Tuesday, June 24, 2014

This is not a real post.

Basically, I'm tired. But I'm doing fun things and I'd love to tell you all about them.

I'll try again in the morning.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Summer Goals

If I had to pick a word to describe this summer I think it would be motivated. The end of the semester was full of brainstorming, goal setting, and planning. And now that my summer's started it's time to hit the ground running.

I'm not going to do it alone. My friend Alexa and I have decided to be accountability partners. I tend to work best when I feel like someone else is depending on me. So if I want to start going to the gym regularly, it's easier if I plan to go with someone else.  So, Alexa and I each shared our goals and have agreed to get in touch with each other once a week all summer to report our progress. Our first chat was this Monday, here is what I'll reported on:
  1.  Revising the mentoring program for Future Leaders in Student Affairs, a professional development organization for graduate students in SAs. This includes: sending mentee & mentor surveys, matching mentors/mentees, and planning the initial meeting & some future events.
  2. Choosing a conference and writing a proposal to present my Ethics Workshop assessment.
  3. Choosing a conference and writing a proposal to present the Positivity Coffee initiative.
  4. Running regularly.
  5. Taking the online Beautiful Mess class Alexa got me for Christmas.
  6. Learn how to make training videos. 
  7. Making the best of my ACUHO-I experience.
  8. Getting an "A" in my summer course on Community Colleges.
  9. Reading Brené Brown and other studies on positive psych and positive thinking.
My new supervisor is helping us stay motivated too. She sent all three of her direct reports (Alexa, myself, and our friend Tom) an email earlier this week asking us to send 3-5 goals we plan to work toward this summer. In August we'll all report on our progress.

Now I have lots of ways to be accountable and I'm looking forward to a very successful summer.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

On the Hunt

I love Craig's List, yard sales, flea markets, and all other manner of lets-browse-through-stuff-and-maybe-find-a-deal-on-something-I-want shopping. Lately I'm on the hunt for two very specific things: a bike and a coffee cart.

My parents might be surprised that I want a bike. Once upon a time we went on this "bike ride" when I was in high school that didn't go very well. It was much longer than I had bargained for and I wasn't a very good sport about it. (Although we did stop at this place called Baby's Coffee and that was pretty much awesome.) After that the mere suggestion that I ride a bike anywhere would get you the stink eye. But lately I miss having a bike. I even went on a 24 mile ride with my parents this year  and still want a bike. ;)

The coffee cart is a more practical want/need. Our soon-to-be new apartment has much less counter space than the old place (or event the current temporary place). I'm talking if I put a microwave on the counter we lose all of the prep space small. Thus, I'm hunting for a cute coffee cart that I'm hoping needs minimal work before I can use, style, and adore it.

Anyone else on the hunt?

Monday, May 19, 2014

May Goal: Relax

On Sunday I committed to getting back on track by reading a chapter of  Just One Thing each week, picking one of the suggested practices to follow, and either journaling or blogging about it. This week's chapter is on relaxation.

So my goal this week is to take 5 minutes or so to relax each day. The timing couldn't be better. This past weekend I moved, and this coming weekend I'm going to a wedding, and then packing up my essentials again and driving four hours north to start my new summer internship.

The book lists several suggested ways to relax for five minutes each day, but I'm adding a few of my own:

  • Complete a Relax, Ground, &Clear mediation [Done]
  • Read a book for fun [I Thought It Was Just Me or Committed]
  • Watch a TV show (without checking email or otherwise having my phone out)
  • Spend Time with Friends
  • Go for a walk
  • Crochet
  • Dance around the apartment while listening to a good song
  • Journal