How to Survive Finals

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Are you ready to take some finals?

We can all agree that finals are definitely not the highlight of the year. Finals are not for me, but we all have to take them so why not make the best of it.

Here are some tips for you on how to survive finals with no problem…..

Healthy Eating

Choosing healthy eating options can really help you maintain great focus while studying or taking the actual test. You have probably heard this a bazillion times but make sure you eat a healthy breakfast. It is so important. Some examples of a healthy breakfast could be eggs and toast, a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter, or all natural Greek yogurt with fruit. My advice for you is to stay away from the sugary cereals and breakfast pastries because those foods can make you crash and lose focus fast. Eating a healthy breakfast starts you off right for the day and helps you survive that early morning final with great focus.

Refueling your body is just as important. When your stomach is telling you it’s time to “feed me”, you will need to put good healthy foods in there. Avoid junk foods like candy, chips, and pastry-like snacks. Trust me, if you put better foods in your body your focus and performance will be much better.

Another little tip is to drinks lots and lots of water. Focus on limiting your intake of soda and other surgery drinks. A challenge for you is to cut soda and other sugary drinks right out of your diet. If you cut out those drinks you will be amazed at how much better you feel.

Studying

I can guarantee studying is not on your top 5 favorite things to do. I know it’s not on mine! We have to do it so why not make the best of it. The biggest tip I can give you is to not procrastinate. Procrastinating can cause unwanted stress and worry. You will find yourself rushing to study the material and you might miss over some important details about your test. This is not good.

Start studying about 4-7 days before your test. Study a little at a time because you don’t want to cram a bunch of information over multiple subjects in one night. You won’t retain the information as well as if you studied over a period of time.

When it comes to studying, index cards are so helpful. They help you memorize your information a lot quicker. I love using them. To make studying a little more fun grab some markers or colored pens and when you are writing on you index card use those instead. It jazzes up your studying!

Another tip for you is to ask your teachers if they have any additional study guides you could use to review. Study guides are essential to have when you are studying for a test. Personally, I always preferred to use a study guide because I like to know what the majority of the test will be over. And it’s just my luck to study too much of the wrong material.

Get Those Brain Fluids Going!

When studying, it is important to be focused. If your brain is tired your focus is not going to be all there. Here are some tips to get those brain fluids going!

Exercise will help your brain get back its energy. It can be as simple as doing a few sets of push-ups, taking a run around the block, jumping a rope, dancing around your house, or even playing in the yard with your dog. Whatever activity you choose would work.

As I mentioned before, eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water is very important. Your brain really appreciates when you feed your body with healthy nutrients because it benefits you more.

Rest

One more tip is to get plenty of rest. You have probably heard this advice more than once. I know I have! But it’s true. You want to get plenty of rest so your body can recover and rebuild itself. If you keep treating your body well then your body will return the favor by performing well.

After reading this post, I hope you will use these tips to survive final. As we all know finals can be a nuisance, however if we try to make the best out of them there will be some great results in the end!

Much Lovemuch love,
Jae

P.S. – Summer is almost here. You’re close to the finish line. Keep working hard and it will pay off 🙂

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Overcoming

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“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” -William Shakespeare

Over the years, I have heard so many comments people have made about me and my height. If only I had a dollar for every comment made, I would be a rich girl!

The comments usually made go something like this: “She is too short to play high level basketball” or “She is to small to even consider playing at the next level”? A short comment even come from past teammate. Once, while giving some rebounding pointers to this particular person, she told me she was not taking advice from someone shorter than herself. As if being short meant you were incompetent on knowing how to rebound.

Having only reached 5’1” so far, I have always been the smallest and shortest one on my team. But, that’s never stopped me from playing or giving it my all.

My mother once told me, you are always going to be short and small, so you have to figure out how to play big!

Here is how I have overcome being short:

1. I have worked extremely hard on my ball handling skills so no one could touch me. Over the years I have spent a lot of time in my basement and garage dribbling the basketball perfecting my ball handle skills.

2. When I make a mistake, I never use the excuse I am too small to play. During the summer before my freshman year of high school I worked extremely hard on strength training so I could compete better with bigger, stronger varsity athletes.

3. I continued to work towards my goal and ended up the starting varsity point guard and I was only a freshman.

4. Today, I continue to constantly work on my ball handling, shooting and strength training so I can keep raising my game and not use my height as an excuse.

My story is very important to me and I know there are many more who have faced a bigger challenges than mine. I would love for you to share your story. I am very sure it help someone else trying to overcome some obstacle. If you felt led to share your story, please leave me a message below.

Much Lovemuch love,
Jae

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E is for Enough Effort?

When you hear the word “effort”, the first thing that probably pops into your mind is “how much work have I put into something”. Effort can really define you as an athlete. It can define you as a person. It can really impress a coach or it can really disappoint a coach.

Everyone gives effort. Some give more than others. Some give effort when they feel like it and some give effort all the time.

If you really want to be the athlete you say you want to be, then you must give good effort all the time and to your fullest capability. Like the old saying goes…”Give 110% all the time”.

Coaches notice more than you think. They will be able to pick out those athletes that give a ton of effort all the time and they will notice which athletes give effort only some of the time.

Learning to give effort as an athletes can transfer over to your everyday life. When things get hard in school or everyday life, do you push through to do your best or do you just do enough to get by?

There have been times when I have been guilty of not given full effort, especially when it comes to school. Have you found this to be true with you? Have you found yourself to tired to study for a test, not feeling like going the extra mile work on a skill, or thinking a certain assignment is simply to hard to even learn. Bottom line is, we have to continuously remind ourselves that we will get through the difficulties and we have to work hard at it!

I have an idea. Why don’t we set a challenge for ourselves this week. How much effort can we give? Let’s set a goal and give it more effort than we every have. And, let’s just not apply it to sports. Let’s apply to everyday life.

Much Lovemuch love,
Jae

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Being a Leader

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Different sports are played in different seasons, while some seem to always be in season. Whether your sport is in-seasons or  pre-season,  I hope your training is going well.

I wanted to take a minute and write about what it means to be the “point guard” or the “quarterback” of your team. Keep in mind, I am not just talking about the sport of basketball or football. I talking about what defines a leader of a team. Most often if you are placed in one of these two positions, you possess leadership qualities. This is not always the case. If you don’t currently have the characteristics of a leader, there is no reason why you cannot learn.

Characteristics of a Point Guard

Here are a few characteristics that are very important to possess:

  • Carry the Team on Your Back– By this I don’t mean you have the best stats on the team. What I do mean is the players on your team know that you have there back . You lead them to success. You take the blame for some things that you know it’s not your fault and you do things that help benefit the team.
  • Be an Encourager– Be your teammates biggest fan. Always clap and talk during practices and games. Be very enthusiastic and upbeat.
  • Always Make Eye Contact– Always know what’s going on. Regularly look your teammates in the eyes and show them you care. Be a great listener. Always have eye contact with coaches while they are teaching you and have a nice solid stance. Stand with feet shoulder width apart with your arms in front or behind your body. Do not lean on one leg looking around or day dreaming about what is going on after practice.  I can’t emphasize this enough….always make eye contact!
  • Be a Respectable Person – Be a great competitor on the playing field. Be nice and respectful to people. Post game, be sure to clean up after yourself or team. If you see a piece of trash, then pick it up and throw it out.  Have integrity and don’t just be a good person when your coach is watching. Be good person all the time. Simple remember…no trash on or off the floor!
  • Be Vocal – Direct your teammates and encourage them. You don’t just yell at them in a hateful manner because they made a mistake. Walk up to them and explain what they should have done, followed up by giving them a few compliments on what she have been doing well.  Don’t forget to continue with the  encouraging words.

These are just a few tips to help you be the “point guard” of your team. It might not be easy to do these things all the time, but trust me if you keep working and constantly practice using these characteristics  they will become second nature . Your teammate will have nothing but great respect for. You can be a leader even if you are not involved in a sport. All of the topics I wrote about can be applied to your club or activity that you are involved in.

Much Lovemuch love,

Jae

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Walt Disney

“If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It” – Walt Disney

Have you ever had a dream that you really wanted to happen, but obstacles got in the way? Maybe those obstacles made you start believing your dream could not be reached and you became less motivated to make it happen?

You know, if you really have a dream and if you want it bad enough, you can achieve it! That’s why I love this quote so much. If you set your mind to fulfilling your dream, then believe hard it can be accomplished!

As a dreamer myself, I have some pretty big goals in my life. I have hit many obstacles that made me have some doubt, but I eventually over came them. Walt Disney is a huge inspiration to me. He went through many challenges but overcame them. Early on in his career, Walt Disney faced bankruptcy and he was even fired from his job because he was “not creative enough”!

We all know what eventually happen to Walt’s dreams. It is amazing to see what he accomplished in his life time and even after.

Let’s learn from Walt Disney….If you have a dream and you really want it, you can do it!

Much Lovemuch love,
Jae

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RIP Lacy

A few days ago a little princess went to dance in heaven. The Princess I am speaking of is a little girl named Lacy. She was a cute and happy little girl. Despite her age she inspired many to smile.

During the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament, I heard bits and pieces about Lacy and her “brother”, Adreian Payne, from my father and a few friends. I fell in love with their story and the bond between them. I knew there was a Big Ten featured YouTube video about their story, but I had yet to see it.

The day before Lacy passed away I finally watched the video. It was amazing! The day Lacy past away I was casual scrolling through twitter and saw some had tweeted it. I literally gasped. I could not believe it. I didn’t expect to see such sad news. I would be lying if I said I didn’t hold back some tears.

The message to take away from Lacy is even though she was going through a hard time; she always found time to smile. This is a message that everyone should take and apply it in their lives. Always try to smile even if you are going through a hard time in your life.

My heart goes out to the Holsworth family and Adeian Payne.

Much Lovemuch love,
Jae

#RIPLacy

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I’m Possible

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“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible!”

I really love this quote by Audrey Hepburn. Too often many young women aspiring a dream believe things are impossible because it might seem hard at first.

Sometimes we give up too easy and don’t realize the goal or dream we are striving for is right around the corner.

Always remember, anything is possible if you put your mind too it! You have more power to reach your dreams than you think.

Much Lovemuch love,
Jae

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Girls Don’t Let Girls Run Slow

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I want to share with you a new movement I am starting, “Girls Don’t Let Girls Run Slow”.

It has absolutely zero to do with athletic ability. It simply means, as girls, we need to have each others backs.

There are many girls who are struggling somewhere in their life. We need to do all we can to uplift each other by stepping in and lending a hand.

Stop the Drama

One of the biggest problems that cause negative feelings towards each other is drama. Just being in the high school atmosphere you see a lot of it. I have personally witness negative drama ruin friendships, cause tension between individuals who don’t know much about each other, and turn people against one another. Doesn’t drama seem awful? To be honest with you I really don’t like it. The reason being is 99% of the drama that goes on won’t matter within a short period of time. I know this might be hard because you can easily become caught up in the moment, but lets think about how big the issue is compared to the effects it might have later down the road.

Help a Struggling Peer

It is very import ant to be there for one another. When you see a girl struggling, even if it is just a simple math problem, let her know you are there to help even if you are having trouble figuring it out yourself. If you see girl being bullied, then stand up for her and be there for support. Make peers aware they can talk to you about anything and you will be there to listen.

Follow the Right Crowd

One very important message I want to stress and address is if you see a female peer going off on the wrong path by following the wrong coward and experimenting with drugs, alcohol, or any unhealthy choice, then be there to guide her back onto the right path.

Just think about it….if you were struggling, being bullied or starting to follow the wrong path would you want someone to be there for you?

Let’s forget about the clicks and the popularity. I believe we need to pick others up around us. Help one another and be there for each other. Make each other feel good about themselves. I’m not saying you have to be the best of friends. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be friendly to one other.

Girls, don’t let girls run slow!

Much Lovemuch love,
Jae

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Strength vs. Strength

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We all know that strength is a big part of sports. The real key to sports is being strong enough to handle the physical contact, being able to throw harder and faster than your competitor, and having the capability to hit harder then your opponent.

You may have great strength in your sport, but do you have strength in your life?

Let me ask you another question. Are you strong enough to say “No” to something you don’t want to do? For instance, you are at your best friend’s house and her parents are not home. She asks you if you want a drink of her parent’s alcohol. Will you say “No?” Or will you say “Yes” because she is your best friend.

Strength plays a huge part in sports, but it plays an even bigger part in life. Will you have the strength to stand up and control your life? Will you have the strength to say “No” to drugs and alcohol? And, will you have the strength to stand up for someone who is being bullied?

Be strong! Have the strength to stand up and go against the pressures you might face. Believe in yourself and believe that by standing against what is wrong you will be better off. People will look back and respect and admire you for having the strength to say “No” to the things you knew where wrong.

I have faith that every single one of you can build this strength!

Much Lovemuch love,
Jae

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You Are Beautiful

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“Beauty is being the best possible version of yourself on the inside” – Unknown

This quote is so right on because beauty is truly not all about looks.

You are Beautiful

You don’t have to be the prettiest or most popular girl in school for people to like and respect you. It makes me very sad when I read negative social media post girls write. Many times these posts are about how ugly they are, how fat they are or how some body part is out of proportion…Girls YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

If I could give you one piece of advice it would be to STOP putting yourself down and always remember to be your #1 FAN.

It is so true. You really do need to be more concerned about how beautiful you are on the inside. To me, being beautiful on the inside means:

  • Being genuinely nice to someone.
  • Being strong.
  • Being grateful.
  • Being positve.
  • Standing up for what is right.
  • Helping someone in need.
  • Being loyal and reliable.
  • Being a great friend.
  • Being inspiring.
  • Being caring.
  • Having good morals.
  • Being confident
  • Let’s take a closer look at one trait I believe is very important. That is being confident in your own skin. Confidence can go along way. If someone sees that you are confident good things can happen like, a lead role in a play or video, getting a job that many applied for, or making a spot on a high level team. Building your confidence is possible, but it may take a little work.

    If you have struggled or are struggling with being confident or believing you are beautiful and you want to share your story, send it to me. If you give me permission I will post your story. If you allow me to post your story, my guess is you will help someone just by sharing how you overcame your feelings about yourself or how you are currently dealing with it.

    Much Lovemuch love,
    Jae

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