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5 Tips for Staying Motivated

Posted in Lifestyle
on February 22, 2017

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having an awesome start to February! This month I don’t have too much going on- it’s after all the holidays have died down, school’s started back up, and there’s not a ton to look forward to. Months like these can sometimes put me into a rut, and it makes me feel sluggish and unmotivated- I almost feel like there’s nothing to look forward to in the near future. Especially when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, this is always the time that everything flatlines for me. I’m sure there’s no way I’m the only one who feels this way (unless I really am… then shame on me.) After a while, though, I’ve figured out a few ways to try to overcome it, and I wanted to share these tips with you in case any of you are going through a rough patch!

1.) Remember why you started.

This one’s a hard one for me! Especially when it comes to diets and workout plans, I always start to plateau around 3 weeks to a month in. It’s helped me a lot to think about why I started in the first place. Maybe you’re trying to get in shape for a vacation coming up, or working on a long term project. If you remember why you started, you’ll remember why you wanted to do it in the first place, which will hopefully motivate you to get back into it!

2.) Take a breather.

I don’t know about y’all, but sometimes all I need is just a day off to do something fun. There have been SO many times where I have big exams coming up that I’ve been studying and studying and studying for- but then I get burnt out. That’s when Akash and I decide, “Okay, if I sit here and try to tough it out, that’s not going to do me any good.” At that point, you might as well get some fresh air- go on an adventure for a day, take a walk, go to that new restaurant you’ve been meaning to try! Sometimes all you need is just a little fresh air. 🙂

3.) Find a new hobby.

Or spend some time doing something you already enjoy! For me, starting my blog became this incredible outlet where I could channel all of my creative energy. I definitely look at it as a passion of mine, and when I blog I think of it as getting to do the “fun stuff.” Figure out what that may be for you- exercising, reading a book, even knitting! If you’re having trouble with getting up in the morning and looking forward to something everyday, try finding a hobby that will make you excited to get up and start the day.

4.) Surround yourself with people who bring you up.

Something that’s been hard for me to learn (and that I’m still in the process of learning) is surrounding myself with people who are driven, and only pull me up. I’ve had my fair share of bad friends- ask my mom, she’ll tell you all about it- to know that when you surround yourself with kind-hearted people, it really makes a difference in the way you see yourself. Find people who will motivate you, encourage you, and support you.

Last but not least,

5.) Go on Pinterest & find some motivating quotes. Then write them on some sticky notes and put them around your house!

This seriously works. When I was a junior in high school & studying for the SAT, learning the vocabulary words was one of the hardest parts for me. Insert this tip. After writing the definitions on places around my house, I’m not kidding, I learned them all within a week. I know this example’s a little silly, but it really works! My favorite is putting one up on my mirror to wake up to each day. It may seem goofy, but try it out! It’s worked for me, and I’m sure it can work for some of you. 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed hearing my tips for staying motivated! This time of year can be kind of “bleh” for a lot of people, so know you’re not alone! Wishing everyone an awesome rest of your week, and I’ll see you all on Friday!

A Day of Adventure

Posted in Lifestyle
on February 6, 2017

       

Today we’re taking a little break from the glitz & glamour that’s usually the focus on this blog! This past weekend was spent relaxing & recuperating from the first month of school craziness. It was so nice do have a couple of days to myself & take a break from doing what seems like a thousand times at once. Sometimes you just need to take a little break, you feel? Even though I enjoyed a nice & relaxing weekend, cheers to the new week! I’m excited to hit the ground running again now that I’m all refreshed. 🙂

Back to this past weekend- my boyfriend (if you haven’t checked out his photography site you totally should, he takes all my pics, plus he’s the sweetest guy ever) & I spent all of Saturday adventuring around College Station and some neighboring cities. There’s not much to do in the city of College Station, so we’re always looking for things to do nearby. One of our favorite spots in the area is Sugarloaf Mountain. We’ve only been once before, and it was such a breathtaking view. We’d been dying to visit again since, but didn’t get an opportunity to until Saturday!

We just spent a good part of the day hiking around & getting lost. Needless to say, it was an afternoon of gorgeous views & cardio that was fun– yes, there is such thing!

Hope y’all enjoy seeing some of the shots Akash took of our little adventure, don’t forget to check out his page!

2016 Year in Review

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 4, 2017

picmonkey-collageOkay, so I know that I’m a little late to the party with my “farewell to 2016” posts, but I seriously can’t help myself! I’ve spent the past few days seeing endless “favorite moments” posts for the year/year in reviews, and it got me thinking about all the exciting things that have happened this past year. It’s definitely been a year of growing up & learning more about myself, but I do think that I’ve had a lot of experiences this past year that have shaped me as a person.

JANUARY

Kicked off the year with a trip to Oklahoma.

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FEBRUARY

Started my blog.

I know I’ve mentioned this so many times, but I truly cannot even begin to express how much I love blogging. I’ve thought about starting a Youtube channel for style for years and years (I’m proud to admit I watched makeup & fashion videos on Youtube years and years ago- before it was cool.) But for some reason, I could never bring myself to do it- mainly because I was embarrassed, let’s be honest. But I’m seriously so incredibly happy I decided to just bite the bullet and start my website. It’s blossomed into such an amazing creative outlet for me, and it’s been so much fun watching it grow. Looking forward to everything 2017 has to bring for Styled by Summer!!

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MARCH

Visited New York City for the second time with my best friend.

Two weeks before spring break, my friend Melody sent me a text asking if there was any way I would want to take a trip to NYC with her for spring break & stay with her brother in the Big Apple. Two weeks later we found ourselves on a plane to New York! It was my first time really ever taking a trip without my family, and it was an incredible experience. We wandered the city for 4 days- the majority of it was spent eating our hearts out at Insta-worthy places. We love you, New York!

MAY

Took a trip to Mexico.

Definitely one of my absolute favorite moments of the year! My boyfriend Akash and I spent an amazing 5 days in Mexico,

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JULY

Turned 20.

I turned 20 this year! Can’t wait to see what else is in store this decade of my life.

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AUGUST

Visited Chicago with my mom.

This girls’ trip with my momma goes down in the books as one of my all time favorite trips! It was so nice to take a trip with just the two of us & explore the city with no itineraries- just me, my mama, and the windy city! Chicago was so good to us, & we got to see and do so many cool things in the city. I’m hoping to do a lot more traveling in this next year.

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Saw my baby brother get his driver’s license.

Such a sweet moment- the day my brother got his license, I had to go to work after going with him to the DPS. When I got home from work, my baby brother took me to a restaurant to treat me for dinner & thank me for all the rides I’ve given him. I’ve realized that the older I get, the more I appreciate him (and the more patience I have for him.) I love you, little brother! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the next few years 🙂

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SEPTEMBER

Started my junior year of college.

I can’t believe I graduate in less than a year… *cries* Safe to say I’m definitely enjoying the time I have left at Texas A&M.

NOVEMBER

Celebrated our first anniversary.

It’s crazy to think that Akash and I have known each other since middle school & have been best friends for going on 4 years now. So lucky to call this hunk mine 🙂

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Earned my Aggie Ring!

I have a whole blog post on this special special day! For sure one of my favorite days of my life so far. Now I have this little piece of Aggie gold to call mine forever & ever.

DECEMBER

Visited Oklahoma with my boyfriend’s family.

Ended the year with a full circle back in Oklahoma at Akash’s dad’s cabins in Broken Bow! Hopefully this will continue as an annual trip- we’ve had so much fun the past two times we’ve visited!

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This year’s definitely been full of ups and downs (some really low downs) but I’m happy to say we’ve all made it out alive. I’m excited to start this new chapter- so many daunting but exciting things are coming up in this past year. 2016 took me to New York City, Broken Bow, Chicago, Austin, Mexico, Houston, and Waco- one of my biggest goals for the next year is to do a ton of traveling. Whether that means international or just in Texas cities, I’m hoping 2017 will bring me lots of new adventures & great memories. Happy (belated) new year, you guys!! Here’s to an amazing 2017.