Lifestyle,  Playlists

    Summer Playlist

    Summertime is finally here! It honestly feels like I was just thanking the heavens that it was spring, but spring sprang right into summer here in Tennessee. With a new season, of course comes a new summer playlist. I’ve been listening to a lot more podcasts lately, but I’ve got a road trip coming up that will be the perfect time to blast some tunes. I also love listening to some pump-up jams when I’m having a bad day or in a low mood. Since I always listen on shuffle (and usually skip until the song I want to hear comes on) this playlist has no particular order. It’s also…

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    Books,  Recommendations,  Wrap Ups

    May Reading Wrap Up

    May was a fantastic month of reading for me! While I didn’t read everything on my list (“All The Light We Cannot See” got bumped to my June TBR), I did read four books from my May TBR and a couple that I didn’t anticipate reading. For the most part, I enjoyed everything I picked up this month, and I’m happy to be knocking a few books off my shelf that have been waiting to be read for years. Here’s a little mini-review of everything I read last month in a little May reading wrap up. Let’s get started! Image from Goodreads 1. “Trigger Warning” by Neil Gaiman “Trigger Warning”…


    June Bullet Journal Setup

    I talked about how much I loved bullet journaling in my last favorites post, and I’ve got to tell you, the love just keeps growing (it’s definitely hit its peak with this June bullet journal set up). As I take more time to set up my spreads and actually utilize my bullet journal to improve my life and productivity, I fall more and more in love with it. My favorite thing about bullet journaling is that I get to decide how to use my planner — there are no rules. A lot of people think a bullet journal needs to look a certain way, but that really isn’t true. For…


    A Few Lessons I’ve Learned From My Grandmother

    My grandmother (everyone in the family calls her Nani) turned 93 yesterday — NINETY-THREE! I know people live to be much older than this, but as my only living grandparent, I’m pretty darn proud of her for sticking around this long. This isn’ my typical blog post, but I wanted to honor her in a way that I could look back on in years to come. Let me tell you a little something about my grandmother — she is strong, brave, kind, inspirational, and a spit-fire. She treats complete strangers like family, says exactly what is on her mind, and never says no to dessert. She’s survived 93 years full…

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    Books,  Reviews

    Justice, Redemption, and Finding Inner Peace

    “Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption” features a sleepy little town in North Carolina where nine months out of the year it is bustling with college life and the other three months people are sweating in the Carolina heat. Burlington, North Carolina, I can say from experience, doesn’t have much going on. There’s a wide divide between the rich and the poor (still) and a lot of economic activity results from the university in the small town of Elon. I first put “Picking Cotton” on my TBR when I read about it in another book, “Subliminal.” When “Picking Cotton” was mentioned, it was discussing how sometimes eyewitness accounts are…

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    Books,  Recommendations,  TBRs

    June TBR List

    Happy almost June! It feels like I’m jumping the gun since there are still 9 days until the end of the month, but I’m already excited about the books I’m going to be flipping through in the next month. The first time I made a TBR list for myself was last month, and I’ve got to say I was a lot more motivated to read knowing I wanted to finish certain books in the month. I haven’t finished them all yet, but it was the best month for reading I have had in a while. Let’s jump into my June TBR list! Image from Goodreads 1. “A Darker Shade of…

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    The Best Professional Advice I’ve Ever Gotten

    It’s that time of year. It’s time to say goodbye to classrooms and hello to summer. For some of you, this might be a final goodbye, never to enter a classroom again (at least for a while), and for others, it may be a brief hiatus until fall rolls around. This time last year, I walked across a stage in front of thousands of people and accepted my diploma, and in just four short days, many of my friends at my alma mater will be doing the same. Last week, I talked about the 10 best and worst things about graduating college. Today, I’m here to talk about professional advice,…

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    Books,  Recommendations

    Top 7 Summer Books

    A part of me feels like I was just anticipating warm, spring days, but now, I’m in full on summer mode. Transitional seasons only last for a couple days, which is highly disappointing since they seem to be everyone’s favorite, but I’ve learned to accept it and jump on board for whatever season Nashville decides to be. I wanted to do a post dedicated to the books I think encompass that summer feeling. Books you can read on the beach or curled up in blankets on the couch. Summer is the perfect time to read no matter the setting that’s most comfortable to you. Let’s get started. Image from Amazon…


    The Truth About Graduating College

    I graduated almost a year ago. WOW. I can’t believe it’s been an entire year in the “real world.” Graduating college is a part of the experience that no one can avoid (well, I guess you can, but being a 12th year senior doesn’t sound like a ton of fun if you ask me). If I’m being perfectly honest, as I always try to be here, my first year post-grad was ROUGH. I graduated without a job meaning that I moved home for the summer. A massive hurricane hit my hometown (thanks, Irma). I moved to a city where I knew approximately three people. And I started a job where…

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    Books,  Recommendations

    Top 5 Books to Give Mom for Mother’s Day

    Guys, I’ve seriously thought this coming weekend was Mother’s Day on two separate occasions and was thrown into a tizzy both times trying to find a gift and mail it. Alas, you’ve still got a week, so if you’re looking for the perfect gift, look no further than a book. My family knows that come every holiday and birthday, they are probably getting a book from me. I can’t help myself. Reading is an addiction, and I love sharing my favorites. If you’re mom is anything like my mom, she probably deserves a tropical vacation to her dream destination, and if you’re anything like me, you can probably afford half…