The Unwanted & Probably Needed Phone Detox…

So I have not had a phone for the past two or so weeks… here’s the backstory: My phone has been having some battery problems to the point where it wouldn’t work unless it was charging. If I tried to use it when it wasn’t charging, it would usually just die. To keep things short, it finally decided one day, while it was charging, to die and never turn on. So, there it is, the backstory to my unwanted phone detox.

Let me just tell you, it is not easy living without a cell phone. I knew how dependent I was on my cell phone, but there are a lot of things that I didn’t even realize I needed my phone for. I needed my GPS to go places, I was printing out directions, I needed an alarm clock, my roommates had to wake me up because I don’t own an alarm clock, basic communication, I couldn’t even make a phone call for a doctor’s appointment. This Thanksgiving was a little more aware of what my life is and the privilege I have because of this experience.

The nice part of this experience… you get to experience life a little more realistic. I’m not always worried about my Instagram likes and if I’m responding to people’s snaps. I wasn’t distracted while driving, even if it was just picking a song to play. I had to make plans ahead of time because I wouldn’t be able to contact people once I lost wifi. This experience had me reevaluating how much I use my phone. I usually blame the reason I’m on social media so much is because I am trying to learn more about it in order to do it for a living, and while that can be a good reason, it is not an excuse to devote all my time to my phone.

I think everyone could use a good phone detox. Do I think you should do it for two weeks? Absolutely not, that is torturous. But I do think you should do it for a few days so you can adjust to it. It will help you see things in a new light and appreciate it so much more. That doesn’t sound appealing? Learn to cut down for a few days or in general. Don’t rely on it all day, every day. They’ve only been saying this for years that you need to take some time away from your phone. Like leave it in another room when you go to bed, or at least don’t look at it for an hour or so before you go to bed. I think just stepping it back to something realistic for you can really be mentally beneficial.

November Mood Board

Happy November! I know this is a few days late, but without disappointment, it has arrived! I’m also sorry about the lack of posts and interactions these past two months, I have been super busy between both my jobs, class and everything else. But I made it a November resolution to get back on track and really interact with you all. I’m thinking that these next few months can only get better, amiright? 

So here we are the November Mood Board:

What I did in October:

+ I went home for Fall break! Think cute pics and @CiscoBrewery with lots of love and family.

Sunshine & @ciscobrewers ☀️🍹

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+ I have set up my schedule to register for my last semester of college.

+ I have started to figure out how to do my big girl job (in case you missed it, I am working at a marketing firm in New Haven part time as a Junior Project Manager). I am running strategy meetings and hosting important conference calls.

+ Halloween was a thing!

All My Friends Are Dead 💀🎃👻 #stayspooky

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What is coming up in November?

Thanksgiving! Aka one of my favorite holidays full of food and family!

+ Class registration was today! This is my last time registering for classes ever!

+ Hopefully getting and starting some new books (and making time to read)

+ The beginning of Christmas Shopping 🎄

+ Discovering some fun new quotes that really speak to me as I try to reevaluate and redesign my life

Sunday Morning Thoughts 💕☕️ #sundayvibes

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Fun things!

I found my new favorite red wine… peep it here

+ I found my new favorite Starbucks drink! (Venti Quad Coconut Milk Latte with 2 pumps of Caramel Brûlée)


What are you up to this month?




Sunday Morning Coffee // No. 1

Happy Sunday everyone! As you are reading this, I am at work at Starbucks making a buck and getting things done. This week has been crazy and last weekend was just weird.  I spent this week trying to assess my life and figure out why I “blew-up” last weekend. I have had a lot going on since before classes even started and forgot how to take a breathe. Tuesday, I locked myself out of my car and missed my first class. That was a blessing. I got to have fun for an hour while awaiting my car to get unlocked and then I had two hours to get my life together, do some homework not due the next day and to hang out with some friends while laughing. I needed it to say the least.

Here is a quote from this week:



I also would like to note, I got this idea from the very talented Amber Burns over at Space on Third!

I would also love to share a few fun articles and tips I have discovered this week! 

How to Take Lecture Notes by Not A Studyblr Yet

Mostly Morgan’s What I Wish I’d Known My First Year of College

Extra Petite’s Fall Accessories – I would literally live in this outfit!

If you had to read any of these four posts, I would read this post “You Don’t Have to Have It All Together Right Now” by Hello Brittnee. This one really hit me where it matters.

I hope you all have an amazing rest of your Sunday!



What To Do When the “Doing Too Much” Hits You… Hard

So yesterday, the “what am I doing with my life”, “I don’t have time to do anything” and the “I need to get out” feeling hit me and when I say it hit me, it hit me hard. As my professor listed off all the things due in “one month” as he said and gave us a date that is less than one month away, I started to have a panic attack of, I can barely due what I have right now. So I went to my next class, had another anxiety attack and left the school immediately. I emailed my professors and got the f*** out of there! (note: I have never missed any of these classes before and I never skip classes, this was 100% necessary for me). So in case you pull a me, I want to help you because this was not easy and it still is not as I sit here typing this.

  1. Breathe. Escape the situation and breathe. This is one of the most important parts because sometimes taking deep breaths is the only thing to keep you from drowning.
  2. Do something you enjoy that will distract you. I went to Trader Joes and bought some food I needed and then went to the Starbucks I work at and talked to some of my favorite people! This was something I really needed.
  3. Sit down and be productive. I went home after my distraction and got some of my homework done. This is also a way for me to make up for missing class, but I wasn’t rushing or stressing over anything, I just sat down and did it, took some breaks and didn’t stress out over it.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. This one is huge, sometimes you need to just vent, or get away, or even just a hug. Ask for someone because it will be okay and they can help make it okay. Sometimes knowing the right person to ask can be hard, but don’t ever go at things alone. That will only hurt you in the long run.
  5. Find a reason to smile. There is always a reason, whether you like it or not. One reason I love my Passion Planner is that every week their is a place for me to write the good things that happen every week.

I think a huge thing is that no matter how down you are, you have to remember that there is always up. You can always catch up and things will always get better! Take a breath and keep going. Remember, without air you will drown and you can’t move forward if all you do is tread water.


What You Should Never Leave Your Internship Without…

Today is the last day of my internship at Odonnell Company and it is both a bittersweet day. I have spent my whole summer here and I loved everyone I came across in this experience and I have learned enough information to convince me that I like my major and I am on the right path. But, there are a few things that I have learned not to leave without that isn’t just a goodbye!

Never leave without a Letter of Recommendation from your Internship Supervisor.

This one is very important. This is the person you directly were in contact with, had to sign paperwork and basically lead you through the journey that was your internship, I also enjoy this because it helps to show myself that I actually did something instead of just sitting at my desk waiting for work. Like I actually did something useful and they thought it was good! Read More »

Who Would Have Guessed, I Love Coffee?

Looking back to High School Freshman Marina, she hated coffee. She hated everything about it. From the smell to the bitter taste, it just wasn’t her cup of tea {ha, get it}. But then High School Junior and Senior Year Marina, well she started to get a liking for it. She stopped almost every day on the way to school for an iced milky way. If you don’t know what that is {if you’re not from Nantucket, you probably don’t}, it is basically a iced mocha coffee that has slim to none coffee taste, but still gives you the beautiful caffeine rush.

Looking to today, I would never order that stuff as I actually like the taste of coffee and I try to stay away from overly sweetened things. Today I have set drinks that I order when I don’t know what to order. My typical drink anywhere I go is a Vanilla Latte with skim milk. This could be iced or hot {and yes, I am one of those weird coffee drinkers that don’t just stick to one or the other and switch with the seasons}.

When I go to Starbucks, I order an iced Caramel Macchiato with coconut milk or a hot Vanilla Latte. When I’m at home, I stick to the Vanilla Latte, iced and hot. If you’re not into coffee {or just not in the mood}, get a Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher. With this, I add a splash of Lemonade or if I’m home a lemon slice.

My orders aren’t super complicated. They’re simple and now I know, not so hard to make. I really hope to find some cool recipes while I work at Starbucks and maybe even create a few {Barista’s have been known to do that}. I know there is one called something like the Flu Buster and tried and approved. It is citruses and lemony and you can even add peppermint if the store has it. Starbucks is just full of surprises.

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I think coffee is a way of life really. My Mom lived off of coffee {dark roast with whole milk and sugar or a double shot macchiato all foam}.  I never saw her without coffee with her or on her {don’t worry I get that messy gene from both my parents}. My Dad loves coffee as well {black dark roast}. My sister is obsessed with her iced hazelnut with cream and sugar. And all my friends {and Phi Sig Fam} even say yes whenever I ask if they want to come on a coffee run. Coffee is a way of life, it’s a bonding experience and it’s a hot sip on a cold day. Does anyone else remember their first taste of coffee where you swore you’d never be like your parents and drink something so bitter? Don’t worry we almost all grew out of that stage in time. Coffee dates have made me some of my best friends and only leaves me with fond memories.

How do you like your coffee? What are your favorite Starbucks drinks?