This past weekend, I had the privileged to travel to Newark, New Jersey for my internship with Project Y.E.S and work with some amazing military youth. Although all my weekend adventures are short, I am always so thankful to had gone!
I know it has been a while since my last blog post. My apologies! Life hit me and I got so caught up in work, class, preparing for finals, and traveling, that finding time to devote to my blog was difficult for me.
This post is not about my trip to New Jersey, Christmas gift guides, or fashion. It is about self-care and finding ways to manage stressful times. I am not an expert on time management in anyway, and I still need all the help I can get. But I wanted to share with you guys a few personal tips of mine that I use to manage my time!
- Listing. Get yourself a cute little notebook and make a entry each week. For me, I prefer handwriting my goals rather than typing them. Simply because why make writing my goals down another item to the to-do list and wait to fire up my 1000 year old lap top! I make a homework list and when I think I will have time for each assignment, a to-do list of things I need to get done this week such as laundry, and cleaning, and I make a list of my long term goals that I do not expect to be done this week. This way, I will not feel as unaccomplished if I do not cross those off the list. I also have a column for goals that are simply for myself and do not include homework and chores, but include blog ideas for this week, and other fun things that make ME happy. Lastly, I give myself a quote of the week- This week is “Life is Short, Make it Sweet”. Mainly because that Old Dominion Song is my jam right now on my way to class, but I also love the message and it makes me happy.
- Give yourself at least 30 minutes to an hour of “me” time. Surely everyone has at least 30 min a day to do whatever it might mean to you. This can be in the mornings, early before work or class, during your lunch break, or in the evenings when the day is done. Remember that not EVERYTHING on your list will be accomplished in seven days. Prioritize your list and maybe save a task for next week, and instead spend that time doing something you enjoy. This can be anything. For me, it is getting cozy in the evening before bed and watching Christmas movies on Netflix or reading a book. My friend from work takes her “me” time in the mornings with a jog. One of the biggest lessons we teach the youth in my internship is to find time for what they enjoy. These kids have a parent who is deploying for up to a year, and they will most likely take on more responsibilities when that one parent leave, so it is important for them to keep doing something they enjoy, everyday, no matter what!
- My last tip is to surround yourself with people in your life who motivate you and make you a better you. One of my closest friends right now is struggling with devoting time to body kindness. Myself and our other close friend are making it a point to uplift her and help set goals together. I am so happy to have a close support system at work, and in my personal life. When you feel stressed you are not alone and sometimes it helps to simple let your friends know what is going on and why you are so busy and overwhelmed and chances are, they will understand and help you!
Here are some more pictures I got at the Marriott Hotel and Double Tree Inn during my time in New Jersey! I do not look the best with minimal sleep and lots of traveling from hotel to hotel, but looking 100 all the time is not important and I am simply enjoying the Christmas tree, being the inner child I really am!