Fall 2016 Semester Goals: Recap

Hey hey hey.

In trying to keep up with posting semi-regularly, here is another post touching on the semester. This time, I want to recap my Fall 2016 Semester Goals to see which ones I achieved (and which ones I fell short on).

If you’re interested in seeing if I succeeded, keep reading!

Continue reading


Spring Semester Goals

As I write this, it is Saturday, and I return to campus tomorrow for my final semester of my undergraduate career. As I’ve stated before, going back to school is never really something that is exciting for me, but it’s the end! Since I am in this period of transition (moving into “adulthood”), I have some goals I would like to achieve. 

If you’re interested in learning what they are, read ahead!

Continue reading

Where Have I Been/What’s Next? + Video (pt. 2)

This is a continuation of my last post where I explained (in detail) the many factors contributing to my absence from the bloggerverse. Here, I just want to ramble a bit about what’s coming in the next few months in school, career moves, life, and here 🙂 Like in the previous post, if you don’t care to read what’s below, you can watch the video for the cliff notes (or to see/hear me speak)….or you can do both?

What’s Next?


Minimizing: I won’t touch on it too much here, but I’m trying to transition to a more minimalist lifestyle. I’ve already been making a few moves in that direction, and I think that they are really proving beneficial. I want to devote a post to this though, so that’s all for that!

Paleo: I started shedding dairy from my diet (and then slipped up), but I think I want to go back to that. I saw lots of improvement with my bloating when I did that, nausea, and skin condition. I also want to make an effort to transition to a Paleo eating lifestyle since I think at this point it best suits my needs. I tried vegetarianism, and I’m sorry, but I like meat. I don’t eat that much of it though. I also don’t think I have the discipline to become vegan. For dietary purposes and my lifestyle, I think that Paleo works the best. I might try to throw some of that in here too.

Rehab Aide: I suppose this could go in career prep, but I’m looking to apply for rehabilitation aide positions so that I can some experience in my time off that will sustain me (a bit) and also help me out for grad school.


This upcoming semester will be a lot of fine-tuning and execution as far as my action plan. I’m hoping it’s successful….


Classes: I only have one more class left! It’s just one class for my minor. I had another 3 credits of fieldwork to do, but it looks like something else filled that requirement. I’m already signed up to do fieldwork again though so I won’t take it out from my schedule (I like it too much, and it’s also great prep for what’s to come). So basically, I only have one real required class and fieldwork. I’m also taking Sociology and Abnormal Psychology on my campus and Biology I at a local community college.

Fieldwork: As I stated before, I’ll be at the same site for fieldwork this semester completing 9 hours a week for 15 weeks. I’m happy since I’m all set to go, so I won’t be behind like last semester. Also, my schedule is more organized (even if it is packed), so there won’t be any mix ups.

BSU: Still doing BSU too! I just don’t know if I’ll be able to attend meetings and such. I’ll have to see about this just based on the demands of other things that are going on. I would love to continue planning and more though.

Research: This semester I have to finish data collection, but everything is ready to go! After a million years of working on this thing (which is my fault for not being more quick about it), I’ll be finished. I’m not hard pressed to present anywhere, but that would be cool.

School – Other

Activism: I’m really hoping to see the ground work for some of the things I’ve met about started. Again, as more progress is made with certain projects, I’ll try to write about them. I will say though: I’m working on a proposal to get a big speaker to come, designing a workshop, and trying to get a campaign up and running.

Career Prep

Pre-requisite courses: Like I said above, I only have 2 requirements left for my major. The Sociology and Abnormal Psych courses are pre-reqs, and so is Biology. It’s going to be a bit strange taking classes on two campuses, but it has to get done.

I will also sign up to take Anatomy and Physiology I and II over the summer (hopefully). I’m still debating on whether or not I should take a Physics or Chemistry course as well. I would like to to expand options, but that’s money that I don’t have (lol). I already set myself up for the winter course I’m taking, and the Bio class…

Observation hours: I was able to get a spot volunteering (shadowing) an O.T. at the same hospital I’m doing fieldwork at, so it’s like a second fieldwork. So, once I complete the orientation, I’ll get that going. I will also be doing 9 hours a week for 15 weeks, so I’ll have 135 hours by the time I’m done.

I’m hoping to try to get myself into some other settings during my interim period before going to grad school so I gain some more perspective.

Research: I have to fine tune my list according to what I will have done by the time I’m ready to apply. Once that’s established (which it basically is), I will start fine tuning my essays and gathering my lists of recommenders and such.


Videos: I think I’m just going to start recording videos and writing blog posts to accompany them. I like this idea because I can kind of lump things together into weekly vlogs. That way, I touch on topics I keep meaning to get to without stressing out about keeping track of series of posts. I do still have separate posts I want to make (with videos) though, like….

Posts: I have some cute lil ideas for 2017. Some of them I kind of talked about (minimizing, Paleo, etc..). Others include posts about school (but particularly my experiences as a Psychology major), a couple of favourite product vides (which will have more stock since I’m minimizing – these will be self-care items and things I truly love), maybe some fun tags….I want to do one with my boyfriend.

Well, that’s it….really! I’m looking forward to all that is to come, and hope you all stay tuned for the ride 🙂

Until next time,




Dropping Out Senior Year (Kind Of)| Courtenay’s Beauty Box

I always go through a roller coaster of thoughts in the days/hours leading up to school. This particular stream of thoughts has been on my mind all of winter break, but of course it’s in full swing as I am only hours away from departing to campus – what if I just leave?

(disclaimer(s): video was posted hours after blog post was written +  subsequent posts may not make sense after reading this since those were written much earlier + this was written in full transparency/in the height of a thought process/emotional experience)

Continue reading

Where Have I Been/What’s Next + Video

Long time no chat my friends. I apologize, I really do, but I can’t promise that it will change. I can say that I would like to be more effortful with my blog this year, but I am just going to take things one day at a time.

With that being said, I wanted to devote the first post of 2017 to addressing where the hell I’ve been since this summer, as well as what I am looking forward in the future personally, academically, and so forth. I mention all of these things in the video as well, but if it’s not your cup of tea, you can get the run down here! But, without further ado:

Where Have I Been


Boyfriend: I’m cuffed y’all 🙂 Got into a relationship this year with a wonderful guy, and I’m really happy. With all of the stress that has been 2016, it’s been great having someone by my side who’s able to keep me grounded and who is just a big source of happiness. Shout out to you :*

Happiness: As I’ve touched on in a couple of posts here, I struggled with depression for many years. This was exacerbated in college for a number of reasons, and this year was the one I decided I was done. While I’ve encountered a few dips here and there, my overall happiness has been so much greater than ever in my life. Relationship aside, I’m really learning more about myself, and growing into myself as well (if that makes sense). Part of this journey has been detaching a lot so that I could focus on things that immediately kept building on this.


I don’t think I ever formally talked about it, but at the end of August I was accepted into the fellowship program with Breakthrough U.S. (which lasts an entire academic year). They’re a human rights organization working to end gender based violence through culture change, and as fellows, we try to bring that work to our own college campuses. We do this by developing an iconic, disruptive action that we plan for the first half of the semester by doing different analyses. Then, for the second half of the semester, we plan and execute our action. Mine will tackle slut shaming, but that’s all I’m going to mention here since I’ll probably devote a whole series of posts about my work with that.

Continue reading