that sounds like a productive use of my time!

The Letter

‘If your reading this I must be dead.
Sounds so real when I actually write it like that, it’s a possibility after all. I mean this is a war. People die all the time and I guess it was my time and I’m gone.
If I’m not and you guys find this then stop reading.
There’s some things that are just rude and you should know not to go through people’s stuff.
I’m talking about you Pidge.
So if your still reading this…
I’m dead or your an ass hole (Keith).
So let’s start I guess.
I lance McLain being of sound mind and body write my last will and testament.

To Hunk. What could I possibly leave you that could even come close to repaying all you’ve done for me over the years? For all those times you talked me down at the Garrison and made sure I didn’t spend too much time alone with only my thoughts. I love buddy so I leave you my family. If I’m gone I need them to know what happened. I need them to know I did something with my life, that I made a difference.
To Pidge you little gremlin, I leave you the tree house I built in my backyard. I know you pretend to hate outdoors, but I’ve seen how you love to watch the trees, figured you’d appreciate getting one of your own and being able to connect to the wifi.
To Shiro. You were my hero, when I wanted to apply to Garrison everyone told me I couldn’t do it. That I was too stupid or too much of a screw up to make anything of myself. Watching you on the news actually go against the odds and become the youngest graduate ever… well it kept the dream alive and got me through some pretty dark times. To you I leave my sketch book. It’s filled with drawings of earth. Drawing really helped ground me when I felt too anxious to sleep, I’m sure you know what that’s like. I’m pretty sure I’m the only one that actually hears you wandering the halls late at night. I hope that drawing can help you as much as it did me.
To Allura… look I know I flirted with you a lot, I’m sorry for that… I know I must sounded like such an idiot and a creep. I’m sorry I wasn’t a better paladin or friend. I leave you all my beauty products. That may sound like I only value your looks but I respect you so much for all you’ve done trying to fight this war with only the six of us as back up. I guess I’m trying to ask you to have a treat now and again, take as good a care of yourself as you do with us .
To Coran, your probably one of the biggest reasons I didn’t end up wallowing in self pity the whole time I was here. I don’t really remember my dad. He left when I was too young to remember him. But the time I spent with you made me feel like I knew what a dad was and I love you for that. I leave you the box under my bed. I filled it with memorabilia from all the good times we all spent together. Please keep adding to it and keep having good times without me.
Finally to Keith. Bet you thought I’d forgotten about you, hey Mullet? I’m not really sure what to write. We’ve been through so much together that I just don’t have the words to tell you how I feel. I just wish I had the courage to tell you that I really care about you while I was still around. Tell you that I love you. Wow that was scary to write. But getting it out and knowing that some point in the future you’ll know this is oddly liberating, like a weights been lifted off my shoulders. So yeah Mullet I love you. I love you so much that it hurts knowing that no matter what I do, I’ll never be good enough for you. You deserve the best, you deserve the universe… because that’s what you are to me. To you I leave you the most important thing to me. Blue. I love her dearly and I know she’s gonna be sad without me, so please keep her company. She likes songs from Mama Mia and having her claws painted, I know you know will get on great.
Wow I didn’t expect to start crying while I wrote this. Putting it all in words is hard. It’s beyond hard knowing that there’s a possibility that one day I’ll be gone and you’ll just move on. That someone else will pilot Blue and take over as a paladin for me.
I just wish that our time together would never end and I would never have to say goodbye to any of you.
But despite what you guys think, I’m not an idiot. I know I’m the weakest link and that if anyone’s gonna end up dying in the line the duty it will probably end up being me.
I suppose that doesn’t matter anymore.
What matters is that you all know that your like a second family to me and that I love you all so, so much.
Goodbye.
-Lance xxx’

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Lance put down the pen wiping his teary eyes as he read through what he had written. He had just gotten out of the healing pod after being shot in the chest by a Glara guard during a mission gone bad.
Coming that close to death made him realise that he didn’t want to just go without knowing the people he loved knew how much he cared about.

There was a soft knocking at the door “hey Lance dinners ready” Hunk called.
“Be there in a minuet.” Lance replied folding the page and hiding the letter under his bed resting on top of his memory box. He opened the door and smiled at Hunk who took in his puffy red eyes and didn’t hesitate to give the smaller paladin a hug. “Homesick bud?”
Lance chuckled glancing back at the letter “yeah… something like that.”

Jensen’s Salon

It didn’t take Jensen long to realize certain things about Misha Collins—the guy is very smart, a little quirky, and absolutely, one hundred percent incapable of styling his own hair. It was bad enough that the show’s stylists always made the guy look so like he just danced on a train’s third rail, but Jensen soon discovered that Misha wasn’t any better with it, and it’s little things like that that tend to drive Jensen crazy.

He loves his friends and he wants them to be happy, and he knows that people feel happier when they look sharp. So Jensen will often lend a helping hand. It’s why he’s given Richard certain scarves—so that all his outfits can pop; and it’s why Jared started wearing beanies all the time—because Jensen knew how well they framed his face. And it’s not like Jensen thinks any of his buddies look bad without these little adjustments, but why not help them spice things up a bit? Why not make sure that they’re always putting their best foot forward? Appearances certainly aren’t everything but they do count for something, and that’s why Jensen wants to ensure that all his buddies look their best.

So after the third week in a row where Misha showed up to set looking like a cow had just treated his head as an ice cream cone, Jensen became determined to do something about it.

“We’re friends, right?” he asks suddenly, catching Misha by surprise.

Misha cracks a wary smile but then nods. “I would like to think we are.”

“Okay good” Jensen sighs, finally grabbing Misha by the arm and yanking him in the direction of his trailer, “because we need to do something about all—” he makes a floppy gesture towards the top of the other man’s head, “this.”

Misha’s hand shoots up to touch is own hair, and then he squints at Jensen. “What?”

Your hair, dude. This …” he gestures again, “this is not a look.”

Misha eventually drops his hand and shrugs. “I don’t really have a look. It’s not worth my time.”

“Looking your best isn’t worth your time?” Jensen counters, stopping in his tracks while sounding slightly offended by that idea.

Misha shrugs once more. “Who am I trying to impress?”

“You’re a public figure! You’re trying to impress practically everyone!”

After the third shrug, Jensen gives up on the speeches and continues to drag Misha up the steps to his trailer. “Well, if you don’t care then you won’t care if I try to make that mess on your head look a little better.”

“Go for it” Misha laughs, still sounding completely unimpressed by any of this.

Once inside, Jensen sits Misha down onto one of the stools by the kitchen peninsula and tells him to wait there, and then he goes to the back to grab all of his combs and hair products from his bathroom. By the time he returns, Misha’s eyes are wide as he looks at all the things filling Jensen’s arms.

“I don’t think I have enough hair for all of that” the man mutters, obviously second guessing his agreement to let Jensen style him. “Come to think of it—how do you have enough hair for all of that?”

Jensen rolls his eyes as he sets everything down on the counter. “I’m not going to use all of it, but I don’t know what I’ll need until I get in there.”

“It’s hair, not brain surgery, Jensen.”

Hey—hair can be complicated. Just ask your poor scalp. You must torture that thing!”

Misha frowns and then scratches at his head with concern. “Does it really look that bad?”

Jensen frowns some too. “Nah, man – look, you just need to know how to handle it. It’s not horrible … just … messy.”

“Isn’t messy all the rage these days?”

“Not a good rage” Jensen grunts, lining up the mousses and gels in order of hold. Once everything is ready, he smiles and claps his hands together. “Alright—here we go!”

“You’re way too excited about this” Misha mutters, spinning back around on the stool as Jensen comes around the counter to stand in front of him.

“I’ve been wanting to do this for weeks” Jensen admits, already reaching out for Misha’s head to get started.

“Really?”

It’s only then that Jensen realizes what he’d said, and it makes him blush a little. “Heh—uh, yeah, well … I just had some ideas of how I could help, ya know? Make all this look better.”

Misha stares up at him curiously but Jensen continues to avoid direct eye contact, choosing instead to focus on running his hands through the man’s hair, seeing which way it naturally wants to go.

“Well …” he says after a minute, “at least it doesn’t feel too coarse. Do you condition it?”

Misha makes an unsure sound before shrugging again. “I just use whatever my wife uses.”

Jensen nods, thinking about how much that makes sense. A guy who doesn’t really care about his appearance, probably wouldn’t go spending money on extra products just for him. “Alright, well—whatever she gets is pretty good.” Jensen pushes his hands across Misha’s scalp one more time, just feeling and playing with the strands. “Okay—so it seems like your hair naturally wants to pull to the left, so that’s what we’ll go with.”

“Usually things on me want to pull to the right” Misha laughs while looking up to catch Jensen’s eye. He then gives him a slow wink, quickly flicking his gaze downwards to try and emphasize his point.

Jensen groans. “Stop movin’ your head and be quiet, will ya? I’m trying to work my magic.”

Misha corrects his posture and sits up straight. “Take it away, Magic Man. I’m in your hands.”

Jensen groans again, but he soon focuses all his attention on the top of his friend’s head, trying to figure out which mousse to start with. After a second more, he reaches for the one with medium hold and extra volume, thinking that some lift might just create the image that Jensen has in his mind. And as soon as he has a generous amount of foam in his hand, he begins to work it through the dark locks of Misha’s hair—massaging here and twisting there, trying to make the tendrils clump together just right.

“How’s it goin’ up there, boss?” Misha asks, peeking at Jensen from the tops of his eyes.

Jensen steps back a bit before answering, pivoting in the middle to try and see his masterpiece from every angle. “I’m … not sure yet.”

“That’s a good sign” Misha hums dryly.

Jensen glares at him and then scoots up close once more. “Shut up—I just started.”

“Well, please, take your time. After all, I’m just here to help you get through beauty school. Are we practicing highlights next? Doing my nails?” Misha brings up his hands to his face and begins picking at his fingers. “I know my cuticles have been a hot mess lately.”

Jesus” Jensen moans, wondering why he expected Misha to be at all cooperative throughout this experience.

“We should get Jared in here too—you can braid his hair, or put it in a bun … no! Shave half of it.”

That makes Jensen finally crack a smile. “Dude, he won’t let me anywhere near his hair! He’s so protective.”

Misha grimaces as Jensen tugs some of the strands just a bit too hard. “Yeah—I’m starting to see why.”

“Oh shut it, ya wimp!”

After that, Misha smiles but he stays quiet, letting Jensen play hairdresser without any protest. So Jensen pulls the locks every which way, twisting and combing, running his fingers through it all and then starting over when it all refuses to work. And before he knows it, nearly twenty minutes have passed and Misha is starting to slump in his seat. “Are we—ya know, close to being done yet? It has been a long day.”

Jensen sighs before pulling over the other stool and sitting himself down as well, immediately going back to his work once he’s settled. “I just can’t … it’s not doing …” he bites his lip a moment. “It’s just not doing what I want it to.”

Misha laughs. “Now do you see why I never bother?”

Jensen grumbles but he doesn’t want to give up yet. With a determined breath, he runs his index finger across Misha’s hairline, tracing the edges of each strand—as if mapping it all out will help somehow. But just as he slips down over the man’s ear, Misha drops his chin a little, so Jensen moves his other hand over to lift it up again. He then sits back, finally taking in all of Misha’s face at eye level, thinking that it may help him figure out where he’s going wrong. While gazing at his hair, Jensen’s eyes drop down some—and he notes the man’s high cheek bones and strong jaw as well—and the way his large eyes tilt down slightly at the ends. He stares at the rough stubble covering Misha’s chin and upper lip, framing his mouth in a way that makes his lips seem impossibly pink. Jensen then looks at the man’s nose, realizing how it’s not the usual type of nose that would work on someone—but on Misha, it looks good. It fits his face—and his face overall, is a nice one to look at.

“Everything where it should be?” Misha asks, and Jensen suddenly realizes that he’s long since stopped playing with the man’s hair, and is now just staring at all his features while his fingers play lightly at the base of his neck.

“Oh—uh …”

Misha chuckles a little before quirking an eyebrow. “Do I look super sexy now?”

Jensen blushes again, finally glancing back at the man’s hair, which he has somehow—made worse. “Well, actually …”

He doesn’t let him finish, and with a wide grin, Misha stands up, eventually lifting his hands back to his hair and running them through with a few quick swipes. Then, with the tips of his fingers, he combs the strands over to the left, doing soft little twists once he gets to the ends. After his hair is parted just so, he flattens his palms and smooths down the sides behind his ears, giving his head a quick shake when it’s all said and done; and that makes everything bounce and lift—like the mousse was supposed to.

Jensen gawks up at him in shock, because after only a minute and a few blind, flicks of his wrist, Misha’s hair looks perfect, a beautiful example of “intentionally messy” and exactly what Jensen had been going for. “But … how?” he whispers, standing slowly to reach for Misha’s head.

But the man only smacks his hand away, wearing a smirk that would put the devil to shame. “I said it wasn’t worth the effort—I never said I didn’t know how to do it.” And with that, Misha grins, stepping around Jensen and smacking him on the ass before heading out the door. “Thanks for the head massage though!” he calls out, just as the door slams shut behind him; and Jensen would flip him off, but he’s still just too damned stunned to even try.

anonymous asked:

Hey! Hope you are having a lovely day... I know you are not taking any prompts but I've been having a really bad week and well.. I don't know why but the thought of max lord coming back at the DEO as a consultant has been haunting me for a while .. I mean max flirting with Alex, he doesn't know she is dating Maggie and she is there ...

“I told you, we don’t need his help – “

“But we do, Alex. I don’t like the man any more than you do, but he is the foremost expert on this kind of technology, whether we approve of him as a person or – “

“Aw, Director Henshaw, it’s always good to hear a compliment from a man of your disposition.”

Alex tenses at the sound of his voice – but slightly, slightly, so that only J’onn and Maggie notice – and J’onn just rolls his eyes.

“Your expertise doesn’t make it worth my time or energy to go so far as to compliment you, Mr. Lord,” J’onn deadpans, and Alex smirks and turns around, just as Maxwell Lord is stepping into her space.

Close into her space.

“Agent Danvers. As mysteriously beautiful as ever. I like what you’re doing with your hair; it’s less straight now, are you using new products?”

Winn snorts without turning from his computer console and Maggie shares a silent smirk with him.

“The only new product I’m interested in discussing with you is this weapon. That’s all, Max.”

“You mean to tell me you didn’t call me here because you missed me? Shame, Agent Danvers. Shame. But we’ll get there.”

J’onn glances at Maggie and her eyes are tense, her eyes are alert, but this is Alex Danvers, and Alex Danvers can take care of herself, and she swears to herself that she’ll respect that.

But that doesn’t mean she can’t put her body between his and Alex’s, because she knows Alex, and she knows her face is blank and her eyes are sarcasm and wit, but she knows her skin is crawling.

“Maggie Sawyer, NCPD Science Division,” she steps forward and puts out her hand.

Max’s eyes sweep her body briefly, and Alex can’t tell whether he’s checking her out sexually or cataloguing all her body language for a psychological profile. She hates it either way.

“I see I’m not the only local assistance you’re bringing in. Good for you, Director Henshaw: pride costs us more than hunger, or in this case, annihilation.”

Alex rolls her eyes and strides abruptly toward the lab.

“This way.”

He follows, and Maggie watches, Maggie helps, Maggie observes, as – when he actually focuses on the science – Alex and Max work well together.

Maxwell Lord is a world-renowned genius: a stirring of pride swells in Maggie’s chest that her girlfriend not only keeps up with him easily, but outpaces him, surprises him, comes up with things that make his eyebrows rise in surprised delight.

But anger also boils in her blood, because in the moments when Alex is bent over a microscope and he moves to see next, he stands way too close to her body. His eyes trickle down her neckline, and Maggie sees Alex tense in a way the supposed genius doesn’t notice, or doesn’t care about.

His off-handed comments about her missing him, about her missing them, even though Maggie knows – and Alex knows, and hell, even Max knows – there was never a them, build and build and build.

And Maggie swore she wouldn’t be possessive; swore she would let Alex fight her own battles; but as the afternoon draws on, Alex is looking more and more exhausted, more and more frustrated, more and more resigned to having to put up with his incessant flirting until they’re through with his knowledge.

But those days – the days of Alex having to push down her feelings – are over.

So Maggie takes a deep breath and Maggie passes behind Alex and slips her hand from her waist across the small of her back. Alex knows her touch, knows her hands, knows her gentleness, even while staring hard into a microscope lens, and she smiles.

It’s that smile that lets Maggie know that Alex is comfortable, that Alex is ready, that Alex has nothing to hide.

“Babe, have you thought about asking Supergirl to call Star Labs? Because we were talking about it, just randomly, and I think I remember her saying something about a cold gun, and I’m thinking we could adapt some of the principles to – “

“Oh my god, Mags, you’re a genius,” Alex splutters, and blows past Max to get to Maggie, to frame her face with her hands, and kiss her full on the mouth.

Max blinks and he stares and he grimaces.

“So that’s why we never got anywhere, Agent Danvers: you – “

“No. No no no, stop right there, Max. We never got anywhere because you’re a pretentious, selfish asshole. Also, I’m a lesbian. The things are completely unrelated.”

Maggie smirks and Max blinks rapidly and Alex nearly pats her own self on the back.

One of the agents assigned to keeping an eye on Max smirks while the other lets out a soft sigh as he passes his grinning colleague a crisp fifty dollar bill.

“Told you Agent Danvers would snap first. You owe Director Henshaw a twenty, too.”

Snezcanon: Voltron Edition

My take on something I know has already been done, sorry not sorry (?) <.< But In My Humble Opinion here’s the mains—

Allura: She’s got the dainty sneezes. The ones with the distinctly girly-sounding endings, like “hehttChiew!” However, for all her daintiness, she sneezes in threes, and on the third, her magic has a tendency to go haywire. This makes for some interesting times aboard the castle, and she’s never allowed to pilot when ill.

Coran: His sneezes are obnoxiously vocal, and usually contain a handful of gratuitous syllables (I think you can guess what I mean without me spelling it). He uses handkerchiefs religiously. Because every sneeze is a dramatic production, he gets exhausted really really quickly when he’s sick or allergic or what have you. Usually the Paladins and Allura have to force him to go to bed.

Shiro: Shiro’s sneezes blindside him almost without fail. This is a source of embarrassment for him because, regrettably, his sneezes are not discreet. He wishes he could make them more so, but he almost never realizes he has to sneeze until he has to sneeze. So he’ll be sitting quietly, minding his own business, when suddenly his lungs seize up and – “hahDJYSSCHhhuh!” (Pidge has been known to fall out of her chair) He’s usually good for one, unless he’s sick, in which case he sneezes intermittently and gets wicked headaches and sinus pain due to his scar….

Pidge/Katie: She’s got the kitten sneezes. Quiet but forceful, and many at once. She haaaates this because once she starts she knows there’ll be a good dozen before she’s finished, and it’s annoying as hell. Sometimes it’ll happen while she’s in the middle of working or worse, an explanation, and she tries (and fails) to continue typing or speaking every time.

Lance: Lance’s sneezes are ticklish AF. He’ll build up for a good several ticks before finally dissolving into mini-fits of 2-5 that take a lot out of him. His sneezes distract him horribly while they’re forming, which is bad news for everyone else usually (”Lance, watch where you’re aiming those ice blast - oh shit he’s gonna sneeze take cover”) and his eyes water like mad, especially with allergies. He’s also bad at remembering to cover, which gets him yelled at. A lot.

Keith: Keith is The Stifler of the bunch. He hates drawing attention to himself, so when he sneezes he can almost always do it near-silently, though if he’s sick it gets a lot harder and he has to physically pinch his nose and such. When he does let himself sneeze (i.e. when no one is around and/or he’s too tired to stifle) his sneezes are harsh and tear his throat. He sneezes twice without fail, occasionally in small fits of these pairs, but Lance has his sneezing patterns figured out and is inordinately amused (”hehGgKXt!” “hahaha okay waaait for it~~” “sh-shut uhh- hheGKkTSh-t!-dh - up!!”

Hunk: Hunk, amazingly, has the squeakiest sneeze of them all. He’s not quiet, per se, but his voice cracks and pitches higher when he sneezes. (first time it happened, everyone lost their shit. he was Not Amused) Like Shiro, he’s usually good for one, but he’ll be sniffly for a long time after, and sneeze again if he doesn’t blow his nose. 

Loyalty Part 2 (Negan x Male)

[READ PART 1 HERE]

Summary: Negan returns to Alexandria, and Rick’s Brother is ready for him

Characters: Negan x Male

Word Count: 2,539

Warnings: NSFW and Swearing

Author’s Note: Part one was so well received, and a lot of you asked for me to continue this series. I plan on writing three parts total, so there will be one more part after this. I’ve been struggling with the worst case of writer’s block, so I hope this turned out okay. 

Thank you to @ashzombie13 for beta reading!

Always happy to hear what you think!

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HEY GUYS !!!!

I HIT 300 FOLLOWERS WOO!!! (that may not sound like much but for me that is a massive achievement in only a short amount of time) 

As a token of my appreciation i have made some printables! So far I have only made project planners and calendars but I am planning on making more that will be available through my google drive link on my page. I would love it if you guys could repost this for me as I put quite a bit of effort into these and would love people to see them and use them. 

Thankyou so much for the support! Please tag me if you use these or message me if there is something wrong with anything! Love you all!

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You don’t have to read this...

You know when you wake up and you don’t want to get out of your bed?

You know that moment when you go outside, close your eyes and just focus on hearing every little sound?

You know when your having a productive day and actually feel like you accomplished something?

That was my day today.

 For some time, I have been learning to love nature and life, even though my own mind wants to take it away from me, saying I should just end it. I have had some very bad things happen to me ever since I was small. I have not known a world where “happiness” was something that happened everyday, something that happened naturally. People have abused of my feelings, have used me and thrown me like a rag. But every time it has happened I have stood up, even if I was limping, and kept going. Sometimes my thoughts would get the best of me and I would commit the worse kind of sin; trying to end what has been given to you. But as I have grown and learned why I am like this, what has happened in my life to become the person I am today, it’s actually kind of sad. 

But now… Now I’m learning to love myself. I’m concentrating on me, not caring what others think. I’m fighting against this storm inside my head, this walls around my life and I’m running and running. Sometimes I fall, yes like right now, but I know I need to get up and keep running, even though my mind is one of the most powerful opponents I have ever encountered.

Again, you don’t have to read this, but if you did… Thank you. I only wrote this because even though my day started out great, small things kept piling up and now I feel horrible and needed to get this out of my chest. Writing has always been an outlet for me but this is the first time I actually share my thoughts like this… 

My advice to you is… keep running, don’t give up.

I believe in you… But you have to learn to believe in yourself. Then you will truly know what love feels like.

And remember: you are born alone and die alone, so always think of yourself first. 

It’s hard, but it isn’t impossible.

Second review up! Gonna try to speed up writing these, the season’s moving right along. I’ll try to have these uploaded every three days until I’m caught up and start posting weekly.

This was really fun to draw for too! Grump Starlight!

♦️ SYNOPSIS ♦️

As the Mane6 leave to go on a friendship retreat, Starlight and Trixie spend time together practicing magic spells. During one of these sessions, Trixie accidentally teleports away the Cutie Map, sending Starlight into an understandable panic. Starlight begins a frantic search to find the Map before Twilight returns, but becomes increasingly frustrated and resentful towards her best friend, who doesn’t seem to take anything that has happened seriously. Unwilling to express this growing fury and risk losing Trixie in the process, Starlight resorts to literally bottling up her emotions. This ends with less than desirable results…


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5 tips that might help you study or do your homework better

These are some tips I’ve gathered throughout my law school journey, so I thought I’d share them. You may find some of these helpful :)

1) time yourself but don’t stick to timers - okay this may sound strange. What I’m trying to say here I will explain with something that used to happen to me a lot: I would use the pomodoro technique to track myself, but more often than not, when the timer went off I would either be super focused on what I was doing and couldn’t afford being distracted or taking a break because the alarm said so, or I would just be reading not really paying attention to the text, thinking what I would have for dinner, without being able to stop because the alarm hadn’t gone off. So if that method doesn’t work for you, what I do is time myself in the following way, for instance, if I start studying at 2pm, I write that in a piece of paper, and whenever I feel I start losing focus, I stop and write the time again. So this sometimes may be an hour, 40 minutes or 20. The important thing here is to listen to your brain and not waste time reading material if it’s not active reading, or interrupting your wave of focus because of an alarm. So don’t use alarms, just time yourself.

2) now you may ask why you should time yourself if it’s not to set an alarm, well what I’ve found helpful here is linked to many things, but the main ones are following: summing up all the time you have written up as I said in point number 1, will give you at the end of the day the most accurate result of how much you have actually activedly studied. This is because you are tracking only the really productive periods of time that you have completed, even if they were 40 minutes in 4 hours. In that way you will start being more realistic with yourself, and not feel like you have spent 4 hours doing hard work and achieving nothing, when in reality it has been only 40 minutes. Then, summing up all the hours of all the study sessions that you have accomplished for that subject will ease your nerves if you feel you haven’t studied enough, because now you would have real proof of how much you have actually studied.

3) listen to sounds of people writting or turning pages - I really don’t like listening to music, I know myself and I don’t focus at all if I listen to music, but listening to the sound of turning pages, writting or even crackling fire relaxes me and puts me in a good mood to be more productive

4) have a piece of paper for writing stuff that comes to your head while studying - This used to happen to me a lot, I would be studying and at the same time I would remember I had to make a phone call, or ask somebody something regarding another subject, or something I was missing in my grocery list, but at the same time I would keep on reading and not being involved with the text. So now, I always have a piece of paper, sticky note, something, to write everything that comes to my mind while studying, because it seems I only remember I have to buy tomatoes when I’m reading Contract Law. This way I take the thought out of my mind, I’m able to focus on what I’m studying at the moment and I actually do remember to buy my tomatoes because I have written it up.

5) don’t just highlight - make annotations in the margins, summarize   paragraphs in sticky notes and pace them on top, re-write the text books key terms in a notebook, make mind maps out of the text, or whatever you find helpful to stay engaged with the reading. This way you’re not just reading like you would read a newspaper, you’re actually encoding that stuff into your brain. Plus, when the exam is nearby, you will already have all of your material digested and it will be easier to go through it.

Hope these tips helped you :)
If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

So, I mentioned in one of my posts that I’ve been kinda sorta successful in my efforts to be a morning person. Lot’s of people were curious because waking up early is STRUGGLE, right? Is it possible to become the strange mythological person that is the morning person? 

Let me be honest, I am pretty new to being this creature too. I experience setbacks every now and then, but as a whole, I think I’ve been pretty successful. Here’s what I did :

STEP 1: Develop a clear reason for waking up early.

I’ve been trying and failing to wake up early for years (and when I do have to wake up at 5 am on weekdays, I more or less snooze off the whole time on my way to classes and even though I don’t sleep during lectures, I still feel disoriented). None of my actions worked till I realized that I was running out of preparation time for some important exams that I will be writing by the end of this year and I don’t have enough time to prepare. This is what spurs me to get out of bed in the morning. 

What do YOU want to achieve very badly? Think of ways in which the morning hours and the ensuing productivity will help you in your goals. Once you think and develop on your reasons, waking up in the morning sounds like the most effective solution to those of us who feel demotivated in doing our work or feel like 24 hours are not enough. If you think you need reminding, write down your long term goal down somewhere you can see it in the morning.

STEP 2: Prepare a list of tasks you want to do the next day.

 Add some fun items on it as well that you willingly feel like doing. Make sure that it isn’t overwhelming and is doable. Cut it down into smaller tasks.

STEP 3: GO TO BED EARLY

Well, duh, right? But this is really, really, important. Past-me thought she could go to bed late and still wake up early. Saving time, right? Past-me was wrong. At-least six hours of sleep is a must, so if you genuinely, honestly, want to wake up early, go to bed earlier. Change the sleeping and waking time in small quantities so that your internal clock can adjust to the changes.

STEP 4: Do NOT keep your alarm on snooze for more than three times. 

The problem is, once you know that your alarm is going to ring again, you go back to sleep trusting future-you to get up. But future-you feels the same way. If you plan on getting up at x o’clock, just bare yourself the pain and get up the first time you hear it. You have to get up anyway. :(

STEP 5: Do the easy stuff first. 

Wash your face. Make yourself a cup of coffee/tea. (However sleepy I might be, the process of making something jogs my brain to think and by the time the coffee is made, I am much less sleepier.) Eat something not too sugary.

Now is the time to start work. This is where I made the biggest mistake in my previous attempts to wake early - in my attempt to be productive and make use of the morning time, I dove straight into my books. Do NOT do this. Tick off some easier stuff in your to do list (and things you like doing, as mentioned above). By now, the ticked boxes give off a sense of accomplishment and your sleepiness would be more or less gone. Time to hit the books!

STEP 6: Cut yourself some slack.

If you start feeling sleepy, take a break from studying to do something you like that is guaranteed to keep you up. Make sure you set a time limit for this, as this could go on for hours if you don’t put yourself in check. But most of all, remember - if you mess up, you don’t have to wait for the next day to start over. 

Try and figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. There are lots of tips online but nothing works until you have the will to do it. I used to sleep at 3 am and then waste my day feeling sleepy until 9pm and the cycle continued. It takes trial and error to find the methods that work for you, but don’t ever give up. 

If this helps you or you have other tips to get up early, don’t hesitate to message me!

Tips for feeling more awake in the morning (without caffeine)

[image of Dubai sunrise from my friend. Edits by me.]

anonymous asked:

Your tags on that makeup post were perfect. (I also don't wear makeup and tbh it is kind of because I'm lazy--I value that extra half hour of sleep far more than I value having to put on unnecessary (and expensive!) goop on my face every day. Because once you start wearing makeup you can't stop without people thinking that you look like death warmed over.)

Thanks! I’ve never had anyone tell me I look tired or sick when I’m not wearing makeup, but it sounds like such a common experience among makeup-wearers that I think it must just be because I literally never wear it, so everyone is just used to my face looking this way. Also, my glasses draw attention away from the bags under my eyes :P 

And yeah, laziness is totally a factor for me, and I have enough problems with depression/executive dysfunction that adding extra things to my daily appearance routine doesn’t seem like a productive change to make. But at the same time, not wanting to include time-consuming, expensive, and (from a health/cleanliness perspective) unnecessary tasks in your personal grooming routine shouldn’t really be considered laziness. That doesn’t mean nobody should ever do them, but it does mean nobody should need to. 

anonymous asked:

are you writing anything for the pbb this year? hints?? xx

sorry, i’m not :( i have exams and i just have NO TIME. BUT this summer i have like 10 weeks and i do have a project!! and if i’m really productive i may even finish it! it’s this kinda fantasy psychological thriller type thing, but i use that loosely as it makes me sound cleverer than i actually am, lol. but yeah i’m excited!! the idea i have has led to several different directions/concepts, and atm my plan incorporates all of them which makes it very messy, so my first step is to get a clear concept in mind, but then from there on out it should be good!! i’m excited and terrified. thank u for thinking of me and my poor writing, too, i’m flattered!! i hope u enjoy the other great fics from pbb tho!

anonymous asked:

what websites do you recommend for productivity?

Getting organized: 

  • Google Calendar. it syncs on all your devices and it’s a great way of keeping track of everything
  • Google Drive. back up all your work on here. You will be thankful for it one day. 
  • Evernote. It’s a great way of keeping track of lectures, notes, etc. I personally didn’t use it but I know a lot of people love it. 
  • Mint. This is more of an app but it’s great for budgeting and keeping track of your money. 
  • Wunderlist. It’s an online to-do list that can be synced to multiple devices

General Productivity 

that’s all I can think of now. I’ll try to make a masterpost of these if I find anymore. Hope this helped! :) 

my ultimate, one time only then bye never writing stuff like this again, beauty post

I’m totally that girl who is a combo of “never learned how “ + “too lazy ‘busy’ to actually effort” when it comes to make up and beauty products so the stuff I use is pretty minimal but at the same time its an arsenal of ‘to-the-point’ products.  I also don’t discriminate between the products I feel like splurging on and the back ups that I buy at the drug store when I’m in a pinch:

 

Face:

Maybelline BB cream – this is my go to daily face stuff. . You can see my freckles through it but it evens out any weird splotchiness might have going on- it’s also easily blendable . Plus it doesn’t make me break out.

Dr Jart+ Regenerating Beauty Balm ////  Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot

I juggle between these when I feel like someone aside from my norms is gonna look at me. They both hide blend well with a little under eye concealer too (my dark cirlces are my main issue, so that’s important to me). Honestly, I use the Jart when Im feeling tired and shriveled on a big night and the Perdis when Im trying to Rihanna my night.

Lips:

I love a classic bright red lip because it transcends trends and specific styles and it makes me feel ultimately fiery and femme. Too Faced makes the best stuff for slapping it on, having a few drinks.. forgetting that you were wearing lipstick.. panicking.. and then realizing there was nothing to worry about because this shit ain’t budging.

melted too faced- ruby
sugar lip treatment-fresh balm AND scrub

If you travel and/or have allergies then your lips spend more time looking like a construction site then they do fleshy supple skin tubes (uhm, both of those sound weird but the first one is bad) . My lips are always in rough shape and I use the scrub at night and then sleep in the fresh balm. By morning my lips have life again. Plus the balm has a screw top so dirt from my backpack never gets in it { praise emoji}

NYX brow powder taupe/ash

Alright this is my one makeup product  I couldtn’t live without. Like if I was on survivor I’d forgo a razor/hair brush and most types of food just to have this. I feel like a lot of people over look the importance of eyebrows Especially since the “bold brow” has been trending and that has made a lot of girls uncomfortable with what they’ve got. It’s not a massive eyebrow (I mean, sometimes for me it is but..) , it’s an even and great arch. That makes your face sing. With or without this is like day and night to me.   The powder is awesome because even though it takes 1 minute longer to put on than a pencil, over time if you are using it every day you don’t lose precious brow hairs to the waxy crayon  pencils. I use the

mac eyeliner brush

to put it all on because most brow brushes are preshaped and that shape doesn’t work for me. The mac brush (os its side) is great for the strairt of your brow and the precision of using a liquid eyeliner brush allows for slowly creating a great arch with a few strokes. Ease into it, its worth it.

kat von dee liquid tattoo liner
 because sometime you just wanna swipe and move on with your day. Like the lip stuff I mentioned before; this stuff doesn’t move. Highschool Steak would have died for a product like this when I was swimming in poorly applied eyeliner streaming down my face on the way to warped tour.. or whatever I was doing that one time that has this memory burned into my head.  I feel like Kat Von Dee designs all her make up around surviving a warped tour.

eyelashes:

maybeline bomshell – blackest

again with the affordable stuff, this chick is my bottom bitch. My eyelashes suck, theyre short and thin.  I need something that makes them jump off the page while also being easily replaceable if I lose everything I brought to the bar that night. This is that mascara for me.

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

If you want something that lasts, cake on and then leave home when you go out, this is what Ive got. Im all about staking both volume and length and if it ALSO doesn’t run in rain.. sign me up.

cream:
Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Intensive 3-in-1 Eye Cream.
Chanel Ultra Correction Lift Total Eye Lift

I think I mentioned this earlier but my stress area is my eyes. I am constantly dreaming about ways to prevent aging and dark circles and while that usually leans on the impossible these two products are what keep me going. I use the Wexler every day and the Chanel when I feel special.. or need to feel special.

I almost I forgot my number one weapon,
Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo
Blow Pro Faux Dry Dry Shampoo

Again, I am always going between my daily use items and my specialty gear. I dye my hair a lot so the klorane is a god send for my color. Fact: I do not own a blow dryer and sometimes my 2 day old hair needs a kick in the butt, that’s what the blow pro is for.

Chat out of the Bag - Miraculous Non-Spoiler Review

Heyo, my ladybugs and tomcats! 

In honor of Miraculous Twitter bombing day, I have arrived to give a thorough, non-spoiler review of Miraculous. I want to warn you all, that these are just all my personal thoughts on the show and opinion, but regardless, it is a wonderful show.

Gif Credit: @miraculousladybuggifs

Story

If there’s something I love in a good TV Show, Movie, or Video Game, it’s a good plot. I’m sure that all if you can agree with me that having a good plot is imperative to having a great product. And I can tell you, that Hawkdaddy / Papapillon, our beloved Thomas Astruc, has created this masterpiece of a story.

The overall premise of the story, as told by Wikipedia is this:

Set in modern-day Paris the series focuses on a teenaged junior high school girl, Marinette Dupain-Cheng and her classmate, Adrien Agreste. When evil arises in Paris, Marinette transforms into ‘Ladybug’, while Adrien transforms into 'Chat Noir’.

However, neither know each other’s secret identities: Marinette doesn’t realise that her school crush, Adrien, is Chat Noir and Chat Noir doesn’t know that his partner and crush, Ladybug, is actually Marinette.

Together, they’re a crime-fighting duo who protect Paris against the mysterious villain, Hawk Moth and his akumas.

Now, you might be thinking, oh, it’s your average cliche romance story. It’s not. Of course, there are a lot of romantic elements inside this show, there is also plenty of action, suspense, and mystery. Each episode has it’s own mini-arc and ends usually pretty nicely. The ways that the episodes progress is also very unique and creative and I don’t think it has been done before in TV Series! Although, you’d have to watch it to find out what I mean :)

There are moments where this show rips my heart in two. This show can get depressing. This show can make you laugh. This show can make you scream (personal experience, I have video evidence because my friend apparently snapchatted me screaming, but that’s another story).

In conclusion of story, this show has an amazing story. It may not be perfect (always room for improvement, but this goes for all stories out there!), but it the one of the most enjoyable stories I’ve ever enjoyed so far

Characters

This is one of the few instances where I can get very invested into characters. This is one of those moments. Everyone loves a good character, someone they can relate to or someone they can look up to (for the young’uns). I myself, enjoy the characters on the show very much!

One thing I like about this show is how diverse the staff of characters there. The cast of characters we’re are introduced are all very multi-racial. Marinette, the protagonist of the show, is half Chinese (mother’s side) in addition to being French. Although Adrien is French, he is confirmed to be able to speak Chinese. At least two characters come from an Arabian Ancestry and there’s even more than I can’t name off the top of my head!

Not to mention that this is a mash of a French, Korean, and Japanese companies who are working together! Even Toei Animation!

It’s one thing to say that you feel for a character. There are moments where I actually felt so pained in one particular episode that for the entire day I felt like someone was strangling my heart. I just feel so attuned to them that I feel like I’m tethered to them, so every time they get hurt, I get hurt to. They’re just so relatable to me!

Animation

THIS SHOW HAS SOME GLORIOUS EYE-CANDY. I mean, just look at it! It’s absolutely AMAZING! HOW YOU NOT LIKE IT???

The battle scenes are so well choreographed and very well animated! I have to say that Miraculous has one of the most beautiful and utterly amazing CGI Animation that I have ever seen in Animated TV Show history.
YOU CAN SEE THE TEXTURE ON LADYBUG’S / CHAT NOIR’S OUTFIT. 

LIKE WOW, IT IS SOME BEAUTIFUL SCENES. The emotions on the character’s faces are so expressive, even out of context you can tell what a certain character is feeling at one point in time! ITS AMAZING! The animation crew for this show really outdone themselves!

One of the few reasons I’ve been able to get into this show is because how beautiful the animation was. Believe it or not, I found Miraculous through a gifset of Chat Noir that my friend had reblogged. As soon as I saw it on my dash, I knew I had found something to look forward to. I was just so fascinated by how well animated that few seconds of Chat was that I was sucked into this fandom!

Voice Acting

The voice acting for this show is one thing I like about it! Although I have yet to hear the English VA’s (though I have heard their theme song), I am in love with both the Korean and French Voice Actors!

The Korean Dub is very expressive. They love to put all the little extra grunts and squeals in battle scenes. They also put a LOT of emotion into their character’s voices and some of are just so cute! The French Dub is very silky to listen to, I squee every time I heart Chat Noir’s French voice! Marinette’s French voices is so cute to listen to! French Plagg is probably the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard the only thing I could think of when I heard his voice is like when people were auditioning for the Plagg VA they just hired a French Butler.

Music

Miraculous’ theme song has the one of the most catchiest songs in the universe. As soon as I heard it, I realized how much I was going to love this show.

There are currently three different version of the theme song out there and I love them! All of them has to each it’s own qualities that make it a little different! The English Opening is very catching, especially if you speak English. My friend who did not even watch the show, told me that the OP got stuck in her head after I played it a couple times during class. The Korean version has a very unique trait added to them, that a K-Pop Band is singing the songs! And last be not least, the French version sounds like it has been recorded in heaven because those voices are hmmmmmmmm……..SO GOOD! A+

Also even, the two concept songs used in earlier productions is also extremely catchy like wow. Even the music that plays in the background is pretty good, but that OP is one to drag people in. Some ear-worms crawlin’ in your brain and it ain’t coming out anytime soon.

Community

I just want to say that the Miraculous Community is probably the most unique fandom I’ve ever been part of. Of course, not to say we’re not a perfect fandom, but this one of the best fandoms I’ve ever been part of. Almost everyone who is part of the community is extraordinarily nice and kind. We’re also very respectful and the most important component: we love the show!

Because of Miraculous, for the first time in forever, I managed to really connect with other fans. In the past, I’ve never been able to connect with other fans of the things I liked. I mean once in awhile, I speak to someone with the same interest, but this is probably the first time I’ve been able to converse to someone about something I’m fangirling over with! There is also some AMAZING fanart and fanfiction floating around on tumblr and other websites!

I’ve sometime watched episodes together with other fans at the same time and having other people watching it at the same time is very exhilarating! It’s the first time I’ve been able to do that, and for once, I feel very included!

NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT HAWKDADDY (AKA Thomas Asturc, the creator of the show) ACTUALLY TAKES TIME TO CONVERSE WITH US LIKE WHAT. THERE WAS EVEN A TIME HE ACTUALLY JOINED US IN A CHATROOM AND LIKE THANKED US, THE FANS FOR LIKING THE SHOW LIKE WHAT. WHO DOES THAT? ONLY THE GREATS FANON DAD, HAWKDADDY DOES! Like, Hawkdaddy actually take the time to converse with the fans, answer questions (or watch us suffer with the magical words ‘No Spoilers’).

Overall

I have to say something when I say that this is the first time I’m so emotionally invested into a TV Show. The only other time I’ve been so utterly obsessed is the video game series, Kingdom Hearts, but this is the first time this has happened with a TV Series.

One thing to say, GO WATCH THIS SHOW. You will not regret watching this. It’s just so amazing in so amazing in different ways! The show, characters, and animation are brilliant! The music and the voice acting are just so pleasant to listen to! The Community is just an awesome bunch to hang with!

So in conclusion…

GO WATCH MIRACULOUS: TALE OF LADYBUG AND CHAT NOIR!

AIRS ON DECEMBER 6TH, 2015 GO (USA Release)

GO. JUST DO IT.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

sorry not sorry for the long post :P

A Letter From A Not So Stranger | Ch. 22

AU:Karma Ashcroft has everything. She’s popular, never misses a party, and is always up to date with fashion thanks to her friend Shane. She’s a straight A student and has a perfect attendance record. She’s head of the cheerleaders with her co-captain and best friend Lauren. Her life seems perfect, other than Lauren’s who has to cope with her stepsister Amy. She is the school’s troublemaker with her best friend Liam. One day Karma receives a mysterious love letter from someone who knows a bit too much about her life.

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My Hair is So Dry...

My Hair is So Dry… One of the things I ask in consulting with my client in my chair is, “What are some challenges that you are having with your hair”. The response that I get the most from that question is, “My hair is so dry”. So, let me break it down a bit for my curly hair friends. What products are you using? I find that most of my new clients are using way too heavy of products in their hair. So heavy in fact that over time those products filled with heavy butters, heavy oils (coconut oil is not life y'all), and silicones will start to act like water repellents in your precious curls. I will say this a million times, “Water is your curls’ best friend”. As corny as that sounds it’s very much true. Hydration, or moisture (that ’m’ word makes me cringe so I say hydration), happens in hair from ultimately, water. If water can’t penetrate your hair cuticle, then your hair will forever be dry. This notion ties into hair porosity. Porosity is very important in figuring out what you hair needs. Porosity is your hairs’ ability to absorb moisture. Have any of you done a porosity test on yourself and actually knew what your results meant? 1. Get a clear glass to pour water into. 2. Take a clean strand of hair from your head. 3. Drop the strand in the glass of water. If your hair immediately sinks to the bottom of the glass, your hair is HIGH porosity. That means that your hair has lots of tears, gaps, and holes in your hair cuticle that aid water to easily flow into, causing that strand to sink all the way to the bottom. Hair that feels like it absorbs products really quickly but loses water just as fast is in this category. I like to compare it to a sponge. The sponge can quickly absorb water, but loses the water just as quickly by the end of the day. So think about the hair cuticle in that same situation. Usually hair that is high porosity seems to look great when the e hair is wet and you have your cocktail of curly products in it, but as it dries and the day goes on your hair looks like a fuzz all. People with high porosity hair usually have suffered from too high of heat usage, chemical damage, or product that strip too much moisture out of the hair cuticle. If your hair strand lingers in the middle of the glass you are NORMAL porosity. Normal porosity is what we all want to strive for! Normal porosity is in the green, whereas low and high porosity hair is in the red. Normal porosity means that your hair cuticle is able to hold moisture and shine in for an extended amount of time. Helloooh curlfriends with the 4/5 day or longer wash and go-s!!!! Hey curl hey 👋🏽 If your hair strand floats along the top of the glass and it takes forever to sink to the bottom, that is LOW porosity. Low porosity hair is extremely resistant to water (a water repellant) and moisture because the makeup of that cuticle is so tightly woven together. Low porosity hair happens also from over processing the hair through chemical processes (haircolor, relaxers, keratin treatments). Be careful with low porosity hair because you can actually turn it into high porosity hair if abusing your hair with more heat or chemical services. Low porosity hair benefit from using heat for deep conditioning treatments. Why? Because now we know that getting moisture into the hair is necessary to helping our curls feel & look softer. Also, if you think heavy, seemingly moisturizing, butters and oils are going to help your low porosity hair, that my friends is incorrect. That low porosity cuticle is going to end up with extreme product buildup that will make your hair super dry. So there you have it curlfriends. A little bit of nerding out with my curl science for y'all that I hope can help guide you in your healthy hair journey. 🌻✂️

Originally posted by chiappettee