Why New Freelancing Platform YAYWORLD Beats Out Fiverr & Upwork

As a freelance content creator, do you ever find yourself lowering your rates in order to increase your chances of booking clients? Are you sick of doing DISCOUNTED or FREE work in order to gain exposure? 

Stop dedicating your time to freelancing platforms that do not support content creator growth and instead look into YAYWORLD.com 

YAYWORLD is a free platform that connects content creators to businesses who need digital marketing content. It’s capabilities include:

  • Free Blog Hosting (No need to pay for your own website!)
  • Free Search Engine Optimization on Your Content
  • Ability to Build Your Own Portfolio
  • Set Your Own Rates & Build Your Own Clientele
  • Network of 441 Websites spanning 95 Countries

Here is a side by side comparison of YAYWORLD compared to other freelancing and blogging platforms.

YAYWORLD is great platform for content creators to showcase their skill sets in video & writing by building their own online portfolio. Every single piece of content posted on the platform is automatically search engine optimized, using Schema microdata data, a shared vocabulary created by Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo that allows your content to be ranked higher in search engines. ALL FOR FREE!

The platform charges a 6% service fee only if you publish sponsored content for a business on the website. That’s because YAYWORLD, in partnership with Braintree (owner of Venmo) deducts the payment from the business and transfers the money directly to your Venmo account or bank account (your choice). That’s considerably lower than the majority of freelancing & blogging platform fees btw! 

Oh, and did I mention that you get paid the instant your content is published! When the business clicks PUBLISH, the post goes online and you are paid either to either your Venmo account or bank account. No waiting 30 days like Upwork and Fiverr!

The platform will soon be adding stats (visits, clicks, view, unique visitors) and analytics for you to monitor the performance of your own content on the platform, including who clicks on your website and social media pages, giving you  insight into what content gets them the most exposure and engagement. You’ll be able to access stats free for 3 months, after which you can subscribe to the service for only $2.99 monthly.

Invest in your content and yourself. Try out YAYWORLD today.

YAYWORLD.COM

Much love,

Traveling Indonesia: The Preparation & Safety Guide

Hello everyone!

This summer I had the opportunity to travel through Indonesia for 6 weeks and this is what I learned in regards to the preparation needed and safety precautions I took while abroad! I will be making a second post in regards to budgeting a trip to Indonesia with a college student’s budget so keep an eye out for that one next! But for now, here is EVERYTHING I learned and wish I knew before traveling to Indonesia.

  1. Visa

As a US Citizen, we are allowed to stay in Indonesia for 30 days without a visa. I was in Indonesia for an international internship program which lasted 6 weeks, so I obtained a socio-cultural visa through the program.

There are many different visas you can obtain to go to Indonesia as a US citizen, I recommend contacting your local Indonesian Embassy to see what you would need to obtain a visa if you were to need one.

Here is the link to policies for travel to Indonesia outlined by the U.S. Department of State: US Department of State Travel Advisory

Here is the link to the Indonesian Embassy I processed my paperwork through: SF Indonesian Embassy

2. Vaccinations

I took no vaccinations prior to traveling to Indonesia. Although I turned out fine, I do not recommend you to do this. Please view your individual country vaccination requirements and check with your local doctors.

US Center of Disease Control & Prevention Health Information for US Travelers

REGARDLESS OF VACCINATIONS, BUY MOSQUITO REPELLENT. This mosquito repellent called Soffel was a lifesaver in repelling mosquitos off of me. You can find it in any local Indonesian supermarket.

3. Transportation in Indonesia

There are three main modes of transportation in Indonesia:

  • Private Driver

Private drivers can be arranged with your accommodation offering it as an additional service, approaching a travel booth, or through recommendations from other people.

The benefits of private drivers is that they usually speak Indonesian along with English and can help you navigate where you want to go.

For the most safe arrangement, I booked our private driver with my hotel.

  • Taxi Apps

Gojek is a transportation, massage booking, and food delivery service all in one app! Gojek allows you to pick whether you would like to be transported via motorcycle or by a car. In my experience, within minutes of calling a Gojek you are able to book a service.

Pros: Fast Service, Lots of Options

Cons: Safety is Not Guaranteed

Bluebird is the #1 largest taxi app in Indonesia. Bluebird very much works like a taxi; you are charged by the meter. The benefits of Bluebird are that every single Bluebird driver has their identification posted inside their car, so your safety is a priority. The con that I noticed with Bluebird is that there is an extremely long wait time to call a car (we waited up to 45 minutes once).

Pros: Slow Service, Safety is almost Guaranteed

Cons: Long Wait Time, Only One Option

Both applications accept card or cash.

Keep in mind that because of the push in Indonesia to support local drivers, taxi applications are banned in specific areas of Indonesia. What that means is that sometimes when calling a car via Gojek or Bluebird, you have to walk outside of the banned zone in order to get picked up.

  • Motorcycle Rental

Although it is required to have a license to drive a motorcycle in Indonesia, this is not enforced unless a police officer stops you. You are able to rent a motorcycle as long as you have a passport and money.

4. Currency Conversion & ATMs

I watched so many people get scammed by currency conversion stores or have their card skimmed at ATMs in Indonesia. ONLY CONVERT YOUR CURRENCY AT A REGISTERED BANK IN INDONESIA. ONLY USE ATMs INSIDE OF BANKS. Even if a bank location was extremely far away from our current location, we would go through the effort to travel to that bank. Paying a little for transportation to a bank beats getting ripped off and your card information stolen!

I personally used Mandiri Bank since they accepted VISA and had no issues through out my entire trip.

Pulling out USD to convert in Indonesia will give you the highest rate of return. Converting USD to rupiahs in the US will hit you with bank charges while in Indonesia there is no additional charges.

Another option is to convert your currency at the airport, but many people have said that airports do not give you as good of a rate.

5. Sim Cards

You can purchase sim cards anywhere from storefronts to in the airport. Again, airports will charge you a higher rate for sim cards so I recommend purchasing it outside at a storefront.

The carrier with the BEST signal is Telkomsel.

6. Food Poisoning & Safety Precautions

These are the warnings I received from my program prior to arrival alongside with my doctors.

DO NOT DRINK THE LOCAL TAP WATER. Be sure to ask all the restaurants you plan to eat at whether they used filtered bottled water. Also wash your teeth with bottled filtered water only.

Avoid eating raw fish and fresh uncooked vegetables (like lettuce).

Safety precautions that you can take is to bring food poisoning medicine from home or purchase charcoal pills to ingest. The food poisoning medicine I brought from home was Loperamide and I did have to use it a couple of times.

And that’s a wrap. I hope this article helped you plan your future trip to Indonesia, or if you are already at Indonesia I hope it can help you with the rest of your trip!

Love,

The Beginner’s Guide to Reselling Clothes Online

Do you have a pile of clothes in your closet that you don’t even touch anymore? Are you ready to do a closet clean out?

Well here’s a possible answer to those questions: Resell your pre-owned clothes!

Why You Should Consider Reselling Your Clothes

  1. Sustainability. A cool way to recycle your clothes instead of just tossing them in the trash, which contributes to pollution.
  2. Make Money. Make money to fund your new wardrobe! Or just  make money just because you can 🙂

If the opportunity cost of you spending time and energy to resell your clothes is not worth it to you, that’s ok too! I would recommend donating your clothes to your local goodwill and/or savers! But if you’re looking to make some money from your pre-owned clothes, this article is for you.

What You Will Need

  1. Packaging
    1. For Meet Ups: It’s nice to have old shopping bags or even giant zipblock bags to put the clothes in so you’re not just handing the buyer articles of loose clothing when you meet up with them.
    2. For Shipping: I recommend ordering bubble mailers off of aliexpress and/or amazon for cheap, but you can also purchase some at your local store! The point is you want to spend as least as possible so your profit margin is the highest. Here are some I’ve linked below:
      1. 8.5×12 inch bubble mailers 25 count on amazon
      2. 20×24 cm bubble mailers 10 count on aliexpress
  2. A Printer (Optional)
    1. You need a printer to print out shipping labels if you plan to utilize the clothes reselling apps shipping services. If you plan on purchasing shipping at the local post office then you do not need this.
  3. A Smart Phone (Optional)
    1. You need to be able to download the apps Mercari, Poshmark, Depop. You don’t need a smart phone if you plan on selling on internet platforms like ebay or craigslist.

Breaking Down Reselling Platforms

  1. Facebook Marketplace: This is such an underrated clothes reselling platform! And it’s completely free, all you need is a Facebook account. A big pro is that all the profit you get to keep and there is no cut taken from a third party.
    1. International Platform
    2. If you choose to provide shipping services you must do it yourself.
    3. Tip: Join clothes reselling Facebook groups in your area and out of your area. This is the best way to reach not only more people, but people who are specifically looking to buy clothes, basically your target customer base.
      1. Here are some I’ve joined:
          1. Facebook puts a limit to posting to 10 groups at a time, so I would just post to 10 groups first and then go back and make the same post to post to the remaining groups afterwards.
  2. Mercari: This is a clothes reselling app you would need a smart phone for. Mercari takes a 10% cut from each item you sell. The one con about this app is that if you were to pull your money you made out of the app, $2 will be taken out if you pull out less than $10. So you must make more than $10 for it to be worth it.
    1. US Only Application
    2. Provides Shipping Services (pre-made labels you can just print)
  3. Depop: This is another clothes reselling app on a smart phone. Depop also takes a 10% cut from each item you sell, but there is no additional charges. From my personal experience, Depop itself targets the demographic of “hipster” and “young” fashionable people.
    1. International Application
    2. Provides Shipping Services
    3. Tip: The best way to sell on this app is to get one of your items on their featured “explore” page. This gives you the most coverage in regards to people seeing what you are selling. To get featured, follow the instructions and tips Depop have set in order to get your item featured.
  4. Poshmark: This app is pretty famous for clothes re-selling (with the highest number of users compared to Depop and Mercari), but their re-selling fees are high compared to other apps. Poshmark takes $2.95 for each sale under $15. For sales over $15, Poshmark takes a cut of 20%.
    1. US & Canada Only Application
    2. Provides Shipping Services
    3. Tip: Poshmark hosts “selling parties” where users share each others listings in order to receive more coverage. Here is a guide on how to join a selling party.
  5. Instagram: Instead of using Instagram as a social media platform, you can use it as a clothes reselling platform! Again, there are no profit cuts from a third party. You just need to make an instagram account and post your clothes on it with descriptions and pricing. You can communicate with buyers through direct messaging.
    1. International Platform
    2. You have to provide your own shipping services.
    3. Tip: Follow a lot of other instagram reselling clothes accounts to get more exposure. Other reselling accounts will sometimes also post about what they are in search for, and your item may be on that list! So be on the look out for other peoples’ posts.
    4. Here is an example of mine:

*DISCLAIMER: These are my honest opinions of applications I’ve used. I haven’t tried other platforms such as ebay or craigslist hence why they aren’t on this list.

How to Resell

  1. Find the platform or platforms most fit for you. This requires experimenting with a couple different platforms and seeing which platform(s) have the demographics that would be in most need of what you are selling. In a simple example, if you have a lot of vintage clothing to sell, Depop would be great app for you. If you have a lot of women’s clothes, Poshmark may be most fit for you.
  2. Take QUALITY photos of your clothing items. Depop does a great job at explaining how to take good photos of your clothes here.
  3. Upload your photos along with as in-detailed descriptions. I recommend a minimum of at least including the size, pricing, and whether you ship/do meet ups. You can add more or less up to you.
    1. Here is an example of a description I saw on Depop about jeans:
    2. Here is an example of a description of a listing I put on Facebook:
  4. Shipping and/or Meet Up to sell your clothes!
    1. Shipping is easy if you choose to work with platforms that provide shipping services. If you choose to utilize platforms without their own shipping services, you can purchase a shipping label (like you would purchase a stamp) at your local post office. Another alternative is to use online payment systems like Paypal that offers shipping services. Here are instructions on how to use Paypal’s shipping services here.
      1. Decide whether you want to charge the customer for shipping costs or you want to cover it yourself. Of course charging the customer gives you the best profit margin.
    2. Meet ups should be done with multiple people in a public place. Please never go alone to a meet up! Keep your safety as a number one priority during meet ups. Other than safety precautions, you want to keep into account  the amount of money spent on traveling to the meet up and how it would cut into your profit margin.
      1. You also have the option of charging customers a meet up fee depending on how far the meet up location is from you. This fee can be $1-$5 depending on how much you need to cover your transportation costs.

And that’s a wrap on how to sell your clothes online. I have been selling my clothes online for 5+ years and at times it’s been a passive income where I’ve brought in $400 a month! I hope this article gives anyone interested in reselling clothes a good start. If you aren’t interested in reselling your clothes, I hope it was a good read for you!

Thanks for reading,

What is Success?

When my mom migrated here to the US to escape a war, her one and only goal was to survive. She lived in a one room apartment with her six siblings working as a seamstress before transitioning into an assembly line worker. She now works a 60 hour workweek in order to provide for my sister and I.

I saw how much financial stability affected my family, and from then on my one and only goal was not jus to survive, but to succeed here. I became obsessed with success and it drove me.

Entering college, I took a full course load while working 40 hours a week at my part time job and part time internship. I became heavily involved in school, becoming a VP of a non-profit. I completed two internships.  I honestly had the three most successful years when it came to my career.

But I was never home. My mom and my sister never saw me.

I forgot it was my own mom’s birthday. I was gone for a weekend, I don’t even remember for what reason, but it was on my mom’s birthday. I didn’t even text her happy birthday. She called me later that day crying. She told me she felt like she lost me. That I cared so much about myself that I forgot where I came from and who raised me.

And I did. I lost who I was. It got to the point where I didn’t even know why I was working so hard. Not only did I lose myself, but I lost the people I cared about.

It doesn’t matter how successful you are if there is no one next to you to enjoy it with you.

Who am I? What do I care about? What type of person do I want to be? What steps am I going to take to become who I want to be?

So I took some time off to reflect and organize my thoughts. And what I learned is that I want to be someone that shows the people I love how much I care about them. Success isn’t monetary. Success isn’t measured by how far you can go in regards to your career. Success is being able to make the people you love happy. Success is being able to make yourself happy.

And I’m working on that. At least I’m trying to. Just to make myself happy.

The 80% In Love

I always asked myself, why do people get divorces? Why did my parents get a divorce? What went wrong? How did two people fall out of love so badly that leads them to want to end their life long promises to each other?

I didn’t get it. I felt like love was so simple, so black and white. It’s either you love someone and you give them your 100%, or you don’t.

But then I grew up.

When I was 14, I got my first boyfriend. I never felt so excited to spend time with someone. I never felt the need to make someone else happy until I met him. And of course with first boyfriends comes your first heart break. I felt like I was too young to know what love was like then, but I did learn what it felt like to be loved and cared for by someone who purely just enjoyed my company. I learned how to feel love and care for someone else.

At 16 I met the boy I truly fell in love with. We were both like chipped puzzle pieces, that didn’t quite fit in the rest of the puzzle but was able to squeeze to fit next to each other. Maybe even forced to fit a little.

He showed me what it was like to love someone. To love all their imperfections. To adore all their quirks and flaws. To want to push someone to be the best version of themselves. To need someone.

And just like that, the next four years of my life flew by. I grew up with this boy. We stayed together through out all of the growing pains. He was there through out all my proms, the fights with my mom, my first car (and then my first car accident), and most importantly there to be my first love.

I still felt like love was black and white. I loved him and he loved me and that was all that we needed. Our love was enough to overcome anything.

But I was wrong. Our love wasn’t enough.

Along with the growing pains came the miscommunication and distance. We crossed lines and broke our promises. And it broke us. Our love wasn’t strong enough to overcome it. Everything became grey and even black at some points, and I felt broken. I feel broken and torn.

I always think about what would have happened if we met each other later in our lives? Past all the growing pains of being a hormonal teenager and confused young adult. When we were stable adults, financially independent, responsible and more mature. Would we have been able to work it out then? Would fate have been as kind to let us meet then?

I just don’t know. All I can wish and hope for is the best. The best for both of us. That we can find happiness and peace within ourselves. That we are stronger than we think.

In my heart, we were always 110%. Maybe sometimes we’d get  upset at each other or make mistakes & it would feel like 0%, but if I was ever at 20% you were always willing to make it up for us by filling the remaining 80%. And that 80% was all I needed to keep us going.

Love is painful. Love is powerful. Love is ignorant.

But yet we all still choose to do it.

 

Breaking Down Your Skincare Routine

Since I was 12 years old, I struggled with having healthy clear skin. Like everyone else, I looked to the drug stores for help, trying out a wide variety of products. Some worked for a period of time, others didn’t. I was left with really ugly acne scars and uneven skin. Whether the products were healthy for my skin was a whole different story.

It wasn’t until the past two years when I began extensive research on how to treat my skin and as of today I could confidently say I know how to take care of my skin correctly. I can control my break outs and I am in the progress of healing my acne scars.

I wanted to share with everyone what I learned and what worked for me. This may not work for you, but I hope it at least can help you build a healthy skincare routine with products customized for your face.

THE BASIC SKINCARE ROUTINE

Morning
  1. Face Cleanser: This is how you get rid of all the dirt from your skin. There are many different types of cleansers you can use, I personally recommend using gel cleansers and oil cleansers because they are the least evasive and won’t strip your skin of natural properties. Finding a cleanser that has a PH level closest to skin (PH Level 5-5.5) is the best. You are also not required to use a cleanser in the morning since your face is clean from the night before; sometimes I wake up, rinse my face with water, and follow with my moisturizer & sunblock.
  2. Moisturizer with SPF: Regardless of whether your skin is oily or not, you have to use a moisturizer. SPF is a requirement unless you want old wrinkly skin and the possibility of skin cancer. If you have acne and scars avoiding SPF will cause your scars and acne to darken.
    • You can use a separate moisturizer and sunblock, it is not a requirement to have them combined but it does make it easier.
    • I use CERAVE AM Face Lotion with SPF 30 ($18)
Night
  1. Face Cleanser
  2. Moisturizer w/o SPF
    • I use CERAVE PM Face Lotion.

SKINCARE THAT TARGETS SPECIFIC ISSUES

  • Toners: Toners can help balance the PH level of your skin & remove excessive oils and dead skin sells.
  • Hydrators: Hydrators increase the water content in your skin. The difference between hydrators & moisturizers is that moisturizers lock in the moisture to your skin while hydrators absorb water into your skin.
  • Serums: There are many different serums that all serve different purposes from moisturizing your skin to targeting dark pigments in your skin.
  • Essence: This is a concentrated liquid that targets wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.
  • Face Masks: Again, many different face masks serve different purposes.
    • Clay Masks: I use Aztec Healing Clay Mask ($11) , which is made from Bentonite Clay. Bentonite Clay is made from volcanic ash and able to remove the toxins and impurities from your skin, detoxifying your skin. 
  • Oils: Contrary to what people believe, oils are super great for cleansing and moisturizing your skin regardless of whether you have oily skin or not.
    • I use Jojoba Oil.
    • Other oils that bring a lot of results in skin improvement are Sunflower Seed Oil, Tamau Oil, and Rose Hip Oil
  • Exfoliants: There are two types of exfoliants, physical exfoliators and chemical exfoliators. I HIGHLY ADVISE AGAINST PHYSICAL EXFOLIANTS. Although physical exfoliants may make your skin feel squeaky clean and smooth, what most people don’t know is that they cause micro-tears on the skin barrier and causes more uneven skin tone. On the other hand, chemical exfoliants are chemicals that peel off a layer of your skin and aid in skin cell turnover.

SKINCARE INGREDIENTS TO AVOID

  • Alcohol
    • Alcohol irritates your skin.
  • Fragrance: On product labels, this can sometimes be called “Yellow #” or “Blue #”.
    • Fragrance may make your skin smell good, but it also irritates your skin. 🙂

SKINCARE INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR

  • Glycolic Acid: A derivative of sugarcane that exfoliates skin.
  • Lactic Acid: A derivative of sour milk, exfoliates skin.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: A substance found in the human body that moisturizes skin.
  • Ceramides: Lipids that help form the skin barrier and hold skin cells together while retaining moisture.
  • Antioxidants:
    • Niacinamide: A form of Vitamin B3 that helps reduce the size of pores and uneven skin tone.
    • Retinol: A form of Vitamin A that helps skin cell turnover.

And that’s a wrap.

Along with the proper skincare and diet (as in eating habits), your skin should look and feel better. I hope my skin care breakdown was able to help you further understand what you are putting on your face, so next time you buy skincare definitely look at the ingredient list.

May 2013

December 2018

As you can see my skincare has been a journey, and it all takes time. Your skin won’t change overnight but with consistent care.

Love,

 

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, comestic chemist, or licensed dermatologist by any means. I did all this research on my own but there could be possible errors, which I’m open to change if brought up to me!

My 2018

With 2018 wrapping up today, I just wanted to take some time to reflect on what has happened and where I am now at. It’s been about 4 months since I’ve last wrote, and to be completely honest it was because I lost the motivation to write during a time where I needed to write the most. My writing during 2018 has gone through rough patches due to my inability to allocate time for it. So here’s to new beginnings in 2019.

But before we get there, I wanted to write down my mistakes, my milestones, and what I learned from both during 2018.

MY MISTAKES

  • Neglecting Self Care : I was a complete workaholic this year. Spring semester of 2018, I was working at Petsmart, working at my internship, running an organization as VP, and going to school full time. During the summer, I worked full time at Petsmart while working part time at my internship, and then for two weeks I got on a plane and spent time traveling in Washington D.C. I was booked back to back and my only time to relax was at night before I slept for about an hour or two. I don’t remember a time when I stepped back and looked to see how I myself was doing. In Fall semester of 2018 was when I began to break down due to exhaustion.
  • My Relationships : Along with neglecting to take care of myself mentally and physically, my relationships suffered as a result of it. My boyfriend and I of 4 years ended our relationship. A lot had happened but I know that to the end of our relationship was partly due to my lack of allocating time for him. We are still best friends regardless and I hold our friendship close to my heart. My family also rarely saw me because I was always working. I missed out on seeing my sister grow up and being a part of her life. My mom felt like I didn’t love or care for her.
  • My Finances : I stopped saving money and began spending all of it. At the time I believed I was investing in myself and my future, but why invest when you don’t have the money to begin with. Due to financial aid giving me a full-ride to college, I have a cap for how much money I can make yearlong. By October, I already hit my money cap and wasn’t able to work for 3 months. I had no money saved up for 3 months and I had to go into debt.

MY MILESTONES

  • My Career : I got my first internship this year. Working in a start up taught me how to create, plan, and pursue my own projects. I also was able to hone in on my skill sets of digital marketing, content creation, web design, and analytics. I became VP of a youth-ran organization called AIESEC that connects students to volunteer and internship opportunities abroad. Through AIESEC, I learned how to run a team and sell a product. You can read more about AIESEC in my previous post here.
  • My Traveling : Working for AIESEC, I was given opportunities to travel around the country. As a small town girl who couldn’t afford to travel, I was able to spend time in Chicago, Washington D.C. , and New York. I was even able to attend a United Nations Conference in San Fransisco! Traveling helped me discover a lot of who I am and where I stand.

WHAT I LEARNED

  1. Focus on what you can control. I spent a lot of my time feeling like bad things were happening to me and that there was nothing I could do about it. A good friend then told me why focus on the bad things when you can focus on things that you can control. Actions that you can take.
  2. Self-care is a priority. No matter what, I must put my health before my success. Because what is the point of trying so hard to get there and when you finally do, your physical and mental health prevents you from enjoying it?
    1. Self-care is giving yourself permission to pause.

  3. Remember where you came from & stay true to yourself. There is no point in running towards success when you’ve completely lost yourself and the people you care about the most in the process. It’s that corny quote that the destination isn’t what’s it, but the journey to get yourself there is. I want to work on spending more time with the people I love and showing how grateful I am to have them in my life.

And that’s it! I am going to take all of my mistakes, my milestones, and what I’ve learned into 2019. I have high hopes that 2019 will be a better if not the best year. So once again, here’s to new beginnings.

What I’ve Been Up To: 3 New Things

1. I got my first internship at start-up company Optimum Supply Chain.

Since March, I’ve been working along side CEO Kelan Ralph and his lead generation & sales team. I am a project management intern and I do a variety of different things (including website design, analytics, and marketing). Aside from all the technical skills I’ve learned, my biggest takeaway from this internship position so far is that I’ve learned how to be self-driven and independently manage my own projects. Everyday I’m inspired to do research which help me come up with and create plans for potential new projects.

2. I got a Leopard Gecko.

 

What better way to relieve stress than get a pet? (Disclaimer: Please don’t get a pet unless you are able to take care of it, if not there are many other ways to relieve stress!) On a real note, I started working part time at Petsmart as a pet care specialist! And I love it. I spend all of my shifts cleaning animals, feeding animals, medicating animals, and of course adopting animals out to people! For the first time I can confidently say that I love my retail job. Working at Petsmart gives me a little bit more faith in humanity when seeing how much they can care and love for their pets. Petsmart in Milpitas is hiring, so if you want to join me or have questions about my experience let me know!

 

3. I attended AIESEC Summer National Conference 2018.

This summer I was lucky enough to be able to attend AIESEC’s Summer National Conference 2018 in Washington DC for a week! If you’re wondering what AIESEC is, you can read my post about “My Love for AIESEC” here. I’ll be making a separate post for what I learned through out this conference, which I’ll link here when it’s done. I will add one thing though. Just like any sport, when you’re on the field, you run. You don’t walk, you run. And that’s exactly how I feel about AIESEC. Being in AIESEC makes me want to run on the field and never settle for less than running.

So yeah, that’s 3 new things about my life. All I do is work at my internship, work at Petsmart, and work for AIESEC. And I love all three of it deeply.

Other than that, here are some minor updates on why I’ve been MIA on my blog and future plans.

  1. In all honesty, I found myself discouraged to write. I worked so much the past couple of months and found that I lost meaning of who I am and what my end goal is. I didn’t want to write meaningless content just to have content. I wanted it to come from the bottom of my heart. Maybe I’ll write a post for this whole slump, but I’m not sure yet since I’m still in the process of getting out of it.
  2. I’m currently working to recreate my blog into a website. I want to be able to make the most personalized website of all time to not only showcase my work but also just who I am.
  3. So bare with me, Crystal is in the process of re-charging 🙂

You Control Your Time

You have 168 hours within a week. Break that down.

How many hours do you spend sleeping each day? 7 hours per day = 49 Hours.

How many hours do you spend getting ready in the morning (showering, brushing teeth, etc.)? 1 hour per day = 7 Hours.

How many hours do you commute? 14 Hours

How many hours do you work at your job? 25 Hours.

How many hours are you in class? 10 Hours.

How many hours do you spend studying/doing homework? 8 Hours.

How many hours do you spend eating per day? 21 Hours.

Spend time with your family? 5 Hours.

Gym? 5 Hours.

Relax? 7 Hours.

That is 151 Hours of Accounted For Things.

168 Hours – 148 Hours = 17 Hours Unaccounted For.

This is a part of my daily schedule. Now you do this exercise.

Most likely you are doing less work than you think you actually do.

An excuse I always here people say is that they don’t have time to do what they want. That they are too busy or too tired. The rebuttal to that is always “You have to make the time to do what you want”, which is true, but what does that exactly mean? It means that you have to prioritize what you find important and actually commit to doing it. It means managing your time.

So how do you do manage your time in order to do what you want? You just do it. You set a goal, create a plan to complete that goal, and do it.

I’m going to share with you my different ways of building the self-discipline into doing what I want.

  1. A Laid Out Planner

I have a weekly planner (It’s my bullet journal, read how I made it here) in which I write down all my commitments for that week on the left, and my to do list on the right. I make sure I do everything on the to do list for each day. This helps so that I’m able to do everything that I wanted to do in each day.

2. A Reward System

Create an incentive for you to get something done. Incentives make people do shit. I’m a big rewards driven person, so in order to do my homework, I’ll reward myself with a snack or a youtube video every homework assignment I finish.

Also don’t forget to celebrate your wins. If you achieved going to the gym 7 days in a row, congratulate yourself by going out for ice cream (HAHA, it kind of defeats the purpose but who cares, it’s fun).

3. A Punishment System

Basically the opposite of a reward system. Just like you wouldn’t reward your dog for ripping apart all your shoes, don’t reward bad behavior. Eventually, you’ll be conditioned to reach your goals because you don’t want to be punished.

What I mean by punishing yourself is that hold yourself back from let’s say going out with friends until you reach your goal. Or not going out to eat. The punishment can be anything you want it to be, but it has to give you an incentive to reach your goal.

4. Set Small Goals

So I know some people set giant goals so they will aim super high. Personally, I’m not able to just set a high goal and achieve it right off the bat, but if you can then go you! What I find effective for me is setting small goals, like taking baby steps. Every single small goal you complete, set a bigger goal after and build up upon it. Eventually, you are able to not only hit your super high goal, but also manage your time better in order to be able to reach that super high goal consistently.

5. The Buddy System

Set a group goal with one or even some of your friends! Setting a goal with a friend allows you to both be encouraged to do it. If one person is slacking, then the other person can keep them accountable. This is your accountability system.

These are just a couple of tips that I myself use, but there are probably a bunch more out there. This is what works for me the best and I hope maybe it could help you too. Find and use what works for you.

You control your time.

Love,