7 Signs You’re A Stationery Addict

7 Signs You’re A Stationery Addict

I'm a sucker for a nice planner.

With school right around the corner, there's so many things to look forward to like tests, quizzes, homework...just kidding. None of these are anything to look forward to, but are an unavoidable part of college. With that being said, in order to get that homework done, take those notes, and pass the quizzes, some things are needed, those being school supplies! For me, this has to be the BEST part of going back to school because there is endless variety on pens, folders, notebooks and most importantly all stationary and planners. I know that not all get this excited over this, but for those of you out there who do, you totally understand me and I totally understand you. We might have a slight problem, could be an obsession, but we are without a doubt stationary addicts. If you are confused, or don't know where you stand with school supplies, you'll know after this article for sure.

1. You're always looking at new planners online and in stores

I know for me, everywhere I go whether it'd be Marshalls or Target, I am constantly going to the office supply area and looking for planners. There are just so many cute ones to choose from and that makes it hard not to buy a bunch. Most of the time I already have one in use, but a new planner never hurts.

2. Two words: Colored Pens

I love colored pens and I mean love. The main reason is because I really love color coding my classes and events I have coming up. For college, I keep each class color coded and it really helps when I am trying to look quickly for homework or tests that I have. It also makes your planner pages look really cute and organized!

3. You get excited when you find out you have plans so you can add them in your planner

This is one of my favorites. It may make me seem like a loser because I get excited when I have plans but it allows me to write in my planner!

4. Making lists is a hobby

Whether it'd be a grocery, clothes, tasks, or work list, making lists is your forte. It keeps you organized throughout the day and keeps you on track! Most of the time I have about 3 lists going on a day because there is never enough time to get everything done and remember it all!

5. The cracking sound of a new notebook/planner makes you giddy

Step aside ice cream truck, this is the best sound in the world. All the excitement of using a new book or planner all comes down to the cracking of the spine getting ready to use. Basically, it feels like heaven.

6. You have pen favorites

This one is super important because a good pen is key when writing in your planner or lists. When I use a pen that is mediocre, I feel like my entire writing game is off. The ink, the smoothness of the pen is sooo crucial to anyone who has a stationary addiction.

7. You genuinely enjoy back to school shopping

School shopping?! Count me in! That's my favorite time of the year! Any excuse is a good excuse to pick up some new notebooks, planners, pens and folders. I swear, when I walk into Target, I can smell school supplies from the front door and there is no stopping me from going to that aisle first.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

SEE ALSO: I'm The Girl That Enjoyed High School

Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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Intimidation Isn't Always What It Seems

Always ask yourself this question when feeling intimidated...


A few months ago, I read something online that really stuck with me. I don't remember who said it, or where it came from, so my apologies for not accurately crediting the genius who spoke these words, but it said this:

"Am I actually intimidating, or are you just intimidated?"

Growing up, you constantly find yourself in situations where you feel scared or uncomfortable. I don't think there's one person on the planet that can say that they didn't feel intimidated at one point or another growing up. Maybe it was by the "popular kids" or by a teacher or a supervisor. So many people can make you feel a certain way and it can be scary when you're a child growing up. Maybe you felt intimidated because they were bullies or they were a strong personality.

But after reading this quote, I started to think about every time in my life that I felt intimidated. Walking into a new job, taking a chance on writing, seeing a group of girls in the cafeteria - whatever it was, I thought of it. And my perspective completely changed.

It wasn't necessarily that the people who I was encountering or the situation I was entering was scary. In fact, most times, those people turned out to be incredibly welcoming and nice, or that situation was nothing but spectacular, but at that moment, I was completely intimidated. It was something new and the unknown can always be scary. But looking back, it wasn't that those situations and people were intimidating - it was that I was intimidated.

Being intimidated is completely natural. It'd be crazy to say 'hey, don't be intimidated' and expect people to actually feel comfortable. But it's something to think about moving forward when you find yourself in a situation where you feel uncomfortable, anxious, or even scared. It's easy to get caught up in the moment and let that timidness get the best of you but think of that question and realize that it's not necessarily the situation - sometimes it's you letting the situation get the best of you.

At the end of the day, people are just people. Everyone has boogers and everyone had good and bad days and to be honest, the people who others find intimidating are usually the ones who are just better at putting up a front. They're the ones who find having a hard exterior is easier than being vulnerable and letting others in. Don't let those people scare you. They're usually fighting a battle that they're taking out on the people around them - and that shouldn't scare you.

"Am I actually intimidating, or are you just intimidated?"

Think about it, feel it, let it wash over you, and don't let those feelings get the best of you. Most of the best things in life are just past that line outside of your comfort zone.

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