Spring Cleaning and Seasonal Goals

11 Mar 2016

Hi, Everyone! Notice anything different? That's right,  I got a new look! I've been debating the idea in my mind for awhile now but never could find the motivation to create the change. I think part of me hanging on to the feeling of being proud that I was able to make my previous layout by myself. As everyone knows, spring is a time for deep cleaning and organization so I found motivation with a little help from my lovely twin sister and we made it happen! I wanted to look fresh but still stay true to my blog name thus this little number was created and I love it! Of course, nothing comes with a little frustration (or a lot of frustration), as I sat on Photoshop having no clue what to do. I especially loved the two hours of re-editing all of my blog posts because something wonky happened, blogger, I'm looking at you. I'm not very versed in the technological world and still have much to learn but as I put the finishing touches, I can't help but feel proud of the new look. Not to mention feel grateful for all of the patience that my sister had throughout the process. You're a real champ! 

Moving onto what I wanted to chat about today, I found a really interesting blog post by Mimmi from Muted Mornings, who discussed her seasonal goals and I was really intrigued by the idea. I too have n't found a lot of time to focus on my blog like I have been wanting to so it was really nice to not feel alone in the balancing struggle! Looking outside at all of the snow we have doesn't exactly scream the start of spring to me, however, I have quite a lot of exciting things that I'm working up to so I figured that this would be a great opportunity to share them with you!

1) Graduation: After four years of frustration, tears and late nights filled with assignments and studying, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! When I think about graduation I often think of all of the great experiences and people that I have met along the way, like my best friend through it all or my boyfriend who I would have never had the chance to met unless I took the risk of taking the degree I am in today. I also go back to some not so pleasant memories of the time I was told that I was wasn't smart enough to pass a semester let alone graduate. I felt really upset by their words for awhile because I do admit to having my own struggles with learning disabilities and ADHD that are beyond my control. Regardless, I decided not to let them bring me down and focused on making myself happy by reaching my own academic goals instead of those put on me by people who need to control other people.  Plus, proving them wrong is kind satisfying, don't you think? :P

2) The Big Move: Going along with graduation is the transition to the adult world that I have been dreading.  Does anybody really, though? For the past four years, I have been lucky enough to be able to go home in the summer to work and spend time with my family. This year, however, I won't be making that trip. I've decided that it's time to start a new chapter of my life, and recently became a first-time apartment owner! Not only does this mean living with my boyfriend, but it also marks the start of our life together without all of the distance. As exciting as all of this is and how happy I feel to be in the city with all of my friends, I can't help but feel sad for this change. I know that it will be hard not seeing my younger sisters as much as I would like, and I will certainly miss the nightly chats with my mom while we watch HGTV. Although I realize that becoming independent is an important step in my life that had to happen eventually, I keep reminding myself that they are never too far away and that really helps.  I'm sure that I'm probably just anxious for everything to start happening but having this to look forward to through the mountain of schoolwork is a great feeling.

3) Focus on myself more: This spring I am determined to try to spend more time doing things for myself like taking more baths, finding new music and rediscovering what I'm passionate about. I'm really bad at taking the time to pamper myself, and place a lot of work on myself during life and school. I tend to overwork myself and I think this is one of the reasons that I have been so sick this winter. I have to realize that I can't always make everybody happy, or put the amount of workload on myself that I have been between life and school because it's extremely unhealthy. I want to be able to come home from a long day and say that I have nothing to worry or stress about. I also need to work on staying motivated because I like many have off days where I just want to stay in bed and forget about my homework. I'm so guilty of procrastinating work until I give myself a day to complete 10 things. I know this is a long shot considering it's near the end of the semester and exams coming up but in the end, I want to feel confident that I did my best instead of being a big ball of anxiety.

4) Try new beauty products: I've been putting myself on a hiatus from buying new products because I need to get myself to a point where I feel financially comfortable. I also found that I tend to stick to the same products when I find something that I really enjoy. It is with hope that I can branch out, get myself onto a budget, and be able to splurge a little! Not only will this allow me to get out of my comfort zone but it will also allow me to discover new favorites. One of the items that I'm eyeing recently is the Tartelette 2 In Bloom Palette because the colors are stunning. I've read so many blog posts about how wonderful it is so I'm definitely going to try to get my hands on it in the near future

5) Feel more confident: I've been itching to get myself into a fitness routine and stick to it or quite some time now. However, my crazy schedule doesn't really allow for the consistency that I need. I've been loving doing the at home workouts because my confidence isn't the greatest for the gym environment but I want to take this step for myself. Growing up, I've always been really insecure about my body and for once I want to look in the mirror and be proud of how I look. For me, It's not about being skinny or thin because I don't really mind the weight that I am at. My main goal is to look healthy and have healthy habits, and I feel like this is a really good time to start that.

What are your goals? Let me know in the comments below!

With love,

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