Monday, August 18, 2014

Advice to my Freshmen Self.

Well, I'm back at school. And it's a totally different ballgame this year. 

I came back early as a mentor to incoming freshmen with my major and I'm totally loving it. I love being a sophomore so far and it's been such a great time so far. 

Sometimes, I wish I would have known a few things this time last year as a nervous wreck of a freshman. So, I'm making a list of what I wish I would have known last year and hope anybody who is entering this new stage of life finds this little compilation helpful.

1. Turn to your parents for advice.
It was so difficult for me last year. I have a little word document on my computer where I wrote out some of my feelings. And I was in such a dark place. I talked to my parents about a lot of what I was going through, but I'm the type of person to stuff my feelings in. So I did that a lot of the time and then got frustrated when my parents didn't understand. So, let them know how you are feeling. Let them in on your life. Even now it's hard for me to remember to keep them included in everything I do because of how busy I get.

2. Set up a good, productive routine that you can stick to.
I was okay at this one. But Netflix. It always gets me. So instead of vegging on it all the time, crack open that book. This is something that I'm definitely still working on, so it's always a work in progress.

3. Don't just study in groups.
Last year I found good friends that were in my same major. They were all so smart and helped me a ton. We would study together all the time, but then I would go back to my dorm feeling prepared for my test the next day. Wrong. Always continue to study on your own. Studying with a group is not all the studying you'll need.

4. Turn to your RA and counselors.
This is something that I did last year when I needed help and became really close to my RA. I still love her and would turn to her for anything. It also helped that we shared walls. hah But seriously, use those people. They're there to serve you and love on you.

5. Use resources that your school offers.
You can't do it alone. I'm terrible at writing, so I really should have used the writing center more often. I probably would have done a lot better in my English class.

All in all, make the most of your experience. I have a quote written out in my room that reads: "Don't be yourself; be better than yourself." I don't even know who's quote that is, but my mom told it to me and I love it.

I'm linking up with Jessica, Gina, and Caro for their College Blog Hop, too!

Gina Alyse

Friday, August 8, 2014

An August Giveaway

Today is a good day! Why? Cause it's giveaway time!

Megan over at Rivers and Roads is having a birthday and also hosting a giveaway! I am teaming up with some amazing women to give away some Megan's (and mine too) favorite things!

I'm giving away three of my absolute favorite things to one lucky winner!

1 | A large Vera Bradley duffel bag. You get to pick whichever pattern you want! I had one that I took everywhere with me! It was given to me as a Christmas gift one year and was so nice to have! Unfortunately, it got left in China with donations for the orphanage.

2 | A pair of Chacos. I got my Chacos last semester and I have to say, it was probably one of the best investments of my life. I love my Chacos. They are amazing and I do everything in them.

3 | A $15 gift card to Starbucks. If you know me, you know I love Starbucks. So you should definitely go take your best friend (ehem, me) out for some coffee once you win :)

HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN! This giveaway is run via Rafflecopter with several ways to enter! In exactly one week the giveaway will close, one winner will be selected at random and announced! The winner will be contacted by email. All entries will be verified, so please play by the rules! Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Goals for August

I'm finally posting about my monthly goals. Every month rolls around and I see others' goals and always want to post mine, but feel so vulnerable. Well, I'm finally doing it. 

Beth posted hers and talked about how it's kind of scary posting your goals and making it public, but her post encouraged me! So, here we are. 

These aren't huge, but they're goals nonetheless.  

Thank you to one of my favorite friends for this picture. 

1. Begin the semester with good habits. 

Sounds kinda dumb, I know. But, creating good habits in the beginning make it easier to succeed. So, I'm gonna start off right and finish right.

2. Stay in the Word, daily.

This was a summer goal of mine, but I didn't do very well at it. I let every little excuse get in the way of my quiet time, and I'm gonna really make an effort to stay in the Word every day.

3. Finish headboard and loft.

For my dorm this year, I have a whole host of ideas and plans. I am lofting my bed and am making a headboard with fabric. Well, that's the plan at least. I leave in a week. So I should probably get on it. My amazing dad has been working on my loft, but that headboard has yet to get started.

4. Get rid of big or unwanted clothes.

Hopefully this will simultaneously happen while I go through my clothes to pack for school. I got rid of a lot of clothes at the beginning of summer, but I really need to go through everything.

5. Be welcoming and warming to incoming freshmen. 

This one is really measurable. But, I really want to make a conscious effort to welcome incoming freshmen. I remember how I was this time last year and I really want to make them feel at home.

Linking up with Haley (also the name of my cool friend above) at the Tiny Twig.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Heading towards the storm

The other day my friend and I were driving out of downtown Charleston and heading home. It's been raining all week here and it had finally cleared up downtown.

But then we caught a glimpse of what we were heading towards. Big thunder clouds.

But, we braced ourselves for the rain that was about to engulf us and headed towards the storm anyways.

And then I thought, isn't that how life is? We head towards the storm, knowing it's going to be rough and hard. But, we know God has things for us on the other side. And the only way for good things to happen, is to go through that storm.

Last year at school, I was in the biggest storm of my life. But, that's where I learned so much about God and about myself. I was tested and I grew and now I'm on the other side, and I'm able to say that going through the storm was necessary.

So, to anyone who's about to go into the storm, or anyone who's in the storm right now, listen to this. It's worth it. It's where the good stuff happens. And I'm praying for you!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A giveaway from Arroway Designs!

Guys, I am oh so excited about today! I am having my first ever giveaway and couldn't be more thrilled!

Megan at Arroway Designs has an amazing print shop that she just opened! I already have a wish list of what I want from her shop! I love all her watercolor prints. I don't know what it is about watercolors, but I just love them. 

I love this one. Always been a fan of this from Tolkien. This watermelon print is adorable and wish I bought it to spruce up my room for summertime. And this hand lettering is to die for. I love it and reminds me of how to live my daily life. 

Now for the giveaway!

i've partnered with some awesome bloggers to bring you this exciting giveaway from arroway designs!  go check these ladies out!

one lucky winner will be able to choose a free print from megan's shop.  all entries will be verified, so play fair!  good luck!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A little Fourth of July catch up

It's the long awaited Fourth of July recap! You've all been dying to see it, right? haha

We had a great Fourth of July! Except for the fact that my sister had to work.

I had a few friends over and we had a fun, simple day.

On the island we live on, everyone decorates their golf carts and does a parade and I just knew we needed to do it this year! We had a great time decorating the golf cart and being in the parade!

We crashed someone's party on a dock after the parade and headed home for some soccer. We watched the World Cup game and helped my mom make some more food.

After some beach time, we headed home for an amazing dinner cooked by my parents and ate while listing to Jeopardy. It's not a party unless Jeopardy is on.

My friends and I went for a "joy ride" in the golf cart and played at the local playground for a little while.

When everyone went home, my parents and I went to the beach to watch some fireworks and then headed home for some sparklers. They're my favorite.

After some sparklers and some pictures, it was time to cross out another wonderful Fourth of July. What a great holiday to spend with family and friends!

How was your Fourth of July?

On a side note: Would anyone be interested in a blog post on writing with sparklers? Let me know!

Monday, July 14, 2014

It's in the little things weekly link up

Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone has had a great week and weekend. It's weekly link up time!

If you're new here, we get together every Monday to give thanks for the little things in life that will make our Monday a little less like a normal Monday. 

I got to dog sit for family friends and spend a ton of time cuddling this little baby. 

My sister, Mom, and I headed out to James Island for a little exploring at ate lunch at a precious little restaurant. I love happy little adventures!

A perfect kick off to last weekend was heading out to dinner with some of my favorite people. I love my friends and going to Yamato for dinner makes friend time all the more delicious. 

What is making your Monday a little better? Link up below!