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4 Books to read before the New Semester

       My break has been heavenly so far. It feels like I've been doing nothing but reading and sleeping and then sleeping and reading. I'm really looking forward to the new semester, and all this down time before the holidays has given me time to get ready for the new semester. My main focus is going to be on my grades. I got straight Bs this past semester, and I really want to challenge myself to do better. Since I've been doing so much reading, I've come up with a handy list of books I recommend reading before the new semester.

1. How to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal Newport - Normally when I read those kinda how to get good grades books they're really dumb or have you doing a crazy amount of work. I like this one because the tips and techniques in it are basic and easy to follow. Newport puts a lot of emphasis on Balance between having fun and studying, as well as the idea of working smarter, not harder. I'm basing my entire year on his system next semester with a few adjustments. 
2. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and how to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay- I read this in one day. It's very readable, informative yet not boring. Jay has tons of amazing stories about her clients in their twenties. Her book made me sit down and decide what I want from my life and showed me that nows the time to start working toward it. Her tips are mostly about career and family, and more broad than specific steps, but it's a good read none the less. 
3. Make Up by Michelle Phan - I've been watching Michelle Phan videos since I was in junior high. Her first book came out this past October and I preordered it as soon as I heard about it. Things have been so crazy with finals and moving that I hadn't had a chance to read it. I've started flipping through it before I actually sit down and read it and I'm liking what I've seen so far. 
4. How to Win at College by Cal Newport - I didn't realize Newport wrote both of these books until I started coming up with my list.  I read this one before How to Become a Straight-A Student, this one has more general tips to use throughout the semester instead of a day to day plan. That being said, this is still a great read.




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My Weekend in Austin

I've been looking forward to this for months, and as I type this I'm snuggling into my fluffy holiday in express bed after gorging myself on a free breakfast. And as I edit this were driving north on 35 north back home, rolling hills out my window and overpasses above.


Check out this pancake machine they had on the buffet at my hotel! 

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The pancake machine at the hotel

I'm in a weird mood, a mix nostalgic and angry from this ACL mix of Lana del Rey and eminem Adrian made for the ride home. 

Adrian and I drove down Friday afternoon. My classes were canceled after a storm took out power to a lot of our city, we we got to leave a little earlier than planned. A tree knocked through my parents roof and they were without power for a while, but everyone was ok.



The festivel was amazing! Both days we entered around two or three. We got some amazing spots for Lana Del Rey and Childish Gambino. St. Vincent was spectacular, and the Salt Lick BBQ was on point. Saturday we stopped by Torchey's Tacos before entering the park. 

Sunday Adrian and I explored Austin a bit before hitting the road. We went to the baylor street walls and got some really cool pics with grafitti and wandered around the Capitol. 


After, we stopped by Amy's ice cream. My old newspaper advisor was from Austin and loved the place. I realized the plastic bouncing cow she hung from the ceiling was from Amy's and I was half convinced to buy on for myself. (Funds didn't allow for it though)

Over all a very relaxing weekend, but it's back to real world I suppose. Next weekend were signing our lease and moving into our apartment, another thing I've been looking forward to for months

Last week my spanish professor skipped a day of lecturing to encourage us to travel abroad and to not spend our whole lives working. He said to spend our money on experiences and not things. Because as cheesy as this sounds things won't last but experiences will. 

I think we all need more weekends like these.




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5 pairs of shoes every girl needs

I've been downsizing my closet with my recent move, that means ditching the seven inch turquoise suede heels and the disgusting sneakers I've been holding onto for the past year or so. Here are six basic types of shoes every girl should have in her closet


1. The daily - First things first, a go-to pair of comfy shoes for class. They don't necessarily have to be dressy, just something for walking around on campus. I like classic Chuck Taylors, my white pair just bit the dust after a few years and a bad rain storm. So I got a classic hightop in gray recently.

2. Booties - My mom hates the word "booties" but I love the suede pair of Steve Madden's I got from Nordstrom Rack last year. The heel is chunky and short enough for all day wear, but versatile enough to be dress up a pair of jeans or down a nice dress. Before I bought my boots, these were my most worn pair for work.
3. Riding boots - It was so hard finding riding boots for me. I have very muscular legs, and I ended up having to get a pair with elastic on the back. It took me a long time to commit to a pair and I decided to wait and invest in ones that will last me awhile. These are seriously a fall classic and can instantly dress up any outfit. I love wearing these with leggings and a tunic, or with jeans and a sweater layered over a button down.


4. Dressy heels/wedges - In high school my version of dressy shoes was a six inch pair of peep toe platforms. I'm realizing the higher the heel doesn't mean higher class. Grab a short pair of very basic heels or wedges. I rarely wear the pair I got from work, but it's a good shoe to keep in the closet for a special business wear occasion.



5. Water Boot - The next time it rains you won't regret getting a pair of either rain boots or (my favorite) duck shoes. My mom and I were out the other day and she said these were really popular when she was in high school. I'm pretty sure they're about to make a come back. I plan on asking for a pair for christmas so I'll have them for Spring when it starts raining a lot. They're ugly at first glance, but these hybrid shoes have grown on me.


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6 mistakes I made my first semester of college


 My first semester is almost over, and while I've learned a lot I still feel like I'm completely lost. There's still so much that I don't know, which is understandable. But here are six things I did wrong this first semester (so far).

1. Letting someone else pick my courses for me - my school basically enrolled me in my classes for my first and second semester. They signed me up for 15 hours, which was way too much with my two jobs, and put me in a math class I didn't even need. Needless to say I will be double checking what my advisor tries to put me in for next semester. 

2. Skipping class every now and then - My math class is really dumb, way below my level, so I took that as an excuse to skip class. At one point I was only going to class once a week. I realized this wasn't the best method when I forgot to check the online homework page and missed a quiz. I'm getting out of the habit now, and instead of sitting in class learning things I already know I spend that time doing my homework. 

3. Taking too long to figure out a study schedule - We just finished midterms, and they were a kick in the pants. I never studied in high school, so I carried that over my first semester of college. Then I got my midterm grades back and realized it was time to buckle down. Now I'm tracking how much I study, specifically for Spanish because it's my most difficult class. I'm setting up a regular schedule and I'm starting to study earlier in the chapter, not just a few days before a test.

4. Not taking time for myself/friends - I have a really hard time saying no, so when people ask if I can take on a project at work or if I can come in earlier I use to always say yes. 

5. Using the same organizational system from High School - A few weeks ago I realized my planner had become obsolete. My $50 Erin Condren planner just wasn't flexible enough to do what I needed it to. I've recently started using a bullet journal with an extra moleskine I had lying around and It's been loads better. That plus a calendar app on my phone to keep up with my work schedule and interviews have really helped me be more organized with less. 

6. I bought all my textbooks - I'm really kicking myself in the pants for this one. I haven't used my math text book once this year, just the online access code. I ended up dropping a class that I rented two books for and I haven't even touched my speech book this year. This was my #1 mistake of my first semester. I definitely WILL NOT buy all my textbooks until I'm for certain I will need them. It was such a waste of money.

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Time of Crisis: On being scared



I swear I'm not depressed, or at least I don't think I am. I've just been thinking a lot about my life and where I want to be in five, ten, even fifty years and it makes me feel a little scared.

You know that tiny second you take before doing something really big, like right before jumping off the platform of the zip line, or telling your best friend you have a crush on them? Or you know that new google commercial where Jack Black and people say "ok" tons of times then the little kid asks google version of Siri if dogs dream?

That's how I feel right now, as if I'm crouched at the starting line of something monumental that is my life. And what scares me is that it might not be monumental. In my same retail job twenty years from now. There's nothing wrong with working in retail, but I feel as if I'm capable of so much more. I feel like I'm capable of leaving behind something of value. I know that's such a millennial/generation Z kinda thing to say but whatever. 

I'm scared by the prospect of failure. 

And yeah I determine what failure looks like in my life, and failure is just contentment or whatever motivational stuff you wanna throw at me. I've heard it. I get it. But that isn't stopping me from feeling how I'm feeling now.  

I'm having this existential crisis, which when I looked up is said to be a direct consequence of depression. At this point I'll reintegrate my first statement: I swear I'm not depressed.

It's my Erikson psycho social crisis, which I like a little bit better because I don't have to convince you that I'm not depressed. My scheduled identity crisis. My yearly checkup. First it was trust and mistrust and now this.

 I'm also scared because I see all these different paths I can take, but I'm not sure where any of them go. And I see all these things I can do and all these things I'm good at, but I don't know if I'm going to enjoy these things twenty years from now.

Sometimes I wish my parents would make the choice for me, because not knowing what I'm going to do with myself is the worst part. Part of me wants to pay a physic to ask what I'll be when I grow up, but the other part of me is saying you are a grown up, and that scares me too.

I don't see this getting any better before graduation either, I'm sure students getting ready to walk out with their degree are feeling the exact same way.

I really feel sorry for us.

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Are you a millennial feeling the same way about choosing a career path? Are you a real life grown up and have some advise for us? Was this post overly pessimistic? (yes) Comment below.

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On Crying


       God I hate crying. Like a lot. Actually who does like crying? You're all puffy, and wet, and venerable. My defense mechanism is to cry whenever I'm really really mad, or don't know what's going on.
       The reason crying sucks is because it makes you look weak, and I don't wanna go all feminist on you (but I totally can) but I don't really freaking hate that.
     
       What I think people think about me when I cry: 
             -What a baby. 
             -Her emotions are controlling her. 
             -She must be overwhelmed.
             -Poor thing
             -Someone needs a Pumpkin Spice Latte

       Another note, why are emotions so bad? I always feel guilty whenever I'm in a bad mood, like my bad mood will rub off on people and I'm just this storm cloud of gloom. It's like we have to be happy all the time, or we have to be crying our eyes out. (Sorry I tried to put a lid on the feminism thing, it just didn't work.) Women seem to have such extreme emotions, we're either suppose to be ecstatic about pointless stuff, or crying our eyes out because something isn't working how we want. Look at advertising! Have you ever seen a woman in advertising be like Meh, these clothes are cool?  NO! They're either laughing histarically at something, or looking super childish, or looking mean moto Better not take my bag like.

       I think my crying makes me a bad feminist. Like I'm suppose to be this bra burning brute with a scrillix hair cut. I know I know that's not what feminism really is, but it's the image we get. Most of the time I try to represent myself as a feminist: strong, independent woman who don't need no man and all that jazz. So whenever I cry, I feel like I'm sliding into the stereotype of a helpless girl.

        Have you ever seen that Grey's Anatomy episode when Dr. Yang cries and starts yelling "Somebody sedate me!"?
       That's basically how I feel when I cry.

       If you couldn't have guessed, I cried earlier this week.  Originally I was embarrassed by the fact that I cried, I tried really hard to hide it, even though it didn't work. I've kinda gotten over the embarrassment of it, but I'm not going around telling people I cried...Oh wait I guess I am. The point of this is that while crying does make you look like a baby, it's not a big deal. It happens, hopefully less frequently over time, but it happens.

BTW go follow @NoToFeminism  on Twitter.

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Links



For day when you over sleep

Staying safe on campus

Maybe we should start reading this before flu season

I've been checking this list a lot as we're starting to get ready to move into my first apartment

College girl's guide to using a planner

The weekend has been murdering my diet

I miss getting to design this kind of stuff. Design is something I really love, and I use to take so much inspiration from this website's typography. 

For scheduling blog posts

Wash key and how to hand wash stuff (like my scarves that are starting to get a stench)

on Goal setting

For your girls

My new Lingerie store (because sometimes a girl just wants some grown up undies (not that I can afford a $50 bra right now))

Almost time to start scouring this site

My non-slutty Halloween Costume

Budgeting for my first Apartment and another moving checklist

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Taking Stock: September Week 4

Where have I been the last two weeks? Honestly I feel like I've been in a daze between working two jobs, going to school full time, and spending time with my family and boyfriend. Unfortunately my blog is the first thing that gets pushed aside during busy weeks, for that I apologize. I could write a whole post about why I'm so busy, and how I feel overwhelmed sometimes, but I don't think it would benefit anyone, so I'll get right into my goals for the week.

Wanting: To move into my new apartment FINALLY
Reading:  Their Eyes were watching God for English
Wearing:My new Army Green Jacket from work
Bookmarking: Duolingo a free game for studying spanish right on your phone
Feeling: Anxious for the coming week
Planning: What I need to bring to ACL next month!
Loving: My Kindle paperwhite
Watching: The Maze Runner tonight!

I have been keeping weekly goals the past two weeks, and here are last week's.

1. Keep up with reading for English
2. Blog 2 times
3. Get an A on my Math test
4. Read 1/2 of Bad Feminist
5. Learn spanish Vocabulary words
6. Bring water bottle to class everyday
7. Do research for speech
8. Go Running at least once
9. Write two newspaper stories
10. Have a lunch date with my sister

Here's this week's goals:

1. Look at and Apply for an apartment
2. Miss no deadlines at work
3. Post 3 times
4. Bring a watter bottle to class everyday
5. Keep up with English reading
6. Lose 3 lb
7. Have a lunch date with my sister
8. Make Spanish Flashcards on Sunday (Today!)
9. Study Spanish Flashcards 20 min everyday
10. Go running at least once

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On Coming Clean

twitter

       I've started using Twitter a lot, and it's made me think about the idea of exposing yourself. Sometimes I feel like I/we use Twitter as a place to complain, other times I see it as a useful tool to connect people in real time, like earlier this month when #whyistayed and #whyileft were going around or live tweeting during the EWA conference. But I also spend a lot of my time on Twitter talking about how late I am, or how much I need coffee to get through my mornings. Is it this new cultural norm to want everyone to know everything about my life? Do I really see myself as that important?

       I suppose the proper Millennial/Generation Z answer would be well of course. But it's not just 90's kids on Twitter, from what I can tell there are tons of older people on Twitter and other social media as well. In school it's all about how you perceive yourself. When I went through training at the Shorthorn they told me "Perception is Reality" which is the basis of that scary movie that just came out "As above, So below". Basically, if you make it look like you're charming and put together, then you are.

       Then we have things like this blog. I do a lot of journal entry type posts where I admit to feeling scared, or embarrassed, or mad, or whatever. Yeah yeah employers see this stuff like my peer mentor said in a learn-how-to-college class I have to go to. But are the ideas or experienced of me as a college freshman that impactful on my work ethic or whatever else needed to determine hireability? I guess the better question is does exposing your personal/emotional/spiritual/whatever life give people a reason to look down on you when perception is reality?

       One of my professors quoted proverbs 17:28 this week "even the foolish are thought wise if they keep silent." Does that mean people see me as stupid if I admit to feeling a certain way? Then again I personally respect brute honesty from people. I like it when someone tells me they're feeling overwhelmed, it makes me want to do whatever I can to help them. I also like when people tell met they're mad, or disappointed in me. (On aside, I really hate disappointing people or not living up to expectations. Most of the time I come up with these overly ambitious expectations for myself anyway but that's another post.)

       If perception is reality, and I'm showing off that I have emotions and self doubts, and all these other flaws, does that make me a flawed person? I think the answer lies within the question. Yes perception is realiaty, I think the problem is with social media in general. Especially sites like Linkedin, and Facebook where only future employers and grandmothers look. I'm putting my best self up on these types of sites so people think I'm smart, and charming and whatever else. Wouldn't it be a better experience if employers/people knew the worst about us? Again I respect brute honesty, and that's why I give it when people can take it. Maybe linkedin needs a "Things I really suck at" list instead of an endorsement list.

       I think what social media needs in a human element, which is why twitter so so successful. On twitter you can see the good AND the bad sides of me. You can see that I'm late to class sometimes, or that I really didn't agree with a person. The thing with social media is it doesn't have to all be sunshine and rainbows and endorsement lists.  People make up the internet, so making us appear non-human (i.e. perfect happy socialites all the time) is making a fake world.

       I don't known, I think I'm thinking myself in circles to ignore studying for a spanish test. What do you think? Does brute honesty about yourself make you weak? Why should we think we matter on social media? When does Social Media go too far? 

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Spoken Word poetry


This guy is such an amazing performer! His album of spoken word poetry is on preorder now!


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Do not mis those years, anyway, this week is just a collection of stuff I've been reading, and it's a lot about journalism. I've decided to switch my major next semester to full fledged Journalism after getting the opportunity to attend the Education Writer's Association conference this past weekend at SMU. Anyway here's some links.

How to interview people

Bath time!

I've got a thing for spoken word poetry. Here's my favorite poet, Neil Hilborn and his new album.

How to stay well in college

You ever feel so stressed that you wanna eat yourself?

A new song from Donald Glover?

In case you were wanting to start blogging

Might as well if your man has it on

10 tips for aspiring Journalists

How to Tweet your Beat

#whyIstayed has some really powerful stories out there.

On that note check out the power of the #

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Habit of the week: Stop Complaining...even online

Here's a new regular Imma start doing, my habit of the week. I'll talk about a habit I'm trying to make or break and post some tips for how I plan to do so. I've got a lot of good ideas for this, but if you think of some you should comment below!

This week's habit is to stop complaining.

Those people who are always complaining are such a drag, and when you think about it the world isn't going to end because you had to park in the punishment lot at school. 

Check out this post from Tiny Buddha on how to complain less and be happier

Or this one from Life Hack if you're feeling a little less zen

And you'll probably get mad at people who get to complain this week so here's an article about how to deal with cronic complainers from Psychology Today

But we still gotta vent, so here's how to know the difference

For me I like to journal when I'm feeling complainey... is that a word? (The red squiggle under the word says no)

And btw about the music industry

And even though 42% of people who complain about customer service via social media get a response in 60 min, It's not an excuse then there's nothing anyone can do about it. Complaining is one of the main reasons I don't like using twitter so much.

Sometimes I feel like complaining is the most pointless thing ever, and it's basically science that listening to too much complaining is bad for you.

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Taking Stock: September Week one

Not gonna lie, I'm feeling exhausted after a full week of work and school. I was really good about waking up and getting my work done, but I'm not use to this pace yet. During summer I'd wake up, workout, and go to work almost every day. Now I'm doing twice as much. Anyway enough complaining.

Wanting: My stamps I ordered last week for my planner to come in...for real though
Reading: My Spanish Flashcards
Wearing: My White chucks that really need a washing

Bookmarking: IFL Science! 
Feeling: Ready to take on a new week
Planning: Roadtripping it to Oklahoma tomorrow to gamble
Loving: My phone, I'd be so lost without it
Watching: Season finale of the LEFTOVERS! (Also pumped for American Horror Story) 


Here are last week's goals (which I realize I never posted)

1. Make all my spanish flashcards for chapter 1
2. Bring a water bottle to class every day
3. Post 4 times
4. Buy my english textbook
5. Workout two times
6. Have a proper date night
7. SERIOUSLY finish "Is everyone hanging out without me"
8.Write two news stories
9. Get my eyebrows done
10. Fix my work availability

This week's goals
  1. Get an A on my Spanish quiz on friday
  2. Call/facetime my high school friends
  3. Wash my Chucks
  4. Post four times
  5. Track my water
  6. Send my friend a birthday present by Wednesday
  7. Drink NO soda
  8. Write two news stories
  9. Finish all my Spanish, English, and math homework
  10. Workout two times

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Complaining about The Punishment Lot

If you've ever seen Weeds from 2005, there's an episode called "The punishment light". In the show the main character is a drug dealer  to a really nice gated community. Anyway, here's her explination of the punishment light (warning there's a F bomb)



Anyway, there's this parking lot at the very bottom of this picture to the right. That little cluster of three lots on the south side of Doug Russell Road, that's the Punishment lot. At the tippy top of the map is the University Center, where the news room is...

And if you show up fifteen minutes before your 10 am class, you will have to park in the punishment lot (or Hell lot, I've used both terms)

I'm pretty sure my scalp is sunburnt from having to walk from the punishment lot two or three times a week.

I can't even write the length of the trek from the punishment lot to the UC.

And the one day you have to park out there, is the day you're toeing two camera bags and a backpack full of books and your lunch because you're too poor to buy anything in the UC.

My habit for this coming week is to stop complaining, so I had to get this out before Sunday.

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How to study flashcards like a boss



Flashcards are such a powerful study tool and I think they're essential for college. So many classes rely on rote memorization, and flashcards paired with serious study time are are essential to making the grade. I especially use them in classes with a lot of vocab.

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4 apps to check every day in College



I'm starting to realize the importance of staying connected. Wether it's an email from your professor, a phone call from work, or a trending topic on Twitter that your editor needs a brief on by noon, staying connected is the only way to stay on top of everything that goes on.

1. Blackboard - or whatever app your school uses to post grades, syllabi, and other class stuff. Check your grades, check due dates.

2.  NYTnow - We don't have all day, but no matter how busy we get, there's no excuse to not be informed about our world. With the NYTnow app, you get a bite-sized news feed you can finish on the way to your first class. Especially if you're writing news, you need to know what's going on. Yes it costs money, but $2 a week and a few minutes a day to be completely in the know is worth it if you ask me.

3. Your email... all of them - Take five minutes and connect your school email to your phone. I can't even tell you how helpful it is, especially with work. If I'm trying to get in contact with a source email is often the FIRST place I go to set up interviews. Also, if a professor decides to make a change to the syllabus at 10 the night before, you'll be totally in the know come class time.

4. Planner Plus - This app is freaking awesome. If you wanted you could make this your only planner. I only use it for scheduling because I prefer a paper planner, and I always feel a little rude pulling out my phone or ipad when adding in assignments during class. I put in all of my classes, and weekly meetings, then I'm able to schedule interviews, homework times and appointments. By looking at your weekly schedule as a whole, you really get a sense of how much time you have in your day and what you should/could be working on. You could use the calendar on your phone, but I like planner plus because there's more options for repeating dates.

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Holy crap

college, stress


It's wednesday and I haven't done anything but school and work. I had to bail on something just to get a date night in with Adrian. I've been working for the paper a lot, and trying to study a lot. I decided to drop one of my classes already because 15 hours was just a little too much with my two jobs.

I really enjoy college, and working at the paper. It's hard to balance my life at school and my life with my family. Not to mention keeping up with my blog. To even write this, I had to schedule myself to wakeup three hours before my first class to squeeze in some time.

I don't have any early morning classes, so I feel like I'm going to start using the mornings as my study/blogging time. I really am a morning person when I get my sleep. I may even start to workout in the mornings like I had originally hoped.

I really really like working for the Shorthorn. I secretly love being busy, and I love getting the opportunity to learn more about what I love to do. Working on the Shorthorn is really pushing me to switch my major to journalism all together, but it's early in the semester.

I'm eager for everything to mellow out a little more. I don't like that I have to keep checking my schedule because I don't know what class I have next, or I have to do a double take at the directory.

A lot of kids from my high school are at UTA, so it's kinda nice knowing at least someone. But I'm starting to realize that just because we went to school together for four years doesn't mean we have to be friends. It's like this weird sense of freedom when I think about meeting new people. Everything is voluntary, If I wanted to sit in my classrooms all day and go straight home after class, I totally could. I'm realizing that college is what you make it. And by working at the Shorthorn, and striking up conversations in my speech class, I'm taking charge of my own social life...ok that might be a little dramatic, but you get the point.

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Taking Stock August week 4

Wanting: My stamps I ordered last week for my planner to come in

Reading: My Spanish textbook very slowly

Wearing: This super cute sweatshirt from Pink
Bookmarking: This Board of College Organization tips
Feeling: Scared about having 15 hours of classes and two jobs... 
Planning: On dropping my poli sci class
Loving: My EC planner, because I'd be lost without it this week
Watching: Last two episodes of the Leftovers!



  1. Write 2 stories for the paper
  2. Bring my lunch to work everyday
  3. Put my Syllabi dates and assignments in my planner
  4. Post 5 times to the college girl daily
  5. Track H2O all week
  6. Write up a budget for our apartment
  7. Drink no soda all week
  8. Finish reading "Is everyone hanging out without me" 
  9. Get my oil changed
  10. Make a study schedule for the school year based off Syllabi
  11. Paint my nails
Here's this week's goals

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The first days of college


I can't believe it's only been two days so far. I was working at the paper all week before school started, and between that, my job at LOFT, and taking 15 hours of classes I'm already beat from the first two days of school. I hit the weekend with a page long to do list and was starting to feel kinda nervous about this whole college thing.

Wednesday night, before the first day of school, I was working on the paper til four in the morning for production night. Before that I was at work, and before that I was working at the paper, all in one day. Yes it's crazy, but I realize not everyday will be like that. Like with a new job, it will take some time to get use to the pace of things in college. During my senior year I was taking seven electives out of eight classes, now I'm rushing from Poli Sci to Math, to my paper job, to English, to work.

I haven't exactly figured out how I want to organize my classes or my notes. I've just kinda been putting everything into my planner in Mav's orange and I'm going to hope for the best. Another hard thing I've noticed in just two days is I don't have a lot of time to eat healthy. I totally see how the freshman 15 can creep up on you. Most days I'm out of the house for both lunch and dinner, so I pack a lunch of whatever's at the house, then end up buying my dinner at work.

There's so much going on and I'm secretly in love with it all.

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The only thing better than this song is this music video. Hon
“You have the wrong body for ballet, and at thirteen you are too old to be considered.”

This girl's website is so inspirational I love her tips for a healthy school year.

Nails for Fall

OMG yes please

So good to know for when I start buying my own food


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Taking Stock: August Week 4

I can't believe I'm finally starting college. It feels like 12 years in the making. Anywhere here's a little about my week.

Wanting: These Planner stamps from Studio Le 2 I ordered these today but there on pre-order :(
Reading: Is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling (Still)
Wearing: This striped infinity scarf from work
Bookmarking: Mostly Morgan
Feeling: Anxious to start Reporter job, and school

Planning: My meals for the wee. I'm going to be out of the house 
Loving: My Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil in Ash Brown 
Watching: My Boyfriend play the Silent Hill demo and basically hiding under the covers the whole time.



Last week got really crazy because of last minute orientation at the Shorthorn for my new (second) job! Regardless I managed to get a few things done on my list.
  1. Book trip for Oklohoma - Adrian and I decided to make a day trip out of it so no need for a hotel room
  2. Buy a voice Recorder for school - I decided not to get a recorder, just a little too expensive.
  3. Clean my Room
  4. Figure out and write down goals for fall semester - I'll be doing a post later this week about them and my plans on reaching them.
  5. Track my H2O all week
  6. Finish Reading "Is Everyone hanging out without me" by Mindy Kaling
  7. Journal 3 times this week
  8. Post 4 times to the College girl daily
  9. Workout 3 times this week
  10. Go to Yoga 4 times this week - Made it twice, but again my schedule was changed.
On to this week which just so happens to be the first week of school!
  1. Write 2 stories for the paper
  2. Bring my lunch to work everyday
  3. Put my Syllabi dates and assignments in my planner
  4. Post 5 times to the college girl daily
  5. Track H2O all week
  6. Write up a budget for our apartment
  7. Drink no soda all week
  8. Finish reading "Is everyone hanging out without me" 
  9. Get my oil changed
  10. Make a study schedule for the school year based off Syllabi
  11. Paint my nails
I know I added an 11th but I couldn't ignore myself this week. I figure I'll need a little pampering with the stress of the first week of school.

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Moving in Together

Will this by my boyfriend and I when we move in together later this fall?

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Yoga/Study Playlist


I'm tired of going to yoga and listening to nothing but Oooohs and Ummmmms over some rhythmic drums, it makes me feel like I'm in a freaking séance.  Here's a playlist of some much less creepy music for yoga  or studying that won't be distracting during practice. Open up a new tabs and try listening while you scroll buzzfeed, but here's what's on the list

1. "Our Swords" by Band of Horses
2."Intro" by The Xx
3."Wait" by M83
4."Video Games" by Lana Del Rey
5."Babys" by Bon Iver
6."Fake Empire" by The National
7. "Kettering" by The Antlers
8. "Colorblind" by Counting Crows

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Haim



I'm telling you I love Haim, but this new Remix from A$AP Ferg is pretty freaking awesome too! I like some rap music, and this is right on the dot!

Check out this article about the remix that released earlier today.

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Fancy Ponytail: A call to childhood

Go ahead and grab some headphones and hit play before reading the rest of this post...I'll wait. We good?

I'm jealous of people with little girls. I have a nephew, who's fun and all, but my sister would scream if I tried putting him in a cute little hair bow (sexist, but true). Little girls get all the fun, cool things when it comes to hair. I mean look at this!
 For a while like during junior year, I loved those REALLY big hair bows, think little mermaid style bow. I was determined that fun hair wasn't limited for ages 5 and under. My bow was black, and had a barrette, so I could put it high on my head and still have swoopy bangs. My co-workers at my old job always called it princess hair, and I thought this was as fancy as it got.

 Since I've become a manager at my new job, I've realized pretty pretty princess hair wasn't the best look to go for. It's childish, and looking like a kid makes people think you're a kid. Enter a comeback of the hair ribbon.

Ponytail + black ribbon = Casual Fancy

The Trick is keeping your ponytail low and loose. Every single day I go to work attempting to keep my hair down, but end up throwing it in a pony during the day. The problem would be looking professional from the neck down, and like I'm headed to the gym on top. Throw in a subtle black ribbon and you're feminine, and still put together.
#missionaccomplished


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Fall Leisure reading Book List: September- December

      I'm pretty sure I won't have as much time as I'd like once school starts to read for pleasure, but I'm determined to get at least one leisure book per month. Here's what I plan on reading for fun this fall.

1. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay in September - I consider myself a feminist, Gay's essays go over feminism today and what we can do better. "Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better." via Amazon



2. "Never let me go" by Kazu Ishiguro  in October - I don't know much about this one but buzzfeed says..."There’s nothing easy about reading Never Let Me Go, because it has an honesty that will make you question so many things. Like the social alienation of specific groups of people, and the painful fact that love can be lost or missed, all because of timing. It’s beautiful, haunting, and complex. Did I also mention it’s science fiction? Yeah, go read this." via. Buzzfeed


3."Make up: your guide to beauty, style, and success -- online and off" by Michelle Pham in November - I LOVE Michelle Pham, I've watched her videos for years and she announced a book this past Monday to be released October 21st. I already pre-ordered it for the special book cover.


4. "The Leftovers" by Tom Perrotta in December - By boyfriend and I have been watching this on HBO and I freaking love it. If you (or let's be honest your parents) don't have HBO grab the book for in between classes. The book isn't getting sparkling reviews on Amazon, but I'm hopeful.



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On Jealousy



A friend from high school came into work today. She was telling me about how her roommate (at Arkansas University) decided to switch schools, and how she might get a double to herself. All I could think about how I plan on changing the curtains in my room at home...

In the next two weeks most all of my friends will be moving away for the semester to these exotic schools many states away. God I'm jealous. I wish I was buying shower caddies, and laundry bags, and hanging shoe racks. I wish I had to find ways to get along with an annoying roommate and I wish I had to eat that awful dining hall food.

But it's all worth it, I keep telling myself. I'm saving so much money by living at home, and by going to a local school. Deciding that I don't want thousands of dollars worth of student debt, shouldn't be this hard. 

There isn't even a reason I ought to feel jealous, for the most part there isn't anything that says one school is better than another when it comes to a degree. My dad always quotes Dave Ramsey saying a degree is a degree is a degree. But when I tell people that I'm going to my local university, why is it that people smile very kindly and say, "well that's a good school".

I don't think success depends on how great your school is, but rather how hard you work. Call me Horatio Alger, but I feel like I have the potential to succeed no matter what school I go to. I'm not going to some Ivy league college, for some super competitive degree.

My boyfriend and I are looking for an apartment, and maybe once we start moving and settling down ourselves I won't feel so bad. Honestly I don't want to go to school far away, I'm perfectly happy with where I am. I have a loving boyfriend, and a great job, and a college program that I can be proud of. But watching everyone pack up and leave gives me with a need for action. I'm eager to move out, to start school, to start my life the same way I see people around me starting theirs.

I'm sorry I offer no advise on jealousy, I know that's typically the type of thing I do. But maybe ya'll have some for me. How can I be jealous when I don't what what others have?

photo via. Death to Stock Photo

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Fashion Inspiration: The black skirt

I was digging through my closet this week when I found a short, fit & flair black skirt that my mom use to wear. It's one of those classics that never go out of style, so I dug up some different ways to outfit this classic for fall.

A preppy, fitted button down and sweater combo with basic black booties. Preppy and very clean, I love the pleats on her skirt.


Casual and flirty denim, I'd probably skip the heels and go for some practical/sporty chucks, but that's just me.

Over sized sweater with pushed up sleeves and flats so it doesn't look too slouchy/sloppy.

We're seeing a pattern with the sweaters thing. With the blue being so dark, you'd think this would be a fashion rule breaker, but with the scarf and tights it really brightens up the entire outfit.

This outfit is really good for those transitional periods between summer and the cooler days of fall. I LOVE the brown belt on the black dress and the tucked button down. It's very clean and cinches at the waist. 






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