Hey everyone and welcome back! A few weeks ago I mentioned I was going to be adding a travel series to my blog. As I already mentioned, this year I will be heading to Barcelona, Spain and I couldn’t be happier or more excited. Since my trip is only a few weeks away, I was thinking I’d share with you the top 10 items I will definitely be bringing with me this year!

1. A flowy dress- perfect for hot summer days

2. Comfortable pair of sandals- versatile and easy to walk in while exploring the city

3. Basics shirts and tanks- can be used to create many looks

4. A good pair of sunglasses- perfect for shielding your eyes while also being super cute

5. Sunscreen- it is so important to protect your skin from the sun 

6. Denim shorts- again, versatile and can serve many purposes (ex. Beach cover up, part of an outfit)

7. A cute bikini/swimsuit- Barcelona has some great beaches. I definitely want to take advantage of them while I’m there!

8. A straw hat- provides shade for your face and head as well as looks super cute

9. A small crossbody bag- can fit all your necessities while also being light enough to carry while you are roaming the city

10. Camera- who wouldn’t want to capture their adventure for future memories 

These are the essential items I am bringing with me on my trip this year…in addition to my passport and ticket of course LOL. I hope you enjoyed this post! Stay tuned for more travel, coming soon!

Until then,

xoxo

 

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One year ago, I sat down to take my MCAT exam. I remember feeling ready, anxious but confident at the same time. After months of review, I was finally ready to put those long hours of studying behind me and move on to bigger and better things. Sweet, sweet freedom was just 7 short hours away. I could feel it, taste it. But before I could enjoy the spoils of my victory, I needed to push myself and give every ounce of myself to this daunting exam. Let’s go!

Many of you are in the same position I was just one short year ago. Preparing. Reviewing. Doing practice questions. Looking over flash cards. I get it. I was in your very shoes not too long ago. I remember how frustrating it was for me to sit myself down and study for this exam for months on end.

So I want to help. I am sharing my top 10 study tips that you can use while you study for the MCAT or any other exam.

1. Time management

Planning is key. Organize your study schedule so that you get to everything you want to study for a blocked off period of time. You may have to give up certain things to make time for studying, but it is worth it in the end.

2. How do you learn?

Figure out what type of learner you are. Do you learn best from diagrams and drawing things out? Or from listening to other speak? Do you have different preferences based on the subject matter? Determining this can help you save time and avoid study methods that don’t work for you.

3. Set GOALS!

This is by far one of the most important tips I can give you. Set both short term goals(subjects/topics you want to master that day) and long term goals (the score you want on your exam). You can write these out in a notebook or keep a mental list to stay focused and on track.

4. Early bird…or Night Owl?

 Figure out if you learn best in the morning, or at night. I personally feel more productive when studying in the morning because I can set my goals for the day, and jump straight into tackling them. In order to motivate myself to study hard during the day, I will sometimes plan something fun or relaxing for later that evening.

5. Take breaks

Depending on your needs, take breaks when studying in order to prevent yourself from getting tired, to regroup your thoughts, or to come back refreshed and ready to go. It is better to study uninterrupted if you can for a set period of time with breaks in between, than it is to study continuously while also browsing through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or texts.

6. Use outside resources when appropriate

Sometimes your lectures or textbook won’t be enough to help you understand certain topics. Try looking at other sources such as videos or online websites that can better explain a difficult topic. I looked at some videos on youtube for chemistry and biology, referred back to my old powerpoints from anatomy, and listened to audio explanations when my KAPLAN MCAT resources were not enough.

7. Study smarter, not harder!

Numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 all touch on this idea by enabling you to save time when studying by having a clear plan, and by knowing methods that work and do not work for you. I would also like to add that when studying for a cumulative exam, or exam like the MCAT it would be best to start with topics that are high yield, and topics you know you are weak on since those are the ones that will take the longest to master.

8. Eat well

Studying is exhausting. After my MCAT study sessions and practice tests I felt like I just ran a marathon. In order to keep your brain juices flowing you need to fuel your body with good food to keep you energized throughout, without making you feel like crap. DO NOT make the mistake of eating a huge sandwich and coffee in the middle of a study session. Food heavy in carbs can make you lethargic while caffeine will lead to a crash midway. This can compromise your studying!

9. Sleep! Sleep! Sleep!

Getting enough sleep is so, so important. It will help you stay awake and alert when studying as well as aiding in long term memory retention.

10. Take time for yourself

 As important as tips 1-9 are in helping you succeed in your studying endeavors, it is just as important to take time to enjoy yourself every now and then to prevent burnout. Hang out with friends/family, schedule fun activities, exercise…etc. so that you can remain productive and motivated to reach your goals. 

 

I hope you found this useful, and that you will employ some of these tips next time you sit down to study!

Until next time,

xoxo

 

 

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Hey everyone! A few weeks ago, I mentioned in a post that I would be reviving my travel series for this summer. I began the series last year when I took a family trip to Greece. Along the way I mentioned some of the things I would be packing on my trip, some outfit ideas, and what I did while I was in Santorini, Athens, and Paros. I had a great experience and wanted to do the same this year! 

If you couldn’t already tell from the title, this year I will be headed to Barcelona, Spain. I am super super excited to be heading to Spain as visiting has always been on my bucket list. My fascination with this incredible country began in middle school and only grew as my years in high school and undergrad passed by. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to visit, especially before I begin Medical School in August. Barcelona is supposedly an amazing city (or so I’ve heard from countless individuals) and I am so very excited to be able to finally explore its history, beaches, and culture. I am really eager to see Guadi’s famous Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, explore the Gothic quarter, and of course taste some awesome Catalonian dishes and tapas. I will be sure to keep you all posted with the places I visit and the experiences I have while I am there. 

Stay tuned for more posts leading up to the trip such as fashion inspiration, travel tips, and packing guides. It should be an incredible adventure!

Until then,

xoxo

 

 

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Hey everyone and welcome back! I know, I know. I’ve been MIA for a while now and it feels like forever since I have put up a new blog post. The last month has been extremely hectic from bridal showers and birthdays, settling in with all the things I need to do before med school starts, yada yada… the list goes on. That being said, I am back now and wanted to share with you guys something I’ve have been working on recently.

Dun Dun Dun. I opened my own shop on Etsy! It’s called LovelylacecoAlthough nothing major, it’s filled with some original artwork and printables ready for download. They are super cute and available to be printed, framed, or used as a background for desktops and mobile phones. 

You can scroll through all the newest collections and see what you like. Check it out! 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LovelylaceCo?ref=search_shop_redirect

Additionally, I just wanted to update you all on where the blog will be headed for the next few months as the summer is approaching. Last summer, I started a “Travel Series” leading up to and including my trip to Greece and I want to bring back that series for my trip this summer. The new destination will be revealed in the next weeks so stay tuned for that and make sure to check back for updates. It should be extremely fun and exciting!

I hope to see you soon!

Until then,

xoxo

 

 

 

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Hey everyone! I don’t know about you, but breakfast is the meal that for me sets the tone for the rest of the day. When I have a tasty and healthy breakfast, I usually feel better and have more energy to tackle my tasks than if I had a breakfast loaded with added sugar and carbs. Now don’t get me wrong I do enjoy pancakes and waffles occasionally, and I am a total sucker for buttery flaky croissants (my fav!), but these options don’t seem to provide me with the necessary energy to go about my day leaving me hungry after a few hours have passed. My go to options, as I’ve tried to eat healthier this past month, have been smoothies and omelettes. Thus I am sharing two quick and easy breakfast ideas that are not only delicious but you can also feel good about eating! So without further ado lets jump right into it.

Berry Kale Protein Smoothie

 

What you’ll need: 

1 blender

1/2 cup frozen berries ( I get the Wyman’s brand with Strawberries, Blueberries, Cherries and Kale)

1 scoop protein powder (I use Vega One shake in Vanilla)

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

A couple of ice cubes

Coconut flakes (optional)

Blend and you’re done!

This is a pretty quick and easy option if you have very little time in the morning, or are lazy (like me) to whip up a larger meal for breakfast sometimes 🙂 The next recipe is:

Spinach and Onion Egg White Omelette

What you’ll need:

1 frying pan

3 egg whites

1 pack spinach leaves

1/4 onion chopped

Cooking spray

Heat the pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the spinach to the pan and saute for a moment until the spinach starts to wilt. Add the onions and the egg whites. Cooked until eggs are no longer translucent. Remove from pan and serve with roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes, or avocado!

And there you have it! Two quick, easy, and healthy breakfast ideas for someone constantly on the go. I hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to subscribe and check out my previous article about How I prepared for my MCAT exam!

Until next time,

xoxo

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