Back to School Sites!

Hello Lovelies!

One of the blessings of living in an era where everything is online, is that our college lives can become much easier. I use quite a few websites to keep me sane and organized. I wanted to share them with all of you because not a day goes by where someone doesn’t ask me, “Tiffany, how are you so organized?” It is in my nature. My dad is a Virgo. If that doesn’t say anything, I don’t know what does.

Teachers Pay Teachers

Yes, it’s a website for teachers. I’ve been using it since Junior year of high school. The cutest printables, binder covers, calendars, organizers, to-do lists, and even dividers are offered on here. Real teachers take time out of their day to put these together. There are so many that are free and there are others that you have to pay for, but I’m sure nothing goes over $5. I found my blog organizer on here and the editable calendars I send to my writers with their schedules for the month. If you like your paperwork to look cute, this is going to be your new favorite place.

The Smart Girls Group

This website has taught me so much. It has kept me informed on current events, taught me things about college that you only learn from older siblings or cousins, and introduced me quite a few brands I had never heard before. As a woman, this website makes me feel empowered. It honors me that I get to be an editor for their Beauty Column and that I get to expose my friends to the quality articles published in the Smart Girl’s Guide every month.

Khan Academy

You can find their videos on YouTube as well, but this place is the best place for Science and Math help. They also have Language Arts related videos which helped me out with grammar and such, immensely. If you have siblings in younger grades, save them with this website.

Google Calendar

If you have a GMail account, you have access to this beautiful feature. You can color-code events and things to do. It has helped me so much. Thirty minutes on a Sunday or Monday keeps me organized forever! I put everything in there. Meetings, dates, birthdays, schedules, quizzes, and the list goes on and on. The reminder option to your phone is also amazing.

Good luck this semester!

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Latest Videos!

Hello Lovelies!

Just dropping by with my latest videos for all of you to enjoy! Please let me know if you have any requests and/or suggestions.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Lessons We Learn

Hello Lovelies!

This post might be rather ironic because there is a sad part to it, but I promise it ties into being positive and happy with life. Life isn’t easy. We all know it. Everyone has lived difficult times and everyone has heard someone else say, “Life isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.” Despite dealing with lots of problems and unfortunate circumstances, lovely circumstances do surface and situations improve. My high school Criminal Justice teacher always told me that problems didn’t go away, they just changed. I didn’t understand what he meant when he said that to me in tenth grade. I was fifteen then, but now I’m almost twenty and I completely understand what he was saying.

I have realized that in the past year or so I can’t wait for certain days to come in hopes that some situation will improve or I’ll get rid of an issue. I get excited for some peace of mind, but the moment comes and I’m already worried about something else. I do want to pat myself on the back though because I have significantly improved my life by removing loads of unnecessary negativity. (“You have to celebrate yourself”, is on of the lessons I’ve learned.) I have cut ties or separated myself from people that just didn’t seem to care whether they were part of my life or not. I have ignored rude comments about many of my decisions. I have stood my ground or walked away from certain situations that I felt weren’t worth my time. I HAVE STOPPED WORRYING ABOUT EVERYONE AROUND ME AND REALIZED THAT I CANNOT SOLVE EVERYONE’S PROBLEMS.

One of the perks of having “older than normal” parents is the quality advice I receive from them directly and indirectly. Their friends also offer great tips. One of my dad’s closest friends told me, “Don’t worry about other people and their problems too much. You will realize that you won’t even have time for other’s problems because you have many yourself.” It sounds a little selfish, but think about it. If I sat here and tried to solve every problem every friend/family member has told me they had, I would not be writing this blog post or attending Marlin’s games on Monday nights. “Not my circus, not my monkeys.”

It does feel great helping people out. I am all for that, but it’s important that you don’t set yourself on fire to keep other people warm. Sometimes the best way you can help a friend/family member with many problems is by simply listening. Many a times, people don’t even want advice! They just want to let out all the emotions…which leads me to my point.

Tonight Roly and I attended a Marlins game. While at the game, I received news that Robin Williams had passed away due to suicide. He was battling with depression. Depression is not a joke. Depression is a legitimate disease that people battle every single day. If there’s anything we can learn from Robin William’s death is how destructive depression can be. It is unfortunate that so many souls cannot find peace and comfort anywhere, thus leading them to take their own lives. It’s important to listen to people.

I know, from personal experience, that when I am feeling severely overwhelmed I just want someone to listen. Letting my emotions out allows me to clear my thoughts and move on to solve my problem. Whether someone is depressed, struggles with PTSD, or is having a rough day it’s good to know they have a listener. God knows I am blessed to love a great listener. My parents are also excellent listeners. My best listener are God and my notebooks. Sometimes I don’t think it’s fair to “dump” my emotions all over someone…so I just grab my pen and let the ink do all the work. If you don’t have a listener (or you think you don’t) find a healthy escape. Some people workout and some people write. There’s always a way out of a problem, but there’s no going back when you’re dead. Suicide is a PERMANENT solution to a temporary problem. Realize the permanence of death.

My lesson for you today is…listen. You’ll learn a lot and you will help a friend/family member more than you can imagine. Venting is healthy. Having someone that listens is a blessing. Be a blessing.

RIP Robin Williams.

RIP all the victims of suicide.

Prayers to all those battling depression.

Remember that you always have your friend the semicolon;.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Panorama With Rey Anthony!

Hello Lovelies!

God works in mysterious ways. I’ve always been a fan of broadcast media. Whether it be radio or television, I love broadcast media. I also happen to love politics. I don’t live, breathe, eat it…but I think it’s important to be an informed voter and I think it’s even more important to vote. We are BLESSED in this country to have the opportunity to vote. Our voices can be heard, but if we don’t open our mouths or bubble in the sheets…then we’re not getting anywhere.

A friend from high school, Rey Anthony Lastre, has his own radio show here in Miami. It’s called Panorama and it is on Actualidad Radio 1020 AM at 12:00pm every Saturday. He invited me to be on the show this Saturday and I could not be happier. I want to invite all of you to tune into the show where we are going to discuss gun control. The show is in Spanish, but I still invite you to tune in.

If you live in Miami, please change your dial to 1020 AM at 12:00pm (noon) this Saturday! I will put a link down below that will take you to the Live Stream of the radio station so you can tune in from work, your library, your bed, or your boat. Doesn’t matter! I just highly encourage you to listen to the show.

Link to show! *Click the pictures to go to the live audio as well*

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Thanks for tuning in and thank you to Rey Anthony Lastre for having me on his show. It was such an amazing experience. Can’t wait to do it again.

*Click on the pictures for direct link to radio station*

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

July Outfits!

Hello Lovelies!

Another month down, ladies and gentlemen. We are five months away from 2015 and about two months away from my birthday! Yay for your girl turning 20! Anyway, I wanted to share the outfits I wore this month. Well…the ones I shared. I spent a lot of time indoors this month because I was busy working on projects and it did NOT stop raining here in Miami. If it wasn’t raining water, it was raining mosquitoes. Goodness gracious.

So happy to be welcoming August! Each picture takes you to my Instagram account (@positivitygalore). All the outfits have the brands tagged so you know where I got them in case you want your own!

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I wore too much black…but I compensated with some pops of color here and there. Those outfits in black were worn for three of the hardest days of my life. I’m more at peace now because God knows what He’s doing. Super duper excited for August!

Don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel with my very first video — July Favorites!

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

July Favorites!

Hello Lovelies!

SURPRISE!

I made my favorites an actual video this month and I am so excited to share this with you all. I was really nervous, but I listen to Brave and felt better. Chasing my dreams one step at a time. Thank you for all your support. Like and subscribe!

Favorite Quote:

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God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Blessed.

Hello Lovelies!

As you all know, I am part of the Smart Girl’s Group. I write for the blog called Smart Girl’s Loop and I was running the tumblr account since January of this year. The growth for the page is something I am really proud of. We were at around 500 followers when I started with the page and now we are about 20 followers away from 2,000.

I feel so honored and blessed that the SMARTketing team thought I was the perfect girl to run the Twitter account. I have now transitioned over to the Twitter account and I want to invite all you College and High School girls to follow for excellent quotes and links to resources.

Click the logo for the direct link to the Twitter account! Don’t forget to sign up for Smart Mail. It’s an amazing newsletter to receive in your inbox weekly. It brightens up my day!

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Thank you for all your support. If it weren’t for my readers, I wouldn’t be so motivated.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Hello Lovelies!

After reading The Fault In Our Stars and Hired by the Cowboy, two romantic novels, I decided to read something that was completely Non-Fiction. I was doing some research and I found this book called I Will Teach You To Be Rich” by Ramit Sethi. It was by total accident, but I’m so very glad it happened. I honestly thought this book was going to be tips and tricks on how to get rich quick. In a sense I regretted buying it when I thought about that, but decided to give it a chance anyway.

Honestly, one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. Sethi is so blunt about saving money that it’s hysterical. He doesn’t bore you to death with ridiculous financial vocabulary. He keeps things simple and provides solid advice on managing money. The best part? His audience are twenty-year olds. I’m nineteen, but I’ll fit into that audience in October. If you’re in college, you need to read this book. This book should be the First Year REQUIRED reading for all incoming Freshmen.

My favorite piece of advice was, “Pay yourself first.” The concept of “no-budgets” is brilliant as well. By paying yourself first (401K, IRAs, Investment Funds) you have money left over to treat yourself. He’s not the extremist that tells you, “SAVE EVERY PENNY OR DIE.” He also doesn’t tell you to stop drinking your $7 lattes. Conscious spending. I seriously want all of my friends to read this.

I also understood why he works so hard to succeed. He comes from and Indian family. I come from a Cuban one. It’s the same idea. “You must be the greatest at whatever you do.” He gets me and I get him. I’m going to post a picture of the book so you can click on it and go straight to his website.

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Thank you for writing this book and proving to me that I’m not crazy for being a teenage that cares about my expenses.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

The Power of Music

Hello Lovelies!

I hope Summer is treating all of you well. Here in Miami we are either melting or swimming. There’s no in between. It rains every single day and then that water boils right back up. Perfect for tanning…but it’s not sunny long enough to tan. Miami is getting a little crazy because Lebron left back to Cleveland. Honestly, I’m not a big enough basketball fan to give a solid opinion about this but I am “Miamian” enough to tell those people insulting Miami that I’m happy for Lebron and all of his endeavors. Why? Because that’s what human beings do. Lebron came to Miami four years ago chasing a dream. He accomplished his dream…twice…and now he goes back home wearing rings and a big Miami smile. It’s great to go back home knowing that because you left, you were able to accomplish your dreams. I wish him the best. The Miami Heat will continue to be The Miami Heat.

Moving on!

Today I wanted to talk to you all about the power of music. Lately I’ve been noticing that I listen to pretty empowering songs when I’m getting ready to go out. Some may be a bit obvious and others are just really upbeat and happy. I wanted to share them with you because I know we all feel a little more confident when we dance as we get ready. (True story: I once bought a dress because I was dancing to Beyonce in the dressing room.)

(No, I am not single…I just really love this song.)

(SAY WHAT YOU WANNA SAY! P.S. This video says A LOT)

(Carrie and Miranda? Perfection.)

(Seriously…that’s all some people are ever going to be.)

(Boom.)

These are just some of the songs that get me all hyped up when I’m getting dressed. 99% of the time I leave the house super duper confident. The other times I leave ready to party. In that case I listen to completely different music.

Enjoy ladies!

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July Lovelies!

I hope you all get to celebrate America’s birthday with your beautiful families and friends. Enjoy all the beautiful things about America.

Are we perfect? No. There’s no such thing as perfection, but I am still proud of my country and I am still proud of being an American.

God Bless America! God Bless the Troops!

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P.S. It’s also Egg on a Sidewalk Day. Totally dare all of you to fry an egg on the sidewalk.

Love,

Tiffany