Stop Being a Valentine’s Day Scrooge

Here it is guys, my cliche Valentine’s Day post – every good lifestyle blog has to have one, right? As with every year, I’m no stranger to the majority of my Facebook friends kiboshing the sugar-and-spice-and-everything-nice holiday, but if that’s you, stop it right now.

Maybe I’m biased because of my relationship status, but I’ve had more than my share of single-status Valentine’s Days; so wipe your tears, they’re not that bad.Valentine’s Day is about love (don’t you dare roll your eyes at that obvious statement), but unless you’re some dark soul and your heart is literally black, you must have some love in your life. Your family, your friends, your dog, your SELF, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate the love in your life.. and no one ever said that had to come in the form of a significant other. There’s more than enough articles out there chock-full of ways to celebrate Valentine’s with your friends, or even on your own  (check out some great ideas at Her Campus), so take the opportunity to treat yourself to a day of fun and relaxation – whatever that might mean to you.

I think we’re often so caught up in the television, magazine, and social media representations of this holiday that we feel like we must do what the media tells us we should be doing – I mean what’s a holiday without an Instagrammable moment? But the way I see it, you can either join the forces of the overly-vocal-on-Facebook-Valentine’s scrooges, or you can embrace the holiday as an opportunity to do what you love. No one is going to judge you for being happy, but how do you feel when you see one of your connections post a paragraph-long rant that just screams negativity? So, who do you want to be?

It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is a commercial construction – so it’s no use trying to use that as an argument. You are fully in control of your own happiness, and if you let a silly holiday get you down, you’re only hurting yourself. So take advantage of all of the yummy treats, the glitter, the excuse to go out for dinner, and the reason to do something special for whoever you love (buying that pair of boots you’ve been eyeing all winter is both acceptable and encouraged). And don’t even think about posting that sad excuse for a Facebook status.

And because I love all of you, my readers, here’s to wishing you the happiest Valentine’s Day!

Valentines-Meme-Harry-Potter-Dumbledore

Recover from your Lazy Weekend

So it’s Sunday night and I just had one of those weekends… Surely you know the kind of weekend I’m talking about – the well-intentioned one that promised productivity, but instead led to a whole lot of Netflix and one too many hours of sleep (or in my case, 6 too many hours). The one where I found myself saying “what midterm on Tuesday?” too many times. So here I am wishing for a weekend do-over.

But obviously that’s not a possibility. And as much as Monday is going to kick my butt for my own lack of productivity (I refuse to call myself ‘lazy’), I’m using my slow-paced, low-key weekend to motivate me to kick it into high gear for the rest of the week (reading week is just around the corner, after all). So if you’re like me and this weekend just sort of, got away from you, check out my tips for recovering from your lazy weekend.

Continue reading

Why You Need to Get Involved

It’s no secret that the job market is more competitive than ever, and for students who are in the midst of finishing their degrees, this can be a scary thought. But while you’re paying thousands of dollars for your education, why not make the most of your money and get involved in some extracurricular activities as well?

I was once a student who was just that – a student. I didn’t try to do anything extra; partly out of intimidation, I think. But my goal for my 3rd year was to change that, and I’m proud to say that’s one 2013 resolution that I managed to accomplish.

Now I can’t tell you how to overcome your own fear and intimidation of participating in social events and gatherings, but I can try to give you as many reasons as possible for why you should take the step out of your comfort zone. So whether you’re just entering your first year of post-secondary, or maybe you’re finishing up your grad program – it’s never too late to get involved.

Continue reading