YOUR New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve made my resolutions, now it’s time for me to help you make yours!

These, of course, are suggestions that you can take or leave but if you’re looking for inspiration or confirmation, this is it.

  1. Find a type of exercise you actually love. Story time: my mother is one of those people that wanted to do something about her current fitness level and tried to sign up for gym memberships and even beginner volleyball classes but nothing stuck and all motivation would peter out quickly. Just 3 months ago, she signed up for some aquafit classes at the local YMCA because she heard it was good for your back and she’s been going around 3 times a week since then! She’s become one of those people that complains when she had to miss a class! So you CAN get fit or lose those pounds, you just need to find your method! The gym is not for everyone, it might be competition or environment that gives you a reason to keep coming back to it.
  2. Read one book per month. Reading is something that people feel like they don’t have time for but books are, in my opinion, a great part of life and important to expand your imagination. So by setting aside your commute to listen to audiobooks or before bed to read a chapter or two, it is definitely plausible to get through at least one book each moon cycle. Definitely try to get a diverse selection from fantasy to non-fiction because the world is huge and there’s no telling what you might learn.
  3. Invest in friendships. You have no idea how important this is. It’s so easy to let great people slip out of your lives or to not initiate getting to really know someone because you already have your family to talk to. Coffee dates are easy to plan, letter writing is not dead and potlucks are really fun. You don’t have to become a social butterfly but do hold on to the friends you have and make sure they know that they are important to you! That isn’t done enough in my opinion.
  4. Create. Totally open-ended, totally depends on what you enjoy and what you’d love to try. I believe we all have something inside of us that needs to create things whether it be an elegant computer code, your very first knitted scarf or a story. I’m sure there’s something that you’re passionate about and if you’re passionate about it you will totally be able to make the time for it in this coming year!

These are my tips to making your year a success (hopefully), let me know what you would have added to the list or what you’re taking from mine!

Wasting Time Efficiently

How come I’m not even good at that?

So there’s those people that get everything they need to do done so quickly and ahead of time that you question if they’re really human. Nothing compares to how organized and on top of things they stay and you would pay a lot of money to learn their ways. I feel like that is a phenomenon that you can find worldwide.

But what I’m talking about here is people that don’t necessarily get things done like planning meals in advance or doing their homework as soon as it’s assigned but they’re the ones that have seen absolutely everything social media has to offer that day and are up to date on all the popular tv shows. I am just so impressed when they spend a lazy afternoon on their bed with their laptop but they managed to watch 5 episodes of the mindy project, online shop a bit and listened to songs that came out that month.

I do a lot of lazing around the house but I am nowhere near as productive in my unproductivity. I’ll end up watching 17 youtube videos, going through a bit of tumblr and looking through the contents of my bedside drawer. Not exactly at the top of my to do list.

So if you’re either type of person that can be productive in some shape or form, hats off to you!

Night Owl

That describes me to a tee.

I am the most comfortable when it’s dark out, the most motivated when a normal person would have gone to bed and the most energized once it’s time to settle down. I am a night owl. I tend to get things done just as time seems to be running out pretty much.

The funny thing is that the other people in my house (my mother and my sister) are both early birds. While I may stay up until 4 in the morning finishing homework, my sister will wake up at 4 to complete it. And her brain is actually able to function.

It’s kind of unhelpful that I have the best ideas and am completely ready to turn my life around by the time it hits 1am but the world doesn’t work on my schedule so I always try to sleep before 2am so that I can get at least 6-7 hours of sleep a night.

The best is Tuesday nights though because I don’t have class until 5:30pm the next day. This is when I start reorganizing my room, planning how I’m going to eat super healthy from now on and can’t keep up with the number of ideas I’ve got for blog posts. It’s a fun place to be where somehow my eyes taking extra long blink but if I wanted to I could be asleep within 6 seconds.

Really the only downside is I can’t tweet anything because everyone else is asleep.

What about you guys? Would you call yourself an early bird or a night owl? What do you usually do with your morning or night?

Book Juggling

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In this case, I’m talking about being in the middle of reading multiple books at a time. This is a thing that I do. My average is 3 books at a time.

Why exactly I do this is because I have different moods for what I’m reading. Sometimes I just really want to breeze through a mindless chick lit novel while other times I am so down for complicated subplots and dragons. There are even times when the main character of a book will just be annoying me too much and I will set that book down and pick up another because there is never a shortage of books in my house.

Another reason that just popped into my head is convenience. I am the kind of person that will just start a new book if the one I was reading at the time was in my room and I was on the couch. This way, I can just leave a book in all my reading locations and not have to wonder where I set it down last. You could come into my house and find a book on the kitchen table, beside my bed, on the floor near the couch, in my backpack and even sometimes in the bathroom.

It almost feels weird to only have one book on the go but that rarely happens anyway. There’s nothing worse than not knowing what to do with yourself once you’ve finished a book so being in the middle of two other stories makes the brain shift that much easier. Just as long as no characters have the same name, it’s quite simple to keep everything straight in my head.

Question: what are your book reading habits? Are you a big book juggler? Do you have any weird reading locations? Please share in the comments!

Reasons It’s Good To Have A Messy Room

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Instead of cleaning my room, like I should be doing, I have decided to use my time to make a post about why it’s actually a good thing to have a messy* room. Makes sense. Maybe this is my teenage rebellion. Never really had one of those so I guess I’m due.

*Now, by “messy” I mean clothes a little all over the place and an unmade bed and random paper everywhere. I don’t mean anything gross like food and garbage everywhere and all that extreme stuff.

1. It’s a time saver. If you have to put every single thing away, all the time, it takes up your time to do that. To make sure your floor is completely spotless, your bed is made and everything in its place is a lot of effort that you can spend doing other things. (Yes, I know there are arguments on the other side of this one but we’re just going to ignore them because that is not the point I am trying to make.)

2. Natural parkour course. You may laugh but it’s true! Coming home and trying to get into your bed but having to avoid piles of papers and a random box you have out is no easy feat. There is a lot of jumping and balance required. This is not only fun but also improves agility and foot-eye coordination.

3. It’s more “you”. Seriously, you don’t want your room to look like it just came out of an IKEA magazine. By having your collection of paint samples or all the make up you use on a regular basis out in the open, you give your room personality and make it your own.

4. Improves memory. It’s like having all your contacts saved on your phone. Do you actually know your best friend’s number or do you just know what button to press on your cellular device? That’s the same with having a spot for certain things in your room. You won’t even think, you don’t even have to turn on your brain to find whatever you’re looking for. Now if it’s just ~somewhere~ you’ll have to recall where you last saw it or what you were doing while you had it to discover its location. A great workout for the mind!

Once your read all these arguments, there is no way you could go back to having a regular ol’ cleaned up living space, it’s inconceivable!

(EDITOR’S NOTE: You don’t even know how much I died laughing alone in my room while writing this. If I could have a job that involved thinking up plausible reasons for dumb things, I would die happy and so pleased with myself.)

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(from left to right): Oreo, me, Julia, Gingersnap

Both pictures taken from on my bed although I only knew about one of them.

For some reason, the cats each bonded to one of us. Julia feeds them and takes care of their litter boxes but for some reason Oreo likes to chill with me. Probably because the view from my window is better. You know cats.

Resolutions 2014

Not off to a good start here, especially considering one of my resolutions.

It’s a few days into the year of 2014 so I figured it would be a good time to make my resolutions publicly on the internet. That way, when I fail miserably, more people will be able to point and laugh. I’ve never been too big on resolutions; I like to make big, life-changing decisions at an easier time like, for example, not in the dead of winter. But it’ll be good to have them written down for when I want them.

1. Stop procrastinating. This is a serious issue in my life that can easily be resolved with me just doing stuff when I get it. Much less stress, and better quality output. I seriously don’t understand myself. And looking at the syllabi (syllabuses??) for my coming semester, there is literally no time to slack off. I just need to go hard for the next 4 months and then I’ll be free!

2. Be less selfish. Now, I’m not a horrible person but I do notice things about myself that I don’t like. And I’d like to change that. It’d be super cool to put other people first and have that become a habit pretty much, instead of it taking effort. Even little things like giving my sister the bigger bowl of ice cream even though I scooped it for everyone. I have very good role models within my friends and family so hopefully by following their lead I’ll succeed!

3. Read 100 books. This normally isn’t a big deal for me. I usually read more than 100 books per year, according to my Goodreads, but this past year fell very, very short of my goal. I know exactly what went wrong though: 1) I didn’t read a single book the entire summer because of camp, 2) I started university which takes a lot of effort and 3) I got a laptop which is just a gateway drug to procrastination. Not going to be at camp for the entire time this summer and hopefully will learn to manage my time which should equate to more books read!!

4. Clean my room. Like deep clean. Scour through every box and corner under my bed, in my desk or in my closet and just make it nice. The outside looks nice (sometimes) but there’s so much hiding in all the nooks and crannies so I think it’s time to fix that.

There we have it! Tell me your resolutions, if you have any. And if you have any advice for how to achieve mine, then, by all means, let me know!

Nocturnal

My sleep schedule sucks.

It is currently almost 2am and I am tired BUT I am debating on whether I should watch another episode of Grey’s Anatomy or not. And in the mean time, I’m writing something for the first real day of my blog-every-day challenge. Because even though I haven’t slept in between posting, it still is a new day.

I am a night owl so it’s not weird for me to be up this late. I actually count it as a victory when I’m asleep at midnight. Once, I was doing some homework and it was almost midnight and my friend was texting me. She asked me why I was up so late since she was only not asleep because she was finishing up her homework. (I had started mine only an hour earlier) The thought that midnight is not a time to be awake is actually foreign to me. So I discovered that then.

I find I am way more creative at night and can barely function before noon. No way am I one of those people that gets a head start on the day by being out of bed at 6am like my mother and my sister. Good thing I’m a heavy sleeper because those two have been known to be showering and getting ready for work and school as early as 5 in the morning. Maybe I’m adopted.

The thing is, I have to be careful with my sleep because, while I do like being awake until 3am usually, I can’t function on less than 6 hours of sleep and that’s already pushing it. So if there’s somewhere I have to be at a certain time the next day, I am way more cautious with my bedtime. But right now, all I’m doing is studying for an exam that I have on Wednesday. Meaning I could technically sleep the entire day away because I technically don’t need to be anywhere except my bed. But I should stop thinking about that because I will get up at 9 and get to work shoving all that c programming knowledge in my brain.

Would you look at that, conclusion about my initial dilemma and blog post for the day of December 17th accomplished all in one go. The very definition of two birds with one stone. If you looked up “killing two birds with one stone” in the idiom dictionary because that totally exists and you totally felt inclined there would be a link to this blog post right beside it.

Oh and the decision? I’m going to sleep.

Cheers,

Karen