Sometimes I sit on my bed eating hummus and pita chips on my fifth hour Netflix and think, I should change my habits. I’m one of those people who is always trying to improve themselves and really doesn’t succeed. I challenged Kaylee and me to come up with a list of things that we wanted to make more time for and try to actually accomplish them. The first thing I wanted to do was wake up early. I’ve been slowly forcing myself to wake up between 8:30 and 9:00 every day. With that, I have more time in my day because I finish my work much earlier. I started thinking of the things I always said I would do and haven’t done, and I created this list. Some of these things I’ve actually started working on, and some I will try to get to soon.
Both Kaylee and I including reading on our list because it’s that sort of thing that everyone puts on their list. I’ve been actually implementing this two ways. The first way I’ve been reading more is walking to and spending at least an hour a week our local book store, Book People. I usually grab a smoothie from the flagship Whole Foods store nearby and find a cozy spot to read a book. The second way I implement reading more is trying to ban electronics after 11. I like to have some time to read and try to sleep before midnight. I’ve collected these books that I honestly have no space for, so I decided I might as well read them.
This is another activity both Kaylee and I had on our lists. I’m trying to do a Christmas craft a week to lead up to Christmas and bring some holiday cheer to my apartment. I have a Christmas craft Pinterest board on my personal account with my friends, and we are slowly knocking those down. You’ll see some DIYs on here as well!
I think this is something absolutely everyone has on their list regardless of their frequency of exercising. Currently, I try to walk/run/jog at least five miles a day. Living off campus, my usual day-to-day movements leave me at about 4 miles a day. I try to workout at least 3 times a week. I really want to make more time for walks, just to explore the city, as well as take advantage of workout classes offered around the city. I’m planning on signing up for a yoga membership in January. Kaylee really wants to be more active in general and workout more often.
Kaylee and I went to a high school that placed a really big emphasis on volunteering. We called it social awareness which encompasses the idea of volunteering really well. You’re not in a hierarchical relationship, but you have a mutual symbiotic relationship with the people/area you are volunteering at. We would volunteer for 2 hours every Wednesday for two years. Both of us really miss connecting with people and helping people out and wish we actually had more time to do that. Community service in organizations is great, but you rarely get to make long-lasting, meaningful relationships through fundraising, profit shares, or fun-run.
If you’ve read this blog at all, you can tell how much it has been forgotten because of tests, committees, or school in general. I want to get back into the blogging mode over break, so I’m able to fully merge it into my schedule next semester. I love blogging and all the work associated with it. Even thought it’s so time intensive, I enjoy it so much that I don’t consider it work.
What are somethings you wish you had more time to do?