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Checklist for 2013

2014 is just around the corner! I feel as though September through November just came and went.  It is hard to believe that just a few months ago, I had just moved back home and had started my job hunt. For the past few years at around this time of year, I have always had a clear objective for the next year: do well in school and maintain a balanced college life.  Right now, after the first "semester" of no school and no extracurricular activities for me, I have time to reflect on the past year and on certain goals that I haven't achieved yet or want to achieve in 2014 (outside of crazy Christmas shopping and celebrations).

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The Things That I am Thankful For

I have 10 minutes of Thanksgiving left, so here it goes. I am so very blessed with many gifts.  A comfortable home, a college degree from a top university, and more than enough stuffed animals - enough to last through my children's lifetimes.

But when I think of what I'm grateful for during the holiday season, I think of all the people that share my life with me.  I realized that I am most grateful for LOVE.

"Love" is a word that gets tossed around a whole bunch these days.  Sometimes we say "I love so-and-so" because it just feels good to say it, even though we don't know if we mean it or not.  Or sometimes we just really have strong feelings for a certain song or certain person or certain whatever and cannot express it without the word "love" because I feel like "love" is the strongest kind of "liking" there is.

My definition of love has changed throughout my lifetime, so today, when I talk about being grateful for love, I think of times that people have shown love to me through their actions: my parents, brothers, best friend, boyfriend...

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There are so many people who have given me a reason to be thankful everyday, and I want to show them my gratitude for that by being the best that I can be and for giving love back to them.

So, THANK YOU for reading :)  I hope everyone had a great day filled with family and with love.

How Not to Settle into a Routine

For the past two months, I've been working and watching lots of television. Everyday, I wake up at around 7am, exercise and eat breakfast, get ready for work and arrive at around 10am.  I work at Noozhawk until 2:15pm and get to my daycare job at 2:45pm.  Then I get home at around 6pm and eat dinner and watch whatever I've been watching on Netflix.  Usually I'll talk to my boyfriend on the phone at around 10 and then be asleep by 2am at the latest.  I've also been trying to get my computer turned off by 10pm so I can sleep by 11pm and not be too tired to wake up early and exercise.

For me, having a routine and having things to do for money is what I wanted all summer.  But, lately, I've been missing the non-routine of being at college.  Ok, I had classes and had regular meetings - but there was always something different going on besides those things.

There are things I have to do - I have to work and I have to exercise and I have to spend time with my loved ones.

But, I've been thinking about integrating some of these things into my week to shake things up and to possibly be more productive outside of work:

  • Reading - I recently interviewed a writer, Tracy Shawn, who reminded me that reading fiction is one of the best ways to get out of your own mind.  I've been trying to read every night before bed, and I've already read more in the past few days than I have in a long time.
  • Catching up with friends -  Grabbing lunch with a friend not only gets me in touch with other people in the area, but it's also fun.  And you have to have lunch sometime - why not have some good company while you're at it?
  • Yoga - I used to do some online yoga routines with friends in my final months of college.  I finally am starting to get back into that groove by taking a class at a yoga studio, and hopefully it can lead into my own home practice.
  • Writing - I eventually want to go publish fiction stories and it's been a long time since I've written anything.  I'm getting to that place where I'm wanting to revise some of my drafts, so I've been taking some time to read them.

It may just look like another list of things that I need to do, but I don't see it that way.  I want to do these things because they are enjoyable and they will help me improve myself.  I could watch television for the four hours that I'm home or I could go through Tumblr posts or whatever - but there's no real quantifiable outcome.

It's ok to do nothing and sometimes, it's needed.  But I'm starting to think that if I'm at least a little bit productive in my personal life, I'll be able to feel less stuck in a rut.