Tuesday, January 19, 2021

how to take charge of your semester online

Last week marked my official "welcome back" to school with the new beginnings that stem from the start of the spring semester. Although things are very different this time around and it isn't necessarily your conventional "back to campus" feel and excitement, I was weirdly looking forward to going back to school to add some more structure to my day to day routine. If you can't tell by following up with me, I'm starting to believe that packing my schedule filled with commitments and whatnot to keep myself busy is just apart of my DNA haha. 

It's no surprise that most college campuses are still focusing their attention to remote learning for the remainder of the year, so I thought of some tips that have been helpful for me in this strange time. Trust me, things do seem almost not real and it could be extremely easy to neglect these responsibilities because the traditional way of going to class has shifted, so I hope these help you all take charge and crush this next semester!

1. Change out of your PJs!

Easier said than done clearly, but something as simple as changing out of your pajamas to not even something over the top but put together can really increase your mood (well, at least for me it does) and change your mindset to one that is more determined to get what I have to do done.

2. Location, Location, Location

Last semester I took the route of doing most of my work at a coffee shop down the road from me, you know very *main character* of me. Long story short, that was the worst possible thing for me to do. Low key I think I have ADD because i'm very easily distracted and it is hard for me to focus when there is a lot going on at once. So my "coffee shop study shesh" quickly turned into some very entertaining people watching but leaving me right where I started before I left my apartment; not getting a lot done. I decided to make my kitchen table my "workspace" for the time being this way there are no distractions and I can focus on getting my work done!

3. Write Sh!t Down!

I have always been great about writing all my exciting plans, birthdays, upcoming assignments, yada yada in my agenda, even insignificant things I would still jot down just to visualize what I have going on during that week, day and month. There is truly something to be said with writing stuff down. When I was stepping out of my quarantine slump, I just didn't feel the need to have to do that especially with the uncertainty of so much. It quickly started to realize that something as simple as writing down my plans or goals made it more likely for me to accomplish such things.

I hope this helps you all out and promise me that you will kill it this upcoming semester, you got it!!! Until next time!

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

#wfh at the colony inn!

Hey everyone! I just wanted to wish you guys first and foremost a very happy, healthy, wonderful, beautiful, fabulous, glam, prosperous New Year.  It’s finally 2021, time to celebrate!! We made it! I am honestly so psyched to be escaping the mess that was 2020, you have no idea. Over the past month or two I’ve decided to put my social media use on “pause” since I started a new job at Lululemon, which has been so awesome and fulfilling.  With the chaos of holiday shopping I’d been working a lot and in the spare moments I had in between, I was just taking time to reflect basically on this year and go a few days without being so consumed with my phone or social media. 

Since most of us are still working from home and taking classes online, I think we all can agree that staring at the same four walls is enough to drive anyone crazy and wanting to get out of town.  In trying to find the silver lining in the middle of all this, there has at least been two positives about having to work from home: wearing cute loungewear from some of my favorite brands and the ability to take your work / school with you, anywhere you please.

I was so beyond excited when the Colony Inn Sanibel invited me to spend a quick little #WFH getaway at their property on one of my favorite little spots, Sanibel Island.  If you aren’t from Florida or you’re just unfamiliar with Sanibel; it’s a small, quaint little island where there’s literally not even a stop light on the entire island (my favorite mode of transportation there is a bike haha.) Sanibel holds such a special place in my heart.  Ever since I can remember, I’ve been going back to this special place creating memories with my loved ones that I’ll always carry with me.

Of all the countless sunny days I’ve spent on the island, I’ve never had a chance to stay at the Colony Inn until now! Let me tell you it was beyond fabulous. This quaint, tucked away gem was mad cute, and not to mention highly “on brand” with Fabulous Floridian. From the seashell details, accents of hot pink that encompass the inn, and everything else in between, this coastal hideaway makes it the perfect slice of paradise.  Plus, the Colony Inn offers free wifi, which makes it easy to work or attend class online in paradise!

To enjoy 10% off your stay at Colony Inn Sanibel, use code “Jillian” when you book your stay!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

the sweater edit


Ahh yes, noting quite like fall in South Florida. Between the spectacle of the leaves changing *well, more like the rogue palm frowns falling down and almost denting your car* to running up your electric bill so just so you can throw on your new favorite sweater and get into the spirt of what it means to be in the season of "fall." Hope that pumpkin spice whatever will suffice in this little gleaming fantasy us Floridians all share during this time of year!

Wether you are being dramatic af like the rest of us down here (or maybe just me, could very well be just me) I thought it would be appropriate that I rounded up a few of my absolute faaaavorite sweaters for this fall season! To shop your favorites, simply click on the highlighted links down below, it's legit as easy as that! Happy shopping!!

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

novemeber 2020 moodboard

And another month gone in just a blink of an eye! October was A LOT... well in the best way possible! Between spending some time up in Boston with a few of my closest pals to catching up with my family in Virginia, this past month was at a constant "go go go" pace! Thankfully I have gotten back into my normal routine where I can find some time to keep my sanity and carve out some time for myself and others in my life!

Over the past month I decided to devote more of my time to be present more ever day life and ween myself off social media. It's pretty typical for me to go through these phases.. which is extremely ironic because I do enjoy blogging, I guess it's just my Achilles heel. I have such a love/hate relationship it's only healthy that I take a step back every one in a while! 

I'm so excited because i'm starting back up with my bachelor recaps this week and I can't wait to share my not always popular commentary about the show with you all haha. For this upcoming month I want to be extremely intentional with finishing strong for this fall semester, despite all the chaos that is going on! I know that it's hard work but It can be done,  I know it can! I wish you all the best for this new month a head and can't wait to chat soon!! xoxo!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

october 2020 moodboard


goooodmoring everyone and happy #spookyszn!! I'm back again with another monthly mood-board as anticipated. I like this installment that I have going on with creating these, it's fun to tap into some creativity once in a while even if it's just piecing together something like this! I have always been a huge fan of this time of year, i'm so happy it's finally here. (I couldn't help but read that last statement in the "we have been waiting for you all year, we are so happy your finally here." meme ahah.)

This upcoming month is already making my head spin with all that I have going on for the month of October, all good things don't get me wrong, but for once my calendar is beginning to fill back up. This week i'll be setting off to go visit my friends in Boston and I can't hold my excitement any longer for it, can't wait to share with you all a recap of that trip.... I know it would be memorable to say the least! And in the next two weeks i'll be spending time with my family to go visit my sister In Virginia. Can't wait till we are all back together in such a beautiful state!

I feel like I have to share with you all how school & life is going so stay tuned for a new post this week or next of me trying to gather my thoughts while navigating this new change in all of our lives. Hope you are all killing it this week and for the month to come. You deserve to, stay happy and make yourselves proud!


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