I haven’t really been myself lately. Start of my last semester at university came too fast for me and everything all piled up at once. I am already farrrr behind and I feel like I’m rushing through everything. My body’s not taking it well, I am having frequent emotional panics/breakdowns and I am… FREAKING OUT! So.. I decided that this needs to change.. and really it’s more of a mental note but I need to write it down, get it out there and make it official. Now that it’s out in the open… I know I can’t back down. I can’t.
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep – This means going to bed early for
me. I’m an early riser anyway- I’m usually up by 8 am on most of my days and 6
am on some days. Going to bed between 10 pm and 12 am will not be easy –
especially on days I have class until 9 pm but I’m going to make this a habit.
I used to think sleep is for losers (haha – no.. I didn’t really). I did
however, think that I didn’t need too much sleep and I always felt like I was
falling behind if I was spending time sleeping rather than doing something else
(like checking Facebook..WHAT?) but I would much rather sleep and wake up early feeling fresh and ready to start my day than to be sleep deprived zombie all
- Going on a 5-day no-meat diet. Now.. I’ve said it out loud and published
it so I need to stick with it. I’m definitely one of those people that try and
eat everything. So… going on a no-meat diet for 5 days a week is a BIG DEAL.
Note that I didn’t say ‘vegetarian’ diet. I don’t have the mentality that vegetarians
and vegans have so I don’t want to disrespect their strong will and be a fake
vegetarian – especially since my reason is entirely health-related. I really
admire vegetarians and vegans… and I don’t plan to even try. That being said,
the reason I am doing this is entirely health related. I’ve started to notice
how eating really affects my body, mood, energy and stress level so I decided
to become more of a conscious eater. I will load my meal plan soon.
- Carrying on from that – I am also banning ALL fried food. As much as I
love burgers, pizzas, hot dogs and FRENCH FRIES (I really do love French fries),
I am banning them altogether – for a month… for now. We’ll see how it goes. I’m
not really against junk food because I think it’s ok to allow yourself to eat
them once in a while but… I have been letting myself too much lately.
- Yoga – I already practice yoga a several times a week but it’s
usually when I feel like I should go. I’m going to keep doing this but going to
make it more regular. Thanks to Back Bay Yoga and Sweat and Soul Yoga, I don’t
have to feel like I need to commit and get a membership. I will try to go at
least three times a week.
- ‘Me’ Time – Allowing offline free time at least 2 hours a week.
Planning to spend this time mostly outdoors walking around taking pictures or
reading. This may involve traveling to places I haven’t been yet around Boston. I know that the upcoming New England weather is not going to make this easy but I think it’s necessary for me to just for a couple of hours STOP thinking about school, work, job searching, chores, etc. I’m going to pick up a book I actually WANT to read and disconnect myself completely. Best way to do this, leave my phone at home. I did this a lot back in Cambodia – since there was no one to call me really – and I didn’t have the luxury of having 3G everywhere I went.
- Having a more set schedule. I am usually pretty good at this. I
have a planner with me and I always plan a week ahead noting down everything
that is coming up and making a checklist of things I need to do. However, I don’t
really include minor things like ‘cleaning my room’ or ‘making myself dinner’
into my schedule… which consequently all end up not happening too. So… I’m
adding those in. ‘Laundry – check!’
- Blogging more. I know… I’ve been a slacker lately. I can tell by my
drastically low site stats. Oops. I still have a ton about Cambodia to blog
about but trying to do that while also living my current life is a bit of a
juggle. Trying my best to get those out of the way and hopefully I’ll get a
chance to let you know what I’m ACTUALLY doing or what I’m up to at the moment. Which… if you haven’t noticed yet… I’m in Boston and frantically looking for a job. Someone HIRE ME! Anyway… if you are wondering how blogging more is going to help me in anyway… I have realized blogging is definitely my way of articulating my feelings and experience. It’s not a new idea since I know a lot of bloggers feel this way but actually writing things down instead of thinking really helps me articulate my ideas and it’s relieving to do that.
- Coming up with a bucket list. Yes… I am going to do it. I am going
to come up with my own bucket list because I see other travel bloggers come up
with theirs and as they check off the list one by one… I get pretty jealous –
haha. I’m doing this more because I want to be working toward tangible goals
knowing that working really hard toward it will get me somewhere (not the
mentality I’m having lately regarding job search – which has discouraged me to
some extent. Therefore, I will let my bucket list prove myself that I can
accomplish whatever I want- hopefully!)
- Meeting up, talking to and contacting more regularly with the people I
love and care about. I have the tendency to kind of hide in the closet and
lock everyone out when I’m under stress. And then I turn around and say – why is
there nobody around? Yea – I know. MY FAULT. So… I’m going to make the effort to see and connect with the people that I really love and tell them that I do
genuinely care about each and every one of them.
- This is a big one but this is something I know that will cure EVERYTHING that is going on with me right now. Volunteer once every two weeks. I was
originally going to put once a week but then I realized that with all the things
I already have on my list, I would be lying to myself if I said that I was
going to volunteer once a week. Who am I kidding? But I’m going to take the
time off at least once every two weeks to get out there and volunteer. I used
to do this a lot back in high school and first couple of years of college but
have failed to do so recently. I know for a fact that this is the fastest way I
can make myself feel happy and accomplished and really add on to the value of
my life. Usually Boston Cares is a great place to find volunteer opportunities.
If you are in Boston and would love to join me, please feel free to let me
know. I would love a volunteer buddy!
So there you have it. My 10 ways to a brand new me! Do these look tangible?
Do you have a list of your own? Anything on this list you would like to try?