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My Last First Day of Undergrad

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Wow. I’m feeling mixed emotions right now. I’m sad because tomorrow is my last first day of undergrad. I start my spring semester on Tuesday and then in May I graduate. It feels weird and scary and unknown and I hate the unknown.

I started college 5 years ago and that baffles my mind. It feels like just yesterday when I moved into my freshman dorm or joined Theta Phi Alpha or met my best friends. Its crazy that it didn’t happen just yesterday. It is hard to process.

I’m a little excited because people will finally stop making comments about my five years of college. I hate having to tell people that I chose to do this because I switched my major a few times. I hate that people don’t think I’m smart enough to finish on time. In fact, If I stuck to being a history major freshman year, I would have graduated a year early.

Without this 5th year I wouldn’t have had the many opportunities I’ve had recently. Being secretary of my sorority for a year, working with the Omni Parker House, living with my best friends for an extra year, taking classes I truly love, and many more.

This 5th year means a lot to me. I’ll cherish it forever.

I know I wasn’t ready to graduate last year, and I’m not 100% sure I’ll be ready this year. But, I’ll be getting that diploma with most of my best friends (sorry Katie & Gina you’ll still be here for a year without me :/) and I’ll be starting a new chapter of my life, which is supposed to be exciting.

So, I’ve decided to record moments of my daily life this semester. The good, the fun, the bad, the studying. All of it. I want to look back on this special semester in a few years and remember all of the incredible memories I will be making with my friends and family. I want others to see the daily life of a college girl who is about to go into the real world. I’ll still be blogging regularly! I like my social media wayyyy to much to give any of it up!

If you want follow along, you can check out my Youtube channel here! It’ll be weird at first, but I know in the long run it will be worth it.

So, I have my last first day of undergrad tomorrow. I’m ready.

XO

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Currently {January}

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Anticipating// The start of my last semester of college! I’m really sad it’s almost over.

Feeling// In a giggly mood. I feel like i’ve laughed a lot today and it feels so good.

Enjoying// Old episodes of Modern Family!

Making// A new spread in my bullet journal! Actually, making a bunch!

Planning// My schedule for the upcoming semester!

Buying// New leggings! All of mine started to rip so I needed to get a few new pairs.

Watching// Modern Family. Such a hysterical show!

Loving// Ed Sheeran’s new music. Literally L O V I N G it so much I can’t handle it!

Hoping// To fall asleep early tonight. I’m so tired.

Hating// Nothing at the moment.

Working on// Some reading for one of my classes already.

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TRLT This Week 

Can you guys believe the first week of January is already over? Time seriously flies and I can’t handle it sometimes.

This week was spent mostly taking care of my grandmother and nothing else which is totalllly fine with me! This upcoming week is my last at home before I’m back at school for my last semester of undergrad *cue the tears*. 


SUNDAY // January 1, 2017 

Hmmmm what did I do Sunday? It was New Years Day and I came over to my grandmothers to take care of her. She was very tired and in a lot of pain so I cleaned for her and made sure she was comfortable. I also set my good reads reading challenge to 52 books for the year! Wish me luck! And follow me if you would like to stay updated on my progress and short book reviews! 



MONDAY // JANUARY 2, 2017

My mom had the day off (love those days) and we again, hung at Nonna’s taking care of her. I read a lot on this day! 

TUESDAY // JANUARY 3, 2017 

I realize I have like 4 pictures total from this week and I apologize for that! It’s just been low key because I’m helping Nonna out. Anyway, Nonna had to go get blood work done today so I had a short break and took a nap while she was gone. I’ve been so exhausted lately and I think it’s mix of emotional exhaustion and stress/anxiety. It kinda sucks the life out of you. 

WEDNESDAY / JANUARY 4, 2017

I woke up not feeling too good on Wednesday so I was with Nonna for a few hours and then my mom sent me home because she didn’t want to risk me getting my grandmother sick. That night, me, my brother and his girlfriend went to Fridays because we wanted dessert so bad and we ended up getting appetizers, meals and dessert. The Oreo madness is really yummy there! No pictures because I literally devoured it in 4 minutes. 

THURSDAY // JANUARY 5, 2017 

I had to go to Target to grab a few things and I spent time roaming the aisles because I hadn’t been there since Thanksgiving Break (shocking I know!) I bought a few cute things like a mug and mini wall calendar. Then we had dinner at Nonna’s. 

I went home that night and read in bed until midnight. I was sooo tired and it was hard to keep my eyes open but I needed to stay up to listen to Ed Sheeran’s new song releases. Once midnight hit I listened to both songs and started crying. I ended up staying up for three more hours because I was so wired from excitement (I have a problem but I don’t even mind). Castle on the Hill and Shape of You are so incredible you guys! Make sure to go and listen to them!! 

FRIDAY // JANUARY 6, 2017

I literally cannot remember one thing from Friday and the only picture I have is this cute picture of Toby! 

SATURDAY // JANUARY 7, 2017

Snow day!! It was snowing all day outside so we stayed cozy in Nonna’s house and we watched a lot of HGTV and I read a lot! I ended up staying the night because it was really bad out! I loveeeeee snow days so much! Give me blizzards every day! 


That’s it for today! I have a lot I need to accomplish today so I should probably get out of bed and make a plan! See ya tomorrow! 

XO

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My Pop Sugar Reading Challenge List

Happy second day of the new year! Today I am sharing my list of books I plan on reading throughout 2017 for the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge! There are 40 prompts and then 12 advanced prompts! I’m hoping to complete half of these prompts AT LEAST, even though I have the goal to read 52 books this year!

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Here is my list:

Recommended by a Librarian: In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
Been on Your TBR List Way Too Long: A Journal of Sin – Darryl Donaghue
Book of Letters: Letters from Father Christmas – J.R.R. Tolkien
Audiobook: Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick
Book by a Person of Color: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling
One of the Four Seasons in the Title: Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories
Book That is a Story Within a Story: The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield
Book With Multiple Authors: Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances
Espionage Thriller: Angels and Demons – Dan Brown
Cat on the Cover: The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry – Jon Ronson
By an Author Who Uses a Pseudonym: The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
Bestseller From a Genre You Don’t Normally Read: Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter – Seth Graeme-Smith
By or About a Person Who Has a Disability: Puddle Jumping – Amber L. Johnson
Book Involving Travel: The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
Book With A Subtitle: 10% Happier – Dan Harris
Published in 2017: Always and Forever, Lara Jean – Jenny Haan
Book Involving a Mythical Creature: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – JK Rowling
Book You’ve Read Before That Never Fails to Make You Smile: Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
Book About Food: It starts with Food: Discover the Whole 30 – Dallas Hartwig
Book With Career Advice: Power Your Happy – Lisa Sugar
Book From a Nonhuman Perspective: The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Steampunk Novel: Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare
Book With a Red Spine: An Abundance of Katherines – John Green
Book Set in the Wilderness: The Girls of No Return – Erin Saldin
Book You Loved as a Child: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix- J.K Rowling
By an Author From a Country You’ve Never Visited: Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty
Title That’s a Character’s Name: Sisi: An Empress on Her Own – Allison Pataki
Novel Set During Wartime: All the Light we Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
Book With an Unreliable Narrator: Before I Go to Sleep – S.J. Watson
Book With Pictures: A Work in Progress – Connor Franta
Book with Main Character Who is a Different Ethnicity From You: Pointe – Brandy Colbert
Book About an Interesting Woman: JonBenét: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation – Steve Thomas
Book Set in Two Different Time Periods: Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Month or Day of the Week in the Title: The Wednesday Sisters – Meg Waite Clayton
Set in a Hotel: Suite Scarlett – Maureen Johnson
Written By Someone You Admire: Too Late, Colleen Hoover
Book Becoming a Movie in 2017: Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
Book Set Around a Holiday Other Than Christmas: A Season with the Witch – J.W. Ocker
1st Book in a Series You Haven’t Read Before: Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
A Book You Bought on a Trip: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling

Advanced:
Book Recommended by an Author You Love: Bad Mommy – Tarryn Fisher
Bestseller From 2016: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K Rowling
Family Member Term in the Title: America’s First Daughter – Stephanie Dray
Takes Place Over a Character’s Life Span: Life After Life -Kate Atkinson
About an Immigrant or Refugee: My New American Life – Francine Prose
From a Genre/Subgenre You’ve Never Heard of: A Dirty Job – Christopher Moore
Book With an Eccentric Character: The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
Book That’s More Than 800 Pages: Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow
Book You Got From a Used Book Sale: (Need to buy one)
Book That’s Mentioned in Another Book: The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
Book About a Difficult Topic: Plain Truth – Jodi Picoult
Book Based on Mythology: The Goddess Test – Aimee Carter

If you’re participating in the challenge make sure to share you picks with me in the comments! And keep up with my progress on Goodreads!!

What is one category you are looking forward to the most?
So many to choose! Maybe an Unreliable narrator or a re-read!

Which one are you dreading?
I think Steampunk is the one i’m dreading the most

XO

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THRIVE | New Year Resolutions to Help Me be My Best Self in 2017

I’ve always been one to make goals, lists, and resolutions for the new year. I even share my monthly goals here on the blog. I love it. It keeps me accountable and helps me focus on what I think is important.

However, I’ve never picked a word for the year to focus on. For the past few years, I’ve seen many share their word for the year. It’s a word they use to base all of their goals on for the year. It’s a really incredible concept because it keeps all of your goals and resolutions in focus. So I decided to try it out this year.

In 2017 I want to Thrive in all aspects of my life. I love trying to improve myself and become the best “me” possible. If I’m able to thrive in different ways, I think it will make me a much better person.

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Now, to connect all of my goals and resolutions to this word. That part was a little tricky, but it works!

SCHOOL/BRAIN/ACADEMICS
I’m graduating in May (yikes) and I start my last semester of undergrad in just a few weeks. I love learning new things. I made a resolution in 2016 to learn more, and I think I accomplished that. But, I never want to stop learning! It is one of my favorite things to do

  • Get good grades
  • Read more about historic topics
  • Complete Rosetta Stone in Italian
  • Visit more museums/historic houses
  • Apply for a Masters program
  • Graduate

FITNESS/HEALTH
I’m definitely not the healthiest person in the world. I love my vegetables, but I also love my french fries and cape cod chips. It’s really hard for me to stay accountable with healthy eating, or just eating better in general. It’s also really difficult for me to stick with an exercise routine. 

  • Try new different types of work outs: zumba, yoga, blogilates videos
  • Get my deviated septum evaluated again
  • Lose some weight
  • Eat better 90% of the time

ME
I struggle, I survive. That has pretty much been my life for as long as I can remember. I want to love myself more. I want to incorporate self care into my life regularly. If not, I burn out and have break downs. It is okay to take care of yourself. I need to remember that this year. 

  • Complete the Pop Sugar reading challenge
  • Have a “me day” at least once a month
  • Listen to more podcasts
  • Take better care of my mental health
  • Have more fun

BLOG/SOCIAL MEDIA
I obviously love social media and blogging. That’s why I’ve been here for so long! It is something I love to do, and it keeps me happy. 

  • Keep up with a schedule
  • Rebrand a bit
  • Interact even more on my instagram
  • Keep up with my editorial calendars

OTHER
I have some other goals and resolutions to complete this year that are separate from the categories above. 

  • Save money
  • Travel somewhere, even if it’s just a new place in MA that I’ve never been to
  • Complete my 18 before 2018 list

Those are my resolutions for the year! Be sure to share yours in the comments below!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, MY FRIENDS!

XO

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2016 in Review

Okay, I think I speak for all of us when I say that 2016 kinda was the worst year ever. So much has happened this past year that I don’t want to remember. But, there was a little bit of good sprinkled throughout each month.

Last year on December 31st I posted a 2015 in review and loved looking back on the year. So, I decided to do the same thing for this year. I know I will want to look back and remember this year, even if it wasn’t so great. 

So, lets get started!

JANUARY
January was a new year and a new semester of school. I knew I wouldn’t be graduating (my choice) and I was happy about it!
Sorority stuff started up again, I was now secretary for TPA and everything was pretty fun!

Posts to check out: 2016 ResolutionsHow to Survive Another Intense Winter


FEBRUARY 

More school, more Theta Phi and lots of homework! We celebrated my mom and step-dads birthday. I got to visit a bunch of historic houses in Boston and was working on a project with the Omni Parker House in Boston!

Posts to check out: Boston’s Historic Houses: The Nichols House MuseumFive: A Random Blog Survey


MARCH

March was a rough month. Nonna had to have heart surgery to replace her valve and three days later I found out my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was not fun. But, I was filming at the Omni Parker during Spring Break and it was helping me keep my mind off of things. Toby also had his first Easter!!

Posts to check out: Spring Break 2016, Day in the Life | Through Snapchat

 

APRIL
April was Toby’s first birthday! I can’t believe my little babe is 1!! My sorority did Relay for Life and we were gearing up for finals! Also I was very obsessed with the Kendall and Kylie game during April. Theta Phi also had our annual Founders Day brunch!

Posts to check out: Top 20 Favorite Songs of All Time, Weekend Recap | 5 Words per Picture


MAY
In May I cut my hair really short and loved it but decided I wanted to grow it out again ASAP. My mom and I had been working on a surprise party for my step dad and it was finally this month! He was really surprised and I was so relieved to have made it through the first five months of the year without spoiling it! And my brother went to his senior prom!

Posts to check out: A Letter to my Mother


June
June might have been the best month of the year. My brother graduated high school and I turned 22 on the 9th! Then on the 10th me and three of my friends traveled to Florida to go to Disney! It was such an incredible trip and I was soooo happy the whole week! When I got back from Disney my cousin came up from South Carolina to visit and it was so awesome to see her! My brother turned 18 at the end of the month and my documentary premiered at the Omni Parker House. Definitely one of the best months.

Posts to check out: My Morning Routine, Love List 3: Disney Edition

JULY
4th of July with my best friend, North End adventures, and working for my mom. That is pretty much it! Boring month. I was counting down the days until I was back at school.

Posts to check out: Top 10 Things to do at Disney World, The Dogs Behind the Blog


AUGUST

In August I got to meet my favorite author, Colleen Hoover! She is so incredible and getting to meet her was such an incredible day for me! We also celebrated Nonna’s birthday. And at the end of the month we were told that my grandfather was cancer free!

Posts to check out: Hair, Skin, Nails: Month One, How to get Through a Rut


SEPTEMBER
Back to school, finally! My brother started college at the same school as me! Sorority recruitment was beginning and it was the longest week of my life but so so fun. We had our bid day and prepping for it was so much fun! Classes were good and I was happy. We also lost my aunt at the beginning of the month so it was a sad time for my family.

 Posts to check out: 105 Questions, The Perfect Fall Bucket List


OCTOBER
A lot happened in October! I got my little, Melanie, and she’s the cutest person ever! Theta Phi did the Breast Cancer walk, brought cookies to the police department, and volunteered at a Costume Dash 5k! My family went apple picking, Nonna taught me how to make homemade pizza, and I gave a tour of Boston with one of my sisters! Then it was Halloween and me and Katie were Anna and Elsa! Also, Beacon Hill does Halloween best!

Posts to check out: Autumn Playlist, Autumn Mood Board


NOVEMBER
November was another busy month. Isn’t my life so much more interesting when I’m in school? I love it! Some of my sisters and I attended Theta Phi day with some other chapters in the area and it was such a great experience. I always love learning from different chapters! I hung out on a rooftop with my friends and went to the Faneuil Hall tree lighting with my little! We had family time during Thanksgiving break and I went to a Friendsgiving dinner, too!

Posts to check out: 10 Books on my TBR List, Products I Will Never Repurchase

DECEMBER
December was a whirlwind. At the beginning of the month we found out Nonna had cancer and it honestly shook us up. We were not expecting it and as I write this we are currently at her first chemo appointment. We’ve been back and forth to the doctors this month and along with the Christmas rush it has been madness around here. But some highlights include The Boston Common Tree lighting, Formal, my friend Alex’s christmas party, hanging with the pups and Christmas eve and day! It was also my last chapter meeting as secretary of Theta Phi and it was so bittersweet to end the semester with my incredible eboard!

Posts to check out: The Perfect Christmas Playlist, The 5 Best Bath and Body Works Candles for the Holidays

So that was my 2016! A lot of ups and downs but that’s life, right? Here;s to hoping for a better 2017!

Happy New Years Eve, my friends! Stay safe and have fun! Cheers!

XO

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Merry Merry!

Hi guys! I hope you all had an incredible past few days! I took a little break from the blog because I had a lot going on and I needed to clear my head a little bit so I could feel refreshed for the new year!

I wanted to stop by and share a few pictures from my Christmas! I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things!

XO

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