First Weeks of School

I have finally settled into my new studio for the year. I decided to keep the decorations a lot more minimal and sophisticated this time around. I wanted my studio space to feel organized and put together without it being distracting. 

Already finishing the second week of school and I'm already working on multiple projects and basically trying to get it together. 

None of my professors are new, but I have two that will really give me a challenge this year. Which honestly, just motivates me to do my absolute best work. Since I'm starting to search for internships, I  want an impressive portfolio to go with my professional accreditation and my kick ass resume. 

I have a very high chance of scoring an internship in New York City, so I am definitely excited!

I haven't really been able to "enjoy" school so far since all my free time lately has been helping my cousin plan her wedding which is quickly coming up. As maid of honor, I definitely have a lot on my plate, but it's all worth it for her.

Usually my days these past weeks have just consisted of school and gym, nothing else. But even so, I have to say I definitely missed the friends I was apart from this summer, it's truly nice to be reunited with my group.

I have to say for it being my fourth year of college, things feel different but in a good way. I'm a lot more open and carefree (in a good way) this year so it's been a lot easier to just meet new people where as all my other years of college I never even tried. Also, I've been able to grow closer to my existing friendships because of this.

It's definitely a promising semester. I have many exciting things coming up that I can't wait to share with you all.

Also my friend and I created a website called CurlsAndDumbbells definitely check it out if you have a chance! We're extremely proud of it and it's basically like our "baby."

In just the short time we have created it, it's growing fast and we are receiving support everyday.

Once again, if any of you have any questions about school or just need to vent, just shoot me a message. Even if its anonymous, I'm always here to help and listen!

I hope your first week of school has been great and I wish you all a fun and productive school year!

Remember, you are enough


Advice to College Freshmen

It's that time of year again..

Yes, I'm talking back to school.

You either hate it or love it. 

All I'm excited for is to shop for new school supplies... 

I am starting my fourth year of college and I figured with a couple of years of experience, I could pass down some knowledge I've learned throughout my time here. 

Also, if you're interested in a college series just let me know through here or my tumblr!

Most of you seem to prefer to contact me through tumblr since I have the anonymous option. 

By the way, the picture above was my daily view from my dorm my freshmen year. 

1. Do not buy your books before class starts 
  • I can not stress this enough. Unless your professor specifically emails your class to have your book for the first day, please wait. Many times you will not need a textbook and I have seen many people spend their money on books they never opened. If you're entering college, chances are that you'll mostly be taking general education classes. At my university, those are some of the biggest classes and usually the professor is lenient about no textbooks or he/she will allow you to use older versions which are usually cheaper. Also, do not buy textbooks from your university bookstore. Yes, you get them instantly, but they are so expensive! I have never had a professor not be understanding that I was waiting for my book to come in. My absolute favorite website to order books from is I love that they compare prices to a million websites so you know you're getting the best deal. Lastly, rent textbooks whenever you have the chance. It is so much cheaper! I only recommend buying books if you know you will use it for your professional career. 

2. Keep every syllabus you get 
  • The first day of your classes is usually known as "syllabus day" (unless you have a professor that actually starts teaching on the first day, don't be surprised). I refer to a professor's syllabus throughout the semester. It usually has all of your professor's contact information and office hours. It also has important dates like exams, no class, or final. Plus if you waste your professor's time asking them something that could be found in the syllabus, chances are that you may not get the friendliest response. Don't be that person. I like to store my syllabus in a protective sheet. I usually just have one binder for all my classes. All I do is separate my classes by tabs and the syllabus is the first thing you see in every section. 

3. Check your schedule the night before 
  • Fun fact, the first day of college for me I sat in the wrong biology class. Apparently they had moved the location of my class to another building. I ended up having to awkwardly walk out in the middle of class and then I missed my first biology class entirely. Luckily, the professor posted the syllabus online. Some classes will change and shift around right before the semester begins so just double check your schedule the night before, it will save you from any surprises. 

4. Give yourself plenty of time in between classes your first few days
  • If you're university is anything like the size of mine, it's a pretty huge campus. Especially your first year, since it's unknown "territory" it seems bigger than it really is. I remember thinking how far my dorm is to the bookstore, now it seems like a short walk. As you familiarize yourself with campus, you'll begin to develop what the best paths are to take for wherever it is you're trying to get to. Your first few days, I strongly urge you to go to your class earlier than you normally would. Plus it's better to be there early to claim a good seat! You just want to avoid the stress of being lost and not being able to find your class and then having to walk in late. I will also warn you, if you're commuting to school, usually traffic is crazy in the beginning of the semester. Also, finding a parking spot can be a challenge, so be an early bird and avoid the stress of aimlessly driving around and waiting for someone to pull out. 

5. Check the weather 
  • I carry my umbrella at all times. It is an absolute must because I'll be honest, sometimes I forget to check the weather in the morning so if it unexpectedly starts to rain, I'm not completely caught by surprise. But because I know how my campus is, if it is suppose to rain heavily I like to wear my rain boots to school. It's more of a necessity actually because many parts of my school easily flood during a storm and let me tell you, it is no fun to walk around with shoes and socks soaking wet. You just want to make sure you're dressed for the weather. Even though it's ridiculously hot right now, many of your classes will be freezing cold so it doesn't hurt to pack a sweater! I always keep one in my studio. 

6. Pack snacks and bring a water bottle 
  • You may have a really nice schedule where you're only on campus a couple of hours or certain days of the week, but you may also be stuck with a schedule where it feels like you're on campus all day. If you're dorming on campus, you probably have a meal plan so it's fairly easy for you to eat at school. If you don't, spending money on food on campus can get expensive fast. I like to bring snacks with me from home to eat throughout the day. I'm on campus for long periods of time and I like to have food that will satisfy me and not mess up my diet. The freshmen 15 is a very real thing, beware. I also always cary my water bottle to keep me hydrated throughout my day. Luckily, I have my own studio space at school and that is where I am practically 24/7 so we have mini fridges and microwaves. That way I can just keep my food at school since all my classes at this point are at the same location. But, if you don't have that opportunity, pack some snacks and keep it in your school bag! Most professors are cool with you eating in class just avoid something smelly or loud. You also don't want to feast in class. I've seen people bring McDonald's meals to class and get called out on it. 

I sincerely wish you all the best of luck for this new school year! If you think high school flew by, college goes by even faster so enjoy it as much as you can. Of course it can get insanely stressful, but it's also a lot of fun! You'll grow a lot these next years, allow room for change. 

Inbox me any questions you may have! I'll be doing a post about the pros and cons of living on campus and commuting. 

Enjoy the rest of your summer and remember, 

you are enough. 


July Conclusions...Changes

Happy Friday my lovely readers!

It is absolutely crazy how quickly July passed. I feel like my summer is almost over unfortunately. Even though I was in school for most of it, I still had a great summer and I made many amazing memories. 

I started this month with my two best friends sleeping over at my apartment and I ended it the same way. 

As much as I love to talk about fitness, college, traveling, recipes, etc.... I consider my blog to be my online diary at times. 

Actually, it's a bit intimidating when I think about it that way. Imagine having your deepest thoughts published on the internet for anyone to see. 


I'd like to think that my readers are genuinely interested in my perspective plus I consider you guys my online fam <3 

Many things on my mind this month. 

The number one question that is constantly popping in my head is, "who am I?"

Seriously, who am I and who do I want to be? Practically everyday I'm asking myself this question, but I think this is healthy. I believe in this stage of life, you should question yourself. 

Really ask yourself why do you like the things you do, why do you call your friends your friends?

There is no right or wrong answer, but don't be afraid to question these things. 

There is a beautiful quote that goes: 

"A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there" 

As individuals we should step out of what we find familiar and try new things. You'd be surprised on what you might like. 

Most importantly, don't let anyone make you feel bad for wanting to grow as a person. 

The picture above, when I see it, I see two completely different people. 

I'm not even focusing on the aesthetics portion of it, but look at what growing in confidence can do. 

The one on the left seems a little scared and a little sad where as the one on the right seems happier and more sure of herself. 

Granted in one I'm studying for finals and in the other I was on the way to a club, but I remember liking both pictures when I took them. I'm wearing make up in both pictures as well. 

The physical is of the least, I still wear my glasses from time to time. But I'm not hiding behind the glasses and baggy clothes anymore. 

I'm happy on the changes i've made in my life.

Physically and mentally. 

I'm not going to stop trying to develop myself as a person, every day. 

By the way, 

I've officially lost 20 lbs! 

I'm feeling so accomplished with myself and my fitness journey. Excited to see where I'll be in a few months. 

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and remember, 

you are enough. 


Fitness Friday: Sneak Some Exercise

Hello and happy Friday everyone!

These past few months I have been searching for ways to squeeze in some exercise during my daily tasks. Honestly it is all about leading an active life and having a stronger body so why not? 

Also, shout out to my model and awesome gym partner above!

These are just a couple of changes I've made:

1. Park far away 
  • I work Monday-Friday on campus and since I go to the gym at night, I'm usually already in gym attire. There is a computer parking lot closer to my job, but instead I choose to park as far as I can forcing me to walk over a mile to and from work. Keep in mind I usually have multiple shifts in one day so I am easily walking 2 or 3 miles through out the day at least. On top of that I choose a route that has more slopes and inclines giving my quads a little work to do. I also bring my school bag everyday even if I don't need it, adding an 10 extra pounds to carry around. The only downside of this is that because I live in the south, the heat and humidity does not always make this walk enjoyable so I'm usually pretty sweaty......but then again just about everyone is. 

2. Make stairs your best friend
  • If you know me, then you know I have quite an "obsession" with butts. I do not discriminate based of gender either. I appreciate a good booty when I see one. So naturally, I am busting my ass (literally) to get mine in great shape. Gone are the days of taking the elevator. One thing I have noticed is that I can actually go up four flights of stairs without losing my breathe. Months ago, I would take the same stairs and I would be panting by the end. I also try to take the stairs when I am carrying something such as stacks of textbooks or my schoolbag. 

3. Talk and squat
  • Ask my roommates or my parents, I will be holding a conversation with someone and I will start randomly doing variations of squats and lunges. I might be in the kitchen waiting for something to come out of the microwave and instead of just waiting normally, I'm squatting. Whenever I have the chance, I do something. My roommate and I even keep our weights out in the open in case anyone wants to do a set of hammer curls, for example. Fun fact, whenever I pull an all nighter in the studio, if I find myself falling asleep, I will do a set of push ups or other exercises to wake myself up. It may sound a little excessive, but I don't have the bad habit of being a couch potato and sitting on my ass for hours like I use to. 

4.  Bust a move
  • Alone? Have a dance party to yourself! I usually always have my headphones, I listen to music practically all day. Especially if I'm at work or school. So whenever I have the chance, I will break down dancing in the elevator, in the middle of an empty library, an empty office. You name it. I'll admit I have gotten carried away and I have been caught multiple times, but if you do, it is okay just brush it off! If I am home at the apartment I'll just play music on my laptop and I'll dance in my room or in the shower. Plus you can practice those dance moves before going out!

5. Carry you water bottle EVERYWHERE
  • Even if I am just watching TV, I have my water bottle by my side and I am constantly keeping myself hydrated. Plus, you're less likely to buy a soda or juice if you already have your water bottle with you. I honestly even put it in my purse and bring it into the movie theatre. Hey, I have no shame in my game. 

Every little bit counts. These may seem silly and excessive, but I feel like these have only helped me with my fitness. Plus, if you're feeling down, bust a move and tell me you won't be smiling after. 

Anyway, I wish you all a fun weekend, I'll be studying, but I may take a dance break Saturday night. 

Remember, you are enough.


Final Exam Prep + Updates

Hello my lovely readers! 

July is quickly coming to an end, I know, crazy right? That also means my summer class is ending and thus, my final exam is near. The 28th to be exact.

My final exam however is not just a normal test I take with a professor, it is an exam I take at a designated testing center in order to receive my first professional accreditation as LEED Green Associate. Granted I've been pretty stressed out about it because it is a pretty big deal plus I have a lot riding on it. So wish me luck!

If you're unfamiliar with what LEED is ( Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), it's a green building certification program. As a future interior designer, I strongly believe in the importance of sustainable designs and doing all we can to lessen the harmful effects we cause on Earth. 

The summer class I've been taking is all about LEED and this exam so I have technically started studying for this since the beginning, but it is a lot of material to cover. The main way I have been studying is by taking practice tests that our professor had us purchase. 

Earning this title would be a great opportunity because it would be a huge boost for my resume and I can put to practice what I have learned on future projects in my professional career. 

I did want to talk about my birthday for a quick second. It was so. much. fun. I rented a karaoke room at a sushi and hibachi restaurant with my closest friends and family. Everyone enjoyed themselves, we sang all night. Honestly the best birthday I've ever had and I am so unbelievable grateful for the amazing people in my life. I couldn't have asked for a better night, these people support me and make me feel so loved. 

I also wanted to make a quick shoutout to my twin brother Francisco. He is my absolute best friend and the most amazing guy I have ever met. We are six days apart so we celebrated his birthday a week after. We danced all night and we finally got to see what a casino was like. It was honestly our first time at a club. He holds a very special place in my heart..

Apart from work and school, July has brought out the extrovert in me. Which to be honest I never realized I had. Months ago if you asked me if like clubbing and going out to dance I would have said no. Now, I honestly love to go out and dance with my friends. Last week for example, I went out with my girlfriend and we had a ladies night at a latin club. We were both sober and we both had an amazing night dancing until 4. By the way, I realized I am actually an amazing dancer! My whole life I thought I was that Latina with stiff hips, but quite the contrary. I believe a big reason is because I have grown confidence and I am more comfortable in my own skin. Also, I just don't care of what others think anymore. 

I still consider myself quite the introvert, but I have had a lot of fun getting to know the extrovert side of me. I had a serious conversation with my cousin Saturday night in a cute restaurant in New Orleans where she confessed to me that I was a very boring person. Honestly, she had a point, I really wasn't living. I'm not saying you have to go out clubbing every weekend to "live," but be open to new experiences and have fun especially at this age in life. Step out of your comfort zone. At least every once in a while. Not only have I met some amazing people this way, but I have made new and amazing memories with my loved ones.

I wish you all a lovely week and remember,

you are enough.


Thoughts Before Turning 21

I finally turn the big 21 this Friday and I'll admit, I have really been looking forward to this birthday for a long time now. 

Normally I don't make a big deal about my birthday, I usually do something small with my family at home, but this year I decided to make things extra special.

In retrospect, reaching this "milestone" in life has made me very pensive these past few weeks and I have just been reflecting on my past lately. Here's what I have concluded so far:

1. Friends 

  • I look at the closest people around me now. The ones I talk to every day and the ones that I don't hear from often, but I know they are there, and I just can't help but to feel extremely grateful for the type of people that have been put in my life to this point. Your friends play such an important role in these key years, shaping you into the person you will become. I have some of the most genuine and loving friends I could ever ask for and every day they inspire me and teach me to be better. They are real examples of what it means to be loyal. I know they have my back at any second, but I also know they will never belittle, mistreat, or even be rude to anyone that has hurt me. I love that.. It's definitely a lesson of growing up, you don't need to bring someone down just to bring someone else up. All in all, I am just so happy I get to celebrate Friday night with these amazing people. In general, I'm grateful for all the new faces in my life. I have met people recently that are so different from me and they are just amazing. I have changed a lot this year, physically-mentally, but they embrace my changes and encourage me to follow my goals. 

2. Family 

  • Family. What can I say? My family would go to hell and back for me in an instant. That's not to say we are perfect. Just like any family, we each have our own set of challenges, but in the end of the day I know without a doubt they are always there for me. I have parents that support my dreams and even push me to travel the world and follow my passions. Then there is my big brother. My only sibling. These past months I have felt closer to him than I had been in a while. We talk almost every day and even though he can be the biggest pain in my ass. I love him. I hate him, but I love him. I have to remind myself not to take anyone in my family for granted and to just appreciate all the moments I get to spend with them. As we grow up, we move away, we start our own lives, our own families and we don't get to see our own as often as before. As I start preparing for graduation soon, the possibility of me moving away is becoming very real, so I am trying to soak up all the family time I can. 

3. Past

  • It's no secret that I went through a big break up this year. I have my fair share of posts on this subject. The reason I haven't stopped bringing it up is because surprisingly many of my readers are dealing with break ups of their own and I have been told that reading my posts has helped them. Which is honestly the only goal I had when writing about it. Right now, I can confidently say I have let go of all anger and bitterness I had. I don't want to carry those negative vibes into my new year. There is absolutely no point in holding on to grudges and resentments. He may not be a part of my life anymore, but I can appreciate the beautiful moments we had together. Aside from our problems, what we had was definitely special and I'll always be grateful for the times he was there for me. He will always be my first love and I think a part of me will always care for him. Maybe that's what it truly means to move on in a breakup. When you can look back and smile at the good memories, learn from the bad ones, and wish your ex nothing but happiness - regardless of what was done to you. The truth is, I've had to grow outside of that relationship in order to really grow as a person. And that is exactly what I'm doing now. Growing, learning, and finally loving myself the way I deserve to be. 

I have to say, I am really interested in seeing what these next years bring. So much can change in just months. I think that's how your 20's are suppose to be - full of new experiences, lots of learning, growing, and lots of fun.

If any of  my readers are fellow cancers or July babies, I wish you a very happy birthday! 

Remember, you are enough.


Fitness Journey Update + Advice

Fitness Friday!

Hello my beautiful readers, I thought I'd share with you guys an update on how I have been progressing in my fitness journey!


By the way, after an amazing vacation I am finally home! I am back to work (possibly getting a second job) and I am taking one summer class.


So far I am down around 15 pounds, I have lost 4 inches off my waist, and I have dropped a pant size! It is extremely rewarding to see the progress you make over time. I have taken various progress pictures of different parts of my body and it really is insane to see the transformation. 

I am still not at my goal weight, but every single day I get closer and closer and I also get stronger. But there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I will get there. 2015 is the year I get fit.

So far my diet mainly consists of eating as raw and natural as possible and of course lots of water. I try to avoid processed foods and eating out. I have cut bread, pasta, and rice from my diet completely. I rarely eat pork and cheese as well. 

In a typical day I eat oatmeal with fruits and flax seeds for breakfast, lunch usually consists of fruits and veggies, and dinner is either a salad or egg whites with turkey and veggies. I avoid eating dinner too late, but if I get hungry past 8, I usually will eat some greek yogurt or make some green tea. 

As far as my workouts go, my goal is simple: break a sweat every day. You do not need to kill yourself at the gym all the time. I use my rest days for small activities such as taking my dogs out for a walk/light run or swimming with friends. 

For the weekdays my workouts vary every day from weights, circuits, cardio, abdominals, cycling, and yoga. I tend to do combinations of two or three. And if the weather is nice, I'll go running the university lakes which is roughly 4 miles. 

It's become a lifestyle for me. I don't have anyone telling me "go to the gym." I want to go work out, it's honestly been the best therapy for me. I feel happier and lighter because of it and since I'm eating right I don't feel as bloated and sluggish as before. Even my skin has cleared up a lot.

If any of you are thinking about getting into shape, my best advice is do it for yourself. You have to really be determined to work for it. 

I think the hardest part is remaining optimistic. You won't always see a sudden decline of weight, heck you might not even see a difference in the mirror for weeks. But I promise you that's the most challenging part, not giving up even when you see no change. I promise you it will happen. Don't strive for perfection, but for persistence. 

I don't feel like I am on a "diet" or that I am deprived. It's simply a lifestyle. I will not go back to eating like crap once I reach my target weight. I love my body, but I'm striving to be as healthy as I can be.  

If any of you are interested in some of my recipes or even just more information on my workouts let me know! Either through blogger or tumblr!

I am so excited I get to share my fitness journey with you all!

Remember, you are enough.