//Confessions of a Fashion Blogger// Managing Life, Blogging, & College

Welcome back this week for the second installment of COFB II. I toyed so much with skipping a post this week due my somewhat overload of assignments I have on my schedule but then I thought..."What better time to talk about how I manage life, blogging, and college." For a little humor I will just say that there is not much of a "life" for me (voluntary and involuntary)....hehe. Okay, I have a life but when people think about "life" they usually attribute that to hanging out with friends and going out to have fun. However, I am an Introvert so my idea of a good time is staying far away from people I don't know..... which usually means stay in with a good book, blog post, Netflix marathon, or currently loads of homework rather than going out....yes I am one of those people:) Also, I don't know all to many people at college so staying in isn't that bad, especially considering my room mate and I have been close friends since my very first day at college....she is the best! Okay, but seriously it is totally a full time job (without pay) juggling life, blogging, and college. So how do I do it?
To be completely honest (this is a confessional after all) I am not quite sure how I manage to do everything!!!??? Not that I do all that much with my life, but the things I am a part of and do I am usually overly dedicated to and focus on ALL the time. 
So lets talk life. To define life in my own words (in the since that I am using it here) mine consists of some good ole Netflix (currently addicted to Gilmore Girls thanks to my bestie Libby who got me hooked), YouTube web series (any Green Gables Fable Season 2 fans??), a small Bible study with some girls on campus, hall council (which is probably more in the College category so I will talk about that later), and then of course spending time with my family on the weekends when I go back home and catching up with all of my friends! Whew...that is actually a lot when I top to think about it! Now, Netflix is definitely one of those things that happens when homework is done or fitting in an episode in before bed, so that is usually the last on the list, but sometimes I just need a little down time for myself. 
Like I said before, I am not one to go out and do stuff like every other college student....thankfully my awesome room mate and college bestie Jessica is exactly the same way so we enjoy each others company at meals as well as when we hide away in our room, immersed in our own world, away from people:)
Blogging.....can't avoid this topic because I am a dedicated (most of the time) blogger and blogging is a part of who I am.....I feel so lost without it! However, how do I manage writing and running a blog, plus keeping up with fellow bloggers on top of life and the loads (some weeks) of homework that come with being a full time college student? Hmmm......I really think blogging has become such a part of who I am that it is now an integral part of my weekly schedule. This semester I have gotten in the swing of taking pictures in the afternoon on Wednesday, writing my post on Wednesday night and then scheduling it to post in the morning on Thursday. However, it does take time to take the pictures, edit them write a post, etc. Yes, I could be using that hour and a half to do homework, but I choose to squeeze in blogging (even if it means loosing a couple hours of my day) because it is my happy time:) It is the one time during the week that I really get to sit down and write for one thing, and trust me I have some major writing with drawls (as I am smack dab in the middle of a big writing project that has been postponed due to school) and this fills the void somewhat:) Plus, my weekly posts are so special because it means that I get to share my heart, life, and loves with all of you lovely readers who make blogging so absolutely worth it! Somehow I manage to balance being a blogger and still keep up with my homework.....which now brings us to the topic of College. 
Ah......College.....a joy and a dread at times:) Honestly right now, college IS my life!! Every waking moment is focused on going to class, doing homework, completing projects, and also being Vice President of hall council for our dorm. As a full time college student most every waking moment is filled with what needs to happen next and what tasks need to be done. So how do I manage it? Well, for one thing I have been using my planner a LOT more this semester.....the pages of my days are filled with color coded notes, events, To do's, due dates, assignments, and the like. I also seem to be addicted to sticky notes....hey, that is what they are for....notes to yourself right!! They help to keep me organized too. 
However, in all honesty the only way I am truly able to manage all the demands of college on top of everything else is because God is my constant support and guide and helps me get through every day! I don't know what I would do without him in the craziness of life! Sometimes it seems like I am barely treading water with my head hardly above the surface, but I know the only way I haven't sunk yet is because God has given me the strength to persevere!! Some days are bleak and filled with so much to be done, piling up until there is no light at the end of the tunnel, but I know that if I simply focus to get the job done I will soon see the light at the end. I just keep on working until it is the weekend and I get to take a breath, although usually only for a short while as my weekends often consist on extra homework too....but that is my life....only two more years and then I am DONE!!!! Counting the days.....
When I was thinking about this post today I wanted to capture the joy of life just a bit.....therefore I thought a few fun "smiley"pictures would brighten my day as well as encourage you to keep going even when the going gets hard and the end looks far away. A positive outlook on life amid the heavy load helps to fill you with joy that helps you keep on pushing along:) 

I hope you found today's post applicable to your life and maybe even encouraging. Managing everything that goes on is a 24/7 juggling act but with God on your side He sure helps to lighten the load. Sometimes you just have to take a little time for yourself, but always make sure you are well organized so that you can still get the important tasks done! 
Remember to always stay positive, keep smiling, and fill the world with Joy:)
All the best until next time!

Do you find it hard to manage life and everything else? 

How do you fit everything in and stay organized?

Can you relate to any of my struggles?









8 comments

  1. I have just started university to train to be a teacher so I imagine that I will soon be in the same situation as you! I think it's really important to have things to help you relax, for me that is Audrey Hepburn films and knitting!

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    1. Oh yay, you are going to be a teacher!! That is my minor:) Definitely love your idea of relaxing.
      -Madison

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  2. Oh, my fellow introvert, how I can relate to your feelings and the ways in which you prefer to spend your downtime. I'm not opposed to going out sometimes, of course, and certainly enjoy various outings, but I literally need some quite, relaxing time at home to recharge, gather my thoughts, and ground my soul on a regular basis. I feel very fortunate the blogging usually falls into that camp and think that's one of the reasons I've been able to keep at it for so many enjoyable years now.

    Big hugs & happy start of October wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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  3. Yay....another Inrovert like me:) I seem to be meeting a lot of bloggers lately who are introverts (that is probably why we love to blog).
    Happy October to you also:)
    -Madison

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  4. I feel you on this one! Although I am not an introvert, I still need time by myself and that time usually goes to blogging now! College, life, blogging, and for me ballet can get overwhelming, but I just remember that Jesus has already overcome this world and that my identity isn't in a grade, post, or career but in Him! Thank you for the amazing post and encouraging words as you revealed that, as they like to say, the struggle is real.

    Princess Hannah

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    1. The struggle is so real Hannah. The older I get the more I realize how true that statement is.
      -Madison

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  5. I can totally relate to feeling like there is SO much to do, and not being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But you are very right in what you said about just getting to the work that needs to be done. Sometimes that is all it takes to realize that the tasks at hand are not so mountainous as they first seemed. And whether things are hard or easy, the Lord brings us through it all.

    Blessings,

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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  6. I can completely relate to this! I am currently in college and it is certainly stressful (especially right now in the throws of mid-terms). I am also an introvert and prefer to hang out with my roommate or catch up on Netflix instead of partying and drinking. Glad to find a kindred spirit :) haha

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