Best Friend Behind the Blogger

Best Friend Behind the Blogger

Next up in this series, my high school best friend, Jeni Margos. She is my other half (besides my wonderful boyfriend).

Best Friend Behind the Blogger

Describe me in three words!

Creative, Faithful, Organized

In what ways do you think I’m like you? And not like you?

We are both creative people, but in different ways and we are both kind of OCD about most things.

Is there anything that you wish had been different between us―or that you would still like to change?

I wish we talked more. I miss our laundry room conversations and time to sit and relax and talk.

What three things do you think of the most each day?

My boyfriend, The current show I’m working on, how I’m going to spend my free time.

Who would play us in a movie or TV show about your lives?

You: Drew Barrymore Me: Kirsten Dunst

What song best sums you up?

Born on Fire by: Ike Reilly

What is a funny habit that you have?

I twirl the cross I wear when I get nervous

Has Starbucks ever spelled your name wrong on a cup? If yes, what’s the craziest way that someone has spelled it?

Yes, Genny

What is your favorite breed of dog?  If you don’t have a favorite breed, describe the characteristics of your ideal dog (or cat)!


What is your most embarrassing memory?

When I had to dance to an awful rap song for the spring dance show and so a body roll and butt thing. I have not butt and had no idea what I was doing


What is your favorite family tradition?

Making baklava for Thanksgiving with my mom


What is your favorite holiday and why?

Thanksgiving because I get to spend time with my family and eat good food and listen to stories about my grandparents.


What’s the best vacation you’ve ever been on?

Colorado with my boyfriend. We went over spring break and snowboarded. It was my first time in the mountains and it was beautiful


What would you like to eat for your last meal?

My mom’s Fettuccine Alfredo

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Costuming Singin’ in the Rain. That is still the largest show I have ever costumed and I am very proud of the fact we were able to do a show of that scale.

What is your favorite memory of me?

My favorite memory of you is probably at GAHSMTA. Even though we didn’t win I am still happy we got to go. I really enjoyed spending that evening with you and it was one of the last nights we spent together before we graduated. I also enjoyed being able to dress up and celebrate our accomplishments with Singin’ in the Rain.

What is your greatest regret?

Not cherishing the time I had with my friends in high school when they were all here. I truly miss all of them, especially Sara.

What were your hopes and dreams as a child?

As a child I wanted to be a vet and save the animals. But in middle school I decided I wanted to write which was much more of a career that fits me.

What would you like to see change in the world over the next 10 years?

I would like to see more appreciation for the arts in younger generations.

What was the most rebellious thing you did?

I honestly have no idea, sorry. 😛

What can you remember about your first kiss?

I was in a hot tub with my boyfriend and he just leaned over and kissed me.

Describe our relationship in 3 words.

Trusting, Caring, Accepting.

Who are your top three lady heroes?

Coco Chanel, Marilyn Monroe, J.K Rowling

What are you inspired by?

I am inspired by stories most of all. I truly love to tell stories and show people’s stories in their clothes.

How do I inspire you?

Sara inspires me because she is very motivated and works hard for what she wants. She pushes past the adversity in her life to achieve her goals.


Jeni and I have a very special bond. We are practically the same person. We always know what the other is thinking. I don’t believe I will ever find a friendship as special as this one. I love you and miss you tons Jeni!!


Preparing for a New Semester: Goal Making

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For the first post of my academic posts for the semester I would like to discuss goal making. You need to know where you are headed before you can work towards it.

Choosing SMART goals.

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound goals. I know you’ve probably heard of these before. But this is absolutely critical. If your goals do not meet this criteria, it will be more difficult to find the motivation for success.

Here is one of my goals for example:

Make more As than Bs by the end of the semester.

Specific: The way I have written my goal spells out exactly what I want (more As than Bs). Keeping it specific helps you focus on the point.

Measurable: Again, more As than Bs. This one is fairly obvious, you count the number of As and Bs. ;P Keeping your goals measurable allows you to determine whether or not you have met your goals.

Achievable: I think this goal is very reasonable for me personally. I made 4 As and a B this last semester. This coming semester I am looking for a job though, so I don’t want to put all As, or 4 As and 1 B on myself just yet. I haven’t worked during the school year before.

Realistic: Again, like I said in the achievable point. This goal is very reasonable for me. But, YOU have to decide what is reasonable for you. If you made straight Cs last semester, all As is out of the ballpark. Maybe something like more Bs than Cs would be a good start. And as you improve and learn you can move these goals up in future semesters.

Time-bound: My goal is to be completed by the end of the semester. But you might want to make smaller goals with other kinds of goals. For example, I want to be drinking at least 48 oz of water a day, everyday by March 1st. And by the end of the semester I want to be drinking 64oz of water a day. These time-bound goals keep you on track throughout the semester.

Write down these goals!

Just do it. Right now! Writing your goals down will solidify them and create a visual for you. Hang it up somewhere you will see it. When I get back to school I plan on putting my goals above my desk or maybe on my closet. I will also write them in my planner.

Break them down

Okay, so you have your goals, they are visualized… Now you need to break them down, make a plan. Break your goals down into small manageable steps. For example, if you want to be able to run 5 miles by the end of the semester, start by running 1 mile for 3 weeks, then 2 miles for the next 3 weeks, until you work up to 5 miles for the last 3 weeks of your 15 week semester. Have a plan!

One of my goals is to post atleast twice a week on this blog. Here are some steps for me to move towards that goal.

Write a list of blog post ideas.

Outline some of these.

Take the time to write when you feel the urge to.

Edit an image for a post.

Schedule the blog posts ahead of time.

Schedule the social media posts.

These little steps don’t take forever, well, sometimes the writing does, but when you feel creative, it is easier to crank them out. There is a list I found on someone else’s blog with a bunch of twenty minute tasks for your blog. If I can find it I will link it. But these are a great example of things you can do to get started and to take small manageable steps. So say you want to draw in your sketchbook for your art class everyday, take a little time each evening to do a rough sketch. Make a list of things to sketch. The little bitty steps help you feel so much more accomplished and motivated to keep going. This can also help with managing anxiety.

Find accountability!

Find someone or something to keep you accountable. A study buddy or something. For me it is this blog! I don’t want to fail at my goals after sharing all of them with you. Whether you give them your phone when you really need to study, or they go to the library with you once a week, just set a meeting time or a way for them to actually keep you  accountable. For me, it’ll be check ins on here every couple of weeks.

Take Action!

Go! Don’t “wait until next week.” Start working toward your goals, take those little steps you came up with in your plan.

Here is your checklist for goals! And! As a bonus, a printable to write your goals on! There is enough lines for 15 goals. Please let me know if the quality is too low. I may need to save my files differently. 🙂73

I will post a list of my goals for the semester tomorrow! How do y’all make goals and work towards them?


Preparing for a New Semester: Supplies

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Hello! This post will be somewhat brief as supply preferences are always more personal. For the most part, you get to pick what you use for each of your classes in college.


I like to use Five Star 3 subject or 5 subject notebooks and plastic folders for my classes. One for each class. Usually, I can use them for another class the next semester. I keep my pencil bag stocked with black pens and a few pencils for tests. I keep small highlighters in my pencil pouch and jumbo sized ones in my desk drawer. I also keep paperclips to clip together my rough drafts and work for english. I also keep some colored pens (Pilot brand) for color coding my planner.

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Preparing for a New Semester: Study Schedule

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One of my goals this semester was to follow a study schedule in order to create routine and therefore, increased productivity. This isn’t something I plan to follow minute to minute, but it is a rough outline of how I would like to use my time. I don’t recall where I read this, I have definitely read this on multiple blogs. But I remember reading one in particular that made me like the idea. Initially I wasn’t crazy about it. But I realized that not having a routine made me a little…well crazy. So let’s get into it. Continue reading “Preparing for a New Semester: Study Schedule”

Preparing for a New Semester: Planner Organization

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I am so excited for this post! I hope you enjoy!

Picking a Planner

Obviously the first thing you need is to have a planner. There are several options out there. Continue reading “Preparing for a New Semester: Planner Organization”