What I Ate Wednesday: A Midterm Pep Talk

I am entering a pretty long stretch of mid-terms and sort of feel like I’m preparing for a marathon. So today I thought I would write myself a little letter that I can look back on in the coming weeks… and months… and years. Perhaps something will resonate with you in your current circumstance. And if not, I hope you at least get a bit of entertainment out of the fact that I am talking to my future self on the Internet and can go about your day knowing that you’re cooler than at least one person.

And also, FOOD. Because if there’s one thing I don’t forget about during a frenzy, it’s food. We just sort of have each other’s backs, you know? So without further ado, a peak at my Monday eats and a letter to thine self.

Dear Jacklyn…

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{Cocoa Blueberry Oatmeal with Sunbutter and Hemp Hearts}

1. Take time to move. It doesn’t have to be balls-to-the-walls, sweating-bullets, endorphins-flying-everywhere type of exercise to clear your mind. Stretch for five minutes, walk around the block or do a plank. You never regret moving.

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{Snack: Leftover Fried Brussel Sprouts}

2. SLEEP. You’ll be tempted to stay up late studying but you know that’s a recipe for a grumpy and slow-brained Jacklyn. Picture the sleep fairy arranging all the info you’ve acquired today into nice little compartments in your brain and get.into.bed.

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{Sad to be Leaving Ottawa to go Study}

3. Remind yourself that everything on Instagram will still be there in an hour. Maybe even more than that?!

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{This curried rice recipe eaten on the bus ride back to Montreal}

4. It’s okay if you find yourself eating a frozen pizza or cereal for dinner. The world doesn’t end when you’re not miss homemade fancy pants.

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{A Crunchy McIntosh}

5. Give yourself a change of scenery. Your desk is nice but sitting at it for 10 consecutive hours is not so nice. Go to a coffeeshop, go to the library, go to the kitchen table. Just go see something different.

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{Banana Muffin with Almond Butter and Milk}

6. Jot a little schedule that includes breaks. You know that an unstructured 4 hours of “studying” will probably end up being 1 hour of studying and 3 hours of blog browsing/texting mom 17 times/day dreaming about Josh/everything other than studying.

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{Indian Lentil Cauliflower Soup from the Oh She Glows Cookbook //
Homemade Bread with Butter & Sharp Cheddar}

7. Reward yourself for your productivity. If an episode of Survivor awaits you after Chapter 5, you know that Chapter 5 ain’t gonna know what hit it.

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{Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Bark}

8. Remember that in 20 years, you’ll remember if you gave your classes a solid effort, but you won’t remember your mark. So study hard and then let what will be, be.


Whether in midterms or not, I wish you a most productive and peaceful day!

And please tell me, what works best for you to be your most productive? I need all the tips I can get! 


P.s. The WIAW link-up is over on Laura’s blog this week!


27 thoughts on “What I Ate Wednesday: A Midterm Pep Talk

  1. Ah I love this- especially #6, scheduling in breaks is a fantastic idea. Sometimes if I am having trouble writing a paper I will look at the clock and say “non-stop writing for ten minutes”. It’s amazing how much I get done!
    The oatmeal looks insane, btw. What is your recipe?!

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      • Mmm yes those oats are one of my faves! It’s just 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1 cup almond milk, couple tsp chia seeds, scant tbsp of cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. I cook those things until thick and then add a mashed banana (a bit less than a whole one if it’s really ripe) and 1/3 cup of frozen blueberries until the pot is good and hot again :)

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      • Mmmmm delicious! This is going to be my breakfast as soon as those bananas are speckly. I cook my cocoa-banana oats the same way, but with a tsp each chia and flax, add my banana earlier, and 2 tablespoons of cocoa. The chocolatier, the better in my world!

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  2. Tip ##4 is my favourite. Sometimes I feel so frazzled simply because I don’t have time to make something elaborate. I usually do lots of meal-prep on Sundays (cooking a big batch of grains, lots of veggie-chopping) and during the week have lots of quinoa + veggie mixes, or veggies with noodles and an egg, etc. It’s the prep that takes the most time, IMO!

    Changing the location also helps me a lot. I tend to become sleepier and more distracted after a long time at my desk. Your tips are excellent and I felt like this letter was written to me :)

    BTW I baked Running With Spoon’s greek yogurt banana bread the other day. SO moist and not too sweet (1 tbsp brown sugar + 1 tbsp maple for 6 slices). It’s now my study reward ;)

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  3. I really loved this post and your blog in general! This is my first time commenting big I’m always reading! I’m currently in year 4 of my didactic program in Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S. so I totally understand writing to your future self about the important things because it can get overwhelming! Good luck on all your midterms :) Also, ever since that one post where you mentioned the song Lose It by Oh Wonder I have been listening to their entire album constantly– it’s so good and just makes me happy, maybe you could include listening to their music into one of your study breaks ;)

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  4. If I had any tips that actually worked I would share them, but unfortunately I’m not the best studier. All I can say is to make sure you have fun, and take time to relax and give your brain a break! Good luck with all you tests/studying! :)

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  5. Good luck with your midterms! I really enjoyed this post – you make so many good points that can easily be applied to life in general, too! I am excited to try that curried rice recipe. I am curious, did you add anything different to yours? Am I seeing raisins in there?

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    • Thanks so much!! That recipe is a great one (as are the leftovers!) And yes, good eye – I completely forgot to mention that I usually add raisins or dried currants for a little sweet component. I typically follow the recipe for the dressing but sort of eye ball the rest. Sometimes if I have leftover cooked rice I just roll with that amount and then add the dressing and other ingredients to taste. Hope you enjoy it if you make it :)

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  6. You are the cutest! I love that picture of you with your luggage!!
    I love that you wrote your future self a letter! I feel like we should all do that from time to time, regardless of the stage of life we are in. I know that there are some moments that I never want to forget and some ideas that I want to keep in mind, but they can so easily get lost in the day to day living, you know?
    I really love your point about getting up to move every so often. I know that after 45 minutes to an hour, my eyes start to glaze over, no matter what it is that I’m reading.
    I hope you have a lovely (and productive) rest of your week!

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  7. I had to tell myself the same things this past week becaus #6 is my life. also that breakfast looks amazing. i love hemp hearts! (and i could eat that soup every day! (well i basically do, haha)

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