A Junior Year Reflection

April 23, 2017

It has been a long time since I have written a post to just simply share my thoughts and feelings and so I am excited to do that today. The truth of the matter is I started this blog with no intentions of ever becoming a “blogger” and while I am so grateful that this space has grown so much, I really do miss just writing to write. I started this blog as a space where I could share, reflect and sort out these feelings of college and “adultness”. A space where I could share photos, general life musings and stories. I am hoping to get back to those types of posts.

Junior year is ending quickly and I thought it would be nice to get some of my thoughts and feelings out for this super weird and great year. This school year started well. I finished a successful summer internship, signed a “big girl” job offer that would allow me to live in one of the most dynamic cities in the world for the following summer, packed one suitcase and moved to Europe to study abroad. I traveled, I ate, I explored. I took a TON of photos. I visited 15 countries. I learned more about myself than I even knew was possible. As the semester came to a close, I felt incredibly empty and incredibly full all at once.

When I returned to Wellesley in the spring, life became very different. My complete social circle had shifted since I was gone. I was learning how to balance four really difficult classes, four jobs, extracurricular classes and a social life. There was a point this semester where something had to give. I was burnt out and I was tired. I thought something was so wrong with me that I went to my college’s health services (turns out, sleeping 4 hours every night really does bite you in the butt eventually). So I cut back, I focused more on my health (more on that in a post to come) and I prioritized myself. 

However, I still felt this nagging feeling that I was doing something wrong. I wasn’t passionate about what I was doing in school and I was dreading my summer job. I decided I needed to re-find my passion for life and creativity and so I devoted a huge part of my time to growing my new photography business.

And I realized something.

I realized that I had complete control over what I did, how I spent my time and where I gave my energy. I realized that I didn’t have to do something I wasn’t passionate about.

So I quit my fancy, summer job. Yep, without a back up plan, I changed my whole trajectory. It was exhilarating and terrifying all at the same time. Most people were very supportive. Other people thought I was “ruining my future”. However, the minute I sent in the resignation, I felt a lightness come over me that I hadn’t felt in months.

There are two weeks left in the semester and two days ago, I signed a summer job offer that I am incredibly excited about.

The moral of this story, and as cheesy as it sounds, is that you are the master of your own destiny. You have the control to say “never mind, I don’t want to do this anymore”. And that is the most powerful and liberating feeling in the world.

Until next time. xoxo

Spring Dresses with Old Navy

April 11, 2017

This post is sponsored by Old Navy. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Endless May possible!

I am so excited to share with you my favorite spring dresses from Old Navy today. These three different looks are perfect for warmer weather and fun spring activities (hello brunch outfits and Easter dresses!). Old Navy has the cutest Greenhouse Charm collection right now and a lot of stuff is on sale so I definitely recommend checking it out soon. From bright florals to cute denim, they have been killing it on the spring trends!

Dress One

Dress #1 is the perfect mix of casual and comfy. With the longer sleeves, it is great for a cooler day or evening activity.

Dress Two

My personal favorite is dress #2. It has a really flattering cut and is great for dressier occasions. I love how the bright flowers pop on the white dress!

Dress Three

I love dress #3 for brunch. It is the perfect mix of casual and dressy and is really flattering. It is also light weight for warmer spring days!

I hope that wherever you are it is warm and sunny! If not, remember spring is right around the corner–cheers to that!

How I Use My Erin Condren LifePlanner in College

April 4, 2017
How to use your Erin Condren LifePlanner in college to stay organized in a stylish way! #LifePlanner #ECLifePlanner #ErinCondren #sponsored

I am kind of planner-obsessed. In fact, my favorite winter break activity has always been choosing a planner for the next year. This year, after a few weeks of deliberation, I chose to purchase an Erin Condren LifePlanner and boy am I SO happy I did! This planner has everything I wanted:

  • Plenty of room to write my schedule, homework and to-do lists
  • Note pages in the back
  • Durable but stylish
  • Customizable and personal
  • Allows me to be creative

This semester, this planner has kept me organized and sane and I have learned exactly how to organize it in the best way for a college student.

The Weekly View

The weekly view is where I can get an in-depth look at how my day-to-day will be. To maximize the space each week, this is how I organize it:

  1. I use the blank column on the left side to write down all of my major assignments/activities for the week. This way I can plan ahead and make sure that I don’t miss anything. I will also put important reminders in this column (i.e. fill prescription, turn in tax forms, etc.)
  2. I use the blank space at the bottom of each page to track my violin practice. This would also be a great place to track your workouts (more on this later).
  3. For each of the three squares for each day, I track my schedule, to-do list and reminders. Erin Condren sells sticky notes that perfectly fit in these squares so that you have flexibility in moving things around in your schedule.
  4. As seen in the photo below, I pop in this wet-erase board where I write my week to week class and work schedule. This saves me the trouble of re-writing it every week if I don’t want to.

The Monthly View

The monthly view is the perfect way to quickly see the big picture. Here I write events, appointments and reminders. I use stickers to call attention to certain details (and to look cute 😉 ).

Accessories

Just like outfits need accessories, planners need accessories too! In fact, the customizable and cute accessories are one of the main reasons I love this planner! As seen above, my favorite accessories are:

  1. Gold clutch. Here I am able to store pens, stickers and other things I use to organize my planner. I love that this keeps everything in one place.
  2. Stickers. Personally, I don’t want my planner to be too cluttered. However, I do think stickers add a fun pop of color and can actually be super functional as well.
  3. Wet Erase Markers. I use these to write on all of the wet-erase surfaces in the planner. I love the colors and how fine-tipped these are.
  4. Snap-in Sticky notes. I love that these sticky notes snap right into my planner so I never have to go searching for them!
  5. Snap-in wellness dashboard. Recently, I have been focusing on eating more complete and nutritious meals. This snap-in dashboard is the perfect way for me to keep track of what I am eating as well as my exercise habits. At the end of each week, I can wipe it off with a damp cloth and reuse it.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I use my Erin Condren LifePlanner for college! Thanks for reading!

Do you use one? If so, what is your favorite way to use it for college?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Erin Condren. The opinions and text are all mine.