I am Four Years Old

I enjoy long walks along the river, late nights falling asleep to movies on the couch, and, apparently, coloring like I’m still four years old.

This past week I more than completed my goal of coloring for at least 30 minutes each day. I took out the pages I once ripped out of my adult coloring book (who decided it was a good idea to try to color in a book that won’t stay flat??) and listened to music I forgot I loved while I made my room smell like sharpies. It was magical. 

I forgot how much I like putting colors together and seeing what works and what doesn’t – and as weird as this sounds, I love the indecision of coming up with that color pallette. 

If I’m being honest, the most satisfying part of my crazy week was coloring. I just needed it. 

But, I must move on to the next goal. My sharpies will stay within sight, and I’ll try to spend more time coloring rather than watching tv, but who knows with my busy life…

On that note, it’s a new week and a new goal!

Check in next week to see how I do with going on a walk each day!

 

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: Color for 30 minutes each day either in silence or with music – no tv necessary.

This week: Go on a walk for at least 30 minutes every day.

Next week: Read a chapter from the Narnia series each day. Remember the nights when Mom read you to sleep with the books.

I Have No Excuse

The good news: I finally finished putting my recipe book together last week! Yay!

The bad news: I think I read Thrive only one day last week…

The other bad news: I already missed one day of coloring…

In other words, I have no excuses, just laziness. I decided to do other things with my time. Like watch movies. Or play with my niece. Or just sit around with my family.

It was all worth it for now, though. As much as I really want to finish that book and do all of these other things, It has recently hit me that I graduate college in a year and there’s a decent chance that I might move away if I get a great job offer. That means I won’t be with my family. Or in the hometown I love. 

So for now I’m going to keep trying to keep up with my 52 goals, but I won’t let it hurt me if I don’t succeed over the summer. This might be my last big chunk of time with my family. As soon as I go back to school, it will be a flurry of me trying to get crap done while not smacking people for being stupid or not leaving me alone when all I want to do is go home and be around people I actually like. 

On that note, I have actual good news. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got a third job!!!

I know that sounds kinda terrible, but if it works out, this job could lead to some awesome opportunities for me. It’s all on the computer, so I can do it anywhere with a strong internet connections. Over the summer, I’ll be able to really save, as opposed to last summer when my internship only somewhat made up for my lack of hours at Old Navy. And I can keep this job when I go to school, which means I’ll have steady income over the holidays and can stay home a little and work rather than constantly running around campus to get enough hours of pay. And, if for some strange reason I don’t get a good job after graduating next spring, there’s a good chance this job could turn full-time!

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking of enjoying this lovely evening and celebrating my new job with ~~cookies~~. 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: Read a chapter from Thrive each day. Feel like the strong independent Godly woman you are – or are striving to be. 

This week: Color for 30 minutes each day either in silence or with music – no tv necessary.

Next week: Go on a walk for at least 30 minutes every day. 

Those Lazy Hazy Summer Days

Soooooo.

I kinda slacked off last week. 

And by kinda I mean that I waited until Friday night and then ran out of paper to print all the recipes I wanted to organize so I didn’t finish. But now that I have most of them printed, I’m that much closer to having a recipe binder. 

So basically, I still count this as a win. Because I can. And also because I’ve been having a lot of fun just relaxing and hanging out with my family. I’m still trying to get used to having my brother, his wife, and my niece living with us, so I haven’t been the most productive on all accounts. 

But that’s okay. We’ll all figure out our routines and crap eventually. 

This week’s goal is a lot more chill. I’m just gonna finish reading a book I’ve had for over a year, so I’ll do so every night before bed and relax. 

I hope you all are having a great summer or end of the school year so far! 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: Spend 15 minutes each day for five days pulling together the recipes you’ve found, print and three-hole-punch them on the sixth day, and organize them into a binder on the seventh day (<< that all sounded vaguely Biblical). Go forth and meal prep!

This week: Read a chapter from Thrive each day. Feel like the strong independent Godly woman you are – or are striving to be. 

Next week: Color for 30 minutes each day either in silence or with music – no tv necessary.

*Insert Dramatic Toddler Groan Here*

~So first, I wrote this a day late. I know, you all (three of you) are so disappointed. I can’t promise it won’t happen again. But I literally forgot to write it/decided to watch Doctor Who before I had to help my brother’s family move in yesterday. So I guess what I’m saying is deal with it.~

Guys, I know I’m a grown up, but I don’t like the news. 

It’s easy enough to catch the headlines. Buzzfeed’s Daily News email (which kind of sucks at getting out at a consistent time or at all) was fine for catching a few of the major things that happened last week, but not really for details that didn’t seem fairly biased.

~~Sidenote: I didn’t disagree with Buzzfeed on everything, but one thing I’ve learned from my liberal education is to evaluate information you receive for bias, even if it includes your own.~~

If I wanted an actual news article, I had to go to a completely different source. This is fine. 

It is also tedious. Which is why I feel like a toddler for writing this, but it makes me not want to do it. It’s hard work and time-consuming to stay updated on the news. I’d honestly rather do other stuff. Like keep watching Doctor Who. Or watch a WWI documentary with my dad. Or even go to work. 

I’m not giving up, though! I really want to stay more informed. So I’ll keep trying more and more news sources. I haven’t tried any apps yet, so I have a feeling there’ll be some new downloads on my phone by tomorrow. 

On a different note, I haven’t actually started my goal for this week, which is also fine. Sunday turned into me basically babysitting small children or a dog at three different points unexpectedly. Monday went from just working to working, babysitting, and unpacking my brother’s family’s life back into our house. And I picked up a shift today. 

So I’ll begin tomorrow. And I’m honestly super excited because one of my favorite past times is daydreaming about when I’ll make the awesome recipe I found.

With that, have a lovely 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: Color for 30 minutes each day either in silence or with music – no tv necessary. Try a different source for news each day – be an informed citizen!

This week: Spend 15 minutes each day for five days pulling together the recipes you’ve found, print and three-hole-punch them on the sixth day, and organize them into a binder on the seventh day (<< that all sounded vaguely Biblical). Go forth and meal prep!

Next week: Read a chapter from Thrive each day. Feel like the strong independent Godly woman you are – or are striving to be. 

Thank You

So. Wow. Emotions. 

I didn’t cry or anything, but I sure did have a lot of memories come flying back the past few days. I ended up writing six letters to six teachers. I chose not to write a seventh because another teacher didn’t come as easy to mind at the moment. 

That’s not to say I don’t have a lot of people to thank for a whole lotta things. I could easily come up with an endless list of people to write letters to in thanks, but at the the moment, I chose teachers. It’s probably because I just finished another school year, so a weight has been lifted and I can genuinely thank them without griping about schoolwork. 

So who knows? Maybe some other time I’ll write six or seven letters to friends, or family, or other random people who had an impact on me. 

For now, though, six letters is plenty. I cannot stress enough how many memories have come flooding back into my mind from reflecting on how these teachers affected me. I can honestly say I miss the people and the moments. 

Switching gears! Next week I have a different goal. I decided to change one of my 52 goals and now I will be trying a different news source each day. I generally try to understand what is going on around me, but lately I’ve been feeling uninformed as crap. So I’ll try everything from Buzzfeed’s daily news email to my limited free access to articles on the New York Times website, and especially Mlive and other local news television sites. I’m hoping that by trying these I’ll be able to find a few reliable news sources that don’t sugar coat the news, but still give me a well-rounded understanding of the world flying by me. 

 

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: 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. 

This week: Color for 30 minutes each day either in silence or with music – no tv necessary. Try a different source for news each day – be an informed citizen!

Next week: Spend 15 minutes each day for five days pulling together the recipes you’ve found, print and three-hole-punch them on the sixth day, and organize them into a binder on the seventh day (<< that all sounded vaguely Biblical). Go forth and meal prep!

Ma Famille ou le Français?

Tuesday night, I went to bed thinking it was going to be the slowest week of my life. 

Then Wednesday, just after noon, my brother and his family showed up. And didn’t leave until Sunday afternoon…

I love them and the rest of my family. And because of that, I honestly didn’t even try to complete my goal last week. I’m not going to give up on French, or my New Year’s Resolution, but I had way more fun and feel so much happier for having spent my time with my family the past five days. So, I’ll keep using Duolingo when I feel like it and see if I can get to a higher proficiency level by the end of the summer like I want. But there are definitely going to be more important moments that pop up and I plan on taking advantage of those. 

In the meantime, I also learned a lot from the past week. In just a few weeks, my brother and his family are coming back – and this time they’re staying much longer. They’ll be moving in with my parents and me for a while, so there stay felt kind of like a test-run for the rest of my summer away from school. 

It’s going to be interesting, to say the least, not being the youngest in the house. My niece is three years old and frickin’ adorable, which boots me off the throne of “baby-of-the-family.” That being said, my niece also quite social and fun -loving, as most toddlers are – so we now know we have to set aside a space for just her and her mom to do toddler stuff. Y’know, like preschool lessons and playtime without the distractions of a whole family moving around her when all she wants to do is see what Oma is cooking and Gwen is working on in her room. 

So, I’m now socially, emotionally, and kind of physically drained. And it actually feels kind of good, because it was mostly because of hanging out with my family. I know I’ll be spending a lot more time out of the house so I can have alone-time this summer, but it’s going to be so cool to be a part of a big as crap family this summer!

On a slightly different note, I want to share some things I’m thankful for from this interesting first week of summer:

Obviously, I got to spend a lot of time with my family, which was not at all expected. Even my sister, her husband, and their dog joined in on the fun! It’s super great having them all home again after so many years of us being slightly scattered. 

On Friday, I finally got a real grown-up desk! Shout-out to Ikea for making bomb furniture and other awesome junk I probably don’t really need but I will (mostly) use. I found the perfect tiny desk that fits perfectly in my room and that I can (finally) take to school with me. I haven’t had a desk since freshman year because I decided the past couple of years to sacrifice space in order to save money. It was really difficult not having a desk this last year, though. I have more roommates than I’ve ever had which makes it challenging to focus at the dining room table. So, I’m shoving a desk in the little space left I can claim in my room at school. I’m so excited to have my own working space again that I don’t also sleep in! 

A bunch of people are taking me up on my offer to do free communications work for them this summer! I’m stoked to be able to get some practice with different types of media in order to build my portfolio and working relationships. I know it will be a real challenge for me sometimes, but that’s what I need in order to grow. 

I’m home! I know that seems like a silly thing to be thankful for since a lot of college students spend their summers home from school, but I’m seriously just so happy to be home. I can spend hours in the parks and on the trails surrounding the Flint River, reading and listening to the critters and the water. I can hear the trains that run past the farmers’ fields and scoot around downtown Flushing late at night when everything is quiet. I can take a quick drive to downtown Flint and hang out at the Farmers’ Market and watch all the amazing, hardworking people do their thing. I can spend time with my family without having to make plans too far in advance that it loses its fun. I’m just so freaking happy!

 

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: Spend 20 minutes learning French each day.

This 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. 

Next week: Color for 30 minutes each day either in silence or with music – no tv necessary. Try a different source for news each day – be an informed citizen!

 

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. 

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?