10 Ways To Be Productive During Winter Break

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After a long fall quarter of productivity and self-focus, it’s easy to forget the bigger picture during winter break. It’s important to remind yourself your “why” and why you’re doing what you’re doing everyday. Most college students spend their winter break sleeping, watching Netflix and hanging out with friends. Although these things are great and well deserved, don’t forget to stay productive too! Here are 10 ways to stay productive during winter break:

1. Read a book

Find a book you’re interested in and start reading! Trust me, it’s addicting, and you’ll stay in learning mode.

2. Plan a trip

Go on an adventure with your loved ones! Traveling will give your perspective and motivation, which will improve your mood when it’s time to start grinding again.

3. Spend time with your loved ones

In general, spending time with your loved ones will improve your happiness and remind you who you’re striving to make proud everyday.

4. Go to the gym

Studies have shown that exercising is tied with mood and confidence improvement. Just what you need to start the school year!

5. Spend time on your hobbies and passions

“I wish I could ______, but I don’t have time because of school.” Well, now you do!

6. Apply to internships and jobs

Winter break is a perfect time to figure out your plan after the school year is over, whether you’re graduating or not.

7. Figure out your classes and schedules for upcoming quarters

Why not start now and save yourself the stress later on?

8. Start reading the textbooks for your upcoming classes

I know, I know… Finals JUST ended. But, hear me out. Going into a new course topic will be much more interesting if you have an idea of the subject going into it.

9. Watch a documentary

Still in the mood for Netflix? Watch a documentary! You can still be cozy in bed but learning at the same time.

10. Get a job

Getting a job will keep you busy, productive and responsible. This will prevent you from getting comfortable with sitting around all day.

Written by: Deema Kharuf

Recovery.

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No matter what it is, we have all been through a situation where we have been deeply affected. After resurfacing from one of those, I wrote myself a little something that gets me through all my toughest times. I hope that by reading, you can relate at least a little bit.


Recovery isn't the flip of the blinds and letting the light inside. It isn't the flick of a switch, things don’t just get better instantaneously. What recovery really is, is sifting through the sofa cushions for crumbs of courage & dimes of hope; because once the ocean takes you under, the struggle to get back up is more painful than the fall into it.

But recovery is also various juxtapositions. It’s sleeping in on Mondays, and staying up late on Fridays. It is the taste of your favorite meal; the feeling of happiness in your tummy, the scent of new candles washing through the air around you. It’s all the chances you've never taken, but with no longer having regrets. It is laughing so hard you choke on your drink with a snort, making yourself laugh once again in embarrassment. Recovery is wearing whatever the heck you want, just because you can and it makes you feel powerful. It is finding someone whose kisses make your mind turn to honey, slow, unthinking, warm and sweet as you melt into the mess of love. It is remembering the feeling that once made you feel so terrible inside but no longer letting it affect you. It is feeling full after eating dinner, but getting dessert anyway, because gosh dang it, you deserve that piece of double-decked chocolate cake.

Recovery is also having your breakdowns, but finally being able to consistently tell yourself that you’re going to be okay. It’s getting in fights with just the right people; those who were a negativity in your life anyways. But most importantly, it is remembering late at night, when you're trapped in tears and thoughts of all those moments, that feelings pass, that tomorrow is going to be better, and that things are falling into place. Because amidst all the craziness, it is.

Written by: Juliana Beduschi

Welcome, December!

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Happy December! As today is the first of the month, it is a reminder that winter break and the holiday season are just around the corner. From holiday parties to festive decorations, this is one of the best times of the year. Here are some of my favorite things about the holidays.

1.  Spending time with family and friends: Seeing friends and family back home is a perfect opportunity to reconnect. It is a great way to catch up with people you haven’t seen in a while and share stories. It is interesting to think that I grew up with my family and old friends always around me; but now I have new experiences to share about my own college endeavors and my personal growth.

2.  Relaxation: After an intense week of finals, winter break is a great opportunity to relax. We all need time to get more rest, more sleep, and catch up on our favorite shows. Self-care is very important to being happy and healthy.

3.  Showing appreciation: Gift giving is an easy way to show gratitude to your loved ones. Giving back to those that we care about reminds us how lucky we are to have them around us. It also shows them how much we love and appreciate them.

4.  Food: Who could forget food? I always look forward to the huge feasts put together at family gatherings. Plus, there is endless amounts of desserts to indulge in, from cookies and cake to ice cream and chocolate.

5.  Fresh start: It is crazy to think that 2017 is almost at its end! So, with a new year comes new beginnings. We can take time to reflect on this past year and create plans or resolutions for the one ahead.

Quick and Easy Recipes on a Budget

With Finals week quickly approaching, studying might be on everyone's mind, but we can't forget to eat right to keep our brains and body moving. I understand that cooking might take up valuable time and Mcdonalds is a short drive away however, our body needs to be nourished with the right nutrients. Here are some quick and easy meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are not just delicious, but also budget friendly.  

Breakfast

1. Berry Parfaits 

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup yogurt
  • ½ cup
  • 1 cup mixed berry
  • honey, optional

Instructions 

  1.  In a jar, layer yogurt, granola, and berries.
  2. Top with honey (optional).
  3. Refrigerate up to 2 days. If you don’t want soggy granola, wait till you’re ready to eat the parfait to add it. Enjoy!
     

2. Banna Muffins 

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Ingredients
for 12 servings

  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions 

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F/160°C.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the coconut oil and maple syrup until combined.
  3. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract, and whisk until combined.
  4. Fold in the bananas, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and flour.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cover and store up to 2 days.
  6. Enjoy!

3.  Berry Oatmeal Cups 

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Ingredients
for 12 servings

  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ quick-cook oats
  • 1 cup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup mixed berry

Instructions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C
  2. In a bowl, whisk all wet ingredients until fully combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. Divide mixture amongst the lined cups of a muffin tin. Top each muffin with berries.
  5. Bake 25 minutes. Store covered up to 2 days.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Inspired by: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/make-ahead-granola-oat-cups/6cdb4bbf-d69b-4da2-9374-e7ce739edd92
     

4. Cheesy egg cups 

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Ingredients
for 12 servings

  • 15 oz frozen hash brown, thawed
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Instructions 

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine hash browns, cheese, salt, pepper, and oil. Pack into the bottom half of the cups of a greased muffin tin.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with the bacon, salt, and pepper. Pour into the top half of each muffin cup.
  5. Bake 15 minutes. Freeze up to 1 month.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Inspired by: http://www.thecookingjar.com/hash-brown-egg-nests-with-avocado/

5. Breakfast Quesadilla

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Ingredients
for 12 servings

  • 2 sausage links
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 flour tortilla, burrito-sized
  • shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions 

  1. In a skillet thoroughly cook the sausage and eggs.
  2. Place mixture in the center of a flour tortilla. Top with cheese, and fold the edges inward to form a sealed pocket.
  3. Heat on a skillet, seam-side down. Flip and cook until golden brown.
  4. Enjoy! Or, freeze up to 1 month.
     

Lunch

1. Microwave fried rice 

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Ingredients
for 1 serving

  • ½ cup rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 strips bacon, chopped
  • ½ cup frozen pea and carrot
  • 2 eggs
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh scallion, to garnish

Instructions 

  1. In a bowl, combine the rice, water, soy sauce, sesame oil, and bacon. Stir, then microwave, covered, for about 6-8 minutes until the rice is fully cooked.
  2. Mix the frozen peas and carrots into the rice.
  3. In a microwaveable mug, beat the eggs with the salt.
  4. Microwave the eggs and the rice again for about 1-2 minutes, until the eggs are fully cooked.
  5. Break up the egg into small bits, then mix it in with the rice.
  6. Garnish with scallions, then serve!
  7. Enjoy!

2. Microwave Loaded Potatoe 

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Ingredients
for 1 serving

  • 1 russet potato, washed and scrubbed
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 slices bacon
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream, to serve
  • fresh chive, to serve

Instructions 

  1. Poke holes in the potato with a fork, then rub with oil and salt.
  2. Place the bacon slices on the same plate as the potato, microwave for 7-9 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the potato is tender. Make sure the bacon does not burn.
  3. Crumble the bacon after it’s cooled down.
  4. Slice the potato in half, then use a fork to fluff up the insides.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese on top, then microwave for another 30 seconds.
  6. Top with sour cream, the crushed bacon bits, and the chives.
  7. Enjoy!

3. One Pan Chicken and Broccoli 

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Ingredients
for 2 servings

  • 1 lb chicken, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup bell pepper, diced

STIR-FRY SAUCE

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed

Instructions 

  1. Mix together all sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Heat oil over a nonstick pan and add chicken stirring until cooked.
  3. Pour sauce in pan and stir to coat meat.
  4. Once the sauce is bubbling, add the veggies to the pan and stir again to coat.
  5. Cook until meat is cooked through and veggies are soft.
  6. Serve over rice or alone.
  7. Enjoy!

4.  One Pan Parchment Teriyaki Tofu 

Ingredients
for 1 serving

  • 14 oz , 1 block
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 red pepper
  • broccoli

MARINADE

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seed
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 slices ginger, minced or sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sprig scallion, chopped

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 450°F (230˚C).
  • Place two sheets of paper towels on a cutting board and put tofu on top, then put two sheets of paper towels on top of the tofu.
  • Place heavy books, cast iron pans, etc. on top of tofu for at least 20 minutes to drain water.
  • In a small bowl, mix marinade ingredients and pour marinade over tofu, then refrigerate for an hour.
  • Fold the parchment paper in half, then open up.
  • Place carrots, red pepper, and broccoli on parchment paper, and drizzle on oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper.
  • Lay the tofu on the veggies, and cinch the paper together by folding it over itself along the edges.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until tofu is golden brown.
  • Serve over rice or pasta, with a sprinkle of scallions.
  • Enjoy!

Dinner

1. One Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 14 ounces chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or skillet with tall sides, add onions, garlic, and ground beef; cook for 6-8 minutes, or until beef is cooked through; use a wooden spatula to break apart while cooking. Drain off fat.

  2. Add tomato paste, broth, water, oregano, basil, black pepper; whisk well to combine ingredients; bring to a boil.

  3. Add spaghetti, lightly pressing down so sauce comes over it. Lightly stir it every few seconds, so that spaghetti combines with sauce/meat. Simmer for 17-20 minutes or until spaghetti is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.

  4. Serve immediately topped with fresh parmesan cheese.

Recipe by domestic superhero

2.  One Pan Chicken and Veggies 

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Ingredients
for 2 servings

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced
  • 1 head broccoli, or large bag of broccoli florets
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions 

  1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay out the sweet potato, chicken breasts, and broccoli.
  2. Evenly distribute the garlic, rosemary, paprika, salt, and pepper over the entire pan. Drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Bake at 400°F (200°C) for 35-40 minutes (or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (75°C) and the juices run clear).
  4. Serve up and dinner’s ready! For an easy cleanup, just carefully toss the aluminum foil and you’re good to go.
  5. Enjoy!

3. Broccoli and Garlic Pasta 

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Ingredients
for 4 servings

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 1⁄2 cups hot cooked penne
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • parmesan cheese
  • black pepper (to taste)

Instructions 

  1. In a large skillet, combine broth, basil, pepper, garlic and broccoli.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Cover and cook over low heat for 3 minutes or until broccoli is tender crisp.
  4. Add hot cooked pasta and lemon juice. Toss to coat. Serve with cheese. 

4. Beef and Broccoli 

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Ingredients
for 2 servings

  • 1 lb flank steak, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups broccoli, diced

STIR-FRY SAUCE

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed

Instructions 

  1. Mix together all sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Heat oil over a nonstick pan and add beef stirring until brown.
  3. Pour sauce in pan and stir to coat meat.
  4. Once the sauce is bubbling, add the veggies to the pan and stir again to coat.
  5. Cook until meat is cooked through and veggies are soft.
  6. Serve over rice or alone.
  7. Enjoy!

Recipes and Photo Credit to Tasty and domestic superhero 

Written By: Loi Han 

 

 

 

Self-Care ≠ Selfish

DWIB is filled with some of the most driven and hardworking individuals I know. These traits are positive and all, but they can also lead us to unconsciously neglect our mental health. I want to remind you that it is okay to take a break. Not only is it okay, it is necessary. You can’t stress self-care enough.


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I know all about feeling like you constantly have to be on top of all your sh*t. I thrive on being busy. Since freshman year of high school, I have managed to add more and more things to my plate. By senior year of high school, I had pushed myself to my breaking point countless times. Instead of acknowledging what I had accomplished, I chose to focus on my flaws which made me want to keep on working. Constant breakdowns? I’m over it.

Currently, I am challenging myself to take some time during the day to relax and to reflect. So far, it has been beyond rewarding. Self-care is not selfish. It is vital to our growth and development. About two years ago, I purchased Dr. Patrizia Collard’s The Little Book of Mindfulness. I only started investing my time with the book this past summer and the only regret I have is not taking the book seriously when I first got my hands on it. Personally, this book has helped me improve my mental health and I encourage you to get your own copy.


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There is an infinite amount of ways to practice self-care. For me, self-care looks like getting enough sleep, taking breaks from social media, and putting some time aside to focus on a hobby. To someone else, self-care can look like going for a run outside, reading a book, or cuddling with their pets.


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Over the years, I have realized the importance of taking time for myself. It is so important for your mental health to take real breaks. Remember: being busy is good, but not too busy to take care of yourself.   


Written by: Emita Amatya

You got this.

I’m all for doing a good job, and I never totally blow off responsibilities, but here’s the thing: if I spy an unscheduled sliver of time in my day, I am probably going to use it to rest, read 45 BuzzFeed articles on Friends, or watch 5 consecutive hours of Netflix in lieu of working on some required task that’s due the day after tomorrow. What can I say? Doing absolutely nothing is extremely appealing to me—especially so, it seems, when I should be working.

Does this mean I'm a procrastinator? Maybe (definitely, yes). But even the most driven and hardworking people can find themselves in some sort of slump. And that's okay.

I don’t think that procrastination occurs because of lax morals or a weak work ethic—it’s just that our fears, anxieties, and (somewhat ironically) ambitions can be so overwhelming that they paralyze us and stop us from doing what we know needs to be done.


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Trying to be a more conscientious worker is an ongoing struggle. Over the past few years, I’ve figured out ways that allow my tendency to delay to work with me instead of stopping me from working entirely.

1. No time to waste.
You have an entire quarter’s worth of notes to cram into your head. Or maybe because you’ve been shoving crap into whatever empty spots you can find in your closet instead of cleaning everything out, the likelihood of a devastating avalanche is all too real. Don’t beat yourself up. Everyone procrastinates sometimes. If you’ve waited until the last minute to get to work, you don’t really have time to waste feeling ashamed of yourself. Try as hard as you can to push those negative thoughts to the back of your mind, take a deep breath, and get started.


2. Do some mental preparation.
Use the days leading up to your deadline to mentally formulate a plan of attack. Even if you aren’t producing something tangible until the night before your project is due, that doesn’t mean that you haven’t been working. This takes a minimal amount of effort, but it can really help you cross that threshold into doing the actual work.

  • Jot down notes in your mind on your way to class (or DWIB meetings),

  • During commercial breaks when you’re watching television, or even while you’re sitting on the toilet.

    • While we’re on the subject of bathrooms, you can also bring your study materials in there if you have an upcoming exam. That way you can take care of business while you’re taking care of business, then go back to the trifling activities you do whenever you’re procrastinating.
       

3. Create smaller, less intimidating goals.
Setting that smaller goal can jumpstart you and push you past the emotional or mental hurdles that might lead to procrastination.

If a huge-seeming task is scaring you off, make it less frightening by breaking it down into smaller, manageable tasks. Telling yourself you’ll work on a big project in nonnegotiable 15-minute chunks is a lot less intimidating when it comes to thinking about a looming deadline. It’s better than not doing anything at all, and whenever I do this I sometimes get in the zone and work for much longer than I’d planned to.
 

4. Set personal deadlines.

Procrastination is all about delaying everything until we absolutely have to get it done, we will just never do the things we don’t absolutely have to do. There's no deadline for cleaning your room unless someone gives you one. But that someone can be you! No more “I’m going to clean my room by Friday,” & more “I invited a bunch of friends to hang out, I should probably get my sh*t off the floor.” It’s important to attach some real-life weight to your own imposed deadlines.


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Harnessing the power of procrastination requires us to strike a subtle balance between not hating ourselves for putting things off until the last moment—because the last thing we need when you’re toiling away at three o’clock in the morning is to feel like a complete failure. We have to focus on our intentions so that they can propel us forward.


Written by: Juliana Beduschi

For Times You Feel Stuck and Unmotivated

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Hi guys, I hope everyone's quarter is going well. Today I would like to discuss a topic that has been on my mind and that may resonate with some of you.

If you are finding yourself feeling lost, frustrated, anxious, and not making the changes you want to make in your career, relationship, and health, then you might be inadvertently having thoughts that can limit your potential. 

Just recently, I recalled a time when I had a discussion with a friend about feeling stuck and not knowing what to do in life. Graduation is right around the corner for some of us and the thought of not having a plan is quite scary. Personally, I would love to have a career in the business beauty and fashion industry but lately, I've been feeling so unmotivated. Fear and anxiety just somehow paralyze me. I would love to continue to pursue my dream but I just keep comparing myself to others and thinking I am not good enough to do the things I really want to do. Furthermore, the thought of not knowing what you want to do with your life piles on the stress. I feel stuck. I see my friends being successful and aware of what they want to do in life and I get frustrated thinking how everyone around me knows what they want and are achieving great things and I am just here stuck. 

That was my old mindset.

Today, I am here to tell you that it is okay. The person you are today isn’t what you will be in the future. I understand that I am not the first person to tell you that. I've been in your shoes and I still am trying to be a more confident and positive person. Here are some tips I’ve learned to get here: 

1) Give Yourself Enough Credit

I believe that we all need to give ourselves a lot more credit than what we are giving ourselves now. In reality, we are not that stuck. Just having the thought of not having our stuff together is what propels us to get our stuff together.

2) Everyone Feels Stuck and Unmotivated

YOU'RE NOT ALONE! I cannot stress this enough. I still get unmotivated and stuck sometimes but I have learned how to deal with it better. Most people are not always constantly motivated and doing something successful. People portray success as an uphill slope but in reality, it is like a rollercoaster. Success doesn’t come easy, it comes with trial and error. We’ll take Oprah and Steve Jobs as examples. I am sure they both struggled with feeling stuck and unmotivated but now look at how successful they’ve become. Eventually time will breed wisdom and success.

3) Everyone is still figuring things out

My current perspective on this whole topic has a lot to do with the stroke of enlightenment that I've had over the course of a few years. People need to understand that everyone is still trying to FIGURE THINGS OUT. President Obama, for example, was still trying to figure things out while he was in office. There isn't one person in this world that will tell you they know what they want, how they will achieve it, and when they will achieve it.  Life is so much of trying to still figure things out, "Nothing will ruin your 20's more than thinking you should have your life together,” I saw this quote while I was scrolling through Pinterest and it really resonated with me. Life should be full of wonder, surprises, and endless possibilities.

4) Don’t compare yourself to others

Growing up comparing myself to others wasn't out of the norm for me. I live in an Asian household so you always need to be bigger or better than someone. Comparison breeds discontent. You shouldn't compare yourself to others. You should be proud of what you've achieved so far. Challenges and successes are idiosyncratic to people. What you've achieved might not be as amazing as someone else’s achievement but maybe they don't have a mental disability, they don’t have to balance school/work, and/or come from the same background you do. All of us are individually unique and so we can't compare ourselves to others because nobody is you. Nobody has gone through the hardships you've faced, no one lives your life, and nobody has the lack of resources you might have. If you are going to compare yourself to someone, at least compare yourself to someone that you don't want to be. Growing up, my mom didn't have the money to afford college, so now she has to work long hours at a nail salon. When I think about my mom and how many hardships she had to face, it motivates me to get a better job so that she can live comfortably. We often compare ourselves to people we aspire to be or want to be, but we don't ever really compare ourselves to people we don't want to be. When you can finally realize that comparing yourself to someone isn’t beneficial then maybe you can stop and evaluate the people around you. If you surround yourself with ambitious and driven people they will actually help you grow. For me, when I see someone working hard and getting the results they want it encourages me to do the same and become the person I want to be.

5) Keep a Positive Mindset

Try speaking positively about yourself. A positive mindset will create positive action. No one can achieve true success if they have a negative mindset. Feeling anxious and having toxic thoughts won’t help you achieve the goals you want.

6) Be grateful

Be grateful for what you have because we don’t realize all the small accomplishments we’ve made.  Life is a series of a thousand miracles and we should notice them. Successful people are grateful, happy, and content with what they have because that allows them to focus on reaching their goals instead of little trivial things.

Not being where you want to be now should be enough motivation to get you to where you want to be. I might not be where I want to be now but I will be and I’m going to be. When I am feeling down these words help fuel me and keep me going.

Written by: Loi Han

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Let’s Empower Voices.

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A question I am frequently asked whether I am filling out an application, talking to someone, or reflecting on myself, and I am sure many of you have been asked the same, is:

“What matters to you?”

For me, voices.

One battle I have fought for a long time is against the silence that is often forced upon victims of sexual assault. Victim blaming and shaming is too common, especially towards women. Instead of empathy, victims are faced with doubt and opposition. They are either not believed or made to feel at fault. They become the focal point of the assault. They shouldn’t have been dressed like that. They shouldn’t have been dancing provocatively. Basically, they were asking for it. This is what they become accustomed to and this becomes their twisted reality.

I want them to break through that silence. Their voices matter to me and I will fight to create an environment for them where they are finally acknowledged, supported, and safe. I believe victim blaming and shaming plays a big role in the existence of rape culture today. Let’s fight to empower voices by supporting victims of sexual assault when others are trying to tear them down. Let’s stand up for them and with them so they are never silenced again.

Written by: Emita Amatya

Together, We Will Thrive

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This weekend I had the pleasure of attending DWIB’s 2nd Annual Fall Leadership and Empowerment Retreat. Held in a beautiful beachfront cabin in Pajaro Dunes Resort, the event hosted 40+ members eager to learn and grow. The theme, “Take My Hand,” was very fitting for the friendships built and support shown from one another. From sunrise walks to “family” group skits, this weekend was one to remember.

Throughout the weekend, I found many opportunities for self-reflection. I got to think about my self-image, career goals, and life legacy. Working in a team environment, I also thought critically about my personal strengths and my own group dynamics. I developed both mentee and mentor relationships with others by seeking professional advice from directors, as well as giving advice to my younger peers.

Coming into retreat, I was expecting to meet new people and bond on a more personal level. Undoubtedly, we did this through numerous activities, but it was in a much deeper and meaningful manner. We created a comfortable space where we could share our stories and express our feelings. Everyone was supportive throughout the good and bad tales. They congratulated accomplishments and sympathized through struggle. No matter what problems or fears we had, the group was there, with open arms, offering support.

I was humbled by the authenticity and genuineness given from those I met. I truly felt like I was part of a family. We wrote many affirmations to celebrate each other. It illustrated the value of the connections that we formed and positive interactions we shared.

This bonding experience attests that DWIB is a safe, fun environment for me to grow personally and professionally. It fosters a community with people that are always encouraging and lend a helping hand. I am grateful for the opportunity to have met such a wonderful group of individuals. I look forward to the next retreat and an amazing year ahead!

Written By: Amrita Singh

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Fresh Page, Fresh Start

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There are times when you feel discouraged and times when you feel like your life is not going anywhere. But remember that it is your life and you are in control. Fall is coming up and there’s no better time to start fresh than with the new upcoming school year. Take this chance and write the chapter in your life that you won’t regret.

It’s never too late to chase your goals. Every day is a new day and a new beginning. Whether it’s a new school year or the end of one, if there’s something you want to do, change, achieve, or all of the above, then do it. Everyone’s lives move at different paces. The right time for someone is not necessarily the right time for you. Be patient and keep chasing.

You are your own biggest critic. There are opportunities out there that you don’t want to take the leap for because you’re afraid that you can’t do it, and that all people are going to care about is your failure. However, no one cares about you, your life, and the choices you make more than you. If even you won’t believe in yourself, then who will? Remember, all the things you have achieved so far and all the things you have become good at were once things that you didn’t think you could’ve done or accomplished.

Don’t compare yourself with others. Both you and I live in a society where we hear and see so many successful people and what they have achieved for themselves. When put in this environment, it is easy to start comparing yourself to them. However, what we don’t see is the extent of all the hard work they put in: the late nights, the lack of sleep, or all the time they just want to call it quits. So while we sit at home on the internet comparing ourselves, these people are putting themselves out there, doing what they can, to have the life that they want. It’s not that you’re not good enough, it’s because you haven’t started.

Here is some inspiration from a man who never stopped starting something new.

I hope my motivational tips can encourage you to go out there and do what you want to do. Every ending is disguised as an opportunity for a new beginning but don’t wait for the opportunities to come to you, go after them!

Written by: Ari Tran Dang

Major Girl Power on Instagram

Social media has really changed the game for how women around the globe encourage, inspire, and empower others. Digital platforms are such a powerful tool that can be used to challenge stereotypes, spread positivity, and raise awareness of worldwide issues.There are so many amazing accounts you can draw inspiration from on Instagram. Here are 6  Instagram accounts you should consider following.

 

@trashisfortossers

Lauren Singer is an ambitious 25 year old woman living a zero waste life in New York. She shares hygiene tips and gets extra creative with mason jars. Lauren is moving up the latter with her company @thesimplyco,  which is focused on making organic vegan laundry detergent with only three ingredients, as well as being  the Co-CEO of @packagefreeshop, which is a zero waste lifestyle shop located in Brooklyn, NY.  

@nedamonem

Neda Monem is an Iranian journalist who shares unique photos of cultural food, nature, and architecture with a mix  of Iranian politics. She captures the scenic life in Iran in hopes of spreading peace and awareness to all who come across her feed.

@amypoehlersmartgirls

Amy Poehler and Meredith Walker created Smart Girls together to aspire young people that they can change the world by cultivating their authentic selves.

@goalgang

As their profile bio best states "For women, by women. Unapologetically bawsey." This feed will motivate you to go after your goals and shares content that is  aesthetic and witty. 

@ladiesgetpaid

This feed helps women rise up at work and get the paycheck they deserve. 'Ladies Get Paid' help women advocate for themselves at work. This account spreads their message to empower women to focus on their goals  and promote equal pay. 

@rrayyme

Remi Ishizuk's feed is  #fitspiration goals and you can find healthy eating tips, fitness, and travel on her feed. Her approach is to empower yourself through health and balance and is well represented through her bright, colorful and inspirational posts. 

Written by: Sahar Forouzanfar

Stressins' into Blessins'

I know, I know. It's week 9 and it's week 9 of spring quarter. The finish line is almost here , but it seems so far away. There's a lot of stress coming your way, final assignments, finals, packing up your things for summer, or even getting ready to start that new job. It's overwhelming, I know. So how can we deal with this stress? 

Turn your stressins into blessins! Take the stress and anxiety of a situation and look at it as a blessing. That final exam you are dreading to take in 2 weeks; think about how lucky you are to be pursuing a higher education, something so many people wish they had the opportunity to do. That new job you are scared to start? Many other people wish they had the opportunity to even apply. 

Blessings don't even have to be spiritual. The acknowledgment of a blessing is just an acknowledgement of opportunity, privilege, and honor. Now, if you want to see this "blessing" as a gift from a higher power, the universe, or as a result of your own actions and hard work, then see it that way. All the more power to you. 

In the end, acknowledge that the position you are in is one somebosy else wishes day and night, they could have. Look at your situation from a different angle and maybe you'll see something new. 

Don't forget to take things one day at a time. You made it this far, I know you have what it takes to keep pushing through.

P.S.: Here's a new study song. Stay strong Aggies!

Written by: Stephany Arroyo

Study Hacks

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It’s week 8 and you know what that means? We are in the middle of midterms season and approaching finals! Whether you have countless assignments, projects, or tests, wrapping up the quarter is always one of the most stressful times in the school year, and we have to do that 3 times (RIP). Spring quarter is especially difficult because when it isn’t a blazing 100 degrees outside it’s actually the type of whether that makes you want to just take long naps or go relax on the hammocks at the quad. Finding it hard to focus on studying rather than naps, I decided to take action and look for effective “Study Hacks”. I came across this very helpful BuzzFeed article with tips and tricks for studying.

Here are 5 tips I find the most helpful!

  • Write down all your formulas at the beginning of the test.

If you get really worried or anxious during a test, that may often cause you to forget some of the things you studied. Although this isn’t something you do when you are studying, I always make use of this tip before tackling the questions on my test. Don't have formulas? Try writing down key words and definitions instead.

  • While studying, do a short review session at each 20 minute interval of the newly learned material.

Along with taking breaks every 25 minutes, its good  to make sure you are grasping the material you are studying before you finish up. This tip is very important for me because it helps me remember material much better. If I am reading for my class I will read a section and summarize it afterward as review. It really helps information stick! 

  • Google "site:edu [subject] exam" to find many different college exams featuring problems pertaining to that subject.

I did not know about this tip but I am very glad to have come across it! I find it incredibly helpful to do as many problems related to the subject as possible to make sure I actually understand the application of various different topics. If your class is more on the conceptual rather than application side, an alternative to this could be to do summary questions provided in your books. 

  • Use a program to block distracting sites on your computer for a set period of time.

This tip is very useful if you are the type of person who constantly checks your social medias, watches cute baby animal videos,  or literally scrolls through anything just to be distracted this is a great solution for you. Who actually wants to study? Not many people, but it is necessary. To help make sure you don’t get distracted site blocker may come in handy!

  • Times New Roman is the fastest font to read. (If you're dyslexic, there's a special font called Dyslexie that could help you read more easily.)

Here is a tip I have not tried yet but I’m extremely curious to! I didn't think that font could play such a huge role in studying. If you are like me, I type up my own study guides but I always use fonts like Arial. Looks like I’ll be using Times New Roman from now on!

I hope that you all find these tips useful! If you have any tips you want to share, be sure to comment them below. 

Written By: Mira Daya


 

Powerhouse Female Artists

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), here are some powerhouse Asian/Pacific American female artists who are inspiring others with their artistry.


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Lorraine "La Flame"

  • Lorraine "La Flame" Agustin is a dj and painter from the Bay Area. While she DJ’s for events, house parties, picnics, and birthdays, she considers herself more of a "bedroom dj." She recently began shifting her focus on painting and paints artists and people who inspire her. In the future, she wants to host an event where she can DJ and showcase/sell her art.
  • Soundcloud | Paintings

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Nicole Garcia

  • Nicole Garcia is a 3rd year student at UC Davis freelancing in photography and design. She loves to capture genuine moments whether in individual portraits or group settings. In product photography, she strive to create a unique perspective and showcase the product's personality. 
  • Website  |  Instagram

Kelley Chao

  • Kelley is a visual artist hailing from San Francisco. Currently, she is an undergraduate student at the California College of Arts with a major in Painting and Drawing. She specializes in oil painting and drawing but also has skills in photography, sculpture, and music.
  • Kelley's passion for Asian-American themes, female vulnerability and struggles, and traveling to see new cultures are expressed in her artwork.
  • Souncloud  |  Art

Linda Nguyen

  • Linda is a creative professional looking to fulfill her hunger for all things fashion. At a young age I discovered my passion for fashion, with sketches filling the ins and outs of school notebooks. Chasing her dreams, she attended UC Davis and earned a Bachelors of Art degree in Fashion Design.
  • She currently works as a production manager and designer for the Oakland-based clothing brand, Lesley Evers. Even more, she creates videos full of crafty and artsy DIY things.
  • Youtube 

Reminder to anyone who needs to hear this: Even if you don’t have it all together, if you’re trying your best, you’re doing enough.
— Sorah Yang

Sorah Yang

  • Sorah Yang is a dance teacher, choreographer, and singer from the Bay Area currently residing in Los Angeles. She has taught dance classes & workshops in 23 countries and 28 universities. While she may be tiny, she is mighty and inspires others around the world to be themselves and love the skin their in.
  • Youtube  |  Website

Moms Come in Many Forms

Mother’s Day can be a very emotion filled time for different people. Note that not everyone looks forward to Mother’s Day. For some, it may be a very uncomfortable and saddening day for various reasons, and for others, it may be filled with joy and lots of celebrations. Something to consider is that moms come in many forms. Some moms are adoptive mothers, some moms are stepmothers, some moms may even take form as your high school teacher who mentors you, or even someone like your sisters who help you every step of the way through college. Anyone from your aunt, grandmothers or even your friends. I don’t consider a mom just to be someone who gave birth to me, rather, I consider someone a mom who has helped me become the person I am today. Someone who is willing to care for you and help you in times of need and encourages you to do big things in life should be recognized and appreciated on Mother’s Day.

Growing up being the youngest of three, I was blessed with not just one motherly figure but three, which include my very loving and nurturing mother and my two older sisters. All three have looked after me, raised me and cared for me immensely throughout my life. I made sure to show my appreciation to my mom and both of my sisters this Mother’s Day because they have all played an important role in my life and have taught me countless lessons about life and how to treat others as well as to believe in myself and my capabilities.

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Mother’s Day should not only be a day to celebrate the woman who gave birth to you, but also to celebrate any strong woman who has helped you become you by inspiring or encouraging you. Appreciating strong women in your life does not have to be restricted to one specific day, spread positivity and appreciation as often as possible. A little bit of love can go a long way.

Written By: Mira Daya

Life After DWIB

    As a transfer student from Southern California, I had no idea what I was in for when I came to Davis this past fall. I had no friends, no familiarity with the quarter system, and felt completely alone. I thought I would get to know myself more, as I normally enjoy solitude. The key difference is I enjoy the moments I choose be alone. I thought I wouldn’t have any friends or really any reason to like Davis. This combined with familial issues at home didn’t really breed a good attitude. That being said, fall was a tough quarter. By the time winter came around I started noticing a women’s business club appear more often on my newsfeed. I decided it was time to put myself out there and attended an info session. There, I met a panel of incredibly accomplished women in leadership. To be honest it was incredibly intimidating, they had achieved so much in so little time I felt immediately behind. As a transfer you already hit the ground running; you're an upperclassmen that feels like a freshman. All this considered, the info sessions and rush process left me feeling motivated and hungry for self development. After that I was hooked.                                                                                                                                                       
    Somehow the women on this team have cultivated an incredible sense of camaraderie that emphasizes empowerment above all else. There wasn't the tired, petty girl to girl competition, and I was inspired. There were workshops on a variety of things from mental health to professionalism. The cultivation of our hard work was OWN IT, a summit we put on from scratch. The day was filled with panels and break out sessions of leading women from companies in every niche of business. We left the day feeling tired and empowered through the conversation and interaction. Almost immediately, we discussed our plans and improvements for the next one.  

    My entire journey so far in DWIB, is straight out of something Hollywood tries to replicate. You can probably compare being in DWIB to Pitch Perfect, kind of. Probably less singing. Still singing, just less. Its truly a group of strong girls just trying to get together and create something amazing. Proving that we are always stronger together, as if we needed a reminder.  
    I could not be more grateful for the unprecedented amount of growth I have experienced since joining DWIB. This is only the beginning, and having gained so much already, I am excited for the continued growth I am experiencing and highly recommend this organization to everyone I meet. DWIB is more than a business organization, its a group of likeminded individuals that seek personal and professional growth. I get that so far this seems like a running ad for DWIB, but honestly how else can I rave about it? #notspon We have created lifelong friendships that go far and beyond campus. Going from few friends to a complete network of incredible individuals and the best support system couldn't have been a bigger score for me. And to those very women I am so lucky to call friends, thank you. It’s been beyond real. 

Written by: Bhavini Ahir

We all move forward when we recognize how resilient and striking the women around us are.
— Rupi Kaur

Quick and Easy Summer Drinks

Hello sunny weather! A Starbucks run for a refreshing drink or boba tea with friends sounds like a great idea to keep cool as the weather warms up. As delicious as these drinks may be, there are DIY alternatives that will save you $3-$5 per drink and help keep your college budget in check. Here are 3 Quick and Easy Summer Drinks you can make that are inexpensive and perfect for summer.

Make Your Own Boba Tea

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Black Tea
  • Black Tapioca Pearls 
  • Milk 
  • Sugar

Directions: 

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add a handful of tapioca pearls and continue to boil, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover, and let it sit for 12 to 15 more minutes.
  2. While the tapioca pearls are boiling,  steep 2-3 tea bags in 2 cups of boiling water for 4 minutes and let cool . (You're making it strong because you'll be adding quite a bit of milk later). 
  3. When the pearls are ready, drain them and quickly rinse under cold water.This will wash off the sticky tapioca starch. Add the boba into a jar and poor in enough tea so that all the pearls are submerged. Add several spoons of sugar and stir. You want the boba to be submerged in a sweet, sweet syrup. 
  4. Now you can chill the rest of the brewed tea in the fridge. When it is very cold you can make your boba tea by combining the boba, tea, milk,  and any other desired flavorings to a tall glass.  Shaking the tea gives the bubble froth which is best made with ice in a cocktail shaker- but if you have a mason jar at home, feel free to combine it altogether,  close the top, shake the tea vigorously and enjoy your very own homemade boba tea! 

DIY Passion Tea Lemonade 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 Tazo Passion Tea Bags 
  • 16 oz water
  • 4 oz Lemonade
  • 2 tspn sugar
  • 1/8 tspn vanilla 

Directions: 

  1. Boil water
  2. Remove from heat and add tea bags, sugar and vanilla. 
  3. Allow to sit for 15 minutes 
  4. Remove tea bags and refrigerate until cold.
  5. Add ice to a tall closeable container. Add 8 oz tea and 2 oz of lemonade per serving. Shake well to mix. Enjoy!

Inspired by the Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade, this recipe is so simple and refreshing. Just grab yourself some Tazo Passion Fruit Tea Bags and some lemonade. Combined with some sugar and a hint of vanilla, you will have yourself a refreshing and cheaper version right from home.


Fruit- Infused Water

If you are looking for a healthy and simple way to up your water intake throughout the day, an easy and beneficial drink option would be fruit-infused water. These infused-water combinations are a healthy way to keep you refreshed while staying hydrated. 

You can infuse water with a variety of herbs, fruits, and even vegetables! It's all about easiness ,flavor, and creativity.

Here are five great flavor combinations to consider: 

  1. Blueberry - Lemon - Mint 
  2. Apple - Cinnamon Sticks
  3. Grapefruit - Lemon - Mint 
  4. Mint - Cucumber - Green Apple
  5. Chia Seeds - Lime juice - Agave Nectar
  6. Berries - Basil - Lemon

We hope you found these three quick and easy summer drinks refreshing and cost effective. If you decide to give these recipes a try, share your  DIY summer drink with us on social media by tagging @daviswomeninbusiness in your post!

Written By: Sahar Forouzanfar


31 Questions for 31 Days of May!

Questions; they help us gain insights about any given phenomena, person or subject. Do we ask them enough? Do we ask ourselves "why" enough? I recently thought to myself after a particularly rough day, "why?" It sparked a stream of consciousness in which I found motivation and clarity. I found that I got to know myself a little better through this exercise and it was helpful. Though it's already the fourth of May (May the Fourth be with you all!), I thought it would be fun to ask a question a day for everyday of May! Asking yourself questions is a great way to focus your thoughts. The point of all this is to keep asking questions as it enriches your life by being curious and pushing your limits by asking "why?" Knowing yourself, better yet, understanding yourself can help you as you navigate through life. I compiled a list of questions that have made an impression on me and I hope you benefit from asking yourself a few of these and continue asking "why?" through the month of May and onward!  

May 1: When did you last do something for the first time? 

May 2: What color would you give your life?  

May 3: What three words would you use to describe your life?  

May 4: What has made you doubt yourself? 

May 5: When was the last time you put aside your fear? 

May 6: What would you like to ask your future self? 

May 7: What question are you asked far too often? 

May 8: What should you have done much sooner? 

May 9: What seems to be the most annoying thing about being an adult?  

May 10: What would you never do again? 

May 11: When are you at your best? 

May 12: What criticism hurt you the most? 

May 13: What book made a great impression on you? 

May 14: In what ways are you most like your mother? 

May 15: What do you think about before you fall asleep? 

May 16: What was the best advice that anyone ever gave you? 

May 17: When did you last surprise yourself? 

May 18: Which day of your life would you like to relive? 

May 19: What have you recently changed your mind about? 

May 20: What do you hold onto when times are hard? 

May 21: What should you really do more often? 

May 22: How would your friends describe you? 

May 23: What's your next project? 

May 24: What is the best compliment you have ever received? 

May 25: How do you let people know they are special to you? 

May 26: How close are you to truly being who you want to be? 

May 27: What do you still want to learn? 

May 28: Do you hold on to something you should have let go of a long time ago? 

May 29: What event has made a huge impression on you? 

May 30: What were the three best things that happened today? 

May 31: What quote do you feel you live your life by? 

 

I hope after this month you have gained insight on yourself and your life! 

Written by: Bhavini Ahir 

 

Self-Care

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Take a moment to reflect on life. Think of all the good and the bad; the moments of complete darkness and the times when you finally found a glimmer of light. We all go through rough times in life but I think the hardest part about those times is openly admitting to it and seeking help. Many people do not want to seem vulnerable or "weak", which is why they refrain from accepting a helping hand or even look for someone who would extend one. But to confide in someone in order to get your thoughts out is an important form of self-care; bottling up problems can negatively effect your mental health. In relationship with Davis Women In Business, we believe in empowerment and I believe that a big part of being empowered stems from sufficient self-care. When you care for yourself you being to build a love for yourself and ultimately become your own greatest supporter and motivator. 

Self-care starts with setting aside time for yourself. Set time aside when you can do what you love, be carefree for a bit, let out your stress and let those thoughts that have been circling in your head escape you. During this time you should put aside everything that has deposited a weight upon your shoulders. For instance, I like to turn off my work emails and put away everything pertaining to school. I like to disconnect myself from my responsibilities for a moment because in the moment that you disconnect yourself from the rest of the world is the perfect opportunity for you to reconnect with yourself. 

Another thing to remember is to never feel like you are alone during a low point. 1 out 4 college students admit to struggling through a rough time that affected them adversely (1) and 85% of students reported that they felt overwhelmed within the past year (2). There are always people out there to hear you out and extend a helping hand, you just have to be willing to speak up and grasp on.

Written by Briana Ngo

 

(1) http://www.healthline.com/health/depression/college-students

(2) https://www.adaa.org/finding-help/helping-others/college-students/facts

 

No Regrets?

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If you could go back and change one thing in your life, would you? This cliche question always seems to be answered with “No, I wouldn’t. My life would not be what it is today. I have no regrets”. How about another perspective...

Regrets are painted to be menacing dark creatures that linger in the back of our minds. We are taught that we should not live life with regrets. Yet, regrets are a normal part of life and if used correctly, can actually lead to our empowerment. Look at regrets as the opportunity for reflections, an opportunity to address a moment in life when we felt we did not act to the best of our abilities, a moment where we should of stood up and spoken our minds, or a moment where we did not act with proper intentions. It takes maturity and self awareness to acknowledge the areas in our lives that need improvement. By recognizing and addressing these regrets, we are not changing the events that occurred in our lives. Actually, we can never do that (Unless you have the secret calculation for time travel. In that case, why have you not share it with the world!). We are solely reflecting on our decisions. 

The point is not to allow these regrets to hold us back, but to use them as our teachers for the future. Look at your regrets as life giving you an opportunity to be proactive and productive. Take the teachings you learned and apply them actively to the life ahead of you. You do not have to make the same choice twice if you do not want to. Consider how you can turn your regrets into goals for growth and improvement. We are all humans and we make mistakes, there is no blueprint to life. However, only you have the ability to turn those feelings into opportunities for wisdom. When you begin to change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change. 

 

Written By: Stephany Arroyo