Thursday, August 17, 2017

5 Goals for my Senior Year of College!

I honestly feel like college has been the fastest part of my life; it truly feels like I was just getting ready for my freshman year. Time really does fly by when you're busy and having fun! There's been so much that I've learned throughout my time in college, and it's crazy that I only have one year left. I really want to make it a great year, since it's probably going to be my last year in school for a little while (WHAT?!). I've been thinking about going to law school for the last year or so, but I want to take at least year off in order to work and save up. It'll also be nice to take a break!

To make sure I have a good year, though, I've set some goals for myself so I can stay on track and (hopefully) remain motivated for the year. I want to finish college on a strong note and, of course, get good grades to get into law school! Here they are:

I'm going to be very busy this year because I'll have two part time jobs, a full schedule of classes, and my blog and YouTube channel to keep up on. Keeping on top of my school work is going to be key for my success, and to help with that, I plan on utilizing my bullet journal a lot. I'll be sharing my school spreads with you guys so you can see how I stay organized and motivated with it! I'm a little worried about how busy I'll be, and I hope I'll be able to balance all of it. Last year was crazy enough with one part time job, and this year I have my senior project, so we'll see how it goes!

This is obvious, because of course everyone wants to get good grades, but I want it to be one of my main focuses for this year. Like I said, I want to end college on a strong note, so my grades are a huge part of that. My senior project will take place during winter quarter, and I want to make sure I get a good grade in the class that it takes place in, because it'll be something that I can put on my resume!

Because I'm not busy enough (ha ha), I want to get even more involved in the clubs I'm in. I joined a pre-law professional frat last year, so I really want meet people in there and take on some leadership roles! I also really want to have a leadership role in my senior project (it's a group project), so I can put that on my resume! I had never really had a leadership role until last year, when I was on the leadership team for a volunteer club, and I actually really liked having the responsibility! I'm also just super excited for the project, so I want to be as involved as possible.

I quickly learned in college how important self-care is that. I'm an anxious person, and when I don't get enough sleep, ignore my body when it's telling myself to slow down, and not give myself a mental break every now and then, it doesn't bode well. I end up getting a lot of panic attacks, and feeling super overwhelmed, so I want to focus on not doing that this year, especially since I'll be so busy. It'll be easy to fall into the trap of not taking care of myself, so I'm going to make it a priority early on. A huge part of that is getting enough sleep, working out, and eating right, so those are all things I'll be focusing on!

I've really been trying to do that this summer, and my passion for both of them have been renewed. It wasn't that I was getting bored with them or anything, I just got so busy and both definitely got put on the back burner. I want to continue to make them a priority, too, because I want them to be a big part of my future. I love being creative and my blog and YouTube channel are both huge outlets for that. They allow me to de-stress from school and work, so I want to make sure I give my time to focus on them!

Alright, well those are five goals I have for my senior year of college! I have more, but these are the five greatest things I want to focus on this year. I'm really hoping I'll be able to, and I'll keep you updated on how I'm doing, and how I'm achieving my goals!

What are your goals for the school year?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How to Succeed in College: The Ultimate Packing List + Move-in Tips!

I remember one of the scariest parts before leaving for college freshman year was making sure I had everything I needed. I made multiple lists, pinned a ton, and still ended up forgetting things. My mom is the ultimate packer, though, and got the things I forgot (thanks mom!) luckily. My dad, of course, gave me such a hard time about having a lot of stuff, but hey I was prepared for anything. The feeling of forgetting something doesn't ever go away from me, but once I made a master list of all that I would need for my dorm, I felt a lot better.

Since I found the list so helpful, I decided to make a digital copy for you guys, so you can use it yourselves! I found packing lists on Pinterest to be really useful, but I wanted to make one with all the things I know that I ended up using after Freshman year. Now a senior, I feel like I have the packing thing down pretty well and know what I'll end up needing!

Below is both a photo and PDF version of the list I made - print it out and use it how you'd like!

I didn't want to stop there, though, and wanted to give you some tips on moving in, since a lot of people will be doing that soon and are feeling the stress that moving brings! College honestly just feels like a constant state of moving, and I actually just moved myself into my friend's apartment for the summer, and I'll be moving into my new apartment in September. Yay moving!!! (I've come to hate it so much). Since I've been moving so much these past couple of years - in and out of dorms, and my family moved about a year and a half ago - I want to share what really helps me.

1. This may sound obvious, but make sure you stay well hydrated and fed.
Moving is already terrible enough - add in thirst and hunger and you have a recipe for disaster. I will be the first to admit that I get hangry, so for the sake of my family I try and have snacks available so no one (me) starts getting unnecessarily angry. It's also the worst when you're super thirsty and having to do a bunch of manual labor (moving is hard!), so make sure you have plenty of water. If anyone is helping you move, it's also nice to make sure they have food and water!

2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
While moving, you are going to get hot and sweaty. There's really no getting around that, unfortunately. To help with this, make sure you wear clothes that will let your skin breath, and won't be super uncomfortable when you're having to bend down a lot and pick up boxes and move random things. I also can't stress how important it is to wear comfy shoes! I made the mistake of wearing a newer pair of sandals that I thought were really comfortable but ended up being a little bit too big, so once my feet started getting a little sweaty (hey, it happens), I got a blister on my heal from the friction. By the end of the day, my feet were absolutely killing me, and all I wanted to do was soak them in hot water.

3. Enlist help
Beg, plead, and bribe your friends and family to help you move. It's hard work, and you'll be glad you have the help. Like I said earlier, offer to buy them pizza, coffee, or their favorite food to get them to help you. My parents and boyfriend are the sweetest and graciously helped me move, and I know a lot of my friends ask their family to help, too.

4. Start packing well before the move.
I try and not procrastinate on things, but since I hate packing and moving so much I always wait too long to do so. I packed up my apartment a couple of days before I moved, and ended up staying up till, like, three in the morning and moved the next day. Don't do this! Learn from my mistakes! Start packing a week or two in advance, depending on how much stuff you want to bring to your dorm. Try and make it as easy as possible on yourself, even if you hate packing like I do. I've definitely learned my lesson, and since I know I'll be moving again soon, I haven't unpacked a ton of my boxes because I know I'll just have to pack up all of the stuff again.

5. To help with packing, go through your stuff and get rid of anything you don't use.
I still need to do this, because as I was packing I realized I have a lot of junk that I really don't need. I especially need to go through my closet, but being at college is weird because you have some stuff at home, and some stuff at your closet at school, and it's all kind of a jumbled mess. To lessen the load, though, it really helps to go through your stuff and get rid of unnecessary items that you know you won't be using at your dorm. You can donate the stuff to places like Goodwill, and someone down the road will use it!

6. Label what's in your boxes, with a lot of detail.
I like to label my boxes with as much detail as possible, and list a lot of what's in the box. Oftentimes I'll label bigger items that are in there so I'll hopefully remember what all I ended up putting in the box. This really helps for the unpacking process so you know where to put which boxes, and so you don't end up losing anything. Also, it's really helpful to know if you won't need to open a box as soon as you get to your dorm, so you can save some time unpacking and spend it getting to know people on your floor, instead.

7. If you can, use a cart or dolly of some sort to move boxes.
Again, this is fairly obvious, but sometimes you have to reserve a moving cart or dolly in advance, so it's important to keep in mind! Having one of these is really useful and makes the unloading part of moving go a lot smoother and quicker. Alternatively, if you or someone you know has a dolly, definitely ask if you can use it because it makes it easier to move boxes around quickly, and they're of course a lot lighter to move.

8. Keep your clothes on the hanger and just bag them up.
This is super nice because you can quickly hang them back up in your dorm closet, and you don't have to waste time folding and unfolding clothes. I did this my freshman year, and I've been doing it ever since!

9. Coordinate with your roommate(s) about move-in dates.
If you aren't already assigned a move-in date and time, make sure you talk to your future roommate and ask them when they'll be moving in. This is just nice so you know if you should go earlier or later to avoid two people trying to move in at once, each with a ton of boxes. My roommate was assigned an earlier move-in time, so it was really nice to not have to worry about running into someone else moving boxes at the same time.

10. Keep any decorations you'll want to use soon handy.
I didn't do this my freshman year, and I really wish I had at least kept my photos handy. I ended up feeling really homesick the first couple of days so it would've been really nice to have photos of my friends and family handy. If you know what sort of decorations you want to put in your dorm, make sure to keep them on the top of a box, or somewhere that's really easy to get to so you can start making the place feel like home! It's important to do this soon, especially if you're a person who gets homesick really easily.

Alright, those are my tips on moving into your college dorm, and a packing list! I hope this post was helpful, and that it eases your nerves just a little bit. I remember how I felt freshman year, and it really helped to know I was prepared to move in. It's crazy that it's already August, and that people are going to start moving into their dorms soon!

Also, check out the video I did of this below!

Do you have any moving tips?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Plan With Me | August 2017 Bullet Journal Spread!

As promised with my last post, here is my first bullet journal "plan with me" post! I'm so excited to be doing these every month, and it's been really fun to spend time on my bullet journal everyday. The creative side of my bullet journal has also started to come out more now that I'm (a little) more experienced.

For the month of August I did a cacti/succulent theme, and was oddly inspired by my sheets! I got them from Target and they're covered in really cute cacti. Having a desert theme also seemed perfect because we are having such hot weather in Seattle right now. It definitely feels like a desert here!

You can watch the video version of my plan with me below! It was oddly satisfying watching it come together, and seeing how my monthly spread looked like in a time lapse. I'm a sucker for a good time lapse!

Here's how the cover photo turned out!

I'm really happy with how the cover photo came out! I used a new watercolor set and I really love how vibrant the greens are. Instead of using a black marker again, I decided to use one of my Tombow Dual Brush Pens in purple to write "August." I love how it turned out with the greens and I used my Signo pen to add some highlights so it didn't look flat!

The next page is a calendar of the whole month, and I accidentally messed it up so many times! I added an extra "Sunday" on the far right side because I wasn't paying attention, but it doesn't look too terrible! I was going to cover it up with some paper, but I unfortunately lost my glue sticks while moving. I need to make a trip to Michael's soon anyway, so I'll pick up something to fix it there, along with some new pens ;) You can never have enough stationary! 

I decided to do this sort of calendar in the beginning of the spread because I found myself needing to look at my phone calendar a lot when doing weekly spreads. I also just like to have a monthly view like this in the beginning so I can see what I need to do and when! Underneath this calendar I put my monthly goals in a smaller section than last month because I didn't feel like it needed an entire page, and a to-do section for tasks that aren't really tied to specific dates.

I also decided to do a vertical calendar next to the horizontal one, because I really like how I can put my YouTube and blog to-do's there, and my personal events on the other column. We'll see which one I like having better, or if I end up liking both!

The next page is for my habit tracker and mood tracker, and I loved having this in July! Filling in the squares for my habits really helped to keep myself accountable, because I wanted it to be as colorful as possible! It was also cool to see how my mood was throughout the month.

I'm still playing around with the format of the trackers, but I think this is definitely working for now.

Instead of "ideas" I called this page "brain dump," which I've seen a lot of people do! I liked having a page solely dedicated to my ideas last month, but I felt kind of limited in not being able to put quotes, thoughts, or anything other than "ideas" so I'm excited to see how this turns out. 

In the corner of this page I put my social media trackers, and I think it turned out cute with the succulents on top! I kind of like the format of it last month, but we'll see how this one ends up working. Either way, I really loved this so I could see how I'm progressing throughout the month!

Here's my first weekly spread! I decided to use potted succulents for the numbers, and I love how they turned out. These were a reoccurring theme throughout the month, so it was fun to bring them into the first week. 

I like adding a "don't forget" section as well as another small calendar in the corner so I can see where the week is within the month, and so I don't forget about any tasks that aren't supposed to be done on a certain day, or something I have to do throughout the month! 

I am absolutely loving the colors this month, and how this green pops throughout the spread. I'm excited to see how my other weekly spreads turn out for the rest of the month! 

I'm glad I decided to go with a succulent/cacti/desert theme for my second month in my bullet journal, because it's been really simple so far, but also has been allowing me to have a little more creativity. I didn't want to go too overboard with decoration, so I feel like this is a really great theme to have for that.

What's your theme for the month of August?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Why I Started a Bullet Journal + How to Start Your Own!

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of organization, and that I have a mild obsession with my planner. I've been seeing bullet journals around Pinterest and Instagram for a couple of years now, and I really don't know why it took me so long to start one. I decided to finally check into them more, and hours on Pinterest and YouTube later, I had ordered a journal and some notebooks.

I hadn't known that bullet journals were not only planners, but actual journals as well - silly, I know. I personally have (or had, now) a planner, a separate journal for my thoughts, and another journal for goals/ideas. Obviously I couldn't carry around all three, so I'd usually just carry my planner around with me. My phone is full of notes and ideas since I didn't always have my "ideas" journal with me, so it would result in a lot of lists later that I couldn't really make sense of.

With my bullet journal, I can have designated pages that are solely for lists and ideas, or anything else I'd like to put in there. I really like the creative freedom you can have with bullet journals, and that you can follow the system loosely and make up your own rules. I've found it's been great to sit down on Sunday afternoon and figure out the week ahead, and see what all I have to do. It's quickly become a part of my weekly and daily routine to set up the week on Sunday and get ready, and then come back after work and update my journal.

Another part I love about bullet journaling are the different "trackers." Currently I have a habit tracker and mood tracker, and I think next month I'll add in an expense tracker, too. Visually checking in with my goals for the month and year has been helping so much in keeping myself accountable, and it's cool to see them fill in. I love filling in those little boxes, so it keeps me motivated, too! This has also been great in setting realistic goals, and also seeing where I can push a little more to set a higher goal.

So far I've been keeping my journal relatively simple, but I'm excited to become more creative in the future. I love drawing and painting, so my bullet journal will be a great place to be able to do that in, since I don't have a whole lot of time to dedicate to that. I really love how you can get super creative and elaborate with bullet journals or keep it simple if you like!

How to start your own bullet journal

I just want to first say that I'm still a beginner at this - so take what I say with a grain of salt! These are just the tips I've picked up from all the reading and watching I've done about bullet journals. It's really daunting to set up your bullet journal at first because there's so many photos out there of really elaborate journals, but it isn't as difficult as it looks! 

Start with a key

I saw a couple of people do this, and it's been really helpful! Putting the key on some thicker paper and then taping it into the inside of the cover has been really useful to have it on whatever page I'm on. The actual bullet journal system is easy once you get the hang of it, but it can be a tad confusing at the beginning. I mixed up the "event" and "task" bullet a lot in the beginning - I still do - so this has been really helpful in remedying that.

Move onto the future log

The future log is really important for your bullet journal, because it allows you to see the year at a glance and write in important events. So far I've mainly written down birthday's and holiday's, but as time goes on there's more and more to put in the log. I added little doodles for each month to give it some personality, too!

Then, of course, you'll need an index

This is really self-explanatory, but the index just helps you keep your journal organized. It's important to keep track of all of the pages so you can come back to important ones, or yearly logs. With the journal I got, the index is already in there, which is super convenient. I left a couple of pages after the pre-made ones just in case I need more, since I've heard people run out of space.

Put in any yearly logs you want, or anything else you'll want to come back to a lot

For these I put in my half-yearly goals and the books that I want to read this year (I still have to integrate these from my good reads account), since I know I'll be referencing these a lot. It was really nice that I started my bullet journal in July since it means I have an even six months left in the year, and I was able to check in on the goals I set for this year. A lot of people put in pages like "movies to watch" or "things to keep track of," but you can really put whatever you want. It's your journal!

With that, here's my first monthly spread!

I decided to go with a vertical calendar for the month, which was really nice to keep track of my personal life and blog/YouTube stuff, but I did find myself wanting a larger calendar so I had a more wholistic view of everything. Honestly, I'm a calendar junkie so I should've known better that I'd be missing it.

Next are my monthly goals and stats. I really like this page since both sections are based around goals, but I feel like I can fit in a third section to fill up more space, whatever that might be. I'll play around with it next month and see what I'm feeling!

Then we have the trackers, habits and mood. I saw so many people do this, and I love the idea! I've been keeping myself so much more accountable because I actually have to track these things on the daily, so I'm much more motivated to follow through with them. The mood tracker is also really cool so I can see how my emotions fluctuate throughout the month depending on what happens in a day.

Finally, in the initial July pages, is the idea page. I intended for this page to be for whatever I was feeling or thinking about, but it actually really is just an idea page, which I both like and dislike. I think for August I'll turn it into a "brain dump" page, so I feel like I can write more than ideas for blog posts and videos. We'll see how it goes!

Now time for some of my weekly spreads!

This was my first weekly spread with some little daisy detailing at the bottom. I really loved how the bottom turned out, I thought it added something really cute to the page since it was so blank at first! Like I said earlier, I was trying to keep this month pretty simple, so I didn't want to go to crazy on the daisy theme. I think less ended up being more this month!

This was my second weekly spread, and I decided to put a little calendar in the corner this time, and I really ended up loving that. I didn't have to keep looking at the calendar in the future log or on my phone to see a whole view of the month, so it was really nice. It was really quick and simple to do, and added something to the blank corner under Sunday.

Here are some extra pages I added in for the summer!

I wanted to put in a summer bucket list so I could try and actually do some fun things this summer other than work. the title is simple but super cute, and I'm really happy with how it came out! The banner reminds me of the lanes in Brighton when I was studying abroad last summer, and I love the baby blue.

Here's a closer look! I plan on continuing to add things to the list and (hopefully) checking them off, so we'll see how it goes!

Just as I want to make sure I do things this summer, I also want to track what makes me happy! I actually ended up added some yellow to the "happy" to make it a little brighter, but overall I'm happy with how simple it is. I want to make sure I'm really present this summer in everything I do, as well as grateful for all of the great things that happen.

These are some of the supplies I've been using

I really love this Signo Uni-ball pen! It comes in a pack of three which is really great, and is only $6 so it's a great deal. This is useful for covering up any little mistakes I make, and it's also fun to make a little black box and put white text over it to change it up!

I've had this Tombow brush pen for a while now, and I love it so much. This one came in a pack of two: one "hard" tip and a "soft" tip pen. It's really nice that there's two different pens for some variety, and to use them for different things! 

Sharpie pens have been my go-to pen for years now. I love how fine the tip is and how dark the black is - it's great for writing small block letters, or adding fine details to drawings or paintings.

I got these washi tapes at Target for around $3 each, and I really love them! They're different from the regular floral ones (which, don't get me wrong, I love), so I thought it would be cool to switch things up!

I got these Tombow dual brush pens for my birthday back in April, and they have quickly become some of my favorite art supplies. I've been using them like crazy to make cards, and they've come in handy just for coloring, writing, and everything in between!

I've seen so many people use these Crayola Supertips for their bullet journals, and now I understand why! The 50 pack was only around $10, and all of the colors are so pretty. I love the variation in them, and they're really great for adding some color here and there throughout your journal. The lighter colors are also great for more subtle colors, too!

And of course, here's the actual journal that I'm using! I'm so happy with this journal, the pages are thick, and it's great that there's already an index in the beginning. The pages are also already numbered, which is really convenient. I haven't added anything to the cover yet, and I honestly I might just leave it black. I haven't decided yet!

Alright, that's that for all of my tips, how to start a journal, and all the supplies I've been using! You can watch the video I did on this topic right here! I go more in depth through my spreads, and talk about them a little bit more. Plus, it's just nice to see a flip through.

I'm so glad I finally decided to start a bullet journal, and that I get to share what I've done in mine so far! I'm super excited to share monthly "plan with me" posts and videos, so be on the lookout for that. I actually am in the process of filming my August Plan with Me, which will hopefully be up in a couple of days.

I also decided to finally start a monthly newsletter, so if you want more updates from me, go ahead and put in your email at the top of my blog! I'm not sure when exactly I'm going to be sending those out, but I think it'll be early in the month, or a couple of weeks in. This is all still new, so it's a work in progress. Thanks for coming along with me, and thanks for reading a watching! :)

Do you have a bullet journal?

Have a great day! :)

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