Glowing up isn't just about juice and squats.

5 "Glow Up" Tips For Back To School

I don't tell you to drink water, you still should.

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As the last month of summer begins, I find myself talking stock of how I have spent my time, what I still wish to achieve with my free moments, and make any additional plans I can. My summer days have thus been largely comprised of napping on the beach, hostessing at a phenomenal Taco joint and reading Sophia Amoruso or Dante. Left on my list are the hours to spend rifling through Generation Records in the village, paddleboarding in Saugatuck, and some good old fashioned fishing.

It is this essential downtime, I am inspired and fueled to consider all that is possible in the year to come. 'Glowing Up' is more than making gains in our own perceived physical beauty or health practices, it is embodying the inner goddess that lies within all of us through each intentional action we take.

Get Organized!

1. Time management starts now! I love buying a fresh agenda and color coding my schedule ahead of time so that I can start to plan time I can spend completing assignments or at the gym outside of class. Strategizing how to best maximize the breaks between classes realistically has been tremendously helpful for me. A 30 minute break may seem like enough time to run from Canisius to Faber to change and do a short write-up...however, this would likely to lead to high stress and a less than impressive assignment. Rather than trying to use 1 hour or shorter breaks to complete work, it seems these breaks are best for organization, cleaning up notes from class or grabbing a coffee and snack before the next class. Perhaps this time would even be ideal for a brief meditation.

2. Communicate with advisors or friends! It is beneficial to address any concerns, questions, or ideas you might have for the fall semester with whoever you need or want to be involved. If you want to add an additional course, start that dialogue with your faculty advisor sooner rather than later! If you want to start a creative club with your friends, let them know your ideas so they can contribute more and be on the same page when the semester starts and activity picks up.

Get Back Into Good Habits!

3. Do what you do at school but put off at home! It can be easy to slip out of certain aspects of the school routine while at home for the summer. However, getting back into a gym schedule, reading more, and even staying on top of keeping a clean space can be great practices to keep when getting ready to head into the college environment. Make sure to hit the gym and eat those greens, listen to a podcast, tell your guardian you love them!

4. Decide what you want your semester to look like. Setting healthy and measurable goals for the semester is key! Your intentions should match to actions you know you can effectively take. If you want to focus on your studies more before going abroad in the spring, then write your intention and consider how you can ensure that your focus will remain on target. I believe in pushing oneself to the absolute best they can reach and making the hard choices, spending time alone, and sacrificing sleeping late is sometimes the cost of getting ahead in life.

Take It In Stride, Queen.

5. Not every morning is going to be waking up with enough time to do full makeup and hair before your 8AM, get an almond milk latte, eat a decent breakfast, and read your NY Times. But, you can and will get yourself to that class, ask engaging questions, take killer notes and have some time to grab that latte and paper after. While it won't always be picture-perfect with each minute filled with maximum productivity, it will all be learning. Life happens, you decide how you respond and how you move forward with gratitude and grace for the journey.

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On June 22nd I Celebrated My 22nd

*Insert cliche Taylor Swift song "22"*

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It's about time I turn 22. I've been told that after your 21st birthday, the years begin to fly past you in a blur. I don't know if I agree, but I can definitely say that I don't feel 22. Sometimes I look around at all the people who are freshmen in college, or juniors in high school, and I begin to reminisce about when I was their age. One thing getting older does do is make you a skeptical, cynical person.

I've thought a lot about my birthday as another day that I get to eat cake because let's face it, I'm not really here for anything else, except maybe a shot. I remember celebrating my birthday when I was younger was much different from what it turned into after I turned 20. Back in the day, I would celebrate my birthday with a pool party. Pizza, chips, cake, and soda. A few balloons and candles and that was it. I'd only invite my closest friends and we'd have so much fun.

I miss that kind of birthday. The kind you pick out an outfit for days prior, the kind you get so excited for and can't sleep, the kind that makes you feel special. It doesn't feel like that anymore. What it feels like now is, "welp, there goes another year." This line is also applicable to New Year's Eve, but we'll cross that bridge six months from now.

My birthday is pretty uneventful. It feels like the spark is gone, the excitement is gone. I wish I could feel happy that I'm turning 22, but I also know that it's just a reality that we all get older and things like birthdays begin to feel strange. You're faced to realize that you're supposed to have gained another year of experience and intelligence in the aspects of life, but it's almost like you feel the same.

It's safe to say that this has been a bit of an existential-crisis-themed birthday, but I'm just a little scared of getting older. I think we all reach a point where you realize you aren't invincible anymore. It's time to see what's in store for the future, what your career goals are, where you plan to move to after graduation, how to eat better, and how to feel like you've reached your full potential. It's a bittersweet moment in my life, but I'm ready to see what's next.

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Put the Phone Down!

Hey! Hey you! Yah, look up for a minute!

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Okay awesome! Now that I have your attention, I'll keep it quick, but I want to tell you something that everyone needs to hear....PUT THE PHONE DOWN!!!

We have become a society that is completely glued to our phones-any moment that needs to be filled, we reach for it. I'll be the first to admit, I am 10,000% guilty of this. Just yesterday I spent the hour and a half before my flight from LA on my phone, and then once we got home, I spent the car ride back on it as well.


This past week I spent Spring Break in LA with my cousins. We went everywhere--Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Disneyland, the Getty, Venice Beach, Griffith Observatory and so many more places... What do they all have in common? GREAT PICTURE PLACES!!! The weather was great and so were the views, so naturally I whipped out the camera to capture the beauty. But in the back of my mind the little voice said stop! stop! stop! just take in the view instead of through a camera. (Which by the way, can't even begin to capture the beauty of the places we saw.) I love taking pictures, in fact I'm constantly taking pictures..which my brother and sister have pointed out many times. I never saw anything wrong with it, because taking pictures is a great way to capture a moment, a feeling or a memory...and I love looking at them!

But when it gets in the way of the experience, is it worth it?

This was a huge challenge for me over the past week. I really tried to balance phone vs. views. Yes take the picture but then put it away and take it all in. We miss so much going on in our lives by not being present in the moment. When looking around the balcony we were on, overlooking LA, there was not a single person not on their phone, posing for a selfie or taking a group picture. A few people strayed into flower beds in the gardens of the Getty or bumped into people on the path because they were looking down. They missed the migrating butterflies or the small tadpoles in the Beverly Hills pond.

Being home now, looking at the pictures I took-yes they are nice and great to have. But the picture in my mind of the true beauty is so much better. The green of the trees and the mountains, the brilliance of the sunset, the blue skies, the laughter of doing random Buzzfeed quizzes after a long day of adventuring, the warm California air and the joy of being in Disney cannot be captured truly in pictures or texts... it is in moments and memories that we are present.

I know its contradictory to tell you to put the phone down because you're probably reading this on your phone or laptop. But challenge yourself... less screen and more seen. Be present, I promise its worth it :)


Smile :)

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