A College Kid’s Guide to Holiday Shopping

I try to do my holiday shopping year-round. I work a lot during the summer and tend to have a little extra money then, so for me that’s the ideal time to start getting Christmas presents. Another factor is the timing of University tests. Final exams happen right before Christmas and buying presents is the last thing I want to do after two weeks of exams. So not only am I short on money come December, I’m also short a few hundred brain cells and some patience (haha).

After two and a half years of college, I think I’ve got this Christmas shopping thing down pat. Here are my tips:

Make a list of everyone you need to buy presents for and brainstorm what you think they’d like. Keep this list with you (I save mine on Google Drive) so that when you’re passing a sale rack or have a coupon you know exactly what people might want.

Make an overall budget and a budget for each person.

Scout sales as early as possible. Nordstrom has their super discounted anniversary sale each fall. Macy’s has a half yearly sale. Lots of places have similar annual sales, you just have to scope them out.

Clearance bins are your friend. No one has to know you bought that super cute waffle knit sweater for 75% off. A brand new gift is a brand new gift after all, right?

Student discounts. There are more out there than you think. Here’s a list.

Still not sure what to do? Try making a gift. Knitting Hogwarts house scarves or Weasley sweaters is always a hit with friends. So are mason jar cookies.

Happy gift giving! Christmas at the Marshall's

 

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Thoughts About Self Care and Competition

A friend recently asked me “how often do you write?” To which I responded, “not enough.”

We’d been talking about how everyone everyone has been a little obsessed with Lady Gaga at some point. He mentioned that he liked how she’s unobjectively herself. I mentioned that I really appreciate that she’s learned how to be herself without having to be forceful about it (I wasn’t a fan of her during her meat dress faze, to say the least). You can be yourself without throwing yourself into a random party outfit generator each morning. You can be quirky and not have your outfit scream to the world that this is who you are. There is courage in doing that, yes, but there’s also courage in being firm in who you are without having to prove it to the world. And I think that’s where Gaga is now.

Getting back to the point: I was analyzing the evolution of her lyrics with my friend as we drove to dinner. Not to be cocky, but I could overanalyze anything. One could call it my hubris. But tonight, it worked out in my favor. My friend started asking me about my writing. Now, I love to talk about loving to write and all the plans I have for novels that aren’t going to go anywhere and how I used to perform slam poetry blah blah blah, but this conversation, for whatever reason, made me realize that I wasn’t doing what I loved as often as I thought I was. 

I created a motto for myself this school year: Do more of what makes you happy. By not making the time to write, am I not following my motto? By making the time to write but not writing what I am really passionate about, is that also breaking my motto? Sadly, I think so. It’s not that I am intentionally depriving myself of some mental need to obtain joy via the written word (*insert sarcastic eye roll here*), it’s that I am missing out on extra joy because I subconsciously internalize my want to produce literature. I don’t make time for writing, other than my blog, because I feel like there are so many better, more productive things to be doing. I could be studying for tests, or reading for bookclub, or calling my parents. I could do my laundry, cook real food for dinner, or vacuum. It feels like there are a thousand more important things in my life right now. But more important to whom?

That’s the catch right there.

I care how people perceive me. I overanalyze it to the point of lunacy. There’s this little voice in my head telling me that if someone caught me spending an hour a day writing for pleasure I would be stripped deserving the titles I have. If I spent an hour a day relaxing by planning out my next novel instead of preparing for Homecoming or reading over my UGA tour notes or creating guides for my next-to-impossible biology exams someone is bound to say that I don’t work hard enough for what I have.

I know I’m not the only one that looks at the things that make me happy and push them to the side because there are “more important” things to do. Part of this, from what I can tell, stems from how competitive my graduating class is. I remembering being in high school where people would brag about not sleeping for days, or using Adderall to stay awake long enough to do weeks worth of homework in a single stretch. I didn’t want to participate in things like that, so I did what I could to keep my grades up and still be a functioning human being. I got into college and that same thing kept going on and on and on. I’m even friends with people that still post on social media each time they’re up in the library past 2 am studying for a test. It’s a competition to prove that you’re the best student because you work the hardest, and it’s not healthy.

We, the collegiate millinials, have an unhealthy competitive edge (that’s probably going to lead us to early graves if I’m being honest). We care too much, and because we care we work to impress others (whether others actually care or not) rather than to fulfill ourselves. I am not asking everyone to become self involved workaholics. I am simply stating that doing self-fulfilling tasks with the fervor you put into your studies and extracurriculars would be a nice change of pace. So, instead of glorifying not sleeping or studying until you nearly collapse, let’s glorify doing things for not other reason than that they make us happy.

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My Life: October

October was crazy. I had three weeks of midterms, Delta Gamma Initiation, Homecoming, Delta Gamma Low Country Boil, Will’s 21st birthday, my mom’s birthday, and my roommate’s 21st birthday. It has been a month. But there’s only one thing left: Halloween! Whether or not I’ll actually celebrate is still undecided, but we’ll get there when we get there.

I went to the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia at the beginning of the month to complete a biology scavenger hunt. This was one of the required pictures I had to take.

Botanical Gardens

My little and grandlittle at Initiation

DG Initiation 2017

My parents came down for my Homecoming, the UGA v Mizzu football game

The Marshalls at UGA v Mizzu

During Homecoming week, coffee was a must

Coffee

I got to participate in Dawg Walk with the cheerleaders and football players

UGA Cheerleaders

Here’s the 2017 Homecoming Committee and Court!

Homecoming Committee and Court

And here I am on the jumbotron with the UGA President, the Homecoming Director, and the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen

Me on the UGA Jumbotron

We all saw my pumpkin patch fun in this post from the other day

Milledge Baptist Pumpkin Patch

A snap of me in the Fine Arts theater building after work one day

Lazy Day Work Outfit

A friend from outside my GA house

Georgia lizzard

 

I went home for fall break and look how much the leaves have changed!

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An “early” morning sun

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I walked to Starbucks and passed the building I (as a small child) wanted to live in when I grew up

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Home wouldn’t be the same without Chocolate!

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My tomato plants from this summer finally made tomatoes! And then were promptly killed by yesterday’s snowfall…

Baby tomatoes

Happy Halloween!

Beary Scary Halloween

xo Bailey

Favorite Fall Things Right Now

I’m so excited that fall is finally here! And with fall comes UGA Homecoming! I don’t think I could ever express how thankful I am for all the opportunities the University of Georgia has given me. I’ve participated in Homecoming every single year of college. Last year I was the Community Outreach Chair, and this year I get to oversee all of Homecoming Court.

The University of Georgia has also given me the Arch Society. Not only have I found many of my close friends through Arch, I’ve gotten to meet some of the smartest, most driven individuals of my age. I am constantly amazed by their curiosity, selflessness, and intellect. Below are a few photos from our dinner at the President’s house. Arch President's House

While I don’t really enjoy football, getting to work the games with the Arch Society is a thrill. I may not know who all the players are but I certainly love the Dawg Nation spirit!

Fall also means getting my grand little!

And who would I be if I didn’t mention something from Target’s current dollar spot section? Of course it was love at first sight with this Hocus Pocus inspired candle!

Hocus Pocus Candle

Now that the weather is finally cooling down (okay, so, it’s still mid to upper 70’s in Athens…we’ll just go ahead and count it as “cooling down”) I can drink tea throughout the day without being hot and sweaty on both the outside and the inside. I really like drinking Throat Coat tea when the Freshman Plague rolls around. I get sick easily, and it always ends up involving my throat, so this tea really helps decrease the inflammation and irritation caused by both allergies and sickness. Plus each tea bag comes with a little inspirational quote! How cute.

Inspirational Tea Quote

Last but certainly not least, I’m excited to finally be able to wear boots again. These are my current favorites: Lucky Brand black booties.

Lucky Brand Black Booties

Mama’s Boy

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Mama’s Boy: the staple for Athens weekends. The wait is always out the door and sometimes wrapped around the block, but going in the early morning or an hour before they close is your best bet for less than a half hour of wait time. If you go during peak brunch hours just stick it out – Mama’s Boy biscuits are definitely worth the wait!

I went recently with friends. Almost all of us got biscuit sandwiches. I’ve had the fried green tomatoes before and they were great, but nothing compares to my beloved egg and cheese biscuit.

If you’re ever in Athens, Mama’s Boy is a must!

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Labor Day in the Classic City

Because of my hectic schedule, I decided to stay in Athens for Labor Day this year. I have a full itinerary mapped out for myself and anyone else that wants to join me.

Athens, GA

I still have to wake up early to take online quizzes and do some homework, but as soon as noon hits I’m a free girl! I’m planning on heading over to the Georgia Museum of Art. The reason behind my visit? Andy Warhol and other famous pop-art artists have their works on display until September 20th! I’ve seen one Andy Warhol in real life and I am stoked to see another.

The greatest part about living in Athens in the music scene. I wish I went to concerts more often, but with my classes starting early and my meetings running later at night it’s hard to catch a break. Luckily UGA doesn’t have classes today so I’m free to check out some rad bands visiting the city, like Social Circle and Bay Creature who are both playing at Flicker Theater and Bar at 9 pm!

Or I could hop on over to Grindhouse Killer Burgers (home of the best veggie burger in ATH) for their Sex, Drugs, and Rock’n’Roll trivia night. They even have cash prizes for the winners, and for me cash prizes means more Amazon shopping haha

What are your plans for Labor Day?

Eclipse

Today there is going to be a total solar eclipse crossing the United States, something that hasn’t happened in Georgia in about a hundred years! The eclipse begins and ends in different times at different places in the United States. For a good chart of beginning and ending times for the eclipse, check out this website.

I’ll be in Moccasin State Park today, watching the eclipse with family and friends. The University of Georgia has opened up it’s football field for students to view the eclipse, but most other universities have closed for the day.

Here is a good map of the eclipse’s path. 

Here’s an article about the best livestream’s for watching the total solar eclipse if you’re nowhere near its path. 

Total Solar Eclipse