Thursday, October 10, 2013

Making Time

I find that I can get way in over my head much too easily these days. I'm in a constant state of doing. Between school, homework, and everything else, I always am juggling my schedule to try to fit it all in. If I'm not doing homework, then I'm doing chores. If I'm not doing chores, then I'm taking pictures for the yearbook. If I'm not working on the yearbook, then I'm doing something someone asked me to. 

My other problem is that I also seem to have the inability to say no. If I have two important yearbook deadlines due yet someone on the staff asks me to do something else, I do it anyway. I tell myself I'll just have to make time. Being able to say no is such an important thing. I can't exaggerate it enough.

The quote above from Sid Caesar is something to live by. I always seem to forget that I shouldn't live from goal to goal but rather live for what's in between the goals.

Next time you think you're in over your head, take a step back and look at the enjoyable parts of life.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Make it Fun!

Everyone hates school work. Or work in general. You have to stay on top of everything, which isn't necessarily an easy thing to do. So why not make it fun?

1. Lilly Pulitzer iPhone Case
Seriously: Cutest. Case. Ever! How can you not love the adorable pink elephants against the gorgeous blue background? We're on our phones so much these days that cases really do matter. A new case can make you feel like you have a whole new phone.

2. Sticky Notes
Once again, Lilly Pulitzer pulls off the cutest sticky notes. I use these all the time so I can honestly say you can never have too many of these. They're perfect for jotting down ideas and info you need.

3. The Long List by Kate Spade
I love making lists. Check lists help me get everything done that needs to be done. Usually I would make lists on a sticky note, but it'd be nice to have a dedicated notebook just for lists.

4. Lilly Pulitzer Agendas
Yes, I know there is a Lilly trend forming here... but her stuff is too cute! Agendas are the perfect way to stay on task. You can see what your day, week and month is going to look like all in one place. I know you can do this on your phone, but I much rather prefer writing things done on actual paper.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Just Breathe

Pick two: sleep, good grades, social life.

It's impossible to pick just two. You want to be able to have all three yet that is just not an option. If you pick grades, you then have to decide whether you want to be the loner in the corner or the person that never sleeps. Pick sleep as one, and you either will do very well in school or very well in the social pool.

Personally, I'd choose good grades and a social life. Friends are important to me. I always have to be doing something no matter what, even if it makes me suffer from a lack of sleep. My weekends are always busy, no doubt. Grades are just as important. Anything less than an A is failing in my book.

It's hard to know that there is nothing I can really do about trying to keep things balanced right now. It's also hard to take a step back and just breathe sometimes.

just breathe

As a junior in high school, it's safe to say I have too much going on in my life than I should. I'm realizing that there is no balance to life because of the constant changes. You can never have a functioning and proportionate balance of sleep, school and friends. The best thing to do is to try and make it work and hope for the best.

So what would you pick?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Never Ending Stress


     Here's the thing: high school is stressful. Once you make it through the awful process of freshman year, you hit sophomore year and the workload doubles. Then you make it to your junior year. What you've heard is true: junior year is the hardest year of high school, no doubt. For the first time, the PSAT matters. You have to start looking at colleges. You have to start making decisions about how you want your life to go. It's rather frightening.
     I feel as though I'm in a constant cycle of doing. Doing my homework, doing my laundry, cleaning my room, studying, sending and replying emails. And it doesn't end there. The weekends, though fun, are just as busy. Friday night football, volunteering, meeting up with friends.
     Although everything seems so difficult right now, I know there is so much waiting for me in the future. It's important to remember that everything you do is only helping you work towards the life you want to live.

"The best is yet to come."