Peace Out, School’s Out

*Peaks around the corner to make sure exams are really over.*

Hello, friends! I am now finished with my junior year of college. I am now only one year away from complete adulthood!

*Hyperventilates – casually, of course.*

I’m so excited to say my goal last week helped me to destress and keep me busy when Netflix was constantly calling my name. 

*Takes a Buzzfeed poll to see how many other citizens of the internet think they will end up living with their parents after graduating.*

I now have a relatively chill summer of working in retail, house sitting, dog sitting, babysitting, doing free work for people for experience, and spending time with all the extroverts I know.

*Double checks that list, and then cringes.*

I’ll also spend a lot of alone time by the river and in all the many wonderful parks nearby.

*Fist-bumps Jesus in thanks.*

Anywho, this week starts my first week of summer! Woo hoo! And to start it off, my goal is to learn French every day! 

*Scratches head in amazement of how nerdy that is.*

I’ll only be devoting twenty minutes each day to it, but it’s a nice little goal that’s super easy to accomplish when I really don’t want to do anything but eat popcorn and go on walks. Which, I honestly don’t think there’s anything wrong with those two things, but I really should keep my mind sharp (read: prepare for the day when I escape this country and need to convince people I’m not American)

So, I’m sorry (not sorry) that this week’s blog is super short, but I didn’t really want to write it since I’m supposed to be in super-chill-summer-vacation-my-old-navy-hours-haven’t-kicked-in-yet-mode. You get what you get. I hope you enjoy it. 

*Steps back in shock of own sassiness.*

Have a great summer everyone! See you 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: 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. Spend 30 minutes each day alone in your bedroom doing something non-electronic (read, sit in silence, etc.).

This week: Spend 20 minutes learning French each day.

Next week: Write a thank you note to a new person each day. And probably mail it? They might want to read the nice things you have to say. 

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This Little Piggy Forgot!

Apparently I love food more than God…

At least, that’s how it would appear based on my utter failure at praying before eating my main meals. I did, however, remember later – sometimes right after finishing, sometimes hours later – and guiltily said a quick thanks for the food and prayed about whatever else was on my mind.

I wouldn’t say this was an unsuccessful week, though. I did pray way more than I normally do. And, when I did, I prayed about more than just the food. While it didn’t play out the way I expected, I’d say it went okay.

So, here’s hoping I keep up with it!

You may have noticed that my planned goal for this upcoming week is crossed off. That is because I decided I wanted to do something else with my extra time during exam week. So, I’ll be setting aside the time each day to spend some time by myself – no electronics. I’ll write, work on an art project, read or just sit there. Maybe I’ll dance around to some music (exception to no electronics, cuz duh). No matter what, though, it will be a solid chunk of time to myself.

I’m really excited!

Wish me luck on exams, friends, and see you on the other side.

 

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: Pray before each meal. Maybe it will taste better?

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. Spend 30 minutes each day alone in your bedroom doing something non-electronic (read, sit in silence, etc.).

Next week: Spend 20 minutes learning French each day.

Why is Breathing so Complicated?

Seriously, though. I tried breathing exercises this week, and somehow they made me more stressed out. 

How?

I don’t really know. I guess I could never find that balance of focusing but not thinking – and isn’t that the point of breathing exercises? 

Anyway, every time I tried to do the breathing exercises, I ended up feeling more panicked and stressed out, so I did other stuff instead, like reading or listening to music. 

I’m rather okay with this week’s goal not working out, because I already have a pattern for destressing and pulling myself together than works the majority of the time. It seems true that you shouldn’t mess with a good thing. I’ll stick with planning out my life with sticky notes and a pen. 

So, this upcoming week I’ll be praying before each meal. In order to actually remember to pray before each meal, I’ll also be wearing a ring every day. I don’t wear rings – ever – so it’s sure to get my attention. 

I don’t know exactly what I hope to accomplish with this, but I’m not just gonna sit there and wait for a miracle. As one of my many ways of procrastinating for final exams, I’ll be spending some time throughout the week researching why Christians began praying before their meals. I grew up with the understanding that it is a way to thank God for providing – more than just food. My dad would often thank God for our safety and other things in our lives when he prayed at the dinner table growing up. He still does. 

I’ve eaten with other people, like my Catholic relatives, who say the same prayer before their meals – something I’ve never understood. I’ll look into that. 

I’ve also eaten with people who all bow their heads for a minute and sit in silence. I never used to pray in those moments, but instead listened to the room because someone inevitable farts or their stomach growls. It’s hilarious. 

Here’s to a week of praying a lot! I’ll let you guys know how it turns out 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: Do breathing exercises each day. First, look up breathing exercises…

This week: Pray before each meal. Maybe it will taste better?

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.  Spend 30 minutes each day alone in your bedroom doing something non-electronic (read, sit in silence, etc.).

 

Welp

Welp, this week wasn’t perfect either. 

But I did wake up more on time than last week, so that’s an accomplishment. Rather than stress about waking up at the exact moment my alarm is turned off and rush into my day, I still took a few moments to gather myself, and then about five mornings I woke up with a little extra time to do some things before class or work – and it was really nice! I’m planning on trying to continue the trend since I really did get more things accomplished because of the jumpstart to my days. 

So, not much else really happened this week. 

Oh, wait. SOMETHING. DID. 

I got promoted to a lead writing consultant at GVSU’s Writing Center!!! Woo hoo!

I’m so extremely excited to have officially moved into this role, and I can’t wait for this upcoming final year of my education. It’s going to be full of awesome lasts – and some firsts! 

Anywho, this next week I’ll let it really hit me that I’m basically a real grown up now. And I’ll deal with it by trying breathing exercises! 

I’m not generally an anxious and stressed person, but that’s because I hold a lot of stuff in until most Thursdays or Fridays when I can ~take a breath~ (pun intended). So, I’m going to see if setting the time aside to literally just breath and do whatever else I’m supposed to do during those minutes will make a difference in my attitude and energy. I’m kind of skeptical, but still willing to try it – which is the most important thing! 

Enjoy the increasingly warm weather, friends, and check back 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: Do breathing exercises each day. First, look up breathing exercises… Wake up on time: The remix.

This week: Do breathing exercises each day. First, look up breathing exercises…

Next week: Pray before each meal. Maybe it will taste better?

Another One Bites the Dust

This week’s goal went the way of squats week…

And once again, that’s okay! 

I accomplished a lot this week (interviews, projects, exams, life) and it wasn’t because of or despite not waking up “on time.” I still woke up in plenty of time to get where I needed to go each morning (except Tuesday, but that’s because I severely underestimated how long it would take me to do my makeup for my interview that day). I decided – each morning – that it felt better to lay there a little longer and think about my day instead of jumping right into the stress.

That being said, I’m going to try the goal again this upcoming week. I’m not going to jump right out of bed like some kind of crazy person, but I will do my best to wake up a little earlier than I normally do so I can spend some time each morning being productive. As my junior year of college nears the end, I want to make sure I’m making the most of my time and sanity so I can enjoy things like an impulsive trip to Lake Michigan or have a much needed movie night with my friends.

So, what the heck does that mean for one of my other 52 goals?!?! 

I’m gonna cut one.

Yep. 

Just cut it right out.

I can’t magically add a week to the year, and I honestly don’t want to. So I chose to cut my goal of napping a little each day for a week. Risky, I know. 

But, if I’m being honest, I know it’s only healthy to nap if you’re body really needs it – and most of the time, my body doesn’t need a nap. In fact, I usually feel better if I take a little walk or dance around for a bit instead.

Well, friends, wish me luck this week. I’m hoping to get a lot of crap done that I should’ve worked on last 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: Wake up on time and get right up each morning.

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

Next week: Do breathing exercises each day. First, look up breathing exercises…