Saturday, March 15, 2014

March Midterm Madness

I am headed to debate nationals in Arizona on the 19th. I am super excited, but the amount of discipline needed to get through all the work I have is absurd. On top of normal school work in the first couple weeks of March I have four midterm tests, three papers, and two quizzes. Plus work, lots of extra debate practice/assignments, and housing stuff for next year. (Oh! And did I mention my 21st birthday and St.Patty's day are also happening soon?) It's been stressful, but I am proud of myself for how well I've been getting through it.

Here's a list of things that have been helping me get through what I need to do with minimal stress:

Keeping my planner organized
I use a Lilly Pulitzer planner because it's colorful and I love the combo of monthly/daily sections. I usually use that boring period in lectures to make sure my planner is updated. Often I use colors so it's easy to glance down for green writing and see when my next major assignment is due, or making sure I see pink so I know I've signed up for practices this week, etc. Sticky notes have also been really helpful lately.

Switching study spots
If I work in one spot too much I find it hard to focus. I like to mix it up. Lately I've been taking the time to go downtown and camp out at a coffee shop. It's important that I find somewhere that I will be productive. If I start getting distracted it's time to find some where else.

Finding time to be healthy
Get sleep, exercise regularly, and eat your fruits and vegetables. This is probably the number one enabler of my ability to do well. My mom was right all along.

Letting go of nonessential things
I've been missing my Bible study and sometimes Sunday service lately. I hate it, but it's necessary. I still read my daily devotionals to keep in touch with my Faith, but taking hours out of my day to go to Church just isn't possible right now. I also skipped a team sleepover that I was really excited about. Rarely do I skip things like this but when you do, know that it's okay. From my experience people are generally understanding.

And of course, shopping
There is an inverse relationship between my stress level and bank account balance. This time of year always calls for lots of shopping so I prepare by saving beforehand. If you're able, treat yourself. Whether it's new clothes, a spa day, or just a nice dinner with friends this is a great time to indulge.

I'll be sharing my stress shopping haul soon.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Good Morning, Sunshine

I love Portland. I truly do. It's a great place to be young and there isn't anywhere else I'd rather be spending my undergrad years. With that said, the weather sucks. There are times that we go weeks with seeing the sun peak through those dreary grey clouds.

Unfortunately fashion in Portland reflects the vibe of the weather. It feels out of place to wear bright colors amongst the rain and fog. You'll notice I rock neutrals for the majority of the year. I see a lot of bloggers wearing Lilly Pulitzer year-round and just laugh.

This past Friday was one of the first days in a long time that it was really sunny. I don't mean I kinda saw that orange thing in the sky for part of the day. I mean it was actually sunny. The entire morning I complained about it being too bright before I remembered that sunglasses are a thing. For the first time since last summer it appropriate to wear Lilly. In fact I felt obligated to wear Lilly in celebration.

My friend and I grilled some nice steaks on his grill, and it was a really nice break from typical Pacific Northwest weather. Of course the next day it was dark, cold, and rainy again, but hey, at least we had one day to get us excited about the upcoming spring!

Okay, so the pictures don't depict a sunny day so you just have to trust me.

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