Things to Consider Before Setting Up a Website

In the digital world we live in, it’s been easier than ever to create your very own website. Don’t get me wrong, each and every website still comes with its own unique set of challenges and hurdles, but you don’t have to let that stop you. I’ve created a few sample sites for school projects, a side e-commerce project I’m working on, and of course this awesome little blog of mine! Trust me it’s so easy to abandon your website due to the overwhelming possibilities and customizations you’re faced with during the initial setup process. Well, let me give you a few steps that will help you stay focused and make consistent progress overtime! Continue reading

Getting Out of the Hamster Wheel Effect

This weekend it dawned on me; my daily routine has become so “routine” for lack of a better word, that it has made other areas of my life extremely messy. I took a look around my room and it looks like a natural disaster has hit it. On top of that, my backpack has become an abyss of random documents and my planner is so scarce that I wouldn’t be surprised is a tumbleweed popped out of it. I was never the most organized person I know, but in recent years I have had some level of organization in my life. Now I  feel like I’m completely lacking in any organization. So how do I plan on getting out of this cycle of utterly distracting routine?  Well let me explain. Continue reading

Getting What You Want Out of Life

I see the same theme in both the young and old lately- the notion that we can’t always get what we want out of life and we just need to roll with the punches. Even though I agree with this to some degree, it feels like we’re just inspiring an entire generation to give up on the things they’ve been dreaming about since they were little kids. Whether it’s a career, a material possession, or finding that special someone, we’ve all become somewhat jaded by the mass amount of horrible circumstances that have plagued others. Even though I’ve had a fair share of things in my life go completely wrong lately, there are things in my life I accomplished by believing they were possible from the get-go. Of course it takes a pinch of motivation and ambition as well for these things to happen, but it all starts with your mentality. Below I break down where you can start with attaining your goals. Continue reading

Why You Either Need to Be a Planner or Know a Planner

There are two different types of people in this world: those who like to plan and those who do not. Believe it or not, I didn’t always like to plan. I consider my old self to be quite the lazy procrastinator. So, what helped me change my ways? College did. I was always a good student, but my organizational skills were pretty terrible all through grade school. My class notebooks were full of mangled papers with illegible chicken-scratch on them, my planner was sparse with entries, and my backpack was a place that no-one in their right mind would try to sort through. Even though I got by with all of this disorganization, I was in a state of constant anxiety over my grades. I was always afraid that I was forgetting a homework assignment or missing valuable information from one of my classes. About a month before college started, I came to the realization that I needed to change my ways due to the higher stakes that were about to present themselves to me. Now I’m not saying that everyone needs to be as anal and paranoid about planning that I currently am, but if you’re not that way it doesn’t hurt to be close to someone who is. You can find my reasoning for this below. Continue reading

Things I’ve Learned from (Co)Planning a Show

Live shows are extremely entertaining, but can also be a lot of work to put together! I have been dating a musician (Kwame Badu) for over six years now, and he has taught me a lot about the pros and cons of the music industry. Some of the pros include amazing collaborations between musicians, discovering local bands and performers at artist showcases, and combining creativity with the mathematical aspect of music composition. I barely played any instruments as a kid, but I’ve always admired the people that can create songs in some way or another. The major con of the music industry is what I would call the business side of music. As in most industries, you cannot solely rely on the basic art form to keep loyal fans. There’s the media (videos, interviews, etc.), the marketing and sponsorship, the album sales, the nightclub scene, and so much more that comes along with being a successful musician. Since my boyfriend has recently released his album, Mixed Signals, he wanted to use his most recent show (which was at the Observatory in North Park on April 1st) as an initial promotion for it. Since this venue is one of the larger ones in town, he decided to go all out. I soon became the Beaker to his Dr. Bensen Honeydew (that’s a Muppets reference in case you didn’t catch that).

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