What Do You Really Need for College?

It’s that time of year again…the Target commercials for back to school shopping are in full swing. I can’t decide if I love them or hate them…but they are catchy.

Anyway — I remember going back to college every year as being both exciting and a bit of a pain. Moving all that stuff back and forth year after year took it’s toll. But after a while I got it down to a science…as you can imagine.

I went to college at Hofstra University on Long Island to study broadcast journalism. Some of my friends at the time were headed to a different state, and looked at Alabama Education and Career Resources, but I wanted to go into journalism so I stuck to it. I was fortunate enough to be able to live on campus and also be only a half hour away from home. It was a win-win situation for sure.

I have a lot of great memories from college like meeting former President Bill Clinton. OK — I didn’t really get to meet him — but I did shake his hand. This photo always makes me laugh.

I’m glad I got to live on campus because I was able to get the full college experience. But I don’t miss moving in every fall semester. I always dreaded it. It’s a lot of stress to buy all the things you need, pack up the car and relocate your life. But the memories you get from the experience is worth it, it is an experience that stays with you for the rest of your life. You’ll make life long friendships, learn lessons that may or may not help you on the road to your career, you might meet the love of your life in college.

Being prepared will definitely make a difference as you head back to college.

If you can think of anything that isn’t on the list that should be — just drop me a note. I’m hoping this lists helps just one college kid live an easier semester. Good luck!

12 Ways To Improve Your Life Now


Happiness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Positivity is my middle name. I’m always looking on the bright side of things, if I can. I can’t help it — it’s how my mom is and it’s rubbed off on me. I admit — sometimes it’s a stretch but normally if you just stop for one minute you can see the silver lining in any situation.

I’m always interested in new tactics for “living my best life” — as my favorite person Oprah would say. I chatted with self-help expert Alexis Sclamberg and was lucky enough to snag some of her tips so we can all be happier. Read more

Check Out My Guest Post on Manilla.com


Mail (Photo credit: Bogdan Suditu)

Have you heard of Manilla.com? It’s a really great way to organize your bills, subscriptions and finances all in one place.  Yep — with just one password you can keep track of your frequent flyer miles, magazine subscriptions, utility bills, Netflix accounts, etc.  Never get miss a payment or let a coupon expire again. Who doesn’t love saving money and time? Right — no one!

I met with their team at BlogHer12 and I’ll be guest blogging for their site once a month about tips and tricks to be more productive!  Check out my first post: “Take Back Your Day and Get More Done.

The learn more about Manilla.com from fellow List Producer Carley Knobloch of Digitwirl.com click on this video:

‘Bucket List’ Makes it to the Dictionary

Dictionaries hold the answers

Dictionaries hold the answers (Photo credit: 3nglishN3rd)

Every year Merriam-Webster announces a list of new words being added to their dictionary.  It’s like the Academy Award nominations for nerds.  Being a lover of words — I’m always interested to see which ones made the list.  In recent years there have been a few nods to pop culture.

This year’s newbies include:

  1. Bucket list
  2. Sexting
  3. Gastropub
  4. Man cave
  5. Ear worm
  6. Mash-up
  7. Aha moment

I think you know which ones are my favorites here!

I’m thrilled that “bucket list” has made the list!  It’s such an important tool for goal making and dreaming.  Once you put something down on paper — it suddenly becomes tangible

Yay for Oprah — she’s made it to the dictionary!  As a fan — I’ve listened to her and her guests talk about having an “aha moment” over and over.  It’s good to see that this clever and catchy phrase has gotten it’s due.

Here’s a video of Oprah talking about what an “aha moment” is for her.

For the complete list and their definitions click here.

Here’s What You Missed While You Were Multitasking

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Fast Life #2 (NYC 2006)

Fast Life #2 (NYC 2006) (Photo credit: Zohar Manor-Abel)


That’s one of my favorite movie quotes of all time!  Recognize it? If not — it’s from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  Of course, Ferris (Matthew Broderick) was talking about skipping school and canoodling with his girlfriend.  But the high school delinquent does have a point.

Just yesterday I decided that my 10-minute walk to the subway would be better spent looking around — instead of fixated on my iPhone.  And just like that — there were no emails read, texts sent, songs listened to or lists made.  It was just me, my sneakers and New York City. Read more