9.19.2011

From Stressing to Spending

You guys...this studying for the LSAT thing has not helped my frivolous spending. In the beginning it was fine but ever since the 3 week countdown mark began I have been suddenly spending a lot. I'm not sure if it's because I've been away from everything and also because I didn't pay attention to fashion week at all, or if it's from all the non-stop studying, or if it's from the sleep deprivation but I have purchased quite a lot in the past 2 weeks.

Here's a breakdown because I need to be held accountable:
Zappos - Steve Madden Pembrook booties $129
Hautelook - Splendid items (LOVE this brand and have been waiting for a sale) $154
AE - Black ankle boots on sale $35
Forever 21 - some basics for Fall (including the coolest cobalt blue skinnies) $112

As you can see...I basically blew my shopping budget out the window for the entire month of September AND October. I don't know what happened but there you have it. My brain has been mush from studying logic however it still has time to think about shopping.

The stress, anxiety, and panic has set in and I think I have resorted to doing what I know best, and that's shopping. I have found that I turn to spending money when I am in these types of predicaments and by blogging about it, it really helps me realize that I need to reel it all in. I began this blog to stop this habit and I did successfully but when you throw yourself in a busy schedule and you are put under pressure, that's when self control needs to come in.

I also wanted to check out Target to see if they had any Missoni x Target stuff but I held back as I knew I wouldn't be able to control myself. Also I've been wanting to decorate my office space since I am there more than half of my life so I want it to be soothing and comfortable, but I haven't had time to think about it yet.

The LSAT is in 12 days and I'm in panic mode. The studying has been kicked up a notch and I'm now getting 4-5 hours of sleep and drinking coffee like it's going out of style. Starbucks is making a small fortune out of me and yes I know that if I stop buying Starbucks I will have more money if I invest it but right now nothing can buy sanity more than my iced white mocha so Starbucks it is. The library is my 2nd home and I am constantly thinking of fallacies and valid/invalid arguments when I talk to people. It's getting a bit annoying. I'm thinking that I should get a massage the Friday before to release the stress and emotion since it will be the most important test of my life. I just have to keep studying so I don't have to take this test again in December.

Anyone have any tips for combating nervousness, anxiety, panic, stress, or plain ol butterflies? 

6 comments:

Rafiki said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

As always I will wait to see if you return anything :)

Next up is handling this stress from the upcoming exam. First off move your sleep from 5 hours to 8 hours. It will help a tonne. I believe this will help a lot especially as the exam gets closer.

My next piece of advice is Hakuna Mutata(it means no worries). I know it is easier said than done but stop stressing so much about the exam, if you have the feeling to shop, shop, if you want a mocha have one but don't stress on it. Just do it for now.

Lastly. You are awesome, I know this exam has a lot riding on it, from money to time to hard work and it determines your future but I am most sure you will nail it. You've improved everyday since you started. Take it easy. You know this stuff. Enjoy it.

Alexa said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi there! Sorry to hear about all the stress you're going though.. Just know it doesn't last forever! I try not to spend when stressed; but I will shop after a landing a big job to reward myself ;) Just think of this last shopping trip as preparation for Fall/Winter.. You did get some pretty awesome items!

The JC boots I was wearing are called Modelo-Mendoza. I got them from Shopbop last year for 70% off ;)

www.cashmereandcandy.com

Shoe.Gal said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am the same way...there is a reason they call it retail therapy. Just make sure you do not feel guilty about spending the $$$ and that usually just leads to more stress, at least for me anyway! Wishing you the best of luck on the exam.

shoppingtosaving said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Rafiki - You know me too well! I don't think I will return anything because I thought long and hard about each item but also the Hautelook stuff is only returnable for credit lol. You're right hakuna matata...no worries for sure! I think I'll keep that motto in my head for the next 2 weeks.

Alexa - Thanks! The pembrooks are sort of similar, but I love yours much more!

Shoe.Gal - Totally agree, I actually spent money but felt much better. It could have been the lack of sleep though. Damn retail therapy!

meka said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hello, I'm a lurker and wanted to offer you some advice on the LSAT. If you noticed a pattern during your study, continue that pattern on test day. For example, when I studied for the exam, I couldn't buy a right answer. After, studying for an hour or so, I did extremely well on the practice tests. I knew that I had to warm up on test day but I was too stressed to sleep the night before and didn't do any practice tests because I was too tired. On the first two portions of the test, I had an equal number of right and wrong answers. The last two sections? I missed two total.

Do yourself a favor and stick to what works for you. Do that in law school too.

Good luck!

shoppingtosaving said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

meka - thank you so much!!! i know i need to warm up as well and i think i will wake up a bit early and just do a few logical reasoning questions, a logic game and one reading comp. that should warm me up i think. i always did well when i do the same question type in a row. i think the key to really understanding each logical reasoning question for me is to identify the question type. sometimes i confuse the soft must be trues with the strengthen ones and that will obvs give me the wrong answer! i am def practicing for hours on end until the very last afternoon before the test. thanks for your input!!!!

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