Friday, October 28, 2016

Instagram Roundup, Vol. III

It's been a while since I did an Instagram roundup, so I thought I'd publish one today and get you all caught up on my recent Insta action! Here are my IG's from the last month or so ~ including my 21st birthday, my fall break in Daytona Beach, FL, and some other lovely moments. Enjoy, and be sure to follow me on Instagram for more pretty snapshots from my little life!



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Sincerely,
~Stephanie

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Day in My Life as a College Senior

As you may know, I'm a senior in college at a small liberal arts school in Florida, where I'm studying literature and theology. In addition to taking 16 credits, I work 12 hours a week, as a student worker at the library and also as a writing tutor. As for extracurriculars, I'm part of a household (basically a prayer-based sisterhood... kind of like a small group or the Catholic school version of a sorority?), I sing in the acapella group, and I volunteer as a catechism teacher in a nearby town once a week.

Between homework and all these commitments, not to mention things like eating, sleeping, socializing, and keeping in touch with people back home, you could definitely say college keeps me busy! But it's a good kind of busy (most of the time ;), and I live an enriching, fulfilling, and fun life here at school ~ and I love it.

So let's get a little close-up of that life right now!


Here's a typical Monday or Wednesday for me:

7:00am: Wake up and pray morning prayer with my household

7:15-8:15am: Shower and get ready for the day

8:30am: Eat breakfast at the cafeteria

9:00-11:50am: Do homework, emails, blog stuff, etc. at the library

12:00-1:05pm: Class (20th Century Literature)

1:15pm: Eat lunch

1:45-3:35pm: Do homework, emails, blog stuff, etc. at the library

3:45-4:50pm: Class (Metaphysics)

5:00pm: Go to Mass

5:40pm: Eat dinner

7:00-10:00pm: Work at the library (where, most of time, I can do homework)
  • On Mondays: 7:00-8:00pm: Acapella rehearsal, followed by work
10:00pm: Wind down in my room: watch an episode or two of a show, do spiritual reading, get ready for bed

11:00pm: Go to sleep

So there you have it: a typical Monday or Wednesday in my life as a college senior this semester. Now I'm off to enjoy my much-needed and long-awaited fall break for the next few days!

What does a typical day look like for you?

Sincerely,
~Stephanie

Friday, October 14, 2016

September Recap and October Goals

Hey there, friends! I know I've been a little MIA lately, barely managing to publish one post a week for the last month or so. Learning to balance blogging with all my responsibilities here at school (homework, work, commitments, etc), on top of getting enough sleep, making time for friends and family, and having down time, has certainly been a challenge.

The last 2 weeks especially have been an absolute rollercoaster ride with lots of ups and downs. The ups were awesome: my 21st birthday, my family coming to visit for a weekend, and two super fun nights out with friends. But the downs were just like an endless stream of sucker punches: a super busy schedule, having four papers due within a week, immediately followed by a midterm, and also some personal / emotional struggles.

Basically everything in the world was happening all at once, and it was at some times very stressful and exhausting (as evidenced by the cold sore I woke up with the other day), but at other times super exciting and joyful.

Thankfully, I'm now at a point where I have some room to breathe, because my mid-semester craziness is over, and fall break is less than a week away (*jumps for joy*). So guess what that means ~ I can actually do some blogging! I'm super excited about it!

So now that it's halfway through October (I don't even know how that happened), let's see how I did on my September goals, and lay down some goals for (the rest of) October. Once again, I'm joining forces with a group of awesome bloggers to bring you this monthly goals post ~ be sure to check out their goals for October too!




S E P T E M B E R  R E C A P

Academic Goal: Stay on top of readings.
I was actually really good about this for most of September. But as soon as my 1-2 weeks of paper-writing from hell came around, regular class readings definitely fell by the wayside. Papers had to get priority, though I probably should have managed my time better so I could have been a bit better about doing other homework.

Personal Goal: Establish consistent morning and nighttime routines.
I actually got pretty good about this during September, especially with my morning routines. Up until these last 1-2 weeks, I was consistently getting up at 7:00am and praying morning prayer, getting ready for the day, getting breakfast at the cafeteria, and getting to the library by 8:30 or 9am to do homework until my first class. This has continued to be my routine for the most part, with some exceptions over the last 1-2 weeks when I really needed extra sleep.

Spiritual Goal: Do a little bit of spiritual reading each day.
I was also pretty good about this for most of September. I would spend a few minutes reading my Bible before bed, and I've also been reading more of Story of a Soul lately. However over the last couple weeks, I've definitely been neglecting spiritual reading. I really want to get back into it though, because it's just been so enriching.

O C T O B E R  G O A L S

Academic Goal: Get a handle on my time management.
For the first part of the semester, I was probably the best I've ever been about staying on top of homework and not procrastinating. But when my aforementioned 1-2 weeks of paper-writing from hell came around, I was under so much stress academically and emotionally that my time management went out the window (and several of my papers were turned in late). So this month I'm gonna whip my butt back into shape and get back into good homework / time management habits.

Personal goal: Get to bed no later than 11pm on weekdays.
If I want to continue getting up at 7am, I have have have to be in bed no later than 11pm. I cannot function when I have less than 7-7.5 hours of sleep ~ and there's nothing I hate more than feeling like a zombie all day because I didn't get enough sleep. Sometimes time gets away from me at night and I wind up staying up till 11:30 or 12, but no more! I'm determined to get to bed by or before 11pm on weeknights from here on out.

Spiritual goal: Novenas!
I want to pray the St. Jude novena leading up to his feast day on October 28, and I also want to pray a 54-day rosary novena starting on October 16 and ending on December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The rosary novena is the one I'll need extra motivation for ~ saying a rosary every day can be a challenge. But I'm super pumped!

What are your goals for October?

Sincerely,
~Stephanie

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

21 Things You Didn't Know about Me

Hey friends! Yesterday, October 3, was my 21st birthday! To celebrate the occasion here in the blogosphere, I decided to put together a fun get-to-know-me post. So here are 21 fun facts about me that you may or may not know. Enjoy!


1. I skipped second grade.
I didn't start kindergarten till I was almost 6, because I missed the 5-year-old cutoff at my old private school by 3 days the year before... But after first grade, my family started homeschooling and bumped me right up to third grade!

2. I was supposed to be 5'6".
You know how they try to predict your height when you're a toddler? Yeah, they predicted I would reach 5'6". Instead I'm 5'3" and the shortest in my family by several inches.

3. I'm an ISFJ.
Every time I take the Myers-Briggs test, I get ISFJ ~ and the description fits me to a T!

4. I've met Will Smith.
One of my teachers from high school knows him and works with him, so when I was 16, I got to go to Philadelphia to tour one of his movie sets and meet him! He gave me a fist bump and a high-five, and he was super nice!

5. I can talk in a chipmunk voice.
It's my hidden talent, and it brings much joy and laughter to those privileged few who get to hear it.

6. I can crack way too many joints.
I can (and do) crack my fingers/knuckles 4 different ways, my thumbs 3 ways, my toes 3 ways, my ankles 2 ways, my knees 2 ways, my shoulders 2 different ways, my back several different ways, my neck, my wrists, my elbows, and my hips. *bows*

7. I don't like salad dressing.
I can't stand the taste of any type of salad dressing. So yes, when I eat salad, I literally eat plain lettuce. But I like it that way.

8. I wanted to be a meteorologist when I was little.
Until I found out how much math and science would be involved in that. No thanks!

9. I've worn glasses since I was 8.
Yep, I have really bad eyesight. I'm always, always wearing either glasses or contacts ~ I can't see a thing without them!

10. I would have been named Gannon if I'd been a boy.
Let's just say I'm super glad I'm a girl.

11. I can do a cartwheel.
Thanks to taking two years of gymnastics when I was younger. I can also (sometimes) do a round-off.

12. I cannot roll my R's.
Nope. It makes trying to speak Spanish a little difficult and pathetic, ha.

13. I've lived in my house in Michigan since I was 9.
We moved in just a few days after my 9th birthday. So I've called that house home for 12 years now!

14. I have no known allergies.
And it's quite nice!

15. I learned how to read upside down in kindergarten.
And thanks to that, I can still read upside down perfectly to this day. Thank you, kindergarten teacher!

16. I'm extremely squeamish and I've fainted quite a few times.
I once fainted at a doctor's appointment when they tried to give me a cholesterol test. I also once fainted when my cousins were describing their blood-donating experiences to me. Basically, I can't handle blood and it makes me faint.

17. My bedroom at home is sky blue.
It was one of my favorite colors when I was 9, and it's still one of my favorite colors now.

18. I once dressed up in a hot dog costume and danced/flailed at the corner of a four-way intersection.
One day at my summer job at a garden center, we were having a cookout, and so my job for an hour or so of my day was to do the above. #yolo

19. I've had one broken bone.
I was about 3, and my mom was pushing me on a big-girl swing, and I distinctly remember needing to itch my nose, so I let go ~ and promptly fell off the swing and broke my elbow.

20. I once starred in a short film.
One of my friends wrote and directed a parody of "Twilight" and "Bad Luck Brian," and I played the clumsy, awkward, wannabe-vampire lead character. It was a really fun experience!

21. I play the guitar and I used to play the flute.
I played the flute from 6th grade until about 10th grade, and I would probably remember how to play if I picked it up again. I started playing the guitar when I was 8 and took lessons for 5 years ~ and I still enjoy playing it at home in my spare time.

Sincerely,
~Stephanie
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