A lot has happened since I last posted. In the past four months I’ve spent many late nights studying, took a trip to Disneyworld, had many fun times with friends and family, was accepted into the study abroad program of my dreams, took a few weekend trips, and successfully completed my second year of college. It has definitely been a crazy few months but I wouldn’t have it any other way. This summer I’m staying in Chicago and working before leaving for a semester abroad in Belgium (AH IM SO EXCITED). Now that I’ve had some time to regroup and decompress, I’m super excited to get back into posting! I’ve definitely been craving time to focus on being creative including posting more on here, YouTube, and Instagram. That being said, along with the goal to focus more on my creative outlets, I’ve compiled a list of my top four goals for this summer and I hope they’ll inspire you as well!
Repair my relationship with food
At the beginning of the month, I knew I wanted to make it a goal this summer to eat healthier but before I can do that, I have to repair my relationship with food. The food we eat is not the enemy but fuel for our body. Being conscious of what I eat is the first step in taking care and valuing my body. Society tells us that carbs are bad, the key to losing weight is to eat less, etc. but that is not the case. Although I am still learning, when you embrace the notion that food is not the enemy, the way you look at food completely changes. The more I research and the more I learn, I can see subtle changes in the way I view food and my overall motivation to fuel my body with healthy, whole foods.
Let me start with one thing: I loveeeee reading. When I was younger I would spend full days sitting outside finishing an entire book. Books have a way of pulling me in and keeping me captivated for hours. As I grew older and came to college, I wasn’t reading literature as much but as a political science major, I still read a ton of books and articles. Although reading from nonfiction books and scholarly articles is a different experience, the knowledge I gain from those books is inspiring. That being said, now that I have some extra time, I want to focus on reading more literature, nonfiction, and articles on topics of my choosing. There are a multitude of books out there just waiting to be read.
Live more eco friendly
Throughout the past few years, my combined interest in both politics and climate change has kept me relatively informed of the condition the Earth is in and how critical our actions are at this very moment. While I tend to focus on the bigger picture, such as international initiatives and laws to combat climate change, I want to bring my concern for the environment to a more personal level as well. Over the past few years I’ve made subtle changes to my lifestyle but I want to become more committed. A few changes I’m making include cutting meat from my diet, using reusable straws, bringing reusable grocery bags, and taking shorter showers.
Focus on what matters
I feel like this is a good goal to end on because it encompasses every element of my life. In order to take on the other goals, I have to first remind myself to focus on what truly matters and not to dwell on the small stuff. This is definitely easier said than done but making the conscious effort to remind myself of my priorities is a good first step. The main way I am aiming to focus on my priorities is to be present in the moment. A key way to do this is to put my phone away and be present with those around me and the moment we are experiencing together. Checking the “screentime” feature on the iPhones is a great way to hold yourself accountable to staying off your phone. Seeing how many hours, yes I said hours, I spent on my phone through that feature makes me even more motivated to put it away and out of sight.
I’m so incredibly excited to be back and I can’t wait to share more with you guys throughout the upcoming months. I’ll be posting weekly on this blog and you can keep up to date on all my summer adventures through my Instagram page and YouTube channel. That’s all for now, byeeeeee