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Snug Up With A Good Book

Winter means temperatures are dropping and the only thing you want to do is to stay in doors, probably in bed with a good movie. But try switching it up and instead of Netflix, you might want to try snuggling up to a good book. Here are some of the books that are on my Winter to read list:

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles It’s the story about this man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life in the attic of a luxury hotel, as Russian history is unfolding outside his widow. It takes a look at the man’s emotional discovery, throughout the years.

Elizabeth Chadwick’s Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy Although I’ve read the two first ones, I love the era it’s set in. If like me you love the middle ages, stories about Kings and Queens, power, wealth, and war. You will love this trilogy. It’s based on the real life of Queen Eleanor, and her very tumultuous life in the French and English court.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho It’s the story about this boy who travels from Spain to the Egyptian dessert to find a treasure. Along the way he meets several people who point him to the direction of his quest. It’s ultimately a story about the importance of listening to our hearts.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes Ever since I’ve seen the movie You Before Me, I’ve been wanting to read one of Jojo Moyes stories. This one sounded the most interesting, because it’s the story of how a painting holds memories of lost loves. Although the two main female characters are separated by centuries, they are united because of their determination to fight for the thing they love most.

If you have any book recommendations, feel free to leave them down below!

xoxo

Zorya

Alone For Thanksgiving…

The holidays are upon us once again! For some it means going back home and spending it with the family, but others might not be as lucky and are spending it alone this year. It’s really easy to get into a funk, when you see all your friends and family, having a great time. But don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that because they are having a great time that you shouldn’t too!

Here are my tips on how to feel not so alone during the holidays…

Help others. Holidays are the perfect excuse to go out of your comfort zone, and do something you would never do otherwise. If you like giving, why not try volunteering at a food bank or somewhere else. Trust me it’s a great feeling, knowing that you’ve made someones day, that little more special.

Plan an outing. Go to the movies, a museum, the park, or even go out of the city and go for a hike. My roommate did that, and she said it was beautiful. You just hope on a train and pick a spot.

Get together with your friends. You won’t even realize how many of your friends are in the same situation you are in. Don’t feel bad calling them up and hanging out together, I’m sure they’d love too. For example this year I’m spending thanksgiving alone, but I decided to call up a few friends and now we’re having our own friend thanksgiving.

Treat Yo Self! Takes this time as an opportunity to pamper yourself. Go to a spa, get a manicure/pedicure, or even a massage. This will make you feel amazing, and take your mind of of the holidays for a little.

xoxo

Zorya

 

Feel Less Stressed

Hey guys!

As you are all aware of the semester is coming to an end and test, presentations and papers are starting to pile up. This means we are all starting to feel overwhelmed and stressed. I read an article the other day on Refinery that talked about how to deal with stress and I thought it would be relevant to give you some tips on how to feel less stressed during these last couple of weeks leading to finals…

Get Organized! First thing you want to do is make a written plan of everything that you have due for the next few weeks. Trust me writing things down makes everything look less overwhelming and makes it feel much more manageable.

Don’t Procrastinate! Don’t wait till the last minute to start things, because it only makes you feel more stressed about deadlines. You want to feel in control and on top of things!

Take a Break! It’s good to study for hours, but don’t overdo it! If you can’t memorize terms anymore, it probably means you need to take a break. Just a 10 minute break, can really make a difference in your studying abilities.

Sleep! Get a good night’s sleep. It’s going to help you tackle the next day much more easily. If you feel good and awake, you can do anything. You just have to find the motivation! Having your body and mind well rested will really have a positive impact on your work and grades.

Do yoga (lol). Go outside take some air, refresh your mind. It’s really important to go out, trust me staying inside all day can drive you crazy. You need to change scenery and move a little.

Good luck!

xoxo

Zorya

Staying Focused

Once winter break hits, I know that all we want to do is sit around and watch endless hours of Friends, The Mindy Project, and Orange is the New Black.  While these endless hours are much deserved, the second the spring semester rolls around, it only seems harder and harder to get back into the swing of things.  Here are some of my tips that I’m going to follow this break so that I don’t fall into a slump:

  1. Try to read 3 new books.  With our winter break being exceptionally long (not complaining), there is enough time to pick up some of the best sellers of the season.  Whether that means sitting in your local bookstore for a few hours every now and again or checking books out from your local library, it’ll feel good to keep your wheels turning.
  2. Write down your goals.  With all the high pressure of setting goals for the new year, you can easily say them outloud or think about them, but seeing your own goals in your handwriting makes all the difference.  Set long terms goals, seasonal goals, and semester goals.  Be realistic, but also push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
  3. Pursue a different subject.  While this can easily be applied to #1, learn about subjects that you are interested in outside of your major.  It is easy to get caught up in the craziness of school, but learning outside of your major can help you understand your relevant subject more easily or look at it from a different, newfound perspective.

You’ll be good to go once January rolls around!  Happy winter break!

The Wrap Up

Hey everyone!

So the end of the semester is coming pretty quickly. I feel like it was just yesterday where I was writing about my goals for this semester, where I thought I would be and my expectations for my classes.

I must say I learned so much this semester and my life has changed so much in these past few months. My classes were all amazing the one class I highly recommend to anyone is Business Communications which is an English class taught by Professor Landman.  THE MOST beneficial course I have taken at FIT. It taught me how to write memos, fix my resume, and how to handle the work place in a much more professional manner. Don’t get me wrong it had its fair share of work but I believe it was beyond worth it.  I apply the things I learned to my everyday job, which is very hard to say about a lot of things you learn in High school, College ,ect

1212I also became an official licensed insurance producer in life, health, home and auto, all while being a full time employee and student ! ( I’m not going to lie it is something I am extremely proud of, because I never thought I would get through it). I also bought my very first car all on my own as well. ( Which you can see above ) Life is going great as of right now, I made it through the semester with  what looks like good grades so far ,working full time and you will soon be with my on my journey through only online classes next semester.

How was your semester ? Any struggles? How about recommendations to classes you took?

Happy Holidays,

Kailee