20 Things I Learned Before I Turned 20

I'm officially 20-- and, yes, I feel old! Last week was a blast! I woke up to confetti sprinkled around my bedroom floor and sticky notes all over my bathroom door. I also woke up to instagrams, tweets, and snaps from you guys! Thank you all so much for remembering me on my birthday! It means the world to me. XOXO

1. Comparing yourself to others is a waste of time.

Everyone is unique. Don't waste your energy analyzing and contrasting yourself to others. It's overrated.

2. Always do your best.

Always give your all-- no matter what the event is.

3. People are people.

We are all humans regardless of our backgrounds. Those fleeing their home countries and coming to the United States are seeking a better life. Click here to read more about the caravan.

4. Everything happens for a reason.

I am a huge believer in this. Every person that I've met has had an influence on me in some way, shape, or form. Whether they motivated me to do something out of comfort zone or think differently about a topic.

5. Priorities are a must.

In order to be successful, you need to keep your priorities in check.

6. Don't force a relationship.

Things that aren't meant to be, aren't meant to be.

7. Mom and Dad are always right.

Even when you swear they're ruining your life.

8. Do the things you want to do.

A few years ago, I was pressured to think a certain way.

9. Stand up for yourself and what you believe in.

In high school, I would have had a heart attack if I had to stand up for myself and/or what I believe in. College has taught me that it's okay to stand up for what I believe in. I now write state and federal letters regarding immigration reform.

10. Drama doesn't matter.

High school never ends. As my mom would say, "Be like Elsa and let it go."

11. You have to work to get what you want.

Sometimes you need to indulge in some mozzarella sticks and study for 3 hours in the library to get an A on a social psychology exam.

12. Material possessions aren't everything.

Material possessions are nice. However, when it comes to the point where they're consuming your life you need to reevaluate your priorities and values.

13. Honesty is the best policy.

Sometimes the truth hurts. But, it's better than being caught in a lie down the road.

14. Give back.

I have classes Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, I like to give back to the community and teach ESL to at-risk child migrants. And, I love it! It is one of the most rewarding jobs I've ever had.

15. Falling in love isn't a choice.

You meet people when you least expect it. And, it takes you by surprise.

16. Picking out a first date outfit is harder than calculous homework.

I've been on several first dates and each one, without fail, has resulted in my closet spitting up all over my bedroom floor.

17. Trust your gut.

After I toured Cabrini University, I knew it was the school for me. I knew I would be successful in any major I chose.

18. Vote.

Voting is so important. Make a difference.

19. Knowledge is power.

My dad has been saying this to me since first grade. It wasn't until this past September when I realized what it truly means. I am currently pursing degrees in psychology and Spanish. I am using these degrees to learn more about the immigrant population and how I can help them and make a difference. That's powerful.

20. Be proud of yourself.

I think it's totally cool if you want to play a Taylor Swift song and jam out because of something you've accomplished. Go for it!

It's Fall, Y'all!

It's fall, y'all!

Pumpkin spice lattes are officially back in stock at Starbucks-- it's officially fall! I am loving the cozy, snuggling weather. I've moved all of my J. Crew sweaters and boot socks to the front of my wardrobe. Are you guys loving this fall weather too?

Back to the blog.

One of the more exciting aspects of my life that I want to note: I am officially back to the blogging game! For those of you that don't know, in the middle of July I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Doctor's orders: lots of rest. 

Now that I am back, I am planning on doing more blog posts geared towards not only my college life, but my personal life too. There are. So. Many. Things. I want to talk about.

I started my junior year of college.

They weren't kidding when they said junior year was the hardest year. I am taking 6 classes: PSY 202, PSY 204, PSY 271, PSY 305, ECG 300 (Immigration), and SPA 210. On top of that, I am a member of the Spanish club. I have classes Monday through Thursday, and on Fridays I occupy my time with homework and volunteer opportunities. Definitely booked! (But, I like to keep a busy schedule; it keeps me out of trouble.)

I love my classes.

Like I mentioned earlier, I am taking four psychology classes, 1 class on immigration, and a Spanish class geared towards psych majors. I am absolutely in love with all of my classes! I am especially fascinated with my Personality Theories class. I have analyzed myself and my previous relationships over and over again. This class makes sense of everything! I am also really enjoying my Social Psychology class. I adore my professor and the subject matter. If you ever get the opportunity to take one of these classes (even if you're not a psychology major), take them!

Career goals.

As a junior in college, I have began thinking about my desired career path. The options are truly endless. However, I am planning on going into clinical psychology where I will focus on the immigrant population. Currently, I am looking to apply to a graduate program. Life is going by so fast!

I Love What I Wear | Confidence & Fashion

When I was "growing up," (I say that as if I've stopped growing up) I went through several different fashion phases. During 6th grade, I went through a tomboy phase-- and not the cute kind. Yikes! In 9th grade, I thought I was an Abercrombie & Fitch model. And, during my senior year, Aerie yoga pants were the only thing I came to know.

Transitioning from high school to college was one of, if not the easiest transitions of my life-- style wise. I wear what I want, when I want, how I want.


I've always adored the little white dress; they're timeless. I purchased this one for my high school graduation-- and I've used every opportunity to where it since.

All The Colors

Over the years, I fell in love with Lilly Pulitzer. Her designs are bright and girly. I am bound to make a statement wherever I go. And, I love that.


I love tassels. And, I love pom-poms. They're so trendy and fun! Anything with a tassel or a pom-pom has my name written on it!

These are just some of my clothing pieces I go to. I feel the most confident when I'm wearing something that is girly and fun, yet flattering to my body type.

Question of the Day: What's your favorite clothing piece in your wardrobe? A LBD? Or, maybe a fun pair of rain boots? Comment below!

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How To Become The Best Version of Yourself

I am so excited about today's blog post; I am helping Vanessa promote her new fitness blog: www.simplehealthhuman.com. It's one of my favorites!!

Over the past couple of months, I've been inspired to be a better version of myself. With that being said, here are some of my tips in order to work towards being the best version of yourself:

Create a feel good playlist.

Music has incredible powers. Instead of listening to sad songs like "Babe" by Sugarland ft. Taylor Swift on repeat, listen to "Can't Stop The Feeling" by J.T. Oh, and "Love Myself" by Hailee Steinfeld! That's one of my favorites.


Create a workout plan and stick to it. The creating part is the fun part, whereas the actually sticking to it is the hard part. Once you get into a groove, you won't be able to get out of it. I actually use this app called 7M Women (#NotSponsored). They have a variety of exercises that only take 7 minutes. And, yes, I have seen results. (If you're not into the whole sets and reps thing, try a dance workout! Click here to watch my favorite dance workout!)

Sample Workout (Leg Day):

  • 0.5 Miles in 10 Minutes
  • Tabata Body (7MW)
  • Stretch
  • 7 Minute Butt x3 (7MW)
  • 50 Squats
  • 50 Calf Raises
  • 50 Banded Walks (25 each leg)
  • Post Workout Stretch Routine in 10-15 Minutes

Buy something new.

#TreatYoSelf, Girl! You deserve it. Buy that Kate Spade wallet you've been yearning for, or buy those LuluLemon leggings you've been eyeing up since January.

Try something new.

I've been taking up yoga since the year began. (My best friend actually suggested we try it since my college offers free classes.) I ended up really enjoying it. This summer, I've been following along with YouTube videos and Pinterest poses. This upcoming semester, I'm hoping to fit not only yoga into my schedule, but pilates or kickboxing. Trying something new is empowering.

Cut the negative people out of your life.

After I graduated high school, I let go of friendships and relationships that I found toxic. Being constantly surrounded by negative energy left me feeling angry and miserable. Once I got to college, I found a group of friends with positive vibes that totally changed my life.

Drink lots of water.

Lots and lots. Victoria's Secret models drink a gallon a day. (I think that's a little overkill, but if you can do it, you rock!) I've been drinking between 48 oz. and 72 oz. a day. It's done wonders for my body!

Indulge in things you love.

I love to dance. And, I love to work. I love to help others and volunteer for local organizations. I enjoy spending time with my family and playing silly board game like Trivia Pursuit. Do things you love. Life is too short to not be doing what you love doing.

It's so important to be mentally and physically healthy. Put yourself first. Always. As cliche as it sounds: live everyday like it's your last.

Ana Luisa Jewelry Review

Welcome back to my blog, everyone!!

Today, I'm sharing one of my new favorite jewelry brands with y'all: Ana Luisa NY. Ana Luisa is a designer jewelry company. (Some of Ana Luisa's designers have worked for various famous brands like Tory Burch and Ralph Lauren-- two of my favorites!!) Their jewelry is not only high-quality, but also unique. Ana Luisa only releases a limited quantity in order to ensure each piece is exclusive.

Ana Luisa Jewelry sent me these adorable teardrop earrings. They add the perfect touch to any outfit for any occasion. You can dress them up or down depending on the look you're going for. (That's my favorite part about these earrings!) Morning brunch with your family or prom night-- you decide!

They also sent me this layered chain necklace. Which again, can be dressed up or down depending on the look you're going for. I decided to pair it with this floral romper from Hollister for a daytime look. But, you can also pair it with your LBD for a Saturday night on the town with your bae. I love the versatility! 

I am absolutely in love with these jewelry pieces. I've been experimenting; wearing the jewelry with a number of different outfits. I'm planning on wearing these two pieces to an Honors Convocation in the fall, and I'm also planning on letting my sister borrow the precious duo for her prom. I feel so gorgeous in these pieces. They're handmade, high-quality pieces that will never go out of style. Checkout Ana Luisa Jewelry for the latest fashion jewelry trends!

Question of the Day: What's your favorite way to accessorize?

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