Dorm Room Tour: Single Dorm

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So, I have seen dorm tours trend on YouTube, but I wanted to see how it would translate to a blog post. Even though I have been home for the summer for awhile, I knew that I wanted to create this for anyone who is getting ready to move off to college or needs ideas for their next year in a dorm. I took these pictures before moving out of my room so that everything would still be intact. I hope you enjoy.

Killer Harmony | Dorm Room Tour: Single Dorm | If you are looking for some inspiration to liven up your dorm room, check out my dorm room tour for ideas. I have a single dorm, but I think these ideas can be incorporated into any dorm living situation.

First when you come to my room, you see my door. My sister was nice enough to draw the flute-playing panda for me, and the rest of the decorations are by my RA.

Killer Harmony | Dorm Room Tour: Single Dorm | If you are looking for some inspiration to liven up your dorm room, check out my dorm room tour for ideas. I have a single dorm, but I think these ideas can be incorporated into any dorm living situation.Next up, I have an overview of my dorm room.

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First up in my room is this little shower caddy that I am using to store some random stuff like flashlights, post it notes, extra hooks, and a couple of hats (that are still there from marching season…). Below that is a case of water bottles and some popcorn. I like to keep some water bottles on hand, because, as you will see later, I do have a pitcher of water, but bottles are easy for when I need water and need to get to class or something quickly.

Killer Harmony | Dorm Room Tour: Single Dorm | If you are looking for some inspiration to liven up your dorm room, check out my dorm room tour for ideas. I have a single dorm, but I think these ideas can be incorporated into any dorm living situation.
Then you have my desk. I have a lamp, a clock, my iPad, a painting I made during a welcome event, tissues, a pencil holder, sanitizer, paper towels, and books. I got the lamp and the clock from Target. I am really happy with my decision to get an alarm clock, because it makes it so much easier to wake up in the morning. My phone is right next to me, and this way I actually have to get up to turn off my alarm. I also love my Erin Condren Life Planner for planning for classes and my blog. If you want to get one for yourself, you can use this link for $10 off. (Psst. I get $10 back, too!)

Killer Harmony | Dorm Room Tour: Single Dorm | If you are looking for some inspiration to liven up your dorm room, check out my dorm room tour for ideas. I have a single dorm, but I think these ideas can be incorporated into any dorm living situation.
Next up is my little kitchen set up. I also have a printer that wouldn’t really fit anywhere else. I have a few bowls, a few cups, and a plate. There’s also my water pitcher. I got the filter pitcher, but I don’t need it, because there is a water filter thing down the hallway where I can fill my pitcher, and my college town apparently has really good water to begin with, but you can never be too safe. The microwave, bowls, cups, and pitcher are from Target, and the mini-fridge is from Costco. The dresser, which I use as a pantry and for other random storage, was provided by my dorm.

Killer Harmony | Dorm Room Tour: Single Dorm | If you are looking for some inspiration to liven up your dorm room, check out my dorm room tour for ideas. I have a single dorm, but I think these ideas can be incorporated into any dorm living situation.
Then there is the rest of my food set up. I have some snacks in the white bin (from Target), and then I have some cereal and plastic cups and also a nice 40 oz water bottle. I keep the cereal out, because that way I don’t forget about it.

Killer Harmony | Dorm Room Tour: Single Dorm | If you are looking for some inspiration to liven up your dorm room, check out my dorm room tour for ideas. I have a single dorm, but I think these ideas can be incorporated into any dorm living situation.
Next is my bed. I have a typical college bed. The bedding is from Target and the blanket at the end is from Costco. I like the dorm bed, but even with a mattress pad it can only be so comfortable.

Killer Harmony | Dorm Room Tour: Single Dorm | If you are looking for some inspiration to liven up your dorm room, check out my dorm room tour for ideas. I have a single dorm, but I think these ideas can be incorporated into any dorm living situation.
Next to my bed is a side table that I brought from home, because I am so used to having something to set my phone and other random night time needs on. I can’t live without one. There is also a shower curtain hanging there on the wall. Originally, I had my bed in front of the curtain, but then I got tired of my bed taking up like all of the open space, so I moved it. I kept the curtain there to bring something to the wall…maybe there’s a window behind, you don’t know.

Killer Harmony | Dorm Room Tour: Single Dorm | If you are looking for some inspiration to liven up your dorm room, check out my dorm room tour for ideas. I have a single dorm, but I think these ideas can be incorporated into any dorm living situation.
I also have a little sitting area with two chairs and an ottoman from Target and another side table from home. This is nice when my parents would come to visit for when I had a performance or something. If there was like a home football game, my parents would pick up sandwiches for lunch before the game and we would eat in my room, so it was perfect. My room is not the central hang out place for dorm friends, though. That would be next door…

Killer Harmony | Dorm Room Tour: Single Dorm | If you are looking for some inspiration to liven up your dorm room, check out my dorm room tour for ideas. I have a single dorm, but I think these ideas can be incorporated into any dorm living situation.
Then here is my closet. I have some fancy clothes for music performances and some jackets hanging up. I also have my robe, towels, and my little shower caddy type thing. I actually prefer this hanging thing to a regular caddy, because I can hang it in between the shower hooks, and it doesn’t have to sit on the ground or get soaking wet. My mom found this on Amazon, and I would recommend it.

Killer Harmony | Dorm Room Tour: Single Dorm | If you are looking for some inspiration to liven up your dorm room, check out my dorm room tour for ideas. I have a single dorm, but I think these ideas can be incorporated into any dorm living situation.
In this next corner of the closet, I have some toiletries and other random bathroom/health necessities all sitting atop my second set of drawers that I’m pretty sure I wasn’t supposed to have. In this dresser, I store most of my clothes. I also have an Ethernet cord hanging on the wall, which is great to use when the Wi-Fi is slow, or confession here: it took me almost a semester to figure out how to connect my laptop to the school network…

Killer Harmony | Dorm Room Tour: Single Dorm | If you are looking for some inspiration to liven up your dorm room, check out my dorm room tour for ideas. I have a single dorm, but I think these ideas can be incorporated into any dorm living situation.
In the next picture, you can see the hanging closet organizer that I have. In there, I keep frequently accessed clothes and things. I have my pajamas, jean shorts, leggings, extra towels, and below that are shoes.

Killer Harmony | Dorm Room Tour: Single Dorm | If you are looking for some inspiration to liven up your dorm room, check out my dorm room tour for ideas. I have a single dorm, but I think these ideas can be incorporated into any dorm living situation.
Then, you can see me taking a mirror selfie, because why not? (Sorry for the bad lighting, btw)

Killer Harmony | Dorm Room Tour: Single Dorm | If you are looking for some inspiration to liven up your dorm room, check out my dorm room tour for ideas. I have a single dorm, but I think these ideas can be incorporated into any dorm living situation.
Lastly, I have two hooks, one for my keys and one for my purse. That way I don’t forget my keys when I am leaving my room. I loved having these to hang my keys and purse one.

Killer Harmony | Dorm Room Tour: Single Dorm | If you are looking for some inspiration to liven up your dorm room, check out my dorm room tour for ideas. I have a single dorm, but I think these ideas can be incorporated into any dorm living situation.
Well, that’s it for my dorm room tour! I hope you guys liked it and maybe got some inspiration for your dorm (or whatever) room next year. If you like a specific part, let me know! Tweet me at @HannahHaefele.
Thanks for reading!

Why You NEED to Edit Your Blog Posts

So, today’s post is going to be about blogging. I have written a bit on the topic of blogging, and you can find all of those posts under the category “Blogging.” Today, I am going to tell you why it is super important to edit your blog posts. Editing and proofreading is not the most fun activity, and if you really hate doing it, I can help. Just contact me using the form in the side bar, but either way, someone needs to edit your posts for spelling and grammatical errors before it goes live.

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1. It looks unprofessional.
Your blog or website is often what gives someone their first impression of you. You don’t want to give off the wrong impression just because you didn’t edit your most recent blog post. If you are using your blog to start a business or other career in your field, having errors in your post will make it harder for you to prove that you are an authority on your subject.

2. A blog post with errors is less readable.
The main goal of most bloggers is to make their posts readable and entertaining to anyone who reads their blog. That’s my goal, at least. If you want people to read your blog posts, you need to make sure that they are fun and easy to read. I know that when I come across a blog as a reader, I don’t want to work too hard to read the blogger’s content. If I see tons of typos in just the first paragraph, I will most likely give up on the post, and I will assume the entire blog is like that, too.

3. A blog post littered with errors is a big turn off.
And not a sexual one (um, what?!). Just as with the previous reason, people are lazy, they don’t want to put in much work to read a blog post. If you have dozens of misused “there” “their” “they’re” s, your post will be difficult to read, and in some cases, it could mean that someone misinterprets the meaning of your post.

Why should you edit you blog posts? Because it looks so unprofessional to see a blog post that has countless errors in it. It is less readable. It is a turn off. I’m not talking about a missed comma here or a misused quotation mark there. I’m talking about when the article is filled with typos. Don’t be that blogger. I can’t take people seriously when they have tons of errors in their posts. Yes, I know that as college students or busy working millennials, we are all busy. You might not have time to write until just before you have to go to bed. So, you are tired and you fumble through writing tomorrow’s post.

That’s not how you want to live. Especially if your blog is used in anyway for professional purposes, you need to be professional. You wouldn’t turn in a term paper (even if you wrote it the night before) without editing and proofreading it, right? Well, it’s the same with blogging. Even if you are not an English or journalism or communications major, you need to edit your work. Not doing it could cost you page views and drastically increase your bounce rate (things I will talk about in another blog post). You don’t want that. How will it look if you are applying for a job that involves a lot of writing or editing and your interviewer asks about why your blog has so many typos? What do you say to that?

When I am reading through a blog post by someone, especially if it is my first time on their blog, I will make a snap judgement on their professionalism based on how many (or hopefully few) typos they have. Editing is something that you have to do as a blogger. YouTubers have to edit their videos and take out any awkward pauses or random background noise. Bloggers have to edit their posts and remove or change any spelling or grammar issues.

I, personally, love editing and proofreading, and, if you couldn’t already tell, I do it even when I don’t mean to. I prefer to write my blog posts at least a few days before they are scheduled to go up so that I can give it a few days and come back to it and edit it before anyone sees any of the mistakes that I will inevitably make.

If you really hate editing and proofreading, let me help you! I am taking on new clients for my virtaul virtual assistant business. I have plans to fit your needs on any budget. Just scroll to the top of this page and click on “Services” to get started!

So, do you edit your blog posts or do you outsource it to a virtual assistant (VA)? Let me know in the comments or tweet me at @HannahHaefele. Thanks for reading!

 

Why You Should Set Goals + Exciting Announcement

Goals. You probably hear about them often, but do you really know what they are or why they’re important? You probably have a dream career or life path, right? Well, a dream or ideal life is great to have, but it’s even better to have a plan to reach that dream. Goals are little pit stops on your one way road trip to success. Goals give you a road map to follow.

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Instead of saying “I want to be a business owner,” you should set goals such as picking the type of business you want to start, writing a business plan, starting a website or blog and different social media accounts, and other relevant steps. This makes the dream of owning a business that much more achievable and that much less scary.
So, what can goals do for you?
1. Goals can give you a sense of direction when you have something that you want to achieve or a dream that you have and want to realize.
I love having goals for everything from getting class assignments done early to graduating from college on time to turning my blog into a successful business. Having goals of any magnitude is important to giving yourself somewhere to go.
2. Goals can motivate you to get things done.
We all have those days where we just don’t feel like doing anything. It’s normal to feel off occasionally, but doesn’t it make you just feel stressed when you can’t get things done? Having goals can ease that stress. If you have a goal to spend an hour a day writing either blog posts or chapters for a novel, you will have more of a reason to actually pull through and get it done.
3. Goals can give you a sense of purpose when you otherwise might be feeling down.
I know that when I am on a school break or I just for some reason don’t feel like what I am doing has any purpose or motive behind it, I will start to feel like staying in bed all day. Having a goal to write (as in the example above) will give me something not only to do, but something to look forward to.
4. Goals break down larger, scarier dreams into smaller, more realistic parts.
Let’s take the “graduate on time” goal from the first point in this list. If you want to graduate from college in four years, that’s great. You’ve set that goal, that’s the first and most important step towards reaching your goal. Now, you can take the goal and break it down into more realistic steps.
Setting goals and breaking down those goals into small steps will make it easier to achieve those goals. You need to set goals so that you can make a change in your life for the better and so that you have a direction that you know you can follow. You need to set goals so that you aren’t just going through your day to day life with no real focus.
ONE MORE THING.
I truly believe that we all have something that we are meant to do and that we won’t all be happy just taking any job or majoring in any subject that comes our way. It’s okay to take the time to figure out what you want to do, but know that you should have dreams and you should set goals to help you reach those dreams. I want to help you succeed, because following your dreams is so important to living a life filled with happiness. If you want my help in pursuing your dreams, don’t hesitate to contact me about your needs.

Also, before I forget, I am pleased to announce my first ever Instagram photo challenge! Throughout the month of June, I will be running the Summer Goal Setting Challenge. Each day during June, post a photo to Instagram that follows that day’s theme. Post the following photo on your Instagram, and tag me (@killerharmony) using the hashtag #killerharmonygoalchallenge

Killer Harmony | Why You Should Set Goals | You probably hear quite a bit about goals, but do you really know what they are and why they are important? Goals can give you somewhere to go and a road map to reach your dreams. Here is why you need goals AND a special announcement for a goal setting Instagram challenge!

Do you set goals already? Will you start and participate in this challenge? Let me know in the comments, on Twitter (@HannahHaefele), or on Instagram (@killerharmony).
Thanks for reading!

Don’t Want to Practice Music? Don’t.

We all have those times where we just don’t want to pick up our instrument. It may scare you. You may feel burdened by a new piece that you have been assigned. You may simply just not be in the mood. That third reason is what I am going to focus in on today. I am a music major (if you were not aware), and not only that, but I am a performance major: flute to be exact. That means I have to practice a lot. Quite a bit more than music ed majors and even other performance majors, based on their instrument. If you are curious about my thoughts on how much to practice, click here. Now on to the part about what to do when you just can’t find the energy to get to a practice room, take out your instrument, and get your music out to just go through the motions.

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If you don’t want to practice, I don’t think you should. Well, I think you should keep consistent with your practice schedule, but don’t force yourself. If you are not engaged with what you are working on, you will not be as productive. If your mind is on something else, you will not get anything done. You will just be fingering along, bowing or blowing into your instrument with the end result being that you are unhappy. It is a lose-lose situation.
Of course you need to practice to get better, but you shouldn’t have to force yourself to do it. You should practice and study music because it is what you want to do, because nothing else would come as close to satisfying you as music. If it is a struggle to practice everyday, music is probably not for you. Keep playing your instrument, but if you major in music in college, you will have to play everyday for a decent amount of time. Are you up for that?
As a flute performance major, I usually don’t have a problem practicing. I always have some sort of goal (or a few) that I want to accomplish that day. Goals help. Making a to do list or a schedule can help. I have a weekly practice log that I use to track my practice, which I may offer in the future if there is enough interest. I have tried using an app to log my practicing, but it logged time, and I just felt really bad about not reaching my goal. When I got close, I would “practice” just about anything to reach my goal. I would just go through the motions, not really thinking about the results. Don’t be like that.
Ever since I dropped the app, my practice productivity has improved. I now think about what needs to get done during a particular week, day, or practice session. If that goal only takes 30 minutes, that’s great. If it takes two hours, then so be it. If I am warming up for a lesson and still haven’t mastered that week’s etude, that would be a good goal for that session. If I have a rehearsal with an accompanist coming up, I would make it a goal to polish the piece that I would soon be rehearsing. But having goals does not always make it easy to practice. Maybe I am having a bad tone day and nothing seems to help. I don’t want to get in the bad habit of a less-than-stellar tone. I will put my flute away and come back to it later.
I think it is normal to have days where you just don’t want to practice, as long as the days you are excited about it outweigh the days where you dread practicing. If the opposite is true, you might want to consider majoring in something other than music. You can still play in an ensemble or two, but when your grade depends on it, practicing is not something that you can just throw to the wayside on a regular basis.
I am also working on a post about how to make the most of your practice and how to motivate yourself to do it. Check back soon or follow me on social media so that you will always know when I publish new stuff!
Thanks for reading!

 

Coming Soon to Killer Harmony

“Change is the law of life.” That quote, by John F. Kennedy, is something that I have learned recently. As my junior year of college came to a close, I began to think about what I will do after I graduate next year. I have considered many different paths. The first path is of course finding a job and working there for who knows how long. I’m a music major, so that doesn’t really set me up for any clear job, especially since I am performance rather than education. However, my major has provided me with many transferable skills, such as teamwork (from playing in ensembles), critical thinking (analyzing pieces of music in music theory class), time management (individual practice time with all of my other classes and responsibilities), social marketing (sharing concerts and events on social media), and many more.
I could also continue my education either by pursuing a masters or professional degree (music majors have the highest acceptance rate to medical schools, even higher than that of biology or chemistry majors) or by getting a certificate in a specialized field, such as technology. At this point, I am leaning towards earning a certificate in digital media. I have really come to love blogging, social media, online marketing, and running an online business in general. The certificate would allow me to show others that I have formal training, though I do not think it is absolutely necessary. It has been a dream of mine to own my own business and work from home since 2007. Yes, little eleven year old me had that dream.
So, how does this relate to my blog? Why am I telling you all of this? Two main reasons, the first being that it is okay if plans change. life happens, and while a year ago or even as recent as six months ago, I thought that I would want to teach private lessons after college, I can’t say that now, and I am totally okay with that. Secondly, I am telling you this, because I will be making some changes to this blog. As I grow and begin the ending of my undergraduate career, I plan to start including more posts about careers and post-college options and what have you. I will still be posting about college; I am already working on some great back to school related posts for this fall. This blog will be for more than just college. If you hadn’t noticed, I recently changed the tagline to “a 21st century college and career info center for millennials and more.” I did this as a first step to make these changes. I know it will be hard to get used to, and that is why I am starting now and starting slowly, so that as I grow, I hope you grow, too.
Also, I created a Facebook group! If you need help finding your way and starting the best career for you, join this awesome community of people. I want you to have a place where you can get and give advice relating to jobs, interviews, starting a business, and anything else related to careers and career development for millennials. Check it out here!
Are you struggling with what to do after school? Let me know in the comments, tweet me, or join the Facebook group!
Thanks for reading!

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