My College Morning Routine

May 2, 2017
College Morning Routine, Tips for a great and productive morning

My college morning routine has really differed semester to semester. While I don’t consider myself an expert by any means, I definitely have found what works for me in college regarding my morning routine over the last few years!

The first thing I do in the morning is open my blinds in my room, I want as much natural light as possible to help wake me up. I then put on my morning playlist. While listening to my playlist, I sit in front of my “happy lamp” for 10-15 minutes while I brush my hair and do my makeup. I find that when I sit in front of my happy lamp in the morning, I am able to wake up faster and stay more awake throughout the day. I need all the help I can get when it comes to staying awake especially if I stay up late!

My makeup routine definitely changes day to day depending on how much time I have. Most days I wear no makeup or do my quick three-minute makeup routine. I made a YouTube video on how I do all of my makeup in only 3 minutes which is perfect for early mornings or if you are running late:

After my hair and makeup is done, I head to the bathroom to brush my teeth and then I pick out an outfit for the day. Since I don’t live in a dorm that is connected to a dining hall, I have to go outside and walk a few minutes (and by a few minutes I mean 30 seconds because it is SO close).

Before I leave for breakfast, I double check my backpack that I packed the night before to make sure I have everything I need for the day. I also check my planner so that I know what I have going on throughout the day.

My morning routine is simple but it helps me prepare for the day and puts me in a happy and productive mood! Do you have a morning routine? If so, what is your favorite part about it?

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!