• 25th Hour

    The Best Digital Task Tracker for School

    As several of you noticed in my What’s in my School Bag post, this is my first year (in the entirety of my academic career) not carting around an analog planner. After being a complete stationery dork for years, these are the digital tracking methods I’ve tested over the last few months and the one I’m sticking to for this quarter. Planners on Planners on Planners You may remember that the first post on Xoro Media, then Xoxo, Rosana, was about my bullet journaling process. I started publishing because so many friends asked how to bullet journal, and it was easier to send them links instead of sending individual messages.…

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    Why I Stopped Bullet Journaling

    After more than a year of bullet journal obsession, for 2018 I decided it was time to put down my Leuchtturm and stop bullet journalling. Here is why I stopped, and how I’m keeping myself organized instead. Some links in this post are affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission if you click or purchase an item. I had a well documented love affair with bullet journaling. I actually first discovered blogging through bullet journaling, and my introduction to bullet journaling was the first post on Xoxo, Rosana more than a year ago! View this post on Instagram One exam left and I'm starting to feel…

  • Life

    For the Working Woman | Festive Favorites

    I am home and finals are over. Victorious as I emerged from the ashes, I have been fully embracing the 25th Hour Lifestyle. It had me thinking about the gifts for the most ambitious women in my life so here is your guide for the Working Woman. You know the Working Woman. She’s always on the go, running at a million miles per hour and a couple steps away from conquering the world. What do you get the woman who never rests? Here are my top 10 gift ideas for the Working Woman in your life! For her Coffee IV Let’s be real, there is always coffee in her hand…

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    Is Perfectionism Killing Your Productivity?

    Last week, I had midterms in all of my classes. More than a week of sleeping about four and a half hours a night left me feeling a little disenchanted with my work and the life of the grind. Now that I’m getting my grades back, they aren’t substantially better than the ones I’ve gotten with a lot more sleep and less time working. So where is the line? Hank Green Recently, Hank Green (from Vlogbrothers and Vidcon infamy) released a video that said the key to his productivity is to do everything to 80% completion because the bulk of the learning happens in the first 80% and the bulk…

  • Wellness

    I Tried Only Cooking Pinterest Meals

    In this week’s installation of will Rosana ever be able to feed herself, I try to make only meals I found on Pinterest. I may never be a Pinterest mom (shocking, I know), but did I at least learn a new recipe? Maybe. This was not my first attempt at meal planning. I have a long history of not being able to put together a meal plan and execute it, but this summer I finally hit my groove. Multiple weeks of creating and following these plans, I was feeling confident enough to take on the big leagues of pinterest. View this post on Instagram In honor of #bulletjournalday, here is…

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    “Reading” for Class: How to Get Through those 300 Pages/Week in 2 Hours

    In the wake of formal recruitment, it has been a week of very little time and so much work. Of course, this was the ideal week for my professors to decided to add an extra 300 pages of required reading to prepare for class. Over the last couple years of weeks like this, I’ve picked up some tricks to cut that reading down so you can still participate in discussion and write that essay without diving into every page. Now in my third year of college, I am pretty familiar with the piles of reading that humanities and social science classes can assign. Professors have you buy at least 7…

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    What’s in My Bag: Back to School Edition

    T-minus 5 days to school starting and its starting to get real. Although I’ve been back on campus all week, I’m taking this weekend to get settled into my routine. Since I live so far away from campus, I have to fit an entire day worth of supplies into my bag every day so here are my tricks to fit your life in your bag. The Bag Last year, I decided I had enough of dragging my gigantic backpack back and forth from school every day. It was bulky, heavy, and honestly not aesthetically pleasing. I started my quest to find the perfect bag. View this post on Instagram Living…

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    Working Woman: What 9 Women Wear to Work

    I’ve been having a little trouble adapting my near uniform of athleisure to the working world so I asked a bunch of my friends to tell me about how they dress for their summer jobs (in a variety of fields). Then I went through my own closet to force myself to wear real adult clothing. I have amazing friends, working in a variety of sectors across the country (and the world!), so I called upon them to teach me how to get dressed for work. This is what they said! Becca I work in two very different areas: an office space and in my own photography business. Mixing the two…

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    End of Year Review 2016-2017

    What a year! In a whirlwind, I’m ~officially~ halfway done with college and I made it out (mostly) alive. Remember those goals I had for the year? Well, here is how they went and a sneak preview of what the summer could have in store for me! This year was a rollercoaster of emotion. Life knocked me down a few times, but I came back better than ever, and am ready to take on the world. As you know, at the end of every quarter, I try to do a comprehensive life review-here are the Fall and Winter incarnations- to make sure that I am on the right track. The…

  • Life

    Healthy Self Criticism

    This year, I’ve spent a bunch of time and effort trying different ways to maximize my awesomeness: everything from starting to time track to running a half marathon. These projects came out of the initial set of goals I created for this school year. With only 5 weeks until the end of this school year (the deadline for my goals), I have been thinking about the way I evaluate my progress. This is how I evaluate myself holistically to make sure that I am motivated for the next steps, but also proud of the progress I have made. With all the running and weight lifting, I stopped stepping on the scale for…