Category Archives: personal wellness

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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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 Lessons I Learned My Senior Year of College

5 Lessons I Learned my Year

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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Saturday Roundup: 8/20/16

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Marigold Ale launched nearly three weeks ago and I can’t believe everything that’s happened in that time. I’ve connected with so many great people, read everything I can find about blogging, and picked up a regular freelancing gig because of my blog.

My summer course finished up last night and I have a week until my fall course and final graduate elective begins, so I’m looking forward to a little time off to spend with my family and work on establishing Marigold Ale more.

So for this post, I figured I’d do a roundup of the past few weeks of things I’ve written, loved, and shared. So here are some links for your lazy Saturday afternoon. Enjoy!

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10 Tips for an Amazing First Semester

10 Tips for An Amazing First Semester

First semester of freshman year can be terrifying. You go from living at home with your family and the friends you’ve had since you were little to suddenly having to fend for yourself in an unfamiliar environment. My first day of college was blazing hot and I remember saying goodbye to my parents, sitting on my new bed, and just listening to the noise of the campus coming in through my dorm room window and open door. This was finally college, after years of dreaming about it.

Your first semester can really set the tone for your whole college career. Once the novelty of living in the dorms and going to class wears off, you’re still living in the dorms and going to class. So you need to find ways to stay focused and motivated through the term. These are ten tips to help you get off to an awesome start in college.

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Get Pumped: 5 Quick Tips to Jump Start Your Motivation

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Motivation is such a tricky thing. Even getting motivated to write this article is somewhat of a challenge. I love writing, but it’s hot in my apartment, my baby is teething, and I’ve got a final project and exam to get ready for this week. And I’m not exactly motivated for that last one either. Sometimes you need to do something to jump start your motivation. Here are a few ideas to help you get motivated for schoolwork or any other task in your life.

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10 Ideas to Perk Up Your Morning Routine

Ten Ideas to Perk Up Your Morning Routine

Some people are naturally morning people. I am not one of those people. In college, I stayed up late, woke up early, and lived on Red Bull. After college and working in food service and at evening library shifts for years, I was very much acclimated to staying up late and sleeping in late. But that all changed at the end of last year when my son was born. I suddenly had no choice but to get up at 5, 6am with him. And Red Bull just wasn’t as appealing as it used to be. I tried a number of things to make getting up so early a little easier. Some worked, some didn’t. I still have plenty of mornings where I stumble to the kitchen and try to put baby formula in the coffee maker.

Here are ten of the things that have worked for me. I don’t do all of them every single morning, but I try to squeeze in as many as possible. They’re all easy enough to adapt for dorm life as well.

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