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Motivate, Collaborate, Stick Together

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Motee. All opinions and text are my own.

College is hard. That's why it's important to surround yourself with positive people that can motivate, collaborate and stick together. Learn how. - Ali in Bloom

College is a really pivotal, developmental period in everyones’ lives, and you’re constantly surrounded by new people. Whether you realize it or not, the tribe you run with can greatly impact how your college years turn out. I’ve seen a number of students fail in their college careers because they chose to surround themselves with the wrong group of people and were negatively impacted.

Five on Friday | Vol. 2

I wrote volume one of Five on Friday back in July 2016, and I honestly loved it. It’s been on my mind ever since. Now more than ever feels like the perfect time to revisit this concept I fell in love with because it’s been a long time since I’ve written a post, let alone written about my life. So, in the spirit of overcoming my blogging rut, let’s talk about where I’ve been — and also where I’m going. I didn’t mean for this to happen, but when I picked out the five biggest things that have been happening in my life since last posting, I realized these five things are also things I really want to focus on and bring to my blog going forward, so if you love this Five on Friday, stick around, because you’ll love what’s coming next.

Oh, and P.S. I couldn’t be happier to be back.

The Importance of Sleep

Losing sleep changes your body and mind. Without some good ole R&R, our bodies struggle. Learn how to get a good night's rest and the importance of sleep! - Ali in Bloom

By 8:30 pm, I’m tired. By 9:30 pm, I’m normally in bed. 10 pm? Sleeping. If I stay up past 11 pm, I’m sure to be cranky. Some would say it’s a blessing and others would say it’s a curse that I feel like I absolutely have to go to bed so early.

Me? I’m grateful for my body’s reminder that after a long, full day, it’s time for me to allow my mind and body to rest.

No matter how young or how old you are, sleep is important. Some of the biggest offenders of ignoring the importance of sleep seem to be teenagers and early twenty-somethings (*cough* college students). Late night activities and early morning deadlines can add up to short nights of sleep. With back-to-school season starting in full swing, it’s time to talk about the importance of sleep… even for college students.

The 5 Best Acne Fighting Products

Best Acne Products to Fight and Prevent Breakouts - Ali in Bloom

Hello real world, hello acne. I’ve shared my acne story on the blog before. It wasn’t until after high school and into college that I every experienced any real acne. Now? It’s even worse! Wether it’s changing hormones, new real-world stressed or environmental factors, I’ve been in a battle the past few months to revamp my acne-fighting routine to fit my new skin situation. After sifting through some terrible products and mediocre purchases, I finally landed on the five best acne products for my skin (AKA the diamonds in the rough).

*When trying out new products of any kind, I recommend switching over one at a time so you can better gauge which products are actually giving you results. If you try five new products at the same time, then find yourself having better skin, you may be attributing all of your new products to your recent success, wasting money and not giving credit where credit is due.

So, after a long process, here’s what’s worked best for me: