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?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Why I Switched: Day Designer vs. Lilly Pulitzer Agendas

The agenda debate is real, readers. There are many wonderful choices out there that leave us organization-enthusiasts left to wonder, "Which one is the best one for me?" I had never previously cared for such pro-and-con lists or top 10 ranking system posts until I was stuck with the issue myself. And after three years of having a Lilly Pulitzer agenda, I have decided to make a switch for next year to Day Designer.

I've been considering this decision for a very long time now. Back at the beginning of this school year, I was dying to get a Day Designer instead of my typical Lilly. However, I was afraid of making an impulse buy - the price of a DD compared to a Lilly Large is very significant (about a $40 difference after taxes/shipping). Therefore, I told myself that if I had still wanted it at the end of the school year and had shown that I was committed to using an agenda, I would spoil myself by making the purchase.

And here we are now!

I pre-ordered my DD and when it finally shipped, it came very fast and nicely packaged. The agenda came stored in a nice little drawer type box, wrapped with a card that described its features and how to properly take care of it. I ordered the Mid-Year Flagship Edition in Painterly Floral (currently sold out, but they have many other great designs as well coming back to the shop online soon!).

Lilly agendas feature a weekly layout and offered a good amount of space to fit all your tasks and notes for each day into. DD offers a daily layout that features spots for reminders, to-do items, and even gratitude as well as an inspirational quote. The line space is additionally also organized by times from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. I think that the layout is the number one reason that I wanted to give DD a shot; there was just something different and more organized about it that I knew I would just love.

I'm not quite sure about how I feel towards the sizing just yet, but I'm trying to be open about it because this is my first time ever using a different agenda that isn't Lilly. Featured below is a picture of the agendas side by side, the DD Flagship and the Lilly Large. The size difference is definitely a bit significant, but nothing that I can't get used to with some time!

I'm really looking forward to getting down to using my new DD and trying something new! What agenda do you use to keep your life in order?

P.S. - Follow me on Instagram at @asouthernsunshine for blog post updates!

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!