DEALING WITH FAILURE

Everyone knows that life isn't fair.  It's a fact.

One of the not-so-lovely things that makes life unfair is failure;  specifically, the form that comes when we don't have immediate success in some facet of our lives.

Not being able to accomplish something, especially something that took a chunk of time and energy, is frustrating, to say the least.  No matter how much of a downer failure is, you can't let it keep you down for long.


1. Don't Jump to Conclusions:  Our first reaction to failure is usually a mixture of sadness and anger. Don't let your mouth run away with you, and don't begin bashing yourself.  You can't let one failure define you and the others around you.

2. Don't Over-analyze:  This can make the failure swell to astronomical sizes in your head.  Thinking about what could have or should have happened won't help you at all. Even though it seems impossible, try not to dwell on the incident.

BEING A PREP FOR A WEEK: 10/18/15 -- 10/24/15

I'd usually be happy that the week is coming to an end, but this week was quite lovely.

Besides missing school on Monday to participate in a leadership conference, I had a completely normal school routine--which can be rather nice.

Prep For A Day

Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
Sneak a peek at the whimsical Gal Meets Glam X BaubleBar collaboration!
The College Prepster's review of the Gal Meets Glam collaboration (what a wonderful friendship)...

BEING A PREP FOR A WEEK: 10/11/15 -- 10/17/15

Hello, thirty degree weather!  What took you so long?

This was a very irregular week for me because I was off Monday and Tuesday, and then on Wednesday I got up bright and early to take the PSAT.  Plus, the auditions for the Alabama Allstate Show Choir were yesterday;  that was an experience that definitely deserved a pint of ice cream.


Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
An Italian travel guide that divides the country into seasons (wisteria in spring sounds lovely!).
Buzzfeed's roundup of the best ways to transform chocolate chip cookies.

OUTFIT: SEARCHING FOR FALL

As much as I would love to break out my sweaters and boots, the weather in Alabama is a bit of an obstacle.  The temperatures are as high as ever, and the fashion is very chaotic. Half of the population is sporting pullovers and booties, while the other half is still clinging to Birkenstocks and shorts.  It definitely makes for an interesting sight!

Even though I can't pull out my sweaters, I've been trying to incorporate fall-esque pieces into my wardrobe, like my favorite version of the blanket scarf and a solid pair of ankle boots.  Perhaps the weather will decide to cooperate...

BEING A PREP FOR A WEEK: 10/4/15 -- 10/10/15

And cue fall break, please!

I'm currently on a long-awaited four day weekend, so I couldn't be happier.  All that free time to work on blog posts and PSAT tests and dog tricks...

Prep For A Day

Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
Reese Witherspoon's charmingly Southern clothing line (even the pencils are darling).
A quiz that Gone With The Wind fans (such as yours truly) will be mad about.

THE WORLD OF A PERFECTIONIST

There's one in every crowd, in every school, in every town, and possibly in every home.
Perfectionists are everywhere.  No matter how many advertisements that read "Embrace Imperfection" are broadcasted, perfectionists keep on looking for perfection.  I know, because I am one.

Being a perfectionist is definitely a double-edged sword.  On one hand, it usually results in a wonderful work ethic and a meticulous eye for detail.  On the other hand, this attention to detail often leads to over-scrutinizing, which usually leads to stress.  When a perfectionist spots imperfection (and it's very likely that this will happen), it's like a personal blow.

Prep For A Day

If you've ever been upset over a test score that was three points lower than you wanted it to be, chances are that you have a bit of the perfectionist streak within you.  Do uneven lines and asymmetry bother you?  How about cluttered spaces?  If you're a blogger, does that one un-centered picture on your sidebar vex you to no end?

BEING A PREP FOR A WEEK: 9/27/15 -- 10/3/15

I have only two statements that I'd like to declare about my week:  1) it was finally chilly outside and I might actually be able to wear a scarf next week, and 2) I'm so happy that this week is nearly over.

Let's just say that in my corner of the world, this week might go down as one of the not-so-happiest in the record books.

Factory wool plaid scarf
Via

Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
I think I might have stumbled across the perfect scarf for petite girls and long haired girls alike (if you fall into one of these categories, you understand my pain).
I love the slight v-neck on this Old Navy sweater...