Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Inspirational Podcasts

My new favorite thing?


I can listen to them when I driving the 4 hours from home or school, I’ll turn one on in the morning when I’m getting ready, or even when I’m doing my math homework!

I’ve found some great podcasts that interview super inspirational people and in turn always inspire me! I love listening to how these women started their careers and even their own businesses. The advice they have is invaluable and it’s so interesting to actually hear these people who I’ve followed on Instagram for years!

I've found two different blogs that have 2 really great collections of podcasts and I high suggest that if you have a few extra minutes or need some extra inspiration start one and I promise you won't be able to stop! 

The Lively Show is by Jess Lively whose goal is to add little intention into your everyday life. Most of her interviews is around 45 minutes but they are perfect for road trips or playing while you are cleaning up your room! 


Jen Gotch (from Ban. do) 
 Lara Casey (from Southern Weddings & Making Things Happen)
Joy Cho (from Oh Joy!) 
Taylor Sterling (The Glitter Guide)
Whitney English (The Day Designer) 

Smart Creative Women is run by Monica Lee, who created her web show to "help women learn, grow, and get inspired." Her shows differ in time and some are shorter than others. I want to listen to every single one of them! They are really educational and all about topics that really interest me!


Please tell me what your favorite podcasts are! I'm dying to find some new ones too!


Keep in mind,

P.S. Get read for some super exciting news coming on Friday!



Monday, March 16, 2015

Affordable Spring Dresses

We came back to Furman yesterday and luckily 80 degree weather was also here to welcome us back to campus. The warm weather made coming back to school so much easier but is terrible for my productivity! All I want to do now is be outside enjoying the weather rather than doing homework in the library...

The weather here is Greenville is looking promising this week and anytime I have the chance I plan to wear either a dress or shorts. Dresses are just so much easier to wear than anything else in the spring and summer! I’m praying that the warm weather is here to stay so I can get into the habit of just slipping on a sun dress on and running out the door to class! Dresses look so put together and they're 10x easier to put together than winter outfits! 

Dresses are really a magical thing…

The worst part about dresses? They can be expensive. For some reason I always fall in love with the most expensive dresses and then end up with no money in my bank account. I’ve rounded up some super affordable spring sun dresses don’t break the bank!

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12  

What are your favorites? Tell me your favorites!




Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How to Make Dorm Birthdays Super Special!

Birthday’s have always been a big deal in my house. My parents have always made them special for us in different ways. They always comes up with the best ways to make our special day perfect. One year in particular that I’ll always remember was my 16th birthday. I went to a pretty small school during my sophomore year on a military base on the east coast of NC and I was pretty good friends with most of my grade as well as my teachers. As a surprise my best friend D and my mom designed shirts online and ordered over 50 shirts that all said “Happy Sweet 16 Shannon.” When I got off the bus at school that day and I walked into the building my entire grade and my teachers were all wearing hot pink shirts all wishing me happy birthday! It was a day I’ll never forget. I still have one of the shirts!

In high school, my friend group also kind of started the trend in my high school to decorate lockers on our friend’s birthday. We would wrap their lockers neatly in wrapping paper and add a big bow! We would also fill the inside with balloons and their favorite candy! It became a tradition and it was always fun to go in early and do it together! However, if you're in high school and try to do this, don’t forget to bring scissors and tape because we may have forgotten one time….tragedy.
*Oh, and it also really helps if you have your friends locker combo!*

Now that I’m in college, my friends and I still try to make our other friends feel super special on their birthday and let them know how much they are loved. Freshman year especially can be hard on some people because this could be the first time celebrating their birthday without their family! Here at Furman the tradition is to get thrown into the lake on campus at midnight on your birthday. Luckily, last year I talked my friends into not letting this happen and instead at midnight our guy friends burst through my door and threw me into the (clean) fountain in front of our dorm! My poor roommate didn’t’ exactly escape this tradition unfortunately for her…

We have come up with some pretty creative things in the past year and half and I can’t wait to share with you how we manage to make dorm birthdays super special!

Contact your schools acapella group // This year for my roommates birthday we talked to the all boys accapella group on campus that she loves and asked them if they would be willing to come sing to her at midnight! They willingly accepted our proposal right away and at midnight on her birthday we blindfolded Emilee and walked her out to the balcony at the end of our hall and they sang to her!  She was shocked and couldn’t believe we pulled it off!

Cover the outside of the door with construction paper // This is actually how I asked my function date to our function but it also is a great idea for birthdays! I used the big bulletin board paper that comes on big rolls and then used one big strip and painted on one side of it. Hang it so that the message is facing in so when they open the door in the morning they see your message and then have to break through the paper to get out!

Order a cookie cake! // We almost always have a big cake or cookie cake ordered from our grocery store with a message on it and then have a big party with our hall mates and friends on the hall! Make sure you think in advance to get paper plates, napkins, and silverware!

Post-it notes on their doors // Something fun my hall has done before is to cover that girls door with happy birthday notes on post-its from everyone! It’s a fun way to get everyone involved and at the end of the day she’ll have a door filled with special birthday messages from all her friends!

Decorate her room// I always bring a few birthday banners and steamers  back to school with me when I move in every school year. There are always so many birthdays on the hall and it’s nice not to have to run out to a store to buy all those supplies. It’s always fun to decorate her room when she’s in class with streamers, balloons, and birthday banners!

Hang birthday posters everywhere // Head to the library and make a super cute birthday poster that you can print out in black in white. You can also include super funny/ embarrassing photos of her to make it even more funny! Print off over 50 copies and hang them all over your hall/ building and in places you know she’ll see during the day (I did this for my little during big little week and it was hilarious!)!

Decorate her car// If she has a car on campus take window markers and decorate all over the windows wishing her happy birthday! Go crazy!

Dinner with friends// Another great, easy, option is to go to her favorite restaurant with all her friends for dinner! We usually just send out a huge group text or even an email with all the details! Super easy and who doesn’t love food?! I would make sure to call ahead and see if the restaurant takes reservations!

What do you do to make birthdays special? In high school or in college! I want to hear!




Monday, March 9, 2015

What do you want to be when you grow up?

First it was a dolphin trainer, then it was an interior designer, then it was wedding planner, then it was a publicist, and now? Well that is still being determined.  While in college, I feel like the question “what do you want to be when you grow up” is only get increasingly popular. All of a sudden you’re suppose to pick a major and magically know what you want to spend the rest of your life doing.  It’s so much pressure! And I know a major doesn’t necessarily dictate what jobs you will get in the future and prevent you from changing your mind but it’s still something you’re expected to know by your sophomore year of college. And that's a scary thought.

I know a few things, I know I love advertising, marketing, graphic design, public relations and clothes and I know I would love to combine those loves, but do I know exactly what position I want to be when I grow up? Not. At. All. I commonly get emails asking what I’m majoring in at Furman. I’m a communications major however I made room in my schedule to allow for myself to take multiple graphic design classes in the art department.

 It’s a daunting task. I’m often overwhelmed at the thought of just how many jobs there are in this world and how many jobs there are that I have probably never even heard of. What if one of those is something I would love?! When I was in middle and high school I remember thinking that 19 sounded so incredibly old. I remember my babysitter who was in high school at the time and thinking she was just the coolest thing ever. And now I’m 19 and still feel 16 (or 13) at heart. How on earth are you suppose to know what you want to spend the rest of your life doing when I’m still figuring who I am?!

The best thing about attending a liberal arts school is that I get to take numerous classes in all the departments to cover different general ed requirements we have to have to graduate. Even though I knew coming into college that I wanted to be a communications major, it helped me confirm that. It also helped break up my semesters so I wasn’t taking only com classes every semester. 

Even though I don’t exactly know what I want to do when I’m older, I know what I’m interested in and what I love. So, when in doubt try to turn what you love into a career. Figure out what your favorite classes are and what you are passionate about. It’s important to remember that your major doesn’t define you. And even if you figure out what you’re passionate about after college I don’t think you' re ever too old to chase your dreams.

Don’t stress if you don’t know exactly what you want to be when you grow up. Most likely you’ll figure it out along the way! Have faith and follow your heart.

Always Remember,




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