Bright blue skies
a cool ocean breeze
palm trees in the distance…
Strawberry mascarpone stuffed French toast
topped with fresh banana and blueberries,
and a bite of the boy’s delicious Tuscan omelette…
“A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.”
Good afternoon, dreamers! This was an incredible quotation I read on a blog post from Amy Elizabeth on juggling life. I know that right now is an extremely stressful time for many college students because finals week looms overhead. Don’t worry, I am right there with you. Here are some tips that have worked for me:
1. Make a study plan. List out what class you’re going to study for each day and how long you’re going to study for that subject.
2. Take breaks every so often, and multi-task while you’re at it. Grab a coffee, wash a few dishes, or throw in a load of laundry. Go for a brisk walk. Jump around. Dance to some music. Get your blood pumping!
3. Break large tasks into smaller tasks. Study one chunk of material at a time, not everything all at once.
4. Eat healthy! This is especially important during finals season. Eating nutritious food will ensure that you’re body is functioning optimally.
5. Sleep (as much as you can). Sleep is crucial, particularly if you have an exam that requires complicated calculations or high-level problem-solving. Personally, my brain feels like it’s in a tar pit when I’m sleep-deprived–not ideal when taking a difficult exam. So trust me, and get some rest.
6. Take a deep breath.
May the force be with you turn us into diamonds. =)
See you on the other side.
“For me, it is all about self-motivation. Even when no one is watching, when no one cares, you have to care. You have to be willing to do your best, when your best is not even expected. You have to have an inner will to want to be successful daily. That’s what makes the greats, great. That is what separates the good from the great.” -Greg Jennings
Hello, everyone! Today, I’m starting a new series called Mandy’s Motivation Monday. As you probably guessed, every Monday, I will feature something I find inspirational or motivational. This past year, I’ve had some trying times myself dealing with issues that I wish would just go away. When I read this quotation, it immediately connected to me. I told myself: remember, even if no one cares, you have to care. Care, first and foremost, for yourself. Do the best you can, first and foremost, for yourself.
So here’s to picking ourselves up, no matter where we stand–or where we have fallen.
Josh and I decided keep it simple this Valentine’s Day–no gifts, no flowers, no frills–and just enjoy our favorite food and activities with each other’s company. We started the day with a reservation at the Great Maple, where we had a delightful brunch with “daytime libations” (as they like to call it) and maple bacon doughnuts! Yes, you heard me right! Maple bacon doughnuts…mmm. Here’s a little secret though: my favorite dish was the beef brisket hash.
Afterwards, we walked around the farmers’ market in Little Italy downtown to dispel our food babies. It was so crowded! We didn’t purchase anything, but left with a refreshing cucumber pineapple drink.
I changed into heels for the evening, and we went for coffee before our dinner reservation.
Caffe Calabria makes my absolute favorite lattes–their espresso is robust enough that the milk doesn’t deflate its flavors. We stayed awhile and I secretly tried to write Josh’s Valentine’s card without him knowing while I was writing in my journal. (He figured out. Whoops.)
We then went to our favorite restaurant in San Diego for dinner, Davanti Enoteca, which serves Italian tapas. We also went here for last year’s Valentine’s dinner! And Josh’s graduation dinner. And our anniversary dinner. Yes, we love Davanti!
Well, that’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed perusing through this photo diary with me. Stay tuned for Part II!
Hello! Here is my Valentine’s Day gift guide for the ladies in your life, as promised (gift guide for him here)! Creating this set inspired me so much; it features some truly lovely products, and I adore every single one of them. For me, Valentine’s Day is not necessarily a day to celebrate having a significant other; rather, it’s a day to celebrate love. And love manifests itself in millions of ways, through countless different media. So for whomever you’re choosing a gift for–your girlfriend, best friend, mom, sister, or even yourself–I hope this guide helps you out. No matter what, always choose love.
Good morning, everyone! It’s around 1:40 a.m. and I’m having some trouble sleeping, so I decided to finish up this blog post! =) This outfit is my go-to “no-brainer” outfit to throw on, whether it’s for a casual date with Josh or a day at school. It’s easy and it’s comfortable–perfect for a low-key day. I just throw on a chunky knit cardigan on top if the weather is cooler.