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).
The moment that three-pointer by Kris Jenkins hit the basket… Villanova winning by a buzzer beater, I’m pretty sure the shriek I let out was deafening.
All the long nights working in a news room, win after win, carrying press conferences at 12am because I work for a 24-hour news station… all leading up to a devastating loss.
But it’s devastating for more reasons than me just being upset as a fan.
This season was a heart-felt, hard-fought journey. Brice, Marcus, Joel, and Roy earned the right to win a another National Championship for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill… my alma mater.
I’ve been cheering for Carolina since I was in elementary school, deciding at the age of 12 that my greatest goal (up to that point) would be to graduate from UNC… and I finally did it last year.
This past season, I saw the ability for this team to bring home yet another ‘ship title… their fantastic ability to communicate on and off the court, their loyalty to Williams. Win after win. Everything seemed to fall in place for Roy’s boys.
I think that’s why this loss hurts more than it probably should in the grand scheme of things.
This team deserved it… plus, it is always nice to brag that your team is the best.
But you know what? My team is the best. The way our UNC community came together to rally after the loss, the players’ classy response following the game, Roy’s obvious devastation for the upset of this particular team…
It’s kinda like Tar Heel magic. An acknowledgement that you’re all a part of something special.
Plus, c’mon – when you have Michael Jordan saying he’s proud of this team and that they made him proud to be a Tar Heel, you know you’ve got something extraordinary.
That why I’m proud to be a part of it, and why it’s always, always a good day to be a Tar Heel.
So, this loss is devastating – naturally. But I don’t doubt we’ll see another day when we can call our team National Champions… but until then, we as a whole are still winners and we’ll keep winning because that’s what Carolina does.
Signed, A Tar Heel.
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!
After an entire Summer off, I’m ready to get back into blogging.
The past few months have been insane… from starting a new job to graduating college and going through an overall season of change, I figured I need a consistent outlet.
I’ve never truly been “consistent” since this blog’s conception a few years ago and I blame that in part on taking on a full time school schedule while working part-time and regular babysitting gigs.
And while these days I’m still pretty busy working as a full-time journalist, I’m determined to keep Simply Me going.
So hello, anyone reading this. Nice to meet you (or see you again), and I hope you’ll stay for a while.
My life lately according to iPhone photos
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 – Lands End | Shorts – Old Navy Boyfriend shorts | Sandals – Sam Edelman | Hat – Charming Charlie | | Bag – Tory Burch ‘Dena’ Tote |Bracelet – Alex & Ani ‘A’
Day one of Spring Break? Success.
We were able to spend some time at the Plant City Strawberry Festival, then went to the Oxford Exchange in Downtown Tampa which, by the way, is one of my new favorite places. I could spend hours there drinking coffee and checking out all the books they have in stock.
To top the day off we went to Ella’s for dinner. I went straight for the Breakfast of Champions shot (Butterscotch schnapps & Jameson = amazing).
Looking forward to what this next week has to offer!
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!
I bought these lip glosses about two months ago and have been loving them since.
Find out why in the video below!
You can find these online at Target.com or in-stores.
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?