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JANUARY FAVORITES


We say this every month, but really... where the heck did January go!? With heading back to school and finally getting into a routine, the time has really been flying by, but hey, at least I've been having fun so far.

Between Christmas and other discoveries over the past month, I couldn't help but share some favorites! Everything is linked below, as well as the YouTube video where I go into depth about why I'm really loving everything.


Have the best rest of the month! What have you been loving recently?

#PICKMEFORIV2020


It's the summer of 2016, you just graduated high school and have no clue how the next four years, let alone the next four months will change your life forever.

So, you're headed to this place called Ionian Village. You've heard the hype, their supposed "this is going to be the best summer of your life" claim, but you aren't buying it. You think you have your Orthodox faith figured out, years of Sunday School and metropolis church camp, you are basically a veteran. How different could Ionian Village really be?

You have been complaining because you don't want to give up your phone for three weeks... those poor poor Snapchat streaks and don't even get me started on missing out on almost a whole month of Instagram.

Little do you know the life-changing adventure you are about to embark on... 

It is your first time in Greece, and you are going without your parents? Kind of like the one time when your mom was sent to the xorio to stay with her YiaYia for the summer, right? Lucky for you, you have quite a few familiar faces at camp, so you aren't too worried.

When you get there, it is SO LOUD. Whistles, screaming, banging, jumping, and you hate all of it, obviously. How could this be anyone's idea of fun?

While only the next day, you are the one screaming in excitement banging on the tables. Funny how much can change in one day, huh? Let alone, three weeks.

The first night you gain bonds unimaginable. These girls are going to be your family for the next three weeks. The following days you rekindle old friendships and form unbreakable new ones.

You will be exhausted. You will be hot (it is summer in Greece after all). You will be forced to play games you may not think you want to play or have to drink decaf frappes (blasphemy, I know), but the thing is... you will love every second of it.

Eventually, you will get tired of having to listen to your counselors all the time. The same counselors who were there for you to cry with, laugh with, support you, and encourage you. The same counselors who will become some of the greatest mentors you never knew you needed. The same counselors who guided you and everyone else in your cabin to be unapologetically themselves.

There is so much more to Greece than what you thought. Visiting some of the most beautiful monasteries and witnessing the Lord's miracles are priceless. You will gain a special bond with places and Saints to have with you forever.

These places will push your faith. I bet you never thought you would be crawling into a hole too small to seem possible, crying out of fear and amazement. Letting the Lord show you the impossible is possible if you just believe.

You may have thought you had your faith figured out, but were you living through it every day? Were you always believing? Ionian Village showed you how to live through your faith each and every moment. To be able to communicate your faith to others with no device, no barriers. To connect with one another through your faith and your hardships.

Through faith, you gained some of the best relationships you will ever cultivate. This faith will help guide you into the next scary four years of college.



Three weeks will fly by... you've only called your parents twice to let them know how much you don't want to leave, you have no voice, you have 20+ new best friends dancing your hearts out on the final night in Athens. The girl who never cries bawled her eyes out thinking about having to leave the people who gave her so much.

You had the best summer of your life. 

Little do you know, your freshman room decor would solely be IV photos. The highlight of your freshman year is heading to Nashville for your reunion. You would make your own reunions the following year.

Little do you know, you would be hoping to end college the same way you started it. At Ionian Village. But this time, trying to help teenagers find themselves and their faith just like you found yours.

Meet me at the chapel. #PICKMEFORIV2020

FREE WALLPAPERS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Happy New Year everyone! I created some fun new year's inspired wallpapers for your iPhone. Feel free to hold the image down and save it, and if you share it with others please give me credit!







If you like these wallpapers and would want others throughout the year, DM me on Instagram or comment down below! Thanks so much for your support.


2020 GOALS + INTENTIONS


I have never been great at keeping, let alone making goals. Since working for the Self-Made CEO Podcast, my mind has been emersed into goal setting tactics and success stories, which has definitely pushed me to switch focus. With that said! I do want to set goals for myself this year, 2020 is a huge year simply in terms of where my life is headed.

Here are 20 goals and intentions I hope to accomplish within and by the end of 2020...
  1. Move to a new city!
  2. Stop worrying about my number of followers on Instagram, and focus on growing my other platforms.
  3. Every time I purchase a new clothing item, I get rid of one I own.
  4. Receive my first official Graphic Design client.
  5. Make consistent YouTube videos.
  6. Serve and give back to my Greek Orthodox Community.
  7. Do a skincare routine every morning and evening
  8. Move at least 30 mins each day.
  9. Fill my days with more abundance and less sacrifice
  10. Strengthen my hand-lettering skills.
  11. Eat at least one plant-based meal a day.
  12. Make coffee at home almost every day. 
  13. Spend my money with a long-term mindset, instead of a short-term. 
  14. Graduate from college with honors.
  15. Spend meaningful time with my college friends. 
  16. Travel with my boyfriend. 
  17. Focus on my mental health
  18. Push myself to accomplish more and more.
  19. Create at least one new thing every day.
  20. Get a real job hopefully in the creative/fashion field! 
I am beyond ready for 2020. I also got the coin in our Vasilopita, which if you are Greek you KNOW, but if not it means I received good luck for the year! I have a feeling it is going to be a good one. 

This list is not set in stone, as I imagine I could drastically change at any point in the year, but this will help me as a reference to stay accountable! What are some of your goals for this new decade? Comment down below! 

I hope everyone has a fabulous new year, cheers!