About michelleaylab

My name is Michelle, I’m 16, I love my family & friends, hot chocolate, photography, youth group, country music, the outdoors, summer & living my life. I’m just a normal girl who tries to live her life the best I can. Love life because you only have one.

The Hair Challenge: February

First off, I want to say I’m sorry for not posting for about two months, I’ve just been extremely busy these past couple of months, but I’m back and I’m going to start doing my best to post once a week (again, sometimes on Saturday’s, and usually on Sunday’s, and occasionally on another day of the week).

Last month’s challenge was to do braids for most of the month. I am happy to report, that for this month for the most part, stuck with the challenge of doing braids almost everyday, though I don’t have any photos to show you this time because I kept forgetting to take some.

Now for this month, March I decided to stop the challenge, because I forgot to think of a different hairstyle, and March is pretty much over anyways.

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Marketing is Essential

I’m sure everyone’s heard of marketing, and what kind of impact it can have on a business. This is exactly what I’ve been learning about in my new Business Marketing class which started this past week. This project I spent the day working on, and I would say I think I did I good job on it. I used Prezi for my assignment and I really liked how it turned out. Homework has been my main focus for the past two weeks as exams and summatives have been happening. Now that’s over I can spend more time posting again once a week. I know that I’m not that consistent (well for the past two weeks), but before last week I had never forgot to blog, but now I can more often because I am through the first stressful month of the school year.

The Hair Challenge: The Check in

058At the end of December I decided to do something new I came up with; The Hair Challenge: A (sorta) New Years Resolution, where I said I was going to do one hairstyle for a whole month as sort of a “signature do”. This went pretty well for the first couple of weeks, and then I stopped putting my hair up but as the month comes to an end, I’m finishing off my month like I started it. This month was all about fast and easy buns. Now I did deviate a little from the bun, as I did one day do a half up, half down bun look. It was fun to try and come up with different ways to do buns, one day I ended up making a bun sort of, it wasn’t a bun but it looked like it so I let it go.

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Next month for my hair challenge I’ve decided that braids will be my hairstyle for the month. We’ll see how February goes, and I’ll do an update again at the end of the month.

Work, Work, Work

It seems that as you get older you get a lot more work, and obligations in your life. I know for me that’s exactly what’s happening these days. I think that most of the time I have it under control, but when it comes to hectic times in your year, it just seems like everything is out of control. For me these hectic times are defiantly the months leading up to exam time. As someone in high school right now, I sometimes find it hard to juggle a bunch of things in my life at once. Probably one of the hardest things is trying to make time, and actually committing to pulling out my books and studying.

I have a few tips to help with the crazy month that is January. For exams, I suggest bring home your homework for the Christmas break. Yeah, I know you probably don’t want start studying during the break – trust me it’s not that fun, BUT,  if you start early then you don’t have to worry about cramming in the last week of January, AND you can take your sweet time, just do a couple of pages, concepts or class discussions a day. Another tip to go along with that is, don’t wait till the evening to do review, get up early in the morning and study for one hour a day, say 8 to 9am, and then you’ve got your study session in for the day and you’d technically just be starting class by then, and you can go strait back to bed if you want.

Another really big thing to help the information stick into your mind better is finding out what your learning style is. I’m sure if you’re a certain you’ve done one where you take a quiz, answer some questions and it tells you want your learning style is. If you don’t know what the learning styles are, there’s auditory, visual, and kinetics. Auditory is when you take in information best by hearing things, so recordings, lectures,  and saying information out loud. Visual learning is when you need to see things to remember it best, so diagrams, graphs, pictures,lists on paper, things like that, and finally Kinetics or tactile is when you need to touch things, and or move while learning, so the best things would be hands on learning with models. If you find out your learning style that will help a lot because it will save time, and allow you to have more time for things that you enjoy. One last tip, DO NOT wait untill the week or the day before the exam to study because that’s not a good idea, and it only creates stress and no one likes that.

When it comes to exams I can’t say I’m an expert, but I have gotten through two years of it already, and I did pretty good following these tips. Good luck to everyone taking exams at the end of January.

Bundling Up in the Winter Cold

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My Scarf Collection. The dark magenta scarf on the far right is my knit scarf I mention

Those long days of sunshine, shorts, t-shirts, and warm days are long gone, and I’m missing them. Now it’s supper cold in the middle of winter and I’m freezing. This past week where I live have been especially cold, you don’t want to go outside because its minus 30 degrees Celsius outside with the windshield, so you defiantly do not want to go outside. There are some great ways that I keep warm (other than drinking hot chocolate by the fireplace) and one particular way is I love wearing scarfs.

Scarfs are great because they keep your neck warm, and they can be really stylish which is a bonus because scarfs are in fashion at this time of year. For me I don’t have a huge selections in my wardrobe, but I do have a few that are nice, and one that I think is a staple to have – a really warm knit scarf to keep you warm. Mine was a gift from my sister a couple Christmases ago, and I wear it all the time in the fall and winter – I’m even wearing it right now.

Even though scarfs are traditionally only worn in the winter to keep warm in the winter, there are a lot of different scarfs out on the market now that can be worn in different seasons – even in the summer. I prefer to wear scarfs in the fall and winter, but I do sometimes wear a scarf in the chilly morning while on my way to school.

I think one of the best things about a scarf is that it not only keeps you warm, it can be an accessory that pulls a whole outfit together. I also really enjoy that you can get scarfs in a multitude of different colors, shapes (hello infinty scarfs, my personal favorite), sizes and material which really allows one to use a scarf in many different ways (like a shall, which is what my mom does when she’s cold).

Overall scarfs are really great, and aside from its fashionable uses, a scarf really does keep you warm, and that’s what we need, especially in the winter, and with the past week I’ve had where I live, and I’m sure in a lot of other places.

The Hair Challenge: A (sorta) New Years Resolution

As the Christmas season has come and gone, it’s almost the start of the new year, 2014. Now every year it’s tradition for people everywhere to make a new year’s resolution, and with that we get the classic going to the gym and eating healthy, learn something new, read more and get organized (Although if you are serious about getting organized consider hiring a professional organizer in your area to help you). Although a lot of my friends and people I know do make resolutions, let’s face it, most often than not after January the resolutions are forgotten and never lived up to. For this reason exactly I never make new year’s resolutions, because I know that I won’t follow through with them.

This year is a little different; I was looking at some hair articles (like I regularly do these days), and I got thinking, and came up with a cool hair challenge that I could do in the new year. So yes, in a way it is a new years resolution, but it’s much than that, it’s a fun way to spice up my everyday routine. The challenge I came up was for each new month I chose a hairstyle I like, and do that hairstyle everyday for a month. So that hairstyle (whatever I chose to do) will be like my “signature hairstyle” for the month. This is different than a new years resolution because I’ve always been into hair and styling hair (I wanted to be a hair dresser when I was younger) and so this challenge is a fun activity that I know I’ll follow through with because I love doing my hair, and it won’t seem like I need to change something (I feel like that’s what a resolution is).

I’m setting a goal of doing this challenge for 3 months to start, and when March comes around I’ll see how I’m doing and evaluate from there. For the month of January I’ve decided to start with buns because there fast quick and easy, especially with exams coming up at the end of January I can’t be spending a ton of time on my hair when I can be studying. So hopefully this challenge goes well, and at the end of each month I’ll do an update on how I did with my hairstyle that month.

As it is the holidays, I just wanted to say a belated Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, I hope 2014 is great for everyone!

Should You Connect Your Blog to Your LinkedIn Profile?

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Many WordPress.com bloggers are already enjoying the benefits of connecting their sites to their social networks via Publicize. Sharing your posts on Facebook and Twitter might be a no-brainer — clearly, all your friends and followers want to read your latest piece of staggering wit. But what about professional social network LinkedIn?

Here are some points to consider before you decide to push your blog’s content to your professional profile, too.

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Studying: The Joy of Student Life

Christmas is almost here, which is great, but for a student like me, it means homework, homework and a LOT of studying. Christmas is a great time of year, but with everything good comes something not so good, and in my case a little (okay, a lot) something called exams.

Ahh the lovely invention of exams that come twice a year, lovely. For a lot of people, exams are not enjoyable – they’re stressful, time-consuming and inconvenient. For those people out there that like to procrastinate or just have a hard time, there are a few tactics I like using to help me get through the crazy time.

Firstly I like to make study notes for the class. Ideally you want to create study notes for each unit, but if you didn’t think to do that, now would be a good time because study notes are going to be a life saver. I make study notes one, because it’s helpful for me to write out information, and two, because when I’m on the go I can take them with me and study where ever I am. It also really helps to type them up just in case you accidentally lose them you still have a copy.

Secondly, I like to find a study buddy, preferably someone in the specific class. Having someone to bounce concepts off of is really helpful, and a much more fun way to study than the traditional sit at home and read the textbook method of studying.

Now I don’t know about you, but for me I’m an auditory learner, so I also like to take one extra step and record on my phone the study notes I wrote out. Now you’re probably not going to go that far, but I once lost my study notes, but I had luckily voice recorded my notes and was able to study by listening to them. Recording your study notes also gives a different way to being able to study on the go, because unless your in a car and not driving, you can’t exactly be on the go and read your notes at the same time. So recording notes is great because as your walking to school, or anywhere you can listen to them, and you’re making great use of your time.

Those are just a few suggestions on different ways to study – some that are obvious, and some that are a little more creative. Finding the way you learn best is really helpful, and best of all it saves you time and energy.

Hot Chocolate: My “Coffee”

The mug I use when I have hot chocolate at home

    Pretty much everyone I know these days drinks coffee; my mom, dad, sister, friends, teacher, and anyone I see on the streets with a mug I assume they’re drinking coffee.

I was never allowed to drink coffee, and even now I don’t. My version of coffee as you all have probably guessed, is hot chocolate. Whenever people ask me why I like and drink hot chocolate so much I like to explain it by simply saying “my hot chocolate is like people drinking coffee.” I give that analogy because its the closest way to explain why I like and drink hot chocolate so much.

Everyone knows atleast one person who drinks coffee atleast once a week, and no one says anything about it because its a common thing most people do. Hot chocolate for me is the same as people drinking coffee, except I don’t drink it everyday, I have certain days I have it, and I don’t have to have it everyday to get me going in the morning.

Hot chocolate is something I really enjoy. My friends and family joke that I’m addicted because I drink it so much, but really its just something I enjoy and hot chocolate is like my coffee, just the difference is I don’t need have it everyday to wake me up.

Hot chocolate is something that makes me really happy and I enjoy drinking it. Its like everything else I enjoy: playing guitar, going to youth group and seeing my friends, I drink it because it tastes really good, and is something I look forward to all the time.