1.23.2016

How to Manage Your Time

Not Mine
A lot of us have some pretty busy schedules. With schoolwork, after school activities, blog posts, and more, it can be hard to find time to do it all! So, I've decided to share my tips on managing time, so that you can get everything done, and still have some spare time left for yourself!
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~ Get Done With Your School Work First!
After a long tiring day at school, it can be tempting to immediately jump on to your laptop, start watching the television, or finish off a book that you are reading. But, if you do these activities for too long, you may not leave enough time for yourself to get done with your other tasks for the day. So, I suggest that one you get home, you immediately polish off your homework, before letting yourself do other activities. If you are really tired, and need to clear your brain and freshen up before you start working, then I suggest that you set a timer for about fifteen minutes, and eat a snack and relax in this time. But after your fifteen minutes end, start working!

~ Keep The Distractions Away!
Often times, while I'm doing my work, I'll get distracted with a book, or my laptop. These distractions make simple work, take a much longer time than it should. So, while you are accomplishing your tasks, I suggest that you remove all the distractions out of the room that you are working in. If you think your laptop is going to be a distraction, but you need it for the task you have to do, then I suggest that you use an app to block distraction websites. Keeping away distractions will help you fully focus on your work, which in will save a lot of time!

~ Schedule and Prioritize!
Scheduling is a great way to get things done in a shorter amount of time, as you will know how much time, and at what time you will have to do a task. Figuring out how long a task should take before you complete it, will keep you from elongating the process. Another thing I suggest, is to do the important tasks first, and the least important tasks last. This will help make sure that you complete all the tasks that are more urgent. You can read more about scheduling and prioritizing on another blog post I did, here

~ Use Every Spare Moment to Complete Tasks!
This is one of my favorite ways to save time. If you get a spare moment during the day (any break over 2 minutes), I suggest you use that time to get something done! For example, if you finish a test in one of your classes early, and you still have five minutes until the end of class, instead of sitting and doing nothing, start doing something! You could use that time to start on your homework, read a book, write something, brainstorm blog post ideas, and much more! If you look, you'll find a lot of small breaks throughout the day (especially in school), and it makes your life a lot easier if you utilize this time to do something productive. 

~ Use Lunches!
This is similar to the above tip, but lunches are a great place to get things done, too. You don't have to work on something every day at lunch- it is important to have fun and relax when eating. But, if you know that you have a lot of tasks to complete that day, then I suggest that you use your lunch time to complete some of your workload. 

~ Don't Panic!
Even if you have too many tasks to do, but don't have enough time to do it, don't panic. Just follow these steps, and save as much time as possible. Even with saving time, sometimes you may not be able to complete all the tasks you want to do that day. Don't worry about not completing something- it is not that big of a deal. You can just finish what you did not have time to complete the following day.
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1.09.2016

Photography: Books

Hey guys!
This morning I decided to do a little experimenting with photography, and I decided I wanted to take pictures of books. I haven't done that much photography in the past, so of course they are not the greatest photographs, but I still did want to share them.


“Did you see any rice in there? Maybe we could fill Cinder's head with it."

Everyone stared at him.

"You know, to...absorb the moisture, or something. Isn't that a thing?"

"We're not putting rice in my head.”  
- Winter by Marissa Meyer


“One should never save cake for later when it can be eaten now.” 
- Winter by Marissa Meyer


“Thorne scoffed. “Careful is my middle name. Right after Suave and Daring.”
“Do you even know what you're saying half the time?” asked Cinder.” 
- Winter by Marissa Meyer


“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.” 
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass


“Of course." He picked up the brown bag of candy on the table. "What's your . . ." He trailed off as he weighed the bag in his hands. "Didn't I give you three pounds of candy?"
She smiled impishly.
"You ate half the bag!"
"Was I supposed to save it?"
"I would have liked some!"
"You never told me that."
"Because I didn't expect you to consume all of it before breakfast!"
She snatched the bag from him and put it on the table. "Well, that just shows poor judgement on your part, doesn't it?” 
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


“Do you know how far the wall is from the mines?" He gave her blank look. She closed her eyes and sighed dramatically. "From my shaft, it was three hundred sixty-three feet. I had someone measure."

"So?" Dorian repeated.

"Captain Westfall, how far do slaves make it from the mines when they try to escape?"

"Three feet," he muttered. "Endovier sentries usually shoot a man down before he's moved three feet."

The Crown Prince's silence was not her desired effect. "You knew it was suicide," he said at last, the amusement gone. 

Perhaps it had been a bad idea to bring up the wall. 

"Yes."

...
"I never intended to escape.” 
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


"Nothing causes as much trouble as it cures"
- Tales of Beedle The Bard by J.K Rowling


“Come here, baby sister," she whispered, and despite the terror twisting inside Levana's stomach, her feet obeyed. "I want to show you something.” 
- Fairest by Marissa Meyer


“Why is it always a prince?” asked Winter. “Why isn’t she ever saved by a top-secret spy? Or a soldier? Or a … a poor farm boy, even?”
“I don’t know. That’s just how the story was written.” Evret brushed back a curl of Winter’s hair. “If you don’t like it, we’ll make up a different story tomorrow night. You can have whoever you want rescue the princess.”
“Like a doctor?”
“A doctor? Well—sure. Why not?”
“Jacin said he wants to grow up to be a doctor.”
“Ah. Well, that’s a very good job, one that saves more than just princesses.”
“Maybe the princess can save herself.”
“That sounds like a pretty good story too.” 
- Fairest by Marissa Meyer


“Life is where you sleep and what you see when you wake up in the morning, and who you tell about your weird dream, and what you eat for breakfast and who you eat it with. Life isn’t something that happens to you. It’s something you make yourself, all the time.” 
- Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead


“I guess my question is: Is the new you the stranger? Or is the stranger the person you leave behind?" 
- Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead


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I hope you enjoyed the pictures! Which one was your favorite? Also, all of the books I photographed are really great books, and I would recommend that you read them. 

Have a good day! Bye! 

1.02.2016

#Look Past the Flaws

All of us have flaws.

Every single one of us.

What I've found, is we all tend to notice flaws in other people pretty easily. When we look at someone else, the first thing we notice is that their hair is unbrushed, or that they tell bad jokes. We notice everything that isn't perfect about them. 

And, we judge them for it. 

But, why? 

Why should we make a decision about someone, based on one quality about them that isn't perfect? 

Humans have so many different aspects to them, so many different character traits and qualities. You might not like some of their traits- you might not like that they can sometimes accidentally be rude, or that they get angry easily. 

But, what about all of the good traits?

What about that person's ability to make people feel better when they are upset, or how they help other students who are struggling with subjects at school?

Why do we always have to see the things about people that we don't like?

Can't we focus on the good things about that person, and just accept their flaws?

After all, everyone has flaws. You and me, both. But both of us also have so many good qualities. And, it would be a shame if those good qualities were wasted, just because of one flaw.

Because every single person is more than a few flaws. Our flaws don't define us. 

So next time you see something about someone you don't like, I challenge you to look past it. Take a look at that entire person, their personality, all the good qualities about them. 

See what makes that person amazing.