Flashback to August. You're joining 10 clubs, are immersed in your major and feel like you can actually do it all this year. Pretty cool, huh?...That is until mid-semester rolls around.
Why did I do this to myself? I don't even like my major that much. This class sucks. I'd rather be in bed watching Real Housewives. WTF.
These are just a few of the thoughts that have been creeping into my mind the last few weeks. And some of them are pretty scary! I don't even like my major that much? Of course I do! But, most of us are no stranger to burnout, which can have some nasty effects on our self esteem and motivation.
In light of this mini tragedy known as the mid-semester slump, I've compiled a few tips that have helped me get back into rockstar mode. Here it goes:
1. Pin the sh*t out of those motivational quotes.
Hey, they're not just there to look pretty. Take advantage of some of the hustle-inspiring quotes that show up on your feed and put them to work. Create a board on Pinterest or screenshot your fave and set it as your background. It may feel a little silly, but inspiration boards can go a long way. I did a post on "5 Quotes to Make you Dream Big & Work Hard" a few months ago, and just making the list made me want to get up and do something!
2. Hit the gym.
I know. How the hell are you going to find the motivation to work out at this point in the semester when you can barely get out of bed without hitting snooze for the fifth time? The answer is a bit paradoxical, because in order to get motivated, you need to have a bit of motivation to start with. Here's the deal: According to this source, exercising 1) Releases dopamine into your brain (the stuff that makes you happy) 2) Makes you less stressed out 3) Energizes you 4) Boosts your confidence and 5) Eases anxiety. So, if you can drag yourself up out of bed or off the couch, even for just a 30 minute workout, it's for the better. At this point in the semester you need all the energy and happiness you can get, so it's worth a shot! Anyone with me?
3. Get some Zzzzs...
No college student is a stranger to late nights. Whether they're spent out and about or studying at home, remember to get some sleep. Sometimes you really do just need to recharge before you can get back on track.
4. Make a list.
Try writing out everything you need to do for the day. It's not just satisfying to cross each item out, but it also ensures that you don't forget any assignments amidst your crazy busy classes. You can even reward yourself after you've completed your to-do list with a healthy brownie or skinny chai latte. C'mon, you totally deserve it. And don't forget to let your list inspire, not scare you. Think of how accomplished you'll feel once you're done...and how much Real Housewives you'll be able to guiltlessly indulge in *smirking emoji*.
5. Think about the future.
While all of the above tippity tips certainly help me through my day to day duties, one of my biggest motivators is thinking towards the future. Looking at my to-do list, I can outline perfectly how each task relates to my larger career & life goals. Just thinking about where I want to be in five years and all that I need to do to get there can get me off the couch even on my laziest days.
How are you surviving the mid-semester slump? Are you? Do tell!
Hi all! Hope you're ready to jump into the weekend with some of my favorite finds. The weather has been awful where I live lately, so I'll definitely be attempting this DIY patch laptop case while eating in and whipping up this Mexican burrito bowl and vegan galaxy toast! Hope you all have a lovely weekend.
If you follow along on Insta and/or Snap, you may have picked up on the fact that I'm a complete natural beauty aficionado. I enjoy making my own products from time to time, but I equally love finding go-to, natural products that I can grab at the store on the go. Life gets crazy! That being said, I'm a firm believer that health is always our greatest wealth, and including more natural products in my home is something that helps relieve some of my anxiety revolving around health and wellness. Protecting our planet is also important to me (not to mention that April is Earth Month!), which is another reason that I like to buy natural products when I can.
"Care what other people think, and you will always be their prisoner." - Lao Tzu
If I could tell all women everywhere just one thing, it would be this:
F*ck what other people think of you.
I wrote a Motivational Monday post a few weeks ago on why fear is SO boring, but I never really got down to the nitty gritty on what I think scares people the most.
It's funny, because there are so many things to worry about in life, and yet almost all of us subconsciously choose to stress over what other people have to think/say about us.
First off, thanks to all of ya'll who stopped by last week to check out the first ever "Weekend Edit". I really enjoyed getting a bit more personal with you guys, and I got a generous amount of positive feedback to boot!
But let's talk about this weekend, shall we?
I mean, it was kind of a big deal since R. turned 21...on Sunday.
So it obviously wasn't the wildest time haha, but we had a lot of fun going midnight bowling and eating too much cookie cake on Saturday night. For those of ya who don't know, Richard's interning in Pittsburgh this semester, so I really didn't care what we did this weekend as long as we could spend it together.
Despite the fact that New York is currently awaiting a massive snow storm right now (*sigh*), spring is right around the corner.
Aside from doing a deep clean of my closet and going on a major clothing haul to prep for the next few months of fashion posts, I also try I try to reevaluate my beauty/skincare routine each season. Spring is one of my favorite times, because it brings lots of beautiful colors and delicious new scents.
However, it can be a tricky transition going from the dry winter weather to luscious spring in the blink of an eye. Of course, this is always how it seems to happen in New York. Luckily though, I've established a few rules of thumb (totally through trial and error) that'll help even the most troubled skin transition seamlessly into the upcoming season...
Ah, another edition of "5 Things You Need in Your Life This Week". I'm so happy I started this series last month, because it's been such fun for me to share these ideas with you guys! Richard's birthday is this weekend, so I'm not sure how many of 'em I'll be able to try, but the though of making these wholesome carrot muffins during my spring break next week is totally giving me life right now.
And before we jump right into the rest of your tentative weekend to-do list, I want to note: if you enjoy these posts, you should definitely sign up for my "Weekly Dose of Inspiration" newsletter. It goes hand in hand with "5 Things You Need in Your Life This Week", but in the newsletter I share even more personalized, exclusive content like weekly reading suggestions, killer playlists, dope quotes, style steals & even more (yes, it's possible to pack even more value into a weekly newsletter, I swear!).
If there's one thing that I think almost all bloggers fear above all, it's running out of ideas. I mean, let's be honest...writer's block is a huge pain in the a$$ — especially if you're relying on your blog as a source of income.
I wrote about how comparison has stifled my creativity in the past here, but there's a few other tips that I didn't note in that post that have helped me to grow as a writer and blogger immensely.
In fact, I almost never question what I'm going to write about nowadays.
That's coming from a girl who used to stare at her computer for hours trying to come up with the "perfect" post idea.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I'm not a big fan of breakfast. There's just something about it that rubs me the wrong way.
It also probably doesn't help that I really hate eggs.
That being said though, I do love my antioxidant-rich pomegranate avocado toast and the occasional batch of banana pancakes. I recently whipped up a few fluffy, vegan (minus the honey I drizzled on top) 'cakes, and they were so good that I knew I just HAD to share with you guys.
Oh, and I topped them with my favorite 3-ingredient raspberry chia jam. So yes, I'm definitely a breakfast eater when I make these babies.
For those of you who follow along regularly, you may or may not have noticed that I almost never post to the blog on weekends. I'm active on Snapchat (@blondechiffon) and Insta, but I've always felt that people aren't as apt to go read a blog post on Saturday or Sunday as they are during the regular week. I honestly have no idea whether this is true or not (bad blogger, not doing my research, I know), but it's also nice to take a little breather and come back strong on Monday.
"5 Things You Need in Your Life This Week" is a recurring series on The Blonde Chiffon. New edits are published every Friday, and the intent is to give readers a concise list of amazing thoughts/projects/trends to try over the weekend and into the next week. I hope that you are as inspired as I am by these finds!