Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020 maintenance


With the start of a new decade, it's important to enter it with a positive mindset. I've decided to further work on my resolutions from 2019. But instead of calling them "resolutions," I think "maintenance" is a better word to describe these goals because they are all things that I should be doing on a day-to-day basis in order to improve myself as a person. Without further ado, here is my 2020 New Year's Maintenance List.

1. HEALTH
  • Do your basic skincare routine twice a day
  • Basic but essential reminders to do even when you're tired and just want to sleep: shower every morning, brush and floss twice a day
  • At least 1 face mask/eye patch a week
  • Sunscreen!!
  • Sleep!! + Proper sleep schedule
  • Goal weight: 108 lbs
    • Reach before 21st birthday
  • Maintain goal weight
  • Exercise at least one day a week
  • Only eat when you're hungry
  • Don't eat past 8 pm
  • Drink 64 oz of water a day
2. ACADEMICS
  • Try to figure out major/minors
  • Maintain good grades/stay on top of deadlines so that there isn't a scramble at the end
  • Prevent burn out toward the middle-end of semesters
  • Be on time to your first class every day
  • Be communicative with professors and TAs
3. MONEY
  • Maintain monthly budget sheet for all expenses
  • Stay under $300/month
4. HAPPINESS
  • Journal + tea every morning
  • At least 1 blog post a week
  • Read 1 book a month
  • Learn 1 new skill
  • Travel to/internship in China, Canada, New York, Illinois, different parts of California, etc.

Let's motivate each other and make 2020 the best year yet.

j.j.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

time


Lately, I've been thinking a lot about time. It seems to pass by so quickly, especially the older you get. And that scares me. College is definitely passing by quicker than high school. I think it's because college is way more enjoyable for me. But that also makes me think about how I choose to spend my time. A lot of the times, I find myself "not having time" to do this or that because I choose to allocate my time elsewhere, such as catching up on sleep or just being by myself with my thoughts for a small portion of the day so that I can focus on myself. I've learned that I need to do this in order to re-center myself and also to prevent myself from going insane. Even taking some time to write a blog post helps me to keep chugging along. It may take away from my overall time to get assignments done or to socialize with friends and family, but I know that it's worth it because spending time with myself allows me to feel reenergized and overall betters me as a person.

So, no, I do not think that "self-care" is a myth. I do think, however, that the line between excessive self-care/avoiding responsibilities and actual, much-needed self-care is blurry. But over the years I've grown to distinguish the two from each other. (I will make a blog post about how I've learned to differentiate the two. It's hard, and I'm still learning, but I want to share what I know so far.)

Even though time is passing quicker than ever and I know that there is no way to stop it, the best advice I can give is to spend some parts of every day doing something enjoyable, doing something that you wholeheartedly want to put time into, even if it's for a little bit. When I do something I love, I don't even realize that time is passing. And I think that's really special. For instance, when I was younger, I would read books and write stories and poems for hours on end every single day. I realized that as I grew older, that special feeling slowly disappeared as I had to deal with more responsibilities. But ever since discovering that same feeling again, I've noticed that I can once again recapture the feeling that even though everything around me is a blur of movement, I can stop and rest for a moment.

j.j.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

identity


Reading back on my old writing or anything that I have done in the past really does make me cringe. But it is also insightful to do so from time to time because you can see all of the changes and progress that you've made. Growing up in a time period where social media is so prevalent is amazing yet difficult at the same time. On the one hand, I want to include the use of social media with my career in the future, yet on the other hand, I know that people can get so caught up with social media. I think that people my age, those of us who have grown up with the Internet, are not realizing their full identities. I watched a YouTube video about a girl who took a 30-day break from social media and afterward she explained what she realized. I agree with everything that she said. When we are scrolling mindlessly on social media sites and getting bombarded with images of people who are more successful than us or prettier than us or have more money than us and are using certain products which will guarantee YOU to have the same results and be like them, our real identities are being chipped away at and being replaced, instead, by these images and messages. I realized that since being on social media, some parts of my identity have definitely been influenced by certain people or trends on social media. In a way, when looking back at my old writing and cringing, it gives me back a sense of self that I had lost. Even though I had deleted all of my old posts when this blog was still named Artsy Peacock and I was still a pre-teen without a stress in the world, I promise to myself that I won't do that again. I want to be able to read what I wrote before and see how I have changed. I want to document me finding my identity once again. I think that was also a reason as to why I decided to return to blogging. Subconsciously, I knew that I needed to be back to my little corner of the Internet where I could freely express my thoughts and collect pieces of my lost identity that I desperately need back.

j.j.
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