All posts tagged: how to

How to Train Yourself To Wake Up Early (Yes, Even in Winter)

Trying to become an early riser is a beast at any time, but in winter (when everything is cold, dark, and dreary) the siren song of your warm blanket pile can be irresistible. It’s so easy to talk yourself back into falling asleep and prolong facing the harsh outside world for a few more hours. But, as we all know, there are a ton of benefits to waking up early, like reduced stress, increased productivity, and a better attitude overall. I used to be the biggest night owl (like staying up until three or four in the morning on a regular basis). I thought that because I enjoyed staying up late it meant that was the best schedule for me; after all, whether you wake up at 6 am or go to bed at 3 am you’re getting roughly the same waking hours. On a whim, though, I decided to try this mythical morning magic for myself, kissing my night owl days goodbye. The first thing I noticed was that, although technically having the same amount of …

How to FINALLY Get Organized

By Ella Jones Since the new year has come around, it’s a great time to finally organize your life and plan out your goals for the upcoming months. There are lots of different methods of organizing that work for different people. I’m going to go into detail with around 5 options so that you can choose the one you believe will suit your lifestyle best! First of all, let me emphasize the importance of organization… “Clean space, clear mind.” Controlling the amount of clutter you have in your life can not only make finding things much easier, but it can also benefit your mental health. You will have less mental clutter as well as less physical clutter! Simply cleaning your space can help you to stay on track and also remain organized. Personally, I find if my space is messy I cannot find the motivation to do my work or be productive; once I have cleaned the space I am in, however, I can focus on the tasks I have to do and prevent myself …

Get Your Shit Together with Ikigai

From Hygge to Lagom, there is a lot of buzz these days around the lifestyles of other cultures. Ikigai [ik-ee-guy] is a philosophy from Japan that basically means “the fulfillment from always being busy.” No, not powering through 7,000 unread emails, chugging espresso shots, and working through lunch kind of busy. The kind of busy that comes from always working toward your greater purpose.  If you haven’t heard, residents of Okinawa, Japan are some of the longest-living people on earth. This could have a lot to do with their diet and geographic location, of course, but their Ikigai mindest is considered a huge factor. Living to be over 100 (plus still being active and healthy and happy??) is no small feat. Don’t know your greater purpose?  Welcome to my club! Each week Martha brings homemade snickerdoodles and we all sit around having communal existential crises about the future, chasing profit at the sacrifice of passion, and feeling lost. Best of all, there’s no monthly fee!  Seriously, though, the whole point of Ikigai is to figure out …

Email Lists Are Eating Your Brain

Or at least, your attention. From a quick glance at my inbox, the last 30 emails I’ve received include messages from: DSW Target Bed Bath & Beyond DSW (again) Bed Bath & Beyond (AGAIN) Glossier Urban Outfitters Blue Q Kate Spade EGGIE Why? What value are these emails adding to anyone’s life? There is a really interesting podcast about the commodity of attention and how companies are encroaching on our mental spaces for profit. When we see these emails every day (sometimes multiple times a day) we are being bombarded by messages designed to make us consume more. They want us to experience FOMO. To buy something we don’t need. I touched on this a bit in my article about fast fashion, but companies are manipulating our desires to increase our consumption. And why shouldn’t they? They exist to make money and by subscribing to these emails you are inviting them into your headspace to sell you things. Those crazy sales still exist without the announcements in your inbox. Those coupons aren’t worth it if they are making you …

2017 Reflection: 10 Questions to Dive Deep (New Year, New View Part 3)

Here we are! It’s the final few hours of 2017; over the last few days, we’ve covered the best content of the year and some 30-day challenges you can attempt all focused on personal growth. Today, I want to go deeper below the surface and give you some questions you can use to reflect on 2017. Maybe 2017 was kind of a shitshow for you. Maybe it was a major turning point in your life. Maybe it was just another 365 days, each passing the same as the last. Regardless, it’s INCREDIBLY important to spend some time analyzing your year. Be brutal in your reflection. This doesn’t need to be shared with anyone so be as raw and as real as you can be with yourself. These ten questions were inspired by Amy Lee; I’ve linked her YouTube video below if you want to watch her reflect on her year. And if none of these questions resonate with you, I made a similar post last year with different questions you can use to guide your …

EPIC 2017 Media Roundup (New Year, New View Part 1)

There are three-ish days left in 2017! How are you spending them? Are you ferociously planning your goals for the upcoming year? Are you hiding in a blanket fort, binging Netflix, and burying your head in the sand? Regardless of how you cope with the looming new year, I’ve put together a MASSIVE aggregate of the best content that I’ve consumed in 2017 for you. This is part one of a three-day series leading up to NYE: “New Year, New View”, all focused on changing your mindset for the next 365 days and climbing that self-improvement ladder. So excited! Travel: Paris in Rogue: A beautiful photo compilation about time spent in Paris. Cheap (But Fantastic) Places to Live in 2018 Haircuts, Ice Cream, and Cigarettes: HUGE photo journal documenting several months spent in Cuba. In Cuba: More of Emma’s actual journal and reflections during her Cuba trip. 38 Vacations to Take with Your BFFs: A dreamy escape from reality (whether or not you actually go on one of these trips). Paris Diary   Self-Improvement:  How to Live …

Getting Your $hit Together

My money habits are atrocious. In high school, I was a diligent saver, taking half of every paycheck and tucking it away into a savings account that I never touched. Fast forward two years into college and, on the precipice of turning 20, I spend my money faster than my wallet can keep up with. This year, I’ve barely gone a day without at least buying a coffee and, while my closet is bursting with fabulous new clothes, the number in my savings account dwindles daily (despite working 20+ hours a week slinging coffee). December seemed like the perfect time to put the brakes on my wild shopping habits. For this whole month, I’ve decided not to spend any money except on 1. Christmas gifts for friends/family, 2. an almond milk latte on Wednesdays (when they’re only $2), and 3. absolute essentials (which, for a girl still living in the dorms/on a meal plan, should be very minimal). Taking the money I would have spent frivolously on myself and devoting it to getting amazing treats …

How to use Beauty Oils

The idea of simple skincare has gotten so popular over the last few years which is amazing. When you look at the lack of control the FDA has over the cosmetic industry (seriously, it’s scary) it’s enough to make you never want to buy another commercial product again. Beauty oils are a great natural addition to your daily routine as long as you choose the right ones for your body. FACE:  My skin is a big insecurity of mine so I know it can be hard trying new products, but the key here is matching your face to the right oil. If you have dry skin, avocado oil is a good option that won’t clog your pores the same way coconut oil does (DO NOT put coconut oil on your face unless you want a raging cystic acne breakout). People with oily skin, like me, can benefit from using jojoba oil, which replicates your body’s natural oil and tells it to chill with the excessive production. Tea tree and grapeseed oil both have anti-inflammatory properties so they …