Saturday, January 30, 2016

Why do girls get so attached?

I'm writing this on a Saturday night sitting in my room listening to some Glass Animals and this question keeps coming to my mind, why do girls get so attached? I'm asking this from personal experience, just imagine this scenario:

I meet a great guy. He seems to meet all the superficial standards of my checklist. We have a great conversation and there is a great deal of flirting.

But why doesn't he call? Is it me or is it him? And despite his lack of initiative the bigger question is, why am I still thinking about him?

I was having this discussion with a few girlfriends over sushi last night and one of them concluded that the truth is guys don't realize when there is something in front of them. Sometimes they just ignore the "signs" and decide to pursue something or someone else.

In reality there may have not been any signs. Maybe the whole thing was me meeting a great, attractive guy who has a flirty personality and we hit it off but the real reason I am still thinking about him is because he hasn't called. If he would have contacted me within days of our encounter would I still have been as attracted and intrigued by him?


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Exciting News

Okay maybe not that exciting but I finally made an Instagram dedicated to Cup of Val!
Make sure to follow that account (@cupofval) in order to stay updated with what is going on around here and for the occasional sneak peak ;p

What do you think of the new Cup of Val logo???


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Living Healthy: Fall Edition

Nekter is one of my favorite spots for healthy and delicious snacks
I feel as the weather gets colder I tend to reach for more comfort food. I find a reason to indulge in that perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte and the extra cookie. There is nothing wrong with enjoying these special treats but the problem begins when they stop being "special" and become a habit. Here are some tips on how to "skinnify" your holidays (yes I made that word up ;p)

1. Limit your lattes to one day
          I love coffee especially lattes but consuming one more than once a week can be very detrimental to my health so I limit it to having one once a week. On the rest of the week I order coffee with a splash of soy milk and I sometimes add a packet of sweetener when I need the extra kick.

2. Make the gym a priority
          I lose all motivation to work out whenever the weather gets cold. I would rather stay in my cosy room with my oversized sweatshirts but during the holidays it is imperative to continue your workout routine. The Tone It Up girls have a variety of workouts that are easy to follow but are still effective. Don't lose your motivation and make it a priority to take care of your healthy.

3. Have fun
          Keep your focus on staying healthy and remember to keep having fun. If your idea of a great workout is dancing then blast some music up and shake it out. Don't take it too seriously just remember to love your body and it will love you back.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Time to Plan

i L O V E my agenda

A common trend I've been seeing all around is PLANNING! It seems everyone is on board with planning and for good reason. I have found that when I do not plan my week I can become so flustered and stressed out. I am not the type to plan each day down to the last minute but simply writing down what needs to get done has helped so much. Here are my three tips for staying organized:

1. Plan Weekly
          This is crucial if you want to stay organized and on top of things. Just write down the key         things you need to get done each day and watch how much more productive you will become. As the week goes on and things come up you can write them down but you will not forget the most important things.

2. Color Coordinate
          I am a very visual person and when I designate colors for different activities I am able to determine what needs more attention at first glance. This also prevents your planner from looking like one big jumbled mess.

3. Use Month Calendars for Important Things
          Instead of writing every single thing down in the month layout just write down the key points for each month . There will always be a lot to do for each day and that can make the calendar look cluttered so instead only jot down really important things on the calendar.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Managing Stress

As you know school is in full swing, no longer that joyous and exciting
first week. Professors have gotten over easing the progression for us freshman but have accepted us as college. Schedules are beginning to pack up with midterms around the corner and the struggle to find balance between socializing and studying has begun. I'm not naturally a person who gets stressed out easily so here are a few of my tips to help slow down those gray hairs from growing:

          Making time to relax under s stressful time can either seem instinctive or like a complete waste of time but one thing is for sure: its necessary! Manage your time so you will have a few hours or maybe even a day to relax. If you have a test coming up resist the urge to put off studying but instead space it out for a few days. This method will give you time to relax and actually learn the material you will be tested on.

2. Do Work Everyday
          Although you should set aside time to relax, you should always do some work. Fridays are my relaxed days meaning when I get home from school I don't let myself do work but in between classes I make sure to get ahead on reading. That goes to say that the weekend should not be "chill days," even if you think you have nothing to do!

3. Take Breaks Between Study Sessions
          Studying for 3 hours straight would make anyone dread studying not to mention study ineffectively. Instead set a goal to study in one hour increments with 15 minute breaks. This will make the time go faster and it lets your brain relax!

Hope these tips helped a bit and make sure you leave your own tips below in the comments.

- Val