My Wellness Journal 

Hey y’all!!! It’s been a while… So, a little back story to this blog post:
I love love love stationary, office supplies, stickers, planners and lately, journals. I’ve never been one of those girls who has a diary, I mean yes, I’ve had diaries that I would start and two days later abandon because like, who even has time to write when you have friends you can talk to? Well, as you may know, I have been battling depression and anxiety for a long long looooong time now as well as some other stuff. Ever since I finished college it has kind of gotten worse, then it got better; journaling was a big part of the getting better process. I’ve been journaling for about five months now and I wanted to share what has worked for me.

First, let me start with my planner. I use it just like you would use your cellphone calendar but I get to decorate it and make it look super pretty every month. My journal, on the other hand, is something I get to play around with every day. It is not perfect, and I try to write in it every single day.  I am starting my new journal for September through December 2016, and I thought it would be a good idea to share my technique. Rule number one: it is YOURS and yours only. NO ONE has to see it or read it or anything. Be straight forward. Be honest with yourself. No one gets to judge you but you.

The most fundamental thing is to get a journal. Any will do, it depends on what you like. I picked this one because the quote makes me laugh and it’s like, low key, totally me. Haha.

Disclaimer** Most of these ideas I got from reading things on the Internet and making them my own. [thank you buzzfeed, lol]

Next, I leave a blank page and write that it’s my journal… Which can be seen in the featured image of this blog post. Not necessary, but I like to do it.

I then leave a page for the index, so I know where everything is located.

I write in my key for my logs.

I write in my overview for the next quarter of the year. This can include goals, birthdays, special events that are coming up, tasks, anything that you may want to see at a glance.

Then is my goal setting guidelines. I got this off a website a really long time ago, when I was searching for how to set goals in my life. I try to answer these three questions every time I set a goal.

Then, it is my monthly habits. I usually have a routine going, so I like to keep track of how many times in the month I do certain things. You can write down whatever you want on this page. 

I set different goals each month, in order to keep myself in check. I strive to finish each of these goals sets. The six categories I use are:
– Personal Goals: how I want to better myself this month.
– Relational Goals: these have to do with my relationships, including but not limited to friends, boyfriend, sisters, parents, etc.
– Professional Goals: how I want to better myself in my career this month.
– Health Goals: what I will do to maintain a healthy lifestyle, for example, weight loss, healthy eating, exercise…
– Blog Goals: what I want to do about this blog. Prompts I may want to write about during the month.
– Extra Goals: those that do not fit into the first five categories. 

I have a thing about quotes, I love them. If you check out my Instagram, almost every photo caption is a quote or a song lyric, which is technically a quote. I like having them down in one place so I can remember what I happened to like that month. 

I have an obsession with all things Disney. Disneyland, Disney movies, everything. I like to log what I loved about Disney during that month.

I keep a page so I can jot down what I have been grateful for that month, because reflecting on one’s good fortune makes you realize how good you have it. I also like to write down my “planning routine” which is basically how I keep myself organized daily and weekly. This works for me because then I don’t forget what I have to write down at the end of the day. 

Then, comes the daily log. I like to write down what I at that day, my daily fitness, my to do list, any news that may have popped up during the day and of course my venting of the day. 

I usually have a couple of pages about my therapy sessions: what I liked, didn’t like, hurt to hear, need to change, etc., but since I haven’t gone to a therapy session yet this month I will not be writing about that until the near future.

I hope you guys liked this post. I hope that maybe this will help some of you, maybe in organizing yourself or maybe in bettering your life.

xoxo, elia.

 

“A healthy outside starts from the inside.”
– Robert Urich

Celebrities

So, I’ve met my fair share of celebrities… I mean, I do live in L.A.! haha [just kidding, we don’t see celebs everywhere all the time] … Anywho, Marcus and I were sitting at Starbucks yesterday and we saw the “All- State Guy” and I was all for getting a picture with him, but Marcus convinced me otherwise.

Good thing too, because, later that night I read this by my favorite blogger, Chantelle, also known as FatMumSlim. I thought it was hilarious, so I’m sharing it with you!

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“If you’re lucky enough to be different, don’t ever change.”
– Taylor Swift

Comm Majors

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Okay, so all of you who read my blog consistently know that I’m a Communication Studies Major, more specifically Public Relations emphasis. Well, if you’ve ever interacted with us Cal State LA majors and you’re from a different major you know we mean business. Let me explain this a little bit…

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There are three main emphases here at Cal State LA: Public Relational and Organizational Communication, Social Change and Rhetoric and Interpersonal Communication Language/ Social Interaction. There was one more emphasis but it isn’t offered anymore. Now, if you interact with us on a regular, you know that [from my experience] PRs are insane. They are outgoing and fun, they talk wayyyy too much, they can keep up with several conversations at once and we are the biggest emphasis. The Rhetoricals are crazy smart, they will literally analyze the crap out of whatever you’re saying and throw it back in your face. I’m kind of jealous. The Interpersonals are the sweetest. They truly care about you at all times, how you’re feeling, how you’re doing, they’re like the best friends to have.

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I’ve heard people say, “how can you keep up with so many conversations? How do you guys even pay attention to each other if you’re all talking over each other?” Well, it’s a gift. Duh. Seriously. Unless you’re one of us you have no idea how awesome we are. We are intimidating to the outsider, but overall, we are the coolest people around.       11009387_10155350023765198_6347948447465923251_n   11139366_10155382789585198_1674644615545318545_n

This is one of my favorite articles that list things that people actually say to use, like, daily. But really, Comm majors get the best jobs. *Cross your fingers* Check this out!

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So, we have the coolest classes, the most amazing professors [I have to write a blog post for my Capstone class!] and the greatest students. We all truly care about each other. It’s insane. One of my besties Jami, says “we just have so much love for each other.” It’s so true. You’re having problems in your love life? Don’t worry, between all of us we will figure it out by the end of the day. You don’t get something in one of your classes? Chances are there are about 6 people around you that have either taken that class or actually understand what’s going on, and they’ll explain everything to you. Need somewhere to live? Don’t fret, we got you. Whether you’re stressing about homework and papers or wanting to go out and get crazy, we’ve got you.

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I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy. Friends, I just want to thank you so so so much. I seriously love you. Like, a lot. I know I get crazy and loud, but thank you for putting up with the loudness. You guys are seriously the best. I just, can’t even. I’m gonna cry! I’m so happy I joined Lambda Pi Eta, Cinematic Visions and Golden Eagle Radio. With out you guys in my life, I could have never been this happy.

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“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”

– Tony Robbins

Snapchat Geotags

I love Snapchat. I’m just going to throw that out there. If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with finding new Geotags through Snapchat. I’ve found many Geotags, these are some of the ones I’ve been able to get throughout the last couple of months. I decided to make this post after getting really frustrated that I couldn’t find any actual posts about these geotags. Stay tune for more. I’ll put up some that aren’t on my phone anymore, and every time I find a new one I will update this post. Keep in mind, these are the ones I’ve found mostly around Los Angeles.

Beware… SO. MANY. SELFIES…

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Sometimes I Jump To Conclusions

This weekend I learned so many things. If you read my previous post, you know that I had a little bit of a rage post thing going on.

Sometimes, I’m too quick to judge people. Sometimes, I don’t remember to get the full story. I’ve decided to come up with a way of not going crazy. In the moment I will count backwards from 20, because 10 isn’t enough. I will also “sleep on it” if I feel really upset about something, before doing anything about a situation.

Blogging is now becoming a way of letting out my feelings. If you don’t like it, don’t read it.

The reason I’m writing this post is because I felt like Saturday, I jumped to conclusions. Sometimes you have to remember that people keep things quiet because they are ashamed of themselves. They’re ashamed of decisions they’ve made, or decisions they are on the ledge about making.

Anyway, my point is: I’ll wait and see when people need me. I’ll be there when you do, but I will not let you hurt me.

 

2015 New Year’s Resolutions

So, last year ended roughly; thankfully it’s a new year!!! (:

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I started the year incredibly sick, apparently I have a “chronic allergy to the environment,” thanks Los Angeles!!! I was feverish, I had a sore throat, stuffy nose and even got a cold sore. It was horrible!!!

Anywho, I started my second to last quarter at Cal State LA, and I’m super duper excited! 156 days until GRADUATION! So, it’s time to get my New Year’s Resolutions down on paper, errr, in writing.

First, I’m committed to getting in shape and losing weight. No, it’s not because I think I’m fat or whatever, but because I want to feel good about myself. I want to look back at my graduation and feel proud of how I look. I want to be healthy and live a really long life. Getting in shape is important to me, because one can never really be too careful. With illnesses popping up everywhere, you have to make sure that you are doing your best to stay out of trouble, and that’s what I want to do.

Getting in shape!

Getting in shape!

Second, I want to get good grades. Though, the classes I’m currently taking are a little hard [thanks senior year], I want to be super successful. I want to be proud of myself and I want to surpass my current grades. I know a grade isn’t really a good measurement for knowledge, but I want to be able to continue onto Graduate school and the only way I will be able to is by having really amazing grades.

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Second to Last Quarter

Third, I want to write a blog post at least once a week, probably on Fridays. I’ve had my blog since the beginning of the summer [2014] and haven’t started getting into a consistent writing cycle. I want to change that. I still want to figure out what kind of blog I want this to be, so soon we shall see!

First blog photo!

First blog photo!

Fourth, I want to plan a couple of trips for this upcoming year. A lot of things are happening this year which means there will be a lot of celebrating all over the world! In chronological order: for MLK weekend, I want to get together with my friends and relax at my favorite place in SoCal: Balboa Island. A weekend-get-away would be the perfect way to start the quarter, since I was not able to do so during the Holiday break. Next, my birthday and my father’s birthday fall the week before my Spring Break, he’s finally turning the big 5-0, so I want to do something special. We shall see… I’ll keep you posted. Then, my middle [little] sis turns 21, so we will be celebrating it in Las Vegas, with Miss Britney Spears! Maybe another weekend-get-away for Memorial Day to follow, for S‘s birthday. Then, Graduation! I want to go to Europe with my best friend, but that’s still tentative; maybe a beach trip with the fam? And for this upcoming summer, I want to visit my lovely friend Anna in Chi-town, and get crazy! Last but not least, as far as my future-seeing eye can see, one of my oldest and dearest friends Lucia is getting married in August in Pittsburgh, so it looks like I’ll be spending time again in Steel City!!! I’m really excited!!! IMG_0379

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Fifth, I want to become a morning person. So far, the first week of school has forced me to be awake early, though I’ve woken up early enough to make it through my morning routine with out rushing. I call that a win! I want to become a morning person, because, it seems like people get so much done during the time I’m sleeping in, so I decided to give it a try! I wish I had time to take a nap though! sigh.

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Sixth, become even more involved in my Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta. Last quarter I joined LPE and was able to join the brand new Marketing committee!!! Our committee is doing such a great job and everything we do. We market [obviously], and get people involved. Personally, this resolution seems to be coming true already, because I was just asked to take charge of LPE’s blog!!! I’m really excited for the challenge.

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Hopefully, since this is all in writing, I will be able to keep up and keep my promises to myself. Wish me luck!!! Here’s to a new year, and an improved me!