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How to Get Your Sh*t Together

Get it together. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve told myself these words, well…I’d have a lot of nickels.

I’ve had days when I just can’t seem to get it together. I forget to do something, I run late, I spill my coffee on my way to class…I feel like an absolute #hotmess.

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Thankfully, the missed deadlines and coffee spill stains have taught me a lot. I’ve started to make more conscious efforts to organize my life. I’ve made a new best friend called a planner, focused my efforts on achieving realistic goals (highly recommend daily to-do lists), and practiced self-love by prioritizing proper sleep and nutrition.

Most importantly though, I’ve learned that it all comes down to perspective.

We’re bound to be complete and utter, hot messes. We’re not always going to have our sh*t together. But isn’t that the point?

No one has it all together; that’s life. 

Ultimately, the first step to figuring it out is accepting: you are not in control of the obstacles you’ll encounter, but you are in control of how you deal with those obstacles.

So as helpful as to-do lists and planners are, the key to not being a #hotmess is really, persistence.

Remind yourself that it’s normal to have doubts, make mistakes, and feel like things just aren’t going your way. What matters is that you don’t give up.

Take a deep breath and remember: as long as you persist, you’ll get it together.

Catalina Fernandez is a senior at UC Santa Barbara, double majoring in Communication and Film/ Media Studies and minoring in Professional Multimedia Writing. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised in Orange County, California, her creative work focuses on personal identity, feminism, and minority representation. As a Campus Correspondent, she is working to expand on her voice as a content creator and leader for a career in entertainment media. See what Catalina is up to on Instagram @catalina_fernandez!
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