Hey there! This week’s blog post is going to be a reflection on some of the things in my life that I feel are really important. This is more of a serious post, and it is also a post to remind me that these are somethings I need to stick by. For those of you that make New Year’s Resolutions, this may be a reminder to you, if you have fallen off some of your resolutions. There is always time to get back on track.
I have definitely gone through a lot of change, and a lot of new experiences since my birthday last year. Sure, I was living in the same town, but I have definitely changed some things in my life, and have tried some things I would have never thought I would want to do. One major thing that has lead to all of this is trying new things. Not just trying new things, but trying things that you feel will better you as an individual. I have been trying to have a healthier lifestyle, but it is something that I have always struggled with in my life. There are always things I would much rather be doing than exercising, and I am always craving something other than a healthy meal. I have been trying to find a good balance of these things, and it has been difficult. There are a lot of nights where I give into the temptation of just siting on my ass and watching YouTube videos, eating a pizza. But, I have also tried to convince myself that these things can be done occasionally, and I can always sit and watch videos after I work out. It is not like the videos are going anywhere, and I can always watch them later. I have been trying to do yoga, with a lot of various yoga apps, and I do really enjoy it.
Another part of trying to better myself as an individual, is trying to take care of my skin. I have never had a massive problem with acne, so I have never really been one to have a skin care routine, and wash my face a lot. I am mainly doing it now, because the things I do to take care of my skin now, will help out a lot in the future. Also, it feels great to just take some time to think about what is actually being put on my skin, and things I can do to make sure I keep my skin healthy. Another part of this is drinking more water. I am so awful about drinking water, and I have my ups and downs with keeping up with it. I have been trying to drink at least two massive water bottles full of water everyday, but it can be tough to do while I am teaching. I try to only keep my tea and pop in my office, so when I am in my classroom, all I have to drink is water. I am still not an expert, but I have been doing a little bit better.
It can be tough living alone, in a town where you have only been in it for a year. I have some coworkers that I do really enjoy talking to, but I also like to spend my time at home, doing things I am more comfortable doing. Living in a small town has helped me with a couple things. One thing is that when someone asks you how you are doing, make sure to ask them how they are doing as well. I am normally so stuck instead my own head with all of the things I need to get done that day, that I don’t take the time to have conversations with other people. I have definitely changed that a lot this past year, by trying to keep my work thoughts in my classroom, and eating lunch with other people. I have a tough time getting to know new people, but it is m hard when I have no one around me that I feel comfortable with. Now, I have a “lunch posse” that always eat together, and we have really gotten to know one another.
Another thing I have learned about living in a small town, away from anyone that I am super close with, is to take the time and call people. In this day and age, most people just send a text message to ask people how their day ways, or what their plans are for the weekend. My friends and I have gotten into the habit of actually calling each other, or setting up a Google Hangout with one another. It is nice everyone once and awhile to actually have a spoken conversation with another person. I find that I can explain myself a lot better through spoken word, than through text. I am really glad that phone companies no longer charge for minutes, because my bill would be through the roof with as often as I am on the phone. Even if the other person isn’t talking a lot, it is just nice to feel like there is another person in the room, even if they are not their physically.
This past year, I have definitely been trying to do things for me. Not for my parents, not for my friends, and not even to try and get myself a boyfriend. Everything I do in my life right now has been focused on myself. I did not start this blog to show the world that I do cool stuff in my free time (which I do a lot of cool stuff). I did it so I can put my thoughts and ideas out there for other people to look at. If they don’t like it, I don’t care. It just brings me joy to know that other people enjoy some of the same things as me, and like what I have to say. I have a lot of interests, and I like that I have a space to put all of my thoughts and ideas.
Trying new things. I talked about it earlier in this post, but it has really been a big thing for me this past year. I wouldn’t have this blog if I didn’t try new things. I wouldn’t have some awesome friends that I work with, if I just stayed inside my little bubble. I would not have found a new love for video games if I just quit at things when they got tough. I would not be in Lidgerwood, ND, with my amazing rescue dog sitting next to me, if I played it safe, and stayed at home with my family until I found a job close to home. I believe that things happen for a reason, and I always trust my gut on a lot of decisions. My gut feeling has gotten me in trouble every once in a while, but I learned from my mistakes, and grew as an individual. Trying new things may seem scary, but it can also be awesome and exciting when you love the new things you are doing.
I think the final thing I want to talk about in this reflection is having to do with life experiences. I don’t remember where I heard this, but I read that someone was talking about spending your money of events that you will remember, instead of on things that you just want to have. This really struck home with me, since I am a huge collector of records, movies, and cameras. Will it really matter how many records you have, when you are no longer on this Earth? Is there some place you could go with your friends and family, instead of buying another gaming system? Sure, I love buying material things just as much as the next person, but I have been trying to teach myself to just wait, and save a little bit each time I get paid, instead of just running out and buying things as soon as I want them. I have so much planned for my summer because of this mind set. All of the concerts that I have been going to have been a part of this mindset. I always make sure that I do not go on these adventures alone. There are so many people in my life that I have so may fond memories with because we went to an awesome event together. But, there are times where you may benefit more by just going on your own and not waiting for others to respond. You may meet someone who you never thought you would know before.
Make memories now with the people you care about, while you still can. Take care of your body, mind, and spirit, especially if you feel that you are not in the best place in your life. Let your friends and family know that you love and appreciate them whenever you can. There does not have to be a reason for it. Go out and try that thing you have always been itching to try. Talk to that person who you have always wanted to get to know. Most of all, always be true to yourself. No one else can be you, but you.
I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week, and I will see you here next week for another post!