I’ve found that I’m a big fan of accountability. What’re you doing to make yourself better? How are you improving and working towards your goals? Did you do something today to make you a better version of yourself tomorrow? For me, New Years Resolutions serve as a reality check. It’s almost a bummer that they only roll around once every 365.25 days, because maybe if they came more often, we wouldn’t find ourselves 30 lbs heavier come the next Holiday season, setting unattainable goals or expectations of ourselves, and maybe drinking more water. I dunno, that’s just me.
So this year I’ve decided to do some check-ins at the end of the month to see how we’re doing. I’m determined to make this year the best it can be, and to finish it off in a better place than I started. I think I’m making strides towards that, but here goes the check:
1. Pay attention in class
I’m really happy to say that I’ve still been trucking along pretty well on this one. I’ve been almost abusing the “do not disturb” function on my phone this year, and it’s been pretty awesome. Although I love my friends, having my phone go off with a new notification every few minutes stresses me out sometimes, and it’s nice being able to put it on pause for a half hour (or three hours… or overnight) at a time. Is it possible to just turn off notifications for email? That would be nice.
2. Become too busy for social media
I am incredibly busy this semester — again — and I’ve found that it’s hard to spend too much time on social media. Do I still hit Facebook/Twitter daily? Definitely. But I also am not checking it just to check it now. I’m only opening up the app when I get a notification-slash-to get rid of the little red bubble with however much un-attended activity there is. I will own up to spending at least a half hour every night scrolling through Tumblr, looking at pictures of dogs and pictures of all the places I want to travel to. More on that in resolution #4. I would also like to say that I even got to do some social things this month — like checking out We Still Like You at their two-year anniversary event, and hanging out with some of my friends I went to Ireland with (pictured above).
3. Stop beating myself up
February has been a lot of battling. Fighting off sickness, working through physical therapy, and when I did get the chance to get out for a run/to the gym, it was a lot of fighting through less-than-ideal weather. I’ve been getting back into the swing of things for running, much better now that I’m getting close to the end of PT, I’m working on not hating myself when I miss running for a day. Maybe it’s bad, but I’ve found that I feel less guilty when I have to elect sleeping an extra two hours over running — but I try and make up for it by paying extra attention to what I eat that day, and drinking as much water as possible. I’m working on it, and hopefully I’ll be back to 100% normal running soon. It’s getting closer; better and better every week, but I’m ready for Spring running. For sure.
4. “Me Time” everyday
Doing better with this, as well. Listening to a lot of music in the evening, ending the day looking at pictures of things that make me happy, and I’m building that time into my schedule. I think in the past month, this resolution has found the most success. Not much else to say on that topic, but I’m a lot more relaxed… sometimes.
5. Take in more art
I’m beyond excited that the Art Institute has a Van Gogh exhibit now, and I’m definitely going to be hitting that up as soon as winter guard is over, but until then… I’m taking in a lot of band, at least. Last weekend was the first weekend back in the suburbs since leaving for Christmas break, but I’m really happy to be back with my friends who do this sport of the arts. Very excited to help the kids at DGS get better, and to take in some other programs at shows. Stay tuned. I’m sure I’ll have more on that soon.
Outside of color guard, as I mentioned above, I’ve been listening to a lot of music. That’s one of the best parts about being at CARA — they let me listen to music all day, as long as I stay on-task and get my work done (obviously). Lake Street Dive recently released a new album, even though it’s not on Spotify, I’ve been obsessing over the copy I scored on vinyl. I also finally registered all of my vinyl online: it’s kinda nice knowing I can access my collection wherever, whenever I need to. Plus it’s looks kinda cool, I guess.
5a. Write more
As you can probably tell, this one hasn’t been super successful. I’ve had to do more writing and homework for my classes this semester, and I’m not as good at flipping the academic/blogging switch as I used to be. But some exciting things coming up that’ll give me stuff to write and post about, so stay tuned. Good things to come — I promise.
6. Become passionate again
This month [February] I traveled to Atlanta, GA for a weekend to start my audio documentary. That’s one of the biggest steps I’ve taken for myself and my career, and the last few days before I took off for that weekend was some of the most excited I’ve felt (when it came to radio) since leaving for Iceland in 2014. It’s so exciting to have a pile of tape to go through and mark, and as daunting as the idea of doing an audio documentary is, I’m so excited to get some time after winter guard to really dive into that project. I feel like I’m starting to get my love for audio editing back — I just wish that I had more time, sooner, to do it.
I guess February was a pretty good month, all things considered. March shouldn’t disappoint, and some more life-changes will hopefully start to fall into place. As I mentioned before, I’m determined to make 2016 the best year yet. We recently surpassed 1,000 followers on this little blog of musings/ramblings, so thank you all so much for hanging out with me. I urge you to stay with us — I promise (slash-hopefully), it’ll be worth your while soon.