Focusing While Traveling

I have been traveling a lot lately (and will be traveling even more in the months to come) and always have a tough time studying when I’m gone. I almost never have breaks from school (go me) so if I have time to study on a trip, I study. This week, I’m in Colorado (woot!). It’s a school trip, to be fair, so I’m actually technically doing school right now, but I also have a couple other classes I need to keep up with. Okay, so fun fact about me, I actually like studying in airports (only in airports, not in planes). I don’t know what it is, I guess I just study better when there’s noise. However, once I get to my destination all motivation that I had during my layover is now gone. I feel awful because of flying; I want to eat but I can’t. I’m sleepy and I pretty much don’t want to do anything the rest of the day (unless it’s a late night flight, in which case the morning before the flight is exactly the same). When I’m on a trip, usually I can still study at night (I’m going to be on social media for a couple hours anyways), but a lot of times I don’t (hence the social media). If you’re like me and you find it difficult to study during a trip, or even a hectic time of life, then this post is for you! What do I do to make studying on trips actually happen?

one. First of all, make sure you plan ahead. Usually, we have a vague idea of what is going to happen during a trip. Think through the rough schedule and highlight times in your mind when you’ll be able to study. For me, it usually lands on evenings. If I plan a few days ahead of time, then when the time actually comes, I have not only motivation to make it happen, but direction. The next morning won’t find me remorseful because I forgot about a project I could have done in the two hour slot everyone around me was doing nothing. You can also tell someone about your plan. Tell your mom, or your friend, or your teacher. Or better yet, someone on the trip. Even if they don’t keep you accountable, you’ve audibly promised yourself you’d study. But first and foremost, and I can’t emphasize this enough, plan. Plan plan plan.

two. Second, make it easy on yourself, dude. Do the hard stuff before you leave. Prepare. For instance, I find it so much easier to sit down and write a paper if I wrote the outline the day before (instead of right before). If it’s easier to study, you’re more likely to do it. And if you have assignments you’re going to actually enjoy, leave those for your trip!

three. I ran into this one just the other night. I’m getting ready to go on a trip so this is kind of in my brain (how am I going to get Statistics done???). I really didn’t want to study, and it was only like 10. All I wanted to do was hit the sack. Well, I had the thought, “If I can’t work right now, how am I going to work when I’m traveling?” So I decided to push a little longer and get some more done. (P.S. I stayed on social media for a little bit longer and then went to bed. Do as I say, not as I do.)

These tips really can help at any point in life, especially if life is insane. All of these take discipline, but think about how awesome you feel after you’ve accomplished something!

Do you have any other tips for staying focused while traveling? I’d LOVE to hear them! Comment below!




TGIF, in the Best Sense Possible

A little update on my life this lovely Friday afternoon.


I’m in LA!!! Finally! It feels so good to be back home, you have no idea. California gets in your bones and never leaves. Yeah people like to come here for vacation and they think it’s cool and all, but it’s more than just the beach and Disneyland. It’s like everything.

Anyways, so I’m back in SoCal and trying to catch up on my crazy life. If there’s one thing I can do better than anyone else, it’s pile so much on my plate that everything begins to fall off (beginning with sleep). I have a lot of catching up to do, but it helps so much to be back in the sun and the fast-paced life. Like I told someone last night, I’m affected so much by where I am, it’s unreal.

It’s been amazing seeing my Cali friends too! I’ve missed all of them so much, and I still haven’t reconnected with half of them.


Up on the horizon is a whole lot. A week from Tuesday, I leave to go to Colorado with my super awesome CollegePlus friends Christiana, Ali, and Jessica (Check out Christiana’s blog here if you haven’t already!!!). We’re flying into Denver and then going about an hour and a half outside of the city to Estes Park where we’ll continue our Leadership Class and get to meet Dr. Jeff Myers in person! That ends Friday morning, and after that, we are going to connect with my coach through CollegePlus (who is also Jessica’s coach!!!) and we’ll get to see a little bit of Denver (Oh, also check out my coach’s blog here)!!! So there’s that trip.


Then I come back to LA to get a handle on my life and get ahead in school. And work continues on with planning the CPE3 happening exclusively for CollegePlus students September 15-19. At some point there’s a possibility I’ll be going to the midwest to continue working on that.

After I go back to Spokane in the middle of May, a couple roadtrips to Seattle are in the books and of course, 4th of July. If you didn’t know, 4th of July is my favorite holiday. Yes, beats Christmas.

And then right after 4th of July I’m probably going down to the South to visit family (!!!) and then back to LA. And, I don’t know, maybe I’ll work in a little roadtrip to San Francisco sometime at the end of summer. Of course, September marks the CPE3, so I get to go back to Texas!!! (And get unnerved at the unnatural level of conservatism there.)


Is your head spinning? Yeah, mine too. I’m extremely excited for the rest of this year. All I wanted to do this year was travel and God (amazing God that He is) granted my wish, however trivial that is.

Anyways, TGIF. But it’s more TGIF because now I’m in LA and last Monday I was thinking towards this Friday just because of that.

What’s one thing that you’re looking forward to this year??? Comment below!