It is that time of the month again, that almost every college student dreads….
I don’t know about anyone else, but when finals time rolls around I begin to get antsy and unable to focus because Christmas is on the mind. And this year is even worse than normal. Taking 19 credit hours is now coming to bite me in the butt and make me realize how important it is to stay on top of school work, even over Thanksgiving Break. A that whole being focused and studying over Thanksgiving Break was definitely something I chose to not partake in this year, which unfortunately was not the brightest idea I have ever had. Despite my big hatred of finals, I have found a way to keep my cool and remain focused while I find myself up until the wee hours of the morning and pounding coffee as if it were going out of style.
The one thing that I wish I could be doing everyday is looking for Christmas gifts for family members and friends with a large cup of coffee in hand, all while watching FaLaLaLa Christmas on Lifetime. Yes, I will openly admit that I am a fan of the Christmas movies that are played everyday for 25 days up until Christmas on the Hallmark and Lifetime channels. They are corny, full of cheese, and make you laugh, sometimes even until a single tear falls, because the plots are 100% unrealistic. My sister and I look forward to them every year because with every new Christmas season, Lifetime will air a new tacky Christmas movie about a girl and a boy who happen to meet by accident and fall completely in love just in time for the holidays. If only things like that actually happened in life, and finding your soul mate was as easy as picking up a letter on the street asking Santa to find her dad a new mom for Christmas as happens in Dear Santa.
Unfortunately though, I have found myself locked in the computer and apparel production lab for hours upon hours sewing final projects, preparing presentations and making study guides for finals. Yes, it really is as awful as it sounds too, not to seem overly dramatic or anything. However, despite the suckiness of my new daily routine for the next two weeks, I have found something very small that brings a smile to my face and it happens every time my phone rings. This holiday season with my new iPhone I got this year, I have made the theme song from the movie Elf my ringtone. It is something small and a little ridiculous, however, every time I hear that little tone it makes me think of Christmas, going back home, being with my family, sitting by the fire, all of the fun winter activities, and of course all the Christmas movies especially Elf.
So whether or not you are a college student stressed out by the approaching finals and presentations, maybe you can take my little suggestion to help brighten your day and get you through the next few weeks. It can be as little as a ringtone or changing your background to something Christmasy or holiday related. You would be amazed at how much this change can lift your spirits when all you can focus and think about is anything but studying and sitting in a library all day and night.
This picture was taken in 2007 while I was in the car with a bunch of friends driving through St. Charles, MO. We were driving to a Taylor Swift concert, (insert your laugh here), I know TSwift! I was young and naive, give me a break. While we were driving the sun was setting and it was absolutely beautiful. I didn’t imagine that I would be able to catch anything remotely decent on my camera that I stuck out the window because we were driving on a twisty, turny road and going fast. However, when I looked at my camera, this was the result from sticking my hand out of the car with just the hope of capturing something decent.
Day 1 of blogging.
I have only once in my life made a blog and it was a blog mostly for my parents and family while I studied abroad last year in Spain. However, my diligent blogging ended because I got too wrapped up in exploring, traveling, and playing in Spain to continue the constant blogging about my current locations. I am going to give blogging another go and actually try to be better with posting things and try to keep up with it. I still think that it is sort of weird to just say anything and let it go out into the unknown world and wait to hear what people have to say or think, or maybe even have the possibility of no one ever looking at it! So give me a break as I try to get the hang of what I actually want my blog to be like and the sort of blog it will be. Like Michael Scott from “The Office”, I may put things on here that may seem random or out of order, but eventually like his constant rambling, I will figure out what I am going for with this blog.