This past Sunday night, I was on a caffeine high. Two large coffees (one of which was from Philz, which gets me wired in the amount of time it took you to read this sentence) downed plus a visit to the funniest friends out there that resulted in hours of hilarity and a $50 Taco Bell delivery later, I was overly stimulated and had too much java flowing through my veins. I know this because I kept on jolting awake throughout the night until I finally gave up at 5:30am and merely began to read Yes Please with the dawning light. That, and the tingly feeling in my fingertips that lasted until late afternoon.
Oh, but that tingly feeling in my fingertips! It's gotten me through many a writing rut, rainy day, and "getting my ducks in a row." It's the surefire way to get me motivated, productive, and inspired.
But self-induced tingly feelings aren't the only way to get me up and at 'em, to give me a little extra pep in my step. Blasting Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys was actually a foolproof method, especially in my sophomore year. Press play, and Caroline starts to tap away on her keyboard.
More recently, however, my go-to has been freshly threaded eyebrows. There's just something about a perfect arch that makes a girl unstoppable. Giving and receiving genuine compliments. The off chance that my hair dries just perfectly. A gin cocktail in hand and in bloodstream, and a conversation about a topic that I know really, really thoroughly. A powerful lecture given by an engaging professor. Heels in which I sashay and not wobble. The Golden Hour. Sitting in the window seat of a moving vehicle whilst gazing contemplatively into the distance. Making someone laugh until their abs hurt. The first only 30 seconds of a jog before I start flailing and dying. Wearing a spiky corset and sky high Louboutin's, with Blue Ivy on one hip, and BEYONCE in lights above me .... oh wait.
Friends, what makes you feel like you can conquer the world ... or get out of bed on a Wednesday morning even?