years might be helpful to those getting ready to make the big jump. So here are the items that I think/know you will need: