you will always be my number 1

I was tagged by @imafangirlforalways to tell you guys my 10 favorite female characters from 10 different fandoms and then tag 10 people. Let’s see if I can do this lol

1. Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson. My number one since I picked up the PJO series. The strongest character I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about.

2. Starfire from the Teen Titans show. Always had a way of putting a smile on my face when I would watch when I was little and still does whenever I decide to watch it now. She always looks for the good in people.

3. Artemis Crock from Young Justice. Despite her father’s influence and her mother’s past, she rises above that and does what’s right.

4. Felicity Smoak from Arrow. She’s a literal freaking genius and even though all of her friends are out in the field physically fighting the bad guys while she’s helping them behind computers, she realizes her worth and doesn’t strive to be like them. She knows that she’s just as important as them all despite the differences in their roles on the team.

5. Caitlin Snow from Flash. Another freaking genius. She’s an irreplaceable member to Team Flash and just…ugh. Caitlin Snow. I unapologetically ship her and Barry in the show.

Lmao I’m sad to say that I can’t finish the list. I could easily fill it out if I could use multiple characters from one fandom, but I can’t. 

@mermaid-hair-and-swords @omegasmileyface @rockyroadkylers @nerdlycharming @brightestw1tch @zeussthundercock @imnotobsessediswear @brooke-b23 @thedarkestweasleys @berrymansgirl

ARMY 4th: BTS ROLLING PAPERS TO EACH OTHER:

Jungkook’s rolling paper by the members: 

Namjoon: You have no mental sharpness but you are good looking. You are like the main character of an anime. you have so much passion. your eyes and body are massive. You really love Muji Tea. Number 1 at making our team’s average age younger. Jeon Jungkook <3 the ‘guk’ (Broth/soup) that I love the most? Bean paste soup ~ <3

Jin: Jungkook turn on your speakers quieter at home. Come with me to the water park again. Let’s not forget (to go)

Yoongi: Jungkook you are trying to write music lately. If you have something you don’t know, use the internet. I am not a professor/genius. To be honest. I am too lazy to help you hahaha. I’m joking. I will help you a lot. So gain strength. Hwaiting!! (a cheering)

Hoseok: Jungkook-ah!!! Turn down the volume of the speakers in our dorm. I can hear it even in my room. -_- You pig!!

Jimin: Just continue growing up like you have until now. Just don’t grow up taller. Just grow up kind.

Taehyung: Jungkook-ah. It’s hyung … really I’m hyung (He is saying that he is older than him) … you became nicer and gentler lately. *acting cute* let’s have fun/play together.

Taehyung’s rolling paper by the members

Namjoon: You are so loud when you play (computer)  games. you bother me but I also snore so I understand you. You are the best looking these days. You are like a farmer. You were born as an idol. You are glued to Gucci. you are so innocent/pure. You have no mental sharpness (not able to catch into things quickly) but you are so cute. So lovable. Kim Taehyung <3 the 'hyung’ that I love the most? a-hyung <3

Jin: When you’re playing games please be a little bit quieter. But you have become brighter these days and that makes me very happy. I hope you make the world brighter with your brightness.

yoongi: It’s right that you do everything to the best of your abilities.try your hardest. It’s right that you play games very passionately. Since you do everything very passionately, let’s passionately enjoy music and games too. Hwaiting.

Hoseok: taehyung-ah hyung always loves you ~~ <3 <3  stop sleeping with the air conditioner on. You will get sick ~ <3 <3 stop playing games so much ~ <3 <3 study with hyung instead <3 <3

Jimin: I don’t know since when but you seem to have become more like an adult, but you are also always like a kid (satori). My friend, stop playing games so much before I go throw your computer away. Wake up when I wake you up my friend. I will shove my hands in your armpits. (drew V as the heart figure he always draws himself as). thank you my friend (In tiny letters).

Jungkook: V hyung! Hyung, stop biting me it hurts so much I am going to die. I always feel this way but you are so good looking.

Jimin’s rolling paper by the members

Namjoon; You are sometimes cunning but also sexy, short, attractive when you dance, you always work so hard, you like billiard, you changed the most, but you aren’t obvious Chimchim <3 THE 'Chim’ (acupuncture) that I like the most? Poison acupuncture. 

Jin: Jimin-ah you are an angel. I will do a three lettered acrostic poem using your name. park: In park’s family something good happened. Ji: You are a very cool friend. Min: Min Yoongi 

Yoongi: Jimin you are always doing things to the best of your abilities and that’s so charismatic. Let’s be together for a very long time. I applaud your hard work. thank you.

Hoseok: Jimin-ah our Jiminie who is the most attractive in the entire world ~~ <3 <3 when you go back to our dorm today, please clean the things on your desk ~~<3 <3 have strength!!

Taehyung: Jimin-ah~ even if you do aegyo (act cute) to my eyes you are not cute at all ~ do it to a certain amount ~ but when I see that cuteness thank you *acting cute* 

Jungkook: jimin hyung! be thankful that you are older than me. I am kidding, hyung you are always shining!!! Rice cake (jimin’s nickname) forever!!!

Namjoon’s rolling paper by the members:

Jin: Mon-ah I pick up a lot of things that you drop on the plane for you. I wonder how you have so many friends that are like moms around you. But you are cool.

Yoongi: Our eternal leader Rap Monster. Even though I don’t say it I respect you a lot. please always gain strength hwaithing. Thank you.

Hoseok: My center!! My supportive friend Rap Mon!! Namjoon~~~should we go for chicken and beer??

Jimin: A person that drops everything x 18. Stop dropping your phone hyung. You look so cool when you do solo stages. You are the number 1 coolest person when you are on stage. When you are off stage you are the number 1 dummy.  

Taehyung: Watching our leader who’s always cool, I learn something every day. Continue teaching me composing and producing and stop dropping things ~!! Kim Namjoon is the awesome and the best looking.

Jungkook: To RM. you are sleeping behind me right now and you look very very handsome. please continue showing us your cool side <3

Hoseok’s rolling paper by the members

Namjoon: You are often like a horse, but you pull us like a horse. You are like an angel 1004-9 (sounds like “you’re like an angel” in Korean). the most professional. When I see you my heart feels at ease. you dress nicely. Your shoulders got bigger. You’re very neat. You work hard to make songs lately. The point of our choreography. Jung Hoseok <3 the 'seok’ that I like the most is? Kim Jiseok hyung <3 (making a joke about liking another actor with 'seok’ in his name)

Jin: Hoba, your existence guides/leads my path. you teach me dancing and if I’m about to go down the wrong path you yell at me. You are scary :( I’m sorry I was wrong :(

Yoongi: Your bright energy always gives us hope. I hope you always stay bright and hopeful.

Jimin: You are a cool hyung whether it’s on stage or off stage. you’re such a perfect roommate that people who use their bedrooms alone don’t make me jealous. Sometimes you’re really like an adult and sometimes you are such a silly hyung. You are a hyung that always goes shopping with me. you are a hyung that’s brighter than anyone but also a hyung that gets tired faster than anyone. you are a hyung that loves seafood that I can’t eat. you are a hyung that’s always always loud. You are a hyung that always makes fun of me but also tells me that I’m cool. let’s not be sick.

Taehyung: Hoseok hyung you are someone that makes me laugh. You are someone that gives me joy. you are a hyung that takes care of me. I’m always thankful and I love you. Our hope.

Jungkook: Hope hyung. You are always a bright energy! Thank you for always making the environment happy. I’m catching up to your producing!

Yoongi’s rolling paper by the members: 

Namjoon: I wish you would gain some strength. when I look at you sometimes, you really are good looking. You are often very attractive lately. Your body is very weak, you are like a grandpa. I don’t know since when but you started wearing only black clothing. You got a bit more tanned so you are like brown sugar now. Your music is cool. MinSuga who is important to BTS <3 The 'ga’ that I like the most is? Shim Chunga (an old Korean folk tale)

Jin: Yoongi-ah you are my roommate, even when we marry let’s live together and be roommates how is that? 

Hoseok: Suga hyung!! I always have a thankful heart towards you ~~ <3 <3 I am also thankful for the gift you gave me recently <3 <3 <3 I anticipate you hyung ~~<3 I will give you a birthday gift this time ~ !! <3

Jimin: It makes me happy seeing you laugh often. Always stay this way. Don’t faint when you get older and do extraneous activities. you are very attractive when you perform these days.

Taehyung: A hyung that is pretty doing many things, and smiling. Don’t be sick, always be healthy, and make only good memories. The best smile angel of the universe Min Yoongi hwaiting (cheering)

Jungkook: suga hyung. let’s go eat lamb skewers one day. let’s lose weight first though!!!

Jin’s rolling paper by the members

Namjoon: Your mental age is like 2.6 years old, but you love eating. When you drive, when you play the guitar, when you are good at things at times, you are the most attractive. Your age worth is -99999999 won. You are often cute. You were a lot more attractive when we debuted, but you are still good looking. Kim Seok-jin <3 the 'jin’ that I love the most is? Crane wing formation (in Korean)

Yoongi: Jin hyung please act your age … I’m joking. It’s fun seeing you so bright lately! Thank you!!

Hoseok: Jin hyung that I love. I’m so glad that you are the oldest hyung in our team ~~~ !! please act your age though!!~<3<3

Jimin: I’m thankful that you are you. You’re the funniest out of all of us. I think this often lately, but you’re really good looking. You’re also like an old man though … also like a child … also like a fool … also like an angel … Thank you hyung.

Taehyung: Jin hyung please come back to the time when you were good looking~!! Now *sigh* .. never mind .. I like you. also, hyung you match short hair a lot. everything Jin does is good. have strength always!

jungkook: Jin hyung … It’s so tiring stooping to your level but when I see you it’s so fun and joyful … please remain that way. Aja! Aja! hwaiting (cheering).

Cr rosoidai 
That took me like forever to write. Hope you enjoy it ^^ @mimibtsghost

from an autistic in The Real World

“in the Real World people won’t let you wear headphones or earplugs!”

yes they fucking will nobody gives a shit if you’re wearing earplugs.

“in the Real World you’ll never have a silent place to work!”

See point number 1. Also, libraries.

“in the Real World people aren’t going to always accommodate you!”

well maybe not in every life instance but in schools and work environments it’s literally illegal not to provide ADA accommodations so

“in the Real World you’re going to have to work with people you don’t know!”

hoooooo let me tell you right now that professional collaboration and bullshit school group projects don’t even sort of function the same way

“In the Real World you’re just going to have to deal with it!”

well the Real World doesn’t actively keep my personal coping tools away from me so dealing with it isn’t half as hard as dealing with you.

read-play-sing  asked:

Yesterday, you reblogged a post that bought into the false dichotomy of convenience food vs "hipster healthy" food. "Mom&pop healthy" is as cheap/cheaper than convenience food. Get a fridge. Most fresh foods keep 2 weeks if stored properly, make a weekly grocery trip to have no waste. Healthy eating means getting the nutrition you need and not going over the calories you need. Apples and hard-boiled eggs are both convenient and healthy. Learn to cook. You can be poor and eat healthy.

Aw, howdy, puddin’!

I am…

…reasonably middle class, which is a miracle for a full-time author.
…equipped of a fridge, a pantry, a chest freezer, and a working kitchen.
…capable of cooking for myself and others.

I am also…

…the daughter of a woman who raised three daughters on welfare.
…formerly homeless.
…a fat woman who has to fight not to slip back into disordered eating habits because of items #1 and #2.
…someone who goes to the grocery store multiple times a week.
…regularly furious about food waste in my own home when people refuse to eat their leftovers/help eat communal leftovers.

So let’s go.

The specific post I reblogged worked from the base premise that it is easier to eat, where “eat” is defined as “get sufficient calories to not feel hungry,” when you are not making a concerted effort to “eat healthy.”  It cited things like “a package of extremely filling oatmeal cookies for a dollar,” and “behold, ramen.”  Interestingly, it did not cite anything to support the “false dichotomy” you’re accusing me of supporting: for reference, here’s the link  http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/164447064675/heyatleastitsnotcancer-candygirl1997

(There is a cranky comment about non-GMO unicorn poop, but as hipsters don’t actually eat shit, that seems less “dichotomy,” and more “angry.”)

But hey, that seems suspiciously like people wanting other people to stop dictating their food choices and assuming they’re eating that way out of necessity, and not because they’re lazy.  That can’t be right!  We need someone who’s seen both sides!

And that’s why now, as someone who used to eat out of dumpsters, as someone who was lucky enough to be poor in farming country and hence have access to produce seconds (IE, bruised and ugly fruit that no one else wanted), as someone who is emotionally incapable of looking at meat before checking the discount meat bin at the grocery store, I am going to answer the question of whether it’s cheaper to eat healthy once and for all:

No.

No, it is not.

No, it is fucking not.

I live near an independently owned fruit market.  They have, regularly, red and gold potatoes for $.99 a pound.  They have big Idaho bakers for $.59 a pound.  These are some of the best potato prices I have ever seen.  Had we lived here when I was a kid, I would have eaten potatoes until I wept.  Assuming that potatoes are now the bulk of our diet, and that we’re only eating the cheap ones, that’s a pound of potatoes per person, per day, for a total of $2.40.  Call it $2.50, after tax.  We are now spending $75 a month on potatoes.  No butter or sour cream, because potatoes are already starchy as hell, and fuck taste, but we have potatoes!

Great.  Do we have a kitchen?  We didn’t, always.  For approximately 1/3rd of my childhood, this plan has us eating raw potatoes.  But let’s say sure.  We can cook our plain potatoes.  Say we cook them every night, and have hot potato for dinner, and then cold potato for breakfast.  Can’t eat the school lunch–pretty sure that’s not healthy enough.  So I guess we’ll buy and boil eggs.  You can boil eggs and potatoes in the same pot.

How many eggs do you give the starving, miserable eight-year-old to fill her up?  Ballpark figure?  Is it the same number you give her fourteen-year-old sister?  Is it the same number you take to your back-breaking physical labor job?  We’re ignoring the emotional and social impacts here, and just focusing on the cost.  So say three eggs each.  Maybe everyone’s hungry, but hey, it’s health food.

A dozen eggs is $2.00.  We are now spending $60 a month on eggs.  That’s $135 a month for a diet that is probably not making anyone happy, but hey, at least it’s all easy on the digestion, right?  And if you’re eating three eggs a day, even if you’re soloing this You Should Be Punished For Poverty diet, your eggs aren’t spoiling.  Assuming you have a fridge.

Hope you have a fridge.

Your children have now started going home with friends in hopes of being fed, but that’s okay, because it means you have fewer mouths to feed, and if you don’t want them to be taken away, you need to make sure they don’t get scurvy.  So we’re going to add milk ($3.50 a gallon, hope no one’s lactose intolerant, if you water it down and watch them like a hawk, you can survive on two gallons a week, which adds $28 to your grocery costs, good job) and apples.  Red delicious, of course, which taste like shame, but they’re cheap when the store has them…assuming you’re not in a food desert, where the only apples are coming from the 7-11 at a dollar apiece.

There are so many things we could be buying to make this feel less like a Dickens novel.  There’s baloney, and peanut butter, and generic mac and cheese.  But they’re not healthy.

Eating healthy is a privilege.  When I made a dedicated effort to change my eating habits, my grocery bills increased by 60%.  I have the receipts.  Not because I was buying “brand names”: because I was buying chicken breasts instead of whole chickens, because I was buying fresh instead of frozen, because I was learning to fill up on things other than chips.  That’s just the way we’ve allowed this country to structure our food.

Yes: allowed.  In England–which has its own problems, please don’t take this as me going YAY ENGLAND LAND OF PERFECTION–they have laws setting the prices that can be charged for “staples,” like chicken, and potatoes, and bread, and butter, and eggs, and milk.  It’s much easier to eat healthy there than it is here.

But here, it is a privilege.

And it ought to be a right.

Like A Boss: Writing A Resume

Resumes are possibly the hardest things you’ll ever write. Who knew one little page could be so problematic? Here are some of my tips on writing an effective resume: 

  1. The purpose of a resume is to get you an interview NOT a job!
  2. Formatting is HUGE! 
    1. You will want to use 1-inch margins all around (if you have a lot to fit use 0.5 margins all around).
    2. Do NOT use Microsoft word templates. Recruiters can spot these a mile away and most of them don’t scan well.
    3. Use bullet points instead of long block paragraphs.
    4. 12 pt Times New Roman is always a safe bet.
    5. Centered at the top should be your name in all caps with your city, state, zipcode | phone number | email underneath (this is for U.S.). 
    6. All your dates should be aligned to the right side of the document.
    7. Your sections should be in bold and should be: education, related academic experience (if applicable), work experience, volunteer experience, acknowledgements, skills. You can rearrange these sections depending on which you think are stronger. 
  3. Content is IMPORTANT 
    1. Use parallelism in your bullets. For example they should all begin with action verbs (think: managed, conducted, analyzed, derived, and so on). 
    2. Use similar wording to what they used in the job description. If in the job description they mention analytical skills 3 times your resume better say “developed analytical skills by…” somewhere.
    3. A good way to structure your bullet points is to start with what you did, followed by how you did it and ending with why you did it.
    4. If you don’t have much work experience you can totally use projects you have done in courses that directly relate to the job or internship you are applying to.
    5. CUSTOMIZE YOUR RESUME TO EACH JOB YOU APPLY TO!! 
  4. Printed Resumes
    1. Use nicer quality paper (think slightly heavier paper or paper with a higher cotton percentage). 
    2. Make sure the paper is not wrinkled or has any kind of damage to it. 
  5. NO TYPOS
    1. Recruiters receive many more resumes than they care to look at. Do NOT get tossed in the trash pile because of a simple typo. Read and reread your resume to make sure it is error free! 

If you want someone to give a quick once over to your resume feel free to send it my way! 

What I Learned From University

FIRST YEAR

  • Everyone is super friendly, especially in the first few weeks → Introduce yourself to the people sitting near you for the first few weeks of lectures. Everyone is looking for a friend or at least someone to talk to!!
  • If you commute, make that time productive → My bus ride was an hour there and back each day. It sucks but I would try to be productive for at least half of the commute. I have a post about being productive on public transport here.
  • On that note, stay on campus as long as possible each day → As soon as I got back home I would procrastinate every little thing. Stay in an already productive environment for as long as possible.
  • Maybe don’t buy your textbooks used → I thought I was being smart by buying used textbooks (most schools will have a buy and sell facebook page for textbooks). I ended up having to pay for access codes in order to do my online homework – access codes that cost ~$70 separately and came included with new textbooks anyways. Email your prof or talk to someone who has recently taken the class to find out if you need an access code. If you do, your best bet is to buy a new version of the textbook (unless you can get a seriously cheap used textbook).
  • Print off your timetable and find all of your classes before the first day → This helped me so much! I found exactly where all my classes were before the first day of class. I wrote down little tricks to help me remember where everything was (i.e. my calc lecture is in the arts and science building which is also where the only subway on campus is).
  • Don’t knock living at home to save money → If you’re lucky enough to have a college or university close to home at least consider living at home. Getting your own place or living in dorms is expensive. (But if you have to find off campus housing on your own, don’t leave it too late or you might not find a place)
  • Figure out the best way to take notes for each class → You have to customize the way you study for each class, all depending on the prof and the content. I hand-wrote notes for some classes (chem, calc, and physics), but not others (psych and bio). If you’re writing by hand you can always just annotate your textbook notes or lecture slides (if they’re posted before class). If you fall behind while taking notes, just leave a gap and check out a friend’s notes after class.
  • Adjust your expectations → Don’t expect to get straight A’s, like you might have in high school. You can strive for straight A’s but be realistic as time goes on. For classes I struggled with, I expected to be near the class average. If I was a lot lower than the class average then I would know to invest more time.
  • Make time for physical activity → If we’re being honest I hardly exercised during uni. Go for at least a half hour walk each day and try to start a physical activity routine. Get a friend and join a sports team, go to a fitness class, or commit to some form of a daily workout with them! You’ll feel bad bailing on someone else, plus working out is more fun with other people.
  • Review content throughout the semester → Reviewing little bits of content will save you a massive content review right before finals! Look through old notes while you wait for your daily coffee or take 15 minutes to watch some khan academy videos on stuff you learned in the first month of classes.
  • Think seriously about how much you can handle → Don’t take on too many responsibilities at once and consider all of your options! I worked weekends and some week nights throughout the school year. Looking back I should have worked less because my stress levels were way too high. Also, quite a few people I talked to took 4 classes instead of 5, for their first semester of university. I don’t think I would have done it, in the end, but it’s always something to consider.
  • Have fun but be responsible at parties → Always go to parties with people you trust!! If you didn’t do much partying/drinking during high school (like me), remember to pace yourself when drinking! Eat before you go out and have some water between each drink, till you find your limit. Don’t let yourself be peer-pressured into anything but also don’t be afraid to have fun! And check out if your uni has a safe walk program (someone will come and walk you back to your dorm or your car if you feel unsafe or nervous for any reason)
  • When procrastination hits, aim to be productive in some way → The only reason my biology mark was so high was because I would study biology whenever I got sick of studying for physics and calculus. If you know you need to study but just can’t do it, start by being productive in some other way – study a subject you do like, do your laundry, organize your study area, etc. Get your brain to start thinking productively.
  • Labs are difficult so be prepared → I had so many labs first year. Some tips: eat and hydrate before labs, never assume you can finish your prelab last minute, be nice to your lab partner, always remember lab safety (don’t be the person trying to wear shorts in the lab, TAs will not hesitate to kick you out), don’t rush through an experiment but be efficient, and ask for help (even if you feel like you’re bothering your TA).
  • Please go to bed early. Sleep affects everything → I was so dumb and would never go to bed early even though I had to be up at 6 am almost every day to catch the bus. Lack of sleep will catch up to you eventually!! Also, all nighters are not necessary, unless you make them necessary. I prioritized and never had to stay awake too late. And never pull an all nighter the night before an exam (you’re better off getting sleep and resting your brain).
  • Bring a water bottle everywhere → Buy a decent water bottle and always carry it with you. Even though my uni is small there are still tons of spots around campus where I can refill my water bottle!! Stay hydrated my friends!
  • A practice problem a day keeps the F away → This saying probably works best for science classes, but I guess a reading a day will get you somewhere too. Do something for every class each day, even if it’s just a practice problem or a quick reading. Develop a routine!
  • You’ll have lots of midterms → I was under the impression that midterms happened just once a semester (I thought I would have one week where I had a midterm for each class). That was not my reality. I had 2 or 3 midterms for each of my classes scattered throughout the semester. Study really hard for your first set of midterms till you get used to the high expectations!
  • Don’t worry about what other people are doing or thinking → This is mostly in regards to social media. I was bummed when I looked back on my first year of university, because I felt like I hadn’t done anything fun compared to other people. You only see the image that other people want you to see. You don’t know how hard someone worked or how hard they didn’t work. Just focus on you and how you can affect positive results in your life.
  • Other people literally don’t care about your appearance → My friend’s little sister visited campus and asked us “Why is everyone wearing sweatpants?” People literally don’t care. Dress nice and put lots of makeup on one day, because you feel like it, and wear sweats the next day.
  • Start essays and reports as soon as possible → You never know what might come up so be prepared for the worst! Outline your essay or graph your data as soon as you can.
  • Eat healthy and do meal prep → You can eat healthy during university! Set aside a couple of nights each week to do meal prep. Cook food in bulk to save money and don’t eat out too much. Try to have at least 1 serving of fruits or veggies with each meal or snack you eat!
  • Find a good study spot on campus → Explore your campus and figure out your favourite places to study. I had a couple of spots where I would always meet my friends to study and quiet spots where no one would bother me. Studying outside or in an area with natural light is always good.
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to your profs and TAs → This is the number one thing I’m going to try to do more of in my second year. TAs are chill to talk to and they can tell you tons of useful information on what upper year classes are like, which professors are good, why they chose to go to grad school, etc. If you’re struggling in lectures or labs, talk to your prof or TA! Make an appointment and be sure you can tell them exactly which concepts you’re struggling with or at least where you got lost. One of my profs told us he just waits hopefully during office hours for someone to come in. (Also profs love it if you ask them about their research or any topics they seem passionate about during lectures.)
  • Explore all the resources your university has to offer → My university has a program that is basically people bringing their dogs around for students to pet, in order to relieve stress. It actually works and gave me something to look forward to! Just be aware of your options so that if something in your life changes you know where you can go to ask for help.
  • Get a planner and utilize it → There’s no excuse not to have a planner of some sort. Use your phone, get a bullet journal, or buy a cheap planner. Have somewhere where you can record important deadlines and make to do lists. I also recommend back planning all of your studying at the beginning of the semester. Write down your midterms and finals dates and write down how much you’re going to study each day leading up to the exam. This way you’ll be able to look ahead at each month and figure out what needs to be done (i.e. getting an essay done early because the due date falls during a busy week of midterms)

This post ended up being a lot longer than I expected whoops. Take the things I said into consideration but remember that everyone’s experience will be different. Good luck to everyone heading to university!


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[translation] SMTOWN JAPAN OFFICIAL UPDATE 2017.08.18 - NCT

Johnny -> Chicago’s long legs. Chicago’s representative physicals!!
Taeyong -> A girl ♡ Dainty and must be treated with a lot of care ♡
Doyoung -> Broad shoulders! Cute guy with broad shoulders and he speaks well~
Jaehyun -> White! He does everything diligently. A cute boy with a fair skin~ ♡
Mark -> Hard-worker. No matter when he’s at full force!
Ten -> Happy. Even if he’s far away I get his happy energy. A cute boy whose smile is his charm
Jeno -> Very polite, good mannered, cool Jeno. Manliest of men ♡
Jisung -> Dancing Machine! The ever so free and my pace NCT’s maknae.
Chenle -> Mischievous kid. He’s mischievous no matter where he is.
Renjun -> Renjun who sings and dances well~ ^^
Haechan -> ☀︎ He’s not afraid of anything. A mood maker who listens well.
Winwin -> A fearless 9 year old. Cute ~~^^
Yuta -> YUTA. I love your comedy

Johnny’s ???????? please infer them yourselves..

Johnny -> Gentleman
Taeil -> An adult Crayon Shinchan
Doyoung -> My bro
Jaehyun -> My bro
Mark -> NCT’s swagger MARK!
Ten -> Dancing Machine
Jeno -> Our serious Jeno
Jisung -> Our maknae
Chenle -> Cute CHENLE!
Renjun -> Refreshing!
Haechan -> HAECHAN the Moodmaker who has become mature.
Winwin -> Innocent number 1
Yuta -> Friend from Osaka~

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FULL MASTERLIST

everything all together for you all, arranged newest first - oldest last

* = over 500 notes      ** = over 1000 notes

C H A P T E R E D   F I C S :

ONGOING:

Yours  *

CHAPTER ONE

CHAPTER TWO

CHAPTER THREE

Welcome To Fucking Hell - Paranormal AU

ALL CHAPTERS


The Plan - Spy AU *

ALL CHAPTERS

Experiment 17 - Halsey/5SOS AU

ALL CHAPTERS


S M U T :

Three/Four/Fivesomes:

FIVESOME • Help? PART ONE - PART TWO **

CAKE • We Need To Talk About Luke     NEW

CASHTON • baby, the loveliest angels make the cruelest demons **

MALUM • My Master and Mistress - Sub!Cal+Master!Michael **

MUKE • Good Girls - PrisonConvict!Muke AU **

MASHTON • Mix-Up PART ONE - PART TWO - PART THREE **

Ashton:

3am PART ONE - PART TWO - PART THREE *

The Waiter: Stripper!5SOS Series **

Yayo Daddy PART ONE - PART TWO - PART THREE - Greaser!Ash AU **

Candy Canes - Daddy!Ash **

Get Out *

Jawbreaker - Hockey!Ash AU *

Werewolf!Ashton - Halloween!5SOS Series **

I Missed You

Mr Irwin - Teacher!5SOS Series **

Wanna Bet PART ONE - PART TWO **

Charity Shop

Table Tennis - Sub!Ash

Outside? *

Home Alone

Calum:

Single - BadBoy!Cal AU *

Shameless **

Pacify Her - Jock!Cal AU **

The Policeman: Stripper!5SOS Series *

The Master’s Encounter - 1920s AU **

Fuck! - Dom!Cal **

Different? - Sub!Cal *

Ghost!Calum PART ONE - PART TWO - Halloween!5SOS Series **

Mr Hood - Teacher!5SOS Series **

Wet Dreams **

Pizza

Luke:

The Boss: Stripper!5SOS Series **

The Laundromat Debacle **

Bad Girl **

Fuck Good Guys **

DarkAngel!Luke - Sequel Teaser - Halloween!5SOS Series **

Mr Hemmings - Teacher!5SOS Series **

Kiss Me PART ONE - PART TWO PART THREE /UNFINISHED/ *

Pranks **

Handcuffed *

Michael:

Caught In A Web PART ONE - PART TWO - Criminal!Mikey *

The Firefighter: Stripper!5SOS Series **

Good Boy/Good Girl - Switch!Mikey **

I Made Breakfast **

Demon!Michael PART ONE - PART TWO - Halloween!5SOS Series **

Truth *

Mr Clifford - Teacher!5SOS Series **

Nerf Wars *

Beginners Luck

House Party

Camping *

Shawn Mendes (NEW!) :

It’s Always The Quiet Ones *

Text AUs:

1. You Want To Leave A Social Situation But Luke Doesn’t Catch On As To Why *

2. You and Ashton struggle to contain your urges for each other when he’s away - light Daddy!Kink *

Blurbs/Imagines/Preferences/AUs:

4/4 His Orgasm Face (Visuals) **

4/4 Song Request: Rejects//5SOS - BadBoy!5SOS *

4/4 How They React To Your Nipple Piercings *

4/4 How They Dirty Talk

How Ashton Reacts When You Squirt - Daddy!Kink *

Ashton Gets Over Protective - Daddy!Kink *

Ashton Fingers You With The Boys In The Next Room - Daddy!Kink *

What Ashton Is Like In Bed *

What Calum Is Like In Bed

Car Sex With Calum

What Luke Is Like In Bed *

Luke Tries To Teach You Guitar - Teacher!Kink *

What Michael Is Like In Bed **

The ‘Guess The Body Part Challenge’ with Youtuber!Michael

Mikey Fingers You In Public *

Hooking Up with BadBoy!Michael In School - Highschool!AU

Submitted:

Caught Wet Handed - Luke Hemmings smut by sweetpotatoeypie

Mistletoe - Luke Hemmings smut by stvllermuke

Galaxies - blind!Michael Clifford smut by icecxve

Camp Counselor AU - Michael Clifford smut by highmaintancelowquality

Lap Dance - Any Boy smut by a-love-like-clifford

Vibrations - deaf!Michael Clifford smut by icecxve

Kitten - Michael Clifford smut by ought-to-be-studying

F L U F F / O T H E R:

Ashton:

My Boyfriend Does My Makeup

Song Imagine: Screen//twenty one pilots - Punk!Ash

Calum:

Calum Loves You & Your Piercings

Airplanes - Army!Calum AU *

Soulmate AU *

Au Naturel *

Drop Dead Hood - Calum Smut Teaser

It’s Always Been You

Luke:

Soulmate AU *

Amnesia *

Wherever You Are

Michael:

Soulmate AU

WEAR CONDOMS (includes kissing) *

Drunk and Snuggly

Unpredictable

Text AUs:

1. Calum Decides What He Wants For His Birthday *

Blurbs/Imagines/Preferences/AUs:

Numbered Blurb Masterlist (4/4)


4/4 Elemental!5SOS AU *
4/4 Demi/GreekGod!5SOS AU *
4/4 Hogwarts!5SOS AU *
4/4 Divergent!5SOS AU *
Merman!5SOS AU / Pirate!ATL AU
4/4 HighSchoolAU
4/4 Daddy!5SOS First Day Of Kids’ High School *
4/4 You’re Shorter Than Him *
4/4 You’re Tall
4/4 You’re Feeling Sad And He Cheers You Up
4/4 Song Request: Do I Wanna Know // Arctic Monkeys
4/4 They Say I Love You For The First Time
4/4 You Are Good With Fans Even Though You’re Nervous
4/4 You’re Pregnant MASHTON - CAKE
4/4 How You First Meet
4/4 Your Favourite Song To Listen To With Each Other
4/4 Fighting And Making Up *
(Any) You’re Sick And He Came To Look After You
Honeymoon Mini Series: Ashton
Dating Ashton Would Include… **
Meeting Ashton At The Airport
Ashton Wants To Cuddle But You’re Busy
Ashton And You Meet At A Halloween Party
Daddy!Calum + Daddy!Luke
Honeymoon Mini Series: Calum
Dating Calum Would Include… **
Calum Left You And Your Baby, But Wants To Be Part Of Your Life Now
Calum Catches You Singing
Honeymoon Mini Series: Luke
Dating Luke Would Include… **
Luke Goes Shopping With You
Luke Watches Your YouTube Videos And You Meet At Vidcon *
The Boys See Love Bites On Your Neck And Tease Luke **
Luke Accidentally Chains His Bike To Yours *
Tutor!Luke
Honeymoon Mini Series: Michael
Dating Michael Would Include… **
Pumpkin Carving With Michael
You’ve Been Raped Before And Tell Your Boyfriend Michael (TW)
BadBoy!Michael Being Whipped For You *
Stargazing/Rooftop Snuggles With Michael
Michael Asks You To A Dance

Submitted:

Rainy Days With Calum (blurb)

One Last Dance - Michael Imagine

Can’t Pin Me Down

- Calum Imagine by

@dreamingof5sauce


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Jimin is always getting random af texts in early hours of the morning from an unkown number, he soon finds out it’s the most popular (bad) boy in school, Jeon Jungkook. 1/?

alright fellas this is my first social media AU so feedback would be amazing <3

Masterlist

Figured this may help if you like my writing. Requests are open.

Smut = **
Requested = ~

5 Seconds of Summer

25 Days of Christmas
Because Christmas is my favorite holiday

Michael Clifford:
The Other Hemmings ( Part 1 **  /  ~ Part 2 )
Broken Home ( Part 1 ** / Part 2 ** / )
The Bet ( Part 1 / )
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Insecure
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Coming Out (Dad!Michael)
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  The Setup (Virgin!Michael)

Ashton Irwin:
Opposites Attract
(Virgin!Ash)**
Who Did This
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Daddy’s Birthday
(Dad!Ashton)
You Can’t Sleep (Part 1 / Part 2)
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Rumors (Hockey!Ashton)
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Bun Head
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Oh, Princess (Daddy!Ashton)**
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Mr. Irwin (Teacher!Ashton) **
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Jealousy **
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Number Three (Dad!Ashton)
Table for One
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Never Have I Ever (Virgin!Ash)**

Luke Hemmings:
Birthday Surprise
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Partition
**
Bad, Good Boy

The Birthday Boy (Part 1 ** / ~ Part 2**)
No Promises
**
The Wedding

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Needy (Dad!Luke)
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Don’t Hurt Yourself (Part 1 / Part 2)
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Closer
Long Night

Calum Hood:
Pre-Wedding Jitters
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I Have to Pee
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Football Lessons ( Part 1 / Part 2  / Part 3**)
Jealousy’s a Great Look on You
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Broken Promises (Dad!Calum)
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The Back Room **
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Roommates **
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Video Games **

FanFiction
Ashton Irwin:
Brother’s Best Friend

Luke Hemmings:
The Other Girl

Nathan Adrian:
Hey Stranger

Gang!5SOS

Threesome:
Cashton
:
Let’s Go Camping**
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Netflix and Chill**

Cake
We Had a Deal**

Muke
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Caught **

Malum
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Skinny Dipping **

Fivesome:
Challenge me - 5SOS **

Preferences

They Help Your Boyfriend Propose 
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He Finds Out You’re Ticklish
5SOS Preference Series

Blurbs

Blurb Night
9/5/16

Michael Clifford
~ Listen Baby Girl

Nathan Adrian
~
“I think I’m in love with you, and I’m terrified.”
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“They always make shower sex sound so appealing, but honestly it seems quite dangerous.”
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“If he’s going to treat you like shit I’m going to kick his ass.”
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“Please, don’t give up on me.”
“My parents asked about you.”

Other

Nathan Adrian:
~ Stormy Weather
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He Can’t Love You Like I Do (Part 1** / Part 2**)
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I Told You So
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Poolside Adventures  (Part 1** / Part 2**)
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Unwanted Surprises (Part 1 / Part 2)
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Age is Just a Number
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Surprise *
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Thank You for Loving Me **

Smutty Masterlist

A collection of my favorite smuts that I’ve read.

23 June 2017 || 

Hi!

Over the last few semesters, I developed my own system of revising for exams. I’m a visual learner and writing things down in an organised way helps me loads. I posted pictures of my exam notes several times before (here, here, here, here) and I use this format for basically every class that requires an exam instead of an essay - so far: calculus 1, real analysis, maths education, english literature, and teaching german as a second language. Many people really liked this format, so here’s a step-by-step guide on how I do it! 

1. Supplies

I use:

  • blank A4 paper
  • one sheet of A4 grid paper 
  • a black gel pen by Kyocera (you can use any pen, but it should have a somewhat fine tip and should dry easily)
  • Stabilo fine liners point88 (one or two matching colours per class)
  •  a set square (imo that works better than a ruler)
  • a Faber-Castell 0.7 Grip 1347 pencil in 2B (you can use any pencil you like, but it should be HB or 2B because you need to erase it later)
  • lecture notes/slides, class notes, homework, basically any info that is necessary for the exam

2. Setup

  1. Place the grid paper underneath the blank one. Make sure it doesn’t move when you write (if necessary, use paperclips to hold it in place). 
  2. Draw margins and aid lines (in pencil - you’ll erase these later). Measure them out so they’ll be the same on every sheet. I usually do approximately 1cm margins left, right, and bottom, 2.5cm margin at the top for title and subheading, and three columns: left one with a width of 6cm, middle one with 5cm, right one with 6cm and 0.5cm blank space between them. (The grid paper underneath will help.) You can also only make two columns - four columns is gonna be very hard though because that won’t leave you with much space. 
  3. Every time you have a list, bullet points, step-by-step guides etc, indent the bullets by another 0.5cm (draw another aid line for this). If you have sub-bullets, indent them another 0.5cm and so on. 
  4. I use colours for bullet points (the actual points /arrows /numbers/ whatever), important names, something that I’m defining, subheadings, and important dates. 

3. Content

  1. Start writing your notes. Make them as condensed as you possibly can without leaving important points out. I try to go for one A4 page per lecture (aka around 28 powerpoint slides or more on one page), but sometimes I’ll also end up with two.
  2. Use abbreviations for words you use a lot, e.g. “+” for “and”, “p.” for “problem”, “str.” for “strategies”, “lit.” for “literature” etc. 
  3. You can absolutely include important diagrams/graphs etc. Either print them out in the size you need or draw them by hand and in the colours you need. If it doesn’t fit in one column, spread it out over two columns and continue the separated columns underneath/above. 
  4. Make your bullet points mean something. Use numbers, arrows, flags, lowercase letters, uppercase letters, dots - each can have a different meaning. Are you writing something where the order is important       (numbers)? Are you giving examples (dots)? Are you mentioning separate important key points (flags)? 
  5. I wrote my last summary page for maths education today and stopped the time - I needed 50 minutes for one lecture with 27 slides (new material because I hadn’t been there), including a small chocolate break. 

4. Final Touches

  • Check if the ink has dried. Check again. 
  • Carefully erase the pencil aid lines with a good eraser. make sure you don’t wrinkle the paper (unless you don’t care about that sort of stuff haha)
  • If you want to, you can highlight key words (or whatever you like). 
  • Number your pages if you’ll write several. I always write down the number of the lecture (session 1, session 2 etc) in the subheading. 
  • Optional, but I do it: Make a copy of your sheet that you carry around with you. Nothing is as frustrating as spilling coffee over your revision sheets. Put the original in a plastic sleeve and keep it in a folder or binder somewhere, and study/revise only with the copy. Especially useful if you have others quizzing you with your summaries and they don’t care if they rip/wrinkle/ruin them lmao 

I hope this was somewhat informative! You can tweak it of course, depending on what class you have and what will be on the exam. I hope you’re having a nice weekend! :) 

You’re losing hope, I can tell. You breathe out in ways that trees do right before baby birds fall to their death. I’m not trying to say that you’re the bird, you see, I’m trying to say that you’re the tree. And even though I’m the one that does all the leaving, my roots are tangled with yours, I promise. When I look across the miles you’re the lone star in a nights sky and I wish I could pull the distance away with my bare hands but I can’t. I didn’t mean to leave you stranded out at sea. I want to run with you along the seaside until our lungs cave in. If only chests could open I’d scoop all that feels good out of me and put it in your palms, I wish I could liquify happy and push it through your skin because it’s dark without it sometimes and you don’t see how great you could be. I’m learning ways to mix light with dark and it’s taking time but you’re helping me through. You’re moonlight in the shadows and I don’t know what I’d do without you. Sometimes I know it’s like you’re stuck behind clouds and I know I feel unreachable because I’m selfish and I’m wrapped up in so much sunlight I’m losing sight of things I used to see. You don’t need to be like me, you need to be so much YOU that there’s no time to be anyone else, you need to be so much you that no one can stop you. You need to find a place where sunshine curls can shine gold again, somewhere where we can laugh ourselves into trouble. It’s here, I promise you it’s here, we just need to find it.

Something I need you to know part 2

30 Day Seiyuu Challenge!!!

Day 3: A seiyuu you’d watch anything in

Originally posted by kanozuzu

(✿ꈍ。 ꈍ✿) My Tomoaki….So handsome! Beside Shouta, I ALWAYS watch what’s he’s in. No matter what. His deep voice…He’s acting in BL Drama CD’s and Singing… If I had to pick my ideal man, He is number 1!

Noticeable Anime:

Originally posted by taetime

Kō Yukina (Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi)

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Camus-sama!!! (Utapri)

Originally posted by cherrybelleanime

Natsume Asahina (Brothers Conflict)

Originally posted by shouyos-s

Haru Kaidou (Super Lovers)

Originally posted by ambercoloreddream

Kousuke Ooshiba (Hitorijime My hero)


He’s the BL Prince and you can’t tell me otherwise!

Originally posted by frozenfortune

Please Buy the Korra Comic

Hate being a shill. Cause I’m all for reading scans of comics online. But I would like to provide a little lesson on comics for those not in the know. Comics are probably the shakiest form of entertainment media. Movies video games, music all mainstream sorts of properties expect to push numbers in the millions. Remember a few years back when Square Enix said the tomb raider reboot under preformed when selling “only” 5 million copies in the opening weeks?

Comics are another story entirely. I’m using numbers from last December, but know that they’re pretty standard. The top selling issue last December was Justice League: Suicide Squad at 179,000 issues sold. The rest of the top ten sellers average about 100,000 with # 10 selling 85,000. When we get down to #100 in the top sellers list, we’ve fallen t0 27,000. And below the top one hundred sellers, issues take a nose dive with #200 selling just 8,000 copies. More people will see a movie in the theater in my city in one day then pick up that comic.

And here’s the thing. Of those top 100, sellers, over a third of them were number #1 issues. It’s a sad truth in comics, that the highest selling issue will almost always be the first of a series. After that, it is a guaranteed loss. A series will sell progressively less and less issues as time goes on. You know the saying? Two things in life are certian, death and taxes. Well a third could be comics sell less and less as they go.

Now, Last Airbender, seems do have done well for itself. But I would like to stress how vital it is that the people who are interested in a comic, go out to read it. Fans of the Legend of Korra we know what it’s like to be screwed by the executive’s and studios. If dark horse see’s the numbers of the Korra comics dip, or not meet their expectations, they may not hesitate to end the series. The folks in charge, aren’t dumb. Sites like tumblr show the following of any given IP, and they will expect to get a reasonably large following for this series. 

So please. I beg of thee fans! Do not, wait for the scans of the pages to appear on the internet. If you are able, buy the series when it comes out. If you are unable to because of money reasons, try to spread the awareness for the series. Do what you can. Show the moneyed powers that we care and that this series will be loved with a fanbase devoted enough to make it worth their while to keep the series alive for years to come. I made a post about this awhile ago, but it is a dream of mine to ten years from now look on my bookshelf and see five or more omnibus’s of the Legend of Korra. I’m thirsty for that dork and her engineer and friends and I know thousands of others are too. So to be cheesy, YOU HAVE THE POWER. KEEP KORRA GOING!!!

I Give Up - part 28 FINAL (A Baekhyun Series)

“The pictures are out.”

Those four words held so much power. You felt a definite tremor inside your chest as you watched Baekhyun’s face closely. He had looked up into your eyes when he said it and his hand gripped his phone. It jumped around as he waited for something to load, staring down at the small screen with his eyes darting around and his bottom lip held tightly between his teeth.

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How To Be A Good Med Student In The Clinical Years

A doctor once told me that the best instrument we have is medicine is the retrospectoscope.  Basically he was saying that often it is easier to make sense of things when looking back from the vantage point of the future.  This is true of life too.  After being an intern for two months I suddenly understand what things make for a strong med students, and what things do not.  Unfortunately, I feel like I lacked many of the qualities that would have made me a helpful med student.  Though I cannot rectify my own mistakes, perhaps I can pass my advice on to future generations of third and fourth year medical students.  I now present, how to be a good clinical med student:

  1. Show up.  This seems obvious.  When you are there to work, then be there to work.  It is so frustrating when medical students are mysteriously absent all the time (only to be found later in the cafe or cafeteria) or when they are there but totally disinterested in what is going on.  I understand that sometimes as a medical student things get slow - like when the interns are putting in orders and notes or when there is a slow call day.  But at least bring something to read.  Don’t play Pokemon Go.  Don’t spend all day on Uworld.  Make an effort to learn real clinical medicine.
  2. Take initiative to learn.  When I was a third year I would wander the hospital to find learning opportunities.  I made friends with the telemetry nurses and they started a folder of good tele strips to give me each day.  I would go to other teams and see if their patients had good exam findings.  I found the cardiology fellows and asked if they had good patients with murmurs.  There is so much learning that can happen if you are willing to experience it.  Now, referring back to number 1, make sure you always let your residents know where you are.  Personally, I would be ecstatic if my students went to hunt down murmurs rather than playing Pokemon Go. 
  3. Read your patient’s chart.  This can be very helpful and will make you look like a star.  Residents are busy taking admissions and sometimes don’t have the time to hunt down records that are three and four years old.  You can stand out by doing that  Look at a patient’s past hospital notes or their specialty clinic notes.  For example, you might be able to alert the resident that an old echocardiogram demonstrated a below normal ejection fraction, which in turn might change how much fluid the patient is given.  Or perhaps you found that during a hospitalization in the past the patient became delirious and needed a one-to-one sitter.  Find ways to add information in a helpful, non-prescriptive, non-judgmental way.  I guarantee your reviews will benefit.
  4. Read about your patient’s condition.  Even if you just browse Medscape, UpToDate, or some other curated source, make sure you understand the basics of your patient’s primary diagnosis.  If they are there for heart failure, read over the basics of treatment.  If they have autoimmune hepatitis look up some info on diagnosis and prognosis.  These things will get noticed, especially when you ask intelligent questions on rounds.  Do not be like a med student I had who, when asked, reported for 4 straight days that he had not read about his patient’s disease.  He instead responded he was too busy with Uworld so he would get a good shelf score.
  5. See your patients.  I literally had students who, on rounds, tried to present without actually having seen the patient in the morning.  This is a huge no-no.  Get to work early enough to see your patients, review their labs, and their overnight events.  
  6. Practice your presentations.  Even if it is on your own or with other medical students, spend time working on your presentation skills.  Heck, even ask the residents to watch you.  I would be happy to do that for any of my students.  Unfortunately, none have taken me up on that offer and instead bumble through their presentation each day making the same mistakes.  By the end of medical school you need to be able to make a good presentation. 
  7. Spend time working on note writing.  Compare your notes to your residents’, your attendings’, and the specialists’.  Everyone has a different style.  Look at lots of notes to determine a style for yourself.  
  8. Forget all the step 1 stuff you learned.  I find many students perseverate on the terrible stereotypes and patterns they see on step 1.  Not all black people with cough have sarcoidosis.  Not every patient with acute kidney injury needs urine eosinophils.  These are good associations, but realize that step 1 has little overlap with real clinical medicine.  Take those associations with a grain of salt. 
  9. Don’t just look for zebras.  I cannot tell you how many times students opt not to follow a patient because the case “doesn’t seem that interesting.”  The majority of medicine is made up of mundane and common diseases such as heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, cirrhosis, etc.  It is pretty rare to get the exciting cases, like disseminated histoplasmosis or a crazy paraneoplastic syndrome.  A lot of learning can happen on cases that are “bread and butter” medicine.  Make sure you follow those cases too. 
  10. Be gentle to your interns/residents.  The transition from 4th year to being a doctor is swift and brutal.  It is easy to criticize when you aren’t the one taking 5 admits.  Find ways to help your intern/resident, because in return they will help you.  I learned this lesson the hard way my 4th year, when I unintentionally threw an intern under the bus while trying to look smart.  Afterwards she took me aside and reminded me that she controlled much of my fate while I was a student under her.  I learned my lesson and we went on to become very good friends.

The clinical years of medical school are daunting.  You constantly feel like a tap dancing monkey, trying to impress people you barely have time to get to know.  But personally, I am not looking for someone who knows everything about everything.  That’s why you are in school.  The best thing you can get out of third and fourth year is how to do a good history and physical, how to write good notes, and how to triage patients.  The best students are interested, willing to learn, and know their patients well.  If you keep that in mind, the clinical years are much simpler.  I promise, if you follow your patients you will learn much more than just doing qbank questions.   

Best of luck on your clinical rotations.  Don’t make things too complicated.  At the end of the day have fun, treat your patients right, and keep an open mind.  The learning will happen whether you recognize it or not.

Shutting Down and Rebooting the Chakras

To begin with, let me say this isn’t literally shutting down your chakras. Shutting them down would mean dying.

However, each of our chakras run on a kind of affirmation or feeling. For example, people with type A personalities in high-powered jobs tend to have an overactive solar plexus chakra. They are full of energy and purpose but they derive it all from the job. That energy and purpose is dependent on job performance. This is why when people lose their jobs or experience unexpected career shifts, they find themselves in this terrible powerless place.

Their chakras were running on these shallow affirmations and aspirations. Because of that, their flow of energy was subject to the whim of samsara.

Booting down the chakras, therefore, means dropping your samsaric affirmations. After that, you boot up using dharmic affirmations. The difference between a samsaric affirmation and a dharmic affirmation is that a samsaric affirmation is subject to impermanence whereas a dharmic affirmation is not.

An example would be love. Some people depend on having a boyfriend or girlfriend in order to feel loving and loved. This means your heart chakra opens with this person and closes with their absence. This is why breakups can be so hard; love suddenly just vanishes. That is a samsaric affirmation of the heart.

A dharmic affirmation of the heart is to Love. The truth is that it doesn’t matter whether or not someone loves you. Because you don’t feel the love. If you are full of confusion, ignorance, and hate, no matter how much love is poured your way, it cannot touch you.

But if you are loving, if you love just to love, and open your heart to the present moment despite whatever it may contain, then that love depends on nothing. It fluctuates on nothing. Endless and powerful and rooted, this love will endure lifetimes.

The affirmations:

Shutting Down:

7: I am not uniting with a higher power.

6: I am not having special or unique thoughts.

5: I am not expressing my ego’s reactions.

4: I am not seeking love from anything else.

3: I am not executing my agenda.

2: I am not led by lust.

1: I am not consuming to justify my existence.

Booting Up:

1: I am here because the earth wants me here.

2: I am purposeful divine art.

3: I am what determines the world I live in.

4: I am love.

5: I am always a sincere expression of the moment.

6: I am honest with reality and observe without judgment.

7: I am Being.

Each number corresponds to a chakra. You start at the highest chakra, the crown, and work your way down. Then you start at the bottom and work your way up. Do this while sitting with back straight or lying down. Combine it with visuals of each chakra.

When done right, this is a solid wake up call to remember that we draw the energy of our existence from the cosmos itself and nowhere else.

Namaste.