On The #AtoZChallenge

Fun. Exhilarating. Challenging. Busy. Those are probably the four best words to describe the A-Z Challenge. In April I undertook the challenge of writing 26 posts, both alphabetical and themed around college. I completed the challenge, so obviously I’m qualified to give you unsolicited advice about how to do it too. Unsolicited Advice PREWRITE. You’ve…

How iCal Saved My Blog

I desperately needed an editorial calendar. A real one, anyway–my scribbled notes and dates were becoming too disorganized, especially when I wanted to plan for bigger blogging projects. When you're a #blogger who changes her mind as much as I do… pic.twitter.com/NVHqgdWw5G — Sabina (@VictimToCharm) December 19, 2014 I spent a lot of time googling…

How To Travel Like A Pro

Millions of people travel by plane during the December holidays. If you’re one of them, you know it can be stressful and overwhelming. Planning transportation in advance can reduce anxiety about keeping your perfect itinerary. Any easy option is renting a car at the airport using a rideshare rental service (which can often be cheaper than a…

NaBloPoMo Roundup and Reflection

November was a serious blogging month for me. Thirty posts written for NaBloPoMo, twenty photoblogs for Photography 101, one interview for a podcast, and the one thousand total WP followers milestone (thank you thank you thank you!!). Here are some of the highlights from NaBloPoMo. Your favorites: If We Were Having Coffee (Drowning and Excitement Editions) Not Just Ramen Changing…

He Sat In His Desk Chair

He didn’t close his door. He sat in his desk chair. With those two simple things, I could relax. Together they screamed, “I realize I brought you to my bedroom on our first date, but I’m not trying to push any boundaries.” The night didn’t start off so promising. He had texted to say he’d…

My Editing Philosophy

Just like every photographer has a different aesthetic perspective, every photographer has a different editing philosophy. When I edit in Photoshop, I try to only make minimal adjustments. I use levels to make the darker shades darker and lighter ones brighter to manually add contrast. If there’s an extremely distracting spot, I’ll use the spot healing brush to…

How To: Be a Tourist In Europe

So you’ve decided you are going to travel to Europe this summer. Congrats! Maybe you’re not the 1%, but you’re at least part of the wealthiest 5% of Americans. You deserve to celebrate that. Here’s how. First, fly to one of Europe’s capital cities. It doesn’t really matter which one, everything in Europe is just old churches anyway.…