Choosing what college to attend can feel overwhelming, but this post is all about how to make the most informed decision you possibly can so you can pick the best college for you. | 10 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF TO FIND YOUR PERFECT COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

10 questions to ask yourself to find your perfect college

Yesterday was one of my favorite traditions at my college — Day For Admitted Students, affectionately known as DFAS. In past years, I’ve always participated in DFAS as a representative of our student newspaper, The Flat Hat. However, since I’m a second-semester senior, I’m essentially retired from my role on the paper. So, while the current staff was passing out copies of the latest issue to prospective students, I decided to volunteer for DFAS in a different capacity. I had the opportunity to mingle with prospective students and their parents at the breakfast event first thing in the morning and…

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One of the things that makes us procrastinate most is the fear of starting. It feeds into our perfectionism and makes us think something isn't worth attempting. | HOW TO OVERCOME THE FEAR OF STARTING | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

How to overcome the fear of starting

One of the things that makes us procrastinate most is the fear of starting. It feeds into our perfectionism and makes us think something isn’t worth attempting. Being afraid to start is the biggest barrier to creative accomplishment and the thing that’s usually holding us back from accomplishing our goals. In today’s blog post, I’m going to offer my advice on how to overcome the fear of starting, and I hope that you’ll leave some advice of your own in the comments. We all have a lot to learn from one another.     “Just start” isn’t always easy advice…

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My spring break was an adventure but not your typical one! I went to Charleston to watch our men's basketball team compete in the CAA basketball tournament and had an absolute blast on press row! | MY CHARLESTON TRAVEL DIARY: SPRING BREAK AT THE CAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

My Charleston travel diary: Spring break at the CAA basketball tournament

I’ve never taken a college spring break trip before, so I figured my senior year was the perfect time to make that happen! My spring break ended up being an adventure, but not in the typical style. I took a trip to Charleston, South Carolina with my boyfriend Brendan and one of our BFFs Kevin to see our school’s men’s basketball conference championships. We spent three days in Charleston, watched seven basketball games, and managed to squeeze in some sightseeing too. This post is the first of its kind on Honeybee Joyous and I’m going to share my spring break…

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I've recently started using the Rule of Five to keep my to do list under control and it's been making such a difference in my time management! Check out this post to see how you can implement this rule. | HOW TO MAKE YOUR TO DO LIST MANAGEABLE USING THE RULE OF FIVE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

How to make your to do list manageable with the Rule of Five

If you know anything about me, you probably know I’d be absolutely lost without my to do list. I’m a chronic overcommitter and I’ve always got a million things going on at once. The only way I can make sure I don’t miss a meeting or forget about an exam is by living by my planner and my to-do list religiously. Recently, I’ve been introduced to something called “the Rule of Five” that has completely changed the way I handle my day-to-day tasks and assignments. What’s your favorite way to manage your to-do list? Tell me in the comments below…

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I love trying new planning tools and sometimes you try something and it just CLICKS! My new planner from PurpleTrail has changed the way I plan for the better. | MY NEW FAVORITE PLANNING TOOL (FEATURING PURPLETRAIL) | HONEYBEEJOYOUS

My new favorite planning tool (featuring PurpleTrail)

If you know me at all, you probably know I’m obsessed with planners and productivity tools. I’ve been using a paper planner since elementary school when they made us buy a $3 agenda to have our parents sign off on our homework assignments. Through the years, I’ve experimented with all kinds of planners, bullet journaling, and even tried to go electronic (long story short, works for my blog, but not for my life). I’ll probably never be done trying new planners, but I think I’ve found planner peace for now! In this post, I’m sharing a walkthrough of my new…

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A year ago I knew absolutely nothing about sports. These days I'm one of the most die hard hockey fans you'll ever meet. In this post I'll explain how I began loving sports and how you can too. | HOW TO GET INTO SPORTS (EVEN IF YOU CAN'T TELL A FACE-OFF FROM A FREE THROW!) | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

How to get into sports (even if you can’t tell a face-off from a free throw!)

A year ago, I was about the farthest thing you could find from a sports fan. I grew up watching the Super Bowl, the Daytona 500, the Olympics … and that was about it. I danced, did color guard, and swam, but never felt like I had anything to gain from watching most popular sports. However, over the course of 2017 I discovered a love for watching sports. Whether it was March Madness over appetizers, gymnastics meets during spring break, or NHL playoffs from a dorm room, I learned to love watching and talking about all kinds of sports.  …

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#HBJblogmas was 44 days of SO. MUCH. FUN! Recap it with me in this reflections post, the last day of my 44-day posting extravaganza! | BLOGMAS DAY 44: REFLECTIONS ON 44 DAYS OF #HBJBLOGMAS | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 44: Reflections on 44 days of #HBJblogmas

It’s January 6th! The Epiphany! Three Kings Day! The day the magi came to visit the baby Jesus! The 12th day of Christmas! And that means it’s the 44th (and last) day of #HBJblogmas. This was a project unlike any other I’ve ever taken on and I’m so happy to report that I was successful! I hope you’ll enjoy this recap and tell me in the comments below what your favorite #HBJblogmas post was.     When I re-launched Honeybee Joyous back in July, I knew I wanted to really commit to blogging now that I was back from hiatus.…

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In this installment of Friday Favs, I'm sharing my favorite song of the moment, my all time holy grail mascara, and one of my favorite ways to pamper myself! | BLOGMAS DAY 43: FRIDAY FAVS NO. 6 | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 43: Friday Favs No. 6

I can’t believe tomorrow is the very last day of #HBJblogmas! This 44-day posting extravaganza has been one crazy ride and one of the best parts has been injecting more personal posts into the blog. I’m so excited that I’ve been able to recommend some of the things I’ve been loving with this Friday Favs series and I may continue it if y’all are interested (let me know if I should in the comments!). In this installment of the series, I’m sharing my favorite song of the moment, my holy grail mascara, and my favorite way to pamper myself lately.…

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Winter break is almost over and that means it's time to start thinking about new classes and how to keep up your new year's resolutions in the new semester. | BLOGMAS DAY 42: 3 THINGS TO DO TO PREPARE FOR A NEW SEMESTER | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 42: 3 things to do to prepare for a new semester

Winter break is almost over and that means it’s almost time for spring semester to start! I’m so pumped to start the new semester because it’s my last semester of my undergraduate education, which is exciting but a little scary to think about. Last semester I worked really hard and ended up with the best grades I’ve ever gotten so far in college (including A’s in both of my education classes!) and this semester I want to do just as well, if not better. In order to do that, I’ve got to go into the new semester with a plan…

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Normally, you'd have to pry my paper planners from my cold, dead hands, but when it comes to my blog, I'm all about digital planning tools and my absolute fav is Trello. | BLOGMAS DAY 41: WHY TRELLO IS THE ONLY PROGRAM I USE TO PLAN MY BLOGGING CALENDAR | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 41: Why Trello is the only program I use to plan my blogging calendar

Normally, you’d have to pry my paper planners from my cold, dead hands, but when it comes to my blog, I’m all about digital planning tools and my absolute favorite digital planning tool is one called Trello. My college newspaper tried to start using the program one year for assigning stories but none of us could really figure it out and we already had a system that worked well, so it didn’t stick and I pretty much forgot about it. But then, I read this post from my friend Samantha over at As Life Grows and I totally changed my…

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