“Marathon” is a word that’s been bouncing around in my head for a few years now. I wanted to run my first marathon in 2015, but my parents urged me to wait until I aged out from drum corps and finish college before I did my first full. I filled the void with half-marathons as best I could, but since coming off tour in 2016 (yes, over a year ago), my sights have been set on finishing 26.2. I started working at Fleet Feet, found myself surrounded by distance runners and constantly helping people who were pushing themselves to complete their goals, and kept chugging on my own path.
In the last few days of break before my final semester at Columbia College Chicago begins, I’m being as lazy as I can. I’m still working, still running, and getting some last-minute chores done (ordering textbooks, cleaning out folders from last semester, writing a little bit, etc. etc.), but I’m also thinking about what the last three and a half years have held. If you’ve been following us for a little bit, you know that I’m big on reflection. So, in these last few days before the true beginning of the end, I can’t help but think back at all that Columbia has given me — besides the fact that I’ve created my own major, took both accounting and finance, and learned that there’s more out there that I can do well/enjoy outside of radio.
WHERE DID THE TIME GO?? Seems like just last week I was scrambling to get the February reflection together, and now it’s the 31st of March… and time to look back on this past month. As I’ve reflecting on my resolutions and find myself in committees for the college, I wish I would have put more time and thought into my resolutions. It’s not too late to change them, I guess, but there might be some edits next month. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been missing out on telling you —
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:
You’re supposed to go to the doctor every now and then for a check-up. I think you’re supposed to go to the dentist more than once every two years for more or less the same reason. But what about mentally? Some people go to a doctor for that, but I think most of the world doesn’t. I didn’t do any research on that, it’s just my observation. There’s a stigma to going to a doctor for mental health, though. Which I think is weird. If your mind isn’t right, how can you expect the rest of you to be okay?
Anyway, before I get lost in a rambling of mental health and start spewing off random things, let’s get to the point of this post. January is one of the months that sees the most letdowns of New Years Resolutions, and I thought I’d do a little mini-reflection on how I think this crazy month has gone, if I’m keeping my resolutions, and what’s to come. Because even though my last post was just six days ago, a lot has changed in that time. It’s almost scary how much has changed, and that’s another reason why I wanted to do this post.
January 6th. Even though I’m about a week late to have a “new year new me” post, I finally thought of a few resolutions that are better than “sit up straight” and “don’t suck.” After talking to some friends about their hopes for the year and how they want to make themselves better, I finally started to think about what I want to do to make my “Year in Review 2016” post the best one yet. Anyway, here’s the goals for this year:
Everything is moving so fast, and even though in the moment sometimes it sure doesn’t feel that way, I can’t believe that Halloween is just over a week away. I’m going to blame it on being in the suburbs every weekend for band the primary reason that I haven’t been able to update my corner of the internet with my ramblings and life very often this semester (even though that’s one of the best parts of this year so far). In reality, it’s just because I feel like if I wrote something, and did that every week, I’d be saying a lot of the same stuff. Don’t worry guys, I’m still running (half marathon #6 coming up in just over seven days), I’m working so many wonderful jobs (more on that in a minute), still trying to save as much as I can to make DCI 2016 happen, so ultimately, I can return to my family (gofundme.com/erikamarches2016). In addition to obviously doing my best to stay on top of all of my schoolwork (but we probably won’t be discussing that much). Here we go…hold on.