My First Staycation (A Getaway Everyone Needs?)

Hey guys,

Happy Monday! I hope you guys all had a great start to your week. And although the weekends always seem to by a little TOO quick, I’m always grateful feeling like I an start fresh on Mondays.

For today’s post I wanted to answer some of your guys’ questions about the staycation I had about 2-3 weeks ago at this point. It’s taken me a while to finally get this up because there’s been a lot going with me, but here it finally is!

If you didn’t know, I planned a staycation for myself the weekend after Valentine’s Day and I got a lot of questions about why I decided to do it, where I stayed, how I felt, etc., and I’m going to be talking about all of that and more in this post, so let’s not waste time and just get right into it!

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Why I Did It?

I needed a break from everything and everyone. I know we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. I know a lot of people are still at risk. And I know I’m not the only one that is/was feeling trapped, but for my own mental state, I needed to get away…even if it wasn’t far or for long. I needed some type of escape for a little while, to just be by myself, do my own thing and stuff that made me happy.

When I told people I wanted to do this, a lot of them didn’t fully understand nor were they supportive of me doing this (for somewhat obvious reasons), which is okay because they don’t need to. I know and understand why I was doing it and that’s all that matters.

*Plus I was being 100% safe the entire time; keeping my distance from people, not going out a ton, etc. etc.*

I also think what some people weren’t understanding and/or was confused about was if the staycation was for me, why I was hanging out with some people throughout it? And the answer is simple, I didn’t want or plan on doing this with the intention of completely isolating myself from everything and everyone. I did it to get out and away from the environment that I was in for almost a year that was draining me mentally and emotionally. Again, I know I’m not the only one feeling this way and unfortunately other people that DO feel this way, don’t have the luxury of doing things like this, but that wasn’t going to stop me from doing this. I needed to lookout for myself and MY well-being which is what I did and why I decided to do this. There’s a LOT that goes on behind the scenes here that y’all don’t know the half about. So yes, it was taking a major toll on me and that’s why I decided to do it.

Where I Ended Up Staying?

The hotel was called INNSiDE New York NoMad. Located in West 27th Street near Penn Station and 34th Street. I REALLY loved this hotel. Everyone was so nice, helpful and accommodating and it was VERY clean. I felt safe being there. I definitely recommend this hotel if you’re coming to New York or are just looking to book a staycation for yourself. I requested a high room because the views from the hotel were amazing. It was overall a great, convenient and cozy hotel for me to choose for my first staycation and I definitely hope to come back again soon.

How I Felt Doing It?

In theory, I was so excited about being able to do it, and I’ve never done the “solo traveler” thing, so this was the closest thing I got to it. It was exciting, yet nerve-wrecking since it was my first time doing anything like this on my own. If I’m being honest, at night I would get hit with my anxiety and just be like “WTF?!”, but I guess thats just because I’m not used to doing things like that…and completely alone. I think it was fairly normal though. I also just always happen to feel anxious the few times/nights I’m not in my own room/bed. It feels weird and I think my mind and body are like ‘where the heck are we?!’ LOL. But the entire experience overall was pretty great, it just went by so fast, which is something I feel like always tends to when you’re really looking forward to something. Is that just me?! The days leading up to the event are always filled with excitement but drag on FOREVER, and then the trip/weekend itself FLIES by! Kind of unfortunate, but also makes you appreciate the time so much more (I think).

Would I Ever Do It Again?

I had so much fun doing all of the things that I wanted to do that weekend, in spite of dealing with minor anxiety at times. It was a great time and very much needed. I definitely recommend doing something like this at some point. It’s pretty therapeutic to be able to just spend time alone with yourself and your thoughts. Although it was bittersweet having to go back home after only 2 days being away, it was nonetheless a great experience and I can’t wait to hopefully do another “trip” like this in another month or 2.

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Check out my YouTube video showing everything I ended up doing throughout the weekend. I hope I answered all your major questions about the staycation and that you got something out of it!

Here’s the direct link for it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrvfB1-tIMY&t=1s

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-Xoxo, LeoGirl 

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How I Schedule My Work Weeks

Hey guys, happy Tuesday!

If we’re being real I am one of the, if not, THE biggest procrastinator of all time. I’m not proud of it, but it is what it is at this point, I’m working on it.

I’m trying to get myself on a better and more set schedule for everything I tend to work on, and because of that, I’m putting my planner to MUCH better use this year.

I’ve made a vow to myself that in 2020 I will no longer procrastinate, I will be much more organized and keep myself on somewhat of a more strict and consistent schedule (when it comes to my personal work anyway).

Unfortunately, a lot of times no matter how much planning a person tends to do, many things can go wrong and end up throwing you off course, which is why I try not to stress it too much because I know certain things like that ARE inevitable. However, it doesn’t hurt to have some sort of plan set up (as contradicting as that may sound), because you could always figure out ways around this stuff, which is what I’m going to be talking about and showing you guys in today’s post.

I’m going to be showing you guys my planner, talking about some of the things I tend to work on (even though most of you may already know at this point), and how I plan out my work days.

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My Planner

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I am and have always been OBSESSED with planners. Pictured above is actually my 2020 planner. My mom got me this for Christmas this past year, and I BELIEVE she got it from this store called The Christmas Tree Shops (not sure if it’s only in New York). I’m literally obsessed with this thing at the moment.

It’s pretty self-explanatory what a planner is and mine really isn’t that much different compared to other planners honestly, but I just really love how it looks on the outside and inside. It comes with inspirational quotes for each month, stickers for to-do lists, and a decent amount of space per day to be able to write any and everything you may need to. I use it to write down special dates, trips that are coming up, to-do lists that I may need to remember, etc. etc.

Shown below is an example of what some of the pages look like on the inside.

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Putting my planner to good use and scheduling my work days

Putting my planner to good use can be very hit or miss just because I have my relatively set Monday through Friday schedule as far as my full-time job and going to the gym afterwards. Weekends are a lot more easy and flexible to be able to plan and work on my personal stuff.

I do tend to try and sometimes get personal work done DURING the week, while I’m at work or after work on my off-days from the gym, but that’s what makes it hit or miss.

I’m at my full-time job from 9am-6pm Monday through Friday, then MOST days after work, I go to the gym and am there until about 8:30-9pm, then by the time I head home, eat something and get ready for the next day, it can be anywhere from 10-11pm or sometimes even midnight.

There is usually one day during the week that I try to skip the gym and use that time to either shoot some Instagram content with Geno and Diego, do some editing for my new video at the time, or just to catch up on some rest.

As far as shooting Instagram content, I kind of have to find out when I’m shooting on a weekly basis, and I say that because Diego and Geno are usually the ones that take my pictures, and depending on THEIR work schedules for the coming week, will end up determining when I’ll be able to shoot my stuff. Recently, it’s been somewhat consistent lately in that it’ll be on Wednesdays and one day during the weekend (it alternates between Saturdays and Sundays). As for actually posting my Instagram content, I usually try to upload the very next day after shooting, that’s always the same.

If I’m not busy trying to shoot on the weekend, it’s usually because I’m using that time to film and/or edit a new video. Every week I try to film usually on Saturdays (it’s just better and easier for me that day). Then depending on the video, I’ll start editing it the next day, Sunday, or Monday, and try to have it up no later than Wednesday. *This is one of those things that I’m trying to be more consistent with*

As for now with my blog, this is another one of those things that I’m REALLY trying hard to get myself on a stricter schedule for, I usually come up with my blog post ideas during the week while I’m at work, work on it on Sundays and am trying to be consistent with posting new posts on Tuesdays (as I am at this moment). If for whatever reason I don’t finish the post on Sunday, I’ll work on it while I’m at work on Monday and even a bit on the day of , just to make sure that everything is good to go when I publish it.

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Scheduling things like this can be a little crazy sometimes because there are SO many different things that need to be taken into account, but I think I’ve been doing a relatively good job in making it work.

I’m definitely not perfect, and there have been times (as I’m sure there will be in the future), where I’m not at all going to be able to stick to my plan/schedule for one reason or another, but I know that I’ll find another way to make that work somehow.

With things like this (blogging, Instagram content, filming videos), it also makes everything THAT much more simple when you already have in mind WHAT exactly you’re going to be working on that day; whether it’s the specific video, the outfit and location of the place you’re gonna be shooting at or the particular blog post.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. I hope that it helped you get a better idea about how I tend to schedule my work days, as well as possibly even got YOU interested in wanting to invest in a planner. They actually really do come in handy and I recommend getting yourself one if you tend to have a lot going on in your life.

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-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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What Inspires Me?

Hey everyone!

Happy New Year!!

I hope you all had an amazing holiday season filled with a ton of food, great laughs, and quality family/friends time.

Today’s post, as you saw from the title, is going to be all about what inspires me and any/all work that I do.

I thought this would be a good post to write about because I know me personally, am always interested in hearing what inspires others to keep themselves going, to put out their best work, etc. Especially since everyone is different and always has different ways of doing things.

I ALWAYS say, what works for me, may not work for you guys; BUT what if it did? You just never know, which is why I think it’s great to share these things because you could come out trying something new that ended up doing wonders for you.

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Everything I’m going to mention may seem a little all over the place, just because there are a variety of things that inspire me, my work and the ways that I do things, so I’m going to try and explain everything as best I can.

The general things that tend to push me to keep going:

My goals
The life that i want to be able to live
The things that I want to be able to have
Wanting to be able to travel the world

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What inspires my work:

I am constantly writing down ideas in my notebook or in the notes app on my phone for photoshoots, blog posts or YouTube video ideas now.

I can literally just be sitting anywhere and thinking about a million different things at once, and all of these ideas will just start rushing to mind. Something comes from something, so a lot of times if I have an idea about one particular project, it’ll also plant the seed for another idea in some way, shape or form.

For example, for the holiday season that just passed, I was thinking about some of the basic ideas that I could do posts, pictures or videos on (traditions, baking, favorite movies, etc.), but then I just expanded it from there. Doing your research on things like this tends to help too.

Another example would be when I was thinking about places to shoot in the city during the holidays, I looked up a bunch of the ‘basic’, touristy places, BUT in looking up those places I also ended up finding some hidden gems that I hadn’t really seen done before.

With one, comes several.

Sometimes I find inspiration from just walking around the city and observing the things and places around me that I end up walking by.

Pintrest can also be very helpful, so is the explore page on Instagram a lot of times. I’ll look up some things that I had in mind for an outfit, a color, etc. and thousands of other things come up that end up helping me build on my own idea.

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What inspires my life:

I know this probably sounds a little like huh? But as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, there are a few things that motivate/push me to keep going in general.

When I start to think about all of the things that I want to be able to have/own, travel to one day, etc. it really just ignites something in me. It makes me happy and excited to WANT to keep going.

And on the off days that it’s more of a struggle than others to keep going, I simply ask myself, how do I want and/or expect to have or accomplish these things one day if I don’t work my ass off now to have all that later?

It’s really just all about doing what makes you happy and finding your purpose to keep going.

At the end of the day, once I visualize something, somehow or another, I WILL get it done. I can tweak it or completely change it as much as I want to, but once I start to visualize the BIGGER PURPOSE *wink wink*, little by little everything starts to fall into place, get easier and most importantly, get done.

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I hope you guys enjoyed and found this post interesting. I also hope that maybe it somehow helped you tap into some of your own creative juices!

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-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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