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Stay organized & Study Right in College

When I started college my study space was a post-it note nightmare with disorganized due dates haphazardly stuck to my desk, mirrors and textbooks. My grades suffered. High school had been a easy breezy whirlwind of practicing clarinet, guitar, piano and dancing to Lady Gaga with my friends. This was different. After my first semester, my grades were not the beautiful sparkling A's I was used to seeing. At first, I panicked. Then I pulled it together and got organized.



Here's how I did it! You can do it too!

Write It Down How you keep track of everything is up to you! You can use your phone, Google Calendars or a planner. Experiment and see what works best for you. Planners are my preferred way of keeping track because you don't have to keep them charged. If you choose to use a planner, invest in a quality one that will not fall apart before the year is through. My planner is from a small leather goods shop in my hometown. I've heard great things about Passion Planners
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What I Learned in 2015

Give Yourself Some Time
At the end of 2014, I was in a very stressed out place. Between my job and internship I hadn't taken any time to rest. So in 2015 I enrolled in a yoga class and practiced yoga three times a week. Later this year I spent more time doing DIY projects and painting. One blank canvas became a painting on our living room wall. My long neglected blog was revived. Taking a little time to do what you love is so important, but so easy to forget.

Less is More
You don't need a lot to be happy. This is something, I've always believed. This year I focused on not accumulating stuff just for the sake of it. I went through my closet and got rid of clothes that I'd held on to since middle school. I also cleaned out my desk. Experiences are so much more meaningful than things.

Life is Short
This year my grandmother passed away, shortly after my grandfather passed. My mom asked for my help in writing both of their obituaries.While writing the obituaries,…

Last Minute Christmas Gift: DIY Instagram Photo Ornament

I would like to pride myself on my Christmas shopping expertise, but truth be told my fingers are crossed behind my back. I'm holding out the hope that my late night, last minute Amazon shopping spree gifts come through and arrive before Christmas this year.

It's not that I don't care to Christmas shop for others, I just always want the gift to be thoughtful and exactly what they wanted. So I agonize over gifts and overwhelm myself with options, then panic because I haven't finished my Christmas shopping.

Here's to everyone else out there like me.

This makes a great last minute Christmas gift. What's even better is, the Instagram photos give it a personal touch.

SUPPLIES
ScissorsThin wire/clear stringTapePrinterPaper Clear glass Christmas ornaments Begin by printing a few photos from Instagram. My photos measure 1.5x1.5 inches, adjust yours based on the size of the ornaments you purchased.

Pick two photos and flip one over. Take a piece of tape and attach your …

Trail of Lights in Austin

Yesterday we visited the Trail of Lights, which is basically the winter wonderland I've always dreamt of minus the snow, reindeer and subzero temperatures. It was really fun, but slightly confusing because we entered from the wrong side and had to walk against the flow of foot traffic, dodging baby strollers, small children, distracted people etc.

A photo posted by Alison Lutz Waldon (@alisonwaldon) on Dec 16, 2015 at 6:23pm PST

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Eventually we fought our way to the beginning of the trail and had a much nicer, less hectic walk back down the trail.







10 Inexpensive DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

10 Inexpensive DIY Christmas Gift Ideas Custom Gilded Whiskey Tumblers | Freckle & Flair
Faux Agate Coasters | DIY JOY
Arm knit blanket | Simply Maggie

Urban Outfitters Inspired Banner | AW DIY

Simple Sharpie Journals | Lil Blue Boo 

 Jewelry Dish | AW DIY

Neon Crystal Necklace | Sarah Scoop


Alcohol Ink Glasses | Babble

 DIY Marble Tray | The Happy Tulip


Picture Votive | Popsugar

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