TGIF

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Best part of the week: Yesterday I slept in until 8:20 and still made it to school on time. That’s an accidental sleep in of almost a full hour so I felt wonderful in my 7 hour coding class.

Worst part of the week: All. The. Rain. I hardly remember what life is like when it isn’t raining. (the photo of Finn outside was taken last week).

Something I’m grateful for: Umbrellas - because it’s nice not looking like a drowned rat every time you come in from outside.

Something I’m excited for: I have a hair appointment today! I haven’t had my hair cut since last March so it’s looking pretty gnarly..

491) Have you ever been in a position of authority? When I was in high school was the editor of the yearbook. I’m also an older sister.

Happy weekending friends! I’ll be studying for two tests, working on three websites, and trying to fit some good ol’ homework assignments in mine so be sure to have some fun on my behalf!

Real World Goal Planning

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It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve sat down and written a blog post. I kind of don’t know where to start.

I guess I should probably start with a Happy New Year and wish everyone a happy healthy 2018!

It's been a busy few weeks over here, hence the lack of posting. While the second half of December was full of holiday festivities, these past few weeks of January have been full of organizing and getting back into the swing of things at school and getting ready to start the next phase of life. We are now just over a week into our final term at school which means we’ve got a little more than 3 months until we’re done and out in the real world - again. 

Side: I’ve always hated the expression “wait until you’re out in the real world.” Does that mean that my nearly 2 hour daily commute isn’t real? That the assignments I have due weekly aren’t real? That the responsibilities I have now aren’t real? I’m pretty sure the answer to all of those questions is no. Telling students to “wait until they’re out in the real world” just feels like it discredits all the hard work they’re putting in at school. No they’re not working 9 to 5, but a lot of the time they’re putting in a lot more hours than that and they’re not getting paid to do it. So next time you’re tempted to tell a student “you think it’s tough now?! Wait till you’re out in the real world,” just don’t. We’re already in a world that is very real, thank you very much.

Wow. I didn’t even know I had that in me until I typed that last sentence of the paragraph above…

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Anyway, like I was saying, there are just over 3 months until I’m done school which means my brain is constantly thinking about the future and where I’m going to be and what I’m going to be doing. We did a goal planning session in one of our classes last week and it really got me thinking about the coming year and how I want it to go.

 It also inspired me to pull out my journal from this time last year.

A year ago almost to the day of our goal planning session at school I had done one very similar at the “Grow Your Online Presence” workshop at Picot. That session was a huge reason why I ended up moving home and going to school on the mainland. As I was reading over the goals I set last year I was blown away by how similar my life is to the way I had hoped it would be. I had completely forgotten about the goals I’d made last January and yet I ended up exactly where I’d wanted to. 

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As I’m sure you guessed I then sat down and really thought about where I want to be next year. I opened up to a new page in my journal, lit my favourite candle, and got to thinking and writing.

As I wrote I found myself feeling excited, overwhelmed, scared, and stressed out - feelings I remember vividly from last time. But as I kept thinking and dreaming I eventually built up a list of goals I hope to accomplish in the next year, the next 5 years, and the next 10 years. I considered everything from family, work, health, and personal goals and I must say, I’m feeling quite excited for my life!

While I can work towards reaching many of my goals by planning and setting smaller goals, others will come as a result of just working towards being happy and doing things that make me feel good. And really, that’s what all of my goals boil down to anyway!

Do you set goals? If you do, how far in advance do you set them for? 6 months? A year? 10 years? 30 years? 

TGIF

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Well folks, as I'm sure the one month hiatus informed you, I have been so.freaking.busy. Between being in school full time and having a social life and trying to practice self-care all while getting ready for the holidays I am running low on steam. But fear not because as of today I am on a break! Two blissful-ish weeks of no classes! We do have tests and projects due in the days after we get back so it's not a total break but hey, I'll take whatever I can get! 

Best part of the week: Yesterday was the last day of classes and because the teachers knew we were all pretty much checked out the day was very chill. After writing two tests in one class we spent the remaining two hours before our next class playing games like Heads Up and 21 Questions with our teacher. It was so much fun and a great way to unwind after test writing and weeks of hard work.

Worst part of the week: I had an appointment on Monday afternoon and they were running so far behind schedule that I had to sit and wait for an hour. Super lame.

Something I'm grateful for: Have I mentioned I have a two week break starting today? 

Something I'm looking forward to: I have so much to look forward to in the coming days/weeks. Today a group of friends and I are heading up to a local mountain for some wintery fun, on Monday I'm Christmas crafting with another friend, the rest of the week is spent prepping for Christmas and then it's CHRISTMAS!

329) Whats your favourite radio station? Normally I don't listen to the radio much because I usually just plug my phone into my car stereo and listen to Spotify. But since the first week of December I've been listening to 103.5, the local Christmas station. It's got more variety than my limited Christmas playlist and it's a fun way to get into the holiday spirit.

Happy weekending friends!