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If I was Stuck on a Deserted Island…

Hi y’all,

Happy Sunday!

Today’s post is another fun one for you and answers the age old question: If I was stuck on a deserted island what 3 things would I bring with me?

  1. A water filter and bottle two in one. I’m assuming I’ll be surrounded by salt water so that is a safe option to make sure I’m getting water that is clean and not salty (no scurvy here, folks).
  2. A knife of some sort. This would help to cut things, like food, stab things, etc.
  3. Something to help start a fire. I’m sure I’ll have access to kindling and that sort of thing available; however, a fire starter is a nice bonus to help me out.

What would you bring with you?

xx,

Lindsey

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Weekly Catch Up June 27

Hi y’all,

I promise I didn’t forget about today’s post!

This week, I’ve had some more assignments due for grad school and we’re starting to learn about options for what fall will look like. This upcoming week, I don’t have as much to do with it being the week of July 4th. However, I do plan to start working on creating my writing plans for the upcoming year. I’m implementing Writing Workshop whether we are virtual or in person.

I’ve kept up with my Morning Meltdown workouts and as of today have officially finished day 26! I have never stuck with a program this long and I am definitely noticing physical results. I have not seen the scale change all that much, but I haven’t really changed how I eat. I also don’t do super intense cardio outside of the program. I walk almost every day; however, it’s not true low intensity as I walk up and down hills.

During my workouts, I’ve started listening to another one of Gretchen Geraghty’s Happy Hour Podcasts. This one is about moving and leaving Boston. I’ve also been listening to Top Country on the Amazon Music app. It’s part of my prime membership and I only listen when I have wifi because I don’t have unlimited data.

I did some shopping at Loft and Target. The Target shorts I were able to pick up don’t look all the great on me. However, I have some more coming today which will hopefully work out better. I’m excited to see what some of the tops look like that I ordered from Loft, though!

Here’s a quick recap of this week’s post:

Get to know me with Would You Rather?

My Opinion on Skillshare

Stay Involved in Greek Life as an Alum

My Favorite Beauty Products

Would I Pick a Different College?

My Brand + Announcement

What have y’all been up to? We’re almost done with blogging every day in June and I can’t wait to share with y’all June’s Book Chat!

xx,

Lindsey

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My Brand + Announcement

Hi y’all,

We are seeing an uptick in people having a personal brand because of social media. Myself included.

I recently attended a webinar from my sorority about branding and PR for chapters and alumnae associations. However, everything I learned was very applicable to my blog. I did not take marketing classes in college because you had to be in the business school, which I definitely was not. My Communication classes often gave great inside into marketing and I learned so much about social media. They key to social media is that it is always changing. We see the algorithm continuously change on social media (think Instagram).

While I am not going to put together a full on brand/media book that was provided for the workshop I attended. I thought I would spend some time sharing what I envision my brand being.

Obviously, I am branding myself, so I started with thinking about who I am and how I portray that to the world. I decided to come up with adjectives that described myself:

authentic, loyal, kind, caring, calm, supportive, and passionate.

I then came up with the mission and vision statement for my brand.

Since I do not have a business degree and no next to nothing about what the difference between these two things are. After I did this research, I created my statements.

The mission of lindsey e martin is to provide a wealth of information in various life and style topics. This can include but not limited to, fashion, beauty, fitness, and teaching.

The vision of lindsey e martin is to increase awareness and knowledge in a variety of life and style topics.

I also put together a list of a core values, but they all ultimately boiled down to being authentic. I will never be someone who takes a sponsored post because it will make me money. I will never want to write a post because it is what other influencers and bloggers are doing. I will share posts that are important to me and that I value. Every single one of my posts is authentically me.

 Next, I thought about my audience. I’m in my mid-twenties, so I know my demographic is somewhere between 18-30. I know that realistically it’s more like 24-30. I do try to make content that is relevant to everyone in some way or another. Hence, why I share such a variety of things. I also know the majority of my audience are women.

Now the fun part (at least for me): colors and fonts! I adore pink and navy. It’s hands down one of my favorite combinations. The majority of my closet is made up of blue clothing. My college and sorority colors are blue and white/silver so I have a ton of options in that color palette even now. Plus, navy is a color that just works with my coloring. Pink is harder for me; however, I love when I can make it work. I added in grey and white to make sure I had actual neutrals to work with (even though as far as I’m concerned navy is a neutral). I also know that adore script fonts and their whimsicalness so they needed to be incorporated in some way. I love the way the fonts I chose work together and love that I can interchange if I need to.

I aim to share things that are bright and cheerful. I’m working on upping my photography game and actually having pictures taken of me. I try to use the pink shade as much as I can in the background to help create brighter image; however, the navy helps bring some nice contrast.

I’ve also upped my Instagram game and created multiple presets. I refuse to buy any presets because they are so easy to make yourself. When you create one yourself it is automatically personalized to your skin tone and every day needs. You know your environment best. You can mess around with them until you like it too. There is absolutely zero need to pay for a preset unless you just want to. I am definitely posting more on stories until I can get actual pictures of myself instead of what I’ve been posting.

Now, you’re probably going why on earth did Lindsey take the time to write this? Well, first and foremost I think it’s important that you know what the plan is for my corner of the internet and so that you know what you can expect when you visit. Second, I believe that this is a life and style blog and part of my life is an interest in branding. Third, if you want help with your brand, please reach out to me! I’d love to help at a minimal cost. The majority of it would be putting together a brand plan for you which you would then implement on your own. If you would like something else, we can personalize it to fit your needs. Please fill out the contact me page and I will be in touch with you!

xx,

Lindsey

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Would I Pick the Same College Again?

Hi y’all,

With COVID-19, a lot of people are re-thinking their college choices. Is now the right time to go to a 4 year school? Honestly, if it’s all online and you want the college experience, probably not. However, I would not change a thing about my college experience and I wanted to share a little bit about it reflecting back on the fact that it’s now been 5 years since I graduated from Christopher Newport University.

In 2010 and 2011 I was a senior in high school. I was doing all the typical things, playing field hockey, coaching middle school lacrosse, loads of volunteers hours, and running my Girl Scout Gold Award project.

I honestly remember the day that I got my first college acceptance. My senior year our high school schedule changed so fall semester three days a week, I didn’t have an in-person class after 11 a.m. I had an internship and two independent studies (one of which was my journalism class). I went home to prep for a field hockey game after school, and the mail came while I was at home. The acceptance letter was in the mailbox. They had moved the game to the turf field at UVA because of poor weather leading up to the game. It was actually really funny because I had been discussing this particular school during field hockey practice a few days prior and I made the statement I didn’t write the essay. Keep in mind, this school was the definition of a safety school for me, like there was no plausible way I was not getting in based on my credentials. One of the girls on the team actually told me, “well if you didn’t write the optional essay they’ll reject you even if you meet all the criteria”. Well, jokes on her because I got in.

Spoiler alert: I actually got into all of the schools I applied to.

I ended up applying to eight schools. I applied to CNU 10 minutes before the deadline. Yep, 10 minutes. Sorry, mom.

I am very fortunate and my undergraduate tuition was paid for me. I was only responsible for books, room, and board. If I went out of state, I would also be responsible for tuition.

My parents had taken us to Charleston, SC years prior on a trip and I loved it. My parents agreed to take me down for a few days during Spring Break to listen to the admissions talk and visit the campus. I fell in love. However, that out of state tuition price tag, with only loans to help pay for it, would not be happening. I’m so glad I made this decision even though it was super hard to say no to such a beautiful and wonderful school.

I went to visit CNU during an admitted freshman day. These days are known for being a show; however at CNU it really isn’t. Yes, they pull out fancy stuff but you can tell what is extra and what is real life pretty easily (like the pep band playing does not happen every day, and I actually think they took this out of the admitted freshman day schedule since I attended in 2011). The one thing I really took away from CNU was how pretty it was, but how it also had other things I was interested in when looking at a school. Its size was relatively small (about 5,000 undergraduate students at the time). It has a fantastic Communication Studies program, but also has programs unique to CNU like the President’s Leadership Program. I was able to ride on the Equestrian Team all 4 years. I was able to found and join my sorority chapter. I was able to volunteer over 60 hours every school year in different aspects of the Newport News community. I was able to work in events and learn more about things that interested me. Every single one of my professors knew my name by the end of the first week of classes. Y’all, that does not happen at many universities. In fact, my grad classes are typically about 18 students, and I have to remind some of my professors my name on a weekly basis.

My roommate was also the best. CNU is a primarily residential campus, and I had agreed to be a high school classmate’s roommate. Little did I know, that it would not work out. However, that was definitely for the best. We switched roommates (literally) and I got the best end of that deal! Lindsey (I know, I lived with a girl named Lindsey, it’s confusing) was legit the best roommate I could have asked for. We ended up living together for the rest of our time at CNU, and I’m so glad that we did! She’s still one of my best friends and will definitely be in my wedding one day.

I also met my other best friend at CNU. Y’all, when I tell you the people I became friends with at CNU are pure gold, I mean it. Lili overslept, and I was banging on her door to take me to the ER so I didn’t die of supposed appendicitis freshman year. Good news, I didn’t have appendicitis. She ended up staying with me all day, and made sure that I got dinner and had someone with me at all times. Her mom even offered to drive down to stay with me (even though at the time she didn’t know me from a hole in the wall) because my mom and dad couldn’t come down (my mom had just had her first knee replacement and had a complication). I don’t know if this was the experience bonded us for life, but we’re definitely stuck with each other. Lili is someone that will definitely be in my wedding one day.

Junior year (specifically spring semester) was a hot mess for me. This was the semester my grandfather passed away and the semester I ended up in a walking boot for 3 months. Talk about rough. My professors were willing to work with me. I actually specifically remember having a conversation with one of my professors that I will never forget. He wanted to have class outside, and I couldn’t walk down the marble staircase in the building (walking boot problems). So, I said I was taking the elevator and I meet everyone outside of Regatta’s when I got there. He ended up taking the elevator with me and asked how I was doing. Me being me, I was like I’m fine. His response to that was, “No, how are you really doing? You’ve been in class every day yet you lost someone important to you and you have medical stuff going on”. I never asked to miss any more classes, I just showed up and did our work. This professor reminded me it was okay to take time for myself and that if I needed it, to do it and he wouldn’t question my absence except to check in and make sure I didn’t need anything. This was the same professor who offered to drive me to the hospital or a doctor’s office to have x-rays on my foot done. I refused for the simple reason that if a bone is broken in your foot it can take up to 2 weeks to show up on an x-ray. 2 weeks was Spring Break. I could go see my doctor at home and get everything taken care of at once. Every Thanksgiving he offers up a spot at his family dinner table for any student that can’t go home. He didn’t even bat an eye when I showed up 40 minutes late for a 50 minute class. The only class that I overslept for, and quite frankly that 10 minute walk from Rappahannock to McMurran was rough in a walking boot. Y’all he’s a great person, and he forever changed how I think about what makes a great teacher. Hopefully, I embody a little bit of him for all my students, past, present, and future. He’s just one example of the many great professors at CNU.

The opportunities that I had at CNU are unmatched and unparalleled compared to other universities. I also know that CNU is exactly what I needed at the time and that it helped shape me into who I am today. CNU is 3 hours away from home (depending on traffic, we definitely did it in 2.5 hours before). I was not a big fan of being that far away from home without a way to get home on my own (I did not take a car, but you can have a car all four years if you want). However, it was honestly not a big deal in the end and it always worked out if I wanted or needed to go home.

Bottom line of would I pick another college 5 years later? Would I chose to redo it to go to College of Charleston or JMU over CNU? Absolutely 100% no.

xx,

Lindsey

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Current Beauty Favorites

Hi y’all,

I’m so sorry today’s post is coming so late! I ended up having a difficult time with a grad school assignment due to some of the instructions not being clear.
Anyway, today’s post is sharing all my favorite current beauty items! I’ve been trying a few new ones out and wanted to share with you!

  1. Charlotte Tilbury lipgloss. I got this in two different shades to try out: Pillow Talk and Sweet Stiletto. Sweet Stiletto is definitely not as pink as it is online. I am very impressed by this gloss. It is not sticky and has great pigmentation that lasts for a super long time.
  2. Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops. I heard about this but was extremely skeptical. I am very pale with freckles and have trouble with pretty much anything working with my skin. I struggle to find a foundation that works and most tanning products turn me orange. Isle of Paradise claims they are a “color corrector”. Anything that says color correcting for me is very scary because of my freckles-they mess with the formula and make it really difficult to get accurate color. Y’all, this stuff works! I am so impressed.
  3. Tula. I already did a full post about how much I love Tula. Go check it out here. You will love it and they have something for every type of skin.
  4. Neutrogena HydroBoost Foundation. I have used Neutrogena products for years, but this is the only foundation that I have found that works for me in the Neutrogena family. I used to have to get high end products because nothing else would accurately match my face.
  5. Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator. This is GAME CHANGING. Y’all, I can honestly not rave about this product enough. It’s amazing! It is worth every penny of its $29.00 price tag.

Have y’all been trying new products? Let me know in the comments!

xx,

Lindsey

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How to Stay Involved in Fraternity/Sorority Life as an Alum

Hi y’all,

When you joined your Fraternity or Sorority you might have heard, “it’s not four years, it’s for life”. However, many people stop being involved after graduation. You paid hundreds to thousands of dollars to belong to this organization during college; why not stay involved when most likely they’re only asking for donations from you as an alum?

  1. Join an alumni/alumnae association. These often do come with dues, but depending on how big the association is will most likely determine the cost. They often focus on the local area and support chapters nearby. We often have meetings that help people get to know each other and spend time doing something besides work. You don’t have to be an officer, but it’s a great way to get out and do different things. Some also have philanthropic opportunities as well. You most likely joined during college to make friends, so why not stay involved to make friends post grad?
  2. Stay up to date in Facebook groups. I would go to say almost every organization has a private alumni/alumnae group where members from all over the world can chat. Stay active and respond to people in the posts. You can also post in the group when you need something. I’ve gotten some of the best recommendations from my chapter’s group! Your specific chapter probably has one, too!
  3. Volunteer for your organization. Many chapters have tons of volunteer opportunities, and this doesn’t necessarily mean holding a volunteer position. It could mean acting as an advisor for a chapter, or just giving support as needed for specific things or research opportunities.
  4. Read your newsletter and email! Stay up to date on what is going on specifically within your organization. I mean actually read these, don’t just skim! They often have important information like new committees or new legislation that can affect you!
  5. Volunteer for your philanthropy. This is a great way to stay connected to the philanthropy, and you’ll often find other sisters that volunteer there as well. They also tend to have more options now that you aren’t a collegiate.
  6. Keep in touch with your chapter. Often times, your home chapter will ask for pictures or information to help the current members or post about you and your successes on their social media. This is a great opportunity to connect with current members and share your expertise in a specific field. Your chapter also has great events that you might be able to help with (even virtually if you live far enough way you can’t get back to campus).
  7. Go to conventions. Typically, the most important conventions are not every year, and you don’t need to go to every single one. You can pick one in a location where you could get a vacation out of it, too. This is a great way to make new connections and experience more of your chapter’s traditions. It’s also a great way to stay informed because these business meetings tend to have a ton of useful information. These might be expensive, so if you’re like me and on a budget, save up for it, and don’t plan on going to every single one.
  8. Use the resources available to you. A lot of organizations provide additional resources or personal/professional development to all members of the organization. This might mean a PR bootcamp where you can learn more about all things social media or it could be a finance course. Most likely these are being provided to you for free by volunteers or people at your headquarters that are paid to do it. Take advantage of such a great opportunity because you can always connect with the person running it later.
  9. Reach out to your college chapter brothers and sisters. Even if it’s just to say hi or that you’re checking in with them because it’s been a while. Often times, this is the jump that other people need to start doing the same thing.
  10. Donate money. Typically, you can chose where you donate within your organization. This way, you are staying financially involved and helping the chapter as a whole. I always chose to donate to my chapter’s scholarship fund and to our international philanthropy endeavors.
  11. Be willing to fill out recommendation forms/write letters for Potential New Members. This is a great way to stay involved and is often pretty quick and easy. It helps out the collegiate chapter, and it gives the PNM a feel for your organization ahead of time.

How do you stay involved or wish you could be involved in your organization post grad?

xx,

Lindsey

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A Review of Skillshare

Hi y’all,

I recently had a trial from Skillshare and I wanted to share with y’all my opinion before you spend $99 a year for a membership.

First things first, it is mostly a membership site. You can get away with not paying and viewing free videos; however, that option is limited. For me, I cannot justify spending $99 a year or $8.25/month for the premium version.

There is not a ton of variety on Skillshare. It is definitely focused more on media, technology, and advertising.

I do think you can find a lot of the information that is on Skillshare somewhere else for free. It might not be as organized or specific, but it’s available.

On the flip side, it is convenient. You can click on a category and have immediate access to all the classes available on Skillshare that talks about a specific skill. The organization is a definite plus for Skillshare. However, YouTube and Google are just as good a resource for these, and you would find more of a variety.

Overall, I will not be paying for Skillshare. I thought a lot of the content available was easily accessible elsewhere or was common knowledge. I would prefer to spend my money more wisely on something else. During my free trial period, I watched one full class on Skillshare. It was an hour long video on Instagram, and honestly it could have been shorter or split into different videos/classes.

Have you tried Skillshare? Do you have a different opinion compared to mine?

xx,

Lindsey

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Weekly Catch Up 6.20.2020

Hi y’all,

Happy Saturday! I hope y’all have your Father’s Day gifts all picked out and ready to go. Unfortunately, my dad is most likely only getting part of his gift as the second half hasn’t arrived yet. However, I’ll spoil the real present tomorrow (it’s a good one).

Anyway, I wanted to drop in and share about my week. I’ve been working on my grad classes and we started a major assignment for one of them. We actually will be working on the project all semester which is a little crazy. Technically next week is modules 5 and 6 for this class, which means I’ll be halfway done with it on Friday!

I did some work on a major blog post about Charlottesville. I love my hometown and I just want everyone to see the good parts, too.

This week’s posts

If I had an extra $1000

My Relationship with God

101 in 1001 June Check In

Mid Year Goal Check In

Children’s Book Review

A Local’s Guide to Charlottesville

Music I’ve been Listening To

Chase Rice, Morgan Wallen, Jimmie Allen

Podcasts

Gretchen’s Happy Hour Podcast

Workouts

Walking, indoor bike (not spin), and Beachbody Morning Meltdown.

Shopping

I bought my mom and I Bodo’s when I was working on my Charlottesville pictures for the blog post.

Have a great day y’all!

xx,

Lindsey

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2020 Mid Year Goal Update

Hi y’all,

Back in January, I shared my goals for the new year with y’all.

Since we’re not about halfway through the year, I thought I’d share a little update with you.


1. Say ‘No” more. Um, yeah no so much. Still a work in progress. This is honestly the hardest goal for me because I always help out.

2. Save money. I’m so happy to say, I’m almost halfway to my house savings goal. I have not started saving yet for a new car, but I do need to start doing that just so I have enough for a downpayment in case something happens.

3. Increase my social media presence. Well, I’m storying more and I joined TikTok. I won’t say that I’m actually posting more, so I guess I still have some work to do on this.

Have you checked in with your 2020 goals?

xx,

Lindsey

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101 in 1001 June 2020 Update

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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. (May 2020)
  9. Create writing plans for 2020-2021 school year.
  10. Organize my classroom.
  11. Implement a lesson I normally wouldn’t.

Personal

  1. Create a list of 101 things. (May 2020)
  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. Review 53 books in a year.
  50. Clean my room.
  51. Help create a solid Alumnae Association for my sorority in my hometown. (May 2020)
  52. Serve on the board of my Alumnae Association. (President, May 2020)
  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. (June 2020)
  59. Cleanout my bathroom. (June 2020)
  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.

Blog

  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. (May 2020-Weekly Catch Up)
  9. Take a marketing class on skillshare. (May 2020)
  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. (May 2020)
  12. Do a post about what I spend in a month. (May 2020)
  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.

Goals accomplish: 9/101 (8%)

xx,

Lindsey

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