The New Year is upon us

2017 is upon us. I have never believed in resolutions which are defined by the firm decision to do or not to do something. But I just feel like this world can hold a negative connotation because for so many people resolutions can be very stringent and taking something away from yourself.  So this year instead of making strict resolutions (not that I usually do) I’m making some goals (I guess that can be seen as the same thing).

Goals:

Read more books. I have been on screens way too often this year. I watch TV, YouTube, type all of my notes, am constantly researching for school, many of my readings are online and I’m on social media not only personally for my extracurricular activities because that is just how organizations and clubs communicate now a days. It’s a great way of course to stay in touch and make sure everyone knows but I would LOVE to read for pleasure this year. Even if its just 30 minutes a day.

Another goal, FaceTime my best friend for once. I am always telling her I will FaceTime then it just doesn’t happen. I forget or she forgets or I just revert to my introverted ways and text her instead.

Be better at not making impulse purchases. Do you really need that wet n wild palette? Sure its only 3.99 but in the grand scheme of things do you really need that? Also that 3.99 adds up.  I guess I could say this year 2017 just focus on things I need, like a well fitting beige bra because I don’t own one. Or a pair of black jeans to wear to council events and more casual job interviews. I have been quite good this year with not making impulsive  purchases but sometimes you have that moment of weakness in shoppers drug mart and you total ends up being $50 and you question everything.

Use up ALL of my makeup. I know, so many of you who know me personally know that makeup is my muse. I love blushes, lipsticks, eyeshadows, highlighters, you name it I love it. I shall admit, I may have bought a bit too much makeup in first semester, a blush here and there, a lip stick or extremely affordable eyeshadow palette at Loblaws this “treat yo self” mentality I took a bit too far. This goal directly ties into to the above goal.

Wash my dishes on the nightly. I have been sticking to this quite well but sometimes I forget and then wake up to a sink full of them and I have that instant, well dammit I still have to do these today.

Wake up earlier, yes this is a rather granny like thing to do (stay tuned for a post on this granny life of mine) but also go to bed earlier. I have been finding then when I’m  at home away from university, I go to bed much later than I usually do at school albeit I am currently on holidays. I want to be in bed by 11 and wake up by 8 because I really would love to get things done in the morning. I have been pretty good with this throughout this first semester at school so I’m hoping to keep that up.

I think that instead of people depriving themselves of something in the new year, like the typical “eat less junk food” I would say just focus of adding something positive to your life, even if its just a small positive thought per day or complimenting a stranger, or smiling more or eating an apple a day or making an active effort to hold doors for people, anything really that you think that will have a positive impact on your life.

De-Stressing During Exams

HELLO HUMANS. I have seen on social media several people several stressing over exams and studying at all hours, and worrying about their marks so I wanted to do a blog post outlining a few ways that you can destress.

Find a hobby that is actually fun. No don’t go to the gym if that doesn’t make you happy like people tell you to do, try something else. Try colouring, trying reading a book (and a gasp because who reads for pleasure nowadays), or just try  a new fun makeup look! My personal fave hobby is the art of the crochet, currently I’m making a toque with a pompom. My other hobby is pool but you know since I don’t have a pool table the art of crochet will do.

Take a step away from studying. Okay, I get it many folks study ALL DAY for like 8 hours and need certain grades to get into certain programs. I mean if it works for you then by all means continue doing you but for me I find I do better on exams if I don’t study all day leading up to the days of the exam and all day before. Yes I am in a different, more concept based program, but I find that studying 2-3 hours a day and planning out which lectures I want to study makes me retain the knowledge better. So I suggest (obviously I’m not a professional) to take a step back from studying and also to take a look at the bigger picture. YES grades matter for many programs, but when you are older, and in an actual career its not going to matter if you got a 65 in a class, what is going to matter is that you actually learned something that you can apply to your future.

FaceTime your pet. Okay so not everyone has a pet they can FaceTime, some of you might be pet-less, others might have a pet at school with them (lucky butts).   But I find that FaceTiming my wee Buttons is so amazing, because her very virtual presence puts me at ease and I JUST LOVE HER SO MUCH. Again another picture of my cat.

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Have a pamper night. I’m not going lie I have recently gotten very into face masks. I used to think they were a sham but honestly they are so relaxing. I did an at home facial recently and it was the best damn decision I made all week. I recently got the Freeman Dead Sea Minerals Anti-stress mask that is an amazing refreshing mask!

And remember fellow students, exams are not representative of your intelligence and your worth, you can get through this.

The Last two Melons

Well folks, the 8 week plan is officially done. This does not however mean that I am done running, but just that for once I actually completed a real running plan!

For the last two weeks I decided to exclusively run outside, it is better and it goes by way faster then when you are running on the treadmill sweating from your elbows.

I have improved my time per mile, continued to train my lungs and improved my overall running skills. I do need a pair of shoes for the winter-rainy months here in London because well my current shoes are the flyknit zoom agility and they have holes all up in them (which is great but not so much for the rainy London weather).

One thing I also noticed was that I stopped making excuses for why I couldn’t go, instead I would say “well since I have two essays due this week I will just to do 2 miles instead of 3” which might not sound like a lot but to me its shorter and allowed me the time I needed to complete my school work.

While time management is a challenge for some, for me figure skating taught me everything I needed to know about managing school, leadership activities, and exercising and at one point working! Since I am serious about my future career there is no time for excuses, YES sometimes life gets in the way and its totally okay to not exercise the days you planned, so I have come to accept that some days I won’t be able to get in a run because there are only so many hours in the day.  I also noticed that patience is a virtue, maybe it is because I am older and more in tune with myself, but I stopped competing and comparing myself to other people and just ran for me and to improve myself!

I hope you are all having a wondering December so far!