21 Essential Items Every Girl Should Have at all Times!

Purse Essentials

I get most of mine from Target or Mary Kay

1. Chapstick

2. Hand Cream

3. Cash

4. Lip Gloss

5, Bobby Pins

6. Hair Tie

7. Hair Clip

8. Mascara (to freshen up)

9. Tide to-go pen

10. Tweezers

11. Pen

12. Phone Charger

13. Cell Phone

14. Tylenol/Ibuprofen/etc.

15. Gum/Mints

16. Body Spray

17. Hand Sanitizer

18. Head Phones

19. Sunglasses

20. Granola Bar

21. ALWAYS have CONFIDENCE, you can never have too much!


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The day the Piano Man gave me faith


I felt the strain in my chest and the lump in my throat, because everything has been going incredibly unusual and incredibly wrong. I walked into the doctors office for my MRI and echo cardiograms this morning and I could smell that scent of a doctors office, the smell that makes reality dawn on you like a ton of bricks and causes the weight of the world to just sit on your shoulders. Today could change my life forever. I mean they say it’s just precautions and it probably is, but there’s still a possibility.

I encounter the young receptionist and tell her my name, she gives me the paper work to fill out and of course there are like 10 pages and its 9 in the morning. It’s necessary though, so I sit down and fill out my paper work watching the people who work there walk in and out of the white glass doors. I feel like I filled out the same question 5 times and I still have that lump in my throat because I just want all of this to be over.

I walk into the MRI room and make sure I have all the “metal” objects off such as bobby pins and earrings. I lay down where the technician shows me and put my head in the white mold to hold it still. The technician asks me if I want a blanket, and of course I do because I am always freezing. He puts the white mask like thing over my head and asks if I would like the music on, I say “yeah sure.” Some weird song is ending, but oh well it’s background noise.

All I can think about is how I wish Barrett was there to comfort me and hold my hand, and then the next words I hear out of those speakers are,

“Its nine oclock on a saturday
The regular crowd shuffles in
Theres an old man sitting next to me
Makin love to his tonic and gin….”

My heart sinks and I feel the smile spread across my face. One of Barrett’s favorite songs ever and suddenly I feel like he’s there, and in that moment I feel the weight of the world lift a little bit. I know it might sound weird but I have never felt so much comfort in a doctors office. Finally, I relax, because in that split second, it was like a reminder that everything was going to be okay…

It was a subtle reminder that I need to feel comfort within my own heart and in the little things that are around me. I know that God is with me, and my family and Barrett are with me.

College Stress? Make it a little less.

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Stress is one of the major things in college that makes me “ahhh!!” I quit multiple times a week and my boyfriend says “oh yeah?, okay” (knowing I never mean it) and then five minutes later I finish whatever is stressing me and mostly move on.

I have found some things that help me to feel a little less stressed in the daily life of a college student. I want to share them with you because I feel if it helps me, it could possibly help you and that is what I am here for! I like to share my ideas and what I feel could possibly make lives a little easier.

Now these tips might take you a little time to get used to, but if you  make a routine out of them, they could make the next days, months, and years of your life much simpler!

Here are five tips to help you become a little less stressed!


1. Don’t work too much!

I understand that not everyone can go through college without working. I’m saying work as little as you can. Personally, I worked and worked and worked till I could barely breathe I was so stressed. Finally, I realized the amount that I was working was nothing but unnecessary. I was buying things with my money that I did not need, but wanted. Therefore, work as little as possible to keep the stress down, or take less classes, but either way it’s not worth the anxiety to over work yourself.

2. Don’t procrastinate!

I am guilty of this as a student myself, however, I’ve noticed that by taking a little extra time each day to get work done that’s not due that day or the next, really alleviates a lot of stress. Plus the quality of your work will increase dramatically due to the fact that you don’t have to cut corners. You will feel a great amount of relief and accomplishment! There’s nothing better than crossing something off your list for good! Which leads me to my next point.

3. Make lists!

I cannot stress this to you enough. Lists are lifesavers. When you’re a college student, among other things, whether it be a wife, a mother, a sister, a brother, husband, father, etc., life gets a bit hectic. Lists help you to remember everything you need to do. What I do is a monthly and a weekly list. My monthly list is based on a dry erase monthly calender that I got from Target. At the end of every month I erase the past month and create my new month and put everything I have to do on the date it needs to be done. It’s so nice to walk into my room and just have to glance to see what I need to do. From this, I make my weekly lists, my weekly lists not only include my homework, but my appointments, miscellaneous chores and errands I would like to complete, and any other little things I might think of. Lists help you remember and they help you feel accomplished once you are able to cross off once your tasks are completed.

4. Eat Healthy!

It’s okay to binge here and there and give into your cravings! However, overall eat healthy! You’ll than yourself for not getting the freshman 15. I myself, got the freshman 15 and am proceeding to work it off and eat healthy. Also, you might think unhealthy foods are what will make you feel better, but healthy foods will give you long lasting energy rather than a burst and then a crash. Drink more water than coffee and pick veggies or fries. It will fill your tummy just the same, but it will make your energy level sky rocket. This will keep you going longer and allow you to get stuff done.

5. Exercise!

Make sure to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. Doing this will help to relieve stress and give you a lot more energy! Exercise is a good part of your routine to have. Even if it’s just a walk or run around the block, a few sit-ups a day, etc. These things will increase your energy and allow your anxiety to go down.


This is an example of the calender board that I have, I got mine from target! It’s a great investment for only $8.79. Click Here to get yours!