Staying Grounded, Being Patient, and Enjoying the Ride | Weekly Reflection #2

Can you guys believe we are already half-way into the month!?!

It’s so crazy.

Last week, I posted my New Year’s resolution and a part of that resolution was to start posting 3 times a week.

Which had me thinking, what the heck am I going to write?!

Although I can’t say which days of the week I’ll be posting those three times (still trying to feel it out), I can tell you this, each week we’ll be touching upon a particular theme: Weekly Reflection, Literature, and Lifestyle.

Since I’m currently working towards being my own ~*girl boss*~ each theme is going to be incredibly insightful and filled with amazing topics, so be excited!!

Being that it’s the beginning of the week, today’s post is going to be our Weekly Reflection.

So without further ado, let’s get started!

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5 Fun, Easy, and Delicious Dishes That Will Save Your Twenties

As I’m reaching adulthood, I’m starting to realize that I enjoy routines and being a home-body much more than I thought. With having my own place, I’m noticing that these menial day-to-day tasks surprisingly help root me — and although obligatory — I’m starting to actually… enjoy them.

Blah. Enjoy laundry? Enjoy cooking? Enjoy sleeping early? Well, yeah! Mostly because I have to enjoy them, but also because I want to.

I’ve always loved baking but never really cared for actually cooking. I always found it much more stressful than anything else… Quick info about me, I’m a Grade-A multi-tasker with an extremely small attention span… so yeah, I’ve left many pots on they’re own to only end up burning rice, like who does that!?

Luckily, those days are long gone… (fingers crossed!)

But now that I’m away from home and in a completely different environment, there are some meals that bring me back to Miami like arroz con pollo or pan con bistec. And although I don’t know how to make the second one that well, I make some mean arroz con pollo! Being away from comfort foods that our parents would make us can be hard, but I’m trying to see it as more of a challenge to learn how to master those meals and make my momma proud!

Sadly, not every evening calls for hours worth in the kitchen. Sometimes we’re a bit more rushed than we’d like to be or just not inspired. I totally get it. I’ve been there, literally yesterday I was too tired to cook and ended up just popping in some frozen steak fries and popcorn chicken in the oven and called it a day!

I must also say I’m blessed to have such a chill boyfriend. We’re always up for anything, and last night he knew I was exhausted so fries and frozen chicken it is! On the same token, I want to be inspired to cook awesome meals that are healthy and delicious but also easy ’cause your girl isn’t always the best in the kitchen. Of course, like many of us — Pinterest (and Youtube) is my go-to when I’m looking for meals to inspire me and before I ramble on for too long…

Here are my favorite, go-to easy dishes we should all have in our arsenal in our twenties.

Whether you’re trying to make it to Master Chef or find excitement with your meals – I’ve got you covered!

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Most Anticipated Reads for 2018

The year of 2018 is officially the Year of Reading… at least for me it is! Not only have I given myself a goal of 52 books to read this year, I’m also diving head-first into my literary and publishing career. Given that I love reading new releases, I also love getting in the mood to find books that will ignite that fire in me and get me excited to read.

As you go on this journey with me, you’ll notice that I love to read a variety of genres. I used to solely read YA and when I tried going into Fiction, I ended up reading nothing, but now I’m up for reading anything!

I honestly just love a good story with strong plot and great follow-through. (I mean, don’t we all?) You’ll notice that the books I mention in this post are definitely a mix of all genres. We’ve got some Women’s Fiction, some Non-Fiction, some YA Fantasy… So without further ado, let’s get into my most anticipated reads of 2018!

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25 Christmas Gifts Under $25 to Gift the Ladies in Your Life

Hello, ladies!

Steph here – hope you all are having a wonderful December so far! Can you believe it’s already time to prepare for Christmas!?! This is so crazy. It felt like just yesterday I was planning for my 22nd birthday and my graduation. I’m so incredibly blessed to be where I am right now, and I’m excited to have you guys come along with me on this wild journey!

The more I research, the more I’m learning on what I want to do with my life and the direction I want to take this blog. *Crazy!!!*

But anyway – today I wanted to share with YOU the most perfect holiday gift guide for any gal in your life ’cause I know it gets hectic this time of year so I thought I’d help a girl out!

Whether you’re last-minute shopping or just don’t know what to get to anywhere in-between – check this gift guide out! You won’t regret it!

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Winding Down… Everything You Need for a Relaxing Night In

Grab Some Tea and Most Comfiest Socks, We’re About to Get Relaxed!

With everything happening in the world, we all need some time in our day, or even week, to wind down. I usually like to incorporate a mix of things into my evening routine, especially if I’m trying to stay relaxed. Nice smelling candles, a warm bath, and anything vanilla scented is definitely my go-to.

I wasn’t able to take many things with me during our move because we weren’t sure when we’d be finding a permanent place to live, in addition to not wanting to weigh down the car during those 5 days.

Seeing it with a glass half full, I think it’s a good and bad thing.

Bad because now I don’t have all of my essentials and have to re-buy a good amount of them but also good since I’m able to start fresh.

I love spending time to pamper myself, but sadly don’t do it enough. I’m trying to get better, though! I may not have the crème de la crème when it comes to products, but that does not mean I don’t know how to throw myself a nice little pamper party a few times out of the week.

Here are a few ways you can, too!

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Invest in Your Blog While Not Spending Money

Bloggin’ on a Budget? Here Are Some Free Resources & Strategies to Being a Badass Blogger

As you may be able to tell, I just started my blog. Within less than a week of starting and adding different social media strategies, I have already seen improvements. However, these improvements didn’t just come to me, I had to do the research. I’m not lying when I say I learn something new each and every day.

Being someone who has a full-time job and just got out of college, I understand how it feels to not to have time to do what you enjoy. As I write this, it is nearing midnight and although it’s way past my bed-time, I made a commitment when I started on my blog and I know I have to follow through.

Maybe it’s due to the fact that I’m still stuck in the mentality of a student, but lately, I’ve just been wanting to learn. 

The more I got into researching blogging techniques and strategies it finally just *clicked* and I knew this was something I wanted to do and best of all – something I knew I could do.

And you know the best part? So could you.

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Movin’ From Home Blues

How to Fight Homesickness and Conquer the World!

I’m a Miami girl born and raised, growing up I always wished to move – but boy, little did I know that homesickness would hit me hard. After a week of having the flu mixed in with terrible homesickness, I was able to finally reflect on these past couple of months and what I want out of my life moving forward.

Allow me to share with you a few tips on how I’m *currently* fighting homesickness and using it as a way to encourage and motivate myself to reach my goals.

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