What do I do now? A post-finals question we’re all wondering

YOU DID IT!! You worked so hard for so long and now you can finally sigh that breath of relief. Ahhhhhhhhhh. It feels like a piping hot kettle releasing all of its built-up steam. Instant gratification. You might look around for a second and smile, finally getting to relax. But then…this itchy, questionable feeling may spread through you saying…what the heck do I do now?! 

We go and go and go all semester long until we all reach our final destination of winter break, only to then be stumped on this irritable feeling of “too” much leisure time. Yes, that sounds ridiculous, of course college students LOVE our free time!! However, when you’re accustomed to doing so much for so long, you can start to feel antsy by the thought of three weeks of doing nothing. It feels “off”.

So…what do you do? Whether you’re going home for the holidays or clocking in a few extra work hours here and there, there are plenty of things you can accomplish over winter break. Here are some of my latest ideas for ultimate productivity:

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  • Read that Book
    • *cough*cough*, the one you’ve wanted to read for forever but haven’t given yourself any time to do so. May sound boring but will improve your ability to concentrate on something for an extended period of time.
  • Send Personalized Holiday Cards
    • Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just a simple Season’s Greetings, handwriting cards to those who are important to you during this time of the year can make a huge impact. Thank them for all they have done for you in 2017 and how much it means to you.

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  • Try Out a New Recipe
    • We’ve all seen those delicious food videos plastering Facebook from time to time and tagging our friends in them…why not actually make the dang thing?! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Holiday “thing”, you name it….just try one out!
  • Reflect on Your Year
    • How did 2017 go for you? What did you like about it? What could you have changed? How do you want 2018 to be different? Brain dump it all on paper and see what inspiration you can draw from there to create some new goals for yourself.

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  • Volunteer Somewhere with an Old Friend
    • Sometimes we get in the habit of not meeting up with old friends over break., and if we do it can be dull conversation over coffee. Why not make your time with them meaningful by volunteering somewhere together? There are hundreds of ways to give back during the holidays, so here’s your chance!
  • “New Year” Cleaning
    • Take time to sort through all your “stuff”. What’s valuable to you? What is junk? What can get donated? What can get sold? Organize and divide things up to start the year off fresh and finally toss things that are taking up too much space in your life.

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  • Try a New Workout Class
    • Okay, I’m a little biased here of course as a Group Fit instructor, but SERIOUSLY this can be so much fun! Practically everywhere you go there’s some sort of gym or fitness studio that offers new client deals like free first classes, free weeks, or discounted trials. You don’t need to commit yourself to a membership anywhere! Plus, if you drag along a family member or friend, it can turn out to be a really great way to bond.
  • Treat Yourself to Something
    • ANYTHING! What’s something you have wanted to do for forever but never had the opportunity or time to? Here’s your chance to indulge a little bit. It could be a massage, pedicure, haircut, shopping trip…whatever! You deserve some you-time.
  • *Lightly* Prepare for Next Semester
    • I do mean lightly when I say this. It’s not time to frantically stress over the next classes you have to take, it’s about organizing the things you need to get or accomplish before heading back to school. Slowly start to gather new pencils and stationary and decide where you’re going to get your books. Little things like this can help you start off next semester strong and less worried.

If this list doesn’t include at least one thing that interests you, make your own! Jot down some ideas that you think may fill up your time over break in a positive and productive manner. Everyone is different, so finding your own niche can help you thoroughly enjoy your time.

Again, happy end of Finals!!!

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 12/16/2017

 

 

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Motivation Monday: 10 Dr. Seuss Quotes to Get You Through Today

Happy M O N D A Y everyone! I hope you aren’t as sleepy as I am, but if you are no worries at all. Here are some awesome Dr. Seuss quotes to get you up and at ’em today:

1. “Today You are YOU, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is Youer than YOU.”

Sometimes you can get lost in a sea of comparison between yourself and others. STOP IT! You are so unique and wonderful in each and every way. There is only one YOU! Just be the best you that you can be.

2. “If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”

Step outside your comfort zone! Try new things! Go new places! Your life can be anything that you imagine it to be.

3. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

*IMPORTANT QUOTE ALERT!* One of my all-time F A V O R I T E S. Knowing this is so important throughout your life interacting with so many different people. At the end of the day, don’t get flustered by minute details from someone who isn’t an integral part of your life. The people who matter to you the most are the ones you should pay attention to more often.

4. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

Glass half FULL! Start to view your outcomes in life more positively by smiling about them than crying. Sure things can be really upsetting from time to time, but ask yourself, where is the Silver Lining in all of this? Sure that is so cliche, but it truly can make a difference in your perspective(s) on things.

5. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

T R U E. We tend to over-analyze a LOT in our lives. The answer can literally be sitting smack dab in the middle of our faces and we can fail to notice simply because the question itself is so confusing. Take a step back and try to solve your problems from the angle of, what could my answer be? rather than getting frustrated by the question.

6. “I meant what I said and I said what I meant.”

Speak up! Say what you want to say! Find your inner voice, your deep down confidence, your “true self” and let them soar! Your words matter; your voice M A T T E R S; let it be loud and clear for everyone to hear!

7. “The more that you read, the more you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

I love this one. I truly believe the more you do spend your time reading tangible, physical B O O K S, the better you can be. Knowledge is power; just think about Matilda! Sure, I can’t promise you telekinesis, but I can promise you less phone-mush-time and more book-learning-wisdom. Stop candy crushing and get to work!

8. “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it is June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get late so soon?”

Time does fly by. Everyone says it, but you truly don’t feel it until your time is spinning uncontrollably out of your hands. I’m already finishing up my first half of my junior year in college, and it felt like yesterday was move-in day. Your life is time-sensitive. Every single day matters. Make the most out of what you have and who you hope to become by treating time like your most valuable asset.

9. “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

Sometimes your days ROCK. Sometimes they don’t…and that’s perfectly okay! Keep in mind that you are always able to start another day tomorrow. Put on your happy hat and keep truckin’.

10. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”

Step outside the box. Brainstorm. Create. Get E X C I T E D! You can do so much by spending some time thinking. Let yourself become the master of creation. Don’t get stuck in a swirling, never-ending, sheep-like mentality of follow the leader. Be your own YOU and think for yourself from time to time. What works for you? What excites you? What can you think up for this or for that?

I hope at least one of these quotes helps you get a little more pep in your step today. Happy Monday folks!

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 11/19/2017

 

Motivation Monday: The Non-Guilty Way to Slow Down & Take a Breath

Happy Monday people! Has today been feeling like “a Monday” to you too? Cause…same!

It has become that point in the semester in which it is so incredibly easy to become stressed. Homework piles up, projects are due, and the amount of tests you are taking begin to feel questionably torturous. Sometimes, us college students can feel as this is too much of a “norm” and start forgetting what it feels like to not have so much to do. But hey – it’s time to pause that never-ending tape for a second! In order to confidently finish your semester without running out of steam, you need to give yourself a moment to relax each and every day. I know I say this a lot, but its TRUE! Everyone deserves a break, especially you. Here’s how to do it in a non-guilty way:

Meditate Before Bed

Whatever the word “meditate” means to you, do it for 10 minutes right before you go to bed. I would normally say, “Wake up 10 minutes early and do it!” but I know that can’t apply to everyone, as some of us (myself included) are literal sloths who want every ounce of sleep they can get. So basically, this is an excuse-free version. You can still do it before you get ready in the morning if that is what works best for you, but everyone can do it before climbing into bed (so do it one way or another). Here are some ideas for making the perfect 10-minute mediation session:

  • Dim the lighting so it’s soft and warm (candle-light, twinkly lights, or none at all)
  • Put on some soothing music (whatever helps you chill it, play it out loud or put some headphones in)
  • Begin to breathe as slowly as you can, inhaling deeply through your nose and exhaling softly out through your mouth. Imagine you are filling up a circle as wide as it possibly can go as you inhale, and shrink it down into a tiny dot as you exhale. If visualizing waves coming in and out of shore helps you breathe slower, do that instead!
  • Think about what makes you happy in your life. Start to picture all the things you are surrounded by that brings you positivity. Imagine your happy place, wherever that is for you.
  • Send appreciation out for 3 things and/or people in your life. This is especially important for being able to slow down your busy life and actually focus on “the big stuff”. Sometimes we get so frantic about the minute day-to-day details that we let our gratefulness for what we have in our lives go by the wayside.
  • Set a goal for yourself for the next day that is centered around self-care. What can you do to make yourself feel better? Can you make it a goal to go to bed earlier? Can you smile at a stranger? Can you give yourself a pedicure while listening to your favorite playlist?
  • End your meditation by focusing on nothing but your breath. Try to block out little extra noise (that’s why headphones are nice) and just breathe. Feel your chest expand and contract very slowly, letting your heart rate drop. This feels so awesome and will help you fall asleep faster as your body completely relaxes.
  • Don’t want to worry about all this ^ and just listen to someone tell you what to do? If you have Spotify, look up “Meditation Minis” and listen to any of them to help you get into your chill-out zone. Otherwise, YouTube has hundreds of free meditation videos ranging anywhere from 5 minutes to over an hour. Find what YOU like and stick to it!

Send a Card to Someone

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We easily forget to do this in this day and age. People are so glued to their devices that they forget about putting pen to paper. Who in your life deserves a handwritten note? You should be able to find at least one person worth writing for. Take 10 minutes out of your day to zone out and just vent all the reasons why you love this person / are thanking them. Put it in an envelope, slap a stamp on it, and send it off. People love these kind of sentiments – they mean so much more than a text or social media post. It’ll help you feel more connected to someone who means a lot to you and to take a step back in your busy life.

Go for a Walk

Even if it is just 10 minutes around campus, put some headphones in, turn your phone on silent and just enjoy the fresh air. Sometimes all we need is some head space to reboot our boggled brains, and doing this can seriously help. Whether you’re studying for an exam or trying to cram in more “to-dos”, give yourself a break now and then to take some deep breaths outside and move around. Let your brain focus on nothing but the sky, the trees, the ground, the people passing by, and so on.

Spend 5 Extra Minutes in the Shower to Zone Out

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I’m sure a lot of you have done this, but do it more if you’re starting to get stressed! Letting hot water run over you as your mind just blanks out is actually so refreshing (and we all know it). Stop thinking about your work scheduled, homework list, and whether Stacy’s text was passive aggressive or not. This is YOU time!

Give Yourself a Pat on the Back!

Smile at yourself in the mirror more. Tell yourself, “HEY! You’re awesome!” cause you need to hear it. Give yourself a confidence boost by thinking of a few things each day you strive at. Remind yourself you’re doing great things for yourself and reflect on how much you’ve grown since _________. Your opinion of yourself is the most important one!

Go ahead and try at least ONE of these tips this week (preferably each day) in order to restart your head. You need (and deserve!) it.

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 11/13/2017

 

 

Why You Should Try RSOP’s FREE Group Fit Week

“New Year, New Me” right? Okay, before you go pursing your lips thinking about how much you hate how packed the gym has been for the past week now that everyone’s back (which, you shouldn’t cause dang look at all the people pursuing their goals and trying to make a change! Go them!) listen to this.

RSOP, which stands for the Recreational Sports and Outdoors Program, has a ton of other things to fill your interests if the fitness center is feeling a bit cramped. There are intramural sports, sports clubs, rock climbing, rental equipment and outdoor trips. But most importantly, there’s RSOP’s Group Fit!

Maybe you’re a little unsure about what Group Fit even is though. On their homepage of RSOP, which you can find by clicking here, Group Fit is described as, “for both the UMD and surrounding community. We offer yoga, strength, spinning, pilates, and Zumba, to name just a few. There is most likely a class or two that fits your fitness level and interests. All of our instructors are nationally certified and highly motivated.” Sounds awesome, right?

Maybe you are a workout-a-holic, maybe you’re trying to find time between class to scarf food down before the next big assignment, maybe you’re completely lost when you step foot in a gym. Here’s exactly why you should try RSOP’s FREE week of classes this week in the Gold Room (or Spin Room):

1. You’ll Challenge Yourself to Something New

You might already realize this, but it’s true. A lot of people simply “workout” and that’s it. They may not see improvement because they are doing the same thing everyday. Pushing yourself to get a little taste of different group fit classes can help you venture into an entirely different part of the fitness world. Maybe you realize you are a master at Zumba! Maybe you never knew you’d feel that sore from such a simple but different movement. You’ll learn a lot more about yourself by stepping outside your comfort zone.

2. You’ll See Working Out as FUN

Many people who are new to the fitness world absolutely dread going to the gym because they see it as dull and boring. Guess what? Group Fitness classes are the definition of fun! There is nothing that makes you smile more than getting a good sweat on while with other energized, happy people. The instructors do an amazing job at maintaining a fun atmosphere that motivates you to work as hard as you can.

3. You’ll Meet New Friends

I know. Maybe you cringed at this one, since we’re stuck in a world so used to digital interactions rather than face-to-face ones. BUT, for real, you will find others in these classes that share the same interests as you and BAM, new friends! It’s a seriously good feeling knowing that you can continue to make real connections with others by just trying something new. It makes it easier for you to continue going back to classes, because you have new buddies to pump ‘n tone with.

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4. You’ll See Serious Changes in Yourself

By trying a Group Fit class, you might open the Pandora’s box for what will lead you to your ultimate fitness goals. Although what you’re doing right now may seem great, being “forced” in a way to hold that plank 10 seconds longer or try that new kind of arm movement can let you see real improvements. Sometimes we just need an extra, external force to get us to reach our full potential.

5. You Don’t Have to Plan a Workout

We spend a lot of time in the gym just thinking about what to do. Where should I go next? Is that machine even open? Oh, nope that superhuman just swiped it. Ugh. I don’t even know what to do next. Maybe I should sit on my phone for 5 minutes to get some ideas. Hmmm. When you take away all that and let someone else lead your workout, you cut all the time spent not working out and you get a seriously kick-butt sweat session. All classes are 50 minutes, and they utilize every single one to get you up and working hard.

6. It’s Easily Accessible & Leaves No Room For Excuses

When the place is literally right on campus, it makes it hard for you to have an excuse why you can’t at least try it out. When you want to change yourself, you have to change your behavior. So why not do a test trial this week and see if it’s what’ll work for you to make that change?

Try it out! See what you like and what you don’t! It’s FREE, and it doesn’t hurt to get a taste for something new. Every Friday at 4:30 they have Happy Hour free classes too if you decide a semester long commitment is questionable. Otherwise, enjoy the long weekend and remember to stay prepared for week two.

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 1/15/2017

 

 

The Best (and Realistic) New Year’s Resolutions for College Students

Happy New Year, people of 2017! I hope you all had happy holidays and an even greater New Year enjoying Mariah Carey’s awkward lip-syncing.

Now that it is officially a brand new year, why not set yourself up for some brand new goals? A lot of people negatively reply, “Resolutions fail 99% of the time anyways! Why bother!” Although they pull that statistic from their seemingly not-peer-reviewed mind, don’t let others discourage you from challenging yourself in 2017. You can do anything you put your mind to; whether you start doing it at the beginning of a new year or halfway through it.

As a college student however, it may seem very unappealing to challenge yourself with other goals besides passing classes and making enough money to get by. I totally get it – you already feel overwhelmed, why the heck would you want to stress yourself out more by making “dumb goals”?

The thing is…don’t see them as “dumb”! Simple as that. Making realistic challenges for yourself while at school is healthy when all you do is focus your life on “surviving” through work, class, eating and sleeping. Why not thrive in 2017 and try some of these realistic and fun new years resolutions for college kids:

Start Hoarding $5 Bills

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This is a goal I have for myself during 2017. Every time you get a $5 bill, don’t spend it. Make a little savings box or jar for yourself and save those Abe Lincoln’s away. You’ll finally have the cash for something important at the end of the year instead of feeling like your pockets are always empty.

Read a Book for 10 Minutes a Day

I’m not talking about your textbooks here – I’m talking about a good old-fashioned book. I know you probably have at least one that you’ve been saying, “I’ll get around to”. This is the year where you will give yourself at least 10 minutes to just sit down and read it. So what you’re “busy”? Everyone has 10 minutes. Before class starts, at the gym while on a bike machine, or right before you hit the hay.

Travel Somewhere New

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It could be a new coffee shop in downtown Duluth or it could be a road trip up to one of the amazing places we’ve posted about in our Snapshot Sunday series. Wherever it is, try to get out there and explore more this year. Life isn’t only about studying your butt off, it’s about enjoying the special moments you have with yourself in the world around you.

Say “Yes” More

If you’re like me and leaning towards trying to be more positive in your everyday life, try to say “yes” more than you say “no”. Granted, this can’t be applied in every situation, especially ones that pose a potential danger. Overall, trying to give up your excuses for everything and just going ahead and doing it will help you feel positively empowered.

Spend 1 Hour or Less Each Day on Social Media

I’m sure we’ve all heard from our parents about how we are “those self-absorbed millennials who are addicted to their phones”, but maybe we should take a hint from the older adults around us and look up every once an awhile. Try to aim for spending an hour or less each day on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and all those other apps you may have. Focus on living in the real world with face-to-face interactions. Put your phone away – power it off even!! – when you sit down to have coffee or dinner with a friends. I promise you – everything will still be there on the internet when you log back on later.

Find a Hobby that Keeps You Active

Being a health nut you can understand why I threw this one into the list…cause it’s important! This year, try to pick up a new and fun activity that keeps you moving. Trying something completely different every now and then is great for sparking your life with newfound excitement. If it also involves making your heart pound and breaking a sweat, that’s awesome since college students are so prone to being couch potatoes.

Be Yourself & Love Yourself

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This is a little cheesy, yes, but it’s definitely a good goal to set. Nowadays, everyone wants to be someone else. They see somebody on social media that they desperately want to be like, or envy the person they sit next to in class for their natural ability to succeed. Stop comparing yourself and just be YOU. This year, do what you love and love what you do. Don’t worry about trying to fit any sort of mold. There’s only one unique you out there, and it’s time for you to love them unconditionally.

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 1/4/2017

Last Minute Study Tips for Finals

Although it’s a little late to try to teach yourself an entire semester’s worth of material, you’re not totally doomed. And I truly mean that! Here are some extremely helpful ways to make the rest of your weekend studying before finals productive and effective:

DELETE ALL SOCIAL MEDIA APPS ON YOUR PHONE RIGHT NOW

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Stop whining, it’s easy. Click, hold, delete. Your social media will still be there when you’re done studying, so don’t think it’s gone forever. Getting rid of the temptation altogether is what will really help you stay focused on your work instead of who is posting what. Distractions are your worst enemy when you’re short on time.

READ END-OF-CHAPTER SUMMARIES & TAKE NOTES ON THEM

We all know we are not speed-readers, otherwise we would’ve read all of the 20 chapters needed for a class earlier in the semester. Instead, review the end-of-chapter summaries, review questions, and explanations to get the gist of everything “important” or “need-to-know”. You don’t want to waste your valuable time reading every nook and cranny of the first page. Jot a few notes down and get through it.

SEARCH YOUTUBE & KHAN ACADEMY VIDEOS FOR QUICK EXPLANATIONS

If something is just not making sense from the text, your notes, or diagrams, try searching for a video about it. YouTube and Khan Academy have some awesome videos explaining just about everything from Chemistry to Anatomy to Music History. Another great channel to look up for quick and understandable lessons on anything is “Crash Course” on YouTube by the famous Green brothers. I promise you, these are worth the time.

DRINK WATER & TAKE FREQUENT WALKING BREAKS

Although shutting yourself into the library for the weekend may seem like a great idea, remember to stay hydrated and mobile. If you stare at a computer screen, textbook or notes for too long, your brain will slowly get more fatigued. Give yourself a break at the top of every hour to stretch, walk around, use the bathroom and chug some water. Water is especially important to continuously drink when you’re hopped up on caffeine from coffee, tea or an energy drink. Those might be awesome ways to keep you awake late into the evening, but they dehydrate you a lot.

SKIM OVER ALL NOTES YOU HAVE TAKEN DURING THE SEMESTER

Again, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You don’t need to thoroughly read absolutely every word, but instead brush over old ideas. Re-reading your old handwriting even once is helpful for jogging your memory of things you had to learn back in September that haven’t been talked about since. Even a light refresher is better than none.

GET LOTS & LOTS OF SLEEP – OR ELSE!

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You NEED to let your body and brain rest. Your test performance will be horrendous if you think pulling an all-nighter will help you learn and remember everything you need to know. YOU WILL DO BADLY IF YOU DO THIS. It has been shown time and time again that a lack of sleep leads to poor cognitive functioning in practically everything. You will not be able to critically think or creatively brainstorm when taking your test if you are sleep-deprived. Get 8 hours of sleep every night and set yourself up for success rather than failure.

Remember – if you are sitting there worrying over and over about your final tests, stop. You are only wasting your time that you can be spending focused and productively doing something to help you succeed. You are NOT a failure! You can do this!

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Written by Hannah Garrett on 12/10/2016

 

Snapshot Sunday: Bean Lake

Good evening and happy Sunday everyone! Today’s post is the very FIRST about Kate Shelley’s Snapshot Sunday series. She will be sending me a few key photos from a weekly adventure around campus and the city and a short snippet about them. Here is an excerpt from her Snapshot Sunday Report:

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Destination: Bean Lake, Silver Bay MN 

Bean Lake, a secret lake tucked down in a quiet valley, is located along the beautiful Superior hiking trail. The Superior hiking trail is over 300 miles of hiking and ATV trails, starting in south Duluth and making its way up to the Canadian border. 
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To get to the overlook of Bean lake it is roughly 3 miles each way (totaling 6+ miles). The trail winds up and down multiple hills, which definitely feel like mountains. The hike to get to the Bean Lake is exactly what it sounds like — a hike. It may be a trek, but the view is a 10/10. I promise you it will leave you breathless.

From where I parked all the way to Bean lake, it took about 3-4 hours, giving me enough time to explore the lookout area. If you go, I highly recommend wearing hiking boots, bring WATER, and of course a camera to capture the view. Just know that pictures will never do it justice to how beautiful it truly is.

Make sure to check out the “Discover Duluth” tab on the blog that will feature some of Kate’s best work from the Duluth area. From UMD’s campus, to secret downtown pizza stops, to unknown nature adventure nooks, she’ll have it all for you.

Let’s make this week a great one!

Written by Hannah Garrett on 11/13/2016

 

Motivation Monday: Sparking Positivity

Happy Monday everyone!!! What another fantastic day to be alive.

Today’s post for the Motivation  Monday series includes thoughtful ways to spread positivity in your life as well as others’. Being in college truly is an amazing experience, but sometimes we easily forget how good we have it. Negativity is like wildfire – it latches on to anything and everything it can get its hands on. It is so abundant that we have become desensitized to how often its black cloud surrounds us. From social media to gossip, negativity is very hard to avoid.

But, it is not impossible to.

You can probably think of at least one person that you know right now that you see as always happy-go-lucky no matter what the circumstance may be. They always have something kind to say, something great to accomplish, or somewhere to be that involves building upon their positivity even more. These people have mastered an ability that is quite challenging and takes a lot of self-discipline to do, but it is realistically attainable.

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Trying to maintain a positive mind-set every day can not only help you academically conquer your exams and projects, but also help you feel better on the inside. Mental health is one of many the many components vital to students pursuing their education and careers. These ideas about positivity have helped me strive towards the “Pollyanna” lifestyle:

Roll With the Punches

You may be very quick to feeling like everything is piling up and the worst day seems to get even worse, but you gotta learn how to go with the flow. One of the most important steps to sparking positivity in your day to day life is by taking everything in strides.

“‘Be not like the oak tree, standing firmly against the wind. Be like the bamboo, bending and flexing with it’ -(insert philosophical person here)” -My Dad

Fight to Find that Silver Lining

A lot of people would say that sometimes, life just sucks, and there is no silver lining. WRONG! Absolutely everything in life teaches you something important, and that is a blessing within itself. What can you take away from something bad? What’s the positive point of view in your situation? Try to eliminate the immediate negativity that clouds your mind and instead look for the good. This is extremely important if you want to live your life with a little more sunshine.

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Surround Yourself with Positive People

Do you hang around with people who don’t make you feel good? Which people in your life make you feel refreshed, energized, and extremely happy whenever you see them? Which people contribute towards negativity, and which people contribute towards positivity? It’s that simple when it comes down to choosing your friends. You are not obligated to continue being friends with people who suck you into that black cloud of negative thinking. Find the people that make you fell full of life.

Bite Your Tongue when Negativity Arises

Look, nobody’s perfect, and neither are you, so you’re bound to say or do something negative eventually. But, try to catch yourself when you do. Why are you saying/doing what you are? Is it necessary to you to say or do? Is it necessary to others? Will it bring joy or happiness or positive energy to your life and the world around you? If not, bite your tongue. If you hear others doing it to, simply acknowledge that you are listening but don’t partake in it.

Start Off Each Day with a Smile

Your attitude is the number one thing that needs to change if you want to feel more positive. Don’t climb out of bed wishing you could sleep another 20 hours. Don’t grumble to yourself in the mornings about how much you have to do and how you hate school. Don’t get mad at the first person in traffic that annoys you. Be happy! Smile! Today is a new day for you to accomplish something(s) AMAZING. If you want to feel more at ease in your life through positive thinking, start to begin every day with a great attitude.

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Have a great rest of your Monday and continue sparking positivity.

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 10/03/2016

 

 

Motivation Monday: Finding Purpose in Every Single Day

This will be my newest series of blog posts every Monday called “Monday Motivation”. I’ll throw up some snazzy, inspirational pictures along with a complementary explanation of how to make your Monday (and the rest of the week) absolutely amazing. The very first one today is about finding your purpose in each day.

So…why do we always give Monday a bad rap?

“Ugh…it’s Monday”

“I’m sooo tired…Mondays..”

“IT’S ONLY MONDAY AHHH!!!!”

Seriously…what’s the big deal? Why is Monday such a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? (As Alexander would say). What’s so wrong with it? Today, you are given another brand-new opportunity to change your life, to change others’ lives and to change the world. Monday is no different than any other day, we just treat it like it is. Time to cut that out.

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People our age, the college kids and the “millennials” as many of our elders like to call us, really don’t like Monday. We love Friday, we love the weekend and we even love Wednesday because we get to say “hump dayyyyyyy!” and feel as if our week is “almost over”.

Monday is just as great of a day as any other day. You wake up, you look around, and you realize you get to make today yours. You can do anything you could possibly want to do today. Want to eat out for lunch today? Do it. Want to run a couple laps at the gym between classes? Do it. Want to wear your Chewbacca mask and watch Return of the Jedi while eating brownies? Do it!

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Stop waiting around for Friday, for the weekends, for Fall break, Spring break, any break for that matter. Every day is valuable; you just need to find your purpose in each one. When you sluggishly zombie-walk through your school/work week only giving 50% of your effort, you are not experiencing your life’s opportunities to it’s fullest. And that is the ultimate waste of time. You’re wasting your own time can’t you see! If you can find something purposeful to think about every single day, you will realize how much more you will accomplish, how much better you will feel about yourself, and how full your life really is.

That being said, how do we go from the dreaded “Monday blues” to finding something special about each day? What can you do that will change the habitual act of only trying half the time? You evaluate your goals, make a plan to do them, and act on it.

1. Evaluate Your Goals

Write this all down. Think about your passions. Your goals. Your wants in life. What are they? How do they make you feel? How badly do you want to achieve them? Are you doing anything right now to accomplish them? Are you doing anything right now that sets them back? Who are you trying to be this year? At graduation? 5 years from now? 10? List anything and everything about what you want your life to turn out like, no matter what your circumstances may be. Hang your goals up where you can see them every day.

2. Make an Action Plan

Every single day, reference back to your goals. What are they? When you look at them, do you feel inspired to do a little better each day? Write down everything you will do today to bring you closer to them. Start small. Want to lose 10 pounds? Make a plan to go to the gym for at least half an hour and choose water over pop. Want to ace that test on Friday? Make a plan to study for it in the library for a few hours and working with a tutor. If you truly want to achieve these goals, you need to make a game-plan as to how you’ll get closer to them every day. Writing down your top tree  actions each day to help you get there will make you feel focused and motivated

3. Go Out There and Get It

You can achieve absolutely anything you put your mind to – it’s all mental. If you let your brain tell you “No, I can’t, that’s impossible”, you’ll believe it. Be confident. Be your best friend. Tell yourself you can do it every single day. Drive yourself towards accomplishing those goals. Wake up and value your time. Find your purpose in the day by figuring out what you can do to better yourself; to get closer and closer to your hopes and dreams. Don’t waste your own time; go out there and get it done. Make it a priority to act on your three top tasks each day, whatever they may be.

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Monday is just another name for “today”. What are you going to do today?

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 9/26/2016