BTS | Must-Have School Supplies for College

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Welcome to the first post in my back to school (BTS) series! I’m so excited for this as I love being in college and back to school helps us celebrate that. It’s so much fun to be able to buy new supplies, meet new people/teachers, and enjoy all the new things you’ll be learning. So, if you did not know, I am a college student. This fall, I am going into my SENIOR YEAR of college. It’s crazy. I’m terrified. Just… wow. I will be in school for an extra semester for my student teaching as I changed my major a couple of times but that’s okay! I’m in noooo hurry to be an adult just yet. 😅

The first post that I am including in this series is what school supplies that I find to be essential in my own schooling and hopefully this will help you narrow down what you’ll be needing as well! This can be great for anyone that is an incoming freshman this fall or even someone who is already in college and just needs a refresher for their shopping spree.

#1 Planner: My number one, definite, most important item is a planner. If you can only buy one thing besides paper and pencils, get a planner. I can’t tell you how many times mine has saved me. It keeps me grounded, my life and school work organized, and I just feel a whole lot better when I’ve got my trusty planner by my side during the semesters.

#2 Highlighters: These are my favorite way to organize my notes! I love to highlight main topics and important information in my notes as I’m writing them so I can go back and find topics easily as well as read my notes over again without any issues. These can also be great to highlight your textbooks for important information, use them in your planner, and more!

#3 Colored Pens: I love to organize my planner with colors. Color coding is great so you know exactly how everything is supposed to be whenever you’re going back to look at it. I want to start using them for my notes but it’s harder to switch pens every few seconds than it is to pick up a highlighter every few minutes. My pens are mainly for my planner but they are sooo worth it!

#4 Notecards: This is the only way that I study for exams, quizzes, papers, etc. I often read over my notes but in order to truly remember things, make flash cards of my own to quiz myself with is the best way for my to retain information. Most people think that it’s awful because you’ll forget everything right after but I don’t really have this problem all that much. Some small things may slip my mind but I remember most of the information that I study this way with ease!

#5 Binder(s) with Tabs: I used the optional “s” because I normally only use one binder for all of my classes and use the tabs to divide up my classes. HOWEVER, I’ve also done individual binders for each class with dividers to divide up things like notes, handouts, homework, exams/quizzes, etc. I like everything to be organized no matter what so either way, the dividers are a must for me. It is honestly up to personal preference on whether you want to use one binder or several. I think sizes for the binders should be 1/4-inch to 1-inch binders for individual classes or a 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch binder for all classes.

#6 Notebook(s): Notebooks has that optional “s” as well! This is because I have been using either a three-subject or five-subject notebook for all of my classes for awhile now. My “organization” for this is weird, though. I don’t divide them up into sections for classes! I actually just flip to the first unused page and write whatever I need to on that for whatever class I’m in then label the top right corner with the class name (e.g. SED 537). However, I know many people who get a one-subject notebook for each class and organize them that way. I actually am thinking about switching to this method for the upcoming semester!

#7 Sticky Notes & Flags: Last, but currently not least, sticky notes and sticky flags are an amazing way to organize your notes, planner, and anything else you can stick something to! I even put them in my textbooks. I love them for quick notes, to-do lists, marking important pages or just marking where I was on something, and so much more. They’re so versatile that you can literally come up with so many uses for them.

And that’s it for my school supplies essentials for college! I can’t wait for all the other posts to come. If you have any suggestions and requests for posts in my back to school series that I should add to the quota then leave me a comment down below! Also, tell me your must-have school supplies for whatever level schooling you’re currently in! I’m always up for adding new organization methods to my routine!

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My Weight Loss Journey | First Weigh-In

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I’ve really been debating whether or not I should share my weight loss journey with you all. I am very shy when it comes to my weight and this is an extremely sensitive topic for me. However, you all mean everything to me and I can’t imagine not sharing this part of my life with you… especially since I’m so proud of my progress already!

About 6 days ago, I decided that I was going to start counting calories again. I’ve tried many diets and other ways of losing weight but this was the way I had the most success when I tried it the first time. I eventually stopped because I was in the dorms and it was harder to keep up with the calories in the dining hall. However, now that I am out on my own and can buy my own groceries, there is no excuse for not trying again.

I’ve struggled with weight loss for many years and my cardiologist even said he’d recommend surgery for me because being overweight can affect my heart problems as well. I don’t want to do that. I feel like it is giving up on myself and I can lose the weight if I really try. That is why I think tracking my weight loss journey on my blog will really motivate me as I have you all to prove to that I CAN do it.

My first weigh-in was today (mainly because I was able to get to a scale). The last time I was weighed at the doctor, I was 289 pounds. This is actually lower than my all-time highest weight so that was an improvement for me. However, my goal weight is 200 pounds at the moment. After that I will work on strength training and toning so I can continue to get to a healthy weight for my height and age (which would be 122 to 134 pounds). Being as the weight difference between where I am now and where I should be is about 150 pounds, I need to take it in steps to make sure I lose weight in a healthy manner.

Now, for the best news, I have lost weight! From the last time I was weighed at the doctor to now, I have lost 4 pounds. I now weigh in at 285.4! This is amazing news and I cannot be more proud of myself. My next improvement goal is to focus on the quality of what I eat and not just the calories. I use the MyFitnessPal app to track my calories, weight, etc. and it tells me what is in the foods that I use. I normally eat a lot more saturated fat than I should and lack in some areas that I could improve in. This is what I plan to work on next!

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My Personal Five-Year Plan

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Thinking about the future is so scary. One day you’re going to classes as a freshman in college and the next you’re hopping into your senior year,  planning to study abroad in Ireland, and preparing for student teaching. I am both extremely excited and beyond terrified for what my future holds but, in true Kimberly form, I have to plan it all out to not have a total anxiety attack. That is why I am going to share with you all my five-year plan for my personal life! I plan to do an entirely different plan for the blogging world.

As 2016 is getting closer and closer to being over, I’m starting this plan at the beginning of 2017. This will be the spring semester of my senior year (although I will have to have an extra semester for my student teaching in order to graduate). I will be preparing for this new endeavor as well as searching for jobs to enter into once I graduate in the following semester.

2017

2017 is going to be a year full of tons of new things. Not only is it my last year I’ll be studying for my bachelor’s degree but I am planning a trip to Ireland to study abroad during that summer. The last semester I study is also the semester that I will be doing my student teaching which consists of half a semester in a special education classroom and half of a semester in a general elementary level classroom.

2018

This will be my first year a college graduate. That is insane! I don’t even want to think about that at this point but I’m really excited for it, regardless. My plan is to find a job in the field of special education (preferably in an elementary school) in my immediate area however I am willing to go as far as Nashville, Tennessee in order to find something. I want to spend the four years I have to work in a Title I school near home so I can work on saving to move to a new city as well as get settled into a job that can train me for bigger and better things. That being said, I will start saving for The Big Move starting in 2018!

2019

After I have been working for about a year, I want to look into continuing my education. I have plans to get at least two masters degrees and my doctorate but I’ve got to start somewhere. I will be starting my first master’s degree where I will be studying Moderate to Severe Disabilities. Depending on where I am living, I will either continue my education at Murray State University or switch to another university for graduate school. My bachelor’s degree is in Learning and Behavior Disorders and having a more extensive education in more areas of special education will not only help me be a better teacher but allow me to have better job opportunities.

2020

Continuing my second semester and third semester of graduate school while working full time, this is when I’ll start planning The Big Move that I plan on taking. One of the main places that my boyfriend and I are hoping to move to is Portland, Oregon – however, I am also interested in moving to Los Angeles, California or Chicago, Illinois. (Unrealistically, I reaaally want to move to London, England some day!) I will continue working and finish my first year of graduate school successfully while doing so. My main concerns will be saving money still and looking at exact locations of where we will definitely end up.

2021

My last semester of graduate school for my first master’s degree will take place at the beginning of this year. To continue The Big Move, I will be looking for a place to live, another job in our chosen location, and getting ready for the process to truly begin. This is where I really feel like my life will begin. Leaving my family to go to another state is going to be scary but my ultimate goal is to make a life for myself and Travis independently where we can start our lives together.

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Quotes to Live By

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Quotes are so inspiring to me. I can look at a quote that lifts me up and automatically feel ten times better than I did before. Positivity is key and having a great vibe that resonates in your life is the best way to live, in my opinion. To share the positivity, I wanted to round up a few quotes that make me want to go through life with a smile.

“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” – Walt Disney

“It’s okay to be a glowstick. Sometimes we have to break before we can shine.” – Unknown

“Life is a one time offer, use it well.” – Unknown

“Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening, it just stops you from enjoying the good.” – Unknown

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.” – Unknown

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Ronald Dahl

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore (JK Rowling)

“You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind.” – Unknown

“The best is yet to come.” – Unknown

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(Re)Introducing Kimberly

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Hi there! If you hadn’t guessed, my name is Kimberly. I’m going to share with you so fun facts about me – since I’m just oh so interesting, you know. If you’re an old follower from Blogs for Days, welcome back! I’m so glad that you followed me to my new and improved domain/blog. If you’re new, welcome! I hope you enjoy my little slice of the internet as much as I do.

To make this super exciting – like back in those MySpace days where you copy and pasted an entire table of answers to questions like “cat or dog” – I’m going to answer some questions. Fun, right? Let’s do this!

  1. How old are you? 21 years old!
  2. Are you in a relationship? I am! His name is Travis and I love him to pieces.
  3. Where do you live? You stalkin’ me?! Just kiddinggg. I live in the United States, in the state of Kentucky.
  4. What is your zodiac sign? Gemini, baby. ♊️
  5. What is your favorite holiday? I am always tied between Christmas and Halloween but here lately it has to be Halloween.
  6. Are you going to get married? Gosh, you sound like my family. JUST KIDDING – some day I will! However, right now, I’m focused on school and myself.
  7. What do you do for a living? I’m currently a college student who works part-time at a fast food restaurant.
  8. What is your major? Learning and Behavior Disorders with Elementary Emphasis
  9. What’s the drink you always order at Starbucks? White Chocolate Mocha ☕️
  10. What side of the bed do you sleep on? Whichever is on the outside and away from the wall – which is currently the right side of my bed.
  11. What is your not-so-secret obsession? Makeup. Most definitely.
  12. What makes you happiest? Being alive.
  13. Do you dance in the car? Almost every single time. Yes, people stare and, no, I don’t care.
  14. Where do you wish you were born? London, England
  15. How long have you been blogging? Officially, a little over a year. Unofficially, since I was about 14.

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When life hands you sour lemons…

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“When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.”

But, what if those lemons are sour…?

Many of you know me but don’t know this blog. Let’s start from the beginning,  shall we?

Hello, my name is Kimberly. This is my blog. You may remember a blog called Blogs for Days. That was my blog, too. See… life decided to hit me in the head and knock me out. Those sour lemons I mentioned? Yeah, they were fatal. Long story short… I lost my blog – over 100 posts, tons of comments, and many followers are gone. I was able to edit all of my social media so I could maintain the followers on those accounts but I am no longer using Blogs for Days. This is now my primary and permanent blog.

There is no chance of me getting the information from my previous blog back as it is partly my fault for what happened – even though I didn’t know it would delete all traces of BFD when I did what I did. However, I can’t change the past and I can’t fix what happened. I have talked with tech support for hours today and I think this new start is the best way to go.

On the bright side – yes, there’s a bright side – I am now 100%, completely, and totally self-hosted through Bluehost*. I own my blog! I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to be able to say that. I have a pretty, new theme which I am working on completely customizing and I plan to get a header from Jemma at Dorkface to enhance it even more! I am extremely excited for this process and I cannot wait to get everything in order, the way my OCD likes it to be. :’)

If you haven’t already, feel free to check out my social media links in the sidebar or below! I hope you all follow me on this journey. Feel free to subscribe via email to my new and improved blog – as I hope you all will do.

 

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