To Stay In or Go Out?

After going out for so many Saturdays in a row, it feels weird to come home from a Saturday afternoon of working and shopping to a night in lounging in comfy clothes for once. There’s probably a special german word for this feeling, I just don’t know how to google it.

go out?

I was asked to attend an event recently and I was given flashbacks to how I always reacted when I found out there was an event for me to attend. I mean, I want to go, but at the same time I don’t know if I really do, you know? The chart I just discovered (above, from @introvertdoodles) will help me figure out whether I should go to things now! I’m always saying “yes!” to things excitedly and then it takes up my entire calendar and now I am going to try and focus spending my energy more carefully.

An article titled “Both Introverts and Extraverts Get Exhausted from Too Much Socializing” caught my eye, and the author, Scott Kaufman mentions a research that concluded how “in general, when under stress, tired, or living in crowded circumstances, people often choose to be alone if they can.”

Every time I take a personality test or compared the sides, my results are definitely more extroverted than introverted because my energy comes from going out and about but I think I may have come to the point of getting burned out because of overloading this. It felt like so much was happening all at once like sensory overload combined with an inconsistent sleeping and eating schedule, I had almost no time for myself. I can’t wait to see what this year brings after being able to reflect on 2017 and trying to make changes.

Girlboss 2018

DIY Photos with Confetti

This year it was 5 degrees and below on my birthday–yes, in Fahrenheit–so I couldn’t really run around in Boston like I originally planned to. At least it gave me the opportunity to get my photos [inserted below] done indoors before heading out to see a movie and have dinner with my friend, Nina.

This is a quick vlog-styled how-to video I edited on achieving birthday photos using a paper backdrop and some confetti and balloon props. Please do try this at home with the best of luck from me.

xoxo Sami

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Leggings for Short Girls

Hey guys, short girl (5′) here! After years of trying on and buying pairs of leggings, I have found my favorite pairs. This is a video I created featuring me wearing them:

The brands include Aerie by American Eagle and Girlfriend Collective (which I also did a more thorough review on here).

Aerie Chill High Waisted Legging* ($20**):

  • Available in short, regular, and long lengths
  • Underwear doesn’t show through
  • For everyday wear

Aerie Play High Waisted Pocket Legging ($35**):

  • Available in short, regular, and long lengths
  • Underwear doesn’t show through
  • For workouts and everyday wear

Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Leggings ($68):

  • One length but they have a separate legging called the 7/8 legging which is geared towards shorter people (it’s next on my list of leggings to buy!)
  • Underwear doesn’t show through
  • Made in Vietnam with recycled water bottles!
  • For workouts and everyday wear

*If you don’t like high-waisted leggings; the aerie chill legging is the same exact thing (not see through, for everyday wear).

**This is the retail price but they are usually on sale for less.

Exploring Kansas City with Enactus USA 2017

A short video of my experiences at the Enactus National Competition USA 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri aka KCMO. The event took place from May 21-23rd and my team was there from the 20th to 24th to explore the city and participate in the presentation and events. We are excited to go to the Enactus World Cup in September!

College Advice Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CXkt8nADDA
Past Enactus Trips:
-Washington D.C. Regionals 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Kqyjfjy0CM
-Chicago Regionals 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb6Whn7iQ6E

Feel free to subscribe to follow along on my future Enactus adventures! xoxo Sami

College Advice: Things YOU Need to Know

I’ve been planning on filming this video for such a long time and finally got around to it! Based on two years of being a college student; here is what I’ve learned and my advice to you:

These are the timestamps for what I mentioned and extra details:

0:22 Unassigned Assigned Seats
0:38 Save on Textbooks!!!
3:08 Getting Classes You WANT
4:42 Asking For Deadline Extensions
5:50 Class Attendance
6:25 Staying Organized

Textbook websites to check out:
http://www.abebooks.com
http://www.thiftbooks.com
http://www.chegg.com
http://www.amazon.com

Hope you learned something new today & here are THIINGS I FORGOT TO MENTION:
– Ratemyprofessor: Use this site to get a general idea of how your professor is, do not pay attention to love/hate, instead focus on constructive criticism or how the professor’s teaching style is.
– For textbooks: If the class is an integral part of your major, you might want to buy it instead of renting it so you can refer back to it when you need to. If it’s just a class you need for credits or something not directly related to your major, feel free to save more money by renting.

KALA Ukulele Unboxing

I just ordered a Kala Ukulele so I could get started on learning how to play the ukulele and it’s better than what I was expecting *_*

This is the unboxing and tuning video I made:

So far, I’ve had no issues with this ukulele and have learned to play a few chords that go together for the song Riptide by Vance Joy.

Baking Sunflower Cupcakes!

Last week, I spent a few hours with friends in my kitchen baking and decorating cupcakes. I had expressed how much I missed making pretty cupcakes for school bake sales when I was in high school and we all wanted to bake again! Now that I’m in college, there are way less opportunities to host bake sales on campus…

Here is a video of how we made them and more:

These are also how our pictures turned out:

Sarah’s

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Kathy’s

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Nina’s

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Mine

Sunflower Cupcake