When I first started using a Passion Planner, I knew I had finally found a great way for myself to get organized during college and stay on top of things. What I didn’t know, was how many other resources and communities lie inside the #PashFam!

I only just recently discovered how large the Passion Planner family is on Instagram – and it’s amazing! I could spend hours scrolling through feeds of other people’s weekly spreads, getting ideas for myself and discovering new things to try out myself! However, my favorite thing so far I’ve discovered through Passion Planner is all Etsy stores online that sell stickers specifically for Passion Planner compact and classic sizes!

The first sticker store I found through Instagram was Shannon, at PlanningByShannon! I came across her profile and LOVED her weekly spreads. Then I discovered she designed, printed and sold her own stickers just for Passion Planners! PLUS – she was doing an online book club – something I’ve been looking for for SO LONG! Long story short, I’ve placed so many random orders with Shannon, been subscribed to her website and make so many random comments on her posts I’m not sure how she hasn’t blocked me yet!! Hahahaha. (Thank you Shannon!! <3)

Anyway, this post is going to be about how utilizing Shannon’s stickers has completely changed how I use my Passion Planner on a weekly basis – and it’s amazing!

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This will probably be one of the more personal blog posts I’ve posted thus far, so bear with me! Something I’ve seen some people struggle with (in addition to myself) is learning to do things on their own. I don’t mean growing up and having to do adult-like things you don’t really feel like doing, I mean not having friends to go casually shopping with. Spending more time by yourself than with other people. Just not feeling that connected to people around you. Maybe you do put in the effort towards other people, but they just don’t give that same amount of effort so you’re left feeling dumb and defeated, wondering why you tried again to begin with.

I’ve been there. I’m currently there. I’ve been there the last few years. And it sucks! Scrolling through Instagram you see every other girl post cute, trendy pictures with their friends makes me wish I had that, and I know I’m not alone! Nevertheless, I’m more a less a happy person, but I wanted to write about why its important to learn to be comfortable with doing things by yourself!

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This past fall semester, I had the displeasure of being in three group projects, meaning three out of the four classes I was taking involved a long-term group project. This was my actual worst nightmare, but had no choice but to go through with everything because I needed these classes for graduation in May.

So, as expected, I had issues with group members in every single one of those said projects. I’m a pretty easy going group member, but once I approached my professor (the ultimate and final option…) with the issues at hand they each assured me my frustration was reasonable. Knowing I wasn’t just a crazy group member, here is how I dealt with the three different kinds of crummy group members I encountered last semester.

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Ahhh, Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re in a relationship or not, everyone always has their own opinions on this day. Personally, I’ve never minded Valentine’s Day and everything about it even throughout middle and high school when my classmates would make SUCH a huge deal out of it.

Valentine’s Day to me has the potential for the CUTEST decorations, color pallets, gift ideas, everything! Personally, I see it as a day just to show some love to everyone you care about, not just your significant other (if you have one!). There are so many different people to celebrate Valentine’s Day with, but my favorite ideas come from spending the day with your best friends! While I personally don’t really have that many girlfriends to hang out with, I know most other girls do so I wanted to share my ideas on Galentine’s Day date ideas!

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Ever since I was a sophomore in college I’ve had an on campus job! I’ve been a sound and event technician, community ambassador for student activities, an event and conferences services employee and now I’m the summer conference operations assistant for event and conference services as well as an academic building manager during the active school year!

I’ve had a ton of different experiences while working all these different jobs, each having their pros and cons. However, my experience with my on campus jobs has been much more rewarding than I could have ever imagined so I wanted to share my three main reasons why I think people should take advantage of on-campus employment during their time as college students!

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Sunday’s are super important to me for several reasons. It’s the only day of the week where I know I’m not working at any of my three jobs, I have the entire day to do whatever I need to do in order to fully prepare for the next week, and I can even decide to do absolutely nothing if I really feel like it or need to.

All in all, Sunday is a day where I ensure I take time to myself. That being said, I’ve started developing a few simple Sunday habits that have helped me start my week off in the best mindset possible, only setting me up for success in the upcoming week!

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I’ve always loved music and have been fascinated with how much impact one song can have on someone’s life. When I was 15/16, I was going to probably one to two concerts a month, it would have been even more if I had been able to drive and had my own car, but I still have literally lost count of how many total concerts I’ve been to since I was that age!

I was that person who camped out on the sidewalk from 8am the morning of the show, spending the day wandering whatever city area I was in for the day, hoping to meet whatever band I was seeing that night during the day. I’d make up fake stories just to be able to get into meet and greets (whoops, but it worked!!!), wait for hours in the cold after concerts praying for a low-quality picture with band members, and spend money I shouldn’t have on gifts for these band members.

I feel like rambling at this point, but my point behind that tidbit was from that age on I felt more strongly connected to certain songs and artists. Suffering from depression and anxiety in high school, I even got a letter sent home because I was missing so much school – because I couldn’t even bear to get out of bed. Since then, I’m thankfully much better but owe a lot of my will power through the last few years to certain songs.

My favorite thing about music is its ability to immediately take you to somewhere else, alleviating you from the current thoughts that you feel are consuming you. That’s why I wanted to share with you all my list of 10 songs that help ease anxiety…

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While starting the new semester can seem like a bummer, I always get a little excited about stocking up on anything necessary I need to make it through the next few months. This ranges from makeup and skincare, school supplies, clothes, really anything! I feel like it’s vital to go through your stuff and determine what you need to buy before the semester begins, so you’re not scrambling at the second, plus you’ll just feel more prepared!

These are few things I had to pick up before the start of my spring semester…

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When I found out I got an internship for the spring, one of the first things that I thought about what the heck I was going to wear. This is my first internship so I didn’t really have that many business / business casual type clothes, stuff that I could wear in an office! While I had made a past trip to Nordstrom rack and picked up a Harlow & Graham three-quarter-length sleeve blazer and Michael Kors dress pants, that was about all I had to work with. I had a few nice blouses from past retail jobs like Maurice’s and the Lauren Conrad Kohl’s collection, but I needed work clothes!

My main goal while shopping for work clothes was to try to find things for as cheap as possible, but still getting the job done. With this in mind, I headed straight to the clearance section in every store (which is MASSIVE right now everywhere with end of the year sales). I needed warm, comfortable and business casual clothes that weren’t too expensive. Luckily, I got some good finds…

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As the spring semester and starting my very first internship approaches (this is my last free week before my internship starts next week!), my anxiety is starting to slowly creep up on me more and more each day.

I know many other students feel the same way when it’s time to start another semester, new job, etc. Sometimes professors will post the syllabus before we actually meet on the first class, giving students the low-down on what the class is going to be like and what assignments there will be. When I read these, I tend to begin worrying about group projects and who would be in my group, what I’d do if I didn’t know anyone in the class, where I would even sit in the classroom, the tiniest things!

Going into my last semester of college, I’m not too anxious about my classes this semester. Instead, all of my worrying has been about my internship that begins next week. What am I going to do with a full hour lunch break? What if the employees hate me? What kind of projects are they going to have me working on? What if I even end up not liking it? Am I going to be too overdressed or underdressed? While I’m (REALLY) excited to start my internship and get a foot in the door in my career world, I’m just as nervous and scared!

The days leading up to a new semester, job or internship tend to be really stressful, anxiety-filled and overall just not enjoyable for me. However, I wanted to write about the ways I’ve started to cope with these feelings as I know beginning new and scary things is just a part of life now!

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