How Thoughts Control Your Happiness

Photo Credit: Riley Madlock

Happy International Day of Happiness! Today, I wanted to share with you how important it is to know that YOU control your happiness. As I was listening to Joyce Meyer’s podcast series “Thinking Your Way Out of Bondage,” I was inspired to change the path of my thoughts.

On this cheesy holiday, this podcast couldn’t have been any more perfect because it gave me a new perspective on what happiness is all about.

Happiness isn’t what society tells you. Your thoughts control your happiness.

If you’ve been struggling with maintaining a positive attitude lately, change HOW you’re thinking about things.

Meyer gave the example of a house owner who kept thinking bad thoughts about a plant she had in her house. The owner was always worried about the leaves, and one day she noticed they were all dead, regardless of the care she was giving it. Meyer explained this as a life lesson to the owner to think encouraging thoughts about the plant, instead of negative ones.

And so the lesson goes for the rest of us: if we think of an uplifting outcome of things we would normally tear apart, our end result will be significantly better.

This goes on to affect our relationships with those around us also. If we think only loving thoughts of others, our relationships will be much better. Don’t forget to only think kind thoughts of yourself, too!

I’m not saying that spontaneous, weekend trips with friends and comedic movies don’t make us happy, but do remember to be happy from the core, you must start with what is going on inside of your mind first.

Hope you’ve had a lovely Tuesday!

XO,

Rach

 

 

The Ultimate Packing Guide for the Student Abroad

PACKING:

First off, let’s talk packing. It’s important that you are prepared for your time abroad in case some of your personal necessities can’t be found in a foreign country.

First Aid Kit:

You know yourself best, so make sure you come prepared with the medicines that you know work for you. Your body is more susceptible to becoming sick while you’re traveling, so it’s best to be over-prepared.

Some things to be prepared for:

Common Cold (Runny nose, sore throat, cough)

 -Blisters

 -Digestion Issues

 -Pain Relief (Headaches, sore muscles, other aches)

Suitcase Organizers

I ordered these cute cubicle organizers from Amazon, and they really made a difference with my packing. Also, it’s much easier to unpack to see what you brought! Packing Cubes

Packing Cubes

*Tip: If you’re very careful to organize what you put into each cube, you can just pull them out of your suitcase whenever you arrive to your final destination and stack them wherever you please. They serve as portable drawers!

-Pants/Shorts/Skirts/Dresses

 -Shirts for warmer weather

 -Shirts for cooler weather

 -Work-out clothes: It’s important to still maintain your physical goals while you are traveling! Even if it’s just ten minutes every day, you’ll thank yourself for prioritizing your health.

 *Tip: It’s best to fold your clothing articles in half first, then roll them up. This will lessen the likeliness of wrinkles during travel, allow you to pack much more, and in the end – save you lots of room for more things to pack!

How to Roll Your Clothes

-Undergarments

 Depending on the time of year you study abroad or your location specifically, be sure to pack undergarments accordingly (thin socks, thick socks, long-johns, etc.).

*Tip: I recommend packing at least 12 pairs of socks with you. This will help you in the long run in terms of laundry and travel, because with this many pairs with you, you won’t have to do laundry often and you’ll always have a few pairs to spare.

 -Toiletries

 If you are going for an entire semester or longer, then it’s okay to go ahead and pack full-size toiletries instead of the travel-size ones. However, I do recommend packing a travel-size kit for your small get-a-ways.

 *Tip: Instead of packing a large bottle of body wash, I recommend packing a couple of body wash soap bars. It’ll save you lots of room and weight!

*Tip: Buy a plastic soap box from Walgreens, Wal-Mart, CVS or Target before your departure. This way, you’ll have something to store your wet soap bar in (they are available in the dollar and travel section).

*Tip: In your travel kit, pack a shampoo bottle, a conditioner bottle, your soap box with a soap bar, face wash, mini deodorant, and a small toothbrush (with a cover for hygiene reasons) and toothpaste. Once again, at Walgreens, Wal-Mart, CVS or Target, you can find a zip-up bag with empty travel-size bottles that you can fill with your own preferences. These are TSA approved (under 3 ounces) and will go through any airport security at that size.

-Accessories

 *Tip: I recommend packing a scarf to wear on the plane. It’ll help you feel more comfortable, provide more of a pillow for you to sleep on, and more warmth.

 -Shoes

 *Tip: Pack a pair of flip flops that you can wear in the shower – it’s better to be safe than sorry! If you take weekend trips to stay in a hostel, Airbnb or hotel, make sure to take them with you too, then!

Suitcase(s)

 -Main suitcase: I ordered my main suitcase from Amazon, linked here: IT Luggage. It’s super lightweight (until you pack it, of course). IT Luggage brand is known for providing one of the lightest suitcase lines (this helps to save you a few pounds for other things).

*Tip: I wish I had ordered a suitcase with four wheels on the bottom instead of just two, that way I would be able to stand it up and push it while it is positioned upright.

-Carry-on:

 On the way from the U.S. to Italy, I originally brought a duffel bag to carry on my shoulder (big mistake, I knew better!) and a backpack!

Since I’ve been here, I ended up needing to buy a carry-on bag that I could roll for my weekend trips. This time, I bought one with four wheels and it has saved me a lot of pain! I just bought it from a small, city market here in Rome. If you decide to order one before your trip, I highly recommend ordering an IT from Amazon once again.

*Side note: Here’s why I don’t suggest taking a duffel bag that you carry on your shoulder as your primary carry-on. Picture this: You’re in a crowded airport, specifically Terminal 1. This is your connecting flight. Your next flight leaves out of Terminal 3. This is me: I’m trying to keep my calm amidst pushing through crowds to switch terminals. I have a HEAVY carry-on DIGGING into my shoulder. As I walk through the crowd, my body misses bumping into strangers, but my bag does not. Therefore, I am not only in pain, but I am receiving rude looks from strangers who I’ll never see again that think I am rude for bumping into them (but it’s impossible to miss bumping into people with a large duffel bag). No, I’m not rude, just unprepared by bringing a shoulder bag for a carry-on. Another picture: Me, gracefully navigating through a crowded airport with a small carry-on that rolls. Better yet, I can push it in front of me and float through the crowds. Now you see why I don’t suggest a shoulder bag?

*Tip: Because most international flights are overnight, I would pack a change of clothes! Being on a plane for 10+ hours already makes you feel gross enough, so being able to change into something fresh will make you feel a little better once you arrive to your destination.

 -Backpack: I brought one that has a protective sleeve for your laptop, which I highly recommend. I got this backpack from Dillard’s, which has RFID protectors in it as well. In Europe, people are known to scan your information off of you. Make sure to buy a purse or wallet with RFID slots or at least have your ID, passport and credit cards well-covered, that way no one can scan your personal information from you.

-Wallet: I found this well-priced wallet on Amazon. It comes in a variety of colors and helps you to stay organized. It has a spot for your ID card, 3 credit card slots, a place for a pen and a checkbook, a zippered-pocket and an optional loop to use as a key-chain. Travel Wallet

-Passport Cover: I recommend that everyone have a passport cover. In case your passport becomes buried in your bag, it will be much easier to spot with a colored cover on it. In addition, passport covers have small slots inside of them too, which are great for holding your plane tickets or other various things you may want to store in there. I bought this passport cover because I loved the water color within it! Not only that, but it’s also a global map. Anthropologie Water Color Passport Cover

Anthropologie Water Color Passport Cover

*Tip: Protect your passport with your LIFE! If it is stolen abroad, it is a huge mess to fix. Passports are sold for up to $10,000 in the black market. Make a copy of your passport to keep in your wallet or your purse, then keep your passport secure at your home in your final destination.

Purse (for the ladies): I recommend taking a small purse, specifically a cross-body. It’s important to have a purse that zips to prevent the possibility of stealing. On the way to my destination, I kept my purse tucked inside of my backpack since you are typically only allowed one carry-on and one personal item for your flight.

*Tip: If you decide to carry a tote-styled purse that zips, when you carry it, make sure the actual zipper is closest to you (right under your armpit). If the zipper is to the back, pick-pocketers are skilled enough to unzip it while it is on you!

*Tip #2: If you carry a cross-body purse, always carry it to where it lays in front of you. If you let it hang to the back of you, you’re giving thieves another chance to pick-pocket you!

-Journal: There are a lot of useful things a journal will provide you, I’ll touch on this more later!

*Back-up Cell Phone: Even if it’s just a little flip phone that you can make calls on, it’s best to come prepared with a back-up in case something happens to your primary phone.

*Portable Charger: In case you are out and about using your phone to navigate a new place, make sure you have a portable charger handy, so you can make it back home safely!

Linked below is my portable charger by Mophie. I like it because it is super thin and barely takes up any room!

Mophie Portable Charger

*Camera: This one is more optional, but you are travelling so I say you MUST have one! It doesn’t need to be a fancy DSLR, but make sure it’s one you are comfortable working.

*Tip: Take a backup memory card.

EXPENSES:

 -Currency: Wherever you are going, I suggest always keeping that currency on you in cash-form. Each time you use your debit card to make a withdrawal, there will be the exchange rate, the withdrawal fee, and depending on your bank, an international fee. Because of these fees, I suggest taking out a larger amount at least 2x a month, then keeping it in a safe spot at home and keeping a small amount on you for daily things such as metro tickets or the urge to get a coffee or gelato. In the end, taking out larger amounts will save you from losing money to the withdrawal and international fees.

*Tip: Have a debit card and a credit card with you. I suggest leaving the credit card at home just in case you lose your wallet, or it was stolen, that way you would have a back-up. This will help you dodge the stress of having to order a new card!

*Tip #2: Check with your bank before you begin your international travel to see if there are international fees each time you make a charge. If that’s the case, I suggest applying for a Capital One card! There are no hidden international fees.

*Tip #3: Because you’re living abroad, I suggest making a budget plan before you leave. Make a goal not to spend over X amount for food, basic house necessities, etc. each week.

*Tip #4: Before you leave, make sure to tell your bank the dates of your travels and which countries you will be in. It would be awful to have your card locked while you are traveling just because you forgot to alert your bank you will be in a different place!

JOURNALING:

 -Everyday Purpose: It would be smart of you to leave your journal next to your bed or somewhere that will remind you to write in it every day. While you’re traveling, it’s important to document what each day consists of. Don’t forget to include detail about the exhibit you saw, what your favorite part was, and how you felt when you saw it!

-Budget Journal: Each week, I categorize my budget journal into three main sections:

Food: Before you leave, you should think about how many times you normally eat out a week, and how many times you cook a meal and stay in. Whenever you’re in a new city, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and only want to eat out. Also, think about how much you typically spend on groceries per week. Now, try to sensibly translate your usual habits to what your habits will become abroad. Set aside a number of times you’ll allow yourself to eat out a week (including coffee and ice cream), and how much you’ll spend on groceries. At the end of the first week, add your numbers up and see how that compares to what you had in mind. From there, you may need to make some minor changes.

Travel: This includes anything from taxi rides, metro tickets or plane/train tickets for weekend travels.

Anonymous: You can write down fees you don’t expect here (cover charges, coat checks, souvenirs, post card fees, etc.).

I hope these tips will help you to enjoy your time abroad with ease! Please let me know what you think.

 Thank you for reading,

 -Rach

March Goals

I’m feeling optimistic about this month, but mainly because spring is coming near and I can wear bright-colored embroidered things again.

For the month of March, here is what I’m focusing on:

(1) Listen to podcasts.

I’ve started making a list of podcasts regarding health, career and happiness. As I begin to find ones I really like, I’ll be sharing them on my instagram (@allthe_rach). As much as I love to listen to music, I want to learn new things via podcasts. I plan to listen to them as I’m getting ready in the morning and as I am driving place to place.

(2) Food Journaling.

I know spring break is this month, but that’s not why I want to journal what I am eating. I want to start making a difference in my health and that starts with my inner being. When I look at my list of things I’ve eaten at the end of the day, I want to know I’m making the right choices and benefitting myself.  On top of that, I’m going to pay attention to foods that don’t always agree with me and make note of that. Or, just food in general that makes me feel bloated or sluggish.

(3) Love what you have.

Sure there are so many things we want, but we need to focus on loving what we already have.

(4) Don’t waste your energy on unimportant things.

I catch myself wasting worry on the smallest things. Instead, I’m going to focus on what really matters this month.

What are some of your goals for this month? Comment below and let me know!

Thanks for reading,

Rach

The Perfect Morning Routine

If you’re not a morning person, this post is for you!

I have put together a few tips and tricks for you to enjoy your mornings a little more – even if you don’t think you can ever be a morning person, adding a few of these steps to your day before you leave for the day will make you feel MUCH more productive.

(1) Drink a warm/hot cup of water with lemon in it BEFORE you have your coffee.

Yeah yeah, I used to go first for the coffee, too. But since I’ve started drinking water with lemon, I’ve noticed a couple of things: (1) I digest my food better throughout the day, (2) Water with lemon helps me to feel fresh and rehydrated, (3) I feel more awake.

Water is the most important thing you can give your body, so might as well start the day with it! It’s not really anything you have to slow down for either, you can just carry your bottle around with you while you’re getting ready.

Shop my favorite water bottle here: Corkcicle “Unicorn Magic” Canteen – 16 oz. I love the sparkly white!

(2) Whether you’re a coffee or a tea drinker, make the time to drink it with a healthy BREAKFAST! We all know how important it is to start your day with breakfast, and how it helps you perform better with whatever tasks are at hand. Breakfast doesn’t have to be hard either! My go-to lately has been whole-fat or Greek Yogurt mixed with granola or cereal, topped with banana slices or strawberries. Takes no time and you can even make it the night before to enjoy in the morning!

(3) Make your bed! There’s a lot of studies out that say either “Why It’s Better to Not Make Your Bed” or something like “Why You Should Make Your Bed.” I don’t know what to believe, but I do know a room looks much neater when your bed is made, and you feel much more productive.

(4) Journal at least three things you’re grateful for. This is a great way to start the day with positive thoughts. It can be ANYTHING, as long as you’re acknowledging the fact that you’re happy to have whatever it is in your life.

(5) One more thing to write down – anywhere from 1 – 3 tasks that are PRIORITIES for that day. If it’s just one that’s great, at least you’ve accomplished something! I don’t recommend doing more than three because then that can be overwhelming. Just stick to the plan and get it done!

Thanks for reading,

-Rach

Another Year Older

As much as I love New Years Resolutions, I feel like my goals are typically more common: eat healthier, work out everyday, etc. etc.

Someone once told me that each year on their birthday, they took time to reflect. They took time to be grateful for the things they have, the things they wish to change, and the things they aspire to be. So, I started doing that on my twentieth birthday.

In this post, I hope to encourage you to find the sweeter things in life.

(1) “You can be the juiciest, ripest peach, and someone is still not going to like you.”

I’ll be the first to admit I’m a people pleaser. I’ve worked really hard to minimize that mindset and follow my own heart, but it’s something we all struggle with from time to time and that’s okay!

(2) Don’t take people seriously.

Everyone has such different personality traits that you never know how they intend for people to read them. Sometimes it’s best to let what they say go through one ear, and out the other.

(3) Quit taking things personally.

You’ve probably heard something along the lines of “He who angers you controls you.” Well, it’s right. Just brush things off and keep right on moving!

(4) Keep a journal.

It’s your safe place to ramble about your happenings – we all know there’s a lot of things that are best to keep to yourself, your friends don’t want to hear it, etc. etc.!

(5) While you’re keeping a journal, keep a budget journal too!

This has helped me so much – I can see what I need to cut back on or change!

(6) Do something for yourself everyday.

Even if it’s just making your favorite packed lunch before you leave in the morning, do something that reminds yourself that you care!

(7) Don’t participate in gossip.

I know it’s easy to fall into, but you’re putting yourself too low to do that. This is why insecurities exist!

(8) Do your best to speak only with LOVING words.

Think: Uplifting, encouraging, is it necessary, etc.

It’s easy to ramble and complain, but it’s better left unsaid.

(9) Remind yourself what you’re thankful for – EVERY DAY.

I’m working on a morning routine post, but every morning I do my best to start the day with a grateful heart. I try to journal 3 things every day I’m thankful to call mine!

(10) Don’t rush anything.

That job, finishing school, starting school, that relationship. Timing ALWAYS works out for the best!

(11) If you find yourself to have too big of a heart, it’s a gift and you share it.

Don’t beat yourself up because others don’t have the same big heart you do.

(12) While on the note of having a big heart, trust your senses when it comes to people.

If they’re just bringing you down, seriously CUT. THEM. OFF! You don’t have time or energy for those people.

(13) As much as I love “luxury” dogs, I’ve never been more content with a dog as I am my little rescue dog (even if she is deaf and still has house accidents). If you can, ADOPT! I can’t say it enough! (Cats too, if you please).

(14) Prepare for your day the night before!

My mornings are SO much easier and less stressful when I’ve laid out my clothes, packed my bag and lunch for work/school, packed my gym bag, etc. etc.

(15) Never go to sleep angry, or with a messy desk or a messy sink.

You know you’ll probably wake up angry the next morning, and everyone hates waking up to any kind of mess!

(16) Find your community!

When I left for college, this is something I really struggled with. Once I got plugged into a small group at church, I started feeling my best again! Whatever community makes you feel best, plug yourself in!

(17) Always save money from each pay check, and sometimes put some extra back too.

(You’ll thank yourself later when that surprise trip pops up, or you see some shoes that are to DIE for).

(18) REWARD YOURSELF.

Even if it’s a large raspberry lemon water from sonic after a long, tiring day. You deserve it! You should always be your biggest cheerleader.

(19) Complement people.

Not only are you building others up, but you’ll feel better too.

(20) Work your HARDEST.

What’s your hardest is your best, and your potential will only grow. You’ll feel much better knowing it’s YOUR BEST.

(21) Tithe.

As a kid growing up, I learned in private school how important it was to give 10% (or whatever you please) to the church. I’ve started doing this, and I feel as though my relationship with Christ has grown. It opens your eyes to the mission field, and has helped me grow my trust in Him.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Whether you’re looking for a special someone, for you girls to celebrate Galentine’s, or to treat yourself, I’ve included six of my favorite things that would be perfect for this holiday!

All of these can be found at https://shop.nordstrom.com/.

(1) Gold Mantra Band: I’ve been loving mantra bands lately – this brand has so many more cute mantras!

(2) “I’m Stuck on You” Cactus Pillow: How cute is this pillow?

(3) Sam Edelman PJ Set: These cute PJs would be perfect for Valentine’s Day – eye mask included!

(4) Rose Delight Candle: You can’t ever go wrong with a Diptyque candle, and this one is rose flavored!

(5) Red Velvet Mules: They’re red velvet and they’re mules, it doesn’t get any cuter than that!

(6) Silk Pillowcase: How many times have we heard it’s bad for your hair and skin to sleep on cotton? Too many times. This silk pillowcase is a total beauty hack and absolutely adorable!

A Note on Love

Today has been a rainy day and has naturally made me relax a bit more. With not much to do as the school year unwinds (minus studying for finals), I’ve done a lot of extra thinking and wanted to share with you guys!

Don’t even worry, this isn’t about to be relationship advice. For once, this is all about love just for YOU.

(1) You deserve to be happy. You’re in control of the people you surround yourself with, so choose wisely.

(2) No one deserves your explanation. You are your own person, so choose what makes you happiest.

(3) If it won’t matter two weeks from now, don’t give it a second thought. Just brush it off.

(4) There’s lots of things that don’t require your attention. Realize what does, and choose your battles wisely.

(5) Don’t dwell on the things that didn’t work out for you. That internship, sports team, college, job or relationship. Better things are ahead that deserve your heart. Be thankful for the heartbreaks and be patient with timing.

(6) Do appreciate the little things life has to offer. Hard times will come, and these little things will make those times bearable.

(7) Only compete with yourself. You better yourself by strengthening yourself, not by wishing you could be better than someone else.

(8) Things you don’t enjoy don’t deserve your attention. I don’t care if it makes you “look” better, you are happiest when it’s something your heart desires.

(9) Squeeze your loved ones a little harder, our time here on earth is limited.

(10) Do make time for yourself. Even if it is just 10 minutes a day.

Prayer for Protection and Discernment

“There is a time for everything…” (Ecclesiastes 3)

Reflecting on the past and studying the present can bring about many realizations; some good, and some bad. Life brings about so many obstacles and different seasons that can send us into a muddy haze, and before we catch it, it may have torn us apart or built us up. It is important to keep in mind that through it all, this is the plan that the Lord has mapped out for us and He wishes for us to keep Him in the center through it all. At times, life can seem to be throwing us so many curveballs that we forget to trust God and depend on ourselves out of human nature. It’s easy to get caught up in worldly pleasures and forget who God has called us to be. We get caught up in the day to day competition of being better than someone else rather than bettering ourselves.

 

Here, I’m telling you it’s okay to be human, and it’s okay to be competitive and to want to be a better person. But at the end of the day, you will continue to be who you are and not the person you are trying to one up. There are times when we beat ourselves up too much because we aren’t the best at something, but we all have different talents and it’s important to pray for the integrity to stay true to our talents so that we stay true to the Lord, and also the path He has designed for us. Living in a world of media we are constantly compared to prettier, smarter, athletic or more talented people. This is where the Lord calls us to pray for discernment and protection of the heart. Although someone may have something “better” going for them, this is measured by societal means and not by the direction God is providing us. So next time you find yourself feeling less than another or maybe worthless, I hope that you’ll pray that the Lord will continuously remind you of where you are going in this life, why He has placed you on this temporary earth, how you should always keep Him near, and pray for his protection and discernment of your comparison of your self worth due to “worldly” values.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. (Philippians 1: 9-10)

Best Lessons Learned as a College Freshman

Tonight as I began to pack my bags, I continued to organize my belongings as I questioned exactly what I was doing. This small little room was becoming emptier and emptier. A whole two semesters completed, and I’m never to put my makeup on here, make phone calls to loved ones, cry over a test grade or sleep. How did the time get away from me? Didn’t I just move in yesterday?

I took a little time to reflect on some of the best lessons I learned this year, so I decided to share them with you. (Seniors in high school, get ready for the happiest time)

(1) College is one big fat huge open door. Yes, you are on your own. Yes, you get to make your own decisions. You now are at an age where you decide who stays in your life and who doesn’t. So let go of those people that don’t make you happy because now you have a fresh slate of people and get to start over. Now with making your own decisions, don’t get too ahead of yourself. Prayer goes a long way, and God really does have your best interest at heart. It took me a whole two semesters to learn this because college is not at all what I expected it to be.

(2) This is a time your relationships with loved ones will be tested. Trust me, it’s worth it. Distance helps you grow closer to the ones you treasure most when you put forth a little effort. A phone call once a way goes a long way!

(3) Yes, the “freshman 15” is real. There are so many factors behind why and everyone is different so it just depends. I checked in with the scale before leaving for school and came back to Christmas break with a difference I was quite shocked to see. Those numbers don’t define you. Just remember to take care of yourself. Bad habits are easy to pick up and can also be broken, so don’t let this shock you! College brings so many substantial changes that you shouldn’t be mad at yourself when something goes slightly wrong. You’re learning how to balance everything on your own and you’ve got three (or four) more years to fix it.

(4) Journal EVERYTHING. I mean it!! You’re in a new environment, so take the time to enjoy it and write about what the present moment is teaching you. If you started a new volunteer project, write about that too so you can add it to your resume and talk about it in a possible job interview.

(5) Don’t forget to exercise. Don’t over do it either. 2-3 times a week is perfectly attainable and not too much of a pain. It’s a way to get your mind off of things and also take care of yourself. You deserve it!

(6) You parents sent you to school to study… not to party, find the person you are going to marry, or completely become sidetrack with a wrong priority. You are in control of your life now so you determine where you will lead with your actions. Sure there are so many more attractive people in college and so many more social events, but don’t let your priorities slip from you.

(7) Push yourself to get involved in something you’ve never done before. I started volunteering in elementary schools at least five hours a week this year because children are something that bring so much joy to my life. Pick something you love, find it in your community, and make it a set goal to do so many hours a week. Doing art with kids was mine, and man was it a good feeling for the little ones to say “I’ll miss you, see you next year Miss Rachel!” It is SO important to give back to your community, even if you are in a new town.

(8) Pack your dorm with healthy snacks. And for sure ALWAYS keep snacks in your dorm!! That way when you pull an all nighter and are hungry at 2 am, you won’t feel as guilty for munching on grapes and granola bars.

(9) God has you where you are for a reason. This is something I really struggled with, and when I decided to get my attitude in the right place, I realized I couldn’t be happier with where I ended up. Although you don’t always know the exact reason of why you are where you are, you have to trust that God has you there to impact the lives of others. It’s not all about what you can get out of it, sometimes it is the people you will help along the way.

(10) Study habits are always something that can be improved. Talking to your professor can and will be the scariest thing at times, but they really are there to help you. Don’t let one semester’s GPA completely tear you down. You have 7 (or more) semesters to boost that GPA back up!

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Pi Phi Love,

Rachel

The Target Survival Guide

It’s true, you can’t just run into Target for one thing without completely getting distracted by all the cuteness along the way.

Here I’ve added my personal survival guide from Target that includes everything you could ever need and prevents you (maybe) from getting too overwhelmed by all of the goodies. With all of these items in your tool box (or closet), you’re sure to always be prepared at the apartment, dorm or home, or wherever when you’re on the go!

  1. For the “uh-ohs” on that favorite winter white sweater of yours – let me just tell you, this little gel pen has saved me from all of my never-to-fail coffee spills, and it’s so easy just to use a gel pen without doing all of the work!: Stain Remover
  2. For all of the times to be thankful when sweet friends and family don’t forget you on the special days – I have these and personally love the extra little gold flare: Thank You Letters
  3. For writing down the extra thoughts, prayers requests and praises – I keep this beside my bed and journal at least a sentence every night or a Bible verse from my devotional: Journal for Extra Thoughts
  4. For the times your dentist said “almost done” because you still have some plaque you forgot to floss away: Mint Floss
  5. For the times you hate to feel that the cold weather has finally taken effect on your nose (or that chick flick that just made you cry and you don’t want to admit it): Go Wherever You Go Tissues
  6. For the times you realize you can’t send that package until you cut and tape: Scissors & Tape
  7. For the morning you wanted to cry while drinking your coffee that is almost as black as your soul (your morning soul that is): Sweet Creamer
  8. For the times you hate yourself because you can’t just seem to make your coffee taste as good as it is at home: K-cup of Happiness
  9. For clean teeth and the well-being of saving your teeth from… Just save it, you know what I mean. Organic 😉 toothpaste
  10. For the sake of telling yourself you’re going to get your life together this year (I have the gold polka dot version of this – I love how it barely takes up any room): 2016 Day Planner
  11. For telling yourself you will actually pay attention in meetings and lectures (these are pretty to look at and magically make your hand writing 10x better): 3 Subject Spiral & Magic Pens
  12. For making your clothes smell a little sweeter: Sweet Smelly Beads
  13. For really just staying on top of your never ending laundry (I haven’t bought new detergent since I started school in August): Heavy Duty Detergent
  14. For not wanting to lose the softness of your towels (or demolishing your skin or hair with the towels that now feel like a cat scratch mat): Softener
  15. For the beauty of the natural cold wind giving you chapped lips (I use this every night before sleep – HUGE life saver. P.S., this one gives you a nice little hint of pigment): mini vaseline
  16. For the times the mini vaseline is too heavy: pixi lip butter
  17. For the nights you can’t make it out of bed but still have make-up on: make-up remover wipes
  18. For the days you don’t want lipstick on but need a little life in your lips (Love this x a million): lip gloss
  19. For the days your shoes stink and you have too much static in your favorite dress: bounce sheets
  20. For your extra dusty desk and your crumby counter-tops… Oh, and of course your dirty mirrors! (these wipes get all of the work done- I also use these to clean my lap top and phone): Pledge Multi Surface wipes
  21. For your ashy elbows and legs (sorry I said it – this lotion works miracles for all of you sensitive to your razors): Lotion
  22. For the sick season: Bye Germs!!
  23. For the blisters that are too much to handle with your favorite shoes: blister band aids
  24. For storing whatever need be (I currently have three under my bed and love the color): storage
  25. For keeping your leftovers as long as you can: Food Storage