• 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • fashion,  Lifestyle,  Shopping Guides

    Currently Coveting No. 6

    t-shirt | earrings | sneakers | jeans I haven’t done one of these in a hot minute, but I was inspired by these Golden Goose look-alike sneakers (aka dupes)!  Tbh, I never loved the Golden Goose sneakers, because I feel like they look too distressed. I like their design, but I just wasn’t a fan of the price point or the scuff marks.  Tangent aside, I saw these Steve Madden sneakers and I thought I would create an outfit with them.  I paired the sneakers with this adorable ~almost~  rugby style t-shirt and straight legged jeans, both from J. Crew. I’ve been really interested in straight legged jeans lately and…