Rep Your Major Monday | Speech, Language, and Hearing Science

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Every Monday, we’ll have people we know (blogger friends and real life friends) talk about their major to help other college students learn about areas of study and possible career paths. We want everyone in college or hoping to go to college to recognize that there’s more at your university than the major your parents want you to succeed in, but a major that you feel comfortable and happy with. We’re picking people who feel passionate about their major and want to show our readers that being miserable in a biology class and other pre-med requirements isn’t the way to live if you want to be learning about our government’s structure and law.

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Today, we are talking to the lovely Kayla Rivoli, who is a Speech, Language,  and Hearing Science major at Temple University.

Kayla blogs over at Kaylablogs about books, planners, organization, and a bit of college advice. She’s one of my favorite people I have met in the blogosphere.

What’s your major and potential career paths in that field?

My major is speech, language, and hearing science! With a major in SLH you can be a speech-language pathologist or audiologist after going to graduate school. If grad school isn’t your thing you could be a speech-language pathology assistant. There are probably other career paths but being an SLP, Audiologist, or SLPA are the most common ones!

What made you choose your major?
I chose my major after talking with my mom about possible career paths. I had originally wanted to be a pharmacist but I decided that I didn’t want to take that many biology and chemistry courses. As soon as my mom brought up speech-language pathology, I was pretty much hooked. I did some research, watched some YouTube videos of therapy, and decided that yep, I could see myself doing this!

What are common misconceptions about your major?
Some common misconceptions are that SLPs only work with articulation errors. For example, “Johnny can’t say his /r/ correctly”. That would be an example of an articulation problem. But SLPs work with SUCH a broad scope from language disorders to swallowing disorders. Most people have no clue how much SLPs actually do. 


What made you confident that your major was right for you?

After shadowing a speech-language pathologist for the first time. I had a blast. I was a junior in high school and my mom encouraged me to shadow just so I could be totally sure that I liked the field. I shadowed an elementary school speech pathologist and she was absolutely awesome. She saw such a great group of kids and I loved being there with her all day. 
The second time my decision felt solidified was after I shadowed last semester in a rehab center. The SLP saw both adults and children and I realized that I loved the adult side of speech therapy just as much (if not more!) than the pediatric side. After that, I learned I loved more than one facet of speech pathology which really excited me!


What advice do you have to people who want to study your major?

Work hard and make sure this is what you really want. Speech-language pathology is a crazy and competitive field and there are a lot of passionate people involved. The sooner you figure out if this is truly your passion, the better. Everything I learn interests me SO much and it has really reflected in my grades and my work ethic! 


What’s your favorite major class that you’ve taken?

Communication Deviations and Disorders. It was all about the different disorders SLPs and Audiologists work with in the field. I was so interested in everything that had to do with that class. It also required me to shadow more SLPs and interview those that were currently in the field. I learned so much about the profession and my professor was a legit goddess. She was an SLP and she was literally everything I wanted to be!
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Rep Your Major Monday | Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies

Rep Your Major Monday - Art and Design Studies gold&heartsEvery Monday, we’ll have people we know (blogger friends and real life friends) talk about their major to help other college students learn about areas of study and possible career paths. We want everyone in college or hoping to go to college to recognize that there’s more at your university than the major your parents want you to succeed in, but a major that you feel comfortable and happy with. We’re picking people who feel passionate about their major and want to show our readers that being miserable in a biology class and other pre-med requirements isn’t the way to live if you want to be learning about our government’s structure and law.Sarah Rep your Major Monday Interdisciplinary Art and design studies gold&hearts
This week, our focus is on Sara Fry, who is majoring in Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies.
Sara Fry writes about her studies and her everyday life over at sarastrives.com. She likes setting goals for herself and describing her college experiences to her readers, giving them insight on what to do (or not to do) and inspiring them to be better versions of themselves.

What’s your major and potential career paths in that field?

My major is Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies. This basically means that I pick and choose my art classes along with a minor. My minor is in entrepreneurship. This means that I will have several marketing and management classes to go along with my art classes. I am really excited to see where this takes me. I am hoping to end up in some kind of creative business, whether that be blogging, wedding planning, event planning, marketing, or being an artist. I would also love to go back to technical theatre and dabble in costume design like I did in high school.

What made you choose your major?

I originally chose my major because I didn’t want to take a ton of art history! I still have to, but not nearly as much as an art education student (what I was originally). Then I realized that this major would be a great fit for me. I have always been a planner and a little type A. But I am also very creative. This major includes classes that will challenge me and involve planning or project management, but I still get to dabble in what I love and learn to incorporate art and business!

What are common misconceptions about your major?

It’s a fall back major. I won’t say that IADS can’t be a fall back major. Because it definitely can! But, it can be really useful for someone who wants a unique job! It’s an easy program to specialize yourself with.

It’s always fun. Don’t even try to tell me that art majors are always having fun! It is so much work! Most of the time I have at least two projects due a week, fully done and perfectly developed. Sometimes this means very little sleep. We also have to do projects that we don’t like. For example, for the rest of this semester, my drawing class is using pastels. I hate hate hate pastels! They get everywhere. All over your clothes and skin! You even inhale some of it, which can mean rainbow colored snot. Wooo hoo. Sorry for the TMI. There is also a lot of standing involved, on cement floors, for THREE HOURS straight. I’m not saying the classes aren’t fun, but the major is just as challenging as anyone else’s!

What made you confident that your major was right for you?

I am genuinely excited about most of the classes I am going to take!

What advice do you have to people who want to study your major?

Be aware that it is a lot of work. It can also be quite the emotional toll. You almost have to learn to remove your emotion from your artwork in order to survive the criticism of your professors and other students. You want their feedback, even if it is hard to hear.

What’s your favorite major class that you’ve taken?

Absolutely Design II! This class is 3-D work only, which is funny, because I never used to like working in 3-D. But this class has allowed me to explore so many different ideas and mediums and just get more comfortable with working with new tools. It is also a class full of amazing students! The way our class clicks is just great. Everyone talks to everyone and we can have very intelligent discussions. Love it so much!!

 

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Rep Your Major Monday | DIY Degree in Digital Communications and Marketing

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Every Monday, we’ll have people we know (blogger friends and real life friends) talk about their major to help other college students learn about areas of study and possible career paths. We want everyone in college or hoping to go to college to recognize that there’s more at your university than the major your parents want you to succeed in, but a major that you feel comfortable and happy with. We’re picking people who feel passionate about their major and want to show our readers that being miserable in a biology class and other pre-med requirements isn’t the way to live if you want to be learning about our government’s structure and law.
This week, our focus is on Michelle Anneliese, who is getting a DIY Degree in Digital Communication and Marketing at the Sacramento State University.
Michelle Anneliese is a writer, speaker, and online content creator for many different projects and places. She’s a feminist, mental health and self care advocate, and a geek who spends way too much time on YouTube. All of her work can be found at http://michelleanneliese.com.
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What’s your major and potential career paths in that field?

My major is Digital Communications and Marketing, and it was originally geared towards becoming a social media manager and online marketer. My goal is to go full time into content creation (blogging, vlogging, podcasting, etc).

What made you choose your major?

So, I actually made it myself. Long story short, I was a Photography major at first, but then I started to realize that it was not quite for me, so I was stuck trying to figure out what was the best path for what I really wanted to do, which was using social media and the Internet to promote good causes, and I realized my school didn’t have anything for that already in place, and I did not want to transfer schools 2 years in. So I found what is called a Special Major, where I got to work with different departments to make a degree that best suit my career objectives. Et voila, my major was born.

What are common misconceptions about your major?

 For having a DIY Degree as I like to call it, everyone assumes they can do it when I tell them about it. And to be honest, they probably can’t. It takes quite a bit of focus and self-awareness to make your own major, you don’t have an advisor who can easily guide you through your program because you are the one who will know it the best, and there is A LOT of paperwork to be done, signatures to get, and potential headaches. Also, there was a GPA requirement I had to meet to be considered to pursue it.

With specifically the Digital Communications and Marketing idea itself, I am constantly told that I am going to have no issues getting a job. I really don’t know how accurate that statement is to be honest.

What made you confident that your major was right for you?

I spent an entire month making it and finding appropriate classes and meeting with advisors and deans to make it a reality. But when you actually have to write out your educational and career objectives, you are pretty confident you are headed in the right direction.

What advice do you have to people who want to study your major?

See if it is even a possibility, or necessary. If you are interested in Digital Communications or Marketing, see what your school already offers and see if it fulfills your needs. If you really want to make your own major, you definitely need to have objectives in mind already. Also, find the head person for doing the special major and meet with that person to clarify everything before getting started.

What’s your favorite major class that you’ve taken?

I’m going to do, one from each half of my program.

For Marketing, I took a Buyer Behavior class that took a very psychological approach to why we as consumers do certain buying behavior. I am also taking public relations class currently that is super interesting too.

For Communications, I’ve taken quite a few creation classes (ie photo, video, podcasting, etc.) and I really enjoy content creation and want to do it full time if I can, so I really enjoyed these classes.

 

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Rep Your Major Monday | Accounting

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I hope everyone had a great spring break! We are back with an awesome new series. The title is pretty self explanatory. Every Monday, we’ll have people we know (blogger friends and real life friends) talk about their major to help other college students learn about areas of study and possible career paths. We want everyone in college or hoping to go to college to recognize that there’s more at your university than the major your parents want you to succeed in, but a major that you feel comfortable and happy with. We’re picking people who feel passionate about their major and want to show our readers that being miserable in a biology class and other pre-med requirements isn’t the way to live if you want to be learning about our government’s structure and law. This week, our focus is on me, Shaguna, who studies Accounting at the University of Texas.

What made you choose your major?

Living in Texas, I applied to the University of Texas because basically everyone does. I got into the McCombs School of Business and decided on accounting. The integrated Master in Professional Accounting (iMPA) program at the University of Texas has been the best program for years. I loved the professors and professional that came back and spoke. Also, I’m on a tax track as opposed to an audit track.

What are common misconceptions about your major?

There’s this hilarious misconception that you have to be good at math to be successful in accounting. All the math I do is basic arithmetic or done on a calculator or Excel. In accounting, you never do any math that you couldn’t do in third/fourth grade. Also, I promise accountants aren’t lame.

What’s your favorite major class that you’ve taken?

I’m currently taking a tax class which is so interesting. That’s probably the lamest thing I’ve ever said. It truly shows you the thinking behind businesses and everything I learn is 100% applicable in every day life. My professor is really attentive and energetic in the mornings, and it makes my day.

What made you confident that your major was right for you?

Meeting professionals working in tax honestly got me super hyped about working in accounting. The people I met were so cool, and I could see myself hanging out with them on a normal basis. I recommend meeting professionals in your field to really learn about what you want to do because they will be the people you’re working with for the rest of your life.

What advice do you have to people who want to study your major?

Nobody grows up saying “I want to be an accountant!!!” and that’s perfectly alright. Accounting isn’t sitting in a cubicle working alone on a bunch of spreadsheets. Most of what you do is problem solving; if that interests you, then accounting is perfect for you! Also, with accounting, you can work in whatever industry you want! I have friends that go and work for retail, entertainment, and professional services. Also, accounting gives you a lot of autonomy to start your own professional services company in the future.

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February Favorites + March Goals

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I know everyone says this every month, but I can’t believe February went by so quickly. I was out of town a lot this month, which helped this month fly by. February was a pretty rough month for me, but I’m hoping to get back into my routine! I’ve been studying a lot this month as well, so I really need to get back into an exercise schedule.
Because I’ve been studying so much, I’ve been walking to and from campus more than usual. To keep me entertained, I’ve been listening to some awesome podcasts! Before I get into these favorites, we aren’t going to talk about Serial because I have waaaay too many feelings about season 2. Anyway, I’ve been loving Filler, a creative industries podcast. The hosts, Harry Hitchens and Matt Shore, have really cool creatives from London come in and talk about their inspiring work. As an accounting major, most of my work is very dry, and this helps inspire me. February is the month of ~love~. Very appropriately, I’ve been listening to Modern Love. Modern Love has celebrities reading stories from New York Times’ modern love column. Afterwards, they discuss the experience with the author. It’s makes you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. These stories aren’t meet-cutes and are quite heart-wrenching.
Kaylee’s been loving the My New Roots app. It’s currently one of the free app downloads on the Starbucks app, and it has healthy, delicious, vegetarian recipes. (She’s a vegetarian.) The app has amazing photographs that makes even the healthiest food look delicious. Honestly, looking at the photos, you’d never know these recipes were healthy. As a carnivore, I like to use these meals as a base and add my meat of choice, usually chicken, to the recipes. It makes meal planning super easy.
I’ve also been into emergency services TV shows, which is a really weird niche. If you’re into Brooklyn Nine Nine, you’d love Sirens! It’s a comedy show about a group of EMTs from Chicago. I also started watching the Mysteries of Laura, which is Debra Messing’s new show about detectives. It’s not as funny as Brooklyn Nine Nine, but I love it! Just a heads up, I like watching kinda dumb and mindless shows that I can watch while doing other things. It’s no Game of Thrones, but both of these are light and funny.

Goals

February Goals
  1. One post every 5 days
  2. Instagram at least once a week
  3. Pin all posts (continuing this because I want to use it more often)
  4. Make friends with people on Twitter
  5. Spend at least two hours a week reading blogs
What We Accomplished!
  1. We posted 3 times this month which is once more than last month!
  2. We were ON TOP of our Instagram game. We fell back in love with Instagram
  3. We continued pinning posts! Woohoo!
  4. Still lacking on making friends on Twitter, but I had a rough month.
  5. Need to work on reading blogs! I did read a few more travel blogs because of work!
March Goals
  1. Keep on working on a post every 5 days
  2. Instagram every other day
  3. Use Pinterest more actively
  4. Be active on influencer networks
  5. Celebrate our one year anniversary with a giveaway
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How To | Network for College Students

Kaylee and I can’t believe we are over half way through our college careers. As a business school student, we get told to network from the second we set foot on campus. Networking is one of those things people always talk about but don’t really break it down. We wanted to demystify some of that for y’all.

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What is networking?

Networking isn’t always being forced to make awkward small talk with stuffy old recruiters. Networking can be going out to dinner with your friends or someone new. That random guy your friend brings a lot to dinner might the person interviewing you in a few years. You never know! Networking is actually a part of everything you do. Going to class, meeting a guy at a bar, and helping someone at the grocery store is all grocery.

Who is in your network?

Everyone is in your network. Every person you could of possibly think of is in your network. I mean this genuinely. Think of your core group. Think of your immediate family and what they do. Then, expand this group to your larger extended family and what they do. Then, think of your friends and their parents. If you can on zooming back, without doing any “networking” you already have a network. Over your college career, you’ll meet professors, peers, speakers, and professionals that will all be a part of your network.

Why is your network important?

Over your lifetime, you’re going to meet many amazing people. People genuinely want to help other people that they like. Creating your network is basically building a foundation for your dreams. It’s much easier and faster to walk with a tailwind instead of a headwind. Your network will help you now and in the future, so choose the people you surround yourself by well!

How do you grow your network?

Go out and meet people! Yes that’s really it. Take advantage of networking opportunities and career fairs held at your college or university. Even as a freshman, go and meet people, and maybe your junior year, you can take advantage of those connections to find an internship or job! You shouldn’t be scared. Take a friend and go meet recruiters. Honestly, they just want to get to know you so let your personality shine.

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January Favorites and February Goals

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Hey guys! I know we’re a little late, but wow, January is over. We are 1/12th of the way through 2016. This month has been an absolute nightmare health wise, but I’m recovering! The month of January has been crazy! I’ve been recruiting for a public accounting internship. It’s been a great (but stressful) time getting to meet some amazing people from some amazing firms. Being an accounting student, this is the climax of your college career, so I’m super excited.

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We haven’t really delved into beauty products on this blog, but Kaylee and I are huge fans.

Colab Sheer + Invisible Dry Shampoo in London

I picked this up when I was in London in December and it honestly is the best dry shampoo I’ve used. Having dark black hair, the last thing I want is that weird whitish grayish residue in my hair. This amazing product leaves no residue at all and has a great smell. I picked this one (and five more) up for at 2.5 pounds or about $3.50. It helps me prolong the time between hair washes and has helped me train my hair to be less oily. Next time, I want to try out the volumizing version!

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Sleek Make Up Face Form in Medium

This is has become my end all be all for palettes. I use this for an eyeshadow palette as well. When traveling, I easily can grab this, liner, mascara, foundation, and a powder, and I’m good for whatever I have to face.

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e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder in Translucent

 I bought this because I accidentally left my makeup bag at home for two weeks and had to make do. I picked up some missing products including this powder. As a person with super oily skin, it makes my skin look velvet-y and gorgeous.
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Real Techniques Buffing Brush

I fell in love with my (very dirty) Real Techniques buffing brush again! My mom had (sneakily) taken it from me because she loves it as well. It has the correct density and movement. I had bought a replacement brush, but it was too dense and caked on my foundation.

January Recap

Here are my January goals:
  1. Post 5 times this month
  2. Tweet daily
  3. Pin all posts
  4. Engage in Facebook groups
What I accomplished
  1. We wrote two posts, and this will be the second post in February! It can only go up!
  2. I use Revive Old Post to post at least one post from the archives on a daily basis!
  3. I’ve pinned all (two) posts we put up this months!
  4. I’ve posted on Facebook groups and hosted a twitter chat with Blogging College!
February Goals
  1. One post every 5 days
  2. Instagram at least once a week
  3. Pin all posts (continuing this because I want to use it more often)
  4. Make friends with people on Twitter
  5. Spend at least two hours a week reading blogs

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How To | Use Your Syllabus to Get a 4.0


The semester has started! Unfortunately, I already feel extremely far behind in all my classes. Recruiting for a public accounting internship combined with a hard semester and recruitment for my business fraternity, my schedule is packed and planned down to the second. It’s really easy to let the small assignments and tasks slip through the cracks. This is what I use (and have used in the past semesters) to stay on top of everything and do well in my classes!
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People tend to not believe this, but if you actually read your syllabus thoroughly, your professor will tell you exactly what to do to get an A in the class. Obviously, this isn’t some magical key 🔑 to success or shortcut. It entails hard work and organization. This will give you everything you need (besides actually doing all your work for you) to do the best you can in your classes. Honestly, all of these are pretty obvious. I’m not reinventing the wheel here, but sometimes hearing these things over and over again will help it stick.

Keep it visible.

Keep your syllabus in plain sight at all times. You should see them everyday! I recommend putting them in above your desk or in your planner for easy access. A great way to do this is to save it on your phone. Open up your syllabus on your phone and save it to the iBooks app! You never use the app, you can’t delete it, so you might as well use it!

Put all your dates in your calendar.

This seems super self-explanatory, but I put all my assignments, tests, and events into my calendar. I use a method similar to Kayla’s. Each one of my classes has a separate calendar.
Google Calendar 2 goldandhearts how to get a 4.0For each class, I have relevant readings for the day and every deliverable (thing you have to turn in or do before class for a grade) and test also gets its own event. Also, put in all office hours with the location and email of the professor and/or TA. This is super useful as a quick reference tool as well. From that, I make two master calendars: one with my assignments and one with a general overview.

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I combine all my classes, meetings, and tests into the overview calendar which is really good to share with your parents/friends/roommates. If you’re on your phone, laptop, or iPad, you can easily access your calendar and all of your assignments. If you’re out and about, then you can easily have your work available.

Listen to your professor!

When your professors tell you that you can’t study the night before, you should listen to them; it’s an instruction, not a challenge! If you work week by week, you’ll feel less stressed and make sure you truly understand the basics before getting into the hard material. Depending on how difficult the concepts are, start studying a week or two in advance. That way, by the time test week comes around, you’re just reviewing what you already know and can spend more time on the tough stuff. Ask questions if you’re not sure of what’s covered on the test because someone else is more than likely thinking the same thing.

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Why You Should Make Resolutions + How to Keep Them!

Do you remember your New Years Resolution? It’s been a week, so how are they going? It’s the time of the year where you feel silently judged by all the health food recipes on Pinterest. Even though plenty of sarcastic comments float around the Internet around this time, you shouldn’t feel discouraged from making resolutions! I’m a big podcast person, and a lot of these podcasts feature studies explaining how and why your resolutions don’t work. Including my personal experience with making resolutions, which happens about every two months when I feel bored and uninspired.
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Why make resolutions?

Resolving to improve yourself is never a bad thing regardless of the outcome. The ability to change yourself for the better is not only good for yourself but also inspiring for others. Regardless of the size or importance of your resolution, there’s never anything bad with improving yourself! Also, make resolutions often! I make resolutions every few months when I’m feeling uninspired with my surroundings and my life. It starts off with a big closet cleanup and a reorganization of my life and ends with me working out a bit more.

Why do resolutions fail?

Resolutions usually fail because people don’t know how to set realistic goals.
  1. Most people don’t know what is a reasonable goal. Remember your resolutions are for the year of 2016. It doesn’t mean they need to be accomplished today! It means that it is something you need accomplish by the end of the year.
  2. Also, people don’t know how long it’ll take to achieve that goal. Going from a couch potato to a regular runner isn’t going to happen in running every other day for two weeks. It’s probably something you’ll struggle with for a month or two.

How do you keep resolutions?

  1. Break down your goals! If you’ve read my blog goals, I’ve broken them down monthly! I want to get to a place in the end where I’m a regular blogger who posts actively on social media. Realistically, if I force myself to do everything right now, then I will get blogger burn out and abandon the plan once I get back to school.
  2. Write your goals down! Make sure you see your goals on a daily basis! Make it your phone background, and put them on a sticky note on your mirror. Make them your laptop background and shout them to the world. When everyone knows your goals, it’ll make you feel more responsible.
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Blog Goals 2016

Blog Goals 2016 Goldandhearts gold&hearts g&hThe new year is here, and we are really committed to reaching new levels with our blog. In our half-assed attempt at blogging, we’ve gotten to witness the power and warmth of the blogging community. I’m not really a new years resolution kind of person. Every few months, I get inspired to change up my life and about 25% of what I try to accomplish actually forms a habit. So, here’s to a new year and some blog goals. Ideally, I’m going to disclose how much I’ve accomplished on a monthly basis, so y’all can hold me accountable. The first step to actually sticking to you goals is to write them down, so these are going to be written down and placed on my desk.

Here are my goals for 2016:
  1. Write 3 posts a week,
  2. Double following on all social media outlets,
  3. Use Pinterest more effectively,
  4. Engage with my fellow bloggers,
  5. Check blog email daily,
  6. Create thoughtful and meaningful content.

In order to accomplish these goals, I’m going to set myself monthly goals. I’m not aiming to accomplish everything in the month of January. I’m using January as month to just get my feet wet into forming these habits.

Here are my January goals:
  1. Post 5 times this month
  2. Tweet daily
  3. Pin all posts
  4. Engage in Facebook groups

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