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

Finish the semester strong

I'll be finishing up the fall semester with my students, and I want to finish it with the same enthusiasm as I started with. Luckily I have everything planned out already and I have some fun things to keep it interesting for them and me!

Focus on health

I love carbs and tend to be a bit more on the sedentary side. I am trying to focus a bit more on my health though and make a few small steps towards being healthier. I am trying to drink more water. I am attempting to work out regularly. I am trying to eat more fruits and veggies.

Get Organized

I want to organize the closets, cupboards, and drawers that tend to get ignored. I want to go through those areas, get rid of the things I never use, and create an organized place for the things I do use. 

Set Up My Happy Planner

I'm using a Happy Planner for 2018 and I'm making a bullet journal section in it to help me keep all of my planning in one spot. I've already started working on it, but I have lots of pages I want to make and add.

What do you want to do before 2017 ends? Let me know in the comments!

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

Turn on a light

Waking up is hard enough, let alone in autumn and winter when you're waking up when it's still dark out. Turning on a light, even just a small lamp, helps convince your brain that it is indeed morning and time to wake up. Last year I even had my lamp on a timer so it would turn on 15 minutes before my alarm went off to help me wake up a bit more naturally.

Play music

In the morning I like to play an upbeat playlist, especially one like my Throwback playlist. It's hard to stay in bed when your favorite song is playing and making you want to dance. It also makes getting ready so much more fun.

Use alarms

I have 4 alarms go off every morning. Excessive, but they're for different reasons, not just to get up! The first alarm is my "If I wake up now I can check my phone for a few minutes (or I can sleep)" alarm. My next alarm goes off 15 minutes later and that alarm means I have to get up and going. I have a third alarm that goes off and when that one goes off I should be halfway ready. If I'm not it's time to speed it up! My last alarm is to push me out the door. The alarms help me since I'm not usually looking at the clock while I'm getting ready and since I live alone I don't have anyone to tell me I'm running late and need to get going.

Think of something to look forward to that day

This is a tip a mentor gave me once, and its one of the best pieces of advice I've ever gotten. Having at least one thing to look forward to each day, even if its something little like a new episode of your favorite show or what you're having for lunch, helps you be a bit more positive and excited about your day. And if you're excited about your day, you want to get up and going!

Are you a morning person? How do you make waking up easier? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blogtober 18 | 5 Apps You Need To Have

Like any other 20-something, I rely too much on my phone for just about everything. When there's an app for everything, how could you not? I'm always trying new apps, so today I'm sharing some of my favorites here. Best of all, they're all free!

5 Apps You Need to Have On Your Phone

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

6 Free Things To Do When You Have No Money

I grew up being taught to be aware of how much money you have, spend less than what you make, and other good money management techniques. Now that I'm a "real adult" (kind of), I'm trying to actually use those techniques and I'll admit, it's more difficult than I thought! I have had to let go of some extras and find more free things to do, especially on a new teacher's budget! If you're in the same spot as me, I have a few ideas of free things you can do when you have no money to spend on extras.

6 Free Things To Do When You Have No Money