A project idea worth blogging about…

So I was hit with a great idea while on Pinterest today (I spend too much time on there…). Anyways, there was a pin that linked to a website: www.lovetwenty.com and it’s got all this cool stuff about being a woman in your twenties and different projects and information about being in your twenties.

I got to exploring around and found a page called “10 Books Every Girl Should Read in Her Twenties”. Well, here I am almost twenty a girl and a lover of books so I figured, this should be worth a look at. The books they have listed are all books I have never read but have heard about. They also provided little summaries and personal opinions on why the book is important enough for a twenty-something girl to read.

So then I got to thinking some more and why just stop at ten? I bet I could make a list of over one hundred books that I would want to read before my twenties fly by! And that was when I got the brilliant idea: I’m gonna make a list of over one hundred titles that I believe need to be read before I turn thirty and read all of them.

This is what the website gave me as must-reads for your twenties:

  • Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1) by Sophie Kinsella
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
  • The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
  • Bitches on a Budget: Sage Advice for Surviving Tough Times in Style by Rosalyn Hoffman
  • What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self by Ellyn Spragins
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • What Did I Do Wrong? by Liz Pryor
  • 20-Something, 20-Everything: A Quarter-life Woman’s Guide to Balance and Direction by Christine Hassler
  • Single: The Art of Being Satisfied, Fulfilled and Independent by Judy Ford

I have a few ideas of books to add, but it might take a while for me to think of over one hundred before tomorrow. I’ll keep a running list somewhere and when I’m done I’ll post it up on here and get to work!
Enjoy your week!
~J
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How to Survive Finals Week: A Day by Day Process

Happy Monday everyone!

This week, I will be posting each day about surviving finals week. Today is all about surviving Monday and preparing yourself for the rest of the week.

So, its finals week. I’m so done with school and homework and studying. But this is the most important week of the semester, I’ve gotta try extra hard this week and study my butt off and stay up late and survive on potato chips and coffee. WRONG!

Here are somethings you need to remember about finals week in order to come out of it alive and still human:

  1. Sleep is your friend, but consistent sleep is your best friend! It is necessary for your brain and your body to be in a consistent sleeping pattern this week. This means no staying up till 3AM cramming or watching Youtube (guilty). This also means no sleeping in till 3 in the afternoon. Figure out when your finals are and where and then create a sleep schedule. I suggest keeping it the same every night, but I understand if you a have a day or two between some of your finals. You should sleep  no less than 6 hours and no more than 8. Why? From personal experience, sleeping too little causes you to feel sleepy especially when sitting for more than an hour. Sleeping too much can also have to same effect and personally I think it’s even worse than sleeping too little. If you have trouble falling asleep, drink something hot before bed and study a little. Do not drink coffee (duh) try hot chocolate or I drink warm milk (nummy). 
  2. Food is good for the tummy and the grey matter. By grey matter I mean your brain. The very first thing you must do when you wake up is eat something! Before you shower, do make up, go potty or whatever else you do eat some food! Satisfying your hunger keeps one more thing off of your mind and helps your brain to concentrate on more important things like your stinkin’ final. It’s also rather embarrassing when your tummy growls like a lion in the middle of a dead-quiet classroom.
  3. Talk to your room mate to let him/her know when your finals are and when you plan to sleep and wake up.  There’s nothing like being woken up at 6 in the morning by your room mate stumbling around getting ready for their final. It’s especially nice when they were up till 4 studying with the lights on and music playing while your trying to get your 6-8 hours of Zs in. So talk to your room mate and figure out when each other’s finals are and when you plan on getting some sleep. If your room mate is like a stinkin’ ghost and you only see them maybe once a week, write your schedule on a card and tack it to your day. This also lets other people in your hall know what’s going on. (This picture really has nothing to do with talking to your room mate, I just thought it was cute!)
  4. It’s ok to have a cup of coffee before the final.  Caffeine helps to get you moving! Just don’t drink five gallons of the stuff. I also suggest chewing gum right before your final, especially mint gum. Mint helps to keep you awake, just don’t be that annoying person who brings hard candy to class and opens the plastic wrappers while everyone else is trying to take a test.

This is basically what you need to think about today. Now I’ll go through and tell you how I personally prepared myself for finals.

Over the weekend, I studied in shifts of an hour to half an hour. During my breaks I would do stuff like laundry or dishes to get my body moving around. Keep the blood moving! I took two hour breaks for lunch and dinner but my normal breaks were about an hour. You may not be able to study they way I do, but it’s good to consider taking time for yourself and do something not class related.

I went to bed around 10:30 and my final today was at 8AM. I woke up at 6:30 cutting it close to over 8 hours of sleep. I made myself some coffee, ate a breakfast bar and did not worry about make up or showering. I just put some sweatpants and a t shirt on and pulled my hair back so it didn’t annoy the heck outta me while I was bent over my test paper. If you have early morning finals, you don’t need to worry about taking a shower or putting on your make up. Just wait till you’re done with your final and then take care of all that jazz. If you have to look super good when you take your final with 20 other people who could care less how you look this morning, get up earlier.

After my final I had to work which actually turned out to be a good thing. Most people will probably go back to bed after an early morning final, but if you keep yourself busy with something you feel refreshed. I had planned on sleeping until noon after my final, but since I stayed awake I feel productive and good about myself. Plus, it gave me time to write this for you guys!

So that’s it for today, think about the points I mad earlier and prepare for your last week of the semester!

~J

Crazy busy!

It’s the weekend!

I’m sorry I haven’t been able to blog much this week, it’s been super crazy busy! Studying for finals, packing up ALL my junk, work and hanging out with my future roomie most of this week. I know it doesn’t sound all that busy, but trust me it’s crazy! I’m actually writing this on my lunch break that’s how crammed I am for time!

I know I didn’t get to post a video Thursday so I’ll post one today on this post for you 🙂

Also, I  might be making some “schedule” changes to when I post certain things. My summer is going to be busier than I thought and with limited internet access it will be hard to keep up. I will post the “new schedule” soon!

Have a great weekend!

~J

 

No Need to Stress

Finally it’s the weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Seeing as how I only have not even a full week of classes left, I have decided that instead of stressing over grades and studying and what-not I’m just gonna try and relax. Yes, I will study for my finals but I can’t promise to put in 110% in my last days of classes. Luckily, my last day in most of my classes we are simply going over what will be on our final.

And you know what’s awesome? Only on of my finals is cumulative and we are allowed to use our handy-dandy notebooks on it! And seeing as how I have never skipped this class once and I take careful notes, I’m fairly confidant in getting a good grade outta that final. I’m actually really hoping I do cause I have a crummy overall grade in that class anyways : P My other two finals are in classes that I really like and in subjects that I’m actually good at (cough art history cough).

So I’ve basically decided that it’s too late to change anything and I can only keep going forward and planning ahead, like I said earlier this week “Keep On Truckin'”

Have a great weekend!

~J

Keep on truckin’…

So here’s the thing.

I was planning on leaving school for summer break on May third but I recently discovered that I have to stay till the seventh. No biggie really, except that I was also planning on going to a Kentucky Derby party that Saturday, and also play with my band at a senior center on Friday. So now I have to cancel playing at the senior center and I can’t go to the Derby party in my awesome Derby costume (I was gonna be a 5 foot 10 jockey). Plus, I’m just bummed that I won’t be able to go home as soon as I had liked and have to stay an extra four days.

But you know what? It doesn’t matter. Sure, I was angry and upset and stressed for a few hours but then I got to thinking: I can’t do anything to change it. I can’t whine my way into fixing it. So I’ll just live with it.

And you know, that’s how I’ve been trying to get through everything that happens to me in my life. Just live with it and keep thinking ahead. I’ve made plans to see a musical and go out to eat this weekend, and next week my future roomie and I are gonna make some Oreo thingies for a friend’s birthday and then that weekend make some tie-dye t-shirts for next semester.

So I guess what I’m trying to get at is that there is no use in dwelling and stressing over things you can’t change. The best way to get over the crap that happens is to just keep on truckin’…