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160 Sad Quotes That Will Heal and Uplift Your Soul

Are you feeling sad and need something to lift your spirits? We got you! Check out our list of sad quotes that will heal your soul.



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Every once in a while, you may get into a sad mood. Maybe you had a rough day at work or school. Maybe you got into a fight with someone. You may have watched or read something sad.

Or maybe you’re just having one of those days, we all have those from time to time.

When you are in a sad mood, you may be looking for a sad quote that will fit what you are feeling and possibly help improve your mood.

It may not switch your mood around, but it could help justify your feelings. 

Well, I have just the collection of quotes that are perfect for those times. This is a collection of the best sad quotes that will heal your soul. Check it out!

In this post:

Sad Quotes About Life

1. “Trying to avoid sadness is trying to avoid life.”- Maxime Legacé

This quote makes the point that you cannot avoid sadness. Having moments of sadness is a part of life and everyone will experience it from time to time. 

2. “The good life is not one immune to sadness but one in which suffering contributes to our development.”- Alain de Botton

This sad quote once again talks about how life is not immune to sadness. However, it mentions how experiencing suffering helps a person develop and grow stronger. 

3. “Your sadness is a gift. Don’t reject it. Don’t rush it. Live it fully and use it as fuel to change and grow.” – Maxime Legacé

This quote wants you to embrace your sadness. Welcome it with open arms and let it guide you as you grow. 

4. “My entire life can be described in one sentence: it didn’t go as planned, and that’s okay.” – Hugh Raye 

Sometimes, things happen that you did not plan on happening or things do not happen how you would have liked them to. That is okay. 

5. “You’re going to make it. It’ll be hard but you’re going to make it.” – Unknown

Life is not always easy. Things will get tough, you will be challenged. However, it will all work out in the end. You just have to push through. 

6.“Trust is like an eraser, it gets smaller and smaller after every mistake.” – Unknown

When someone you trust betrays you, it hurts. Everytime someone breaks that trust, it becomes harder to trust others. 

7. “I don’t like depending on people because people leave all the time. Because at the end of the day all you have is yourself and that has to be enough.” – Unknown

When you depend on others, you assume the risk that they will leave or not follow through. Sometimes it is easier to just rely on yourself. 

8. “Keep smiling… and one day life will get tired of upsetting you.”- Unknown

Life can be tough sometimes. However, if you just keep smiling and thinking positively, good things will come eventually. 

9. “You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis

At times you may want to go back and change the past, however you can not do that. However, your decisions now can change what the future holds. 

10. “Nobody knows about the little meltdowns I have when I’m alone. They only know about the smiles and laughs I show them.” – Unknown

Sometimes who you are is different from how you act around others. You may be sad, angry, frustrated. However, you put on a smile when you have to. 

11. “You’ll never know how strong you are, until being brave is the only choice you have.” – Bob Marley

Life can throw you curveballs when you least expect it. It will test you and force you to be strong. 

12. “People keep telling me that life goes on, but to me that’s the saddest part.” – Unknown

There will be times when life feels too much. The darkness seems to follow you and nothing good seems to be on the horizon.

13. “It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.” – George Eliot

Life will never just hand you what you need or want. If you want something, you have to work for it, no matter how difficult that may seem

14. “Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect. We take what we get and are thankful it’s no worse than it is” – Margaret Mitchell

Life owes us nothing. It does not have to give us what we want, no matter how hard you wish. Life can be unexpected or go the opposite of how you intended. 

15. “Every life has a measure of sorrow, and sometimes this is what awakens us.” – Steven Tyler

Everyone has their own idea of what is sad, or hard, frustrating or is too much. Sometimes when you reach that point, that forces us to think or react or realize what that threshold is. 

16. “Every human walks around with a certain kind of sadness. They may not wear it on their sleeves, but it’s there if you look deep.” -Taraji P. Henson

Everyone experiences sadness. Everyone has something going on in their lives. If you don’t think they do, they are just good at hiding it. 

17. “Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.” – Henry David Thoreau

Do not regret the mistakes you make or let the hard times swallow you up. Let them help you grow. Embrace the sorrow and tough times. They will make you stronger.

18. “Those who do not weep, do not see” – Victor Hugo

Everyone cries and experiences sadness and tough times. If they don’t, they are missing a key human experience to help know and see more.

19. “Be strong now because things will get better. It might be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever” – Unknown

Even in the challenging times, you need to be strong. It may be difficult. However, the good times will come. 

20. “Most of the trouble in life comes from misunderstanding, I think.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery

The troubling times come from misunderstandings between people or from your own thoughts or ideas. It is important to recognize these misunderstandings. 

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Sad Quotes About Love

21. “Relationships are like glass. Sometimes it’s better to leave them broken than to hurt yourself by putting it back together.” – Unknown

Relationships can end badly. They may end up messy or end all of sudden. Sometimes it is better to leave them broken than to try and fix the relationship. 

22. “It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love.”- Miguel de Unamuno

It is sad to not be in a relationship or to be in love with someone. However, it is far worse to not open up your heart to others. 

23. “It’s amazing how someone can break your heart and you can still love them with all the little pieces.”- Ella Harper

People will break your heart. It will be hard, terrible and painful. However, you may still have lingering feelings of love even after they shatter their heart. 

24. “When you think you are first falling in love, just then you realize you are falling out of love.” – David Grayson

Sometimes you may realize you are falling for someone too late. At the moment you realize you are falling in love, that is when you realize those feelings are disappearing. 

25. “Falling in love is like holding a candle. Initially, it lights up the world around you. Then it starts melting and hurts you. Finally, it goes off and everything is darker than ever and all you are left with is the… Burn” – Syed Arshad

Love seems like a pleasant and magical thing at first. Everything goes great, but then eventually it turns into something that burns and harms you. 

26. “Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing.” Anaïs Nin

When love ends, it is never pleasant and neat. It ends messy, painfully and causes harm to everyone in its way. 

27. “He taught me how to love, but not how to stop.” – Unknown

You can learn how to love, however no one ever teaches you how to stop loving that special someone. 

28. “I wonder if I could take back every ‘I love you’ ever said to you, would I do it?”- Faraaz Kazi

There is always that person who breaks your heart the worst. Someone you give your all too. You are left wondering if you could go back and time and never enter the relationship, would you? 

29. “You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it.” – Henry Youngman 

Love can be expensive in many forms. Not only financially, it is also emotionally, physically and mentally taxing. 

30. “Nothing is worse than when someone who is supposed to love you just leaves.” – Ava Dellaira 

When the person you love and care for the most, someone you thought felt the same, leaves, it is like a stab in the back.

31. “You can never control who you fall in love with, even when you’re in the most sad, confused time of your life. You don’t fall in love with people because they’re fun. It just happens.” Kirsten Dunst

No matter how hard you try, you can not control who your heart falls for. Your heart is going to fall for whoever it wants to, no matter how hard you try. 

32. “Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.” – Charlie Brown

Having your love go unreciprocated can ruin everything the simple pleasures in life. Especially your favorite things. 

33. “So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” – E.A. Bucchianeri

When love ends, you grieve that love. Grief is a painful and long experience. However, it’s what we have to go through in order to love.

34. “Nothing hurts more than realizing they meant everything to you, but you meant nothing to them.” – Maya Angelou 

Sometimes you give everything to someone because they are the most important thing in your life. However, you may not be the most important person in their life. 

35. “True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.” François de la Rochefoucauld

Everyone talks about how great love is and how everyone has the one person that is meant for them. However, few people have found that person who is the one.

36. “To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it;  and, when the time comes to let it go, let it go.” – Mary Oliver

In order to survive in the world, you have to be able to love and love fiercely. However, when the hand is off, you have to be able to let go of the person you love. 

37. “Grief is the price we pay for love.” – Queen Elizabeth II

Grief is one of the worst feelings in the world. However it goes hand and hand with love. 

38. “Love can be magic. But magic can sometimes… just be an illusion.” – Javan

Love can be magical. It seems unreal and like something you have never experienced before. However, it can disappear at the drop of a hat and seem like it was all an act. 

39. “We just hide from the people we love. Sad, isn’t it?” – C.C. Hunter

After you experience heartbreak, you may never want to experience it again. You will hide from anyone you may love to avoid the pain. 

40. “Love is temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, then subsides.” – Louis de Bernieres

Love can come in strong and suddenly. It can shake your world and then throw it into shambles. Then, it can just go away like it never happened. 

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Sad Quotes About Pain

41. “You will never know the power of yourself until someone hurts you badly.” – Unknown

You are stronger than you realize. It just may take someone hurting you to reach that realization.

42. “There is one pain I often feel, which you will never know. It is caused by the absence of you.” – Ashleigh Brilliant

When you lose someone, that is a pain that is strong and unbearable. Something only people who have experienced that loss can understand.

43. “Our greatest joy and our greatest pain come in our relationships with others.”- Stephen R. Covey 

Relationships are an up-and-down cycle. At times, they bring you unlimited joy and at other times they bring you unbearable pain.

44. “Don’t get lost in your pain, know that one day your pain will become your cure.” – Rumi

Do not let the pain consume you and overwhelm you. One day, it will become what makes you stronger and help heal you. 

45. “So sick of pretending that everything is alright because it is not” – Unknown

You may feel like you have to put on a brave face and act for others, even when you are experiencing pain. 

46. “Memories have to be our most painful blessing.”- Kanye West

Memories can be a great thing. However, when they are full of painful memories, they can be a horrible thing. 

47. “What brings us tears, will lead us to grace. Our pain is never wasted.” – Bob Groff

You may cry and it may seem like the world is ending. However, that pain will ultimately serve a purpose. It will help shape you into a strong and powerful person. 

48. “All man’s miseries stem from his inability to sit in a room and do nothing.” – Blaise Pascal 

We can not sit still and we can not just sit and relax. That restlessness is what may lead you to pain. 

49. “One thing you can’t hide — is when you’re crippled inside”- John Lennon 

When you are full of pain on the inside, it can become hard to keep to yourself. 

50. “The pain never really goes away; you just elevate and get used to it by growing stronger.” – Ritu Ghatourey

Pain sticks with you forever, building on top of one another. However, with this inside you, you grow stronger and continue to push you forward. 

51. “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”- Bob Marley 

Music is a great thing. It can be a way for you to cope with pain. You listen to it, the world and its pain disappears. 

52. “We all create fictions to hide our pain.” – The Lazarus

When we experience painful times we want to escape. One way we do this is by creating fictional worlds inside our head to escape to when the pain becomes too much. 

53. “If you can sit with your pain, listen to your pain, and respect your pain — in time you will move through your pain.”- Bryant McGrill

If you can understand your pain and how it works, you can overcome it.

54. “I hate pain, despite my ability to tolerate it beyond all known parameters, which is not necessarily a good thing.” – Hunter S. Thompson

You may be able to handle pain and work through it, but that does not mean we want to experience it. 

55. “When you’ve suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.”- Yann Martel

Life can be full of pain, it may seem like it is never-ending. Each pain we experience becomes tougher and tougher. 

56. “Joy always comes after pain.” – Guillaume Apollinaire

Pain is temporary, happiness will come soon. You just have to be patient and wait for the sun after the storm.

57.  “People go through so much pain trying to avoid pain.” – Neil Strauss

People will go to great lengths to avoid certain pains in life. They will go through other struggles to avoid the other hardships. 

58. “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” – Khalil Gibran

When you experience pain, it breaks open the shell and part of you that allows you to come to a new level of understanding of the world. 

59. “Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” – Joseph Campbell

If you go after something that brings you happiness after experiencing a difficult time, the happy parts will ease the pain.

60. “Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Pain can come when you are least expecting it. It can come with no warning and come in strong. 

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Sad Quotes About Happiness

61. Some days are just bad days, that’s all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not everyday is going to be a good day, and that is just the way it is!” – Dita Von Teese

Sometimes, you have bad days. They will challenge you. But in order to appreciate the good days, you have to experience the bad days. 

62. “You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

You cannot have happiness without sadness. So, if you try to avoid sadness, you are also avoiding happiness. 

63. “The word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.” – Carl Jung

If there was no sadness, we would not know what true happiness feels like. 

64. “Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.” – Osho 

Sadness and happiness work hand in hand. They balance each other out. You need one to have the other. It is part of life.

65. “We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.” – Pierre Corneille

Nothing in life is ever fully perfect. Most things have, at least, a bit of sadness. Even if it is just the smallest bit. 

66. “Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless, the busy and industrious.”- Horace

People who are experiencing sadness dislike anyone who is experiencing something better than they are. They want them to feel the same pain. 

67. “Melancholy is the happiness of being sad.” Victor Hugo

Even sadness has a level of happiness, even if it is just something that is more neutral or sad than happy. 

68. “I do believe that if you haven’t learnt about sadness, you cannot appreciate happiness.” – Nana Mouskouri

If you have not learned what it is like to be sad and experience pain, then you cannot know happiness. 

69. “Happiness and sadness are just two eternal truths like day and night. A man of superior intellect is never affected by these emotions. They are not base emotions at all but a reflection of our thoughts, a reaction to our perspective on things we see, hear and do. Equanimity is not only desirable in a warrior, but a must. Without it, you are as good as dead in the battlefield.”- Anand Neelakantan

There are some things that are just a natural part of life. Two of those things are happiness and sadness. Sometimes, it is better to not let them affect you.

70. “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” – Friedrich Koenig

Happiness does not always come from getting what we want. It can come from accepting what we have in our life and appreciating it. 

71. “There is no such thing as too much happiness and sadness. What I’m after is contentment.”- Ray Charles 

Sometimes in life, you should not be focused on having a lot of happiness and sadness. We should focus on being content with our lives.

72. “Sometimes it takes sadness to know happiness, noise to appreciate silence, and absence to value presence.” – Unknown 

In life, we can get used to having certain elements. Sometimes it takes losing those things to appreciate what we previously took advantage of. 

73. “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

We are constantly coming across new opportunities. While we may want these new opportunities, we may look back at what we once had. 

74. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

Do not look back at the past, be happy you got to experience some good times. 

75. “The hardest thing is to hurt yourself for the sake of others’ happiness.” – Unknown

You should not punish yourself in order to please others. You should put yourself and your happiness first.

76. “Don’t desire happiness because it creates only unhappiness and nothing else.” – Osho

Sometimes craving happiness can be a dangerous thing. It can only create pain and the opposite of what you desire.

77. “Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations.” – Red Skelton

Laughter can be the best medicine. It can help bring you out of painful and sad situations. 

78. “We’re taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they’re of equal value to happiness, excitement and inspiration.”- Alanis Morissette

The negative emotions hold just as much value and meaning as the happy and positive emotions. 

79. “There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.”- Dante Aligheri

When you are experiencing sadness, it is important to recall the times when you are happy in life. 

80. “You can never maintain just pure happiness. In my life, I want full emotion. I want equal parts happiness and sadness.” – Derek Cianfrance

You cannot experience life in just pure, uninterrupted happiness. You have to go through difficult times as well. 

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Sad Quotes About Loneliness

81. “The loneliest point of someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

It can be hard to watch your life fall apart and you are not able to do anything to stop it from happening.

82. “The worst part of holding memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” – Lori Lowry, The Giver

After a notable experience, it can be lonely to just sit there with the memories and not be able to share it. 

83. “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” – Arthur C. Clarke

Sometimes being alone and being with others can be equally scary and difficult. 

84. “All great and precious things are lonely.”- John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Everyone in life experiences loneliness. No matter how sweet, happy or special they are. 

85. “Loneliness is such an omnipotent and painful threat to many persons that they have little conception of the positive values of solitude and even, at times, are frightened at the prospect of being alone.”- Rollo May

People can be scared of being alone, they try to avoid it at all costs. They do not take the time to realize how being alone can be beneficial. 

86. “Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man.” – Thomas Wolfe

Loneliness is inevitable. Everyone will experience it at some point, and it’s important to do so. 

87. “We are all born alone and die alone. The loneliness is definitely part of the journey of life.” – Jenova Chen 

Loneliness is part of the cycle of life. It is something we cannot avoid, every human experiences loneliness no matter what. 

88. “Sometimes it is better to be alone. No one can hurt you that way.” – Tinku Razoria. 

If you want to avoid pain, being alone is one way that we can do that. If no one is with you, no one can hurt you. 

89. “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” – George Washington

Sometimes being alone is the best option. It is better than being with bad company. 

90. “If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

If you feel lonely alone, then you are not comfortable being alone with yourself with your own thoughts and feelings. 

91. “Loneliness is the human condition. No one is ever going to fill that space. The best you can do is know yourself; know what you want.” – Janet Fitch

You should know yourself the best. You are with yourself 24/7. You should be able to know what you need to not feel lonely.

92.You come into the world alone and you go out of the world alone yet it seems to me you are more alone while living than even going and coming.” – Emily Carr

Life is full of moments of loneliness. At times, it seems you are the most alone while you are living and doing everyday activities, even when you are surrounded by others.  

93. “Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.” – Anne Hathaway

We all want someone to care for and someone to care for us. That is why we are afraid of being alone and not having someone else. 

94.“Sometimes you need to be alone. Not to be lonely, but to enjoy your free time being yourself.”-Unknown

You may not want to be alone, it can be scary. However, you need time alone to find and truly understand yourself. 

95.“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

You can only be yourself when you are alone. If you do not have solitude, you can not have that freedom of being yourself. 

96. “Loneliness is not lack of company, loneliness is lack of purpose.” – Guillermo Maldonado

Being alone does not always mean not having another person. It can mean not having a purpose or goal in life. 

97. “It’s easy to stand in the crowd, but it takes courage to stand alone.”- Mahatma Gandhi

Standing with many other people is the easy part of life. However, the more difficult part is standing alone and standing up for what you want or what you believe in. 

98. Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man.” – Thomas Wolfe

Loneliness is the center of all of us. It is something we need to experience and maybe even something that we crave. 

99. “We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.” –Albert Schweitzer

We may seem like we are all being successful together and working together. But we are all dying of loneliness. 

100. “Until you get comfortable with being alone, you’ll never know if you’re choosing someone out of love or loneliness.” – Mandy Hale

You need to get comfortable being alone or else you will constantly seek out another person to share life with. You will never know if you really care for them or running from loneliness.

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Sad Quotes From Songs

101. “I’m a goner, somebody catch my breath.” – Twenty One Pilots, Goner

You might feel like you are drowning and have no hope. You need someone to help you and to pull you out from the feeling of being gone. 

102. “And I find it kinda funny and I find it kinda sad, the dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had.”- Tears for Fears, Mad World

The dreams that we experience where we are suffering or dying are the ones that we find the best. We enjoy the dreams others would find terrifying. 

103.  “Words, how little they mean when you’re a little too late.” – Taylor Swift, Sad Beautiful Tragic

Someone can come and apologize or try to save the relationship. However, it may come when it’s too late. 

104. “My only friend was the man in the moon and even sometimes he would go away too.”- Ruth B, Lost Boy

You have no friends, other than the ones you find in the sky. However, even those leave, just like everyone else. 

105. “Sometimes before it gets better the darkness gets bigger, the person you would take the bullet for is behind the trigger.” Fall Out Boy, Miss Missing You

This lyric talks about how you care and would do anything for someone else. However, that person can turn around and hurt you the most out of anyone else.

106. “My love for you was bulletproof, but you’re the one who shot me” – Pierce the Veil, Bulletproof Love

You are experiencing a love so strong, that no one and nothing could possibly break the bond you two have. That is, until your partner breaks the relationship with no warning.

 107. “I can’t drown my demons, they know how to swim.” – Bring Me The Horizon, Can You Feel My Heart

You cannot end the pain or hard times you are experiencing. It seems that no matter what you do, it just comes back, bigger and stronger. 

108. “Take Me Away, dry my eyes, bring color to my skies.”- Troye Sivan, Happy Little Pill

Sometimes, life and the pain can become too much. You just want something to change your feelings and what you are experiencing, even if it is just temporary. 

109. “And all the people say, you can’t wake up, this is not a dream, you’re part of a machine, you are not a human being.” – Halsey, Gasoline

Life can feel like you have no control. It can feel like you are a robot that someone else is controlling. You are not your own person at all. 

110. “So if you love me, say you love me, but if you don’t just let me go.” George Michael, I Can’t Make You Love Me

This quote relates to a point in life when the relationship is at a point of no return. Either you two love each other and want it to work or someone has to end it. 

111. “Catch me as I fall, say you’re here and it’s all over now” – Evanescence, Whisper

This one relates to a point when you are struggling and need someone to be there for you and to help pull you out from the hard times, to tell you it is over and getting better.

112. “And without you is how I disappear.” My Chemical Romance, This is How I Disappear

When a person leaves you, you lose a part of yourself. Without them, you feel like you are going to disappear and not return or be the same person. 

113. “I’m way too good at goodbyes.” – Sam Smith, Too Good at Goodbyes

Sometimes, we all get to the point where we just do not want to commit to anything or anyone. We get used to just saying goodbye before things get too serious. 

114. “I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away, but baby I just need one good one to stay.”- Lady Gaga, Million Reasons 

This one talks about when you are at the end of a relationship and that you have a long list of reasons to end it. However, you do not want it to end and want the other person to give one reason you should stay. 

115. “Maybe if I don’t cry, I won’t feel anymore.” Demi Lovato, Stone Cold

We have all gotten to the point where we are tired of feeling emotions. They have become overwhelming and you will do anything to stop from feeling this way. That may mean not acknowledging the feelings. 

116. “Little do you know I’m still haunted by the memories.” – Alex and Sierra, Little Do You Know

This refers to after a relationship ends, and you are not completely over the other person. You are flooded by the memories of the times that you two shared. They haunt you day after day. 

117. “Saying goodbye this time, the same old story, seeing you cry, makes me feel like saying sorry.”- Hawthorne Heights, Saying Sorry

You are leaving a person for what feels like the millionth time. You know you need to leave, however, they are making you feel guilty for leaving. They are trying to pull you back in. 

118. “Cause these words are knives and often leave scars.” – Panic! At The Disco, This Is Gospel

Words can be painful. They can be the most painful weapon that someone can use against you. They leave scars in the form of the memories of them speaking those words to you. 

119. “I’m falling down and you’re not here to break the fall.” – Thursday, How Long is the Night?

This refers to a time when you are experiencing a hard time and you feel like you are alone. The person who used to be there for you is not there to help you get better.

120. “When you love someone but it goes to waste, what could be worse?” Coldplay, Fix You

You are trying your hardest to help someone get better. You put everything you have into this person but they do not want to get better. 

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Sad Quotes From Movies

121. “I know what it’s like to want to die. How it hurts to smile. How you try to fit in but you can’t. How you hurt yourself on the outside to try to kill the thing on the inside.”- Susanna, Girl Interrupted 

When you go through a traumatic time, you will do anything to try and end the pain you are experiencing on the inside. Even if that means hurting yourself on the outside.

122. “Don’t think of me too often. I don’t want you getting sad. Just live well. Just live. I’ll be walking beside you every step of the way.” – Will, Me Before You

When you lose someone you love, it can be hard to not be sad. However, they will always be with you and would want you to live your life. 

123. “I never had friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12” – The Writer, Stand By Me

As you get older, your friend group will change. You no longer have the same ride-or-die posse, adventure-seeking friends like you did as a child. 

124. “How come you ain’t never liked me?” – Cory, Fences

Why can’t everyone just like everyone? Why can’t we like everyone no matter who they are? 

125. “Bad things happen and you can’t do anything about it.” – Timon, The Lion King

We cannot stop any bad thing from happening in the world. Bad things will happen no matter what we do to try and stop it. 

126. “But if you want to leave, you can. I’ll remember you though. I remember everyone that leaves” – Lilo, Lilo & Stitch

People can leave your life. However, that does not mean that you will forget about them. You will remember them forever, especially because they left you. 

127. “Never say goodbye, because saying goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting.” – Peter Pan, Peter Pan

For many people, saying goodbye feels final. It means that you will not see them again. That means that you will forget about one another, which can be painful. 

128. “She’s gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.” – Lloyd Dobler, Say Anything

You can give your all to someone, and get nothing in return. They will just pick up and leave you almost nothing. Not even a goodbye. 

129. “I don’t know if I love you anymore. And I don’t know what I’m going to do without that.” – Cal, Ordinary People

Sometimes, you may fall out of love with someone. It can be shocking and something you are not sure how to process. 

130. “People change. Feelings change. It doesn’t mean that the love once shared wasn’t true or real. It simply means that sometimes when people grow, they grow apart.” – 500 Days of Summer

Just because you start to fall out of love with someone, doesn’t necessarily mean the love you had wasn’t real. It just means that you were once in love and now you have grown and are no longer in love

131. “I just want you to be happy. Even if that happiness no longer includes me.” – Young Ira, The Longest Ride

You want an important person in your life to be happy. Of course you would want them to be happy with you. However, that may not be the case all the time. 

132. “You gave me forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.” Hazel Grace Lancaster, The Fault in Our Stars

This is a famous quote. Even though you may have a short period of time with someone, it can seem like forever, no matter how long it actually lasted.

133. “Because waiting for you is like waiting for rain in this drought, useless and disappointing.” – Sam, A Cinderella Story

Sometimes, waiting for someone to express their feelings or want to be with you can be exhausting and not worth the time. You should know your worth and not waste your time on someone who would not do the same. 

134. “How did this world get so broken?”- Raya, Raya and the Last Dragon

The world can be a scary, hurtful and broken place. It can be frustrating and confusing at how the world ended up this way. It is even more confusing to imagine how it can be fixed.

135. “Please don’t go away. Please? No one’s ever stuck with me for long before.” – Dory, Finding Nemo

When you are used to people leaving, it can be hard and disheartening. However, when you finally find someone that will stay, you want to hold onto them for as long as you can. 

136. “Sadness… Mom and Dad… the team. They came to help… because of Sadness.” – Joy Inside Out

When all of a sudden people start to help you, it can be confusing, but also nice. However, you may soon realize it is because you are going through a hard and sad time, which can be emotional. 

137. “Most love stories are about people who fall in love with each other. But what about the rest of us? What about our stories, those of us who fall in love alone?”- Iris, The Holiday

We tend to hear stories about people who fall in love. However, that is not the case for everyone. People who are heartbroken and experience unrequited love need their stories told too. 

138. “I’m poor, Black, I might even be ugly, but dear god, I’m here. I’m here.” – Celie, The Color Purple 

Everyone deserves to be loved and appreciated. No one should be pushed aside.

139. “I just thought there would be more.” – Olivia Evans, Boyhood

Sometimes the end comes up unexpectedly. You thought more would happen or you would have a longer amount of time with someone. But that is not always the case. 

140. “That’s what everybody’s been saying: You’ll feel better and don’t worry and this is all fine and it’s not.” Adam, 50/50

People try to tell you that everything is okay and they know how you feel. But no one knows how you feel and what you are going through. Sometimes things will not get better, and that is how it is. 

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Sad Quotes From Books

141. “I know so many last words. But I will never know hers.”-  John Green, Looking for Alaska

When people leave you unexpectedly, it can be painful and confusing and frustrating. You never get to say goodbye or know what their last moments were like. 

142.  “The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains.”- Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

When the heart breaks, it is painful. When it breaks over and over again, it is painful. You lose hope and dreams until you have none left. 

143. “My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That’s just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.”- Jandy Nelson, The Sky Is Everywhere

When someone you love and care for passes away, you never stop loving and grieving them. They will always be a part of you as you go through life. They are right there by your side. 

144. “There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.”- Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Sometimes children are forced to grow up fast. They have to help take care of the family. They have work, and help out instead of being children. 

145. “I guess that’s what saying good-bye is always like — like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you’re in the air, there’s nothing you can do but let go.” – Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Saying goodbye is never easy. But the hardest part is making the decision to say goodbye. Then once you make the choice to say goodbye, you have to just go for it.

 146. “Breathing is hard. When you cry so much, it makes you realize that breathing is hard.” – David Levithan, Love is the Higher Power

When you are overwhelmed with sadness, it can make even the simplest of tasks like breathing hard. 

147. “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” – Stephan Chobsky, Perks of Being Wallflower

When you come to the realization that you have to be both happy and sad it can be relieving and confusing. You just have to figure out how to navigate the new realization. 

148. “When someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time — the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers.”- John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

When you lose an important person, it takes a while to lose everything. It happens in stages. Things will remind you of them and you have to come to the realization they are gone again and again. 

149. “The term ‘forgive and forget’ doesn’t make sense to me. Forgiving does allow us to stop dwelling on an issue, which isn’t always healthy. But if we forget, we don’t learn from our mistakes.” Meg Cabot, Abandon

Forgive and forget is a popular phrase that can be confusing. Sometimes it can prevent us from learning from the past. Sometimes it is not healthy to forget something that happened. 

150. “Depression is like a heaviness that you can’t ever escape. It crushes down on you, making even the smallest things like tying your shoes or chewing on toast seem like a twenty-mile hike uphill. Depression is a part of you; it’s in your bones and your blood.” – Jasmine Warga, My Heart and Other Black Holes

Depression is a mental illness that is difficult to escape. It’s not a switch you can turn on and off. It can sneak up on you at any moment and will be with you until the end. 

151.“Someday, we’ll run into each other again, I know it. Maybe I’ll be older and smarter and just plain better. If that happens, that’s when I’ll deserve you. But now, at this moment, you can’t hook your boat to mine, because I’m liable to sink us both.” – Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

Sometimes you are meant to be with someone. But maybe just not at that moment. You have to grow and mature and have life experiences. You just have to accept it and wait for the right time. 

152. “I should be happy, but instead I feel nothing. I feel a lot of nothing these days. I’ve cried a few times, but mostly I’m empty, as if whatever makes me feel and hurt and laugh and love has been surgically removed, leaving me hollowed out like a shell.” – Jennifer Niven, All The Bright Places

We all go through tough times. We go through periods when nothing can make you happy. You are stuck in a period of sadness and it seems never ending. 

153. “If you didn’t remember something happening, was it because it never had happened? Or because you wished it hadn’t?” – Jodi Picoult, Plain Truth

Every once in a while we go through something that we wish never happened. We may block it out and say it never happened. However, that may not be the healthiest idea. 

154. “So many times it seemed like there were chances to stop things before they started. Or even stop them in midstream. But it was even worse when you knew in that very moment that there was still time to save yourself, and yet you couldn’t even budge.” – Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby 

When you look back at events, you realize there were plenty of opportunities to stop something from happening. However, when you are in the moment you do not choose to stop it. You just let it happen. 

155. “God knows we’re all drawn toward what’s beautiful and broken; I have been, but some people cannot be fixed. Or if they can be, it’s only by love and sacrifice so great it destroys the giver.” – Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls

It is human nature to be drawn towards something that we know is bad for us. Yet, we still choose to go after what we know is broken. It is hard to stop. 

156. “Maybe I’d always been broken and dark inside.” Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

When you have time to think back on your past decisions and what you have done, you may realize that you have pieces of darkness and sadness inside of you. 

157. “For Beatrice, when we first met, I was lonely, and you were pretty. Now I am pretty lonely.”- Lemony Snicket A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope

When you lose someone, you think about the past and how you got to where you are now. You may be in a similar place, just slightly different. 

158.  “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”- J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in Rye

If you start getting close to people, you start sharing everything with everyone, then when everyone leaves, you miss everyone and everything they know. It is a special bond. 

159. “I wish everyday could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.” – R.J. Palacio, Wonder

It is normal to feel self-conscious. However, people can be mean and you can be worried about what others think of you. So, you feel like you need to hide your true colors. 

160. “She had tricked him. She had made him leave his old self behind and come into her world, and then before he was really at home in it but too late to go back, she had left him stranded there–like an astronaut wandering about on the moon. Alone.” – Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia

People may force you to change and go to new places. To leave who you are behind. Then at the last minute after it is too late to go back to the old way, they leave. You are left alone to figure out the life you were forced into. 

So, there you go. Hopefully at least one of these quotes encapsulates the feelings you are experiencing. Maybe even one of these quotes will help turn your mood around.

Either way, it is okay to be sad and embrace your emotions. Just know that in the end, everything will be okay. 




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Bullet Journal Ideas – The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Are you trying to start bullet journaling, but don’t know how to begin? We’ve got you covered! Check out these essential bullet journal ideas that will help you get started journaling.



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This is the ultimate beginner’s guide to bullet journaling, so hopefully, you can be your most productive and organized self without feeling stressed. 

This guide is a one-stop shop for what a bullet journal really is, what it consists of, and most importantly, a myriad of bullet journal ideas to get those productive creative juices flowing! 

Before you get started on your bullet journal journey, it’s important to know that what makes a bullet journal different from other journals is that there are little dots on every page that help you draw straight lines and create incredibly organized plans for yourself. 

If you’re having trouble finding a bullet journal and just don’t know where to start, here is a link to one on Amazon with a great rating!

What I love so much about bullet journals is that the possibilities are endless.

While I break these down into more categories throughout the article, here are just a few of my favorite general bullet journal ideas that I hope will keep you motivated to keep up with it.

What is a Bullet Journal?

This is probably the hardest question to answer about bullet journaling because honestly, it’s whatever you need it to be! It can be used as an everyday planner, a way to track habits and practice mindfulness, or even a kind of personal diary that isn’t just writing pages and pages of thoughts. 

In essence, you take a bullet journal and decide what you need help with keeping track of in your life. If I were going to create a bullet journal, I would have each month start with a general calendar of big events (weddings, doctors’ appointments, tests) and then have a week-by-week planner as well for smaller things (homework assignments, meetings). 

But the best thing about a bullet journal is it can be so much more than just a planner. I would add other pages each month that track how much water I drink, how much money I’ve spent, how many pages of a book I’ve read, or how much sleep I get! 

Even more than that, it can be a way to help you meditate and practice mindfulness. I would probably include a log for tracking how often I practice breathing exercises, take a walk outside, or practice some form of self-care.

I’ve also seen a lot of bullet journals where people track their emotions – certain feelings that might come up during the day so that they can look back and see that even if one day kind of sucked, the next day is always full of possibilities! 

I know, I know… it might still seem overwhelming, and if there are so many things you can add to a bullet journal to track, where to start?

Keep reading for more ideas!

Key Bullet Journal Ideas for Beginners

A common misconception about bullet journals is that they need to be super elegant and fancy, which just isn’t true – those are just the ones that everyone loves to show off! What’s important to keep in mind as a beginner, is it’s much more about creating habits, finding ways to help productivity, and helping to hold yourself accountable than how good your artistic skills are. However, if you are super artsy and have a beautifully crafted bullet journal, there is also nothing wrong with that (and I am jealous of your artistic ability)! 

I think one of the easiest bullet journal ideas for beginners is keeping track of your day-to-day schedule. Creating boxes where you can write down all that you have to do that day can help you visualize the day – one of my best friends even organizes hers down to the hour to help keep herself on schedule. 

Another easy bullet journal idea for someone wanting to start is picking some habits that you want to implement into your everyday routine, like working out, cooking, yoga, meditation, reading – and tracking how often you are able to do them. I love this option because I think it helps you hold yourself accountable when you want to be able to check off that day!

Tips on How To Start Your Bullet Journal

  • First, pick a theme! A big theme you will see throughout this post is floral patterns and that’s because I think a lot of people see flowers as pretty and captivating.
  • Keeping your pages nice, even if you’re not an artist, and picking a theme you enjoy will make bullet journaling a more fun experience.

  • Another option for a theme that comes to mind is making it about your favorite TV show or movie.
  • In terms of what kinds of things to include in your bullet journal, a great thing to start off with is long term goals
  • Find quotes for each page or draw pictures that remind you of the characters.
  • If you’re more on the minimalist side or just get frustrated with art projects, then just pick a color palette that you enjoy or even just a few colors you like to keep a theme going, like in this one from @lqbujo, which can help make things visually appealing enough to make you want to go back without bullet journaling becoming a daunting and stressful art project.
  • Another option I think is super beneficial, especially when you’re first getting started, is having a day-to-day checklist of things you want to get done.
  • I think having different activities, assignments, or even chores that you want to complete on a certain day can help make things look less intimidating daily.
  • Keep in mind as you keep reading that I couldn’t find an example for every idea, so just let your imagination run wild and find ways to organize your life in ways that are best suitable for you – everyone is different!

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You can break these down into different categories like in the picture, or you can just pick long term goals (maybe one for each month, or every three if that is too intimidating) and that can be one of the first things you look to when you first open your journal.

General categories


1. Favorite memories

I love this idea from @dark_sunlight on Instagram because it makes your bullet journal a place full of positivity. At the end of every month or year, you can look back on all the moments you wanted to remember.

2. Big events coming up in your life – weddings, parties, job interviews, etc.

3. Wishlist of things you either want to achieve, to buy, to get for others.

4. An “end of day” release – a place to write a few sentences, or pages if you need, about how you are feeling in that moment.

5. A birthday calendar by month! This way, you’ll never have to rely on social media stories and posts to remember someone’s birthday.


1. A list of shows and movies you want to watch that you can check off as you go to make sure you don’t accidentally start something twice.

2. If you are trying to take up knitting, keep a chart of how many stitches you can knit a day.

3. Maybe you enjoy cooking as a hobby…make a list of recipes you want to try and keep 1-5-star reviews of them to know whether you would make them in the future.

4. Exercising is a hobby that SO many people enjoy, so trying to keep a chart of all the different kinds of exercises you do and write them down daily so you can always mix things up.

5. I think learning a new language can be an incredibly fun and challenging hobby. If it’s something you’re interested in, keep a log of how long you spent working on learning that new language daily and maybe even add a fun word you learned while studying!

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Physical and Mental Health

1. Monthly Exercise Log

Keep a log of how many times a month you exercise! It’s a great way to see your achievements right in front of you. If you are someone who wants to be able to cross out every day, it’s an awesome way to encourage you to do so.

2. Exercise Time Log

Alternatively, if you are regimented about working out (almost) daily, write down how long you work out.

3. Mood Tracker!

My absolute favorite mental health log in bullet journals is a mood tracker. There are tons of different ways to design them or split them up (weekly, monthly, or the entire year) but I think picking your most common emotions, giving them a specific color, and coloring how you felt that day using the corresponding color is a great way of keeping track of how you’re doing.

4. Meditation

A meditation tracker, as well, is super helpful in my opinion, because being able to check off that you took time to relax and just breathe will make you feel so accomplished. It’s a great way to make sure you are taking time to settle in with yourself!

5. Drink Up

Water intake logs are also great for both physical and mental health. Writing down how many cups, ounces, or maybe even gallons of water you drink in a day can help hold you accountable and keep yourself hydrated!


1. Packing! List!

A packing list, in my opinion, is the most important necessity when traveling. If you have an upcoming trip, dedicate a whole part of your bullet journal to making sure you don’t forget anything!

Just remember to write everything down twice – once for when you’re leaving, and once for when you’re returning, to make sure you don’t leave anything there, either!

2. Bucket List or To-Do List

If you’re a planner like me, make a bucket list of things you want to do while you’re there. Investigate if places you want to visit have cheaper or free entry days and write all that info down.

Check out restaurants you might want to go to and see if they need reservations; it’s more work upfront, but it can make the actual vacation part of vacation a lot more relaxing when it’s Monday at 5 and you’re not trying to figure out what restaurants are near you.

@everydaybulletjournal has a great example of a bucket list on their page that you could easily turn into a vacation destination bucket list!

3. Places You’ve Been

Keep a travel log of places you’ve been and when you visited them. It sounds simple, but it can be so amazing to look back and think “wow, I really did that!”

Also, if you’re horrible at remembering when you went to certain places, it will help jog your memory.

4. Places You Want to Go

Kind of like a goal list, find a way to incorporate pages of places you want to visit. I think it would be so exciting to see the places you want to visit become places you’ve visited in your logs.


1. Laundry, Laundry, and More Laundry

Track how many times a week you do laundry. It sounds simple, but I promise it is a great bullet journal idea.

I can never remember the last time I did laundry or the last time I washed a pair of jeans (you aren’t supposed to wash them after every wear, but you should wash them eventually!!).

Keeping a log of when you wash clothes, towels, sheets, and anything else you may need to wash can also help keep you organized without having to keep everything straight in your head.

2. Cooking In vs Eating Out

Log what days you want to cook versus what days you want to eat out. I know that it’s so easy to just decide “I don’t want to cook today,” but then that happens 4 days in a row and you’re spending money like crazy.

Add a monthly log and write down what days you want to eat at home and what days you want to eat out. If you have something big happening on Tuesday and you know you won’t want to cook, plan that day as an eating-out day!

3. Bed-Making Tracker

Making your bed every day can be a great way to get moving each morning. If it’s hard to get yourself to do it, though, try making this a little victory by crossing it off in your journal.

It’s a great bullet journaling idea to help keep you motivated and start the day off right.

4. Cleanliness Log

Keep a log of which rooms in the house you clean on which days.

My roommates and I have a modified version of this where we keep a calendar in our kitchen that lists what chores need to be done in each room and what days someone cleans them.

This is super easy to transfer into a bullet journal and it’s great for keeping a reminder on the last time you cleaned your floors!

College Life Categories


1. Income Tracker

If you’re like me and have a job where the income changes (i.e., you pick up/drop hours some weeks and the paycheck is never the same), keep an income log on either a weekly or bi-weekly basis (depending on when you get paid).

This log is a great way to keep track of your money and how much you are saving.

2. Spending Tracker

What I love about this bullet journal idea is that it’s extremely helpful. When I log onto my bank app, I see that I spent X amount of money at this place, but I don’t exactly remember all that I got to make it add up to that.

Keep your receipts and make a list of what you bought and how much everything was (including tax) so that when you realize you have more or less money than you were expecting, you can go look at what exactly you spent without having to keep a million receipts.

If you’re having trouble picturing what this would look like, @everydaybulletjournal has a great example of how to set up a spending tracker!

3. Bills

Logging your bills and when they are due can help you make sure that you never miss a payment. If you’re living on your own for the first time, all the bills start to get overwhelming (me currently).

Being able to check off when you’ve paid a bill, what it was for, and how much it was can really help keep your finances in order.

4. General Finances

Think of this one as kind of a general page combining an income tracker and your bills.

Keeping a log of how much you have in your account at the beginning of each month and then figuring in how much you will spend on bills will help you predict how much money you need to budget each month.

This way, you have a way to see how much you are saving.

You can check in each day or week with how much money you have and keep making sure that you have enough to pay whatever is necessary, while also leaving some to make sure you can enjoy dinner out with friends or something.

5. Finance Goal (Monthly or Yearly)

Now, what would a bullet journal be without some overall goals! Making a log for how much money you want to have saved at the end of each month, and ultimately at the end of the year, can help make sure that you are prioritizing your savings.

Maybe you want to save up for a vacation or buying something expensive for yourself, or maybe you just want to save!

Making long-term goals for yourself and keeping track of whether you’re meeting those goals will help you be more financially responsible, making this one of my favorite bullet journal ideas.


1. Recipe Tracker

I know my biggest problem with cooking for myself is coming up with ideas. I always see things on TikTok and then forget they exist.

Keep a log of meals you want to try each month, and what ingredients go in each. This way, you can see what you want to cook and keep track of it, and @everydaybulletjournal has an amazing way of setting this up!

Alternatively, just write down a running list of meal ideas that you want to try and cross them off as you try them

2. Weekly Meal Plan

For me, organizing what I want to eat every week helps make me feel less overwhelmed when deciding what to eat for dinner. Keep a log of what you’re going to eat each day and maybe even give yourself a little idea of how long it’ll take to make it, so you know when to start.

An example of how to do this is the photo posted by @fransbujo on Instagram, but instead of writing what you’re doing that week as she does, write in what you’re going to eat!

3. Grocery List

So, now you have all these ideas and meal plans, but no idea what to get from the store. Make a list! Keep a list of necessities you may need (flour, sugar, eggs, etc.) and then what you will need to make each meal.

Then, you can color code items that overlap and just make sure you get extra of that – if you’re making two meals with chicken, then you will need to get two meals’ worth!

4. Favorite Foods

This one is probably my favorite because I just think it sounds so fun.

With every meal you make, whether it’s new or something you’ve made for years, give it a score, and write down what you like about it, just like @dark_sunlight. Maybe even write down what you would do differently next time!

That way, when you’re in a pinch and don’t know what you want to make but don’t want to come up with new ideas, you can see what worked and what didn’t… and why!

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Studying & Homework

1. Writing Schedule Log

As someone who writes a lot in college, I think this is probably the most useful. Keep a log of how many pages you want to write each day for a long paper or even shorter assignments.

Then, keep a log under that of how many pages you wrote. While the goal is always to write the desired pages or more, it’ll help keep you on a set schedule to know how long it will take you to write X number of pages by the due date

2. Class Assignment Log

This example is probably one of my favorites for a bullet journal log idea. It’s from @dark_sunlight on Instagram, and I love the way she’s set up her productivity. In place of “planning,” or “editing,” you would just write the name of each class you’re taking a give it a symbol.

From there, you can keep track of when you study which subjects depending on your workload that week.

3. Logged Study Hours

This one is a bit more general but just try keeping a log of how many hours you spend studying on each subject.

If you have a big test coming up, mimic the writing log and write down how many hours of study time you want to dedicate to just that one subject, and change the others accordingly.

I bet you will find that you spend way more time studying than you maybe think you do.

4. Homework Organizer

This one from @lifeismessyandbrilliant is both pretty and functional – and not too intricate in its design!

Try organizing your homework by using one color to mark what days you want to work on each assignment and then another (probably bold) color for when that homework is due.

That strategy can also be helpful for bigger assignments because not only are you writing down when it is due, but you are making time most days, if not every, to work on getting it finished.


1. Daily Cleaning Tasks

One thing I’ve realized since living in college is that there are certain chores that are just easier to do every day, but are also annoying to have to do every day.

The biggest one – the dishes. I lived for the first week in my apartment not doing dishes every day and it was honestly just a mess.

However, I also had a hard time wanting to do them every day, and it just became exhausting.

I think if I had a bullet journal, this would be the top chore I would write down to do every day because it makes such a difference waking up and not having a pile of plates in the sink.

You could use an example like this one from @lqbujo but instead of writing everything that needs to get done that day, just dedicate that page to writing what chores need to get done.

But you may also have other daily cleaning things you want to do – like making your bed or taking out the trash if you’re in a dorm room and don’t want your room to smell like food that you may throw away.

Adding a bullet journal log dedicated to daily cleaning tasks that you can check off as finished will not only keep your space clean, but will also make you feel accomplished at the end of each day.

2. Zone Cleaner Organizer

Other times, though, there are cleaning tasks that don’t need to be done every day but do eventually have to get done – like dusting, vacuuming, laundry, and the dreaded bathroom.

Group each place in your room into a “zone”, like bathroom, bedroom, closet, common areas (if you have them) and figure out what cleaning tasks need to be completed in that zone.

Every other week, pick a zone that needs to be cleaned. A great example of this can be seen from @coffeelover0524 on Instagram.

This way, you may be cleaning a zone every week, but you don’t have to clean everything at once, which for me is very overwhelming and exhausting – meaning, I don’t clean to my fullest, I just sort of make everything appear clean.

If you have roommates, write down which person cleans which zone that week so that you take turns. Keeping track of that kind of thing will only help you avoid tense roommate situations and a messy room, so it’s a win-win if you ask me.

3. Laundry Days

If you’re going to use any bullet journal idea from this section, I suggest this one. If you’re living in a residence hall, odds are there are going to be a lot of people needing to do their laundry.

Early on, try doing your laundry on different days and at different times. Keep track of which days and which times had more washers and dryers available.

I know it seems tedious, but you have no idea how many times I lugged my laundry into the laundry room only to find all the washers were taken.

Humans tend to be creatures of habit, though, and usually will try to do their laundry around the same time each week because that is when they don’t have class, or something.

Find a time that not only works for you and your schedule but also isn’t crammed with people.

Also! Keep track of how much laundry detergent and everything you have, the last time you washed your bath towels, your sheets, if you separate your lights and darks maybe don’t do them at the same time and keep track of what days you cleaned different clothes…it’s up to you!

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1. Sports Reminders

There are probably a lot of big things you don’t want to miss in college. One of those, for me, is sporting events.

While this could only mean Homecoming for some people, maybe you want to try to go see football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, or any other sporting even your friends might compete in.

Try to keep a calendar solely dedicated to sporting events you may want to go to each month to make sure you never miss out on something!

2. Exam Days

Probably the most important tracker to have for your bullet journal during college.

While I think having something that shows what days you have exams or big papers/projects does help, I would also make sure that you have a system for writing down when you are going to study for those things or work on the projects.

@fransbujo on Instagram shows a great example of a beautiful calendar, and you can add in whatever information you need!

That way, not only do you have the actual reminder for what’s coming up, but you also have a plan of attack to get things done.

3. Greek Life Events

Whether you’re thinking about rushing and want to go to Greek Life events to see what they’re like, or you’re involved in Greek Life and need to remember to go to things, I would recommend having a log of when the events are, what house it’s for, if you’ll need money, etc.

Especially if you’re thinking about rushing or planning on rushing, I would suggest dedicating an entire log to just things recruitment related – the dates, if there is a dress code, your schedule for each day.

With that, make sure to document how you’re feeling with each day as part of the process if you’re going through recruitment. Setting some space in your bullet journal to let out your feelings and reflect is a great idea during a super stressful time.

4. Three Good Things from Each Day

College goes by fast (I say, as I’m in my last semester). At the end of each day, even if it is just a sentence or one word, write down three good things that happened.

It can be so easy to gloss over little moments when you’re stressed or overwhelmed with school. However, my favorite part of bullet journals is that they can also help you practice gratitude and practice slowing down.

Or maybe, use @everydaybulletjournal as an example and make a gratitude log. Whatever helps you remember the good times!


1. Countdown to the Day

Having a countdown calendar to when you move in can really put things in perspective. On your tracker, put days that you want to have certain tasks done by.

For example, if you move in on the 14th of August, you want to wash all your sheets and bedding on the 11th before you pack them to make sure they’re clean when you get there.

2. To-Do List

While you could put your to-do list and calendar together, my brain would feel overloaded by all the information.

Adding big things to your calendar (like “pack all your clothes today”) and smaller things on your to-do list (like “buy bathroom essentials”) can help make sure you’re getting everything you need to finish without making it feel overwhelming.

Using the example from @dark_sunlight, you could fill in what needs to be done on which days leading up to move-in, so you make sure you have everything ready to go!

3. Packing List Organizer

THIS! When I moved in, I had boxes everywhere and absolutely no idea what was in them. PLEASE make a part of your bullet journal dedicated to what boxes have what in them.

Making this part of your journal instead of just a random list somewhere (that you are more likely to use on instinct) is smart because if you’re into bullet journaling or are trying to hold yourself accountable, it ensures that you will put in the work to get organized.

Write down what every box has in them and then NUMBER THE BOXES! As you unpack, check off everything you pull out of the box, so you can make sure that everything you wanted is there.

That way, you realize sooner if you forgot to pack something instead of waiting until it’s storming to realize that you did, in fact, forget to pack rain boots.

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1. Dorm Room Necessities

Even after you move into college and feel “settled” after move-in, there will always be things that you will need. Whether it’s trash bags or forks, make a running list of things you need to get every time you make a Target run.

That way, you have a place where everything stays organized that you can look to instead of having a billion reminders on your phone (like I once did) and forgetting something in the end (again, I’ve been there).

2. College Life Event Reminders

During my first year of college, I simultaneously felt like I never knew when things were happening and that I had to go to everything all the time.

There can be a lot going on all at once, but organizing it like @dark_sunlight can really help you see what all is happening instead of trying to keep it straight in your head.

Keep a calendar specifically for events put on by your university that you 100% want to go to.

Whether those are residence hall events, roommate mixers, resident assistant meetings, or move-out dates, an event log will help ensure that you never miss something you want to attend.

3. Bathroom Essentials

Arguably one of the most important places in a dorm room. Make sure to keep a tracker of bathroom necessities that you are running low on. Do you have soap? Toilet paper?

On top of that, if you have roommates, make sure in your tracker to write down who supplied what so that not only one person is paying for everything – especially if everyone uses it.

4. Dining Hall Meal Menu Days You Like

If your university is like mine, they repeat certain meal days – like Tender Tuesdays or Fajita Fridays. If they make a weekly or monthly calendar available, make a list of days that you for sure like so you know when they are coming.

Also, different dining halls may offer different things on different days, so make sure to keep track of everything you like so you don’t show up to the dining hall one day and use a meal swipe only to end up ordering food anyways.

It would be super fun if you followed a theme example like @everydaybulletjournal does here and then fill in the days with what meals are being served!

5. Favorite Dining Hall Meal Tracker

I know, I know! Another “favorite”! But really, these are my favorite kind of bullet journal logs. Rate the meals you like instead of just writing down the days they will be served at your dining hall.

That way, if you see something and you know you’ve had it, but you just can’t remember if you liked it, you have the answer right in front of you!


1. Habit Tracker

This habit tracker from @lqbujo is a great example of how to make sure you are practicing healthy habits in college.

While this user has 9 habits that they track, maybe just pick a few to start if you’re new to bullet journaling.

A good idea is to include a habit you already have down solid, like maybe drinking a good amount of water, and then picking other habits you want to work on, like fitness.

Once you’ve mastered one habit, add another. The beauty of a bullet journal is that you can always go back and change things to make it fit your life in the best way possible.

2. Sleep Tracker

Another great log from @lqbujo is their sleep tracker. I think it’s a universal experience in college to lose a little bit of sleep occasionally, but I also think it’s a good idea to track your sleep to make sure you are getting enough rest overall.

3. Inspiration

Every great bullet journal needs to be personalized. A great idea, in my opinion, is to start your “self-care” section with some words of encouragement.

It is easy to lose yourself a bit when things get overwhelming. It might sound cheesy but finding images or quotes that inspire you can only help you keep going.

4. General Health

I think this example from @dark_sunlight is great for college students because you can track your overall health to make sure that you are prioritizing yourself.

While she has sections like “sleep”, which could very well be its own log, I would start by choosing things that are important for you to track.

Did you take your medicine in the morning? At night? Did you exercise? Are your allergy symptoms bad? Anything that you want to track that is related to your overall health is a great idea to add to your journal!

Final Thoughts

I know I’ve presented a bunch of ideas and it still may be hard to know exactly what to include.

What I recommend is to really take a close look at what’s important to you, whether that be making sure you get your homework done or trying to build healthier habits.

Whatever the case may be, a bullet journal is meant to fit your life…you are not supposed to make yourself fit into a style that isn’t for you!

And always remember – everyone had to start somewhere. Maybe it isn’t the prettiest starting out, but you’ll get there. Just stick with it!

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The Best Grocery List for College Students – The 2021 Guide

Are you having trouble forming your grocery list for this school year? We’ve got you covered! Check out this best grocery list for college students.



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Are you having trouble forming your grocery list for this school year? We’ve got you covered!

Check out this best grocery list for college students.

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Why is it important to have a College Grocery List?

While it is nice and convenient to eat out when you’re in college, in the long term, it’s not ideal. Unless you have an unlimited budget to finance $15 to $20 per meal every day, in which case, this would be a good option.

But eventually, food from the same restaurants will taste and feel the same, and you’ll ask yourself, is it really worth your $15?

Another option is to buy your own groceries and make food that you’ll love.

I know grocery shopping can take up a lot of your time – as a college student, I used to think it did, too, but setting aside one day in your week for your shopping is life-changing.

Let me make it convenient for you by providing you with the best grocery list for college students. That way, you will know the basic things to get so you can make meals in your apartment or dorms with ease, as if you’re eating out from a restaurant!

One thing to keep in mind while grocery shopping is to always have a list. Sometimes, I would go to grocery stores blindly and just take what I felt like I needed.

While this can be fun, after getting back to my apartment, I realized that I did not need some of the things I got, and worse, I did not have the right ingredients and tools to help me prepare my meals.

This would prompt another trip to the grocer, and as a college student, that’s one thing I want to avoid.

If you really value convenience and ease, follow along to see the best grocery list for college students so you don’t have to carve out precious time for an extra grocery trip.

Meal Ideas

Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day, and no, just coffee (even your fancy cold brew) doesn’t count as a meal. Start your day right with these easy breakfast meal ideas for college students, and maybe you’ll get some easy grocery ideas along the way, too.


  • Avocado Toast
    • Best and easiest breakfast ever? I think so too! Avocados are a staple on my college grocery list. You can make so much from them, from avocado salad bowls to my favorite breakfast, avocado toast!
    • Literally, just slice or mash your avocados and add them on top of your favorite toast. I sprinkle mine with Himalayan pink salt and some pepper for added flavor.
  • Scrambled Eggs
    • Scrambled eggs, in my opinion, are a canvas for almost any breakfast you can think of. Eating them plainly would be just as good as eating them with tomatoes or spinach. That’s why I always make sure to add eggs to my grocery list, because they are a must-have. If you have a microwave, you can scramble your eggs in a microwave-safe bowl and cook them, or if you have access to a stove, cook them the regular way!
  • Cereal
    • A truly no-sweat breakfast is a bowl of cereal. What you buy at the grocery store is up to you, but whether your favorite is Cap’n Crunch or Fruit Loops, cereals are the easiest breakfast foods you can get.
  • Breakfast Burrito
    • If you want a breakfast that’s more on the savory side, then a breakfast burrito is a perfect choice. When I only had access to a microwave, I would do this by cutting my bacon into small pieces and putting them in the microwave. Then I’d scramble some eggs in a bowl and add the cooked bacon bits, and put it in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes until the egg was cooked. I’d then grab my tortilla and put the egg and bacon inside and roll it as you would a burrito.
  • Easy Sandwiches
    • Cold cuts are a staple on my grocery list! Sandwiches are so easy to make. Whether it’s breakfast or lunch, you can add cold cuts to your favorite bread with some sliced cheese. If you have spinach or arugula, or maybe lettuce lying around, you can stick that in there too and have a nice, filling sandwich. Or, if you have lots of eggs and mayo, you can make an egg salad sandwich by boiling the eggs and mashing them together with the mayonnaise.
  • Fresh Fruit
    • If you want something light but filling as a breakfast meal, then fresh fruits can get you through the day! If a banana is your choice of fruit, or if you have time to slice some apples and mix it with some sliced strawberries, then go for it! Fruits are always nice to have for breakfast.
  • Granola Bars
    • One thing your grocery list should include is granola or protein bars! A box of it can last you a week! The bars can be both breakfast or snacks, and if you are too busy studying to have lunch, this can act as a substitute (although hearty meals are preferred, especially for on-the-go college students!). I find granola bars very filling and easy to eat. No preparations are needed!
  • Easy Fried Rice
    • I love to have fried rice in the morning! It gets me full and will last me until my next meal. It’s very convenient when I have back-to-back classes and I really don’t have time to go out for a meal. What I do is I cook rice, or use leftover rice, mix it with cooked scrambled eggs, and then I add some green peas and carrots. I top it off with some soy sauce for flavor!


We all tend to forget about lunch! It’s a weird hour (depending on when you eat) that’s usually around noon, or right before dinner. Usually, I’m in the middle of class during these hours and I tend to ignore the fact that a mealtime exists!

I end up having to force myself to remember to eat, so I’m here to remind you, one college student to another, that: Lunch! Exists! And here are some amazing lunch ideas you can follow.

  • Pasta
    • Pastas are easy lunches to make. Grab and cook your favorite noodle (or add it to your grocery list so you don’t forget) and your favorite bottled sauce, grab some cheese and other things you’d like in your pasta (I love adding sausage!), and mix it all for a nice lunch.
  • Salad Bowl
    • Salad bowls are so easy to make! Both healthy and filling, this is the perfect lunch for college students. When you’re at the grocery, grab your favorite leafy greens (mine? Arugula, of course!) and your go-to salad toppings like croutons, cheeses, nuts, etc. If you want, you can add grains to your salad bowls like quinoa or couscous, or add something like peas or beans. Then, top it off with your favorite dressing!
  • Pizza
    • Pizza can be paired with a salad (see salad bowl above!) or can be eaten by itself. Either way, it’ll be a filling lunch. There are microwavable pizzas if you don’t have access to an oven, and there are oven pizzas for the vice-versa scenario!
  • Grilled Cheese
    • Another easy lunch option is grilled cheese. Add a loaf of bread and sliced cheese to your grocery list and you can make grilled cheese! This is perfect because it’s easy and fast to do.
  • Chicken Wrap
    • One thing I highly recommend to put on your grocery list is a rotisserie chicken because it can be added to so many meals! Salads? Yes! Sandwiches? Yes! Wraps? Yes! You can make a chicken wrap by adding veggies, chicken, and dressing to a soft tortilla, and voila!
  • Quesadillas
    • Using the tortillas and sliced cheeses from the previous meal ideas (grilled cheese and chicken wrap), you can make your quesadilla!
  • Meatball Sub
    • Grab your favorite bread and add some microwaved meatballs to make a meatball sub. Top it off with your choice of marinara sauce and enjoy!


It’s hard to decide what to eat for dinner! But have no fear; below, you can find some dinner ideas that, hopefully, you’ll love!

  • Mac and Cheese
    • The $1 microwavable mac and cheese cups are not only cheap but easy to have for dinner! Just pop your favorite brand’s cup in the microwave and you have dinner in front of you. Pair it with your salad and chicken and now you have a complete meal.
  • Salmon
    • Salmon is uber delicious! If you only have a microwave, it’s are microwavable, too. Season your salmon in a microwavable plate (with cover is preferred) and then cook it for around 3 minutes and check if the center is cooked, then pop it in for another 2 minutes. If you have access to a stove, searing your salmon is the best way to cook it. You can add your salmon over instant mashed potatoes or your green salad.
  • Green Salad
    • Green salads don’t have to be complicated. At the grocery store, don’t forget to grab your favorite dressing and leafy greens. It’s easy to put together, just mix! If you want, you can add more mixins, but I usually pair my green salad with poultry or fish!
  • Eggplant/Chicken Parm
    • One of the best dinners I’d recommend is eggplant or chicken parm! It’s very easy to make, and it makes me feel luxurious whenever I cook it in my apartment.
  • Meatballs Over Noodles
    • Take frozen meatballs to the next level by putting them over noodles and sauce. It doesn’t have to be marinara sauce; what I do is I melt butter, add some salt, pepper, and parsley, and mix it all up.
  • Sheet Pan Potatoes/Loaded Baked Potato
    • You can either cut potatoes and bake them in the oven, or wrap a whole potato with a wet paper towel and pop it in the microwave for 3 minutes or so until it’s tender. If you’re making sheet pan potatoes, make sure you season them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. For the loaded potatoes, add cheese, sour cream, and bacon bits!
  • Pesto Pasta
    • Pesto pasta is probably the easiest pasta to make. I buy a jar of pesto from the grocery store, boil a regular spaghetti, and mix it all up when I need a satiating dinner.

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  • Hummus
    • Hummus is my favorite dip! It’s perfect with pretzels or any chips, and sometimes with toasts. This is truly a perfect snack for a college student.
  • Popcorn
    • Make sure to add popcorn to your college grocery list, because it is a must-have! Very low calorie, but also indulgent enough. Perfect for movie watching or curing late-night hunger. My recommendation? SkinnyPop with salt or Popcornopolis’ Naked Popcorn.
  • Yogurt
    • If you are looking for a cold treat, then yogurt is the best snack! I recommend the Chobani Nonfat in blueberry! It’s truly a delicious snack.
  • Baby Carrots
    • I love snacking on baby carrots! With or without a ranch dip, it doesn’t matter. Baby carrots are so satisfying to chew, and it is the perfect snack for college students.
  • Trail Mix
    • If you love variety, then trail mix is the best snack for you. You can have it all, from nuts to chocolate, because a trail mix jar provides it all for you.
  • Cheese and Crackers
    • Another easy snack is cheese and crackers! It can be real cheese or the spreadable kind. When your next meal is not anytime soon, having this as a snack is amazing!
  • Grapes
    • Grapes are the best snack! They’re so easy to pack and don’t require any peeling.
  • Chips
    • The classic snack. I love a good chips moment, especially when it’s on the spicy side.

College Grocery List (for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks)

Now onto the best grocery list for college students:


  • Eggs
  • Loaf of Bread
  • Fruits (Bananas, Apples, Oranges, Blueberries, etc.)
  • Avocados
  • Protein Bars
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Instant Coffee + Creamer
  • Tortillas
  • Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Spinach and Tomatoes
  • Yogurt
  • Frozen Pancakes/Waffles
  • Pancake Syrup
  • Sliced or Shredded Cheese
  • Instant Brown/White/Cauliflower Rice


  • Leafy Greens
  • Salad Dressing
  • Croutons
  • Baguette/Sourdough Bread
  • Cold Cuts
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Pasta Noodles
  • Bottled Pasta Sauce
  • Frozen Pizza
  • Pre-made Salads
  • Roasted Chicken
  • Frozen Peas
  • Frozen Carrots
  • Quinoa or Couscous
  • Chickpeas
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Soy Sauce
  • Canned Tuna or Chicken


  • Frozen Salmon Fillets
  • Frozen Meatballs
  • Pesto
  • Microwavable Vegetables
  • Potatoes
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Salad Bags
  • Canned Mushrooms
  • Hamburger Patties
  • Ground Pork, Beef, Turkey or Chicken
  • Canned Corn
  • Hot Dogs
  • Canned Onion Soup
  • Canned Cream of Mushroom Soup


  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Hummus
  • Cubed/Slice Cheese
  • Trail Mix
  • Baby Carrots
  • Instant Ranch Dressing
  • Chips
  • Grapes
  • Crackers
  • Instant Ramen
  • Fruit Cups
  • Cookies

Check out this list so you can download, print, and cross off groceries as you shop!

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Essentials for Cooking

In order for your college meals to be a success, you’ll need more than just the best grocery list for college students! You will also need these essentials for cooking and making the best meals in your apartments or dorms.


BLACK+DECKER Digital Microwave Oven with Turntable Push-Button Door, Child Safety Lock, Stainless Steel, 0.9 Cu.ft

A good microwave is essential for a good college meal. If you are in a rush and can’t use or don’t have access to a stove, then a microwave is a perfect way to cook your meals.


Mini Rice Cooker

Dash DRCM200BK Mini Rice Cooker Steamer with Removable Nonstick Pot, Keep Warm Function & Recipe Guide, Black

I use a rice cooker not only to cook my rice, but for the countless rice cooker fried rice and pasta recipes that the Internet has provided me with.


Meal Prep Containers

Amazon.com: EZ Prepa [20 Pack] 32oz 3 Compartment Meal Prep Containers with Lids - Bento Box: Home & Kitchen

An important part of planning your college meals is meal prepping!

The grocery list for college students is just one step to convenience if you really don’t want to spend your time making food.

Save one day for grocery shopping and meal prepping. These containers will help with that!


Knife Set with Blade Guards

Cuisinart C55-12PCKSAM 12 Piece Color Knife Set with Blade Guards (6 knives and 6 knife covers), Jewel - Amazon Exclusive

Good knives are important for slicing your ingredients! Make sure to get them with blade guards so they don’t rust, and for safety purposes, too!


Multifunction Egg Boiler

Elite Gourmet EGC-007 Easy Electric 7 Egg Capacity Cooker, Poacher, Omelet Maker, Scrambled, Soft, Medium, Hard Boiled with Auto Shut-Off and Buzzer, BPA Free, White

This multifunction electric egg boiler is a godsend. It doesn’t only boil eggs for you; it can poach them, scramble them, and even make omelettes for you!

It’s really important for meals with eggs in them.


Microwave Bowls

Cereal Bowls - 26 OZ Unbreakable Wheat straw Bowls For Kitchen-Eco Friendly Durable Pack Of 4 Lightweight Bowl Set-Microwavable and Dishwasher Safe-For Cereal, Rice, Noodle, Soup Bowls

If you’re going to be using the microwave, make sure that you have access to bowls that are microwave safe!

You don’t want a burning incident. Make sure all the bowls you use are microwave safe.


Microwave Cover

Microwave Plate Cover,Microwave cover for food 11.5 Inch BPA Free Dishwasher Safe

To prevent splatter, make sure to get some microwave covers, too. This is perfect for cooking salmon because you don’t want the fish exposed to too much radiation.


Electric Kettle

Cutting Board



Phew! Grocery shopping and preparing meals in college is a lot of work, but it is a small price to pay for a good, cheap, and easy meal.

I also know that there are a lot of other factors to consider when making grocery lists as a college student like budgeting or organizing the products that you want to buy.

Plus, if it’s a really hard week like finals or midterms, there is simply no time to go to the grocery store, and even less time to prepare your meals.

While these extra things to consider might seem stressful, have no fear! You don’t have to do it all on your own.

  • Digit (Savings App)
    • One application that can help you save and monitor your spending habits is the Digit app. Digit lets you link your bank account to the app and analyzes your spending habits while helping you save money by putting whatever’s left (post-expenses) into a Digits savings account. I love that the application has a low balance protection option, because this gives me the power to control how low my checking account goes. This app is perfect for knowing how much to spend in the grocery store, as the app keeps track of the expenses and how much it subtracts from your checking account balance. Plus, if you want to save for your upcoming grocery trips and not go overboard with your personalized college-student grocery list, then you can inform Digit that you want to save for groceries!
  • Ibotta (Grocery Shopping App)
    • If you want to save while doing your grocery shopping, then the free Ibotta app is your friend! Ibotta has partnered with a lot of stores, from Walmart to Safeway, that can help you earn money for every purchase you make. One thing I love about this app is that it’s very simple to use; you pick the store where you want to do your shopping and find products on the Ibotta app with cashback options. Don’t lose the receipt, because you have to show the Ibotta app your proof of purchase before you get your money back! This is the perfect way to save money when grocery shopping.
  • $5 Meal Plan (Weekly Meal Planning Service)
    • Sometimes I find it hard to know what meals I am going to have for the week because I get too busy to even plan that out. If you are experiencing this, let the $5 Meal Plan, a weekly meal planning service, help. This meal planning service provides you with low-cost, easy-to-make meals for the whole week. The best part? You can try it for free for up to two weeks and then you pay $5/month to continue the service, which is not bad, especially if you think of the ease it will provide. This plan offers five dinner entrees with sides plus lunch and breakfast! What I absolutely love about the $5 Meal Plan is…drum roll please…it provides you with a grocery list and lists what meals are going to use the ingredients! No more taking minutes off your day writing down ingredients, just take a picture of the grocery list the plan provides and you are good to go. Check it out here.
  • Hello Fresh (Delivers Fresh Ingredients and Healthy Recipes to Customers)
    • If you really don’t have time to plan your meals and shop for the ingredients, which is totally me whenever it’s finals or midterms week, then HelloFresh can guarantee that you’re eating a hearty and delicious meal. What I love about HelloFresh is that I can pick what kind of food I prefer, from quick and easy meals to calorie smart! HelloFresh doesn’t only give you meal recipes, but they send the actual ingredients to you! Meaning? No more time-consuming grocery shopping, perfect for when you are grinding out a paper or cramming for an exam.

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Main Takeaways

I hope this helps you when you next go to the grocery store! Remember, the key to having the best grocery list for college students is planning.

Know what meals you love to eat and tailor your shopping list to that. I’ve included some meal ideas above to get you started, but your options are limitless!

I simply think you’ll save a lot of time and money when you make meals at home.

As college students, going to the grocery store can be hard, especially if we are prioritizing other things, but meal planning and only going once a week can change our spending and eating habits.

If you really cannot make time for it, then the meal programs and apps above should help you. Happy grocery shopping!





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90 Most Beautiful Good Girl Quotes-The Ultimate Guide

Are you having trouble finding quotes for girls in college? Check out these 90 most beautiful good girl quotes!



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Everyone has a mantra that they live by; a motto they tell themselves to guide them through the day. Quotes take different shapes when they’re referred to in varying contexts.

People may try to put today’s woman in a box, limit her success, and demean her accomplishments. For a woman to grow in this day and age, she should heed the advice of women before her.

In order for a woman to come into her own, she should focus on herself. I define a good girl as the best version of yourself, and to become a good girl, you only have to be yourself.

On the other hand, I would define a bad girl as someone who doesn’t conform to the typical roles of women in society. A bad girl would be the one to go against the mold. Bad girls do not need anyone to tell them who they are, because they already know.

One of the latest trends swarming TikTok is a great satire on the difference between a good girl and a bad girl. The trend involves women acting out menial tasks in a very sensuous manner to the song “Glory Box” by Portishead in order to demonstrate the male gaze in films.

The male gaze versus the female gaze has become a topic of interest in popular culture because it shows a clear divide of how women view themselves and men compared to how men traditionally perceive themselves and women.

The trend demonstrates a desire for women to separate themselves from being a sex object, a boy-crazed love interest that accompanies a man’s story, and instead show that women exist without the influence of or need for a man.

This trend highlights a way to rewrite the narrative of what defines a good girl and a bad girl.

This article is an abundance of quotes to inspire and insight feminine power in girls so you can become the best version of yourselves.

All the quotes here are taken from strong female role models, whether they be fictional characters of television, film, or books, or real-life celebrities and activists. The quotes in this article will hopefully insight some vengeance against the patriarchy, and inspire new mantras to tell yourself.

Check out these 90 most beautiful good girl quotes!

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Inspirational Good Girl Quotes

1. “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” Louisa May Alcott, Little Women.

2. “Do not put out your fire because someone else doesn’t understand your flame.” Anonymous.

3. “I will not be another flower, picked for my beauty and left to die. I will be wild, difficult to find, and impossible to forget.” Erin Van Vuren.

4. “Some days I am a goddess, some days I am a wild child, and some days I am a fragile mess. Most days I am a bit of all three, but everyday, I am here, trying.” S. C. Lourie.

5. “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” John Green, An Abundance of Katherines.

6. “I think you gotta be who you want to be until you feel like you are whoever it is you’re trying to become. Sometimes half of doing something is pretending that you can.” Julie Murphy, Dumplin’.

7. “What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind?” V. E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.

8. “Only that: we are here. This is what it means to swim in the tide, to walk the earth and feel it touch your feet. This is what it means to be alive.” Madeline Miller, Circe.

9. “You do not just wake up and become the butterfly. Growth is a process.” Rupi Kaur.

10. “Knowing is better than wondering, waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure – even the worst – beats the hell out of not trying.” Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy.

11. “I love when people underestimate me and then become pleasantly surprised.” Kim Kardashian.

12. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” Oprah Winfrey.

13. “Long story short, it was a bad time. Long story short, I survived.” Taylor Swift, Long Story Short.

14. “Be happy with what you have while working for what you want.” Hellen Keller.

15. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” Dolly Parton.

16. “If you are waiting for someone to believe in you, you’ll be waiting forever. You must believe in yourself.” Cher.

17. “Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” Stephanie Bennett-Henry.

18. “Only do what your heart tells you.” Princess Diana.

19. “Never let success go to your head. Never let failure get to your heart.” Beyoncé.

20. “Do you understand? I’m no ordinary woman. My dreams come true.” Daenerys Targaryen.

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Quotes about Being a Good Girl

21. “Know your worth. It’s always a beautiful moment when you know how much worth you bring to yourself, to others, and to the world. Never let anyone tell you you’re less than the value you know you have.” Anonymous.

22. “I asked her how she did it once, how she understood the world so clearly. She told me that it was a matter of keeping very still and showing no emotions, leaving room for others to reveal themselves.” Madeline Miller, Circe.

23. “The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce. Women of indomitable will.” Amy Tenney.

24. “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

25. “Because a woman in power is a nasty woman.” Olivia Pope, Scandal.

26. “Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.” Frida Kahlo.

27. “We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.” Kavita Ramdas.

28. “Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl?” Anne Frank.

29. “At some point, we all have to choose between what the world wants you to be and who you are.” Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow.

30. “I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.” Simone de Beauvoir.

Beautiful Quotes on Girls

31. “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” Coco Chanel.

32. “If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” Maya Angelou.

33. “We’re all water from different rivers, that’s why it’s so easy to meet; we’re all water in this vast vast ocean, someday we’ll evaporate together.” Yoko Ono.

34. “Feeling beautiful has nothing to do with what you look like, I promise.” Emma Watson.

35. “I think I’m a mixture of simplicity and complexes, but I’m beginning to understand myself now.” Marilyn Monroe.

36. “I allow myself to fail. I allow myself to break. I’m not afraid of my flaws.” Lady Gaga.

37. “Imperfections are beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” Marilyn Monroe.

38. “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.” Bethany Hamilton.

39. “Being deeply loved gives you strength; loving deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu.

40. “Little girls with dreams become women with vision.” Anonymous.

41. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

42. “The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.” Serena Williams.

43. “Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don’t rent them out to tomorrow.” Jerry Spinelli, Love, Stargirl.

44. “I love this neo-feminist idea – defining yourslef as whoever, whatever you want to be today, and it can change tomorrow, and it can change the day after that.” Uzo Aduba.

45. “The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.” Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence.

46. “Beauty is not how we look, it is how we act.” Khloé Kardashian.

47. “Happy girls are the prettiest.” Audrey Hepburn.

48. “Not being heard is no reason for silence.” Victor Hugo, Les Misérables.

49. “My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet, is that they all realize their worth and ask for it.” Taylor Swift.

50. “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl.

Good Girl Quotes from Twitter

51. “It’s important that young girls see women excelling and succeeding in their chosen career. It’s also important that girls see women who are brave enough to put their health and well-being ahead of anything else.” via @TheHazelHayes. https://twitter.com/TheHazelHayes/status/1420337182972207106?s=20

52. “To my #women: continue to grow, continue to build yourself worth, continue to invest in yourself to get where you want to be…the #queen you were meant to be.” via @Humbleheartmin1. https://twitter.com/Humbleheartmin1/status/1420399382265016321?s=20

53. “Girls should never be afraid to be smart.” Emma Watson, via @QuotesFeminism.  https://twitter.com/QuotesFeminism/status/787695934893195264?s=20

54. “Stop allowing people to infect your spirit with negativity and simple mindedness. You deserve the best so don’t allow that mess.” via @annakalene_. https://twitter.com/annakalene_/status/1420733946044768257?s=20

55. “Your past is a lesson…not a life sentence. Forgive yourself and focus on the future.” Mel Robbins vis @Conrad_Diamond. https://twitter.com/Conrad_Diamond/status/1421892949265190912?s=20

56. “When you are a good person, you don’t lose people. They lose you…” via @QuoteILoveU. https://twitter.com/QuoteILoveU/status/1222863670280998912?s=20

57. “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” Walt Disney, via @TheQuoteFirst. https://twitter.com/TheQuoteFirst/status/1126971439674994694?s=20

58. “Don’t look back when you know you shouldn’t. Don’t stress over things that don’t matter. Don’t worry about thinks you can’t control.” via @TheQuoteFirst. https://twitter.com/TheQuoteFirst/status/1127710116273381376?s=20

59. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” via @QuoteILoveU. https://twitter.com/QuoteILoveU/status/1122697525318668290?s=20

60. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” Mother Teresa, via @UpliftingQuotes. https://twitter.com/UpliftingQuotes/status/1126547482630967297?s=20

Quotes About Girl Power

61. “If my strength intimidates you I hope you realize that’s a weakness of yours.” Anonymous.

62. “The strongest actions for a woman are to love herself, be herself, and shine amongst those who never believed she could.” Anonymous.

63. “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” G. D. Anderson.

64. “She will rise. With a spine of steel and a roar like thunder, she will rise.” Nicole Lyons.

65. “A feminist is a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. It’s equality, it’s fairness, and I think it’s a great thing to be a part of.” Zendaya Coleman.

66. “There is nothing stronger than a woman who has rebuilt herself.” Hannah Gadsby.

67. “A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt.

68. “There is a defiance in being a dreamer.” V. E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.

69. “Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.” Madeline Miller, Circe.

70. “Do not accept an evil you can change.” E. Lockhart, We Were Liars.

71. “We all move forward when we recognize how resilient and striking the women around us are.” Rupi Kaur.

72. “I am not the girl the guy gets at the end of the movie. I am not a fairytale. If you want me, earn me.” Olivia Pope, Scandal.

73. “Some days you wake up and want to change the world. Others, you just want to break the same world in two. But most of the time, you just have to get on with the business of living.” Kara Danvers, Supergirl.

74. “I’m an entrepreneur. ‘Ambitious’ is my middle name.” Kim Kardashian.

75. “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” Frida Kahlo.

76. “I’m so sick of running as fast I can; Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man; And I’m so sick of them coming at me again; ‘Cause if I was a man; Then I’d be the man.” Taylor Swift, The Man.

77. “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” Georgia O’Keeffe.

78. “We live in a world where anyone can say anything that they want about you at any time. But just please remember that you have the right to prove them wrong.” Taylor Swift.

79. “There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.” Rihanna.

80. “My mom said to me, ‘One day, you should settle down and marry a rich man.’ I said ‘mom, I am a rich man.’” Cher.

Bad Girls Quotes

81. “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a b*tch, okay.” Madonna.

82. “Everyone wants a strong woman until she actually stands up, flexes her muscles, projects her voice.” Anonymous.

83. “She wasn’t looking for a knight, she was looking for a sword.” Atticus.

84. “Just do what works for you, because there will always be someone who thinks differently.” Michelle Obama.

85. “Sometimes you gotta be a beauty and a beast.” Nikki Minaj.

86. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” Katharine Hepburn.

87. “It is a common saying that women are delicate creatures, flowers, eggs, anything that may be crushed in a moment’s carelessness. If I had ever believed it, I no longer did.” Madeline Miller, Circe.

88. “Always do what you’re afraid to do…I will prove myself strong when they think I am sick. I will prove myself brave when they think I am weak.” E. Lockhart, We Were Liars.

89. “People are going to tell you who you are your whole life. You just got to punch back and say, ‘No, this is who I am.’ You want people to look at you differently? Make them. You want to change things? You’re going to have to go out there and change them yourself – because there are no fairy godmothers in this world.” Emma Swan, Once Upon a Time.

90. “I raise up my voice – not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard.” Malala Yousafzai.



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