For me, January 9th 2017 is the beginning of the end (in terms of my University journey). Rearing the end of a 4 year degree, I only have 3 months to go. Wow, how time flies. I decided to cultivate a blog to showcase my steps in prepping for these final months of school. Life can be tough, especially when you are in a constant juggling act. With the demands of three part time jobs, applying to post-graduate Teacher's College and volunteering at various institutions, I decided to make, set and execute a plan for these next few months... let's get started!
2017 meant buying my PERFECT agenda to write down and organize everything and anything. To find the planner I bought, check out Jody Smit planners on Etsy (link above). Use the planner to jot down:
Assignment due dates
Plan out finances
Plug in any/all important dates
Always add in exam times or final tests, especially the dates when assignments are due
Organize your work and school load so that this year you have it all planed out
My agenda often is my life line, use it to PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!
Set out a gym plan
SWEATER (Nike) LEGGINGS (Lululemon)
(please ignore the process of the beauty room background)
I really want to push myself this year. I have decided to facilitate two programs. I of course want to start slow so that I am not discouraged. I will work out 3x a week 20 minute runs to build my endurance and my cardiovascular. I want to reach 20-21 minutes of a 5km run by 2018. I also want to be able to run 10k without busting a lung. These are a few personal goals. Once I push myself, I am hoping to implement my yoga regime, Goodlife classes and workout once a day every day for one hour (this will include many walks, especially during summer). I adore long walks, they are fun and easy on the knees.
Whatever your goals for your body, try and not be too hard on yourself. Slow and steady allows for a constant progression. Perhaps your goal this year is to do something physical once a week. Whatever it is, use determination, confidence, and will power to push through mental barriers. Remember, "just keep swimming, just keep swimming" - Dory
Meet up with girlfriends
Allow some friend time before the hussle of school. Distract yourself a few days before by having a fun girls day (or guys day or friends day, whoever is reading this allow my words to apply to everyone). Use this time to cross off another must try item (which could be a separate category but I combined the two). It is more fun to try new places with your very best friends, especially before getting stuck with a demanding syllabus. Maki My Way (click here for the blog) was the item we crossed off out list. I made time to see my girlfriends as I know it would be a while before we were all free of responsibilities (especially since we are all in school). Laughs and time spent with loved ones can be the pallet cleanser you need before a total investment in school, work or all in between.
The best thing to do before diving into something that can be stressful, time consuming or even fill you with anxiety is RELAXATION. Do anything that will alleviate the stress.
Treat yourself to a DIY face mask/hair mask (upcoming blog)
Read a book of your choosing (something you want to and like to read, not mandatory)
Catch up on sleep
Get a hair cut (as seen above)
Play around with new makeup products (this is my favourite past time, it genuinely relaxes me)
Listen to some of your favourite music
Clean (serious stress reliever)
Yoga/workout (see gym plan section above)
Make some tea while watching Netflix
Call a friend over for board games and chill (jammies required)
Whatever the choice may be to cleanse yourself, do it. Trust me, a little me time goes a long way.
Devise a plan of attack and get started on back to school readings and homework. For me, I am finalizing a proposal due the first week back. Getting a head start on all the essays to come. I have 3 major essays all about 15-20 pages that I will have to complete by April. Let's get started!!
Good luck everyone and enjoy the year my darlings. I only have 3 months left until I am a full fledged double major graduate. Fingers crossed I will have an extra 2 years of teacher's college up and added.