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Why I Chose My Major

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Why I Chose My Major

One of the questions college students probably get the most is “What’s your major?” and this is often followed by “Oh, okay…so what are you going to do with that?”. It can be a frustrating thing to answer when your major doesn’t have a set career to go with it. I started college at a university as an English major before transferring to a community college (a long story for another post). During the process of transferring colleges, I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to study anymore. A lot of people had actually brought me down about being an English major, since liberal arts are often seen as a “waste of time” or just assumed I wanted to be a language arts teacher…which I didn’t. I just knew that I wanted to pick a major, transfer from community college to another university, get my degree and move on. I juggled different ideas from psychology to veterinary technology, but I’ve finally come to a solution that I’m comfortable with.

i followed my passion

As corny as it may sound, I followed my heart and decided to choose English again. Why? Well, writing and reading are both things that I’ve always been passionate about and I’m good at both of these things. To be talented in something you really love is a truly amazing thing and I didn’t want this to go to waste. Being an English major was just something that felt natural to me, so I decided f*** what everyone else thinks and went back to it. I’m a firm believer in not letting others dictate your life choices. Sure, some people get the most satisfaction out of a major that pretty much guarantees money, like engineering or medical related subjects. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s also nothing wrong with studying an art if that’s what you want to do. A quote that I absolutely love that ties in is “Medicine, law, business, engineering, those are all noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” (Dead Poets Society). I feel like artistic passion is something that’s belittled in society. As artists, we are always told to think more realistically, to play it safe. We are forced to believe that our role in life is to wake up, go to a 9-5 job that we can barely tolerate, go home, pay bills, and repeat. This is not the life that I want, I want to choose the life that I lead. The first step towards this is making the decisions that I want despite what other people may think. That is why I am proudly and unapologetically studying something that I love.

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and here’s what i’m doing with that passion…

Of course, as much as I am a dreamer, I also like to go into things with a plan. I don’t expect to just spend a few years learning about things that I think are interesting and then being clueless about what to do when I graduate. I think anyone can make a career out of any major, you just have to think creatively in some cases. My goal in life is to travel the world no matter what, but I’m hoping to do this by being a full time travel/lifestyle blogger, turn my website into my own little business, and ultimately just be my own boss. I don’t really need a degree for this, but studying English will help me be the best writer that I can be for it. On top of majoring in English, I plan to minor in business so I can have some extra knowledge on the business side of my goal.

These things do take time though, which is why I plan to teach English as a second language in other countries as a way to make some money while traveling and building my blogging business. I don’t plan for teaching abroad to be my long-term career, but I’m super excited to spend a few months to a year in countries all over the world, making a difference in others’ lives while fulfilling my own dreams. I’ll be writing about these plans more in the future, but Japan and South America are definitely on my list! Finally, if I need a break from teaching English in other countries and I’m still working on my blogging career (because I refuse to give up!), I wouldn’t mind working in editing, publishing, or even teaching English as a second language to adults wherever I choose to live. I’d even love to publish a few books. The point is, I don’t feel scared or stuck with an English degree. I’ve already explored plenty of possibilities and I’m happy with them. Maybe what I want isn’t for everyone, but it is my life after all and I’m actually excited for my future.

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Moral of the story

Believe me, I know that the decisions you make in your young adult years come with an extreme amount of pressure from other people. Plenty of people that I know have decided to give up whatever dream they were pursuing in order to study a major that would guarantee them a big paycheck. If that’s not what your heart tells you to do, don’t do it! I know that I may never be rich, but as long as I’m comfortable and get to see the world I know I’ll be more than happy. I know that the major I chose is the right one for me. It’s not silly or childish to follow your passions. Other people have succeeded in whatever it is you want to do and that’s because they decided to take a risk and pursue it. The first step you take is one of the most important ones and if you decide that one of these steps is going to college, then my advice to you is to study something that you’re genuinely interested in. Do what you love and the money (and lots of happiness) will follow.

 

The Perfect Online Shop for Christmas Gifts: Love Hayley Beth

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The Perfect Online Shop for Christmas Gifts: Love Hayley Beth

I know it’s still only November, but if every store you walk into can be ready for Christmas already, then so can you! Instead of going to the mall and risking searching for hours for the perfect gift, why not do your Christmas shopping online this year?

I had the wonderful opportunity to receive a few things from Love Hayley Beth and I couldn’t have been more satisfied with this adorable online shop! Love Hayley Beth is based in England and all of the items are handmade by Hayley herself. From phone cases to jewelery, christmas decorations, notebooks, and more, there’s bound to be something (probably quite a few things) that will make a great gift for someone you know or even just to treat yourself. Plus, you really can’t beat the prices. Some of the things cost as low as one pound! Not from the UK? No problem, Love Hayley Beth also ships internationally for as low as 3 pounds (shipping in the UK is as low as 1.50 pounds).

I can also assure you that everything will come quickly and exactly as pictured online! I live in Florida and received my package from Love Hayley Beth in exactly a week. All of the items were neatly and individually packaged inside of the box in perfect condition. You could really tell that these were new, well taken care of items that were shipped with care. Here’s what I got:

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Antique Bronze Skull Earrings

 

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Silver Hello Kitty Earrings

 

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Tutti Frutti Antique Style Necklace

 

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Christmas Ornament with White Buttons and Snowflake Charm

 

Super cute right? Plus, all of the jewelry looks great on and everything is amazing quality! I can tell that everything I got will remain in good condition for a long time. They all fit perfectly with my style too, which I really loved because I tend to be a bit picky about the things I buy. I’m very into a simple, vintage look, but also really love cute things like Hello Kitty,so you can imagine how excited I was to have all of the things that Hayley sent me! There’s really such a great variety of things to suit any taste at Love Hayley Beth.

Make sure to visit Love Hayley Beth for all of your Christmas (or any occasion) gift needs and use my promo code LIANNA20 for 20% off of your purchase!

If you have any questions, it’s very easy to get in contact with Hayley through her Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and you can visit the shop directly here.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 

 

GPSMyCity Travel Guide Articles + App Giveaway

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GPSMyCity Travel Guide Articles + App Giveaway

What is a GPSMyCity travel article?

Many people have limited internet access when traveling abroad, which makes it difficult to research places to go while you’re there. On top of that, you’d have to spend extra time figuring out how to get to your desired location. What if you could have access to informative and easy to understand articles with GPS coordinates built in? Well, you can with the GPSMyCity app!

Through the GPSMyCity app you can download numerous travel articles covering different places of interest throughout over 700 cities around the world. Each article is its own individual app located within the GPSMyCity app, which you can use without internet access (no roaming or data plan needed!) once download. Every article has a built in offline map that you can use to get around once you’re in the city. Basically, with this app you’ll be able to be your own tour guide! The articles are free to download and read wherever you go and you have the option to upgrade your article to access the GPS guided version complete with travel routes, a high resolution map, and no ads for just $1.99! Not only are you paying a tiny fraction of what it would cost to go on a guided group tour of a city, you’re also paying for peace of mind since the upgraded GPS version will easily save you from getting lost in an unfamiliar place.

Upgraded App Giveaway!

For a limited time (October 17th, 2016 to October 24th, 2016), you can access the upgraded version of my article app “Mini Travel Guide: Belfast, Northern Ireland” on GPSMyCity for FREE! That means you can check out how this app works for yourself for absolutely no cost. To access the article app, click the link below:

GPSMyCity: Mini Travel Guide: Belfast, Northern Ireland (Links directly to iTunes. If you haven’t downloaded GPSMyCity you will be prompted to do so. Once you download the app you will be redirected to the article and will see an option to upgrade it.)

You can also download the GPSMyCity app through the app store and browse or search cities. Click on or search for the city of your choice, then click the guide you’d like to download. Once the guide downloads, you will see an option to upgrade it. For example, if you wanted to find my Belfast article you would download GPSMyCity, search for “Belfast, Northern Ireland” and scroll down until you see the article titled “Mini Travel Guide: Belfast, Northern Ireland”.

Don’t forget to use GPSMyCity for your next trip!

GPSMyCity article apps are currently on available for iOS devices, Android versions are still being developed.

Why You Should Travel In Your 20’s

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Why You Should Travel In Your 20’s

There’s no better time to see the world than when you’re young enough to have nothing set in stone, but old enough to have freedom: your 20’s. I’m still very new to this stage of life (20 and a half), but there’s nothing I want more than to go on road trips, catch flights, cruise the ocean, anything that will get me somewhere new. Why wait? Here are a few reasons you should take advantage of this time in your life and travel as much as you can:

You Don’t Have (Many) Expenses

I’m not going to be unrealistic here, of course you have expenses. We all do. The thing is, while you’re in your 20’s you more than likely don’t have a mortgage, that many bills, or any of the huge expenses that tend to come later on in your more stable adult life. It’s easier at this point in your life than ever to cut out some of the things you don’t need sometimes (that new tattoo, expensive clothing, night out with friends, the list goes on) and instead put that extra money into your savings. Do this every paycheck and watch your savings grow until you have enough for that well deserved vacation! Every little bit counts.

You Don’t Have Any (Huge) Responsibilities

Once again, obviously you have responsibilities. You may be in college or have a job or both, but if you haven’t started a family or a career that you see yourself in for a long time, then you really don’t have anything big and permanent to hold you back. There are always breaks from your classes, chances to study abroad, vacations from work, or new jobs waiting for you. You don’t have to be gone for years or even months to travel. Odds are, nothing is completely stopping you from traveling to the point that it’s impossible while you’re in your 20’s. People tend to make excuses out of fear of the unknown, it’s only natural, but don’t buy into these excuses when there’s always a way around them!

It’s Way Cheaper For You

At this point of your life, you don’t have to stay in a luxury hotel or take a quick and easy taxi ride everywhere. In fact, you might even prefer not to! Hostels are so much cheaper than hotels it’s unbelievable and while you’re in your 20’s you most likely won’t mind staying in a room with other travelers around your age or walking around a new city until your feet ache. It’s all about the adventure, which ends up saving you a lot of money during your trip.

You Can Party and Not Regret It

Face it, once you get older you’ll barely be able to stay up past 10 pm, you won’t be able to drink a lot without feeling like death the next day, and you might even have kids or a day job to get up to in the morning. Not exactly the most ideal time to party. When you’re still young, you can make the most of traveling and experience the night life in all kinds of different places with no regrets!

You Can Make Friends From All Over The World

The more you travel, the more people you’ll meet and the more friends you’ll make. This means making connections with people from literally all over the globe! It’s great in general to have new people to talk to and discover more about other cultures through them and this can also make for a possible place to stay on your next trip to their hometown. If you’re traveling while you’re older or with family, you’ll probably find that you and other people your age would rather keep to themselves than get to know other travelers. This is why your 20’s are the best time to make friends abroad.

It Looks Good On Your Resume 

One thing not many people know is that traveling actually looks great on your resume! Potential employers can learn a lot about you from knowing that you’re well traveled. This means that you’re not afraid to make decisions for yourself, you’re organized enough to plan and go through with these trips, and you’ve been exposed to other cultures and different types of people. You’re up for a challenge and odds are, you’re great at communicating since communicating with other people (sometimes even with a language barrier) for help during your travels is a must. Bonus points if you picked up another language during one of your adventures. Employers love all of these things and odds are if it came down to you and someone else with the same qualifications, but they don’t have much travel experience, they would choose you for the job.

You’ll Have Stories To Tell

Honestly, what will you remember more? Spending your 20’s stressing out over the future and constantly having every move you make focus on it or the first time you decided to go backpacking across Europe? When you’re catching up with old friends, will you brag about sitting in a cubicle all day or about your first time seeing the Great Wall of China? Traveling, especially during your young adult years, will give you so many incredible stories to share. I guarantee, anytime you travel anywhere, you’ll have a story to tell. Plus, nothing is a better conversation starter than bringing up one of your trips. Do you want to be the one saying “wow, I wish I could’ve done that” or the one telling the story?

You’ll Grow As A Person

How much can you really learn about yourself if you’re stuck in the same place your entire life? There’s an infinite amount of places to see, people to meet, things to do, and foods to eat all over the world. You will never have much of an understanding of the world or yourself if you do not experience as much of these things as you can. There’s nothing like being immersed in another culture and discovering how different, yet alike, we all really are. You can read all the books and watch all of the movies you want, but you’ll never learn as much as you will by exploring for yourself. Nothing will make you grow as a person more than being exposed to the world around you. What better time to grow than during your 20’s?

Tomorrow Is Not Guaranteed

Not to be a bummer, but I’ve said it before and I will say it again: we won’t live forever.  You can tell yourself that you’ll travel when you retire or that you’ll find time for it in a few years all you want, but who’s to say you’ll make it that far? Anything can happen to any of us at any time and as cliche as it is, it’s true that tomorrow is not guaranteed and life is unpredictable. Make traveling more than just a dream. Stop telling yourself that you’ll wait until the time is “right” because odds are that the time will never feel exactly right. There’s no better day than today.

My Travel Bucket List: 50 Things I Want to See and Do Around the World

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My Travel Bucket List: 50 Things I Want to See and Do Around the World

I think we all forget that our time here on Earth is limited and don’t put enough effort to figuring out exactly what we want to do before we die. I know one of the things I obviously want to do most is travel; near, far, and everywhere. Well, I stumbled upon a page in my journal (I’ve kept journals consistently since I was like 8) where I wrote down my travel bucket list a couple of years ago and was inspired to tweak and add to it to share on here. The more I publicize my goals, the more I’m pushed to actually complete them, so these are all places I’m going to strive to see and things I will strive to do! Maybe this will even inspire you to put together a list of your own! 

  1. Take a long term trip to Tokyo, Japan
  2. See Mount Fuji in Japan
  3. Teach English in Asia (stuck between Japan and South Korea)
  4. Visit London, England:  I found this one on the list in my journal, but I can now cross that off
  5. Take a boat ride in Niagra Falls, Canada.
  6. See the Glowworm Caves in Waitomo, New Zealand
  7. See the Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island, Maldives
  8. Have my honeymoon in Santorini, Greece
  9. See the Colosseum in Rome, Italy (I’m seeing multiple Italian cities in July 2017!)
  10. Take a gondola ride in Venice, Italy
  11. Go to the beach in Monaco, France (also going to France in July 2017)
  12. See the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
  13. Go to Monet’s house in Giverny, France
  14. Go to the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Spain(also happening in July 2017…how lucky am I?)
  15. See the animals in the Galapagos Islands
  16. Snorkel or scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  17. See the Great Wall of China
  18. Visit San Francisco and Los Angeles, California (this is in the works for my 21st birthday in March)
  19. See the Grand Canyon
  20. Visit the Isle of Skye in Scotland
  21. See a black sand beach in Hawaii
  22. Go on a safari in South Africa
  23. See the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany(this is happening next month!)
  24. Pet a sloth in Costa Rica
  25. See the Northern lights in Iceland
  26. Go to Tomorrowland in Belgium
  27. Fly first class (to anywhere, really)
  28. Ski in the Swiss Alps
  29. Float in the Dead Sea
  30. Take a cruise to Alaska
  31. Go to a full moon party in Thailand
  32. Attend the Yi Peng Festival in Thailand
  33. See pyramids in Egypt
  34. Ride a camel
  35. Go to a yoga retreat in India
  36. Visit the canals in Amsterdam
  37. Go to the infinity room in the Milwaukee Art Museum
  38. Swim with a dolphin
  39. Visit all of the 7 Wonders of the World
  40. See the stone heads in Easter Island, Chile
  41. Go to Yellowstone National Park
  42. Tour the Moundsville Penitentiary in West Virginia
  43. Stargaze in a desert
  44. Stay in a glass igloo in Finland
  45. Go on a roadtrip to famous haunted houses 
  46. Go on a solo trip
  47. Have a conversation in a foreign language in another country
  48. Get a tattoo in another country
  49. Take the Eurorail around Europe
  50. Visit every continent 

This list only covers 50 out of the endless amount of things I want to do travel-wise and considering I’m always discovering new places and activities that I want to experience, I’ll probably update it sometime in the future (and cross out/post about the things that I end up doing). Hopefully I’ll have a post about each of these things on my blog eventually! Did any of these things interest you, too? Where do you want to go or what do you want to do? Let me know in the comments.