17 Goals for 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

If you have been following along with me on Instagram, then you already know that 2017 is going to be my year of doing. It seems as if I just live my life in the same boring day-to-day style, never actually reaching towards anything new for whatever reason that I know could really benefit me. Every year I throw goals and resolutions down on a list that I say I am going to work at in the coming year to never even take another look at them past January 1st. I wanted this year to be different, because I don’t want to be one of those people who gets accustomed to never wanting to break the mold and try new things or improve upon themselves. These goals below are things that I either have told myself multiple times in the past that I want to do then never actually attempted or things that I want to continue to achieve at the same way that hold potential for improvement.

1. Actually learn a thing or two about makeup, especially how to apply it.
2. Establish a style outside of srat t-shirts and norts that isn’t just a v-neck and jeans.
3. Set a self-care/body routine.

4. Commit to a fitness workout schedule, specifically focused on running.
5. Take up yoga as a side hobby.
6. Drink more water every day.
7. Run my first 10K and half-marathon.

8. Continue to hold at least Dean List status (3.4+ semester GPA).
9. Obtain a part-time job that will offer real experience in my future career field of higher education.
10. Score well enough for my liking on the GRE – very high, but numbers I won’t release.

11. Post at least twice a week.
12. Establish a consistent income source from my blog.
13. Create something useful that can be sold.
14. Establish a presence on social media platforms – additionally won’t give numbers here because some platforms are just easier than others for me.

15. Read at least two new books a month.
16. Travel somewhere that I have never been before.
17. Work on my photography skills.

2016 was a great year for me, I think even the best thus far. It was a year of growth, my first full year as an adult taking on this life, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. 2017 is bound to be even better, and I’m looking forward to everything it has in store!

What are some of your goals/resolutions for 2017?

Life Lately

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Let me start off with a short story...

I had an interview this morning, my first big-kid interview. It was just for an internship, but it was a door that, if opened, I would be taking the first steps into the career field I hope to one day be a part of. When it typically comes to opportunities such as this one, I jump eagerly at my chance and take charge. However, today ended up being a different kind of day...

I woke up despising the world around me, no longer wanting to attend the interview at all. I had let the pressures and stresses of life get to me, and as any normal college student not wanting to face adult obligations would do, I crawled into a little ball on the couch and just laid there. Right when I had practically convinced myself that I wasn't going to the interview, one of my roommates walked into the living room on her way out the door to school for the day. She told me good luck, and I told her what I had believed at that point was my final decision. And in just a few words, she managed to pull me out of a funk that I felt like I had been suffering for quite some time now:

"It's your dream, go get your dream."

She said this not actually meaning to inspire me the way she did. It was more joking-like, the kind of just-shut-up-and-do-it pep talk you get from your parents every once in a while when you whine about not wanting to do something. Either way, it still worked. After she left, I got off the couch and into my business clothes. I went to the interview, did the best I could, and left with no regrets. As tired and drained as I was, I felt like I had my edge back - and all it took was a few words.

The point to this story is that what should have been the most insignificant of sentences actually ended up turning my whole perspective around and getting me back on track. It's those little things in life that we need to hold on to in order to keep ourselves going. In the midst of trying to focus on other more seemingly-important aspects of my life, I pushed away the things that keep me sane, happy and motivated. This blog is one of those things, and I'm glad to be here again trying to make it a priority in my life once more.

So, if you could not already infer, life has been a little hectic for me lately. College is already no walk in the park, and junior year is definitely no exception. But it has all been in the pursuit of a better future for myself, and that's why I so willingly accept all the pressure that is thrown at me every day. I love every second of it, however I've let it affect how I feel these last few days and that's not okay. I sorted out my life today and made time for the things, such as this blog, that I didn't think were important enough for me to keep up with anymore. Turns out, I need this blog. This was my original dream, and even if it is no longer my number one dream, it is still a dream for me. I've always had big goals for it, and now they're just bigger than ever - and more defined; they will better represent who I am now, as I have grown from the style of my previous posts.

I want to be a resource, a guide. I want to help people while still conveying my personality and who I am through my work. And that is the future of this blog.

Thank you to all the people who have stuck around, and all of those who will continue to support me on this journey through life. A Southern Sunshine can only go up from here, and I promise you are going to love what's to come.

Stay tuned for a new post soon!

DIY Crafts to Do With Your Old Lilly Pulitzer Agenda

Thursday, June 2, 2016

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?

My Ultimate Summer Bucket List

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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?

Final Review: Freshman Year Goals

Monday, May 9, 2016

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?

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