Top 10 Lessons I Have Learned in College

Thursday, May 4, 2017

My sophomore year has officially come to a close - or should I say junior? (WHAT.) As I spring forward to prepare myself to graduate a year earlier than planned, I can't help but be thankful for all the experiences college has brought me. From the good to the bad and the best to the worst, I have been given lessons that I will take with me throughout the rest of my life. The next year of my life will be a wild journey as I begin preparing for graduate school applications and examinations this summer to apply in the fall. As I reflect on the last two years, here are a few of the lessons I have learned while I college that I think would be beneficial to share...

1. You are not going to like everyone you meet and not everyone you meet is going to like you, the sooner you accept that the better off you will be.

2. Be all in with everything you do, and don't waste your time on things that you are not actually giving your time and efforts to. Is that organization really worth it if nothing is coming out of it?

3. Schedule a day to yourself each week for no work and to do whatever it is YOU want to do, I promise you will need it and be thankful you did.

4. Going off of 3, also schedule a small routine in your daily life that you can look forward to every day to comfort yourself on even your worst ones; sometimes you just need that nice cup of coffee while sitting on the couch reading a chapter of a book to get you moving happily in the morning, and my days without this routine for myself are the days I wouldn't be at my best.

5. You are going to make friends when you enter college, and some of them may not be standing with you at the finish line - others may have even taken their places. It may hurt at first when relationships end, but you will be okay; those people were just not the ones who were meant to be with you at the end. You realize who the people who always cared for their friendship with you really were.

6. Going off of 5, reconciling is not a bad thing and you should let bygones be bygones in life - and if you have to be the one to apologize for what you believe is someone else's mistakes, then just do it and be the bigger person. No conflict should ever go unresolved and every relationship should end with communication. You don't have time for grudges, you deserve to have the least amount of worries as possible. If someone chooses to hold a grudge with you following conflict resolution then they would clearly rather waste their life being upset with others following issues and not being happy to the fullest - why would you want to do that to yourself? You definitely don't need people like that.

7. Organization is the key to success, from in your academic courses to the positions you may hold. If you are not organized, you better start making it a habit now.

8. Know your limits, because turning up the heat higher than you know you should is when you get burned. Interpret this however you need to get the point across to yourself.

9. Keep your priorities in check. You are in college for an education that will lead you to a career - never forget that. If people are really your friends, they will respect that because their ultimate priority will be the same as yours. Have a strong support system.

10. You do not have to have it all figured out just because other people do - your moment will come when it's time.

Here's to senior year as well as a summer full of relaxation and preparation!
What lessons have you learned that were not on this list?

Spring has Sprung

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hello all! Long time no post, but I'm back in full force and ready to take A Southern Sunshine to the next level. It has been a very hectic last few weeks and a nice trip to Disney World this past weekend was just what I needed to get my spirits back up. Epcot is really blooming this time of year with the Flower and Garden Festival happening and I had to get out and see all the amazing sculptures as well as try some tasty food (definitely recommend the frushi - fruit + sushi = a surprisingly great combo). I went for a very comfortable outfit as I knew we would be doing a lot of walking, but still made it happy and bright with pastels and florals in the spirit of spring!

Details: Ears - Disney Store // Top - Victoria's Secret PINK // Leggings - Victoria's Secret PINK (same type of) // Jewelry - ALEX AND ANI // Watch - Fossil // Shoes - Nike // Purse - Kate Spade (same type of)

Spring time fashion definitely has to be my favorite kind, and you'll definitely be seeing a lot more fun outfits this season! Really glad to be back on A Southern Sunshine after such a long break and hope you're all looking forward to some great posts, check back in Friday for another one and follow my new blog Instagram in the meantime!

What would you like to see a post about soon?

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?

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