Little Ways to Start Your Day Right

5 Little Ways to Start Your Day Right

Keeping a positive outlook on life is one of the more important aspects of fighting anxiety and learning to live with it. I think that starting our day on a positive note is the easiest way to begin with a positive outlook so here are 5 ways to start your day right!

Why Community Bathrooms Don't Totally Suck

Why Community Bathrooms Don’t Totally Suck

Community bathrooms aren’t the hell hole they are made out to be. Want to learn why? And tips to survive? Full post is on The Young Hopeful!

How to Deal with In-Class Drama

Have you worked in groups yet in college? Some groups worked well together; others took longer;or never found that flow. Yay, in-class drama.

Dorm Room Sick Day Essentials

Okay, so getting sick at college, SUCKS. Here is your list of essentials to survive a sick day at school.

Dorm Room Sick Day EssentialsKleenex!

This one is self explanatory. I went through 2 boxes of tissues in 3 days.

Halls Cough Drops or Throat Drops

These will make your sore throat and cough so much better! Personally I like the ‘Halls Breezers’ throat comfort ones the best.

Lots of water

LOTS OF WATER. You want to get better, don’t you? Stay hydrated!


Drink all the tea. So nice on a sore throat. I really like Sleepytime Tea: Sinus Soother. Or any of the sleepytime teas. Green tea with honey is a great option as well. Green tea has lots of antioxidants and good things that will help heal your body; honey soothes your throat and sweetens.


Mucinex is magic if you are  congested. The commercials may be silly, but this stuff reallyknocks the mucus right out of your system.


Eat lots of hot soup! This is usually all I want to eat when I’m sick. Try to stay away from creamy soups ;dairy makes for more mucus. I like roasted chicken and veggies. Minestrone  is also really good.

Comfy pajamas or clothes

Duh. Comfy clothes are a must for sick days


I was dying for a humidifier when my allergies kicked in severely! My throat was so dry and raw. I heated water in the coffee maker to get it really hot and put it right next to my bed like a make-shift steam treatment. It worked okay, but a humidifier would work even better.

Cozy blankets

To wrap up in and snuggle your way to wellness!

A best friend or boyfriend

You have got to have a bestfriend or boyfriend or someone to bring you all of your supplies if you don’t have them already!


You’re probably going to binge on Netflix, A LOT.


Keep it near you. I’m sure you’ll want to text some since you can’t go into the outside world.
Dorm Room Sick Day Essentials Checklist


What are your sick day essentials?




Preparing for a New Semester: Goal Making

Originally published on sarastrives.wordpress.com3

For the first post of my academic posts for the semester I would like to discuss goal making. You need to know where you are headed before you can work towards it.

Choosing SMART goals.

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound goals. I know you’ve probably heard of these before. But this is absolutely critical. If your goals do not meet this criteria, it will be more difficult to find the motivation for success.

Here is one of my goals for example:

Make more As than Bs by the end of the semester.

Specific: The way I have written my goal spells out exactly what I want (more As than Bs). Keeping it specific helps you focus on the point.

Measurable: Again, more As than Bs. This one is fairly obvious, you count the number of As and Bs. ;P Keeping your goals measurable allows you to determine whether or not you have met your goals.

Achievable: I think this goal is very reasonable for me personally. I made 4 As and a B this last semester. This coming semester I am looking for a job though, so I don’t want to put all As, or 4 As and 1 B on myself just yet. I haven’t worked during the school year before.

Realistic: Again, like I said in the achievable point. This goal is very reasonable for me. But, YOU have to decide what is reasonable for you. If you made straight Cs last semester, all As is out of the ballpark. Maybe something like more Bs than Cs would be a good start. And as you improve and learn you can move these goals up in future semesters.

Time-bound: My goal is to be completed by the end of the semester. But you might want to make smaller goals with other kinds of goals. For example, I want to be drinking at least 48 oz of water a day, everyday by March 1st. And by the end of the semester I want to be drinking 64oz of water a day. These time-bound goals keep you on track throughout the semester.

Write down these goals!

Just do it. Right now! Writing your goals down will solidify them and create a visual for you. Hang it up somewhere you will see it. When I get back to school I plan on putting my goals above my desk or maybe on my closet. I will also write them in my planner.

Break them down

Okay, so you have your goals, they are visualized… Now you need to break them down, make a plan. Break your goals down into small manageable steps. For example, if you want to be able to run 5 miles by the end of the semester, start by running 1 mile for 3 weeks, then 2 miles for the next 3 weeks, until you work up to 5 miles for the last 3 weeks of your 15 week semester. Have a plan!

One of my goals is to post atleast twice a week on this blog. Here are some steps for me to move towards that goal.

Write a list of blog post ideas.

Outline some of these.

Take the time to write when you feel the urge to.

Edit an image for a post.

Schedule the blog posts ahead of time.

Schedule the social media posts.

These little steps don’t take forever, well, sometimes the writing does, but when you feel creative, it is easier to crank them out. There is a list I found on someone else’s blog with a bunch of twenty minute tasks for your blog. If I can find it I will link it. But these are a great example of things you can do to get started and to take small manageable steps. So say you want to draw in your sketchbook for your art class everyday, take a little time each evening to do a rough sketch. Make a list of things to sketch. The little bitty steps help you feel so much more accomplished and motivated to keep going. This can also help with managing anxiety.

Find accountability!

Find someone or something to keep you accountable. A study buddy or something. For me it is this blog! I don’t want to fail at my goals after sharing all of them with you. Whether you give them your phone when you really need to study, or they go to the library with you once a week, just set a meeting time or a way for them to actually keep you  accountable. For me, it’ll be check ins on here every couple of weeks.

Take Action!

Go! Don’t “wait until next week.” Start working toward your goals, take those little steps you came up with in your plan.

Here is your checklist for goals! And! As a bonus, a printable to write your goals on! There is enough lines for 15 goals. Please let me know if the quality is too low. I may need to save my files differently. 🙂73

I will post a list of my goals for the semester tomorrow! How do y’all make goals and work towards them?