Planning for August in a Busy July

Man, it really seems like school can start to sneak up on you fast, doesn’t it?

I am enjoying the summer working at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp, so I am pretty busy most of the time. Camp is the best, but there is not a ton of downtime. I only have a few days in between camp and school to get ready, so I’ve been trying to plan ahead to make sure I have what I need to move into school. But it’s usually hard to even think more than a couple hours ahead, so it’s even more difficult to be thinking a month in advance! However, it’s definitely necessary, at least to whatever small degree I can make time for.

Sometimes it’s hard to think about school when I have views like this every day!

One way that I’m trying to prepare for school is just by writing things down whenever I think of them. I have a running list of things I need to find in my house or buy, and I just make sure to jot them down. I know I’ll forget about them otherwise. I’m also trusting my mom to remind me of a lot of stuff when I get home, too! Moms are great, am I right?

I’m also making lists of groceries I want to keep in my house. I am living in a cottage this year, so I have a real life kitchen! I also only signed up for seven meals a week from Hope’s dining halls, so I’m going to need to cook more for myself, which I’m really excited about! Having a list of groceries I want to buy when I get to Holland keeps me from having to think about that later, and is also a good way to get some of my excitement out. You guys, I love grocery shopping. I don’t know why, but it makes me really excited. I’m also extra stoked because Holland has the awesome farmer’s market, and I’m going to buy so many fruits and vegetables and flowers there, you guys! I’m so jazzed!

Beautiful flowers I bought at the farmers’ market last fall!

I’ve also been using Pinterest and Keep whenever I have a little bit of time to get some more specific ideas for things I want to do in my house (check out the Pinterest board I’m sharing with my roommate for cottage ideas! Can you guess one of our theme colors?). I’ve especially been researching planners and some cute DIY things for my room.

I’ve also just been snatching a few things up here and there when I happen to find them on a Target or Walmart run on one of my quick camp breaks. A couple weeks ago I found a great deal on a French press at TJMaxx and couldn’t pass it up! $10 for twenty ounces of French pressed goodness, you guys. There was no way I was skipping that one.

How have you been preparing for school? Let me know on Twitter (@hopekathryn17), Instagram (@kathrynekrieger), or via email at Thanks for reading!

“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”

1 Corinthians 4:20


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Published by Kathryn Krieger

I'm a Hope junior from Princeton, Illinois, majoring in Ethics, Culture, and Social Witness with a music minor. I am a follower of Christ and I am involved in Chapel Worship Team at Hope. Previously, I have been involved in Chapel Choir, Black River WyldLife, Res Life, Dance Marathon, a small women's Bible study, College Chorus, Women's Chamber Choir, and Collegium Musicum. I also currently help lead music at Pillar Church! I also love pork chop sandwiches, music of all kinds, The Office, and my wonderful friends and family! Contact me at, @kathrynekrieger on Instagram, or @hopekathryn17 on Twitter!

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