My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

2018: My year in review

Wow I can’t believe 2018 is just about over! This has been one crazy year. In January I set my goals and intentions for the year and decided my word for the year would be REACH. 2017 was a year of growth and in 2018 I wanted to be the driver of that growth rather than letting circumstances sneak up on me. I wanted to take charge, make my own decisions, and keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I’m pretty sure I succeeded overall. Just like last year, this year in review post was so much fun to put…

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Unfortunately, every day can't be New Year's Day. Luckily, there are lots of ways you can fake a fresh start and get yourself out of a rut. | HOW TO FAKE A FRESH START | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

How to fake a fresh start

If you know me, you know one of my favorite times of year is the new year when everybody is thinking about their intentions, goals, and habits. There’s nothing like a fresh start, but New Year’s Day only comes once a year. My solution is to trick myself into feeling like I have fresh starts ALL THE TIME! Whether it’s the beginning of the week, right after a walk, or even just picking up my computer and moving to a new room, it’s surprisingly easy to fake a fresh start every single day! Check out my tips and be sure to…

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Doing a monthly review helps me feel in control of my life, keep track of my finances, and stay sane. This post will show you why and give you a FREE template to use to do your own! | WHY YOU SHOULD BE DOING A MONTHLY REVIEW + FREE TEMPLATE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Why you should be doing a monthly review + free template

Around the end of each month, you usually start seeing your favorite influencers posting videos and blog posts about their monthly favorites, recaps of what they’ve been up to the past month, and sometimes goals for the month ahead. I’m a big fan of seizing any opportunity to get a fresh start, so I’m all about turning over a new lead each month. The way I like to get a fresh start at the beginning of the new month is to do a monthly review in my planner or catch-all notebook. In this blog post, I’ll share a little about how…

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My four years of undergrad were years of growth, change, and lessons. I learned a lot — big and small, academic and personal. Here are 34 of the most important lessons I learned in college. | 34 THINGS I LEARNED IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

34 lessons I learned in my 4 years of undergrad

I graduated!! Four years of college are done and I’ve got a bachelor’s degree! I can hardly believe it but I’m done with my undergrad career and I learned so much in my four years at William & Mary. I learned a lot both inside and outside the classroom and the past four years have been full of personal growth and change. I’ve experienced lots of super high highs, lots of super low lows, and lots and lots of days that felt like just another day. Today, I’m sharing with you 34 of the most important (both big and small)…

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Finals week can be stressful, but implementing effective study strategies can help you succeed on your exams and feel less stressed while doing it. Here are three of my favorite techniques. | FINALS WEEK: 3 STUDY STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU SUCCEED | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Finals week: 3 study strategies to help you succeed

For some people, finals week can be one of the most stressful times of the school year. I’ve already written about ways to destress and ways to stay sane during finals week, but today I’m going to share three study strategies that can help you ace your final exams. Before you head off to the library to implement these study tips, don’t forget to check out my post all about what to bring with you for a long study session at the library and above all, remember to focus and breathe! You can do this!     There is no shortage of…

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There's TONS of advice about blogging out there, including some commonly believed "rules." But guess what, there's no reason you HAVE to follow these rules! Here are the ones I choose to break. | 3 BLOGGING "RULES" I BREAK AND WHY | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

3 blogging “rules” I break and why

I don’t post a ton of content about blogging because, let’s be honest, there are enough blogs about blogging out there and that’s not what people come to for. However, I’ve been known to share a few insights into my blogging process (especially during #HBJblogmas) and this particular topic has been on my mind for a while. There is no shortage of advice about how to run a successful and profitable blog out there on the web. Some of it is unique, but a lot of articles give the same pieces of advice. And like I do with all…

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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…

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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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