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Even Moana Felt Out of Place

17 Aug

I AM MOANA.

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For those of y’all who don’t know me, I’m Lili, and a handful of my friends say I look like -and am very much like – Moana. Lo and behold, I relate to Moana on more scales than one.

  1. I have the hair

2. I have the awkward demeanor

3. I had troubles finding myself.

Let’s face it: everyone feels out of place some time or another.

Maybe it was in elementary school, or when you joined the swim team. Or maybe, for those like me, it was the beginning of college.

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Three summers ago, I was sitting by myself in an auditorium surrounded by 500 people, knowing no one. This was freshman orientation. I was surrounded by girls who knew each other, and parents who sat with their soon to be college bound kids. But I, was alone.

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Saying I felt out of place was just the beginning of it. I didn’t dress like the people around me, and I definitely didn’t have the three Cartier Love Cuffs that the girl next to me had. I have always had an RBF (you know what that is), so I don’t have an approachable face… so that didn’t help.

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example A of my RBF

Finding A Friend:

Fast forward to the first few days of school; again, my RBF didn’t help me make friends. However, by chance, the seat next to me was open, and a girl who was running late to lecture plopped down next to me. -Foreshadow that she is now one of my best friends here-

From then on, I would try to find a seat next to anyone -because hey, don’t judge a book by its cover-

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literally my friend is Maui

Finding a GROUP of friends:

Now, the real story of finding my family away from family started at the Meet Me at the Rec fair. This is an event where all sports -team, intramural, and others- pitch tents and try to recruit you to their team.

Here, I found the UA Quidditch Team. Quidditch? pfft nerd. I kid you not, this was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Not only did I meet some of the most open people in my life, but I was able to find people who were my age that were looking for friends as well. This sport (yes, it’s a sport.) showed me that I could make friends out of my major that actually had similar interests as me. Not all of the team liked Harry Potter; most of them played just so they could tackle people (yes, it’s full body contact).

So when I say to not be afraid to be out of place, I genuinely mean, DO NOT FEAR. It is a part of life, and often enough, there are dozens of people that feel the same way.

Immerse yourself in things you love. I promise you’ll find someone who relates to you.

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Stay beautiful,

Lils xx

 

LET’S GET HEALTHY-ish

30 Apr

Everyone lately has been saying, “Hit the gym so that summer body is ready!” am I right, or am I right?

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But before I cram 4 days at the gym and expect rock solid abs, I realized something: I need to be healthy.

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See, I’ve been blessed with high metabolism for a good portion of my life, but being healthy hasn’t necessarily been my thing.

So, I decided upon myself, that LILI VU NEEDS TO BE HEALTHY.

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The thing is, you’re on Pinterest or tumblr or Instagram and you see all these “How to Be Healthy” articles, but they’re SUPER UNREALISTIC – like cutting out all carbs from your diet – SO, I decided that being REALISTICALLY healthy would be my spring prep for summer.

-I AM ALSO IN NO WAY SAYING I’M A FULL PLEDGED HEALTH NUT-

  1. PORTION CONTROL!

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Anyone who knows me knows I can easily eat a large pizza with room for dessert. However, being healthy is all about portions. So, I mean, I guess two slices now, and two slices in a couple of hours is healthier than eating a whole pie in one sitting.

  1. VEGETABLES

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Veggies are important, and near any campus, are pretty expensive too. SO, what I have learned to do is to buy raw veggies, rather than those small little pre-packed things, and ration them throughout the week. Buying a whole head of lettuce is cheaper than a pre-packed salad. SO get creative!

  1. SWEAT IT OUT

Work out! I actually enjoy going to the gym, however, for those of y’all who don’t – and that’s me some days – try going to a class! If you’re having fun, you’re less likely to realize you’re actually working out! Zumba is my go-to fun class, because let’s be real, we ALL want to be Shakira.

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  1. SNACK

Snacks are SOOOOO important!! Eat snacks throughout the day! Healthier options such as celery sticks, or granola, or almonds are great! Not ready to go full out health nut? Dried fruit, fresh fruit, or power bars are great! SNACKS ARE LIFE!

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  1. INDULGE

IT IS GOOD TO INDULGE! AS LONG AS YOU EAT EVERYTHING IN MODERATION. You don’t have to cut out sugar completely, and you sure don’t have to give up PIZZA for the rest of your life to be healthy! Just make sure you’re eating in moderation!

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So, these are my top 5 REALISTIC tips on being a healthy college student!!! Good luck!

Stay rad,

Lils

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#AdventurousApril: Let’s Get Pierced

11 Apr

Hello, beautiful souls!

This #AdventurousApril, Yolanda and I (Lili)  decided to do something we’ve always wanted to, but never had the courage to: GETTING OUR HELIXES PIERCED!

We know, we know,  it’s not that wild, but for us, this was a nice adventurous challenge that we vlogged!

All in all, it was a GREAT experience, and we both really enjoy our piercings!

This April we hope you get outside of your comfort zone too!

Stay adventurous!

Lili & Yolanda xx

Happy Future for the Folks Scared of the Future

7 Apr

Who wants to be happy?

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Who is looking forward to the future?

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Well to be completely honest, I don’t know exactly know what it is to have a happy future, but I do know that the future terrifies me.

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this is literally me running away from anything that has to do with the future

So, all my scared folks in the back, this is for you; some tips and tricks on how to have more positive-vibed weeks and days ahead.

1. Breathe

The first thing we need to remember is that we cannot control everything. Grades don’t always go according to plan, friends aren’t always forever by your side, and sometimes it rains on the days we need it not to. But don’t fret!

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We all need to learn that if it’s out of our hands, why have all the unnecessary stress of things we can’t control?

2. Where do you want to go?

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Scariest question someone can ask you. Yes, I agree. However, just ask yourself, where do you want to go? This doesn’t have to be for like 10 years from now. Start small. Where do you want to be tomorrow? Next week? By the end of this semester? -this isn’t always academically either! This can be emotionally, or for your exercise routine, your cooking experience, the amount of water you drink daily, it doesn’t matter. Once you can answer where you want to be, you can start planning how to get there.

3. Fail a little

Now that you know where you want to be, it’s time to start experimenting. I said EXPERIMENTING not perfecting. Let’s be real. Nothing is perfect. And no plan goes perfectly the first time. So, if you fail your new eating plan, or you order take out 4 days in a row instead of cooking, it’s OKAY.

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Even Thor fails a little.

4. Now succeed

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Now that you know what didn’t really work for you, start doing some research. See what methods have worked for other people, what they have used to motivate them. Find your motivation, find what makes going on your adventure worth it.

5. Smile!

I hate being told to do this, but what I mean is that if you aren’t finding yourself smiling about the thoughts of where you want to be, or at least something along the journey, you should reconsider your goals. I’m not saying you should be smiling 24/7 -because again, no one ever does- I’m just saying, your future goals and your future you should make you smile a little!

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That’s all I’ve compiled so far, and I know, it’s not much, but I can promise you, as a scared, sometimes pessimistic college kid, I’ve used these to plan my future adventures. I’ve realized that some of my plans have gone completely haywire, and some of them have bloomed into semi-decent flowers.

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so, cheers to us for making it so far!

Adventure -and the future- is out there, folks. Just make sure you pack some positivity, patience, and snacks!

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Stay rad,

Lils xx

#MiddlingMarch: DON’T BE BLUE, EAT FOOD!

4 Apr

It’s the middle of March, friends! You know what that means? Midterms, projects, homesickness, and boredom.

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I don’t know if y’all do this, but I eat A LOT.

I eat if I’m bored, stressed, homesick, or just looking for something to do, I EAT.

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The bad thing is, I AM SO LAZY.

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So, for our MIDDLING MARCH, I have easy recipes that will CUT YOUR MARCH BLUES with sweet treats!

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1.MUG CAKE!!!

If you’re too lazy to bake a cake, and probably don’t have 4 eggs, MUG CAKES WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE!!! My favorites are: blueberry muffin mug cake, brownie mug cake, and quiche in a mug!

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don’t even lie and say you wouldn’t want to try one of these cute mug cakes!

2. EGGS & TOAST

It’s not exactly the BEST recipe, but if you just mix an egg and a little bit of soy sauce, scramble them, put them on toast, AND TOP IT OFF WITH SRIRACHA SAUCE, I promise you’ll be a happy little egg!

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protein, carbs, and spice! Why wouldn’t you want it?

  1. FROZEN YOGURT DROPS

So if you’re trying to be healthy -key word, trying– get some yogurt, and drop them on some parchment paper. Pop that in the freezer for a couple of hours, and transfer them into a Tupperware. You’ll have a nice frozen HEALTHY treat!

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I promise they taste better than broccoli!

4. PINTEREST.

If any of my recipes haven’t gotten you curious or somewhat intrigued, do the second best cooking option and HOP ON PINTEREST! Seriously! I get on Pinterest and find the easiest, cutest, and sometimes healthiest meals on there!

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These are my typical ways of getting over boredom, stress, and my mid-semester blues!!

Hope the rest of your March is as wonderful as you!

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yes, you!

Stay beautiful,

Lils xx

 

Stay Safe, My Friends!

8 Mar

Who loves to travel?

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I’ve been fortunate enough to have family in almost every state in the US, and neighboring countries, so I’ve been blessed with the ability to travel A LOT. I am not a pro-traveler, however, I do know some tips that’ll ease your worries and increase your overall trip safety!

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  1. BRING A BACKPACK

For all my bare wallet-carriers or purse wearers, BACKPACKS WILL SAVE YOUR LIVES. Not only can you hold more things in it, but you will have ONE unit to take care of, and it comes with a ZIPPER to protect your goodies!

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No need to stress, your backpack will have your back so you can dance the break away!

  1. ESSENTIALS

In your handy-dandy backpack, you should have:

  • Napkins / tissues
  • CHAPSTICK
  • Hand sanitizer
  • BATTERY CHARGER FOR YOUR PHONE
  • Reusable water bottle
  • BANDAIDS
  • Disposable grocery bag -muddy shoes? Change of clothes? Someone needs to puke?

JUST BE PREPARED!

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  1. SNACKS

THIS IS IT’S OWN BULLET POINT BECAUSE SNACKS WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE. TRUST ME. Traveling drains the life out of you, and before you know it, you’re HANGRY. You’re not you when you’re hungry. So just pack some snacks, ya feel?

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  1. PRINT YOUR ITINERARY

Even if you have your boarding pass on your phone, sometimes they don’t scan through at the airport! Printing it out will give you something SOLID to have, to reference to, and if you’re going abroad, you can show someone where you need to go, what hotel you’re staying at, or anything like that.

ALSO, PASSPORTS, CASH, AND OTHER IMPORTANT ITINERARY SHOULD BE WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES, OR IN THE SAFE AT THE HOTEL! If you can locate it, you won’t stress too much!

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  1. BRING SOME CASH

If you’re going to be buying small things, why go through the hassle and risk of pulling out your card in front of a giant group of people? I’m not saying take $300 in cash and pull it all out of your wallet at once, but I mean, some cash will help you budget and limit your spending.

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AND THOSE ARE MY TIPS, fellow travelers! I hope you have the safest of trips, and that you make smart decisions! Adventure is out there! Just make sure you’re safely chasing it!

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Stay rad,

Lils XX

How to Ace a Midterm in 6 Ways

26 Feb

 

MIDTERMS ARE COMING, or for some of y’all,  are already here!

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If midterms could talk, I feel like they’d say:

Let me begin with: I am not a professional student, I cannot guarantee an A on a test, I still struggle with midterms, however, I can give you tips of what has worked for me, what makes studying a little easier, what’s made me NOT want to cry 24/7!

  1. PACE YOURSELF.

Cramming everything at once will only get you so far. Instead, cram at a pace! Schedule it out! Cram small fragments at a time so that you’ll actually retain your information!

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YOU CAN DEFINITELY CRAM A LOT IN SEVEN DAYS!

 

  1. TAKE BREAKS.

Study for 30 minutes, take a 10 minute break! You’ll retain more than you give your brain credit for, and when you resume, you’ll be a bit more interested and able to focus!

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  1. DON’T BE AFRAID TO COMPARE.

Compare your class notes with the in-class powerpoints. See if what you wrote explains what’s on the powerpoint OR see if you need to add new things to your notes! Comparing is always good to see what you need to fix!

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  1. WRITE IT OUT

Your brain retains information when you write it out. SO, if you have a list of formulas you NEED to have down, keep writing them out!

 

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  1. ANALOGIES

If you need to remember stuff, make analogies! My brother will relate O-Chem to the NFL. I relate literature to song lyrics. WHATEVER WORKS FOR YOU. If you love something, tie it to something you need to remember for your courses!

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this fern, an analogy for our love

  1. IT’S OKAY TO CRY.

No seriously, let it out. I HATE CRYING, however, you need to let that stress out, you really do. I want you guys to know that stress can grow into an insurmountable ball of craziness waiting to explode! So, please, do not feel bad to cry. (pro tip: if you cry in the shower, are you really even crying?)

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you don’t want to end up like this

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OR THIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good luck, guys! I know you can do this, I really do. A grade does not define who you are. Try hard, study hard, and do well. I know you guys can do this. I REALLY DO. If I can do it, you can too!

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Stay beautiful,

Lils xx

#FearlessFebruary: She Actually Wears Makeup?!

23 Feb

When people ask you what scares you, what do you say?

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For me, there are a few things, but the most practical one is public attention. Not like public speaking, but people staring at me for too long, or groups of people that keep saying the same thing to me.

So, this February, I stepped out of my comfort zone, did something I have never done before -worn a full face of makeup- and went in public. For some of y‘all, it’s not a big deal -wearing a full face of makeup, and going in public. But for me, when I see someone wearing gorgeous makeup, I end up staring because they are SO pretty.

SO, here’s my journey!

enjoy!

xx Lils

#DreadedDecember: Wake Up, Sunshine! The Gym is Calling You!

22 Dec

Who likes doesn’t mind working out?

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Who likes sweating?

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Who likes waking up at 5 in the morning?

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I have never had a problem with working out. I mean, I never loved getting gross and sweaty and touching gross gym equipment smothered in other people’s sweat, but I mean I don’t mind. What I do mind is waking up BEFORE 10AM.

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Anyone who knows anything about me knows I hate, HATE, waking up early. I don’t like the cold air of the morning, I don’t like being up before the sun, and I definitely do not appreciate being up before the birds.

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SO, when #DreadedDecember rolled by, I decided to do what I dreaded the most: waking up at 5am for 5 days straight to WORK OUT.

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Monday

Monday was awful. I almost slept past my alarm, because I mean, who really cares? But I did, and it was okay. I was very tired throughout the day, and honestly, I wanted to bail on the project.

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Tuesday

Tuesday was mediocre. Again, I didn’t exactly want to get out, but I did, and I regretted it for a good ten minutes. The rest of the morning went quickly.

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Wednesday

Wednesday was easy. I usually wake up at 5:30 on Wednesdays for staff meetings, so I was out of bed with little complaint.

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crying, because who wakes up normally at 5:30AM

Thursday

Thursday I got out of bed -complained a little bit- and hopped right into my morning routine. I actually felt energized throughout the day.

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Friday

Friday was my last day, and can I say I was so happy for it to be over. I didn’t complain as much because I knew this would be my last day. I finished my workout with a bang, and took a celebratory shower and nap after.

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Takeaways

-Waking up early takes time and practice

-Complaining is totally fine

-The day feels longer when you wake up earlier

-It’s really REALLY cold in the morning

-Probably won’t do this again because I still HATE waking up early.

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So, as this December rolls by, try something that you probably hate! It’ll either make you change your views or reaffirm the dread!

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Stay beautiful guys!

xx Lils

November to Remember: Surprising My Mother

20 Nov

For all of you who don’t know, my family is very small (there’s just 4 of us), so when my mother turned 50 this year, my dad thought that the best present to get her was a surprise party filled with her best friends from TEXAS and her two babies from ARIZONA.

I vlogged my brother and my journey as we attempted to stay secretive to surprise our lovely mother for her birthday.

Please pardon my awkwardness, but do enjoy!

-Lils