Meal Prepping 101: How & Why to Start

How and why to start meal prepping: The guide to help you save money, eat healthy, and stress less about what you're eating. Meal prepping 101. #MealPrep #GetHealthy #InexpensiveEating

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My Relationship With Food

Food has always been a source of anxiety for me.

As someone with a significant food allergy to an incredibly common ingredient (gluten), my relationship with food has been rocky for many years. When I moved out of my parents house and into my college dorm it got a lot worse. My school’s cafeteria was not accommodating at all, and quite often the chefs would say things like “well can’t you just have it anyway?” when I requested alternatives to the bread or pasta or pizza they were serving. I was required by my school to have a meal plan and did not have a kitchen in my dorm, so I lived off of microwavable gluten-free meals like oatmeal and mac and cheese, while paying for a meal plan I couldn’t use. Definitely not the healthiest situation.

My second year in college was a little bit better, my mother and I were able to fight to get me into a dorm with a kitchen so I was able to drop my meal plan and cook my own food. Thus became the struggle with… well… let’s be honest, I was a terrible cook.

I would get back to my dorm after a long day of classes and meetings and work and realize, oh no… I forgot to go to the grocery store. I would panic, my blood sugar would be low, I would be desperate to eat anything so I would order nachos at a local mexican restaurant for the 4th time that week just in order to eat something.

Finally, my 3rd year in college, something clicked and I started meal prepping.
Since then, my relationship with food has been growing and getting under control. I have not only been able to feel less anxiety over where my next meal is coming from but I have been able to have the time to focus on nutrition, meal sizes, eating vegetables, trying new recipes, learning how to cook, and so much more. Additionally, meal prepping each week has been a fantastic way to stick to my weekly food budget and save a boat load of money.

While my boyfriend is still the chef in our relationship (thank goodness) I definitely feel a bit more confident than I previously did with grocery shopping, cooking, and taking care of my health through meal prepping. Read More!

Happening: I’m Back & Life Update


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Hi friends, it’s been a while.

I’m here today with a confession: I took a big unplanned hiatus from blogging.

I was burnt out, I was dealing with a lot of changes in my personal life, I was struggling to find how to connect with you as a reader, I was going through a lot emotionally, and I wasn’t able to tap into my creative brain and write.

I needed to take a break. Now I’m back, feeling refreshed, re-focused, and ready for a new beginning.

I’ve always been honest with you here about what I’ve been going through. I’ve shared with you important things in my life such as overcoming my driving anxiety, attending college with chronic illnesses, and my emotions around graduating college. A lot has changed in my life since we last talked, and I wanted to share it with you. Read More!

The Assignment Calendar Method: College Class Organization

Never miss an assignment in college: the key to getting good grades in college. Assignment calendar method for assignment organization. College organization!

Nearly 3 years ago, I shared with you my secret to never missing an assignment deadline in college – my assignment calendar.

The #1 way to get good grades in a class is to never miss an assignment deadline. When your juggling many classes, extracurriculars, work, and so much more… it can be difficult to remember everything that you need to do. That’s where this calendar and method come in.

This calendar quickly became popular with my readers, not only is it still the most popularly downloaded freebie that I offer, I have also received a ton of great feedback hearing how this assignment calendar method has helped many students stay on top of their assignments and get good grades.

When I first launched this calendar and shared this method, I had created calendars specifically for each semester. This unfortunately required me to constantly update and re-share the calendar, which I struggled to do consistently. Today I am excited to share with you the perpetual assignment calendar.

This calendar will work for any month and any year. No matter if you need this baby at the time that I’m posting this (2019) or you happen to come across this gem 5 years from now… it will still work to help you stay on top of your school work! (more…)

Kick Start Your Career in College

How to kick start your career in college - get ahead and get a job, intern, volunteer, get involved, and improve your chances of getting hired after graduation. #CollegeAdvice

As a college student, it can feel like your life is on hold until you walk across that stage and that diploma is in your hands. Waiting to start the career you want, to move out on your own, to make money, and to live a life of freedom outside of classes and homework.

While I can’t help you escape classes and homework… I can help you begin to break into the industry of your dream job, where you can kick start your career in college.

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What I Learned from Taking Time Off Post-Grad

Today I am excited to introduce you to my friend Sophia, who is the founder of the new website New Girl at Work. Sophia is here today to share her experiences with taking a gap of time off between graduating school and starting her first post-grad job, and her advice on how it worked out for her!

When I received my job offer, I was given the choice between two start dates. One was a few weeks after graduation while the other was a whole four months later. I called my parents and, once the giddiness of having a job offer – an actual job! that pays money! – wore off, we came to discussing my start date.
My dad and I both agreed that it was an easy decision, but we did not agree on the actual decision. In a laughable moment, at the same time that he suggested the earlier date, I declared that I’d be delaying work for a few months.
Here’s what I’ve learned in my downtime. Read More