Starting my internship back in January had me so incredibly nervous! While this was my last semester of school, this was only my first internship! I wanted to share things I felt were an absolute must-have during my internship experience in hopes of helping those who are still on the hunt!

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Here we go with another Passion Planner post! I’ve been using Passion Planners for about the last three years now and I love them more and more everyday! However, the main thing I love about Passion Planners and planning in general is how much it helps with my actual anxiety on a day-to-day basis and that’s for a few reasons!

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Internships.

They’re something you hear about from everyone while in college and they can be a really overwhelming, stressful and scary thing to think about. However, I firmly believe that the more hands-on or real-world experience someone has in their field before graduation, the more likely they are to be leaving school with a job lined up, or with lots of professional connections!

Since the idea of internships can be so nerve-racking, I think it’s also important to intern at a place you feel comfortable in, as well as motivated! Whether you’re working for free or not, having an internship at a place you’re excited to go to, will make your experience that much more beneficial!

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You Are A Badass : How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Let me start off by saying I’ve seen just about every blogger reading this recently, but I steered clear of their posts regarding this book because I didn’t want to know much before reading myself. (that’s just me, I’m weird, I know.) SO, now that I’ve read, I’m going to go back through and read everyone’s post about this great book!

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This is the first kind of self-help book I’ve read (if you would even call it that? I guess it is?) and I was shocked and how much I could relate with the author. While she’s not in her early 20’s like me, she told great stories from her life that were easily relatable, really funny at times (the loin cloth man story had me laughing out loud in the hallway before my night class! but really, how did that happen?! hahaha!) but made her lessons a lot more easier to visualize and actually apply to my own life.

This was one of the first books I’ve actually highlighted in throughout, and I would definitely let a friend borrow this, however I would immediately recommend them to get their own copy their enjoyed it because there were so many things that resonated with me throughout the book! The thing I love most about this book is that the message for every person will be different. What someone would highlight and underline in their book would probably be different than what I’ve done. And I think that’s the great thing about this book! Regardless of age, situation, whatever it is, everyone can relate to this book and the lessons within each chapter.

I Just Graduated…Now What? By Katherine Schwarzenegger

So, I’m not sure why I thought the author wasn’t related to the Arnold Schwarzenegger, but I was wrong. (duh.) That’s besides the point, though. This book contained 31 short stories from successful musicians, actresses, business owners, just about anyone you could imagine. Within each of these stories were small or huge lessons each person learned after graduating from college. Some stories definitely resonated more with me than others as a soon-to-be-graduate, but it was still really interesting to read about how these people became successful!

Short stories in this book came from from big names like Eva Longoria, John Legend, Armin Van Buuren, Serena Williams, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver (DUH..the author’s parents..)! However, some of my favorite stories in the book came from people like the founder of TOMS shoes, founder of Sprinkles cupcakes, and the founder of Philosophy. The most beneficial readings in the book in my opinion are the last three excerpts. Ben Kaufman wrote about “understandings why things succeed and fail is the best sort of learning you can do”, Joe Kakaty who wrote about dealing with college loan debit, and Dr. Dan Siegel who wrote “When Moving Home Meets Mixed Emotions”.

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One central theme I found some several stories was the emphasis these people put on trying and experiencing new things, while not being the least bit afraid of failure, which I think is so important and true when trying to set yourself up for success!

Overall, I’d definitely recommend anyone in college, in their 20s or just needing some kind of pick-me-up to check out both of these books! I finished both of them in under a week on top of my crazy school and work schedule so they’re really easy, fun and quick reads! Have you read either of these books? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

If you missed out on my first “5 Song That Help Ease Anxiety” post you can catch up on that, here! I split this topic in half since it would have ended up being a super long post, so here we go with part two!

This is my last semester of college and probably one of my busiest, so trying to stay sane this semester has been a bit of a challenge. However, music has always been one thing that destresses me and allows me to forget about whatever it is I’m currently thinking or stressing out about!

These songs are a few that have resonated with me or just really help me relax and think about better things than stressing myself out over likely nothing!

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Recovering from anxiety and depression is ongoing. There may never be a day where you’re like, yes! I’m free! but there will definitely be weeks, months and maybe even years where you go on with your life happily, carefree and content. Other times, you may start to feel yourself slowly losing interest in the things you like, losing your appetite and just feeling all around down in the dumps again.

If you feel like you’re beginning to become more anxious or depressed once again, it’s important to remember a few things:

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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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