Friday Faves | 6.23.17.

It’s finally Friday! When I’ll be back in school, I won’t have Friday classes, which will make them so much sweeter. I never really appreciated the beauty of the weekend until I started working a full-time internship though!

Friday Faves | 6.23.17.

1) I shot this outfit this weekend, along with a few others, and they’ll be on the blog soon! I’m experimenting with different ways to edit my photos to fit the warm, summery look.

2) I just bought these new tennis shoes and I’ve been loving them for casual wear. I can’t find the exact pair I have (navy with white stripes) but this is the exact style!

3) Have you read my latest blog post? I’m planning on also turning my sorority recruitment posts on the blog into a Youtube series. (You can subscribe to me here!)

4) I’m super into hand-lettering ever since I started my graphic design program, and I’d love to learn this style of note-taking. This video explains it all in depth.

5) There’s going to be a solar eclipse on August 21st that’ll pass right through Kansas City and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing it! Does anyone have any tips for watching/photographing the eclipse?

xo, Hannah

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Warrior’s Best Friend Visit

I had the amazing opportunity to visit a local organization this past week called Warrior’s Best Friend. I had previously read an article about them in the Kansas City Star (read it for a lot more information) and had just finished reading About Tuesday, a book about the relationship between a veteran with PTSD and his service dog. I decided to raise money for them by selling t-shirts through Bonfire, one of my new favorite websites for fundraising (not sponsored, I just genuinely love it).

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Stavos, a 2-year-old shepherd/St. Bernard mix

Warrior’s Best Friend pairs veterans with service dogs completely free of charge. All veterans that receive a service dog have some form of PTSD or traumatic brain injury (TBI) from their service. From Warrior’s Best Friend’s website:

Medical studies prove that service dogs can help speed up a soldier’s recovery, both physically and emotionally. And unlike other treatments, service canines provide a lifetime of assistance and companionship. Carefully vetted rescue canines go through a rigorous training process and get a new lease on life as a partner for a deserving wounded warrior. Unfortunately, many of our country’s warriors have to wait years to receive a service dog.

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Anna, one of the demo dogs used for training in the program

Most service dogs cost an average of $20,000, making it near impossible for most people needing a service animal to have access to one. Typically, service dogs are also specific types of breeds that are bred from a very young age to train as a working dog. Unlike other service dog organizations, all the dogs that Warrior’s Best Friend obtains for training are adopted from local shelters. The only requirements? The dogs have to be within 9 months to a year and a half old, and a certain height and weight to be able to perform certain tasks.

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Charlie, a 9-month-old retriever and labradoodle mix
Charlie getting up close and personal

Warrior’s Best Friend is currently training 6 dogs but they hope to expand to be able to train even more and help more veterans. After the dogs are trained, veterans go to Liberty, Missouri, to spend 9 days with the dogs. The trainers at Warrior’s Best Friend pair the veterans with the dogs based on personality and the best match.

Every single expense—training the dogs, feeding the dogs, veterinarian care, the veterans staying in Liberty, and the first month of dog food—is all covered by Warrior’s Best Friend.

Gabbie, a 1-year-old Belgian Malinois mix

Warrior’s Best Friend receives money largely from sponsors in the community. For example, Home Depot donated a lot of the materials to help them rebuild their new facilities, but they still rely heavily on donations to keep their organization going. Upfront, the cost of training each dog is about $10,000. Insurance or the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs doesn’t typically cover the cost of a PTSD service dog. What isn’t covered by corporate sponsors or donations is personally covered by the organization’s founder, Joe Jeffers.

The barn in which the dogs live
What the barn looks like inside
What the barn looks like inside

The dogs all live in this barn. More often than not, they’re trained outside, but there’s a training area on the top floor of the barn if needed for colder days. The main trainer also lives upstairs in case something happens overnight in which the dogs are needed. There’s a gated area outside for personal one-on-one training as well.

Andrew, a 2-year-old lab mix

Above is Andrew, who is being trained to be a therapy dog. He’ll be able to be a support dog in counseling centers, doctor’s offices, or other places that would be helpful to have a therapy dog there for calming people down. (He currently has kennel cough—a common sickness dogs get when they’re first obtained from shelters—so he’s separate from the other dogs downstairs.)

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Depot, a 2-year-old shepherd/husky mix

Below is a video of Depot being trained. During their training sessions, the dogs are often exposed to shopping centers, sporting events, concerts, etc so they aren’t distracted by crowds, which is one of the biggest triggers for people with PTSD or TBI. The dogs are taught 25 commands in total, some of them demonstrated below.

Stavos licking the gate to get out

From the article in the Kansas City Star:

“Almost every one of these veterans who comes through the program has wives, moms, dads, kids, and it dramatically changes their lives, too,” Jeffers said. “The gratification comes from once you see your first dog placed with a soldier. That’s where the passion comes to do this. There wouldn’t be any other reason to do it.”

Batman (on the left), a 1-year-old retriever/Australian shepherd mix with Anna (on the right)
Here, I’m with Samantha Jeffers, the development director
Here I’m with Boscoe, who has a special lock because he was too smart and got out of his first cage!
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I’m so grateful to everyone that helped me raise money for them and I’m happy that I was able to visit this incredible organization and see the amazing work that they’re doing! I was able to donate $700 to them. If you want to donate, you can do so through here.

Thanks for reading!

xo, Hannah

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Thursday Threes II

I started up my second semester of my sophomore year this week. I can already tell it won’t be an easy semester but I’m excited to get started on some projects, especially for design. I’m planning on sharing more of my design projects on my blog instead of my portfolio this year, so stay tuned for those!

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I shared my 10 minute college makeup routine on the blog this week and made a Youtube video of it! I’m planning on making more Youtube videos, so I’d love if you subscribed.

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My Fitbit is one of my most favorite Christmas presents that I’ve been utilizing regularly. However, this article about how having a friend to keep you accountable is better than a tracking device is so true! I did the BBG with my friend last year and it definitely helped us encourage each other and get in a routine.

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I’m selling these shirts to benefit Warrior’s Best Friend. It’s an organization near me that provides service dogs to soldiers with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries at no cost. They also adopt the dogs from local shelters to train them, which is very unique to many service dog organizations. Even if you don’t want to purchase a shirt (they’re a reference to Kansas basketball), there’s a button to donate as well.

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What have you been loving this week?

xo, Hannah

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New Year’s Goals, Not Resolutions

Every year I hear people talking about their New Year’s resolutions, but I never hear people talking about them in terms of goal-planning. Instead of setting resolutions that you’ll most likely forget about by February, set goals instead! Goals that are achievable, trackable, and have a timeline or set schedule are ones that tend to be more effective. I’m a competitive person, so if I were to pick any of these goals below (especially exercise) then I’d definitely enlist a friend to help keep me accountable!

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Exercise

I know that almost everyone puts exercise on their New Year’s resolution list, so I had to include this one! This is perfect for the person that doesn’t know where to start or doesn’t want to head to the gym in busy January.

Nike Training Club is my favorite app to use for workout plans that are fast and effective. I tend to get bored with long reps of several workouts, but this uses short, quick bursts of repetition instead. This workout includes a warm-up and cool-down as well, so it’s perfect for the beginner that doesn’t know how to compile the ‘perfect workout routine.’

They even have bodyweight workouts if you don’t have any equipment. It’s a free app that you can take literally anywhere. I’ve been using it for a few years now and still return to it when I’m in an exercise rut.

Improve a skill

Whether it’s something creative or something technical, working on improving a skill is a goal that’s definitely attainable and trackable. Personally, I plan on doing something that’s creative every day. Whether it’s hand-lettering, sketching, or photography, I’m going to put it all in one sketchbook so I can look back and see my progress throughout the year.

Doing a 365 project can seem daunting, so even if you minimized it to doing 2 creative things weekly, there’s still enough material to track progress. Be sure to document your skill to see your improvement at the end of the year!

Hydration

I’m the worst at drinking water, but once I got a Hydroflask for my birthday it helped me start the habit of regular hydration. I think that buying a cute water bottle- especially one that keeps your water cold for 24 hours -is one of the most effective ways to start drinking water regularly.

I carry this water bottle around with me at school and don’t have any other cups in my bedroom, so refilling this is a must! A S’well water bottle is a super trendy option if you’re wanting to go for function and fashion.

If you need an extra reminder, the app Plant Nanny has a virtual plant that either grows or dies depending on how much water you drink. It’s essentially a water tracker but seeing your plant die adds some extra guilt and motivation to keep drinking.

Giving back

The holiday season spurs a mentality of giving back, but this is something that can absolutely last all year long! There are so many ways to give back in your community with an organization that you love.

If you’re in college, there’s most likely an organization at your campus that facilitates volunteer coordination around your community. My sorority requires volunteer hours (which I love), so this semester I volunteered as a kindergarten soccer coach with my college town’s Parks and Rec department. In the past, I also volunteered as a dog-walker with the Lawrence Humane Society, which was an easy way to give back.

There are so many options around your community to give back! If you Google for a cause that you’re passionate about, then add your location, you’re sure to find results for nonprofits or organizations that would love your help.

What’s your New Year’s goal for 2017?

xo, Hannah

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2016 Year in Review

2016 ended my freshman year of college successfully and kickstarted my sophomore year. Here’s a recap of my favorite moments from each month, with my 2016 year in review!

January

-I started the second semester of my freshman year and felt more at home than ever at the University of Kansas

-I got to witness one of the best games in college basketball (in Allen Fieldhouse!) with KU beating Oklahoma 109-106 in triple overtime

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-I got to meet Jay Bilas at College Gameday (thanks Dayton!) and made a video and blog post recapping the experience

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February

-I went to Snow Creek for a sisterhood event with my sorority

-I had the official launch party for Spoon University, a food blog that I was the editorial director of until July

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-I attended several basketball games

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March

-I got accepted to KU’s graphic design program (even after making the application literally a day before the due date)

– My roommate Jordan and I took our friend Kelsey to her first Sporting KC game

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-I made a video about my relationship with my mom in ADPi

-I celebrated Easter with my family

 

April

-I went to my first sorority formal

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-I posted about my freshman year dorm room

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-I ran my first 5K

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May

-I rebranded my blog (and spoiler, it’ll be happening again next year)

-I survived my first year of college!

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-I went to Dallas on family vacation

-I attended my first USMNT soccer game

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June

-I got to return to one of my favorite places on earth (summer camp) as a counselor for the first time!

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-I wrote a blog series about sorority recruitment 

July

-I celebrated the 4th of July, my favorite holiday

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-I started making my monthly recap videos 

-I did my first ‘adventure hunt’ with my parents and got hooked…I’ve done three total this year!

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-Second adventure hunt with my parents and roommate Jordan

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-I went to my first USWNT soccer game (and it was way more entertaining than the men’s game…)

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-I celebrated my 19th birthday!

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August

-I photographed my second wedding

-I returned to KU for sorority recruitment, on the other side this time…

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-…and I made it to bid day!

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-I started my second year at the University of Kansas

September

-the KU football season started again

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-I made my September recap video

-I got my awesome little, Emily (see any resemblance?)

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October

-I went to Mallard ball, an ADPi date party

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-I collaborated with one of my favorite photo printing companies

-Brad Paisley came to KU and gave a free concert

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-My sorority won homecoming!

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-I went to my first Ben Rector concert

-I made my October recap video

November

-I got to witness KU beat Texas in football and it was glorious

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-I had Thanksgiving with my family

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-I made my November recap video

December

-I moved one room down, from 3 to 5 in ADPi

-I finished my first semester of sophomore year

-I visited Boulder, CO with Jordan and my friend Jayden (who lives there)!

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-I celebrated Christmas with my family (excuse the look on my black dog’s face haha)

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Overall, I had a great 2016 and can’t wait for more!

xo, Hannah

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Summer Reading List

I’ve been a reader ever since I can remember, and recently I’ve gotten more back into the habit of picking up a good book to spend time instead of going straight to social media. I also updated my Goodreads profile lately–if you’re on it, send me a request so I can see what you’re reading! For these recommendations, I picked mainly romantic beach reads. I’m definitely into the dramatic thrillers and the historical novels though too, so let me know if you’d like to see a list with those kinds of books.

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved BeforeTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

First LoveWhen Axi spontaneously invites Robinson to come with her on an impulsive cross-country road trip, she breaks the rules for the first time in her life. But the adventure quickly turns from carefree to out of control after the teens find themselves on the run from the police. And when Robinson suddenly collapses, Axi has to face the truth that this trip might be his last.

Just One DayAllyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

Me Before YouLou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

Tales From the Back RowIn Tales from the Back Row, Cosmopolitan.com editor Amy Odell takes readers behind the stage of New York’s hottest fashion shows to meet the world’s most influential models, designers, celebrities, editors, and photographers.

First Comes LoveGrowing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.

I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these!

xo, Hannah

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Summer Bucket List

Now that summer is officially here, I put together a summer bucket list to make sure I get the most of my time away from school. Of course, I’ll still be working, but that doesn’t mean I have no time off! I’ll be blogging about some of these summer adventures along the way as well.

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Design more stickers for Redbubble. 

My Redbubble account that I opened this spring has made way more than I ever thought it would! It’s fun to design some things when I’m feeling creative every week or so and I’d like to dedicate more of my time to creating. Check it out if you want!

Go to a Royals game.

Ever since the Royals won the World Series, KC has been more dedicated than ever to their team. The atmosphere is so fun to head out and enjoy.

Find a new donut shop. 

I’ve got my eye on the Doughnut Lounge in Kansas City. I’d love to try their s’mores donut!

Go kayaking. 

I haven’t been able to go out and kayak since Girl Scout camp (too long ago..) so I want to make it out to one of my local parks to rent a kayak for an hour.

Read 20 books. 

I missed reading for fun and it’s cool to pick it back up. I’ve read seven books already (thanks to a road trip knocking out three of those) so I don’t think this will be an issue at all. I’ve found that Goodreads is a great place to find recommendations.

Make watermelon granita. 

Bon Appetit has this recipe that looks so simple but delicious! Definitely an upgrade from your normal slushies.

Visit the fountains in Kansas City. 

Kansas City is known as the ‘city of fountains’ and while I know it definitely lives up to its name, I want to go out and explore all of the fountains the city has to offer.

Go to an FC Kansas City game. 

FC Kansas City is our women’s soccer team here and they have several national players on their team. While I’d love to put going to a women’s national soccer game on my list, they don’t come by KC often (though I did see the men’s game recently)!

Do a 30 day photo challenge. 

I’ve been wanting to do one of these for forever but I usually make it a week before I give up. I’d love to try to improve my photography this way and just take photos of my daily life, even if some days seem mundane.

Go to the farmer’s market. 

The River Market in Kansas City or the Overland Park Farmer’s Market are both on my list. I think that it’s interesting to go around and see all the different vendors and the way they market their products (can you tell I’m a branding junkie?).

Watch all the Harry Potter movies in order.

I’ve committed my mom to doing this one with me! We decided on doing one movie a day instead of all of them at once. Wish us luck that we make it all the way through!

Run 80 miles. 

Not all at once!! I recently started running around March to train myself for a 5k in April. I restarted the Couch to 5k program (which I used originally and loved) this summer to keep myself in shape. I’d love to run a half-marathon one day, but that’ll take me way more time and commitment to work on. I’m 5 miles in so far…75 to go!

See three new movies.

Being at school limits my ability to go to the movies by a ton. There’s only one theater in Lawrence, and it’s definitely not the best. This summer I’ve already seen Me Before You (I’m jealous of Louisa’s wardrobe) and I want to see Finding Dory, The Secret Life of Pets, and Neighbors 2 as well.

What’s on your summer bucket list?

xo, Hannah

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The Everlasting Road Trip

Last weekend, my family and I went on a road trip down to Dallas, TX and made some stops along the way! Our first stop was in Stillwater, Texas, home of Oklahoma State University. I can see the appeal–the campus was gorgeous. We stopped at Eskimo Joe’s for a quick lunch.

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Then we kept going down to Roanoke, Texas (population 6,400) to visit my grandparents. We had to go to my all-time favorite place to eat there, Babe’s. If you live in the Dallas area and haven’t been there, you’re missing out! When you order, all they ask is if you want chicken or chicken-fried steak, and then they bring out your choice and a ton of sides. Biscuits, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, you name it, they’ve got it. Helpful hint, though: always be sure to split your order in half. We accidentally ordered four portions and they brought out a huge platter of chicken, half of which we ended up taking home. Don’t stuff yourself when you can save some for later!

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After eating at Babe’s, we headed down through Fort Worth and hit up Steel City Pops. The first time I had this was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and I couldn’t miss the opportunity to have it again! I had the strawberry lemonade and my mom had the coconut. The best thing about Steel City’s popsicles is that they’re not overly icy or just strawberry lemonade poured into the molds. They have creamy pops too (i.e. the coconut) and they’re absolutely amazing. I had a cookie pop (chocolate brownie) in Alabama and it was a flattened brownie inside a chocolate fudgesicle. Could that combination be any better?

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Once we finally made our way down to Waco, Texas, we walked around Baylor Univeristy’s campus. Long story short, it was way too spread out for a very hot place, but it’s always interesting to see other college campuses.

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I put together this video of our trip for my family to look back on. Let me know in the comments below if you know the place featured in the last part of the video–a post will be up next week all about it!

xo, Hannah

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100 in 1001

This post is inspired by Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling, who created her own 101 in 1001 list! As she said, it’s a happy medium between a to-do list and a bucket list. This list is to be completed November 22, 2018, or 2.75 years. After that I’ll create a new list! I’ve had this draft in the works for a long while, since junior year of high school, and it was interesting to see some of the things on my list that I wanted to do that I’ve since achieved only in my first semester of college.

  1. Complete all 101 items.
  2. Have a picnic
  3. Go to an FCKC game (April 16th, 2016)
  4. Purchase a domain
  5. Get registered to belay at the rec
  6. Drink 64oz of water every day for at least one week
  7. Join a youth group on campus
  8. Make ten recipes off Pinterest
  9. Read at least thirty new books
  10. Find the perfect way to curl my short hair
  11. Keep up with a solid editorial calendar for at least a month
  12. Donate blood
  13. Save $25 out of every paycheck for a year
  14. Do yoga every day for a week
  15. Collaborate with a brand that I love
  16. Find a devotional and read a chapter each week
  17. Make a video documenting every single day for a month
  18. Have a filing system for my college classes
  19. Design a solid resume (April 4th, 2016)
  20. Hit 10,000 Fitbit steps every day for a month
  21. Finish an entire scrapbook
  22. Apply for five scholarships
  23. Take a self-portrait every day for two weeks
  24. Find a signature scent
  25. Go on a road trip
  26. Do a thirty-day photo challenge
  27. Take care of a plant all the way up until it blooms
  28. Finish my San Francisco video
  29. Do five random acts of kindness in a day
  30. Try sun butter
  31. Sew a skirt
  32. Hit 100 balls successfully at the golf course
  33. Buy flowers for myself
  34. Reach 1,000 followers on Twitter
  35. Intern for a company either online or in real life
  36. Become a campus ambassador
  37. Visit one of my friends at a different college
  38. Make a tassel garland
  39. Read ten nonfiction books
  40. Go to sleep at 8:30 every night for a week
  41. Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator
  42. Throw a surprise party for someone
  43. Take a Skillshare class
  44. Have a Spoon University post go viral
  45. Journal every night for a month
  46. Go on a spring break with friends
  47. Take photos for the Lawrence Humane Society for their social media
  48. Get 100 service hours in a year
  49. Go to every KU football game in a season
  50. Learn how to cook a signature dish
  51. Score in intramural outdoor soccer
  52. Reach 1,000 Instagram followers
  53. Take my brother to a KU basketball game
  54. Try cutting out added sugar for a week
  55. Leave a 100% tip
  56. Finish all Codecademy courses
  57. Learn how to use a film camera
  58. Call my grandparents at least once a month if I don’t see them in person
  59. Go without social media for a week
  60. Be an adoption ambassador for Lawrence Humane and get at least 5 dogs adopted
  61. Run a 5k (April 24th, 2016)
  62. Find a solid workout routine
  63. Go to the ballet
  64. Go skiing
  65. Make a stop motion video at least a minute long
  66. Take a cooking class
  67. Visit 10 new cities
  68. Study abroad
  69. Put away $10 in a savings fund each time I check something off the list
  70. Reach a $100 payout on Redbubble
  71. Get a 4.0 GPA
  72. Finish Mad Men
  73. Join ad club or marketing club
  74. Dress nice for a week (i.e. no leggings/tennis shoes)
  75. Rock climb at the rec once a week for a month
  76. Get a signet ring for my pinky
  77. Apply for the Amazing Race (or at least have an application ready for when I’m 21!)
  78. Visit one of my friends in their hometown over break
  79. Go to a Kansas City away game (Royals/Sporting/FCKC)
  80. Go blueberry picking again
  81. Design a media kit for my blog
  82. Do a film/photo essay with my sorority on defeating stereotypes
  83. Go back to Dallas to see my grandparents (May 22nd, 2016)
  84. Go horseback riding
  85. Develop my own version of a capsule wardrobe and use it for 3 weeks
  86. Create my own font
  87. Get a position in my sorority that I love
  88. Purchase pointed heels/flats
  89. Redesign my sorority chapter’s website
  90. Go to a concert at the Granada
  91. Finish giving away my deck of Sneaky Cards
  92. Use my DesignLoveFest gift card on a really cool painting
  93. Go to a drive-in movie
  94. Upgrade my phone
  95. Try a workout class
  96. Go at least 10 Royals games
  97. Sit in the Blue Hell at a Sporting Game
  98. Try Glace ice cream from Christopher Elbow
  99. Host a friendsgiving
  100. Clean out my closet using Poshmark
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