September at a Glance

photo by me (Instagram -@isadayana)

Life lately has been all over the place, but I can probably sum it up into two categories: college and youtube. Obviously my personal life is another category, but these days I'm focusing my attention on improving myself with the first two. Most of you can tell making videos is what I'm mostly focusing on and that's because I have made some personal goals for it. I'm aiming for at least 100 subscribers by the end of the year, so consistency is key when it comes to that. I need to keep making videos weekly and interacting with fellow YouTubers as well as developing some skills here and there. It takes some work, ya know?

The past few weeks have been rather busy and exciting for me, so let's catch up, shall we?
  • Shattered iPhone As much as I take care of my things, I couldn't avoid my phone's screen breaking earlier this month.  I'm not gonna pretend I was cool with this, because I was not. My hour-long silence proved this. I had praised myself all my life for not breaking any screens on iPhones or any other devices, so this kinda hurt. Luckily, I got it fixed and all was right in the world.
  • Chop, Chop Yup, the inevitable overdue haircut happened. My hair was beyond any length I have ever had (way passed my butt!), so I had been contemplating a haircut for a while. I settled for a stylist in Connecticut since my favorite one is back in Miami. Only a few inches were cut so it is still pretty long. My experience at this new place was really good. They make me want to get haircuts everyday! 
  • Glasses Another overdue thing was my glasses(reading ones). I had the same pair for 2 years since again, my doctor was back in Miami. So this past week I misplaced my only pair and so I decided to take this as a sign, and went to a CT Lenscrafters and replaced them! It feels so good to have a clear vision again.
  • Senior photos No one tell my Spanish-speaking mom - but I took my photos on Friday! I'm surprising her since I had not planned on taking any. So yeah.. let the senior events begin. Where has my college years gone??
  • Fall The gorgeous season is finally here! Anybody else excited for the changing leaves?? :D
  • Meditation Yep, I joined an on-campus meditation group that meets every week. It's a no-commitment group so I only go when I think I have time, or I need a little downtime. I love going since it's one way to focus truly on me and my well-being. Maybe I'll do a blog post later on about this experience.
  • Au avoir, Europe John also returned from his 5 week work trip to Europe, so it has been nice having him back in the same timezone. 
This month has been full of surprises honestly, but I have managed to balance it all while staying focused on what's important to me right now. :) As always if you want to see anything on here or on YouTube, feel free to let me know. I'm always looking for new ideas. 

Survey!



Hi everyone! I have wanted to do a survey for a few months now. I have different types of readers and the best way to get accommodate to their needs is to know them a little better.

If you would take a couple of minutes to answer these questions for me, that would be amazing! :)

Thanks for reading my blog,
Isabel 
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September Mini Goals


As my first week of my senior year is over, it has got my thinking of this new month that has started. September is the month where we all try to set new goals before the year is over. I wanted to give myself little goals in order to be able to do exactly what I want before the new year is done. There are so many things I want to accomplish before the end of the year, and I need to start keeping myself accountable if I ever want to accomplish them.

1. One video a week. Let's start off slow. I know this is completely doable, but life happens sometimes and things get pushed off til "tomorrow". The fact that I'm so happy with this new little hobby of mine, tells me this can be done. But I'm posting this here to hold myself to it.

2. Don't neglect the blog. We all see this is happening, I know. I'm aware. YouTube is a lot of work, and a big time commitment. Between coming up with ideas, getting ready for each video, filming, editing, uploading, and then the stuff after all that, YouTube is more time consuming than blogging ever was. But at the end of the day, all I want is for people to love my little blog too. It's the one I have worked on for years, and has grown with me. It's a reflection of me and my life, and I hope to keep at it. Hopefully I can squeeze a post or two each week. No over-committing.

3. New adventures. So we all know that I'm obviously not going to have such fun adventures every weekend compared to my Summer, but that doesn't mean I can't try.  Even if it means doing things on campus, that's okay. I'm more open to trying new things this year since it's my last year in college and I want to enjoy it as much as possible.


What are some of your goals for this month?
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Summer 2014 in Review


It's the end of Summer 2014, you guys. Which means my senior year of college is going to start! Although I say that, it hasn't hit me yet. It's so weird that this will be my last year of undergrad. Coming to college has been such a rewarding opportunity, but I know life after college will be just as good.

This summer has probably been one of the most active summers I have ever had. Although I worked countless hours Monday through Friday, every weekend was filled with fun activities. Lots of "firsts" were checked off, and lots of memories were made! I wanted to do a post recapping my Summer in case you're new, haven't seen some, or just want to see some pretty photos. Enjoy!

Dunes Beach, Rhode Island


So where were we the day Germany won the World Cup? In the gorgeous state of Rhode Island, of course. Since I moved to New England, Rhode Island was one of those states I knew I had to visit. It is the smallest state in the United States, and it is well known for it's beaches. With one of my roommates being from there, I have heard plenty of this beautiful state and was so happy when I found out we were going to be going there. Too bad it interfered with the World Cup finals.

Weekly Diary: Germany & School


Isn't it funny how I usually put a photo of me on these "Weekly Diary" posts? I think it is. But I have a reason, I swear. This whole Summer has involved me wearing the same IT work shirt, and some workout clothes underneath. Not the most glamorous thing you've ever seen. So, these little shots I put up are honestly the best I look in the whole week. At the beginning of the Summer, I decided I wasn't going to put much effort in my appearance. Most days involve me getting dirty from picking up computers or carrying things around. Although I really enjoy my job, that is the one part that is not so appealing of working in this job. Thankfully, I will be starting school soon and I will return to my few hours a week at this job.

current events:
- John is currently in Germany for 5 weeks. Yup, long distance for the 2nd, uh.. 3rd? 4th time? ehh.. We've done this too often in different situations. It never gets easier, but we definitely feel more comfortable this time around.
- As of today I have almost a week until school starts and I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's the beginning of my senior year, so I know lots of fun stuff will be coming.
- I moved into my new dorm. As I previously mentioned I did some vlogs on my YouTube channel. I'm enjoying making videos so much!

blog life:
- I've reached out to some blogger friends about some blog design stuff, and I'm so excited to be working with them! I have wanted to do this for over a year and finally got the energy to email them.
- In my YouTube world, I'm working on setting some stuff up. It's funny that it has taken me this long to start it, but now that I have, I won't stop. I'm already thinking of some stuff I want to do in the next few months!!
- I'm going to be honest and say I didn't exactly post as much I'd hope to this Summer, but I'm still pretty happy I posted a lot more than usual! I still want to share some posts to have them as memory.

So that's my life right now. The usual really..

I also want to thank everyone that reads this. From the interaction overall, I can tell that people come here, and although the comment section isn't as active as I would like,  I know everyone is reading. I'm very thankful for your support! :) It makes me happy that my friends like hearing about my adventures and even share it with their own friends. Thank you for liking my little blog and any other stuff I post.  ♥︎

Senior Year Dorm Room


It's that time of the year again! Probably my last time, too. This past week I was moving into my new dorm room for my senior year of college. It's crazy to think that this will be the last time I will be moving into a dorm on campus. Every experience has been different and with each experience I have learned many things.

Arsenal in NYC + VLOG!


Happy Monday everyone! The day finally came. We waited months for this weekend. It was the only real plan we had made months in advance to do. If you didn't know, John's favorite team from the Premier League is Arsenal. When we started dating I definitely didn't know much of football, especially European teams. I was never against watching games early every morning, or updating him on scores. That's what how I am. I always like to be involved with sports that my partner enjoys. Little did I know though, I was becoming an Arsenal fan. 

I started YouTube!


Earlier this week I announced on my Facebook page that I started YouTube. After months of going back and forth about the idea, and secretly uploading daily vlogs, I can finally say that I'm all in. I just uploaded my first public YouTube video and I'm so excited! I can't wait to keep learning how to edit and have fun with videos. Like I said on the post, I have been doing daily vlogs on YouTube, uploading them, but kept them private. By doing this I let myself learn my way around editing and uploading. It takes a lot more than people think to make good videos. This will be another way for me to post content on here. Sometimes I feel that a video would have been better than tons of photos, so that's what I will using it for. Maybe in the future, I'll venture off a little, but for now this is what's comfortable for me.

NYC Fourth of July (Part 4) - The Lion King on Broadway

First off, let me say that this Broadway show is probably one of the most advertised shows in all of NYC right now. From the second we got off the train there was a massive advertisement on the steps to leave Penn Station. It's like they were saying, "Oh, you're in New York? Have nothing to do in this busy city? Go watch the Lion King on Broadway!". Well, let me tell you that advetisement works.

NYC Fourth of July (Part 3) - Macy's Fireworks


We continued our long Fourth of July day by trying to catch the famous "Macys fireworks". I had never seen them (not even on tv), so I wasn't sure what they looked like or what was the best place to see them. However, we knew were closed enough in Little Italy to walk to the East Side towards the river. After a while it became a little clear in what direction to go to as a mass of people proceed to walk towards a highway. We figured we should follow one of the groups, and we were so glad we did.

NYC Fourth of July (Part 2) - Little Italy


After leaving the museum we wanted to grab some yummy food. My friend Eric recommend we checked out Little Italy since he loves anything Italian. I had never been there, nor had I had food from there so I was completely opened to this idea. When we got out of the subway we realized we were in another famous neighborgood - Chinatown. Although we didn't stay there for long, it gave me an idea of what it was like since I also had never been there either.

NYC Fourth of July (Part 1) - American Museum of Natural History

Just wanted to say that I am alive. Even though you don't see any new posts, it doesn't mean I'm not writing them. I seem to have a thing for accumulating tons of blog drafts. So I guess I should stop slackin' and get to them soon. No promises though. ;)

If you lived in the United States, or well if you follow social media, you would know that it was the 4th of July this weekend, aka 'Merica's birthday, and what better way to celebrate it than in New York City. If you have kept up over the years, you will know that I am no stranger to NYC. I have gone quite a few times in the past years, heck last Summer I went way too many times -- but no one is complaining. 

Cotton Hollow

Cotton Hollow Nature Preserve
 Happy first day of July everyone - also known as we're halfway done with the year. It wasn't until yesterday that I realized this. Yesterday, happened to be John's birthday as well. Since I wanted to be with him on that day, I took the day off. I didn't plan on taking the day off, but the more I thought about it, the better the idea sounded. It's not like I'm planning on taking any other days Summer, so it just made sense.

We found any reason we could to celebrate his birthday this weekend. On Sunday, we went on another Summer adventure to a place called Cotton Hollow. It was technically another hike trail but it had a brook going right along it. Since I don't know how to swim I didn't partake in the jumping off the rocks, which honestly.. I'm okay with that. Some of these rocks were very high and the water wasn't too shallow either. However, it was so much fun to go there and splash around the streams. All these activities have been really fun! It's incredible how many little places like this exist all around the world and people find ways to make them a new playground. I had never been to a place like this before where you could jump from rocks or get pushed around by the current. What a fun time we had!



Bartaco Date Night


With busy work weeks for both John and I, come fun date nights on Friday nights. For the past couple of months, we have mastered this "long distance"(me in Massachusetts, him in Connecticut) thing. Although we have done farther separations, this is the beginning of a year long of distance. Even if we are just a drive away from each state, this coming school year will be another long distance scenario. My schedule during the week consists of work, gym, and "me" time. John's week consists of work, soccer, and his own little shenanigans. We have definitely grown to be very independent with our relationship, yet when the weekend comes, we enjoy every little second together.

We recently went out to one of our favorite restaurants, which to no surprise has my favorite foods. It was our 1 year and 5 months. Yeah, not even half a year, but why not? It was just a reason to go out and have some yummy food.

Our date night was located in Blueblack Square in West Hartford, at a restaurant called "bartaco". This restaurant has it all: delicious food, great atmosphere, and a bar to go with it. It is definitely one of the "hot" places for a Friday night in this area. I was craving ceviche that day, and when John reminded me of this restaurant I immediately wanted to go. Apparently I forgot that bartaco had ceviche, and boy, it is savory! The portions at this place are like those at typical Spanish restaurants  served with tapas, or small plates of food. I absolutely love this restaurant! It's probably my favorite restaurant in all of the West Hartford area.


yummy bartaco food! tacos, chips & guacamole, ceviche, sesame ribeye rice, and platanos
umm some drinks too of course! ;) they have a delicious collection of wines and cocktails.
our "too-full-to-take-a-decent-smiling-pic" pic - check out those churros though!
served with a small container of creamy chocolate to dip those warm churros in.


If you're ever in the West Hartford/Blue Back Square area (or any other Bartaco location) check them out! Lots of yummy food awaits! 
♥︎




App Reviews: Threes! vs 2048



The world of apps is a very fascinating world to be involved in these days. I check the "top" apps list very regularly so I can keep up with the latest apps that are taking over the top of the these lists. If I like an app, you better believe I will share my find with others. However,  if you have had a conversation with me in the past few months then you will know exactly where I stand in terms of this whole Threes vs 2048 issue. Oh, you didn't know there was an issue, huh? Well I'll explain.

Weekly Diary


Sometimes I regret not sharing more on this blog.The other night I was watching a video from the Shaytards, where Collete is sharing how she feels about their whole move back to Idaho. The day before, Shay does the same. He says how looking back at his old videos he wishes he would have said how he felt at the time of big changes in their lives. Blogging and vlogging is so much fun, but in the process of editing/cutting parts out we forget to show the true parts of lives. The parts that make us feel happy or sad. So I need to remember to do that too, and not just post my biggest memories.

Surfer's New Board

John and his new board.
This weekend we were in Cape Cod again. Yes, I had never been there before and now I have gone two weekends in a row. I'm one lucky girl. Something tells me we'll be back a few more times this Summer though. Unlike the previous weekend it was a more relaxing time since we spent all weekend there. We had the chance to do different things and not feel rushed. Cape Cod is really growing on me, to the point where I'm not scared of the cold waters.

The main reason we decided to go back was because John was getting a new surfboard. He loves to surf, but he had not done so it a while. He passed on his board to his dad and now they both have one to go out and catch some waves together. It was so much fun watching him surf since I had never seen him (or anyone for that manner) surf. I sat with the rest of his family and cheered them on. 

My First Trip to Cape Cod



Visiting Cape Cod for the first time is definitely a great achievement for me. For the past three years of living in New England that's all I heard about. For those of you who are not familiar, Cape Cod is a  popular summer destination for those in New England.

Everyone I ever heard speak of Cape Cod only said great things. This weekend, I got the opportunity to explore it for myself. John had been wanting to go for a while and we finally planned a weekend to go with some friends. It was a bit far from where we were in Connecticut but the drive was worth it. The Cape is in Massachusetts - so about 3.5 hours from us. We left early to be able to enjoy the day.

It was a lot sunnier than I had thought it would be(got a pretty bad sunburn actually), so we had clear skies all day. We managed to do a lot in one day. Our first stop was the Canal that technically separates Cape Cod from the rest of the state and makes it an island.

College Dorm Life - Decoration Ideas and Tips


I can't believe it has already been over two years since my original post on my freshman year dorm went live [College Dorm Life - Decoration and Ideas]. Since it was posted, it has become one of my most viewed posts ever and pinned quite a few times on Pinterest. I enjoy writing college-type posts so much and have been meaning to write a follow up post. 

This past school year was my Junior Year, which means I only have one more year of living on campus left. As much as I have loved living here, I have grown up so much since then and I'm ready for my own place. Obviously that won't be for a while, but I can only dream. 

Dorm decoration is such a popular topic during the Summer. All incoming freshmen students are curious about college dorm living and blogs like mine are very useful for them to get a feel of what it will be like. Although the following post will be about my third year living on campus, it can still be useful for college dorms.

My First Hike

Giuffrida Park
One of the best views of the day (Giuffrida Park)
This weekend I had the pleasure of going on my first hike. Miami doesn't really have any elevated areas, unless you count 10ft hills. Seriously though, we don't really have any real hiking trails and this girl is definitely not one to look for them anyway. Things have changed though, John has been in an outdoor mood for a while now since he has always gone hiking and camping with his family. This Saturday we finally had that push we needed to get us out and about.

We were asked to go hiking with some friends to a nearby park called Giuffrida Park in Meriden, CT. I'll be honest, I tried everything to get out of it. Nothing prepared me for the whole experience, not even my constant cardio in the past weeks.

John's Graduation

Us on our way to his Graduation
On Saturday, I was lucky enough to go to John's graduation. Although it was such a bittersweet moment I was very happy I was there. We both attend the same school, but he is (or should I say was) a year ahead of me in school. It was so nice to be there to watch him graduate!

Graduations are usually a time to focus on the future and reflect on what you have done to finally get to this point. It feels like yesterday that I started college and I'm already going to be a Senior this coming semester. It also feels like yesterday that I met John. I wish we both had met each other earlier in college, but I have to say that it was perfect timing when we finally did.

I'm so happy John graduated and is now starting his new job this week. It's such a relief that he can graduate and have a job secured. It has been a very stressful timing for both of us going through these  interview processes, but now it is all over. 

John at graduation.


Did ya know..?
John has a blog too, and as a special graduation present, please visit John's blog :) 

Feel free to subscribe too. He loves having a blog!

Junior Year is Over

Sunset on campus | Photo taken by me | @isadayana on Instagram

I figured the best way to get back into the swing of things was just to start typing away, so that's what I'm doing. I have been officially done with my junior year of college and it feels good. I'm currently trying to adjust to my Summer schedule and managing everything I want to do.

This Summer I will be staying on campus and working non-stop. Yep, so not much has changed on my neck of the woods. I have so much I want to get done in this period of time and but it's hard to get adjusted when days have been so busy. Luckily, this new work schedule has just started and I'll probably get used to being completely on my own and working. I can't wait to start on my new posts, and other blog related stuff.

As usual, you can find me on social media if I'm not blogging. In the past months I have been really into Pinterest and it has been such a relaxing thing to do when I have time. :) My best friend has also joined in the fun and we have started some group boards(Fleurs and Office) together from some that I had started.

EXTRA NEWS
Did ya notice the blog has a new domain name? ;) We are officially www.thebellediaries.com! How exciting! If you have visited in the past month or so, then you might have noticed it had another domain name as well. I had so many internal dilemmas with that one that I decided to bite the gun and finally make the blog official!



Influenster Uni VoxBox

Recently I was chosen through the Influenster program to try out these awesome products! I have participated in this program before and have had lots of fun. This time the theme for this particular box was college, hence the name: UniVoxBox. I was so excited since I knew most of these things would actually be things I would use! Keep reading to find out what awesome college related items I was sent.

Weekly Diary


I can't believe it's already been a week since I decided to start this series. Time is flying and it's a little bittersweet. Although classes are coming to an end, I'm looking forward to working in the summer. At the same time, I'm mentally preparing myself for having John graduate. Yep, I don't think I have mentioned it, but he's graduating at the end of this semester. I know everything will be okay, but it's still going to be a new chapter of our relationship and who knows what it will bring. I'm full of emotions that vary from happy, excited, sad, to nervous. But I still can't help but to be so proud of him for completing college and getting a job.

This week:
+ I annoyingly was sick. I'm one of those people that will rather blame the weather or allergies before saying they are actually sick. However, I can't deny a fever. I've been trying to fight off these germs all week. Nasty little things.
+ I participated in my first Twitter party with the users of Influenster with my fellow UniVoxBox people.
+ We were surprised with an interesting amount of snow. If you're not from up here then I'll tell you now - it's not supposed to snow in April people!! It's insane that it is still snowing when the weather is supposed to be warmer. Where is the sun and the cute flowers I was talking about on my last post? :(
+ John gave me his graduation invitation! Yep, I can't pretend to not know the inevitable date anymore. Where has time gone?!
+ I made my first flan on Easter for John's family! It was absolutely delicious and I was so proud of my little Cuban side coming out when I made it. ;)

My favorite online finds:
+ I'm loving my own Party Time board on Pinterest.
+ This 7 Day Plan to Stay Productive has great ways to keep you focused.




Weekly Diary


Hey everyone! As you may have noticed, the blog posts have become less and less frequent in the past weeks. I have no real reason other than I have school stuff to do. For a while though, I have contemplated whether I should start a weekly blog post series. Many bloggers do these posts where they just talk about things that interest them in the week or any random tid bits. So I'm jumping on the bandwagon. This way you will know more about my life and I won't feel as bad for not posting as often.

This week:
+ I was busy completing a paper on Hamlet as some of you might know by following me on social media. 
+ Bought my first Brita filtered water bottle! I contemplated buying one for years and recently I decided I had enough of having multiple cups and water bottles everywhere. 
+ Have been enjoying the nice and warm weather, as well as all the little flowers popping up and the green grass growing already!! 
+ Kept checking up on the Saccone-Jolys. They finally welcomed their new baby boy, Eduardo! I kept following them on social media and annoying all my friends about it.
+ I also have been trying to figure out all the details for my work for the summer.  
+ Been practicing my French on Duolingo lots lately, and competing with John too! Oh, I also got him to watch Game of Thrones! ;)

My favorite online finds:
+ This great tip on how to check if an avocado is ready to eat.
+ So ready to start wearing shoes like these and these.



Download Clock Mac Screensavers


As a Mac OS user, my favorite part of having a Mac is the UI(User Interface). Anything that's colorful and easy to use are my two favorite things when it comes to technology. I have recently been finding cool screensavers. On Pinterest I have found that many people used a particular screensaver
that flips a clock. I had never seen it before, so I decided to go on a hunt for it.


Little did I know, there are so many beautiful, simple, and creative screensavers for Macs. Here are some of my favorites that I have found. 



THE COLOUR CLOCK
For all the techy geeks out there, this particular clock blows my mind. So, are you ready for this? This screensaver not only gives you the time, but it changes the color of the background and you can see the HEX value of it. What?! I know. So cool! Okay, I'll stop embarrassing myself now. I really think this screensaver is really awesome. For those who are curious HEX is is computing numerical systerm that is to the base 16. It is also where a lot of the colors come from in the web, where it uses the HEX values to combine the primary colors. Gah, I still can't get over how awesome it is. Ok, now go download it! 


FIQLO
This particular screensaver is one of the most popular ones right now. Also referred to as the flip clock. There are many versions out there of this flipping clock but this one is defitenly my favorite! It is so simple, and gorgeous. I have gotten quite a few compliments when people see my screensaver pop up. It just a regular clock, but it goes perfectly with your surroundings.


THE WEATHER
This app is for those of you who like to know the weather at all times. It shows you the date, time, temperature, forecast, and it shows the name of your location. You can choose what location you want before you install it. They have a good range of locations, but if you need a custom location you can email the creator(whose email is listed on the website) and it will be emailed to you. I love the simplicity and minimalistic apperance of this screensaver


POLAR
The Polar Clock is a very unique screensaver. Unlike the previous ones, this shows a clock in a very different way. The information given goes around in a circle, hence the Polar aspect, and it counts each part by going around. The best example is the seconds as it is the only one that changes the most often. As the seconds ticks, it goes around the circle, until it finishes it's cycle, and then starts again. The inner most circle is the most specific, so the month, then day, day of the week, hour, minutes, and minutes. Not only does it do this, but it also changes colors as it goes. It's definitely a cool screensaver to have!


   DOWNLOAD   




INSTALLATION:
For most of them, all you need is to click on the individual links in each of the pages and it will appear in your Downloads folder. After this, click the file and it should download quickly. Then to check if it has installed you can check in your settings and preferences under Desktop and Screensaver. It should appear as one of the last ones in there.


If you have any questions about these screensavers, or need help installing them, feel free to leave a comment, and I'll respond as soon as I can.
Enjoy. :)


Muse Paintbar | Paint and Wine Bar | West Hartford, CT

Muse Paintbar is one of the many paint bars that have popped up in the past years. Many of our friends had done these classes so we decided that during Spring Break we would check it out. If you have never heard of paint bars, then I'll fill you in. The point of these locations are that while socializing with others you get an instructional paint class. Muse has a few locations in New England and the one that we went to was in West Hartford in Blue Back Square. You pick what painting you want to do, the date, and pay your fee - easy as that! Be sure to pick your date weeks in advance, since they tend to be sold out often. They also have couple classes, which we thought of doing but they are slightly more expensive and we found out why. The couples one are two paintings instead of an individual one. You paint both paintings to match the others. 




Upon arriving there we were greeted by a sign to find our names on the canvases. We each had a one canvas, a palette of the colors we would use, 5 brushes, mixing plates, paper towels and a can to wash off our brushes. Everyone was chatting and buying snacks and drinks at the bar. They also had a side room for special reservations. The painting we had signed up was Over the Rhone by Vincent van Gogh. Obviously it wasn't an exact copy, just an interpretation of it.

The painting part of this experience was so interesting. You have an instructor who guides you step by step. He/she stands in the middle of the room and paints along with you. Everyone that works there is very kind and helpful. At times we felt a little rushed (you are painting a whole painting in 3 hours!) but we also get a break, so you can use it to catch up, or to drink some wine. ;) I also want to add that for you artists out there, you don't have to do exactly what everyone is doing. You can make the painting your own by adding your own techniques and unique approach.

Three hours later, and we were done with our masterpieces! It was so much fun to do this since we both had not painted in so long. We completely recommend this to everyone and we can't wait to go back since it was such a happy and positive experience for both of us.

What do you think of paint bars? Have you gone to one of these before, or if does it sound like something you would like to try?

How To: Be a Blogger in College


Following up with my previous post, this post is meant to help any college students that would like to blog. If you're a college student and blogging might be something you are interested in but might not think you have the time or skills, then this post is for you. With this being my third year in college, and my fourth year of blogging, I think I have quite a bit of experience under my belt. I think I have a few tips to share for young readers who want to start a blog and help them manage their time in order to continue with this new hobby. I think being in school and blogging can sometimes be harder than if you have a day job and blog. As college students we have so many activities(clubs, sports, Greek life, etc) or tasks, aside from a ton of homework, we must complete with many different deadlines. Unless you have a good work ethic and are very organized, you will get overwhelmed and frustrated that posts aren't going up as often as you'd like. Don't worry though, with these suggestions, starting or managing your blog will be a piece of cake. Keep in mind, this post is not only targeted at college students, this post can help anyone stay positive and continue to do what you do as a blogger.

Manage Time
Time management is essential in college. Prioritizing what you need to do is very important if you want to get anything done. There are so many distractions while in college(especially if you live on campus - with 5 other girls!!) but you have to decide what's important to you. The most important thing should be classes, of course. So try to focus on that throughout the week, and on the weekends focus on the posts you want to do.  This technique has been working great for me, and not only for blogging. Weekends are great to catch up on work for school, but when you're not busy with this, blogging can be a great stress reliever.

Plan Ahead
Planning goes hand in hand with time management. Since you most likely will not have a lot of time, post scheduling is something to take advantage of. Other social media platforms also allow you to schedule what you post. Having everything planned out on the weekend will take a lot of time and stress off your school week. Spread out your writing for posts. If you know it will be a quick post then you know it will be done with just one sitting. However, if you are planning on writing a longer post, spread the writing. It will be easier to do, and it won't seem as big of a task.

Socialize with Bloggers
If you want to excel at blogging, you need to be reminded that you're starting from the bottom.  No one will be popular or known immediately. This means that you need to get your name out there. Go and comment on blogs that are similar to the audience you would like, as well as groups, Facebook pages, or any other media out there. Use hashtags to target the audience that you want since many people use these to find pages that are useful for them. There are many college students out there that are blogging, so meeting people your age will not be a problem, you just have to figure out the different places to look for your interest group.

Relevant Content
Getting the right information out is very important. The best advice I have for this is that you should write about what you know. Write relevant information to get people's attention. People will come if they know what to expect from your blog and if they can relate to you as well. Even if you write about your life, make sure it is informative somehow. But above all be true to your writing. Don't lie or be someone you're not. People appreciate when people are themselves.

So keeping this in mind, you have the basis to start your new blog. If you need topics to write about you can check out my previous post where I mention some ideas to start off your blog. Like always, I remind you that these tips also apply to anyone - in this case, anyone who has a lifestyle and still wants to squeeze blogging into their busy lives.

If you have any questions or just need some help with blogging - my email is bellediaries@gmail.com.
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