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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!?

Well…

Here it is: I am making clay earrings and selling them on Etsy!!

The link is @ClayWithEG

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!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

College Life with EG: Part 15

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

the Problem

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.

My Solution
  • 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

The Problem

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

my solution
  • 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

My Problem

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).

The Solution
  • 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

The Problem

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

My Solution
  • 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

The problem

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.

My solution
  • 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:)

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

The Long Awaited Bullet Journal Pages…

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.

The unopened pack:)

Dividers

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
  • Relax
  • Live Well

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.

Monthly Spread

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!!

Before
After

Monthly Prompt

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!!

Weekly Page

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:

  • Monday: reflection
  • 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!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Spring has Sprung!!

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:)

Drawing Challenge

I may not have the best drawing skills, but at least I kept up on it! How did you guys do??

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Animal Crossing

Let me start with this; did I buy a Nintendo Switch for the sole purpose of playing Animal Crossing? Yes. But do I love it? Yes, and am happy with the decision.

Now that I got that out of the way, here we go with the real post. I guess I wanted to “switch” things up today and just talk about the video game I seem to have fallen in love with. I know it is nothing like the normal school or bullet journal posts, but it IS related to my life. And, this blog is called Life with EG, right? I hope a little change in topic doesn’t disappoint you because I am really excited for this post… I could probably go on way more than I need to but I will keep it to a normal post length…hopefully you can make it though it 🙂

How did I even get into Animal Crossing?

That’s the real question. I only started playing Animal Crossing a little bit ago on my friend’s Switch. I really wanted to try it because everyone was talking about it at work, and I had heard about it all over. I thought, “$60 for one video game seemed kind of ridiculous, so it better be really amazing.” Well let me tell you, it was. So, I decided to go out and buy my own Switch, knowing I could not live without it for very long. I didn’t buy just any Switch though… I got the the Animal Crossing edition (I will include a photo). This one has pastel green and blue JoyCons instead of the normal red and blue. The charging dock is Animal Crossing themed, and the back of the console is engraved with adorable Animal Crossing related decorations. All around, the Animal Crossing Switch is just cuter and better. Plus, if I buy the Switch mainly for that game, I better have that edition. Before I bought it, I debated back and forth on whether or not to buy my own, but I decided to go for it and treat myself. I am sure glad I did.

What even IS Animal Crossing?

Animal crossing is a simulation game where you have your own island and you basically just get to create and explore. You start off in a little tent and have to pay off the fees in “miles”. You can get miles for doing things such as talking to neighbors, selling fish, and building items. Once you pay off the tent, you can get a house. You pay off the house with Bells, which are just the in game currency. You can get bells by selling items, and you can sell basically anything. You progress through the game by upgrading buildings, making a museum, inviting more villagers, etc. It is based in real time and where you are in the world. So, when it says something will be done tomorrow, it is really done tomorrow. If it is 7PM, the sun will start to set, and if it is snowy where you live, it will be snowy there too. Now, it isn’t precise enough to know EXACTLY where you live, but it is based off of what is happening in North America, or other regions.

Accomplishments

In the beginning of the game, there is always a lot to do. As you progress on, there is less that you really HAVE to accomplish. Instead, you are working on expanding the island by upgrading your home, inviting residents to the island, and creating the landscape. I will explain what I have done so far…

  • Upgraded my tent to a house; I payed off my first expenses and am working on expanding my house with more rooms.
  • Opened the museum; you have to collect donations for Blathers (an owl character) to open a museum. The donations can be anything from bugs to butterflies to fish. You have to bring a certain amount to Tom Nook before Blathers comes. Once Blathers is there (he runs the museum), you give him enough donations to start the museum. He can also assess fossils, which go in the museum and are worth a lot of Bells if you sell them.
  • Nook’s Cranny: when you start off the game, you sell things to Timmy and Tommy to get Bells. They are just located in the Resident Services tent. However, Timmy will ask you to collect wood, hardwood, softwood, and iron nuggets in order to upgrade to the Nook’s Cranny shop. Once you have all the donations for him, the shop will upgrade and get its own building.
  • Moved in three new villagers; once you upgrade to get Nook’s Cranny, Tom Nook will ask you to make a handful of items for three villagers. You have to craft 3 exterior items and 3 interior items for each house. Once you crafted all these and have given them to their correct houses, the villagers will move in.
  • Upgraded the Resident Services building: the building comes after the houses are all up. At this point, I am able to change the landscape by adding ramps, bridges, etc. However, they are all quite pricey.
  • Built my campsite: I just built the campsite yesterday, so I am still waiting to see what fun adventures that brings me!

Who would I recommend Animal Crossing to?

Honestly, just about anyone. Animal Crossing is a great, relaxing game for all ages. It is easy to understand and follow along with the story for younger kids, but also a way to take your mind off things as an adult. I don’t think you can get too old for Animal Crossing. Unlike other video games there is no real competition or struggle in the game. You just go day by day and try to expand your island. No time limit, nothing! That’s what I love about it.. because I suck at almost every other video games. PVP? Not my thing. Racing games? Nope. Relaxing and just having fun? There you go, perfect!

Thank you again for reading, and I hope you enjoyed a little change in content. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂 Or, maybe if you buy yourself the game!!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Organizing Notecards

College Life with EG: Part 15

Happy Monday and the beginning of a great week to all of my wonderful followers! I hope you had a relaxing weekend and are ready to get pumped up for the week ahead of us! I have a few tests this week, so I am mentally preparing myself right now:) Wish me luck!

Last week, one of my followers asked if I could make a post on how to organize notecards. And, of course, that’s a yes! I love if you would all comment post ideas because I am always looking for new topics for the blog (plus I want to write about what you guys are interested in)! I am so happy because that topic fits in perfectly with this week and with the College Life with EG miniseries. It also fits great with my life because I have a ton of tests coming up and notecards are a great tool in studying! First off, I want to show you a few ways you can use them.

How to Use the Notecards

1. Definitions

This is my favorite way to remember specific vocabulary words. You can write the word on one side and the definition of the other. When you study, you can either look at the words and try to recall the definition or look at the definitions a d recall the words. If you have different colors, you can use one color for each chapter/list of words. If you want to save paper, you can split the paper in half and write two words per notecard.

2. Sections

This is great if you want a lot fo information on each card, and you just want to look at notes a bit more broken down. Hou can write sections of notes like you would in a notebook, but instead on the cards. For example, in chapter ten, one notecard could be section 10.1, the net section 10.2, etc. If you write a lot, you could even break it down into pages, where each notecard is somewhere from 1-5 pages. This way may get a little bit jumbled, so make sure to get out your colored pens and highlighters to keep everything organized.

3. Facts

If you have a bunch of random facts that you need to memorize, you can write them all out on a notecard. Then, you can just flip through notecards one by one when you want to study. If you have a little trick to remember each fact, you can write that on the other side of the notecards. The only problem with this way is that there is no way for you to quiz yourself. Instead you just have to look and read each notecard. For some people, that woks. For others, they have to be able to quiz themselves by flipping the card over like in the definition way.

4. Pictures and diagrams

I have found that you can really get information in your head better if you use some sort of picture to make it simpler. For example, if you are trying to memorize all the parts of the nervous system, you could make a tree diagram to break it down. Once you memorize the diagram, and how to break it down, you can start to memorize more difficult facts, such as what everything in the nervous system does. Here is an example form the internet

Organizatin of the Nervous System

You memorize where everything goes on the diagram, and how it breaks down, then you memorize each individual part. Another example would be if you are trying to study anatomy. If you are looking at the aparts of the arm, you can draw the arm and label each part. The first side of the notecard would just say “arm” and the other side would have the picture. If you wanted to quiz yourself, you can look at only the sides of the notecard with the body parts. ON a separate sheet of paper, you can try to draw the body part, them compare it with the picture on the other side of the notecard.

5. Partial sentences

This is a great way to memorize facts while still being able to quiz yourself. You separate the sentence or fact into two parts, and one part goes on each side. For example, if you are trying to memorize the fact, “glass tables are see-through”, one side would say “glass tables are” and the other side would say “see-through.” You can quiz yourself by going through the notecards starting with the first part of each fact, then the second part of each fact.

6. Studying another language

My Spanish teachers in high school always encouraged me to use notecards. You can do this in a few ways. The first is with the English definition on one side and the Spanish word on the other side. So, the first side fo the notecard would say “nice” and the other side oddly say “amable.”

10 Things That Make Me Happy

I often like to sit back and think about the simple things in life that make me happy. There are so many crazy things happening in life, and it’s important to slow down and do little actions that make you happy. It doesn’t need to be a vacation across the country or an extravagant meal; it can be as simple as looking out the window. For all of us, there are small things that occur DAILY that just make us happy. Today, I will share a few of mine with you all. As always, feel free to comment below! Let me know what makes you happy and if you connect with any of these!

1. My cat watching birds out the window

Some people love to watch and listen to the birds when the springtime comes. Instead, I love watching my cat watch and listen because he gets excited about something so simple. He sits on the windowsill and bats at the window wishing he just play with one. I love how happy he is (and yes, I am a bit obsessed with my cat, it makes me so happy. Lucky for me, he does this almost everyday… I love the consistency too. Every morning, I can count on Cooper to get on the windowsill and watch the birds. That means I can count on a bit of happiness every morning.

2. Lattes

I never liked any sort of coffee until about a year or two ago. I started to drink caramel lattes at work, with double the normal amount of syrup. Then, I began to work down to less and less syrup and now I can drink just a plain latte. I still love flavored ones the most though:). Each morning, I know I can get up and have a latte. I bought an espresso machine from my coworker and use it almost daily. My lattes are warm and cozy, and they just bring a bit of peace into my heart. To be honest, I don’t even like them for the caffeine. I really don’t even feel like they wake me up, I just love the taste and the consistency (again! Consistency should have been one of the things on this list).

3. Walks

My boyfriend and I love to go for walks, especially when the weather is getting nicer and the sun is up past 5PM. It’s the perfect way to get some fresh air and clear your head. Especially when you’re tired and don’t feel like going for a run or going to the gym, a walk is a great compromise that gets you active (and outside usually). I will walk on the treadmill, but it is not nearly as exciting as going outside. The nature around is so beautiful and I just love to take it all in. Plus, there are a ton of beautiful walking trails where I live, so I can explore these as well as my neighborhood.

4. Bullet Journaling (Journaling)

I guess this is an obvious one, but I love to bullet journal as a way to get my mind relaxed. While I do it for the blog, I mostly just do it for myself. Planning out my life and getting organized just brings me so much pleasure. When I bullet journal, I feel like I can get my creativity all out onto paper, and in the end, I have my life planned out. Also, it lets me work on my calligraphy, which is something I have always wanted to be good at. Along with doing my bullet journal, I also have a plain lined journal-to track my thoughts-and a prompted journal, which is one of my FAVORITE things. A few of the prompts include a map where you draw in ten places you want to visit, a page where you write your fears and scribble on them until they are gone, etc. If you would like to purchase that journal, you can get it from Amazon here!!

5. Blogging

This is another obvious one, but I thought I’d put it on here. I am happy to blog for two reasons: for myself, and to inspire all of you. For starters, when I am blogging, I get to have fun and share my unique ideas. I love to write, but I never liked formal writing in school. This gives me an area to write about anything and everything I want, and work on my writing skills for school in the process. This doesn’t feel like a chore like writing in school does. Plus, every week I look forward to brainstorming a new topic and writing about it. Sometimes it’s the bullet journal, sometimes it’s tips about school, and sometimes it’s just about the most random things! Whatever it is, I love it.

Second, I love to inspire all of you who read this. Whether I am giving useful school tips, helping you make new bullet journal spreads, or you just enjoy reading my page, that makes me SO happy. I can reach so many people from something so simple as writing a blog. So thank you again for reading my posts because that truly does make me smile.

6. Reading a Good Book

I have found that reading is a great thing to do before you go to bed. It allows you to slow yourself down before sleep. I also found that reading outside on a sunny day is amazing, and so is cozying up to the fire with a good book in the winter. No matter when or where it is, I love reading a good book. I am currently reading City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre and Paper Towns by John Green. What is next up on your reading list?

7. Turning off the light at night

Turning off my lamp at night is just a satisfying end to the day. Usually I sit in bed and read, blog, or bullet journal before bed. Obviously, I keep the lamp on to do this. When I am all ready for bed. I lay on my pillow, reach up, and turn off the lamp. It makes a satisfying click and the room goes dark. Then, I go to bed. I can’t explain why this is so amazing to me but something about the click of the light then the presence of a dark room is just peaceful and a good end to the day. Again, it is a constant in my life. Every night, I turn off the lamp and go to sleep, and I love being able to do that.

8. Staring into space

Do you ever find yourself just staring at nothing at all for a few minutes before you come back to reality? I do it all the time. Even at work with customers, sometimes I find myself looking at nothing. Then, I have to apologize for accidentally ignoring them and they think I’m goofy. Maybe I should try to focus a bit more at work, but either way, it brings me happiness. When I am in the middle of a hard test, I just look at nothing for a minute or two and I am good to go again. Maybe I look silly doing it, but who cares?

9. Math Homework

Ok, I am sure most of you can’t relate to this one. You probably related to some of the other ones (maybe not the light at night one, but one of them FOR SURE. Going for a walk?), but this one may be a little weird. Probably an education major thing, lol. Anyway, right now I am in an education math class, which basically teaches you how to teach children math. At the beginning of the semester, the teacher said, “prepare yourself because the class itself will be a lot of work and you will have quite a bit of homework.” I was never once worried. At the end of every class, I get my homework and I am so excited to do it. I do it before all my other homework (which is not as exciting) because I can’t wait to get it done. The thing is, it’s not even easy. You would think it would be easy because it is just how to teach elementary kids, but it is teaching me how to look at the math from all angles. I love that! It really makes me think.

10. Watching Tik Tok

Yep. It is a guilty pleasure of mine. I can get glued to Tik Tok for hours on end. I tell myself I am going to watch three videos, and 1,000 videos later I come out of my slump and realize it’s time to get stuff done. Maybe you have the same problem with binge-worthy TV or YouTube videos!

PS. These are in no particular order. They all make me so so happy! I hope you can connect with some of them, but maybe not others! And, that’s okay. Anything that makes you happy is worth doing. Let me know what your favorite things in life are below! 🙂

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

College Life with EG: Part 14B

School Supplies Part 2

Happy Monday everyone! Today is a great day and a great start to an amazing week. I am so convinced that if you start your Monday off right you will have a better rest of the week. Now, I write my posts a couple days before they actually go out, so right now it is not actually Monday for me… but I am getting myself prepared to have an amazing week! This week I want to continue writing in my bullet journal daily! How are you all doing? Did you do last week’s spreads, and have you done the drawing challenge? Mine is turning out nicely this first week;)

Anyway, sorry to keep you waiting on the rest of the school supplies blog, but I really wanted to get those March spreads out to you last week. If you remember from the first post, I ended talking about the different types of supplies you need based on how prepared you want to be (if you haven’t read that post, here is the link!!) I was talking about the supplies you need to be “extra” prepared. After I explain that, I will tell you the best supplies I get to stay within budget! Also, some of the supplies I have linked on Amazon because that is the most convenient way to shop right now, but you can find all of it at Walmart (as you can see, there are a few things I only found at Walmart, not Amazon). That is where I always do my shopping at the beginning of the year!

Extra

  • Lots of pens, pencils, and highlighters: I would keep a couple of cheap pencils with you and then one or two of the the nicer ones (I will explain these below). In my opinion, the more pencils the better because they get lost so, so easily. You want to have as many pens as you think you need to take really good notes. As extra as I am, I usually have about 10-15 (this may be a LITTLE overboard). As for highlighters, I would say about three. I usually use pens to underline and show important parts of my notes, but it’s nice to have a few basic colored highlighters as well.
  • Pencil case: you can get a basic pencil case from Walmart or Meijer, but if you have a ton of stuff, I would recommend a makeup brush bag! They have so many fun patterns and hold way more!!
  • Notebooks: again, this is up to you on how many notebooks you want. If you want each class to have their own notebook, that works. Otherwise, you can get multiple subjects and your classes can all share a notebook. I mentioned in my last post that I like all the classes to have their own notebook, then I just reuse them the next year (after ripping out the old pages).
  • Folders: one folder for every class to hold all the extra papers. I recommend binders as well, so if you purchase the folders with the 3 holes to fit in a binder, those are the best. I will link my favorites below!
  • Binders: this is the part that is very different form the “minimalist” and the “average.” I keep a binder AND a folder. I organize most of my papers in the binder, but sometimes I put things in the folder for two reasons. The first is if I do not have my three hole punch and need to keep a paper safe. Usually teachers just give you papers that haven’t been punched, so you can keep these in your folders temporarily. The second reason is if I want to make space in my backpack. Sometimes I only need a couple papers for a class, so I transfer them to my folder instead of bringing the whole binder.
  • Three hole pinch: in case your teachers do not hole punch papers, or if you have to print things out at home, you will need a three hole punch to put the papers into your binders.
  • Binder dividers: you will want to make sure your binder is organized so you can find everything you need quickly. You can organize your tabs in any way you see fit, but here are a few of the categories I organize by:
    • Chapters: chapter 1 material, chapter 2 material, etc.
    • Notes, study guides, assignments, quizzes (these are all individual tabs)
    • Topics: similar to chapters, but maybe your class has topics that pertain to a few chapters, and you want all of that together
    • Date: you can organize material by the month
  • Calculator: if you have a math class
  • Sticky notes: I love using the bookmark sticky notes to keep track of important parts of a textbook, pages in my books, etc. I also use regular sticky notes to make extra notes on my papers when I run out of room.
  • There are some essential items for certain classes, such as rulers or protractors. If you know you will need that stuff, I would recommend one of the kits with all of those supplies. Otherwise, you can wait until class starts to confirm what you need.

My Favorite Supplies!

Pens

Pencils

  • PaperMate Clearpoint pencils (the “nice” ones): I literally did a sales presentation on these sophomore year of high school… they are amazing!! Worth the money until you lose them;)
  • BIC mechanical pencils (the “cheap” ones): these pencils are great to carry around because they are cheap but still great quality. If someone asks to borrow a pencil, you can give them these instead of your nice ones!

Highlighters

Folders

  • Five Star 2 pocket Stay-Put Folder: this is the BEST. First of all, this folder is plastic, which I need because I tend to spill everything. It also has the hole punches so they can fit right into your binder. The insides have tabs at the top so paper cannot fall out if you tip it upside down and there is a little pocket for index cards on the inside. I can’t say enough great things about this folder!

Notebooks

  • I have a few favorite notebooks, but the Exceed ones can only be found at Walmart. I love the Five Start brand, but the Exceed are a little bit cheaper.

Sticky Notes

I usually stick with the Post-It note brand because they have the best stick to them. I know I can take them on and off the paper a few times and they will still work perfectly. I have linked the 3×3 ones that I use to add notes onto my paper and the bookmark ones that I use to put tabs in my textbooks.

Pencil Case

I love to use the Vera Bradley makeup bags for my pencils and pens! There are so many compartments to fit everything you need, including a calculator! Unfortunately, my favorite one has been discontinued, but I still linked a couple ones I like below.

Binders

I love the Exceed binders! They are a little on the pricey side, but still less than the on brand (Avery and Five Star). They are plastic with a plastic cover so you can decorate a piece of paper however you please for the cover. They also have the D ring so nothing every falls out.

Three Hole Punch

I found an amazing three hole punch at Walmart, and I have had it for a few years. It still works great!

Binder dividers

You can really go with any dividers, but I love the ones with little tabs that slide in and out, rather than the stickers. These are amazing because you can change the tab when the class is over, and you want to use the binder for something else.

Calculator

For what you need in a calculator, it really depends on the class. You can get one that only does the basic operations if the works for you. However, you may want to upgrade once you get to the higher level math classes. I love the TI-84! It is great and worth the extra money if you have harder classes. Plus, you can take it to the SAT and most standardized tests, which I think that will be much more useful than a basic calculator. I linked the mint one on Amazon, but they have SOO many colors to choose from!

Thank you all for reading the post today, and I hope this can help you out! Have a great week!~

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

The Power of Simplicity

So… you may be wondering what in the world I mean by the title. Well, let me tell you. Sometimes simple things can be just so amazing. Here’s an example: notecards. Yesterday, I had a ton of stuff on my mind and a lot of things I wanted to get done. Nothing major, but little things for each class, like finishing part of an essay or up chapter notes. When everything is swimming in my mind, I have absolutely NO ability to focus. So, I grabbed a notecard and just made a simple to do list. Nothing fancy, just a bulleted list of all the things I wanted to get done. It helped me SOOO much, and I was able to get everything done:)… the power of simplicity = the greatness of a notecard. That’s all.

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace