As the summer draws to a close and fall creeps into our lives so does the desire to start anew. Whenever a new season comes along, I feel the need to sit down and reorganize my life. And I try to organize my entire life. All of it. Usually, that doesn’t go very well, considering I’m pretty bad at following through with goals and having a lot of them just makes it harder. But I do it anyway.
With the nice, cool evenings that are now upon us and the anticipation of leaves changing, there are a few things I want to change. To keep it simple, I’m only giving three goals. One school oriented, one self oriented, and one health oriented.
Procrastination? What is that? I’ve never heard of that before…
Obviously, I’m kidding. I’m the queen of procrastination and this semester I plan on breaking that habit, as I always do. This time I mean it, though. I’m involved in a few writing organizations on campus, volunteer for a local elementary school, have three writing intensive courses along with three others, and just started a job this weekend to help pay for groceries. If I have any respect for myself or my sleep schedule, procrastination has to stop.
My action plan is to keep my planner up to date, well organized and legible. I have some wonderful friends who keep me accountable for work in classes that we share, but I don’t want to rely on them solely for my success. I need to be responsible for my own deadlines.
As I said before, I’m going to be busy. Very busy. I tend to use free time to hang out with friends and keep my social life alive but, even though I’m an extrovert, I need time to myself. Sitting with your thoughts and a journal is one of the most therapeutic things I can imagine. I write out every worry, every thrill, every sadness. To me, writing is solace. To you it might be playing the drums or ice skating. It’s exceedingly important to make time for those things that give you peace and help you cope with the world around you.
I want to write for me, not for online magazines or blogs, once a day. Be it before bed or when I’m waking up, I need to sit alone with my thoughts and figure out what’s buzzing around in my head. If I ignore that for too long, I might actually go crazy.
This month will be Soda Free September. I recently watched a documentary called Fed Up that follows the extreme decline in our nations health. Want to know where all of our issues lie? Sugar. Lots and lots of sugar. Know what the biggest intake of sugar is? Soft drinks and juices.
Not only do sodas and sweet drinks load up on sugar, they also make it much harder for your body to process that sugar. In fact, when sugar is ingested without any fiber along with it, as it naturally would with something like fruit, then the liver is put in distress and actually immediately converts that sugar into fatty deposits. So, with my newly enlightened outlook on my beloved soda, I’ve decided to make the cut.
Brey has so graciously volunteered to do it with me. As someone who isn’t great at following through with goals, especially ones related to healthy choices, having my cousin by my side to keep me accountable is amazing. She’ll keep me strong when I’m pulling an all nighter and desperately wishing I could chug a cold Dr. Pepper. She’ll keep me strong when I’m out with friends and staying up late without the caffeine kick. She’ll keep me strong when I’m simply craving something bubbly and delicious. And I’ll be doing the same for her. In different situations and all, but you get the picture.
So here’s to new beginnings! To deciding not to overwhelm myself with too many goals. To actually sticking with the goals I’ve set out for myself. To not doing it the night before, to not giving up on me time, to not drinking soda.
And here’s to autumn. May it treat us well.
All images credited to Alicia Lurie Photography.