Stop Suppressing Your Sadness, It’s Really Weird

I have a friend who’s always bluntly honest when I ask her how she’s doing.

We always ask and get asked the question “How are you?” as something of a greeting, and the answer is usually something dismissive alone the lines of:

“Good.”

“Fine.”

“Okay.”

The likes. And I get it—“How are you?” is more of a hello than anything. We say it to be polite and start conversations, a little tidbit so they know that we care about them before the real conversation starts. When we ask it, we sort of want to know how they’re doing, but not really.

Why I’m Keeping My Blog Out of My Social Media

As a self-proclaimed social media connoisseur and “internet influencer”, I spend quite a lot of time on all my social media platforms (my favorites are this blog, Instagram, and snapchat!). I like to think that my social media presence truly reflects who I am as an individual: slightly artsy, but also very eccentric. I don’t like to think that I’m presenting a completely different person on my social media, so I try hard to make sure every post, tweet, or snap is very me.

Since running this blog, I got a spam comment that went something along the lines of “Do you want to make your Facebook page more professional?”. This made me think about how I’m running my social media accounts; looking at other bloggers’ social medias and Pinterest “How to grow your blog as a business” posts made me wonder if I’m doing this all wrong.

All signs point towards making your social media accounts a professional extension of your blog.

And I just don’t really want to.

Lent, or Learning About Strength and Persistence for 40 Days

(Note: Because this post is about Lent, this is a religion oriented post. I tried to keep it from being too-overtly religious and to keep the focus, but I don’t want to alienate anyone because of this post!)

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday (and the beginning of Lent) and my school held a giant mass in a beautiful field on campus. The weather was beautiful– the sun was shining and the wind was blowing so it was the perfect combination of not too hot and not too cold. And me? I was inside taking organic chemistry notes and wondering when the world would I ever need to know Bromine and Chlorine reactions as a pediatrician.

Let me just start this off by saying: I’m not a very religious person. I respect people who are– in fact, I actually really admire you all– but it’s just not for me. I grew up as a Catholic and still attend church on a not-so-regular basis, but I currently don’t consider myself to be particularly religious. That being said, growing up with Lent, I admire and respect it and the story behind it.

February in Review (+ Some March Goals)

I think this is the first time I’m ever going to miss a month. I’m usually over and tired the previous month, excited to start a new with a fresh slate. But I’m a bit sad to see February go, and I don’t think I’m all that ready for March to come.

It seems like everything’s going by too quickly.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m welcoming March in with open arms, but I do wish February was longer than just a measly 28 days.

A Collegiate’s Guide to Cheap (But Fun) Dates

There are always positive and negative aspects to everything in life, and being in a relationship is no different. Sure, you can go on all the cute dates you want, but also: cute dates are expensive. Like, really expensive. And when you’re on a college student budget (aka you cringe at the thought of meals that costs more than $10), being in a relationship can seriously kill your wallet.

My boyfriend and I have been on this relationship train for almost two years now and even though we’ve seen pricier dates (yikes, he once treated me to $20+ dinners!) we’ve been getting by with cheaper opportunities.

Even if you’re not in a relationship, these are all still applicable to that best friend in your life that’s always down to hang (but in a cheap way, because we’re all in that struggle together). With Valentine’s Day coming up soon (like, tomorrow!), I figured a round up of all my favorite date ideas would be fitting. So go and grab your boo, your bae, your BFF for life and have fun without breaking the bank.

Meet My Cat, Clara

For those of you that don’t know me, my cat is one of the most important things in my life right now. She’s often on my social media accounts (follow me on Instagram: @joannemmae or add me on snapchat: @joannemarquez to see her!) and she’s even my blog picture (look to your right haha!). I am a huge cat lady, and my little kitty baby is my absolute favorite cat in the world.

So I figured, what better time for you all to meet her than right now?

How to Snap Out of a Reading Funk + My January TBR

I feel like I’ve talked about this endlessly. I’m a little ashamed that I didn’t read as much as I would like in 2016. In fact, I don’t think I read anything when Fall semester started. But 2017 is the year to change that; I’m determined. But first, I have to get into the reading mood. This funk has got to go away, or else 2017 will just be another repeat of 2016.

New Year, New Bullet Journal

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If you follow me on tumblr, you’ll know I have an obsession with bullet journals! (I even have a whole tag for inspiration!) Now that 2017 is here, I figured it’s time to start setting up my bullet journal for the year.

I’ve just finished setting up my bullet journal for the first week of January and I’m so excited to work on it throughout the year. I’m really proud with myself– it’s not perfect, but I love it!

Spring 2017 Semester Goals

Yesterday, I made a post about all the things you can do to prepare for Spring semester. One of those things was to make a list of goals. Thus, I figured that I should share some of my own goals!

I’m working on creating an upward trajectory for myself, to make up for a pretty bad first semester. Thus, I’m determined to become a better student after every semester. Fall 2016 wasn’t too bad, but there are still things I can do to improve. I’m really looking forward to starting this fresh new Spring 2017!

Six Ways to Get into the Christmas Spirit

After the stressful mess that was Fall Semester, I’m proud to say: I’M DONE! No more worrying about finals or papers or classes (oh my!) until the next semester. I can finally relax! But these two weeks in the middle hosts one of the most magical times of the year: Christmas.

A few posts ago, I told you that one of my biggest December Goals is to get Christmas Spirit. But with only just a few days left until Christmas, I have an announcement to make. Here goes.

I’m not in the Christmas Spirit.

At least, not yet. But I have time, and a plan. And because I’m home alone while my little siblings still have classes to take, I figured that it’s time to launch Plan B to get myself jolly in time for Christmas. Here are some things that I’m planning on doing to get into the Christmas Spirit!