• Lifestyle,  Sustainability

    My Low Buy Challenge for 2022

    Last year, I said I’d go on a shopping ban, and I didn’t really stick with it. Fast forward 18 months, and I forgot I had ever gone on a shopping ban. So, shopping ban #1 was unsuccessful. However, I can’t really think of any purchases I’ve made recently that have been completely regrettable or unnecessary. In college, operating on a stricter budget has forced me to return everything I buy that I don’t need. So there isn’t a lot of clutter from items not used.  Still, I think my consumption habits can and should improve, so I’m setting a budget. I will spend no more than $500 this year…

  • Book Reviews,  Books

    Book Review: Evvie Drake Starts Over

    Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes is a delight to read through and through. Although the target demographic for the novel would seem to be women a decade or two my senior (closer to the age of the protagonist, Evvie Drake), I still found Evvie to be an engaging, likable, and relatable character. I was rooting for her and Dean at every step of the way.  When I finished the book, I was left with warm and fuzzy feelings all over my body. This was truly a feel-good book. I think the best part of the book is the characters, not the plot which is fairly forgettable. Andy, Evvie’s…

  • College,  mental health

    Reflections from My First Month in College

    I’ve officially been in college for 3 weeks!  I have a couple of thoughts: One// It takes a while to settle into a routine I’ve moved in on August 18, so as of writing, I’ve been at college for 24 days, and I still don’t have a routine. I’m not really working out, I haven’t quite figured out my morning routine, and I don’t have a good study schedule – and that’s ok! Things aren’t magically falling into place, and they don’t need to. I’m prioritizing the important things to me: completing my assignments,  sleeping enough, and eating well.  Two// Don’t overload your schedule A bit of backstory: an upperclassman…

  • Academia,  Lifestyle,  mental health,  study tips,  wellness

    How to Force Yourself to Do Stuff You Don’t Want to Do

    Are you tired of doing work? Do you procrastinate even the simplest of things? Are you behind in your schoolwork? Are you filled with a constant need to take a mf-ing nap? If you responded yes to any of these questions, then you may be entitled to compensation. And by compensation, I mean this blog post. Also, quick note: you should probably talk to your guidance counselor/therapist/doctor because you may be experiencing anxiety and/or depression.

  • College

    Dorm Room Mood Board

    The time that I’ve not so patiently been waiting for is almost upon us – dorm room shopping!! woohoo! I am SO excited for many reasons!  I am going to my DREAM SCHOOL! I get to decorate my room HOWEVER I WANT. Plus, i haven’t decorated my bedroom since at least 2016.  I get some very much needed FREEDOM after being cooped up for the last YEAR.  I get to try out minimalism in earnest by literally getting to choose 99% of the belongings I bring with me to college! Anyways, hopping off of my soapbox now, I wanted to share with you all my official dorm room inspiration mood…

  • Academia,  Lifestyle

    Knowing When to Hold ‘Em and When to Fold ‘Em – for Productivity Systems

    In the productivity world, creators are constantly sharing new systems and apps they use to achieve "optimum productivity". And if that works for them, then great! But you, dear reader, shouldn't feel pressure to constantly revamp your organization system just because someone else does things differently. I say this because I felt a lot of pressure to change up my systems because other people were doing something else, and frankly, I'm impressionable. If I see someone I look up to like Matt D'Avella using TeuxDeux then I want to try it too. But this is the place where you should stop and reasses.

  • Lifestyle,  mental health,  wellness

    How to Weekly Review

    Productivity pundits everywhere are always talking about daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly reviews. I agree that reviewing your life at set intervals is helpful for mindful productivity.  Especially for me, in therapy, where I monitor my mood, it’s helpful to be able to look back to see how I was feeling at a given time. It’s also just a good idea generally to spend some time reflecting.  If you’re new to journaling/reflecting in a written form, a weekly reflection practice is a great way to get started. I also wrote this post about how I journal in my daily life.  Here is a weekly reflection that I created for myself…

  • Book Reviews,  Books,  Lifestyle,  Person Finance

    Book Review: Meet the Frugalwoods

    I am really glad that I read this book. Seriously, I think it has reinforced the way I think about money - as a tool for comfort, but not happiness itself. Of course, it’s easy for me to say as a member of the upper-middle class, that money isn’t everything. I am blessed and fortunate, and I want to maintain financial stability and frugality as I get older and move into adulthood.