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June 20, 2018

Goals are always important to have but more importantly you must hold yourself accountable for them. For me I find myself making goals and forgetting them a weak later. The solutions to this problem is pretty simple.

The most important thing is to speak your goals out loud. Tell them to someone you love so they can keep you accountable too. Also just hearing them out loud and learning someone else’s viewpoint on them let’s you know if they’re attainable. I often find myself creating unrealistic goals that need taken down a notch.

The second thing that I do is write them down. Write them on a sticky note and put it somewhere you’ll see everyday. That way you’ll never forgot the goal and you’ll probably get sick of seeing the sticky note that you’ll actually go out and do it.

Lastly the most important thing to do when trying to achieve something is believe in yourself. I know that sounds corny but if you don’t think you can do something then you’re never going to do it.

How do you achieve your goals?

When life hands you lemons, share them on social media.

 

June 19, 2018

Ever find yourself with a to do list pages long but with zero motivation to get anything done? Well I do. In fact I’m currently feeling this. With two summer internships, a summer class and the constant struggles of healthy eating, working out, healthy skin, tan skin etc I feel like I’m losing my mind. Instead of putting together a list of my advice or tips, I’m writing today’s post to show that no one is perfect…not that you ever thought I was. 

Everyone, literally everyone struggles with different issues. No one lives a perfect life so why do we constantly feel the pressure to? I sure know that I never want to admit my weaknesses to others. You know the strong female character in movies and television shows that never cries and never backs down? Well that’s the standard that I hold myself up to. I hate to admit my flaws. I hate to admit my skin is not perfectly bronzed or perfectly clear and my teeth aren’t so white they could blind you. I hate to admit that I sometimes get depressed and don’t feel like getting out of bed, and I HATE to admit that I’m not always right. Today I’m here to say that my appearance nor my mental state are always perfect and that is OKAY. And I’m here to ask the question, how do you fight through lack of motivation? I need the answer to that right now as I find myself falling asleep in my internship cubicle.

P.S send caffeine!!

In honor of my blog today here’s a picture of me. A picture with no makeup, no spray tan, no filter and no photoshop. Just simply a picture of ME.

When life hands you lemons, share them on social media.

 

June 18, 2018

As life changes so does your wardrobe. When transitioning into the work place I found myself struggling to find clothes that are both stylish and business attire. I’ve put a list together of my three favorite places to shop for these clothes. 

Number One: Express

Express is my all time favorite store to shop at for business clothes. Though it is on the pricey side you can commonly find coupon codes online to help cut the price down a little bit. The expensive cost comes with a great quality of clothes.

 

 

https://www.express.com/

Number Two: Gap

If you’re looking for a cheaper option then Gap is the place for you. The cheaper price gives you the option to have more. Having options to choose from allows you to have fun with your outfits at work. When I shop from Gap I tend to splurge on the fun colorful pants rather than the usual black suit pants I would buy from somewhere like Express.

 

https://www.gap.com/?

Number Three: Zara

Zara is an extremely trendy clothing company that’ll keep you on top of all the fashion trends. I love Zara for many reasons but number one reason being the various styles they have. Business attire can get boring though Zara clothing adds a stylish twist.

 

 

https://www.zara.com/us/

Where’s your favorite place to shop?

When life hands you lemons, share them on social media.

 

June 15, 2018

Sometimes a long drive can work can just get boring. So, boring I almost find myself falling asleep. My favorite way to kill time is by listening to podcasts. I’ve listened to a bunch of different podcasts but I’ve compiled a list of my top three favorites.

Number One: The LadyGang

The LadyGang is by far my favorite podcast I’ve ever listened to. If you like humor mixed with a little realness this is for you. Keltie Knight, Becca Tobin and Jac Vanek are three ladies that live in Hollywood working their way through stardom. They’re hilarious and bring guests in to talk about real stuff.

https://theladygang.com/

Number Two: True Crime Garage

True crime and chill? I’m obsessed with true crime and this podcast is the best for it. Nic and The Captain are two men just chillin and drinking beer talking about true crime. They do extensive research about each case and really take you through the craziness of these murders, robberies, etc.

https://www.truecrimegarage.com/

Number Three: Stuff You Should Know 
Stuff You Should Know is a podcast about the most random things. The episodes range from famous murders to how tsunamis work. Sometimes it’s hard to choose a podcast when you don’t know what you’re in the mood for Josh and Chuck are there to help. They fill your mind with random trivia facts or things about history that you should probably know about.

https://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/

What’s your favorite way to kill time on a long drive?

When life hands you lemons, share them on social media. 

 

June 14, 2018

Sick of being a poor college student? Yeah, well same. 

High school doesn’t teach you enough about the “real world” and being a poor college student doesn’t just end when you graduate. So what’s the best way to budget and save?

I have a few tips and tricks of my own.

Number One: Never buy new textbooks.

Buying new textbooks is a waste of money. There are so many different ways to buy used textbooks like https://www.amazon.com/ or http://www.chegg.com/ . These website are extremely helpful and give you the opportunity to buy or rent used or even new books if you wish at a much cheaper price than the a college bookstore.

Number Two: Resist temptations of ordering food.

Living in a college town creates so many temptations. Food companies deliver with no fees and restaurants stay open late, it’s a perfect world. Though not so perfect for your bank account. It’s so convenient to order food after a long night of studying but don’t fall for it. I only allow myself to order food once a week as a special treat.

Number Three: Two words. FREE FOOD!

Universities often hold events with free food and everyone knows that the best food is free food. Instead of acting too cool to attend school sponsored events take advantage of the free food and fun that comes along with it.

Number Four: Limit your use of credit cards.

Building credit is very important. Though you have to watch yourself when using credit cards. It is easy to dig yourself a deeper hole when it comes to debt. I only allow myself to have one credit card with a very low spending limit. When I use my credit card to pay for something I make sure that I have enough money set aside to pay it off. That way I can build my credit without putting myself at risk for debt.

Number Five: Get a job.

Step out of your comfort zone and apply for a part-time job. It’s important to build a work ethic and make some extra cash. That way you can splurge on the take out food or the drink at the bar. It took me until my junior year to get a part-time job at work because no one else had a job. So in my mind, why did I need to get one? No one is too good for a part-time job.

What’re your tips and tricks?

When life hands you lemons, share them on social media. 

 

June 13, 2018

“Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never the same.” – Flavia Weedn.

A quote that relates to my life, especially at this moment. Late teens and early twenties are hard for many reason. One of them being that everyone seems to be traveling in different directions. Most of us have gone or will go to different colleges than our friend or family, but then you come home for winter break and summer so things aren’t so hard. Now I’m at the age where people are moving for jobs, permeant jobs. My older sister, Ruby, just left this morning and moved from our childhood home in Pennsylvania to Florida. How do you deal with the emptiness of your best friend moving?

For me this is a complicated thing. I knew I was planning on moving in a year or so once I graduate college but I never expected her to move before me. It’s hard to think of the things that will change but I need to look at things through a different lens.

Today begins an adventure for Ruby. An adventure she’s been waiting her whole life for. No more snow or stupid high school bullies to run into at the grocery store. Ruby gets to start fresh. Though I want to be mad at her for leaving or cry my eyes out and tell her not to go, I can’t do that.

You have to be happy for the ones you love.

Today it’s so easy to keep in touch with video chats and social media it’ll feel like Ruby is right next door.

I’m sure many of you have gone through or are going through the same thing. If you haven’t yet then I’m sure you will. It’ll suck and you’ll cry but perspective is key.

Here’s my sister and I at her going away party. How have you coped with the sadness?

When life hands you lemons, share them on social media. 

 

June 12, 2018

Ever find yourself lost while staring at your phone screen full of useless apps? Well this is the blog for you. I’ll be sharing my top five favorite apps to use for a professional millennial.

App Number One: LinkedIn

LinkedIn is number one on my list for many reasons. LinkedIn is a social networking site that is designed to bring together the community and businesses.

This site gives employees and employers an opportunity to get to know more about each other. As a student this site has been extremely helpful to me. It gives me an outlet to show my achievements in school and work without sounding like I’m bragging because everyone else is doing it too. Networking is so important and this app allows me to do it at anytime at the convenience of my phone.

https://www.linkedin.com/

 

App Number Two: Canva

I often have to create logos or social media content for different assignments I’m working on or for clubs that I’m in. Sometimes time is of the essence and you don’t always have access to Adobe Indesign. Canva is a free graphic design website and is always there for me when I’m in a pinch. It allows you to edit or create designs and logos in just minutes.

 

 

https://www.canva.com/

App Number Three: Starbucks

Everyone needs their fill of caffeine and it just so happens that everyone needs it right around the same time. As a full-time student with two part-time jobs my time is pretty important to me so I hate waiting in long lines. The Starbucks app allows you to order you drink or snack ahead of time, and you know what that means? No waiting in long lines. This app has been a life saver of mine.

 

https://www.starbucks.com/

App Number Four: Drive

When working on a group project or even a solo one it is extremely important to always have access to the document you’re working on. So many times I’ve had writers block while writing a paper or working on a group assignment and when I was away from my computer I finally would come up with what I needed. I started doing all my school work in Google Documents not only so I can have access to it whenever I want but also because I’ve lost too many papers because I forgot to hit save. Google automatically saves your work for you so I never have to worry about that again.

https://www.google.com/

 

App Number Five: Venmo

As a member of IUP’s PRSSA Chapter fundraising takes up a lot of my time. Whether I’m selling candy bars in my class building or selling t-shirts for my chapter it seems like students never have cash on them. The worst thing to do is let a sale go by so my chapter has opened up a Venmo account. Venmo is a free app that allows you to make payments without the hassle of having to takeout money or write a check. It’s a safe way of making payments when you have no money on you and can be the perfect thing for a hardworking millennial.

 

 

https://venmo.com/

Here’s what my phone looks like! Show me yours! What apps do you love?

When life hands you lemons, share them on social media.

June 11, 2018 

 “It’s okay, not everyone knows what they want to do.” A dreaded phrase young adults hate to hear. A phrase that makes you realize you really don’t know what your future holds. This can make someone feel unworthy or helpless, but it’s not the end of the world. So, here’s a letter to my old self.

Dear Little Lily,

It’s 2015 and you’re graduating high school. You have average grades and no freaking clue what you want to do with your life. “It’s okay, not everyone knows what they want to do.” A common phrase you’ll continue to hear but fail to believe it. All your friends know exactly what they want to do, they have their majors picked out and found the perfect schools for them. Meanwhile, you settled for Indiana University of Pennsylvania and are going in as a major in undecided business. You’ll ask yourself a million times what does that even mean and why am I wasting my money? Don’t worry Lily this confusion doesn’t last too long.

By the second semester you’ve changed your major and even added a second major on. Two degrees, one in hospitality management and one in marketing, these sound fun, don’t they? You were determined this was your path. You applied for an internship at Walt Disney World, the perfect place for a hospitality management major, and guess what you got the job! You took your fall semester of your sophomore year off and went to work for Disney, what a great idea. Well that is until you realized this wasn’t the path for you. Back to the beginning. “It’s okay, not everyone knows what they want to do.” You changed your major and headed back to IUP. This time as a journalism and public relations major, and guess what? You love it. 

Though not knowing what you want to do can seem like the end of the world, it’s not. It gives you the opportunity to learn more and live life on your own terms. Not knowing what you want to do gives you the power to explore all the options this world has to offer. All those decisions you’ve made in the past bring you to exactly where you are today.

So, Little Lily go and take chances. Don’t give up. The choices you make all matter, even the small ones. Go to class. Learn. Learn as much as you can. Learn from your mistakes and learn from your failures. Little Lily, it really is okay. Not everyone knows what they want to do but with hard work and determination comes success.

What does the future hold for you?

When life hands you lemons, share them on social media.