With the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, I think we all could use the luck of the Irish and find ourselves a four-leaf clover this year. As college students we’re super busy with school, work, and maintaining our social lives and relationships. But have you ever known those people who just seem to have it all together? They just ooze perfection and seem to have their lives all figured out. Naturally, their life isn’t perfect, but maybe they do certain things that help. Here are a few tips for you to create your own luck this year.
How to: feel less stressed with school
I personally stress about school all the time. I always seem to have so much to do, and hardly say yes to events that I’m invited to. But this year, as I finish up my college career, I don’t want to keep letting school hold me down from living my life. I still take it seriously, but I don’t want it to actually be a burden. The best way to handle that? Work ahead. We’ve all been hearing it since middle school, but last semester I actually did work ahead on a few assignments and I felt on top of my game. I wasn’t stressed, and I felt good saying yes to going out or having fun. So, ladies it’s that simple, just work ahead. Baby steps, though. Not necessarily for every assignment, but if you have any spare time and are chilling at school, just go ahead and work.
How to: connect with more friends
I’m not saying you need a million “best friends,” because a best friend is rare to come by. But, have you ever wondered how some people seem to have a million friends? They just always have someone to hang out with and go places with. If one says no, they can call up 10 other friends. I’ve learned that you need to be the one to reach out. Do not ever expect someone to just be thinking of you and call you up. We’re all super busy and have our own lives, so don’t be upset if you don’t hear from a friend that often. If you want to hang out, you need to be the one to reach out and make plans. A friendship won’t last if you wait for them to contact you.
How to: start dating more
In high school, I never went on one date. Never. There were guys that asked me out, but I either judged them too harshly, claiming they weren’t my type, or I was way too nervous. During school, I always wondered how some girls just always seemed to be with a guy. Even if the girl wasn’t necessarily in a relationship with the guy, I wondered how girls could always be talking to or having lunch with a guy. Finally, when I started college, my mother basically had a real AF conversation with me and pretty much said I need to say yes more. She said, “If you always complain that you don’t have a boyfriend, yet always say no to first dates, then it’s just not going to happen, honey”. After that, my rule was to always say yes to at least a first date. They may not be a model or have everything in common with you, but if you give it one date you may be surprised with how much you might end up liking them.
How to: be a boss
Social media can be the ultimate poison for your fear of not being successful enough. You see so many people teaming up with companies, creating promotions and getting paid. You feel like you could be doing so much more. You could have a blog, a podcast, a clothing line, etc. and you don’t know where to start. Instead of becoming overwhelmed with everything you see, start by asking yourself what you are truly interested in. Do you feel like you need a blog because everyone else has one, but hate writing? Then just don’t have one. Do you want to model because everyone else seems to be doing it, but you hate being in front of the camera? Then just don’t do it. It’s as simple as that. Do what YOU want, not what the trending career or hobby is at the moment. You will feel more fulfilled doing one thing that makes you happy rather than 10 things that you couldn’t care less about.
Whether or not you believe in luck is up to you, but taking charge of your own life can almost guarantee happiness and control. So, start doing you, and success will come your way!