Graduate School at UVA

Hi y’all,

It really isn’t a secret that I’m a grad student at the University of Virginia. I made this YouTube video all about the application process to the Curry School of Education and Human Development, what classes are like, what my degree is in, etc.

Please take a quick second and hit subscribe on YouTube! It’s my goal to be doing weekly vlogs and I don’t want y’all to miss anything. My internet is not the best for uploading (like it took almost 24 hours to upload this video) but I will make it happen for y’all!

You can check out my last YouTube video here.

Thanks for watching!


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Favorite Spring/Summer Shoes

Hi y’all,

I will be the first person to say I have horrible feet! I have something called claw toes and they can be extremely painful. I actually had surgery on them when I was little because they were so painful, I refused to walk. We’re getting to the point again where they are painful, but I am trying to not have any surgeries until I’m done with grad school. I’ve also injured my feet pretty badly in the past. I’ve sprained my foot multiple times. I’ve been on crutches, in a walking boot, and received 3 months of physical therapy. Needless to say, I try my best to take care of my feet and wear the best shoes I can. I do have orthotics that I got them at Good Feet in Richmond. I have their most stiff kind and they help keep my feet in alignment.

Now, if you’re thinking you made a really long post about not promoting products. You’re right. I did. However, the difference is that these are shoes that I wear all the time. Literally, I’ve owned them for years and years. I’m not being paid to promote these shoes. I genuinely love them!

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I love these Dr. Scholl’s Women’s Madison sneaker. I bought them a few years ago during the prime sale and adore them! I can fit my orthotics inside. The only downside to these is that I can’t really wear socks with them.

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One of my favorite places to shop for shoes is Nordstrom. They just announced the closest Nordstrom to me (the one at Short Pump in Richmond) will most likely not reopen. While I do admit they did not always have the greatest selection, that’s is a buying issue that could very easily be fixed.Screen Shot 2020-05-11 at 3.53.03 PM

However, once I find a pair of shoes I like, I continue to buy them. I have 3 pairs of these Sam Edelman Felicia Flats currently in my closet, and I’ve had at least a total of 5 pairs. I wear my normal shoe size (7.5) in these and can fit my orthotics in them. I will say that the material in the footbed does disintegrate with the use of the orthotics. They do have enough cushion I should be able to wear them without the orthotics, but I can definitely tell that alignment isn’t right in my legs and ankles when I don’t use them.

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Rainbows are another favorite of mine. I’ve been buying these since high school and I will continue to buy them. These are a shoe that I can definitely get away with not wearing my orthotics (but if I wanted to, I would just put Velcro on them).

I’ve also tried Rothy’s, love a good pair of Jacks (I just can’t wear them back to back days). I recently bought a pair of Lilly Pulitzer sandals that I can’t wait to break in. During the huge ShopBop sale I also got a pair of Sam Edelman sandals, but I haven’t had any chances to wear them yet!

What are your favorite pair of Spring/Summer shoes?



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Weekly Catch Up 5.16

Hi y’all,

I was thinking of ways that I could create a series and make sure y’all got to see some everyday life. This led me to the Weekly Catch Up. It’s essentially a coffee date, but I don’t drink coffee so I wanted it to be a little more realistic to my authentic life.

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This week I created my last assignments of the 2019-2020 school year! Wooo. I’m definitely going to miss this group of kids, but I still have them next week for two more read alouds and their virtual promotion ceremony. I’ll also get to see some when do belonging pick up (hopefully in June but could be later in the summer!). I also got to chat with one of my former teachers about something for the next school year. When I was in 6th grade we did Writing Workshop and I want to implement it in my classroom next year during our Writing block. Obviously, we don’t quite know what next year will look like yet (if it will be virtual or not) but I want to be prepared no matter what it will look like. Once I get the hang of Writing Workshop, I will definitely do an update post and let y’all know how it’s going.


I filmed a video going up on Tuesday! Y’all I can’t tell you how much I dislike my internet. It took 22 hours to upload the video and it’s only 12 minutes long. I guess most YouTubers have fiber internet where it’s super fast or live in major cities where they have max speed internet. Mine is horrible though.

I wrote out some blog posts:

Mother’s Day

Blogging Accounts You Need to Have

How Influencing Needs to Change

101 in 1001 List

and I also planned my June blog posts. As of right now, all I can say is June is going to have a lot of content going live!

I also went on more walks and started the process of cleaning my room. This has been super nice!

I also started the alumnae association for my sorority in my area. I’m so excited and I was elected as the President! I know it will be a lot of work, but this is something I’m so passionate about because sisterhood is not four years, but for life!

What have y’all be up to? Let’s chat!



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101 in 1001


Hi y’all,

I’ve done a few 101 in 1001 posts, and while I’ve accomplished a lot of things on them, I’ve never finished one. My goal for this one is to finish one, or at least be 90% done. This would mean accomplishing at least 91 items.

I’m starting this list on May 15, 2020 and 1001 days is February 10, 2023.

If you haven’t heard of one of these lists before, McKenzie Horan from design darling created this a while back. Here’s her latest list.

I like to break mine up into different categories just to keep it a little more organized.

Career/Grad School

  1. Graduate with my M. Ed in Reading from UVA.
  2. Walk the Lawn at UVA.
  3. Take and pass the RVE for Reading Specialists.
  4. Maintain straight A’s in Grad School.
  5. Apply for recertification for my teaching license.
  6. Keep a recommendation list of books for my classroom.
  7. School email to inbox 0.
  8. Fill out the FAFSA for Grad School.
  9. Create writing plans for 2020-2021 school year.
  10. Organize my classroom.
  11. Implement a lesson I normally wouldn’t.


  1. Create a list of 101 things.
  2. Get a puppy.
  3. Have a puppy play date.
  4. Train my puppy to sit.
  5. Train my puppy to stay.
  6. Train my puppy to shake.
  7. Buy a house.
  8. Buy a queen size bed.
  9. Buy a sofa.
  10. Save a specific amount of money for my house.
  11. Save $30,000.
  12. Save $35,000.
  13. Save $40,000.
  14. Save $45,000.
  15. Save $50,000.
  16. Save $55,000.
  17. Save $60,000.
  18. Read 53 books in a year.
  19. Take a vacation.
  20. Travel somewhere I’ve never been before.
  21. Visit London.
  22. Visit Harry Potter Studios near London.
  23. Visit Scotland.
  24. Complete a Beachbody program.
  25. Organize tax paperwork monthly.
  26. Clean out my closet.
  27. Try paddle boarding.
  28. Get my tshirt quilt made/make it myself.
  29. Keep to my monthly budget for three months.
  30. Reach inbox 0 (personal email).
  31. Unplug from technology for 24 hours.
  32. Go to ADPi Grand Convention.
  33. Visit my friend in Florida.
  34. Visit my friend in North Carolina.
  35. Visit my friend in Northern Virginia.
  36. Go to Polo.
  37. Watch a full baseball game.
  38. Watch a full hockey game.
  39. Go to a UVA Field Hockey game.
  40. Go to a UVA Lacrosse game.
  41. Take a day for myself.
  42. Go apple picking.
  43. Go kayaking with a friend.
  44. Buy myself flowers.
  45. Visit the beach.
  46. Have a Harry Potter movie marathon weekend.
  47. Workout with a friend.
  48. Go a month without shopping.
  49. Read 53 books in a year.
  50. Clean my room.
  51. Help create a solid Alumnae Association for my sorority in my hometown.
  52. Serve on the board of my Alumnae Association.
  53. Buy a new car.
  54. Brunch with friends.
  55. Cook dinner.
  56. Drink 60 oz. of water every day for a week.
  57. Log my volunteer hours for my sorority as an alumnae.
  58. Donate unused items from bathroom cleanout to the Shelter for Help in Emergency.
  59. Cleanout my bathroom.
  60. Deep clean my car.
  61. Take spin class at least once a week for a month.
  62. Go for a hike.
  63. Read every day for a month.
  64. Buy a new phone.
  65. Unsubscribe from unwanted emails.
  66. Read a book club book.
  67. Cancel unnecessary subscriptions.


  1. Make money blogging.
  2. Grow my Instagram following to a certain number of followers.
  3. Post YouTube videos twice a month.
  4. Reach a specific number of views in a month on my blog.
  5. Learn how to do graphic design.
  6. Blog 5 days a week for a month.
  7. Consistently post on Instagram for 30 days.
  8. Create a new blog series.
  9. Take a marketing class on skillshare.
  10. Publish a post about Charlottesville from a local’s perspective of places for visitors to check out.
  11. Publish a YouTube video about grad school at UVA.
  12. Do a post about what I spend in a month.
  13. Earn 50 YouTube subscribers.
  14. Earn 100 YouTube subscribers.
  15. Create a Thankful List post.
  16. Create a Favorite Products post.
  17. Write a post about my religious beliefs.
  18. Do a post/video on my “teacher makeup”.
  19. Do a post on Greek Life from the alumnae perspective.
  20. See my blog grow analytically.
  21. Reach my blog view goals for 3 months.
  22. Reach my blog view goals for 6 months.
  23. Create a media kit.



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Influencing Needs to Change

Hi y’all,

I have had something weighing on my heart lately, especially with COVID-19 going on and so many people affected financially.

I’ve noticed a trend, especially recently amongst influencers/bloggers. The trend I’ve been seeing is influencers, no matter the medium in which they connect with others, are taking every sponsorship and partnership that is coming their way.

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I know that they probably receive hundreds, if not thousands, of offers they refuse every month. However, when someone reads multiple blogs by different people, and they are all promoting the same exact product, and using almost the same exact words, it seems…fake.

Last week, I was watching Youtube, and a video popped up. It was about a woman who had previously worked with a company…the one time she gave suggestions on how to better their product they dropped her. This is ridiculous. Every company should be able to handle criticism because it will come! It does not matter how perfect the company is, there will be mistakes and people will find something to nitpick at. Every item cannot be perfect or something every single person will love. This is okay. What is not okay, is pretending that it is.

I have worked in retail for at least 5 years, and never once did I have an entire store of perfectly fitting items. There was always something that could have been better, and I make sure to give suggestions based on fit to customers.

Have you noticed that when products are sent to influencers, you will typically see the same product over and over again, even if they offer different things? It’s because those are the best fitting items. I have no problem with this, but influencers really need to try a sample of every product, not just a select few items that the brand already knows will do well.

To me, the worst part of all of this is that these people constantly say “I don’t promote anything I don’t personally love”. Okay, I get that you try (or at least hope that you try) all products you promote on your blog, Instagram, YouTube channel, etc. However, if you only mention the product or brand one or two times, that makes it look really suspicious that you are only there to promote the brand.

If you didn’t know, since J.Crew filed for bankruptcy protection, they have cancelled their influencer program. This means that any products from J.Crew that an influcer shares, they are not receiving any compensation for. There have already been influencers who have said they will no longer share J.Crew product for the sole fact that they are not going to make money or receive any other compensation (most likely product).

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I get that these people are trying to make an income, and these sponsorships and partnerships are the best way to make money. However, is it worth it to promote a brand or product that is not the best, simply because they’re paying you?

Yes, influencers legally have to disclose if they are being compensated with product or money. They also have to say if it is their honest opinion. If every single product that is promoted is “the best thing ever”, at some point readers/viewers are going to stop believing that influencer.

Like any blogger, I have dreams of brands I would love to work with. If I start working with every single brand just to build myself up, I know I’ll feel like a sell-out. I know I cannot control what other people do, but I am making a promise to y’all, that I will never take a sponsorship or partnership just to make some money. Everything you will find here is going to be authentic.

There are also influencers that are doing group giveaways. I know that these influencers could probably not afford (at least not feasibly) to give away a Peloton-or 8 of them in a week unless they did it with a group of people. However, this is still “buying” likes, followers, etc. Loop giveaways and these group giveaways are essentially the same thing. I know so many people who just unfollow everyone when the giveaway is over because they weren’t interested in following the people in the first place. This is still “buying followers”, and to me, is unethical. It’s also not beneficial to grow your following for a week or so, and then lose all those people just because of a giveaway. I’m not even sure I would feel differently about this if those followers stayed even after the giveaway ended.

Now, you can probably tell that most of my concerns with influencers are based on followers and authenticity. That’s true and that leads me to my last points. Be authentically you.

I feel like so many of these influencers are just playing with trends, instead of being themselves. I see so many posts on Instagram and on blogs where they are overly promoting some new trend, and then they quickly move onto the next one. This is not worth it! I want to know who you are as a person and see the same things that are consistent. I understand that people change and find new interests, but I do not understand picking one trend after another to “commit to” just to make some money or gain popularity.

The last thing that really bothers me is how perfect these influencers feel they need to be. It is rare to find someone who is willing to be on camera without makeup, real wake ups, etc. I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t sleep in a face full of makeup or look perfect every second of the day. I understand they are only sharing a snippet of their day; however, influencers can show us reality. I definitely would only think more of the influencer if they showed us who their authentic self.

On the flip side, these influencers get comments from internet trolls and people can be really rude when they show their authentic self. We have to stop allowing this behavior, if you’re one of those people that leaves rude messages to people, act as if the influencer will see it. Would you still post it? No? Then don’t send it. These influencers could (and probably would) be more authentic if people let them be who they are without criticizing their every move.

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To the influencers that have stayed true to themselves and their brand, thank you! You are the influencers that people will continue to connect with and continue to follow. You are truly appreciated. You are rare, and a true inspiration to others around you.

Am I saying that influencers cannot provide promotional links and things like that? Abolsutely not! They are a huge asset for businesses. I’m just asking they actually use and care about the products they are mentioning and promoting to the public. Don’t just promote something for the sake of a paycheck. Don’t do giveaways to gain fake followers. Promote a product because you love it, not because you’re paid for it. Be authentically you. Also, please keep doing giveaways! People love them (me too!) but don’t do them for the sake of fake followers.



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5 Blogging Accounts You Need

Hi y’all,

I keep seeing tons of posts on Pinterest about how to magically gain viewers…

Most of these posts link to something that is asking you to pay money for some service. Whether it is an ebook, virtual course, or another service.

Newsflash: in today’s day and time you don’t need to pay for anything besides the host for your website.

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You need to have the following accounts to help you out:

  1. Canva/Photoshop. These are the two best options for you to create collateral, or images for your blog, social media, etc. I even created by logo on it! You can create intros and outros for YouTube on Canva as well. Pick one of these and get good at using them. Canva offers both a free and paid version, and is very versatile.


  1. Instagram. Personally, I don’t see a need to have a separate blogger Instagram because my “personal” Instagram is already life and style, which is what my blog is. However, if you want to focus more on your work (like teaching) creating a new account can be very helpful. However, you apparently cannot have a link that asks you to sign up for something as your link in your bio. My link was solely my blog url and Instagram made it so I cannot post, comment, like, etc. when the link is in my bio. I tried doing a linktree, and it still didn’t work. Be careful! Obviously, my blog doesn’t even have a newsletter, so it isn’t like I ever ask y’all to sign up for anything….Instagram missed that memo.


  1. Pinterest. I cannot say this enough, Pinterest is KEY. It is a quick and easy way to gain views to your blog. Plus, Pinterest is fun to see all the different ideas. I know people in the past have said post 80% of someone else’s content, 20% of your own. I don’t believe in this method. Post what you want.


  1. Youtube. Everyone needs to diversify their content. Don’t overdo it, though. Keep in mind what content works well in which medium. There are certain things that are difficult to explain in a blog post, and there are things that don’t work in videos.


  1. Bloglovin’. If you follow multiple bloggers, this is a great way to keep notifications in one place instead of getting multiple emails a day when someone posts something.


Obviously, people’s livlihoods can depend on those ebooks and virtual courses they are offering; however, I would not hold any one of them as the “holy grail” that you must purchase or you will fail.

It is also important that there is no one formula that works for everyone, especially since Instagram and other social media sites keep changing their algorithms.

The most important thing, no matter what, is to be authentically yourself. When you are who you are, that will shine through. Branding will be easier; your content will flow together and so much more.



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Mother’s Day

Hi y’all,

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day! There are never enough thanks for all our moms do for us. They deserve more than one single day of recognition.

I could go on and on about the great things my mom does for me and helps me with on a daily basis. From reading papers to making sure I have food to eat (even now at 26).

Thanks for all you do!



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