Hello everyone and welcome back! Today I am super excited to share some exciting news with you! It may be a bit of a shorter blog, but it is not any less exciting than any of the others! Are you ready for it!?
Here it is: I am making clay earrings and selling them on Etsy!!
Remember how I mentioned a few weeks ago that I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up a bunch of clay to make jewelry with. I was inspired by a TikTok and just had to try it out myself. Well, I sure did. For the past few weeks I have been working really hard on perfecting my earring making skills. Of course, I would not say everything I make is perfect, nor will it ever be. But that is the beauty of homemade things! They are unique and special and they don’t all have to look identical because they have character! Anyway… I am selling them on Etsy and here is the link one more time!
As you know, my website is called Life with EG, for my name, EmmaGrace. I have decided to keep that like my “branding.” For example, my college posts are College “Life with EG.” So, my shop name is ClayWithEG:) All my earrings are made with polymer clay and hypoallergenic ear wires. I only have a couple sales out right now but I am working on more, and more colors are coming as well. Thank you all for your support!! Below I have a few pictures of some I am selling right now, so feel free to have a look. I cannot wait to have you here for my new journey:) I may even post a blog spread on the making of the earrings some time in the future!
The Truth About Zoom Classes… and how to help yourself
As you are all WELL aware… we have not been in “true” school for over a year now. As of March 13, 2020, I have not had one fully in-person class. When school shut down in March, my school did not have us do anything for the rest of the year-we were just done. There were no finals or anything! I loved it, but at the same time it was kind of difficult going back to school in August. I went from doing nothing school related to straight into college.
As you guys have read before, I was going to a small college about an hour away from home at the beginning of this year. We had mixed classes, which means I went to class about half of the days, and the other half we went online. It was a lot to keep up with! Plus, each teacher did it differently. In biology, the students were split in half, and the first half went one day, and the second half went another day. The days you went to class were laid out in the syllabus. For my education class, our professor would just tell us to come to class one day and not come the other day. This was really hard because sometimes she only told us an hour before we went to class. AND… I had early classes so I had to be on a zoom call when my roommate was still sleeping. AND… it is so hard to focus when they are lecturing and you have the ability to do anything you want on your computer. All in all, it is hard… I will not lie!
Today, I wanted to explain to you some of my (and other people’s) troubles, and how to help them! Whether you are in high school or college, life is not normal. Maybe you do go to school, but probably not for the entire day or not for the entire week. I am sure you still have a lot of online work! I am here for you! So, I wanted to format this blog like this: start with a problem I have been through/seen with others, then come up with a way to help it! Feel free to let me know in the comments if I missed something or other ways you have helped yourself make this time a little easier:)
#1. Focusing in class
Let’s be honest. When class is all online you are basically able to do anything you want on your computer. Unless your teacher can monitor your screen, they will never know. You can watch a movie, do other homework, or even play video games. This has been my biggest problem though all of COVID.
Come to class with only your Zoom window open (and your notes page if you take notes on the computer). Start with the mindset that you will not do anything else for the entire class period.
Remove all other distractions from your desk and put your phone in another room. Anything that would be easy to grab and play with, take it away before class even starts.
When you are starting to think about opening another tab on your computer, pretend like the teacher will call on you at any minute so you have to give your full attention.
Take good notes that take your full attention. These will help in the future when you have a test, and make sure you cannot do anything else at the time.
#2. Keeping track of the homework
In traditional school, my teachers would write the homework on the board or at least say what we had to do at the end of class. The best way to keep track of this was in a planner. However, now there is no board to write it down, and assignments can get a lot more complicated in college than they were in high school (even during normal times). You may think you have everything done, but realize there is another assignment that just popped up on your feed. If you look at 11:55 when most assignments are due at midnight, you may run into an issue
Read through the syllabus at the beginning of the semester and write down all the big assignments the professor has planned for you. Below are a couple picture of a bullet journal spread I featured in “Semester 2 Spreads_ to help with this. Most teachers do not write all the small stuff in the syllabus, so just make sure you have all the big essays, quizzes, etc. on your spread. If they do write down the smaller individual assignments, I would recommend writing these in the weekly pages of your planner.
Take notes on anything your teacher mentions you have to do. They will usually tell you the assignments coming up, so keep your planner close by through all of class.
Check your online homework site once a day: for some people it is hard to write everything down, but most things are online right now anyway. If you have something like Canvas or Google Classroom, you can check that for updates daily. I usually do this around the time I wake up so if I missed something I have all day to get it done. Most of the time things are due at midnight.
Recognize the reoccuring homework and your teachers’ patterns: most teachers have a set way of doing homework, so you need to figure this out. You may have one big assignment every week in one class, or just a few after every class period. For one of my classes, she posts the homework everyday on a slide, so I always check that. For another, I just know I have an assignment due every Thursday. If you can write down their patterns, then you know exactly what must get done. If something is out of their normal pattern, they wil usually tell you.
#3. Actually doing the homework
I find myself drifting away and doing other things when I need to get work done. This happens when I am in school in person and online. I find it is worse online because I have most of my assignments on the computer, which means I just want to surf the web while I am doing them. If the assignments are on paper, I have a better chance of finishing them because I just put all technology away. Part of this solution to this is pretty similar to some of the ideas in #1 (if you are on a computer).
If you are working on the computer, you should close all your other tabs, and keep them closed. This is easier said than done, but as soon as you start to open other tabs, you lose focus.
Clear off your desk and the areas around you. Take your phone in another room.
Set a timer for 30 minutes to an hour on your phone, and when it goes off, give yourself a brain break (still keep the phone out of arms reach or in another room with the ringer on high). You want to make sure you are getting work done while not overworking your brain. If you do too much at once, you will just lose all focus as well. Or, it won’t be your best effort.
Set time away every day: sometimes I just want to do homework all day and other days I don’t want to do any. Instead, make a decent amount of time to get things done everyday. Then you never get too much work piled up.
#4. Lack of social interaction
I know this one is not schoolwork based, but it has really been getting at a lot of people. School sucks for many people, and friends are what make it a little better. I struggle sitting at my desk with no one to talk to. It truthfully just gets sad sometimes, but I am trying to work through that. I understand why we are doing what we are doing, and that one day we will be able to go back to school. But I do I miss going to school with friends. I have come up with a few ideas on getting rid of the loneliness the comes with online classes
Do a Zoom study group: another great thing about going to school with friends is you can study for tests with each other. Being able to quiz one another is a great study tool. So, set up a time that you and a few other friends can all have a Zoom meeting and study, or just do some schoolwork together.
Socially distanced picnics: you can hang out with friends in any socially distanced way you want, but I think picnics are a great idea. Now that the weather is getting nicer going outside is a great option. You can even take your masks off and eat on your own picnic blankets! Either work on schoolwork or just hang out and talk.
Make sure to check in on your friends: chances are if you are having a hard time, so are your friends. Make sure to check in on them.. just once a week, or maybe more? If you are struggling in school, let them know and maybe they can give you some pointers too!
#5. Connecting with professors
I have had a really hard time talking to my professors because I have never even met them in person! They never really got the chance to know me, and I never got a real chance to know them. Also, most communication is through email which is really hard. When you are in person, you can always just stay after class or come in early with a question. Most of the professors have office hours that you can come and talk to them, but there are other students there. If you have a personal issue, you have to send an email. And to be honest, half the time they don’t even respond.
Write down your problems as they come. When you cannot figure something out or just need to ask the professor something, write it down. Then, when the time comes, you can ask everything all at once.
Log on to the Zoom early: if you get into class early, you can chat with the professor for a minute before everyone else comes. Maybe then you can set up another time to talk privately. I find this works much better than emailing because most of my professors don’t respond to emails.
Go to the office hours: if you are struggling at all, go to the office hours to get some help. Sometimes it takes awhile for them to get your question, but just do homework in the meantime.
Explain what is bothering you: if you come to class early or stay late, just tell them what’s on your mind. If they have not been responding, let them know you want to get in contact with them. If their lecture style is really confusing to you, let them know so they can help you the best they can. They probably won’t change their entire lecture style for you, but they may give you some pointers on how to follow along better.
I hope you learned a lot today and can take some of these tips back to class. Have a wonderful week:)
Happy Monday and welcome back from a great weekend! Unfortunately, it rained all day on Saturday and I had to work all day on Sunday, so I didn’t get to go outside much. As you know, that is one of my favorite things to do:) What did you guys do this weekend?
From reading the title you know this is a long awaited post. So, as you have seen in my other bullet journal posts (like last week’s), I have been using old weekly pages. I took a break from doing my bullet journal and have been using the pages from December so I don’t have to waste paper. Well, last week I used up all of the old pages, which meant a trip to Hobby Lobby. And let me tell you, a trip to Hobby Lobby is one of my favorite things ever. I convinced my boyfriend to take me, which I am sure he loves. A trip to Hobby Lobby could be an entire day event, so I know how excited he gets to go with me. Anyway, we went there to get new bullet journal pages, but I ended up getting a few other things. I was watching a video on TikTok about DIY clay earings, and I decided I want to try those too (future blog post to come on the outcome of my earrings). After I spent awhile deciding which clay to buy, I got to go to the bullet journal section. I wanted monthly/weekly page, and I normally get the same 6-month pack every time. Here is the link on Amazon if you want to check it out. However, I decided to try out a new pack because they were out of my normal one. It still six months, so I hope I like it! I’ll show you guys what it’s about:)
What is the Happy Planner?
If you are new to my blog, you may be asking yourself, what even is the Happy Planner? What is she talking about? If you are not familiar with The Happy Planner journal, it is a type of planner/bullet journal/notebook that you can take the pages in and out of. You buy rings and two cover pages, then fill the inside with whatever type of pages you want. The pages connect to the rings to make it just like a regular notebook. But, when you are done, you can take the pages out without ripping them or leaving anything behind. They also have dated planner that are already made if you do not want to put all the pages in. There are many different packs of papers to fill the journal with, but here are a few: undated calendar packs (many types), budget brackets, normal lined pages, dot pages, and many, many more. In the past, I have always bought a certain type of undated calendar pack to make my own planner, but I am trying out something new.
I will also leave a link for the rings and cover pages if you are just starting you Happy Planner journey.
Rings: there are so many colors and sizes depending on how many pages you want to fit in your journal, but here are some classic, medium size rose gold ones.
Cover pages: these are the DIY cover pages that I have. They snap right onto the rings, but you get to design your own page. They have little pockets that you slip paper into so you can design your paper and put it in the pocket.
What is THIS planner pack??
This is the undated wellness calendar extension pack from The Happy Planner. It is a six month long planner that you get to fill in. It comes with undated monthly and weekly pages, monthly dividers, and a few “wellness” prompt pages. There are 466 pages in total!! Now, I will break down all of the pages to give you a better idea of what I got.
It comes with 7 dividers, one for each month (it is a six month extension pack) and one extra to separate the wellness pages. Each divider has a tab on it that you can put a sticker on to show what month it is. The dividers are much heavier paper which I like because it makes them stick out better. Each one has a quote relating to wellness, and here are the 7 quotes:
Feed your soul
let yourself rest (I really need this one lol)
Choose where your energy goes
Great thoughts come from the heart
you are enough
Here are some pictures of each divider, if you’re curious!!
Wellness Page #1: Taking Care of Yourself
This page is like a bucket list for taking care of yourself. It has 20 unique ideas for ways to relax and do good for you. By the time I have filled out this entire planner pack, I hope to have done everything on the list! I try to so some self care acts everyday, but as I am sure you all understand, I forget sometimes! Recently, I have been playing Animal Crossing (as you all know) and that is a great way for me to relax and just spend some time with myself!
Wellness Page #2: Center Your Soul
This page is dedicated to how you find time to take care of yourself. Instead of giving you ideas about self care, it asks you three ways you take care of yourself. Then, you fill out why they are calming or relaxing to you, how you can make time to do them, and what time of day is the most beneficial. I will give an example of one of mine and maybe you guys can try to think of one for the comments!
Self Care Activity: journal for 5-10 minutes a day
Why it is relaxing: I can get all my thoughts out onto paper whether they be good or bad
How will I make time to do this? I will go to bed five minutes early each night to journal
What time of day is the most beneficial to me? Right before I go to bed because I get out any negative energy from the day and can go to bed feeling refreshed
Wellness Page #3: All the things
This page has you looking deep into your soul and finding different things that light up your life. There are 6 prompts to write about, and I think I will try to write one a day instead of filling it all out at one time. Here are the prompts:
Simple things that bring me joy
What rejuvenates me
What matters in my home life
What matters in my work life
How I practice compassion
What I love about myself
Wellness Page #4
Just a simple note to yourself. It is on dot paper, which is so much more appealing to me than lined paper. I can’t wait to write something to myself and read it when I am done with the pack in 6 months.
There are six monthly layouts that come in this pack, each with its own color. As you can see in the picture below, this one is accented in purple, but the others are blue, green. etc. They come without any days or anything on them, so you can customize as you please. I usually like to fill out all six months when I first get the pack so I can always be ready to plan ahead. As the months come, I can add more and more to each spread. I attached a before and after for you guys; before is how they came and the after is when I put the date and month stickers on (the stickers come with the pack). On the left side, it says “My Happy List” for a complete list of things that make you happy! I have not filled anything else in yet though!!
There are six monthly prompt pages, one for each month. They have three goals for you to fill out for the month, and a little section to write about what is inspiring you. At the bottom, you have three strength prompts, where you fill out how you are strengthening your mind, body, and soul for the month!!
This might be my favorite part!! With my old planner pages, they only had the days of the week with three empty boxes each, and the side was just lined for notes. In this, you get a focus for the week on the left side, which lets you fill out the days you exercised, how you spent time unplugged, and five mini prompts. The mini prompts are: a positive word, what you are reading, listening to, feeling, and watching. Then, each day comes with its own prompt at the bottom as well. Here are each of those prompts:
Tuesday: today was
Wednesday: thankful for
Thursday: focusing on
Friday: looking inward
Saturday: daily gratitude
Sunday: joy of today
That’s all for this post! I can’t wait to start using my new weekly pages this week! I will keep you all updated on how I like it, thanks for reading!
Welcome back everyone and happy April! First of all, sorry for the late post. Last week was so crazy, and I planned to finish everything on Sunday, but Easter was crazy too. Anyway, thanks for your patience!!
We are getting into the true Spring (I hope) and I am loving the weather outside. It has been so nice to be able to go for runs and walks outside and not have to wear a coat! Plus, I love all the plants starting to grow. As I was on a walk a couple days ago, I saw an amazing path of flowers that I thought I would share with you all. Someone planted these next to the walking path and it just makes me so happy! Not that I dont love the snow… but I really don’t. I hope you can take some time this week to go outside and get some fresh air! Maybe even read a book outside:)
That leads me to today’s post! It is the beginning of the month, which means new spreads! Today is a little different than normal (I guess I like to change things up recently) because I only have one new monthly spread and a few old weekly spreads. I want to share these weekly spreads for you all to get some inspiration for yours! I use the Happy Planner pages, but you are free to make your own and just feed off my ideas. It is also a very exciting week for me because I used up all my old planner pages! That means I get to buy new Happy Planner inserts this week:) If you didn’t remember form the old posts, my dates for my weekly spreads are off because I took a break from doing them during Christmas time and I am using the pages from them. Oh, and not to forget that I have to show you all my daily drawing challenge from March!! I’ll start with the monthly spread for April though:)
April Habit Tracker
Some Weekly Spreads:)
I may not have the best drawing skills, but at least I kept up on it! How did you guys do??