Your Guide to Valentine’s Day 2018

Hey y’all! So, I haven’t done this before. But this year, I wanted to put together something for Valentine’s Day. Not just a list of gifts, not just outfits or dates. I wanted to compile everything in one easy place…So here is a guide to your Valentine’s Day of 2018! In this guide, I am going to cover some gift ideas, cute cards, some outfit ideas, and some fun date ideas! Continue reading “Your Guide to Valentine’s Day 2018”

Let’s Move It: Moving Day

Moving day. It seems that no matter how much you prepare or follow the must haves and guidelines of bloggers…moving day just sucks. So, I’m not going to tell you that this post will help you not have a crappy moving day. But, I hope that this post will make it at least a little less crappy. Continue reading “Let’s Move It: Moving Day”

How to Have a Productive Summer Break

Do you want to sit on your butt and watch Netflix all summer or do you want to have something to show for your summer?

My Spring 2016 Goals: April Update

Spring 2016 Goals

  1. Put energy into my friendships. Schedule at least one hangout time a week.

    Still going good. Things have been extra busy, so not as much as I would like, but still good.

  2. Be hydrated! By the end of the semester, be drinking 64oz of water per day. Preferably before the end of the semester.

    Really really bad at this one…

  3. Write and post at least twice a week on Sara Strives.

    Not lately. I’ve been a little bogged down with homework and personal things.

  4. Make more As than Bs.

    As far as I can say, I am headed that direction.

  5. Follow a study schedule to increase productivity and increase goals.

    I found the study schedule to be too constricting for me. I’ve just been working quickly and working as soon as I can instead of putting it off.

  6. Eat vegan, or at least vegetarian for most meals. One to three cheat meals per week. This is primarily for health reasons which is why I am allowing myself “cheat” meals.

    This hasn’t worked as well as I hoped, mostly because of availability. The vegan cafeteria is all the way on the other side of campus and closes at 7pm which is when I usually get hungry for dinner because I eat lunch at 2.

  7. Find a study spot that isn’t my dorm.

    I was using the time I’m at work to do homework, but I’m finding I don’t have the motivation to do that right now. I should probably find a new space.

  8. Put 10% of income into savings.


  9. Get rid of excess stuff for a tidier and less stressful room.

    This has been great. I feel like I’ve cut down quite a bit.

  10. Take a minimum of 10 minutes of quiet/prayer/bible reading time 5 days a week.

    I haven’t done very well with this one. I let myself get swept up in the busyness of school and work. If anyone has suggestions for making sure I make time for this, let me know.

  11. Find a way to take lecture notes that works for me.

    I think I’ve done fine with this. I made a B on one test and an A on another.

  12. Make my bed every morning. Again, for a tidier and less stressful room.

    This hasn’t been happening and it makes my room stressful. I’ve been oversleeping a lot. I want to get back into this.

  13. Read one fun book!

    I haven’t really been working on this very much. But I have a book started.

  14. Submit my degree plan.

    I submitted my degree plan. I have one more meeting to go to, and I think that’s it.

  15. Find a cleaning schedule, whether alone or with a roommate!

    I have been cleaning on Sundays mostly. It’s a nice quiet time to get ready for the week.

How are your goals going?


10 Ways to Make the Most of Winter Break


Hey y’all!

So, I don’t know about y’all but my first thought when realizing how long of a break I had between semesters of college was “What am I going to do with all this time?” Here are some ideas to fill those hours with something besides Netflix and sleep!10 Ways to Make the Most of Winter Break

1. Spend time with Family

Seriously! You’re home. Spend time with your family and catch up. They care about you a lot. And! It’s likely they’re paying a good chunk of your tuition. 😉 So, just give them that quality time! Eat your meals together and set down your phone for once.

2. Catch up with your high school friends

Catch up with your high school friends while you’re home. I’m sure you miss them as much as I miss mine. Maybe you can team up with them on some of the other suggestions I have listed.

3. Apply for Scholarships

As I mentioned above, tuition is a pretty penny. Spend some time applying for scholarships. I like Fastweb to find credible scholarships. There are a ton of scholarships that don’t require essays and there are a lot that require similar essays. It is definitely worth a try. I would also check your school’s website for any opportunities.

4. Try and get a seasonal job

A lot of retail stores hire for the holiday season, try to pick up a job to make some extra cash. Or, try to get hired back at your summer job. Either option might fill your time and your wallet.

5. Volunteer

Volunteer! It’s a season of giving so go for it! You can volunteer at animal shelters or homeless shelters. I plan on volunteering in my old high school theatre department over the break.

6. Relax while you can

Don’t work too hard. This is your rest time before another stressful semester. It’s okay to spend A LITTLE time on Netflix. Just a little. 😉

7. DIY!

Spend some time getting your creative juices flowing and make something! You can DIY Christmas gifts or really anything. I like to scrounge Pinterest for face mask recipes and cake in a mug recipes!

8. Make some goals for next semester

Set goals! I plan on doing an academic series on this blog, following my goals and the steps I am taking to meet them throughout this next semester. I would refer to this blog post from Just A Girl and Her Blog for a guide to setting goals. There are a lot of other awesome articles on this as well. Just search “goal setting” in Pinterest!

9. Make a study schedule for next semester

I am going to be making a study schedule for next semester so that I have more of a routine. I hope this will help me in being successful with my goals. This post from Candid Caroline explains how to make a a study schedule very well. More on this later!

10. Clean out your stuff! You’re getting a bunch of new stuff anyways.

Seriously guys, we all have so much stuff! I bet you couldn’t name most of the stuff you have hidden in your closet. You’re probably getting a lot of gifts for Christmas, so clean out what you aren’t using now. Donate stuff, re-gift, and throw away! A fresh start for the new year will be such a relief.

What are y’all using your winter break for? Please leave requests!