Making a Shift: My Plans for 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I have decided to do a little analysis recently of the past year and use it to help guide me into the next. This semester was very hectic for me, from taking six / seven classes, working forty + hours a week, doing my sorority / Bursar stuff every day and being the President of two clubs. I have been running myself thin to say the least and that is going to stop. I plan on working to be a better me and still conquer everything that I want to. I don’t want to spread myself thin anymore. So, here is my list of “do-betters” for this upcoming semester / year.

  • Write more often (Get content out daily through rather social media or here)
  • Meditate more often
  • Do everything with love
  • Let go of the things you can’t change
  • Stretch more
  • Put your mental health first
  • Don’t dwell or regret your mistakes, learn from them and move forward
  • Take the time to eat a healthy meal
  • Eat your veggies
  • Find time to go to the gym
  • Remember what your focus is & stick to it
  • You have one semester left, put your all in

I plan on using these to help me reach my upcoming goals. I graduate in May and with that, I have a lot of goals that I am currently planning! I want to find a job in social media marketing, I want to try and makes deans list, move somewhere like Boston or New York and I want live a healthier life, both physically and mentally. My “do-betters” are set in place to help me remember my goals and to accomplish them slowly every day. Every day I plan on doing better than the last and not dwelling on the things I mess up, just focusing on moving forward and learning from my mistakes. Signaturepalmm




What are your goals and resolutions for the new year?

The After Christmas Up-To-Dates

I want to start by apologizing to my readers for not posting in some time, if you follow my Instagram and Twitter (which if you don’t I suggest you start haha) I have been busy between jobs, school and extracurriculars, but I plan on hoping back on track again! With that being said, I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! I know mine was filled with food (including lots of Chocolate and sugar) and booze. Basically a very unhealthy, cheat day. But it was a fun, relaxing and great holiday filled with family, friends and a good time! It’s hard to say what my favorite gift I gave was, I feel like everything was just a giant shabang and everything was so cool that I got and gave! I just love watching people open what I give them!

I got amazing presents and gave a bunch too! I couldn’t be more thankful for the people in my life! Some of my favorite presents includes this HALO Charger below. This thing is so cool, it can plug in a light or anything with a normal prong plug, your phone, it has a flood flashlight and you can even jump start your car with this battery! Yea, thats right, jump start your car! You can check them out here!Read More »

September Mood Board

Happy September! For me September is a bittersweet time! As some of you know, if you couldn’t tell from my blog already, I love summer. I am a summer baby, I love everything about it. From the beach, to the weather, to the free time, to traveling, to sunshine and ocean breezes. But September is a good time of the year and not just because it has my sister’s birthday in it and we need an excuse to celebrate. But, because the air becomes crisp, school is back in session and you have so many fun activities, flavors and outfits to try.

Happened in August…

+I turned 21!

+Nantucket Getaway

+Started my Senior Year of Classes

+Learned how to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte

+Got to go to Upstate New York and have a fun 24 hours cell phone free at Tennanah Lake with friends!

+Got to go Jet Skiing

Cloudy days spent on the water = some of the best days

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Coming Up in September…

+E-Zoo (technically already happened but it was still September)

EZoo 2017 🐘🌌

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+Apple Picking

+Recruitment (WHOOP WHOOP)

+Phi Sig Photoshoots

One week until it begins! #RecruitmentCoundown

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+Getting HootSuite Certified!

+Pumpkin Spice everything!

Check out my other mood boards! August, June, May

What are you most excited for this September?


Birthday Wish List

So as some of you know, my 21st birthday is coming up! August 15th, if you want to know! I’m super excited as most people would be! I have plans for all of next week! There will be brunch, dinner, traveling, family, friends and sisters! I couldn’t be more excited! I have listed a few things on my Birthday Wish List! I’m honestly not that picky and trying to think of what I want for my birthday I think gets harder every year! I remember when I was little and it was just so easy deciding what I want and now it’s like pulling teeth to get anything out of me.


Passion Planner / Statement Necklace / Booties / GoPro

Fossil Wallet /  Pearl Chocker / Gold Chocker


A few other honorable mentions is the Glossier Phase 1 Set , cute shirts for going out, a cross body bag for festivals and maybe even some stuff for my house!

What did you ask for for your birthday?





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? 


Why Working 3 Jobs Was One of The Best Decisions I Made {For Now}

So as of right now, I am working three jobs and occasionally helping my aunt with catering. I work 24 hours a week at my internship, Monday through Wednesday, 9 to 5. This is both rewarding and annoying. I then have my job at American Eagle that I have had since December. I love the people I work with and no where else can I get in over eight hours of work because I decided I didn’t need sleep that night. Overnights are the main reason I can work there. And now, Starbucks. My new job at Starbucks has so far been nothing but an exciting experience.

Let’s start with my internship.

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