How Not to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

  1. Start a really good book and read into the wee hours of the night
  2. Tell yourself you can still break into the music biz if you start now
  3. Get food poisoning
  4. Have a really serious discussion with a friend over Skype
  5. Decide you want to start a rhymes-only blog
  6. Don’t sleep on your bed
  7. Fall in love and write a crazy amount of bad poetry
  8. Prank call your parents
  9. Try your hand at haikus
  10. Go to Petsmart and adopt a puppy
  11. Write all your friends letters telling them how much you love them
  12. Decide to steal the Declaration of Independence
  13. Don’t take your sleeping pills
  14. Poke all of your friends on facebook and wait for a response
  15. Become a famous rapper
  16. Dye your hair on a whim
  17. Think about what would happen if you became a serial killer
  18. Try and persuade your friends to run away and become a lumberjack with you
  19. See how long you can hop on one foot
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Taking the Ring to Mordor

Frodo: I know what I must do, it’s just that… I’m afraid to do it.

Galadriel: Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

Courage. The choice to face the scary, the sad, the painful. To overcome the worries and fears that nibble on your sleep at night, leaving you tossing and turning between the sheets. Strength in the face of pain or grief.

Courage isn’t always big or showy, it can be, but sometimes the smallest choices we make show more courage than any knight in shining armour ever could. Courage is found when we make those hard decisions, and handle the consequences with grace and dignity.

Facing anxiety. Having depression and going to class. Being emotionally vulnerable with others. Standing up for yourself.

You might not be carrying the One Ring to Mordor, but we all have circumstances that require the same courage. And we all have the capacity to face these things in our lives with strength.

Arwen: Why do you fear the past? You are Isildur’s heir, not Isildur himself. You are not bound to his fate.

Aragorn: The same blood flows in my veins. The same weakness.

Arwen: Your time will come. You will face the same evil and you will defeat it.

Whenever you have the option of facing your fear, do it. Talk to that girl in your class, let your friends know how you’re feeling, don’t let others tell you how to live your life. Eventually, it will get better and soon you will have something else to face. Fear will never be gone from your life, but the things you are afraid of don’t have to stay the same.

Go grab your armour and your sword, and this weekend, do something different, something that makes you uncomfortable. Because it’s only outside of your comfort zone that true growth happens.

Good luck, and godspeed!

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When She Had You

The wind was never strong enough

to knock her down,

like thunder in a storm

She balanced between the precipice,

the moment before the rain,

when she had you.

The night rolled in with the cold,

crisp and dark, a good bottle of red.

She let the evening take her in its arms

and spin and spin and spin

until she couldn’t remember if she was a star

or the milky way;

either way she knew she wasn’t lonely

anymore—her body drifting and warm,

the smell after it rains. And it wasn’t raining,

just dark and different,

the stars still there, the moon still up.

The same as when she had you.

Motivation ft. T Swift

I’ve been listening to a lot of Taylor Swift this week, for a multitude of reasons, but my current favorite song of hers is Fearless. Instead of writing papers and studying for midterms I’ve been thinking about being fearless.

For me, being fearless means putting myself out into the world and saying, This is me and I’m happy about it. Of course there is an element of fear to it as well, but I think there is also an overwhelming sense of contentment. Like, even if you don’t respond the way I’d like you to, it’s okay. Because I’m good with who I am and how I feel.

I don’t want to be afraid of taking risks or putting myself out there, I want to own my choices and be proud of the way I respond to life–I want to get excited about new things! I want to be fearless. And maybe the right word is courageous, but still I think Taylor says it best:

You take my hand and drag me head first/Fearless/And I don’t know why but with you I’d dance in a storm in my best dress/Fearless

No matter how you’re feeling today, I encourage you to take a moment to look at yourself and for once, don’t say anything. You are a precious human being who has worked hard to get where you are, treasure yourself, recognize that you have the potential to do great things, regardless of what you’re doing right now. Give life your all today, and if that means taking a 4 hour nap, go for it. But no matter what you do, do it with confidence, because yes, you are that awesome.

Be fearless!

Playlist for Wednesdays

  1. Stronger, Kanye West
  2. The Buzz, Timmy Trumpet
  3. Carry On My Wayward Son, Kansas
  4. I’m Ready, AJR
  5. Beat It, Michael Jackson
  6. Time Machine, Ingrid Michaelson
  7. Hard Time, Seinabo Sey
  8. Mambo No. 5, Lou Bega
  9. Somethin’ Bad, Miranda Lambert ft. Carrie Underwood
  10. Just Like a Pill, P!nk
  11. Day Drinking, Little Big Town
  12. Paradise City, Guns N’ Roses
  13. Work It, Missy Elliot
  14. We Are Golden, MIKA
  15. Spice Up Your Life, Spice Girls
  16. Upgrade U, Bey ft. Jay Z
  17. Whiskey’s Gone, Zac Brown Band
  18. What the Hell, Avril Lavigne
  19. Shake it Out, Florence + The Machine
  20. Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Pat Benatar
  21. I Love It, Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX
  22. Pursuit of Happiness, Kid Cudi

The Best Thing About Friday Is…

  • The spark of anticipation in every moment leading to the weekend
  • Every class is the last class of that class until next week
  • That moment after your last class of the day #FREEDOM
  • Don’t need to start homework until Sunday night/Monday morning
  • Finally being able to hang out with your friends without stressing
  • Knowing that you have all day Saturday to sleep
  • It feels so Fri-dayum good [shout out to Ginny Clark]
  • You can finally stop giving a shit
  • YOU DID IT!

Pants, Optional

The switch from summer back to university is the bane of my existence–I hate transitional periods.

The worst part of any transition is re-establishing time management (if you even had any to begin with), which I am particularly terrible at. There’s only 24 hours in a day and we’re expected to take classes, have a job, hang out with friends and perhaps a significant other, do homework, engage in extracurricular activities and get 8 hours of sleep? It seems impossible.

But as a fledgling adult, I can tell you that it is possible. Recently I read a very inspirational quote from a mug on Etsy that went like this:

You have the same number of hours in your day as Beyoncé.

Just let that sink in. You will probably never meet Beyoncé, but you still experience time in the same way she does. If she can utilize the day like a boss and still manage to look like a beautiful slice of heaven, then you can at least put on real pants in the morning.

In honor of this life-altering revelation, take this quiz to see which Beyoncé song is your anthem. Blast that song in the morning to motivate yourself out of bed and into the shower, because, let’s be real, you probably need one.

Just a summer baby trying to survive the winter

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