Saturday, December 31, 2016

Setting Up My Bullet Journal for the New Year

I love using my bullet journal. I've filled up my third journal, right as the new year is about to come in. As I worked on putting my new bullet journal together, I thought it would make a great post for other people who want to start a bullet journal or for people like me who just like seeing how other people use their bullet journal!


Setting Up My 2017 Bullet Journal

The first thing I did was create a table of contents/title page. I don't use the table of contents quite like other people do since I put all my lists at the back, and all my monthly/daily pages in chronological order at the front. I still like having one though since I sometimes put in a page or two that I might want to refer back to like a summer bucket list or list of things I need to do over the next few months in with my daily pages.

Setting Up My 2017 Bullet Journal

Since I'm planning on only using a bullet journal this year (no planner), I decided to create a 2017 calendar at the front. Each page is a month, with the dates stamped on the lines. I didn't label the days M, T, W..., but I did highlight the weekends so that makes it easier to figure out what the month will look like. I made all the calendar pages for 2017 and added in important dates and appointments I already have.


Setting Up My 2017 Bullet Journal

Next I have a page with my goals for the year. At the moment I have 6 post it notes for different categories or areas I'm setting goals in. I'm not sure if I'll keep the post it notes since I put them down so I could think about what goals I want to set for the year, but now I kind of like the post its and the color it adds. 


Setting Up My 2017 Bullet Journal

The last page I have at the front is my 2017 Memories. I created a page for 2016 memories in my current bullet journal and really like having this page to record important moments and then to look back on and see what all happened. It's like a snapshot of your year and a nice page to have.

With those pages set up, I flipped to the back to create (or re-create) my lists. I transferred and updated the lists from my current bullet journal to the new one. The first page at the back of my bullet journal is a list of quotes that I like, and then I put in my lists with the ones I use the most closest to the back. Other lists I have are usernames and passwords, hashtags to use on Instagram and retweeting accounts on Twitter, to watch lists, books to read, affirmations, ways to practice self improvement, and ways to improve my blog. 


Setting Up My 2017 Bullet Journal
Setting Up My 2017 Bullet Journal

The lists are probably my favorite part of bullet journaling since these are lists I like to keep anyway, but bullet journaling gives me one place to keep all these. I also love how creative you can be with bullet journals. The way you set up any page is completely up to you. You can change how you set up your weekly or daily pages as often as you want.





Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 Favorites

In honor of 2016 coming to an end (thank god, right?) I've decided to write up my 2016 favorites. It's a long post, but I had fun putting it together! I have all my favorites from Netflix to music to movies to blogs to personal stuff. It's all here in my 2016 favorites!


My Favorite Things from this Year

Song

There have been lots of great songs this year. My favorite song from this year is one that I have been listening to all year - "One Dance" by Drake, WizKid, and Kyla. This song comes on the radio and I just have to sing along and do a little Drake dance.


Other favorite songs from this year:
"Just Like Fire," by P!nk
"Somebody," by Layne
"La Bicicleta," by Shakira and Carlos Vives
"If Only For Now," by Pop Evil


Artist

My favorite artist from this year is probably the Chainsmokers. I've loved "Roses," "Don't Let Me Down," and "Closer" is still my song at the moment. 

Other artists who put out great music this year:
Rihanna
Ariana Grande
Pop Evil


Netflix

I can't choose just one, so my top 2 shows on Netflix are Bob's Burgers and Reign. I have now watched Bob's Burgers all the way through 3 times (2 of those being this year). I just love the Belcher family and all their shenanigans. 

Reign is a show that I kind of have a love-hate relationship with (mostly love, but you know). It's a terrible teen drama that's based on historical figures but is horribly inaccurate. But it is SO good! I'll get annoyed with all the drama, but then play one more episode! I can't get enough of Mary and the lives of all her friends/enemies. The love, the heartbreak, the drama - you have to experience it.


YouTube


What I've been watching the most of on YouTube this year is videos from Saturday Night Live and Stephen Colbert's show. I realize they're actually TV shows, but I only watch them on YouTube!

love Kate McKinnon and think they have a pretty good cast on Saturday Night Live right now. Most Sundays I spend the morning watching a few clips from Saturday's show.

While I preferred The Daily Show over The Colbert Report, I do like Stephen Colbert's monologues on his late night show, so I usually catch up on those on weekends, too. I will say my favorite bit from him this year was "Hungry for Power Games."


Movie

My favorite movie from this year is Ghostbusters. I love this movie! As I already mentioned, I love Kate McKinnon and all the women in Ghostbusters are hilarious and brilliant actresses. The film is so good, if you haven't seen it yet, you need to!

Other great movies:
- Alice Through The Looking Glass
- Finding Dory

- The Huntsman Winter's War


Book

My favorite book that I read this year is probably The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. This book was a really inspiring read at the beginning of the year and was very interesting to me. I have so many quotes that I love from this book.

Other good books I read this year:
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

Memories/Big Events

- Last semester living on campus with friends
- Spending an afternoon taking senior pictures around campus with my friends
- Moving into my first apartment and living on my own for the first time
- My 23rd Birthday weekend with my best friend
- Student teaching
- Graduating from college


Photos




My Favorite Posts

This year I feel like my writing and photography has really improved. My content has evolved and I think has been a higher quality than it was last year. I tried narrowing down the list of my favorite blog posts, but 12 is about as low as I can get my list!
  1. 7 Things That Help Calm Me
  2. 10 Ways I Cope with Depression
  3. Ways I've Changed in College
  4. 10 Things To Do More Often
  5. Day Trip | Indian Caves
  6. How to Make Your Dorm Look Good
  7. 12 Things To Do Between Classes
  8. 15 Minutes or Less Self Care Ideas
  9. How to Start a Blog
  10. Day Trip | Arbor Lodge
  11. How to Help Your Blog Grow With You
  12. Getting My Spark Back

Blogs

I have so many blogs I like to read, so I don't want to choose 1 favorite and leave everyone else out. I decided to list a few of my favorites instead.
- Thrifty Vintage Fashion
- Welcome to Aly's World
- Sophie Rose
- From Roses
- Dorkface
- Sara's Chapters
- The Blog Market
- Thirteen Thoughts
- Living the Gray Life
- Media Marmalade


So those are my favorites from this year! I'll be super impressed if anyone actually reads through it all, but I had so much fun writing it and I kept thinking of more and more favorites from the year as I went!

What were some of your favorites from this year? Do you love any of the same things from this list? Let me know in the comments!






Saturday, December 24, 2016

Planner or Bullet Journal: Which Should You Use?

I have used both planners and bullet journals to stay organized. I started using a planner in high school and having a planner has been a huge help with staying organized in college. However, over the past year I've switched to more of a bullet journal girl. I'm thinking I will continue to rely on my bullet journal, but I bought an extension pack for my Happy Planner - just in case I change my mind. Anyways, I thought I'd make a pros and cons list for both to help you out if you're debating which you should use to stay organized in 2017.


Which is better? Planner or Bullet Journal?



Planner

The pros of using a planner over a bullet journal is that it's already laid out for you so you don't have to create everything, it has lots of space to write down appointments, meetings, and everything else you might have going on. I think planners are great for when you're busy and when you have lots of times and dates to keep track of. You can easily plan into the future since the planner is made for use throughout the whole year.


Which is better? Planner or Bullet Journal?


The cons of using a planner are that it's premade which means you get what you buy where-as with a bullet journal you can change and customize your bullet journal so it fits your needs at any given time. Another con is that there's a lot of space and if you don't have a lot happening each day, it can feel like wasted paper.


Bullet Journal


The pros of using a bullet journal over a planner is that it's completely customizable, you can change it to fit your needs from week to week or even day to day, it's perfect for keeping track of lots of lists, and lets you be creative. I think bullet journals are great for people who like lists (I have lists of books to read, ways to improve my blog, memories from the year, and more) and who like to have the option to change their organization system. I also think bullet journals are great for to use when you rely more on to do lists than on dates and appointments.


Which is better? Planner or Bullet Journal


The cons of using a bullet journal are that you have to create it all which means each week/month (however you decide to make it), you have to set aside time to prepare and design your bullet journal pages. If you're not into designing the pages or don't want to set aside time to do that periodically, a bullet journal probably isn't a good fit. Another con is that it can be more difficult to plan ahead into the future if you don't have a future log/monthly pages already created.


Do you use a planner or bullet journal? Do you prefer one over the other? Let me know in the comments!


Related Posts: Using A Bullet Journal on a Daily Basis, How I Use My Planner, My Planner Decorating Essentials


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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Books I Read in 2016

This year I made it a point to read more. I read 6 books this year which is 6 more books than I read last year. Definitely an improvement! I've really enjoyed reading more this year and I've also read little bits of other books that I never finished (it happens!). These are the books I read this year and what I thought of them.


The 6 Books I Read in 2016



The Gifts of Imperfection

The first book I read this year was The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. I had heard about Brene Brown from several didn't places/people including Laverne Cox who spoke at my school last year. So when I was scrolling through Amazon and noticed she had a book about perfectionism, I knew that I needed to read it!

This book is about letting go of perfectionism and the idea that we're not enough, and instead living from a place of worthiness. I felt like I learned so much from this book and it helped me to let go (a little bit) of my perfectionism. If you're wanting an inspiring read, this would be a great book to add to your list! 


I Am Malala

This book had been on my list for a long time since Malala Yousafzai is such an inspiring and extraordinary young woman.  I Am Malala is her auto-biography and takes you through her father's work as an advocate for education, and especially that of women's and girls' education, to her life growing up, her own work as an advocate for women's and girls' education - before and after being shot - and her life now in England. If you find Malala's story interesting, like reading non-fiction, or are passionate about women's education around the world, I think you'd really enjoy this book! 


Through the Looking Glass

I love Alice in Wonderland - both the book and the movies - so when the movie Alice Through The Looking Glass was coming to theaters I thought it was a perfect time to read the second book by Lewis Carroll. I read Through the Looking Glass  on a free books app that has lots of classic novels that you can read for free (the app isn't sponsoring, I just like it and wanted to share).

Through the Looking Glass and Alice in Wonderland in general are for people who are willing to read about a completely nonsensical, imaginary world. If you aren't willing to just go with the story, you won't like the book very much. However, as an Alice in Wonderland fan, I loved reading Through the Looking Glass since it has the same charm as the first novel and I could see what bits the movies steal from Through the Looking Glass and how they combine the two novels. Basically, if you're an Alice in Wonderland fan, you'll like reading this book. 


The books I read in 2016


Seriously... I'm Kidding

This is the one book that I read all the way through, but didn't like. I love Ellen DeGeneres and I liked the 3 other comedy books I read, but this book did not catch my interest. Seriously...I'm Kidding is by Ellen DeGeneres and each chapter reads like a monologue for her show. The chapters don't follow any sort of story line or build up to anything. That made reading the chapters feel pointless after a while since it didn't lead anywhere. If you really love Ellen, you might like this book, but I wouldn't recommend it. 


A Game of Thrones

After hearing so much about the TV show, I thought I should probably read A Game of Thrones so I'd know what everyone was talking about. I borrowed the first book from the library, and honestly I'm glad I didn't buy it because I'm conflicted about this series. The characters are definitely interesting and the story line had me reading through the book pretty quickly. However, this book/series is so sexist/mysoginistic. I finished the first book and started the second, but I had to quit because it just felt so demeaning and cruel. 

I wouldn't recommend A Game of Thrones as there's really no excuse for creating female characters just for the sake of demeaning them and working off of stereotypes and the only "man" worth being is a violent one who protects his property. I do know a lot of people like the show/books though, so if you're willing to move past all of that for the story, go for it. 


Letter to My Daughter

After reading a couple duds, I picked up a book by one of my favorite women and authors - Maya Angelou. Letter to My Daughter is somewhere between a collection of advice and a biography. If you've read anything written by Maya Angelou or heard her speak before, you know a book filled with her advice and life story is going to be a GREAT book. And it is. If you love Maya Angelou (as I do) or you want an inspiring, well written book to read - this is one I would definitely recommend! 


That's what I read in 2016! The Gifts of Imperfection, I Am Malala, and A Letter to My Daughter are the top 3 books I read this year. If you haven't read them yet, you should add them to your list of books to read! 

What did you read in 2016? What were your favorite books from this year? Let me know in the comments!





Saturday, December 17, 2016

Balancing Post Grad Life

One thing that I have found to be very important in life is balance. In college I learned how to balance studies, friends, family, self-care, organizations/activities, and general life stuff like buying groceries and cleaning. By my senior year I was a pro at balancing it all. This semester has been totally different though as I began student teaching. I have had to learn how to balance everything all over again. This has been incredibly stressful at times, especially since I can be a perfectionist! I'm sure other people have found themselves in similar situations where they don't know how to balance or manage everything they have going on. I'm going to share a few of the tips and tricks I have picked up in hopes it will help you, too!


6 Ways to Balance Life



Make lists.

Making lists is always my go to when I have a lot to do. I have tons of lists in my bullet journal and on notepads on my desk. If you've really got a lot going on, it's a good idea to write a giant list of everything that needs to get done, and then from there you can figure out your priorities and what you need to do each day to get everything crossed off your list.


Let (some) things go.

This is probably the hardest part for me, but it's advice I'm trying to take, too. I'm a perfectionist so it bothers me greatly to do things part way or not have my apartment clean. But I just can't do everything, so I just have to do what I can and let the rest go.


Create a routine.

What has helped me the most is creating a routine. I have my morning routine that helps my mornings go smoothly (as long as I get myself out of bed on time). Then I have my after work routine: shower and get into some comfy clothes, cook dinner, do some chores and/or work for an hour, and then I take an hour to do something for me whether that's blogging, watching a favorite show, doing an art project or reading. Having a routine like that means I can keep up with chores and work better, but I still have a set time when I stop and do things to take care of myself.


Learn to say no.

This is another hard one for me, but saying "no" is very important. Like I've said, you just cannot do everything so you have to learn to say no to some things. Whether it's saying no to spending the whole weekend with family or not taking on extra jobs at work, it's okay to say no.


Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Most of us don't want to ask for help (myself included) because we don't want to be a bother or seem weak or incompetent. Here's the thing though, most people like it when others ask them for advice and are willing to help if their friend or family needs it. We've all had a time when we had to ask for help, so don't feel embarrassed to ask for it.


Take time for self-care and do things that make you happy.

Lastly, make sure your setting aside some time for self-care and do things that make you happy. I've learned I need to set an hour aside to do something that I like to do each day. If I don't do that, I quickly start to feel bogged down and unhappy. Of course, some nights it ends up being 20 minutes or completely disappearing, but I know that the next day I will make time for myself. It can seem like difficult to do this, but see if you can make this happen. I promise it will make a huge difference!


Do you struggle to balance everything? What do you do to balance all the things you have going on in your life? Let me know in the comments!





Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My Favorite Things About Christmas

Everyone has their own list of things they enjoy about the holiday season, whether it's the decorations, family, or the food. Here's my favorite things about Christmas and the holiday season.


A few of my favorite things about the holiday season



Christmas lights. 

I love hanging Christmas lights around my apartment. They just make everything feel a bit cozier and more magical.

Driving around looking at Christmas lights. 

I love checking out all the Christmas lights as I drive around in the evenings.

Christmas colored candy. 

Somehow red and green M&Ms just taste better.

Christmas cookies.

Sugar cookies decorated all cute and cut into Christmas-y shapes are just the best.

Putting up Christmas decorations.

I'm not crazy about putting up Christmas trees, but I love getting out my Christmas canvases, snowmen, and other decorations.

All the Christmas stickers and washi tape.

I love decorating my planner or bullet journal with all the cute Santa and penguin stickers I can find. And there's definitely no shortage of Christmas themed washi in my craft box either.

Buying gifts.

I love going to stores, looking for the perfect gift for friends or family members. I like making lists of what to get everyone and then shopping for them. It's even better when you're just walking around and you spot the perfect gift.

Giving gifts.

I love putting all the gifts under the tree, waiting for people to open yours and seeing what everyone else got them. It's so fun to see people's reactions when they get a gift they like and to know you put that smile on their face!

Getting gifts.

I'm not going to lie, I love getting gifts. I used to try and get people to tell me what they got me for Christmas or sneakily open the presents under the tree early. I was bad! But now I just like seeing what people got me and it's so fun when the people you care about put thought into what they're getting you and to have something that will always remind you of them.

Walking through all the Christmas isles.

Whenever I go to the store during the holidays, I always have to walk through all the Christmas isles. Even if it's a store I go to frequently, I can't skip it! There are also a few stores I go to around this time just to check out their Christmas stock!


Time at home with my family.

I love going home for the holidays. Now that me and my siblings are all growing up, it's great to have times when all of us are back at home and can spend time together. I also love staying at my parents' house and being able to be a kid again for a bit. It's the best to be able to sleep in, have your mom cook, and not have to worry about all that daily adult stuff!


Holiday baking competition shows.

Watching holiday baking competitions on Food Network is one of the best parts of the holiday season. One of my college roommates got me into these shows, and now it's something I look forward to every year! I just love seeing all the super cute and elaborate goodies they make!


Watching my favorite Christmas movies.

I have a few Christmas movies I enjoy watching eaching December. My favorites are Elf, The Grinch, and A Christmas Story.


What are your favorite things about Christmas? Let me know in the comments!





Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Best Classes I Took in College

With my time at college ending, I've been thinking about some of the classes I took in college and which ones caught my interest and I learned the most from. Some of the classes that stand out I knew I would love from the beginning and others surprised me. Here are 5 of the classes I learned the most from in college.


The best classes I took in college



General Biology

This is one of the classes I took freshman year and it's one that still stands out. This is partly because it taught me great study skills that I used for the rest of my college career and partly because the professor was so into what she was teaching. Her enthusiasm and interest in biology was contagious and made me enjoy going to her class and studying topics that were difficult more interesting.


Principles of Macrecomonics

This class was a requirement for my minor that I wasn't too excited about, but ended up being a super useful class. How many times do you hear about the economy when watching the news or discuss politics. Learning about the basics of economics has allowed me to be much more educated on the subject and able to better understand what the heck is going on when people bring it up! Another reason this class is one of the best classes I took is that economics is actually the science of decision making and weighing which choice will bring the best outcomes. That is definitely an important skill to have! 


The American Woman

This class was the one women's studies course offered at my university. This class combined history, women's and human rights in the US and around the world, and feminism. It was so cool to me to have a class where we could trace how modern expectations for women began, how women have gained rights throughout the years, how people still try to control women, and the conditions women live in around the world. If your college offers any women's studies courses, I highly recommend taking at least one!


Teaching Reading in Content Areas

Most of the classes on this list are ones any major might have as an option either for General Education or electives, this one is really just for education majors. This class taught me that literacy includes a lot more than just reading novels, how important literacy is in every aspect of life, and how to use literature in my area to help students later on. When you take time to think about it, you see how much you read each day - blogs, text messages, social media, menus, signs when driving - you basically read all day long! I liked how this class made me rethink the importance of literacy and realize how much I read and write each day.


Western Civilization I

History is one of my favorite subjects. I loved this class because we learned about history pre-1500s. It was amazing to learn about history in 800 BCE and earlier and see how what happened in that period still affects life today.


Studying Abroad

Not necessarily a class, but studying abroad was a great experience and one I would definitely recommend to anyone! I chose to study abroad in Costa Rica through a summer study abroad program and loved it. 


Hopefully reading through this list you get some ideas for classes to take in the future and you see that you should give all your classes a chance. A lot of these classes were ones I initially wasn't interested in, but ended up being worthwhile. Even if you don't think you'll like a class, walk in with an open mind - it could end up being one of your favorites!






Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Essential Steps to a Clean and Organized Bathroom

Today I'm sharing the first guest post to be featured on Courtney's Little Things! This is a bit different than what I normally post, but cleaning is a part of everyone's lives and I learned a few new tricks from this post. Plus I know I will be having lots of guests staying with me this month, so I thought you guys might, too! I hope you enjoy!


Essential Steps to a Clean and Organized Bathroom



Regardless if you intend to have guests or a friend is paying you a visit you’ll always want your bathroom to be clean. Keeping this room clean isn’t as easy as the rest of the rooms so, it’s good to know some tricks which will help you maintain it hygienic and fresh all the time. The following essential steps are effective for keeping a clean and well organised bathroom.

How to Maintain a Clean Shower

This procedure you can do while taking a shower after you prepare the solution in advance. Fill a cup with any detergent and vinegar, stir to mix well and use a brush to scrub the bathtub while you have a shower. It will take you less than a minute and will restore the clean condition of the bathtub. The water which you use to rinse will remove the detergent from the bathtub.

Keep Toilet Paper on Hand

Make sure your bathroom never runs out of toilet paper and store more rolls in containers or boxes with lids. This will protect them from the moisture. Buy more rolls and keep them in the bathroom under the sink in the cabinets or somewhere safe from the moisture and water. Keep the new rolls unopened.

Opt for White Hand Towels

Use white hand towels as they look nice and clean. Regardless if the dirt shows when they get messy, if you keep enough in the bathroom cabinets you can always replace the dirty one with a new towel. Throw the towels for washing regularly. A sparkling clean and white towel will make your bathroom look fresh for your guests and unexpected visitors.

Keep Even the Dirtiest Areas Clean

The toilet brush holder is one of the filthiest items in the bathroom. You can keep this item clean and your bathroom fresh by simply pouring a small quantity of all-purpose cleaner in the holder. BestLondonCleaners Tooting are saying that this will keep the brush clean and rid of germs at the same time will ensure the fresh odour in the bathroom.


Essential Steps to a Clean and Organized Bathroom


Start These Daily Habits

Another smart way to keep your bathroom clean and fresh is creating and sticking to daily habits. These are putting away the things you have used right after you finish with them: brushes, toothpastes, moisturisers, lotions. Teach your kids to clean the toothpaste from the sink, turn on the fan before taking a shower and other habits. Keep a squeegee in the bathroom to wipe the mirror, glasses, cabinets and tiles after you use the room. This will prevent the moisture from creating mould and mildew.  

Supply your bathroom with soap in the dispenser, toilet paper, cleaning detergents and other products each week. Keep a spray bottle with vinegar and water if you have kids and want them to help you with the cleaning. Wash the bath mats and hand towels regularly. Clean the shower, sink and tub drains regularly removing hairs which can clog them. This you can do once every three month or oftener whenever necessary.

More Tips

Here are more useful tips to keep your bathroom better organised and neat. Use magnetic strips to keep small items in the drawers like nail clippers, tweezers and other items in the medicine cabinets at hand. They won’t get lost this way. Use utensil trays in the drawers of the bathroom to keep your toiletries and make-up supplies well organised.

You can mount a rack outside the bathroom near the door to hang extra towels in case someone forgets to take one. If your bathroom and toilet is one room use plastic protectors for the toothbrushes to keep them clean. Otherwise they will be exposed to all kinds of bacteria and germs.


The essential steps offered here will help you keep you bathroom clean and organised at all times so, you won’t have to worry if unexpected guests appear. The cleaning of this room is no one’s favourite works so, keeping it sanitised is to be preferred.


What do you do to keep your bathroom clean? Any tips you'd add? Let me know in the comments!




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

How to Help Your Blog Grow with You

Recently I've had to reconsider what my blog is about and what kind of posts I want to create. The past 2 years that I've been blogging I've written quite a few posts about college and studying, but with student teaching this semester and graduating in December, the college posts are fewer and farther in between and soon they will come to an end as I transition into post-college life. While I've never been solely a college blog, it has been a big part of my blog and as I get ready to graduate I'm having to rethink the type of content I'll be posting. I'm sure all bloggers have to rethink their content from time to time and figure out how to help their blog grow with them, so I'm sharing what I've done to help my blog grow with me.


4 Steps to Help Your Blog Change With You


Think About What You Need Help With

At first I didn't know what to fill my content calendar with, so I made a list of things that I need/want help with. Immediately I had so many blog post ideas! In fact, this was one of them! When you make your list, don't worry about whether or not you're an expert - just think about what posts you would want to read to help you. After you have your list of what you need help with, it's time to start thinking up blog posts you could write. Maybe you could help with all of those things or maybe just a few, but either way, this will give you some post ideas to start writing some new content or create some new categories for your blog.

Update Your Blog's Look

I created a new header (which I will be putting up after the holidays). The header I've had for the past year probably needed a refresh anyways, but I also felt like it represented the "old" content. So I've created a new header which I think is more mature and simplified that will go better with the "new" content I'll be putting out! I'm still happy with the rest of my blog design, so the heading is the only thing I'm changing, but you may want to change your color scheme, heading, sidebar, or maybe get a whole new design all together. 


Make New Blog Goals

Once I thought through what kind of posts I wanted to write and started updating my blog design, I started making new blogging goals. I started with social media goals so I looked at my current stats, what I want them to be in 6 months, and started thinking of ways to improve my social media platforms like schedule 3 tweets for each day and find a theme for my Instagram and then stick to it. Once I had those goals, I made a list of some goals I have for the blog itself like posting every Tuesday and Saturday and updating my bio by 2017.

Start Writing

The next step was to start writing. All those new blog post ideas and updates won't do any good if you don't start writing and publishing new posts! I like scheduling posts, so I wrote some posts and scheduled them for the next week so I can hopefully stay ahead a bit with posting. I know some people prefer posting as soon as they finish their posts, and that is totally okay if that's how you like to blog! I just like scheduling, especially coming back so then I can stick to a posting schedule better and be more consistent with blogging. 


That is how I got back into blogging and helped my blog grow with me. Has your blog grown with you? How has it changed over the years? Let me know in the comments!






Saturday, December 3, 2016

Monthly Intentions | December Goals

It's a new month and time for some new goals! I'm posting my monthly goals once again as part of the Monthly Intentions Blogger Collab created by Angela and Jazmine. Take a look at some other bloggers' goals and if you're interested in joining contact Angela!


Monthly Intentions Blogger Goal Collab




You may have noticed that I didn't post my goals for November and that's because 1) I knew I needed a bit of a blogging break and wouldn't comment on the other lovelies posting their goals in the Monthly Intentions Collab and 2) I really didn't have any goals. I was feeling uninspired at the start of November, so instead I worked to just feel better emotionally and more inspired. I did a few different things to get my spark back, and now I feel much better and ready to tackle a new month! Some high points of November were getting back into blogging, feeling happier, and getting to see my family at Thanksgiving. Some low points of November were finding out I needed and having a root canal and a super stressful final project.


December Goals


December always feels like the craziest month of the year with school finishing up and all the holidays. This December I'm going to be finishing up my student teaching and final semester of college, graduating, looking for my first job out of college, and of course celebrating the holidays. I'm looking forward to it though! My goals for the month are...


Set Up My 2017 Bullet Journal

I've already started getting a new bullet journal ready for 2017. I've decided to try out only using a bullet journal for 2017 since I have barely touched my planner over the past few months. I need to transfer over some of my lists to the new bullet journal before it's ready to use and I'd like to start decorating it a bit.


Finish Reading 1 Book

I've been "reading" two books off and on for the past few months. I want to feel the satisfaction of finishing at least one more book this year.


Graduate

I don't foresee any issues preventing me from graduating, but I'm still making this a goal! After all, this has been the most difficult semester and I've been working towards graduating from college for four and a half years!


Find A Full Time Job

This may be a challenge, but I'd love to have a job to start come January. This is going to mean filling out lots of applications and braving job interviews (which are just super intimidating).


Blog Regularly

I haven't been posting much since August, so I've set up a new posting schedule - Tuesdays and Saturdays in hopes this will help me post more regularly. I've also gotten ahead with drafting posts and have lots of ideas at the moment. Fingers crossed I'm able to keep it up in December.


Find My Instagram Theme

I've been posting more frequently on Instagram (yay!) but I'm not very happy with how my feed looks. When I look at older photos I see more of a (unintentional) theme than I do now. So I want to post more bright photos with white backgrounds and pops of color, which may mean taking more time on weekends to take and style photos for Instagram throughout the week.


Those are my goals for this month! Are you setting any goals for December? Let me know all about them in the comments and be sure to check out some other people's goals for the month!


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