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Saturday, February 1, 2014

hellooo February


Happy February to you all. The first few weeks of second semester have been absolutely crazy, and I think it's weird to think that this might be the craziest it'll get.

In the past three weeks, I've been going through sorority recruitment, a visit from a Kappa leadership consultant (one of my main duties as VPO), a really bad cold, internship applications and the general madness of shopping classes and figuring out a new academic schedule and groove.

Here are just a few things that I've been thinking about and stumbling upon these days:

The Young Professional's Ultimate Guide to Twitter - couldn't have come at a more perfect time. I gave my Twitter profile a little bit more personality.

How to Manufacture the Best Night of Sleep in Your Life. As the semester goes on and my stress levels increase, my light and noise sensitivity go crazy and sleep is a hard thing to catch. I'll try to keep these tips in mind.

Favorite late-night listen.

Everyone seems to love sloths, but I just don't. This article, while absolutely fascinating, just makes them seem more creepy to me.

As one of my favorite pastimes is writing to-do lists, this article speaks to me on a spiritual level. I think one of my favorite tips was to be realistic. Conflicting priorities can bring on unhappiness.

Don't like Budweiser and I don't drink, but oh my goodness this commercial is the best.

Lovely jewelry inspired by classic books -- love the Gatsby necklace.

My favorite look of the Grammy's.

Why Millennials Prefer Snapchat. Very interesting--inclined to agree. You?

Millennials believe Snapchat offers them an intimate, personal form of communication, and an authenticity they crave but aren’t finding elsewhere. Despite the fact that some shots are staged, Snapchat provides an “unpolished glimpse” into someone’s life. “It’s personal, but not too personal. Welcome to the future of communication,” said MTV.

Also--crazy news. Emma Watson interviewed J. K. Rowling for Wonderland Magazine. Apparently Rowling regrets putting Hermione and Ron together? It should have been Hermione and Harry? I ship it.

Related: Emma Watson's gorgeous Wonderland cover photos. I like the one on the right.

This February I'm looking forward to: season 2 of House of Cards, Valentine's Day spirit, internship interviews (pretty please?), and reflecting on the past year of being 20.

What are you up to this month?

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Saturday, January 25, 2014


The snow this evening. Absolutely gorgeous and sparkly. I was mesmerized. 

Currently I'm...

Smiling at the fact that I'm not beating myself up about silly things or feeling guilty that I'm not prioritizing work all the time. 

Thinking about finances. I'm in serious saving mode.

Worried about summer internship applications and these next few weeks of figuring that out. 

Excited for sorority recruitment to be over. As a recruitment counselor, I am technically disaffiliated right now and have to stay neutral. I don't get to meet many potential new members and I don't get to wear anything relating to my sorority (let's be honest, sorority tees and sweatshirts are half my wardrobe). This year we expect to welcome our biggest pledge class yet! 

Frustrated that self-motivation does not get me out of bed early in the morning. Only 9 a.m. classes and breakfast appointments can really do that. 

Wearing actual outfits, now that sorority apparel is off limits. Dresses, skirts, shorts with tights. It's all very exciting. Also wearing lots of red lipstick--love it. 

Reading Politico Morning Education. Their daily emails are great, and it's been helping me keep up with my resolution to stay current on important events in the education sector. 

Watching How I Met Your Mother. I'm not hooked and not too sure if I want to continue...

Wishing I could see the puppies anytime I wanted. Doc and Mack are getting so big I'm afraid I won't be able to pick them up when I see them next. 

Inspired by the people I work with. 

Feeling overwhelmed by all the different things going on, but also feeling like superwoman at the thought of diving into it all. 

Happy Saturday night. :)

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Embrace, my word for 2014

I've been thinking about the year ahead, and I've only just realized that this is the last calendar year of that regular routine I've been living my whole life. The routine in which I finish the school year, have summer vacation and start another academic term in the fall. A year from now I will be in my last semester of college, graduating, and entering a world in which summer vacation and academic schedules aren't necessarily the norm.

As I mentioned in my resolutions post, I've been taking time to assess where I am these first few days of the new year. Everything seems to keep going--at a pace I can only sometimes keep up with--and everything keeps getting better and better. As I was thinking about my bucket list and prepping for our sorority recruitment meet-and-greet, I asked myself what piece of advice would I tell freshmen. It's a weird question and I feel a little sappy for even going there but honestly, what would I tell my younger freshman self?

I think I would say something along the lines of not worrying about what you aren't doing. Sometimes we get so caught up in the Yale experience, the college experience. We get anxious over the things we're missing out on and not enjoying what we actually are doing.

What we don't realize is that there is inherent value in everything we do, even the things that we regret doing. We learn from our actions and their consequences. Our most mundane activities are all part of the journey. And I want to stop thinking about what I could be doing and focusing more on what I am doing. These are the moments that I will look back on in the years to come. Let me take ownership of that.

I think that is the major thing I want to work on this year. This idea of no regrets, appreciating what has been and what will be. Embrace--that's the word I'm looking for.

I like the word embrace because it is a little bit more active than "accept." I will not just accept the things that have happened and will happen to me. I will embrace them, take advantage of them and actively appreciate them. I will clutch, grasp at and take hold of those moments of craziness, calmness, anxiety and pure happiness. I will learn from these events, smile at their memory and tell their story.

I will embrace the past and all the wonderful, mysterious, unfortunate things to come. I will embrace movie nights with the suite, that bloated feeling we all get after Sunday bagel brunch, staring up at the bright ceiling on the gym floor and 2 a.m. walks in search of food. I will embrace higher expectations, new family circumstances and opportunities to speak up for myself.

I'm happy to settle on this word, embrace. This is what will guide me through the rest of the year, with all its amazing things to come. This is what will help me fulfill my new year's resolutions of owning my accomplishments and becoming more fearless in the ways I want to improve myself. It will help me find peace with myself and what I'm doing in the moment.

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