All posts tagged: lifestyle

The Post Grad Struggle + A Life Update

Hi friends! I’ve been back in the U.S. for about a month now and wanted to post a quick update on what I’ve been up to. Life this past month has consisted of coming home to Indiana, starting work and planning my return to France. I’ll be going back for the fall to work with Asbury’s Paris Semester. It’s the same study abroad program I did back in 2015 so I’m very excited to go back and help out with the program this time around. I’ve been working part time as a Content Writer for a local marketing agency and also growing my freelance business and working on YouTube content. I’m happy to be gaining great experience with the marketing side of writing. But most importantly, I’ve gotten to spend some much needed quality time with my family and my dog. You can check out my latest video below where I give my tips on how to survive post grad. Bisous, Alexa Advertisements

7 Ways To Unplug This Summer

As we approach summer, a season that many of us use to catch up on our favorite TV shows, the lazy screen-sucking habits can start to set in. That’s why I made it one of my 2016 New Year’s resolutions to cut down on the amount of time I spend with technology. Let’s be honest, twenty-somethings (and people in general, if we’re being real) spend way too much time online these days. We all do it. I, for one, want to spend more time with people than I do looking at computer screens, and this is how I plan to do it. Here are seven ways to unplug this summer. 1. Monitor your computer use. Are you spending your computer time being productive? If you’re spending your time online pinning things for three hours or Netflix binging, it’s time to reevaluate. Try to limit your computer use to work or school related activities. Leave the Pinterest detours for days when you want to try a new recipe or DIY, the Netflix binges for sick days and …

3 Signs It’s Time To Let Go Of A Friendship

If you’re an ENFJ, you know the struggle. If you make a friend, it’s a friend for life, in your mind. You have a desire to help your friends be the best they can be and you want to be in constant relationship with them. If we’re not careful, we can apply this thinking to not just our current friendships, but to past friendships too. But the effort of constantly trying to maintain friendships with people who, if we’re being honest with ourselves, forgot about us a long time ago, we’re putting ourselves through unnecessary emotional pain. And that’s why I decided that in 2016, I’m not going to chase people or friendships anymore. Here’s how to know when it’s time to let a friend go. 1. They don’t reach out anymore. One minute you’re hanging out all the time and then suddenly you never hear from them. Ever. When you ask to hang out and catch up, they’re “too busy” every time. It’s confusing and hurtful, but it’s probably time to move on. 2. …

What Every Minimalist Should Have In Her Bag

Minimalism was probably one of the hottest trends of 2015 and thankfully, it looks like it’s here to stay. The “less is more” philosophy of minimalism is something that we can all apply to the different areas of our lives, including our handbags. We all have that friend who can’t seem to go out without a million and one things stuffed into her purse. And if you can’t think of anyone, you are that friend. But, it’s never too late to dive into the depths of minimalism. It’s time to simplify your baggage. These are the five all-natural items you actually can’t leave the house without. I promise, I’ll make a minimalist out of you. An Essential Oil Essential oils are essentially little bottles of magic. I won’t go into the many benefits of using essential oils here, but you should definitely keep a bottle or two of your favorite one on hand. My recommendation? Peppermint or Bergamot. Ditch the Advil and carry a bottle of Peppermint in your bag for on the spot headache …

My Favorite Spots In Paris

I fell in love with Paris. Hard. No surprise there. Here’s a list (in no particular order) of the little spaces and places I frequented while studying in the city of light. 1.McDonald’s at Jardin de Luxembourg Amy and I took many trips to the McDonald’s all over Paris, but our favorite was hands-down the Luxembourg chain. It was two or three stories tall and we enjoyed sitting in the lower level, surrounded by French students. We also frequented the Cluny and Montparnasse McDonald’s. 2. Somewhere on the Banks of The Seine River One of my favorite nights in Paris was when Abigail, Amy, Jen, and I went to the Seine. We found a spot somewhere on the banks and Abigail played her ukulele (our attempt at making French friends: lure them in with our music). Our attempt wasn’t entirely successful, but it’s still one of my favorite nights in Paris. It was still the beginning of the semester and I remember feeling like I could do anything. The whole world was made small on our little …