Inspiration, a fresh slate, and general good feels

Ok, time to get back to my corner of cyberspace that I’ve been badly neglecting. Updates: winter break is over, and tomorrow begins spring semester filled with horrors such as ~*rEpOrTiNg*~ and *~oRgO cHeM~* — both notoriously difficult classes for which I already may have a tiny knot of anxiety in the pit of my stomach.

But, it’s ok. I feel good. Even though I know it’s just the naiveté that comes with the beginning of the semester, I just have to remember what this moment of motivation and purpose feels like to pull me through the rough days. Easier said than done, I know, but all I can do is try.


The goals: 1) Emerge from this semester fully satisfied with what I’ve accomplished and the work I’ve put in. No ra-grets. 2) Get some bomb-ass clips out there in different styles of writing that I’ve always wanted to try my hand at. Maybe even creative writing???? We’ll see. 3) Be healthy and happy with who I am. This running thing is going pretty well so far, and with the end in sight (my first half-marathon in February) it’ll be exciting to set new fitness goals. 4) Be fearless. There are so many things I am hesitant about publishing or pursuing because I’m stupidly speculating how it’ll be received and am wary of judgement. I don’t have the time or energy to waste on that pettiness anymore.

That’s the dream for 2015. I love this feeling of a fresh start, and can only try to make the best of it. Also, like most writers, having blank notebooks excites me to an almost irrational level, so that’s always a major plus of starting a new semester of school. ‘Til tomorrow!

How to Beat the Monday Slump

Monday: the day of the week when getting out of bed is the hardest. It’s on this day that each minute of class feels like an hour. It’s when your levels of “can’t even” reach peak heights. If you’re looking to improve your Monday experience and make it slightly more bearable, check out these tips.

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Popular Health Foods: Buy or Skip?

It feels like there’s a new diet fad to try out or a new health food to taste test every week. Here’s a breakdown of the most recent crazes and whether or not they’re worth your time and money.

1. Kale
Kale has exploded on the health food market in recent months with endless recipes and possibilities from kale chips to juice and everything in between. Touted as a “super food,” kale purportedly has high calcium, Vitamin K, Vitamin C and beta carotene content.

Verdict: Buy. Kale, as a leafy green veggie, definitely has tons of nutritional benefits and is easily incorporated into your diet in smoothies, salads and snacks. That being said, don’t go overboard with it like Jake Gyllenhaal. An all-kale diet sounds both unhealthy and miserable.

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Why You Don’t Need to be on a Gluten-free Diet

It seems like almost overnight, gluten-free products have flooded our grocery store shelves. From beer to makeup, chances are you can find a gluten-free substitute if you’re looking for one. But what is gluten, and is it really as harmful as so many people and food companies claim? Before you shell out the cash for the often over-priced gluten-free products on the market, here are the facts:

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5 Benefits of Having Early classes

Maybe you were late for class registration; maybe it was the only section available; or maybe you actually made a conscious decision to schedule your classes earlier in the day. Whatever the reason may be, you’re stuck with early classes. There are going to be mornings when your alarm goes off and you can’t even fathom getting out of bed, but take a look on the bright side of things. Here are some of the benefits of being a morning lark to motivate you to get out of bed and embody the proverbial early bird:

1. Better grades in school
According to a 2008 study at a Texas University, students who identified themselves as a morning people received an average 3.5 GPA, which was a full point higher than the 2.5 GPA of their night owl counterparts. That’s a pretty stark difference for a study that surveyed more than 800 students! All of you collegiettes™ stuck with early labs and lectures can wake up each morning knowing that the chances for success in school are statistically in your favor.

2. Higher mental stability
According to a Harvard researcher in a 2010 study, morning people were described as more agreeable, optimistic, proactive, conscientious, and satisfied with life. Meanwhile, evening people were described as pessimistic, neurotic, and depressed. With the stress of classes, exams, work, and other obligations, all of us could use a little more optimism in our life!

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5 Snacks to Keep in Your Dorm at All Times

Put down the Ben & Jerry’s, collegiettes™! Late-night studying can make you crave all things sugary, salty, and greasy. Keep these healthy alternatives on hand in case of emergency, and you’ll never be study-hungry again!

1. Frozen Bananas

Cheap, sweet, creamy, and convenient. Bananas are a fantastic alternative to ice cream. Cut up a couple, and throw them in your freezer. You’ll have a perfect snack that’ll save you a ton of calories (and guilt) the next morning. Eat with a bit of peanut butter or a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

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This post was a top chapter article on Her Campus, on Jan. 15, 2014!

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