Writing In The Prison 

Hello readers!

I am writing this post to inform you all that this semester, I will be teaching a creative non-fiction course at a local prison. 

As part of my independent study, I was also asked to write a weekly review of my experiences while teaching, and to share it with all of you. 

Please note that names will be changed in order to protect and give anonymity to the inmates and the staff. 

I am unbelievably excited to take on this opportunity, and I look forward to sharing my weekly experiences with you! 

You can look forward to my first installment later this week. 

Why You Shouldn’t Procrastinate (But You Will Anyway).

Because the more you procrastinate, the less you’ll get done. That’s just a fact. 

This post took me over two months to write, and the only reason that I’m writing it now is because I’m procrastinating on the work I’m actually supposed to be doing. Instead of killing two birds with one stone, I’m killing no birds, with no stones.

When you actually feel motivated to do your work (or whatever you need to focus on), you’ll have nothing to do. Trust me. 

There’s always more work to be done when you don’t want to do it, and then there’s no work to be done when you actually want to get it completed. It’s karma at it’s finest.

If you avoid working on important things (like job applications and blog posts), people will be concerned about you. 

More than once, I have been asked by family and friends if I’m sick or in trouble, solely because I avoided my responsibilities. This is often accompanied by a lame excuse on my part.

Examples:

“I totally meant to write today…it’s just that (insert show here) was finally added/updated on Netflix, and I needed to watch it.”

“I was going to do my homework…but then I thought it would be a good idea to bake cookies instead.”

or my personal favorite (and most used):

“I meant to do (insert task here), but I got distracted by (insert stupid distraction here)”.

In my case, it’s usually pictures of cute animals and/or random YouTube videos.

The more you avoid something, the more it comes back to haunt you later.

Waking up in a panic at 3 AM because you totally forgot to complete an assignment that’s due that day is a real pain in the ass. Especially because you know you’re not going to get it done. You think you will, but trust me, you won’t.

You have a list of excuses that you use everytime you procrastinate. But no one is buying them.

“I was going to but..”

“I’m working on it now…” (You’re watching Netflix in your pajamas eating Nutella out of the jar with a spoon. Don’t kid yourself)

“I was too tired/hungry…” (One of my most popular excuses)

“I went out last night…” (Just because you’re hungover, doesn’t mean you can’t get work done.)

These may sound like great excuses, but your friends/family/etc. have heard them before, and know what you’re up to. So don’t bullshit them, or yourself.

And finally…

Procrastination on important things won’t help you in the long run

Sure, it’s great to kick back and relax, but running around like a crazy person later on is not worth all of the trouble. You’re trying to get 5 months of work done in 5 days, and let me tell you, all of the to-do lists in the world won’t help you now.

Just do what you need to do, and then you’ll actually have the free time later to chill out and not worry about everything you’re supposed to be doing. Simple as that.

Tell me, what are you procrastinating on right now? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll happily procrastinate completing my work to respond back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve Never Seen Star Wars & That’s Okay

Hi, I’m 21 years old, and I’ve never seen the Star Wars movies. And frankly, I don’t know if I ever want to.

If you haven’t stopped reading after this (or passed out from pure shock), let me explain why.

As a kid, it was never really a topic of discussion among my family and friends. My parents haven’t seen all of the movies, and they were alive when the first movie came out (sorry for aging you Mom & Dad!). My sister was only a baby by the time the prequel trilogy was completed, and my friends weren’t really interested in watching that sort of stuff.

Sure, I liked fantasy and science-fiction. But growing up, the first three movies had already been released, which left me with the prequels. By the time the last movie came out (Episode III: Revenge of the Sith), I was only  10 years old.

As a 10 year old, going to watch a movie about space didn’t quite capture my attention. I had other things to do, like watch television , read, and listen to my CD player. And by the time it came out at Blockbuster, I had moved on to other interests, namely camp and tennis

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a pretty big nerd. I can quote parts of the Harry Potter series, I know the smallest Doctor Who details (classic and current). I’ve attended Comic-Con for the past four years in cosplay.

But Star Wars has never appealed to me.

That, and all of the movies have been spoiled for me in some way.

Not on purpose of course, but still. Even the original movies have been in some way spoiled for me, and there’s really nothing I can do about it.

And before you blame technology and social media, I’ve had friends and well-intentioned strangers ruin plot points for me. In their excitement to explain the importance of watching Star Wars, they have shared key character relationships and events.

So I figured, why watch what has already been spoiled? I am happy to live in complete and utter ignorance.

And for the record, I’ve never seen the Lord of the Rings movies either.

But that’s another story, in a galaxy far far away.

 

 

 

Tips For When You Need To Get Out Of Bed

  • Don’t.
  • If you absolutely have to, make a fort out of the blankets on your bed and hide from reality.
  • If this does not work, ask a friend or family member to help you get up.
  • Warning: Depending on your relationship with those people, they may use devious tactics. I’m talking about loud music, ice-water, screaming and/or singing off-key. All of these have happened to me, so be careful about who you ask.
  • If you shower in the morning, you run the risk of falling asleep while in there. I recommend starting your day with an ice-cold shock. ‘
  • While getting dressed, make sure your clothes aren’t inside out/backwards. This goes for undergarments and socks as well.
  • As you stumble into the kitchen, caffeine in any form is an excellent choice. How much you choose to consume is up to you.
  • Make you sure you put on matching shoes. Not only will you be more comfortable, you won’t run the risk of injuring yourself
  • Finally, as you make it outside, realize that what you can put off for today may be done tomorrow, and go back to bed. Sweet dreams!

 

What To Do When It’s The Holidays

10. Make sure to avoid malls, Times Square, or any major place, unless you like large crowds.

9. If possible, celebrate with friends and family. No matter what holiday you celebrate, being with people you care about is always a nice time.

8. Be prepared for lots of holiday greetings (i.e., “Happy Holidays”, “Merry Christmas”, etc.)

7. Similarly to number eight, expect holiday cards from almost everyone you know. Even your odd second cousin or old family friend that you haven’t talked to in years.

6. Wear comfortable clothes (if possible). I personally have never understood why people dressed up if they are only hanging out in their own home. You’re home, wear pajamas and be comfortable.

5. Do good for others. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen, donate clothes and toys, the options are endless.

However, this should in no way be limited to the holiday season. Try to help others who are less fortunate all year round if you can.

4. Remember, the holidays aren’t really supposed to be about how much money you spent, or how many gifts you received. It’s supposed to be about celebrating your holiday (whatever it may be) with others.

3. If you can’t be with family or friends this holiday season, try to celebrate as best as you can. Even if your home life isn’t the best, know that someone cares for you. I care for you.

2. If you have leftovers, try to donate to your local shelter. They’ll definitely appreciate it. Or donate it to someone you know would benefit from it. OR share them with family and friends!

  1.  Have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!

 

10 Reasons Why Finals Week Is Awful

10. You are trying to survive on 3 hours of sleep, maximum.

9. Your blood is made up of 95% caffeine. 

8. A large black coffee is your regular order. The servers also know you by name.

7. The library is your new best friend. And your new home. 

6.When even professors give up on teaching anything. 

5. Your to-do list looks more like a will. 

4. You’re not sure when you last saw daylight.

3. You live in your sweatpants. You may also not be wearing makeup. Both are acceptable options. 

2. Everyone around looks like they’re dead. And you know you look the same way, but you’re too tired to care. 

1.  When you want to cry from stress, but your eyes are too dry from starting at your computer screen for hours.

Good luck on your finals! 

10 Reasons For Why Planned Parenthood Is Important

10. It provides a large variety of health services, including the following:

  • STD/STI testing
  • Birth control prescriptions/Contraceptives
  • Breast cancer/Cervical cancer screenings
  • Men’s health services
  • HIV testing
  •  Gynecological exams
  • Pap Smears
  • Prenatal care

9. It has been around for more than 100 years, which means that this non-profit organization has helped millions of individuals in the United States alone since  1916.

8. They focus on providing affordable health care for everyone, regardless of their background.

7. There are over 700 health centers in the United States alone. From low-income areas to residential neighborhoods.

6. They also help to provide education programs, including sexual education programs.

5. They also help to prevent unintended pregnancies. However, as shown above, this is not the only service that Planned Parenthood provides.

4. They are a non-profit organization, which means that they have no financial motivation to help others. They simply want to help others receive the medical care that they want and need.

3. If it is defunded, it is estimated that over 600,000 individuals would lose their access to healthcare, which would lead to a rise in major health issues, such as cancer and unintended/unsafe pregnancies.

2. Planned Parenthood also provides safe access for underage teenagers. This is extremely important, as many health places (such as hospitals) will not help minors receive the care that they need without the consent of an adult.

1. Finally, Planned Parenthood in one of the only organizations that fights for the reproductive health and sexual health of everyone. Men, women, and children are all able to have access to this amazing organization, with no strings attached. To me, that definitely is important.

#IStandWithPP…do you? Tell me why or why not in the comments below. 

What To Do When It’s The Weekend

10) Catch up on sleep. I cannot stress this enough, as sleep is very important, and it’s a great way to relieve stress. Also sleep is amazing.

9) If the weather is nice, go outside. Fresh air is good for you.

8) Spend some time catching up on hobbies or activities. Personally I like to binge watch Netflix.

7) Find a new hobby or interest. Again I recommend Netflix. I’m currently watching Jessica Jones (which is phenomenal, and I highly recommend giving it a shot)

6) If you’re a writer/blogger, catch up on your writing. This is what I’m doing right now.

5) If you have the time, cook or bake. It’s always fun to try out new recipes. Plus the end product will most likely be delicious. It’s a win-win scenario.

4) Hang out with friends or family. Most people aren’t busy on the weekend so it’s a good time to catch up with everyone.

3) Go to events. Plays, festivals, sporting events, etc. Getting to take in new experiences is always a great way to spend your time.

2) Catch up on work if you need to. If you use your free time now to get stuff done, you might have more free time later on. Again, it’s a win-win scenario.

1) Enjoy. There’s nothing better than having the weekend off to do anything that you want. Have fun, and don’t forget to relax!

What To Do When You’ve Been Incredibly Busy

10. Try to find some spare time to write. For some, this may mean hiding out in the back of the library, frantically working with a large cup of hot chocolate by your side. Or is this just me?

9.If possible, take some time off to relax and recollect yourself.

8. Make sure you eat. Sometimes forget to eat when they’re busy, so if possible, pack some snacks.

7. Get enough rest. You won’t be able to accomplish anything if you’re exhausted.

6. Try to stay healthy! Being sick won’t do you any good, so try to keep healthy.

5. Take some time to socialize. If you’re like me, you work best in a quiet space by yourself. But spending time with friends and family can boost your mood, and will help you relax.

4. Prioritize. Accomplish little assignments first, then tackle your biggest projects. 

3. Take it one day at a time. If you’re freaking out about everything that you need to do, you’ll get nothing done. 

2. Motivation. Think about all the times that you’ve been busy or stressed in your past, and remember that you got through those times, so you can definitely handle it this time.

1. If you can, make it fun. Set a challenge for yourself, or use a reward system to finish what you need to complete! Good luck.

As for me, I might need to start listening to my own advice.

xxoo 

What To Do When You Join A Dating Site

10) Brace yourself for the potentially creepy and awkward moments that are coming your way. 

9) Try to keep an open mind about what could happen on the site. 

8) Pick your cutest profile picture and try to sound interesting in your bio. 

7) Or, just be brutally honest about yourself. Sometimes honesty is the best policy. 

6) Try to have an interesting conversation. Even if you don’t actually meet up with the person sometimes a new conversation can be exciting! 

5) If possible have a sense of humor about the whole thing! Everything is easier when you’re laughing about it. 

4) Depending on the dating site you use (and your own preferences), you may have a variety of people to sort through. This can be time-consuming, so if you want to commit to this seriously, you’ll need to make some free time. 

3) Note using a dating app while in public may be a little embarrassing. Especially when your notifications go off while in class or at work. 

2) You also may have to explain to friends and family why you joined a dating site. Be prepared for those conversations.

1) Have fun! Sometimes a dating site is a great way to meet new people. Or at least receive some interesting photos.