In an alternate universe I would be gearing up to graduate college next month. I’d know where I was going to grad school, and I’d probably be shadowing a speech language pathologist at the local high school. For those of you who have been around for a while, you probably know that life didn’t quite go the way I’d once imagined. In the fall of 2015 I had a less than pretty struggle with depression and decided I needed to take time off college so that I could take care of myself. It wasn’t an easy decision for me, and one that a lot of people warned me that I would regret. Now? I can say that it has been the best decision of my life. I stumbled into a dream job, I’m incredibly happy, and I am excited about my future. With that said, all of that seems to largely be a happy accident. Looking back on it – I think a lot of the good in my life came from throwing my plans out the window.  Now, that advice could be misconstrued. I’m not saying to forget about your goals or question the future that you’ve imagined for yourself – just don’t micromanage… View Post

I’m a year in, but sometimes I still feel the growing pains of transitioning from being a college student to working in my first full-time “big-kid” job. The beauty of being a college student that I was the only one depending on myself. It was a curse and a gift, really. I could justify allowing things to fall through the cracks, because really, who was it going to hurt? But that also meant that I felt a lot less pressure. Now my job has me working with a team of wonderful, brilliant people that I think the world of – if I let something fall through the cracks at work, well, there are more people who will be impacted than just myself. The first few months in my position the pressure got to me and I found myself in a constant state of overwhelm. It was stressful and anything but pretty – even though I was getting my work done I had this constant tingle in the back of my mind while I was falling asleep saying, “Morgan, you’re probably forgot something. You should check your email.” The one thing that helped me regain my sanity? Getting serious about my… View Post

Essential oils are having their moment in a big way – every time I open Pinterest I see a dozen different oil focused pins, and essential oils have been popping up on my Facebook feed for months. To be honest, I was a little skeptical at first. Before I knew more about essential oils and diffusers I thought they were glorified air fresheners. Fast forward to now, and I’m an essential oil convert. Around two months ago I cracked and ordered a Young Living Essential Oils Starter Kit thanks to encouragement from my boyfriend’s cousin (thanks, Katie!). Since then I’ve spent hours looking into the uses and benefits of each oil, and I’ve had plenty of time to play around with my starter kit. Now, I’m not an expert by any means, but I think I’ve finally gotten to the point where I can do a good job explaining essential oils to newbies, and breaking down the benefits of each individual oil. What are essential oils? Essential oils come from plants – they are the aromatic liquids that regulate plant function. Essential oils are to plants what the blood and immune systems are to humans. They protect the plants from… View Post

Breaksgiving. It’s the time of year where long distance relationships notoriously crumble. For most people Thanksgiving means coming home to see the ones you love, but for college students especially, Thanksgiving can be a bitter time of year. I’ll be completely honest – the first time Chris and I were ever long distance it was our freshman year of college and of course I’d heard the folklore around Breaksgiving and I was a bit uneasy coming home for the holiday. Fast forward a few years and needless to say, Breaksgiving didn’t break us, and I think that’s because we were very intentional about maintaining a strong and healthy relationship despite the distance. Long distance relationships are tricky. I’ve written about them before and I’ll probably write about them again because I’m a believer that if anything, distance can strengthen your relationship and I thought I’d share a few of Chris and I’s tips for surviving a long distance relationship. Quick FAQ Before I dive into things, I’ll answer a few questions that will clarify why I think that Chris and I are qualified to be giving this advice. How long have Chris and I been dating? Just over four years – our relationship survived… View Post

This post is sponsored by on behalf of Single Edition Media. I’ve gotten used to long distance relationships by now. Freshman year of college I was in Illinois, my boyfriend was in Iowa, my best friend was in Texas, and a brother-like friend was in Ohio. Fast forward and I was living in New York away from everyone I knew for half a year and I’ve got this long distance thing down pat. I’ve mastered the handwritten letter (with beautifully decorated envelopes to boot!), and I can express myself over Facebook message like a champ. With everyone moving back to school now, I’m brushing up on my long distance game with care packages and notes to remind my people how much I love them. If you want to make a care package for your college gal, I teamed up with Babblebox to give you a few suggestions! They sent me a few gift ideas, and I wrote a few notes you can include in your package. A little overview… FUJIFILM’s INSTAX Mini 70 GreenPan Mini Ceramic Non-Stick Square Egg Pan Zebra Pen Assortment Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Flip Balms Simply Sensitive Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Cloths The FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini 70 Instant cameras are… View Post