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Real Talk: I was arrested for driving under the influence

Hey guys! This is my Real Talk series where I interview real college students about their experiences and situations. Today I'm talking with a 27-year-old senior who was arrested for driving while drunk. He has chosen to remain anonymous for this interview

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Taking Stock September



I really really need for Haim to come out with some new music asap. Do yourself and Google "Haim Bass Face" it's probably the best thing you can do for yourself all week.

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Lighten your load for Back to School

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It's officially fall which means we're finally getting some nicer weather here in Texas! Even though it's cooler on campus, I still hate having to carry around my insanely heavy backpack all day.

Today I'm sharing the important things to bring, and things to leave behind in your college bag, then stick around to learn how to help lighten the load of women in need.

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October Calendar


I've really been loving fall colors, even though it's still 98 here in Texas. This month's calendar is another insanely simple one. I used this gorgeous font and some fall inspired colors to make a printable calendar and desktop background. You can download and print the calendar by clicking the image below.
If you like these designs please share them on social and leave me a comment below! I'm so excited to start pulling out my favorite fall clothes again! What are some of your favorite fall traditions?

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Real Talk: I'm on my college dance team


Hey guys! This is my Real Talk series where I interview college students about real situations they face every day. Today we're talking with Carolyn and her experience on a college dance team.

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Concrete Texture Backgrounds

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I found this gorgeous, free texture the other day and made some quick phone backgrounds for y'all. Fall is officially here and I'm definitely feeling the stress creeping in. Whenever I start feeling overwhelmed I like to put a pretty reminder on my phone for why I work as hard as I do. These phone backgrounds do just that.

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Taking Stock August

*Roller skates backwards while revealing sequin jacket* Check out 3:24, it's probably my favorite part of the whole video! Anyway, It's hard to believe August is over! School has started and we're just now getting back into the swing of things. This summer has felt so long because I got actually got the chance to go on vacation to Florida and I started a new job.

HERE'S WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO THIS MONTH

Watching: Mr. Robot
Listening: Priory, see above
Learning: How to shoot with my new studio lights

SOME THINGS I'VE BEEN LOVING THIS MONTH

I've really been getting into simplifying my life recently, and with the craziness that is back to school I need all the simplification I can get.

I really suck at both making and keeping friends. Some of my closest friends graduated college last spring and have moved really far away.

It took me a while to figure out how to make really good grades in college. I teach this first year experience class every fall, and for my freshman fishies on campus this is a great article about failure in higher ed.

According to Buzzfeed I'm only 67% of an asshole, but definitely not when it comes to college classes. 

I wish everyone was on their game as much as my Art History history professor; she had the syllabus uploaded two weeks before the start of classes. There's still some ways to prep without em though.


WHAT I'VE BEEN WRITING THIS MONTH

Fountainhead phone background // Real Talk: I have anxiety and panic attacks // Jimmy Case Review // Making a College MGNT binder // Making the most of your monthly spread // Personal Planner Review

Don't forget to download these super cute calendars for September. I made printable ones and computer backgrounds, you can download them from this link. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram, talk soon!

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Free September Calendar and background

I've really been inspired by great photography recently, so this month's calendar and background is really photo heavy. I found some breathtaking stock images from Death to Stock and Unsplash this past month and really wanted to use these in a minimal design.

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How to create a color coding system that works

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College can be insanely stressful; from classes themselves, to extracurriculars, a social life, working out and work back to school can easily feel overwhelming. Today I'm helping you create a comprehensive color-code system to help you organize every aspect of your life. 

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Fountainhead phone background

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I read The Fountainhead this past summer and it was one of those books that really changed my life.  Howard Roark is a modern architect in the '20s and '30s, before modern architecture was cool. Roark is one of the most confident, head strong characters I've ever experienced. Rand has some pretty strong ideas about Objectivism, but I think there are still a lot of things to be learned from Roark and the entire novel itself.

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Real Talk: I have anxiety and panic attacks

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Hey y'all! I'm starting a new series about real situations college students face every day. Today we're talking with Hannah Nicole about her experience with anxiety and panic attacks.

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Replace your Wristlet with jimmyCASE


I absolutely hate having to carry around a purse or wristlet during the school year–as if I don't have enough stuff to carry around. I need all my essentials in one place and instantly accessible. Which is why I'm reviewing the jimmyCASE, the magic elastic wallet case.

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Creating a College Management Binder + Free printables

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It can be so hard to get and stay organized at the start of a new school year. I think it was in elementary school that I fell in love with with those five-inch, three ring binders with the huge zippers and shoulder straps everyone had to have. But what I liked about them was that everything was in one single place. 

Today they're called management binders, and they're pretty popular for your home or work, but today I'm helping you create a college management binder for back to school. For college I need something to catch all my important info, but be small enough to not get in the way of my stuff for class. Let's start with the basics.

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Using a monthly calendar for long term planning

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Planning on a monthly calendar isn't something a lot of people write about because it seems like common sense: write things down on your calendar. But when you're handling work, school and a social life it's hard to balance big picture projects with your day-to-day obligations. Today I'll be showing you how to map out your month for long term goals.

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Personal Planner Review and Giveaway

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It can be hard finding a planner to fit all your needs as a student, and even more expensive when looking for customized options. Today I'm doing a review and giveaway of the Personal Planner, which has the flexibility to fit pretty much everyone's needs.

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Taking Stock July

Can we talk about how July has flown by! Right when I thinkgs are settling down my life revs right back up again. I'm over half way through my summer drawing class and it's not going half as bad as I thought it would. I'm really looking forward to August because I've got some awesome things coming down the pipeline, but first let's take a look back at July.


HERE'S WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO THIS MONTH

Reading: The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
Watching: Stranger Things Season 1
Listening: San Fermin- still
Learning: How to not switch from blogger to a self hosted Wordpress
Instagramming: The first drink I legally purchased myself


SOME THINGS I'VE BEEN LOVING THIS MONTH

1. Book of the Month Club

My parents got me a year long subscription for my birthday and let me just say a monthly book subscription is a genius idea. I've made a goal to read 24 books for pleasure in 2016, and with this I'll be sure to stay on track. Basically judges find five really good, new books and you can pick one each month. I chose Missing, Presumed from the July selections and really like it so far, and what's great is they're all hard backs which would normally cost a ton. p.s. You can get 50% off a 3 month subscription with code REFER50!

2. These Black bootie wedges

Ok, so they're a little too tall for work and I probably couldn't run around campus in them, but my sister got these and I immediately went out and bought a pair of my own. They were such a good deal and were almost out of my size!

3. Nike 2-in-1 shorts

I got two pairs of these from the Nike outlet last week and have practically been living in them. I've also started weight training, so I like the coverage of the compression shorts and the range of motion of the outer short.

4. My Classic Camelbak

I bought this a few years ago for Austin City Limits and it has since made a revival after the release of PokemonGo. I love being able to throw my wristlet and external battery in there and be ready to go. I'm on level 13 but still haven't figured out the whole gym battling thing yet.


By the way there's still time to download and print my August 2016 calendar above. Follow me on Twitter and Pinterest and we'll talk soon!

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21 things I've learned in 21 years


I hit 21 earlier this month and wanted to share some life lessons I've figured out thus far. These range from general life hacks to long term career advice, and are in no particular order. 

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August 2016 Calendar

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Can we talk about how I'm already seeing back to school stuff in stores and there's no way I'm ready. This months calendar was really quick to make, but super easy to use.

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Taking Stock June

I've decided to start up my "Taking Stock" posts where I summarize what I've been up to. I'll share things I like (music, blog posts and such), things I've been doing and reading recently.

It was tough to find time to blog last spring. It was my first semester of full fledged major classes and I was in a panic about grades early on. Plus I was working two jobs which gave for little free time. I took time to decide what was important to me. I buckled down and even got on the Dean's List last semester. Anyway, things have mellowed out a bit and I've finally found time to start blogging regularly again.


HERE'S WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO THIS MONTH

Watching: Parks and Rec Season 1
Learning: Rudimentary Coding for my new job
Instagramming: Me on the beach in Panama City Florida

SOME THINGS I'VE BEEN LOVING THIS MONTH

1. Yeti Rambler 

I picked this up during my Florida Vacation and it has changed the game on thermoses. On our 12-hour drive back from Florida I had perfectly chilled water the whole way. 

2.  Erin Condren Life Planner 

I ordered mine on the launch date (when they were having all those horrible server problems). I had switched to bullet journaling last semester and though I'd never go back to a traditional–or such an expensive–planner. But then I saw this gorgeous cover and the new neutral layout and I decided to give it another try.

3. Stop, Breathe, & Think 

The app was originally made for kids and teens, but I really love the cute design and the progress tracking. And unlike other meditation apps, this has tons of free content. It felt sort of weird to be sitting at my desk each morning with my eyes closed, but after a week or so of it it started feeling more comfortable.

4. Fossil's Preston Multifunction in Papaya

I've been needing a quality wristlet for some time now. I'm notorious for bringing just my phone out whenever I don't feel like lugging out my entire purse. I like this one because it holds my phone perfectly and I can easily tuck in the wrist strap and throw it in my purse.

That's it for this month guys. Be sure to find me on Pinterest below to keep up with TCD updates and follow my day-to-day on Instagram and Twitter.

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July Calendar and Backgrounds

I've really been inspired by bright colors and pretty brush strokes this past week. I've created a few different types of backgrounds: a computer background with July 2016 calendar, a plain computer background,phone background and a printable calendar. You can download all of them below.

Printable Calendar

Download a printer-friendly version below

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PSA to Non-Feminists: You're welcome


A friend on Facebook shared this article which I think gives a skewed view of modern feminism.

The article claims that women have more respect now than ever before in history, but it doesn't address the fact that we got here by the feminists that came before us. It took hundreds of years for women to gain the right to vote, own property and work in respectable conditions that modern, anti-feminists don't recognize. We take for granted the effects of feminism daily, our ability to refuse marriage, go to college, join the military, dress how we want, take birth control, the list goes on and on.

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How Gameification helped me hack my Goals


Remember when you were little and your over-excited babysitter would try to make cleaning up a game. Carpet is hot lava, or put things up as fast as possible, that sorta thing. Well, a good 15 years later and I'm finally discovering the power of turning boring tasks into games. Gamification is making normal tasks like tidying up my apartment or reading a chapter for Bio much easier and more fun.

I use an app called Habitica to gameify my life. It's a free website and app that you can track daily todos, habits, and tasks. Each time you check something off you're rewarded with items and money you can use to boost you avatar. 

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7 reasons I am not a fashion blogger


It's been a big year for The College girl Daily. I've got sponsored posts, I've had over 200K views, and I've gotten over 500 Instagram followers. But I realized something the other day that made me sad but also relieved at the same time: I am not a fashion blogger.

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Free 2016 Printable Calendar

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For the longest time I was using some one else's calendars to keep up with my school work, but they weren't exactly what I was looking for, so I created these free, printable calendars with the student in mind. I used this gorgeous font and spend the weekend creating 12 calendars for 2016.

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Classic Grey Blazer

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It's been a while since I've done an outfit post so I figured I'd show off my new favorite blazer from LOFT. Blazers are so essential for a college wardrobe, and I love the gray because it can be more casual than a classic black one.

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My 2016 Reading List

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I'd hate to say it, but I'm a big goal setter during January. This year I'm trying to read 2-3 books every month which translates to reading somewhere between 24 and 52 books total. Last year I read 15 books which isn't terrible, but I'd like to be more mindful about reading this year.

So I've come up with this list of books I'm trying to read this year. I haven't got these in any sort of order or theme, just books I've been wanting to read. It should be noted though that I have no problem stopping a book halfway through if I get too bored with it- I'm looking at you The Emperor's Children.

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How to set up a new bullet journal

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Aaah the new year means a new bullet journal! Today I'm showing you how I set up a bullet journal for the new year and semester. With my bullet journal I keep up with a full course load, a part time management position at a clothing store, an internship, and of course this blog. A journal typically lasts me a semester or about six months, so this is a twice-a-year process for me.

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