22 years old literally, about 87 at heart. I write about self care, university life, money, music, books and whatever else that piques my interest.
- Second Place in Dear New Year Challenge
Back to the Present - A Letter from My Future Self
Dear Laquesha, Hi. This is me (or you, I guess) from the future. Don’t freak out, you’re not going crazy. I hope you’re doing well. Though, I suppose that I do know that you’re alright because I am you (or I was you?) 12 months ago. I’m currently penning this letter on December 31st, 2021 while sipping on a divine cup of chamomile, hibiscus tea on the precipice of falling into the 2022 New Year. Spoiler alert: the world did not self-destruct or crumble to ash in 2021.
I Had a Mental Breakdown on New Year's Eve
POV. It’s New Year’s Eve. I’ve just moved into my new apartment. It’s three streets away from my old place so I decide that instead of hiring a cab like any normal person, I’d just make multiple trips back and forth until I’ve moved everything. It’s -5 degrees outside, there's snow from earlier the day on the ground, in some places solidified as ice. I’m bone tired after making seven trips, my shoulders aching and I have a sharp pain in my lower back undoubtedly from hefting four packed suitcases and a sh*t ton of boxes up three flights of stairs.
Preparing for Winter at Zoom University - Tips for Online Learning Success
Well, guys! We're back at it again. Yet another semester of online school. I'm in my 3rd year of university now and I have to be honest…last semester was rough. The combination of distance learning, multiple group assignments, ridiculous amounts of work and being away from my family and friends for months on end did not bode well for my mental health. Shocking! I felt lonely, anxious and overwhelmed all the time. For an introvert like myself, it was also infinitely more difficult to make friends and connections this year with everything being shifted to online. With the new semester looming, I thought I'd share what I'm doing to prepare so that I have a more positive and fulfilling experience this time around.
How To Make New Year's Resolutions That'll Stick
Happy Holidays! It’s Christmas which means that it’s almost New Years. I’m writing this while sitting alone in my empty apartment, precisely 6,366 km away from my family. Now that this year is almost over, I think I can speak for everyone when I say it was a bit grim. You know…pandemic, widespread job loss, online school, death! I admit that I spent much of this year feeling lost and alone and sad and way too introspective. Since this is generally the time of year when people make resolutions, goals and dreams that tend to fall off as soon as February, I thought I’d add to the pot and share a few of my hopes for the new year. And also the tips and tricks that I plan to use to honour them.
My Year in Song
January: Better by Khalid The year started off hopeful, as usual. Armed with my list of resolutions, I felt ready for anything. I was prepared to fight off my mental demons and achieve my dream body for the fifth year in a row. The new semester was coming and with it, new opportunities for genuine connections and happiness. I felt a great sense of euphoria. The essence of these feelings was perfectly captured by the song Better by Khalid.
4 Practical Ways to Optimize Your Social Media Use for a Happier Life
One of the bad habits I hope to axe this coming year is my compulsive use of social media. It doesn't matter the situation, I always seem to have my phone glued to my hand, watching the thousandth TikTok compilation, scrolling mindlessly through Reddit and consuming content that adds little value to my day-to-day experiences. While I believe that social media is largely a force of good and can enrich our lives in numerous ways, it can also be toxic if misused and have a negative effect on your overall mental health and wellbeing. Here are my top 4 ways to optimize your social media use for a happier and more fulfilled life.