Friday, February 28, 2014

Book Hoarder

I have to admit, I'm a book hoarder.

A pile of books lay atop on my bedside table. It grew in number, until there are also books stacked underneath that table too. I acquired those books in many ways, like borrowed from friends, purchased from book fairs, and found unexpectedly in thrift bookstores. It's either I want to read those books for so long, or the title and cover just caught my eye.

So far, I only finished a few of them:

1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

2. 1984 by George Orwell

3. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (a re-read)

4. The Witches by Roald Dahl

5. Carrie by Stephen King

Even if there are unfinished books waiting to be read in my room, I still want to acquire some more. I want to get my hands badly on Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

I've always been a reader. But I only found myself being a book hoarder as a college student. Thank you to my dorm group for influencing me to read a lot.

Oh well, I promise to finish my reading list.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Lazy Post (a.k.a. How Not To Be Lazy)

I admit it: I'm a lazy person.

All people are, except in varying degrees of laziness. Most college students are. We can all be lazy most of the time, like watch Netflix instead of study our lessons, or do something else before we research for that academic paper. Being lazy is the easy way out, because it's so easy to do nothing than start it at all.

Well, I've cleaned up my act now and decided not to be lazy. It's only now that I get to experience the benefits of not being lazy, whether it be for school or doing your weekly laundry.

Here are five ways to help combat laziness:

1. Start on it right now. Better to start something right now, put it off for later, and finish it afterwards. It gives you the thought of having to finish something later on. It works well for me. Starting early also motivates me to do it and play afterwards.

2. Have your own reward system, like a granola bar for finishing your draft or a short nap after studying intensively.

3. If you want to relax first, time yourself, like 15-minute Internet surfing. Then do the work you must do, as in, right now.

4. Make a checklist of the things you need to do, and thoroughly follow-up on it. Feel the rush of having to tick a box next to the finished item, more so with finishing all the items needed to be checked on the list. Sometimes, writing it down can be a great visual reminder.

5. Have in-between breaks for your tasks needed to accomplish. Just make sure you don't over-break.

It's no feat to combat laziness. But getting your mind to work and making sure you finish is one way to get less lazier.

After all, you can have the license to be lazy after working hard. Balance everything out, k?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Healthy Eating List

Gee, I wish I could eat this healthy and buy all the things on this grocery list.

When it comes to eating habits, I'm in-between being a junk food hoarder and trying to eat healthy. I really do my best to keep myself healthy in college, because no one here will tell me to "Eat your beans, Sasha!". So I learned what to eat and what not to eat. I almost got stomach ulcer from downing too much soda. No, I won't let that happen again.

So far, I still have a long way to go when it comes to proper eating habits. I'm still into junk sometimes, but I'm learning to make healthier meals for myself and looking for the best food around. Best food, but healthy, I may say.

Don't sacrifice healthy for cheap eating, okay?

Friday, February 7, 2014

Grow Up!

Grow up!

I've heard this phrase repeated way too often to us youngsters. Being young, wild, and free, adults would frown at our careless devil-may-care ways. People may think that all we ever do is have fun. But the truth is, we do care about our lives as well as the world around us.

I may be the typical college girl who parties and dates and hops on weekend road trips, but beyond that exterior lies someone who is serious about her future. I know that things won't be perfect, but at least, I'm doing something about it right now. Studying seriously and learning new things are two of the ways that's helping me do some "growing up".

Having to grow up doesn't mean that you just start acting serious and square all of a sudden. For me, growing up means:

-Taking yourself less seriously. We all had those moments wherein we felt so self-conscious about everything we do and say. We need to stop being so self-centered and worry that people are looking at us all the time. So let out that hearty laugh if the situation calls for it! Don't be so self-conscious, and just be yourself instead.

-Accepting responsibility for your mistakes. Mistakes are part of growing up. If you made a mistake, admit it to yourself and say sorry. Then don't do it again. A mistake committed more than thrice is already something you chose to do unconsciously.

-Thinking over the consequences. Before you say or do something, think of the consequences. If you want to rant online, think before it becomes viral. That's what I mean by thinking it over, and it doesn't only apply to the Internet.

-Being respectful. I know, there's just some people we really don't like for some reason. Treating them kindly isn't being two-faced, but rather, showing basic human kindness and respect. That will go a long way beyond your university life.

-Acting your age. This doesn't mean being serious! When you act and behave according to expectations, this means you don't stay stuck in being a whiny brat. You can be young, have fun, and still be responsible and mature. Like, you choose to study for exams week instead of partying beforehand.

Acts of maturity isn't always easy to do, but when you do get used to it, that helps you grow up a little.

Growing old is permanent, yet there are people who stay stuck forever in their childish ways. Make sure you grow old and grow up gracefully!

Stay smiling always, sweeties!