What Junior Year Has Taught Me (so far...)

I am currently sitting at home, waiting for final grades to come and checking my student account like a crazy person (I am still waiting on two more grades!!) But I wanted to take some time to reflect on the last 4ish months aka my FIFTH semester of college.

Excuse me while I cry about the fact that I only have three semesters of undergrad left... While I am most definitely sad, I am more confused because I have no idea where the time went. It feels like just yesterday that I was crying over my honors American Lit grade my freshman year because my grade got messed up. Pro tip: Get to know your professors just in case you need to email them, begging them to fix your grade.


6 Podcasts I am Listening to Right Now

If you follow me on Instagram (hint, hint ;) ), you'll see that I'll occasionally post about what podcasts I am listening to, and I love when people post what they listen to.  There are so many podcasts out there now that I get overwhelmed with the options, so when someone else can help make that decision for me, I am grateful. (I am actually super indecisive when it comes to small decisions like choosing what to watch or listen to...)


Lessons in Willpower

My consumer behavior professor said something the other week in class that made me think (and inspired me to write something for the first time in a while). She said, "You only have so much willpower. Once it's gone, it's gone. You can do things to build it up and build stamina, but you have a limited amount." She went on to talk about how you lose willpower every time you check your texts, refresh your email, etc. Which makes perfect sense. You only have so much energy to do everything every day, and when you spend ~5 hours on your phone and clicking refresh every 30 seconds, you no longer have that energy to do what you actually need to do. She also said something about research she found that people refresh their email ~750 times a day, which sounds crazy but I know when I am waiting on a certain email that I am constantly refreshing, so maybe that's not so crazy?


June Reflections + Favorites

June was a long month for me. Compared to May and July, I didn't have a ton planned for June, so it definitely crept by in my opinion. In May, I was finishing up school and moving out and going to Boston and Nashville for various reasons, and then in July, I am going back to Tuscaloosa for a week to work our communications camp and then moving into the Theta house/getting ready for recruitment, whereas; for June, I had exactly one (1) thing planned: going to see Kacey Musgraves Harry Styles in Nashville, which I mean, no other plans can really compare to that.


Rediscovering Personal Style

In high school, I dressed up most of the time, and I think I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted to dress like and what I liked. I wore a lot of chino shorts and dresses and button downs and a whole lot of stripes. I posted my outfits all the time on Tumblr (#ootd), so I know for a fact that I used to put effort into what I wore. But once senior year and senioritis hit, I definitely didn't dress up anymore. Norts and oversized t-shirts became my thing as I perfected my role as a future sorority girl, which obviously followed me into college where I am an actual sorority girl.


2018-2019 Agendas

Honestly, nothing relaxes me more than opening up a new agenda and envisioning all the things written down in it. Something about it just instantly calms me down, and I love looking at my new agenda even though I don't have a ton of use for it in the summer. 

This year I switched things up again, and I got a...Day Designer for Blue Sky! I got mine from Staples, and while it says it is not available in-store, it definitely is, and I am pretty sure it's cheaper in-store. I feel like it was around $30. I knew I wanted a Day Designer this year, but since I had never had one, dropping $60 on a planner seemed like a lot for me, so the Blue Sky one was a perfect compromise. 

I actually like the format of the Blue Sky one a little better because the hours of the day are broken down by 30 minutes rather than just hours, which is super helpful for my classes that start at 3:30 or 6:30. It also doesn't have some of the sections that I knew I wouldn't use like Bills or Dinner, but it does still have the Top 3 and Gratitude sections. I'm actually super excited to go back to school and start writing in my agenda and be able to show y'all how I organize it. 

Today I also wanted to share with y'all some other agenda options that I love! 


Growing Up + Swedish Death Cleaning

I want to start this off by saying I am a ridiculous person, and I came home the weekend before exams started and then went back to Tuscaloosa for two and a half days before officially coming home for summer. I know this, but I don't regret my decision one bit because I think one of the first things I told my mom was, "I want to get rid of everything." I felt overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in my childhood bedroom after basically living in my own ~400 square feet for the last eight months. (I lived in a three-person apartment but spent most of my time in my own room.)

This was my closet from my freshman year dorm


Sophomore Year Reflections

I've been back at home for almost a week now, and I am definitely still in denial that my sophomore year of college is over. It is really freaky to me that I am going to be a junior in three months because it honestly feels like just yesterday I was moving into my freshman dorm. Sometimes I think about turning 21, taking my upper division classes, and applying to graduate programs/jobs/internships, and I panic just a little.


5 Media Companies + Professionals to Follow

Something I've learned in the last two years is how important it is to follow people in the industry you want to get into, especially for people interested in communications. I absolutely love following PR companies and professionals especially sports media professionals, but I also love following ad agencies because I feel like it helps with my creativity a little bit.


The Underdogs

I think people think it's funny that I go to a university known for its dominant athletic program but my favorite professional sports teams are the ones that embody the underdogs, the not quite lovable losers. I've been a Philadelphia fan for almost ten years, and I didn't quite get the let down surrounding the sports for a while because the Phillies were good. What did it matter that every other team wasn't so good? The Phillies had just won the World Series and kept making runs, and frankly, I didn't really care about the other teams yet.


Habit Tracking

I read a tweet the other day that talked about how the first half of January has felt longer than all of 2017, and I very much agree. Maybe it's because I still have yet to have a full week of school (this is my first full week) or because my days usually end around 2:00, which means I have all this newfound free time that I haven't quite figured out what to do with yet. However, because this month feels forever long, I feel like I have had time to work on my goals for 2018, and I feel like I am working toward actual change.


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I think we can all agree that 2017 was an interesting year. (Here is a nice video from John Green about the year, and also Google made me cry this year.) Personally, for a really long time, it was a bad year. I felt stuck for a really long time. I wasn't sure of basically everything in my life. I thought about transferring back home, switching majors to God knows what, and I even considered dropping my sorority at one point. I didn't really feel confident in anything I was doing. Fortunately, the end of the year became a lot better for me. I finally decided to get real help and take care of my mental health in ways I have never done before, and I am feeling (mostly) confident about what I am doing and the direction I am headed.