✨How to Study Languages When You’re BUSY✨

school is just around the corner, and i know that once school starts, i’ll have less and less time to study languages. as students, we can’t avoid crazy schedules, especially with all the lectures, labs, and extracurricular activities interrupting our perfect duolingo streaks! but there are ways you can still keep up with learning a language, even when you’re busy! here are some tips to keep up with a new language.

  1. squeeze language practice into your every day schedule - even just 5 minutes a day! you don’t need to spend an hour everyday on learning languages. you can practice for as little 5 minutes a day, as long as you do it everyday. 5 minutes before you go to bed, on your transit to school or work, when you’re eating lunch, before classes start - you can always find at least 5 minutes to work on duolingo practices or refresh memrise vocab lists. for duolingo and memrise, make sure to set a daily goal - this will motivate you to maintain those streaks, encouraging you to practice everyday!
  2. don’t overestimate how much you’ll be able to accomplish each day. i used to set my duolingo daily goal super high, and when i don’t meet the goal for that day or miss a streak, it’s easy to feel discouraged. AVOID OVER-REACHING. set practical, realistic goals for yourself. you can always overachieve those smaller goals and feel better about yourself. don’t be afraid to take it slow!
  3. treat language studying as a class and block a schedule for yourself in your routine. if you’re super motivated into learning languages, treat it more as class than as a hobby. this means you have to get organized. like you would for a class, set a designated time block to study the language. for example, twice a week tuesday and thursday, 30 minutes each after lunch. in those designed time blocks, you can focus on sharpening those language skills by learning more in-depth grammar points, reading a short piece, listening to dialogues, or watching a short video in your target language. doing this will make sure you’re not just scratching the surface - you will actually progress.
  4. engage in passive learning. this is perfect for when you’re busy. listen to music in your target language, listen to podcasts when you’re exercising, watch movies or tv shows (even with subtitles is ok!), switch your phone and other devices into your target language. 
  5. do something fun with your target language to spark continuous interest. once in a while, come up with fun and interesting projects you can do with your target language! for example, if there’s a song you love, translate the lyrics! watched a good movie recently? look at the screenplay and analyze your favorite dialogues, and make sure to break down new vocabs and grammar. transform your favorite quotes into an artwork and hang it in your room! get creative and do something you’ll enjoy.
  6. record your progress and your accomplishments! this is super helpful for organizing your studying progress, seeing how far you’ve gone, and celebrating your accomplishments. 
  7. set long term goals to keep motivated. you can scratch the surface with that 5 minutes per day routine, but to truly get anywhere with a new language, make sure you’re setting long term goals! that is, by the end of the year, what will you want to be able to do? do you want to read harry potter entirely in your target language? be able to hold a conversation with a native speaker? watch movies without subtitles? travel to the country? these are the type of questions you should ask yourself.

good luck everyone! and have a wonderful semester!

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Para hoy~

Esta tarde anunciaré a los ganadores de los Aesthetics y tendremos dinámicas: Los signos dicen, Versus zodiacal y las canciones.

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Astral Projection For Beginners Masterpost

Ok so after getting a few asks about this from friends and family I decided to make this post. BUT SHIT this is so easy, and so many people tend to overcomplicate it by adding all these steps and things, but I’ll give you the basics and then I’ll give you what I do. 

This is for a full OBE (Out of Body Experience), Astral travel is a whole other thing that I’m not going to get into today.

BASICS

  1. Get comfy! Sitting or laying down! Whatever is comfy, wear comfy clothes, get naked, who cares just relax and be happy.
  2. be somewhere quiet or put on some binaural beats for background noise. 
  3. focus on your breathing
  4. get to vibration stage
  5. wait for vibrations to slow down until you feel like you are no longer in your body
  6. get up and explore!

I gotta get into this though and explain each step because once you understand why you are doing certain things it helps you build your own technique, which is really important. Don’t get upset if another person’s technique doesn’t work for you, because it likely won’t. But don’t give up on a technique if it doesn’t work the first try, astral projection is actually easy if you know what to do. 

So for Step Once, get comfy, it’s just that, find a place you will be alone, this is important because another person’s energy can disrupt yours when you are trying to separate your astral body from your 3D body, not just that but it’s good to not be distracted. I find doing a chakra cleanse or a meditation on my third eye before astral projecting helps a lot. If any of you are experiencing an energy block in any of your meridians it will be harder to separate. Get comfortable somewhere quiet. I like to light a few candles (I make my own with fresh cut sage and burn those while I meditate, I’m afraid of the dark tbh so I do it during the day, with an eye mask on to block the light)

The best times to practice or do astral projection is early in the morning (when the sun is rising) and right before you go to bed. This is because in the morning your body is still in sleep mode but your mind is waking up, which is crucial for astral projection. And doing it before bed is great because you can explore the Astrals while your body sleeps. 

The next step is to focus on your breathing. Most of us have been taught to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth but what you want to do is the opposite. Breathe in deeply through the mouth and slowly exhale through the nose, this helps move the energy in your body. If any of you have done any sort of Asian martial art (I did Kendo and Karate for a long time), you will be taught that there is power in the breath. By breathing out of your nose you are cleansing your body and moving your bodies energy, this exercise is similar to ki (or chi) manipulation exercises. Because when you exhale through your nose you are exhaling from your stomach, which is where your Power Chakra is seated. While I do my meditation to get to the stage to astral project I also like to play binaural beats, I even “om” along to the deep bass through my nose. If that makes any sense, but I find it helps my body relax and prepare for the vibration stage.

This is the one I like to listen to the most. It’s the one I’ve had the most success with. Binaural Beats 3.4 Hz (listen to with headphones)

The point of all of this is to get your body relaxed, what you want to do is keep your mind awake and make your body think it’s asleep, so if you feel itchy don’t scratch, it’s just your body trying to check if it’s awake. By doing this you go into a sleep paralysis. It sounds kinda scary at first but trust me, it’s not. You can stop the meditation any time you want if you feel uncomfortable or scared by simply blinking your eyes a couple times and sitting up. I find the best way to keep my mind awake (I used to have problems where I would fall asleep during the meditation LOL) is to focus on my brow chakra, feel my third eye by putting some pressure with my thumb or finger on where it resides and then focusing on that pressure. My body will naturally relax while I put all my attention and focus on my Third Eye and actually feel it open up, and if I’m doing a good job, I can actually feel a plasma like substance come OUT of my third eye, above my head and into my Crown Chakra (pineal gland). Once I get to this point the next stage of Astral projection happens.

The next stage is the vibration stage. Now, this stage can be scary, simply because it is the most intense sensation you will ever experience. What happens is that your whole being, your soul, every cell in your body, all the chakras and meridians, every particle starts VIBRATING extremely fast, and on a high frequency. The best way I can describe it to someone who has never experienced it before is this; have you ever smoked MJ? Or had an edible? Have you ever had enough to make you green out? You ever notice while your high that your body is shaky and starts vibrating? Yea it’s kinda like that but times a THOUSAND, and I’m not exaggerating.

[By the way, getting a little stoned actually can help it keeps your relaxed and happy, but don’t rely on it as a crutch for astral projection.]

When you get to the Vibration stage try not to freak out because that can pull you out of the relaxed state you need to be in order to astral project, just simply accept whats happening to you and go with the flow.

Once you START the vibration stage you need to create the intention of “Watching yourself fall asleep” and “Rolling out of your bed” or wherever it is you are holed up to do some astral exploration. If you are a little more advanced and have difficulty exiting your body you can create a Tulpa to help pull you out and go with you on your astral journey to protect you, or you could ask your spirit guides if you know yours. Creating a Tulpa is pretty advanced stuff though so I don’t suggest trying to create one until you have some more experience, and you can’t use a tulpa to pull you out of your 3D body if you haven’t astral projected before, sorry I don’t make the rules.

Once you create the intention to leave your body and to OBE, just relax, focus on the feelings in your body, (I find it hard to concentrate once I get to the vibration stage and usually fall asleep) I tend to go back to focusing on my third eye, or even on my astral body as it begins to leave my 3D body, using your 3rd Eye look at your feet, flex your astral muscles and move them around, try feeling the texture of your bed with your astral hand, or the texture of the wall, feel how solid it is, squish a pillow, idk just focus on what you can feel outside of the 3D realm. Best way to do this is to draw from your memories, remember the way the wall feels under your fingers, the temperature of it, is it cool or warm? Is your bed hard or soft? Is the texture of the sheets smooth or scratchy?

Now you should have gotten to the point where the vibrations have died down, once they die down, roll out of bed. Do it as if you were going to move your 3D body. But roll out of bed, congrats you are officially experiencing Astral Projection! Move to the other end of the room and watch your body sleeping there, walk around a bit, look in the mirror, touch stuff. Get used to how it feels to be in the Astrals. Once you are done, either one, You will snap back into your body against your will, or two, you will have to sit down by your body and meditate on going back into it. Most people will snap back into their body, its hard to stay in the Astrals for long on your first try, but with practice, you can stay longer and learn and develop other abilities.


Safety and Concerns:

Ok, a lot of you are going to be like, “sweet, let’s go astral project, this is fucking awesome”, but I gotta warn you, you do need to be careful in the Astrals. 

Most of the concerns are easy to handle, I can teach you how to protect yourself and how to travel to other realms, times, parallel planes, and places. A lot of these other realms have other beings or entities guarding them. So you really need to be careful, you can’t just run around willy-nilly in the Astrals. Like everywhere else there are rules and laws you need to abide by.

Be careful of low-frequency entities. These are creatures that may want to seduce you, succubus-like entities that want to have sex with you or to leech off your energy like parasites. If you don’t know how to protect yourself you can accidentally bring once back from the Astrals to 3D, which will be then hard to get rid of. An easy way to protect yourself from such creatures is to go into OBE with a positive mindset. Having a negative mindset will lower your frequency which will attract like beings. You can also learn how to change your own frequency in the Astrals by remembering times you truly felt joy or happiness. Remember that time your crush told you they liked you? Or your Parent/guardian told you they were proud of you? Or the peace and serenity you felt when you went to a garden or forest? By remembering these times, you will then embody those feelings and raise your frequency. If you are having trouble doing this, and you happen to come across a creature or entity in the Astrals and they just don’t feel … “RIGHT” then look in a mirror, it will show you the entities true form. 

In the Astrals communication is a bit different than in 3D, you communicate mostly with feelings, images, and emotions if you find a fellow astral traveler you can talk like you normally would in 3D but they may find it strange if they are more experienced.

You also have to be careful of Soul Traps, places that will leech off your energy or stop you from returning to 3D, this plane of existence. I’m still learning about them but many of them come in the form of a white light. Yes, I mean THE “White Light”, the one you hear about in stories of reincarnation, near-death experiences and the such. Some of the ones you may come across are fake, meant to lure you into them to trap you for all eternity, BUT some of them are REAL, you will be able to tell by how they feel. I can’t explain it really in words, but the real ones… You feel whole, you feel loved, you get stripped of your ego and there is just this massive one-ness you feel with yourself and the universe, this Divine Love. 

THINGS YOU CAN DO IN THE ASTRALS:

Ok, this is my fave bit, but there is SO much you can do in the Astrals. You can spend EVERY single one of your many lifetimes on this earth exploring the Astrals and not even get close to seeing a fraction of it. Some of my favourite things to do are simply explore our planet Earth. You can walk on the bottom of the ocean and see the monsters there, the sunken wrecks and the colourful corals. You can fly above it all and simply soar among the clouds. YOU CAN LEARN TO TELEPORT, you can grow wings, you can learn how to manipulate energy and become telekinetic and telepathic not just in the Astrals but in 3D as well. You can CREATE your own realms, you can visit other planets, you can even speak to and see your spirit guides. Honestly the opportunities are endless. If you really want to go to other realms, think about the place you want to ge to and use a mirror as a gateway… sort of stand in front of a mirror and meditate on the place you want to go, wait for the mirror to become a liquid like substance and simply walk through. This works with traveling across the planet. 


Learn these things:

How to protect yourself 

How to protect yourself 2

Gems and Crystals for Protection and Astral Travel


Alright, that’s it, this fucking post is done, if anyone has anything to add feel free. Thanks, I spend 2 hours writing up this post. I’m tired and going to do some astral projection, maybe I’ll meet you out in the Astrals.

KHAN I’m Your Girl? Era Stages

Cap IM Tiny Reverse Bang 2018 Round-up 6: Director | Invincible | Prime

Thank you to everyone who participated in Round 6 of Cap-IM TRB 2018! Below you can find all the amazing fics written for last week’s wonderful artworks.


Art for Round 6

DIRECTOR - Art by SirSapling

Fashionably Late by DepressingGreenie

Director by heartsandmuses

INVINCIBLE - Art by maniibear

Loving You Softly by DepressingGreenie  

PRIME - Art by skyeedom

Nightmare by panna_acida

The abyss by amaryllis (Lilly0)

A Broken Promise by DepressingGreenie


Please send a message to @capim-tinybang if we’ve missed you so we can include you here!

Want to join in? Late fills are awesome! You can write a fill for any of the TRB artwork posted so far until September 14th — just follow the TRB guidelines listed here! We also have a new round posted here.

🌻 little habits/things to do more of 🌻

dailies

  • make your bed. (no, really.)
  • set your top 3 to-dos for the day.
  • do your top 3 to-dos for the day. (heh)
  • stretch.
  • unpack your bag when you get home.
  • prepare your things for the next day before sleeping.
  • skincare. (your basic cleanse and moisturize)
  • sweep the floor of your bedroom.
  • talk to your plants. (if you have plants)
  • update your financial report/expense tracker.
  • take a good photo.
  • meditate.
  • hug at least three people. (seriously.)

weeklies

  • polish your school shoes.
  • mop your bedroom floor.
  • dare i say, laundry. (don’t put it off!)
  • exfoliate.
  • take a leisure walk.
  • review your past week and plan your next week accordingly. (a part of your routine may not be working–try something new)
  • make a piece of art. (a sketch, a collage, a quote in pretty lettering, a god-awful poem..)
  • sanitize your gadgets. (whip out the wet tissue and wipe away at your phone, your laptop, your mouse, your earphones–just don’t forget to IMMEDIATELY follow that up with a dry cloth to prevent fogging and short circuits)
  • watch a TED Talk.
  • make a new playlist.

monthlies

  • wash your bag.
  • wash your shoes.
  • change the sheets of your bed and your pillows.
  • clip your nails. (honestly)
  • wax/shave. (if you want. i just really like how fresh my skin feels after i torture it with razors and wax strips)
  • wipe your shelves/the tops of your furniture clean. (try to avoid dusting. it just scatters the dirt everywhere. use a damp cloth instead)
  • see if there’s anything in your storage that you don’t need/want anymore and give stuff away or sell them.
  • review your month and plan the next one accordingly. (just like your weeks. remember to refer to your Life Goal/Year’s Goals page)
  • finish reading at least one book. (and review it!)
  • discover new songs.

- 🍂

Herbs By Correspondences

There’s an awful lot of posts/websites that have lists of herbs by name which is great if you want the correspondences of lavender but not so great if you’re looking for herbs that correspond with health. So here:

ANIMAL MAGICK:

Catnip, Peppermint, Valerian

ASTRAL PROJECTION:

Cinnamon, Jasmine, Mugwort

BEAUTY:

Lavender, Rose, Catnip, Orange

CALMNESS:

Cypress, Vanilla

CONCENTRATION:

Rose, Rosemary, Thistle, Dill, Orchid

CONFIDENCE:

Cedar, Dill, Geranium, St. John’s Wort, 

CLARITY:

Lavender, Cypress, Clover, Rosemary

CLEANSING:

Lemon, Clover, Sage, Lilac, Cedar

DREAMS:

Peppermint

EMOTIONAL HEALING:

Cypress

EMOTIONAL OPENNESS:

Orange, Orange Blossom

FERTILITY:

Sunflower, Olive, Poppy, Daffodil, Oak, Honey

FEMININE ENERGY:

Daisy, Maple, Poppy, Rose, Thyme, Blackberry

FIDELITY:

Nutmeg

FRIENDSHIP:

Lemon, Sweet pea, Passion Flower

GOOD MEMORY:

Rosemary, Clove

GROUNDING:

Coffee

HAPPINESS:

Lavender, Catnip, St John’s Wort, Peppermint, Oregano, Saffron, Honey

HARMONY:

Orange, Orange Blossom

HEALING:

Lemon, Cypress, Allspice, Saffron, Cinnamon, Cedar, Thyme, Violet, Spearmint, Peppermint, Sunflower

HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS:

Vanilla

HOPE:

Chamomile

JUSTICE:

Nutmeg, Violet

LONGEVITY:

Lemon, Cypress, Acorn, Sage

LOVE:

Lavender, Violet, Apple, Chamomile,Saffron, Cinnamon, Clove, Clover, Lemon, Juniper, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Vanilla, Strawberry, Rue, Ginger, Mistletoe, Thyme, Maple, Spearmint, Willow, Orange, Orange Blossom, Sugar Cane

LOYALTY:

Thyme

LUCK:

Vanilla, Chamomile, Nutmeg, Allspice, Violet, Strawberry, Olive, Poppy, Rose, Oak, Orange, Peppermint, Straw, Strawberry

LUST:

Celery, Cinnamon, Mint, Lemongrass, Sugar Cane, Olive, Nettle, Parsley, Dill, Violet, Vanilla, Saffron

MASCULINE ENERGY:

Allspice, Almond, Basil, Garlic, Hazel, Holly, Olive, Mistletoe, Cedar

MOON:

Lemon

MONEY:

Nutmeg, Peppermint, Jasmine

PEACE:

Lavender, Violet, Olive, Chamomile, Coffee, Clover, Passion Flower, Orange, Orange Blossom

PEACE OF MIND:

Coffee

PROSPERITY:

Orange, Orange Blossom, Onion

PROTECTION:

Lavender, Coffee, Oak, Clover, Acorn, Violet, Peppermint, Acacia, Willow, Thistle, Peony, Cypress, Lilac, Mint, Juniper, Ivy, Olive, Raspberry, Sage, Rose, Rosemary, Foxglove, Cranberry

PSYCHIC POWERS:

Celery, Acacia,Saffron, Cinnamon, Yarrow, Peppermint, Bay, Thyme, Mace, Star Anise, Lemongrass, Nutmeg, Bay

PURIFICATION:

Rosemary, Lemon, Saffron, Chamomile, Anise, Thyme, Parsley, Cedar, Turmeric, Peppermint, Lavender, Marjoram, Orange, Orange Blossom, Honey

RELEASE:

Peppermint, Spearmint, Fern, Mugwort

RENEWAL:

Peppermint, Spearmint, Ivy

SLEEP:

Celery,Thyme, Peppermint, Valerian, Chamomile, Passion Flower, Lavender, Rosemary

SPIRIT CALLING:

Sweet grass, Wormwood

SPIRITUALITY:

Arabic Gum, Gardenia, Sandalwood, Cinnamon, Frankincense

STABILITY:

Orange, Orange Blossom, Onion

STRENGTH:

Oregano, Saffron, Thistle

SUCCESS:

Cinnamon,Ginger,  Frankincense, Clover, High John, Strawberry

SUN:

Lemon, Cinnamon, Orange, Orange Blossom

TRANQUILLITY:

Chamomile, Cypress

WILL POWER:

Orchid

WISDOM:

Sunflower, Peach, Sage

WISHES:

Bay, Sunflower, Violet, Spearmint, Sandalwood

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This post is not even close to complete but I intend to continue expanding it as often as possible

A big bang of “how to” stuff

Originally posted by xxvampirediaries

There I was again tonight forcing laughter faking smiles so I made up this long ass post for y'all!

So you a potato. Me a potato. World conquered by we potatoes. But potato need survival tips. So your bro potato help you out. Yay potato. Go go potato.

Study related stuff :

Originally posted by natforprez

1. Get good grades

  • Catch concepts, not chapters. Your portion is most likely gonna be super vast, so it’s helpful to know a little something from every chapter rather than knowing just 50% of your syllabus.
  • Figure out which concepts are important and master them.
  • Keep all assignments completed at least 1 day before submission date. This isn’t always possible but trust me if you do this you’re guaranteeing marks for proper submission. Job done early? Proof check and add touches to enhance that essay!
  • Let the teachers know that you’re working hard. I actually passed math because my math teacher knew I was working super hard on my math skills. Participate in the class, gather a bunch of doubts and then dump them on your teacher when the chapter ends.
  • Try not to miss lectures because chances are you’ll remember that silly mnemonic your friend made up in class and get the answer correct.
  • Analysis of your exam type is super important. Want me to make a long ass post about it?

2. Be more productive

  • Having a stuydjo/bujo by your side helps hella lot.
  • Plan plan plan. Lists, organise lists and colour code them. Basically become Monica Geller Bing and you’re set for life.
  • Motivational quotes from pinterest almost make me guilty for not being productive and force me to do something.
  • Before starting your study session, dance around to upbeat music for like 5 minutes. You’ll see the difference I promise.
  • Seek out inspiration from your smart friends /tumblr friends /people you look up to by constantly reminding yourself about them. I always think of hermione granger because even randomly picturing her with books in my mind ignites that badass boss feeling complying me to study tf up.

3. Manage your time

  • Studyjo/bujo saves your life.
  • Wear a watch all the damn time, it will remind you of how much time you’re spending doing nothing. You’ll end up saving several extra minutes!
  • List out what you’re gonna do every hour of the day on a sticky note and refer to it when you feel lazy.
  • Get a super nice friend /parent /sibling who will constantly remind you to utilise your time.
  • Think of time as currency and pretend that it’s all a game where you need to save up as much money as you can to become a billionaire. Save up your time and become rich af.

4. Avoid procrastinating

  • Stduyjo/bujo again. You know the drill now.
  • A little bit of exercise before starting work generally works you up and sets the correct mood.
  • Knowing how ahead your friends are from you often makes you wanna catch up so try getting that motivation.
  • Set goals + rewards that actually matter to you. Maybe a face care spa day isn’t your thing but munching on a snickers bar is. Treat yo self.
  • Tell someone a detailed plan of what you are going to accomplish the next day. Now whenever you see that person you’ll want to prove to them that you’re doing what you promised. Or the guilt may drive you too.

Appearance related stuff :

Originally posted by allisonandcam

1. Look more put together

  • Try the lipstick trick. There are days when you do not have the time /want to put on makeup, so just put on a lipstick that matches your outfit and you’ll automatically create an illusion of being more put together, boss af and fabulous.
  • Try out cheap (potato can’t afford sorry) but elegant accessories. If it’s a necklace try tucking it under the collar of your shirt and see the magic. Stick to one staple accessory that’s gonna be your trademark.
  • Tame that mane potato. Your hair isn’t gonna detangle itself. You gotta do it. I mean, don’t you love your hair?
  • Minimalistic colours rock. Some outfits never go old like flannels or white shirts or black dresses.

2. Feel beautiful

  • The lipstick does the trick for me.
  • Putting my hair in a sky high ponytail makes me feel like I’m a queen or something.
  • Save little compliments for yourself as reminders and when you get them you’ll feel 10x more beautiful than before.

Mind related stuff :

Originally posted by undertheinfinite

1. Deal with burnout/slump

  • Try to accomplish super tiny stuff. Break down every task into micromolecular basics.
  • Give yourself a ted talk. It works.
  • Sometimes the best way of dealing with burnout is by detoxing from the thing that caused burnout. Stay away form books and after some time you’ll actually want to study.

2. Study with slumps/mental illness

  • Step one is to finish homework /assignments. If you can concentrate on them, you’re good to go.
  • Do not take up a lot of load, just skimming through textbooks, reviewing notes, going over flashcards should do the trick.
  • If you desperately need to get shit done, just ignore the fact that you do not want to do it. It’s harsh on your mind but desperate times require desperate measures.
  • Avoid forcing yourself to study because you’ll not retain info like that.
  • Take it easy. But consistently. Maybe just one topic a day. But do not miss a day. A steady everyday practice goes long way in the future.

3. Strengthen self control

  • There are several apps that can help you with this, like forest. My top pick is the Tide app which has a gorgeous interface and super aesthetic timers with new pictures everyday. I shit you not every time I quit my pomodoro I feel the guilt of having killed 1000 puppies its worse and I avoid doing that at all costs.
  • If you study in your room, keep your phone in the kitchen for some time. Your lazy ass is less likely to get up and use the phone.
  • Switching the phone off before starting a study session works because I care for my phone like a baby and it feels horrible to switch it on and off and on and off.
  • Practice 30 minutes of digital detox everyday. You don’t have to study at that time, just stay away from everything that is technology. Read and book, eat a fruit, make a sandwich, paint, sing, dance, exercise. Study if you want. Just no gadgets.

4. Deal with stress

  • Yoga works. Potato body ain’t that flexible so just breathing exercises for a start is also enough.
  • Highly recommended : brain dump every night before sleeping can ensure that you’ll not stay up too late pondering over the meaning of your existence and world politics.
  • Having a hearty talk with someone you trust will also lift weight off your chest.
  • Pin point the cause of your stress and annihilate the problem. Slay it.

Life related stuff :


Originally posted by noraweller

1. Drink more water

  • Carry a cool ass bottle of water with you every frigging where.
  • Make it a rule to have a drink everytime you go to the loo or you take a bath /shower.
  • Replace one of your daily caffeines /sugars with water. You don’t have to get rid of coffee because that’s just non potato ish, but maybe that third cup could be replaced with water.
  • Try a game thingy. Maybe everytime the word ‘procrastination’ pops in your mind take a drink. Wow, I’m so creative *sighs for eternities*.

2. Be more healthy

  • 5 minute stretches right after getting up works you up.
  • Try one of those YouTube videos of 15 minute workouts. You can have 3 such workouts through the day and call yourself a fit potato.
  • Replacing one packet of junk food with nuts/fruits also works.
  • Everytime you hear someone say something related to money, have a banana. Random much? Nope, bananas are known to increase hormones that make you happy in your body, meaning you’ll feel full and happy. Maybe offer the person a banana too.

3. Be more happy

  • Eat bananas!
  • Take pictures of things you love, not things your followers love.
  • Puppies are a source of eternal joy.
  • Reading goofy/cheesy/romance books make you giggle and feel good in general.
  • Watching cheesy films or good ass romcoms works just well.
  • Friends was created for a reason.
  • Writing down what you accomplished today gives a sense of pride and satisfaction. Take that shit.
  • Tumblr has shitposts made basically to make you happy.

4. Find your true calling /figuring tf out what you wanna do with your life

  • Lists lists lists. Subjects you love, you hate, you’re good at, you suck at.
  • Consulting your teachers, family etc and find out what they think you’re good at. Sometimes other people can see traits of yours better than you.
  • Career tests rock.
  • You’ll figure it out in the end somehow.


And that’s about it for now folks, hope this helps. See y'all laterz~


Etudaire ♥

Herbs Masterpost

Valuable information on individual herbs down below! 🌿 

Posted: May 7th, 2018.

Updated: June 12th, 2018.


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Acacia: Masculine. Deities; Astarte, Diana, Ishtar, Osiris, and Ra. Element; Air. Planet; Sun. Powers; Psychic Protection and Powers. 

Agrimony: Masculine. Element; Air. Planet; Jupiter. Powers; Protection, banishes negative energy and spirits. Once used to detect the presence of witches.

Alfalfa: Feminine. Element; Earth. Planet; Venus. Powers; Prosperity and Fortune.

Allspice: Masculine. Element; Fire. Planet; Mars. Powers; Fortune, Luck, and Healing.

Almond: Masculine. Deities; Attis, Hermes, Mercury, and Thoth. Element; Air. Planet; Mercury. Powers; Fortune, Prosperity, and Wisdom.

Aloe: Feminine. Element; Water. Planet; Moon. Powers; Protection and Luck.

Althea: Feminine. Element; Water. Powers; Protection and Psychic Powers.

Amaranth: Feminine. Deity; Artemis. Element; Fire. Planet; Saturn. Powers; Healing, Calling the Dead, and Protection. 

Anemone: Masculine. Deities; Adonis, Venus. Element; Fire. Planet; Mars. Powers; Health, Healing, and Protection.

Angelica: Masculine. Element; Fire. Planet; Sun. Powers; Exorcism, Healing, Protection, Visions.

Anise: Masculine. Element; Air. Planet; Jupiter. Powers; Purification and Youth.

Apple: Feminine. Deities; Aphrodite, Apollo, Athena, Diana, Dionysus, Iduna, Hera, Olwen, Zeus. Element; Water. Planet; Venus. Powers; Love, Healing, Immortality.

Avocado: Feminine. Element; Water. Planet; Venus. Powers; Love, Lust, Beauty.

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hey everyone! it’s been a while since i made a masterpost, and i recently found some good health-related apps on the play store that i thought to consolidate into a post.

all these apps are available for both ios and android users! i’ve also grouped similar apps together.

fyi: these apps are not intended to replace your therapist/counselor – they only act as an aid. the apps listed here are those that seemed credible enough and had good ratings on the play store. some may help you and some might not. since i don’t have depression or panic attacks, i can’t speak for the efficacy of some of the apps here.

For stress, depression, anxiety, or panic attacks:

  1. Rootd: exercises to help with anxiety and panic attacks, as well as lessons understand anxiety. it also includes emergency contact if you need help and a personal stats page.
  2. Self-help Anxiety Management (SAM): exercises to help you manage your anxiety. you can also build your ‘anxiety tookit’ and chat with other SAM users.
  3. PanicShield: for those who have panic attacks. it has a breathing tool to calm you down, information about panic attacks, and two techniques to train your mind to have fewer panic attacks (based on two types of therapy). 
  4. MoodSpace: short, interactive mood workouts that may help treat depression.
  5. InnerHour: a self-help app for stress, anxiety or depression. it has small daily tasks, helps you deal with distressing situations, helps control your stressful thinking patterns, and has a relief box.
  6. Moodpath: an interactive two-week depression and anxiety screening program that tracks your emotional and physical wellbeing and generates a personalized mental health assessment that you can discuss with therapists.
  7. Calm Harm: tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.

To generally improve your life:

  1. Youper: conversations with a bot to improve your mood and emotional health. it also has mindfulness and meditation exercises, a mood tracker, journal and symptoms tracker.
  2. Wysa: similar to Youper, Wysa is a chatbot who reacts to the emotions you express to help with anxiety, stress, low mood, anger or sleep issues.
  3. Primed Mind: a life coach to help you reach your personal goals and improve yourself. it can help you build habits, calm down, fall asleep quickly, and study effectively.
  4. Headspace: meditation and mindfulness exercises
  5. Just Rain: a soothing audiovisual rain simulator where you can control the degree of rain sounds.
Ultimate Protection Magic Masterpost; Part 1

PERSONAL PROTECTION

Jar Spells & Pouches

Amulets

Bath/Shower Magic

Kitchen Witchcraft

Potions

Spells

Wards/Rituals

Sigils

HOME PROTECTION

Spell Jars

Sprays & Washes

Rituals

Wards

Spells

Sigils

GRIMOIRE PROTECTION

Spells

Sigils

[part 2]

how to feel good about yourself when school is kicking your ass.

School’s tough, and when you’re getting hours of study and homework dumped on you every class, it’s easy to feel swamped, and it’s even worse when you feel like you’re not making progress anywhere else either. These things have seriously helped me with my mental and physical well-being, hopefully they can help you too!

1. Get the Forest App. 
It’s $3 on the app-store, and trust me its $3 well spent. i use this app pretty much whenever I shouldn’t be using my phone. in class, studying, working out, not only does it make sure i stay off my phone, it feels really good to look back on all the time I’ve spent focused throughout the week. 

2. If you’re gonna waste time, do it properly. 
Limit the time you spend scrolling social media to 10 minutes. I can’t count how many times I’ve been on Instagram explore page and suddenly an hour has gone past. This makes you feel crap. If you’re gonna waste time, do it in a way that can be measured. watch a tv show, ted talk, or youtube. make a social media post. It’ll make you feel like you’re spending your time doing something and that’s good in it’s own way.

3. Clean your room. 
Feeling ridiculously overwhelmed? Clean your room. I don’t care how much work you need to do, or how soon it’s due. If you’re stressed you wont get anything worthwhile done. So clean your room, make your bed, vacuum the floor. It’ll calm you down and make you feel better about yourself. I promise.

4. Leave the junk food to the weekends.
I know, everybody says it. But if you’re eating crap 24/7, it’s going to drag you down. I hate the idea of diets, they’re designed for failure and then you feel even worse, but trying to avoid junk from monday to friday helps a lot with your general perception of yourself. 

5. Work out.
Another cliche! But they’re cliche’s because they work. I don’t care how often you work out or how much you do, just make sure you do it regularly and do enough to feel tired but good about yourself after woulds. it makes a difference. trust me.

6. Do a skin care routine & use face masks
If you dont have a skin care routine, you need one. Not a fancy one by any means (some of us are uni students, I know) just a cetaphill cleanser and moisturiser day and night (with any creams / other products you may use) does the trick. It helps maintain routine and feel refreshed. Facemasks will help you feel like a self care goddess, even if they’re $2.

7. Burn candles & paint your nails
Get a few cheap candels (just make sure they wont give you a headache) and burn them whilst you listen to music and paint your nails, its incredibly relaxing and makes you feel like you’re really taking care of yourself.

8. Have a hobby
Last one! Learn something completely outside of school. Cooking, art, writing, photography, even if you suck, find something you enjoy and do it, you need a break from everything around you. 

These things have honestly helped turn my esteem and habits around these past years, it wont happen over night but just remembering to do these things every now and then will help you feel better, I promise. 

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A lot of you have been asking how I go about making my graphics, i.e. how I do graphic design, so I thought I’d make a guide - or perhaps a series of guides if you would like - on how to design graphics! First off, I’d like to introduce you to the fundamental elements of graphic design, and hopefully this will help you gain a new perspective. and improve your own design skills.


Lines are structures that connect two points. They make up everything that we see, even the letters and characters we read every day. But more often than not, we take them for granted. In reality, lines are one of the most rudimentary components of graphic design, and they serve to channel ideas and emotion.

Lines can:

  • Organize pieces of information or elements on a page
  • Serve as guidelines to lead the viewer’s eye
  • Provide movement such as using wavy lines to represent moving water
  • Emphasize certain parts of the page
  • Set a mood, such as how straight lines evoke order and neatness while zig-zags convey excitement and tension

A shape is any two-dimensional area with a recognizable boundary. They can add interest to designs (such as in backgrounds), organize visual content, and be used to make illustrations.

Shapes exist in three categories:

  1. Geometric shapes are regular shapes like circles and squares
  2. Organic shapes are more freeform, such as a blob or a leaf
  3. Abstract shapes have a recognizable form but are not exactly natural shapes, such as alphabet glyphs, spirals, and stick figures

When brought together, these shapes can form helpful illustrations that will help convey meaning to your work or add some decoration to it.

The effects achieved by the shapes are determined by its form, color, size, and other characteristics. For example, triangles often show excitement and risk, while circles are seen as eternal and often feminine.

In the example illustration below, which is one of my January wallpapers, I use triangles to convey a feeling of vivacity and excitement.

Different shapes may also be used to structure content or create a layout, making it easier for the user’s eyes to find information. This is often the case in blogs and websites.


Color can be used to make an image stand out, convey information, enhance meaning, or group things together, but how do you know what colors ‘fit’ together? When you’re starting out, you might find it easier to look for color schemes from pinterest or wherever you can find inspiration. It also helps to look for images or photographs that evoke the same vibe you’re going for, and then using a similar color scheme.

But what if you want to make a palette yourself? Learn color theory!

Before I elaborate, here’s some terminology for you:

  • Hue is the color itself
  • Value is how dark or light the color is
  • Saturation is the intensity of the color

Now, how do you go about making a color scheme? Here are some types of color schemes you should know about:

  • Monochromatic color schemes only use one hue but vary in value and saturation.
  • Analogous color schemes use colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel, such as red, orange, and yellow, or blues and greens.
  • Complementary color schemes use colors opposite each other on the color wheel. To add complexity, play with the value and saturation of these colors.
  • Split complementary color schemes use colors on either side of the complement.
  • Triadic color schemes use three colors that form an equilateral triangle on the color wheel. These are often very stark and in-your-face, so you might want to use this type of color scheme in moderation.
  • Tetradic color schemes use four colors that form a rectangle on the color wheel. These are more effective if one color serves as the main color and the other three colors are just accents.

When choosing a color scheme, the main thing you should keep in mind is balance. Using fewer colors means it’ll be easier to balance and thus it is less likely that the piece will appear messy and discordant.

Color has the power of evoking emotions and moods, and each hue and shade has certain connotations associated with it.

In the illustration below - which is part of my April wallpaper set - I use the color green to convey the safety and familiarity of the comfort zone. The color red, on the other hand, shows risk and danger, but it also represents the courage required to get out of the comfort zone.

So the next time you’re thinking of what colors to use in your project, think of what kind of message you want the audience to receive.


Like the other elements we’ve discussed so far, type conveys meaning beyond what is written. Type can communicate a mood, style, vibe, or feeling. A curly or script font might appear fancy and extravagant, while a handwritten font may seem raw and playful.

Different types of fonts are also suitable for different contexts. For example, sans-serif fonts are more readable on screen while serif fonts are more readable in print. Display fonts, on the other hand, tend to be fancy and decorative, and thus should only be used for small amounts of text, like titles.

Audience and purpose also serve a role in deciding what fonts to use. Large, bubbly text is suitable for a children’s birthday party invitation but probably not for a business card.

In graphic design, different fonts are often used in tandem with each other. The main principle or rule behind this is that you should choose fonts that complement each other. Large, bold fonts should be paired with small, subtle fonts. Oftentimes, you’ll have to rely on your instincts, and that’s okay.

Remember, though, that you wouldn’t want to overwhelm your readers by using too many fonts. Stick to one or two per project. To add variation, change the weight or style of the existing fonts.

Finally, your text would be more effective if you establish some sort of visual hierarchy. This essentially means sorting out your text in order of importance, using different typefaces and fonts. This includes adding a certain weight (or boldness) or increasing the size of texts that are more significant.

In the title graphic below, the word “podcasts” is handwritten and larger than the rest of the title because that’s what I want to draw attention to, so that readers know what the post is about. My name, on the other hand, is smaller than the other texts.


Texture adds tactility and depth and can also be used to evoke a certain feel. In this graphic from my March desktop wallpaper, I used a tape texture and a paint texture to achieve a scrapbook-y vibe.

Some other common textures used in designs are foil, watercolor, and paper textures. Although there are many textures to experiment with and choose from, you should also be careful not to overwhelm your viewers with too many textures in one piece.


Lines, shapes, color, text, and texture are the five basic elements of graphic design, and by understanding how these elements work together, you’ll be able to make more effective designs.

Now, the question is, do I think deeply about all of this when I make my designs? To be honest, not really. A lot of my designs are instinctual, but knowing the theory behind what I’m doing has helped me improve those instincts, and you can do the same!

That’s all for now. Hope this helps, and let me know if you would like me to continue the series or if this brief blog post is enough. Happy designing :)

Disclaimer: I’m not a graphic designer, just a stressed-out senior who sometimes likes to design and stuff.

Valentine’s Witchery

Originally posted by ouijaye

Witchy things for everyone on Valentine’s day, not just the hopeless romantics! (More related masterposts linked at the bottom!)

Correspondences:

  • Flowers: Roses, jasmine, lilacs, daisies, marigold, most flowers!
  • Spices and Herbs: Vanilla, lavender, chamomile, pepper, basil, cinnamon, bay leaves.
  • Crystals: Rose quartz, pearls, opal, citrine, jade, clear quartz. 
  • Incense: Amber, cherry, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang [X]

Glamour:

Attracting Romance Spells:

Romance Tarot Spreads:

Anti-Romance Spells:

For the Brokenhearted: 

Self Love Spells:

Self Love Tarot Spreads:

These lovely masterposts:

Glassy-Star Masterpost;

hello everyone~ we’ve noticed it might be getting difficult finding some of our posts, specially older ones, so we’ll be classifying each and every useful post of ours and linking them below <3 we’ll be updating this list as new posts are added to the blog~~

i. Rising signs and their rulers in the houses;


ii. The Moon;


iii. Mercury in the signs;


iv. Venus in the signs;


v. Astrological houses; planets in the houses;


vi. Tarot;


vii. Blog;


Details: religious and mythological works by russian painter Viktor Vasnetsov (1848 - 1926).