My upper-level courses have kept me away from even internet socialization lately, but thanks to a post by Audrey over at Brunch at Audrey’s I remembered how important it is to take a bit of time for yourself. Despite trying to keep my grades high, immersing myself in nothing but work and class work is sure to do nothing but burn me out and cause epic failure. So without further ado, I give you my blog for the moment, appropriately named not only as an episode title, in keeping with my previous post of M*A*S*H-titled posts, but also because sometimes one must look at the world from a different point of view.
Whoever had the idea of condensing university studies into trimesters without breaks, and doing it solely online, has obviously never been a senior-level history major with a life outside of a computer screen. This week alone, I’ve got a total of four chapters, three articles, two papers, and three discussion posts to create all before Friday. To put this in perspective, I’ve slept about 4 or 5 hours a night these last two weeks, often between 6am and 10am when either Emma or my work phone wake me up. My feet hit the floor running from that point, all day, until about 7pm when I have to devote at least an hour to either riding or some sort of training with my horse, then dinner time, bed time for Emma, and studying the rest of the night until I can’t keep my eyes open any more. My only consolation these last couple of months, is that it will pay off in the near future.
Though the numbers on the scale haven’t moved much as of late, I feel much healthier in many aspects. I can honestly say, aside form my weakness to corn dogs and Panda Express, I have been very proud of myself overall this last month when it comes to my eating habits. I’ve found a few staple food items I greatly enjoy, some I didn’t care for, and that I love roasted very lightly salted almonds. In fact, they get me through a couple more hours of doing school work many nights when I just have no more “oomph” left in me. I’ve also been on amazon and ordered one of those “Ab Wheel” workout aids in hopes it’ll allow me a bit of help in exercising when I cannot drive the hour into town (plus an hr back) to hit up the gym. I’m guessing the gym is going to be an weekend ordeal only, and only weekends where I actually spend overnight in town.
I’ve set a few goals for myself to be completed by the end of April, so I suppose this round will be a bi-monthly goal since it is just the 2nd week of March. These personal goals should, ideally, be fairly easy for me to make time before despite my increasingly busy schedule.
- Do one kind thing a week for someone. No matter how small.
- Make it a point to interact with Misty(horse) daily, even if only time for grooming
- Make time for skincare EVERY day, not just a couple of times a week
- Read at least ONE chapter of a book that is NOT required for schooling
- Take Emma on a learning trip(“field trip”) to a zoo, or nature center
- 30 minutes of some sort of exercise/workout daily
There are many things that I’ve currently half-ass created to add to this blog, and it is an
unstated now stated goal that I will add at least one page a month until I feel as if I’ve put enough effort into actually creating a web space I am proud of. I know many of you bloggers already have region, or statewide meetups for your areas. Unless you’ve become good friends, you all have likely not met one another in person. This can be a hard thing to do, thanks to many of us having busy schedules and other commitments in life. However, if there is not one already in place, and there is enough interest, I would like to create something for those of us in the Southwest region. Should any of you be interested in helping to organize some sort of annual Blog Conference or Meet-Up, please fill out the contact form or directly comment here. I think many of us would love to meet one another, but let’s face it, trying to organize something like that on your own can be a daunting task that many shy away from. Personally, finding a way for everyone to socialize, “come out of their shell” a bit, and finding friends who you may not normally have the opportunity to meet can make a huge positive impact on someone’s life, and I think it’s quite important. Not only does it allow us to socialize and get to know one another personally, but also to grow and learn as bloggers in an ever changing society where emphasis is placed on website “hits” and “followers”.
Reading: Boring textbooks -.-
Completed Goals: Began my weight loss journey in full, and have somehow stayed mostly on track.
Managed to complete two blocks in language software over the course of February
Misty has been transported to my property, and so far is doing quite well!
Linked a few more Homeschool items on the site. Hopefully they’ll benefit others as they have our family!