5 Ways To GUARANTEE Yourself a Better Morning || My Morning Routine || How to Survive College

Happy Weekend, everyone! I haven’t actually put up an actual blogpost up in a LONNNNNNNNNNG time but I’m here today with 5 Tips to Guarantee* Yourself a Better Morning!

*obviously it’s not /guaranteed/ guaranteed but I’ll do my best to make sure you have a better morning

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I’m currently in the throes of my sophomore year of college, and free time is few and far between. I don’t have time to have an entire get-ready morning-routine much of the time, and time to myself is rare.

However, what I’ve come to realize is that if I get some time to myself in the morning and have a set morning routine, the rest of my day goes so much more smoothly and I have a much better mindset about the day. With that, I am more productive, I have a better attitude, and am overall just happier. (my introvert-ness is showing, huh?)

So what exactly do I do to guarantee myself a better morning? I’m about to tell you, right now!

  1. Get ready for the day THE NIGHT BEFORE. For me, it’s packing my backpack, picking out an outfit for the next day, setting out my Bible and journal, and making my coffee so I can just pour it over ice in the morning. Since I’ve been getting up before my roommate, I try to eliminate as many steps as I can so that I can just wake up, grab my stuff, and leave the room before making too much noise or turning on the light.
  2. Wake up EARLIER! I know we all have nights where we have to stay up late studying (or socializing) and LIFE just happens, but I’ve been waking up before 7 every morning (which is 2 hours earlier than I used to 🙈) and just spending that time on myself (which sometimes does come in the form of studying) before the day officially starts.2019-07-19 05.20.33 1.jpg
  3. Spend some time with God before other things. I’m super prone to putting quiet time on the back burner, and forgetting about it for large amounts of time, but I’ve been back on the quiet time game, and it really is the best thing 😍 I’ll be the first to admit, my quiet time sometimes involves more Instagram than actual Bible reading, but I’ve been making the effort and prioritizing some time with God, and it’s been amazing. (more blogposts on this topic coming soon!)
  4. Calendar block out your day. I have other blogposts that touch on this here and here, but I really really like planning out my day before I start it, so that I always know what I’m supposed to be doing and what I’ll be doing at any given point during the time. It used to stress me out and make me think I needed to have stuff in place for every single minute of the day, but then I realized I could calendar block in relaxing time, and now I love it again!
  5. Study some before your classes start! I really REALLY don’t like showing up to class unprepared, and I always feel behind if I don’t have a little background knowledge/done a little background reading before I show up to class (where are my premed/bio/chem kids at?) so studying a little before I go to class has helped me understand the material so much better and just makes my classes for that day so much easier and smoother!

For the past couple weeks, I’ve had this morning (and evening!) routine, and my life is CHANGED. I’ve been able to face the day so much more prepared (I used to wake up, muddle around some, probably finish some homework, and then run off to class. Yes, it was as much of a mess as it sounds), and I feel so much more organized and productive in the morning!


Let’s chat in the comments! Do you have a morning routine? What are some things that make you feel productive in the morning? Leave a comment down below; I’d love to chat with you!

Blog Tour: Wedding Score by Amanda Tero || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway!

Hey everyone! Lots of exciting bookish news happening recently: today I’m a part of the release team for Amanda Tero’s new book, Wedding Score!

About the Book-

Most girls dream of their wedding days. Except me. I’m too busy practicing piano and being the live soundtrack for everyone else’s weddings to think about my own.

I’ve survived most of my twenties with harmonious chords and pleasant days. So why is it that now, at twenty-seven, a discordant feeling presents itself?

Is there a solid solution to loneliness when there is absolutely no potential husband on the horizon?

A CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN SHORT READ

Are you a single who has been in this singleness journey a little longer than you anticipated? This week is the release of Amanda Tero’s contemporary fiction novella, “Wedding Score.” Main character Stephanie is there with you as she’s suddenly thrown into a season of discontentment and impatience. Told in a whimsical, honest style, “Wedding Score” is a 1-2 hour short read that leaves readers feeling understood and hopeful.

My Review-

I really enjoyed this little book (novella?)! Although I never really struggled with singleness, this book still had some good topics to explore, such as trusting in God, rather than man. I also like how this book about singleness DIDN’T end with the MC, Stephanie, finding a boyfriend! That just really doesn’t seem to happen in books.

As a piano player myself, I also really enjoyed the music aspects, and in that way, I related to Stephanie quite a bit. I also enjoyed the characters in this story: they were all pretty-well developed and had their own personalities, even during this short book!

Overall? I really enjoyed this book! Although it didn’t 100% resonate with me, I still really enjoyed the themes within it. Despite it being a super short book (I read it under an hour), the plot and characters were still well developed and memorable.

My Rating-

4/5

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About the Author-

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Giveaway-

Amanda is giving away paperbacks, yes…

But she really wants to share this story with as many readers as possible. So, for release week, she’ll be sending eBooks to anyone who wants one! So hop over and submit your email for a free eBook!

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Visit Amanda’s blog for a complete list of bloggers and special tour information.

I really enjoyed Wedding Score! Make sure you head over to Amanda’s for some more release week fun (and a free copy of Wedding Score!).

Cover Reveal: Never Say Goodbye by Sarah Grace Grzy

Hi friends! Today, I’m going to be doing the cover reveal for a super exciting book: Never Say Goodbye by Sarah Grace Grzy!!

Never Say Goodbye is the sequel of Live Without You, which is a super sweet and cute little novella that I read and adored! They are both Contemporary Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Inspirational Fiction books, and Live Without You is such a heartwarming and sweet little story! I’m super excited to read Live Without You, and I’m super excited to be showing you all the cover of it!

Are you ready for it?

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Here it is!

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Find it on GoodReads!

Isn’t it so pretty??! It matches so well with the first book!!

About the Book-

They say time heals all wounds. But he was finding it a poor painkiller.

CoverTyler Collens has seen grief and loss in his years of experience as a paramedic—but he never expected it to touch his life in such a personal way. The death of his wife eighteen months ago shook his steady world and changed him in more ways than he can count. Time and routine have steadied his feet, and he looks toward the future as he raises his infant daughter—but the past has a tighter grip on him than he knows. 

Alyvia Emmerson has never been certain of who she is or where she belongs. Her dad’s abandonment as a teen broke a fragile piece of her heart, but ten years later, she has moved on. Living on her own, she at last has a project to devote herself to: revitalizing a shabby bookstore. But she didn’t count on her dream job revealing the shattered pieces of herself she thought mended long ago.

In this sophomore novella featuring beloved characters from Live Without You, Sarah Grace Grzy explores themes of grief and hope in a story that touches both the heart and spirit. 

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About the Author-

Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called ‘Life,’ she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other.

A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. She inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.

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So what are you waiting for? Go get Never Say Goodbye on your Goodreads To-Be-Read shelf right now!!!

Book Review: The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden

About the Book

Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building his very successful global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before it spirals out of control, he returns to his ancestral home to save his brother and sister before it’s too late.

As a junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle Larkin has been charged with the impossible task of gaining access to the notoriously private Delacroix plant collection. If she fails, she will be out of a job and the family farm in Kansas will go under. She has no idea that in gaining entrance to the Delacroix world, she will unwittingly step into a web of dangerous political intrigue far beyond her experience.

Unable to deny her attraction to the reclusive business tycoon, Annabelle will be forced to choose between her heart and loyalty to her country. Can Gray and Annabelle find a way through the storm of scandal without destroying the family Gray is fighting to save?

My Review

I’ve been excited to read this book since I knew of it even though I don’t have time help me because it’s by Elizabeth Camden and I loVe her books!! (See my review of her other books here and here). This was a part of a new series (Hope and Glory, versus the Empire State series), so I was excited to meet new characters and get into a new setting.

Overall, I still like the Empire State series more than this series (at least so far), but my favorite part of Camden’s books, the STEM focused young women who are also feminine and have emotion, was still present!

I really enjoyed the historical setting of this book: in the very early 1900s, which was when America was really coming into its own; corporations were booming and inventions were coming out left and right. Although I don’t know much about it, that period of history is FASCINATING to me! I loved reading about that time period and seeing where everything came from. 🙂 As someone who doesn’t know a ton about the food industry, this book was also really interesting and a good way to learn more about it, and its origins.

In terms of the story, it was a good story and I really enjoyed it: it was action packed, but never boring, but which made it feel a little long at times. There were SO MANY twists and turns that it was never dull, and all of it was interesting to read about! The chemistry between Annabelle and Gray was AMAZING: I don’t think I’ve read a book where the two main characters connected so well! Annabelle is smart and witty and resilient, and Gray is thoughtful and smart and calculating but also sweet. Their siblings were also so fun to read about (and there are hints of Caroline and Luke having their own books!!! eeek!!), and Annabelle’s parents are a joy. 🙂

Overall, I really enjoyed this story! It was a joy to read (even though it felt a bit long at times) and I loved the setting and the characters!

My Rating

4/5

Thank you to the publisher (Bethany House Fiction) and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review; I was not required to write a positive review.

Book Review: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons!!! || Eternal. Screaming.

About the Book-

When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down.

Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.

Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition — no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.

Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen.

100 Days of Sunlight is a poignant and heartfelt novel by author Abbie Emmons. If you like sweet contemporary romance and strong family themes then you’ll love this touching story of hope, healing, and getting back up when life knocks you down.

My Review-

OH MY WORD. I have been waiting to read this book before I knew what it was. I’ve been excited for this book ever since I started following Abbiee’s blog and instagram, and it’s finally out!!! I’m SO excited, and it’s an AMAZING BOOK. (If you haven’t seen the post I did for her blog tour, including a guest post from Abbie herself you can find it here)

I had all the intentions to write a twitter live-reaction thread while doing it buuuut it was too good and I finished it before I remembered. #oops. I ended up going back and writing down my thoughts though, so if you want to read initial reactions: it’s here

People always say to not judge a book by its cover, but in this case, THE COVER IS GORGEOUS AND EVERYTHING GOOD IN THIS WORLD AND IT ALSO MAKES SENSE IN THE BOOK AND CAN I JUST HUG IT. (There’s 100 Days of Sunlight merch out and it’s THE BEST THING EVER (if anyone is thinking about buying me something . . . .😉))

Fangirling aside, I really enjoyed this book! Although it was written on the simplistic side and it was kiiiiiiinda cheesy, it was SO sweet and it was so similar to my life right now. It also definitely made me cry (who’d’ve thunk).

My favorite part about this book was how it was divided up into the different senses and the different focus each section was on. Tessa and Weston are absolutely adorable and are the sweetest. Weston’s relationship with his friend Rudy, as well as Tessa’s relationship with her blogging friends (!!!!!) are also the sweetest and was really nice to see (as opposed to a lot of other YA contemps which are only focused on the MCs and no one else).

My only issue with the book is that I’m not certain of what age demographic this is meant for? On one hand, I’m inclined to say that it’s for a younger audience, because of the simplified love story and the cliche-ness of it all, but also there was a bit of language used. I personally didn’t mind it, but I know that younger (more judgmental) me would have been appalled at it. Readers of all ages will loVe this story, but I’m just,,not certain exactly if that’s an issue for anyone else.

Overall? I’m SO HYPED ABOUT THIS book and it doesn’t disappoint. I’ve already begun rereading it and I’m super excited. This is my summer of reading contemps that make me cry and 100 DOS is no exception.

Check out my blog tour post for 100 Days of Sunlight here!

My Rating-

4/5

Things liked-

  • It’s so swEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEt!
  • and it made me cry loL
  • Tessa and Weston are the cutest and remind me of my own story
  • That cover is goRgeous??!

Things disliked-

  • kiiiinda simplistic and also there was some language

 

 

A Productive Day in the Life as an Author || Blog Tour: 100 Days of Sunlight||Guest Post from Abbie Emmons and GIVEAWAY!! || *insert eternal screaming*

Hey guys!! Today, I’m bringing to you a post that I’ve personally waited to be making for YEARS: it’s my part in the blog tour for Abbie Emmons’ NEW BOOK, 100 Days of Sunlight!!! I’ve been following Abbie for about 4 years now: she is so inspirational as a blogger/indie author/self-employer (and she has a KILLER Instagram page, check it out if you haven’t already!!), and I’ve been WAITING for her to publish her book for SO LONG. I’m SO EXCITED because that day is finally here, and I’m super honored to be a part of her blog tour!

So today, as part of the blog tour, we have a guest post from Abbie, with a Productive Day in the Life as an Author! Take it away, Abbie!


A Productive Day in the Life as an Author, by Abbie Emmons

I’ve always been obsessed with productivity. Even when I was a little kid, I loved making task lists (though you couldn’t have called them “tasks” back then, haha) and to this day I’m always on the lookout for new ways to improve my output and make the most of my time.

Now that I’m a published author (!!!) there are even more demands on my attention – so many problems to solve and not enough time to solve them. Needless to say, I’ve had to be more diligent than ever when it comes to managing my time.

Before we go any further, I want to give a big THANK YOU to Hanne for inviting me to guest post on her lovely blog today! We’re going to talk about time management – what a productive day in my author life looks like. Let’s go!

Morning

Let’s begin at the beginning of the day. Mornings are essential because they are the time I feel the freshest and most energetic. Making sure my day gets off on the right foot is critical to staying happy and creative throughout the afternoon and evening. A bad morning usually leads to a bad day – but a good morning can lead to a wonderful day.

When I first wake up – regardless of what season of life I’m in and what projects I’m currently working on – I never miss my morning routine of tea and journaling.

I love to journal because it’s a great way to get all your feelings, hopes, and worries out of your head and onto the page. I tend to bottle up emotions too much, or pile on more work so I don’t stop and think about what’s bothering me – but journaling has helped me to quietly address emotional issues without stressing over them. It also helps me sort out problems with my goals or habits by self-reflecting objectively.

After showering and eating a healthy breakfast, I sit down to begin my work for the day (with another cuppa, of course). Many of you might already know that I’m obsessed with calendar blocking. (I usually calendar block my day the night before, so we’ll get to that at the end of this post.) The morning block of my calendar is always reserved for the most time-sensitive tasks (ie: anything that will matter tomorrow if I don’t get it done today). This might include editing a video for my YouTube channel, sending books off to someone, doing an interview, creating a promotion, or anything in between!

I work on stuff like this from 8:00 to 12:30, then I pause and take a half hour break for lunch.

Afternoon

Afternoon tasks are important, but not as time-sensitive (ie: anything that will matter next week if I don’t get it done this week). Afternoons are sometimes difficult for me to push through, as I start to lose focus around hour 7 of working. That’s part of the reason why I like to make my afternoon tasks not quite as important as my morning tasks. The pressure isn’t as intense, and if I don’t accomplish everything on my list, it’s okay because there’s always tomorrow!

My last work-related task for the day is usually answering emails and DMs. I do this after everything else because I’m an introvert. (Ha!) Interacting with people (even via email) takes quite a bit of energy, so I don’t like to spend a lot of my “battery life” on that first thing in the morning. After all, it doesn’t require my most creative energy, so I’ve found that late afternoon is a good time to get this done.

Around 4:30 p.m., I usually break for yoga. It’s nice to move my body after sitting in front of a computer all day, plus it’s a good way to refresh for my evening tasks.

Evening

As you might have guessed, evening tasks are the least urgent. They are still important to me, but for the distant future. For example, I might work on outlining or editing a future novel, or brainstorming a new idea for my YouTube channel or blogpost.

This is also the time of day when I turn my phone to airplane mode and “disconnect” from the world. Because I work from home, there’s no getting away from my work – but disconnecting from the internet in this free time is paramount to my mental health. Before I get off the computer completely, I’ll calendar block my tomorrow and make my next task list. I’ll prioritize my tasks in the same way I did everything today.

After dinner comes my night routine, which consists of stretching, reading, and spending time with my family. I stay off electronic devices (unless a lightning bolt of inspiration strikes and I simply MUST WRITE) because we all know that glowing blue light makes it harder to fall asleep. I try to get to bed by 10:30, but sometimes I break my own rules. (Hey, I’m young, I should enjoy that extra 30 minutes of reading a book. ha. ha.)

So there it is! In a nutshell, that’s what my average productive day looks like as an author.

Comment below and tell me: do you use calendar blocking? What is your favorite way to prioritize your tasks? Do you have a morning/night routine? Let’s talk all things productivity in the comments!

Thank you again to Hanne for having me on her blog today!

rock on,

Abbie


Giveaway!

I’m delighted to be giving away 3 (!!!!) e-copies of 100 Days of Sunlight!! Enter the giveaway here!

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And that’s it! Are you as excited for 100 Days of Sunlight as I am?? Did you enter the giveaway yet? Let me know in comments!

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College Advice We Wish We’d Known feat. Abby from Story Eyed || Collab

Hey everyone! Today I have a super special and exciting post: my first official collab!! I’m doing a collab with Abby from Story Eyed. We’re both going into our sophomore year of college, so we decided to put some thoughts of what we’ve learned now that we’ve survived a year of college.

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Hi, friends! I’m Abigail Lennah, and I blog over at Story-Eyed. I’m a rising civil engineering sophomore who enjoys writing poetry for theater performances, riding Lime scooters, and playing Red Flags with friends. It’s so exciting to do this collab with Hanne, as both of us are rising sophomores at our respective universities. Today, we’re showering some advice and experiences garnered with the first year under our belts.

Hanne and I have different schooling backgrounds which transformed into the transition period between high school and college. I went to a Montessori school in kindergarten, through the public education system, and now attend a private Jesuit university, whereas Hanne was homeschooled throughout the first thirteen years and attends a public university. We brainstormed a bunch of questions. Hanne’s answers are on my blog, so go on out and read them once you finish this post!


What is something no one told you about going to college?
People say this in passing, but the weight of their words never settled until the first several months past: you grow so much in college. For the first eighteen years of your life, you’re swarmed by the comfort of the people, places, and environment. Then, college strikes, thrusting you into liminality where you’re forced to learn about your identity without familiarity surrounding you. It’s scary because you’re put outside of your comfort zone, but if you stand your ground and open to new opportunities, it will stretch your character in ways you never expected to grow.

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What has your biggest struggle been since starting college and how have you overcome it?
My biggest struggle is dedicating time to self-care. Engineering is a time-consuming major. Add in balancing five different external commitments, balancing a social life, and trying to get enough sleep calls in for a grand mixture of intimidating proportions. Any one of my friends could attest: yes, I’m out doing all the things. In some cases, I embody Hamilton’s ability of working non-stop. This contributes ramifications such as burnout and poor mental health. It’s not something I’ve overcome—the chart waxes and wanes—but I’m taking steps to try to make it easier on myself this year.

What was one thing you did outside of school while you were at college?
I overcommitted to engaging in different activities, from joining a sustainability leadership group advocating energy reduction education to weekly volunteering at local elementary schools! I spent lots of my time in engineering and writing clubs who helped construct my perceptions on both subjects, but the biggest club I’ve been apart of is the Filipino-American Student Union. Surprisingly, this wasn’t a club I entertained joining when first arriving on campus—I went to the first meeting due to mutual friends dragging me along. I didn’t realize how much I would love learning about my cultural identity until many event planning and Tuesday nights later! Now, I’m one of the festival coordinators for the upcoming school year.

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What do you do when you’re procrastinated until the last possible second? Do you give something up, and do one thing well? Do you do two things haphazardly? What goes through your head then?
I seldom procrastinate.(note from Hanne: cannot relate) Putting things off rattles my anxiety to high gear, but when procrastination does happen, it’s usually during group projects due the following day. I’ve been fortunate enough to work in groups with more subdued and calm personalities to balance my franticness. Sometimes, this means spending ten minutes during break laying on the floor listening to reggae. It may also mean listening to choral music at 2:30 in the morning. Usually the work gets balanced out well and we complete it with some hours of sleeping to spare but does become a panic fest for some time.

How has college caused you to readapt your schedule, in comparison to high school?
You have autonomy on how you spend your time. This can be a strange power to wield, especially if much of your time was dictated by an external force. There are over a thousand minutes in a day, and you get to decide what to do. If you want to watch a discounted movie Tuesday morning because your sole class got cancelled, go ahead! If you want to stay in over the weekend instead of going out, that’s fine too. It’s strange to wield what you do in your time, but you are your own self-advocate and dedicate your time however you want.

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As a STEM major, how do you balance & partake in activities outside your major?
I’m a civil engineering student who’s crazy about creating sustainable infrastructure in cities, especially moving forward when climate change and our contributions towards it is a big deal. Some of the activities I take part in—such as joining a women’s engineering club and a sustainability leadership program—reflect that. Yet, I’m also a writer, creator, and hot chocolate consumer, too! They’re important identities, and it’s important to give time to nurture them. I try to dedicate at least two hours to other non-STEM related activities, such as writing poetry for theater performances! It also helps give a breath of fresh air, especially when Newtons stress you out.

Time management is a big thing, and in college you’re given independent over what to do. How do you manage your time to have a balance of a healthy, social, & academic life?
The number one tip to balancing everything without falling apart is understanding how much time you have and what your abilities are. Is there truth about choosing only two from the triangle featuring school, social life, or sleep? To some degree. (For me, DEFINITELY sleep.) I’m still able to accomplish a lot because I try not to waste time, knowing the demands of my major. It also comes down to priorities. Sometimes, you can combine aspects together, like group studying, the ultimate combo of socializing and school. But you also need to fulfill your own needs, and if studying by yourself needs to happen, then let it happen. Be honest with what you can fulfill, and don’t take on too much.

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College can sometimes be a place to meet new people—discuss how you morphed into the new environment.
The people I met throughout college made the transition smoother than I perceived it. I spent the first several weeks entrapped in my dorm room, gorging on KIND bars and not talking to anyone. It was scary because one, it was a new environment, and two, my senior roommate already had a preestablished group, so I didn’t come in with a buddy. I felt a bit lonely, something which I didn’t shy away from mentioning to others. Spending time in the common room helped, though. It’s funny, because my interactions with my closest friends initiated with me being the enthusiastic outgoing one when the reality of our personalities is quite the opposite. The friends I made aren’t a coherent group, and sometimes, not being in a group is sometimes sad. You don’t have a connection or comradery to be nestled in a comforting bubble. Despite this, I still spend lots of time with them and they bring out the best parts, encouraging exploration, self-care, and a positive outlook on the future.


Go check out Abby’s blog and social media: you won’t regret it! Make sure you read my half of the post, with my answers! Are you in college right now? If you’ve been to college, what are some questions you wish had been answered? If you’re heading to college soon, what are some questions you have? Drop us a comment and we’ll try to get back to you!

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Book Review: Fire Storm by Nancy Mehl

About the Book-

FBI Profiler Kaely Quinn visits Nebraska to care for her ailing mother. She cant help but notice suspicious connections among a series of local fires, so she calls on her partner, Noah Hunter, to help find the arsonist. Together they unwittingly embark on a twisted path to a mad man who is determined his last heinous act will be Kaelys death.

My Review-

OOOOOH This series is G O O D!!! If you want to read my review of Book 1, Mind Games, you can find it here. It covers a lot of the points that I also cover in this one, such as the villain POV, the profiling, and minimal romance, which I all enjoyed.

While I don’t think I enjoyed this one quite as much as the first one, this one was similar enough that a few pages in, I remembered what happened. The plot twist that happened in this book wasn’t as dramatic as the one in the first, since it was almost alluded to in the main part of the story. However, the smaller twists in the story were SO GOOD: I was on a voice call with my friends while reading and I may or may not have SQUEALED when I got to it. It was GOOD.

The romance and family themes were slightly stronger in this book than the previous one, but it wasn’t enough that it really took away from the story. The main focus on the book was Kaley and the arsonist (and Noah, of course), and I realllly liked that!

It did feel like the story kind of wrapped up too quickly: I wasn’t too huge of a fan of that, but it sufficed. Overall, I wasn’t quite a fan of this book as much as I was of book 1, but I still really enjoyed it and will be looking forwards to book 3!

My Rating-

4/5

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review.