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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Work Space

I know it's Halloween, but I have so much work to do. There's a ton of college deadlines tomorrow (help me) and my teachers are throwing tons of work my way...classic. So I'm trying to spruce up my own desk lately, but I'm obsessed with some of the following ones, courtesy of Pinterest...



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Guardian Angels

Last night, I was on my way home from practice and I got in a wreck. It wasn't too bad, nobody got hurt. Basically, traffic stopped suddenly and I just didn't hit my brakes in time. I rear-ended the car in front of me. Fortunately, the man I hit was fine and I am too.
We called the police and they came to do the accident evaluation and then I called the insurance company when I got home. When I got off the phone, I was talking to my mom and she told me that my guardian angel must have been watching over me, because that wreck could have been so much worse. The front part of my car could have crunched up and smashed my windshield, thus injuring me, or the man in front of me could have slammed his head into his steering wheel and died. It could've been so much worse.
I'm not really one to advocate for guardian angels or anything wildly spiritual, but after last night, I don't think it was just plain luck that kept me safe. I had trouble sleeping last night because that moment I knew I was going to crash kept replaying in my head. That feeling where my stomach dropped, my eyes got wide, and everything in my passenger seat (water bottle, groceries, phone, etc) flew forwards and slammed into the dashboard. And when I actually hit his car I wanted to throw up.
Fortunately, the man I hit was actually very kind, and while we were waiting for the police, he was trying to talk to me about school to get my mind off of it. I was obviously very shaken up, and he was trying to help me calm down.
I suppose that even though my insurance is about to skyrocket, I would so much rather pay for the damage I did to his car than pay for the guilt that would have come with him getting hurt. But, there was no way I just got lucky yesterday. My mom was right - I must have had something or somebody watching over me.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Beauty Brag

Being a swimmer, I have incredibly dry skin. Chlorine is so drying, and I already have sensitive skin on top of that. But, I have found one of the best drug store products out there to combat the "Swimmer Skin" - Aveeno Skin Relief. I have the body lotion and the hand creme and I use them every single day...sometimes multiple times. It has a little bit of anti-itch medicine in it, it's fragrance free, and even though it's made for overnight use, it's just so glorious that I use it all of the time
I would HIGHLY recommend this lotion. It is a life saver for sensitive skin, promise. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hectic.

This week is already insane and it's only Monday.
Besides homework out the wazoo, it's Halloween, my last home football game ever, I have the SAT, dinner with my boyfriend's parents, and a powderpuff football game to play. And that's not even counting my schoolwork and swimming. Oh, and college.
I'm running on coffee and good friends.
I really owe them a lot of credit. I have some really amazing friends and I honestly would not survive GPS without them. They always know just when to crack an inappropriate joke that will have me bust out laughing or when to give me the pep talk that I need.







Friday, October 25, 2013

MEET DAY!

It's meet day! We'll be heading up to Northeast Tennessee today to race against one of the best teams in the state. It's going to be intense! We beat them in our dual meet last year, but then they beat us at state. Plus, I'm anchoring the 200 Free Relay. Help.
I'm getting kinda nervous to be honest. I really want to do well and represent my team.
It's also the Pink Meet, or the meet where we wear pink and contribute donations for Breast Cancer.
Bruiser Bear (the unofficial swim team mascot) is all ready to go.
Go Blue!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

November 1st

November 1 is upon us.
1 week until this notorious deadline for college applications. I, along with thousands of other senior across the country, are all running around trying to finish applications before next Friday.
I have decided not to do early decision. Even though I am fairly certain of where I want to go to school next year, I just can't muster up the courage to click "submit" and be bound by contract to go to this school if I get in.
So I'm going to wait.
I'll do Early Action (which is not binding) instead, and take a deep breath.
It'll all be fine. I will go to college. Right?


PS November 1st also marks 6 months with my boyfriend, John :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Stress.

This week is already insane. Last night, my English teacher assigned us 5 chapters of reading, a packet to read, a paper to write (a research paper at that), and a test. All for today. Needless to say, he isn't my favorite person right now. But, stress is just part of school. Over my years at GPS, I've learned a couple ways to combat the constant pressure swarming around me…

1. Go outside.
Even if it's a nasty day, you'll feel a little better with some fresh air for a few minutes.

2. Get a snack.
I'm not condoning stress eating (even though I'll admit sometimes I do it), but a little break to refuel is usually pretty helpful.

3. Talk it out. 
Call your friend. Call your mom. Talk to your dog. Who cares. Venting about everything you have to do can be really helpful and calming.

4. Make a list.
By outlining everything you have to do, you have concrete goals and then can set about completing them. Plus, checking them off one by one feels so good.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Leadership.

Leadership is tough.
As captain of my swim team, I have a lot of administrative things to do. They seem trivial, but organizing meals, uniforms, meet schedules, and other various things is pretty time consuming. Don't get me wrong, I love being captain. I adore my teammates and would do anything for them.
But something that I've noticed about being a leader is the adversity that comes with it. By nature, I am a people pleaser. I like doing things for people that will make them happy and I want them to like me and my work. As captain of this team, that's just not possible. My teammates do not hesitate to tell me when they think something is stupid or ugly, and a lot of their criticism is pretty tough to hear.
However, it has already helped make me tougher. I have to be able to listen to criticism no matter what I do in life. I have to be able to listen to others' opinions and adapt to their needs and wishes.
It's not an easy job, but I still wouldn't trade it for the world.
Here's me and all of my crazy teammates.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Memphis

Today I am Memphis bound!
I am so excited to be spending the night at Rhodes College with the girls on the swim team! It's going to be very telling...if all goes well I just might hit submit on that early decision application...who knows?
I've been to Rhodes before and I really liked it. However, after talking a lot with their coach for almost an entire year, it's solidified my interest - I want a school that wants me too.
Stay tuned for how this goes. I've never been on an overnight visit at a college before, especially one where I don't know anybody. To be honest, I'm kinda terrified. Maybe anxious is a better word because I'm nervous and excited at the same time.
Stay tuned. I'll let y'all know how it goes.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Starbucks

Starbucks is wonderful. Truly, it is. I go practically every day, and the baristas have learned my name and order (and I love them for it). It's probably not every day that a high school senior has a Starbucks Gold Card, but...I do. And it gets good use. I always get a the biggest iced coffee I can take with sugar-free vanilla syrup and skim milk. It is seriously the best thing ever. With all of my various activities and commitments, I have no choice but to be alert and awake the entire day. I just need a little help doing so!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sweet Emily

I would like to dedicate this post to one of my best friends on earth, Emily. She has been there for me through thick and thin and I wouldn't be who I am today without her constantly by my side to help me with everything. Last night was her birthday dinner! Happy birthday, Em.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Computer Organizing

One of my pet peeves is a messy laptop. I can't stand it when my peers have cluttered documents or desktops. It just drives me up a wall! I tend to organize my computer through Finder, then through documents on my Mac.
I classify my folders first by what year it is. I have Junior Year, Senior Year, then various other folders for big events or miscellaneous files (aka...college).

By dividing my subjects into quarters, I can find notes and documents chronologically.

How do you organize your computers?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Swoozies: Kate Spade

My friend Ellen introduced me to Swoozies, which is now carrying Kate Spade's new home and office supplies line. Some of my favorites...
 How cute are these bow paper clips?! If I didn't lose paper clips left and right I could totally justify getting packs and packs of these.
This is just too cute. Enough said!

These coasters are just too darn cute. Sparkles everywhere! And think about how good they would look under a clear glass with the sparkles magnified...oooh....

Planning.

It's no secret that I am obsessed with my planner. If it's missing...I cannot function. Seriously.
I have the 2013-2014 Lilly Large Agenda in Chin Chin, and I LOVE it!
Here's what a few normal weeks look like in terms of organizing my schoolwork and activities:

I write my homework down in a different color every week. It's my way of mixing it up without getting too crazy! For this picture I wrote my assignments in black but the following week I chose blue! This week I'm using purple :)

I use pink for my tests/quizzes/presentations, purple for events/due dates (Yearbook materials, birthdays, etc.). The green is used for meetings I have with fellow students, administrators, or teachers. 
If I didn't have my planner I'd be completely lost! 
What planner do you use?

xx, Victoria

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Lust List


Katy Perry Tickets.
Dark Horse. Enough said.























Kate Spade iPhone case. 
I might just have to upgrade to the 5 just so I can have this case…seriously, let me have you.


Kate Spade Metro Watch.
It’s a classic staple AND it’ pink. Sold. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Study Skills - Digital Note-Taking

As a student at an all-girls college preparatory school, organization is a mandate.
You will not survive GPS without being organized.
You will not.
So, I would like to share how I keep up with everything that goes on at GPS!
My first priority is my schoolwork. I am super OCD about my notes. I even have two pencil pouches...one for felt-tip pens and one for ball-point pens. I know, it's bad. But we'll start with my note-taking. I typically take my notes on my laptop, using Growly Notes (the Mac equivalent to Microsoft's OneNote).
Click on the image to enlarge.
A literal screenshot from the class I am sitting in right now. I have a separate "notebook" for each of my classes, and under them I classify my notes by Quarter, then by Chapter. 
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Here's my AP US History notes (there were so many of them...). I essentially wrote down every word my teacher said. I am a huge fan of the outline format because it makes notes easy to read and find a topic when you're looking for it. 
I've found that bullets, dashes, etc. are the best for organizing. They just work visually. I typically stick to standard font for my notes as I take them, but I color code them when I start studying. 
I typically do pretty well in school, and I credit it all to the study skills GPS forced me to learn. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Baylor/McCallie

This past Friday was the annual Baylor/McCallie football game. This is the biggest rivalry in Chattanooga, easily. After a disappointing vandalism escapade on Thursday night, many of us feared that the game would be called off. Fortunately, it was not. I even experienced a little bit of vandalism of my own. I woke up Thursday morning to a freshly painted car in lots of Baylor jargon. Go big red? Oh well. At least it washed off. 
Unfortunately, we lost. But, it was still fun. I had an overall great time with my friends after a little tailgating snag and tension throughout the week. 
At the end of it all, I'm still in shock that this was my last game. How am I a senior already? I still feel like an eighth grader personally. But the times are changing. They are indeed. 





Consider this a digital diary.
I'm a senior in high school in dire need to get all of this craziness documented, for in the midst of everything going on this year (friends, school, swimming, family, college, etc.) I am likely to forget. So the following is a virtual documentary of my last round in high school.
Enjoy.
-Victoria