Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Things I Wish I Would Have Done Differently This Year

2017 has been a good year for me personally. I got my first "adult" job doing what I love and have been there for a full year now. I've gotten to learn a lot of different things about teaching, language acquisition, comprehensible input and other language nerd type things which have helped me become better at what I do and better understand how to help students really get language. I also was able to move to a new apartment, got a cat, and went on my first big trip with a friend. Still, there are a few things I wish I would have done differently. So here are a few things I'd like to have been better at this year and will hopefully do more of in 2018.

Things to do differently in 2018

Make more time for reading

I was hoping to read a lot this year, but I've been really bad about setting aside time to read. I have listened to several audiobooks, but I've only read 2 books this year. I need to have time each day that I read and track it in my bullet journal since being able to tick things off my to do list or color in a square on a reading tracker make me more likely to do things.

Exercise more & eat right

I've largely ignored my physical health this year and I wish I would have paid more attention to it. I have not consistently worked out for more than a couple weeks. My eating choices have been about what tastes good and not what's good for me. I'm going to make exercise part of my routine, drink more water, and plan out my meals better.

Save for big ticket items

I have saved money this year for a rainy day fund, but I didn't save for any of the big ticket items on my wishlist. I have several big things I'd like to purchase like a nice camera, new iPad, and a vacation. I haven't been saving money specifically for these things, so I haven't made any progress towards getting these items.

Make better use of the weekends

I am so bad about just hiding in on the weekends - sleeping in late, cuddling with my cat, bingewatching a show, doing a little bullet journaling, and maybe a chore or two. I do this partially because I enjoy being totally lazy, partially because after getting up early and interacting with people all day at work I feel like I deserve it. I'd really like to make better use of my weekends though and do more things rather than just staying in and always doing the same thing.

What do you wish you would have done differently this year?  Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Making the Holidays Enjoyable When They Stress You Out

The holiday season is always painted as merry and bright filled with fun parties, spending time with the ones you love, giving and receiving the perfect presents, and lots of lights and sparkles. For myself, and I think a lot of people, this isn't always the case whether it be due stress, family problems, mental health, lack of money, and many other reasons. For me, it's mostly stress caused by perfectionism, problems with extended family, and a bit of mental health issues this time of year. This year I'm determined to have a good holiday season, so these are the tips I'm giving myself that will hopefully help a few of you guys, too.

Tips to help make the holidays enjoyable when they're stressful

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Plans for the Rest of 2017

There's less than 50 days left in 2017! It's crazy to think this year is almost over and a new one is about to begin. I have accomplished some of the goals I set for myself for 2017, some I've partially completed, and some I haven't had much luck with. These aren't necessarily related to the goals I set at the beginning of the year, but they are some things I want to do before the year ends.

Plans for the Rest of 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Day 19 | How to Make Waking Up Easier

I am not a morning person. Getting out of bed in the morning is a struggle. Getting up and going is yet another struggle since I move at glacier speed when I'm tired. I have to get past these morning struggles quickly though because I have to be out the door shortly after 7 am. These are a few tricks I've learned to help make waking up a bit easier.

4 ways to make waking up easier