Why You Shouldn't Sweat The Small Stuff

Why You Shouldn't Sweat The Small Stuff

How much will this matter one week from now?

This morning, I threw on my backpack, packed my meals, grabbed my gym bag, and drank my pre-workout drink. I trekked down to the garage to start my car so that I could get in a quick workout at the gym and afterward embark on the 90-minute commute to work. I hurriedly pressed my foot to the brake and touched the "Start" button on the dashboard to find my car battery dead as a doornail. My car won't start. My roommate isn't home. My family isn't near to help. My only option was to go back upstairs and call a towing company to jump my car for me. Negative thoughts instantly began to flood my mind: I won't have time to train. I won't make it to work on time. How could this happen? This is going to completely ruin my day.

For a few minutes, I panicked and scrambled around trying to find a solution to keep my day on schedule. When you're someone with a strong Type A personality, these types of occurrences can take a big toll on your mind. But sometimes, things happen that are out of your control. I took a deep breath, a big step back, and made the conscious decision to change my attitude and mindset on the situation. Next time something goes wrong in your life, here's what you should do:

There's simply no need to sweat the small stuff. Whatever's happening, it's not the end of all ends. It's going to be okay. The world is going to keep turning, and time is going to keep ticking. Any stress or anxiety you're feeling will fade as the clock continues to turn and things pass. Your worries are temporary and the small and conspicuous burdens (even though they might feel monumental at the moment) will work themselves out.

Try to keep perspective about your situation. Is whatever that is happening going to matter five days from now? If not, don't stress about it for more than five minutes. Instead of losing your mind over the things that are going wrong, focus on the things going right. Your car doesn't start like mine? Hey, at least we have cars. You're late to work, too? At least we have jobs.

When things go wrong, it can only ruin your day if you let it. Yes, when things that are out of your control throw a major wrench in your schedule, it's a huge inconvenience. Sometimes it just straight up sucks. But if you let those small inconveniences dictate how the rest of your day or week goes, you're the only person making yourself miserable. Dig yourself out of the ditch, make the choice to put a smile on your face, and continue on with your day as best you can. Take things as they come, and find acceptance in your less-than-perfect situation.

Next time something doesn't go as planned, take a step back and clear your mind from the stress and anxiety you initially feel. Think logically and make a game plan on how you'll move forward for the rest of the day. Contact the people you need to contact, reschedule what needs rescheduling, and pick yourself up. Stay moving and stay positive. It's just a bump in the road. It might be stormy now, but it can't rain forever.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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My Love-Hate Relationship with Starbucks

This is my oh so wonderful experience at Starbucks during the week of midterms.


When I usually go to Starbucks, I typically get the same type of drinks: carmel macchiato, chai tea latte, chestnut praline chai tea latte (which sadly is only a holiday drink), or a shaken black tea lemonade with light ice. However, sometimes a person just gets bored drinking the same three drinks over and over, so I thought, "Hey! lets get out of our comfort zone here pal and try something new." So I did I walked my tired stressed out self to Starbucks 10 minutes before my next class and ordered a tall cinnamon shortbread latte, I mean the description and other peoples comments about it made it sound super good.


As I was waiting for my drink I noticed that one of the baristas was having some issues with some type of syrup, but I thought that they would refill it and then add what they need, and that one probably wasn't even mine. When they did that, I saw them get a new jug of syrup and I went back onto my phone and to try and plan how I was going to get through this midterms week.

Quick info about midterms: everyone is dead, and everyone is stressed. Us college students literally live off of caffeine during midterms week. If you're lucky like me you are at school from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., so the caffeine is really needed.


Now soon after I saw the new jug come, my name was called. I grabbed my drink and walked like the walking zombie I was to my next class. I went in for my first drink I was so excited to have this sweet taste of vanilla, cinnamon and coffee...but what I got was the opposite. It literally tasted like a very burnt somewhat coffee and cinnamon edible without the marijuana affects, or for the non-edible people, a very bad tasting cookie that was missing all the sugar. I was not a happy camper one bit, but I was going to drink it anyway because I payed $4 for this coffee. I struggled drinking this during my writing class because it tasted terrible, but then out of no where I got this hit of sweet — I was drinking the sweet vanilla and the sweet cinnamon part of my drink minus the majority of the coffee since I was 3/4 done with the drink. I was seriously crying on the inside because I didn't get to enjoy this drink the way I needed.


Then the realization hit me: 1. They probably didn't add in the missing parts of the syrup once it got refilled since they suddenly got busy. 2. They did not stir that drink one bit because all the syrup was literally at the bottom of the cup. If they did these, then the problem wouldn't have happened.

This is not the first time this has happened to me having all the syrup at the bottom of the cup at a Starbucks. Its not like I am able to swish it around myself because it is full to the top and I don't want hot coffee poured or splashed on my hand. Also, most people are on-the-go while they are drinking their coffee or doing other things. I have only had this issue at Starbucks and never at any other place have I had this issue like Anthem Coffee.

So can Starbucks just agree to always mix their drinks? So that the zombie college kids during midterms have good coffee to keep them alive?


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