Budapest Week One: First Impressions

Budapest Week One: First Impressions

Andrea Zurlo Creative

I’ve had a bit of a lifestyle change since I last checked in here on the blog: I’ve arrived in Budapest, Hungary to study abroad for the semester! This past week has felt like a whirlwind, and I’m excited to share it all with you.

Upon arriving last Sunday (one week ago), I was jetlagged, exhausted, and overwhelmed. So many unknowns faced me, which was simultaneously exciting and stressful. Upon arriving at the airport, I met my lovely tandem partner (a student from Hungary who is here to help me along the way). I began unpacking in the dorm, met my roommates, and explored the city for a bit that night. My friends and I found a small pizza place only 3 minutes from my dorm selling huge slices of pizza priced at less than $1 each!! I have a feeling we’ll be visiting this place a lot…

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A Letter to my College Self

A Letter to my College Self

Nocturnal Mom Talks

FB_IMG_1495349206325-01Dear College Self,

Hello to the thin girl with messy hair who fights her way through college life while being a mother at the same time. The journey will not be smooth. You will stumble and fall and make bad decisions, but you have to get up and redeem yourself. Here are a few things your future self (now with straight hair) would want to tell you.

Always BE GRATEFUL

When you got pregnant, I thought you were going to stop schooling since your parents were furious and decided to not finance your studies anymore. Thanks to your ex-boyfriend ( now husband) for putting the responsibility of sending you to school on his shoulders. He worked two jobs sometimes just to sustain your and your daughter’s needs.

Your in-laws, especially your mother-in-law, your parents, and friends all played a role in your life for you to finish college and land…

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How to overcome procrastination

How to overcome procrastination

Youngfully Employed

If you’re a procrastinator, then you’ve come to the right place! Procrastination is my life. It’s possibly the best concept I’ve ever come across, and at the same time, it’s one of the hardest habits to break. I still struggle a lot with this, but along the way, I’ve learned a few ways to better understand procrastination and ways I can move past it. So how can you start to live a procrastination-free life?

Start by understanding why you started procrastinating.
For me, my procrastination started in high school. A couple reasons. The assignments I received in high school were easy enough that I could put everything together at the last minute. And secondly, I was always an extrovert who had a bunch of friends and a lot of places to go. So in my eyes, there was always something better and more fun to do.

Once I realized that I could…

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How to Make Small Spaces Look & Feel Bigger

How to Make Small Spaces Look & Feel Bigger

Great advice for students in small living spaces.

I.S. Enterprise Construction

This year, we enjoyed working on a small live-in office, with about 700 square feet of space. Naturally, we wondered why anyone would willingly move into a space so small, but over time we’ve learned to appreciate the many advantages of a smaller home.

In addition to this, we’ve witnessed how design and decor can make a big difference in a tiny home. So if you also have a small space, or want to maximize the large space you already have, here are four tips to make a small space look and feel much bigger.

1. Keep it Light & Neutral

Lighter colors help to open up spaces, while darker colors make rooms feel small. While many young adults, pet owners, and families balk at the idea of a white room, it’s one of the easiest ways to make a space feel larger than it really is.

However, white isn’t the only timeless neutral. You can also…

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