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How I Discovered the Importance of Slowing Down & Breathing

It's 11:51pm on a Saturday night and I'm wide awake. I shouldn't be, because I've been awake since 7am and am currently sick and fighting a pretty bad cold so this lack of sleep is definitely not what I need. I had the plans to go to bed early but my anxiety had other plans (so did the fire alarm in my apartment building but that's a story for another day.)

As I sit here in my bed wrapped in my weighted blanket hoping that it helps calm me down, I realized that the topic of stress and anxiety and something that I seldom talk about here on Northern Prepster, yet as a college student, both of those things have a fairly large presence in my life, so I want to talk about it.

I don't usually share posts like this because they are very personal, but I want to be transparent on here and know that as many of my readers are college students and as we prepare to head into finals season (aka stress city), that maybe sharing my experience with stress and anxiety and how I've learned to cope with it will be beneficial for others. 

I Almost Transferred, But Here's Every Reason Why I Didn't

If I'm being completely honest, I was never planning on telling anyone that I almost transferred from USC. Partially because I didn't want to face the questions about why I thought about it or how long it had been on my mind, but also because looking back on it, thinking about transferring is one the silliest things I've ever done. 

A Brighter & More Confident Smile with Smile Brilliant

News flash: I'm slightly obsessed with coffee.

Before college, I would have coffee every so often, drinking it only because I associated it with productivity.

Now that I'm a junior in college & life is coming at me at 100mph, I drink coffee because I need it to function. But with my constant coffee consumption came a smile that I wasn't so confident with.

I had tried whitening stripes & whitening toothpastes, but nothing gave me the desired results.

Then, I found Smile Brilliant.

Tuesday Thoughts vol. 4

Tuesday Thoughts: a weekly post where I share a quote that had an impact on me. From deep quotes about life to silly quotes about remembering to smile, if it affects me, I'll share it. 

Today's thought: don't let anyone rent space in your head unless they are a good tenant.