20 Tips On Handling And Organizing Your Crazy Life By The Girl Who Does Everything

20 Tips On Handling And Organizing Your Crazy Life By The Girl Who Does Everything

Life may be crazy, but you are crazier... in a good way!
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Today I watched my phone go off over and over and over and over again. I was too overwhelmed by everything going on in my life that I couldn't imagine answering it, but I also couldn't not answer it. I had too much stuff to do to complain about it.

Whether we like it or not, we all live busy lives. As a full-time college student, part-time employee for a marketing department, president of two organizations and social life enthusiast, there are definitely times I think I am going to lose my mind.

The most important thing to remember is you are capable of handling whatever life may throw at you. While at times you may feel like laying on the pavement in the parking lot and giving up, that mentality will not help you achieve your dreams. The hard times make you tougher and you're strong enough to handle your busy life.

These twenty tips are what has helped me keep my sanity during the craziness in my life, I hope it helps the craziness in yours.

1. Use an online calendar or notebook planner to track all events, meetings, and deadlines.

2. Set phone reminders for important deadlines to make sure you actually remember them.

3. Make lists on your computer since you are checking it every day of things you need to do for the week. Either on a sticky note on your desktop or download Momentum for Google Chrome.

4. Try to make at least two social plans for the week and don't bail on them because you feel too busy. Even if it's just lunch with a friend for thirty minutes.

5. Take advantage of the gift of sleep. Sleeping is your friend.

6. Don't rely on social media for entertainment in your downtime. Read a book, listen to music, take a walk, etc. Eliminate the unnecessary screen time.

7. Make time for working out. Whether that means going to the gym, taking a yoga class or doing fifty squats before a shower.

8. Put in the effort to get ready in the morning. It will make you feel better throughout the day.

9. Know when to say no to someone and don't feel obligated to do everything.

10. Clean your room and make your bed. Coming home to a clear space is less stressful than a messy one.

11. Eat healthy snacks throughout the day, but don't feel too guilty if you reward yourself with Ben & Jerry's after a tough week.

12. Take time for your friends and family. Don't push them away when things get hard.Be honest with how you are feeling to yourself and others.

13. Use essential oils and scented lotions to calm any nerves.

14. Drink more water than coffee. Seriously, drink so much water you could be a human camel.

15. When the week feels too crazy, take everything one day at a time.

16. Back up all documents on a flash drive or Google drive for peace of mind.

17. Listen to music that makes you happy. Personally, I have been enjoying an early 2000's playlist.

18. Talk on the phone more and text less.

19. Close your eyes and breathe.

20. Most importantly, pray every night. No matter how late it is, no matter how tired you are. Count your blessings.

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The 15-Day Disney Drawing Challenge For The Artistic ​Mouseketeer

Disney fans better be ready to sketch!

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Have you ever wanted to draw something, anything, but couldn't get any inspiration? Or you just didn't have any idea where to start? Here is a list for you. It is a list that provides 15 prompts of what to draw that are all Disney inspired. Without further ado, here is the 15 Day Disney Drawing Challenge.

1. Draw Your Favorite Original Disney Character 

We are starting out with a pretty simple one. You can draw any version of the character, they just have to be one of the originals (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, etc.).

2. Draw Your Favorite Sidekick

Whether it be Timon and Pumba or Chip, you have to draw your favorite Disney sidekick.

3. Draw Your Favorite Princess

We all have one. Here is your time to shine when you put your pencil to paper to draw your favorite Disney Princess.

4. Draw A Pixar Character

Here is where you can only draw those special characters that were created by Pixar.

5. Ship Two Characters From Different Movies

Here is where you can make the pairing that you want in your head. Whether it be Anna and Prince Charming or Ariel with Flynn Rider, let your imagination soar.

6. Draw Your Favorite Villain

Everybody has them. Here is where you can honor your favorite Disney baddie.

7. Genderbend Any Villain

Basically what you are doing here is making the men women and the women men. If you ever wanted to see Ursula as a guy, here is your chance.

8. Draw Your Favorite Disney Villain As A Child

They were all children at one point. Here is your chance to show us what they would look like as innocent younglings.

9. Draw Your Favorite Palace/Kingdom

Have you ever seen a kingdom and thought: "If only I could live there." Here is your chance to make that closer to being a reality.

10. Draw Any Disney Animal In Human Form

Ever wondered what Scar or Thumper would look like as human? Here is your chance to let your imagination run wild.

11. Draw A Scene From The Very First Disney Movie You Remember Seeing

Here is where the nostalgia can kick you into high gear.

12. Draw A Scene From Your Favorite Villain Song

Every villain has a song, pick your favorite moment from one of them and put it on paper.

13. Draw Your Favorite Underrated Disney Character

There are some characters that just don't get the respect that they deserve. Here is your chance to fix that.

14. Turn Any Character Into A Mermaid/Merman

I don't know about you, but I always wished that I was a mermaid. Here is an opportunity to make someone else's mermaid dream come true.

15. Create A Stained Glass Window Using Any Character 

Telling a story through stained glass has been used for centuries, like the ones from Beauty and the Beast. Why should only one Disney story be told this way?

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What It's Like Being An Introverted Leader

Different people lead differently.

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When you think of the qualities a leader or someone in a leadership position should have, being out-going is often mentioned. However, I don't think that always has to be the case. I've been a part of many different leadership opportunities and programs, yet I'm still the same socially awkward hermit I've always been. Being out-going and extroverted doesn't qualify someone to be a good leader, just like being shy and introverted makes you a bad one, it's about your skills.

When I went to a leadership program at a summer camp, I often heard that I didn't talk very much or I was too quiet and shy for a summer camp entertaining kids, I should have been more talkative. I'd also get a few counselors coming up to be that when they were in the same program I was in, they were also the same things I was and not to worry about it. Even now, I'm still quite and relatively shy person, but that doesn't discredit my ability to be a good leader, or anyone else's.

In my high school ASB (Associated Student Body) class, we took a fun personality test to find out what kind of leaders we were; someone who likes to be in charge, be in the spotlight, more organized, or stay in the background. I got someone who likes to be in the spotlight, which was a surprise to me too, but thinking about it, it makes sense. I'm not overly out-going, but given the right motivation, I don't mind going up to people and striking up a conversation.

I can also say that at some point I have possessed all four of these personalities or traits over the course of my different leadership roles. The reason I'm even bringing this personality test up is that it definitely shows that there are different types of leaders out there, and not all of them have to be extraverted. I tried to find the one I took but couldn't find the exact one, but if you're interested there are a ton of different ones out there.

Over time, I've learned and worked on many valuable skills, like conflict resolution, time management, actually listening to what others have to say, and more. I keep myself up to date with my surroundings and what's going on in the world, and I still meet and hang out with people, when I have time. People grow and learn on their own pace, we should let them without overly critiquing them.

In the end, whether someone is out-going or not shouldn't determine the ability they have to be a good leader, sure in some cases it's better to more extraverted, but it's not a make or break trait. So long as they have their mind in the right place and know how to handle different tasks and situations, it doesn't matter.

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