Thursday, June 2, 2016

DIY Crafts to Do With Your Old Lilly Pulitzer Agenda

Lilly Pulitzer just started accepting pre-orders on this upcoming year's new agendas (which you can check out here) and that led me to thinking, "What am I supposed to do with my old one?" Last summer, I posted about the DIY letter I made for my dorm room with my old agenda from back then. It is still in such good condition and I obsess over it to this day. I decided that I would use my old one from this past year to create another DIY Lilly craft (because can you ever really have too much Lilly?) and so I took to Pinterest to get some ideas. In this post, I have compiled a list of the crafts I'm considering - they were all just too beautiful to keep to myself! Hopefully this list will help a few of you who are in the process of recycling your old Lilly agendas as well!...

1. DIY Letter (mine shown above!)

2. DIY Canvas (Idea #1, Idea #2)

I think I'm really stuck between the coasters and the mirror at this point!
Did any of these DIY ideas inspire you to get crafty?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My Ultimate Summer Bucket List

This summer I have a lot of goals and new things that I want to try, and I have compiled all of them here on one bucket list! Some of these are specific to Florida and my own desires, but they are also general enough for anyone to want to go out and do too. I'll be sure to post an update for this list about halfway through the summer and one at the end as well!

1. Travel out of the state.

2. Go to Devil’s Den.

3. Go to the beach.

4. Host and be a part of a photo shoot.

5. Visit a Gamma Phi Beta house.

6. Go to a drive-in movie.

7. Have a paint fight.

8. Go to a concert.

9. Make chocolate.

10. Attend a pottery class.

11. Craft it up for my little and future apartment.

12. Go boating.

13. Have a bonfire.

14. Visit a springs.

15. Get abs.

16. Go glamping.

17. Watch a sunrise.

18. Go turtle watching.

19. Hold a baby tiger.

20. Go tubing.

21. Go to Aquatica.

22. Go to a piano bar.

23. Try rowing.

24. Go to the Keys.

25. Get a tattoo.

26. Go on a segway tour.

27. See a psychic.

28. Get a job.

29. Attend a kickboxing class/session.

30. Remodel my wardrobe.

31. Create my own blog theme.

32. Stargaze.

33. Have a picnic.

34. Go paddle boarding.

35. Take a spontaneous trip.

36. Go strawberry picking.

37. Pull an all-nighter.

38. Binge-watch a television show.

39. Run 100+ miles.

40. Attend a painting class.

41. Go on a “dream date.”

42. Find my coffee shop.

43. Go geocaching.

44. Dress up to just go out somewhere.

45. Actually get tan.

46. Jump off a cliff/high rock into water.

47. Go to an amusement park.

48. Swim with an animal.

49. Go wind sailing.

50. Go parasailing.

I'm only two weeks in to my summer and it's already shaping up to be the best one yet! What's on your bucket list for this year?

Monday, May 9, 2016

Final Review: Freshman Year Goals

Last week I finished the first chapter of my book on college. It was bittersweet to leave my school after such a wonderful year, but I'm happy to be home for the next few months to just relax. Back in August, I made a list of my goals for my freshman year and did an update to see where I was standing at the end of my first semester in December. Now I'm posting to check how I did overall and see how I can still achieve some of the goals that I didn't this past year!

{The University of Central Florida}

1. Rush and be recruited to a sorority. {PREVIOUSLY ACCOMPLISHED}
All my love in ΠKE to any of my Gamma Phi Beta sisters reading this right now.

2. Be officially accepted into the Business program. {PREVIOUSLY ACCOMPLISHED}

3. Make the Dean's List both semesters. {NEWLY ACCOMPLISHED}
Hard work definitely pays off; I plan to make this a goal every semester until finishing school!

4. Find a part-time job on-campus or close by.
I am very disappointed in myself for not putting more time into finding a job this past year, but at least I am able to say that I was doing so much that it most likely would have interfered with how I performed in school and my extra-curricular activities. I did manage to score an amazing internship for the summer though, so yay for that! I have applied for about 5 jobs already for this summer and the new school year in the last 24 hours (and I'm not even close to being done), so fingers crossed that I get offered something soon!

5. Become a Student Ambassador for Leader in a club/organization. {PREVIOUSLY ACCOMPLISHED}

6. Follow a set workout schedule. {PREVIOUSLY ACCOMPLISHED}
This goal was accomplished back in the fall, continued into the spring, then fell apart a bit as the semester kept getting busier and busier. But I have resumed my normal workout routine since coming home for the summer, so I'm proud of that! (Abs are coming in quite nicely also...)

7. Be accepted as an Orientation Leader or Rho Gamma for the summer of 2016.
Always next year!

8. Make a new close/best friend (or two, maybe three!). {PREVIOUSLY ACCOMPLISHED}

9. Get at least one scholarship ("at least" because more is obviously always better). {NEWLY ACCOMPLISHED}
I was extremely blessed to receive a $5,600 scholarship from the scholars program that I am a member of at my university for my second year. I definitely did not see it coming, God is good!

10. Join and write articles for my university's Her Campus chapter. {PREVIOUSLY ACCOMPLISHED}
Check out my articles from this year here!

8 out of 10 accomplished? Not too shabby! It has definitely been one heck of a year, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Did you accomplish your top goals this past school year?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

What to Do Over Spring Break

Spring break is quickly approaching, and I couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to just sit around and not have to worry about anything related to school. For those of you who still aren't sure how to spend your spring break this year, here are a few ideas to get you thinking that you can start planning right now!

1. Go on a volunteer trip.
A lot of organizations offer alternative spring break trips that give students the opportunity to spend their days away from school giving back to some amazing causes as well as still getting to enjoy their time off in places they've never been. Check to see if your college is offering any sort of trips this year that you can take part in!

2. Take a road (or day) trip.
A road trip with a few of your best friends is never a bad idea - it gives you all an awesome bonding experience and some wonderful memories to look back on! But if that's a bit too expensive or much for you, there's nothing wrong with day trips to places in your state that you've never been; that's what my roommates and I are planning to do this break!

3. Visit your family back home.
Spring break is one of the only times during the semester that you get to head back home for a significantly long period of time (yes, a week is a long break in college time). It's always nice to get to spend some quality time with them - and get a nice home cooked meal instead of eating out every night or having to go to the dining hall.

4. Make plans with friends.
Maybe you don't get to see your friends enough during the semester because you're too busy working hard for those straight A's, you have a job, or even both and some other third thing. Sort out your days that you want to spend with them and create some plans so you can get a dose of social back in your life.

5. Relax.
There's nothing wrong with just sitting around all day long and doing nothing but watching Netflix while stuffing your face with pizza and ice cream. Feel free to take some solo time to wind down, reflect, do what you personally want to do and really get a break from the rest of reality.

What are your plans for spring break this year?
Hope everyone has the most amazing time!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monthly Motivation: February 2016

I am not a big movie person. That's not to say I don't like them, I just can't seem to ever get myself to sit through them a majority of the time without wanting to check my phone or do something else. So when one of my roommates had the sudden urge to watch the first Harry Potter movie and found out I hadn't seen most of the series, that urge suddenly turned into a challenge to watch all of the movies. I was obviously a little hesitant at first - I had little problem with the idea of watching just one, but the entire series? Refer back to the beginning of this paragraph with that. But I actually found myself really enjoying the movies. And I additionally fell even more in love with Emma Watson than I already am in the process. A fierce woman who has managed to achieve many remarkable feats as well as initiate some incredible movements over the years, she truly shines at anything and everything she does - from even just her first Harry Potter movie, you could tell she had tons of potential.

{Photo Source}
Emma Watson is today's inspirational feature for one of my newest segments on A Southern Sunshine known as Monthly Motivation. My reasoning behind Monthly Motivation is to really kick the month off right with quotes from someone who has recently inspired me, and maybe sometimes just some amazing quotes that I've found lying around in general. For those of you who don't know, I'm a huge quotes person - I have a running note in my phone that I have been documenting quotes on for the past 3 years now (one of these days I'll get those transferred onto a Word document...). I believe quotes have the potential to change an entire person's mood and sometimes attitude towards life as well as their actions; whenever I need to be reminded to be happy or I need a bit of motivation, quotes are always there for me! Here are a few of what I believe are Emma's best quotes to help get you through this lovely month of February...

"All I can do is follow my instincts, because I'll never please everyone."

"I don't want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself."

"I've probably earned the right to screw up a few times. I don't want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about."

"But it's a journey and the sad thing is you only learn from experience, so as much as someone can tell you things, you have to go out there and make your own mistakes in order to learn."

"I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything."

"I'm going to do what I want to do. I'm going to be who I really am. I'm going to figure out what that is."

"I just try and surround myself, for the biggest proportion of time that I can, with people who make me feel normal, because constantly feeling abnormal is quite difficult."

May your February be filled with love and happiness!
What/Who is your motivation to get you through this month?