Structure Your Grind

Alas. The school year is here. And as we all know, the grind will begin shortly. I’m 100% for it. However, I aspire to grind smarter not harder. This can easily be achieved by amping up your organization skills. So here’s some tips to make your school year flow a little more smoothly.

1) Purchase a planner. 

Please. If you have not already purchased one, do it now. By any means necessary (a little hyperbolic, I know). It doesn’t have to be expensive as long as it does its job. Writing your tasks down will decrease your chance of forgetting and allow you to schedule time to complete your assignments, extracurriculars, and job. At the beginning of the semester I write down my test dates, major assigment due dates, and professors’ office hours. I have the same planner as last year: The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley ($58). Check out my favorite planners post for more suggestions!

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(I also color code each class in my planner using my Stabilo pens)


2) Create a cleaning schedule.

It’s extremely difficult to get things done in a messy environment. By implementing a schedule for cleaning you ensure a perpetually clean living space. Tasks don’t have to be more than 15-30 minutes a day. Overall, a clean area is less stressful and keeps your mental state peaceful during an stressful semester. Here’s a copy of mine. It consists of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. 🙂

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3) Download a password saver.

I cannot recall how much time I’ve wasted trying to remember passwords to my various accounts. Having to retrieve or reset your password wastes time and decreases efficiency. Save your passwords in your browser. For extra back-up use LastPass, a secure password manager. (I’ve done research & it’s very safe).

4) Organize your courses.

After my first two years I realized that I needed a more efficient way to keep track of all my classes. After speaking with my best friend, I decided on this method of organization: I have 1 binder that I carry with me on campus. That binder has sections for every class. However, I only take the stuff I need for the week in the large binder to ensure my bag doesn’t get too heavy. At the end of the week, I place the papers/notes back into their individual binders that are organized by subject. I used some cute binder covers to make them look more appealing!


5) Create a study plan.

One of my biggest mistakes in the past was going to study without a plan. I would aimlessly look over notes from various areas with no specific plan of action. Creating a study plan of things you want to accomplish ensures that you complete tasks. For example,  Monday: finish all the practice problems from Chapters 11-13, and memorize the vocabulary. Structure your review for the week and prevent yourself from falling behind 🙂 At my university you can rent out study rooms. You can even rent out rooms days before. It’s convenient because you’ll never have to search for a spot in the library. I rent mine out at the same time regularly so that I can get into the habit of studying.

6) Use a white board.

This is key especially if you’re a science major. I used to use pages of notebook paper on practice problems. Instead, I bought a mini white board where I can do endless problems without wasting paper. This tactic helped me memorize a ton of medical terminology in a span of 4 days this summer! I often pretend to reteach the information I learned using my whiteboard. As an active form of learning, it is extremely effective.


I hope these tips were helpful! If y’all have any suggestions leave them in the comments below 🙂



“Stop interrupting my grindin!”

-Beyoncé Giselle Knowles






19 Years and Counting


Nineteen has always seemed like an underwhelming age to me. It isn’t a number that rings milestones like being able to drive, becoming an adult, or being able to legally drink. However, I find that I’ve never felt happier in my life to be this age.

This past year has allowed me to grow in so many different ways. Despite not reaching any societal milestones, I’ve reached so many of my own. And I’m currently in a state of gratitude.

It’s my goal this next year to remain grateful. Thankful for the challenges and obstacles. Grateful for the failures and successes. Grateful for the times where I feel empowered or the times when I feel small. Grateful for the bleak low points and for the exhilarating peaks.


I’m 19 years and counting. To some I may be young and to others I may be old. I have many lessons to learn and wisdom to gain. Nonetheless, I’ve never felt more confident or content. My whole life is ahead of me. It’s time to take on the world.



How to Slay in Your Lane

Anyone who knows me knows that I love Beyonce. So when Formation comes on, you better believe I’m gonna bust out into the full choreo on sight. Most of y’all know one of the recurring lines of the song is “cause I slay.” Long before that song, “slay” had become the upmost form of a compliment. Overused? Yes. Used incorrectly? Absolutely. Nonetheless, it is a word that denotes success, empowerment, and desirability.

So while reflecting this week I came to wonder…why does everybody have to slay in the same way? There seems to be this mindset that if someone isn’t conforming to your own preconceived notion of beauty, style, behavior, or “success” then they’re not worth anything. To me, this has bred a culture of unoriginality- one that lacks authenticity and promotes negativity.

So often I hear women denouncing and devaluing women who simply choose to prioritize different things or look a different way. So much so, that I’ve found myself trying to appease the naysayers. However, constantly trying to mold into this unnatural version of myself has left me unfulfilled. I’ve found that all of the little idiosyncrasies that I’ve tried to stifle are actually my redeeming qualities. And it’s liberating. No longer am I aspiring to be a carbon copy of someone else. Women like Tracee Ellis Ross are a reminder that our quirks are what make us appealing. So to the women who feel inadequate in a world that often promotes compliance- guess what?

Whether you want to beat your face or wear minimal makeup, dress up or dress down, be the center of attention or play a role behind the scenes, and be classy or be goofy – all of these things are valuable. Formulate the best version of yourself. Be distinctive. Keep pushing and grinding while maintaining your individuality. What others may call weird…I call innovative.

We can all slay in our own lanes.


Have any of y’all ever felt pressured to meet unrealistic standards? #ShareYourStance



“It was when I realized I needed to stop trying to be somebody else and be myself, I actually started to own, accept, and love what I had.”

-Tracee Ellis Ross


How I Stay Organized: My Favorite Planners

Hi guys!

I hope you’ve been having a great week following the holiday weekend. It’s crazy to think that it’s July. I was thinking about how near the new school year is! I go back to college in a little more than a month. I figured that many of y’all would be doing back to school shopping soon- whether it’s for you or your children. So the control freak in me figured I would show you some of my favorite planners. Organization is the key to keeping things straight. Whether you are juggling school, work, or children, using a planner can making things run a lot more smoothly. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll get a hint of satisfaction out of writing cute little aesthetically pleasing notes and appointments in your crisp, pristine planner. These are not the end all be all when it comes to planners! Target & Wal Mart have some awesome ones that serve their purpose for great prices (I should know I’ve used them for years). However, I have begun to like planners that have a little more detailing & style to them. They’re written in order from highest price to lowest price 🙂 So let’s get started!

The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley ($58)


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