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Jul 31

Plan On It

Monday, July 31, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

As July ends and August arrives, the school-year is quickly approaching. Everyone knows the best part of going back to school is buying those brand new, shiny school supplies. Even though glittered notebooks and light-up pencil sharpeners have been replaced by $100 textbooks and calculators smarter than my phone, there is still something exciting about that fresh feel of new supplies. One way to keep up with everything life throws at you this coming year is with a new daily planner. Studies show that writing something down exponentially increases your chances of remembering it. Here are a few of our favorite stylish planners to keep your life organized this school-year.

Emily Ley Simplified Planner- Online ($$$)


The Simplified Planner is for anyone whose life is anything but simple. Each day comes with its own page, listing out your to-dos as well as your hourly appointments. With an inspirational quote and mindful suggestions, this planner acts as both an organizer and inspiration.

Lilly Pulitzer Planner- Dillard’s ($$)


For the fun and easy-going girl, Lilly Pulitzer has a planner as bright as your life. The Lilly Planner breaks your month into a week-by-week spread. The planner is plastered with some of your favorite Pulitzer prints and comes with a page of stickers to decorate any boring day.

Ashley G Planner- Target ($)


If you only stick to planning for a month or two, opt for the less expensive planner like the Ashley G line at Target. Its cute cover and easy to follow inside make planning less of a chore. The small size and spiral bind makes for an easy throw-and-go kind of schedule. 

Jul 13

Soaking Up the Last Few Weeks of Summer

Thursday, July 13, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

As the month of July winds down and August quickly approaches, it can be easy to see your summer as almost done. But, don’t let yourself waste away the days in sadness. Instead get out there and savor those last days. Make memories, meet someone new, and do not be afraid to change your course. Mark Twain once said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” What better mantra to remind yourself to experience everything you possible can?

Here are a few of our favorite ways to experience life to its fullest in the coming weeks:

  1. Explore your city.
  2. Learn five phrases in another language.
  3. Plant a new flower in your garden.
  4. Send a card to a friend.
  5. Plan a day trip to somewhere you have never been.
  6. Try out a new form of exercise.
  7. Try eating somewhere alone.
  8. Find a mentor.
  9. Learn to cook a new meal.
  10. Volunteer at a local nonprofit.