My Top 5 Tips for Moving Away From Home, from a Christian Homeschool Graduate in College || College Lifestyle

Hello friend! Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about moving to college, and the transition between living at home and living in a place by yourself for the first time, especially as college admissions are rolling in. There’s a lot I could say about this topic, but today I thought I would start by writing down some of the most important things that I’ve learned living alone at school.

A little bit about my background: I attend a public university in the United States, so that’s where I am coming from. I was homeschooled from K-12, and while I currently live in an off-campus apartment with friends, I have also previously lived in a dorm for almost 2 years (I didn’t get to finish out my second year due to the pandemic). I still live in the same state as my family, so I’m able to see them as often as I like, which was very frequent in the beginning and less so as I’ve become more independent.

Obviously I don’t have all of the time or space to cover all of the intricate details about living alone and moving out and all of that, but today I thought would give a broad overview about moving out and some tips I would give to someone who is thinking about moving out for college, particularly in a dorm, but also just in general.

  1. Own who you are and where you came from. Moving somewhere new is always the perfect excuse to reinvent yourself, and start a lot of your things in your life afresh: your friend circle, your likes and dislikes, and a lot of small pieces within your personality, and that’s great! As you do that, though, don’t try to completely reinvent yourself. Hang on to the parts of your personality that make you who you are, and although it might be tempting to completely start over, own who you are! Own your story, and don’t be afraid to share it with the people that you meet. Chances are, they’re going to think it’s cool instead of strange, and if they do think it’s strange, well, it’s their loss.
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  2. Listen to your body and don’t overexert yourself. The first month or so of moving to college, I put a lot of pressure on myself to make friends, and be constantly hanging out with people, afraid to miss out on anything. While it’s definitely important to put yourself out there and make friends, also listen to what your body is telling you. Is it telling you to sit alone in your room while your roommate is out and reading a book? Then do it. Is it telling you to sit in the lounge, but not participate in the conversation? Do it.
    Although I went into college an extrovert, by the end of my freshman year, I’d become a hardcore introvert. What changed? When I was homeschooled, I’d never had to be around someone else 23 1/2 hours of the day, but when I got to college, that changed: when I wasn’t in class, I was with friends, and if I wasn’t with them, I was with my roommate. Even the bathroom was a floor-wide communal one, so even in the bathroom I wasn’t completely alone. Your mental health is important, and you don’t have to be hanging out with people constantly if your body is telling you not to.
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  3. No one is out to get you. A lot of the narrative about going to college, especially to a public university from being Christian and homeschooled, is that people will constantly be drinking and doing drugs and having sex blatantly, and that they’ll try to get you to join. Nothing is farther from the truth. While there are definitely people who go out partying, and who smoke weed in their room, no one is going to pressure you to do anything you don’t want to do. While there are certainly people who might be like that, my personal experience is that everyone is very respectful with your boundaries and choices, and so long as you’re clear about your boundaries are to yourself, you will be fine. (Obviously still be alert, because once people are drunk, they might do things that they wouldn’t normally do, so definitely keep yourself safe! but in general, it’s way less of a problem than people make it out to be.)
  4. Keep an open mind. You are going to meet so many people who have had different life paths and stories than you. They may have made different personal choices than you that you don’t agree with. Listen to their stories. Listen to what they have to say, and don’t dismiss what they have to say just because they have made decisions that you don’t agree with. This particularly applies to topics such as homosexuality, race, and money. Just as you don’t want people interfering with your life choices, don’t interfere with theirs.
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  5. College (or wherever you’re moving) is not your mission field. When I was getting ready to start college, I had a lot of people say that they were praying for me to “be a good witness” or “show Christ to others”, and while being Christlike is obviously SUPER important and if people are interested in what you believe in, seize that opportunity to tell them about the gospel, but you are not responsible for the salvation of your friends. That is simply too much pressure, and if sharing the gospel in where you’re living is your calling, then 100% go for it! When I first moved to college, I felt a huge sense of responsibility for the people who I lived with, and I eventually realized that it was not a healthy mindset to have. Simply being a Christlike example is enough, and the Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of those around you with your witness as an example.
    My first roommate was not Christian, which we discussed the first day we lived together. She was very respectful of what I believed in, and while she wasn’t interested in becoming a Christian, we had a lot of good discussions about what I believed, and why I believed it. At the end of the semester, she understood the gospel a lot more and had a much more favorable perspective about Christianity than she did in the beginning.
    Is it important to hold tight to your morals and faith? Absolutely. Do you have to convert your roommate and friends to Christianity? Absolutely not.

So those are my top 5 tips that I would give to someone who is worried about moving away from home for the first time! I would be more than happy to answer any more questions that you might have, and if you have any more topics that you would like me to share about, feel free to suggest topics for me to talk about!


If you haven’t moved away from home yet, what are questions you still have about living alone? If you have moved away, what is something you would tell yourself at the beginning of your journey? Is there anything else you want me to discuss? Leave a comment and let me know!


P. S. I have a new video up on my YouTube channel! It is a productive day in my life, and I’m very pleased with how it turned out, so I would love if you checked it out!

25 Practical and Useful Gift Ideas: A Minimalist Gift Guide || 12 Days of Blogmas 2020 Day 1

Hello friends, and HAPPY BLOGMAS!! I’ve been doing blogmas for several years now, and while I . . . don’t think I’ve ever finished, it’s always been fun to try! I’ve posted some of my favorite blogposts over blogmas, and it’s always fun to start the new year off on a blogging roll, you know?

Like last year, I’ll be doing 12 days of blogmas: 12 blogposts spread out throughout December leading up to Christmas. It’s not going to be super Christmas themed or anything, but I’m excited to do it!

For today’s post, I thought I would do a 25 minimalist gift ideas list. Over the course of the year, I’ve leaned more and more towards living a minimalistic and simplistic lifestyle: 2020 has definitely taught me the value of living a quieter life, and one does not need to have many things in order to live a productive and fulfilling life.

This Christmas, I’m asking for things that are not just more meaningful, but also higher quality and conducive to living a minimalist life, and I thought I would put together a list of some simple gifts that promote hygge and a quiet life. If you have any people in your life that you want to give a gift to, I think these would be really nice gifts: they’re practical and useful, while still being meaningful at the same time!

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Health + Wellness

  1. Nice smelling soap or lotion
  2. Essential oils & diffuser (these are the essential oils that I use–this company is not a MLM, but that link is my referral code and gets you $10 off a purchase of $50! I also use Young Living oils and as far as I know, they are the same quality)
  3. Simplistic minimal jewelry
  4. A menstrual cup! Obviously this one depends on your relationship with the person, but I love mine and did a blogpost about it a while back! (You can find it here.) This is the one that I use: Duchess Menstrual Cup
  5. Masks (#2020) or face masks as more of a beauty supply
  6. An aesthetic candle (such as this wood wick crackling candle)

Kitchen

  1. Reusable straws (like these)
  2. A milk frother (A similiar one to mine that has good reviews)
  3. A French press
  4. Your favorite coffee beans (especially ones from a small company like this one)
  5. Loose leaf tea (like from this small company)
  6. A cast iron skillet (like this one)
  7. A spice collection
  8. High quality wooden kitchen utensils (like these)

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Self Improvement

  1. The Little Book of Hygge
  2. Prompted journals: I personally haven’t used them, but these are good ones that I’ve heard of-
  3. A high quality notebook like a Leuchtturm1917 or a Moleskine
  4. A non-fiction book/devotional! Some good ones that I’ve had recommended to me (but that I haven’t read) are:

Home

  1. A good quality set of coasters (like these marble ones)
  2. A good utility knife
  3. Wool dryer balls
  4. A subscription box services to something that you know they will actually use. Some of the ones I’ve seen are

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  1. Items from a small business that are functional and that they would use, like mugs or art pieces. Some of my favorites are:
    • Jenessa Wait (mostly art prints but also journals, mugs, and pillowcases)
    • Rachel Allene (mostly mugs, but also some other hand lettered things like t-shirts and stickers)
  2. Board games
  3. Plants: succulents or otherwise low maintenance ones are the best ones to give as gifts

I would highly recommend asking people for their wish list, and give them thing that are useful and meaningful to them. Use this list as inspiration, but don’t buy someone something unless you know they will need it. If you don’t know what they want, then I would highly suggest a gift card with a thoughtfully written note: the meaning is still there, but you aren’t cluttering up their life with things that they do not need and that do not add to their life.


So here is a sampling of ideas that I am looking to give to people in my life this year! What is on your wishlist? What is something you’re gifting to someone else? Are you a minimalist? Leave me a comment and let me know!

5 Peaceful Habits You NEED to Implement This Semester & My First Day In My Apartment || College Lifestyle

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written a productivity themed blogpost, and I’m super excited to be sharing one today! Today I’m here with 5 Peaceful Habits To Add To Your Day!

Since starting quarantine, I’ve done a lot of staring at screens, video calls, and not interacting with a ton of people, and it’s super easy to get caught up in the virtual world and forget to take care of yourself. At least, that’s how it’s been for me.

To help combat that, I’ve been experimenting on habits that I want to implement into my life to help me become a better person overall. I haven’t figured them all out yet, but I’ve been playing with them and I think they’re helping. Taking the time to slow down, step away from my screens, and practice some self care has been life saving to me and I hope these habits and tips help you out as well!

  1. Journaling. If you go back in the archives of this blog, you’ll see that there are a BUNCH of posts where I set a goal to journal more. I started journaling at the end of last year, and I’ve been doing that this year as well. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still doing it on and off (at the time of writing this I haven’t journaled in 3 days #oops) but it has been a habit that keeps me grounded and sane. It also reminds me of the day to day, and I have never once regretted having done it. My friend Grace Anne was the one who really encouraged me to start journaling, and she has two posts on her blog that have really helped me start journaling. You can find them here and here.
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  2. Drinking tea/having a ritual drink. Pre-quarantine, I never really drank tea: it would get cold too fast, or it wasn’t a flavor that I liked, or I didn’t have time to make it, and the list goes on and on. Since quarantine started, though, I have begun making a cup of tea in the evenings (and sometimes during the day too!) and just enjoying the calming process of doing so. If tea isn’t your thing (& I get it, it wasn’t for 20 years of my life!), any drink works for this. Whether it be hot coffee in your french press, making an iced matcha, even a glass of cold lemon water, slowing down and making yourself a drink is such a relaxing thing that you can do to create a peaceful spot during your day.
  3. Reading for pleasure. Since starting the semester back up again, I’ve been reading less and less. Textbook readings and recorded lectures have been my sink of free time, and I haven’t felt like picking up a book and just reading, like I used to do. Yesterday night, I finally sat down and finished the book that I was currently reading and it felt so. good. I know most of the people who follow me already read a lot, but if you haven’t in a while, here’s your reminder to go read a book, just for fun! You’ll love it, I promise.
  4. Making your space somewhere you enjoy. This is very much tied to my having moved recently (which, haven’t updated the blog on that! but I did!) but I’ve decorated my space here at college, as well as redone my space at home (you might remember my floating shelves project over the summer) and it’s just been so so good for the soul. I still haven’t finished my room here at school, but once it’s done I’m excited to show you! (hint: read more of this post for a clue 😉 ). Having a space you like being in is SO important right now, when we’re all staring at the same walls all. day. long.DSC_0365
    Declutter your stuff, print some photos and put them up, buy some plants for your space, or even just rearrange the furniture already in your room! Making a change in your everyday workspace will make you feel more free in your space. If you don’t have the time to invest into switching up your space, then just commit to keeping it clean! Having a neat and tidy space will make it so much easier to work and give you more peace of mind.
  5.  Take time to do something you love! Obviously, this can’t happen every day, but at least once a week, turn off your computer, put on some music, and do something that fills your spirit. Last weekend I sat down and wrote a bunch of letters, which has been my new favorite hobby. This week, I edited a video and will probably write more letters later on in the week. If you’ve been on my page, you know I’m a huuuuge proponent of doing the things that you love, and that is definitely a habit I recommend you work into your life.

So there you have it! There are some of the ways that I’ve been keeping my life peaceful, and if not peaceful, at least sane. I hope they help you, or at the very least, inspire you into making your life something that you enjoy, rather than something that you go through.

To go along with this blogpost, I have a new video up! It’s a video of my first day in my new apartment! I moved in (just shy of a month ago at this point) to my college apartment, and I filmed the first day I was here. It was so much fun to film and edit, and it’s the best video I’ve made so far (at least, I think). I really love it and I’m really proud of it and i hope you check it out!

What is something you do to help you when you are stressed? What drink are you a fan of? What is your favorite hobby at the moment? Leave a comment and let me know!

A Day in the Life of a College Sophomore in Quarantine || Studying, Baking, and Letter Writing || Spring 2020

Happy quarantine, friends!! I hope you are doing well, and that you’ve been finding joy in this strange season.

Today I’m going to share a day in my life as a college student in quarantine! I always love seeing these kinds of posts, and they are always so motivating for me, so I hope that this post does the same thing for you! I did one of these posts last year, and it was a lot of fun, so I wanted to do the same thing again this year! Naturally my routine is a little different right now, and I thought it would be a good way to document this time.


My mornings start off with class: my 8am chemistry class still meets at the same time, so I wake up, make breakfast, and a cup of coffee, and sit down for class! I usually plan out my day in my bullet journal during my first class, so I know what homework is due that day and what else I want to do that day.Processed with VSCO with g3 presetAfter class, I have my quiet time. I prefer to do it first thing in the morning, but having an 8am really isn’t very conducive for that, haha! I finish up my (now cold) coffee and read a couple passages in the Bible: my favorite plans are the Little Bible Plans made by Jenny: they are exactly the right length, and they are all such good passages! Processed with VSCO with g3 preset

After my quiet time is done, I have another online class, biology this time, and then I eat lunch! Usually I read a book while reading: this day in particular I’m reading Anne of Windy Poplars for my readalong that is happening! I’m eating a chicken salad melt with cheddar cheese on top: so yummy!Processed with VSCO with g3 preset

After lunch, I have yet another online class: this time it is orchestra! Obviously, my orchestra cannot meet right now (our last concert was actually cancelled😭), but my directors have been leading us through some orchestral pieces and showing us a more behind-the-scenes look of conducting and leading an orchestra, which is super interesting!

During class, I make apple crisp. Obviously this isn’t an everyday thing, but this day we had apples that were going bad, so I decided to cut them up and make apple crisp! It turned out really good, and it was really fun to make too! Being able to do things like this is my favorite part of online class: you get to do things that aren’t possible during live classes! My webcam was on, but no one could tell 🤫.

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After that, I did some studying. My statistics professor records his lectures and puts them online, so I watched that and took notes. I’ve really enjoyed being able to pause and rewind lectures, especially since math is nooooooooot my strong suit. 😂Processed with VSCO with g3 preset

After I finished studying, my family ate dinner, and then I broke out the stationary to write some letters! I’ve really enjoyed being able to write more letters during this time: snail mail is just so fun! I lit a candle, put on a YouTube video (this one is by Lindsey from BFCG), and wrote several letters! I’m a big fan of making time to do things that you like and want, even if it’s not the most practical it’s finals szn, bb!! so I made time to write some letters! Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

After that, I get ready for bed, and listen to a podcast as a way to help me unwind, and then go to sleep!

Obviously my everyday isn’t like that, and as exams start piling up, I’m less able to both bake apple crisp and write letters in the same day, but I still try to not work all day. It’s not the most exciting day-in-the-life, but that’s just how this season is. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to continue taking college classes, which gives my days a structure that wouldn’t be there otherwise.


What does a typical day in your life look like? What is your go-to breakfast? Do you like writing letters? What is one thing you’re grateful for because of quarantine? Leave me a comment and let me know!

4 ESSENTIAL Bullet Journal Spreads I Can’t Live Without feat. Charley from The Miss Charley || Bullet Journaling || Collab

Hey everyone! Today I’m here with another bullet journal post!! You all like them and I like writing them, so it’s the best of both worlds! Today, I have my friend Charley on the blog, and she is sharing some of her bullet journal spreads she can’t live without, and I’m over on her blog with some of mine that I can’t live without!

Find more of my bullet journal posts here!

Bullet journaling can seem intimidating at first glance. Believe me, I know. I spend hours scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram looking for inspiration. Spreads vary from pieces of art meant to be framed to minimalist spreads created with a basic pen. After two years of creating spreads from one end of the spectrum to the other, I found my four essential spreads I need in my bullet journal. I’m going to share them with you!

Monthly Calendar

My monthly calendar spread is something I play around with depending on how busy I think my month will be. Recently, I have been doing a calendar spread horizontally to fill the page and leaving room on the side for ‘Important Dates’. I don’t have much of a social life, so I can easily fill in work hours, bill due dates, etc. I also keep my school due dates in a separate planner in order to keep my life more organized.

Monthly Spread

Finance Tracker Log

In 2019, I made finances a priority for myself. I don’t have a checkbook, so I had to create my own log. With my financlogs, I like to alternate colors for each line. Each log has columns for: date, store, amount, and what’s left in my budget. Budgeting is so important for finances at any age, and I find having a log makes me more accountable for where I spend my money. At the top of my tracker, I will add in each week’s paycheck divided into my budget categories. I also make sure to add a ‘Wishlist’ of two or three items to spend a little extra on during the month.

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Reading and Watching Log

Typically I call this my ‘What I Devoured’ log as a take on Christine Riccio’s ‘What I Eat in a Month’ videos. I find this log important at the end of each month to remind myself what I actually read and watched since time can get away from me. Depending on the month, I make the spread one or two pages. During the quarantine, I will definitely be adding in more pages.

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Weekly Overviews

My personal preference is to plan my weeks out at a time. I don’t do daily spreads simply due to how busy I get during the school semester. I find weekly logs allow me to prepare mentally for the week on a Sunday night or Monday morning. I will write everything out on a to-do list and then move each item into a day.

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Thanks for letting me visit! Make sure to head over to my blog to check out Hanne’s post!

xo,
Charley


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Thank you so much Charley for posting on my blog today! Make sure to go over to her blog to see my post on my most used bullet journal spreads! What was your favorite spread from this post? Do you use your bullet journal to track finances? Leave a comment and let me know!

5 Online School Tips YOU NEED TO KNOW from a (former) Homeschooler || COVID-19 Social Distancing Tips

Hey everyone!! If your college is doing what most of the colleges around the country, and even around the world are doing, then you’re going to be doing online school for the rest of the semester, myself included. Although obviously this situation isn’t ideal for anyone, we all have to make the best of it we can to help the world recover from this pandemic.

As a homeschool graduate, I probably have more experience with online school than most other college students right now, who may be taking online classes for the first time. Since a lot of people are starting online classes today, I thought I would share some of my top 5 tips for online school as a homeschool graduate!

  1. STAY ORGANIZED. My biggest piece of advice would be to write down what you need to do so that you can keep track of what you are doing and stay organized. You can make a schedule or a to-do list, or even both; just make sure that you know what is required of you and what you need to do.
    This is HUGE because when you take online school, there is so much less overhead supervision: less people reminding you of due dates, no in class exams, and nothing to physically turn in. You’re going to have to be all of those things for yourself so that you can keep yourself on track and complete all your work!

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  2. Have a set schedule. It’s so much easier to slack off on your work while you’re at home and not at school, and it’s also a lot harder to motivate yourself to do things. Having a set schedule, such as starting your “school day” by 10am and ending it by 5pm, will keep you from slacking off until 4pm and THEN realizing you have four assignments due that day.

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  3. Go to class! Like, duh, right? You’d be surprised. There is so much less motivation to go to class when your class is on your laptop, especially when it since there is a lot less accountability, but CLASS IS SO IMPORTANT. If you want to do well, you need to be in class. No, you’re not going to be able to catch up. No, you’re not going to just “google the topic” later. JUST GO TO CLASS.
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  4. Get ready for the day. Getting dressed and doing work at your desk feels a lot different than waking up, rolling over, grabbing your laptop, and going to online class. Put on some real clothes, make a good breakfast and a strong cup of caffeine, and write a to-do list before starting to work! Getting yourself mentally ready to be “attending class” and doing work puts you in the right headspace and gives you a better chance to learn.
    You may be interested in: 5 Ways To GUARANTEE Yourself a Better Morning
  5. Still make time to do what you love. Whether it be hanging out with friends, working out, playing an instrument, playing computer games, it’s really important to not let college consume your whole life. When you were at college, you didn’t only go to class and study, did you? At the very least, you got out and walked between classes. Make sure to make space to do things other than school and sleep: this is not high school!
    You may be interested in: My Social Distancing Bucket List || 25 Things To Do Now That You Finally Have the Time

I hope these tips were helpful to you in some form or another! Remember: you’ve got this! If you have any more specific questions about online school, feel free to leave a comment or reach out to me on social media @hanneasinhannah!


Those are my online school tips! What is going on at your school? Is it cancelled? Moved online? Fellow homeschoolers/homeschool graduates: what are some tips you would give to someone who’s never taken an online class? Leave me a comment and let me know!

 

What’s in my Bullet Journal: College Edition || Spring 2020 || Bullet Journaling

Hey everyone!! Today I have a post I’ve been really excited to share: my bullet journal  set up for this semester! I’ve been in school for a couple weeks now, but am only just now getting to posting this! I don’t have a lot of pages just for the semester, so this is going to be a shorter bullet journal post than usual, but I wanted to show it anyways!


First up is my semester goals and my schedule for the semester. I haven’t filled out my goals all the way yet, but I have them ranked by how important they are to me (so 1 is most important and 10 is least).

The calendar/schedule is pretty self explanatory: it’s just my schedule of classes! I have each class color coded (this will come up later) and drawn into my schedule! (My inspiration for the semester goals page is this photo by @elizabethjournals and my inspiration for the schedule page is this photo by @probably.studyingg.)

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Next up is the page where I list all of my assignments! This is for mostly bigger assignments, such as projects and exams (homework will be on a page you’ll see in a minute). This is where the color-coding comes back into play: each color on this calendar reflects a class, which allows me to see when I have a major assignment for each class at a glance, which I’m sure will be helpful during the semester!

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The last spreads I have for the semester overview for each class. I have 5 of these pages, all the same with the exception of the first one. The first page is a list of important dates regarding the school (so like first day of school, spring break, last day of school, etc).

I also have a page for each of my classes with more I have the name, email, and office hours for each professor and TA for the class, then I have a detailed breakdown for each of the assignments. This allows me to keep track of all the assignments I have to do this semester and keeps me organized! (Inspired by this photo by Elizabeth Journals and this photo by @b.studies).

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So those are the spreads that I am using this semester to help me stay organized and be productive! What was your favorite spread? Are you in college? high school? out of school? working?? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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!