My Current Gym Playlist

In honor of the New Year, I've challenged myself to fight off the freshman fifteen. In order to do that, I've been hitting the gym twice a week. Every now and then, I change up what I listen to while I workout. However, I always find myself going back to these songs.

Here are some of the songs I've been jamming to while on the treadmill: 

Question of the Day: What's your favorite song to workout to?

How To Prep For A New Semester (Ft. My Favorite Free Printables!)

Most of my friends from high school are heading back to college this week. Therefore, I thought: what better time to post a blog on getting ready for a new semester than now!

Here's how I'm getting ready for my spring semester at Cabrini University:

1. I start my checking my college's portal and email for syllabi.

Some teachers are really good about uploading the syllabus to your portal. And, some teachers are not. As much as I love technology, I still like to have physical pieces of paper in my hand. With that being said, I immediately print out a syllabus when I see it.

2. After printing out all of my syllabi, I put all important dates into my planner.

This actually saved my life on more than one occasion. I completely forgot about an assignment-- it was due the next day. I don't know what I would have done! Thank goodness it was in my planner!

3. Afterwards, I go through my planner and put all assignments on a free printable.

This is my favorite free printable of all time. It's super helpful! Go back through your planner and write down all of your assignments in order. Then, as you plow through the semester cross assignments off as you complete them. Easy as that! Click HERE.

4. Order textbooks.

Stay on top of your game and order your textbooks. You can always return them if you don't need them. However, if you don't need them, consider keeping them. It's nice to have a textbook to follow along with. My favorite place to purchase books is from the Barnes & Noble Marketplace. I got a book I needed for $1.99. I know, I know. Please, hold the applause.

5. Make a schedule.

First, write down when your classes are. Then, add in study times and workout periods. Oh, and if you're a blogger like myself, add in some time to get crafty. And, most importantly, schedule some time to relax. College is stressful. Don't burn yourself out. Schedule in some time to Netflix and chill or listen to some music and do a face mask. Checkout this Tumblr account for a ton of other free printables: The Organized Student.

6. Buy supplies.

I like to buy new folders and notebooks for each class. I also like to pick up another set of my favorite R.S.V.P pens and highlighters. Oh, and index cards! I'm always running out of them.

7. I like to finish up by adding any important dates to my calendar/planner.

I like to add birthdays, holidays, and breaks to my planner. I'm actually off the last week of February and the last week of March. How exciting is that? This way, if I'm falling behind on assignments, I can simply take the time over break to catch up on them.

8. Relax.

I like to spend the week before I go back to school taking care of myself. I like to get my toes done, do a face mask, and watch Netflix. This way, I feel fresh and confident when taking on my new classes.

Question of the Week: How do you get ready for a new semester?

18 Goals For 2018

Happy New Year, everyone!

To kick off the new year, I'm sharing some of the goals I want to accomplish this year:

1. Hit 150,000 views.

This year, I hit 100,000 page views and that was a huge milestone for me. Shoutout to you guys for being absolutely incredible.

2. Finish my first year of college with all A's and B's.

This past fall, I finished the semester off with all A's and A-'s. I am pleased to announce that I made the Dean's List! I'm so proud of myself. I'm hoping to continue those grades throughout the spring semester.

3. Stick to a consistent workout schedule.

This fall, I've been able to stick to a fairly consistent workout schedule. I worked out on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Fingers crossed I'm able to keep a consistent workout schedule this coming semester.

4. Volunteer somewhere this summer.

Giving back to my community is very important to me. I'm hoping to volunteer my time at a hospital or local charity this summer.

5. Obtain an internship.

Somewhere in the mix, I'd also like to obtain an internship. For those of you that don't know, I am majoring in psychology. Hopefully I can get an internship at a counseling center or something like that.

6. Give my closet a deep clean.

I am a college girl-- it's time I get rid of those "grungey" t-shirts I thought were so trendy in high school.

7. Drink. More. Water.

I've noticed that when I cut soda and other caffeinated beverages out of my diet, my skin is radiant and clear. My goal is to drink more water this year in order to keep my skin happy.

8. Workout at least twice a week.

Going off of formulating a consistent workout schedule, I would like to exercise at least twice a week. This semester, I was able to accomplish that (for the most part). Every now and then, I go to the gym to play basketball. It's actually a lot of fun!

9. Travel some place I've never been before.

It could be a park. It could be Hawaii. Either way, I want to travel.

10. Complete a Pinterest workout challenge.

I've seen a number of ab workouts and squat challenges. I'm determined to try one of them and conquer it.

11. Try something new.

I know-- this is super vague. I'd just like to try something new. College is all about making memories and trying new things. Let's do it!

12. Collaborate with another blogger.

Hey bloggers, if you're interested, comment below!

13. Blog consistently. (Every other week!)

College. Is. Stressful. Finding time to breathe, let alone create a blog post, is almost impossible. Instead of posting once a week, I am going to start posting once every other week. I apologize in advance.

14. Give my blog a makeover.

I'm definitely down for trying a new layout. We'll see what I decide in the months to come.

15. Collaborate with 10 companies.

This year, I worked with so many companies and it has been an incredible experience. I'm hoping to continue that trend this year.

16. Make more videos.

I made a few videos this year. I'm hoping to make some more next year. I really enjoy putting them together.

17. Engage more in the blogging community.

Twitter chats, I'm coming for ya!

18. Start a prayer journal. Or just pray more often.

I saw this idea on Pinterest and would love to try it.

Question of the Week: What's your #1 goal for the new year?