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!

10 Places To Declutter That You’ve Never Thought Of Before || Minimalism and Simple Living

Over the past few months, I’ve slowly been transitioning into living a more minimal life. I’ve found that living more simplistically is so much less stressful, and is just so much better for my mental health. Over the past month, I decluttered 500 physical items from my room, which has been so great for my mental clarity! I filmed a video of the process, and it’s at the end of this blog post if you’re interested in watching it.

Anyone who’s spent any time browsing Pinterest or YouTube knows the common places that are suggested decluttering spots: closet, kitchen cabinets, the bathroom, the catch-all drawer, and so on. For today’s post, I thought we would talk about 10 Places to Declutter That You’ve Never Thought Of Before!

I have 5 digital locations and 5 physical places that I’ve either recently decluttered, or am in the process of decluttering that are hopefully helpful to you!

Digital Locations
  1. The files on your computer. As a student, I’m constantly downloading files onto my computer: homework assignments, syllabi, data files, and the list goes on. Even if you aren’t a student, digital files add up SO quickly!
  2. Smartphone apps. Are there apps that you haven’t used for months now? What about some that you downloaded to try out, but never ended up using? Delete them, and not only will you free up space on your phone, you’ll free up space in your mind!
  3. Your photo gallery. This one is slightly more frequently mentioned than the rest, but I’m a big proponent of being minimal with your camera roll. Keeping too many photos CLUTTERS the memories of whatever the photo was about, and only keep ones that remind you of memories! (ALSO: students, delete those photos of powerpoints! You’re never going to look at them again.)
  4. Your instagram saved folders. This is one that I just did recently, and it has been so nice! I tend to scroll down instagram, saving things left and right, and if you’re the same way, I encourage you to go through and unsave whatever you don’t need anymore, and file the rest into folders so that you can find the posts easier in the future!
  5. Your spotify playlists. I’ve had a spotify account for 6 years at this point, and it is FILLED with music that 15-year-old-me liked, but I don’t listen to anymore. Go through and delete songs from your library, and if you’re feeling extra, give your playlist covers a facelift! (P.S. if you’re looking for my newly revamped spotify, it’s right here!)
Physical Locations
  1. Under the bed. The spot under the bed is often a hidden catch-all spot. I had all sorts of random things under my bed, and I finally went and decluttered under there this past month. It’s a trickier spot to clear out, but it’s so worth it.
  2. Your notebook collection. This one might be a tad specific to me personally, but I’d been noticing a bunch of my notebooks accumulating for the past few months. I went through all my notebooks, getting rid of whatever ones that didn’t hold significance for me, tearing out pages to reuse others, and filing the ones that I did actually want to keep. I got rid of almost 20 half-filled notebooks, and highly recommend it!
  3. Your souvenir collection. When I’m on trips, I tend to get into this mindset of “save everything as a souvenir,” from napkins to flyers to postcards. Sort through your souvenirs and see which ones actually have memories associated with them, and which ones are actually clutter, and get rid of the ones you don’t need! I’m all for keeping souvenirs, but, like photos, make sure you’re only keeping the ones that are memorable for you.
  4. Old arts and crafts. The thing about being an artist is that you make a lot of things that you can’t keep! Getting rid of them not only frees up space, but also reminds you of how far you’ve come!
  5. Your tea/coffee/warm drink collection. I have no idea why, but tea is just so easy to hoard! Somehow, I always attain tea faster than I can drink it (and I drink quite a bit of tea!). I also have a bunch of hot cocoa mixes, latte pouches, and just drink paraphernalia, and it’s honestly a little overwhelming sometimes. Go through your drink collection and see if there’s anything you don’t want to drink, and get rid of it! It also helps prevent decision paralysis in the future, which is a bonus!

So that’s 10 places to declutter that you’ve probably never thought of before! Both digital and physical locations are so important to keep clear, in order to keep your mind clear.

If you would like to see the process of me getting rid of 500 items from my room in 31 days, here’s the video:


That’s all from me for today! What spot are you going to declutter next? Are you a minimalist, or do you prefer keeping all your things? Leave a comment and let me know!

My 2021 Bullet Journal Setup || Bullet Journaling

Hello friends! It’s 2021, can you believe it! Welcome to my 2021 bullet journal set up! In this blogpost, I’ll be sharing with you a flip through of my completed bullet journal, but if  you would like to see the process of me setting it up, I filmed the whole process and there’s a video up on my YouTube channel now that you can go watch! I’ll link it at the end of this blogpost as well.

Setting Up My 2021 Bullet Journal

The supplies I used this month are very similar to the ones that I have used previously: the Michaels Dot Grid Notebook, the Pentel Energel 0.7 black pen, and the Zebra Mildliners, but this year, I’m also using the Neutral Portrait 10-Pack of Tombow Dual Brush Pens, which I got for Christmas and that I’m super excited about!

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To start off, this is the bullet journal that I’ll be using: I’ve decorated it with some stickers from Redbubble and etsy such as this one (the rest are gifts so I’m not sure where they’re from).

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The first couple spreads in my 2021 bullet journal are my index and grid spacing chart, exactly like the ones I made last year, so I’m not going to show them. The one after that is my 2021 future log: I’m super pleased with how it turned out, and while it’s super time consuming to make, it’s also my favorite spread every year.

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After that, I have a couple of my yearly trackers, as well as my 2021 New Years Goals and Resolutions page. The left column of the yearly tracker is my photo-a-day tracker, which is a habit that I love keeping up, and the right column will be a very similar one, but one to track my reading instead. My goals and resolutions spread is the same as the one from last year: I felt it worked really well for me so I just duplicated it this year.DSC_0018

Next up are some spreads that are new, which I’ll be trying out this year! Instead of doing monthly habit trackers like I have been in the past, this year, I’m going to be trying out yearly habit trackers! It will save me the time of setting it up every month, and I think that being able to see habits tracked throughout the whole year will really motivate me and keep me on track with them!

They are structured like the photo-a-day one, with the months of the year written across the top and the days of the month going down the side. I’ll make a colored dot if I complete the habit that day, and I’m really looking forwards to seeing my habits tracked across a whole year!DSC_0020

Next up is my TBR and my 2021 favorites spread. 2020 wasn’t a great reading year for me, and so I really want to make an effort to read as much in 2021 as I can. On the left, I’ll be writing in books that I want to read, and on the right, I’ll be writing in books that I have read and enjoyed. I will also make another spread to track all the books that I’ve read this year, but it definitely won’t be as elaborate as this spread!DSC_0023

After that is my address book and happy mail tracker! In 2020 I really fell back in love with the art of pen-palling, and I wanted a place to track the addresses of the people I’m writing to, as well as when I wrote to them. On the left is my address book, where I’ll write the name of the person in the envelope “flap,” and their address in the envelope “body.” On the right is my happy mail tracker, with the columns “recipient,” “from,” “sent,” and “notes” to track the letters that I’ve received and sent out. I’m super excited to keep writing letters in the new year, and this spread will be perfect for organizing it!DSC_0025

After that is my social media growth tracker, as well as my blogpost tracker. Like last year, my Instagram growth tracker is in the shape of the notifications on Instagram, which I’ll color in as I hit milestones. My YouTube growth tracker is similar, except instead of Instagram notifications, I’ll be coloring in play buttons.

My goal for the year is to put out 24 blog posts and 12 videos, so the circles at the bottom of the YouTube tracker, as well as the entire spread on the right, is for tracking that. I’ll be able to mark whether I’ve put out a video, as well as write in the title of the blogposts that I publish.DSC_0029

Next up is my minimalism tracker. This is the least thought out spread I have, but on the left side, I’m tracking my decluttering process (the beginning of which I’ve been logging over on my Instagram) and on the right, I have a wishlist of things I want, so that I hopefully won’t impulse purchase as much. DSC_0031

The last spread that I’ll be sharing is my January monthly layout! I’m really pleased with how it turned out: now that I don’t have as many monthly habits to track, it’s much easier to make it pretty. At least, that’s what I think. This year, my goal is to focus on making my bullet journal more usable, and I definitely also want to make it prettier as well!DSC_0033

So that’s a flipthrough of the bullet journal I’ll be using for 2021! Like promised, here is the video of me setting it up:


So that’s my bullet journal for 2021! What was your favorite spread? Are you trying out any new trackers in 2021? What is your favorite stationery product? 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!

10 Envelope Decoration Ideas and Pen Pal With Me || Collab With Sophia Small

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! Today I’m back with one of my favorite blogposts to write lately: one about letter writing! However, today, the blogpost is not actually here! I’m just popping in here to let you all know about a guest post I did on Sophia Small’s blog, Tea Stained Adventures! She is relaunching her blog, and I’m posting over there to celebrate!

I’m over there today talking about 10 ways to decorate envelopes! One of my favorite parts about writing letters is decorating the envelopes to go with it, and so I decided to share some of my favorite ways that I’ve discovered to decorate them today!

Find the post here.


To go along with the post, I filmed a Real Time Pen Pal With Me video! I love watching these types of videos when I write letters or do other crafty things, and I wanted to make one as well! Enjoy!


What is your favorite envelope making supply? I think mine is kraft paper and washi tape! Do you like watching pen pal with me videos? Leave me a comment and let me know!

August 2020 Plan With Me: Sunflower Theme || Bullet Journal

Hey everyone! Happy August (????!!!!!! Can you believe we’re so close to the end of 2020??? where has this year gone i can’t)!

Today I don’t have a blogpost idea, so I’m just popping on here to let you know I have a new video up! This is a video of me planning out my August bullet journal spread, with a sunflower theme, which I’m super excited for + have been loving using!

I got to try out some new spreads, such as a cover page and a brain dump page, which are both really cute: I’ve never made either of them in my 3+ years of bullet journaling! I also got to use some really adorable stickers from iEmCreativeCo, a really adorable Etsy shop! I hope you enjoy!

Also! Charley from The Miss Charley has me on her blog for her College Declassified series today! I am there to talk about community college! Find the post here and show it some love!


Ok for real though where do you think we should be in this year? Is your brain all caught up to AUGUST yet? Subconsciously I think we should still be in April. Do you have any questions about bullet journalling that you want me to answer in future blog posts? Let me know!

How to DIY Floating Shelves on a Budget! || DIY and Decorate With Me

Hey everyone! Today’s blogpost is a little different from the ones I usually write. Today I’m showing you all how I made these floating shelves by myself under $50!

I have been wanting to put up these floating shelves on this blank wall in my room for MONTHS now, and THANKS TO QUARANTINE (and my procrastination on my summer class homework) I finally got around to doing it! Could you probably get the same shelves on Amazon for roughly the same amount of money without spending three straight days breathing in paint thinner fumes and probably decreasing your life span by about 6 months? Yes. But something something trust the process, amirite kids? and also something something stop donating to the Jeff Bezos trust fund something something ok i’ll stop now

For real though, I really enjoyed this whole process, and I LOVE how they turned out. They are such a nice starting point for the room makeover/declutter that I’m doing now, and now I finally have a place to store my mug collection! They match perfectly with the bookshelves in my room, and with some fairy lights on them? *chef’s kiss* PERFECTION.

I filmed the whole process, and here is the process, in all its glory. Enjoy!


VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION: do you also collect mugs? Leave a comment and let me know! For wanting to be a minimalist, I have way too many mugs, but it’s definitely not a problem . . . is it?

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How To Create a Functional Bullet Journal Spread in 5 Steps || July 2020 Plan With Me: Lavender Theme || Bullet Journal

Happy Friday, and happy Fourth of July weekend! It’s the start of the month, which means it’s time for me to set up my bullet journal again! The passage of time really do be like that.

Anyways, this month, I decided to share with you all the 5 questions I ask myself when I’m making a new tracker in my bullet journal. It’s super easy to keep making the same spreads over and over again, without really thinking about what they add to your life. Because of that, I’m always trying to be intentional in fixing spreads that don’t work for me, and making it more functional and practical, so I ask my self these questions to try to make my new spreads as useful as possible to me.

  1. What purpose am I trying to make this spread fulfill? Not a surprise to anyone, but different spreads serve different purposes. The first, and most important step in designing a spread is to make it functional and able to track whatever you want it to do. Obviously this is different for every person, but think about what exactly you want that spread to track: don’t be too specific or too broad or filling it out will only confuse you
  2. How long do I want this spread to last? If it’s a week-long or even month-long spread, then you have more flexibility with how it’s designed, and are more able to play around with different styles to find the one(s) that work best for you. If it’s going to be a long term spread (3 months to a year), then definitely put in more thought into the design, especially so that you will remember to use it. This leads to:
  3. Is it in a style that I will remember to update and actually use? I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve made a spread where the spread itself is super pretty and aesthetic, but updating it is simply not easy enough that I would do it regularly. For example, this most often happens to me when I have a spread that I have to fill in with multiple pens. I end up almost never filling those spreads out because it’s simply too much effort to do it!
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  4. What kind of information will go on this spread? This might be more of a personal issue, but I often find myself not being motivated to fill out a spread because I’m not exactly sure what will go into it! Defining what will go into the spread removes my mental barrier for filling in that spread. This is kind of similar to question 1, but this is a little more concise.
  5. What happened to my spread that I used for tracking this thing last time? This only applies to spreads that you’re making multiple times, and not brand new spreads that you’re trying to create. Pinpoint what exactly you want to improve on in your new spreads, which will help you figure out what you need to add or take away from in your new spread to make it more function

I filmed myself setting up my monthly bullet journal again, and this is the first time I’ve done some sort of art/doodling theme in my bullet journal. It’s not the most aesthetic/professional theme, but it’s my first try and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out!

If you want a more detailed explanation on what each of my monthly spreads are, check out my plan with me from June, where I go more into detail about each of the spreads I make.

Anyways, here’s the video! I hope you enjoy!


Do you have a process when you’re figuring out what to include in a spread? What are some of the questions you ask yourself? What is your favorite length of time for a spread to last (i.e., one week, one month, 6 months, etc)? I think mine is roughly two weeks, haha! Leave a comment and let me know!