Heading back to school can be pretty intimidating... especially if you're an incoming freshman. I'm listing some of the advice I think is helpful for going back to class (hint, one of my tips include not taking it *too* seriously).
As I'll explain in a later post... 2015 hasn't exactly been the best year for me, but I'm optimistic I can make 2016 better.
And I'm hoping to do that through these New Year's resolutions. Now, I'm not the kind of person who makes goals and thinks it will automatically be different. I understand these will take some work.
So here's the hopefully somewhat motivational... always cliche New Year's resolution list:
Number 1. Get healthy
I wrote a post back in September how I was making a "lifestyle change," (you can read that post here) so far I've done a pretty decent job of taking better care of my body, working out more, and eating healthier... so I'm hoping this next year I can basically "intensify" my goal and become the healthiest I've ever been.
I'm doing this through planning, upping my workouts per week, and eating healthier.
How? Well... my fitbit is able to track my exercise, calorie and water intake, even sleep patterns which will be super helpful in figuring out I'm doing wrong so I can fix the problems.
And my LP agenda will be helpful because I'll use the 'Months' portion of the agenda (which I previously never used) to track everything - and plan workouts.
Number 2. Blog more/Make more videos
I've always said I would blog more/upload more videos to Youtube, but it's always been on the back burner because of school or work... and while I don't think that's a bad thing (education comes first) I would love to focus on this blog and my channel more this coming year.
I graduated with a broadcast degree and I'm not utilizing the video skills I've acquired because at work I'm mostly producing and writing scripts (see my bio for more details).
Number 3. Be more financially fit
I know my parents will be pleased with this one.
I'm excellent at spending money. I guess you could say it's a talent of mine... which is why I need to become better at saving this next year. Especially because I realize there are certain things I want to do someday like travel overseas and buy a house - which I can't do unless I have money to do so... so I'm hoping this next year I get better at saving and a spending less.
Number 4. Be more organized
I feel like I'm a pretty organized person... but I can always be better. I would love to learn how to manage my time better in 2016 and just overall be more... organized (really not much to it).
What are your resolutions for 2016? Let me know in the comments - I love seeing what other people are hoping to accomplish (it gives me some motivation as well!)
Happy New Year!
For the first time in a long time, I was able to go out and actually enjoy my Saturday morning. Typically I can be found working and/or cleaning, but today? Today was fabulous.
My sister is in town for my graduation, so we were able to go out and visit one of my absolute favorite coffee shops downtown. Of course this also meant we had to take #ootd pictures...
Dress - Lilly Pulitzer | Shoes - Betseyville | Bag - Tory Burch 'Dena' tote | Sunglasses - Ray Ban | Sun burn - Sand Key beach
I kinda fell in love with Tampa all over again this Spring Break. There are so many great spots.
I'm definitely sad to be heading home but at least I'm leaving with a burn that will hopefully turn into a semi-tan, a stash of cane sugar Dr Pepper, and great memories. Plus, I've essentially gained five pounds from all the food I've eaten so it's probably a good thing I'm going home so I can get back to the grind.
Bathing suit - Bottoms (J.Crew); Top (Target last year) | Dress - Lilly Pulitzer | Flats - Betseyville | Bag - Tory Burch
I love Clearwater, but I think I'm biased since I was born there. I also look like a lobster but going to Sand Key beach was totally worth it.
We spent a few hours there in the early afternoon and spent the evening in Downtown Tampa at a bbq restaurant then the Tampa Theatre (wondering why I had never been there before, it's amazing).
I spent a lot of time applying aloe vera... even at a pretty fancy bar we went to after the theatre. #typical.
Top - GAP | Pants - J. Crew (kinda similar pant here) | Sandals - Sam Edelman | Bag - Tory Burch | Sunglasses - Ray Ban | Bracelets - Kate Spade
Spring Break day 2 and 3 were spent in gorgeous Orlando.
I could definitely get used to lounging by the pool for hours every day and visiting Flamingos and Penguins (aka, my spirit animals).
Also, I need to buy about 10 more pairs of these pants because holy-goodness they're amazing. They're light-weight so even in the hot Florida heat you're not going to completely burn up, plus the pattern on these is hella cute.
Being a second semester senior, I know a thing or two about how to survive midterms... hell, it may not always be a graceful experience but so far I've made it through to the other side.
Here's how I've done it:
One: I'm a huuuge procrastinator. One thing that helps me? Dividing the work. This means if you have 10 chapters you have to review for the midterm, focus on two chapters every day for five days... breaks everything down and makes it easier to remember.
Two: If you "forgot" to study until the day before, well, that's not ideal but the best way to deal with a situation like that is to focus on your class notes. Did the professor emphasize something (meaning, spent a lot of time talking about that one specific thing)? Did he or she put important terms on a powerpoint? If you're lucky, you'll have a prof who will even tell you which terms are important for tests. In that case, put a star next to those terms, highlight them, say them out loud. Whatever you gotta do to remember them.
Three: Use Quizlet. Seriously, it may just save your GPA. The site allows you to create your own flashcards... instead of killing trees and writing them out yourself and possibly getting carpal tunnel. You can use the flashcards to take hypothetical tests and play games. Plus, there's an app for that.
Four: Sustenance. Eat up, y'all. Your brain can't focus if you're not getting enough protein and nutrients. Also, drink plenty of water. Not only will it make you look good, it'll make you feel hydrated and ready to conquer the exam.
I'm recommending the new Berry Pomegranate Chia Clif Bars. They're bomb.
Five: Take much needed study breaks. There's a point while studying when my brain decides it can't handle any more information and I start feeling unable to focus. To regain focus, give your brain a deserved break. Watch a show on Netflix, go workout, spend time on social media... whatever you gotta do to get back on your A-game.
Hope those tips were helpful? Give me some of your midterm tips in the comments!
Finals Week. Some of the worst words in the vocabulary of a college student, especially if you just so happen to be taking economics.
I plan on studying my ass off the next few days, so this is probably the last post until finals are over. Wish me luck, and if you're taking finals this week as well, bon chance, good luck, and may the odds (*cough* curve) be ever in your favor.
Today, in honor of LDOC, I decided to curl my hair, but as you can see my hair is kind of a jerk and decided not to cooperate with me even after the ungodly amount of hairspray I used on it.
It's so unbelievable to think that after this I have one more semester to go before I graduate. What? Where did the past 3 1/2 years go?
If I told you this semester has been completely amazing, it wouldn't be the truth.
There are definitely people/things that are keeping me sane, but the past few months haven't been easy. I swear Econ is determined to kill me and I don't get much sleep, but then I remember that I'm graduating in about six-months and will soon start a new chapter of my life.
In the meantime my only option is to strive to find the good things in every day, which is so much easier to say than to actually do but I did say "strive," didn't I?
There have definitely been highlights from the past couple of months including filming video projects (one of which included going to the State Fair), Fall in general (favorite season), and of course all of the wine and caffeine I've consumed (don't hate).
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