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How I Use My Planner

19th January 2016

Hello friends! I have had a few questions recently about how I use my planner. My beloved, life-saving planner..

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I have always loved planners and agendas. They help me so much! I can’t remember anything unless I write it down so my planner is my go-to. I have used many planners in the past, including the Erin Condren Life Planner, but no planner compares to the Day Designer I got from Target last ‘Back to School’ season. Also known as my favorite “cheapie” planner.

Internet, meet my planner. 

– The pink background is actually cardstock and it’s interchangeable (The cover has a front pocket). I decided on pink and white for now since Valentines Day is right around the corner.
– The gold is a vinyl decal I designed in Silhouette Studio. I put it on top of my planner’s cover (versus on my cardstock) so it will always remain regardless of how many times I change my cardstock out.
How I Use My Planner by Sweet Southern Simplicity (My vinyl design messed up a little in the transfer process 🙁 )

I usually have the front littered with Post It notes of things I need to remember/add to my planner.

Here is what my monthly view looks like.
I use Post-it page flags to denote different events and actions in my life. I would suggest, for your sanity, to invest in Post It brand page flags because they stick so much better than any other brand (regardless of how cute 🙁 … Damn you Target Dollar section). Furthermore, they unstick so you can move them around if necessary. I ALWAYS have to move things around after I plan the month out.

In this photo I was using mara mi page flags, they were beautiful but unfortunately not as durable as the classic Post It.
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Below is my weekly view.
Things get a little more exciting here. On the top of the page I denote which ink color represents each area of my life. Mine breaks down like this:

Aqua – Home / Personal
Lavender – Assistantship / Practicum
Navy Blue – Class / GSAP (Student organization)
Blue – My marketing job / Blog / Booth
Green – Bills / Personal (side hustles)

Planner Weekly View | How I Use My Planner | Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

I adore the way the week pages are laid out. Each day has two sections “My Schedule” and “To Do (which has check boxes). It seems to work well for me and helps me stay on track. I organize my tasks and appointments by color. I also add important detail. For example, if I write an assignment down, I also denote its due date and other important details. On the bottom of the page there are four sections. The first is “This Week’s Top Three”. Next to that is an inspirational quote (which I always, always love). Then a notes section and a section for gratitude (which I also love).

In the back “Notes” section of my planner I keep some handmade budget planning worksheets and my goals. I love having it all in one place. It seems small, but it truly makes life so much easier!

If you would like to see what supplies I use for my planner click here.

That’s how I use my planner, how do you use yours? Let me know in the comments below.

Have a great, productive week! Plan On!

XO – Sarah

 

How to Prepare for a New Semester

12th January 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Confused? I’m talking about the beginning of the semester, of course! Call me a nerd, but it truly is my favorite time. It must have something to do with my love for office supplies and new beginnings. I’ve been going to school for twenty years now and I have just recently perfected the art of preparation. Here’s how I prepare for a new semester.

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Write down your highs and lows of last semester.
I think this is an important step that is often overlooked. By analyzing what I did right and wrong in the previous semester, I can anticipate my struggles in the new semester.

Write down your goals.
Write them down, make sure they’re S.M.A.R.T, include some plans on how to achieve them, and keep them somewhere you can see them often. Here are mine from last semester.

 Invest in supplies that make you want to use them.
Here are some of my tried and true favorites! Find what works best for you and invest in it, it makes staying organized much more fun.

Personalize your supplies.

How to Prepare for a New Semester | Sweet Southern Simplicity

Okay, maybe this isn’t totally necessary.. but it’s so much fun! The above photo is of personalized notebooks for this semester. All hail the Silhouette Cameo, I’ll show you how to DIY soon!

Clean out last semester’s notes, etc.
Recycle what you don’t need, organize what you want to keep, and make room for the new!

PLAN!
I have a trusty planner that I use religiously. Between my classes, assistantship, practicum, and part time job it is absolutely necessary to plan out my semester ahead of time. Write down important dates for the entire semester. If you have your syllabus, go ahead and write down assignments and their due dates.

Order Your Books
Your life will be easier if you don’t procrastinate on this one. I order all of my books from Amazon because I have a Prime membership and I heart free shipping. Don’t forget to sell your books from last semester for a little extra cash! You can trade them in for an Amazon gift card, too!

I hope this helps you prepare for your BEST semester! Do you have other tips on how to prepare for a new semester? Let me know in the comments below!

XO-Sarah

DIY Backyard Engagement Party on a Budget

8th November 2015

Last month Jason and I were so elated to have our engagement party at his sweet grandparents’ home. We were so fortunate to have the help of Jason’s aunt, grandmother, and mother. It would not have been possible without them!

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Because I am in grad school and Jason and I are trying to get out of debt, we did not have a huge budget for this party.

We found ways to save money pretty easily through out the planning process. The first being the invitations. I went to order them on Shutterfly and was SHOCKED when my total was over $150 and the shipping date was way too close to the actual event. Luckily, UWG has a fantastic Publications and Printing service on campus and I was able to get my invitations professionally printed SAME DAY for $10. I was ecstatic about how they turned out! Perks of being a grad student, I suppose .:)

We were able to save a ton of money by having it at his grandparents’ home and having delicious homemade BBQ and sides catered by Jason’s family. Everyone that attended had wonderful things to say about the food and J and I enjoyed leftovers for days!

DIY Backyard Engagement Party | Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

I absolutely adored the way my in laws set up the drink stations. It was so cute and functional. You can’t see it in the photo, but we had all the beers set up in buckets in an old wash stand. It was glorious! We borrowed it and a gorgeous chandelier from Jason’s aunts who love vintage and antiques even more than me (who knew it was possible?!). Jason’s other aunt made the menu out of an old window, one of my favorite elements from our party!

The most expensive aspect of our party was renting the tables and chairs. I was able to get 6 large round banquet tables and 70 natural wood folding chairs for less than $250. That’s a pretty fantastic deal! Picking up and returning the chairs and tables ourselves saved us a great deal of money. And by ourselves I mean some wonderful members of our family. Thanks Dad and Uncle Charlie for your trailers and muscles!

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Jason and I purchased six navy blue tablecloths from Amazon, a money-saving tip I learned from my lovely friend Amberly of Wrennwood Event Design. We spent a total of $64 on them and will likely use them for our actual wedding (if we don’t elope, that is ;)). I made the centerpieces myself and spent a total of about $80 on supplies for them. I even got some of the succulents from THE DOLLAR TREE. Yeah, kind of unbelievable! I will be posting a full tutorial for these soon, so stay tuned!

DIY Backyard Engagement Party | Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

Other table decorations included vintage books I already owned, white and gold pumpkins from the dollar section of Target, and old vodka bottles with the labels removed. I bought one bouquet of fall flowers and arranged them in each bottle vase. They had a minimal but chic feel to them and the entire bouquet only cost me $12. BONUS: After the party I put the bouquet back together and gave it to Jason’s grandmother, they were still beautiful in her kitchen over a week later!

To add a little element of goofiness we hung up an old white sheet and got some low cost  props from the Halloween section of Wal Mart. The giant cat head was definitely a hit.

DIY Backyard Engagement Party | Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

The photo screen was not as fancy as a photo booth but I think it accomplished the same goal and only cost us around $20!

These are only a few examples of ways J and I were able to save money on the ridiculous costs of hosting an event. This sentiment could easily be applied to a wedding, shower, or other event! If you’re willing to get your hands dirty and let go of perfection DIY is the way to go!

Our party was such an awesome gathering and meant the world to us. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with the help of family and friends. There is no way Jason and I could have handled this ourselves! Thank you to everyone that attended, we love you! I promise you will get a thank you card for the gift, just let me get through a few more weeks of school!

What money-saving ideas do you have for your next event? Comment below!
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XO – Sarah
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Who, being loved, is poor? – Oscar Wilde

Ten Things I Learned at my First CSA Conference

6th November 2015

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending my first professional conference, SACSA 2015 in Greenville, SC. It was such an incredible experience! I am already so excited to attend in Jacksonville, FL in 2016.

For those of you that are not familiar with SACSA you can find more information about it here.

Ten Things I learned at my First CSA Conference

I learned so much over the four day span. Many of those lessons were learned from the amazing CSA folks at UWG, but some of them were from experience!

Ten things I learned at my first CSA conference:

1. Travel Authorization forms are a real thing. Before you go to your first conference be sure to find out all the necessary financial pieces if you are eligible for reimbursement. If you don’t know what that is, do some research on your school’s website or ask a faculty member. The process can get overwhelming for newbies so planning ahead is key! That way, you don’t make anyone else’s job harder and you get your money back faster.

2. Plan ahead. This one is obvious but I’ll be honest, I did a bad job at this! I did not manage my time well and did not give myself enough time to pack thoroughly. I didn’t make a list and I didn’t think it through. I forgot the following items: my debit card, my toothbrush, an umbrella, chapstick, a padfolio/briefcase. All of which are pretty important when attending a conference for four days. Which brings me to my next lesson..

3. Be open to being flexible. I was not planning on waiting in Bank of America’s lobby for my new debit card for an hour the morning of the first day, but I did. I requested a toothbrush from the hotel’s front desk and got it for free. I ended up using a small journal and my purse as my conference supplies, it wasn’t my favorite set up but it got the job done! The point is, being able to work with what you have and being flexible with your methods will help keep you sane.

4. Do your research. Research the organization and some of the members before you go. It will prepare you for the conference and for networking! Networking is so important at conference, ensure that you have something valuable to add to the conversation.

5. Speaking of networking, don’t be afraid of it! I get so nervous about networking but it is SO IMPORTANT in the field of college student affairs. I have to continuously push myself out of my comfort zone to meet new CSA people. It is so worth it. I learned so much from the professionals and other graduate students I met this past weekend.

6. Quality over quantity. One meaningful connection is better than 100 random connections. It is not a competition to see how many business cards you can give out. There is no prize for that.  If there are specific institutions or functional areas you know you are interested in, find those people! And don’t discount networking with other students. I met some pretty fantastic and inspiring students this weekend and I learned so much from them!

7. It’s not a competition. Competitiveness can be really ugly, being supportive is always in style. People in your cohort may attend more sessions than you or they may connect with the mentor of your dreams. It does not matter. Focus on yourself and keep a positive attitude. I struggled with feeling inadequate compared to some of my other cohort members. That feeling could have ruined the conference for me, or my passion for student affairs if I let it. I am fortunate enough to have had amazing supportive friends there to remind me to not let it get me down and a counselor to reaffirm it for me when I got home.

8. Find your friends, but let them go. UWG has some rockstar CSA graduate students and I am so fortunate to call many of them friends. I would not have been able to make it through the weekend without them! I loved getting to hang with them but I didn’t stick with them the whole time. Going your own way will help you meet new people, grow your network, and learn something new. You can see your cohort at home, get out there and meet people!

9. You never know who’s watching. Save the negative and/or crazy for your hotel room!

10. Enjoy it! Don’t get so caught up in wanting to do everything that you burn yourself out. It is okay to skip some of the sessions and relax. I appreciated hearing this from my professors and multiple professionals at the conference.  Self care is always important and it’s especially important at conference. You can’t learn or network effectively if you’re exhausted, starving, and cranky.

I hope these tips will help any CSA newbies like me feel more prepared for conference. It can be intimidating but always remember you are there because you deserve to be there. You are there to help shape YOUR future. Own it!

XO – Sarah
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“Let new adventures begin.”

J + S | Engaged

10th October 2015

Jason and I had our engagement photos taken last month by the wonderful Laura Barnes. Jason’s cousin was kind enough to let us take them at her beautiful historic home, Villa Mira Flores. We loved our session. We got to hang out with sweet Laura and I found out I have the goofiest smile when I’m around Jason! Then we had a fabulous lunch with Jason’s cousins. It was one of my favorite days, for sure! Here are a few of my favorites from the day. 🙂

Atlanta Engagement Session by Laura Barnes Photo on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

Atlanta Engagement Session by Laura Barnes Photo on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

 

Atlanta Engagement Session by Laura Barnes Photo on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

 

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Atlanta Engagement Session by Laura Barnes Photo on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

Atlanta Engagement Session by Laura Barnes Photo on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

Atlanta Engagement Session by Laura Barnes Photo on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

 

Atlanta Engagement Session by Laura Barnes Photo on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

 

Atlanta Engagement Session by Laura Barnes Photo on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

 

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I can’t wait to get some prints of these. I know we will treasure these forever! Thanks so much Laura Barnes Photo!

XO – Sarah

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Because of you I can feel myself slowly but surely becoming the me I have always dreamed of being. – Tyler Knott Gregson

Semester Goals

25th August 2015

Today was my first day as a graduate student. It’s crazy and hard to believe, but it’s real and I am so, so excited! I’ve been so busy working two jobs and doing my graduate assistantship (in the best office ever) that I haven’t even had time to panic about my first day of classes.

I had two classes today and man, do I have my work cut out for me! I am looking forward to them though, I can already tell I will be learning a lot.

I was planning out my assignments and papers tonight when I realized I hadn’t even nailed down my semester goals! Absurd!  I’m a firm believer in setting goals, so naturally this post is a list of my goals for my first semester of grad school. Hold me accountable!

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1. Develop a solid morning routine.
I am NOT a morning person. Not even close. Unfortunately, I don’t have a choice in the matter. I have to be a morning person from now on. I report to my assistantship at 9:00 am every weekday. I want to start waking up extra early and easing into the day so I am at my very best when I’m at work. This will also give me time to eat breakfast and pack my lunch so I will be saving money and eating healthier.

2. Avoid procrastinating.
I work well under pressure, but I do not enjoy it at all. I want to finish my assignments and papers with days to spare so I can edit and perfect them without the soul crushing stress.

3. Join professional organizations and get involved.
I really underestimated the power of professional organizations when I was pursuing my undergraduate degree. I don’t plan on making that mistake in grad school.

4. Find a mentor.
This has been suggested to me many times. I have always been so intimidated by this, why would someone volunteer their time to me? Now that I am studying College Student Affairs I realize that many of my supervisors and professors want to serve as a mentor. That’s why they do what they do in the first place! So I am looking forward to being mentored and soaking up as much information as I can.

5. Blog consistently.
I would love for my blog to become a source of information for people interested in College Student Affairs. In order for that to happen I will have to blog consistently and have stellar content!

6. Really enjoy and soak up the experience.
I am usually so stressed out during school I forget to enjoy the experience. School is amazing!! If I don’t let stress and anxiety consume me I will be in for a great semester!

What are your semester goals?

XO – Sarah

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“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
-Nelson Mandela

Let’s Catch Up

4th August 2015

Hi all! I know I have been MIA (on the blog and in real life) but I have been working two jobs for the past few months to save up for the road trip Jason and I took last week. And let me tell you … it was worth every late night, every crappy tip, and my hair smelling like fried chicken 24/7 because our trip was absolutely incredible.

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I will be posting a long, detailed post about our trip but I thought I would let you in on the highlight of it now.. I GOT ENGAGED.

Yeah! I was taken completely by surprise. My wonderful boyfriend, Jason, is now my wonderful fiancé! I could probably write a million posts about how amazing this is but, I will save the mushy stuff for later!

On one of the last days of our big road trip, we visited The Grand Canyon. Jason has been there and hiked it before but I didn’t have the slightest clue about how beautiful it was! We parked at one of the pull offs to get a good view of it but it was SO crowded. Jason found a little trail that led to the bottom of the canyon and Matt (our great friend and traveling partner) and myself followed. We went down a ways and came to a beautiful spot with a STUNNING view of the canyon. We spent a lot of time there just taking it in. While Matt and I were talking to another group of travelers, Jason walked further down the canyon. Little did I know, he was mustering up the courage to ask me to be his wife! Once our new friends left, Jason returned to us and asked Matt to take some photos. I did my typical pose and smile like I have a million other times with Jason while Matt took the photo. Then he leaned in and told me he loved me. I looked at him, confused, and told him I loved him, too. Then he got on one knee and asked me to marry him! I answered with a breathy ‘Yeah’ and the biggest smile because I was trying to hold back my tears of joy. I threw my arms around him then he placed the most gorgeous, perfect, platinum ring on my finger.

My Perfect Proposal on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

[Pictured Above] The last moment of Jason being my boyfriend. This was right before he proposed! Unfortunately we don’t have any photos of the proposal because Jason didn’t have a chance to warn Matt. He was just as shocked as I was! That’s okay though, we will always have the memory! You can tell I genuinely had no idea this was going to happen based on my outfit choice.. neon floral leggings and tee that didn’t even close to match (insert laughing/crying emoji here). Thankfully he isn’t marrying me for my outfit choices 😉

I get to marry the love of my life and I could not be more excited. He is everything I could ever want in a husband and more. I knew I wanted to marry him after just one month of dating him and here we are two years later actually doing it (or planning to do it .. two years from now!).

My Perfect Proposal on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

My Perfect Proposal on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

[Pictured Above] Me being obnoxious about my ring.

My Perfect Proposal on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

I can’t wait to build my life with this amazing man. He always supports my crazy ideas and dreams, is my voice of reason, dries my tears, and is my complete and total opposite but still loves me. Being his wife will be the most incredible journey and I couldn’t be more excited.

Time to plan a wedding!

XO – Sarah

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“We loved with a love that was more than love.”
– Edgar Allan Poe

Free Independence Day Printables

2nd July 2015

I LOVE THE 4TH OF JULY. It’s always been one of my favorite holidays. Growing up, my family had an annual reunion that was always on Independence Day weekend. I’ve remembered it fondly ever since.

I made some Independence Day inspired printables to help you celebrate with your own family & friends.

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I truly hope you enjoy these printables. I’m no graphic designer but I’m thrilled with how these turned out!

Happy Independence Day Free Printable on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

  Land of the free because of the brave printable on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

Let Freedom Ring Printable on Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog

To print simply click on the photo & download. These babies look best printed on cardstock then trimmed with a guillotine style paper cutter (if you can’t cut straight lines like me). Show me how you display your printable on Facebook!

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“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.”
— Benjamin Franklin

4 Easy Ways To Make Extra Cash

30th June 2015

I haven’t posted in a while because I have been working in some form or fashion every day since my birthday. Why am I working so much? Because I am going on a road trip in July while also trying to build my emergency fund. Needless to say, it’s been pretty draining on the wallet.

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Below are four easy ways I am making extra cash for my road trip. These are things anyone can do! I sincerely hope these help anyone who may be strapped for cash.

1. Get a second part time job.
Preferably something that will pay you cash. I got a second serving job and it’s been great for me. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it. If it’s not your thing, try walking dogs or baby sitting. Keep all your cash somewhere safe, where you won’t spend it. It’s easy to grow when it’s out of sight. I personally use an accordion envelope (from the Dollar Section of Target) and keep it out of sight.

2. Start your side hustle.
Do you have a creative skill? Do you paint or knit or create items in some fashion? Sell your creations! For a long time I didn’t think my art was good enough to sell and so I didn’t. Now I have orders coming in regularly. I sell through Etsy, if you would like to get started on your side hustle, follow this link to earn FREE listings!

3. Sell your closet.
I could write an entire novel on this I’m pretty sure. I have hoarding tendencies. I became aware of this a few months ago when I moved into a much smaller space. I especially have this issue with clothes. Then I discovered Vinted. I haven’t made my fortune on it yet but I have sold some pretty pricey items and found some STEALS on items I need. Plus, it’s so easy to use! Just download their free app, snap some photos, and wait for someone to snag it!

4. InboxDollars
I am not a huge proponent of spending hours and hours taking surveys for spare change. I have only been using InboxDollars for about 10 days and have earned over $15. I don’t sign on everyday, I don’t take millions of surveys. I simply click the emails they send me and do the occasional survey (if the payout is .50 cents or more). You can sign up for InboxDollars here to try it for yourself! They don’t payout until you’ve earned $30 but I am confident I will hit the $30 mark in no time.

How do you make extra cash fast? Let me know in the comments below!

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“I just wanna stay broke forever, yeah that’s that sh*t no one ever said.”
– G-Eazy

24 Goals for 24

10th June 2015

I don’t know about you but birthdays in my twenties so far has involved a lot of crying. I don’t know what it is about getting older that shakes me to my core, but I hate it. I am terrified of growing up.

Or at least I was. This year I am embracing getting older and looking at it as a pleasure denied to many. I am welcoming 24 with open arms and am determined to make this year count.

So here it is, my list of 24 goals for year 24 of my life (in no particular order). It’s hard for me to post this publicly but I think it will help me stick to my plans.

24 Goals for 24 by Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog(photo by the amazing Abigail Thomas of A.thomas Photography)

1. Do not let insecurities ruin my good time.
I can’t tell you how obsessive I have been over my outward appearance my entire life. I starved myself for thinness most of my teenaged years, I used to spend 20 minutes of each day in the tanning bed (EW, I know..), I spent tons of my hard earned cash on miracle bras and makeup.. blah blah. Because if I didn’t feel good about my outward appearance I was bound to have a bad day. At least that’s what I thought for a long time. It took me way too long to realize this but, no one else is paying that close attention to the tiny spider vein on my leg or my savage cuticles. So my hope for 24 is that I let go of my superficial obsession and embrace life.

2. Be a better partner.
Relationships are hard no matter how perfectly you match. Although I would like to think I’m the perfect girlfriend, I know that I am not. I am going to be more understanding, a better listener, more respectful, and more cognizant of the words that leave my mouth. I got extremely lucky and scored the perfect man, I better do something to deserve him 😉

3. Increase my emergency fund.
I’ve been reading a lot of Dave Ramsey and it’s been transforming my life. I have a really sad emergency fund currently. I want to increase it to cover 3-6 months of expenses just in case.

4. No hangovers, at all.
This one won’t be too hard for me because I very rarely drink now. As someone that struggled with alcoholism, it’s easy for me to overindulge on those very rare occasions. So cheers to one or two drinks (and nothing more!).

5. Invest in my health.
When you are on your own with very little money it’s easy to let your health slide. I can count the months of health insurance I’ve had in my life on one hand and that’s not something I’m proud of. I want to open a health savings account this year. Another Dave Ramsey suggestion, thanks Dave!

6. Stop drinking sugar!
So I’ve quit drinking soda which is great except I still drink juice and sports drinks. They may not be caffeinated but they are still SUGAR which is still no good.

7. Take more photos and PRINT them.
I have thousands of photos in my dropbox, years worth. Have any of them ever been printed? NO. With photo prints available to order online at such reasonable prices, there’s no excuse not to.

8. Cherish and nurture relationships.
It’s so freakin’ hard to find time to just hang with the girls or go see my family these days. Everyone is so busy. I am especially guilty of busy. In my 24th year I want more friend and family time. More cards, more phone calls, more memories.

9. Find a natural skin care routine.
Graceful aging is not in my future, not trying to gain your pity -just being real. I want to find a natural skin care routine to stick with. I think my best shot at keeping my skin youthful is going to be something natural, not an expensive “miracle” cream.

10. Give 100% to grad school.
I was going through a really rough time mentally the last time I was in school. I had pretty good grades but I always kick myself thinking about how well I could have done if I would have just bucked up. This time around I want to be obsessive about what I’m learning, involved in extracurricular activities, clubs, and societies, and have school spirit. I want to absorb this experience and really make my next (and probably last) two years of school my best.

11. Read more.
I have always adored reading but it’s hard to find the time. I have made a goal of reading at least TWO books a month. Have any good suggestions on what to read? Let me know in the comments below!

12. Keep a progress journal.
I want to journal so bad but for some reason I just never sit down and do it. I think a good way to help me journal and stick to my goals would be to journal about my goals! Stay tuned for more on this 🙂

13. Get more serious about blogging.
My blog isn’t too shabby but I know I could do better. And I will this year!

14. Put a lot of effort into my antique booth.
Of course the ultimate goal is to make a pretty profit on my booth, but what’s more important to me is that I really do my best on it. I’ve been working on lots of fun items and display stuff and I can’t wait to share it with you.

15. Do something active at least once a day.
This one doesn’t need much explanation. I am a small girl and I need to build some muscle, end of story.

16. Stay organized.
This will probably always be my biggest struggle, but it’s important. My beau is slightly neurotic about organization and everything being in its place. I .. am not. In an effort to make my life easier and my guy happy, I want to stay organized.

17. No more mall.
The mall is my kryptonite. I mean who can turn away such cute stuff for so cheap at stores like Forever 21 and H&M?! I want to, fast fashion is not good for anyone involved. Especially not the workers that make our favorite $7.99 tops that disintegrate after one wash.

18. Invest in a DSLR camera.
This one has been on the list every year since I was 16. I want one so bad but I REFUSE to finance it. This year I hope to purchase one.. in cash!

19. Travel to places I’ve never been.
I take small vacations every now and then but a lot of the time it’s to places I’ve already been. I’ve recently become aware of just how little of this world I’ve seen. It’s time to change that.

20. Cook more, eat fast food less.
I’m sorry Chick-fil-a but this 4 times a week thing we have going on has GOT to stop. I want to start a diet that will help me keep my body alkaline and also help deter tooth decay .. fast food is not on the list of approved foods.

21. Cut credit cards up as they are paid off.
I’m very pleased to announce my Macy’s credit card was recently slashed. I only have one more to go with a very small balance. I am getting rid of those devil things so I don’t have to worry about them ever again. I don’t care what effect it has on my credit score, they aren’t worth it.

22. Be a better listener.
I’m a talker. I always have been. I get nervous and word vomit just happens. This year I want to work on my listening skills and have more meaningful conversations.

23. Try a new hobby.
I love all things arts and crafts but I always do projects that I’m comfortable with. This year I hope to try something out of my comfort zone. Calligraphy, crochet, knitting .. I’m not sure yet. I’m excited to try!

24. Be genuine, be happy, and not afraid.
I’ve always had bad nerves. I have not taken opportunities because of it. I have ruined good things for myself because of it. I’ve kept distance from people I love because of it. No more. I am in a good place and it’s time to keep it that way.

Anyone have any advice about my goals? I want to hear from you! Let me know in the comments below.

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“Today is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be again.”