I am Not a Multitasker

I am not a multitasker. 

In fact, I just spent a good portion of my Saturday night sitting on my bed listening to the same song three times in a row because I still felt like I hadn’t heard it right. And earlier, when I was trying to drive and sing at the same time, I may have been really inconsistent with my speed… I promise I’m a safe driver and I’ve never had any accidents. I just really like to sing in the car and can’t help it when both feet start to tap a little. A lot. 

Anywho.

This past week my goal was to listen to a podcast every day. The good news is, I found a few that I really like! The bad news is, none of them are very deep like I was hoping they’d be…

My favorites are really short podcasts like Minutephysics and Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day. 

I learned that I really can’t live my life with people talking in my ear. I tried to listen to the podcasts while I was walking across campus, and that ended with me feeling like I was gonna trip over my own two feet because my concentration was so shot. I tried to listen to them before bed and I’m pretty sure I fell asleep both times before the opening sponsors were listed. The only time I really enjoyed it was when my full attention was on the podcast. Just like with music. And tv. 

I’m honestly not surprised to learn this about myself, because about the only thing I can multitask is laughing at my niece and taking a picture at the same time. And even then it’s super blurry. But it’s the memory that’s important. 

So, I probably won’t be dedicating consistent amounts of my time to podcasts, but I have a few more fun things in my introverting arsenal now! Yay! 

*Insert snappy transition here that I don’t have the brainpower to come up with right now*

This upcoming week, I’ll be starting each day by waking up on time and actually getting started on my day. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: One of my favorite things in the whole world is staying in bed and staring at the ceiling. Especially this time of year when I can watch the sun peak through the blinds and move across the wall. It’s the best. 

Unfortunately, I only have a month left of my junior year and that means I have to get my crap together in a timely manner. So I will. Starting this week. Such excitement. 

If you need me, try not to unless it’s an emergency. Except for when I come out for a breather, I’ll be in Super Serious Gwen mode and it’ll be really fun (sense the sarcasm). To anyone that sees me on a consistent basis, I apologize in advance if my bluntness gets a little tough to take. I really will drop everything I’m doing if you need me to be a friend and not a student/employed human. 

Have a great week everyone!

 

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: Listen to a podcast once a day. It can be while you’re eating, taking a break, waiting for class or work to start, or before bed. 

This week: Wake up on time and get right up each morning. 

Next week: Do breathing exercises each day. First, look up breathing exercises… Wake up on time: The remix.

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Not Your Mother’s Christian Music

Hello friends!

I just finished up a wonderful week of only listening to Christian music, and I have to say, I liked it! It took me the first couple of days to find a playlist that didn’t make me want to hit the skip button every other song, but I did it! 

The winner is: “Not Your Mother’s Christian Music” on Spotify (*cheering in the distance*). Note: I sometimes also listened to the archive version, which is also on Spotify. 

The thing I like so much about this playlist is there’s a wide variety of songs on it. Most of them are fairly recent, released within the past decade or so, but there’s even a few throwbacks! There’s even some bands featured that aren’t designated as “Christian,” but their song still has a Biblical or spiritual message. I even discovered some fun facts about bands I’d already been listening to – like two members of Colony House are sons of Stephen Curtis Chapman, a very well-known Christian artist. 

So, as I discussed in my last post, I struggle with hearing the words, and therefore the message, of songs. That didn’t miraculously change with this goal, but because I knew what my goal was, I think I subconsciously focused more and I heard a few songs with messages that stood out to me. I also danced a little bit. 

Moving on (trust me when I say you don’t want to read about me dancing). This week I’ll be listening to one podcast a day, and a new one each day. I’m not sticking with just one because I want to get a taste of what I like and don’t like, then I’ll probably stick with one more consistently. I already tried Welcome to Night Vale in bed last night. I’m not listening to that one in the dark again… it wasn’t scary, just really eerie…

If you have suggestions, PLEASE send me a message or leave a comment! There’s too many options out there and I’d love the guidance of my friends. I’m open to any type of podcast, especially humorous ones. 

Thanks for reading and have a great 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: Only listen to Christian music – feel free to find some new stuff that’s not replaying on the radio. Spotify is your friend.

This week: Listen to a podcast once a day. It can be while you’re eating, taking a break, waiting for class or work to start, or before bed. 

Next week: Wake up on time and get right up each morning. 

Skillshare is Da Bomb

Guys! I love Skillshare

I’m also really sad because my free trial will be done soon and I want the awesomeness to never end! It’s been really fun – and challenging – taking these online courses.

I ended up taking only three classes, but I’m still making my way through one exceptionally long one, and other days I read from the Skillshare blog instead of doing a course.

While I’m not going to let it overtake my freetime – or school time – I plan on making the most of the rest of the free trial and the blog. I love what I’m learning, and it doesn’t feel like school! It’s me getting to learn from professionals (or people who are hardcore into their hobby) in a casual setting (usually my bed or a couch) and go at my own pace.

So the three courses I enrolled in were:

  1. Urban Sketching for Beginners: Watercolour Sketch in 3 Steps
  2. You Can Draw Anything! In 3 Simple Steps
  3. Basics of Photoshop: Fundamentals for Beginners

I also explored articles on things like making a better blog, nailing the interview, and making the most of your hobbies. Everything has been easy to follow and honestly enjoyable. I can tell in each video and each article that the teacher loves what they are talking or writing about. And that can sometimes be hard to get at a university level, where professors love what they do, but also are teaching it rather than doing it.

This week I’ll be listening to only Christian music. I’m interested to see how it affects my mood and my relationship with God by the end of the week.

Christian music is especially touch and go with me, because I usually listen to music more for how the instruments and voice sound and make me feel, rather than the words. It’s always been difficult for me to connect with the words without actually reading them (which is also why I zone out in lectures…).

Normally, this isn’t much of a problem since I don’t necessarily listen to secular music to get ~something more~ out of it. But the thing with Christian music is the words are usually the meat of the song, and the instruments just kind of back it up. Not always, but often.

My hope is that by spending a whole week listening to only Christian music, I’ll be able to hear the words better, and therefore the message.

On that note, see you all next 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: Learn about and try graphic design for at least 30 minutes each day. You know you need to figure it out for your future job. 

This week: Only listen to Christian music – feel free to find some new stuff that’s not replaying on the radio. Spotify is your friend.

Next week: Listen to a podcast once a day. It can be while you’re eating, taking a break, waiting for class or work to start, or before bed. 

Nope.

Long story short: I didn’t prioritize my goal for this week.

Short story long: That’s okay! I started the first few days doing squats, but trying to remember to set aside the time to do squats each morning when I had deadlines and midterms to focus on was stressful. I decided that my body and mind felt better the mornings I woke up and went through my regular routine, rather than interrupting that with an exercise I’ve discovered is more effective when part of a routine than on its own. 

So, I have no awesome results to show in the form of leg muscles…

But I did do well on my midterms and overall reduced my stress levels, which is really important as a college student surrounded by hundreds of sick people on a daily basis, as well as battling the temperamental weather. 

On to new things! This week is my Spring Break and when I’m not working, I’ll be playing catch up and working on two 1000-piece puzzles. I’m really excited for the puzzles!

I’ll also be spending time each day sharpening my communications skills by taking online classes through Skillshare. If you’re interested in learning from professionals and regular folk about art, design, and lots of other interesting skills, check it out! I have loved occasionally going through their classes, and this week I’m going to go through several of them. 

 

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: Start each morning with squats and increase them each day. Who knows? Maybe you’ll notice a difference after a week.

This week: Learn about and try graphic design for at least 30 minutes each day. You know you need to figure it out for your future job. 

Next week: Only listen to Christian music – feel free to find some new stuff that’s not replaying on the radio. Spotify is your friend.