My mom and I toured the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC yesterday. They have costumes from the movie Titanic on display right now. I absolutely loved getting to see all of Rose’s iconic outfits!

In case you missed it, Will and I went to the Biltmore House last spring. You can check that post out right here!

We also had an amazing brunch at Deerfield, which is one of many restaurants on the Biltmore Estate property. I actually went to prom there back in high school!



My favorite part about the meal was definitely the cheesecake – it’s too bad I ate it all before taking a picture! haha



I’ve had a lot of things going on in my life since 2018 started, and it feels good to stay so busy!

I went to the Rose Bowl!


And then I went to Disneyland…


Google Art has a super cool app out that lets you see which paintings you look most like. I’m not sure if I agree with this one


Valentine’s Day was spent with close friends and Will, and it was so good. Will got me a Valentine’s azalea! How pretty is it?!




Will and I went to Canada for President’s Day weekend.



I’ve had a blast meeting all the graduate students touring UGA looking to work in Student Affairs – we’re looking for a new Homecoming GA!


We’ve also been doing “socials” to get to know one another better. Here’s a pic from a recent trip to the Museum of High Art in Athens.


I got accepted into Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honors Society. I love getting to do community service projects with my new friends!


I’ve started re-watching Pretty Little Liars. It’s been a good mental break for the middle of the day.


Here are links to all the recipes I’ve tried recently:

Zucchini fritters

Sheet pan recipes

Make at home egg McMuffin (except I make mine without any meat)

Garlic kale quiche

If you want to keep up with what I’m reading you can always follow my Goodreads account by clicking here.

What have you all been up to this year?

xo Bailey



Small Ways to Show Love

I remember trying to make Valentines for all the kids in my fourth grade class. There were twenty of us, and I remember loving every minute of hand making each card. I knew my friend Jamie loved dogs, so she got dog stickers. Ashley loved to sing, so she got music notes. Hayden loved cats. The list goes on.

I feel like as I’ve gotten older the love for making gifts for my friends is still there, but the vibe I get from stores, websites, and social media is that buying expensive, showy gifts is better. The more money you spend the more you love the person. That isn’t true at all. I really do hate it that that’s the message I’m getting during a holiday all about human compassion.

Because my twenty Valentines in fourth grade has now evolved into a large group of college friends, I try to do small acts of kindness on Valentines day.

  • Put a bag of chocolates in the offices for my student organizations
  • Buy coffee for the few friends you have class with today
    • You can always send a $5 Starbucks gift card via email to a friend, too!
  • Make small personalized cards for friends and be a “Valentine’s fairy” by slipping them under their doors or into their backpacks
  • Baking cookies
  • Making your roommates dinner and having a girl’s (or guy’s) night in with each other
  • Send friends a Snapchat all about how much you love them
  • Tumblr Valentine’s Day memes are always great (especially when you spam a friend by sending a bunch at once)
  • Some of my classmates have bought Dum Dums to class and passed them around (I haven’t done that because my classes are between 100-300 students each…that’s a lot of lollipops)
  • Send your parents a hand written note on the back of a cute family photo

Those are just a few small ideas of how to share the love this Valentine’s Day. What are your plans?

Being a Leader in 2018

My Homecoming Committee and I attended the 2018 Collegiate Leadership Conference this past weekend. I learned more than I could have imagined I needed to know, but  I really want to share some notes from our keynote speakers Dr. Jan and VP Wilson.

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This was taken from the UGA Homecoming Instagram. Give us a follow @ugahomecoming !

The first keynote speaker was Dr. Jan. She spoke about what leaders are, and how we perceive them. For me, the big take away item was that a leader is anyone who inspires others and brings people together. Here’s a Youtube video recap of the story she talked about that I thought was most inspiring:

Dr. Jan is an incredible speaker, as well as a mom, so she always has great advice. She reached out to me after what I thought was a failure during last year’s Homecoming and taught me how to grow from my slip-up. While she didn’t coin this phrase, she teaches to lead with “lollipop moments”. Here’s an awesome Ted Talk on that: – Lollipop Moments

Leading with intentionality was another big take away from CLC. Jake Carnes (UGA alum, Arch Society alum, and former Homecoming King) gave a TedEx talk called How We Can Cultivate Intentional Compliments. Check it out:

VP Wilson was the final keynote speaker of the day. I hear a lot from him because of his close relationship to the Arch Society. I know it’s going to be good when he gets up on stage. He somehow says exactly what I need to hear every single time. In Saturday’s speech he gave us 10 tips for being a better leader:

  1. Find ways to be happy
  2. Ask for help
  3. Start with a yes
  4. Listen more than you speak
  5. Pay attention to the world around you
  6. Work (“grow up and shut up”, if you signed up for a job follow it through)
  7. Integrity should be 24/7
  8. Plan ahead (What type of leader do I want to be in 10 years?)
  9. Work for the common good
  10. Let it be YOU – What can YOU do about solving a problem? (Don’t think that someone else will get to it, often times they won’t, so take charge)

A good question to ask yourself, VP said, is “What problem can I tackle in my immediate world?” Too often do we point out problems and expect that someone else will get around to them. Leaders take charge, no matter how small an issue seems.

A great speech that talks about tip number eight is Matthew McConaughey’s winning speech for Best Actor. Give it a watch here:

What tips do you have when it comes to being a leader?


Your Best Bullet Journal


Your best bullet journal

I set up my very first bullet journal in December of 2015, over two years ago, and I haven’t used a store bought agenda since. Bullet journals are fully customizable agendas. They can have monthly calendars, daily and weekly spreads, habit trackers, lists, and more. It seems really daunting at first, but once you start it doesn’t take much time or creativity at all.

Most of the bullet journals on Pinterest, tumblr, and Instagram are highly artistic, meticulously organized, and very detailed. Your’s doesn’t have to be! I can’t stress that enough. So many people look at my bujo (shorthand for bullet journal) and think that I spend hours each week decorating and planning each page. It may take me half an hour if I want to make it look artsy, but if I’m simply putting down what I need to do each day it takes all of five minutes. It can be messy, black and white, perfect, colorful, or anything in between.


I use a monthly agenda and weekly spreads. I set up all my months in December and then make each weekly spread on Sunday the week of.

For my monthly spreads, I start with a grid base. In a Leuchtturm 1917 A5 hardcover with a dot grid, each weekday of the month is eight grid spaces over and six down. Each weekend day is seven grid spaces over and six down. I do this part in pencil so I can count out how many days I need and make sure they’re in the right MTWTFSS spot.

step-by-step bullet journal creation

After I make the grid, I outline all the days I need in black pen. Then I decorate the black space. I try to do different designs for each month. I typically use stickers, washi tape, and doodles.


Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! I’ve found that a lot of my friends are tentative to even start a bullet journal because they’re afraid it’ll look  messy or that they’ll somehow screw it up. There’s always white out, or some way to improvise. Even then, most people that look at my bullet journal don’t pay attention to the mistakes (and there are plenty of them).

April bullet journal monthly spread

Looking through my new bujo, this is my favorite month so far, as far as the art goes. Below is another I did for March. I erase all the pencil guide lines after I finish decorating (the final step when creating my monthly spreads).




My weekly spreads tend to look very different week to week. I typically write down the day and date and underneath it put down all the things I need to do, with an open circle for tasks/homework and an open square for events. When I begin the task I color the circle in half way, and once it’s complete I color it in fully.

Bullet journal set up - July

Recently I’ve been using Tracy from Shutterbean’s weekly layout.  It’s much simpler and usually leaves a big chunk of room for me to doodle on.


Another reason I love to bullet journal is because it can be turned into a scrapbook. I tape movie tickets, flowers, and other little memories in on the weeks I do those things. So not only do I have a physical thing to remind me of a happy time or event, I have the time, date, and name written down.


My sorority sister (and little) Rachel just started her bullet journal. Her tip for newbies is to experiment with different layouts and spreads to find what fits you best. She also highly recommends stickers and stencils for people that aren’t good at drawing. She got all of her’s off of Amazon!

Click on the links for these stickers, this washi tape, these markers/pens/brush pens, and this stencil set to view some of my favorites off Amazon. You can also get the Leuchtturm journal I’m using by clicking here.

As far as inspiration goes, I search tumblr for the hashtags bujo and studyblr. Pinterest has some good ideas as well. My bullet journal Pinterest board is always evolving. Tracy from Shutterbean is also a big source of bujo inspiration for me.

If you’re interested in seeing how I organize my busy life, check out this post: The Big Three: How to Stay on Your A-Game During Summer Break.

Coffee Date at 1000 Faces

Rachel and I went out for coffee during finals. 1000 Faces had opened up Downtown and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

I got my usual dark roast coffee with cream and Rachel got a Christmas latte. I’m going to be honest here – I have never been more jealous of a coffee order! Their Christmas latte tastes like hot chocolate with orange. Needless to say I was very impressed.

1000 Faces Coffee

How picturesque is that!?

The little coffee shop has a wall of windows that face out into Downtown. I imagine that if I were a cat, I would want to live in the sun rays that pour through those windows. It felt perfect that chilly morning!

1000 Faces Coffee

There’s also a little food truck that parks outside on certain Sundays of every month that cooks made to order biscuits with eggs, cheese, and meats. A percentage of the proceeds from each breakfast sandwich goes to a non-profit in Athens (the non-profit changes each week, too).


Now that I understand the hype, I’m looking forward to all sorts of coffee dates and study breaks here in the coming semester!

Go Dawgs!

I couldn’t be more proud of my boys – UGA football is playing in the National Championship today!

I was lucky enough to go to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, with Will’s family. At first it was mass chaos. I’m talking five thousand people pressed up against one another trying to get into one gate to watch the kickoff. It felt like I was melting into all the people around me because they were squished up against me for so long! By the time I made it through the gate I was ready to sit down and take a breather, not watch the game. Luckily we had a few minutes to spare before the Dawgs crushed Oklahoma (okay, so maybe not crush,  but we did win in the first double overtime the Rose Bowl has ever seen!).


Tonight, in honor of us going to the Natty, the university has opened up Stegeman for students and faculty to watch the game and several venues Downtown are going to be playing the game on the big screen. Governor Deal even proclaimed that last Friday would be “UGA Football Friday” and asked all Georgians to wear red and black. My coworkers and I dressed up for work and got some pictures for the UGA PAC Instagram.


We’re all so excited to watch UGA play tonight! Go Dawgs!