Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Black & Gold

Well.... the temperature rose again. Advice for living in the south - just be on your toes. You'd think by the time December rolled around, the weather would've finally committed to being hot or cold. But alas, that's Georgia for ya. And global warming. Anyways, I hope everyone is surviving their final exams! I'm actually writing this during a study break I set for myself, so it feels nice to be able to breathe for the next 15 or 20 minutes. Whether you're enduring finals, or are just in the midst of a stressful time of the year, there are ways you can push through this time AND still keep your head on. I'm going to share a few of my tips with you all on the Stares today. 

1) Just. Breathe. Literally. Get up, move away from the environment that's causing you stress (I suggest somewhere outside where fresh air can be attained) and take deep breaths while counting backwards from 20 Mississippi. Cliche, but it really does work!

Tip # 2: Take your work to an area that you feel comfortable/happy in. A lot of people may tell you to go to some cold, quiet place to help organize your concentration. But for me personally, I find that I can't get a lot done unless I'm super comfortable (whether that be in a comfortable space or comfortable attire). I like being in spaces that announce good energy. That doesn't necessarily mean somewhere noisy or chaotic. For example, this whole past week I left my apartment to go study at my sister's place because she has a heaven sent bed, her room is decorated with really appealing lights, and she has all these wonderful candles with all these soothing aromas. How could my mind not feel at peace there!

Tip #3: Eat something sweet! Rejuvenate all the endorphins you lost during those long study/work hours. And while your at it, why don't you eat your new endorphin filled goodie with a happy TV show or movie? By the time your show/movie is over, you'll be nice and motivated to pick up the books again! Fun fact: During study season, I keep pieces if candy with me in my purse for when I feel my focus deflating. God Bless you Hershey's Kisses.

Tip #4: Now get organized! Before you start taking on your work load, organize how you want to get things done. Whether that means making lists, schedules, outlines, etc., you will definitely feel a lot better getting tasks done if they're ordered and neat.

Tip #5: Believe in yourself. Sometimes it's easy to forget all that we are capable of when all we can see are hurdles in front of us. But the core power in reaching a goal or getting what you want is to simply believe that you can. Anyone can see all the potential you possess, but none of that really matters if you can't see it in yourself. Even if things don't go the way you want them to, know that A) everything happens for a reason and B) you can't actually fail unless you give up. So keep your head and heart held high, and keep pushing! I believe in you, and so should you.
Hat: by Olive & Oique
Tank: by Forever21
Jeans: by Cotton Exchange
Plaid button-up: by L.L.Bean
Jewelry: Miscellaneous
Shoes: by Charlotte Russe

Photography by Joy Etuk

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