Secrets for a Successful Third Year of College

Last Thursday marked the end of my 3rd year of college! This year has been full of amazing ups, very few downs, and wonderful memories! I will definitely say that this year, out of the 3yrs I’ve been in school, has been my best year by far.

During my 3rd year I’ve even learned some valuable lessons that I will always take with me. These lessons have helped me have not only a fun memorable year but also a very successful one! These are lessons that no one really tells you and we have to learn on our own. You can call them secrets and here are my spilled secrets that no one tells you but you learn them anyway!

1. You’ll LEARN how to make friends that are lifetime friends!

Yes, we learn “how to make friends” during elementary, middle, and high school but we don’t “learn.” Lets be honest: How many friends do you still have from elementary/middle/high school? If you can answer this truthfully you may have said less than 2 or none at all. That’s because the friendships have faded away and that’s okay!

When you get to college you learn how to make friends that will last you for the rest of your life! Most likely, the friends in college will be your best friends and possibly the friends that are in your wedding party!

2. We always say failure isn’t an option BUT sometimes we have to accept it!

I had to learn this the hard way a few times and this time was the last time I was going to learn the hard way! We, as people, always say that failure isn’t an option but sometimes we have to accept our failure and keep it moving. I had to drop a class this semester because I knew there was no coming back from that class and it would have KILLED my GPA. I knew it was time to drop the class and accept that.

Let’s be honest…you didn’t fail. You just knew that you had to look after your GPA and whatever sanity you had left!

 

3. Get more BANG for your BUCK!

Even with a job you are BROKE! You’re going to always need something for this class, food to survive the entire week, and gas which is seriously so overpriced that you may consider buying a bike and peddling everywhere! The important thing is to get as much as you can with as little as possible. Don’t purchase anything if you know you don’t need it and if it’s free it’s better!

 

4. Have fun & make as many beautiful memories as possible!

Yes we are attending college to get a degree and yes we are there to work so hard that we are sleep deprived but you are also there to step outside of your comfort zone. You step outside of your comfort zone so much that you have no choice but to meet new people. Those people will become some of your greatest friends, like I mentioned in the 1st lesson, or they can become your worst enemy.

The important thing is to have fun and make beautiful memories that will last a lifetime! You’ll tell your children these stories. The people you create these memories with will be the reason you continue to make memories.

I can say I met 2 of the most wonderful spirits this school year and I have created memories with them that I will tell my children at least a hundred times! I’ve made so many memories that I can’t wait to make more with them this summer when I go on a road trip to visit them.

 

Again, these are the reasons I had such a wonderful year! I’ve finally met some friends that I can rely on and that I am truly happy with. I couldn’t have been more happier and I already can’t wait for June so we can go on adventures in their city and also August so we can go on adventures that will probably make great books one day!

I never understood what people meant by “College is what you make it” when we are always told to study, study, study but I get it now. You can study and still have time to enjoy school. You’re only an undergraduate once…make the best of it while you can.

 

“I didn’t know I was having fun in school until I began making memories!”

~Erriel JD 

 

 

 

 

21 Things I’ve Learned in 21 Years

On March 25, almost 2 weeks ago, I officially turned 21! I’ve been waiting to post 21 things I’ve learned because it’s hard to think of 21 things you’ve learned that you necessarily didn’t learn in school. After today I can finally say 21 things I’ve learned in 21 years!

 

1. Take risks even if you’re scared!

Have you ever thought to yourself, “If I would have not done that things would be different?”

When you take a chance you are taking a risk! It’s ok to take chances because with every risk we take there’s always a lesson whether it’s good or bad.

 

2. Baby steps are KEY!

I am a semi-fan of change. I like certain changes but other changes I try to stay away from BUT I do believe in taking steps to better myself. You don’t have to take huge steps immediately. Small steps add up to something HUGE!

 

3. It’s ok to screw up!

I can’t stress this one enough! It’s perfectly fine to screw up because WE DON’T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS! I have screwed up many times and for the most part learn from my mistakes! In fact I’m STILL learning from my screw ups but let’s face it our screw ups make the best stories!

 

4. You are worth it!

No need for an explanation! You are worth it…END OF DISCUSSION!

 

5. Don’t allow anyone’s opinions to influence you!

For a while I’ve allowed the opinions of others, including my family, to influence my me and my decisions even if I didn’t agree with them but I realized that I am 21 and this is my life and I have to live it! People will always have an opinion on how you should do things or what they think and they don’t matter!

 

6. You don’t need a large group of friends

I’ve never been the one to have a large group of friends but in college I can say that I can count on both of my hands the number of true friends I really have! It’s not about the quantity of friends you have but it’s about the quality.

 

7. If someone decides to walk out of you life LET THEM!

If someone threatens to walk out of your life then kindly show them the exit! You can’t force anyone to stay in your life.

 

8. It’s ok to be SINGLE!

Yes I’m single and ready for Pringles! Being in a relationship is not as important as loving yourself and knowing your self worth. Be single! Go out and turn-up! Go out with your girlfriends/guy friends! Have fun living the single life!

 

9. Start travelling!

Everyone who knows me knows that if I could be a certified traveler I would in a heart beat! Starting next year I’m going to begin traveling with friends and exploring this world. I’m even in the process of purchasing a passport! Again small steps lead to big things!

 

10. Always be open to learning

Even though I am a college student I am always up to learning something new! Learning extends farther then a classroom. I can walk outside and see something that catches my eye and want to learn more! Don’t limit yourself to learning just in class!

 

11. Your entitled to any emotion but don’t let the negative take over

Yes we are entitled to our emotions! We feel them we should be entitled to them but don’t let the negative emotions create a home inside of you. I’ve learned the hard way that it’s ok to be sad, angry, and even ashamed but don’t allow yourself to live there because once you’re there it’s hard to get out. Give those negative emotions an eviction notice and kick them OUT!

12. Always speak your mind

Leave NOTHING unsaid! If you feel the need to say it then say it! Don’t wait until it’s too late.

 

13. Don’t compare your life to others 

I always compared my life to my friends lives because they always made it seem like their lives were amazing compared to me who’s life seems so boring. Soon I realized that comparing my life to everyone else’s won’t change anything! You don’t know their personal journey and wanting their life means you want their journey and sometimes your life is better than it seems.

 

14. You heal with time

We all understand pain but the pain I feel is a pain that seemed like it would never go away. What it took me time to realize was that I had to give time time! I didn’t heal overnight. Healing is a process and we just have to learn to flow with time.

 

15. Be vulnerable!

If you know me you know I strongly dislike the word VULNERABLE! I’m not as open as people think and honestly I’m just now learning to be vulnerable and open up. I’ve shut so many people out because I was feared vulnerability but I’ve learned that people can actually help me when I open up.

 

16. Dress-up, Show-up, & Show OUT!

The sassy is finally coming out! Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t wear well unless you have to be in uniform for whatever reason. Dress-up in whatever makes you feel good, show-up to your destination, and show out! Shut the room down because you’re making heads roll! Show off your confidence!

 

17. Don’t be afraid to shine

I was always the one person in the shadows of things because I really didn’t want to be in the way but I never understood why. I allowed others steal my shine for so long people wondered if I’d ever shine. Now I shine so bright you need shades on to see me! Don’t allow anyone to put you in the shadows because they want the spotlight. You deserve the spotlight too!

 

18. Live like everything is a passion

Our passion fuels us! I have many passions, seriously I have a love for many things, and I’ve learned to use my passions to my advantage! Everyday I wake up and go on about my day I do things with a passion. If you love what you do you’ll want to continue doing them even if you’re tired or having a bad day.

 

19. Laugh!

Laughter is the best medicine I don’t care what anyone says! It may be an old cliche but it’s a true cliche!

 

20. You don’t have to go out every night/weekend!

Don’t get me wrong I love going out with my friends BUT when does it get old? Yes I am 21 but going out every night or every weekend gets pretty old pretty fast! Sometimes staying in and having a movie night is fun.

 

21. ALWAYS make time for YOURSELF

The last thing I’ve learned is to take care of ME! Sometimes I get to focused on others that I forget about me and I have to take care of me before I can take care of others!

 

Now is that all I’ve learned in 21 years? OF COURSE NOT! But these 21 lesson are the most important! These 21 years have been interesting. I’ve had my good and I’ve had my bad but I wouldn’t change it for the world! I’ve seen 21 years and I can’t wait to see more! So even though my birthday was 2 weeks ago I must say it: HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY TO ME!

College Closet Confessions

We all have confessions that are dying to be told but our closets are oozing with confessions as soon as you open the door! So it’s time for me to fess up! Here are my Closet Confessions as a College Student!

  1. I’M MOVING!

Yes you read right! I’m in the process of moving houses so my closet is in total disarray! I’m starting to put my closet into boxes after living in my childhood home for 10 years. Finding clothes at this moment is not easy!

 

  1. I have 2 Closets!

Now how on earth do I have 2 closets? Well I’m a college junior who still lives in a dorm. Therefore, I have 2 closets FULL of clothes which leads to my 3rd confession.

 

  1. 2 Closets= NO SPACE

Having two different closets is all fun and games until it’s time to move back home for the summer.  Both of my current closets are the size of a typical closet but trying to mesh together to small closets into one big closet is a task itself! It’s almost like “Closet Wars!” Everything from both closets is fighting to take over! Clothes, shoes, purses, EVERYTHING is fighting for a spot!

 

  1. I’m Holding on to Things From HIGH SCHOOL!

I graduated high school in 2014 and 3 years later I still have things sitting in my closet from my high school glory days! Any gift I received such as teddy bears and cards are all on my top shelf in my closet! Now I’m trying to make room for my college memories!

5.  My Shoes DOMINATE My Closet! 

You can NEVER have too many shoes  but my shoes dictate my college closet! When I see a pair of shoes in a store that I like I usually buy them because shoes are hard for me to come by because of my shoe size. Can you imagine having almost 4 buckets of shoes to take back home once it’s time to move out?

 

There you have it! My college Closet Confessions! Now what about you? It’s time to dish it! What are your closet confessions! Leave you CC in a comment below! 

 

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas~ Bloggers Edition

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the web

Not a blogger was typing in his or her bed.

The holiday clothes were all neat and pressed

In hopes that old St. Nick would soon be impressed;

Our blogger babies were all tucked in their beds;

While free giveaway items danced in their heads;

Not a stuffer was left unreviewd

For mamma is a blogger so what else is new?

All of a sudden from the snowy rooftop

The patter of hoofs then suddenly came to a stop!

Freya and Isaiah got up on their feet

They threw on their robes and skipped to their own beat

With lightening speed they slowly peeped through the shutters

“Wow! Could this be?” they immediately uttered.

Within a matter of seconds something appeared

A huge sleigh and 8 perfectly accessorized reindeer.

“Let’s go Melody, Sadie, Katie, and Brady!

Oh, Mallory, Waverly, Kimberly, and Avery!”

The big man was dressed in a sparkling ruby red coat

Maybe all us bloggers should get ready to take some notes!

He stepped from his sleigh and man what a beautiful sight

With his beard and mustache all curly and sparkling white!

As he slid down the chimney the blogger babies shot up

They were so astonished they couldn’t even sip from their customized cups.

He filled their DIY  stockings with presents to review

It’s something the kids were thrilled to look into!

Suddenly tiny footsteps ran straight forward

And soon the Big Guy was cornered.

“Is it true? Are you real?” whispered small Freya.

“He can’t be! We’re dreaming!” suggested Isaiah.

“Am I real you ask? What do you believe?”

He flashed a smile and tipped his warm fuzzy hat before he decided to leave.

Up the chimney and to his sleigh he went

Hopeful he would make the next bogging event

As he drifted into the sky St.Nick looked out

“MERRY CHRISTMAS YOU BLOGGERS AND DON’T FORGET TO GIVE ME A SHOUT OUT!”

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Warm Christmas Movies

A huge thank you to Erriel JD for asking me to collaborate with her for this blogmas post! I love the idea of cozy pyjamas and Christmas movies; there’s nothing better than curling up with our favourite festive movies this time of year to get into the Christmas spirit! I watch Christmas movies all month long in December, so it’s so hard for me to pick just one. I’m not a fan of the classics as much as I am the recent Christmas movies, so my favourites will reflect that! This year, my top five favourite Christmas movies are…

1. Home Alone (all of them)

2. Christmas with the Kranks

3. Christmas in Connecticut

4. Elf

5. Love Actually

To go along with my favourite Christmas movies, I need to be super comfy while watching them! If I’m not out and about, I’m usually wearing pyjamas – especially in December! Anything fuzzy will always be one of my favourites, but my absolute favourite pair is from LaSenza, and it’s their silk collection. Not as warm as the fuzzy ones (but that’s what blankets and robes are for!), but super cozy.

I’m always looking for suggestions on Christmas movies to watch, so leave some of your favourites in the comments below and I’ll be sure to check them out!

 

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Easy DIY Christmas Gifts

With Christmas only a few days away there are still a few of us who still need to get gifts for our loved ones on our list but with a tight budget it may seem impossible to find everything you are trying to purchase. Thankfully, there are great gifts you can find, or make, that can be within budget and won’t bust your bank!

Here are my 4 Christmas gifts you can buy or make for your loved ones this holiday season:

 

  • Customized T-Shirt
    • We all know that one friend or family member who is crafty and it seems like they can make just about anything! A customized t-shirt can take you a long way. Making a customized t-shirt with iron on appliques and the shirt of your choice is not only super easy but it costs less than $20 depending on where you purchase your supplies.
  • Christmas Tree Ornament 
    • A Christmas Tree ornament is not only cute but it can also be personal. You can create a Christmas ornament for just about any occasion including “Baby’s 1st Christmas”, “1st Christmas in  our New Home”, and a family ornament. You can either purchase all of the items to make the ornament or you can find someone who makes them for a really low price.
  • Team or Character Blanket
    • Now this gift idea is super easy if you know how to make a fringe blanket and if you have the patience. If you know your loved ones favorite character or favorite sports team then you are all set! All you have to do is purchase the fabric, which can cost you about $25 give or take and put it together!
  • Photo Clock
    • Another personal gift that can last a lifetime! All you have to do is transform a boring clock into a photo clock with personal photo’s and some modge podge.

 

A Christmas gift doesn’t have to cost you an arm and leg. Sometimes a simple do it yourself gift can go so far and mean so much to someone.

Sssshhhhhh…IT’S A SECRET!

The holidays is the most wonderful time of the year except it’s time for the annual Office Secret Santa. Now shopping for some of your co-workers or friends may be difficult depending on their style and taste but that’s all about to change.

Here are my 3 Secret Santa gift ideas that ANYONE will love and appreciate!

 

  1. A Visa Gift Card

This has to be the most easiest Secret Santa gift ever! If you have a $15 limit you can easily go purchase a loaded Visa Gift card so the receiver can activate it and purchase whatever they want with the card! No harm no foul!

 

2. Gift Cards

 

If you pay close attention to your Secret Santa recipient you may notice that they shop at a specific store or eat at a specific restaurant. If you take that into consideration then you can easily go and purchase a gift card. Just load some money, put a bow on it, and give it to the receiver!

3. Their Favorite Treats

Again you can’t go wrong with buying the person’s favorite treats whether it’s chocolate chip cookies and Sprite or a their favorite sandwich and chips! It shows them that you truly pay attention and they have something to munch on.

 

Now if your are still struggling with finding a Secret Santa gift then there are obviously more ideas! But these are my go to gift ideas for Secret Santa giving.