Tuesday, May 23, 2017

mads maybe ultimate guide to social media

Social media is everything to me - it's in my work, it's in my blog, it's in my personal life. I know the value of social media and I'm not the type of person who views it as a joke or a waste of time. Social media is the best way to connect and communicate and get your voice out there. It allows me to be creative, make new friends, and share my posts with hundreds of people. 

I've been on social media since middle school when I was using it to follow the lives of my favorite college basketball players and the Jonas Brothers. With all of my years and years of experience, I've learned some different strategies and techniques that work well on each platform so, today, I'm sharing those with you!


Twitter is my absolute favorite social media platform! I spend hours on Twitter each day and I just can't express my love for it enough. I find the website to be so personal - I genuinely feel like I know the people I follow and it's amazing.

1. At least 75% of your tweets should NOT include hashtags or links. I don't follow accounts that only tweet links because if I wanted to see that content, I would just follow the site you're linking. Twitter is all about those 140 character messages and they're the best way to share your thoughts.

2. Tweet things that are relatable, don't focus on yourself. While Twitter is a great place to share information about yourself, you need to phrase it in a way that your followers can understand and feel on a personal level. Make sure you're reaching out to your followers in some way.

3. Positivity should radiate from your profile. I honestly love complaining on Twitter but I make sure that most of my tweets are positive and encouraging. At any given time, when someone visits your profile, they should find more positivity than negativity. 

4. Retweet other accounts. I make sure to retweet something I love and truly support about every 5-10 tweets so that I'm sharing my interests and likes in a different way with my followers. This is a great way to interact with other accounts and break up your personal tweets, but don't retweet just to retweet. Be selective with what you share. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

75 quotes to live by

Sometimes plan but sometimes wing it

It's no secret that I love sharing motivational + inspirational quotes on Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, etc. and I know many of you do too! I love finding good quotes that I can hold on to and reflect on later in different situations. Today, I'm sharing 75 of my favorite quotes from around the web. Hopefully they can motivate and inspire you as well!

"If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place."

"Be gentle with yourself, you're doing the best you can."

"What is meant for you will not pass you by."

"She believed she could so she did."

"You get in life what you have the courage to ask for."

"Don't base your decision on the advice of people who don't have to deal with the same results."

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

college advice from a graduate

As you saw in my last post, I graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a concentration in marketing. I graduated early so I spent three school years in college and I commuted every year so my experience wasn't necessarily like every other college student's. I learned a lot in those three years and graduated with honors so today, I wanted to share my top tips and things I learned throughout my college experience.

Use the ConquerCollege Amazing Grade calculator

What a lifesaver. When the semester is about to end and you want to know what grade you need on the final to get an A in the class, this website never let me down. I started using the website my very first semester of college after a friend came across it on Google and I used it every single semester. While it can't really change your ability to study, it's nice to have an idea of where you need to be to get that A. The website can even break grades down into A+, A, A-, etc. so you know exactly how your grade will turn out. It never let me down. 

There's nothing wrong with 8 a.m. classes

Disclaimer: Take them M/W or T/Th but I do not recommend taking them every day of the week. 
I had a class at 8 or 8:30 every semester except for freshman year spring semester. I grew to love them and I never hated them, even from the beginning. It's actually really nice to get your day started and even better if you can end your classes early. This might just be because I was commuting but I would much rather start early and get home in the afternoon than go home in the evening. My worst scheduling was when I had a class that ended at 5:30 pm. All of my early morning classes were productive and I actually paid more attention in those than my late ones when I was focused on going home.

Sitting in the front row and going to office hours really does help

I read this a lot before starting college and I was so skeptical but I was surprised to see how it impacted my college experience. I always sat in the first three rows of a class, participated in class discussions when they happened, and went to office hours if I had the slightest need. When the professor actually recognizes you and is familiar with you, you will see the benefits of that. Sometimes they round grades up if they know you actively participated. Sometimes you need a favor or a recommendation and they're there. I had a professor two semesters in a row and sat in the front row of a 200+ person class so we were familiar with each other. I needed to take the final at an earlier time than it was being offered for my section and when I asked him about it, he didn't even question my reasons, he scheduled me with a different group. Building that relationship is huge.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

grad cap first look + 60 ideas for decorating yours

Hi everyone! As you may have seen on social media, I will be graduating from North Carolina State University on Saturday with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in marketing. Yep, that's a mouthful. It's been a long three years and I'm thrilled to be done.

What you haven't yet seen on social media is how I decorated my graduation cap! This was kind of a big deal for me because we weren't allowed to decorate them at my high school so the pressure was on to think of the absolute perfect idea for my one chance to decorate it. After hours months of scouring Pinterest, I curated a pretty nice collection of ideas on my Senior Year board.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

3 ways to enhance your creativity

Incorporate reading and writing into your nighttime routine.

I've always loved to read but college is so busy, I stopped having time and wasn't able to really make reading a priority. Now I try to read a little each night because reading is a habit that improves your writing and can inspire you in different ways. I like to read novels at night but also other blogs and media websites like Teen Vogue. Just a small amount of reading each day - of all different types of genres - can benefit you and make an impact on your work.

I also love writing, as most bloggers do, so I've really tried to get better at taking time at night to write down ideas and thoughts from the day. Nighttime is usually my favorite time for writing blog posts because it's when at my most creative and can do my best work. If I'm not fully writing posts, I'll take time to outline some or jot down ideas. Sometimes it's beneficial for me to actually write out a post to type later because putting pen to paper can create a different perspective.

Eventually, I want to start journaling. I'm very intrigued by the idea of bullet journaling and have always considered having a place to write my thoughts (besides Twitter) so I can hold on to them. If you have any posts about journaling of any kind, link them in the comments because I would love to read them! I think an important outlook is to just start writing and see where it goes without expectations. In general, writing is a great creative outlet and the end of the day is the best time to reflect on everything.