things i’ve learned in my 1st month of college

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Well it has officially been over a month since I started this whole “college” deal and they aren’t kidding when they say time flies when you’re having fun. If there is one MAIN thing that I have learned while I have been here, it is that you really can make yourself as busy as you want yourself to be. Between classes, my sorority, taking care of myself, and making time to chat with my friends and family, I finally understand the concept of there aren’t enough hours in the day. I decided to document a few of the life lessons I have learned so far and share them with you all:

you are NEVER alone// literally. ever. This was one major change for my introverted self but I am honestly loving the change. Between having a fantastic roomie (hi maddog) & and entire dorm of all girls (the best thing EVER) there is ALWAYS someone to talk to. I was lucky enough to have lots of close friends from high school come to college with me and having them just a few floors away is seriously such a game changer. I am in my friend’s room more than I am my own most days, and having those steady conversations and relationships is SO important to keep yourself sane. This has helped me so much in terms of straying away from being homesick too. Surrounding yourself with familiar faces is always  a healthy way to bring the little bit of home with you without leaving the present moment. {***one big shoutout to Rachel/Molly for basically having a third roomie. the amount of queso I have eaten from your room is getting to be a problem please feel free to confront me about this at any time}

eating healthy literally is not as hard as everyone makes it out to be// one of my main goals going into college was to keep up maintaining the already fairly healthy lifestyle I have. I don’t eat awfully, so when I crave something, it is usually something healthy in the first place. creating a habit for yourself is so easy in college when you’re limited to your food availability. If your dining hall is anything like mine, no matter what specialized entrees may be available that day, there is always a fully stocked salad bar and sandwich line. I am a HUGE fan of building super strong salads packed with protein like grilled chicken, chickpeas, and eggs that can last me long periods of time. I don’t always have time with my schedule to eat a balanced breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so being able to find foods that hold you over is super important. Listen to your body and be good to it! yeah ice cream may taste good at the time, but gets you nowhere! Fueling your body with the good stuff like fruit and veggies will leave you feeling so much more energized and helps you stay away from the risk of getting tired easily or not feeling your best. Stocking your dorm room with only healthy snacks is also a main idea that has helped me a ton. I don’t have a big sweet tooth, so things like cookies and candy have never really bothered me, but I can eat popcorn like its my job. By choosing healthy options and making sure to PORTION CONTROL (!!!!!) having a snack while studying isn’t bad at all!

keep yourself busy// this is a HUGE thing for me. I am so used to being involved in so many activities at school, that given all the free time in college, I started off not knowing what to do with it! Find fun things that work with your schedule! For me, I get homework done better in the mornings, and have more motivation to workout after class. Being able to switch those two with the freedom of not being constricted to an 8 hour school day is the best thing in the world. On most campuses there are HUNDREDS of things to get involved in! & if all else fails, take a walk! I love leaving for class a little earlier to skip the bus ride to my class plus walking the hills of KU is surprisingly a workout within itself!

take care of yourself// for about the billionth time this post: you’re on your own in college. Do your laundry. wash your dishes. get your homework done. make the responsibility aspect of college something that excites you, and doing the little daily chores gets all the less awful.

Hope everyone’s first few days of fall are going fabulously! Until next time, xoxo,

Ally

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weekly whirlwind

We are two weeks, TWO, weeks away from fall break which means the semester is 1/3 of the way over which is absolutely CRAZY for me to even halfway think about. I have loved college so much so far and am amazed about how fast time really does flu when you’re so busy all the time! Here’s how my week looked:

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FAMILY // we had big/little reveal week this past week and boy oh boy was I spoiled. welcome to the blog Cassidy {the stinkin’ cute pineapple}!!!!! I am a TRIPLET which is so fun to have some other girls in my pledge class who share the sam big sis so we can stick together and have tons of fun over the next few years! Cassidy did too good spoiling me and tricking me as to who she was all week (she even read the blog and got me GogoSqueez!!!!) xoxoaxo :’)

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my sweet friends that go to UNL back home in Nebraska decided to drive down to good old Lawrence this weekend to spend some time with us Jayhawks & not to brag but I have to say I think they had a blast! Here is my bestie Ann {& SISTER now!!}

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I have family that lives about 30 minutes from campus and they decided to pick me up this weekend and I was able to head to my cousin’s xc meet and then we stopped by Limestone Pizza (a MUST if you’re ever in Lawrence) and grab a quick bite. We had three pizzas that were all divine and couldn’t decide on a dessert so we got all 4! hehe I’m never against sharing when it comes to chocolate peanut butter brownies!

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Today is a rainy Sunday (and the first day so far that it has been below 80 degrees thank GOODNESS) and my roomie and I are taking advantage of this weather to coffee shop hop and get stuff done!!!! thumbs up for #gsdsundays!

Hope this next week of cooler weather is full of productivity and positivity!

until next time, xoxo, Ally

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links i’m lovin’ 9/23/16

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It has been far too long since I have complied a list of links for y’all and I honestly miss doing it so much! I always end up finding so many fun links and articles for myself along the way. So, after yet another week of almost fall {someone PLEASE explain to me why its late September and still in the 90’s here in Lawrence??} here are some links for you to browse:

****SIDE NOTE: i am working on redesigning this to be fixed, but for some reason my links are showing up as links…so just scroll over the page to find the words or phrase that’ll send ya over to the linked site🙂

1// we can finally think about our captions for a little longer? or keep those perfect latte snaps stored away and not taking up space in your camera roll? {WAY too guilty of a majority of my storage being filled with blog pics…} Instagram is letting us have drafts now.

2// I have a MAJOR girl crush on Gigi Hadid…but like don’t even try to admit that you DON’T. So when I saw this article on what she eats in a day, I was all about it. I am a huge foodie and always open to trying new ideas from girl bosses like herself.

3// I have been a fan of Evelyn Henson’s work {and Insta feed OH MY} for quite some time and her new fall/winter collection is to die for. THIS best friends card is seriously the cutest thing I have ever seen.

4// DID YOU SEE JCREW’S SHOW IN NYFW. I DID. HOLY.

5// I won’t lie…I have zero real reasoning for wanting these besides the fact they’re the cutest things I’ve ever seen in the entire world.

6// I find new blogs to fall in love with all the time, but The Fashion Guitar by Charlotte is my new obsession

7// I am still head over heels for my college town, and if you didn’t see the little adventure I had a few weekends ago, make sure to check out my post!

8// speaking of earlier posts, I talked about a book/journal in a post not too long ago, if you’re interested to getting it, you can check that out HERE

9// Did you hear the Jayhawks won a football game this year???? Yeah we are 1/3 but thats one more win than last year!

10// i have Big/Little week this week and my big is sure spoiling the heck out of me! I can’t wait until reveal and will be telling you all how cool she really is!

until next time, xoxo, Ally

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weekly whirlwind

CAN I START THIS OUT TELLING YOU ALL HOW GOOD IT FEELS TO BE TYPING ON MY LAPTOP???? Oh my goodness. My good ole 2012 Macbook Pro charger FRAYED on Thursday and I have been laptop-less ever since and yes that is 4 days but for someone who uses typing as a stress relieving outlet, oh buddy. I used to do these “weekly whirlwind” posts a lot and for some reason fell out of the habit of doing them, but now that I am in college I really want to start them up again to be able to have a place to look back and see what I was up to, along with having a place for my family and friends to see what I am up to as well!

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{t.loft} if you’re from anywhere in KC or Lawrence, this is a MUST. When my momma and siblings were in town for family weekend I made them make the trek and it was SO worth it. Not only was the atmosphere super aesthetically pleasing but the buffalo chicken quinoa bowl complete with avocadoes & blue cheese was to die for! also, let me mention that is practically all of my favorite flavors in one dish. nom.

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chapter on Mondays is always a fun excuse to see my Alpha Chi sisters, but formal chapter is an even more fun reason to dress up & to wear really fun pink shoes and white sundresses. (shhh don’t tell anyone it’s past Labor Day)

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how cute are the AXO letters for family weekend??? I am in love, the girls who painted them did such a good job! My mom is pretty darn cute as well!

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For anyone who knows me, you’ll know these are my straight guilty pleasure. PUMPKIN SPICE ONES???? you’re kidding. target, you get me.

Oh how good it feels to catch up. As for now, my roomie and I are about to rearrange our dorm room. lol, wish us luck.

Until next time, xoxo, Ally

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#52Lists // List 10

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hey friends! I wanted to start this post off thanking my lovely gal pal Sara for influencing this post and my entire night of serenity honestly. I owe you like a latte or somethin girl, treats on me next time we’re back in the 402 bein neighbors and all that fun stuff. Before I left for college, Sara gave me “the 52 lists project” book by Moorea Seal because “she was at Anthro and it reminded her of me” (biggest compliment ever FYI.) God bless that girly and her sweet heart because I had been eyeing the book for the longest time. It’s heaven and then some for my list-aholic self who literally has at least 5 different lists on her desk at all points in the game.

Today was a day. After an 8 am geography lab, math class, and more geography, I was able to grab a quick lunch with my roomie and then hit the books for a few hours. It was one of those days where I had so much to do to the point where no matter HOW much I did, it constantly seemed like I got NOTHING done. I headed off to chapter for AlphaChi @ 6 and came back so frazzled at how much i had left to do. Walking into my dorm I realized how beautiful it was outside and it was absolute golden hour, and decided I needed the time alone. A little Mumford in the earbuds and I was off for a little dusk reflection run. Elle Woods, who is never wrong in the first place, wasn’t wrong when she said it best: endorphins make you happy. (or calm you down at least.) & I needed a few calming moments to say the least.

I got  back & decided to pull out my Bible and Sara’s gift. I hadn’t started list making yet because I was “waiting for the right day.” Take note, I am the kind of person who won’t wear clothes she got for a gift until it’s the “right day” or wouldn’t throw away balloons as a kid until they were literally more deflated than before they were blown up or feels bad taking stickers off, even if they’re volunteer nametags…it’s a weird issue. ANYWAYS, I flipped through the list topics to find a page that was aesthetically pleasing to insta (literally) before I found one that I kept coming back too, and even though it wasn’t the most Instagrammable topic, it kept poking at my lil heart, so I grabbed my favorite pen (you know you have one) and went in for the kill (wow i make this sound SO intense, I told you, i REALLY like lists…)

LIST THE THINGS YOU SHOULD IGNORE:

“Stop worrying about people who aren’t worried about you”

personified storm clouds// okay this one seems silly, but you know who I am talking about, the people who are CONSTANTLY negative. I admit I can have my own funks, but no one likes being around people who are never in a good mood. idk, just…smile? It’s SO easy and again, silly, but actually PHYSICALLY smiling is scientifically proven to make you happier. #themoreyouknow #ishouldbeadoctor #hahahahhaha but for real, quote myself, “create your own frickin sunshine babe” (wow someone please make that an aesthetically pleasing Pinterest quote)

my to-do list// oh ever so ironic as I am writing in a book solely dedicated to lists…however, it is so true. Like tonight, I needed to just take a step back from my tasks for a hot second and take some time for myself, take some time to realize the situation and what I can do to achieve the tasks at hand. I have a huge problem with talking about how much I have to do even more than working on what I have to do, and I know I’m not the only one. It can be as simple as closing your eyes and breathing for a second, but giving yourself these moments will overall relieve some stress. Occasionally, doing NOTHING is the BEST thing for yourself and I know I need to take some of my own medicine, but it is OKAY to say NO. (honestly someone tattoo that across my forehead and hand me a mirror every time I see a sign-up sheet)

fear of dislike// oh here’s a biggie for me. I TRY so hard to be confident, love myself, and be unapologetic, heck, I hope we all at least TRY. However, trust me, I know how it feels to get upset over the silliest things that honestly make you laugh over the fact that you’re affected. Today I actually physically cried because someone unfollowed me on Instagram. (literally, how many tears do you think the new update caused…? Oh Insta. You heartbreaker.) But think about that two hours later and I am laughing out loud because of the silliness of the situation. Understand that YOU are YOU and not everyone is gonna be a fan. BE YOURSELF, if others can hang with that, great, if not, whatever. & plus, if they “don’t like you” and still pay attention enough to everything you do in order to critique it…haters are fans who just won’t admit it.

people who distract from God// simple. Heaven is cheerin you on every single day, I like to think pompoms and all. If there is someone or something in your life who is bringing you farther from Him, pull in the defense and simply remove it. I’m not saying you can’t be friends with people who don’t outwardly encourage your faith life, but know when to turn someone in your life’s volume up, and when to keep it down. People can be in your life as they please, but YOU are the one who decides HOW they affect you.

the “mean me”// the girl who doubts her dreams. the girl who thinks she isn’t good enough, isn’t smart enough, isn’t pretty enough, isn’t enough. ignore her. she has NOTHING to say about you that you cannot prove wrong. you control yourself, so go get ’em girl. show yourself how it is done.

Big ole shoutout yet again to Sara, you rock more than you know friend!

Look into the 52 Lists Project if you’re like me and they keep you sane. I think I will for sure be doing more posts on my other lists!

Until next time, xoxo, Ally

Lawrence Lovin’

I’ve only been here a few weeks…but lemme show ya my city:

 

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for anyone of my speech pals who reads this, you know how giddy this find made me!

It’s Friday & my family comes in town for the weekend to see my little home away from home tomorrow and so tonight was meant for adventures. I knew i needed (okay wanted, but kinda needed) yet another PSL (1/2 the syrups add a pump of chai then thank me later.) Despite my multiple requests to the weather to match my wanting to be cozy instagram aesthetic, I made a sweaty walk downtown to Mass St. for some adventuring alone. Mass St. is only about a 10 minute walk form my residence hall and I never mind the walk down because of the goegeous brick roads (it’s an aesthetic thing) and all the quirkyness that Lawrence has to offer!

What are some of the fun places to adventure in your college town?

xoxo, Ally

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Homecoming Dress Options {under $100}

Homecoming time was honestly my favorite season of high school by far. I am {not} a huge dance kind of gal (just forget the $$$ spent on dance lessons for 15 years of my life along with 3 years on my high school dance team…) but the whole aspect of getting dressed up and dress shopping is such a fun and exciting process. Honestly it is something to do towards the beginning of the school year that isn’t homework. Plus seeing all your friends dressed up and when you went to an all-girls high school, it meant barely recognizing anyone without the messy hair and slept in uniforms. I know that finding a dress was always a semi stressful process between getting to stores once dresses are picked over and not wanting to have the same dress as anyone else! So I whipped out a few of my top favorites I found online for some inspiration! I know I always found myself picking out much more casual dresses that I was comfortable in (did someone say pockets? in a dress? sold every time) compared to ones that looked over the top. slide1

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Maybe this is my high school nostalgia settling in after about a month of college now, but I can’t wait to see what my high school buddies decide to wear this year! Let me know what dress you end up wearing if you’re in high school or if you end up loving one of my picks!

xoxo, Ally