Saturday, January 16, 2016

16 Things For '16

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No more watching Gilmore Girls guilt-free anymore. The new semester has started, and I am ready to take it on. 

I want to have a new perspective this semester. I often forget how fortunate I am because of the stress of school and thinking about my "future". I have a supportive family, good health, awesome friends, and I am getting a great education while playing golf at a school I love.

 Life is good.

Next semester, there are a few things I want to work on. I know, I know. ANOTHER post about New Year's Resolutions. I'm just as tired of it as you are, and if I see another "New Year, New Me" I'm going to punch someone. I hate making resolutions each year because I never keep them. My "eat healthier" resolution consists of getting a small fry instead of a large. But these are just a few small things that will start healthy habits and hopefully stick through the new year.

One // Stop Drinking Coffee
Jokes. It's not going to happen. I do want to start making my own coffee more and using less creamer/sugar. It's cheaper & healthier. And I also want to invest in a French Press. Wow. Making my own coffee AND drinking it w/o tons of sugar? Hardest resolution ever.

Two // Don't waste your time
Life is too short to surround yourself with people who don't appreciate you. Don't waste time on things/people that make you unhappy. There are a few people who were a big part of my 2015, but won't be in my 2016, and I'm totally okay with that.

Three // Exercise regularly
Maybe not hard-core sprints or weight training, but something to get me more active. Maybe Zumba?

Four // Use cash more often
It will help you to spend less when you actually have to hand over cash instead of swiping a card. And it never hurts to have cash just in case.

Five // Deal with small tasks immediately
Like turning in my timesheet on time!! I have a job on campus and most of the time I never get it turned in by the deadline. Little things like that stress me out for weeks, but only take about 5 minutes to do once I actually sit down and do them.

Six // Wake up at the same time every morning
You'll get into a routine, and it eventually becomes easier to wake up if you are consistent. I'm starting off every day strong at 8:00am. Wish me luck.

Seven // Always put friendships before relationships
I've seen girls ruin friendships over a guy. It is so not worth it! College is the time to focus on self-improvement, make new friends, meet new people, and experience new things. Having a relationship is great, but it often isolates you from everything college has to offer.

Eight // Being on time is important 
Buy a watch for the new semester. Time management is essential, if not the most important thing you need to have/learn in college. Being on time will benefit you throughout your entire life. Class, work, meeting a friend for coffee, an interview? Even though the Apple Watch is cool, I prefer a more "old school" watch like a Daniel Wellington.

Nine // Remember small details about people
Knowing people's names, birthday, favorite candy, etc. shows that you care!

Ten // Send a thank you note for everything 
The small gesture goes a looooong way. Handwritten notes can be a great opportunity to express gratitude and genuine appreciation for others. In a world where words are sent in a matter of seconds without thought, handwritten notes show a certain dedication and appreciation that a hurried email or text can't. My sister got me a wax seal set for envelopes with the letter T on it. I am dying to use it.

Eleven // My mom is always right
She knows me best, and being in college has definitely made me realize how much I need her advice sometimes. I try to call my family at least a couple times a week.

Twelve // Use a phone less
Be present. On my way to class, everyone is always looking down at their phone. I am guilty of it myself. I can go from point A to point B without having awkward encounters. It's great! But, next semester I want to stop looking at my phone and start conversations with people. There is no telling how much I miss because I am always looking down.

Thirteen // Read something every day
Whether it's part of a good book, the NY Times, The Skimm, or a political article, READ. I used to love reading. It is hard to read for fun when there are so many reading assignments for class, but I want to start getting in the habit of reading for fun and keeping up with the news. College can put you in a "bubble" and it's easy to lose touch of the real world. I personally like The Skimm because I get a short email newsletter every morning with the latest news.

Fourteen // Be happier
I certainly do not have a "Little Miss Sunshine" personality. I can be self-deprecating, judgmental, and stressed, but I want this year to be different. They say you can choose to be happy every day and over time it will become more natural. I want to be in a better state of mind this year, an optimistic one instead of a negative one.

Fifteen // Journal
This is something I want to begin doing. I want to remember my college experience when I graduate in *omg*  2 1/2 years. Instead of journaling the traditional way by writing a long & detailed novel, I am going to start bullet journaling. It's like a to-do list, but instead of tasks, you write down events/thoughts of that day in bullet points.

Sixteen // Think long term
This one's hard because sometimes I get caught up with my long-term goals that I forget to live day-to-day and enjoy the moment. However, just this once think long term. No, not 5 years down the road, but through the semester. Write down important dates through May to ensure that there are no scheduling conflicts. With classes, exams, club meetings, work, golf, etc. there are so many dates I have to keep up with, and having them all written down on my monthly calendar visually helps me stay organized. Plus, figuring out early when you'll need to miss class makes professors much more willing to help you.

Here's to a new semester!