ZZZZZZZZ…

I like this whole sleepin’ more thing.

While I didn’t necessarily get eight hours of sleep each night, I did get more than if I didn’t have my goal.

Some nights, I was up later than normal due to picking up extra hours at the Writing Center for pre-exam week. Other nights, I was struggling to stay awake at 8pm, so I finished up what I had to do and hit the hay.

This upcoming week will probably be hard for me to keep with the standard of sleep since my schedule will be completely different for exam week, but I’m hoping and pushing myself to give my body and mind the rest it needs.

On a different, more festive note – I’m gettin’ artsy and Christmasy this week! Tomorrow starts my big push to get some progress done on the Christmas presents I’m making for my family. I’m also excited because I know it’ll be the perfect stress relief from exams and work and people and the cold.

So, have a good night, friends. Study hard if you’re a student, work hard if you’re not. And drink some hot coco to keep this cold weather at bay.

 

If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:

Last week: Get eight hours of sleep each night. Don’t worry about the homework you need to do, the shower you didn’t take, or the dishes left out. Just. go. to. sleep.

This week: Try drawing one thing from your how-to-draw book each day (Or work on Christmas gifts… kill two birds with one stone).

Next week: Wear makeup every day. Learn how to do eyeliner, dang it!

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“We’re All Just Tryin’ to Turn Hard Work Into Chicken Nuggets” – Matt Bellassai

I almost made it without eating meat this week.

And then on Thursday, the chicken nuggets in my freezer called my name and I answered and it all went downhill from there.

But, okay, honestly? I missed chicken.

A lot.

I’ve accidentally gone several days without meat before, but knowing it was off limits this time made me want it and that sucked.

I made my favorite guacamole and bought really good chips thinking that would make me so excited to eat that I’d forget about chicken for a few days, but obviously I don’t know myself as well as I thought I did… Which isn’t that shocking.

Anyway, my love affair with chicken nuggets reminded me of that awesome Buzzfeed video where a guy gets drunk and tells it like it is. So click here to hear my unwitting hero say one of my favorite lines about both food and work.

On another note, I should really be working on a research paper since, you know, my semester is almost over and I’m about three seconds from people treating me like a certified adult…

So I’m gonna go do that now that I’ve written this blog and eaten Chinese food and stared at my candle flickering in my dark room for the past twenty minutes.

Check in next week to make sure I’m alive as I go into exam week!

 

If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:

Last week: Go vegetarian. Still eat eggs if you feel like it, though.

This week: Get eight hours of sleep each night. Don’t worry about the homework you need to do, the shower you didn’t take, or the dishes left out. Just. go. to. sleep.

Next week: Try drawing one thing from your how-to-draw book each day (Or work on Christmas gifts… kill two birds with one stone).

Still Recovering From Black Friday

Holy 2am, Batman!

I never want to work a shift that starts at 2 in the morning ever again. Ever. Again.

While I don’t have any crazy customer stories to share, the customers probably have a crazy sales associate story to share. I’m pretty sure I asked each customer to repeat themselves five times once 5am hit. My brain was not functioning.

Also, what are numbers? That’s what my brain decided to forget once 6am hit.

Somehow, I wasn’t able to fall asleep, though, when I got home at 11am. That is, until my dad decided to vacuum the whole house once I finally started to drift off. We both apologized for things done and said…

Other than that craziness, I had a nice Thanksgiving and a decent break. I got to see my mom’s family and cuddle my sister’s dog.

And best of all, I got my five year freakin’ plaque from Old Navy! And a freakin’ free gift!

And, no, I’m not quitting yet. I still need some money over my Christmas break and I really like that employee discount. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get a ten year gift one day…

So, you may be wondering, “But, Gwen. Isn’t this blog about your 52 goals?”

Yes. Yes, it is.

My schedule was so out of whack, though, that I didn’t even try to keep track of what I was doing when, as long as I was at work when I was supposed to be. Let’s just say I did drink lots of water, but who knows when that was…

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and got to see friends and family. Check in next week to see how I do with going meatless this week. I already miss chicken.

 

If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:

Last week: Drink half of a whole water bottle before 9am each day. Yes, you’re going to have to pee really bad probably right after class starts. Deal with it.

This week: Go vegetarian. Still eat eggs if you feel like it, though.

Next week: Get eight hours of sleep each night. Don’t worry about the homework you need to do, the shower you didn’t take, or the dishes left out. Just. go. to. sleep.

PenGwen

Two out of seven isn’t bad, right?

Well friends, I tried. By the time I realized I still hadn’t completed my goal most days, it was late, I was tired, and I read a book (highly recommend Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth: 10/10).

I will say, the two times I did sit in silence for 10 minutes was the calmest I’ve been in a long time. It was nice to sit with my eyes closed and let my mind wander without the stress of knowing my mind shouldn’t be wandering – like when I’m in class or working.

I’m hoping to incorporate this into my daily life more often, which you’ll read more about in my final blog post.

On a different, more festive note, have your holidays started yet? Mine have!

My coworkers and I from the GVSU Writing Center had our annual SNAPSgiving Friday night. Why the weird title? Because year round we celebrate our coworkers by writing them SNAPS. It stands for “Super nifty and particularly special.” So each year we have a mega-SNAPS gathering with Thanksgiving food and make it a big coworker love-fest! It’s really sappy and really great.

This year, someone pointed out in a SNAPS to me that if you add the first initial of my last name to the end of my first name, it sounds somewhat like a penguin noise (*Gwenp*), which funnily enough is the second penguin-related realization to come from my name. I don’t remember who, but someone last year came up with the nickname PenGwen – aptly derived since I am both named Gwen and am a Writing Consultant and spend a lot of time writing with students. It is now one of my usernames (Twitter, I think??).

I hope your holidays start off nice over the next week! Check in next week to see how badly I had to pee each morning after drinking a crap ton of water.

 

If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:

Last week: Sit in silence for 10 minutes each day. You might have to kick your roommate out for a little bit or do it at 1am. That’s okay.

This week: Drink half of a whole water bottle before 9am each day. Yes, you’re going to have to pee really bad probably right after class starts. Deal with it.

Next week: Go vegetarian. Still eat eggs if you feel like it, though.

It’s Beginning to Sound a Lot Like Christmas

We’re only counting business days this week… Because those are the only days I completed my goal.

I’m counting this week as a success for only listening to instrumental or electronic music. I did listen to my regular tunes on Sunday – while I was driving back to GVSU from home. Two hours without singing along loudly to my favorite songs would have been tortue. I know this from experience because that’s what’s it’s like when I have to share a car with other people who want to listen to not my music for that long.

I’m a car ride snob. Deal with it.

I also listened to my usual Saturday oldies stations (with a splash of a Christmas station thrown in there) while I was grocery shopping this morning since that’s my routine. It gets me going and I feel in harmony with all of the other old souls who wake up at 8am on a Saturday to pick through the fresh produce and avoid the hungover college students – ahem, friends.

I did manage to only listen to instrumental or electronic music the rest of the week, though. Not surprisingly, this goal made me think twice about why I was even listening to music in the first place. I gave up trying to find something to listen to for my drive to and from school since it literally takes me about five minutes to drive each way and it sometimes takes me twice as long to find music I want to listen to. Other times, I listened to instrumental Christmas music loudly – like while I was sweeping and mopping the floors in my house while none of my roommates were home.

I can’t say that I’ll continue listening to instrumental music exclusively for any long period of time, but I did enjoy some of the silence or calmer moments because of this goal.

I also friggin’ came across the song “Dawn” from Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley and I used to listen to that beautiful piano song over and over again in high school when I needed to calm down. When I heard it this week, it was like a breath of fresh air and it was the calmest – and shortly after the most excited – I’ve been in a while.

Anywho, thanks for checking in with me again this week, folks. There’s just under two months worth of mini-goals to complete. It’s weird to think that this year is almost over and then I’ll be off trying to do other things with my life. So, until then, please click back next week and stay in touch while I wind down my 52 Things.

 

If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:

Last week: Only listen to instrumental or electronic music.

This week: Sit in silence for 10 minutes each day. You might have to kick your roommate out for a little bit or do it at 1am. That’s okay.

Next week: Drink half of a whole water bottle before 9am each day. Yes, you’re going to have to pee really bad probably right after class starts. Deal with it.

Switcheroo

You may have guessed from the title of this particular blog that I did not, in fact, complete my goal of only checking Facebook once each day.

That is because I should have completed this goal earlier in the year, when I wasn’t in charge of GV Writing Center’s social media accounts and my sister hadn’t just given birth to her first child (7 lbs 1 oz, 19 in long, and a full head of hair = the cutest baby niece a gal could ask for <3).

So I pulled a switcheroo and decided I completed my goal of not wearing makeup. Truth be told, I’ve hardly worn makeup for about seven months, but I did pull out my bag last week to apply some goop since my acne decided to say hello for the first time in a while. I put the bag back, though! And I really didn’t notice the zits most of the time, so I’d say this switcheroo goal was a success.

I won’t be attempting the social media semi-hiatus again, though. I added a new goal of wearing makeup every day – sounds counterproductive, I know, but hear me out. I am a senior in college, I will have job interviews coming up, and I still don’t know how to apply eyeliner.

Thus, a new goal was born!

So, that means I can do my job of checking Facebook for personal and professional reasons, and I can land a job because my face is on point. Boom.

With that, I’m gonna go read for class now, but I do hope you guys have a great week. Wish me luck in only listening to instrumental music for the next six days. I’m gonna miss my Switchfoot and Colony House.

 

If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:

Last week: Only check Facebook once each day (not including Messenger). No makeup. Make sure to choose a week where your hormones won’t screw you over, though.

This week: Only listen to instrumental or electronic music.

Next week: Sit in silence for 10 minutes each day. You might have to kick your roommate out for a little bit or do it at 1am. That’s okay.

Squeaky Clean

Except for Sunday and Friday nights, I completed my goal, and I’m still going to count it as a complete success. That’s because Sunday was meal prep day, which started later than I’m used to, so I focused on other things and only washed – didn’t dry – the dishes. I took care of them the next day, though, so I deserve a gold freakin’ star! I have no excuse for Friday. I’m lazy on Fridays and that’s something I’m okay with.

While I can’t say this goal changed my whole life, I did notice more how many dishes I was using each day, which wasn’t anything incredible – just interesting. I usually use the same few dishes each day because of the way I meal prep, so I think I could totally live with only two of each major kitchen utensil, plates, etc.

In other news, I started rewatching Stranger Things because I’m one of those weirdos who put it off until Stranger Things 2 already came out… So now I’m behind. I’m okay with that though. I’ll probably fall asleep finishing season 1 and drift into a frightful slumber – just like last year.

Well, I hope you guys have a great Halloweekend and don’t let this cold Michigan rain get ya down! Be a true Michigander and wear a costume that looks just as great with a coat over it lol.

 

If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:

Last week: Leave no dirty or drying dishes out at the end of each day.

This week: Only check Facebook once each day (not including Messenger).

Next week: Only listen to instrumental or electronic music.

Productive as Crap

Four out of seven days of completing my cleaning goal is productive as crap in my book. Maybe not everyone’s, but I’m not them.

It was really easy to do something small each day, like dusting off my dresser, and it was extremely satisfying doing a few things I never feel like I have the time for, like washing the windows inside my car. I can guarantee I won’t keep up with this goal on a daily basis, but I’ve already added a few tasks to my to do list this week that I normally would save up for one big cleaning day.

In other news, the countdown started! It’s so weird to think I only have 10 tasks left of the 52. It’s definitely getting harder to pick which one to do each week, but I’m still feeling the satisfaction of trying to complete a goal each week.

Until next week, enjoy the rainy start to this week (if you’re in West Michigan) or whatever fall is doing to your home!

 

If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:

Last week: Clean something small each day (counters, toilet, vacuum, sinks, sweep floors, dust surfaces, tidy bedroom, tidy kitchen, tidy living room).

This week: Leave no dirty or drying dishes out at the end of each day.

Next week: Only check Facebook once each day (not including Messenger).

Only 10 Weeks Left!

Last week’s goal was kind of hard to track. I didn’t do the best of sitting up straight it my classes with traditional desks, because I’m a small person and it is never comfortable in those super awkward desks. I also spent a large portion of my time on my bed because of the combination of sinus sickness, reading assignments, and rainy days.

I’d count it as a success, though, because I was more mindful of the fact that I needed to sit up, which helped me remember.

So, moving on!

This week I’m cleaning something small each day. I’m hoping doing one small thing adds up to a generally cleaner and tidier space. I already do a pretty good job of tidying up after myself – unlike my roommates – so I’m not adding that to my list since I’m not a mom or a maid and I refuse to enable other people into feeling like they can get away with not cleaning ever and still having a good smelling house.

I already vacuumed my room, though, and today I’ll dust my crap. I really want to finish this goal, so I think the motivation is there…

Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying this actual Fall weather! I love it and I hope to make it to a local orchard soon!

 

If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:

Last week: Sit up straight. Try to remember this in class, while you’re eating, and even while you’re driving.

This week: Clean something small each day (counters, toilet, vacuum, sinks, sweep floors, dust surfaces, tidy bedroom, tidy kitchen, tidy living room).

Next week: Leave no dirty or drying dishes out at the end of each day.

The Little Things

First of all:

It finally felt like fall for about five seconds!

But it’s hot again and I’m sad…

Anyway, I made my bed every morning except Sunday, because I forgot that was my goal. It happens.

But it was kind of nice to make my bed. Within two minutes of waking up, I already had one thing accomplished for the day. I’ve read those cheesy articles titled “5 Tips From CEOs to be a More Productive Morning Person.” I was skeptical.

But now I’m a believer.

It really is the little things. I already have a morning routine I follow, so I think I’ll try to keep making my bed a part of it. It was always nice coming home last week and not having to make my bed, it made my part of the room even that much more comfortable for me to be in, and I (mostly) procrastinated less.

So, onward and upward! This week I’m trying to sit up straight and not turn into a hunchback by the time I finish my last year of college. So, far: mixed reviews. The most challenging place to sit up straight is in my classes with the traditional desks. Since I’m a relatively small person, if I sit up straight in my chair with my butt completely on it, I’m too far away from the desk. If I scoot closer, I tend to lean on the desk so I don’t get as tired, but then I slouch.

It’s a vicious circle of to lean and take notes or not lean and not take notes.

Sometimes I hate college.

 

If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:

Last week: Make your bed each morning, right after waking up. No excuses. Your roommate will stay asleep while you move a freaking blanket.

This week: Sit up straight. Try to remember this in class, while you’re eating, and even while you’re driving.

Next week: Clean something small each day (counters, toilet, vacuum, sinks, sweep floors, dust surfaces, tidy bedroom, tidy kitchen, tidy living room).