Staying Organized with an Agenda

Happy August 1! If you’re like me, then you know that it’s also the first official day for the new Lilly Pulitzer academic agendas, which run August – July!

Since school is right around the corner, I wanted to spend some time talking about how I stay organized using my agenda. As a full-time student/part-time blogger, my time is really important to me. Because of my meticulous agenda skills, I’m able to make the most of it!

MY AGENDA

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s talk about what agenda I choose to use. For the past 4 years, I’ve been a Lilly Pulitzer agenda girl, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

This year, I’m using the Lilly Pulitzer Large Agenda in the print Multi Floridita.

Color-COding

Color coding is essential for me. With one glance, I can see everything on my list for the day, and where my priorities should be. I like to divide my colors up by class during the academic year. This is my color-coding system for fall 2019:

I’ve used the Paper Mate® Inkjoy ballpoint pens since I got to college, and those from the original pack are still going strong despite their heavy use. I don’t use black or brown in my agenda (the design is too bright for bland colors) and I don’t use orange. On principle.

Stickers

Stickers are the fun part! Beyond getting to make my space colorful with ballpoint pens, I also use bright stickers. I use stickers mainly on the monthly spread pages, since they’re able to give me a quick run-down of my most important events for the upcoming month.

I also try to make them related to the activity I’m scheduling- footballs for football games, music notes for band-related events, roses for sorority events, and little cameras for things I had to do as historian. For other important events without a specific set of stickers, I usually used stars!

My favorite sources for stickers are:

Scheduling

It used to be hard for me to easily distinguish between things that were on my schedule and things just on my to-do list. Now, I use triangles to designate things with a certain time (ex. “Brunch w/ Lexi @ Neighborhood Jam @ 10:30”) vs things I just have to do that day (ex. “Go grocery shopping”). Here’s an example week from September of last year that shows these symbols in action! (Bonus incentive to use symbols: checking them off is so satisfying!)

Extra tips!

  • Write it down. Write everything down. I don’t care if you think you’re going to remember something- write it down anyways.
  • Make sure your agenda has your name, phone number, and email inside! I’ve never lost mine- knock on wood– but if I did, I would want someone to be able to contact me and get it returned ASAP.
  • Use a paper clip at the top of your current week so you can easily flip what to what day it is. No more scrambling to find the correct day when your professor is giving out the homework instructions!

Questions?

Is there anything I didn’t cover? I would love to answer any of your unanswered, burning questions- leave a comment down below or shoot me an email!

-K

City Girl Summer

I only have 3 weeks left in Austin, and honestly, that’s mind blowing. The summer seemed so long when I moved in in May, but now it’s basically over. I’m so thankful for my time here, and I hope I can make the most out of the rest of my time here! (As long as I can get over my unidentified illness… that’s actually the #1 priority right now.)

I don’t go into the heart of downtown much other than for work, but my friends were in town last weekend and we decided to spend a night out on 6th Street. We hit up P. Terry’s Burger Stand for dinner and were able to take some pics right as golden hour hit downtown. (Thankfully, because it’s providing some great #OOTD content, and I’m super glad this hot af look was able to be properly documented!)

SHOP THE LOOK:

Fanny Pack: Quilted Fanny Pack – Steve Madden
Dress: Short Leopard Dress – H&M
Shoes: Steve Madden Carrson Sandal

I’ve been looking for an excuse to wear this dress all summer (still in stock on H&M’s website for only $12.99!) and a GNO was the perfect excuse. Also, the fanny pack addition was definitely the move for a night of bar-hopping. It kept me delightfully hands-free, and I never had to worry about losing a purse!

I hope I recover from my unknown illness soon so I can keep sharing content with y’all over my last few weeks here. Lately, I’ve just been trying to take it easy and shake whatever this is. Hopefully I’ll be back to 100% soon!

-K

P.S. The building I’m posing in front of is actually Frost Bank Tower, my favorite building in Austin’s skyline! I saw it in the reflection of another building and made my friends walk a block over with me so I could take photos with it. When I was little I colloquially referred to it as “the fish building,” and I still call it that now!

My Fitness Journey

This is a weird post for me to write, because it involves me putting myself and my body out there in a way that I really haven’t ever done before. But I personally feel it’s important for me to share my fitness journey with y’all, and to do that the most effectively I need to provide some progress photos to go along with my story.

First of all, my quest to personal fitness is something I’ve been pursuing on-and-off for just about my entire life past age 11. Once I became active in sports like swimming and volleyball at a young age, it was pretty easy for me to keep weight off and build muscle instead. Even through high school, I had marching band which helped me shed the excess fat that built up over the portion of the year that wasn’t competitive marching band season.

I would say the problem started with college, but in reality, it started right before. During my senior year of high school, I put myself on a diet to ensure that I would look my best for prom. It worked- through a combination of cutting out dairy and counting calories, I lost 10 pounds in 2 months. After keeping myself on such a strict diet leading up to prom, afterwards I “balled out,” as the kids would say. I didn’t watch what I ate anymore, and it started to show. Having a summer job at a pizza parlor didn’t help.

By the time I started my freshman year of college, I had gained back those 10 pounds, plus an extra 5.

And as most college freshmen can tell you, the freshman 15 is real. I gained the freshman 20 in my first semester alone. I mostly blame this on the endless supply of cheap, unhealthy food that college meal plans have to offer, but I’m also partially to blame as well. I didn’t step foot into our campus rec center until December of my freshman year, and took way too many naps instead.

I wish I could say I made a change sooner, but I didn’t. I lost a little bit of weight the summer after freshman year (I strategically chose a job in retail this time), but due to personal reasons I gained back all the lost weight over the fall semester sophomore year. Sophomore year was really hard overall. Beyond my personal issues making it hard to focus on things like nutrition and fitness, I was also grocery shopping for myself for the first time and quickly gravitated towards unhealthy snacks like Oreos and entire bags of Ruffles.

The summer of 2018, right after my sophomore year, was when I finally realized I needed to change. I’m not sure what finally got it into my head that I needed a serious lifestyle adjustment, but I’m so glad I had my come-to-Jesus moment then. I started counting calories again (read my post about how I make calorie counting work for me if you haven’t already) and working out regularly. Working out in the gym had always been a struggle for me in the past. Since I have asthma, a lot of traditional forms of cardio, like running on a treadmill, are hard for me. Summer 2018 was all about changing my diet and finding cardio that worked for my body. And by the end of the summer, I had lost 20 pounds.

I kept up my exercise and calorie counting all through the 2018 fall semester. Slowly but surely, the weight kept coming off and I came closer and closer to my goal weight. By the time 2019 came around, I had lost an additional 15 pounds. And from the start of the new year to now, I’ve lost 5 more. Once I hit my goal weight, I’m excited to start building some more muscle and toning up my body.

I’m so happy with how far I’ve come and the self discipline it took to get here. But something that I may be even more proud of is that no matter my size, I never found myself unattractive. I always was body positive and loved myself no matter what the number said on the scale. I prefer how I look now, no doubt about it- but I made sure I loved myself every step of the way, too.

Anyways, that’s my fitness journey from 2016 to now. It spans 40 pounds and a variety of dress sizes, but the constant was always self love and acceptance. I hope to continue that as my quest towards better health progresses and I get closer and closer to my goal weight.

-K