I love traveling. I love traveling to large cities. The hustle and bustle of people who have somewhere to be is the kind of energy I love to be around. A lot of major cities don’t capture that same adrenaline pulsing atmosphere. Phoenix is one of the largest cities in the country and it was pretty dead in the part of downtown that I was staying in for the entire week I was there. That was such a huge change from the never-ending movement of New York City I had experienced just weeks before. NEW YORK CITY. It’s a magical place. I hadn’t been there since I was a middle schooler and at that point, the only thing I really did while we were in the city was exploring the American Girl store. Yeah, that’ll make a cameo in a future post.

I’m pretty sure I want to live in the city at some point in my life maybe even for graduate school, to be determined on that one though realistically. I know that most people say they could “never deal with that many all the time” or “wouldn’t you get tired of the noise and the tourists”. Well, my sophomore year dorm was right by the hospital and college kids are loud so I think I got that one down. And as far as people being everywhere is concerned, I am so extroverted. I am a shy person, at first, but I get my energy from being around other people. So, I know I would thrive somewhere like, NYC.

This trip also shattered a misconception I had about the big apple. Outside of the main tourist spots like Midtown and the High Line, the city really isn’t as a densely populated with people as you might think. Soho and Greenwich Village had some empty streets where you could walk your dog or take an afternoon stroll.

To cut to the point, I loved it. I want to go back and anyone who’s looking for someone to document their trip to the city anytime soon, I am so down. I’m ready to be back already! I’m breaking down Day 1 of our adventures in the city and what you should hit if it’s your first time visiting! Let’s go let’s go.

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In the wake of the algorithm change, everyone is feeling the pressure when it comes to Instagram. I think this pressure is what leads our feeds to go down the drain. We start working too hard to post more frequently rather than focusing on producing the best content. Ultimately, I base whether or not I want to follow someone on the quality of their feed. Instagram is my favorite social media simply because it is so visual. It’s nice to use it for the blog and to share when posts go live and giveaways and things, but I’ve been enjoying working on my personal account way more. I have maybe a fifth of our Instagram followers on that account, but it’s just a ton of fun getting to post what I want and not being worried about how many likes I get.

This time last year, I wrote a post all about a beginner’s guide to Instagram. I tweeted the other day whether anyone would be interested in me doing an updated version. I’ve really stepped up on the content side of the game rather than focusing on fleeting gimmicks to gain followers.. yes, I’m talking about hashtags. Ya girl doesn’t believe in follow/unfollow or bots, so don’t even get me started on that. BUT, I figured I would break down my Instagram content strategy from start to finish so that you can see that Instagram is simply a curated feed of those special (and not so special) moments of my life.

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I’m a super busy gal and I’m like 95% positive that if you’re reading this you are too. We need to have our schedules right and tight in order to be efficient and still get everything done! I recently started a new Sunday routine that has become slightly religious and it works great. I schedule in time for cleaning, homework, meetings, and downtime.

There is a very thin line between being crazy busy and working so hard on too many things, inefficiently. So, I’ve learned that I need to maximize my time during the week a little bit more strictly so that I can use my weekends for things that I actually enjoy. {Note: I’m doing a ton of fun things almost every weekend of October and November and I’m excited!}

Now, let’s get into my tips to improve your week by efficiently using your Sundays!

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We’re back to blogging, y’all! Gabby and I always promise to keep up with the blog but somehow it always slips through the cracks. As seniors this year, we’re even more busy than usual! But fear not. We’ve got some great content coming up, starting with this little post on the easiest ways to save money in college!

While I'm not going to show you how to *stop* spending money, there are little things you can do to save money in college. Let's start saving!

Trying to juggle schoolwork + extracurriculars + a social life in college is a delicate balance, made even more difficult by the possible addition of an on-campus job. It feels great to make money during the week, but still, it’s not like you’re raking in thousands of dollars a week.

Or, if you are, hit me up. I want to know what kind of job you have.

But anyways.

Whether you get your money through an on-campus job, from your summer job, or from savings / parents / family, chances are that money is tight. Between going out to dinner with friends, paying for club dues and t-shirts, or simply browsing Amazon, somehow the money always disappears. While I’m not going to show you how to STOP spending money (I’m still working on this myself, yikes), there are little things you can do to save money in college. Every penny adds up, so let’s start saving!

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While I love blogging and wish I could post more than once a week, senior year is in full swing and responsibilities are taking over. I just don’t have the time that I want to knock out high-quality posts more than once a week (without losing valuable sleep). That being said, I really want to beef up these Friday Chit Chats. My idea is that I’ll slightly convert a normal blog post into more of a personalized chat about whatever the week brings me to write about. I think this will help me give all that college advice that y’all love while also keeping you up to date about my life! Sound good? Great-because that’s we are doing.

After California (which was basically an excuse to take a vacation from eating healthy}, My body hated me. I was super sluggish and never felt like going out and being social. I’m sure you can imagine how that would put a damper on senior year. It wasn’t until a couple days after classes started that I finally snapped out of this rut. So, today is all about how meal prepping literally saved my life! Let’s get started >>

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Whether you’re a senior searching for a job after graduation or just a freshman starting her college career, a resume is a valuable tool for showing off all of your hard-earned accomplishments!

I know creating a resume seems daunting, but keep reading for my do's & don'ts of crafting a killer, super-professional resume in no time at all.

While simply having a resume is a great start, having a properly formatted resume is extremely important in letting future employers know that you’re a serious candidate for the job! I know creating a resume seems daunting, but keep reading for my do’s & don’ts of crafting a killer, super-professional resume in no time at all.

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