7 Helpful Hacks for Holding Yourself Accountable

Have you ever set a goal for yourself, and then bailed on it at the last minute? The hard truth is, most people have done just that at least once in their life. And while sometimes things come up in our lives that are out of our control, other times there is simply a lack in accountability.

Today I have made a go-to guide specifically for anyone who is looking to hold themselves more accountable. Even if we do consider ourselves responsible people, there is always room to grow in terms of following through with those tasks on our to-do lists that we’ve set aside for the future.

What are we waiting for? Let’s get started! ♡

1. Keep an “I can do it” mindset.

Before we get into the real work to reach our goal, we need to make sure that we have the correct mindset. Procrastination can come from a lack of willpower or a fear of the unknown. In order to face the fear of failure, try to maintain the mental belief that you can and will achieve your goal. When we are mentally in check, we are setting ourselves up for success on our journey.

2. Tell someone who you trust about your goals.

Okay, so maybe you want to loose 10 pounds in a month. But if nobody knows about it, it’s perfectly fine if you don’t hit it? Right? While whether or not others are aware of our goal should not hinder our drive to succeed, it’s a lot harder to bail on an aspiration when someone who we trust knows exactly what we want to do and our deadline to do so. Not only is a good support system motivation, but they also are a source for people who are willing to hold you accountable for your actions.

3. Write down your goals.

Through the process of reaching our goals, it can be easy to forget exactly what we wanted to accomplish, in the first place. As your affirmation to yourself of what you will achieve, write each of your goals down and store the note in a place where you spend the majority of your time.

4. Review your progress

While some goals may be reachable within a day or even a week, others can be more long-term. In these scenarios, it is a good idea to review what you have been doing to reach your goal once a week. A technique such as this can help prevent you from becoming discouraged as you notice yourself inching towards your goal between each review.

5. Constantly remind yourself your “why”

Just as we should keep in mind what our goals are, we also want to remember why we want to achieve them. Every productive goal should be set for a reason; a desire to grow, change, or do something new. Whatever the purpose is behind your goal needs to stay consistent as you work to accomplish it in order to serve as your drive towards success. During the planning process, make sure that your “why” is a point that you address to avoid any confusion later on.

6. Remember; progress is a process

The truth is, there are some goals that simply cannot be reached overnight. Sometimes there are little things in life that force us to take a break. And others times, the goals that we set require months or even years of work to achieve. As long as we never stop working towards where we want to go in life, we are still making progress; and that’s what matters most.

7. Celebrate every victory–the large and small.

One of the largest mistakes that many people make is that they are too hard on themselves. While we should be accountable towards reaching our goals, we mustn’t forget to give ourselves a pat on the back as we take small steps to victory. After all, a journey isn’t complete without its destinations.


Accountability is a superpower that we can all obtain; all we need is use appropriate planning, determination, faith, and confidence, and we can do whatever we set our minds to. So never forget to keep that winning positive mindset. Because the truth is, sometimes the only one who stops us from reaching our goals is our “me, myself, and I.”

LET’S CHAT~What are some of the methods you use to hold yourself accountable?

Have a fantabulous rest of your day or night! See you later! ♡

7 Ideas for Personal Growth in Summer 2022

If there’s anything that I love about summer, it’s that it gives me the opportunity to grow, learn new things, and change for the better because of it. Summer is a season of transformation, and becoming a wiser, happier, and healthier person than you were before.

Many people look for ways that they can grow during this time of year, but don’t know where to start. To give you a bit of a helping hand, here is a beginner’s guide to self improvement, including 7 of my favorite tips for personal growth that you can apply to your life during the summer of 2022.

1. Spend your time doing things that will make you better.

As we set the goal for ourselves to grow as individuals, we have to be sure that what we do on a daily basis reflects that desire. While there is no problem with having fun (responsibly) from time to time, we must show ourselves approved by doing productive things that will improve us in some form. In other words, we should do things that will help us reach our goals.

2. Volunteer in your community.

One of the best ways to work to grow over the summer is by volunteering into local organizations and helping people in need. At this point, we have more than enough time on our hands. Plus, it always feels good to know that we’re spending it in a way that will help the people in our communities who need our assistance.

3. Be open to trying new experiences.

Our comfort zones are a good thing, but only to a limit. Sometimes we need to move beyond them in order to transition to the next stage of our lives. Change can be a good thing–making the decision to improve yourself is change. And as we transform, it’s beneficial when we occasionally try new productive things, giving us another opportunity to gain wisdom as we learn from each experience.

4. Practice self-care on a regular basis.

Self-care is and always has been important. In order for us to continue to improve, we need to take care of ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually on a daily basis. Whether that means a few minutes of meditation, positive affirmations, reading, a hot bath, or listening to music, spend some time each day to clear your mind and get some me time.

5. Stay present and in the moment.

A critical part of personal development is staying present in every second that life has to offer. Even though summer break offers much time for us to learn and grow, it can fly by in a heartbeat. Therefore, be sure to take advantage of each moment that you have on Earth, with an intention and drive to reach each of your goals. So, while its good to plan for our future, make sure that you still remain present and grateful right where you are during each step of the journey.

6. Learn from others’ mistakes, so you don’t have to make them.

Honestly, I have to remind myself of this tip from time to time, just because it can be super easy to forget or dismiss. However, it holds so much wisdom that simply cannot be ignored. As we surround ourselves with positive role models who are willing to invest in us, we must pay attention to their experiences and what they have taught them. Take their wisdom as guidance for your future. And although we shouldn’t spend our time with them in order to grow, learn what not to do from the negative role models, as well.

7. Create positive habits

Those behaviors that we participate in have a significant affect on our lives and health. Healthy habits make up a healthy life. Focus your time doing things that are good for all the aspects of your health. This way, you can make room to continue your growth.


Personal growth is a mission that truly never stops, as there is always room for improvement. That being said, every single step counts, no matter their size. Developing as people is a process; one that takes time and patience. That being said, as long as we never give up, we are getting closer to whatever goals we want to achieve. We just have to keep pushing.

LET’S CHAT~Do you have any favorite tips for self improvement? Please feel free to share your responses in the chat.

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! See you next time! ✨

5 Quirky Art Ideas for Summertime

Hey, y’all! Happy Happy Friday! ♡

I don’t know about all of you, but in the United States, summer break is now OFICIALLY in session. Now that many students have much more time on their hands than usual, it’s likely that you may have the urge to get a little artsy to celebrate the sunny season of summer.

If this is you, then you’ve come to the right place; here is a list of 5 quirky ideas for art activities to get you into the summer spirit. Let’s get this party started!

1. Origami Art

Recently, I’ve been getting into the hobby of origami, which I believe is the perfect activity for the summer. All it requires is a piece of paper. Origami boats and airplanes are the perfect way to make the most of a sunny day out with your family, and get crafty while doing it. And you know what could make it more fun– a race to see which plane or boat is the fastest! Especially if you have a family who loves some friendly competition.

2. A Photo a Day Collage Board

There’s this trend called “a photo a day” or something like that, where people document their summer by taking one photograph every day. A really great idea if you want an art project that contains many of your summer memories is to print each picture and combine them into one summer collage to go in your bedroom. Cute, right!?

3. Beach Landscape Painting

Landscape paintings are a super creative way to make the most of the beauty of every season. But since summer is a time of year with such vibrant, sunny colors, I also find it one of the best seasons to use as a painting reference. With any type of landscape painting, a good tip is to use a photo of the beach or other summer scene that you are trying to capture, and let that be your guide to making your masterpiece more detailed. After all, with summer break, we have all the time in the world!

4. Paint on Rocks and Seashells

Beaches are busier than ever in the summer time, and that means that seashells and rocks are likely to be lying around. Why not make some art with nature and paint your custom designs on the gems that lie in the sand. Not only is this really fun to do with family and friends, but they serve as awesome mementos of your sunny memories with those that you love.

5. Doodle on the Sidewalk with Chalk

People have been drawing with chalk for hundreds of years, and if you didn’t notice, it’s now making a huge comeback. I really like this idea, considering that you don’t need a bunch of supplies to do this, and it practically screams summer. Hours of doodling on the sidewalk is a perfect way to pass some extra time. Just remember to take a photo of your work, when you’re done; chalk doesn’t last forever!


Hopefully, you got lots of inspiration from these cute ideas to make your summer a little more artsy. I know that I’m going to have to do a lot of the items on this list this season, and I am very grateful that I was able to share them with you all.

LET’S CHAT~Do you have any art ideas for the summer? Feel free to share in the chat!

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! See you next time! ♡

26 Simple Things that Make Me Happy ♡

Happy Saturday everyone! ♡

Everyday of our lives may not go exactly how we expected. But even when this happens, there tends to be some of the small things–the everyday gems that some can take for granted–that never fail to put a smile on your face. Believe it or not, it’s the little things in life that can make the most memorable, joyful, and brightest days of all. Here’s some of my everyday gems that never cease to make me happy.

1. Laughing with the ones I love.

2. The soothing sound of rain. It’s perfect for naps.

3. An unexpected hug.

4. Art. Whether I’m making it or viewing someone else’s it always makes me happy.

5. Matching my entire outfit. From my jewelry, to my socks, to my hair.

6. Hot chocolate. Especially on a cold or rainy afternoon.

7. Reading the Bible in the morning–there’s no better way to start my day.

8. Spending time with Goodmommy (a.k.a. my grandmother). She’s my best friend.

9. My betta fish, Peace; he’s like the baby of the house.

10. Singing. I can be a little shy when it comes to doing it in front of others, but I still love it.

11. A hot, long bath, particularly after a really busy day.

12. Binging my judge shows–and cooking competitions, too.

13. Helping and inspiring others.

14. Milkshakes.

15. Staying up late on the weekends.

16. Seeing people be kind to one another, regardless of their differences.

17. Taking naps

18. Roller coasters, even though I haven’t rode one in FOREVER due to COVID.

19. Organization. If you can’t already tell, I’m a perfectionist ;).

20. Writing and blogging.

21. Good music.

22. Chocolate. Boy, do I love chocolate.

23. Reading novels on the couch in my living room.

24. Rainbows, but especially when they are super vibrant.

25. The feeling of being early.

26. Pop Tarts–strawberry is my favorite.


Believe it or not, thankful people are some of the happiest people in the world. I truly hope that this was a reminder to you all that it’s important that we never take the little things in life for granted. Making a list of the things that make you smile is a great way to practice being thankful for all of life’s small (but valuable) treasures.

LET’S CHAT~What are the top 5 things that make you feel happy?

Have a beautiful and blessed day everybody! God bless you all and I’ll see you next time! ♡

My Summer Bucket List [2022]

What’s up, peeps? Summer break is coming much sooner than later, and that means it’s time to start brainstorming what we can do to pass the next couple months.That’s when the idea came to me…a summer bucket list!

Today, I will be sharing some of the things that I would be happy to accomplish this summer. While this list is purely for entertainment purposes, feel free to use some of the points here as some inspiration for your personal list, as well. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get started!

1. Pay more frequent visits to the library.

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve stepped foot into a library. But to be honest, I’m ready to kill that streak–I want some new books! Whether I go to my local library, or add a few books to my personal collection from a bookstore, reading is definitely on the radar for what I want to do this summer.

2. Go to the beach at least once.

Even before COVID hit, me and my family have never been too much of beach-goers. That being said, if there’s any time to hit the beach it’s summertime. Having some fun in the sun will definitely make for a refreshing summer day.

3. Read the Bible more often.

In the mornings, I want to commit my time to God by spending a few minutes reading His Word. Summer time is about growth and gaining wisdom, and there is no better way to do that than reading the Bible and spending time with my Heavenly Father.

4. Do weekly art activities.

As I stated in a recent post of mine, weekends and breaks from school are my favorite times to indulge in my hobbies. To be fair, I’ve been painting, drawing, and crafting pretty frequently already. But I still want to put in the effort to continue to perfect my art skills over summer break.

5. Enjoy the great outdoors–and take lots of photos while doing so.

One of my favorite parts of the season of summer is the photogenic views. Nature is flourishing everywhere you look. And you know what that means; I’m going to have a lot of mini photoshoots whenever I get the chance.

6. Have family game nights with Goodmommy.

Family game nights with Goodmommy are always a blast, but it’s dawned on me that it’s been a while since we’ve actually had one. This summer, I’d like to spend more of my free time with my family as we do fun things together.

7. Go to the aquarium.

Do I miss going on family trips like this. I’ve had this on my mind for a little while, but I think that the weather and amount of leisure time of my break will be the perfect time to pay a visit to our local aquarium for the first time in years.

8. Reach a minimum of 125 followers.

It truly is a huge blessing from God that I already have almost 100 followers! YAYY!!! Since the summer will give me a substantial amount of time to improve my blog, I am hoping that we can reach at least 125 followers before school resumes.

9. Start journaling or scrapbooking

I would really love it if I got an instant camera, that way I could store some of my memories from my summer into a scrapbook or journal–it would be a great opportunity for me to get a little crafty.

10. Take a tour of my desired college

Since I’ll be entering freshman year (9th grade) this August, it’s about time that I start looking at colleges. Me and Goodmommy have already scheduled a private tour of the college that I have in mind, and I’m super excited about it!


This post was such a fun idea that I’m so glad that I was able to bring to life! I can already tell that this summer is going to be an amazing time filled with family, laughter, love, and lots of fun memories.

Furthermore, I’m excited to see how much of my bucket list I was able to fulfill when my 2022 summer break comes to an end.

LET’S CHAT~What are some of the things you want to do this summer?

Have a blessed day, y’all! Peace in! ✨

My favorite childhood book series was… ♡

The truth is, we were all little kids at some point. When I reflect on how I was in elementary school, I realize that in a lot of ways, I’ve matured and changed. But in other ways, I haven’t changed at all; take my love for reading, as an example.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always spent long amounts of time with my face in a good book. And like most kids, there was one particular book series that I favored the most…Junie B. Jones!

Now, just in case you aren’t familiar with this series, it is starring an almost-five-year-old girl named Junie, who is in kindergarten. While the series began in the early 90s, it didn’t end until the very last book in 2012. What I think really sparked my interest with this series is the humor and relatability, especially considering that I loved these books when I was the same age as Junie; around 1st or 2nd grade.

The Junie B. Jones series were some of my first chapter books–despite the fact that they contained pictures, and I truly believe that they were a big part of what sparked my love for reading in the first place. Although I remember buying my first few from Goodwill, me and my great-grandmother–a.k.a. Goodmommy’s mother–found about 12 of them at a thrift store one day, and she bought every single one for me. Super sweet, right? You have no idea how truly happy I was, LOL.

The books that we read as children, when we are beginning to learn how to read, are a critical part of our development and our interests as we get older. Not to mention that our favorite bedtime stories make great early childhood memories.

I’ve kept a lot of the books that I read when I was little, and I’m glad that I did. Although I prefer reading more advanced books–as my reading level has naturally increased through the years–looking back at what used to be my favorite books is a great experience, even today.

Without the books that I cherished as a little girl, I might have never really embraced the wonderful gift of reading.


Overall, it was really fun to take a look back into the past with my favorite book series in first grade. I think a person’s favorite childhood story can tell you a lot about them and what they find interesting. What we familiarize ourselves with at a young age can make the most precious childhood memories that we cherish and remember for a lifetime. And thank God for it.

LET’S CHAT~What was your favorite childhood story? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Thank you so much for reading! Have a beautiful and blessed day, y’all! ✨

We made an Etsy shop for our T-shirt business!

Hey, everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful day!

So, as some of you know, me and Goodmommy have our own t-shirt business. Although we’ve only started recently, business is booming, and we are continuing to grow our audience through family and social media.

However, we questioned what we could do to grow our business; we knew that we needed another platform to give us exposure to a larger audience. That’s when we got the idea to create an Etsy account! Considering that it has a wide-ranged audience with extremely low fees and we can create our own shop to sell our inventory, we thought that this would be the perfect way to take the next step!

If you would like to support our business and check out our shop, please check out our social media platforms down below.

Etsy ~ RoyalTCustomDesigns

Instagram ~ ladytarilyn_jenkins

Keep in mind that while anyone can look at our social media accounts and our products, you must get the permission of a parent or guardian who is over 18 years of age to order one of our shirts. It’s super exciting to see our Etsy shop officially up-and-running, and I am so excited to see our business continue to exceed our expectations.

Have a beautiful and blessed day, y’all. See you next time! ✨

My Role Model (and why we all need one) ♡

Almost everyone has (or has had) a role model during their formative years. Many adults will recall a person who they looked up to and helped them become the person they are to this day. Our role models are the people who help form us into responsible adults and help prepare us for the real world. That’s exactly why every kid and teenager needs a good role model in their life.

Now, some of you may wonder who my role models are. Although Jesus himself is the role model for all of us, and the generations who will follow, I believe that God always puts at least 1 person in our lives to be a second role model. For me, that person is Goodmommy, my grandmother and guardian who I love very dearly.

What I love about Goodmommy so much is that she is a Godly woman. Throughout her life, her joys and trials were God’s way of teaching her, not only so she can be knowledgeable, but also that she may pass on the wisdom that God has given her by instilling it in me. That is why I am so thankful to Him for placing this role model in my life: He knew exactly who I needed to be my example. 💖 Thank you, Jesus! 💖

Goodmommy is and will always be one of my best friends (right after Jesus and myself.) Not only do we do everything together, but she is always a joy to be around. There are very few instances that we are together without filling the room with laughter. No matter what, even with our very rare disagreements, we always come back together again, apologize, and continue in love. Every day is a day of love, joy, and laughter.

Role models can come in many forms. While some look up to their parents or grandparents, others may see an older sibling or a friend as their role model. Just keep in mind that even though we all have positive role models, there is a such thing as a negative role model, too. In everything, make sure that the people you surround yourself with are willing to invest in you to be the best person that you can be.

The people that will stay by your side (through your joys AND your trials) are people worth keeping around. Thank them for being your role models; we never know when our last chance to do so will be.

LET’S CHAT~Who is your role model? What’s an important lesson that you’ve learned from them?

Thank you so much for joining me today! God bless you all and I’ll “see” you next time! ✨

I painted on three wooden letters… ♡

A little less than two months ago, I showed you guys these three plain, wooden letters. I decided to get a Q and a T to stand for me and Goodmommy’s initials, as well as an & sign to go in the middle. Automatically, I saw the opportunity to make them my own with a little something called acrylic paint.

I asked Goodmommy what colors she wanted me to incorporate into my design. She replied pink and purple, which I was really happy with since they go with the colors of the spring season. I also decided to mix a yellow, scarlet, plain white (and eventually green) paint to give the whole thing an Easter vibe.

And of course, I had to take this opportunity to use one of my brand new paint pallets for the first time. As I expected, it was much easier to keep my paints from mixing. Plus, the look is really aesthetic–perfect for photographs.

I looked up some simple designs to paint on wooden letters, and I eventually found this video of these different flower designs. While I love the overall format, I changed the design by adding a plain white background to really make the colors pop. On top of that, I added some other intricate details to increase the visual interest.

The different shape of each letter (as well as the small size of each) made this project much more of a challenge. I honestly expected the paint job to be extremely minimalistic and bare, but I was actually able to incorporate many more tiny touches than I anticipated.

Overall, I am super satisfied with the finished product! The Q and the T are so vibrant, and the bold color of the & in the center is a great accent piece that pulls everything together. Goodmommy really loved it as well.

What I really loved about this project is that it helped me to do something out of the box. I had to figure out which design would look best on each letter, especially on such a small scale. The color scheme really flourishes with the spring-y vibe that I was going for. I’m excited for my next project!

LET’S CHAT~ Have you ever painted on wood? If so, did you like it?

Happy (Early) Easter, everybody! Don’t forget to remember the reason for the holiday–Jesus’ sacrifice of love, which we all ought to be thankful for! See you later! ✨

Who’s Ready for Highschool? | How to Get Prepared

When you’re in 8th grade, it can be a lot to think about your future. It’s the last year of middle school, a.k.a. the time in your life where you start thinking about college and what career you want to pursue, all while trying to find out more about yourself and how you are changing. I know that it can seem like a lot sometimes. However, as a soon-to-be-freshman myself, I’m here to tell you that everything will be okay! We just need to get prepared. And here’s how!

1.) Make Sure You Have a Consistent Schedule to Better Suit the Upcoming Changes ~ Highschool is nothing to be afraid of. Still, it’s a new chapter of our lives that requires preparation. And that means a schedule that will better suit the changes. In high school we will have new classes, teachers, peers, schools and our grades begin setting deeper footprints. This means that we need to make sure that we have routines that will give us plenty of time to stay productive during weekdays.

2.) Pay Attention to Academic Areas that Need Improving ~ Most of us have at least one favorite subject. And along with that, there might be some subjects that you feel like you could improve in. Now is the time to put those feelings into action. If we go through the process of getting more comfortable with the subjects that we need help in, we are setting ourselves up for success in the future and in life.

3.) Maintain Good Study Habits ~ One of the biggest differences in high school vs. middle school is the amount of work. High school is when we really start to prepare for our future, so why not start early? Maintaining positive and stable study habits will help prepare us for what’s to come, making the load lighter when high school is in session.

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4.) Ask For Help If (and When) You Need It ~ At one point or another, we’ve all had to ask for help, whether it was from God, a parent, a teacher, a friend, or even our communities. And if there’s any stage in our lives that we need to ask for help, it’s probably now. New stages can be exciting, but for others they can be nerve-wracking. So, whenever you need a helping hand to lay on your shoulder during this time of transition, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Asking for assistance is a skill that we will need to use in all stages of our journeys as people and individuals.

5.) Create an Organized Workspace ~ While study habits are important, the only way that we can study effectively is if we have a constant place to do so. When you come home from school (or when you do your work if you’re homeschooled, like me) it makes it much easier to focus when you have an effective study space to get the job done.

6.) Get Your Priorities in Check ~ Prioritizing what we find the most important in our lives is crucial to preparing for grade 9. Peer pressure is just about everywhere in most public schools, so make sure that you are in check with what and whom you should spend your time. High school is all about preparing for adulthood, and while we still have time left before then, making priorities are a must for another successful school year!

7.) Relax~We Got This! ~ No matter what, remember that as long as you give it your all, you’ve got it together! You are capable. You are smart. You will succeed. You are getting better every day. You got this! Don’t forget to say these things to yourself whenever you need some words of encouragement. We can’t overlook mental health! <33


This guide for How to Prepare for Highschool was such a blast to create! I’m super excited for what high school has in store for me, and I hope that now you are, too. Don’t forget that with effort, the willingness to ask for help, positive affirmation, and academic preparation, high school will be smooth-sailing. All we need to do (besides these tips) is relax and enjoy what’s soon to come!

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Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! Peace in! ✨