Wednesday, March 18, 2020

My Tips for Remote Learning

Hi to all of my fellow students who have recently been making the switch to remote learning. I'm sure none of us expected our semester to end like this, and it is definitely a major adjustment for all of us. Even though I've only been doing remote learning for a few days now, I think these tips will be helpful to stay on task and get you through the semester. Let me know if you guys have any other tips that I can add! I also wanted to mention that if you are a parent who has younger students at home I'd recommend following @SarahGTucker and @PalmBeachLately- they both have been sharing amazing tips about homeschooling their kids. Also if you are working from home @Carly wrote a great post with some tips here and my friend @KristaRobertso wrote a post here


1. Write Down a Routine

Having a routine for me is SO important, and I find that writing it down helps me stick to it. Since I've been home I've been waking up at my normal time every day and getting into a new routine at home. I have a class starting at 9 AM on MWF and 11 AM on TTH, but every day I get up around 8 so I have time to make breakfast and get ready for classes. After class, my mom and I have been loving getting outside and taking our dog, Scout, for a walk. It's so nice to get outside and get some exercise. I haven't gotten myself into a great workout routine yet, but it's something I definitely want to add to my daily routine. Another one of my favorite moments during each day is watching Jeopardy! My family watches every night and I really appreciate the time we are able to spend together in the midst of all the craziness. 

2. Have a Positive Outlook

For a lot of us, the news of remote learning is very upsetting. It sounds good for a few days, but once you're home and away from school it becomes difficult. I am so sorry for anyone who is a senior and this is how you are experiencing your senior year. Everything going on is shocking, but I know we will all get through it and having a positive outlook is so important. If any of you need someone to talk to, please know that I am always here. 

3.  Use a Planner

One thing I've found particularly challenging is keeping all of my assignments straight since so many deadlines are shifting. Having a planner to organize everything and write down what I need to be working on has been so helpful in keeping me on track. If you don't have a planner I linked a few from Amazon below so that you can get one ASAP! 

4. Create a Work Space 

I'm so glad that I had plans to create a home office at my parents before moving home, and now that I have my desk furniture from school I was able to make that a reality! I find that having a designated workspace helps me stay focused and almost has acted as a 'classroom' for me. I associate spending time in my office with learning and other productive things, so it's great to have a spot where I'm comfortable working with minimal distraction. 

5. Hide Your Phone 
(or any other distractions)

For me, my phone is a HUGE distraction and I've definitely realized that the past few days of online classes. My classes have been canceled through the end of this week, but starting next week I am going to turn off my phone or distance myself from it during class time so that I am more inclined to pay attention during lectures. 

6. Create Virtual Study Groups

Depending on the type of learner you are, studying with others may be very beneficial. I know at school I am constantly meeting up with friends to bounce ideas and questions off of one another. Just like we are using Zoom or Microsoft Teams for classes, utilizing these resources (and even FaceTime) for study sessions will be a great option! This can be especially helpful if you have a group project as well! 

7. Stay Engaged

Online classes are a different setting than a classroom and it is very easy to drift off during a lecture. I know it can be awkward, but asking questions during the lecture or emailing back and forth with professors will be crucial during this time. For many professors, this also comes as a big change to them and I'm sure they're willing to help in any way they can. I am so thankful for my professors who understand that this is not only a struggle for us academically, but mentally and emotionally as well. 

8.  Challenge Yourself

There are many things on our agendas and accomplishments we can achieve with the extra time we have on our hands. Whether that's studying for your CPA, GMAT, LSAT, or any other major exam you will have to take. Challenge yourself in new ways beyond required academics. Learn to do something you've always wanted to, but never had the time! 

9. Take Time for Yourself

During this crazy time, taking time to relax, be with family, and process our emotions is so important.  Taking time for yourself is just as important, if not more important, than being productive. We all need to stick together and check in on loved ones. 

10. Don't Procrastinate 

I'm a horrible procrastinator as it is, but especially when I have a lot of time on my hands and pushed back deadlines. I have been trying to get things out of the way and stay on top of things so that I can get as much done as possible!  

Thank you all so much for reading!

Monday, March 16, 2020

10 Things to Keep You Busy at Home

Hi everyone! With all of the craziness happening right now because of COVID-19 many of us are working from home, taking our classes online, and probably will have a lot more free time. Today is my first day of online classes and I'm just starting to learn how to adjust to the change. One major way I've seen to contain the spread of the virus is social distancing. I read this article about the do's and don'ts and definitely think it is worth a read! In today's post, I'm sharing 10 things I will be doing to keep myself busy during my extra free time. 

My thoughts and prayers are with anyone impacted by the virus and I hope all of you stay safe throughout this time. Don't forget to wash your hands and practice other habits to keep yourself clean!

1. Checking in with loved ones 

The past week was unlike anything I've experienced in my lifetime. Rumors about the virus filled almost every conversation and one event after another was being canceled. Our day to day lives are being altered, and because of that many of us have to stop doing things we enjoy. Some have been losing their jobs and having major life changes. Checking in with a FaceTime call and being there for your friends is so important. My school ended all face-to-face classes for the rest of the semester. We have to be moved out by March 20th and just like that my senior year is practically over. I know this is for the best, but I cannot help but be sad. A few of my closest friends are college athletes and had their seasons completely canceled. If you've ever played a sport, you know how much of your time and energy is poured into it. To be a senior and suddenly be done with school or a sport that has been such a large part of your life is heartbreaking. I'm sure there are many other circumstances like this, and I am going to be sure to do what I can to be there for my friends and family experiencing things like this. I want to use this time to slow down, be together and support everyone during this break in our busy lives. 

2.  Setting a Schedule 

Today was my first day of remote classes and it honestly felt pretty normal. It definitely will be important for me to create a schedule for myself and get into a new routine. Since my classes got moved online,  I will be home for the next few months with my family. A lot of times when I'm home I tend to sleep in and don't have any sort of routine. During this time at home, I want to create a strict schedule for myself so that I remain productive. Not only do I want to get all of my schoolwork done thoroughly, but I want to try to accomplish things I have been putting off like taxes, cleaning out my closet, and working on my home office.

3. Focus on work

While not being at school and having as many distractions, I really want to take my time to focus on work. I love blogging, but sometimes feel like it takes the back burner sometimes. I'm looking forward to getting my office ready at home and creating content that I've had on my to-do list forever. Let me know if there's anything you guys would like to see! 

4. Read more

Am I the only one who constantly buys a book that looks intriguing, starts reading it for a few days, and then puts it down only to pick it up weeks later? I hope I'm not the only one. I'd love to start reading more while I'm home and make it a habit for myself. Right now I'm in a horrible habit of watching the Office and scrolling through TikTok every night so I'd like to change that.

5. New Hobbies

One of my favorite blogger gals, Ashley Brooke, wrote a wonderful post all about hobbies. I've been seeing so many people picking up needle pointing lately and decided to pick up a project when I was in Palm Beach! I was SO crafty as a kid- every day I would come home from school and make something. A few of my favorite hobbies as a young girl were making duct tape wallets, painting, sewing, and baking. I'd spend hours crafting and it was always such a happy time for me. With life getting so busy I feel like my crafty side has been slipping away, but I'd love to get back into it.

6. Shopping Small (Online!) 

During a pandemic, the economy takes a major hit. Many small businesses will be impacted and I am going to do my best to support them in any way possible. Whether that's picking up a to-go lunch somewhere, shopping at a local grocery store, buying gift cards, or shopping small businesses online it's very important to show support during these difficult times.

7. Get Outside

My mom takes our dog Scout for a walk on the beach almost every day, and I love the days that I'm able to join her. I think it is so important to get out of the house for some fresh air. It's important for your body and your mind.

8. Working Out

This is something that I think will be particularly hard for me since I love to do workout classes and have a hard time staying motivated to workout without a class. There are so many ways to get classes online, so I'm going to try and find something I love and get myself into a workout routine. A lot of local fitness studios have been creating online classes so I encourage you to support your local gyms. If that is not an option here are a few websites that have online classes- a lot of which have free trials! If you have any other recommendations let me know.

Obe Fitness,  Daily Burn, Alo Moves

9.  Catch Up on New Shows and Movies

I'm sure there are some shows or movies on your list that you've been wanting to watch but haven't had time. I was dying to see Little Women and finally was able to watch it last night! Next on my list is Love is Blind since everyone has been talking about it. This is the perfect time to relax and catch up on something you've been wanting to watch!

10.  Get Organized

Now that I will be moving everything home from school, I am going to need to get rid of a lot and organize everything at home. I need to consolidate two closets to one and get rid of a lot of clothes. I'm sure many of us have that organization we've been waiting to tackle and nows the time!

I just want to thank you all for your continued support and let you know that if there's any way I can be there for you during all of this to reach out to me. Stay safe!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Lady in Red

Have you ever tried on a dress and fell in love immediately? This red dress from the Vineyard Vines x Palm Beach Lately collab immediately caught my eye and I fell in love as soon as I tried it on. The color is the perfect red with a pop of fuschia for the lining. I wore it around Palm Beach while exploring with my mom and stumbled on the most beautiful street. Being from Buffalo, its been months since we've seen warm weather and flowers. We love it in Palm Beach!


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