The Hefty Update.

A photo of Tara holding her diploma

Hey there bow friends,

Today’s the day.  The day I begin to update you on my month off.  I can assure you this is going to be a long and photo heavy one so maybe get a snack, some tea, and get comfy.  We’re going to cover my graduation, moving, and all the fun things in between.

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Monthly Resolutions 3.

New Year's Festive CrownHey there bow friends!

Conveniently enough, New Years is a time in which we all make resolutions for the year.  I find that doesn’t work for me so I’ve been doing these monthly resolutions (1, 2) and I’m finding it’s going kind of well.  There’s always room for improvement!  Before we get into January resolutions, let’s talk December.
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Monthly Resolutions 1.

Resolutions 1

Hey there bow friends!

It’s currently 12:11 am.  I’m tired and a little overwhelmed by the amount of things on my plate.  I have a plethora of tasks to take care of in the next few weeks which are just eating away at me slowly.  On top of school I am vice president of an organization and I’m working on my senior research, which happens to be vital to whether or not I graduate.  To say I’m busy is an understatement.  I haven’t been taking care of myself as well as I used to.  That sounds really sad and pathetic, but it’s a bit true.  Before the bombardment of assignments and meetings to attend, I was going to the gym daily, finding time to pamper myself, eating home cooked meals all day everyday, and doing things to make me happy.  Most of those things have taken the back burner or stopped happening completely.

There’s something about posting things on the internet that makes me feel even more obligated to come through on things.  I’ve decided to start making monthly resolutions to help me keep myself on track.  This month I’ll be writing to myself from myself.  I need a little reality check.

  • Be purposefully active at least every other day – It’s not always possible to dedicate my typical hour and fifteen minutes to the gym, but 20 minutes of pilates or taking the long way to class through campus will help make you feel better in the long run.  I promise.
  • Stop wasting money on eating out – It’s convenient.  I know. I know you’re tired and you think you have nothing to eat in your apartment.  I promise you do.  Be creative and try harder.  Oh and use all those frozen things in your freezer.
  • Drink. More. Water. – Hydrate, fool.  You’re probably tired half the time because you’re dehydrated.  Carry around a reusable bottle and get your H2O on.
  • Keep up with the news – Start reading some current events with breakfast or listen to NPR podcasts.  You’ll feel more connected with the world and you’ll have something to talk about with your boss.
  • Stop procrastinating – Why didn’t you learn this in grade school?  Try harder.  Work in chunks.  Make time for studying.  You can absolutely do this.  You’re a capable, intelligent girl.  Act like one.

That might have been strange to read me writing to myself in a chastising tone, but I hope it pushed you to get organized or do that thing you’ve been avoiding for weeks.  This post is my little push to get things together this month.  I will let you know how it goes come December.  Thanks for listening to my half asleep ramblings.

I hope you all have a fantastic week.  Make good choices and keep going. We shall talk soon.

-Tara Joy ❤