YouTube Channels I’ve Been Loving

I am a hard core YouTube junkie. Every single day I’m scrolling through my feed looking for videos from my favorite channels. Of course there are my classic favorites (e.g. vlogbrothers and  allthatglitters21), but as of late I’ve been on a hunt for new channels to love. Here’s a list of my most recent favorites.

1. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

This channel is a modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and has me literally on the edge of my seat waiting for the next episode. They just recently revealed the actor playing Darcy and fans (like myself) have been freaking out ever since. If you enjoy Jane Austen and want to see how the writers and producers have incorporated video blogging into the classic story, you’ll love this.

2. missglamorazzi

A refreshingly not annoying beauty guru who I have really been enjoying. Since there are quite a lot of beauty channels on YouTube, it’s hard to find someone you really like that produces content you’re willing to watch. I have also found that some of the beauty gurus’ voices just annoy me, so it’s nice that I’ve found another channel to get my fashion/beauty fix.

3. NikkiPhillippi

Another channel that focuses on fashion and beauty, NikkiPhillippi is hilarious. She’s completely herself and doesn’t try to conform to the beauty guru mold. Although I’m not always interested in every single one of her videos, I enjoy her refreshing personality and her style is very similar to my own.

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A Picky Eater’s Favorite Foods

I’ve improved quite a lot since my earlier days of eating nothing but noodles, but I am still quite the picky eater. I’ve been really craving some of my favorite foods today so I figured might as well end the day with a mouthwatering post of deliciousness.

My favorite foods:

1. Elephant Ears

If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life without worrying about the effects it would have on my body, I’d without a doubt choose elephant ears. They are the greatest creation EVER.

2. Macaroni and Cheese

I fancy myself a macaroni and cheese connoisseur, and for good reason. I’ve probably eaten over 500 different macaroni dishes in my lifetime. I know me some cheesy pasta.

3. Breads

Most notably the breadsticks from Olive Garden, but any sort of bread rocks my world.

4. Roast Beef Sandwiches

The juicy meat with the melted cheese? What’s not to love?

5. Lasagna

I grew up eating some delicious made-from-scratch lasagna and love it to this day. I have even made the recipe myself!

Honorable Mentions:

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Why April 2012 Has Been the Best Month of My Life

It’s not an exaggeration. Hands down this month has kicked some serious ass.

1. I became Vice President of my sorority.

2. After 7 long interviews I got accepted into a 2-year paid summer internship with Citizens Bank.

3. A photograph I took is being published in my sorority’s national magazine after it has spread across Facebook making an appearance on walls of sisters I have never met.

4. My Greek Guide blog is getting even more publicity by having a little blurb in my sorority’s national magazine.

5. I was given the role of “Production Coordinator” for an upcoming commercial shoot being done by the advertising agency I’m interning for.

6. I recently found out that the before-mentioned Production Coordinator position is paid. An awesome bonus seeing as I was going to do it for free.

7. My unpaid side internship I have with the Downtown Development Authority has the potential of becoming paid.

8. I am the new graphic design/layout editor for my university’s newspaper.

9. The producer of the commercials for the advertising agency has given me the opportunity to get training as a producer and work on larger scale projects (like a documentary) for pay.

10. I’ve won some award I never applied for or even knew about through the university rec center where I lifeguard at.

What’s really interesting is the fact that my older sister has been having just as much luck as I have been having this month! It’s so unbelievable how fortunate I’ve been lately. April has been good to me, but I have been working my ass off this entire semester to get my foot in the door of a lot of different opportunities. If April has shown me anything it’s that hard work pays off (as cheesy as that sounds).

Everyday Oraganization: Daily To-Do Lists

I personally love organization, but through interactions with sorority sisters (and just people in general) I’ve started really noticing how organization just doesn’t come to most people. Lately I’ve been sharing various organization methods with sisters and friends, so I figured I should share them will all of my lovely readers as well!

The topic of this Everyday Organization post is Daily To-Do lists!!

As the name obviously suggests, daily to-do lists are just lists created each day with tasks you want to complete. I keep these lists on a pad of paper, but they can be kept on sticky notes, in a journal, or in basically any other form that works for you personally. Here are a few tips to making these to-do lists work for you:

1. Include a variety of tasks with different levels of difficulty:

If you have a list filled with time-consuming, difficult tasks, these to-do lists are going to depress the crap out of you and you’ll feel like you’re never going to complete it. Put small things on it like “email Susan about the bake sale” so you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment crossing it off and more willing to continue completing tasks.

2. Transfer important things you may have not completed to the next day’s list:

It’s really important that tasks don’t just vanish if they need to be completed. Make sure at the end of the day you transfer over tasks you may not have completed during the day but still really need to get done.

3. Check your list often:

Making a list won’t do any good if you never look at it again after you’ve finished it. Make sure you’re checking it whenever you go somewhere. It’s also good to read it over again once you cross something off to refresh yourself on what else is on the list.

4. Don’t go crazy:

Don’t put hundreds of things on the list thinking you’ll be able to complete them all. Be reasonable and that will help make these lists more of helpful reminders rather than evil lists of doom.

5. Include fun things:

People usually hate lists because they’re very depressing to look at if they’re just tons of tasks that aren’t going to be fun to do. Put something fun on there like “buy a chai tea latte” to not only make the list fun, but motivate you to complete more things once you cross it off.

The most important part is to make theses lists work for YOU. One of the biggest failures of organization is trying to use a system that doesn’t work with who you are personally. So figure out how daily to-do lists can work well with your lifestyle and happy listing!!

Are there any other organization posts you’d like to see?

The photos are from tumblr and are not mine

My (Currently Fictitious) Coffee Table

Coffee tables intrigue me. What’s on a person’s coffee table can tell you a lot about them: what they’re hobbies are, what they’re interested in, etc. Although I currently don’t have a coffee table, I already know the sorts of things I’ll be putting on mine. Here’s an idea:

1. My Coaster Collection

The plan is to find a coffee table with glass top and room beneath it to display things so I can spread out the fifty or so coasters I’ve collected from restaurants over the years but keep them safe from any damage.

2. Pictures of Walls Book

I got this book from a modern art museum while I was in London. It’s just a collection of photographs of “amatuer” graffiti around the world. It’s cute, entertaining, and the perfect coffee table book.

3. Diana F+ Book

A nice book filled with lomography that any future guest will enjoy flipping through as I get them a drink or something. Plus, as an added bonus, it also tells the history of the Diana camera.

4. A Book About Cupcakes

Cupcakes not only taste delicious, but look so adorable. I’m sure I’d end up flipping through the book on cupcakes hundreds of times myself if it’s on my coffee table. Maybe I’d end up trying to a make a few of them!

5. A bowl of candy

The bowl will be awesome and the candy fresh. Of course.

What’s on your coffee table (real or future)?

The photos are from all over and are not mine.

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I’ve been feeling very nostalgic and thoughtful about my life lately. Not in a negative “things were better back then” kind of way, but in a “I’m very content and at peace” sort of way. Although life can get stressful and throw challenges at me, I still have so many people and things in my life to make it wonderful. So here’s a list of a few of my favorite things that put a smile to my face:

1. Collecting Cameras

The history of photography fascinates me and I just love looking at the various cameras that emerged throughout the decades. I envision having floating shelves in my future home devoted to displaying my (small) collection.

2. Sending Letters and Postcards

There’s just something about sending a letter to someone that I absolutely love. There’s no beauty in communication anymore. If you want to talk to someone you write on their wall or send them a text. There’s no artistry or effort. Even though sending letters is a dying art, I’ll stick with it until I can no longer write.

3. Releasing Paper Lanterns

This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever witnessed. It’s silly I know, but the way the lights dance as they drift farther and farther away just touches me in a way that I can’t really describe.

4. Going on Walks

Logan and I go on our fair share of walks; one just recently where we bundled up and enjoyed the crisp February air. It’s so peaceful and quiet. We talk about anything and everything and it’s just one of those times where although nothing “exciting” is happening, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

5. Traveling

It’s funny because even though I’m a very reclusive, quiet person, I love traveling. All the trips I’ve taken during school have been with people I didn’t know, which has forced me have to become more outgoing and adventurous. I love seeing other cultures, experiences worlds that are different from my own, and missing home. I take home for granted and often get tired of it. Traveling allows me to see new places while at the same time make me grateful for the world I get to call my own.

What things in your life make it wonderful?

All the photos are from tumblr and are not mine

Five Ways to Get Re-motivated: A List

So maybe it’s the weather, the fact that I’m sick, or my daily life has gotten dull, but I’ve been struggling to stay motivated lately. I know I don’t wish to continue this unproductive streak, so I’ve thought of five ways to get myself (and anyone else out there feeling like I am) re-motivated.

1. Take a Short Break

The most important part of this one is that the break doesn’t turn into a two week long break of un-productivity. If you’re struggling staying motivated or focused on a task, a short break to get up, move around, play with a pet, get some fresh air, etc. could be just what you need to regain focus. for my major (communication) I write a lot of papers, and sometimes all I need is to take a step away from the computer and do something else for a bit to regain motivation to keep working.

2. Make a To-Do List

Having a clear list of things you need to accomplish makes it easier to stay focused. The best thing about a list is there’s an ending to it, and that could be just what you need to motivate yourself to get through everything on it.

3. Finish Something

It gets frustrating and difficult to stay motivated when you have a lot of uncompleted tasks, so finish one of them. That feeling of accomplishment can really help as motivation to keep going.

4. Be Realistic in the Things You Can Accomplish

The key to staying motivated is to not overwhelm yourself. If there are just too many things to do, oftentimes nothing gets down. Keep things realistic and that alone can help keep you motivated to continue.

5. Look at What the Competition is Doing

Nothing is a better motivator than fear that your competition or peers are doing more work than you. I know that whenever I start to feel unmotivated, I think about everyone else in my field doing extra work to build their portfolios. Those thoughts push me to keep going.

What do you do to stay motivated?

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Why there has been a complete lack of blog posts

This post is all about excuses! Yay!

  1. I’ve become thoroughly addicted to tumblr. I just love the image postings and how simple it is to post a quick rant about something that just happened in my life. It’s simplicity makes my poor wordpress blog seem much more daunting. I like to have long, well thought out posts on wordpress.
  2. I’ve been traveling a lot lately (Kentucky, NYC, Canada) so finding spare time to write about the experiences hasn’t been easy. I will however complete the NYC/Niagara Falls ones soon
  3. I’ve been packing up all my belongings because I’m moving again! I’m incredibly excited about this move because I can now FINALLY get a kitten. My old apartment had strict rules about no pets, but now I can go out to the humane shelter and find some little guy to take care of.
  4. My sorority commitments are starting to take up a lot of my spare time.
  5. I’ve been spending my summer hanging out with my bestie Lauren and just enjoying the downtime before fall semester hits and things go bananas and I’ll return to blogging as a quick break from the insanity.

But don’t you fear! The recent removal of my wisdom teeth has me stuck in a bed trying to relax, so more posts? Here they come!

Current Problems: A Rant

I’d just like to preface this by saying that I will be complaining about petty, possibly foolish things I feel are current problems and/or issues in my life. If that doesn’t interest you or you may find yourself getting hostile towards me as you read this, I recommend you refrain from continuing on. I just really need to vent right now and I feel that at this point in my blogging life, I can be honest and grumpy sometimes.

1. My room is a disaster

It’s starting to become dangerous to get out of bed in the morning, and the majority of the mess surrounds my bed because I usually spend the majority of my time on my bed. It’s really surprising that I let it get this far because usually I’m very neat. A good reorganizing is in order.

2. I’m not going to the zoo the day I thought I was anymore

The upcoming trip to my favorite zoo as a belated birthday gift from Cameron (the old boyfriend) no longer has a date set to it. Apparently it never technically had one, but my obsessive need to plan things took over and I ignored important information. I took the news of the trip’s delay harder than I probably (most definitely) should have. I just really want to go to the zoo.

3. I’ve been eating too much

I’ve been emotionally stressed lately and have started to notice some obvious signs on my poor body. It’s not as fit as it used to be.

4. I have tons of things I could be doing to fill my time, and yet I haven’t been doing them

While at work I will make lists of all the things I can do when I get off of work or in my spare time, and yet when those times arise, I find myself doing absolutely nothing and getting somewhat hostile about it. Which honestly makes no sense. I get upset about silly things like zoo date changes because it means I have to find more things to fill the time before the trip, but I have lists of things I could be doing!

5. I haven’t been getting much support from friends and/or sorority sisters

I pride myself in supporting friends and sisters. I ask them how they are doing, send them stuff in the mail to cheer them up or to keep in touch, and just try to be there for them. Lately I feel like very few people have been there for me in return, which is pretty disappointing. Luckily I have a few close friends who have always been there for me to make up for it. I’ve never been one to have a lot of friends. Before now I hadn’t really understood why I was like that, but it’s starting to make a lot more sense. It’s a way to ensure that I don’t get hurt when they aren’t there for me like with my birthday or other things that are important to me.

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I needed that. I honestly do feel better just letting out all my personal issues, and I really hope you don’t think any less of me now that you’ve seen more of a “dark” side to me.

What Am I Going to be When I Grow Up?

Probably like most people, I’ve gone through my fair share of career dreams as I’ve grown up. I’ve had my far fetched ones like singer and actress, and I’ve had my more realistic ones like journalist and teacher. Lately however, I’ve been struggling figuring out what I want to do once I graduate. For so long I’ve been set on journalism, but a recent revelation has made me realize I don’t particularly like talking to strangers. So a new direction is needed, and I’ve come up with a few ideas, but have yet to completely focus on one.

1. Book Publisher

Becoming a publisher is currently what I’m most interested in pursing. I’m worried that technology advances (like the Kindle and iPad) are going to shrink the industry though, so I’m keeping my options open. When I was younger I was convinced I was going to become a famous author, and now that I’m older, I have a strong desire to help other people with that same dream to be able to fulfill it.

2. Writer

I’ve always had a passion for writing, so any career that allows me room to be creative would be just up my alley. I still hope to become a published author some day, even if it’s not the career I originally work towards.

3. Interior Designer

This is one obsession I still don’t understand the root of. I’ve always loved interior design. I remember I had this box filled with paint chips and carpet samples when I was little. As seen in previous posts, I spend a lot of time online browsing images while dreaming about what my own home will look like someday. I’ve always been curious to see how I would fare if I went into interior design.

4. Graphic Designer

This goes along with my major (Communication) and would be a really good choice for me as I’ve always been interested in this aspect of public relations and advertising. I have yet to take any classes (besides History of Graphic Design) in how to create any graphic designs, so I don’t really know whether or not I’d have any skill at it.

5. Party Planner

When I was younger, I used to watch those party planning shows on television and fell in love. This is just like my interior design obsession, but isn’t as permanent as interior design. Plus I could encompass my communication major by planning parties for companies or organizations.

6. PR/Advertising Consultant


As I have just started my Communication major and just picked my focus on PR and Advertising, I’m not exactly sure what this career choice has in store. I think I’d be quite good at creating advertising for products.

7. Stay at home mother


This one is the trickiest career choice to discuss. I want children, and I want to make sure that I have an active part in their upbringing, meaning I don’t want my career to come first. If I were to become a stay at home mom, I’d be the kind that volunteers, takes part on committees, and has other jobs on the side. I could take senior photos, be a freelance writer, etc. I have no desire to become a cliche housewife whose only job in life is to spend her husband’s money.