College Bucket List: What to Check Off

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Today I thought it would be fun to share a college bucket list. I’m sure there are many of similar lists floating around the internet, but seeing as I really miss my alma mater, I wanted to share my own version!

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  1. Put yourself out there.
  2. Try something new.
  3. Get involved in a club.
  4. Leave your dorm room door open.
  5. Smile at people as you walk around campus.
  6. Go to the party on Friday night.
  7. Go see the professor you’re scared of in office hours.
  8. Stop by office hours of your favorite professor.
  9. Go to brunch with friends.
  10. Don’t worry about sleep a few times throughout your time.
  11. Make the Dean’s List.
  12. Study Abroad (I didn’t do this, but wish I would have).
  13. Go to a sporting event.
  14. Write something for your college newspaper.
  15. Vocalize your concerns about something affecting your campus.
  16. Go on a road trip with friends.
  17. Make at least 1 life long friend (I’m sure there will be many more).
  18. Try new restaurants.
  19. Watch the sunset with friends on campus.
  20. Take a class outside of your major. Something that simply interests you.
  21. Visit friends at other colleges.
  22. Become a regular at your favorite coffee shop.
  23. Do something besides going home for Spring Break.
  24. Drink coffee and read a book in a cafe.
  25. Begin an unhealthy addiction to coffee.
  26. Cure a hangover with fast food and old movies.
  27. Work hard in classes, and come out with As.
  28. Give it your all.
  29. Call the person you met during orientation and never saw again. Ask them to get coffee.
  30. Laugh at your failures.
  31. Challenge yourself to be kinder, even when it’s hard.
  32. Throw caution to the wind, and plan an impromptu outing with friends.
  33. Go after that guy you think is cute.
  34. 33(a). Don’t get upset when he doesn’t call.
  35. Put yourself first, and do something purely because YOU want to.
  36. Spend more time on friendships, and less time stressing about guys.
  37. GRADUATE.

Okay, so that’s not everything you can do in college. But, these are some of the things I did or wish I did while in college. I really miss my college, and all my college friends. Seriously, if I could go back to senior year for a minute, I would.

College is a fun, amazing time. A time to truly enjoy where you are and who you’re becoming. So, take advantage of it!

Truly,

Callie leigh

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and you still have plenty of time to get something for the special someone in your life. If you’re single, you can get a Galentine’s Day gift for your favorite gal pal(s)! I wanted to share my top picks for Valentine’s Day inspired gifts.

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Winking Beanie | Heart Wallet |Silk Scarf | Calvin Klein Set | KJP stripe bracelet | KJP Pearl bracelet | Lips Phone Case | Pink Phone Case | Hearts Phone Case | Ted Baker Cosmetic Bag | Burberry Heart Scarf | Love Potion Travel Mug | Chloe Love Perfume | Pink Lipstick | Red Lipstick | Red Nail Polish | Red Glitter Studs 

Some of the items I included are bigger splurges for longer relationships, and others are small ways to show you care! I believe you should show the people in your life that you care about them everyday, but on Valentine’s Day, you can do a little something extra!

Truly,
Callie leigh

Fitness Goals 2017

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Every year I say I’m going to get fit. I’m going to work out regularly, and eat well, and do whatever the new trend is (green smoothie, anyone?). And I don’t. However, law school stress has pushed me into the realm of liking to work out. I look forward to that hour of getting active, and not worrying about anything but what song is playing on my playlist. So, I wanted to share my fitness goals, now that they’ve kind of already started because I don’t like to share something I’m unlikely to follow through on.

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Hit the Gym 3 times a week.

Trying to find a groove was tricky, but I tired to make it to the gym a few times a week. However, now that I’m more familiar with my schedule this semester, I’m going to do the MWF routine. It seems to be the best option, and I feel like it’ll keep me healthy and positive during the week!

DRINK MORE WATER. 

I’m really kind of terrible about drinking enough water. I’d much rather have some tea or a chai latte. But now that I’m working out, I know I need to be a lot more conscious of drinking enough water, and making sure my body is getting the nourishment it needs.

Say no to sugar (except once a week).

I have a huge sweet tooth. I love sugar, and I crave it as soon as my stress level rises. So, rather than reach for a chocolate bar, I’m training myself to drink a glass of water or eat something with natural sugar (fruit). Cutting sugar is difficult, but over the last few years, I’ve upped my sugar intake, and noticed a huge change in my energy and my body.

Don’t get discouraged when I don’t see immediate results.

I’m putting myself first this year. I’ve always struggle with body-image issues, and I think that working out because I want to is most important. Not because I want to lose weight or something external. I want to feel good and confident. If I lose weight, it’ll be a bonus, but right now I just want to encourage myself to take control of the insecurities I have. I want to work out because it makes me feel good. I usually get annoyed I’m not losing five pounds every gym visit. Now, I just look forward to going to the gym, not what my thighs will look like after.

What are your fitness goals for 2017?

Truly,

Callie leigh

Academic Lanes: Stop Comparing

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I’ve wanted to write this post for a while now, but I think I wasn’t sure how to articulate what I really wanted to say about academia in relation to others. Academics are often portrayed as pretty individual, but in reality, academics can be just as competitive and troublesome as the olympic trials (okay, maybe not that competitive, but you get my point). Academics are a battle of the brains, a battle of stamina, and a battle of who can put in the most (or the least) amount of work, and manage to come out on top.

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We live in a world where having a work ethic is ridiculed, and it is somehow cool to put in less work and get a high grade. “Oh, that A I got? I wrote the paper in 20 minutes.” “I only studied for an hour for that exam the morning of, and got a 98.” And those people putting in 110%? They’re overachievers, they’re try-hards, they’re “teacher’s pets.” Why do we care so much about how much or little other people are doing? Rather than focusing on everyone else’s academic journey, I think it’s important we focus on ourselves. Making sure our routine is working for us, making sure we’re making time for mental health, for physical health, and for our general well-being.

Now that I’m in law school, the tendency to compare is so much more prominent than it’s ever been in my life. I hear people comparing notes, subtly mentioning grades, likely hoping someone will say they did worse. I also hear people shaming those who have different study habits. And the people who study, essentially, 24-7 are called annoying, gunners, and,  once again, overachievers. Now, I understand that a HUGE part of comparison derives from the curve situation. All of law school is on a curve, so no matter how great you feel you’re doing, what matters more is how everyone else did in relation to you. So, it’s natural to compare yourself, trying to see where you stand on what feels like an arbitrary line.

But similar to sayings like “keep my name out your mouth,” I kind of feel like we, the academics, need a phrase like “stay in your own academic lane, mine’s occupied.” I think friendly competition is healthy in some contexts, but I would like to see more academics striving to be the best academic they can be, without so much focus on what everyone else is doing. You want to be the best? Okay, do your strategy, and if you’re the best, that’ll be obvious. But if you being the best involves constantly ridiculing other people, you’re not the best. Or you are, but you’re an insecure version of the best. Here’s the thing… the more we criticize other people, but worse we look. It’s actually a lot more amazing when the humble people succeed. Actually, not even the humble people, but the people who just do their own thing, without having to measure up against everyone.

I don’t want to make this post too rant-y, but I will conclude by saying that it’s important to stay in your own academic lane. All academics work differently, think differently, and practice different habits, which is GOOD because that’s why academics are interesting. We can all bring a slightly different perspective or point of view. Revel in the difference.

Truly,
Callie leigh

My Words for 2017

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2017 is already going by quickly. With the summer job search and second semester in full swing, I feel like the year needs to slow down a bit! This year I set some goals for myself, which include working out more, eating healthier again, and taking time each day to do something for myself (which recently included watching Parenthood before bed. I highly recommend!). I’m not a big “resolutions” person. I think people set them, and then get busy, and go back to old habits. So, I set small, measurable goals. I also chose two words I’d like to see more actively in my everyday life. The two words I chose are genuine and gratitude. Let’s hear it for the ‘g’ words.

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The reason I chose the two words is because lately I feel a bit disconnected. Law school and moving across the country was a huge adjustment, and I felt SO confused and just generally out of sorts for much of my first semester. I also missed the authentic, real, meaningful relationships from college. I was missing my two best friends so much, and I definitely missed the collegiate, community feel of Saint Mary’s. This brings me to my first word: genuine. I want to nurture the genuine connections I feel I have, and only leave room for genuine people and things. I’m not big on small talk, and I tend to put the energy into people who I feel have good intentions. If I feel like the relationship is surface level, it’s hard for me to try hard to keep the person around. So, I want to focus on the genuine people.

For my second word, gratitude kept coming up when I was making my December Daily album, and the word kept sticking out. I think we all feel gratitude about the people or events in our life, but we are not as good as showing gratitude. This year I’d like to express my gratitude more frequently and more genuinely. I have a lot to be grateful for, and I would like to challenge myself to thank those who make so much of my life what it is. I also welcome you to join me in this challenge, as I think it would be beneficial to everyone!

What are your goals for 2017?

Truly,
Callie leigh

My First Snow Storm

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When I returned to Williamsburg for second semester, I had a bit of a weather issue. I was flying in on January 6, which was the night a huge snow storm was supposed to come in. I had a layover in Atlanta, and was delayed for nearly 3 hours. I then landed to find a few inches of snow already fallen. The next morning, I woke up to a winter wonderland! The first two days of the semester got cancelled because of the weather (this town sort of shuts down when there’s a lot of snow). The amount of snow that fell over two days was double the annual snowfall for the area. While it was inconvenient, it was absolutely beautiful when I woke up Saturday morning!

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William and Mary is seriously breathtaking in the snow. I tried to capture as many photos as possible while the snow lasted!

Truly,
Callie leigh

Finding Study Inspiration

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As we get further into the semester, it feels like we’re already in the trenches, even though it also feels like we just got drafted. So, I wanted to share my top five tips for getting study inspiration on the days that you aren’t necessarily feeling studying, but have to anyway.

Some days, I am extremely focused from the minute I get up, and other days I just can’t quite dedicate myself as effortlessly (even though I will get the work done). I’m sure I’m not the only person who has “off” days in terms of focus because we aren’t robots. If you do have the constant drive and focus though, props to you!

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I was talking about this post with my roommates and used the term “studyspo” and they were both confused. Apparently that’s not used outside of a hashtag, but whatever I’m going to pull a Gretchen Wieners and try to make it happen. So, when you need some study inspiration studyspo, look to the five places I’m going to share with you.

  1. TUMBLR. I follow SO many student tumblrs and they share so many study photos, which immediately makes me want to be productive. Some of my favorite blogs are Lawyering in Lilly, Law School in Lilly, and Study Spaces.
  2. #studyspo. In Instagram, when I need a little inspiration or motivation, I search the hashtag studyspo, and this will usually inspire me after a few minutes of scrolling.
  3. Make a To-Do List. Sometimes my lack of motivation is coming from being unsure where to start because I have a lot on my plate. Making a to do list puts everything visually in front of me, and I can prioritize what I need to get done when.
  4. Get Outside. Feeling restless can sometimes be fixed by listening to yourself, and getting away from your desk for a bit. Whether it’s a walk around the block, a trip to the gym, a fifteen minute meditation, listening to your restlessness, rather than fighting it, can often restore focus.
  5. Make some tea, eat a chocolate, inhale deeply. Some days I have trouble getting focused, and the first four attempts to get focused have failed me already. At this point, I make a cup of my favorite tea, eat a piece of chocolate, and inhale. Then I put my nose to the ground, and pump out an hour of work putting my phone on do not disturb, and forcing everything distracting out.

While the above tips may not seem immediately helpful, I suggest you try them one at a time. Finding focus can be hard, but I promise it’s doable. And if you’re a serious student or Type-A worker, you know that focus isn’t exactly optional. Sometimes we just have to get the work done, whether we want to or not.

What’s your go to method for finding inspiration?

Truly,

Callie leigh

December Daily Week 4

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Here is the final week of December Daily 2016! I’m always a bit sad when this project is over, but I also feel ready to move on. It’s hard to stay focused on December when the prospects of the new year are plastered everywhere.

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Note about the videos, I’m no YouTube magician, so the volume may need to be turned way up if you want to hear me explain each page (whether this week or previous weeks). But you can also just watch to see the pages, without my commentary!

If you missed previous weeks, click the week to watch: Week One, Week Two, Week Three.

Truly,
Callie leigh

December Daily Week 2

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Today I am happy to share December Daily, week 2 with you! I seriously love this project, just as much as I love the holiday season. I was also really proud of how my album turned out this year because I was able to dedicate time each day to it. I used the album as a study break, a creative outlet in the midst of finals season! Hope you like my pages.

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In case you missed week one, click here.

Truly,
Callie leigh