If you haven't learned by now, I'm a goal freak enthusiast! I love making goals to work towards during the semester. I try tom make them as related and specific to my life goals, courses, and extracurriculars throughout the term. Whenever I make goals, I always write them down and stick it in random places to remind myself about them (i.e. my agenda, my desk, my nightstand, etc.

Now one thing I thought that didn't really work for me from my Fall Semester goals was that there were way too many of them over the many categories I had put them in. It made them all slightly overwhelming and intimidating. 

Le Northern Belle - Winter 2016 Semester Goals

This term, I am trying to make them significantly more condensed. Fewer goals = more attainable! Just because there are only a few listed, that doesn't mean that you can achieve more. This list is just for those times when you feel unmotivated or confused as to what you should be doing. I challenge you all to make your own semester goals this term!

Le Northern Belle - Winter 2016 Semester Goals

Enjoy the rest of your week!

I didn't think my recap of the week would need two posts but sometimes, you just have to, I guess? If you haven't read the first post of this now mini-blog series, I recap the first half of my DisneyWorld trip at Downtown Disney and Hollywood Studios
Off to Disney World | LeNorthernBelle

Magic Kingdom

For such a small park, I believe it's the smallest of the four parks, I have never walked so much in my life.  

I seriously cannot even put into words how amazing of a trip this was! Magic Kingdom was such a great experience that I had to keep reminding myself to take pictures and videos of my time there, but to a degree, I didn't really want to. *shocking* I wanted to immerse myself completely in the Disney atmosphere and take in everything as it was happening! I have so many great memories with Emily and Caitlyn here because we weren't focusing on pictures as we were just living in the moment. I honestly think that sometimes, people are too into taking pictures and miss out on a great deal of the Disney adventure. For example, at Epcot, I tried taking videos of the fireworks, but after looking at them, they barely even compared to the real thing -- not even close. 

LeNorthernBelle - Off to Disney World: Magic Kindom
Head's up, if you go on Splash Mountain, duck your head right before you get to the bottom of the hill!

LeNorthernBelle - Off to Disney World: Magic Kindom

LeNorthernBelle - Off to Disney World: Magic Kindom
Em and I's first dole whips ever! We're definitely going to make these back home! 

LeNorthernBelle - Off to Disney World: Magic Kindom
We still don't know if the turkey leg was really turkey #lifequestions

LeNorthernBelle - Off to Disney World: Magic Kindom

LeNorthernBelle - Off to Disney World: Magic Kindom
Gotta throw Alpha Love everywhere I go!

LeNorthernBelle - Off to Disney World: Magic Kindom
Hands down, the best picture I took all trip!


LeNorthernBelle - Off to Disney World: Magic Kindom
Before going to Epcot, we went to grab a quick lunch. Here's our first time at Chik-fil-a, which was amazing obviously!

LeNorthernBelle - Off to Disney World: Magic Kindom

LeNorthernBelle - Off to Disney World: Magic Kindom

LeNorthernBelle - Off to Disney World: Magic Kindom

LeNorthernBelle - Off to Disney World: Magic Kindom

LeNorthernBelle - Off to Disney World: Magic Kindom
We also went to Epcot on the first night we were at Disney, but we didn't really do much, but we did get to go to the Boardwalk

Now our original plan for Epcot was to have a drink at every country's pavilion, but Mexico really knows how to put that Tequila in those Margaritas, so that bucket list item was quickly cut right after!

LeNorthernBelle - Off to Disney World: Magic Kindom

LeNorthernBelle - Off to Disney World: Magic Kindom

Like I said earlier, the fireworks in the video barely compare to the real experience, so if you've ever wanted to visit DisneyWorld, or think that DisneyWorld was just a place for kids (like I originally did), I highly suggest you just go and experience it for yourself! It truly is unreal

Over the Christmas break, my roommate Emily and I hopped on a plane to MCO (Orlando International) to visit and bring back our friend Caitlyn after being on the Disney College Program for the past six months. If you haven't read the first post about my Disney Experience, here it is. (In this post, I talk more about the packing and prepping for Disney). I highly suggest reading it before reading this post!

With an early 6am flight, we landed in hot Orlando at about 9:30am. When we left Toronto, it was pretty warm (I'm pretty sure it was still in the low 10s), but once we landed in Orlando, I quickly realized how warm Canada was not, in comparison. We rented a shuttle service that picked us up from the airport and took us to our hotel in Kissimmee. Caitlyn had driven her car to Orlando, we went for the cheaper hotel outside of Orlando (can't beat $30 a night) but on the day we flew in, she had class till 3pm. 

Since we couldn't check in for another few hours, we decided to go grab some brunch/lunch and aimlessly roam around the area. For brunch, after too much time spent trying to find an IHOP, we settled on Denny's for food. 

Don't understand the whole calories-on-the-menu thing, it's like they don't want me to eat anything!
Afterwards, Em and I just lounged around the hotels pool until we were able to check-in early. There was nothing really special about our room, just a place to sleep at night. However it was really convenient because we were on the ground floor so we could just hop in and out of the car and into our room. 

Caitlyn finally came to pick us up around 3pm and our Disney adventures began. 

Le Northern Belle | Going to DisneyWorld

Downtown Disney

For being awake since 3am, Downtown Disney was definitely the best place to see first. It's an area where you can just walk around, watch performances and eat some food. There's a lot of Disney merchandise shops here, but beside all these great things, the best thing from this day (besides all the random dancing from the live music) was the Ghiradelli Ice Cream shop.


 Now I am not choco-holic by any means of the word but this store may have changed me. The shop sells your everyday Ghiradelli chocolates but they also make, which differentiates this shop from others, Ghiradelli based sundaes, shakes and floats! Literally to die for! I had the "Ocean Beach Sea Salt Caramel Sundae." 


Hollywood Studios

On Day 2, we went to Hollywood Studios, which was jammed packed full of rides and shows to watch. The first thing we watched was the "Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage." I was super amazed on the amount of detail that went into the production (but then again it is DisneyWorld, so no surprise). 

From Beauty and the Beast, we went on our first ride which was "The Great Movie Ride," which is a walkthrough ride of Hollywood movies throughout the 20th-ish century. One of my favourite movies of time is Singin' in the Rain, which was obviously included in the ride (because its an awesome movie).

The other rides we went on were:

|| Star Tours ||
|| Rock 'n Roller Coaster || 
(Apparently Chris Evans was in front of us in line and Caitlyn, who is always 
pointing out boys on the daily, sees him and doesn't even tell us until two days later)
|| Club Disney || 
(A great place to charge your phone and relax after a long day)
DisneyWorld | LeNorthernBelle

|| For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration ||
(Alpine Ken, aka Kristoff, was a dead ringer!)
|| The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ||
(I wish I went on this ride more than once, it was amazing, and I'm not even a thrill rider junkie)
|| Fantasmic ||

|| Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights || 


Magic Kingdom

The whole grail of DisneyWorld is probably hidden somewhere in this park! Probably along with all of Walt Disney's. Caitlyn being a big huge ginormous all-things-Disney fan, she wanted to make sure that my Magic Kingdom experience was purely magical. Within being there for 30 minutes, I had already started to cry. The first thing we watched was a show at the castle called "Dream Along with Mickey." There were fireworks and choreographed dancing and Snow White (aka one of my favourite princesses) like how could I not cry? I was starting to understand and feel the magic behind Disney. 

We did Magic Kingdom on our third day there and there is so much stuff that we did on that day, that I need a whole post to go over it in the detail I want. I'm hoping to post it as a secondary post for this week, that way you're not reading Disney posts for the rest of January (especially with it being super cold right now in Waterloo)

With the new year finally upon us, so begins my new position within Alpha Omicron Pi! Over my two and a bit years being in my chapter, I have held a handful of different positions such as:

AOII Greek Council Delegate
AOII Day Chair
Vice President of Education (aka Calendar Maker)
Vice President of Chapter Development (sisterhood planning and internal relations)
Party Chair  (3 times, planning one of the formal recruitment days)
Greek Council Public Relations Chair (2 times)
Founder's Day Co-Chair 
Currently: Vice President of Communications

In holding so many positions, I feel that it's safe to say that I have a lot of experience and the knowledgeable skills required to succeed in those positions. One of the major benefits that most sororities advertise is definitely the leadership opportunities. Taking on leadership positions within your sorority (or club, or any organization you're a part of) is a key way to learn about your potential as a leader. You learn a lot from how to work with others to time management to organization. Though to be completely honest, taking on a sorority leadership is not all sunshine and daisies. There are definitely times when you feel like everyone is against you, or that no one cares, or you have zero motivation to do anything! Trust me, even after holding eight positions, these concerns, and others alike, still come up! 

The only way to either minimize their prevalence or reduce their effect on you is to, in my opinion, is to alter yourself. Hear me out! As morbid as this may sound, for the rest of your life, you will have people who have contrasting opinions or ideas than you. Sometimes they'll even vocalize these opinions in a way that is not exactly the nicest or constructive. For those days, I have come up with advice and tips to deal with those situations. 
Taking on a Sorority Leadership Positions | Le Northern Belle

Tips and Tricks for Making it Through Your Leadership Term

Tip # 1Know what the position is actually about

Your experience taking on a position is all dependent on your attitude and approach to the position. With that being said, when applying for a position make sure you know everything that is required of that position. For example this year, I am the Vice-President of Communications. This position, in the past, has been perceived as just a social media upkeep job, which is completely untrue. Had I not looked up what this position actually entailed (i.e. media releases, creating posters and merchandise, presentations, etc.), it could be really overwhelming when you are eventually made aware of it. I know AOII, and would like to safely assume that all sororities, have a manual that identifies the roles and responsibilities of each position. Read It! Another bonus is that by knowing everything you can possibly know about your position, you can accurately inform people

Tip # 2Set aside time for your position

Whether it's an hour a day or three hours on Saturday, make sure to set a specific day and time for your position. I know some sorority officers like to have office hours, where they work solely on position and sorority related items and are available to meet with to discuss those issues. Depending on your individual chapter, your position and/or your personal view, this may or may not be necessary to have. I know for me personally, I don't like setting up "office hours" because I change my set times from week to week, depending on what needs to get done and other non-sorority related things I have that week. I also always have my phone on me, so if I need to be reached for any reason, I am available. However way you decide to set your time, just make sure you are productive during this time. It's the little things that count, so by doing a little every day or so, you'll be working towards the bigger picture in a more stress-relieving way. By taking small steps, you can also report back to the chapter your status on your project(s). They'll appreciate you working on it and the update on the timeline! 

Taking on a Sorority Leadership Positions | Le Northern Belle

Tip # 3Stay organized

Any information that you need in order to do your job in one central location. Whether it's a notebook a folder on your computer or a binder, make sure it has everything. Things to have down are: 

Advisor contact
Committee member contacts
Any other contact
Budget Tracking
Email and Account Log ins and Passwords
Important Documents or Manuals
Ideas and Plans

What time you've set aside to focus on the position (which can also be put down in your agenda or phone calendar)
Keeping everything in one place helps you to find whatever it is you are looking for and when its time to give up your position, it'll be easy to hand over a folder that has everything you did over you office term.

Tip # 4Keep in Contact with your Advisors

 If you have a sorority position, chances are you will have an advisor. Advisors are alumnae members who may have held your position when they were collegian. Keep in contact with them. They often have very good insight on what you should or can do with your position. Updating them about once a week on what you're doing and tasks/projects/events you have accomplished or are accomplishing. However, be cautious of the micromanaging advisor. If they start pushing you to do events or tasks that are not in your position description or an event that you think the chapter might not like, feel free to voice that opinion. At the end of the day, your advisor is there to guide you and not to take the reins of your position. You were the one elected into the position because your chapter thought you were the best fit. However do not confuse advising with position takeover because like I said before, they often have great insight. Find that line for you and your advisor!

Taking on a Sorority Leadership Positions | Le Northern Belle 
Taking on a Sorority Leadership Positions | Le Northern Belle

Tip # 5Use your committee, if you have one

 Now some positions do have committees associated with it. For me, I've had four positions in the past. Sometimes they were great, and other times, I just went along as if I didn't ever have a committee. Long story short, it's hard chairing a committee. There are lots of techniques and methods to effectively have a committee. When used properly, committees can alleviate a lot of the stress your position may have, especially when your position revolves around making chapter events. An article that I wish I had found when I had a position with a committee is called "7 ways to motivate your sorority committee" from Sorority Sugar. It has some great tips and advice that I feel would be greatly beneficial!

Original Image from Hollie from Home Philosophy

Tip # 6Make S.M.A.R.T. Goals

The time right after you are voted in are is the time when you have the best ideas and goals for your position. The best thing you can do is take some time and write down all the goals and ideas and things bouncing around your head. Get them all down and keep it in a safe place! After the excitement of being elected settles down, take those ideas you wrote down and make them into S.M.A.R.T. goals. I came across another article that best defines what a smart goal is better than I can, and I have linked it here.

Take these tips and advice and go take on your position to the best of your ability! If there are tips that you think should have been included in this post, go ahead and take to the comment section! Get the convo started! I love reading comments and learning from them!


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