Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Background Free Download

Rabbit, rabbit! It's already September!

I can't believe how fast the summer flew by - classes start tomorrow and it hasn't fully hit me yet.

To start September off on the right foot, I've put together a calendar background.

Special thanks to Lindsay Gardner for allowing me to use her beautiful Succulent No. 2.


Right-click to save the image and resize to fit your device.

Check out Lindsay's instagram (@lindsaygardnerart) for more of her pieces!

Succulent No. 2 is copyright Lindsay Gardner.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

What's Making Me Happy This Week

This might be a total captain obvious moment, but packing and moving is hard, y'all. The last two weeks have been full of couch surfing and packing up all my stuff to move back to school. It's been completely exhausting.



So what's making me really happy this week? The fact that I'm writing this post from my new bed. Plus it's raining, so that doesn't hurt at all.

On to what else is making me happy this week... 

Maxie | Meet my favorite person on the internet. No, seriously. Maxie has such incredible wisdom and guidance, even if you've never met her. See: #GirlCrush. Her newsletter brings laughter, sometimes tears and always exactly what you need to hear. Go sign up for it, trust me.

Networking Tips | Now that I'm starting my final semester (yay!) it means I need to start seriously thinking about my future and looking for jobs (eeeek!). I've been soaking up every career related article possible, from networking to interviewing - if you have advice, I want to hear it. I always love Levo, but The Everygirl nailed it recently.

Recipies | Since I've been on the go so much, I've needed super easy recipes that I can prep ahead of time. I brought food along with me for my hosts, so I wanted easy, one-pan recipes. I found a couple keepers: One Pan Mexican Quinoa; Pineapple Fried Rice; and Creamy Spinach & Sausage Pasta. I'm back living in a dorm, so expect some awesome microwave recipes coming soon!

What's been making you happy?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Designing with Accessories

We talked about Dorm Style a couple of weeks ago, so now let's put some principles into action!

I choose to start this style board out with an accent chair as the focus piece. Often times you'll have room for some extra furniture in your room - many will choose a couch or chair. The big key to a successful and cute dorm room is accessories!

comforter | succulent | vanity | frame | umbrella stand | chair 

I always tend to choose accessories and accent pieces in neutral styles that will go beyond the room. It can be easy to fall into the trap of matching all of the colors in your room (or your side of the room), but then you become stuck to the color palette until you replace pieces. Keeping accessories in neutral or metallic tones will make it easier to transition from one style to another.

When I moved to college, I picked a bedding with lots of different colors - it's blue, pink and green. It allowed me to accent different colors and change up my style without a major cost. If you're picking a statement piece - like a chair, pick a bedding and accessories that can be adapted easily so you aren't stuck with the same style all four years. College is a time of growth and adaptation, you don't want to get yourself stuck in something and grow to hate it!

It's usually best to keep accessories small and to a minimum when you first move into a dorm room. Simply is always a good option - you don't want your room to become too busy or overcrowded. You can always add in new accessories as time goes on.

How are you planning to style your fall dorm room?

Friday, August 14, 2015

What's Making Me Happy This Week

This week was the start to my couch surfing for August. Which means it's a wonderful opportunity to hang out with friends until I go back to living by myself at the end of the month. We had a farewell dinner for a friend who's leaving for a semester-long study abroad program complete with Mexican food and ice cream.

On to what's making me happy this week... 

Katharine McPhee's new single | I stumbled upon this via twitter yesterday morning and I'm obsessed. It's such a fun song and it's oh so true. This will be on repeat during the rest of the summer and I'm excited for the rest of the album.



Primark | Primark was one of our favorite stores in Europe. We went in 3 different countries (I wish I was kidding). The best source for fashionable clothes at ridiculous prices. I'm so excited they're opening a store stateside! Check out some of the pieces coming to their Boston store this fall.

Assasin's Creed | I'm a little shocked I just typed the name of a video game, but here we are. My little's been playing it all week & I've been along for the ride (watching, no playing for me). It's got a great soundtrack and watching the guy run is pretty funny sometimes. I love when random things have the ability to create bonding moments.

What's making you happy this week?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

ASOS Jewelry

ASOS is killing it with their jewelry selection recently.  I got on their site to look for a dress to wear to a wedding and it didn't take long for me to get sidetracked. When I stumbled upon the jewelry, I could believe how many amazing pieces there were!




There's a ton of beautiful pieces and they're all less than $20. It's a win-win.

It's taking most of my will power not to place an ASOS order... Which piece is your favorite?


Friday, August 7, 2015

What's Making Me Happy This Week

It was moving week. Four years later, I still haven't gotten used to moving as frequently as I do. I'm thankful for a day off and a half day this week that gave me some extra time to get everything packed, cleaned and unloaded once I got home. This weekend will be full of unpacking and organizing.



On to what's making me happy this week...

Memories | I found a bunch of old photos on my computer last weekend and spent hours going through them all. There are so many good gems - like the photo above of my grandfather & I.

Chilly at Work? | This New York Times article has been floating around all week. I've never had to go as far as wrapping myself in a blanket at work, but I keep a blanket scarf thrown across the back of my chair as a wrap. I also love Belle's advice of using a heating pad.

Planning | I've been spending lots of time looking to the fall semester and beyond recently. I picked up a 12 month planner back in January, but if you're on the hunt for an agenda for the school year check out my picks from last year or Carly's round-up.

Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

#DormStyle

When you're moving off to college for the first time, you need lots of things. It's also an opportunity to start fresh with a blank canvas of a room. Except, you can't do anything permanent and you probably have to share with at least one other person. That's a pretty big wrench!

The only photo I have of my freshman year dorm room. 

Just because there's a wrench or too, doesn't mean that you can't determine your own style and bring it into the mix. Here's a couple of strategies for determining your style and designing with roommates.

Determine Your Style
Can you describe your interior design style? If you're like me, words don't immediately come to mind. I prefer to look at inspiration and pull out what speaks me and catches my eye. When you're thinking about designing a new room, start with inspiration. Use Pinterest, snap pictures when you're out shopping, whatever works for you. When you have a collection of images, look at them all together. You're searching for things that are common across images. If something comes up 3 or 4 times, that's a good place to start with design.

One thing that always catches my eye in interior design is bright pops of color. A pink couch, a statement wall or even a colorful rug will pretty much always get my attention. When I went to college I knew I was going to want something colorful in the room to bring a bit of cheer! I ended up with a floral comforter that's blue, pink and green.

Pick a Color Scheme
Good design is all about the colors. If you have a bunch of contrasting colors in the room, it will make it unpleasant to be in. You need to have a space you feel comfortable in and want to spend some time in, especially when you first move away.

In an ideal world, roommates would coordinate and rooms would never clash. However, sometimes you don't get a chance to talk to your roommate until you've both already bought things you love! If this is the case, don't despair. Stick with neutral colors for everything else you buy - black, grey, and white go with everything and keep you from having too many things going on at once.

Go Art Crazy
Things on the wall is the easiest way to add personality to a room. Put up photos, canvases, art, posters, whatever floats your boat. They're the best accessory for small spaces and they can be as personal as you want them to be.

Talk to Your Roommate(s)
I cannot stress this one enough. You have to share a (small) space with your roommate for a year! It's important to realize that you will probably have to compromise. If you're all about designing your room, but your roommate could care less, that's okay! Work with what you have and realize that it probably won't be perfect. It's better to be on good terms with your roommate when you move in, than be angry with matching bedding.

Whether you're starting year one or four of college, it's important to think about the space you're living in. A warm inviting space can make a huge difference at the end of a long day of classes!

Friday, July 31, 2015

What's Making Me Happy This Week + August Background

Holy smokes. It's already the last day of July! I blinked and the month disappeared.

A new month means a new calendar background. Download August's below:

Right-click to save the image. Resize as needed for your device! 

On to what's making me happy this week...

Updated my 101 List | Check out the list and my progress. Lots of things in the works as I'm gearing up for classes to start again. I've got just under 2 years to get everything done!

SEQ | If you're a member of Starbucks rewards, you're familiar with the free apps available each week. I usually disregard them - I'm always out of storage anyways! This week, however, the puzzle game sounded interesting and I figured I would give it a shot. I'm obsessed. I blew threw the first three 'worlds' the day I downloaded it. The simple, clean interface with challenging puzzles makes this so much fun. Download from iTunes (or check your Starbucks app if you're a rewards member!).

This Week's Reading List:

Want to Buy A Vineyard in France? Here's How Much it Costs | A girl can dream.
The Introvert's Guide to Working in an Office | All very important strategies to keep productive.
10 Successful Women Share Their Morning Routines | Thinking about adding a cup of green tea to my morning.

I'll be back next week with the start of back-to-school posts. (Yes, it's that time again already!)

Happy August!



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Day in the Life

Anyone else super curious about how others spend their days? These types of posts are some of my favorites to read - they're a peek into how someone prioritizes and just how productive they mange to be in a day. For me, the bulk of my productivity happens while I'm at work. When I get home, I'll trudge through some homework, but mostly end up lost somewhere in the internet getting distracted.

Most of my days are pretty different. Work is the consistent thing this summer, but beyond that anything is up for change. Some mornings I decide I need to sleep in, some I get up and do some sun salutations. If I'm feeling productive after work, I'll get more homework done and stay up late. If I'm tired, it's early to bed.



Here's a snapshot of what I did today:


6:45 am - Alarm number 1 goes off. I decide I'm not ready to be awake.

7:00 am - Alarm number 2 goes off - I'm awake. Check phone notifications and social media.

7:20 am - I decide I probably need to get out of bed. So I get up and shower.

7:45 am - Finish getting ready for the day.

8:00 am - Make breakfast: English muffin with avocado. I pack fruit to take into the office.

8:15 am - Grab my stuff and run out the door. I'm feeling late, per usual.

8:30 am - Show up at work. First things first, get a cup of coffee.

8:30-1pm - Work. Today's projects include researching marketing stratgies, writing a communication plan and drafting LinkedIn posts.

1:00 pm - Break for lunch. It's a staff lunch today with barbeque.

1:45 pm - Back to work.

4:00 pm - Decide I've stopped actually accomplishing anything. It's time to head out of the office.

4:10 pm - Stop at Target. I need new work shoes. (I bought new shoes, Mom!)

4:35 pm - Arrive home. Turn the kettle on to make a pot of iced tea and decide what I'm having for dinner. It takes me a while, cause it's just too darn hot to cook.

5:00 pm - Make dinner. Quinoa salad with beans, corn and avocado. Yum.

6:00 pm - Eat dinner. Watch an episode of Psych while I eat.

6:45 pm - Decide I need to be productive. Work on blog posts and homework.

9:45 pm - Off to bed. Good night moon!


Friday, July 24, 2015

What's Making Me Happy This Week

It's been a weird week. I can't believe it's already Friday! I was blessed with a short work week, a field trip and a day working from home. Which meant cupcakes and snuggles with my cats - always a win in my book!



On to what's making me happy...

I've been working crazy hours this summer and I've had lots of projects in motion at once. One thing that's kept my brain on track without letting me feel like I was going stir crazy? Spotify's Deep Focus playlist. I saved it on offline mode, so I've always got access to it, for writing propsals or blog posts.

Take a listen below:



Friday, July 17, 2015

What's Making Me Happy This Week

When I walked into the office on Tuesday, the first words out of my boss's mouth were: we're going to need more coffee. That pretty much sums up my week. Since it's been especially long, I've been putting extra focus on little things in life to make me happy!

Because, tacos. 

The Skimm | If you aren't getting your daily dose of news from the Skimm yet, why? I love the fun voice and simplification of concepts. It's the perfect start to your day. Sign up here.

World Emoji Day | Today is World Emoji Day! Need I say more? Any excuse for some extra emojis in my life, is a good one by me. If you're like me and are confused as to what on earth some of those emojis are supposed to represent - check out emojipedia.

Two Dots | I will be the first to admit I spend far too much time playing this game. It's so addicting! It's the perfect quick break that keeps your brain going. New levels today are making me very happy. Download from iTunes.

#NSale | Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale has opened to everyone and there are some awesome deals. I'm shopping with my eyes this year, but I've pulled some of my favorites below:





Friday, July 10, 2015

What's Making Me Happy This Week

Well, I can't believe it's Friday. As in, it's been a crazy long work week and I'm surprised we made it to Friday. Coming back from a three day weekend can be rough and this week certainly had it's pressures. I'm looking forward to a low-key weekend at home, with lots and lots of sleep.

Now, on to what's making me happy this week:


Haircut | I decided it was time for a change & went short! I'm still getting used to my new 'do but I love how easy it is and how little styling it requires. Also, it's much lighter for summer! Downside: I now need to update all of my social media photos...

Planning | This week has been a bit of a creative one for my brain, which means lots of post ideas. I'm hoping I have some time this weekend to get writing and generate some fresh new content.

Learning | I've always wanted to learn french. I took spanish in high school out of geographical necessity but french has always been in the back of my mind. We're working with a french company at work and it's piqued my interest again. I'm using Duolingo to help teach myself!

What's making you happy this week?

Monday, July 6, 2015

July Backgrounds

Coming back from a holiday weekend, it's about time to finally come to terms with the fact that it's already July. Can you believe 2015 is more than half-way over? To kick off July on the right foot, it seems appropriate to have a cute, calendar background for your phone and desktop!

I had the greatest of intentions of creating a super cute background for July, and then hit a complete creative rut. Instead, I've rounded up some of my favorite options from the web! If a calendar isn't your thing, I've even found some graphic backgrounds too.


ONE | From Redstamp - calendar & non-calendar options

TWO | From Paperleaf - a different kind of calendar

THREE | From Sarah Hearts - calendar & non-calendar options

FOUR | From May Designs - calendar & non-calendar options

FIVE | From Gina Alyse - I couldn't resist a watercolor option

Which background is your favorite?

Friday, July 3, 2015

What's Making Me Happy This Week

The last three weeks have flown by. Isn't it funny how time can be super fast or super slow sometimes? With juggling lots of projects at work, a midterm plus class work, to a family vacation and then transitioning back to work with a holiday weekend, I've been kept on my toes!



Instagram |  A couple of weeks ago, I read an article about why you should be following Reese Witherspoon on Instagram @reesewitherspoon (which I cannot find for the life of me! If you saw the article too, please send it my way!). I don't follow many celebrities on Instagram but Reese is an absolute charmer and her photos are beautiful - definitely worth checking out!



Lake House | Two weekends ago, one of my cousins got married (congrats S&J!) and the family decided to turn the week afterwards into a family reunion. We rented a beautiful house on one of the Finger Lakes in New York. It used to be a hotel, among other things and we fit 17 people in for the week! It was a fabulous relaxing vacation filled with lots of family bonding.


Staying Connected | As I've gotten older, I've realized how hard it can be to stay in touch with friends. It's easy to get caught up in life and forget to send a text or call a friend to catch up on life. The past couple of weeks have included phone calls with some of my besties that have made my entire day!

What's been making you happy of late? I'll be back next week with a July calendar download. Until then, enjoy your holiday weekend & Happy 4th of July!

Friday, June 12, 2015

What's Making Me Happy This Week

Today we're kicking off a brand new segment around here with a focus on happiness! Inspired by my friend Annie & my favorite podcast, each Friday I'll be talking about what's making me happy that week.



NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour | I'm about four full episodes behind right now, but there is absolutely nothing better to listen to during my commutes. I'm not usually too keen on listening to people talk in the morning (I'm looking at you radio hosts) but the folks from PCHH are an absolute joy to listen to. I feel like I need to take notes on each episode because there are so many good recommendations! Subscribe on iTunes.


Bill Cunningham New York | I smiled the entire way through this documentary. I love Bill Cunningham's photographs and this provided a small glimpse in the way he sees the world and fashion. Anna Wintour says it best: "We all get dressed for Bill." It's on Netflix & should be added your list immediately if you haven't seen it yet!


Chef + Soundtracks | I first came across Chef on Netflix, saw it was a movie about food and thought it looked like one the entire family might enjoy (easier said than done!). Little did I know how great this movie would be. Or how much I would love the soundtrack. Both the movie & soundtrack are just so much fun. I love a good success story and the cooking and love of food throughout the film certainly don't hurt. This movie has not one, but two soundtracks – there's so much good music in the film! They're perfect to listen to at work because they are so upbeat and mostly instrumental. Check out the soundtracks - volume one and volume two.

What's making you happy this week?



P.S. What's making us happy this week is a segment on each episode of PCHH - it offers some of the best recommendations!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Guest Post: Grocery Staples

Today we have a guest post! It's so easy to order take out when you're feeling lazy, but Molly has some great staples to pick up the next time you're out shopping to curb the habit of ordering food. 




You’re busy. Always busy. There never seems to be enough time in the day to finish all your work, see friends, clean, catch up on the news/your favorite TV shows, workout, or eat. Looking at that list, the only essential is eating. We’re fortunate to live in a world with fast food and food delivery apps that ensure we’ll always have a meal at the tip of our fingers. But eating out adds up VERY QUICKLY. Here’s a list of 10 grocery items you should always have on stock to whip up a quick meal that your stomach and bank account with enjoy.

Fruit and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables can be pricey, especially when you don’t use them in time - it feels like you’re literally throwing money away. That’s why I buy frozen fruit because essentially there’s no expiration date. I can eat them on their own as a snack or add them to complete a meal like blending them in a smoothie or topping off my oatmeal. As for my vegetables, I’ll occasionally freeze them, but I find that carrots last a while. I always have a bag of baby carrots in my fridge that help curb my appetite while I take the time to make dinner.

Carbs
With recent diet trends, carbs have gotten a bad rep, but the truth is they’re filling, easy, and cheap. I admit that I don’t eat a ton of carbs, but I always have a loaf of whole grain bread in my freezer. It only takes a few minutes to defrost and you don’t have to worry about the bread going bad, I’ve kept loaves in my fridge for months and they still taste great. Speaking of dieting, did you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Don’t miss it! I usually start my morning with microwaveable oatmeal. It takes about 90 seconds and the store brand costs me less than $3 for 12 packs.

Dairy
Sometimes I am reluctant to buy dairy because it often expires before I can finish it. However, I found that yogurt and cheese typically have a long shelf life. I’ll eat yogurt with berries as part of a meal or add it to a smoothie. I use cheese to make pizza with the frozen loaf of bread so I can get my ‘take-out’ fix in a cost effective way.

Protein
Protein is extremely important because it helps you avoid ordering out by keeping you full. I often buy a family size portion of chicken breasts because it’s cost effective. If I can’t cook it right away I just stick it in the freezer for a later date. My other go-to protein is peanut butter, which I also buy the family size of. It’s my life saver and I add it to lots of recipes that turn a snack into a filling meal. My favorite is adding it to a smoothie with yogurt and frozen banana.

Other
I often find that my recipes need a little more kick to them. That’s why I always have a bottle of juice and a can of marinara sauce on hand. I use the juice to complete my smoothies (can you see a trend? I love smoothies! Check out the Food Network [http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/50-smoothies.html] for easy recipes). My favorite is cranberry because I feel it compliments most fruits nicely. I use the marinara sauce for my sliced bread pizza as well as a marinade for my chicken.  I found that having the above staples on hand at all times has greatly reduced my dining out spending. I just find it hard to justify going out and spending $10 on a pizza when I can make a quick, healthier version for a fraction of the cost.



About Molly:
Like many college seniors Molly Murphy feared the 'real world.' She didn't want the good times with friends to end. She also refused to believe that the best time of my life was over. So after her graduation from Bentley in 2012, Molly set out to make her early twenties amazing. She focused on saving money, her health, building lasting relationships and her career. Molly's social life might not be as packed as her college years, but she gained a new perspective on life that even though priorities change, your first years as a 'real adult' can be just as amazing and memorable as college.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Background Download

New month, new calendar, new background! Hopefully we don't have too many showers this month.

It's been a while since I've done a background and I'm partial to a simple calendar that makes referencing dates easy! I whipped this one up to use as my lock screen and thought some of you might also enjoy it.



Right-click to save as or press and hold to save the image on your phone or iPad. You can then resize the image to fit pretty much any screen.

Here's to a wonderful April!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

'Dirty Rush' Review

When Total Frat Move contacted me about doing a review of Dirty Rush, I'll admit I was a little skeptical.  As much as I get a good laugh from TFM, it can highlight some of the more negative parts of Greek Life.  I agreed out of curiosity - after all I had seen quite a few reviews that said the book was an accurate description of Greek life.



I'm happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised! Not only was Dirty Rush good, it was pretty accurate in terms of today's Greek life.  I won't say 100% accurate because this is a piece of fiction and I believe all Greek experiences are different. We are a part of different chapters and different cultures, even though we have the same fundamental ideals.

The general idea of sorority was the same I've experienced at MSU, even if some of the particular details weren't exactly the same.  We don't have a girl who will sweep in to save the day, but my sisters always have my back. I'm also very grateful that my chapter hasn't had a scandal like Beta Zeta!



Dirty Rush is an easy read. I took it on the plane for spring break and it was perfect brain candy for my flight! This is the epitome of a perfect spring break read for me. I breezed through it and enjoyed reading it. It kept me hooked, the drama was shocking and I wanted to know what was going to happen next!

Overall, I would recommend picking up a copy of Dirty Rush!

Have you read Dirty Rush? What did you think?



Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Dirty Rush free of charge to review for Lattes with Liv. All opinions are my own. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Break in NYC



If you follow me on instagram, you might have noticed I was in New York City last week! I was there for one of my classes - visiting Public Relations & Advertising agencies for the week. It was a whirlwind week, but I loved every single minute. I wanted to recap some of my favorite places for anyone that might be traveling to the city. 



New York Pizza Suprema - you can't go to New York City without getting a slice of pizza. This stuff is the real deal. So much so, we went back the next day to get another slice. 413 8th Avenue

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Tres Carnes - Chipotle, but better. I had a burrito bowl with brisket and fire roasted corn. Not only was it cheap and delicious, the atmosphere was so much fun! Music blasting and employees dancing along, it's impossible not to smile. Multiple Locations - 688 6th Avenue

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'Wichcraft - This was an accidental find when we were walking between companies. Apparently it's famous? Either way, the perfect fast sandwich joint with a little extra jazz for the middle of the day. Multiple Locations - 11 East 20th Street @ Broadway


Doughnut Plant - I didn't have a doughtnut (I had just eaten pizza!) but they got rave reviews plus the chai was smooth and delicious.  Multiple Locations - 220 W. 23rd Street

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Laduree - This was an essential stop on my trip to Paris & I knew I needed to stop in the city too! I actually went twice I love these so much. Unless you're traveling, or want a souvenir I suggest you skip the box. 864 Madison Avenue & 398 West Broadway 


Some other tips:

Try not to fly in or out during rush hour. Our cab ride into the city was over an hour because we got stuck in rush hour traffic! That also means it was more expensive than it needed to be.

Be prepared for lots of walking! The subway is easy to use to get around when you've got a long way to go, but it's easy to get caught up walking lots of small distances. I walked over 5 miles each day in the city.

I skipped a lot of touristy spots, since I had seen them before. If you're going the tourist route or not, if there are specific things you want to see or do, make sure you have a plan! I had a couple of things in mind that I never got the chance to do because I didn't have a plan. But make sure you schedule in some free time just to wander, too.


Looking for more NYC tips and suggestions? I've gathered my favorite spots plus tons of recommendations from other on my New York, NY Pinterest board.

What is your favorite place to visit in the city?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lessons Learned as President of My Sorority

Last year I did one of the most rewarding and challenging things I have ever done. I served as Chapter President of my sorority. It was an incredibly challenging year and I learned so much about myself, my chapter and leadership.

  1. You become a 24/7 therapist to the entire chapter.
  2. Things will never go exactly according to plan. 
  3. The standards chair is your new BFF. 
  4. It's not an easy job. 
  5. It's actually really really hard. 
  6. But it's also worth it. 
  7. Everything will crash and burn at the same time. It's inevitable. Just keep breathing. 
  8. Keep Calm & Carry On. 
  9. You will probably end up sobbing on the phone with your advisor. 
  10. Recognize that life goes on & don't forget to remind everyone else of this fact. 
  11. When your email address gets put on the internet, you'll get lots of interesting emails. It's completely okay to graciously thank the sender for thinking of you & your chapter and not waste anyone else's time with them.
  12. Some weeks you become the most popular person in the chapter. Those are probably not good weeks. 
  13. Keep smiling! 
  14. Don't be afraid to ask for advice.
  15. The past chapter president is the only person who has a clue how hard this is, they can be super helpful! Also, remember this when your term is done. 
  16. You must hold people accountable. 
  17. Playing Devil's Advocate becomes super annoying to all of the officers, but ensures they think through all the possibilities. 
  18. Always think about what will be best for the chapter as a whole, not you or your best friends. 
  19. Your opinion will not always be a popular one. 
  20. Don't forget to have fun! 
  21. Communication is key. Encourage all of the officers to over communicate.
  22. You are the chapter cheerleader! There is a positive side to everything.
  23. When something doesn't go well, or as planned, figure out why so it doesn't happen again.
  24. It's completely acceptable to take time for yourself. 
  25. Using and living the values your organization has given you makes all the difference. 
Any recovering presidents have any additional advice or lessons learned?

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