Monday, April 27, 2015

End of Semester Stress

First off, I would like to apologize for my inconsistent blog posts. I've been extremely busy lately trying to pull together housing for the summer, my fellowship, as well as striving to earn every last point possible in my classes before finals, which I've been studying for like crazy. 

I am a blackhole of stress. I stress about everything in life. That's not always a bad thing. I thrive off of stress and it motivates me to get things done and do them right! But stress, especially the kind that I develop at the end of the semester, wears on my health. Here's what I do to relieve some of that stress.

1//Read a magazine. Aka, look at a bunch of pretty pictures of organized homes and perfect wardrobes. It gives your brain a rest, and generally takes less than 30 minutes to flip through a magazine which makes it a good length for a study break. If you're studying in the library, I guarantee you there is a section with magazines.

2//If you haven't already find a study group. This way you can collaborate on who puts together the equation sheet for each section, or break up the work in other forms. Also, study sessions don't always have to be so serious. It's okay to talk and joke around! Just make sure you don't get too far off task.

3//Divide and Conquer. Don't tackle all your material at once. This should be a no brainer by now if you're in college. Set up a study schedule at least a week in advance of finals, if not two weeks. Work a little bit on each subject every day. 

4//Set goals. I tell myself if I get my desired grade for a class (hopefully an A), I'll reward myself with something. For example, if I get an A in Calculus 2 I'll buy myself a matching desk organizing set. Make it something you wouldn't normally get!

5//Go to the salon. On weeks when I'm loaded with tests, I schedule a hair appointment. They don't take all afternoon, but always make me feel better! Also, I tend to look grungy during finals week, so getting my hair trimmed always makes me feel a little prettier. If the thought of getting your hair trimmed gives you the hives though, this might not be the best ways to relax.

How do you deal with the stress of finals? Do you spread out your studying or do you cram? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lilly for Target: No Luck

I was beyond excited for Lilly for Target. I already had my favorite items picked out. Unfortunately, I wasn't fast enough!

Many of us have read the tweets about how Lilly for Target degrades the brand and makes it cheap. Maybe if I were not a poor college student, I would agree. But most of my money goes to paying for college and I have to save for months in order to afford Lilly Pulitzer merchandise. Lilly doesn't look good on a snob, girls. 

While I know new pieces from the line are being sold on Ebay and Amazon, I do not want to support the people who buy up all the merchandise just to resell it at inflated prices. 

So for all the girls who did get the Lilly for Target items that they wanted before they sold out, awesome! I'm going to save up a little more to buy the dress I really wanted in the first place:

Were you able to score any Lilly for Target? Do you think selling at Target cheapens the brand? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Motivated Monday

1// Classes are nearly over! I will be extra motivated these next couple weeks trying to earn extra points wherever possible and preparing for my final exams. 

2// The flowers are blooming and the outdoors look so beautiful! When it's warm enough and the rain subsides, I like to take my studying outside. Living in Michigan, I could always use a little vitamin D! (No, seriously. Michiganders have to take supplements because of the lack of sunshine).

3// Even though I'm going to be working all summer, I still have to make my summer bucket list! Especially with moving to a new city and turning 21, this list could get pretty crazy.

What's motivating you this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How to Survive a Break Up

It seems like right now is the season of break ups. Whether it's because you're preparing to go to a different university than your significant other, don't want the commitment over the summer, or any other millions of reasons why, I promise, it will get better! But you can't deny, there is a recovery period you have to go through before you're ready to date again. Here are some of the best ways to mend your heart!


Do not burn your bridges. When breaking up, try not to leave your relationship with an explosive fight. It will only leads to regrets later. 

Do not talk negatively about your ex to everyone (except maybe your best friend). More importantly, do not post about your ex on social media. I see this way too often: A couple breaks up and then posts all their pent up grievances on Facebook or Twitter.

Do not immediately start dating someone else. You haven't had time to reestablish yourself as your own person. And don't fool yourself, you still have some feelings to work through. That's okay! At the same time, that doesn't mean you can't flirt a little with that cute guy in your math class. ;)


Do feel free to binge watch Gilmore Girls (or whichever show you love). You're going to have free time. For at least the first couple of weeks, it's not shameful to binge watch! Just don't keep doing it for three months.

Do reconnect with old friends. It is easy to sideline your friends during a relationship. Start putting your friends first, especially those who stuck around during your relationship. And don't forget to apologize for sidelining them, so often friends just want to know that you've missed spending time with them as much as they have!

Do put away some of the mementos from your relationship. Give yourself some time before you just toss them all away. If he or she gave you something that you know was very important to him or her, don't throw it away. Be respectful and give it back.

Do keep busy. Focus on school, it's easy to fall behind when you've been focused on the drama. Start working out! You could use some endorphins! Spend time on that hobby you haven't spent time on since you started dating. 

How do you get over a break up? Do you do any of the things I listed above? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Little Bit Scared, A Lot Excited

A lot has happened in the past few months and I'm suddenly facing more responsibilities than ever. Both my friend and I have subleased an apartment together while we are completing our research fellowships at the University of Michigan. Before I knew that she was accepted into the program as well, I was worried about going to live in Ann Arbor by myself and conducting research. It's amazing how knowing that I'm going to have someone there with me, new to this like I am, eased my concerns.

I am constantly reminding myself that change is good. Even if I don't change, the world around me will. I think about how I was so resistant to change when I moved to Connecticut my junior year of high school. I couldn't imagine leaving the small town I had spent most of my life in. It turned out that moving was just what I needed. I made great friends, became motivated in school, and broadened my horizons.

For the past two years, I have been too comfortable. I've moved back to my hometown and attended community college in an attempt to save money. My motivation has been slowly dwindling, my best friend moved off and got married, and no personal growth has taken place.

Whenever I feel overwhelmed with responsibilities or start to feel nervous about the future, I remind myself that I can't pass up chances to meet new people, learn, and prove myself, to both the world and myself, just because I'm afraid.

"A good goal should scare you a little, and excite you a lot." -Joe Vitale

What are some changes you have faced? Where they changes for the better? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Motivated Monday

It's been a while since I've posted. Last week was hectic, with three tests, a paper, and catching up from when I was sick. I'm glad that's over (for now), and back to blogging!
Motivated Monday

1// On Thursday I'm heading over to Ann Arbor to tour a couple of sublets. Why? Because I have a summer research fellowship at the college! I'm excited to be living on my own in a couple months, even though it's sooner than expected.

2// This week I'm sleeping in! Waking up at 5 AM every morning is really starting to wear on me, so I can't explain how much I needed this.

3// It's spring break! I have no plans for it, I'm really just hanging out at home and relaxing. That's enough of a vacation for me!

What are your plans for this week? Let me know in the comments below!

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