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It’s been a while since I’ve done a post where I’ve shared a fun activity or anything travel-related, because, well it’s been a while since I’ve done any of those things myself! With things starting to get a bit more normal in Dubai, my family and I decided to take a look at the newly-opened Time Out Market! If you don’t know what the Time Out Market is, it is basically a food market but elevated. Instead of your regular food stalls, the restaurants are carefully curated and it’s quite a bit more fancy than your regular food court!

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We’ve all been spending a LOT of time at home over the past year and I’m pretty sure most of us have tried to spruce up our living spaces at some point. Whether that’s creating a cute Zoom backdrop, buying a few house plants, or doing a full on re-modeling, being at home all the time has forced us to re-imagine our living spaces. To me, I’ve always experimented with DIY decor. I was definitely that kid who watched YouTube room-renovations and tested out all the DIYs – which somehow never seemed to fully work!

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I first started my blog back in 2017, when I had just finished my freshman year of high school. I’d just experienced the weirdest few years of my life: moving from London, where I had always known home, to Dubai, where I started out not knowing anyone except my family! Alongside all of this, I was also just finding out who I was; I was 12 when I moved, and on top of leaving everything I’d ever known behind in London, I also barely knew who I was at that point. It was such a learning experience during those first few years, and I felt as though I had a valuable story to share.

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I know we’re already well into 2021, but hey, better late than never! One of the habits I wanted to build this year was to read more, and to specifically read more books written by female authors. I have to say, I have been slowly chipping away at this goal, but I thought putting together a list of books that I plan to read this year would help motivate me!

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Let’s just be completely honest here. Being an online student is not fun. Around a year ago when my high school classes first started going online I was excited about being able to wake up later and not having to wear a uniform to virtual school, but those little novelties have quickly worn off. I’m now a college freshman in my second semester, and I’ve been spending pretty much every day on Zoom. I’ve been hearing from a lot of people that they’re struggling to find motivation in this online environment, which is why I wanted to write this post. I by no means have it all figured out! I also have days where I just feel super unmotivated and procrastinate everything, but I thought I would share some of my experience and advice here to hopefully help you!

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the importance of building a morning routine, and I shared a resource for building your own morning routine. One of the reasons I decided to write that post is because in my first semester of online college I did not have a good morning routine at all! I was doing online college from home in Dubai with a 9 hour time difference, and I would wake up at different times everyday, and feel so overwhelmed that I would quickly rush through getting ready and just get straight into my school work. This was definitely not a healthy way to start my day, and since I’m still at home this semester I decided to re-vamp my morning routine to something that makes me feel a lot better!

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