After finally getting back into my groove, I've been able to actually sit and reflect on multiple parts of my life. For the most part, I'm staying away from social media; only really posting when necessary (i.e. when I'd like to promote a blog post). I've tried this before and failed miserably, but I do find that getting rid of that distraction allows me to be 10x more productive.
One of my goals this year was to procrastinate less and use my time wisely. This new year brought about a new President, new semester, new opportunities, new experiences and so much more. January is about one week from being over and I feel that I have made a successful transition into this new year throughout the month adjusting to these changes and planning how I will approach this new slate.
I recently returned from my home, St, Croix, U.S.V.I and definitely had ample time to think of all the ways I want to change my life. Not necessarily "new year, new me" but more like "same me, with some minor changes that'll make a big difference".
I got my "Be, Period" tattoo last October as a reminder to myself to just be. I reflected on this in an Instagram post and mentioned that I have a tendency to get too concerned with how I want others to perceive me. I've been slowly shaping myself into a woman who owns her thoughts, ideas and opinions without fear of judgement. I usually feel pressured to appeal to the masses, or not speak on something because I feel as though I don't have enough knowledge on a topic. After starting this new semester, I realized that it's okay to not know.
I'm currently taking 6 classes, 3 of which cover material that is new territory for me. I'm studying the American political system, law and policy and their relation to the media, and income inequality and poverty in the United States. Topics I've only ever heard of, but never delved deeper into. I was nervous, but I realized I just had to open my mind to this new material and never be afraid to ask questions or ask for help.
I've also realized that I hinder my creative process by constantly comparing my work to others. As a result I don't create at all! In order to be, period, I have to just do it. Whenever I have an idea I need to expand on it and go after it, taking all of the necessary steps to achieve my goals. By making the most of my time, I'll be able to get all of my assignments and work done and still find time to create AND sleep.
Overall, my goal this year is to make necessary changes to be happier and healthier. Although my goal every semester is to workout, I realized I just don't have the drive. But, I found that I enjoy swimming to stay active, so going to the community pool has assisted in that aspect of my life.
I'm taking on Vegetarianism (again) ((even though I just had Taco Bell the other day)) and I plan to be as patient and resilient with myself as possible. If you have an vegetarian recipes, put me on!
I'm aiming for a 4.0 this semester so I'm definitely looking to improve on my study habits and I'm also trying to save money, so my already minimalistic lifestyle is about to become even more minimalistic. No more buying things out of "retail therapy". If it doesn't serve a purpose I don't need it. I've already begun filtering my clothes and putting items together that will be donated to Goodwill.
I'm making changes guys! Expect some new content on the blog and I apologize for my lack of posting. I will figure out a new subscription system. For those of you who were on the mailing list, my other program was ineffective, but I'll soon figure it out so these blogs can be delivered to your virtual doorstep.
I have some iPhoneography photos up in the gallery from my vacation to St. Croix so be sure to check that out here!
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