Studying…

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I know how hard it is to sit down and actually study. I struggle with it all the time. I always push it off until the last minute because I claim that there is something else that I need to do, but in reality I should study first. I have put together a list of some of my favorite study tips and tricks that motivate and help me. I hope this is useful for you too!

  1.  Cut out Distractions. Put away the phone. I like to leave my phone on my nightstand, which is on the other side of the room from me. I also turn it on ‘Do Not Disturb’ so that the only thing that will come through is phone calls. For your computer/laptop I like to use stayfocusd from the chrome web store and it keeps me off of distracting websites.
  2. Study in a brightly lit area. Not only do I have my light on but I also turn on a lamp that is in my work area so that it is a greater source of light that is right next to me. This helps me not to get tired.
  3. Get everything you need before you sit down. I mean all books, pencils and pens, drinks, snacks, anything you need, get it. This makes it where you wont be tempted to get up repeatedly and then get distracted by something else.
  4. Give yourself breaks. Say you have seven hours of studying to do… for one that is a lot of studying and my heart goes out to you, but, study for like 45 minutes and then take a 15 minute break. Then when you get to around a 3 or 4 hour mark take a long enough break to watch your favorite tv show or to take a shower. Give yourself little milestones to reach and it will be so much easier.
  5. Don’t underestimate the use of flashcards. I make flashcards for everything, EVERYTHING!!! I make physical ones and I also use quizlet. These help so so much because I always have them with me. Like for example when I am at the gym I can pull up my quizlet app and study while I work out. It helps so so much.
  6. Re-write your notes/ your textbook info. It is proven fact that writing things down help you remember so re write things until you have it down. If you don’t want to waste paper then find scrap pieces or get a recycling bin for paper products at your house. (Go Green!!!)
  7. Read aloud. If you are reading from a book/textbook or even your notes, read them out loud. This means that you are seeing it and hearing it, making it easier to remember.
  8. Make a podcast/ voice recording of you reading your texts aloud to give you something to listen to in the car or in the shower. And you can quiz yourself on it too.
  9. Make/take mock tests. Look online for tests that you can take over the specific subject you are studying and see how you do, and you never know a question you study may be an exact one that is on the test.
  10. MATH!!! This goes for math and math related things, it is so so so hard to study for math because math is really a ‘do it’ type of subject. Practice!!! Google whatever it is you are learning and print out questions to do. Go through your textbook and do all of the ones that were skipped over in class. And then if you aren’t sure if you have the right answer google it when you are done to check, or better yet go to your math teacher (or a different one in your school if you and your teacher aren’t buddies) and ask them to check it during a free point that they have and return to get it at the end of the day.

 

These are all the tips and tricks that I use to study and keep my grades high. Hope they help you!!!

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OKAY! RANT TIME!

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“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

-Mother Teresa

The other day I was walking and there was a special needs kid walking too and he walks frequently. But there was this group of boys who were making fun of him and it caused me a great deal of anger. It is not right to make fun of people at all, but especially not for attributes that they are unable to do anything about.

SO here is where the rant comes in:

WHAT HAS CAUSED PEOPLE TO BECOME SUCH LOW HUMANS THAT THEY MAKE FUN OF SOMEONE ELSE BECAUSE OF REASONS THAT OTHER PERSON CANNOT HELP! If you want to be treated like a decent human being in society then you need to act like it! How do you expect to be treated good if you do not act like a decent human being and contribute beautifully to the society instead of negatively. I am so sick and tired of people feeling like they are so entitled and so much farther above others that they can do things like this. I’m sorry but if you think you are so high and mighty I can guarantee you that you are not as important as you think and chances are that people who see themselves at the top of the totem pole in today’s society are probably the people that actually belong at the bottom of it! I don’t think anyone deserves to be treated like dirt! No one does! But those people who decide to act like they are so much better than every other person in this world needs to get their motives checked because they aren’t! I love everyone, I want to pour love and kindness into every single person that I walk by, sit by, or see at all; but it is so hard to give everyone that kind of love when they can’t even act like a decent human being long enough to be nice to someone with a disability! It is so crazy how indecent todays world is that we can’t show someone even the smallest bit of kindness, it is pointless. I want to live in a society where everyone takes care of and pours love into every other person. It is not a hard thing to do. My momma raised me where if I didn’t have a nice thing to say then I shouldn’t say anything at all, and I am starting to feel like parents aren’t teaching their kids that anymore. Parents are teaching kids to express themselves, AND DON’T GET ME WRONG, EXPRESSING YOURSELF IS GREAT, but not at the expense of another human beings emotions and mental health and stability.  Usually it a reflection upon yourself if you are trying to bring down other people and it actually saddens me to see the people who hurt others because I have a feeling they are hurting too.

For what I have seen, and for what I have known… this is not the society I want to take part in or live in. I would much rather be in a completely loving and caring society where we lift everyone up instead of bringing down the people who are even the slightest bit different from ourselves.

First Day of Junior Year

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Today I started my junior year of high school. For one to say that I was stressed about this day is an understatement. I was freaking out about this day.

I started my day bright and early at 6:00 am. I got up and made a cup of green tea and proceeded to make my bed. I then made breakfast and ate, and then I got ready for my day. When I got to school I had to turn in a few forms and get my macbook, but after that my school day actually started.

First Block I have APUSH (AP United States History). My teacher is great, and I feel like this class will be a good one. I’m not friends with that many people in this class but I do have a few. because this is an advanced class we received homework right away. I have like 30 something pages to read tonight, but thats okay!

Second Block I have AP Language and Composition. I had to turn in my summer reading report and we got to know each other. My teacher is so fun and upbeat and really loud but I know that I’m going to enjoy her class.

Third Block I have AP Art History and my teacher is just a little crazy but the good kind and he has so many funny stories to tell. I also have homework in this class too and its a lot of reading as well but again, I’m okay with that.

Fourth Block I have my favorite class Food and Nutrition. The teacher is so sweet and she is funny. She has so many funny stories too and I am really glad to have her for a teacher.

 

I think this semester is going to be a great semester and I’m really excited to see what it has in store for me.

Healthy Life Means Happy Life

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I always strive to be healthy, but it is a very hard thing to do. I have found some things that seem to be helping me and now I want to share them with you.

First things first I want to say: being healthy is not easy and there will be times that you feel as if you have failed. If you want to lose or gain weight and you don’t see instant results then that does not mean it is not working. You have to give it time.

Now here is what I am doing to live a healthier life.

  1. Meal planning and prepping. Every Sunday I sit down and make out my meals for the week. I decide what I want to eat and write down what that is (this is the panning part) I make sure that I have everything I need and if I am missing something then I make a run to the grocery store. Next I prepare, I make my oatmeal balls that I eat as snacks, I also make my greek yogurt ranch dip that tastes amazing with just about anything. Another thing I do is wash all my fruits and vegetables and cut most of them up. This makes me more likely to grab them when I need a little bit of food. I try to make foods that can be made ahead of time on Sunday and then I store them in the fridge or freezer (I like to cook my chicken breasts and then refreeze it so that all i have to do is let it defrost and heat it up). For dinner every night I drink a meal replacement shake. It gives me protein and helps to refuel my body.
  2. 30 minutes of cardio each day. Some days it is hard for me to go to the gym or workout but I make sure I get at least 30 minutes of cardio. I live right next to a park so usually (weather permitting) I take a nice walk and enjoy the weather.
  3. Gym at least three times a week. I go to the gym at least three times a week. one day to work on my upper body, one day for my lower body, and one day for a highly intense cardio session. I also spend some time working on my flexibility while at the gym.
  4. Waking up early. In the summer I like to be up and moving by 8 and during the school year I like to be up by 5:30. This is to allow me to eat a healthy breakfast, drink a glass or two of water, and a cup of green tea and/or coffee for a little caffeine. Waking up early also gives me the chance to get something done before I go to school or work making my day feel much more productive.
  5. Read a little every day. I make sure to read a little bit every day, even if it is only a chapter or two. I read anything that I feel like just to engage my mind in something that is good for it.
  6. Pamper Myself. This one is soooo important. Pampering yourself leads to a healthy mind and it can make you feel so much better about who you are. I like to take a nice bath and maybe use a bath bomb. I make sure my body is shaved and moisturized and I love to do a relaxing face mask.

 

All of these things are what I do to help myself stay on track to living a healthy life. You can use these tips to help you get into the swing of a healthier life too!

 

 

Homemade Rice Bowl

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The other night I decided to make something new for me. A rice bowl, and let me tell you; it was delicious. I want to share the recipe with all of y’all because I think it is something that people may enjoy.

  • The Ingredients:
    • 1lb ground beef
    • 1 cup uncooked rice
    • 2 cups of water (for rice)
    • packet of fajita seasoning
    • 1 small onion
    • 1 jalapeno
    • corn, carrots, and green beans (I used a frozen mixture of these three things)
    • cilantro seasoning
    • lime juice
    • butter or oil of choice (for sauteeing onion and jalapeno
    • salt and pepper
  • The Directions
    • In a medium skillet combine chopped onion, jalapeno, and small amount of butter or oil. Cook until the onions are a nice brown color.
      • When onions are brown, add in ground beef and cook until done and then mix in fajita seasoning
    • In a medium saucepan combine water and rice with a little bit of sauce. When rice is done add in cilantro and salt and pepper. Lastly add in lime juice until the lime flavoring is just right for you.
    • For the vegetable follow the directions on the frozen package or warm in a saucepan if using canned goods add some butter, salt, and pepper to taste.
    • On a plate or in a bowl put rice, then meat, and last add the vegetables on top.

 

There you have it, my very own rice bowl recipe. I plan on trying this same recipe just with different meats and maybe a few different vegetables.

Let me know in the comments if you tried and loved this meal. Also tell me, what vegetables should I add and what meats do you think would taste good in it?

Procrastination

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Procrastination, a word the is familiar to many. I personally am extremely guilty of procrastination. I have put off completing my summer reading assignment because of… (list reasons here…). I really shouldn’t though. I should have completed way more by now than I have and I honestly feel a little mad at myself for procrastinating.

I have some tips on how to not procrastinate that I honestly should have put into play before now.

  1. Use a planner! Seriously, this is no joke. Plan out your days. If you have to work make sure you put that down. Any events you have going on, no matter how large or small, write them in.. (include travelling and rest times when putting in events). Honestly I prefer to use a physical planner instead of one on my phone because I feel that writing it down makes it way more real than when I write it in my phone. I plan everything. And it makes my life so much easier.
  2. Get adequate sleep. Go to sleep and wake up around the same time each day. Also try to get a minimum of eight hours a night. The better your sleep schedule the more likely you are to stay on top of things.
  3. Going along with number two, stop the caffeine intake around 3 to 5 hours before you plan on going to sleep, it will make it easier to fall and stay asleep. Also put down the electronics an hour before bed. No TV, phone, laptop, etc. Instead try to journal about your day, or pick up a book to read (Not a book for school or work, but one for pleasure.)
  4. Go to the gym. Some of you may be wondering why the gym. Yes it takes up some time but your body will perform better when working if you go to the gym. Your brain will have better ability to function and remember, and it helps you sleep better! (Please note I do not mean you have to go to an actual gym, going for a walk in your neighborhood will work just fine)
  5. Have a life! Schedule time for friends and fun events. If you don’t make time for these things then you will randomly push other stuff to the side for them and then you end up behind on tasks that need completion.

 

So there you go, five tips that personally work for me to help push me out of procrastination. Leave your tips below! Maybe someone can find them useful!

A Simple, Cheap, and Fun Date

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Today, I got to spend a full day with the guy that I am blessed to call my best friend and boyfriend. We went to downtown Hot Springs and walked around for nearly 6 hours.

Its simple because it takes no planning whatsoever. You just go and do, there are multiple stores and boutiques to walk into, multiple museums, and many other attractions in such a small area.

Its cheap because you are not required to buy anything. There is the ability to just walk and see everything and if you don’t buy something then it isn’t a big deal. And even if you do end up wanting a souvenir or some food there are plenty of cheap and delicious options just waiting for you to find.

Lastly its fun because you can: spend time with the one you love ( or like a great deal if you’re not quite there yet), I know for me and my boyfriend that we don’t spend any time on our phone when we are doing something like this, And you also get to spend time in nature with lots of walking around and it is fun to see everything that is around you.

Next time you are looking for a good date idea but don’t really have the money to spare on one then consider going somewhere nearby to a historic downtown area. It may require a little research and maybe even some driving but it is worth it!