Monday, September 28, 2015

Blogging Difficulties


Hey everyone! So many of you may (or may not) know that I've been blogging for only a short time. I started my blog on kind of a whim in January of this year (2015). I was so excited but didn't really know what to expect. Although I so enjoy it, I do struggle from time to time with some things. So I wanted to write this post about my blogging difficulties to show that I don't have it all figured out just yet (hoping it would encourage others dealing with struggle) and also to see if I could gain any insight from fellow bloggers. So my question would be to other bloggers who are reading this post: How have you dealt with these difficulties? Thanks in advance for everyone's feedback and I hope you enjoy as I open up to all my readers.

Telling people in "Real Life" about my blog.
By people in "real life" I mean family members (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins) and people I go to school with. Since the beginning I have always been hesitant to tell these people about my blog or show them my content. Not that I don't want them to see it or that I'm not proud of it. I was just very fearful of all of the negative things that could come out of it. Recently, I have been much more open about my blog with the people in my life, but I'm always wondering in the back of my mind if I'm making the right decision.

Self Promotion.
I've never been someone to brag. Anytime I talk about something concerning myself I'm always trying to stay humble. However, part of blogging is putting yourself (and your content out there). Of course that's something I want to do- I am very proud of my content. However, I do wonder if there's a limit. Is there a such thing as too much self promotion?

Time Management.
Honestly, blogging takes up a lot of time. And so does the many other things that make up my life. I'm a college student with a lot of beautiful and amazing things on my plate. So I've really been trying to figure out the best way to mange my time and decide how much time I want to put into blogging. It's really something I enjoy and want to continue doing it. I just have to find that balance!

So fellow bloggers, I'd love to hear from you! Do you struggle with these things? Have you found ways to deal with them? Or do you have your own difficulties with writing a blog?

XOXO
Faith

*Please don't take this post as me complaining about blogging, saying that I don't love to blog (or my readers), or saying that I no longer want to blog. I just wanted to be real with my readers about things I struggle with from time to time. I love to blog and don't plan to stop anytime soon!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Transition into Fall {Dress}

Hey everyone! So it's getting more and more like fall outside and I'm so incredibly excited! It's been so hot all summer in North Carolina so I'm in desperate need of the cool off! Anyway, I thought I'd show y'all this dress because I think it's a good transition piece! It's a tank style so you can still manage the warmer weather in it, but the print is so fall and would be so cute with a scarf and/or jean jacket! Hope y'all enjoy!



 

XOXO
Faith


Friday, September 18, 2015

Celebration

       

        Hey everyone! Today I really wanted to just talk about the importance of celebration- is that ok?

        Many of my readers know that I started college about a month ago, and if I'm being honest, as fun and wonderful it's been, it has been a little difficult at times. Trying to get all of your homework done on time can be overwhelming. Trying to make sure you're being healthy can be exhausting. Balancing "mental health" time and "fun time" can get stressful. Wanting to be involved but not wanting to be spread too thin is a constant struggle. Through all of this, I've realized the true importance of celebration.
 
        We must celebrate all the good things. No matter how busy you become, or stressful life is, take the time to celebrate. Because we're faced with the simple true that those good times won't always last. Things will get though sometimes. So celebrate the good times when they happen. Through this journey I'm also learning to celebrate the small things too. More than just the big and monumental deserve a celebration. Often times we expect the little things, or we believe we deserve them, or we just look them over all together. I'm finally saying that not only do all these wonderful things deserve to be celebrated, we owe it to ourselves to celebrate these things. I think if we forget to celebrate we'll miss out on the most important thing in life- growing and learning through our experiences.
 
        So celebrate a good day. Celebrate getting Panda Express for lunch. Celebrate the fact that you got yourself to bike 2 miles at the gym. Celebrate the fact you chose carrots instead of potatoe chips. Celebrate the wonderful friends and family in your life. Celebrate getting into college. Celebrate getting a good grade on your English test. Celebrate.

XOXO
Faith

Friday, September 11, 2015

Here and Now


Each day I learn that the best thing for me is to focus on the here and now. Planning too far ahead only leads to scrambled plans, disappointment, unneeded stress, and the infamous "what if" game. But so much more is lost than that. You miss out on the present. You don't see the beauty around you. You let the many blessing of your current life pass you by. You allow what you believe you future needs to look like overpower what your life already has at your disposal.

While in high school I spent so much of my life planning for the future. I spent so much of my life making sure I was prepared for tomorrow. I spent too much time in the future and too little in the moment. I thought a lot about  what college I was getting into and what I was doing with the rest of my life instead of thinking a lot about the blessings I already had. Now I'm ready to make the present a priority. 

So I want to challenge you {as well as myself}. Focus on the present. Be in the here and now. Stop to see the beauty and blessings around you. Make now a priority. Don't let the stress overtake you. Don't let the "what if" game run your life. Don't let your future spoil your current life. At the end of the day, we are never promised tomorrow, so be fully invested in what is promised- the here and now. I just want to encourage everyone to get the most out of your life. You deserve to fully love your life.

XOXO
Faith

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Striped Sophistication

Hey everyone! I've got an outfit post for y'all today! I worse this out fit out to lunch with my sister and when she saw me she goes "You look so sophisticated today!" So I thought it deserved its own post. Hope y'all enjoy it!








 

{OUTFIT DETAILS-
Top: h&m,
Jeggings: Faded Glory,
Shoes: Merona,
Purse: Betsey Johnson}

XOXO
Faith

Saturday, September 5, 2015

How I Feel About: My First Week of College



Hey y'all, just incase you didn't already know, I started college classes at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte the week of August 24th and I really wanted to just sit down and talk about my thoughts on my first week. I really hope y'all enjoy these college related posts, I really hope to do even more of them!

So I'll be honest with y'all. I have a really awesome schedule this semester! I had so many AP credits from high school I decided that I'd give myself a lighter load as far as credit hours were concerned. I'm taking Biology, the Biology Lab (which didn't meet the first week of classes- can I get a halleluiah?!), African Literature and Culture, Math of Elementary Teachers, and Foundations of Education and Diversity in Schools.

I didn't have any classes on that Monday because all new students were asked to attend the Day of Convocation. We meet with our respective colleges (mine is the College of Education) and walked to the official ceremony in the arena together. At the ceremony many people talked about how far the university has come from its modest days back in the 60s and welcomed us to UNCC. After that we had lunch-turkey and cheese sandwich, Sun Chips, an apple, and cookies-(it was SO good!). We then meet with the College of Education advisors to play some trivia about the school- who knew Bonnie Cone was actually buried on campus!? Lastly, we got to separate into our majors (mine is Special Education) to listen to professors, learn about the special things about our major, and even to talk about why we chose to major in Special Education! Overall, it was a pretty fun day and it really made me excited and proud to be beginning my college journey at UNCC.

The rest of the week went as normal- all classes were at their original times. So now that I have the start of my week out of the way- I wanted to talk about some things about the first week in general:

It wasn't as scary as I thought. I was really nervous leading up to the first week and even the night before each new day. But I quickly realized it's not near as scary as I thought it'd be. People are all over campus willing to help you out if you need it- but I also learned that I was perfectly capable of figuring things out as long as I stayed calm.

It was so fun! I am really a social person as well as a person that tends to thrive in a school environment, so being back into that was really fun. I've really enjoyed getting to know people in my classes and where things are and I am still super excited to continue to do so. There were so many opportunities to chat with people, get free stuff, and learn about college life at UNCC that I so enjoyed! Taking advantage of these things the first week is what really set myself up to have a positive attitude about the school year.

There's a learning curve. With all knew things, there's usually a learning curve, and college in no different. I'm having to learn how to handle each of my classes (one class will require me to get out of my comfort zone a little bit, while another class will require a lot of outside work for me to be successful). And as someone who is commuting to my school, I have to learn the best time to leave my house each day as well as how to be productive with my time on campus between classes (can you say library anyone?) Although this can be a little nerve-racking, I'm so proud of myself as I work through this.

It was a little exhausting. With the first week came a lot of things that took my energy away. I'm getting up earlier than I had this summer. I'm sitting in classes again (which was a little tiring if we're all being honest). I'm walking a lot more (my college campus is beautiful but HUGE). And there was new things I wanted to try out (like going to some volleyball games!). At first I was a little discouraged by this; I was too tired to attend Zumba classes- which I LOVE- but I just have to remember that it's all part of that learning curve I talked about earlier. It'll get easier and I'll get back to Zumba soon!

I'm so sorry that this post ended up being so long! Clearly I had a lot to say about starting college (HAHA!) But I really hope y'all enjoyed it and are having a good start to the school year as well! Share a good thing that happened during your first week of school in the comments bellow! I'd love to read them!

XOXO
Faith