I love setting goals to celebrate my birthday. I just turned 21 and I've set some goals I'm really excited to work on this year. | HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! MY GOALS FOR 21 | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Happy birthday to me! My goals for 21

I turned 21 a couple of days ago and this is definitely the most different I’ve felt after a birthday. (I mean, I still don’t feel like an adult, but I definitely actually do feel older!) Birthdays always feel kind of like New Year’s to me and that means it’s the perfect time to set or recommit to goals. New school years and new months are also perfect excuses to set some new goals! I wrote a post all about how to set and achieve awesome and reasonable goals that you can read here. If that’s not enough for you…

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My planner is my LIFE and I'm always thinking of new lists and charts to keep in it. Here are some of my favorite lists I keep in my planner. | A LIST OF LISTS YOU NEED IN YOUR PLANNER | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

A list of lists you NEED to keep in your planner

Whatever you’ve been up to lately, I hope your school year is off to a great start! My first week has been ridiculously busy so I’m coming at you with a short and sweet post this week on the blog. It’s literally just a list of 13 lists that I strongly recommend keeping in your planner, bullet journal, or catch-all notebook. Some of them even come with links to past posts on the blog if you’re interested in learning more about how I handle these important items in my life. {Leave me a comment at the bottom of this post…

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Bulletin boards are a crucial part of the RA job. Check out these tips for making amazing bulletin boards that really engage your residents. | RA SERIES: HOW TO MAKE INCREDIBLE BULLETIN BOARDS THAT WOW YOUR RESIDENTS | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

RA series: How to make incredible bulletin boards that WOW your residents

This year marks my second year as an RA in a freshman dorm. My residents just moved in this week and I am so excited for the school year to start! In honor of the new school year, I wanted to start a new series on the blog. This series will include all my best tips on being the best RA you can be. The first post is going to cover one of my favorite parts of being an RA — bulletin boards! {Leave a comment down below with what other RA topics you’d like to see on the blog!}…

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Your class schedule really forms the foundation for your college experience each semester. Here's what to consider when registering for classes!

How to plan your schedule to maximize your productivity

I’ve just recently moved in for my senior year as an undergrad and this will be my second year as a freshman RA. Now, every school does scheduling differently and from what I know, my school is pretty weird. Our incoming freshmen register for classes just a couple of days before class begins for the fall semester, which can end up being super stressful for those of us who like to approach major life decisions with a color-coded spreadsheet and at least three contingency plans. Things usually work out for the best, but no matter how your school handles scheduling…

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Life's stress makes it easy to overlook some of the best things. Try appreciating instead of ignoring, starting with these 10 examples. | 10 THINGS IN LIFE TO START APPRECIATING | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

10 things in life to start appreciating + photos from my life

With everything that’s going on in the world today and the prevalence of all that negative news in our lives, sometimes it’s easy to start feeling down. When the weight of the world has got me down, I find that reflecting on my own life and on how great I’ve got it can help me cheer up and look on the bright side a bit more. No matter what’s going on in your life, there’s always room for more positivity and for more appreciating what you’ve got. While a positive outlook can by no means completely fix major life problems,…

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Whether you're packing for a vacation or to move back in to college, try using my foolproof method to remember everything you need! | HOW TO PACK TO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T FORGET ANYTHING | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

How to pack to make sure you don’t forget ANYTHING

It’s still summer, but only just barely! Whether you’re packing for a vacation to take advantage of the last days of summer or you’re already packing to move back in at school, you’ve got to try my method. I’ve developed the method over the years and I’ve got to give credit to my mom for most of these tips. I don’t know anyone who can pack as well as my mom can, but I’ve channeled her advice into a method I’m sharing with you in this week’s post. This is the foolproof method I use to pack for vacations, for…

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I love using my planner, but my catch-all notebook is an essential supplement and productivity game changer I use to keep my life organized. | 7 REASONS WHY I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY 'CATCH-ALL NOTEBOOK' | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

7 reasons why I absolutely love my ‘catch-all notebook’

Everybody who knows me knows how much I love my planner, but what you may not know is that I have a notebook I consider just as essential to my productivity as my planner. I call this my ‘catch-all notebook’ and this post is all about how and why I use this notebook as an absolutely essential supplement to my planner. I’ve had some form of catch-all notebook for almost as long as I’ve used a planner, but I think I’ve finally settled on an iteration that I’m totally satisfied with. As the name would suggest, the point of this…

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How to step back from the things you love — guilt free!

This is the first post on this blog in about a year. There were a lot of reasons I stopped posting but the most important one is that I made a conscious decision to take a break. I didn’t fall behind on posting, I didn’t get bored with it, I didn’t forget about it. I decided taking a hiatus was the best choice for me. In this first post after my step back, I’m going to explain why I took a break and share some wisdom on how you can get rid of the guilt that’s preventing you from taking…

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Your internship experience can make or break your summer. Try out these 10 tips to really make the most of your summer internship.

10 great ways to make the most of your summer internship

This summer has gone by so fast! I only have a couple more weeks left in the city before I have to move back into school and start my job as an RA in a freshman dorm. I’m really excited for the coming school year, but I still have a couple weeks left to make the most of my internship. Today I’m sharing my tips for how to make the most of your summer internship. Some of these tips I’ve heard from others and some I’ve learned throughout my own experience this summer. If you see anything I missed, leave me…

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If you have time to kill this summer, try out these 5 activities in order to have a great time without breaking the bank.

5 cheap things to do when you’re totally bored this summer

My favorite season of the year is summer! I love the warm weather and the break from school. This summer, I’ve got a full time internship that’s keeping me pretty busy, but I still have moments where I’ll be looking for something to do. Today, I’ll be sharing my tips for what to do when you’re bored this summer but low on funds. 1. Check out your town’s free activities I’m living in Washington, DC this summer so every weekend I’m all about going to the Smithsonian museums for free! Not every city has free museums as fantastic as DC’s,…

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