• Advice + Thoughts,  College,  Lifestyle

    8 Inspiring and Motivating Books Every College Student Should Read

    It’s no secret that I love a good book, and in this past year I’ve been really into motivational and personal growth type books. (Or as I like to call them, the get your sh*t together genre.) Now, I did make this post directed towards college students, simply for the fact that a) my generation needs to read more and b) because these books really tie in to the transitioning phase of life that us teenagers and 20-somethings are currently going through. Truthfully, anyone can read these books, but as a college student you’re at a weird in-between age. You’re considered too young to dive right in to the “real…

  • Lifestyle,  Michigan,  Travel

    Upper Peninsula Travel Diary + Travel Plans

    Wow, what a week! My family and I road tripped up to the Upper Peninsula and became Yoopers for a week. (For my non-Michigan friends a “Yooper” is what people who live in the UP are commonly referred to as, and anyone who lives below the Mackinac Bridge is commonly called a “Troll” by said Yoopers.) It was such a fun filled week and I honestly can’t wait for our next adventure. We rented a house right on Lake Superior in Marquette and spent our days outside and by the water. We used our skim boards, cliff jumped, and took a jet boat out to Grand Island. Enjoy the short…

  • Advice + Thoughts,  College,  Lifestyle

    Why It’s 100% Okay To Change Your Major

    A few days ago, my friend Lauren came to visit and while taking a walk by the lake she asked me what I thought of her current major. I thought she was perfect for it. (It being elementary education.) I told her that it seemed like a good fit because she’s caring and good with kids. “But I don’t know if it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life. I like kids and I want to be a parent someday, but I don’t know if I want to parent other people’s kids. Plus, I don’t want to change my major AGAIN.” I knew how Lauren felt,…

  • Advice + Thoughts,  College,  Lifestyle

    Why I Transferred Colleges + My Experience

    One of the most common questions I get asked is why I decided to transfer from a Big10 university and why I would want to commute to GVSU. As a lot of you know, I went to the University of Iowa and from the second my campus tour started, my mom looked at my dad and whispered, “She’s already packed her bags.” And it’s true, I had. Any college that I would look at next would have to beat Iowa and any school that I had previously toured just couldn’t compare.  I applied, was accepted, and ended up with the most ideal roommate situation. One being one of my best friends from…

  • Advice + Thoughts,  Lifestyle,  Michigan,  Travel

    10 Beach Hacks You NEED This Summer

    Summer is right around the corner!! And that means that beach days are upon us. Living on Lake Michigan I spend a lot of my off days at the beach. (Go figure, right?) Needless to say, I’ve picked up on some beach day hacks that you need for the next time you head to the lake or down to the beach! Sand Removal Having sand stuck on my legs and in between my toes is huge pet peeve of mine. I hate walking back to the house or car and leaving a trail of sand behind me. My favorite beach hack that I learned from my mom is to always bring…

  • Advice + Thoughts,  Lifestyle

    5 Things Being A Dancer Has Taught Me

    Happy International Dance Day!! Growing up, dance really defined who I was. Now that I’m *shudders* an adult, I’ve realized how much of my personality and who I am was shaped by my background in dance. When my parents were paying for costumes and classes, they were really paying for so much more and I’m so grateful to them for letting me grow up in the studio and on stage. Dedication First off, can we talk about how there really isn’t an “off season” for dancers? Let me break it down for you. We’ve got the beginning of the season, which is in the fall. Here you’ll learn combinations and…

  • Advice + Thoughts,  Lifestyle

    🎉ONE FULL YEAR🎉

    WOW. Just wow, you guys! One full year of Abundance of Abby. A full year of sharing my life with the internet. It’s just so crazy to me. I had made a couple of blogs before (middle school/high school), but I had never told anyone, because I was afraid I would get made fun of for it. Oh what I would tell that little 14 year old. Funny enough a couple of months ago I actually found one of my first blogs. I thought I had deleted it, but apparently not. Very funny, but oh so cringe worthy😂 Needless to say, I made sure it was deleted now. I’m so glad…

  • Travel

    Traveling Alone In Your 20’s – What Every Girl Should Do + Know

    As many of you know, travel is at the top of my list for my 2018 goals. I’m so determined to get out, explore, and adventure more often. So today I decided to write about traveling in your 20’s and enlisted the help of my friend Abby. (Yes, we have the same name. We’ve been dealing with this since middle school.) She’s traveled all around the world and is about to be my road trip buddy this summer!  1. What are some overlooked essentials to bring when you travel outside of the country?  A water bottle for sure! And don’t forget your chapstick! Extra Copies of your flights, extra cash,…

  • Advice + Thoughts,  Health + Fitness,  Lifestyle

    An Honest Talk About Eating Habits

    Today’s blog post was not going to be about this. While it was going to be health related, after stopping at the grocery store with my mom and spontaneously buying a cookie from the delicious Monica’s Gourmet Cookies (the signature chocolate chip to be exact) I realized that my eating habits have changed. And that it’s actually in a good way. Because honestly, I’m not as in shape as I was last year. Last year, I had way more dance classes and went to the gym multiple times a week. I made more conscious choices about what I put into my body (although some might argue that’s just because I didn’t want…

  • Advice + Thoughts,  College,  Lifestyle

    National Philanthropy Day – St. Jude | Love Your Melon – My Experiences + How You Can Get Involved

    So I’ll be honest, I had no idea that the 15th was National Philanthropy Day until about 2 minutes ago. I had already written and edited a long style post for Thanksgiving and was planning on uploading that today, but I’m postponing that now until tomorrow. Instead, I wanted to take some time to talk about the amazing philanthropies I’ve been able to be a part of and give you ideas on how you can get involved with them as well. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital My heart is filled with so much love for St. Jude and respect and admiration for the kiddos who stay there. I got introduced…