Guide to Finals — My 10 Tips & Tricks

Happy Finals Week Ladies

I, personally, just finished all of my final tests and final papers last night and let me tell you, I slept like a baby. I feel like this enormous weight has been lifted off of my shoulders and I can finally relax. But for those of you who are still going through finals, I want to lend some of my advice for, not only getting through finals week, but doing so, successfully.

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1. P i c k   a   c o z y   s p o t

But don’t make it cozy enough to wear you are going to fall asleep because of all of the boring material that you’ll be studying. Trust me, I have done this. Make sure that you are comfortable because you are going to be in that spot A  L O T. And come back to that place every time you need to study because studies show that if you consistently study in the same space, you can program your mind into study mode whenever you’re present in that space. While libraries and study rooms at your school are great, they are not ALWAYS available; so my best suggestion would be to pick somewhere in your home that is quiet, undisturbed and where you can work in peace.

2.  B e   O r g a n i z e d

Before you start doing any studying, make sure that your area is clean and that your notes and materials are organized. Nothing is worse than working in clutter. I, personally, can’t even do homework or write a paper if my tools aren’t organized and clean (my room is a different story though 😉  This will help you be more efficient and timely as you won’t be rummaging through notes or papers because you will know where everything is and can therefore get more work done.

3. U s e   Y o u r   T i m e   Wi s e l y

This is probably my most important tip because just because you say you were studying for four hours doesn’t mean that your face was in a book the whole time. How much of that time were you scrolling through instagram or texting or going on Pinterest? (Yes I am guilty of all of these things) So turn your phone off (or on ‘do not disturb’) and do not even open those websites in new tabs on your computer. Just focus on what you need to do and I promise all of that stuff will still be there when you’re done. And it will almost be a reward as well.

4. G e t   E n o u g h   R e s t

I can not stress this enough. If you are up super late cramming for a test the night before and get hardly any sleep, chances are, you are not going to do well on that exam because you didn’t get enough sleep and your brain wasn’t prepared for it. So plan out your studying and make sure to leave in at least 7-8 hours of sleep, especially the night before a big test. Because even if you think your digesting all of that information the night before while your drooling over your coffee cup, your most likely not, because your brain is working so hard just trying to keep your eyes open.

5.  E a t  W e l l

Eating junk food while your studying or taking a test is not good. Eat healthy foods that are going to fuel your brain and energize you to do your best. This might seem like a minor thing but it can make all the difference. I remember my teachers telling me this in middle school before star testing and I thought it was so dumb, but those teachers were right and you need to do this. Eat to fuel your body.

6.  M u s i c

You might be reading this and be thinking, “Won’t music distract me from studying?” Yes, it will.. if it has lyrics, but if you are just playing the instrumental versions of songs, it will help you concentrate and keep your mind from wandering off to other things. This is a tip that I use a lot and have seen great results from, as my mind tends to wander off a lot.. “I wonder what Brandon’s doing” “I really need to paint my nails” “I wonder what I’m gonna wear tomorrow.”

7. W e a r   a   W a t c h

If you are checking the time on your watch, you won’t be tempted to look at your phone, which would cause you to want to check all of your social media outlets and then you have wasted an entire hour scrolling through information that is not going to help you ace that test. So wear a watch and it will save you time.

8.  U s e  F l a s h c a r d s

This might seem silly or juvenile but using flashcards is a tactic that I was, literally, using yesterday. It helps me to remember facts, vocab words, etc. so much easier and faster than if I was just reading them off of my notes or in a book. And just to make it more aesthetically pleasing to the eye, use flashcards in bright colors that you like so that your study tools aren’t so blah!

9. K n o w  Y o u r  L i m i t s

If you know that your brain just can’t take in any more information for one day, then give it a rest for the day, or for a few hours. Go grab a coffee at Starbucks or watch one of your favorite shows or paint your nails, or just simply, go to bed. I can guarantee that if you do some of these things and come back to studying you will feel more energized and motivated to do so. Pushing your brain too hard won’t help anything except exhaust you.

10.  R e w a r d  Y o u r s e l f

This may be the most important. Set a goal or reward for yourself once your finals are over: Go shopping, get a mani-pedi with your girls, buy yourself those shoes that you have been eyeing for weeks. Whatever it is, just do something for YOU that makes YOU happy. This helps you have an end goal and lifts that weight of stress off of your shoulders. You can sit in that pedicure chair knowing that you did everything that you could and you did your best, and that is all that you can do in life. And especially with finals.

So those are my top 10 tips and tricks for finals.

I hope that you all aren’t stressing too much and have a wonderful day.

Remember, it will be over soon & it will be so worth it.

xoxo, lexie

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Thursday Thoughts – Your Man’s An Athlete

G o o d  E v e n i n g  L o v i e s

I just got home from sunday dinner at my Naani’s house. Almost every sunday my whole family gets together and has dinner. It’s our time to catch up and talk and be silly. We are an extremely close family and I love it. Anyway, we had such a good dinner and I am seriously so full right now. So I am sitting here writing to you all and something that I want to discuss is how to be an athlete’s girlfriend. Now this is not a “how-to” about how to become an athlete’s girlfriend. No No No.

This is about how to be able to be a good girlfriend to your athlete boyfriend.  And let me tell you, it’s way different than dating any other type of man.

They have extremely busy schedules, they are tired a lot, and many other difficulties that you will have to face and get over. Being in a relationship with an athlete; you become their support system, their best friend, their massage therapist, their shoulder to lean on, their ear to listen, and their love to take their mind off of the game.

As women, we want lots of attention from our men, or at least I do. And being with an athlete, you can’t always have that. You cannot be selfish in this relationship, because although he can put you first in every other attribute, his sport is his job. And even if they are just in college, it is like they have a full-time job outside of school. They can’t put you before that. And you shouldn’t ask them to. Sometimes they just have to do, what they have to do. And if you can’t accept that, then you can’t be with them.

S u p p o r t  S y s t e m

 Yes, these men have their teammates, and friends, and families to support them. But when he has had a bad day and gets home and needs you, you can bet you a$# that his friends aren’t going to be able to lift him up like you can. Your attitude can either put a smile on his face or make the hurt even deeper. Men need support. No matter how tough they act or how masculine they seem, they need that woman by their side. No matter what.
B e s t  F r i e n d
Now this might not be all relationships, but it should be. Brandon is my best friend. And yes I have my girls, but a friendship with your man is on a completely different level than with anyone else. You have to be able to laugh with him after a long day, to just lay in bed with him and watch movies all day because he’s too tired or sore to do anything else. And when he is your best friend, doing those things bring a smile to your face too.

M a s s a g e T h e r a p i s t

Now, this might seem a bit funny but it is so true. Athletes put their bodies through hell, day in and day out. And a lot more times than not, those big (sexy) 🙂 muscles are sore and need you to make them feel better. And trust me, he will thank you for it. And being able to help him feel better, makes you feel like your really helping him and his career.

E a r  t o  L i s t e n

Men, most men, like to talk. And my Brandon does a lot. 🙂 But this wasn’t always the case when it came to baseball. It took a lot for him to really open up to me about his game. But after 2 years, he opens up to me and talks to me about everything that happens in the games just like I’m one of his teammates. And the fact that I can talk back with him about it is a huge thing. If you know nothing about his sport, that is okay. But you had better learn. You don’t need to be an expert, but you do need to understand enough to know what he is talking about. And that will come with time after attending his games. (And you had better be attending)

T h e i r  L o v e

This is the most important. Because he’s not just an athlete, but he’s your man, your love. And sometimes you need to remind him of that. Do cute things for him, wear a sexy outfit, cook him a meal; remind him that, at the end of the day, it is just a game and you love him and he loves you and that is all that matters sometimes. You are that escape to take his mind off of the stress of the game. You make life better even when other things are going wrong.

There are so many other things that I can’t even think of right now, but for now, I hope this helps you all.

Now let’s not forget about Y O U.. and neither should he. Yes, cater to your man. But he should be catering to you as well. He should be taking care of you and what you need too. Sometimes it is harder for them to do that because of their crazy schedules, but as long as he is putting in the effort, that’s all that matters. For example, Brandon and I are 500 miles away from each other and I only get to see him about once a month. But every single month on our anniversary, (the ninth), I get a delivery of flowers to my doorstep. The card says “love, B” and it makes me the happiest girl in the world. Because even though he can’t take me on dates or make me breakfast in bed, he makes himself present in our special day even when he can’t be here and makes me feel like a princess every single day. And every time I fly down to see him, he tries his best to do little things to make our time special. (Even though most of his time is spent playing baseball game.)

Every woman deserves that.

Don’t settle for anything less than butterflies ladies.

Have a wonderful evening and I’ll talk to ya’ll later.

xoxo, lexie

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