How to Stick to Personal Deadlines

Hi loves! 

Happy Thursday! Hows your week been? This week I have only had 2 days of school because to the wildfire raging through throughout the Northern Orange County area. Thankfully we are all safe and please keep those affected throughout Northern CA and Orange County in your thoughts and prayers! Work-wise, this week has been a rough one. Essentially having a 6 day weekend + lots of sorority events + canceled classes  + trying to get the blog back on track really just leads to no work being done. I’m the kind of person who sets so many myself personal deadlines for everything whether its meal planning, scheduling blog posts, or shipping Poshmark orders. Today’s post is all about deadlines, enjoy and make sure to leave a comment below!

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Deadlines– they may be your biggest nightmare or your biggest asset. You have never-ending to-do lists and may even be procrastinating sometimes but there is nothing like an upcoming deadline to keep you staying focused and getting your tasks done. When establishing personal deadlines for the end of the week, it becomes too easy to be lenient with yourself and your week-long deadline quickly turns into the next month.

Sticking to goals and deadlines is just as important as setting them. Here are four tips for sticking to your personal deadlines.

Establish Mini Milestones

We tend to be pretty ambitious when it comes to setting goals for ourselves. While that may seem to be a good thing, it also leads to feeling overwhelmed as it gets closer to the due date. Whether you are launching your own business, starting a blog, or developing a public relations plan, it’s helpful to break your tasks into multiple parts. By breaking up each one of your projects into smaller parts and assigning them deadlines, it makes them a little less daunting. Being able to manage these multiple parts allows the tasks to become less overwhelming.

Take Breaks When Working

It may seem counterintuitive, but taking breaks while you are working is very important and helps you keep on track to finishing your goal. Working for hours and hours will lead to quick burnout. Personally, I use the Pomodoro Methods, Jess Keys wrote an incredible post on it here! Taking a break every thirty minutes while you work can help you increase your focus. Grab a snack like Cheez-It’s or Halo Top, work on something else, watch your favorite HGTV show.

Hold yourself accountable

This is something that’s so important to me. I have to do lists posted everywhere just to keep me accountable for the work I have to do.   You will never be able to meet your deadlines if you don’t hold yourself accountable. Achieving or completing a goal isn’t going to motivate you, you need something that is going to inspire you and hold you accountable in completing your goal. This is why making yourself a reward or consequence system will keep you focused on completing your goal. When you complete yourself or meet your deadlines, treat yourself to a cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop.

Don’t overwhelm yourself

As an entrepreneur, side hustler, blogger, you may often bite off more than you can chew. Realize when you need to slow down and put some things on the back burner. Learn to say no and learn to prioritize the more important tasks. Make sure to have some time down. Your personal well-being is so much more important than stressing yourself out!

How do you stick to your personal deadlines?

Love, 

Saba

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Realistic Tips for being a Morning Person

Happy Wednesday loves!

Growing up, I was never a morning person, but as the years have gone on, I have slowly grown into be one. Now with classes in full swing, it’s time to start getting myself back to getting up early and being my most productive self instead of being lazy in bed watching Gilmore Girls all morning. Luckily, this semester my earliest class is at 10am, which isn’t horrible but I do have mostly night classes which leads to me getting lazy most days. I may not have the perfect formula to becoming a morning person, but I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to way up earlier, feel more energized, and just have a happier day!

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Prepare for the week on Sunday

I’ll be doing a post on this a little later on but this makes such a big difference!  Do your laundry and check the weather~ every week is completely different in CA so it’s so important to have a wide variety of outfits on hand. I always have my backpack filled for the week and then add/takeout my notebook and computer so I can minimize stress throughout the week!

Go to bed Early & Wake Up Early

Honestly if I could spend all night binge-watching The Good Wife on Amazon and wake up feeling super energetic and functioning, I would. But thats not the case. As tempting as it is, I try to budget myself for 8 hours of sleep – so when I want to go to wake up at 7, I go to bed at 11. I know this is the last thing you want to hear, but waking up earlier will give you more time to get ready for your day. You will feel less rushed and can enjoy your morning routine rather than dread it. I always feel so much more productive (once the coffee kicks in)!

Inspire Yourself

I like to keep a list of a motivational quotes on my computer, my phone, in my planner, and by my bed so I can always have a little bit on inspo! When I have the time, I love going ont Pinterest to get myself ready for the day!

Forget about the Snooze Button

I’ve turned off the ‘snooze’ function on my alarm and let’s just say it works wonders for me. It may seem super rewarding when you are hitting the snooze button 4+ times but most of the time you won’t get any quality sleep after you’re finally awake and you will wake up even more tired. Put your phone/alarm across the room or find an annoying one that doesn’t turn off until you chase it.

Stretch

Right when I wake up is definitely not when I feel most energized even if I’ve gotten plenty of sleep the night before. Stretching right when you wake up will help you to move around a bit and slowly get your body ready for the day. Not to forget to mention how good it feels to take some time to stretch in the morning!

Force Yourself Out of Bed

When all else fails, turn your alarm to 7am and force yourself to wake up early. It takes 21 days to form a habit so start today. Schedule your classes, work, exercise, and meetings early so that way it forces you to wake up earlier. Once you get a hang of it, it’ll become a habit that will be tricky to kick.

Yayayay for waking up early and being energized and productive!! What are your fav tips for waking up early, feeling more energized, and being more productive?!?

Love,

Saba

Hello Senior Year!

Hi loves!

Can you believe it’s already September!? August honestly went by so quickly and I’m still playing catch up from being on vacation/bronchitis. I know it’s been a while since I posted but I promise I am finally getting myself on an actual posting schedule (plz bear with me while I organize school/sorority/internship/life). I really do apologize for falling off the face of earth and not blogging every once in a while but I really do appreciate all the support from everyone in the blogging community. Here’s a little recap of what’s been happening the past month (including a fun travel recap)!

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August began with a trip to England and Scotland to visit some family friends, explore the English countryside, stay in a boujee mansion, and get lost in the cobblestone streets of Edinburgh. My parents and I decided to visit some family friends in the London suburbs and boy what a trip it was! We got to spend two weeks traveling around Southwest England, as well as, a quick trip to Edinburgh! I’m so grateful to be able to spend time with our friends and my parents and just spend some time reflecting on the start of senior year! EEK still can’t believe I’m a senior!

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HOLY CRAP, it’s already senior year!!! It is actually crazy that I’m already a senior in college and it has yet to hit me that a year from now I’m going to be fully adulting and (hopefully!) working a full-time job! Of course syllabus week is all fun and games and next week is when things start to get real but for the first time in a  long time I’m actually really excited about every class I am taking and not to mention the 1001 senior activities and sorority events to come! Also lots and lots of job apps and spreadsheets…

I’m so excited to have all of you follow me on this crazy and incredible journey that is about to begin! Be sure to let me know how your first couple weeks of class are going in the comments below!

Love,

Saba

The Best Podcasts for the Inner #GirlBoss in You

Hi loves!

So I am super super late to the podcast game, but I’m sure I’m not the only one? There are seriously thousands of podcasts out there on everything from News/Politics, Mystery/Thriller, Autobiography, How-To, Self-Help, Fashion and more! Personally, I’ve been really drawn to influencers, fashion, self-help, social media/marketing, and blogging podcasts. Today, I’ve decided to share some of my fav #GirlBoss motivational/inspirational podcasts with you!  

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Girlboss Radio by Sophia Amorosso

The O.G. Girlboss herself, Sophia Amorosso who launched her NYT bestselling book #GIRLBOSS has now launched her very own podcast. In each episode of Girlboss Radio Sophia interviews a wide variety of different girlbosses from all industries and walks of life each of whom give their own insight into their life and expreinces. If you are lost in a sea of podcasts and don’t know here to start, this is the perfect podcast for you! 

Women, Work, and Worth by Mavenly + Co

Over the years, Mavenly and Co has become one of my favorite website for everything #GirlBoss and when I heard the founders had a podcast, I just knew I had to listen!  Women, Work, and Worth was started by the creaters of Mavenly and Co. This podcast covers everything from self-discover, budgeting for your own financial freedom, meditation and everything in between. It’s quickly become one of my favorite Girl Boss podcasts with it’s overflow of life advice from the Mavenly and Co’s creaters and special guests such as authors, entrepreneurs and even doctors!

Lady Lovin’ by Lo Bosworth, Jilly Hendrix, and Greta Stanley

THIS IS MY FAVORITE PODCAST OF ALL TIME. Okay I’m not kididng though, anything with Lo Bosworth I automatically love. While it may not be the typical blogging/side hustle/creative podcast, this is perfect for all things female empowerment. The girls tackle everything from relationships and sex to businesses and startups and have some pretty incredible guests including entrepreneus, comedians, and activists. I can’t recommend Lady Lovin’ enough, seriously, grab your phone/computer and listen while you are driving, doing homework, or writing your latest blog post. 

 Make it Happen by Jen Carrington

Jen Carrington’s Make It Happen is “a podcast for curious, big-hearted, purpose-driven creatives”. When I first saw the tagline, I just knew that I had to listen to this podcast and it didn’t disappint! Jen talks about a wide range of subject matters that are so relateble to everyone. If you are looking for some inspirational conversations about soul-seraching and finding your purpose be sure to listen to Make It Happen right now! 

Millenial by Megan Tan

I just stumbled up this podcast this week and I’m already hooked! Megan Tan discussed what it’s like to be a milennial in this ever changing society we live in. Millennial discusses everything you need to know to navitage your 20s and has quickly become one of my favorite podcasts to listen to! I 10/10 recommend Millennial for any recent or soon-to-be college grads! 

Online Marketing Made Easy by Amy Porterfield

If you are interested in the Marketing, PR, Digital Marketing industries like I am, this is the perfect podcast for you! Amy Porterfield provides tips and tricks on everything digital and social media marketing including online courses, social media, and cotent creation. Online Marketing Made Easy is the perfect podcast for the inspiring marketing professional or blogger! I just started listening to this podcasts while driving to LA/SD and I’ve learned everything about developing the perfect social media campaign! 

The Lively Show by Jess Lively 

The Lively Show is one of the first podcasts I’ve ever listened to and to this day it’s still one of my faovirtes. Jess Lively is such an inspirational women and she shares her philosophy and life antidotes both on her blog and podcast which touches on all aspects of life. 

Whenever you need a little motivation or just want to bring out your inner #GirlBoss and want to conquer whatever life is throwing at you, be sure to check out any of these podcasts! I’m always on the search for more podcasts so be sure to leave a comment below with some of your favorite podcasts! 

Love,

Saba 

 

 

 

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21 things I’ve Learned in 21 years

Hi Loves! 

This past weekend was my 21st birthday! Looking back at the past 21 years, it’s so crazy how time flies! There are days that I honestly feel like I’m still 16. I’ve said this so many times but this past year has been such a whirlwind and I have truly learned so much about myself and life in general.

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I’d like to think that I’ve learned some things over the past 21 years other than the quadratic equation and want to share some my wisdom with all of you! Here are 21 things that I have learned in my mere 21 years of life and some pics to recap the weekend’s festivities. Enjoy! 

  1. Be kind. No matter what. 
  2. Stay humble.
  3. It’s okay to cry, actually, it’s very important to cry.
  4. Stay in touch with your family and friends, no matter how near or far they are. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  5. If it doesn’t matter in a year, it’s not worth the stress.
  6. Keep an open mind – Don’t be quick to judge people/things. 
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  8. Stay true to your childhood dreams.
  9. Invest in people that invest in you.IMG_7392
  10. Take care of your body – hop on the treadmill, eat some kale
  11. Alone time is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
  12. Push negativity aside.
  13. Believe in yourself.
  14. It’s okay when plans change.
  15. Do what makes you happy. IMG_7273
  16. Stand up for what you believe in, even if you alone.
  17. Volunteer.
  18. Don’t make promises you can’t keep.
  19. Start every morning with positive thoughts. 
  20. Moderation is key.
  21. You don’t need to know what you want to do with your life at 21. 

At this point in my life, I honestly feel like the possibilities are endless. I’m excited for what the year ahead has for me and I can’t wait to share this crazy journey called life with all of you! 

Love,

Saba

How to be the best intern this summer

Hi loves!

Depending on your major or chosen career choice, internships have become a necessity for many college students. I’m the kind of person who learns best when actually doing something and gaining hands-on experience. For many careers, such as PR/Marketing/Social Media, your internship experience is far more important that anything you have ever learned in the classroom.

I’ve been fortunate enough to intern for 2 different public relations agencies in 3 different industries over the past year and I’m so excited to share some tips for those of you who are starting, or have just started your summer internship! Here are some tips on being the best intern possible!

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Arrive Early & Leave Late

You should try and be at your desk before your boss arrives to be office, already working on your daily projects. In the case that you come in an hour or two after the rest of the staff like I do, try and get in half an hour before the time you are supposed to start. You want to show that you are a hard worker and willing to prove it. Don’t just take a long lunch break or leave when all your work is done, get ahead on the week’s work or ask the rest of the interns or staff if they need help with any projects.

Dress the Part

You’ve probably heard this time and time again but its so important. Depending on what the company’s dress code is, it’s so important to dress for the position you want. Even if your company allows you to wear sweats / more casual, try to dress a little more professional and put together (let’s say jeans and a cute top). This will not only show that you are dedicated and care about the company and those that work there but also have respect for everyone working at the company and are ready for meetings/coffee dates / whatever is thrown at you.

Takes Notes on EVERYTHING

But actually, bring the cutest notebook you have and get writing. Whether it’s everything from logins (because you will forget once you sit at your desk), how to complete a task, meetings, make sure to take notes! I took notes everyday at my internship last summer on everything from how to write a press release to what my daily tasks were and looking back at it now this was the best thing I could’ve done for myself!

Ask Questions

Whether it’s about your daily projects or to see what your supervisors / other employees are working on and if they need help, it is so important to ask questions! You really never know what exciting project or opportunity can come out of it! One thing that I have tried to do with every internship I’ve had is to try and grab coffee or lunch with my supervisors / Account Coordinators and Account Executives / the CEO / other interns just to hear their experiences, learn more about the industry and make new friends and connections!

Most importantly: be sure to have a great time and learn as much as possible! Yes the internship search and internships in general may be stress and overall tedious but trust me it is worth it! What are some of your tips for having the best internship yet?!?

Love,

Saba 

Look who’s back!!

Hi loves! 

Happy Monday!! 

I’m finally back after a 5-month hiatus from this wonderful corner of the internet. Let’s be real for a second: life does not go as plan but everything happens for a reason. I can think of probably 50+ excuses to where I’ve been but in reality, the truth behind why I keep going in and out of blogging is 1. I’ve been lazy and 2.  I’ve just been unmotivated/uninspired. Also, junior year just kicked my ass. Here’s a little update on where I’ve been, what I’ve been doing, and where I hope the blog and my life are going!

Work/School: After deciding to quit my dream LA PR/Social Media internship, I am working part-time at a public affairs and PR company down the street from Chapman a couple of hours a day and doing a virtual social media internship on the side. After changing my major two weeks ago (yes I changed my major going into my senior year), I’m taking an online Art History class in order to graduate on time! IMG_6572

Tri Delta: While I ended up not getting elected for another position this year, I did end up taking another little! Laura is a sophomore and just so so perfect! I’m so excited to finally have a solid greek fam and can’t wait for what my final year has to bring!

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Blog: Here we are. 5, almost 6 months later, I finally am out of my blogging/writing rut. I’ve been going back and forth for the past month or so just trying to write this post and write it in my own words and it just feels so good to be back. Over the past several months, I’ve become cursed by the comparison game and it really made me lose my love of blogging. I was constantly stuck watching all the bloggers who started around the same time as me and realized that instead of becoming jealous and comparing myself, I need to just sit down and write. So that’s what I’ve done, I’ve been writing new posts and have been working on completely redoing the blog. By the end of the year I’m hoping to completely rebrand the blog. More on this to come!! 

I’m so excited for all to come not only in my personal life but also on the blog! Thank you so much to everyone for sticking around with me after all this time. 

xoxo,

Saba