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5 Tips for Your First Tattoo Appointment

Tattoos seem to be a popular New Year’s resolution for 2017. I’ve noticed  a lot of people talking about getting their first or next tattoo this year, which I find really awesome.

I’ve been getting tattoos for about a decade now and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. So if you’re considering getting your first tattoo this year, here’s a few tips to make the process more enjoyable.

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Sparking Joy (on a smaller scale): Adapting the Kondo Method to Your Own Needs

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I love Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I bought it a couple years ago without knowing any of the burgeoning hype, tore through it, then spent the next couple weeks spending every spare moment over the course of two weeks applying her advice to our little basement apartment.

Basically, Kondo’s method boils down to getting rid of things before doing any kind of organizing. While disposal is essential to a lot of cleaning/organization plans, Kondo has a couple points that sets it apart.

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4 Ways to Squeeze In More Reading in College

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I love reading. Ever since I was a little kid I’ve devoured books at an unnaturally quick speed. And as a student of library and information science, I’m lucky that my coursework frequently has me reading really interesting books. (Though that’s definitely not the case in all my classes…) But that definitely wasn’t the case for me in undergrad and I very rarely read for pleasure during those four years.

Falling out of regular reading (massive amounts of Torchwood fan fiction excluded) during college is one of my big college regrets. It took me some time to get back into it after graduation. Now that I’m in grad school I go back and forth between reading everything I can get my hands on and not touching anything that isn’t required for school.

I know that finding time to read when you’re super busy can be a struggle. And if it isn’t one of your priorities, that’s entirely up to you. But if you’re a bookworm, there are ways to squeeze in some extra reading during the day. Here are a few things that have helped me find some reading time during busy stretches.

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Coping With Stress In and Out of School

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So my posting and all blog-related activity slowed down significantly the past couple weeks. My husband and I are both in the final stages of our master’s degree programs, which is great, but incredibly busy. On top of that, we’re dealing with work, family situations, and a teething nine month old. So basically, it’s been a stressful month.

While I’m not always successful, I try my best to keep the stress at least somewhat under control. Different things work at different times so if you’re in a similar boat, give them all a shot.

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Things to Remember After College

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It’s a weird feeling, watching everybody go back to college after you’ve left. The college is continuing the exact same way it always has, but your life has completely changed. The good news is that while there are plenty of things you can’t avoid, you ultimately decide whether you’re going to make your life a happy one. Some things to remember:

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5 Ways to Make Money in College

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The broke college kid is a cliche for a reason. If you’re on campus, chances are that your immediate needs are met. You have a dorm to sleep in and a meal plan. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need money. And while it might seem difficult to squeeze in some money-making between classes, it’s far from impossible.

These jobs might not let you avoid taking out student loans, but they’ll at least buy you a six pack this weekend and maybe let you have a little stashed away just in case.

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Sweet Solitude: 5 Tips for Living Alone

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Living alone is exactly what you make of it. I never expected to live alone after college, but I ended up in a situation where I needed to find an apartment on a deadline and a studio apartment in the downtown section of my hometown was available. So I applied, got the apartment, and lived by myself for a year.

And I LOVED it.

Seriously, not that I don’t love my current situation more, but living alone was an amazing opportunity for me. It taught me independence, improved my work ethic, and gave me the confidence to get out and experience more. Sure, I was working 50+ hours a week to barely support myself, but you do what you have to.

If you’re in a situation where you might be living on your own, it can be a little unnerving. How many horror movie situations have played through your head as you try to imagine your first night in your own apartment? Here are five ways you can make your time of solo living safe, productive, and overall happy.

 

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5 Lessons I Learned My Senior Year of College

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My senior year of college started with a mix of excitement, sadness, and fear. I lived in an on-campus apartment with my best friend and the girls who would over the course of the year become my other best friends. I planned two major music recitals, one because it was required for my degree, the other because said best friend and I apparently decided we didn’t have enough work to do. And over the course of the year I developed the skills and strength to step off of campus and into a mature, adult life.

Who am I kidding with the last one?

Looking back, senior year really was one of the biggest years of my life. While I learned a ton over the course of college, it is the lessons I learned at the end of my time at Westfield State that really stuck with me.

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Move-In Day! The Giant List of Dorm Essentials You Really Don’t Want to Forget!

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It’s move-in time! You might be scanning your packed bags one last time or you might already be unpacking in your new dorm. Either way, here’s a big list of dorm essentials you’ll need for a successful year:

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How to Rock the Farmer’s Market on a Budget

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Farmer’s markets are like a mix of everything people our age care about. They’re local, artisan, and they’re packed with all sorts of healthy and/or delicious foods. The only downside is that farmers markets can be pretty expensive. So you may have been shying away from going to your local market or maybe it never even occurred to you to check one out.

That’s how it was for me until about a year ago, when I moved from Boston to a nearby city and did some exploring on a Saturday morning. Now I’m totally in love with farmers markets, despite the fact that I don’t exactly have a Whole Foods budget. But with a little thought, you can make your local farmer’s market a beloved part of your summer and autumn.
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