this a post (complete with links, pictures and other tips) dedicated to all of you struggling through what seems to be a hell they call high school. i get it. i struggled through it, all my friends endured it and you’re probably in the same boat of wanting to throw yourself down each flight of stairs that presents itself. but please don’t do that! i’m here to help, friend!! this is a comprehensive list of all the things i learned from my time in high school. i hope this helps at least one person out there! as always, if you guys have any questions, my ask box is open :)
before we get into it: this is a link to my study routine because some people have been asking for it and don’t have a section in this post to put it under so i’m just going to leave it here.
okay so, i’m going to be completely upfront with you. high school is hard. it’s especially hard if you want to do well. i can honestly say that senior year took its toll in more ways than one when i didn’t take care of myself or pay attention to my body’s needs. so here are some self-care tips to keep you happy & healthy.
1. eat a lot & stay hydrated
when you’re trying to finish a 2000 word essay, or pretty much all but shoving toothpicks in your eyes to stay up studying for an exam the next day, food is your best friend. food helps your brain work better and you’ll find that your concentration levels increase when you study on a filled stomach. there are lots of brain foods out there like dark chocolate, nuts, vegetable sticks etc. but don’t forget to reward yourself with a food of your choice after you feel like you’ve done a lot of work. couple all of this with lots of water to keep you feeling refreshed.
2. pamper yourself
i am completely aware of the fact that high school students don’t have the time to go to a spa or sauna every other weekend. however, you deserve a nice long bath or a good face scrub every now and then. other things you can indulge in:
body lotion (especially the nice smelling ones)
a good facial cleanser
and the list goes on. trust me, being physically relaxed plays a big part in how your brain performs. if you feel a bit gross, take a shower before you start studying. it’s little things like that that’ll make a massive difference.
everyone says it, i know. but it’s so important. if you don’t get sleep the night before because you were cramming for tomorrow morning’s exam, go home and take a nap in the afternoon. get some shuteye in one form or another. pls.
4. believe in yourself
it sounds so weird, and it’s usually not included in posts like these but in my opinion it’s one of, if not the most, important factor in high school success. think about it. if you’re spending those years of your life doubting whether your answer is correct, whether your science report is as good as the next person’s or whether your friends truly like you, you’re using up a lot of energy that could be used for things that’ll actually benefit you in the long run. that’s why my blog is titled “breathe” - because that’s exactly what you have to do, and sometimes that’s the only thing you can do in order to keep going. chin up. you’re going to be okay. you’re doing great. i believe in you. and you should believe in you too.
1. plan everything
i’m telling you now, get some kind of planning system. whether you want to use a bullet journal, a planner, a diary, an app, a computer program or your grandma’s paper napkins, seriously just pick something. when you have seven different classes and you have assessment for each, i highly doubt you’re going to remember every task that goes along with them. so, just take my word for it and plan plan plan.
here’s alinkto how i used my planner back in high school.
i also recommend a whiteboard monthly calendar so you can keep track of all of the important dates you need to remember.
i love love love post-its. i honestly can’t stop myself from buying them - especially the cute animal ones. post-its saved my butt when keeping my books organised and easy to navigate. you can use them to separate different semesters, chapters, lectures, topics etc. i also use post-its to mark any questions, sections or subjects that i’m unsure of so that i can ask my teacher about it the next day. i then write down the answer or explanation on a separate sticky note and stick it next to the question so i can refer back to it when studying for exams.
+ look at all the different kinds of cute post-its you can get!
so you can obviously get all your standard, basic post-its.
buuutttttttt, you can also get all of these fun ones too! they make studying a lot easier and a lot more fun, trust me.
3. figure out a system that works for you
so in high school, i liked having notebooks for each class and having an accordion folder to hold all my papers. that worked perfectly fine for me but there may be other methods that work better for you. i suggest, especially if you’re just about to start or just started high school, that you experiment with different organisational systems to find which one suits you best.
i’ve got a page dedicated to my favourite supplies and how i use them. i hope you can get some inspiration from it in some way.
go on google, tumblr, facebook, instagram, weheartit or whatever tickles your fancy and search up some quotes that inspire you. it sounds really corny, but i’m telling you that it works. i had three quotes above my desk and they always used to motivate me when all i could think about was crashing into the comfort of my blankets. i would pick quotes and write/draw them out myself so i could add my own spin on them. i used:
“make hermione proud”
“effort only fully releases its rewards to those who refuse to quit”
“you have galaxies in your head, don’t let anyone tell you you cannot shine”
this community! it’s the best motivation in my opinion. whenever i was in a procrastination slump, i would scroll through the studyblr tag or scroll through studyblr blogs and before i knew it i’d be ready to study for another hour. it’s honestly one of the most helpful resources, and if it’s available to you then i definitely recommend that you use it!
get yourself a study playlist. it’s amazing what music can do for your mood. add a mix of songs that will get you pumped to blitz through that 5-star difficulty chemistry question and songs that will help you concentrate when you need to find the right word for that english essay. studying when it’s dead quiet is weirdly deafening to me and i can’t concentrate if there isn’t some sort of background noise. just add whatever helps you - whether it be panic!, classical or in my case, kpop hehe
i have a playlist suggestion on my blog if you want to try listening to some new songs. :)
that’s all, folks!
in all honesty, high school isn’t going to be a walk in the park if you want to succeed. it takes dedication, a lot of persistence and a consistent work ethic. you need to know what you’re aiming for, and you need to want it just as much, if not more, than the person who wants the same thing. my high school experience was stressful and anxiety inducing, but i can honestly say that the rewards on the flip side are very much worth it. you’ve got this. you’ll do a lot more than survive. you will succeed.
Okay as it is April 20th- otherwise knows as the glorious day of 420- I just want to take a minute to remind everyone that Isak and Even are going to be hosting the boys tonight in the most epic ‘let’s get fucking blitzed out of our minds’ night known to man. Jonas will be enlisted in securing the weed (”i swear to god it better be the good shit, Jonas.” “Isak shut up, you’ll take what you get”). Mahdi is in charge of food- chips, cookies, cheese toasties, anything and everything that 5 growing boys might need in their munchy phase.
Even, as the good, proper host, (and who had stared Isak down until Isak agreed on this one night only that Even should indulge with the boys)- has the movies down. Bright, colorful and loud. The type of movies that get you fucked up to watch sober- imagine how fucked up they’ll be watching them high. And Isak mutters So Moulin Rouge and Or Across the Universe then? both fuck with me man.
Isak is a fucking brat who insists that it’s his house, so he doesn’t have to do shit. And Magnus kind of shuffles his heels and is like, “yo what about me guys? what’s my job?” So Isak grasps him on the shoulder and says in his straightest, monotone voice, your job for the night is to not mention Vilde’s name once. We are begging you.
And then Even wins the honor of lighting the first joint…
Lmao I wanted to show this to @white-rainbowff but then I would have ruined the surprise! I just realized that Blitz is doing tricks with Thrawn in the background 😂😂😂…Kallus is in the background too if u look hard!
1. Not super impressed with Loki as the generic “god of evil”. He’s a trickster and representation of fire, something that can help you or burn you. “God of evil” is simplistic and boring. But then this is the guy who brought us Persephone, useless goddess of flowers, so I guess sometimes he’s content to reduce entities to handy stereotypes.
2. It’s been two books now. Why have the dwarf and elf not been confirmed as married yet.
blitz isn’t good under pressure. we all know it. so getting the tanning bed set up had to be a hell of an ordeal. were there ducks involved??
we know he got some supplies from Nabbi (i’m thinking the bulbs? but that might be from some fic i’ve read)
so there’s an elf, half-dead, where he definitely shouldn’t be & the only person around is blitz who is actually rather calm while rescuing hearth & bringing him to his apartment
when he starts to panic is when he realizes that if the elf doesn’t get some sunlight soon, he may never wake up
a bit of agonizing until he reaches his eureka moment & has the sunbed idea
now that he’s got a Plan, he’s switched into Turbo-Blitz mode & he wastes no time contacting nabbi
nabbi who’s kind of confused & concerned when hearing that blitz wants lightbulbs that simulate sunlight which literally turns them to stone. but blitz seems desperate & nabbi kind of pities the kid- he’s had a hard go since his father died & maybe these supplies mean he’s finally getting into crafting?
so nabbi gets the goods & blitz is falling all over himself to build the bed part and you know what?? he’s not actually that bad at crafting. he’s nervous & self-doubting & has a strange affinity for some bird they’ve got in midgard but. by the end of the night, blitzen, son of freya has created a functional sunbed & put the elf in it & settled down to wait
he must’ve named it, it’s just etiquette, but i can’t think of what he’d name it? Light-bringer? Elf-Awake???? idk man it’s not coming to me
anyway. by now it’s the middle of the night & nabbi has left & hearth is sleeping in the sunbed & blitz is shot. he has had a very Stressful day but he’s still worried about the elf so he ends up falling asleep on the couch
when hearth wakes up, he’s questioning why he’s alive & why it’s so bright & he has this sinking anxiety telling him he’s somehow back in alfheim but there’s something slightly different about the light right now. he manages to push open the top & looks around
he’s in an apartment, presumably still in nidavellir where he thought he’d die
he was sleeping in a kind of contraption that gives off fake sunlight, that probably saved his life
and there, fast asleep on the couch, is the dwarf he barely remembers picking him up on the street
& hearth is suspicious of him of course, and he wants to leave while blitz is asleep but when he tries to stand, it is very obvious that he is Not Yet Healed fully
the apartment swirls around him & he passes out again
the sound of hearth hitting the floor is actually what wakes blitzen up
immediately he’s cursing himself for falling asleep when he should’ve been watching over the elf! but anyway he runs over & puts hearth right back into the bed for some more sleep
at some point in this process he does some non-creepy admiring of the elf (he’s very aesthetically pleasing, he’d make a great model, no, stay on track, blitzen!!)
so this time he stays awake the whole time until hearth wakes up again, feeling a bit stronger and a bit better & this is really the first time they’ve been near each other while both are awake & blitz tries to ask what happened, how hearth got here but hearth is panicking at the idea of blitz finding out he’s deaf
blitz had taken him into his home & saved his life, but surely he’d regret it once he learned how worthless hearth really was?
so to avoid seeing what blitzen is going to say, hearth just buries his head in his arms
& blitz has no idea what to do but he just sits there with hearth patiently & when the elf finally looks up blitz smiles as kindly as possible & asks slowly again if hearth is ok & how he got here
and this time, instead of drawing in on himself, hearth takes a deep breath, closes his eyes, & signs thank you for saving me
okay so like, ive got this Idea. this wild idea. what if- yes, what if… trans hearth and magnus. like, just think about. trans man hearth with his adopted buddy trans boy magnus.
hearth has top surgery scars, has been on t for a while, its obvious, but he doesnt answer any questions on how he recieved these things. blitz stops asking and magnus only ever does once, but he only got half of it out before he was like “okay, yeah, not getting an answer out of that.” and magnus lets it drop.
mags doesnt come out until after hes on the street, after hes been with blitz and hearth for a while. hes one of the people who dont realize its even a possibility until they meet other trans people, whereas hearth is the opposite. theyre so different, magnus sometimes wonders if hes really a trans dude and not just some confused kid but hearth assures him its different for everyone, says it took him a while to figure it out too.
mags cant buy a binder and doesnt really know where to go for one, but then one day blitz shows up with a “gift”. magnus looks over to hearth with a raised eyebrow but hearth looks just as surprised (as surprised as his face ever gets anyways). when blitz reveals the binder, mag’s eyes get wide and he takes it with such tender hands, looks at blitz with such a face-splitting grin, it makes hearth crack a smile too, even puts his hand on magnus’s shoulder and gives a good squeeze.
just… hearth giving mags man advice. helping him deal w dysphoria and soreness and internalized transphobia. hearth admits that he’s kind of a mess, too and magnus says that just means they understand each other more. makes hearth smile
im just….. im extremely trans. everyone in mcga is trans. confirmed. yep. so trans.
Hi Tink! THAT EPISODE I'M !!!!!* a glass case of emotion gif* why do you think they destroyed the Colt? Dean didn't get to shot it -not even once- this season and that has to mean something.
COLT = JOHN.
Well, you know, the symbolism (I think, anyway, and I did see someone else talk about it too today but for the life of me I can’t remember who, I’m sorry! If you see this feel free to reblog with your post link!).
Basically, as a nice symbolic part of the whole Performing!Dean facade coming down, it is awesome that the colt gets blitzed alongside all the other aspects of this:
The disillusion of Mary. Letting Sam grow up and make his own choices and mistakes. Cucumber water / Larry / making Cas a freaking mix tape with kisses on etc. Bi!Dean. Dean addressing his feelings towards Cas. etc etc etc
Also, LBR it’s boring having a Deux ex Machina weapon (even though it can’t kill Lucifer, it is still kind of too good? that’s why they ‘lost’ it in the first place…
However, I still want Dean to find out that Mary endangered Cas for the colt…. but hey let’s see, there’s still a lot to go over in the last few episodes so there is bound to be some stuff that fits in the ‘they must have done that off camera’ folder (like when Dean awkwardly gave Cas the mix tape in the first place!).
But hey, I have high high high hopes for the Mary / Dean confrontation….eeek!
Hey! First of all, I love your blog 💖 and are you still doing blitzstone hc? Could I ask for some wedding cerimony headcanons? Or just cute hc in general! Thanks so much 💖
Sorry this took so long, I had a lot to say! I loved writing these!! To anyone else who may have sent me requests, they’re coming
- it’s a few years after preventing Ragnarok for the last time
-hearth & blitz are around 24 maybe?
-they’ve been dating ever since a little before the last possible-Ragnarok when they ended up having a pre-battle, heat-of-the-moment, I-don’t-want-to-lose-you-without-telling-you-how-I-feel Kiss
-but anyway, Blitzen’s best is thriving & Hearth’s magic is way better than it used to be & everything is good and pure
- Blitz proposes like this: on the anniversary of the day Blitz found Hearth in Nidavellir, they go out for dinner in a fancy restaurant, and then (after sundown) take a walk in a park they used to stay in while they were homeless.
-They end up at a quiet fountain w/ no one else around. The street lamps shine off the water & in Hearth’s eyes. It’s dark enough to be romantic & secluded but bright enough to sign easily.
-Taking a deep breath, Blitz gives a little speech (signing & speaking) about how much Hearth means to him & how he’s his everything. This information is nothing new, but Hearth is still completely in awe.
- By now he has the suspicion Blitz is planning something big, but he’s still completely overwhelmed when the tiny dwarf actually gets down on one knee. He doesn’t pull the ring out right away, bc he has to ask Hearth, will you marry me?
- And of course the answer is obvious, they’ve been living together for years now, they’re absolutely a package deal & there’s no way Hearth’s gonna say no. So he just nods and signs Yes really excitedly & pulls Blitzen up to kiss him & then Blitz pulls the ring box out of his jacket pocket and opens it.
- It’s silver & simple & elegant & it has perthro engraved on the band. Both their hands are shaking when Blitz slides it onto Hearth’s ring finger. They kiss again, laughing bc everything is falling perfectly into place. This is their dream come true.
- they get Blitz a ring too. It’s gold & has a wider band than Hearth’s with the same engraving of their family’s symbol
- they invite Magnus, Samirah, & Alex (who has become a part of their family too) over to tell them & the kids are beyond excited for their dads
- so for the actual ceremony, it’s pretty small- just the family, the Floor 19 Crew, Inge, and Freya (Blitz didn’t want to invite her, but Hearth convinced him. She’s your mother, Blitz. And she’s the goddess of love- it’s not like she doesn’t know we’re getting married! If we don’t invite her, we’ll never hear the end of it.)
- Halfborn performs the ceremony, bc he has definitely been ordained at some point in his 1200 year stay at Valhalla
- Magnus is their best man, Samirah is the maid of honor
-Alex is the ring bearer
- Blitz designed everyone’s outfits, obviously. He’s still salty about not designing the outfits for the fake wedding with Thrym tbh. He can’t say it, but he def wants to show up Sif
- and he does! Hearth wears a white suit + his scarf bc it’s 100% necessary. Blitz insisted he not wear black for once. Blitz’ pants & suit jacket are black but his vest is red to match the scarf. He’s wearing a bow tie too
- Magnus’ tux is gray w/ a white vest. His hair is grown back by now so it’s braided on one side to keep it out of his face during the ceremony
- Samirah’s dress is green again with silver lace & her hijab has silver threads in it for accent
- Amir’s tux is deep purple & he’s perfect and beautiful
- Alex is female & her dress is a very pale pink & her makeup is green. The dress stops around knee-length & is very twirlable. Magnus is dying
- jack is here & he insisted upon having a bow tie tied around his hilt
- Blitzen threatened to throw a fit if Halfborn showed up half-dressed like always, so the beserker relented. His suit is dark brown & his beard is braided neatly
- Mallory’s dress is a lighter green than Sam’s and is sleeveless. Her crazy hair is tamed a bit & falls around her shoulders. Halfborn has to concentrate very hard on the task at hand
- TJ refused to wear anything besides his union jacket but he let Blitz fix it up a bit.
- Freya is literally gorgeous, as always. She’s wearing about forty pounds of jewelry & Blitz wonders which piece was responsible for his life until Hearth takes his hand and smiles at him
- Inge is a free hulder now & is pretty close w/ hearth & blitz. Her dress is light blue & her hair is in very elaborate braids. Blitz asked whether she wanted a hole for her tail in the dress & she decided yes. She wears her tail proudly nowadays & is very active among the movement to free the huldrefolk
- also I don’t think anyone invited him but oh look, there’s Odin! The weirdo shows up about two minutes before the ceremony starts and is like “how could I miss the wedding day of my greatest pupil??” And hearth is so green
- tbh I bet Thor & Sif show up too & by this point it’s like…. Any other gods planning on showing up last minute or can we get married already? This is the exact moment when their former boss the severed head appears right in the middle of the aisle & Amir nearly faints
- when Thor shows up Hearth is definitely like who the fuck invited him, that giant dumbass is going to ruin our wedding!! Thor’s just kind of like “Wow my good friend the elf is so happy to see me!!”
- there’s also a suspicious bird at the window… Utgard-Loki…. Is that you, you sneaky fuck
- Marvin & Otis are sitting in the very back of the room with the very strict instructions not to eat any furniture. Otis starts crying in the middle of the vows & chews off an armrest anyway
- after all mystery guests arrive, they can finally start.
- Blitz’ vows start out with him talking about finding hearth in Nidavellir & how important and life-changing their friendship was immediately. He tells hearth who absolutely incredible he is & how honored blitz is to be marrying him.
- hearth’s vows describe how he’d always thought he’d be an empty cup for his whole life, but he never knew that from the moment blitz found him he was being filled more & more everyday bc of their friendship, and how blitz was the first person hearth ever trusted and he can’t believe he’s lucky enough to have him for their whole lives
- they exchange rings & they’re both near tears
- Halfborn says “by the power vested in me by the world of Valhalla, I now pronounce you dwarf & elf. You may kiss the groom” and blitz grabs hearth’s scarf and yanks him down for the kiss & everything’s beautiful
- Magnus definitely cries. The kid’s dads are getting married, give him some slack
- Alex teases him, but her eyes were a little misty for a while there too
- they don’t really have a reception, but the very extended family (so basically the empty cups + floor 19, Amir, & Inge) go back to blitz & hearth’s apartment to celebrate
- blitz bridal-carries hearth over the threshold & it is the cutest thing ever
- one of the boys probably had a bouquet to throw. Sam catches it & she and Amir don’t stop blushing all night
- big tearful family hugs. Blitz, hearth, Sam, Magnus, & Alex having a giant family group hug while the kids are so happy for their parents
- Alex teases Samir & Gunderkeen about when they’re gonna tie the knot. Mallory & Samirah retaliate by bringing up Magnus & making Alex blush a lot
- Inge dancing with hearth & telling him how happy she is for him. She just loves him so much wow. I like to think by this point although she obviously still loves him, she’s gotten over him mostly & maybe has a cute elf gf that’s also active in the free-the-huldre scene.
- Inge dancing w/ blitz afterwards & giving him a stern “don’t you dare hurt that boy” speech but obviously he’s not gonna & they’ve all been friends now for years so by the end they’re just laughing
- blitz & hearth having the first dance as a married couple & just swaying and holding onto each other and at the end they kiss & it’s really slow and sweet and beautiful and I’m dead
This was. Really freaking long, hope you enjoy, xoxo your Local Blitzstone Dealer™
I love how blitz doesnt quite have anything in special for battle like magic or like some special skills but he goes to missions anyways and can beat up bad guys using his tie and still keep being fancy. You go man.
((Excuses me for jacking this ask but I love Blitzen??? So much??? He’s not a warrior or healer or anything you usually think of in fantasy stories, he’s an artist, but!!! He still goes on adventures and fights monsters with his bare hands??? BUT!!!! The best part is, he uses his fashion skills to actually help with quests outside of battle? Like in both books if they didn’t have Blitzen and his skills they would have failed on their quests. I’m especially fond of how Magnus likes that in him and encourages him in finding different solutions to problems
And!?! It works???
And then!!! In second book Blitz gets more confidence in his own skills, And I love it???
I think that's one of the reasons I relate to him so much, because sometimes I feel like my friends are smarter and more talented, but then I just have to remember I have different skills is all
Headcanon A: I…. honestly don’t think I have any serious headcanons for him they’re all either angsty or funny…. (Watch me remember one the minute I post this just wATCH ME)
Headcanon B: ohhhh man I’ve got a ton of these but my personal favorite is that Blitz gets really really famous like his clothes becomes a Brand™ and every once in a while someone will dare him to start the most ridiculous fashion trends so you’ll just see a bunch of people walking around in the craziest outfits every once in a while; definitely made headline news at least once. also “what color is this dress” definitely was the result of a dare it’s totally canon and what do you mean “but the timeline” time is meaningless
Headcanon C: So you have to be holding a weapon when you die to go to Vahalla right??? So Hearth and Blitz die together (don’t argue with me on this one) while fighting something and anyway Blitz’s last actions are to give his weapon to Hearth and confess his feelings and say something self-sacrificing. tl;dr: Hearth is in Vahalla w/o Blitz…. or even better he throws it so they can be “together” but then they end up in different places but yeah
Headcanon D: idk honestly the canon is actually pretty good for once
Dex has never been a huge drinker. It makes him giggly, and straight boys aren’t “giggly”.
Well, not that Dex would know. Who is he kidding? He’s gay as fuck.
But anyways, alcohol. Maybe Dex doesn’t drink it very often, but if there was ever a reason to, it’s now.
His apartment-mates left some wine coolers in their fridge, he was trying to get his mind off a certain green-eyed, sexy-as-fuck defenseman. The solution? Get blitzed.
Well, at first it had seemed like a good idea. Now, Dex is starting to rethink that, staring in horror at his phone.
You: Hey remembr kissin? I wanna do that agian You: U kiss sooooooooiipoo good did u go 2 school 4 tht??”
Nursey Nurse: r u drunk?
You: drunk on love bby
Fuck. Fucking fuck.
Dex groans and tosses his phone onto his bed. He feels stupid and dumb and idiotic and all that awful shit. He lays there for ten whole minutes, feeling like a dumbass, until he hears a knock on his door.
Dex slugs over to the door and opens it, expecting a certain someone to start yelling at him.
Nursey doesn’t yell at him, which is great. No, instead, Nursey lunges at Dex and starts to kiss him like it’s what he was made to do, which is better then great. It’s sw'awsome.
Nursey pulls back from the kiss, smiling with his entire body. Dex quickly shuts the door and then wraps his arms around Nursey’s shoulders.
“Hi,” Nursey whispers.
“Hi,” Dex whispers back.
“I know you’re smashed right now, but did you mean it? Those things you texted me?” Nursey asks, tucking a stray lock of fire-hair behind Dex’s ear.
Dex nods and bites his lip shyly. “Yeah. Except for the kissing school part. I know there’s probably no school that teaches kissing. At least in America. I mean, maybe in Japan, they’ve got a whole bunch of weird stuff. But even then, how would they teach you? You couldn’t make out with the teach-”
Nursey lies back on Dex’s bed, beckoning the redhead to lie next to him. “Come here. I wanna kiss you some more.”
Dex’s giggles (Fuck! This is why he doesn’t drink! Goddamn giggling!), “Okay!” He flops down next to Nursey and pulls him back into a kiss.
And so Dex has to thank wine coolers for a new boyfriend.