hey everyone – it’s me (priscilla) again! i’m formally DONE with my freshman yr of school. wow. i literally simply posted my first semester reflection, and now the whole yr is over. it’s been variety of a crazy journey, however i’m proud of myself for making it out alive! final summer, i undoubtedly romanticized the thought of school – i assumed the whole lot can be good once i arrived on campus, however issues actually didn’t go the best way i expected. first semester was kinda tough, and second semester was kinda comparable (a lot for all those objectives, oops). i’ve nonetheless been scuffling with my mental/emotional well being and additionally dealing with difficult relationships. but regardless of all of the struggling, it’s been a fairly good yr, and i can’t say i’ve many regrets.
now it’s back to suburban california for the summer, and it’s going to be such a big change from dwelling within the metropolis and being surrounded by other students and buddies actually 24/7. all through the semester, i applied for various packages/positions – research in nyc, a scholarship for learning abroad in korea, a program coordinator position for barnard’s summer precollege packages, a part-time position at a psychiatric clinic in the metropolis, and so forth – however nothing labored out, so i’ll be spending the subsequent Three.5 months again in the bay area. no internships, no courses, nothing. sounds nice, proper? but to me, not so great. for a whereas, i kinda resigned myself to the fact that summer was going to be unbearably boring.
BUT the extra i apprehensive considered what i was going to do this summer, i noticed that this doesn’t need to be a boring, uneventful summer where every single day feels the identical. i don’t need to just keep residence, scroll mindlessly by means of instagram, binge kdramas, complain about how terrible my summer break is, and repeat day after day. so… i gained’t! it’s that straightforward.
i noticed that summer is actually the right time to work on myself. there’s a lot of things i’ve been eager to do but “don’t have time” for, and that’s not an excuse through the summer! i’ll try to find a part-time job, but that also leaves me with a ton of free time. a summer break where i don’t have something i truly HAVE to do has the potential to be both ridiculously boring or completely superb, so i’m going to make the most out of the 14 weeks i’ve!
so, i’ve created some weekly challenges for the summer! i’ll concentrate on something totally different every week and pressure myself to truly keep on with it, at the very least for these seven days. if i adore it, that’s superb and hopefully i’ll hold doing it! if i hate it, that’s also advantageous, and i’ll never should do it again. however both means, i’ll at the least give these all a attempt and see if these modifications make a distinction in my life. without further ado, listed here are the challenges!
weeks 1-4: physical well being
sleep by 12am every night time – and begin getting ready by 11pm! i often do sleep round 12, but i need to make my sleep schedule extra constant. also, i need to truly start getting ready early so i can take my time to chill out and unwind. i feel like unplugging from screens about an hour (or more!) before mattress really makes a distinction, so i’m excited to attempt it out for a whole week. my excellent bedtime routine: flip off/put away my telephone and pc, brush my tooth, develop into pajamas and wash my face, clean up my room/desk a bit, journal, write down a to-do record for the subsequent day, read, then sleep!
take a walk day by day. i truly love taking walks, so that is one other thing i need to make into a habit. hopefully i can stroll for a minimum of 30 min (ideally 1 hour!) day-after-day in the afternoon or evening. it’d be tremendous enjoyable to attempt and catch the sunset each day! if the climate isn’t good, i’ll do some other type of train – perhaps dancing or simply a exercise in my room.
no added sugar. i LOVE candy issues, so this can undoubtedly be one of the harder challenges, however i feel it’ll be really fascinating to see if slicing out sugar makes any distinction in how i really feel bodily and mentally. i additionally need to concentrate on consuming mindfully and not use screens in any respect whereas i’m consuming! i typically are likely to scroll by way of instagram or read an e-book whereas i’m consuming, especially if i’m eating alone, however i’ll attempt to take pleasure in my meals extra absolutely and just BE within the second.
wake up at 7am (perhaps even 6am??) every single day. hopefully by this time, my sleep schedule/routine is comparatively constant. i’ll additionally work on steadily sleeping earlier throughout weeks 2-Three so that waking up early gained’t be ridiculously troublesome. i noticed that i’m often more productive in the morning, so i’ll just attempt waking up by 7am day by day this week and see how that goes! i’ve also never really watched the sunrise, so i feel it’d be tremendous fun to try this this week!
weeks 5-Eight: emotional well being
meditate day by day. should you’ve learn my wrap-up/reflection posts, you in all probability know i’ve been making an attempt to get (back) into the habit of meditating for soooo lengthy, and it simply never sticks. i KNOW that meditating truly makes me feel a lot calmer and just higher general, so it’s undoubtedly one thing i need to implement into my day by day routine. ideally, i’ll meditate within the morning after i wake up, as an alternative of checking emails and scrolling by means of fb. even when i don’t meditate every single day, my objective is to meditate 50 minutes complete (that’s 5 days of 10-min meditations).
journal daily. this is one other behavior i’ve been wanting to start out/construct for a long time! i additionally need to get again into bullet journaling, so hopefully it’ll be even simpler to incorporate regular journaling. i feel it’ll be really useful to mirror on my ideas, emotions, and actions on the finish of every day so i can work out what went nicely and what may be improved. truthfully, my largest wrestle with journaling is that i often depart it until the top of the night time, when i’m too drained to journal and simply need to go straight to bed. nevertheless, if week 1 goes properly, hopefully that gained’t be a drawback anymore!
restrict telephone use to 2 hours per day – but the much less the better! lately, i’ve been making an attempt to be extra aware of my display time, which is 4 hours a day on average. i truly had a few days this past week the place i used my telephone for less than Three hours (not too dangerous, proper?), however i noticed that on those days, i additionally spent a lot extra time on my laptop computer than ordinary. i undoubtedly need to scale back general display time, but especially my telephone use, since i know i waste a lot time doing principally nothing on my telephone. what is going to i do as an alternative? follow guitar, follow dancing, attempt cooking/baking one thing, learn, apply lettering, work out – there are such a lot of choices!
no social media. in any respect. no instagram, snapchat, facebook, twitters, tumblr, and so forth. i truly needed to do that for lent, however i didn’t need to go soooo lengthy with out posting on my foodstagram (that was truthfully the primary barrier haha). nevertheless, i feel this problem will assist me develop a a lot healthier relationship with social media, as a result of i’ll understand that i actually don’t want these apps at all. and hopefully, it gained’t be too onerous after week 7! i’ll nonetheless be capable of textual content my pals, so it hopefully gained’t feel like i’m utterly isolated.
weeks 9-14: private objectives
marie kondo my room! i’m unsure what state my room shall be in at this level in the summer, but i undoubtedly still have a lot of issues i don’t want (things that don’t ~spark pleasure~) so i should undoubtedly type by way of every part! i’d love for my room and my general life to be extra minimalistic and to get rid of issues that aren’t serving me anymore. also, i really really feel like the state of our personal areas reflects and impacts the state of our thoughts – clean room, clear thoughts!
i’m wondering if my room will ever be this clear once more….
spend an hour on devotions day by day. okay….an hour is perhaps a bit a lot to start out with, but this is another behavior i really need to build. ideally, i’ll spend some time reading the bible, writing down my thoughts, and praying about it daily, in all probability within the morning after i meditate or within the evening earlier than journaling.
work on weblog posts day-after-day. i’ve been doing fairly properly with running a blog just lately, and i undoubtedly need to keep it up! hopefully, i’ll have a submit up every 1-2 weeks. in an effort to meet this aim, it’ll undoubtedly be actually helpful to have a block of time (1-Three hours?) set aside day by day just to brainstorm, draft, and format weblog posts!
take footage each day. images is something i actually actually need to work on – i’ll hopefully have the ability to get a dslr digital camera over the summer, and i’m sooo excited to study more about images! i need to spend a while each day going out simply to take photographs and follow using a dslr, and i additionally need to document totally different reminiscences from my summer. aspect word: i’d attempt vlogging this entire experience (might or might not publish it)!
attempt something new each single day – take dangers!! this is a bit obscure, however it can be truthfully anything. it may be so simple as making an attempt a new food or as loopy as dyeing my hair a new shade! different concepts: prepare dinner a new recipe, study to play a new track on the guitar, study a new dance, order one thing new at a boba store. primarily, i simply need to get out of my consolation zone and change things up a bit!
take myself on dates. i’ll be spending a lot of time alone this summer, so hopefully i’ll be a bit extra snug being on my own by week 14! finally, i actually need to study to love myself more, and i hope all these objectives will assist me transfer in the direction of that. anyway, i’ll deal with myself this final week, whether or not meaning visiting a new cafe, going to the bookstore, seeing a movie (alone!), exploring san francisco, or chiller actions like watching netflix and grabbing boba. i actually need to study to take pleasure in my very own firm without feeling the necessity for constant stimulation (aka instagram), and i feel that is a nice approach to finish this summer of challenges!
after scripting this submit, i’m feeling a lot more excited about this summer! i even have issues to sit up for now, and i’m excited to work on turning into a better version of myself. a few different issues i’m wanting ahead to: got7’s world tour and kcon/trip to la (tentative).
this summer is crammed with sooo much potential, and i can’t wait to seize all of the alternatives forward of me! i’ll undoubtedly hold you all up to date on how the summer goes :))
what are your plans for the summer? i’d love to listen to about what you all are doing this summer!