85 Little Ways To Feel Happier

December 29, 2017

1. Go for a walk.
2. Get off social media.
3. Pet your dog.
4. Take a bath.
5. Wash your face.
6. Use a face mask.
7. Put on lotion.
8. Clean your room.
9. Smile.
10. Eat a healthy snack.

50 Resolution Ideas for 2018

December 28, 2017

1. Drink more water
2. Eat more clean.
3. Travel more.
4. Be more spontaneous.
5. Wake up earlier.
6. Get outside more.
7. Less social media.
8. Learn a new language.
9. Run more.
10. Improve mile time.

10 Things To Do Before 2018

1. Declutter.

Get rid of all of the unnecessary clutter in your life including clothes, shoes, jewelry, books, and papers.

2. Write down your goals.

Make a list of all of the things you want to accomplish this year and break down your goals so that you have a clear plan of how you will reach these goals.

3. Backup all of your photos from 2017.

Backing up your photos really doesn't take that long, and it is really important because the next time your drop your phone it may actually break and all of your photos will be lost.

To Travel Is To Live

December 26, 2017

I love to travel.

Traveling opens your eyes and allows you to experience life in a new light. The lessons learned from meeting people all across the world, exploring new territories, and immersing yourself into another culture are invaluable.

A Book Review: Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

December 15, 2017

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the bestselling Eat, Pray, Love, is all about, as it clearly states on the cover of her book, "creative living beyond fear." Gilbert encourages her readers to let go of all fears in order to pursue their passions simply for the enjoyment of creating.

Her personal stories, recollections with her role models, and words of wisdom are inspiring and motivational not only to live creatively, but also to stay positive, accept who we are, and look beyond the false image of perfectionism. Although many of the experiences she shares with creativity are reflective of her experience as a writer, her advice and knowledge can serve as a source of inspiration for all readers, regardless of age, passion, or profession.

Reading Terminal Market

November 12, 2017 51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

Reading Terminal Market is one of the countries biggest and oldest public markets. There are over eighty vendors offering a wide assortment of authentic cuisines, and many small shops selling baked goods, sandwiches, and chocolate, as well as ingredients and kitchen appliances. The colorful florescent signs, various smells that drift through the air, and hustle and bustle of people inside this market are only a part of what makes it so enjoyable. If crowds are really not your thing, this place may be a little stressful for you to navigate through, but the delicious foods and simply the atmosphere of this market makes up for it.

Eastern State Penitentiary

November 11, 2017 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

After falling in love with Philadelphia when my family visited during the summer to tour colleges with my older sister, my mom and I returned over my fall break back in October to get another chance to explore this city. There are so many things to do and places to see in this beautiful city. The first adventure my mom and I embarked on was touring Eastern State Penitentiary.

Operating from 1829-1971, it was the world's first penitentiary and is one of the most famous prisons, having housed several of America's most infamous criminals such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton.  It is amazing to be able to walk the halls of this historic prison and enter the cells that some of the most notorious crooks lived in. The self-guided audio tours including interviews with former guards and prisoners that the museum offers free of charge are very informative and educational but also provide the listener with insight as to what is was like for those who worked and lived here.

How To Prepare For School

August 9, 2017

Do your summer work.

This may seem very obvious, but it is very important. Make sure you have completed or are in the process of completing all of your summer work, including reading any books or working on summer assignments. You do not want to arrive to class your first day to find that you forgot to read a required book!

Declutter your desk.

I strongly believe that when you have a clear space, you have a clear mind. So get to work decluttering you desk and removing all of the items that are not essential to your studying or that you find distracting.

12 Ways To Boost Your Mood & Rid Yourself Of Stress

June 26, 2017

  1. Blast upbeat music, and sing along!
  2. Watch a "feel good" movie, whether it be a movie you loved watching when you were younger or a movie that never fails to make you laugh (most likely Harry Potter for me).
  3. Take a bubble bath, and leave all distractions, aka your phone and/or computer, in another room (I still need to work on that).
  4. "Rant" to someone you are close with. If you are stressed, anxious, or just have a lot of things bubbling inside of your head, spilling it all out to someone to whom you are very close with (for me this is my mom) clears your mind immensely.

5 Must-Reads For Young Adults

June 25, 2017

To me, reading is not only one of the greatest ways to learn in an academic sense, but it is also a way to become more open-minded, creative, considerate, and aware of the world that is constantly changing around us. It is a way to escape and become immersed in a story unfamiliar to our own, no matter if it is fiction or non-fiction. Today I am sharing with you a few of my recent favorite books that I would recommend to high school students such as myself as well as adults. Instead of writing a summary of each book, I chose to include quotes from other readers. I hope you give at least one of these books a read and share your thoughts and favorite books with me, as I would love to hear your recommendations.

Granada, Nicaragua

May 13, 2017 Granada, Nicaragua

Back in March, my mom and I traveled to Granada, Nicaragua. Last summer, we traveled to Costa Rica and discovered a love for Central America, so we decided to explore Nicaragua, a country that was on both of our bucket lists. We spent seven days on a beautiful island off the coast of Nicaragua and three days in the city of Granada. The grand architecture, colorful homes, beautiful lakes and volcanoes, and kind and welcoming locals all make Granada such a special city.