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Midterms are Creative Blackholes

blackholesA black hole sucks anything and everything around it into a black vortex of nothing. That is how my brain feels right now on this article I am writing for my junior comp class. It’s called ‘Fashion through a Filter’ and it’s about how fashion brands benefit from using Instagram to reach out to customers. As a PR person I thought this topic was going to be easy… I was definitely and most unfortunately wrong. I am so glad I am not a magazine major, I would suck at it.

Blogs are one thing, magazines are in a different galaxy. I have had a hard time finding sources and my final draft deadline is due at midnight. So instead of scanning Instagram and Pinterest feeds, I decided to let out my frustration and create a game plan, via High Heels High Hopes.

Step 1: Get coffee. A caramel macchiato to be exact.

Step 2: Start writing this post. Already there, yay progress!

Step 3: Turn on music for inspiration. iTunes ready for takeoff!

Step 4: Make a how to get out of the creative blackhole step-by-step list… already four steps in.

Step 5: Finish this post.

Step 6: Browse Instagram for inspiration, as it is one of the main topics for my article.

Step 7: Force yourself to write.

Step 8: Write until 5:40, then go to 6 p.m. class.

Step 9: Get Chipotle after class.

Step 10: Go home and write your little butt off!

Step 11: Edit starting at 11 p.m.

Step 12: Submit by 11:59 p.m.

Step 13: Get Caffeine and write Op Ed piece for other class.

Step 14: Finish Op Ed and study for German midterm.

Step 15: Go to bed by 4 a.m. and set 6 alarms.

My night is going to be awesome! I’ll post about the aftermath repercussions later, but hopefully I make my deadline and get some sleep. Midterms are a creative black hole because there are so many writing assignments due in one week, and you only have so much creative brain power per hour. I can sleep when I’m dead… Right?

Wish me luck!

x KMSH

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How to join the world of Morning Persons

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Hey readers, so I haven’t been very good about posting again. Okay this time I will post at least twice a week! It’s now in my Google Calendar, with set reminders. Anyway, this week I thought I would write about how to become a morning person. Last year, I was most certainly not a morning person. I do love sleep, who doesn’t? However, I am usually inspired around 11:30 p.m., causing a problem because I pass out around 12:30 a.m. Last semester I started a trend that I at first hated, but now it’s awesome: I woke up early. It’s hard to change habit, but this one has proved very rewarding.

  • Try showering in the morning. Because I have early classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I like to shower in the morning. I do have to wake up at around 7:30 a.m. or so (which in the real world isn’t that early, but in college it’s torture), but I feel awake once I take a hot shower. I also feel good because I don’t feel grimy or drowsy, I feel clean, awake and alert. I also have more time to get ready, and instead of looking like a slob that just rolled out of bed, I look prepared and put together. Try showering in the morning, at least you can say you are clean.
  • Don’t stay up all hours of the night. I did this my sophomore year. I always felt tired and got sick all the time. Many people don’t realize sleep is the best medicine there is. Yes, I do know you have tons of assignments and clubs and your part-time job. I’ve heard it all and done it for the past three years. That’s why Google Calendar was invented, to help you schedule your life and send you reminders. If you stay up all hours of the night because you didn’t manage your time wisely, you’ll be a grump and no one likes a grump. True fact.
  • Set three alarms. Yes, three alarms. This may seem much but if you like to sleep in, the snooze button is all too familiar. I also usually accidentally turn off my alarm. In the beginning if I had to wake up early, I would set three alarms or so. Now I get anxious and wake up to make sure the snooze was on. I usually set my alarm for around thirty minutes before I have to wake up. So I’ll set it for 7 a.m. most days and actually get up at 7:30. Tedious and annoying, yes. But you will get up after your annoying alarm keeps going off.

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  • Coffee. If you still need that extra push, have a cup of coffee. If you don’t like coffee, try tea, Diet Coke, whatever will keep you awake and moving. Many people need coffee in the morning to kickstart their day, I on the other hand, like a Diet Coke.

Being a morning person seems pointless to a college student. However, as the years pass and senior year comes along, you’ll be wishing you were able to wake up early. If you don’t learn this now, you will regret it your first day of your big kid job. But there are many pros to being a morning person: you don’t waste the day away, you get more done, you feel better, you smell better and you feel more accomplished at the end of the day.

My challenge to you readers is to try it out. If you still like sleeping in on the weekends, that is definitely acceptable after a wild night out on the town, but try it for three weeks and see what you think. If you prefer to be up all night, go ahead and dread your 8:30 a.m. class. It’ll be brutal, but it’s college right?

OU had a snow day today!

x KMSH

When things get busy

photo 3Hey readers! I did it again and trailed off and forgot to blog… It’s been very hectic. I have classes, meetings, sorority recruitment and I’m ready for bed right now. Luckily tomorrow I don’t have class till 1:30 but I’m still going to bed before midnight. If I don’t I may regret it later.

I usually deal with a hectic, busy schedule. I love it because I don’t know what to do with myself when I’m bored. Sure, Saturdays and Sundays are for relaxation, that’s fine. During the week I can’t just sit there and do nothing. If I do nothing I’ll most likely fall asleep. Funny thing is though my roommate Elisabeth pointed something very interesting out to me yesterday: even though we are always go–go–go we still enjoy sleeping in. Some workaholics wake up at 7:30 a.m. naturally. I can easily sleep till noon. That being said, I am not a morning person. Never have, never will be and coffee is my best friend. Well coffee or a diet coke (which tastes so good in the morning!).

My best advice for if you are starting to live the life of an overachieving college student:

1. Get some rest: It’s still important for you to function naturally. After awhile you could become immune to the effects of caffeine. Do you want to drink six cups a day? I think not.

2. Hydrate: Water is your friend. It is good for you and will help you keep going throughout the day. Coffee and other caffeine products will dehydrate you so please hydrate and grab some water on your way out for the day.

3. Manage your time: Everyone manages their time differently. I like to write everything out into a planner so I remember. I also keep a digital copy. Just remember to leave a little 30 minute break in there every now and then.

If you follow these three tips you will survive the life of an overachiever. Trust me, you do not want to overdo it. I almost passed out during my sorority’s recruitment this past weekend. It was NOT GOOD. So if you don’t do what I did and get some rest you’ll be able to function as you normally would.

x KMSH

A week back in the Windy City

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Hello readers! Sorry I’ve been absent. I have been taking the week to get fully acclimated back into Chicago life and I’m loving it. My parents downsized into an apartment building and it feels like a hotel. There’s also shops, bars, anything down the street. It’s awesome! Although my rent at OU is more expensive with none of the awesome amenities… can you say rip off?

Today I am heading out to Lake Geneva for some family vacation/bonding time. It should be fun, Lake Geneva is always a good time. The question now is, what am I going to do for the rest of the summer? In truth I am leaving August 10th but my answer to that is absolutely nothing. If you’ve been interning for a few months, having a couple weeks off before you get back to the daily grind of profes

sors, homework, essays and exams is exactly what you need. Now in the real world it’s totally different but you also aren’t dealing with at least four classes with piles of work on top of having a social life. While at the same time trying to fit in sleep after your countless hours of being a leader on campus. It’s a lot of work and I’ve recently learned it’s okay to say no.

No is a word all people should learn in college. I partially learned about it freshman year but after having some “me” time in Dublin and analyzing my junior year I had to make some changes. I recently resigned my position in my sorority. I may try again to have a smaller position, however it seemed like the right thing to do. I am a perfectionist and I didn’t feel like I could dedicate the necessary time to exceeding the expectations of the position. I am a leader on campus and am

taking 19 credit hours, I can’t do everything, unfortunately. Does it mean I am a lesser of a person? No.  I put myself into a mature mindset and made a decision that I felt was necessary. Last semester I pushed myself way to hard. I am only 20 and I can’t do everything.

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So what I want you readers to walk away from all of this is, take a vacation. Get away to somewhere. Your brain needs a break and remember school comes first. If you’re in college be a part of as many things as you can but don’t kill yourself. It may look good on a resume but is it worth the lack of sleep and college memories you didn’t have time to make? Maybe to you it is but for this high heeled girl, it’s not.

Some may say I am cheating today because I have wedges on. It’s raining and I can run errands in them. I also look good in these wedges, so that’s just an added bonus.

x KMSH