7 Ways To Make Your Christmas Break Count

7 Ways To Make Your Christmas Break Count

Don't let Christmas break go to waste!

Christmas break is always a sweet retreat that's much needed from school. As soon as I completed my last final, I just wanted to forget about the entire semester I'd just experienced, even though I like school. I always make plans to organize and purge my material things or see all the people that I don't get as much of a chance to see during the semester. I tell myself I'm going to be productive. In reality, whenever I'm on break, I savor it and just want to relax. At the same time, somehow I blink and it's gone! It always goes by way too quickly. Start thinking now about the best ways to maximize the time you have on the break and make it count.

1. Set yourself up with some sort of income stream.


Definitely get a Christmas break job that will help you keep that extra little cash. If you don't already have one, maybe your local Starbucks is hiring. Try scouring online for freelance gigs at websites like Freelancer or advertising your babysitting or dogs sitting services. Maybe you could start an Etsy shop? There are plenty of ways to make that extra side hustle.

2. Don't stop using your planner just because you're on break, maybe even make a to-do list of things you want to accomplish.

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It's so tempting to put away the planner and just relish in the freedom of break. Keep on using the planner so you know what you're doing and when you're doing it.

3. Go somewhere that you've been wanting to go forever.

I'm not saying go to Europe (though a girl can dream, right?). Take a quick road trip with a friend to a nearby city that's a few hours away. You never know what experiences you might end up finding. Plus, if it's only a day trip all you have to absolutely have to manage is food and gas costs!

4. Plan on starting that project you've been wanting to start.

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That closet that you need to go through? That novel you want to start writing? Christmas break is the time to do it! Spend less thinking about it, and more doing it!

5. Network.

ScandalTake the time over Christmas break to intentionally reconnect with people and hear about what they're doing in their lives.

6. Purge your belongings.


If you really want to get into the Christmas spirit and give, then purging your belongings is an awesome thing to do. Separate your clothes and other items into boxes to throw out and give away. Gently used clothes and toys can be treasured by someone else.

7. Relax and renew.

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Self-care and taking a mental break is just as important as working toward any goals you want to accomplish. You are a human being. Take a break from working hard.

When all is said and done, you should absolutely enjoy your time on break. Definitely, enjoy the holiday time you have with friends and family and binge that Netflix series you've been putting off. Just don't miss out on opportunities that you could take advantage of!

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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.


It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.


Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)


I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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