Read or Dread: Crash the Chatterbox

Read or Dread: Crash the Chatterbox

I don’t read many non-fiction books. This might come as a shock but I only started getting into reading about two years ago. So the thought of reading a book that didn’t have characters to follow made me kind of hesitant.

However, I needed a new way to connect with God, so when I saw Crash the Chatterbox, I knew I had to grab it because it’s about one of my greatest struggles. I tend not to read other people’s reviews about books until after I’m done, but I read the ones for this one and it was pretty divided so I knew I had to read it with an open mind. What Steven Furtick is talking about in this book, is how to squash the voices, in our minds and from those around us, to just focus on what God is saying. The book teaches you to look at what your thoughts have been like and analyze where they are coming from.

View Post

Things You Should Know As A Commuter in College

Things You Should Know As A Commuter in College

Whenever planning for college is going on, you bet that most lists are of what to take to your dorm room and decorations, but rarely do people stop to think about the commuters. So here I am representing. Holla. I was a commuter all 4 years of college, and I commuted from far which everyone thought was crazy, but I knew I didn’t want extra debt from staying on campus. Commuting has its benefits, but it also has its downside and I feel that you never know what to expect when every type of advice is directed to those who dorm. So here is my attempt to ease that anxiety.

[Tweet “Commuting to college? Here’s some things you should know.”]

No, You’re Not Missing Out On the College Experience But You Might Feel Left Out

I can’t even count how many times people told me this and for a long time I believed it. Since dorming is such a big part of the college experience, people automatically assume that if you’re not doing it, you’re missing out. However, the things that make up a college experience are friends, events, classes, and those are all things you can experience without living on campus. At first you might feel left out because people spend 24/7 together while you’re only there for a few hours, but it’s all about getting involve. Yes, it might take a bit more effort to actually show up, but you’re not missing out.

Things Take Extra Effort

People can so easily walk out and gather together because they all live together. Sometimes classes that end at 9pm may not seem so appealing because you have to drive home. A lot of the things are usually designed for those who dorms, so you have to analyze if it’s worth it to stay for that late SGA meeting or staying on campus for hours. You also have to figure out how to make time pass by in between classes, which means you’ll either be in the library or taking naps in your car. It gets tiring, I do admit, but you just have to get in the hang of doing things to work for you.

You Get the Best of Both Worlds

I mean, you get to go home whenever you want and not deal with obnoxious college kids. You don’t have to be forced to purchase a meal plan to get horrible food at the dining hall. You can show up to school events and go home if it’s terrible and sleep in your own comfy bed that hasn’t been slept on by someone else. You don’t have to live by the rules of your RA and you can even sleep over with a friend if you really want to feel the dorm experience. You can take the good from each world, so that’s always fun. There’s always two sides to the coin.


Being a commuter definitely gave me a different perspective, but it didn’t change the way I enjoyed college. We may feel underrepresented and you might feel like a unicorn when you tell people you’re a commuter but you shouldn’t feel like an outsider.

If you’re a commuter, what are somethings you noticed about your college experience? What are some tips you can give?

Blogging Do’s and Don’ts

Blogging Do’s and Don’ts

I’ve been blogging for a few years and I can say that I’ve learned from my first (now set to private) diary type post. I’m still not a pro, but I know there’s tons of cringe-worthy mistakes I made in the start that I would never do now and I feel like I finally found my voice. Trust me, I’m just winging things as I go. I’ve made mistakes and learned in the process, so I’m going to tell you some of the do’s and don’ts that I learned in this ever going journey of blogging.

Do make sure you’re always posting your absolute best

I must admit, sometimes I get lazy and I feel bad not updating that I post a not so great post just to keep it up-to-date. But, if someone is first stumbling upon your blog they might think that your stuff is not that good or you’re not committed. It’s hard but always make sure to post the absolute best content, even if it means not posting for a couple weeks. Everyone gets writer’s block. Plus, having guest writers are a great alternative when the words don’t flow. Don’t wing it with content, always think about creating something that captivates the reader.

Don’t post without spell checking

This may seem like such a given, but sometimes gets overlooked so often. I still fail at this constantly. You guys have no idea how many times I have posted something and I had to rush back and edit it. It’s embarrassing and unprofessional, and the whole goal is for people to take you seriously. The Hemingway App is such a good tool that checks your grammar and tells you if it’s easy to read. So before scheduling a post, reread it, have someone read it, and make sure it looks good.

Do invest a little

Going self-hosted and buying a domain is a must. But don’t forget to invest when it comes to your page design, sponsorship, and/or joining giveaways. All these things will help your blog grow and make you look more professional. It’s an added bill you don’t expect to have, but I know personally, taking the plunge to buy a page design was beneficial and made my blog stand out more.

Don’t overcrowd your page

Nothing turns people off than a page that loads slow and there’s an immediate pop up to sign up to a newsletter. Keep your blog nice but find a way to keep it simple. If there’s a lot of things going on in your sidebars, it can get overwhelming. A helpful tip I use is to think about people pulling up my page on their phones. They’ll most likely turn away if it takes a long time to load, so keep it clean.

Do plan out your posts

I’m a horrible planner, but once I forced myself to do it, it’s so beneficial. I used to write a post and then post it up when I was done and wrote whenever I felt like it. Having a set schedule keeps you motivated and readers can know when to expect a new post. It helps you plan ahead because you can write and set things to post on their own, so you only have to worry about sharing it!

Don’t let the haters get you down

You’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, sadly. Maybe a hater is someone you know or some random stranger that stumbled on your page, but all you have to remember is that it’s one person’s opinion. People get “brave” behind a screen but would never say things in person. One of the best things I’ve heard is, “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” Worry about your readers and don’t think about the naysayers.

Do use quality photos

Photos are often overlooked by many beginning bloggers, but it’s always important to make your blog look it’s best. I have so many cringe-worthy things I created on PicMonkey for old posts that I should really go change. If you don’t have the means to take pictures, use stock photos! Unsplash (personal favorite) and Picjumbo provide great free photos. A great photo can determine if someone clicks or your post or not, I mean think of Pinterest. Writing is important but also think visually.

Don’t make big changes on a whim

I’m probably the most impatient person ever, which has caused me to make big changes without thinking or researching. I mean, when I changed my url and theme, my blog was down for hours, just because I didn’t know what I was doing. Take time to research your blog name, tutorials on how to make the behind-the-scene blog transitions, and such. Basically, reduce the headaches by researching, learn from my mistakes.

Do use everything to your advantage

Share your posts everywhere. This sounds scary, especially when starting, but this is how you attract readers. Joining Facebook blog groups  to learn and share with other bloggers. Searching on Pinterest for posts that talk about how to improve your blog. Always stay active and be aware of the new things that come out. For example, when Periscope came out, everyone jumped on it and created another avenue for sharing. Try things out and share and if it doesn’t work, then at least you find out it didn’t.


What are some blogging do’s or don’ts you learned? What was your biggest breakthrough? Share your wisdom! 



Advice for Every Year of College

Advice for Every Year of College

Maybe it’s because I’m terribly missing it already but I wanted to look back at my college years and drop some nuggets of wisdom that I learned each year. Each year brings its own struggle and ushers us in to this new level of responsibility and adulthood. These are somethings I learned, so I hope they help you.

Freshman Year: It’s good to be young and free but don’t over do it

Ah, to be young and free. This is the appeal of college. No parents, living on your own. Life sounds great. However, you realize quickly that it’s not what it sounds to be. Roommates will drive you crazy if you haven’t pulled your weight and stocked up on toilet paper. No one pushes you to go to class. No one tells you to eat your vegetables (kind of okay though). But with all the freedom, you need to find a balance. Say “no” to going out with your friends if you have to study for an exam. Some people who didn’t have to study much in high school realize that it’s harder to do that in college. So be responsible. Have fun but keep school a priority.

Sophomore Year: Yes, grades matter and things change

By the end of your freshman year you will probably discover your study habits and you might think the grade from your basic intro class wouldn’t matter, but it does. Use sophomore year to get focused and decide what you want to do. An important thing to analyze is if you like your school or not. Transferring seems scary but it has its benefits because you can decide where you truly want to be. Remember that you’re paying money, so be where you feel like you will get your money’s worth.

View Post

Putting a Stop to Uncomfortable Moments + Giveaway

Putting a Stop to Uncomfortable Moments + Giveaway

If you didn’t know or haven’t realized this yet, you should know that I’m am obnoxiously awkward and clumsy. It’s actually so painful to see me interact because I’m just weird and clueless. I mean I will blankly stare at you when I don’t know what to say and try to make the most random excuse to go the other way, all while knocking down every object in my way. Even though I wish I could act like a normal person, sometimes you just have to go with the flow and take uncomfortable moments and make the best of them, especially with the help of U by Kotex.

View Post