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.

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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).

No Time. See You Next Week.

So, I don’t have a lot of time to write this. Between registering my first car in my name, my sister’s baby shower, work, homework, and cooking/cleaning, I’m outta time.

Basically, I dressed nice every day except for Monday (working out was more important to me) and it was actually really nice. I found some new outfits I like, I felt great, and I think I’ll try a little harder more often.

This week I have a simple goal: make my bed right after I wake up instead of when I get home from classes and work. I’m hoping this helps me be more productive when I get home every day instead of procrastinating by tidying up.

Have a great week everyone!

 

Last week: Dress really nice each day. That doesn’t mean you have to wear a dress, but you might consider it.

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

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

I’m Human. Moving On.

Yeah, I didn’t complete my goal again. But I’m human, a sleepy human who prefers to fall asleep reading her Bible because then I fall asleep thinking about the things I’m reading rather than trying to write down “important things” after. The few nights I started to brain dump, all I wanted to do was lay there and let my mind wander.

So I did.

There’s not much else to say other than I’m human and I don’t like to brain dump before bed. Maybe I’ll try it in the morning sometime…

In other news: College. It finally doesn’t suck.

I’ve been able to hang out with a bunch of different friends recently, my new jobs are going well, my classes are intellectually engaging but not drowning me, and I’m slowly getting back to working out regularly. Yay!

Every once in awhile it hits me that I’m graduating at the end of April, and I start to freak out a little, but then I remember that 1) it’s in God’s hands and 2) I’m not just sitting on my butt all the time doing nothing. I have skills, I have references, and I have the motivation and know-how to get a more grown-up job after I graduate.

So, this week I start my goal of dressing nice every day and just generally trying a little harder on my appearance.

No, I’m not doing it so guys will think I’m hot. No, I’m not doing it because I think women should always look super put-together.

I’m practicing.

There’s things I’ve always wanted to put in the effort to do to my hair, and to try with makeup and clothes because it makes me feel good. In the past, I’ve regretted not trying a little harder for presentations and job-related things and even weddings. Some of my friends and random people would tell me that’s fine because it doesn’t matter. And as much as I want to agree with those people, I think appearance does matter. It’s part of how we communicate and sometimes I wish I had communicated how I feel about myself better. I do feel super attractive some days, as I should, because God made me and everything he makes is beautiful. Other days, I feel really tired or sick, but I don’t want employers or clients to know that, so I want to communicate the right message.

So, yes, I’ll be wearing a dress for at least five hours at some point this week. And yes, I’m going to attempt to curl my hair (which will probably end up in a terrible pony tail, but that’s okay). And, hopefully by the end of the week, I’ll feel a little more comfortable doing that more often – especially with potential job interviews coming up over the next several months.

I hope you guys all have a lovely summery week (Michigan decided summer makes more sense in September now) and maybe you’ll see me around campus in some fancy digs.

 

Last week: End each day with a brain dump free-write for at least 15 minutes.

This week: Dress really nice each day. That doesn’t mean you have to wear a dress, but you might consider it.

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

I’m a Terrible Student

So I didn’t rewrite my notes… But I did take them in class…

I wasn’t really feeling this goal last week. Every time I sat down to look over my notes and rewrite them, I got stuck. Why would I rewrite them? I did it just fine the first time. I know studies (which I have not found for this blog since I’m lazy) have shown that rewriting notes is good for review, but I feel like my study system works since I’ve never failed a class. I get my work done, I review before exams, and I ask questions when I don’t get something right or can’t figure it out.

Yes, I copped out of my goal. But my time wasn’t wasted. I completed all of my assignments last week and I feel great about it! And I had a little free time to relax and take a breath throughout the week.

I might try to rewrite my notes closer to exams as review, but who knows.

 

 

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: Actually go over notes or rewrite them after each class. Supposedly it will help you retain more information.

This week: End each day with a brain dump free-write for at least 15 minutes.

Next week: Dress really nice each day. That doesn’t mean you have to wear a dress, but you might consider it.

In Which I Talk To Myself

Guys, I really wanted to listen to music all week… And I did for some of it.

Earlier in the week, I was driving around a lot because of Labor Day weekend, so I bent the rules of this goal so that I could have a little fun. The two hour drive to school is no fun if I can’t sing along to my favorite songs while making ridiculous faces.

I also broke the rules Saturday morning because it’s my tradition to listen to oldies radio stations for Saturday morning grocery shopping. A great decision was made because two Tom Petty songs played and you basically can’t beat that.

So the actual affirmation stuff…

Some days it was kind of nice, actually. After a stressful day it was nice to tell myself I am smart and patient and my hair was good that day.

I don’t think I’ll ban music in my car and only talk to myself as car ride entertainment, but I’ve already caught myself whispering encouraging things without realizing it in the past few days, so.

Anywho, I hope everyone is having a great day! Enjoy the onset of layering weather!

 

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: Recite affirmations to yourself whenever you’re alone in the car. Yes, you’ll feel really stupid, but maybe you’ll start to feel better by the end of the week.

This week: Actually go over notes or rewrite them after each class. Supposedly it will help you retain more information.

Next week: End each day with a brain dump free-write for at least 15 minutes.

Lol. No.

Classes officially started at Grand Valley last week.

And so did my inclination for procrastination.

I purposely chose my goal of not watching tv or movies for the first week of classes so that I would get ahead of things and feel great about the semester. I planned to read or just sit and enjoy some downtime listening to music. So, did it work?

Lol. No.

Okay, so actually, it worked a little bit. I was much more conscious about how I was spending my time, so I only watched about 4 hours worth of tv/movies throughout the whole week. That is way less considering I sometimes watch that much tv in one day if I’m particularly lazy. Most of my time spent watching tv/movies was while I was eating, working on a puzzle, or, one night, cooking. Even though I can’t say I’d count this week as a completed goal, I will say it was a success!

I think part of my success came from watching a movie, rather than tv shows. I’m not the type of person that has to finish a movie in one sitting, so I spent about 20 minutes at a time watching the movie while eating my meal. I really liked how this worked for me! I might start picking one or two movies each week to watch and make it last several days. That way, I don’t get hooked on the plot of a television show, and if I am intrigued enough by the movie, it’s not like I binged and wasted nearly 8 hours over two days.

So, let’s see if I keep up with this little idea of mine…

 

 

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: No watching tv or movies. At all. I’m serious. Just sit there and eat your soup, Gwen.

This week: Recite affirmations to yourself whenever you’re alone in the car. Yes, you’ll feel really stupid, but maybe you’ll start to feel better by the end of the week.

Next week: Actually go over notes or rewrite them after each class. Supposedly it will help you retain more information.

TBD

Last week, my goal was to spend some time listening to someone talk about their day. While I didn’t succeed everyday (and I won’t go into the details as to why since that’s not important today), there is one moment I would like to share with you guys.

Saturday evening, while eating with some visitors at my church’s picnic, I listened to Otis and Charlene, two downtown Flint residents, tell me about themselves. They talked about how their granddaughter ran in the kids’ race at the Crim events that morning. They talked about how much they’ve been blessed by God over the years. They also talked about how the Flint Water Crisis affected them – or, I should say, is affecting them.

As a member of a community outside the city, I try my best to stay informed about how the Water Crisis is affecting my neighbors.

As a member of a community outside the city and whose water was not ever switched from the Detroit line, I know I will never fully understand what my neighbors have gone and are going through.

I listened in horror as Otis shared that, while they do still have free access to the water bottles they need on a daily basis, their drinking and bathing by 16 ounce bottles isn’t the thing that’s the hardest.

Otis explained that because of corrosion from the lead and other junk in the water, their hot water heater broke. They’re ready for a new one.

But they can’t get one.

He told me the hot water heater can’t be replaced until their pipes in the whole house are replaced first. So I asked the obvious question: is that soon?

The only information Otis and Charlene could give me was the message they received months ago: TBD.

Not only do they have to use water bottles to have a glass of water and bathe, and live, but now, they don’t even have access in their homes to a hot water heater.

It’s not their fault.

And they can’t do anything about it.

Otis and Charlene have to wait, just like every other resident in the city of Flint whose home was hit, and they don’t even know for how long.

While I know there are people and organizations working hard to help those affected by the Flint Water Crisis, it’s things like Otis and Charlene’s story that the media doesn’t cover.

People forget that it’s more than just water bottles. Homes that held families for generations are literally toxic to them. Places that are supposed to keep you safe and warm can’t do that anymore because of a decision made by those who would never be affected by it (until their trials in court).

I wanted to share Otis and Charlene’s story for more than to prove that I completed my goal last week.

My neighbors are hurt. They can’t do much to change what happened. In most cases, they can’t afford to leave their homes and jobs, so they stay. And, if they’re anything like Otis and Charlene, they rely on God.

I have never met a couple so at peace with the crap they’re going through. They love their home, they love their neighbors, and they love God.

And that is what is getting them through the Water Crisis.

Now, I know a lot of my readers (aka friends) aren’t religious, but if you are, would you please pray for Otis, Charlene, and the residents of the city of Flint who are waiting to be helped? And also pray that we can rely on God as much as Otis and Charlene, even if our right to clean water to drink is stripped away.

I hope every one of you has a nice week, and keep my neighbors in your thoughts and prayers.

 

 

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: Ask someone about their day each day and really listen. Maybe tell them you not responding verbally while they talk is part of an exercise you’re trying… Otherwise they might get uncomfortable.

This week: No watching tv or movies. At all. I’m serious. Just sit there and eat your soup, Gwen.

Next week: Recite affirmations to yourself whenever you’re alone in the car. Yes, you’ll feel really stupid, but maybe you’ll start to feel better by the end of the week.

Back to School and Adventures in Adulting

This past week was a whirlwind!

I started it off by house sitting and crying in frustration. Then moved on to working at Old Navy during our crazy back-to-school sales while also trying to fit in some hours for my other job and pack for school. I had the Friday of my life by cleaning a messy house that was not my responsibility to clean just so I could move back to school. And I ended the week by selling my grandparents’ belongings to strangers while I was half-asleep (not depressing at all, folks. nope, no constant flashes of childhood memories every time someone bought something).

Anywho, during all of my crazy, messy, being-tested-by-God week, I did not complete my goal of free writing for 30 minutes each day. Not even a little. Like, I didn’t even sit down and type anything into the notes app on my phone.

But, it’s time to move on. Sometimes you have to change priorities because more important things come up. You have to adapt and maybe cry and complain a little, but then get over it and learn from it.

So this week I’m doing just that.

My goal is to ask a person about their day each day and really listen. Don’t turn it around and make it about me so I can be negative and rant some more. My goal is to be a more supportive friend, daughter, sister, etc. For the past few days of this week, it’s already been a little challenging to not butt in with my problems when my friend pauses, so I’ll be interested to see what I report on that next week.

Until then, I hope you all have a great week! If you’re getting ready for school and work like me, I wish you all the luck. If you aren’t, I still wish you luck because that means you likely are already a certified grown up and that’s just unfortunate.

 

 

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: Free-write for 30 minutes each day. It doesn’t have to be a story, just get some ideas down on physical paper.

This week: Ask someone about their day each day and really listen. Maybe tell them you not responding verbally while they talk is part of an exercise you’re trying… Otherwise they might get uncomfortable.

Next week: No watching tv or movies. At all. I’m serious. Just sit there and eat your soup, Gwen.

Greasy Hair, Don’t Care

Another week, another late blog post. I promise I’ll have the next blog posted in time. My planner is becoming more and more attached to me as I get closer to classes starting, so I should stay on top of my crap from now on.

In other news, I did not do well on my goal last week. I still only showered every other day instead of every single day like I was supposed to. I think part of it is a habit that I really don’t care to break.

I might break it soon, though, because I find it much easier to work out when I’m at school since there’s more structure and literally a giant building devoted to fitness that I have free access to, which means I’ll need to shower more often.

That, unfortunately, is all I have for you this week, folks. My eyes are dry and tired, by body is sore from work, and I still need to do my devotional, so off to bed I go.

 

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: Shower every day. Don’t worry about your hair, but wash your stinky pits girl!

This week: Free-write for 30 minutes each day. It doesn’t have to be a story, just get some ideas down on physical paper.

Next week: Ask someone about their day each day and really listen. Maybe tell them you not responding verbally while they talk is part of an exercise you’re trying… Otherwise they might get uncomfortable.