Flashback to August. You're joining 10 clubs, are immersed in your major and feel like you can actually do it all this year. Pretty cool, huh?...That is until mid-semester rolls around.
Why did I do this to myself? I don't even like my major that much. This class sucks. I'd rather be in bed watching Real Housewives. WTF.
These are just a few of the thoughts that have been creeping into my mind the last few weeks. And some of them are pretty scary! I don't even like my major that much? Of course I do! But, most of us are no stranger to burnout, which can have some nasty effects on our self esteem and motivation.
In light of this mini tragedy known as the mid-semester slump, I've compiled a few tips that have helped me get back into rockstar mode. Here it goes:
1. Pin the sh*t out of those motivational quotes.
Hey, they're not just there to look pretty. Take advantage of some of the hustle-inspiring quotes that show up on your feed and put them to work. Create a board on Pinterest or screenshot your fave and set it as your background. It may feel a little silly, but inspiration boards can go a long way. I did a post on "5 Quotes to Make you Dream Big & Work Hard" a few months ago, and just making the list made me want to get up and do something!
2. Hit the gym.
I know. How the hell are you going to find the motivation to work out at this point in the semester when you can barely get out of bed without hitting snooze for the fifth time? The answer is a bit paradoxical, because in order to get motivated, you need to have a bit of motivation to start with. Here's the deal: According to this source, exercising 1) Releases dopamine into your brain (the stuff that makes you happy) 2) Makes you less stressed out 3) Energizes you 4) Boosts your confidence and 5) Eases anxiety. So, if you can drag yourself up out of bed or off the couch, even for just a 30 minute workout, it's for the better. At this point in the semester you need all the energy and happiness you can get, so it's worth a shot! Anyone with me?
3. Get some Zzzzs...
No college student is a stranger to late nights. Whether they're spent out and about or studying at home, remember to get some sleep. Sometimes you really do just need to recharge before you can get back on track.
4. Make a list.
Try writing out everything you need to do for the day. It's not just satisfying to cross each item out, but it also ensures that you don't forget any assignments amidst your crazy busy classes. You can even reward yourself after you've completed your to-do list with a healthy brownie or skinny chai latte. C'mon, you totally deserve it. And don't forget to let your list inspire, not scare you. Think of how accomplished you'll feel once you're done...and how much Real Housewives you'll be able to guiltlessly indulge in *smirking emoji*.
5. Think about the future.
While all of the above tippity tips certainly help me through my day to day duties, one of my biggest motivators is thinking towards the future. Looking at my to-do list, I can outline perfectly how each task relates to my larger career & life goals. Just thinking about where I want to be in five years and all that I need to do to get there can get me off the couch even on my laziest days.
How are you surviving the mid-semester slump? Are you? Do tell!
Well friends, I did something big this past weekend.
I graduated from college.
It still feels very surreal — and thinking of myself as a "college graduate" honestly feels kind of creepy, haha.
That being said, I'm beyond happy.
In fact, the quote "Dobby is a free elf" keeps popping into my head. Because now, as cliche as it sounds, I'm free. Free to do whatever it is I want. No homework, due dates, exams, etc. to answer to.
So I'm back from my three-day girls trip to the Adirondacks, and let me tell you...it was so needed. First of all, we had an entire free week to burn before graduation. In other words, why the hell not shack up at a dude ranch in the mountains for a few days?
Secondly though, I think all lady gangs should do this kind of a thang more often. Getting away from the hustle & bustle for a few days was honestly priceless. We particularly loved the place that we stayed, because it was all-inclusive. Therefore, all of our meals and activities were included with our lodging. We had ZERO things to worry/stress/overthink/plan about.
With the athleisure trend in full swing, I'm really vibing on casual pieces lately. I finally invested in a pair of Adidas sneakers a few months ago, which have really stepped up my game. And I don't even care that everybody and their mother has a pair at this point, because they're SO. DAMN. COMFORTABLE.
Seriously, just try 'em on. This pair is loaded with memory foam, so it's legit like you're walking on a cloud. I straight wear them at least a few days per week, simply because they're so comfy and go with pretty much anything.
I won't lie, I've been on a bit of a sugary/greasy food bender for the past few (!) weeks.
[Hence why I told ya'll about my plans to join a gym stat, here.]
Since finals week, my girlfriends and I have been livin' it up on Wendy's frostys & fries, cheese balls, coconut cake, + basically any other nasty-ass food you can think of.
It's gross. I KNOW.
I never put on the freshman fifteen, so maybe it'll just be the senior 15 instead, all compounded in the two weeks prior to graduation, haha! #cantescapeit
Earlier this week, I shared with ya'll some of my thoughts on graduating. It's honestly a bit of a weird time, and overall it's bittersweet. But want to know what I absolutely, hands down HATE?
Having to move my entire life out of my apartment and back home.
This is coming from someone who hauled a literal trailer to campus with all of her stuff in it at the beginning of last year. There was that much.
So yeah. Moving out is a sick freaking joke at this point.
Our last day of classes was Friday, and I'm officially done with exams this Wednesday.
How in the world am I graduating in less than two weeks?!
It sounds so cliche, but it really does feel like it was just yesterday that I was packing for orientation, stressing about finding a roommate, gagging over the nasty dining hall meals, etc. It's amazing how time seems to move so slowly day by day, until all of the sudden everything seems like a complete whirlwind and it's all moving too fast! It's honestly hard to fully enjoy these last few weeks at school just knowing that it's almost over in the back of my mind.
So, perhaps you've read this post, where I told ya'll about the little hurricane warning we had in NY last week...
Sounds like fun, huh?
We're obviously *quite* ready for summer over here in the East Coast, so I just couldn't resist putting together a little warm weather roundup to get in the spirit. I'm loving all the pom poms and tropical prints this season, despite the fact that I'm trying to keep away from such bright pieces (I wear 'em once and get bored). I can't wait to just lay out in the sun all weekend though — with SPF like 1 million on of course, b/c I'm a psycho bitch about preventing wrinkles.
Unfortunately, it's still sweater weather here in NY.
In fact, we had a literal tornado warning on Monday night.
WTF East Coast.
Can you see I'm a bity salty about this 'lil predicament here? I'm a person whose mood is definitely affected by the weather, so the constant grayness outside is quite underhwelming. How's a girl supposed to stay creative (which is essentially us bloggers' bread & butter) when it's downright gloomy out?
You guys know I love me a good deal. After all, I did write a whole post on how to afford designer clothes in college. And ICYMI, that really translates to: how to afford designer clothes when you're broke as sh*t.
Seriously though, I get a good laugh every time I see a fashion blogger advertising a "sale", where her favorite picks are "just *insert absurd price here*. To each her own...but I refuse to drop $50 for a t-shirt (cue "Thrift Shop").
Ahh productivity. It's a tricky thing, isn't it? These days, I'm distracted by just about anything and everything, and I sometimes find myself wasting the day away on miscellaneous tasks, only to be forced to stay up late at night in order to get actual work done. It's terrible!
As they say, "Do something instead of killing time, because time is killing you." A bit morbid, but accurate — right?
Lately I've been implementing a few strategies to get my head back in the game, and they've been working so well that I just had to share with you guys, too.