I understand that I’m throwing myself to the wolves here. I’m expressing part of my beliefs online, and that can always be nerve-wracking. Please keep your opinions respectful and keep debate to a minimum. I am simply writing a think-piece. I do not see this as a piece of advocacy for either side.
No, I did not march.
Does this mean I didn’t want to? No. I was actually at rehearsal, but I wanted to share my thoughts on this year’s Women’s March.
I am in full support of women’s rights. Would I consider myself a feminist? I can’t be sure. With today’s connotation of the word, it’s almost scary to label yourself as a feminist, for fear that someone will see you as a “hysterical woman.” The dictionary definition of feminist is “someone who advocates for women’s rights and equality between sexes.” Who wouldn’t want the two sexes to be equal? I thoroughly believe that the majority of the country shares this belief, however, somehow we have connected the term “feminist” with a scary, intimidating image.
This is the definition of “feminist” on Urban Dictionary: A person, usually but not necessarily of female gender, indoctrinated to find fault in everything a male does whilst believing all females can do no wrong. Feminists will use any lies, deceit, dubious statistics, manipulation, aggression and threats to eliminate any sense of fairness, justice or decency to men (or boys) irrespective of creed, ethnic background or colour.
Since when did this become the definition of a feminist? I view feminists as I believe they should be viewed. Human beings who want nothing more than human rights. Women have gained crazy amounts of rights over the years, which I definitely support. Should women be superior to men? Absolutely not. All we are asking is to be seen as equal, in the workplace, at home, and out in society. It makes perfect sense.
Nowadays, we are incredibly lucky to see women in leadership positions, such as my role models Savannah Guthrie and Hota Kotb who act as the lead anchors of The Today Show every morning. Why can’t we see feminists as successful women (who they absolutely are) who did the work necessary to get to where they are, rather than screaming, angry women who are being belittled by others, male and female alike?
I know that several will agree with me. I know that several will never see eye-to-eye with my beliefs. I know some will never be able to cleanse their minds of an image of a hostile woman or man yelling about rights. I know that some people will just never see it the way that I see it. And that’s okay. I just hope that one day, the world can, in the words of John Lennon, “be as one.”
I’m a TOTAL book nerd. And I can’t wait to share that on my blog. I’ve thought about it for quite some time, and I’m a little upset that I didn’t read much in 2018. I love reading and spending time buried in books, so this year, I decided I’d make a list of 19 books I want to read in 2019. I’m not entirely sure if I actually can read this many this year (junior and senior year oof) but I’m going to at least try for 10! This is pretty much just a list post, so I’m going to keep this short. (Spoiler Alert: There will be MANY WWII era books, true crime novels, and romance novels. Those are for sure my favorite three categories, not sure why)
Salt to the Sea (Ruta Sepetys)
The Zookeeper’s Wife (Diane Ackerman)
When I Am Through With You (Stephanie Kuhen)
Midnight at the Electric (Jodi Lynn Anderson)
Girl in Pieces (Kathleen Glasglow)
All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
The Wrong Train (Jeremy de Quidt)
The Ravenous (Amy Lukavics)
This is Where It Ends (Marieke Nijkamp)
Hidden Figures (Margot Lee Shetterly)
Present Over Perfect (Shana Niequist)
A List of Cages (Robin Roe)
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Taylor Jenkins Reid)
They Both Die at the End (Adam Silvera)
Daring to Dream (Nora Roberts)
The Girl Who Chased the Moon (Sarah Addison Allen)
When I say that I never saw college coming, I never saw it coming. Crazy. It’s hard to believe that in about a year and a half I’ll be moving into a college dorm and beginning life somewhere else. It’s hard to believe that I’ve finally arrived at the season of standardized tests, applications, essays, and recommendation letters.
I decided to visit Arizona State University – Downtown Phoenix, a university that I excited to visit, but wasn’t quite expecting to ever visit. The reason? It’s incredibly close to home. Sure, being close to home isn’t a bad thing, but I’ve lived in Arizona my entire life, so going out-of-state has always been a big dream of mine. This tour might’ve changed a bit of that.
ASU has a giant journalism program that’s absolutely incredible. It’s named after Walter Cronkite, one of the greatest journalists of all time. Students have unique internship opportunities, their own TV station, and editing bays and equipment galore. I was honestly stunned to see how much they had available to their students, and when I found out that the journalism building is open 24/7 (aka the best idea ever for journalism students who are always working on their next story). Guess where you’ll find me at 3am?
I first got to tour the actual ASU campus and the dorms, which were much more spacious than I expected! The campus itself is open to the city and really blends in, but I have to say, I really appreciated the city/school balance. There’s just enough places to intern, work, or find a place to study. The dorms are all in one building that has a nice post office, kitchen, and dining hall downstairs. The whole campus is in the middle of Phoenix so there are several food options.
The walking tour really showed off how versatile and supportive ASU is of their students. There were banks solely for students, student discounts everywhere, and buildings that boasted ease of access. I thought that the city blended students with regular civilians, and somehow, I could suddenly picture myself walking to and from classes, and wanting to investigate all of the buildings that I didn’t get to step inside.
The actual Cronkite building itself (which I got to go through individually) was six stories tall and right across the street from the dorms. The building had its own TV station inside (insanely cool) that juniors and seniors can all audition for, and its own newsroom where everyone could work alongside the set. I was elated to see how professional the workrooms of the building were, and in a way, it made me feel like Cronkite gives less of a college classroom feel and more of a workplace feel. I was super excited to see all of the “editing bays,” which are small rooms with computers, microphones, and all the editing software you could ever need to give students every opportunity possible to craft the perfect story. The guide, Alexis, talked about how students at Cronkite seize every opportunity to be professional and advance in their careers, even talking about the 2 absence limit. I thought this really aligned with what I do and what I want, so that was definitely a pro of the school that I never would’ve seen without the tour. Side note: make sure you tour schools! You might not realize you love a school or certain aspects of it until you see it in person!
The Barrett Honors Program is also a big part of ASU and it’s an honors program that focuses on building community. I liked that the students in the honors program get to take unique classes to fulfill their honors requirements, such as study abroad classes, or even taking a class that analyzes Disney Films (seriously, who wouldn’t want a Disney class?)
Overall, I was really impressed with ASU as a whole, and I was glad to see that there was such a strong journalism program so close to where I live. I’ll definitely be applying this summer, so stay tuned to see what happens with this one! I’ll be sure to share my future tours with y’all as well, until next time!
You guys!! I seriously can’t believe it, I’ve finally reached the halfway mark with my Invisalign… and there’s a pretty huge difference. First of all– my dentist promised that braces would be a shorter journey for me… my Invisalign have been on for 5 months and are coming off in 4! My braces would’ve taken about a year and a half. I’m so glad I went with the Invisalign option.
My teeth have gotten noticeably straighter, but there hasn’t been much pain at all. I now switch my trays every weeks instead of every two weeks, which makes the process go by much faster, and the trays less gross (ew). I’ve gotten better about remembering to bring my Invisalign bag wherever I go, and I’m no longer forgetting bits and pieces whenever I travel (the amount of tiny toothpaste bottles I’ve gone through!!)
I can tell that my teeth have gotten closer together and the few that were super problematic are now starting to straighten out. It’s not too painful, like I said earlier, but my mouth is always sore at the beginning of the week, no fail. I have 24 trays total, and currently, I’m wearing #11. There has been one recurring issue, and it’s that I keep accidentally swallowing attachments (small, plastic Invisalign brackets) when they fall off my teeth. It’s not really a big deal to swallow them, just inconvenient because they have to reglue all of them at the orthodontist’s office. That is NOT my favorite experience.
I’ve had so many people ask me so many questions about Invisalign, so feel free to drop yours below if you have any, and I’ll include them in the 75% done update! I’ll be there in mid-February, since my teeth are moving faster and faster and I’m switching about 4 trays per month instead of 2. Until next time!
I’m officially halfway through my junior year, and I’ve had sooo many people ask me: where are you in your search? I really love following along with other’s college searches, so I definitely wanted to share mine with all of you! I’ve broken it all down into a few categories: My Major, My School, My Tests, and My Applications.
I want to major in journalism, with an emphasis in broadcast (so that I can achieve my dream career of being an anchor). Even though I’m pretty set on what I want to do, I’m also interested in taking some classes in producing and editing, so that I can be a well-rounded journalist. I’m looking for a school that gives me the ability to study broadcasting, and has a student news station, so that I can practice being on-air before I actually graduate.
I’ve been struggling to figure out what I want most in a college. Is it the campus? Social life? Academic rigor? The honors college? So, to figure that out, I’ve been touring. I’ve toured University of Denver (totally random, we were just in the area), University of Southern California, and Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix. I’ve loved various things about each (and for the linked ones, click for my thoughts) but I’m not 100% set on any of them yet. I’m planning on touring Northwestern this summer, and several more, if and when I get accepted. Currently, I have my search down to about four schools, give or take one. I don’t plan on applying to more than 5 or 6 schools, considering that applications are usually about $75, and I only want to apply to schools that I could really see myself going to if I was to be accepted. Point is, I’m more about the practicality than the “I got into 10 schools!” approach.
I’m not sure how much of this I can talk about on my blog, so I’ll give you what I know I can share. I’ve currently taken the PSAT twice and the SAT once. I improved each time, and currently, I’m sitting at a score that I am proud of! I am planning on taking my SAT once more in the Spring. I’ve never taken the ACT, but I personally feel like I’ve done so well on the SAT that it’s not really necessary for me to take the ACT at all. I used Khan Academy to study for FREE, and let me say, it definitely paid off and I would 10/10 recommend.
I haven’t started any applications yet, as many for the Fall of 2020 open in July! I’ll keep y’all updated, but so far, all of the schools I’m applying to are through the Common App, except for one (yikes, why can’t they all be on the same platform). I’m starting to pick out which teachers I want to write my recommendations, and what things I’m going to put on my college resume. Point is, I’m so glad I’ve started to think about this ahead of time, because there are so many more pieces than I thought.
That’s about where I am at the moment, but I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as I progress through the actual process. If you’re younger (or my age) and have any questions, let me know so I can answer them! I’d love to let you all know how my journey is going!
I have to admit. I’ve been going through my blog the past couple of weeks and taking a look at everything that I’ve done in the past year. I’ve realized that towards the end of the year, I feel like my blog got a little unauthentic! Some of my posts don’t sound quite like me and they sound like I’m just trying to fit into the blogging community. Some posts sound rushed and I know they’re not the best I could do, and that’s not what I want to do. Yes, I want other people to love my blog, but I want to love my blog, too. So, I’ve decided that this year, my word of the year is AUTHENTIC.I want to be authentically me, and not only in person, but online.
If you took a look at my Instagram that my friends follow, you’d see my “inspiration” posts where I go off on whole tangents which reflect me and what type of person I am. I started to ask myself why I didn’t do that on my blog, and I figured that now is a better time than ever to start. I want to start sharing more of my life with y’all, more of what I love and care about, and less of things I just try to love or show.
This year, I’ll focus more on writing about what I love and sharing that with the world. As I get older and move towards college, I really want my blog to become a home where I can share pieces of my life for people to see, especially with family and friends as I move onto my next stage of life. It’s hard to keep up to date with everyone, so I’m really going to accomplish that with my blog.
I figured I’ll reintroduce myself, so you can really get a good idea of where my blog is going and what I want to do with it. My name is Emma, I’m a lifestyle blogger 110%. I love blogging about advice, faith, school, and camp. Besides blogging, I love writing for a local magazine and channelkindness.org. I’m a junior and starting to narrow in on college applications, so I’ll definitely be sharing about that soon. I can’t wait to share more of that with you all this year as I strive to be more authentic.
Alright, enough of that! Onto my resolutions:
Try to keep my room clean. I’ve never been good at this, because I come home and throw everything onto my floor. I feel that if I actually keep my room clean, I’ll get much more done.
Read everyday. Reading is something I really love and I’ve been reading nonstop over winter break. I always love a good autobiography or true crime novel. If you have any book suggestions, please let me know, I’m always adding to my list!
Post at least once a week. This may seem easy, but for me, it’s a struggle sometimes to balance my freelance writing work (for magazines) with my blog work. I desperately want to become more consistent with my blog this year!
Focus on skincare. This is another thing that I am the absolute worst at. I’ve started using a new skincare brand called Bliss so hopefully I’ll be more motivated to work on that this year.
Take a break day each week. I’m going to try my hardest to give myself a night off each week! I can do this.
There we go! I hope that you’re excited for the future of And Then Emma. This is going to be a year focused on self-improvement and blog improvement, and I’m ecstatic to get started. Until next time!
Welcome back to my recap of 2018! If you didn’t see the first half of my year, you can check it out here. I am so excited to share my second half of my year with you, it was full of just as many surprises as the first half. I won’t bore you with the regular stuff, let’s get going with July.
Oh, friends. July was the month of a lifetime. I left a day after getting back from California for church camp and went straight up to Prescott to go to Sky-Y. I had been to Sky-Y as a camper once before, but this time, I was going up to be trained as a CIT (counselor-in-training), which I had been looking forward to ever since I left camp the year before. I had no clue what I was in for. My first week of training, we drove out in a YMCA bus to Payson and camped for a week. And I mean, camped. Tents, cooking our own food, an outhouse, the whole shabang. It was my first time going actually camping (besides that time when I was probably 10 and we forgot the tent poles, yikes, we
have never gone camping as a family again), and it was terrifying and crazy fun at the same time. Staying up late playing ERS and making cord bracelets with my friends will always be one of my favorite memories. I came back to camp the next week to shadow a full-time counselor and I was put in a cabin with 17 7-year-olds. That was probably the hardest thing of my life. It was exhausting (mentally and physically and emotionally!!), exhilarating, and flat out difficult. I was incredibly lucky to be asked to stay for another week as a real counselor for a cabin of 12-year-old girls who were absolutely spectacular and really cool. I had the time of my life at Sky-Y this summer and I can’t wait to go back as full-time staff next summer, but first, I get to go up and be a cabin counselor for New Years! I’ve never been to winter camp so it should be super exciting to experience camp in the snow for the first time. Being in Arizona, I don’t get to see snow a lot, so combining my favorite place with something I haven’t really experienced much before should be super different and super exciting.
Nothing much happened in August, folks. I found my new favorite restaurant of all time: Snooze (yes, I’m a total breakfast fanatic. Find me a good breakfast place and I’ll never leave). Other than that, I started my junior year with a full schedule and one extra class. Two choirs, three AP classes, a third year language, and an online class. Try that… just kidding… really don’t try that if you don’t have to.
Cue September: the busiest and best month of my year. September was full of surprises. I was asked my an amazing family friend, Lara, to work at the Emmy Awards, which I was so excited about. Since I want to go into television (news), and that’s what the Emmys is all about, I was over the moon excited to be able to see it all happening behind the scenes. I also submitted my work to the Student Emmy Awards and was totally shocked to find out that I had won! That picture is me holding my student Emmy, still in utter disbelief that it actually happened to me.
I had worked so hard to create a beautiful video about a charity in Phoenix and ended up submitting the video last minute. I had no idea that it would win, especially after watching some of the other entires. I can’t wait to submit again this year… I’m hoping to submit in the documentary category and the News Anchor Talent category for my highlight reel of my anchor work! Actually working the Emmys was great; I got to sit backstage and help produce and stage manage, which was something I had never done before. I had stage managed plenty of choir concerts and theatre productions, but never a televised event! I also got to meet some kids from Cronkite and ask about their experience in Journalism school, which was a nice look into my potential future. The last week of September was homecoming week, and it was Greatest Showman Themed! My choir got to perform in the assembly, which was definitely an exciting thing that we had been looking forward to doing for years.
October started off with a bang! My school’s Student Government (StuGo) invited me to come on their annual leadership trip to Disneyland, which was absolutely spectacular. It was so fun getting to meet all sorts of new people and bond with some of the StuGo kids who I had gotten to know. The advisor jokes that I’m the “honorary StuGo member” because several teachers and students always ask if I’m in StuGo since I’m at so many of their events. I absolutely love everyone in StuGo at my school; they’re super nice, they put so much energy and love into their events, and they’ve really stepped up the game with all of the great spirit days and decorations this year. Sometimes, I wish I was one of them (maybe in the future???), but for now, I love being their “honorary member” (haha). Disneyland was so cute, it was all decorated for Halloween and we got to attend an awesome leadership seminar where they took us around the park and taught us all about the Disney company and how it symbolizes leadership. It was definitely the most fun leadership seminar I had ever been to.
November was filled with veteran’s events, especially since I’m the president of a local veteran’s organization. It was incredible to be able to speak at my town’s ceremony (which is well-renowned because our memorial has been mentioned at the national level and is very popular during the season). It was such an amazing honor to do so and I got to meet so many other amazing veterans in the process. The rest of the month was pretty average, not much happened besides the usual studying and working!
For December, I do not have photos yet! It’s been a pretty hard month and a lot has happened, but I might get into that more later. One thing that I’m really looking forward to is Winter Camp! I’ve never been to winter camp at the camp I work at, but I am SO excited to go up at the end of December and have my own cabin. That’s also what my first day of 2019 will be, a day at camp (hopefully in the snow)!
Thank you so much for reading through my 2018, it was so fun to share and I can’t wait for an even more amazing 2019. Until then!
I seriously cannot believe that I’m reaching the end of 2018. I decided that to close out the year, I’d share a few memories from each month as a way to close out the year. It’s definitely been a long and a short year. Some months felt like a million years, whereas some just flew by. I can’t decide if this has been my favorite year or not. Maybe I’ll think differently after I write this post…
p.s. I realized these recaps are WAY too long so I’m gonna split up the year!
January was absolutely exhilarating. At the very end of December, I received an email that I had been chosen as a Channel Kindness Reporter by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. I was one of 50, chosen out of hundreds of applicants. I remember being home alone and opening the email, honestly thinking that I was being pranked. I never thought anything like that would happen in my life. So, in January, I flew out to New York City to be trained for a weekend to be the best reporter I could be. I think that my weekend in New York really sparked by interest in journalism. Sure, I had always wanted to be a journalist, but that weekend taught me just how possible the career was for me. It was an incredible weekend and really taught me about love and friendship. I met incredible people who I still keep in touch with (I even work for one!!) and developed a community of strong, loving people in only one weekend.
I’ll never forget all of the beautiful and lifechanging stories that were shared with me in that weekend. Through 36 hours of sleep deprivation, numerous coffees (all from a really cool machine that I had never seen before), afternoons huddled around tables in the coolest conference center I’d ever seen and I still dream about (thank you, Convene, for being the atmosphere of my dreams), and nights exploring New York with my friends and staying up telling stories with my roommate, Tori, I formed the strongest bond I had ever made with a group of people, ever. I swear, I miss them all more and more every day. Also in January, I turned 16! It was actually fun being with my Channel Kindness Family and realizing that I was one of the youngest people there! It was so cool to see ages 14-26 all come together and be passionate about the same things!
Not too much happened in February that I can remember! In the very first weekend, I went to a big concert hosted by my church (it was so darn fun, you guys!) and I had the coolest birthday party ever. It was 50s themed with all of my best friends, and it was one of the best nights of my entire year. I am so thankful to everyone who came and who made it so amazing. You can see my costume in the photo, I actually worked with my grandma to sew the skirt myself! The rest of it was from Goodwill! Side note- one of the highlights of my year was when Goodwill opened in my town. I shop at Goodwill literally alllll the time… I think in the first month it was open I went about 9 times? Yikes. Well, whenever I’m looking for something, it’s always there!
March was lotsssss of fun. There were lots of random hangouts with friends and lots of stuff to prepare for. This photo is from when the bi-annual carnival came to my town. I usually don’t really like the rides (something about rickety carnivals that are built in 24 hours makes me irrationally nervous), but the pictures you can get at it are pretty darn cool! This is Julia and Sarah, two of my favorite gal pals. I remember we had a sleepover and then walked to the carnival with a few of our friends (thanks Noah for taking 3796 photos that night!). Also in March were a few choir concerts! It was particularly exciting because it was our first time performing.
We had never competed in a show choir competition before, so it was really exciting to finally get to try out something so new! We got to perform for the school in prepping for our set, which I think really helped us before the April competition. Later in the month, for spring break, my family bought some tickets from Costco and decided to go to Universal Studios in California! I am a HUGE fan of Harry Potter, so the Universal parks will always be my favorite! I really want to revisit the ones in Florida (I went when they FIRST opened) because I want to ride the Hogwarts Express SO badly (yes, total nerd moment)!!! I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving the Harry Potter series. While we were in California, we also visited University of Southern California, which had a beautiful campus in L.A. It definitely jumped into my Top 5 list of colleges, their journalism school was so cool and innovative. I hope that maybe I’ll get to visit again sometime soon!
Oh, boy. April was a whirlwind of a month. For one, it was the end of my first term as President of Veterans Heritage Project. For those of you unfamiliar with the project, it is an organization where students interview and write the stories of veterans, then it gets published in a giant book at the end of the year. This book is made with so many tears and so much love that by the end of the year, it is so relieving to finally have it done. I was especially proud since I had just moved into the role of President, and this was officially the first book that I got to help create and not just write for. Veterans Heritage Project plays a large role in my life (as you’ll see in later months), and this ceremony was beautiful. I had the pleasure to sing the National Anthem, and the keynote speaker was one of my veterans. I’m already looking forward to next year’s book, I just closed out all of the stories and they’ve been send to the publisher! Wahoo!
As I talked about earlier, my choir went to a competition! We were definitely the underdogs and the first school from AZ to ever compete, and we ended out coming in 3rd out of 9 (I think) choirs! It was absolutely incredible, we were all crying, jumping up and down, and screaming. This choir had formed such an incredible and emotional bond throughout the year, and to end it in such an amazing way was incredible. We felt so blessed to take home our award, and, not to mention, we got to spend the weekend in California! We went to the beach, Universal Citywalk, and more! It was definitely the right way to wrap up April, and finish out the school year!
My highlight for May was definitely finishing out the choir season. We had the choir banquet (I got my second varsity letter! Yes, choir is considered a varsity competitive sport at my school lol) and it was amazing, as always. My choir program rents out a portion of the Country Club and we have an amazing dinner and night full of awards. It’s always a hit with everyone. This picture is of my dance partner, Justin, and I. We had so much fun together the whole year, he did a spectacular job filling in for my first dance partner when someone moved and all the partners switched around. Justin is a superstar and we formed a pretty funny bond as dance partners. We didn’t end up as competition dance partners this year, but we are partners for the winter concert (we begged our dance captains, whoops)! It was definitely an exhilarating year, especially being lucky enough to be a sophomore in the top show choir!
We also finished out the year with one final concert, our pops concert. This one was Broadway Themed, and my choir, Broadway Bound, performed a giant medley from RENT. It was super emotional and kinda exciting to get to be “edgy” for a week. Everyone in my choir did tease me a bit because it was funny to see me in darker colors and ripped jeans for a set. It was really hard saying goodbye to the seniors this year, especially since I had actually grown very close to several of them. I’ve gotten very lucky to have seen most of them pretty recently (they love to make surprise visits to the choir room), but I still miss having them in class every day. May was also the end of my school year! Sophomore year was definitely a change from freshman year. There were more struggles, I was exposed to more of the “real life” aspect of high school, and there was lots that challenged me! I changed a lot as a person, but I had no idea what I was in for as a junior.
Oh June, how I loved you. June was definitely the month of church camps… three in one month, to be exact! My month started with going to be a coach at kids camp, something that I had been looking forward to all year! I got to be a coach for 4th-6th grade girls (my own group of kiddos will be going to camp this summer!) and return to a camp that I had gone to several times as a kid. It was definitely different going as a coach and not as a camper, but it was definitely a learning experience. Getting to teach kids about Jesus for a week instead of just an hour on one Sunday was totally different and absolutely breathtaking. The
questions the girls asked challenged me, the lessons I taught made me think, and small group opened my eyes to so many things that I had no idea kids went through at such a young age. It was incredible to come home and realize how much I had learned through the lives of such little kids, and how much I had grown as a person in just four short days. Sure, I had been looking forward to it all year, but I had no idea that it would have that much of an impact on ME instead of just on my kids. The next week, I taught second grade for a week at Vacation Bible School, something I do every summer. It’s a super easy day camp, only 3 hours per day for a week, and it’s really fun just to bond with about 10 kids over the course of a week. About a week later, I hopped on a bus to California for CIY, “Christ in Youth” camp at San Diego State University. This has always been one of the highlights of my summer, as it’s so fun to be a camper again. Worship, games, and amazing messages are the center and base of this camp, and my church does an amazing job intertwining all three. It’s a competition all week, which is super fun (we took the W two years in a row!!!) and I’m convinced that color wars is the best thing ever. The whole camp is a blast, and getting to live with a roommate in dorms on a college campus is super exciting. That week is life-changing all year long and is a great refresher before coming back to the school year.
That’s it for January-June! I had a crazy busy year, and I can’t wait to share the rest of it with you in my next post! Until next time 🙂
I have to admit, I probably am that one friend that no one wants to hand the aux cord to, or rather, I’m the one that never wants to be handed the aux cord. I honestly am just terrible at picking out songs that I know other people would love, which is probably why I gave up on making this playlist entirely on my own and decided to reach out to some friends for some help. Without further ado, here are some of my winter selections, as well as those of many of my friends.
(p.s. the links to these songs are down below the playlist graphic!)
Let’s be real here… not many of us actually end up keeping our New Year’s Goals and Resolutions. I can’t even remember the ones that I made earlier this year! Seriously! That’s why I decided to bring you a few ways that you can make and keep your New Year’s Goals… I’m going to be putting these same things in practice this year, so we’ll all see how it goes together! For this post, I’m going to act as if I’m creating a goal of being on social media less!
Keep Your Goals to Little, Attainable Things – I mean, seriously, you aren’t going to be able to all-of-the-sudden cut Instagram completely out of your life (okay, maybe you are, and you’re absolutely amazing), but what you can do is cancel your addiction to social media.
Set Specific Goals – For example, I’m going to choose to only be on Instagram one hour per day. It seems like a lot, but that’s very little for anyone nowadays.
Write it Down – Something that helps me is putting sticky notes to remind myself EVERYWHERE! Maybe you should put a sticky note on your phone case reminding you, or write it down in a journal (like this SUPER cute one I’m currently using from @theartsyprepster) to keep track of how many days you’re achieving your goal!
4. Set a Reminder – There are seriously so many apps out there to remind you of your goals and keep you accountable. One of my favorites is “Way Of Life” which checks in on you everyday and gives you a color-coded chart to see throughout the year how many times you achieved your goal!
5. Don’t Get Discouraged If You Miss a Day – Don’t be too hard on yourself! If you miss a day or mess up on your goal, don’t give up! Keep working at it and get back on track. Many of us lose our goals because we give up in the first month or so. Don’t let yourself be discouraged by one small mistake.
6. Reward Yourself! – Why would you ever want to challenge yourself if there wasn’t a light at the end of the tunnel? Whether it’s candy, a night out, going to a movie, or anything else, make sure you choose to motivate yourself with a resort!
Below I’ve listed a few other ideas for New Year’s Resolutions in case you’re looking for some inspiration! Be sure to comment yours too!
Reading one book per month // Blogging at least once a week // Cutting Out Social Media (I cut out snapchat this year!) // Try a new dance class or online class // Take a new elective in school // Drink more water // Host a monthly movie night for friends
There you have it! Let me know what you’re going to accomplish this year, I can’t wait to see what you all do!