Baby Steps

Since deciding last week to go through with my little experiment, I’ve felt considerably less stressed out :) I haven’t been doing something crazy different every day, but just making the small changes here and there I think are a great first few steps in the right direction!

On Wednesday, I had two classes in the morning and then had a work shift scheduled for the afternoon. It was such a beautiful, warm day that day, and I had some time to kill before having to leave campus for work, so I decided to spend about half an hour lazing around on my university’s horseshoe area.

ImageThere were very few people walking around the horseshoe while I was there, so it made my experience even more peaceful and relaxing. Even though the day turned out to be quite warm, the grass in the shade was nice and cool and perfect to lay down on. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay for too long, but I hope to make more time this semester for some extensive horseshoe relaxation.

On Thursday, I woke up at 7am and proceeded to spend almost 10 hours on campus doing nothing but classes and studying. After I finally got out of my lab at 6, I changed it up a bit and worked on some homework in a cute little coffee shop called Cool Beans near campus. I absolutely adore this little coffee spot because it is the only one of its kind in Columbia, and the coffee is absolutely delicious! There is also a cafe downstairs that serves breakfast and lunch during the day, and the food there is so great that I have yet to order something from this place that I haven’t completely enjoyed. I used to go to Cool Beans all the time during my freshman year of college but hadn’t really been since, so I figured I may as well go back at least for old time’s sake :P

ImageI was able to get some serious amounts of work done, including some reading for class and making great progress on a t-shirt design I am doing as part of my new PR position. As I was leaving Cool Beans, I was excited to see that they actually stay open until midnight during the weekdays and pretty late on weekends. I love finding new places to study that stay open late (and that aren’t the library), so I will definitely be sure to keep this place in mind for next time!

As for the weekend, I kept it pretty low key. I spent a good deal of the weekend recouping from the long hours at school and work (read: sleeping and generally being lazy), which may not be anything exciting, but it was most definitely what I needed.

I’ll be posting again in a few days so stay tuned :P

Oh, Hey There, WordPress…

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted last. I never thought that my summer would ever get as busy as it has. At the beginning of May, I came up with a mental checklist of  things that I wanted to accomplish over the summer break, including:

  • become CPR/First Aid certified
  • learn how to ride a bike (finally)
  • begin studying for the GMAT I will most likely be taking next school year
  • pick up my clarinet once again
  • do some thrifty apartment shopping
  • read a bunch of books (fiction, non-fiction, and business topics)
  • complete a few crafts for my new apartment
  • hang out with some friends from high school
  • try out new dinner recipes
  • (and of course) blog more often

Needless to say, I have unfortunately not been able to cross off a single one of those items  off my mental checklist. All I have been doing (and I really do mean ALL that I have been doing) these past 3 or 4 weeks is working endless hours at my job and reading endless stories for my World Literature summer class.

At least I’m being productive (not to mention making mad BANK!), but if it’s at the expense of my summer and my sanity, I’d much rather just work on my little summer checklist.

Thankfully, there are some nice things I can still look forward to this summer. First, my uncle is coming to visit from LA this coming weekend, which is awesome. Also, I’m moving into my new apartment in about three weeks or so, and I am SUPER excited about that! I can’t wait to get out of the apartment I am in now! I am also going on a week-long beach vacation the week after my summer class ends :) AND, I’ve made it so that my last day at work for the summer is July 11th, which leaves me some extra time before class starts up in August to get the things done that I actually WANT to do. :D YAY!

Now that I feel I’ve adequately quenched my thirst for procrastination, I should probably go write this essay that’s due tomorrow before I have to go in to work. Oy vey…