in prep for sunday

I usually don’t photograph well (my head’s too bottom-heavy) but I figured some of you might’ve wondered what I look like. I took this on my way home from school yesterday. Some of us went in on Sunday to help prep for an event. Here’s a more detailed post about it on my side blog, if you’re curious.

|4 september 2017|

it’s finally back to school time for most of us and, at least for me, it’s also time to start good habits, crack down on the bad ones, and just begin to prepare for the year ahead. i’ve been in school for a couple of weeks now and, so far, i’m doing pretty good. below, i’ve compiled some simple tips that help me in day to day life that i would love to share. so let’s get cracking:

  1. prepare outfits and pack your backpack on sunday instead of in the morning. i know for a fact you have more time on sunday to prepare your outfits and pack your backpack than on monday morning so planning in advance will most definitely benefit you. instead of running around in circles trying to find that shirt, hang them up in the front of your closet or place them in the top of a drawer on sunday. and instead of throwing random pens in a bag, pack your backpack and put it in front of your door. it’ll save you time to do other things such as eating and washing your face.
  2. prepare and eat a breakfast. whether it’s some cherrios in a bag on the way to class or eggs and bacon cooked that morning, eating will definitely benefit you. you’ll have more focus in class and it’ll get your metabolism going. if it’s easier for you, think about preparing your food the night before and packing it in bags or tupperware.
  3. have a tray by the door to put small things in. oh, how many times have i forgotten my earbuds or keys. keep yourself organized and not calling your roommate to get an extra set of keys by just having a tray on which you can put smaller things you don’t put in your backpack. then, just grab them before you leave and voilà! you aren’t locked out.
  4. on sunday, do your meal preps, weekly spread, and clean your room and workspace. i am such a procrastinator during the weekends and there have been so many days that because of that, i am trudging through knee high messes in my room because i just won’t pick up. i also commonly forget to plan the week and prep my meals and then boom, it’s monday and i’m a mess. so don’t be a mess like me, do it all on sunday.
  5. have a letter tray to put class handouts and old assessments so you can put them in binders later. using a letter tray to collect handouts and assessments can be so beneficial to keeping your desk clean. and without it, i tend to throw out old graded assessments i could study instead of putting them in binders. keeping all those papers in one binder is super helpful, so put them in a binder and finals won’t be your doom.
  6. have a bedtime routine. having a bedtime routine can increase your productivity and sleep time because, one, it can help you stay organized and, two, it helps put you to sleep. the more your brain associates doing certain tasks with sleep, the faster you’ll be able to drift off. so be smart and enjoy an extra hour of sleep.
  7. have one journal for in class notes and one to retake and organize your notes at home. in class you do not have time to keep your thoughts organized. with tangents from your teachers and questionable notes, its best to just use a pencil, pen, and highlighter to make scratch notes in class and then come home and organize it into something that you can study from. this idea has kept me afloat time and time again.
  8. talk to your teachers. do yourself a favor, ask and answer questions in class and go to your teachers’ office hours if they have them. if you do this, your teachers are more likely to recognize you and will be more lenient with your grade (since it shows you’re engaged and involved). you don’t necessarily need to like the teacher, just pretend you care. smile and nod along as you ask about their lives, questions about the content, and for advice that you are never going to take. this is a pretty slytherin thing i’ve been doing for years and it has got me so many half points back, especially in math and science.
  9. use quizzes and tests to study for finals. as i stated earlier, it’s important to save your assessments to study, and that is especially true during finals. teachers commonly use similar questions on the final as unit tests and quizzes. think of how many more points you can score on that final if you just study your tests.
  10. make a study group. find friends and people in your classes that you would like to study with and meet up! they’ll definitely be able to help you understand topics and it’ll be more fun than holing yourself up in your room. also, explaining concepts to others will help you better understand them and answer those questions on your tests.
  11. make a weekly to-do list. some of you may already do this in your weekly spreads, but it’s important to make to-do lists of goals and tasks you need to complete. this isn’t necessarily studying and notes but things such as cleaning your room, watering your plants, or going grocery shopping. make lists, organize yourself, don’t be a mess like me.
  12. reward yourself for doing well. whether it’s talking to your teacher or scoring straight a’s, we all work hard. so why not treat yourself to a nice dinner or relaxing bath? have fun, relax, and don’t let yourself get too stressed. remember to unwind.
  13. sit up front in class. i know, i know, you don’t really want to, but think about it. if you’re up front, you are going to be 100% more engaged and paying more attention. and this will make your teacher remember you, which you now know the benefits of. you will also be able to see the board easier, get your questions answered, and hear what is going on.
  14. talk to the people around you in your classes. jeremy from physics sneezes on you and suddenly, you’ve got the flu and can’t make it to your lit lecture. what are you going to do? text that new friend you made from lit that sits next to in the lecture hall of course. simply talking to people on your first day can help you stay on top of class in case you miss or can help you study before the test. never doubt the benefits of knowing people.
  15. if there’s an opportunity for extra credit, take it. i don’t care how good you are in that class or how perfect your grades are, take the extra credit. those few extra points could be the ones that take you from a b to an a. just do it and don’t question it, you may need them. 
  16. outline all papers and presentations. you have a draft due for your class in a few hours and you open you computer and prepare to type. but where to begin? what are you writing? how do you want to phrase it? well, you could already know that if you had outlined it. take the time to research, write a thesis, and fully understand your prompt before you write. especially if this is a persuasive essay. do this as well for presentations and visual assignments so you say every fact and point you want to.
  17. keep your test dates by you at all times. no matter who you are, you need to know when tests are coming up. and, as someone who tends to leave things at home sometimes, i may not have my planner with those tests dates next to me when i need them. but what do i have? my phone. i use the app My Study Life to keep track of those dates. i explain that beautiful app in this post.
  18. have a ‘school survival kit.’ by now i think you’ve caught on to the fact i can be a bit forgetful. so i like to have a little bag with me that has things i may need that i could have forgotten. this includes a pen, pencil, highlighter, a few pads, some mints, pain medicine, allergy medicine, tissues, band-aids, hand sanitizer, tide-to-go (stain remover), and other such items. i may make a list of these items at another time.
  19. if you have a question, ask. i’ve already gone over the benefits of talking in class but it’s also extremely important to understand your content. it’s better to ask than not know, even if you think the question is dumb. there’s a good chance someone else has that exact question. it’s also better to look stupid than have that count against you during assessments.
  20. if your university, college, or high school has a writing center, use it. i work in a writing center and we are here to help. we do nothing so much of the time and you coming in makes our day. contrary to the popular opinion, we aren’t going to judge your writing or insult you (unless you ask for it). but we also aren’t going to correct your entire paper, we want to help you learn how to edit your papers and make sure you’re fitting the requirements. and this goes for all tutoring centers; if they’re an option, use them. 

Meal prep.

-3 days of pb banana chocolate overnight oats
-3 days of blueberry banana cinnamon pays

-2 BBQ chicken, roast yam, and super veggie mix
-2 ranch Parmesan chicken, roast yam, and super veggie mix
-2 salsa chicken, roast yam, and super veggie mix

-5 fruit salad (blueberries, strawberries, grapes)
-5 servings carrots and boiled eggs

Me and the eggs got into a fight when I was peeling them. Whatever. They’ll taste the same! Haha.

CM food headcanons

Emily Prentiss: Queen of microwaveable meals. Has her favorite Chinese restaurant on speed dial. She has a special affection for Marmite. 

David Rossi: He makes spaghetti threaded through hot dogs whenever Kai visits. He flinches every time Kai asks for ketchup with his pasta, but relents anyway. 

Penelope Garcia: Garcia makes a kick-ass chili. Whenever a teammate is sick, Garcia turns up at their doorstep with homemade soup. Even if the sick teammate is Luke. 

Luke: Luke loves cooking, and eats healthy. Aside from his signature lasagna, he makes excellent paleo brownies. 

Tara: Tara insists on eating clean. She likes having a lot of color on her plate, to make sure she gets a variety of nutrients. Her go to recipe is a frittata loaded with all sorts of veggies and herbs. Her favorite comfort food is french fries.

 JJ : JJ and Will cook together. They love meal prepping on Sundays. Whenever their case keeps them close to home, JJ brings tupperware boxes of lunch for the team. 

Spencer: Cannot cook to save his life. Loves anything with sugar. He’s often part of family dinners at JJ’s place. She also has to frequently tell him to finish his green beans. 


dil proposes! (about time, tbh)

Which pain will you pick?

Overcoming obesity requires as great a commitment as it took apathy for me to become obese but in the opposite direction. I was in constant pain. I had heartburn that I thought was cardiac arrest but never went to the doctor to find out (ignorance is bliss). My knees cracked like a bag of popcorn underneath me. My back ached and my soul felt defeated.

Losing weight hurt too. My muscles were sore all the time, the first 30 days adjusting to eating like a “normal” person felt like I was starving because I didn’t understand nutrition yet. My first workouts were embarrassing and because I was ashamed, I didn’t tell anyone so I hardly had any support.

You don’t wake up successful in anything worth happening. You wake up and FIND success. You set your alarm for 4:30 and and get to the gym. You food prep on Sunday. You plan your work and you work your plan. You feel the soreness for the first 30 days.

And after a while, you finally feel like you’re truly alive.

You trade the pains of regret and neglect for the pains of discipline. Discipline becomes strength. Strength becomes mastery and mastery brings true and lasting joy.

And my dear friends, joy tastes a hell of a lot better than Doritos.

You get to pick between the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. Tylenol only works on one of them.

The pain you choose will decide the picture you see.

Reader Tips

Thank-you to everyone who participated in YourNewApartment’s first ever “Reader Tips”! We’re so excited to share all these wonderful tips/suggestions with you. Keep sending them our way, and we’ll include them in next week’s segment. XX


“If you need help getting your skin tone matched just pop by (if you live in the U.S.) to Belks, Dillards, ULTA, etc., and poke around at the foundation for ones that appeal to you. Stay away from Urban Decays foundation as it’s crap but their eye shadows are nice. Also if your having a hard time matching your skin yourself just ask for help as the people who work those stores are there specifically for that. They’ll walk you through everything to help get you a leg up. So don’t be afraid to ask!“ - Anon


“Hello! I live with anxiety, and I have battled depression. My depression manifested mostly in angry outbursts at my family for years before I learned to cope and how to self-care. With that background, here is how I passive aggressively fight depression/anxiety: Get angry at it, like your ex boyfriend just told you all those things depression said. Then, say “Screw it! I’m gonna do it anyway, because I’m an adult, and there is no reason I can’t push through this!” - @dorcastabitha from East Texas


“Tips for the broke af: you may not want them to be, but ramen is your friend. Put cheap proteins and vegetables in it. I get the sandwhich meat and put it in my ramen. It’s weird. Also, apples are your friend! Usually pretty cheap, but they’re good. If you want a *sweet treat*, what I do is cut up an apple. Then, you mix some cinnamon and sugar, and brown sugar together, maybe with a little bit of milk, put it in the microwave, voilà. You got some sweet sauce for your apple. It’s pretty good.” - Anon


“If you have multiple part time jobs or two full time jobs try do meal prep/plan on Sundays or your day off it saves so much time TIP4 try to plan your outfits and also make sure you have a small bag inside your work bag that has all your essentials IDs keys everything you need to have with you TIP5 Have a complete first aid kit in your car(if you one)and a smaller one inside your work bag“ - @purekate88

“I just to wanted to share a tip that helped me start getting experience right after graduation and helped me land the job I have today…temp agencies! If you don’t mind an office environment it can be a great way to get your foot in the door, and a lot of temp positions turn into permanent positions with the companies if you preform well. They don’t pay amazingly right away, and may mean you bounce around a lot (but your resume only lists one thing-the temp agency!) But they can get you experience that goes towards other jobs, get you references, and get at least some income! I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is trying to get their first “grown up job”.” - @val-the-wilding


“Here’s a tip for people in the U.S. who can’t afford nice clothes that’s also cheap. If you don’t mind getting them used that is. Go to the part of your city that’s expensive or a lot of people who live there are wealthy and find the nearest Goodwill. The clothes you’ll find there will be higher quality and will cost a lot less.” - Anon

“In regards to the Costco question; I think you can buy a Costco gift card from a retailer and use that to get into the store without having purchased a membership. It’s not the most moral thing in the world, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re short on funds and looking for bulk.“ - Anon


“I just found this apps and thought it may help someone Udemy Online Courses for mostly everything and for language practice HiNative and HelloTalk and Tandem: Find Language Exchange Partners Worldwide. Safetytip: do not turn on your location dont put a personal photo of yourself do not give personal info to the person your talking too. Be very clear on what you want on your profile“ - @purekate88

adulting is not sunday meal prep or couponing or going to bed before 10pm. it’s compartmentalizing your sadness before walking into work so you don’t weaponize pent up negativity against your unsuspecting coworkers.