Prepping for Grad School: Balancing Work & Life

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

August is just around the corner, and those of us in college or graduate school are preparing for classes to start, signing up for assistanceship positions, organizing our research calendars, and possibly moving into new places before the school year gets into full swing. Balancing our time during this preparation period can be difficult and stressful, so I put together a few tips to help ease into this transitional month.

Plan everything out in advance and make a to-do list. I am a huge fan of lists! Before we even get into August, I make a plan of everything I have to accomplish before the first day of school, and then I organize that list by priority. For example, I know I want my thesis proposal done before school starts, so it is at the top of my list, along with my due date I assigned myself. Things on the middle/lower half of my list are items like ‘buy school supplies’ or re-organize office drawer files. Those things can wait if need be, and then I get the most important things done first!

If you’re moving, help yourself out by using a furniture rental service. I wish I had known about this when I moved into my apartment for graduate school. CORT Furniture Rental is a national industry leader in the furniture rental space that help students be better prepared and ready to live in new places. What I love about CORT is their accessibility to so many campuses across the university, and they offer to deliver it and set it up before you arrive. If you rent furniture from CORT, you get the furniture you need when you need it, and once you are done with school, they take it away. This can be so helpful when you’re trying  to setup a stylish new space that feels like home, but you don’t necessarily have the time or extra money to purchase all new furniture and organize it in a space. Convenience from CORT will definitely help if you’re moving so close to the start of the school year!

Set time for yourself. Balancing work and life is so difficult when preparing for big changes in life, like starting graduate school or college. Making sure to schedule out time for yourself {even if that time is set for Netflix and nothing else} can be really important for your mental health. For me, this tie is exercising and meal prepping. Once I’ve taken time out of my day to sweat and to plan out my meals for the coming hours/days, I feel so accomplished and much more relaxed! Set yourself up for success when school comes by not being burnt out before it even starts! I love to set aside a time each day to “waste” and not do anything productive as well. That way, when my productive time comes around, I’m ready to kill it!

What are some of your tips to preparing for the start of the semester? Let me know in the comments below!

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Striped Summer Romper

Father’s Day was yesterday and we finally had a day under 80 degrees! I took advantage by putting together this easy look. Rompers are my go-to summer ensemble because they’re easy to style and comfortable for moving around when it’s warm. This quarter-sleeved romper from was the perfect option for a day outside with my family!

The off-the-shoulder piece from SheIn is honestly the softest article of clothing I own. The fabric was so light and airy, and perfect for the breezy sunny day. I paired the look with my Marc Fisher wedges from Nordstrom. These blogger-staple wedges are so popular, I knew I had to grab a pair for myself! For how tall they are, they flatter my legs but don’t give me blisters or sore soles, which is a huge win in my book.

What is your go-to summer outfit? Thanks to SheIn for collaborating with me on this post! The romper was a gift, opinions are my own.

30 Days Out | Gym Playlist

30 Days Out Gym Playlist

Wow y’all…it has been a hot minute since I wrote anything on this site! I have been busy, however, creating a professional website I’d love for you to check out if you have some time. Anyways, I wanted to check in since yesterday marked 30 DAYS OUT from the end of Summer Shredding. My cut started in March, but I’ve been slowly changing my lifestyle since the beginning of 2017. Since January 13, I’ve lost 20 pounds and 8% body fat. During the month of April I fell off track just a bit, but that’s life, and now I have new motivation and a fresh set of goals to conquer. I’m focused and ready to crush this last month!

I honestly have never been more proud of my body or more confident in myself than I am in this moment. I am so excited to share my final results come the first weekend of June. I’m pushing myself harder than I ever have these next 30 days to really see the results I’m aiming for. Since I am 30 days out and workouts are getting tougher, I wanted to share my Spotify playlist. It’s one of the things that keeps me motivated to push harder when I’m struggling in the gym. And really, who doesn’t feel like a bad ass when you’re surrounded by guys in a weight room and Enter Sandman comes on in the middle of your set…? I know I do.

Spring Style with SheIn

We’re back with a fashion post {finally!} and I am so excited to be collaborating with SheIn this week to show you all a cute and inexpensive way to look put together for a spring event. This look is perfect for a date night, wedding or baby shower, or even a nice lunch or dinner with family while on spring vacation.

*Thank you to SheIn for collaborating with me on this post! This dress was gifted to me for free, but all opinions are mine. 

SheIn reached out to me and I was so excited to go shopping around their online site. It’s so easy to get around and they have many different styles – no matter what you’re looking for. I almost went with an off-the-shoulder top, but when I saw this piece I had to jump on it. This off-the-shoulder romper is everything I love. An off-the-shoulder top, romper, and midi dress all rolled into one easy piece.

My advice to you when shopping on SheIn is to always look at the gallery of images, to see how the piece wears on other women. Also, be sure to check out the measurements of the garments. Because each piece is so amazingly inexpensive, you’ll find the sizing is different for each piece you may be purchasing. I sized up, knowing rompers are hard to fit taller women and the reviews noted tightness in the top of the garment. After sizing up, I was so grateful to find the piece fit perfectly! This dress retails for $21, which is such a great price!

I styled this piece with a gold necklace from J.Crew and my Jeffrey Campbell booties from Nordstrom. Mixing high and low price points is so easy with a site like SheIn and a piece like this goes from day to night!

Have you ever tried SheIn? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments!

Feeling Empowered & Beautiful {w/ BootayBag}

I‘m just going to lay it all out there…You should not find your worth in others. That is hard for me to accept, considering I am a Words of Affirmation person. People telling me I’m beautiful, kind, generous and that they appreciate me makes me feel good. So it’s taken a lot of time and patience to turn myself into a self-love fanatic. I feel beautiful because I know what I’m worth. I know what I deserve. I was hesitant to write this blog post and include these photos. It’s a little different from my normal post, but it was important for me to be transparent and share my feelings, because that’s what C&C is for. (more…)

Workout of the Week {Legs} | Feb 27, 2017

Welcome back to another Monday and another Workout of the Week! This week we’re back to legs and I can’t wait to get started. For some who may not follow my Instagram {follow here if you don’t already} you don’t know that in less than a week I’ll be starting a #SummerShredding program. For 12 weeks I’ll be bringing in my physique with solid nutrition and intense workouts. I’m spending a lot more time on my YouTube channel lately, so subscribe to that if you’d rather watch me go about my programming rather than just talk about it on the blog. I’ll be sharing bits and pieces across all my platforms.

Now onto building the booty! Below is a fantastic leg workout that also works a bit of your core. Most movements, especially compound movements, will rock your core and that’s such an important factor for those of us who wanted a toned tummy!

WARM-UP: 10 minutes on the stair master

Superset 1: 4 sets

  • 12 sumo squats with one heavy dumbbell
  • 12 stiff leg deadlifts with dumbbells

Superset 2: 4 sets

  • 12 “good mornings” with a barbell
  • 12 jumping squats (if you want a full-body challenge, make these burpees!)

Superset 3: 4 sets

  • 10 single leg RDLs
  • 10 front lunges each leg (to make this tougher, add an oblique twist with a weighted plate. Each time you take a step forward, twist away from your front leg to feel it in your core)

Triset: 3 sets

  • 10 Bosu ball hip-ups (Lie on floor, place feet on the bosu ball. Lift your hips ups. Add in 10 reps with one leg up in the air for a harder set)
  • 10 donkey kicks each leg (keep a bend in your knee)
  • 10 fire hydrants

Added Core Set: 4 sets

  • 12 Bosu ball v-ups
  • 20 alternating single leg v-ups
  • Hollow hold for as long as you can

Workout of the Week {Back and Bicep} | Feb. 13, 2017

Hey back muscles…I see you coming in just in time for backless summer tops. Don’t see yours? Don’t neglect your back, ladies! I love training back, and because it is a pulling motion you almost always are working your biceps too, so why not kill two birds with one stone? I always combine back and biceps, as it’s easier to complete what you need to in a shorter amount of time! For those asking, my upper body weekly breakdown is:

  • Back/Biceps/ABS
  • Chest/Triceps/ABS
  • Shoulders/ABS

I always throw a little ab work in there, as a strong core is very important when lifting upper or lower body. I don’t train abs to get abs. Abs are made in the kitchen and we all know that. But strengthening your core is SO important to be able to train hard and strong! So without further ado, here is this weeks back and biceps workout, with a little ab action at the end!

P.S. If you haven’t seen my FAQ YouTube video that was posted yesterday click here! (more…)

Self Love: My Journey

“I literally admire how you are so bold and confident about this whole thing. I wish I could be that way when I’m still hung up…”

A close friend of mine sent me this text yesterday, in reference to our recent luck in relationships. We’ve been chatting about relationships we’ve had in the past weeks, months and years, and how it can be so tough dating in your late teens and into your 20s, especially with all of the changes we go through in our own lives. Throwing someone else into the mix doesn’t always work because we’re told we’re too young to plan our lives around others. But when you’re with someone else, no matter how hard you try and how independent you tell yourself you are, you can sometimes fall into the dependence trap. Whether you meant to or not, when that relationships ends {no matter if you did the ending or not} it stings.  (more…)

Workout of the Week | Feb 6, 2017

Happy Monday, y’all! Today I’m sharing such a fun {and challenging} workout for you. Lately, I’ve been training six days a week, and sometimes I don’t want to do a typical weightlifting-style split, meaning I don’t want to focus on my shoulders/back/biceps one day, chest/triceps/abs another, or legs twice a week. Sometimes I want a total body burn that keeps my heart rate high with little rest. On these days, I do a body-weight/plyometric style circuit!  (more…)

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