Another year comes to an end, and another one is beginning. 2016 was honestly one of the best years I’ve had so far. It had its ups and downs (such as having a summer semester), but overall it’s been really good to me. I’ve moved my blog to self-hosted, rebranded, and have grown all of my social media platforms. I have landed an internship that I’m really excited about, received the mention of honor for my amazing grades, and have taken some decisions that will make 2017 my best year ever.

I’m really excited for the new year. I have amazing projects in the works that I cannot wait to share with you guys. It’s also going to be a defining and life-changing year for me, I can already tell. I will have to face quite a few challenges, but I think I’m ready for it.

New year, new challenges! Click through to read what my goals for 2017 are!

Every year, I like to write down my goals for the year ahead. And note how I said goals, not resolutions. Resolutions are intentions. Goals are “the result or achievement toward which effort is directed”. Notice the difference? Setting goals allows you to be in the achieving mindset from the get-go. You know exactly what you want and where you want to be, so you can start taking the steps towards reaching them from the very beginning. And you won’t feel like quitting after a few weeks. #justsaying  View Post

I can’t believe another year has gone by! Do you know what that means? That means it’s time for another edition of my favorite books of the year! (Read last year’s edition here) I read quite a few books this year, and my favorite books of 2016 are quite diversified.

Looking for some books recommendation for the new year? Click through to find out what were my favorite books of 2016!

Somehow, I found it hard to find my favorite books this year. It’s all been a blur, and I can’t really remember what I read when. I thought this year had been a poor one book-wise, but after going through my Goodreads‘s reading challenge, I realized that I had indeed read some fantastic books this year! I read a grand total of 75 books (I’m reading book 75 right now!), and 12 made the list (that includes a few series and short stories as well).  View Post

Every blogger out there knows just how big of a role social media plays in bringing traffic to your website and generating engagement. It’s written in the “how to be a blogger” book. Every blogger and their mother are on several platforms, promoting their posts and their website.

Help! I'm obsessed with social media

But as much as I love this tool as a way to connect with others and promote my content, I’ve recently found myself overly obsessed with social media. I invested in some online courses about growing your following across different platforms, I checked my channels every hour or so in the hope of creating engagement, I kept thinking of what to post next… Social media has taken over my life. It had gotten to the point that it takes me away from spending time on other things such as studying or writing new content for my blog. I became so obsessed with social media that I forgot why I was even blogging. I lost my purpose and became solely focused on growth. I mean, growth is great. But how can you even grow when you’re not being true to yourself?  View Post

Who else is excited to finally be on winter break? *raises hand* This semester might not have been as hard as my summer one, but I’m still eager to be on winter break. I only have a couple more days to go through before I get there, though, but trust me I’m counting them down! (If you’re already on winter break, you are SO lucky and I envy you so much right now)

Don't know what do during the winter break? Click through to read about my favorite things to do during the holiday break!

But while I love being on break from college, one of the things I struggle with most is staying busy. It’s so tempting to just lay around and do nothing all day for three weeks straight, but trust me, you’re not doing yourself any favor! It’s important to unwind and take some time to relax, but you also have to remain at least a little bit busy so it’s not too hard to go back to your regular routine when the new semester starts! That’s why I gathered some ideas of things to do during the holiday break to remain just busy enough!

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One of the things I’ve learned about college is that there’s always going to be a group project. I don’t know why, but professors seem to be fond of the concept. But if there’s one thing you need to know about me is that I hate group projects. I’ve had really bad experiences in the past, where I ended up doing most of the work alone. I have also been on a team where someone literally plagiarized their share and one where one of my teammates bullied another one! (both experiences were during the same project…) Needless to say, I’m not a big fan of group projects. However, I have discovered a few tips over the years to make group projects in college more bearable.

Struggling when it comes to working in a team? Click through to read how you can master group projects in college!

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