Photography Tips for Beginners

Photography tips for beginners - the passion project

Today's post, the third in the Passion Project series, is brought to you by Sophia! Sophia's hobby is photography, check out her tips for beginners looking to take up this hobby.

As you get older, you may find that you lose track of the amount of time you have available to work or enjoy your hobbies, especially as a college student juggling various activities at the same time.

And while sometimes the lack of time makes you realize you didn’t enjoy a particular hobby as much, sometimes it also makes you realize how much a certain hobby brings you joy and calms you down during a stressful time.

So here are my tips to find time for your hobbies:

Work it in – if you truly love a particular hobby, you will be able to find time to work it in, even if it’s between classes.
Find like-minded people, wherever they are – sometimes what you need is someone who does the same hobby to motivate you and push you to work on your passion more.
Work towards a goal – sometimes if we are doing a hobby with no real end goal, we lose track of what made us enjoy the hobby to begin with.

Photography is one of my many hobbies that I try to balance with my school work and job activities.

I don’t know any fancy terms like professional photographers, and nor do I have those large and heavy fancy DSLR cameras, but I do enjoy looking at aesthetic and angle.

When looking at taking a photograph in college, I pay attention to the following things: Read More!

Start Your Own Blog: Step 1 – Getting Started

How to Start a Successful Blog - Step one: Getting started. Pick the perfect name, narrow down your niche, get hosting, pick a theme, customize a free theme, and get going!

* This blog post does contain affiliate links. I only recommend things that truly believe are a great product or service. *

The questions that I get the most often throughout the 2 years that I’ve been blogging is “how do I start up a blog?” or “how can I grow my new blog?”

While I love seeing these questions in my inbox and replying to them to help out each person individually, it has gotten a bit overwhelming by the number of emails, so I thought I would start a series explaining the 4 steps to creating a successful blog.

Today let’s start from the beginning: Setting up the logistics of the blog. (more…)

DIY Self Care Kit

Self care is an incredibly important part of taking control of your mental health! Make your own self care kit with this DIY Self Care Kit guide.

For the second post in The Passion Project series here is my good friend Kaitlyn to talk about her passion: self care. In this post join Kaitlyn and make your own DIY self care kit!

Did you know that 1 in 4 people have a mental illness? And that doesn’t account for the un-diagnosed! With psychological disorders on the rise, more and more people are finding it harder to focus on themselves and their mental health. Self-care is important to everyone whether you have a mental illness or not. It allows you to calm yourself down in a healthy way and take some time to focus on YOU.

Whether you are just having a bad day, or have a severe mental health attack, practicing self-care can change the outcome of your day.

IMG_2962Self-care is the act of doing things for yourself that can help lift your mood and make you happier. There are a variety of different forms of self-care: physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual. All aspects of self-care are extremely important to your overall being, however, we will be focusing on psychological and emotional self-care.

Psychological and emotional self-care can go hand-in-hand. The majority of the time, our psychological status can affect our emotional status and vice versa. We all get stressed out about something, whether it be a grade in a class or a fight with a friend or significant other. Sometimes, especially during a mental health attack or when we are too stressed to think clearly, we just don’t know what will make us feel better and we may choose to resort to unhealthy coping options. Having a list (actually write it down or type it up on your phone) of positive coping tools is a necessity so when you are feeling stressed, you don’t need to search for something you can do, you can just pick something from your list!

I personally have a list of positive coping skills and one of my favorites was actually suggested by a mentor of mine. She had suggested that I make a self-care kit and gave me so many ideas about how to create it. I thought it was an amazing idea, so I took to it! Read More!

Semester Goals: Spring 2017

How to Set Your Own Semester Goals + read my Spring 2017 semester goals! #College

Every semester that I have been in college I have taken the time to sit down and create 15 goals for that semester. I chose the number 15 because there are 15 weeks in the semester system at my school.. so it just seemed right!

At the end of each semester I reflect on the goals that I set and share with you which ones I reached, which ones I got close to, and which ones I completely let slip away. Honestly, before doing this I was never into setting goals. I figured, I have a dream in my head of how I want to feel (happy and proud of my hard work) and that’s all I need. However, since practicing writing down and sharing these goals my productivity has skyrocketed and I’m able to see real measurable growth in myself!

If you have never set goals, take some time to sit down, read my guide on how to set goals to increase your productivity, and write out one or two things you want to complete this semester or even this month. Comment them below! I’d love to hear what your goals are and how you worked to reach them. Read More!

Get the Most Out of Class Time

How you can get the most out of class time in college - don't waste your money or your education!

Real talk time: College is expensive. Like expensive.

Don’t waste your money, your time, or your education by missing out on your classes. You may be saying “but Dani, I go to class, I show up, I participate… so I’m not missing out on my classes!” but you may be wrong.

There’s a lot more to college than showing up and doing your homework / studying after class.

It’s time to kick yourself into gear and stop wasting your tuition. That class time is what you’re paying for, get your money’s worth and benefit your education in the process.

Here are 5 habits that you can do in class time to make sure you are getting the most for your money and learning enough to make your homework and studying easier! Get the most out of class time:  Read More!