How I’m Going To Make The Most Out Of 2018!

How I’m Going To Make The Most Out Of 2018!

Although I’m a little late to be ringing in the New Year with a blog post, I still thought that I should get around to writing again as I’ve been MIA since early December. It was a busy month for me, but I’m back now and eager to get 2018 going!

When January rolled around a few weeks ago, I was feeling a little lost as to what I wanted to have my New Years resolutions to be. Obviously, I didn’t have to form any resolutions, (since it’s not like I always follow them) but I felt like I needed something to keep in mind while going through this year to try and keep me somewhat on track in my life. The results were this: a blank list, a loss of motivation, and a disheartened mindset. I couldn’t think of one single thing that I would be able to follow. I had tried to do the typical “eat healthy and work out” resolutions in the past, but nothing ever stuck and I ended up feeling embarrassed and defeated every time I would get off track. Therefore, I wanted to have a resolution that would grant me the motivation to keep up with it and here’s where I landed!

About a week ago, I took to prayer in order to seek guidance for some things I was questioning in my life. As usual, I was questioning my path in life and my career, as well as my abilities and passions. I asked God why I’ve been struggling so much to find a career path that I love and why it felt like some people had an easier walk with finding their passions and hobbies. It felt like my eyes were opened up a little wider when I woke up the next day (no joke) and I felt a deeper calling to the career path that I’ve been iffy about, but considered for a long time – social work. The words “community outreach” were somehow all over my brain even though I have never really thought of that before in the past. To be completely honest, I didn’t even know what community outreach entailed before I did some research online that day. I found out that FSU has a community outreach program (what great luck!) that encourages students to go out and volunteer within the Tallahassee community to find organizations and different causes that they’re passionate about. This rambling story leads me to one of my first goals for this year – volunteering!

I believe that community service is so important because you’re becoming a part of something much bigger than yourself. I’ve always reminded myself that if you are able to help someone, no matter the consequences, you should always step forward to give them a hand. I’m hoping to join at least 3 new clubs on campus this year, as well as doing a volunteer project every week (if time and prior commitments allow), which is something that is so exciting to me! Some people in this world are going through unfortunate circumstances that may be out of their control and a simple act of kindness could really make the difference for them. So, if there’s a charity or volunteer opportunity that you’ve ever wanted to get involved in, give it a go this year! I’ll be right there with you.

The second goal that I’m hoping I can keep up with this year is being more positive in my conversations, in my thoughts, and for my outlook on life in general. I know that this one can be pretty difficult (and the advice is somewhat obvious), but staying positive can simply improve the quality of your life. If you’re anything like me, you’ll always find something that’s wrong and needs to be better, or you’ll find little things that annoy you throughout the day. This year, I’m trying to really think about the things that are causing me to have those negative thoughts and asking myself if it’s worth it to waste energy on them. Having a positive attitude will make you feel good. It will make you feel like you can take on the world and can help you be productive with your day. 2018 is the year for change, people! Help your mental health (and the people around you) and try to maintain a positivity streak! I’m going on 9 positive days in a row now 🙂

Another thing that I’m working on this year (which you can benefit from as well) is to try and limit the amount of things that make me anxious or uneasy and become more carefree. In terms of things that make me anxious, the list goes on and on: getting shots, being in large crowds of people, driving on busy roads, being around people who are sick, etc. Being anxious at times is OKAY. It’s NORMAL. Similar to how I’m trying to become more positive this year, the same idea applies to how I’m trying to become more carefree: I’m really thinking about the things that are making me uneasy and asking if it’s truly worth it to get myself worked up about them. Personally, I’m ready to live my life without any of those uneasy thoughts holding me back at times, so this is something that I’m going to try really hard to maintain throughout this year.

My hope for 2018 is that it’s the best year yet and I really think that these three goals are the foundations for getting me to that point. I’ve probably said this about a thousand times now, but I’m truly excited to see what God has in store for me this year!

I hope y’all have had a good start to your January so far and let me know if you have any resolutions/goals for this year!

The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24

-H-

 

Where Have I Been?! – Life Updates

Where Have I Been?! – Life Updates

Hey y’all!

Happy Thursday! I haven’t written a blog post on here since the end of July and I’ve been so bothered by it. I thought I’d give a little bit of a life update and tell you all what I’ve been up to lately. Just a heads up: this is going to be a pretty long post!

To start, August was a hectic month. I took 11 credit hours this summer and managed to get an A in all of my classes after working hard to give my GPA a little bit of a boost. As soon as I finished taking my last final exam, I was on my way home to travel up to North Carolina with my parents. We enjoyed hiking around and exploring some new places that we hadn’t visited before, which is always an interesting experience.

Unfortunately, I only had a few days to really soak up the relaxation, as I had to come back home to Tallahassee in order to prepare for sorority recruitment.

The week leading up to recruitment, also called “Spirit Week” for us, is an intense week filled with recruitment practice run throughs and late nights at the house, but more importantly, this was a time for me to really sit and reflect on why I joined my sorority and why I decided to stay. Each day we had a different theme for dressing up to make this week a little bit more fun.

One of my favorite days we had was “AOII’s All That,” where we all dressed up in 90s attire. I tried my best to dress up like a Spice Girl, but it may have been a little lost in translation…. (if I’m being honest, I just really wanted to wear this corduroy pink skirt that I got for $3 from Forever 21!!!)

We also had a day that was “rocker” themed, so I dug out my over-sized denim jacket from the back of my closet. I sewed patches on the back of this jacket four years ago and I’d like to think that I was ahead of the game when big denim jackets became popular again.

Spirit Week taught me a lot about not only the recruitment process, but also about myself and my sisters. Even though we got frustrated and stressed out at times, we still managed to hang in there (although half of us were already sick with colds and strep throat)!

To be honest, I can’t really remember much about recruitment this year. I was sick with a cold and it felt like my throat was on fire every time I uttered a word, but the week seemed to go by in a blur. I only took some pictures from recruitment on the first day because that’s when I was feeling good and healthy, but I promise we looked cute every day that week!!

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The best day of recruitment finally came – BID DAY!! This was such a fun day and I loved our theme, “AOPalooza,” which was based around music festivals. We were able to welcome home 92 amazing new members and I’m so proud of my sisters for recruiting such wonderful women.

That was by far the most hectic month that I’ve had so far, so compared to August, not a ton has happened in the last two months. I started the fall semester of my junior year of college and I’m currently taking 16 credit hours. I’m still a psychology major, but I have the potential to finish that degree up by next December, so I’m considering the possibility of turning my current sociology minor into a psychology-sociology double major with that extra semester of time. Nothing is set in stone, but I thought I’d throw some of my school life/academics in here to prove to my family that I’m not just out here partying every night!!

Onto the month of September! I took TWO little sisters, Maddie and Leah, and my heart has been so full ever since.

Aren’t they precious?! That’s pretty much the only memorable thing that happened that month…

In October, we had a 70s themed social with Delta Chi at the Strip, which was so much fun!

My friends and I also took a spontaneous trip to a rather sketchy pumpkin patch instead of going to the football game one day. We saw a beautiful sunset afterwards and went back home to carve some pumpkins that we ended up getting at Walmart because they were waaaay cheaper.

Overall, this semester has been extremely busy for me, but I feel like I’ve been getting so much more stuff done than I have in the past two years. I’m taking more classes than I have ever taken in the past, I joined the German Club on campus and became their Public Relations Assistant, I got a 98 on one of my brain and behavior tests (which has been one of my biggest accomplishments in my entire life), I joined an IM softball team that plays Wednesday nights (we lost 4-12 at our game last night, but that’s ok), and I’ve been feeling more confident with myself than I ever have in the past. Junior year is starting to look good on me and I’m so grateful for it.

I’m really hoping to write more often on this blog, as my achievements and good moods have left me feeling so inspired recently. Also, one of my sorority sisters, Laura (preppedupblog.wordpress.com) has been killing her blog posts lately and I need to add her in here! I wouldn’t have written this post today if it wasn’t for her. YGG!!

~Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever.~ 1 Chronicles 16:34

-H-

 

Thrift Store Tips!

Thrift Store Tips!

Hi y’all!

I am finally getting around to another blog post, as I’ve been MIA for the past few months. School, stress, and life in general, suddenly hit me like a brick wall all at once after I published my last blog post and I had difficulty finding the time (and inspiration) to make another one, but, alas! I come to you with my most recent post about my favorite pastime: thrift shopping!

Thanks to my parents, I’ve been thrift shopping and going to garage sales since before I was born (my mom probably went to both when I was chillin’ in her womb, I assume.) A good portion of the items and decor that we have back at home are from either of those two sources. What can we say? We love cheap stuff and vintage. It’s an addiction.

That being said, when it comes to thrift shopping, I’ve been around the block a few times and I’ve gathered a fair share of tips when it comes to finding some great hidden treasures.

 

1. You can’t expect to go to just one thrift store and find everything that you’re looking/hoping for.

This is something that I hear a lot when I talk to people about thrift shopping. They expect to waltz into just one thrift store and find anything they’ve ever dreamed of finding: the perfect pair of worn, 90s high waisted mom jeans that they can cut into shorts, a vinyl record by their favorite artist, a vintage art piece that would match perfectly with the decor in their apartment, etc.

This problem is mainly due to two things. One, you might be hitting up the same thrift store because you aren’t aware of any other thrift stores in your area. If you’re dealing with this particular problem, go online and do some research! More than likely, there will always be at least one other thrift store within a few miles of you, so take the time to do some research. If you’re very serious about getting into thrift shopping, don’t be afraid to drive a little further than you’re used to in order to discover new hidden gems!

The second possible reason behind this issue could be that you’re not making your thrift shopping a common enough occurrence. If you truly want to find some good items, you need to be checking back at your stores on a regular basis, ESPECIALLY on weekdays (if possible) when a lot of people are away at work. New stock comes in all the time and if you want to beat those shoppers who snatch up all the good stuff for the sole purpose of putting it on Ebay or taking it to the flea market, you need to make your local thrift stores another home to you!

Don’t get discouraged and give up if you don’t find something that you’re looking for the first time you go to a shop. That discouragement might prevent you from finding something amazing if you don’t come back!

2. Don’t be afraid to dig around! 

This is another thing that could be preventing you from finding all the goodies! If you just stick to the surface-level items that are scattered about the shelves or the bins, you’re practically scanning over the same items that everyone else has looked at and passed by. Don’t hold back from pushing items aside to look behind them; you never know if something is lurking back there! Also, someone might have deliberately left a cool item hidden back behind some other knick-knacks in order to hide it for when they come back at a later time. As bad as this sounds and please don’t hate me, but I always think that if they left it behind, it’s fate for me. Finders keepers, am I right?

3. Most of the time, things can be DIY’d and repainted

This is another thing that I keep in mind when I go thrift shopping. If you’re looking at furniture and see a brilliant piece that’s built well and you think would go amazing with your decor, don’t turn away from it just because of the color! There are many YouTube videos or websites that can show you step-by-step instructions on how to repaint, stain, or resurface furniture in order to turn it into something that is perfect for your style. Plus, completing a DIY project on an item that will be put on display for all to see might be rewarding!

The same can be said for little knick-knacks! A popular style for decor right now is to have items that are solid milk white glass or pure gold (other metals, too.) This makes things very simple when looking for decor items to fill your home at thrift shops! An ugly, outdated ceramic knick-knack can become something totally unique and modern with a few coats of some spray paint! It’s definitely cheaper than items at home and decor stores. Simple as that.

 

So those are my tips for today! I am planning on adding on to this list in a future blog post, so keep an eye out for that. I hope everyone has had a wonderful week so far and that you’ve been extremely blessed throughout the month of June. Happy Tuesday!

 

~Exodus 14:14 – The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.~

-H-

 

Bullet Journal Set-Up: April

Bullet Journal Set-Up: April

Hi everyone! I hope y’all are having a great Friday and that your week has gone well. I’m still trying to get a sense of where this blog will be going, but I honestly think that I’ll just keep it open and post things that make me happy. Today I wanted to make a post about my bullet journal and how I have it set up for the month of April!

I managed to jump on the bullet journal train back in March, but also managed to get thrown off of it when Spring Break rolled around. I really wanted to try again for the new month, so here I am!

To start out, this is the journal that I use:

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I love the color of this journal (even though it wasn’t initially what I wanted) and I can’t wait to add some stickers or something fun on the front of it!

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This is my title page for the month of April! I really have no idea how to do fancy lettering, so I just kind of doodled and this was the result. Adding a nice quote or verse on this page helps me keep certain mindsets for the month. Last month, I had the quote “Always be a little kinder than necessary” written on the title page. This month, I’m focusing more on making my faith a bigger priority in my life and really having trust in God. It’s not technically April yet, but I’m already doing really well so far! It’s a nice reminder to see every time I open my journal up.

The first page that I have after the title is a “month at a glance” page, which gives me a brief run-down of any upcoming events, birthdays, holidays, and important dates for my schoolwork.

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Once again, I have a nice little quote on the other side (mostly because I had a blank page and I wanted to fill it up with something.) You can never have too many sweet quotes in your journal, I promise! I don’t like to color-code in my bullet journal or make symbols for certain events, like appointments, because I personally feel like it makes the journal much more difficult to decode than necessary. I like to keep the layout simple and it works for me!

The next page that I have is my monthly spending and my habits tracker.

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I really like having my monthly spending page because it really helps me to visualize the purchases that I’ve made and it makes me stop and think to myself “Do I really need this?” Being in college, money is already tight and I want to prevent myself from making as many unnecessary purchases as possible.

The setup on this page is simple: the date I made the purchase, where I made the purchase/what I purchased, whether I used cash or one of my cards, and the total amount of money that I spent. Under the “type” column, I will either write “DC” (debit card), “CC” (credit card), or “$” (cash).

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With my habit tracker, as you probably can see, I went a little overboard… I guess I was subconsciously feeling really motivated to track every habit I’ve ever had in my entire life and made way too many columns (oops!) I love having one of these in my journal as well because it not only helps me see what things I’ve done over the past month, but it also reminds me to do those things. I’m a very visual (and forgetful) person and I really need to have things written down in front of my face in order for me to remember to complete them. “Out of sight, out of mind” really applies to my life! My habit tracker is like a constant to-do list for the month and I absolutely love being able to check my habits off my list. It makes me feel accomplished in a sense!

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I’ll keep adding to my list of habits if I come across something that I want to track throughout the month. Right now, I’m thinking of adding ‘stretch’ and a column dedicated to getting up at a certain time every morning, which is something that I really struggle with right now.

After my spending and habits page, I start my weekly spreads. I keep these layouts really simple too, just because I want to get straight to the point – what I have going on this week, any reminders, and a to-do list.

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My to-do list on the left side is really important, because, like I said, I’m a very forgetful person and I need to have everything written down or else I won’t remember things.

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I love having a separate section for any homework that I have to do because it prevents me from forgetting ANY of my assignments. I highly recommend doing this (if it applies to you!)

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The other side has my weekly calendar on it and I love having this too because, unlike my “month at a glance” page, I have more room to write other things I have going on during the day. Sometimes if I have time, I’ll write what the weather is supposed to be for that day (if it’s going to rain, if it’s going to be chilly, etc.) just because it’s a lot easier than going online and checking everyday. I usually keep my journal sitting open on my desk and it’s much quicker to just glance at that page when getting dressed and ready to go to class.

As for the weekly spreads, that is the setup that I have for the rest of the month, so nothing is different from those pages. As the month goes along, there are bound to be more pages that I’ll add, such as a meals page dedicated to what food I eat in a day, although I’m kind of afraid to do that because my diet isn’t very healthy and it would make me feel really bad (but maybe that’s what I need to do in order to eat better? Who knows.) The point is, bullet journals are extremely versatile in the amount and variety of things you can add in there. There are no set rules on how you set your journal up and I love that you can personalize each page to what you need. If you don’t have a bullet journal already, I highly recommend having one! It has helped me organize my life and it’s a good creative outlet for me.

Happy Friday and happy (almost) April!!

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” – Proverbs 31:25 ♥

-H-