Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Tips/Advice We've Learned Over 2014

We are in the new year now {yay!} and we couldn't be more excited for what's ahead. Every year we try to reflect on everything and hopefully learn from every experience. Here are a few lessons we learned in 2014 that we hope to carry out in 2015. Who knows, you might have learned the same lessons too!
  1. There is no sense in continuing to invest in anything not making you feel 100% fulfilled or happy.
  2. Honesty is the BEST policy.
  3. Express yourself--even if it means feelings can possibly get hurt along the way.
  4. Stop and smell the roses--you don't have to be on your phone all the time.
  5. Not all friendships are worth keeping--know when it's time to go your separate ways.
  6. Love can hurt, but don't be afraid to fall for it!
  7. Take advantage of every opportunity even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone.
  8. You define yourself--not social media or society.
  9. It's okay to take a break--no one expects you to be Superwoman (or man) every second of the day.
  10. If you don't take care of yourself, then who will? Feed your mind, feed your body, and feed your spirit.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 14 Posts of 2014

2014 was a year of growth for us! We loved continuing to share our best kept sorority secrets with you all and hearing a lot of your secrets. Your support of us is showing as we recently passed a major milestone: 3 million+ views! In lieu of that, we compiled your favorite fourteen posts of 2014. From beauty, to fashion, to tips and advice, you loved and read these posts. Thanks for continuing to make us your go-to site; we appreciate you!
  1. Beach Waves Hair Tutorial {by Maddie}
  2. Second Day Curls on the First Day!
  3. 20 Best Friend Date Ideas
  4. Top 10 Words To Cut From Your Writing
  5. Campus Security 101: 5 Tips To Keep You Safe
  6. Study Session Survival Guide
  7. Recruitment Conversation All-Star Tips
  8. 4 Travel Tips Every Wanderlust Should Know
  9. Clip-In Hair Extension Secrets
  10. Eyelash Extensions- Pros & Cons
  11. How To Successfully Travel Internationally
  12. 10 Ways To Nail An Interview
  13. Spring Recruitment Guide
  14. Music Festival Outfit Guide
Have a favorite blog post that didn't make the Top 14? Well, we would love to hear which post of 2014 was your favorite so leave a comment below!

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Make The Most Of Dreaming Big This 2014 (Madeleine)

The New Year is the best time to set new goals! Most people have difficulty following through with their goals, but one great way to stay on track is to create a “dream board.” Even Oprah swears by it! Essentially, a dream board is a collection of pictures, words, and phrases that will inspire you and remind you daily of your objectives! I was shocked that only a few short months after creating one for myself, I had accomplished over half of the goals I set. Images are so powerful and it’s a great feeling to use them in such a positive way!

Want to make your own dream board? Follow the steps below!

  1. Set your goals – Do you want to land a job or internship? Improve your health or fitness? Learn a new language? Want to save money for that Michael Kors bag you’ve been crushing on forever? Make your goals specific and realistic – don’t try to lose 20 pounds in a month, you’ll drive yourself crazy! 
  2. Find compelling images – use magazines, Google images, favorite celebrities,       inspirational quotes, etc.
  3. Make a cute collage including all of the pictures you find on a big poster board.
  4. Hang it somewhere you look everyday – think subliminal messaging!
  5. Go conquer the world!
 It can be overwhelming to decide which goals to focus on. Here are some of the ones I chose for my dream board: 
  • Take more pictures with a REAL camera and print them out
  • Write more letters
  • Read five books
  • Save $1,000
  • Work out at least 4 times a week
  • Get three A’s spring semester
  • Drink more green smoothies
  • Give more compliments

It’s so simple and rewarding. You’ll be thanking yourself for the daily reminder – it will motivate you to actively work towards your goals. Once you’ve accomplished all of them, save the board as a memento and start a new one!  

More digitally inclined? Check out Oprah’s online dream board creator:

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year, New Resolutions

Every year, people come up with all sorts of "new year's resolutions" that they will try to keep.  We've heard them all... from going to the gym more often, to being more punctual.  But really here, what about the smaller resolutions?!  You know, the things that make your day a little happier, a little brighter?  Now those are the new year's resolutions we're after in 2014!  This year, we're seeking our resolutions in the form of daily doses of happiness...

1.  Enjoy the sunshine.  Grab lunch outside, take the dog for a walk.
2.  Call your mom, call your grandma.  She will appreciate it.
3.  Say "I love you."  Tell your friends, sisters, your significant other, your family.
4.  Wash your makeup brushes.  Your face will thank you.
5.  Take vitamins.
6.  Spend some time away from your phone.  Put it down, and feel comfortable with that.
7.  Feel in the moment; enjoy what you're doing right now.
8.  Give big hugs.
9.  Learn something new; like how to cook a new dish, or how to swing a golf club.
10.  Skip that Starbucks, make coffee at home when you can.  Little savings make your wallet happy.
11.  Checking out at the grocery store?  Ask the cashier how their day is going, and make them smile.
12.  Treat yourself to something.  If you really want that cupcake, feel guilt-free in moderation.
13.  Make a lunch date with a friend once a week.
14.  Be giving... from volunteering your time, to giving a smile.
15.  That song you love?  Blast it.  On repeat.
16.  Try out a new lip color.  From cherry red to orchid.
17.  Light a yummy scented candle when you're home.
18.  Eat more fresh fruits and veggies.
19.  Walk, take the stairs.  Extra cardio adds up, and raises endorphins.
20.  Oh and did we mention...share a smile!  It's contagious :)

Cheers to you, and a year ahead filled with joy.  We can't wait to share all that the new year has in store with all of you!  Until then, we will catch you in 2014!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

It Girl Search 2014

Are you an active member of your sorority?  Do you love all of the lifestyle topics that TSS has to offer?  Do you enjoy taking pictures & writing?  If so, you could be one of our next It Girls for 2014!

Once a year, The Sorority Secrets selects 6 active collegiate sorority women to be part of our It Girl team.  Each girl is from a different Greek organization, and from a different university... hey, we gotta represent!  The job of an It Girl is to rep TSS on her campus, and on behalf of her sorority.  It Girls write their own posts a couple of times a month, and also share fun pictures from things happening on their campus.  If it's cool at your school, we want to know about it.  So... do you have what it takes?

You have already met Maddie, the newest member of our It Girl team for 2014.  There are only a few spots left, and we're taking applicants now through December 6th, at 12:00am MST.

Email us ( to apply:
1. Send us your resume
2. Tell us a little bit about yourself (including your school, sorority, and academic year)
3. Attach a picture showcasing your personal style OR showing us how you're involved on campus

We are so excited to hear from you, and can't wait to meet our 2014 TSS It Girl team!

*applicants will be notified the week of 12/9/13 if they are being called back for an interview*

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Giveaway: Erin Condren Life Planner! (CLOSED)

Just in time for Back To School, we've teamed up with Erin Condren to give TSS readers the perfect organizational necessity... the 2013-2014 Life Planner!  It's stylish, it's personalized, it's everything you need to stay on track for a successful year ahead.  Watch the video, need we say more?!  We love the little touches, such as the adorable graphics and inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout.  This planner brings smiles to all of your busiest days.  We use our very own Erin Condren planners in our daily lives; they're an organized and color-coded dream come true!

We're so excited for one lucky reader to win a $50 eGift Card provided by our friends at Erin Condren!  Use it towards your very own Life Planner, or for any other fun items on their site!  Here's how to enter:

Here's how to enter:
Step 1: "Like" Erin Condren on Facebook (click here to "like")
Step 2: "Like" The Sorority Secrets on Facebook (click here to "like")
Step 3: Leave a comment below, telling us how the Life Planner would help keep you organized!  Make sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!

Good luck, and make sure to stay organized this coming fall with Erin Condren's fabulous planners!
*Contest ends 7/25/13.  Winner will be notified via email*
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