Wednesday, February 24, 2021

feelin' 22!


As I sit down and begin to type away at my parents rarely used formal dining table, I can’t help but wonder, “Am I putting on the insufferable persona of Carrie Bradshaw today as I lay out my goals for this next year of my life?”

*queue the Sex and the City theme.*

Since my 22nd birthday was two days ago, it’s obviously time that I share my intentions for this next season of my life.  My birthday always seems like a restart and a mini “New Years” for myself in a sense of wanting a change for the better. I’m beginning to think that I really only make resolutions on my birthday, rather than New Years because you know ~iM nOt a rEgUlaR gIrL, iM a CoOl gIrL.~

Jokes aside, I wanna be really transparent with you all and express myself in the most authentic way so that maybe I can provide some guidance, comfort, and even humor along the way. It wouldn’t be fair to you, or to me if I wasn’t being my authentic self, I don’t mess with that.

Over the past few months, I’ve been in the biggest pit mentally.  Blogging wasn’t fun for me and to be honest, with all that was going on, it was kinda hard to be myself, the fabulous fun loving girl that I am.  On social media it’s easy for things to appear differently as they seem and that was the case. It was best that I refrained from posting or sharing to much as I usually do and cut myself some slack in order to process things, and I’m happy to say that I’m back on my B.S! Haha

With that all behind me, I have the clarity to reflect upon what I want this next year of my life to be like. How I want to feel. How I want to act. How I want to treat others. How I want to be treated.

I celebrated my birthday at the glamorous Dunes Restaurant at the Auberge Beach Residences & Spa.  After a wonderful night out, I jotted down some bullet points for my 22nd year.  So, if you are still reading and are interested here is the list I comprised! Drumroll please….

-Be nicer to myself

-Listen to what God wants for me

-Be still and present

-Get back into journaling everyday, even if it’s one sentence or a whole paragraph

-Less is more

-Be more inquisitive with the world around me

-Save more & Start investing… hello I’m becoming a big girl now lol

-Don’t let others who don’t care about you ruin you!

-Learn a new skill, pick up a new hobby

-Do good and be good to others. Kindness goes a long way.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

February 2021 moodboard


Oh how I have missed making these!! I have so many reasons to be excited this month, plus my 22nd birthday is right around the corner which is beyond crazy for me to realize! To all my friends and family, be prepared to hear me blasting "22" by Taylor Swift throughout the day, I’m being serious haha. In addition to my birthday, this month has one of my favorite holidays, Valentine’s Day. It may be one of my top contenders for favorite time of year because I’m just a sucker for cheesy romcoms, all things pink, an over abundance of flowers, and I have the biggest sweet tooth.  The whole color scheme of Valentine’s Day is such a vibe and very on brand for me at the moment, so I thought I'd have some fun and craft up this months moodboard, which I have turned into my laptop wallpaper! You can do the same if you just download the image above!

Don't be shy and share if you use this picture I made, tag me in it!! 

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!


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