Stress. Sucks.

I don’t care whether you’re a high school freshman or a 60 year-old on the brink of retirement, stress still gets to you.

Let me tell you, I have ransacked the internet one too many times in search of remedies of my lifestyle-cramping stress. There are many suggestions including, but not limited to, clearing your mind, meditation, and yoga. While that is all fine and good, and may in fact work for some, I always seem to have a difficult time letting go of what is bogging me down to truly enjoy those activities.

SO, here is some advice from a college student that many would laugh at, considering that in the life stage I currently reside in, I do not have any “serious” responsibilities. (HA).

ONE: Candles, candles, candles, and MORE candles. I cannot stress enough how comforting it is to have your favorite scent envelop you while you’re curled up under a comfy blanket. Also, the nice thing about candles is you can buy them from pretty much anywhere and they greatly range in price, so you are able to find the perfect ones, no matter your budget. (extra bonus: turn off your lights and have the natural light from the candles create an ambiance.)

  • Scents that are my favs rn: White Gardenia, Pink Sands, and Bahama Breeze – all by      Yankee Candle, DUH

TWO: This may be seemingly obvious, considering how much of an impact that music has on a person’s life, BUT grab your computer, or phone and pull up your favorite music streaming service. Either take the lazy way (I do) and search for a relaxation playlist or simply create your own. Now, here’s the important part. This is not a time to hype yourself up and throw on the Drake soundtrack (sorry, still love you drake <3). Select a set of songs that allow you to let go, and tune out whatever is weighing you down. Sit there and close your eyes. Trust me, it helps.

  • Suggested Spotify playlists: “Relax & Unwind” / “Relaxing Classical” oh, and any song by Corey Harper

THREE: I will be the first to admit, I love coffee. Obviously, for the sake of trying to UNWIND, let me highly recommend ditching the caffeine and swapping it out for a calming tea. Personally, I love mint tea and the flavor acts as a trigger to where every time I drink it my brain weirdly takes me into relaxation mode?? Warm tea + Candles + Music = HEAVEN. (pro tip: hang up some twinkly lights and lemme tell ya, it feels like you’re in the most cozy room in the world).

  • My go-to tea brands: Tazo, Yogi Tea, and Mighty Leaf Tea —- I’ll leave it up to you about the flavors, personal preference, you know?

FOUR: Last, but certainly not least, take three long and slow deep breaths. If you are to take any of my advice it should be this. My mom has been telling me my entire life that whenever I am stressed/upset, take three deep breaths and you will feel better. This technique has never let me down. It even helps when I can’t stop obsessing over a big presentation or an interview. This works in pretty much any situation where you feel it is necessary. Whether you have 10 seconds, or 10 minutes take the breaths.

  • If you really wanna do it right and be an expert deep breath taker (is that even a thing?) here’s a link on how to deep breathe properly, you’re welcome.

Dear upstairs neighbors,

I am usually an understanding person,

But it seems as though your noise level continues to worsen.

I am concerned at the state of your heeled shoes,

As the amount of clomping and stomping you do surely has them singing the blues.

I am impressed at your ability to stay up talking into the midnight hours,

However, it would be appreciated if you would quiet your voice in shared space, like ours.

I am aware going up the stairs can be quite the daunting task,

But the echo my walls feel make it seem like you are under attack.

I am not usually the one to bring up any annoyances I may feel,

Buy hey, let me propose a deal.

I am willing to remain friendly and inviting,

If you promise to cut down the noise that makes it sound like you are always kung-fu fighting.

—– Lindsey & the other roommates of unit 6


A confused girl in a world full of college aged men..

Question of the century: what in the world goes through the minds of men? (seriously will pay major $$$ if someone can decipher my DaVinci code level text messages)

This is a question that will probably never be answered. While this may be a vast generalization of only the boys that I have encountered, I frequently overhear this comment.

“Nice guys really do finish last. I’m over being nice, girls only like assholes anyway.”

For the love of God, PLEASE do not turn into that guy at the bar that pulls you away at midnight just go home with them. I understand that it may be considered too much to pick a girl up (flowers in tow) and bring her to a nice dinner. All I am asking is for a timely text message response and a coffee date once in  a while.

When did it become a huge deal if a guy took a girl on a date??? I don’t know about you, but when my friends get asked on a real date (it’s rare) everyone, including me, freaks out. Oh yeah, that’s because taking a girl to a fraternity function has become of norm of getting to know someone and the primary way of showing interest. Burnettes vodka + themed costumes + a basement/another shitty, unkept venue; ~very romantic~

Why would you be interested in what I have to say?

Well, why would you?

As I sit here writing my first post, my head is filled with nothing but doubt, uncertainty, and a large amount of excitement. My neighbors are blaring rap music, while my roommate is glued to an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. I, however, am burrowed in my white duvet imagining a place where I can document my thoughts.

As a newly turned 21-year-old, I have started to think about my future. The more I rack my brain trying to figure out what I would like to do with my life, the more my mind wants to shut down. Anyone else?

I feel as though I am surrounded by the most talented and intelligent student body that know exactly what path they would like to take in life. Although I am gifted with certain talents, I am burdened with thoughts that scream to me there is no one certain path that I have been destined to take.

So, here I am, trying to navigate the remainder of my college life and the rest of my adult life for that matter. If you’re interested in what an average 21-year-old college student living out-of-state in Oregon has to say, stick with me. We may have more in common than you think.

Until next time,