As a new semester is now upon us, I decided to make some changes. Two-and-a-half years into school and I’m finally starting to figure myself out. Here’s a list of some of the changes I’ve made thus far, how they’ve already affected me, and what I’ve learned.
- I am taking a semester off from my sorority. It’s time I realized that I’m not the type of person I’who can be busy from 7am until 11pm and still be happy. I need chunks of time every day where I have absolutely no plans. When looking back at high school, I realized that I 1.) wasn’t as stressed 2.) was happier with where I was and 3.) was only surrounded with people during the school day and other times when I truly wanted to. I wasn’t constantly surrounded by others. I like going home and doing nothing- or, rather, being able to choose if I want to go to the library and study, head over to the gym, watch TV, or prepare dinner. Some people like being involved in 30 different clubs and organizations, but I realized while I may have once wanted to be one of those people, I’m not- and I like that even more!
- I started Yoga classes. I decided to sign up for yoga at the rec. every Thursday for a fee and every Saturday for free. Thursdays are a more relaxed type of yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, and Saturdays are more for strength and endurance, Power Yoga. I’ve learned that Yoga is an amazing way to exercise without feeling completely dead afterwards- it actually makes me feel more energized! How about that?
- I’m challenging myself to step outside of my comfort zone at least once a week. I decided that instead of randomly feeling down on myself about how I still sometimes feel that I don’t “fit in” at school, I will challenge myself to go out of my comfort zone to pursue strong friendships with those I may not know as well. This one is especially hard for me because I am often so quiet and at times my brain shuts down and makes it almost impossible to converse with someone new for longer than a few minutes. Last week I stepped out of my comfort zone by asking a new friend to take the Thursday yoga class with me- which she is! I also specifically chose to be in a group for a class with people I don’t know so well. This week I stepped out of my comfort zone by signing up for a retreat (aka locking myself into doing it because it costs $ so I can’t back out now) with a bunch of people I don’t know and a small handful that I do know- it might not even be a handful.
- I’m committing myself to be more tidy. While I wasn’t very messy before, there were always areas that were lacking, especially the kitchen. This semester I have devoted myself to doing the dishes right away, wiping down the counters daily, vacuuming once a week, cleaning the bathroom once a week, and de-cluttering the area. I find myself at ease when my room is clean. It’s one less thing to worry about. It’s one less thing cluttering my mind and my space. It’s one thing that I can control.