End The Cycle That Procrastination Creates

End The Cycle That Procrastination Creates

Do it now, not later!


Procrastination is the number one thing that will prevent you from being successful. It took me a long time to realize this, and I had to learn the hard way. I think as college students, we often put off work and responsibilities, thinking we'll have time to get everything done, and then stressing out entirely when we don't have time.

People procrastinate on school work all the time, but they also procrastinate on everything things, like cleaning their room or making a doctor's appointment. These little things pile up and leave you will a ton of work and very little time.

Stress is something we all have to deal with, and it is something that can destroy us inside. If we allow things to pile up constantly, that stress cycle will never ever be broken.

Make a checklist of all the things you have to do, and get things done! Trust me, checking things off your list, no matter how small they may be, feels great. It makes you feel productive and in control of your hectic life. As you check things off, you will have less and less to do, and you will have so much more free time to do things you actually enjoy.

I know it's easy to lay in bed and watch Netflix all day, but that will not help better your life and will not help you get your degree. It is time to organize your life and to do things as soon as you can, instead of at the end of the day or minutes before the deadline.

I used to always think I had time to do everything. I would put off my work until the day it was due, and at that point, more things would come up, and I had no way of finishing it all on time.

My Freshman year of college, a TA in one of my classes was talking to us about how she liked to do her worked way ahead of time. She said that she would make sure to get through all the work she needed to do as early as she could because life happens sometimes. She told us that one night, she had a huge paper due and that her best friend got sick and needed her to accompany her to the hospital. She spent the entire night in the hospital with her friend. If she hadn't completed that paper days in advance, she would have received a 0 for it because she had no way to work while her friend needed her.

Do not let procrastination be the barrier between you and your success. You will definitely need to have a strong work ethic when you have a job. If you submit things late, you will get fired. Start changing your ways so that you can get into the good habit of getting things done sooner than later.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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To The Girl Who Feels Like Drowning, Trust Me, Just Keep Swimming

Every girl goes through the ups and downs, it's a part of life.


Growing up, I was surrounded by powerful women, my Tia and Nana. They both always taught me that no matter what life will go on and there's nothing you can simply do about it. Of course the younger I was the more I believed it cause all I had were simpler problems. Like learning how to ride my bike or trying new foods.

As I got older and into my teenage years, I started to doubt their truths. I had felt that the whole world was against me and that I couldn't do anything right. I didn't get the ACT scores I wanted, I didn't get into the college of my dreams, but then I realized, life isn't about those simple things.

It is about learning who you are and how you are going to grow as a person. Of course, I went through what most girls go through, heartbreak, loss of friendships, feeling that I wasn't enough to my parents. At the time it felt like my world was going to shatter, but guess what? It didn't. I'm here today living the best life I possibly could and I couldn't be any happier right at this moment. Every teenage girl goes through this and feels that there was no end. Let me tell you, it will get better and you will forget about those hiccups in life because you will later realize that they were nothing as compared to life's bigger problems that will be thrown at you.

Now in college, I have realized that those problems were so small. Yes, I still stress about school about my GPA and grad school applications, but I do know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel (as cliche as that sounds). There are times where I feel like I am drowning all over again, but then I go to the things that make me happy and that is making time for myself. Like going to the gym, yoga, and just getting out. Giving yourself time to take a breather is essential to feel like that everything is going to be okay.

It wasn't overnight that I was able to embrace the art of letting things go. I learned that either way if what happened or what I have been through I learned that I have my own good qualities that I figured out that make me the person who I am. Luckily, I had good positive role models that I was able to go to and ask for advice. There were nights where I cried to my Tia about boys or feeling that I wasn't doing well with my life or school.

As a young girl who lives in today's society, you feel that you are drowning and it is difficult to come up for air due to social media and what society, in general, expects of what you should be and how well you should perform. Just know it is possible to get out and when you do it is the best feelings when you realize everything is going to be okay. Nothing lasts forever and we need to realize that. You can look up all the inspirational quotes and all the youtube videos you want, but they won't be effective until you see the bright side within yourself.

Just remember to just keep swimming.


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