Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Look out, here comes tomorrow

I'm really excited at the prospect of this summer, and I'm determined to make the most of it instead of procrastinating and then wondering were the time went! Next year will be my final year of university, and so really this is my last summer break of blissful freedom. So I've compiled a little list of things I want to do over the coming months before I have to delve into writing dissertations and creating final projects. When you're a born procrastinator it can be hard to get things done when there's always tomorrow, but I'm trying not to live like that anymore. It only creates it's own stress and sense of failure as days pass you by with nothing being achieved, which then leads to anxiety which leads to further procrastination. These are fun little projects that I've had bubbling around my brain for a long time and I'd only be doing myself a disservice by not achieving them, so this is me holding myself accountable!



SUMMER GOALS
Pick up French again. I've been learning French on and off for the past 10 years. I've tried Michel Thomas tapes, night classes, Duolingo, Rosetta Stone. I'm OK at remembering words, it's the order they go in that trips me up, and trying to remember what's masculine and feminine and all of those grammar rules. It's something I'd really love to learn though as I'd love to be able to speak a second language and am so jealous of those who can. If anyone has any tips for learning foreign grammar, please let me know!

Learn the ukulele. This is another goal I've had for most of my life. Not the ukulele specifically, just to learn an instrument. It's something I have a lot of anxiety about though because obviously like with any learning process it's going to sound bad at the beginning and the idea of loudly making a racket terrifies me stupid. I don't hold any kind of preference for a ukulele, I just felt it'd allow me to dip my toe into learning to play music and ease me into making a noise. Then I can perhaps use it as a stepping stone to move on to something else.

Walk until my legs fall off. Not literally, but I want to go out walking every single day and honestly this will be the single easiest thing to accomplish on this list as I know it's something I do already. My parents live in the middle of the countryside surrounded by fields of sheep and cows and a huge reservoir. It's bliss to wander round, I can gladly walk a few miles without even realising. It's one of the biggest things I miss when I'm away, I get such cabin fever where I live, so I intend to make the most of my surroundings.

Go car booting at every opportunity. Another positive to country living, there are more car boot sales than you can count! There aren't many opportunities for secondhand shopping outside of charity shops where I study (and the charity shops are barely worth bothering with!). It also means I get to go with my mum, and not only is she my best shopping buddy as she knows my taste to a T, we spend most of our outings laughing together. I'm already smiling at the thought of it!

Spend as little money as possible and take pleasure in the little things. I'm really trying to save money for after uni, and also just to improve my lifestyle in general. I'm becoming very disillusioned with the idea of filling my life with stuff and how consumer driven society is. I'm already trying to buy more mindfully, but it's difficult as I know I use that little buying buzz to support my mental health and make myself temporarily feel better. It's a poor excuse and something I'm trying to fix. I want to instead find joy in the things I already own, and the little moments in life all around me. To instead save my money for exciting life experiences like travel.

Draw every single day. Make messes in my sketchbook and to stop being such a perfectionist in my work. I get far too precious about my sketchbook, as if I'm expecting someone might flip through it so it has to be perfectly presentable at all times. I want to remember that my sketchbook is for me alone, and to learn to have fun again with my art. To learn to draw quickly and unconsciously, instead of being so caught up in the idea of perfectionism and every mark being deliberate that I'm too scared to even start.

Read more books. And spend less time on social media. Social media is important to me, it allows me to connect to others, form friendships, and express myself. But I've realised I've become a little too dependant on it. I'll have every intention of reading a book, then sit and look at my phone instead, mindlessly flipping back and forth between apps. I'm already making steps towards changing this and being more selective with which platforms I spend my time on, but it still needs improvement. I used to love reading and it shames me how little I do now and how my attention span for it seems to be shrinking. I may even share the occasional book post on here, we'll see!

Do you have any goals for this summer? ❀

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  1. I think we all like that little buzz that buying something new gives us, but more and more I've been trying to kill that urge and focus on buying more mindfully as well because chances are most things we don't end up buying we forget about completely. There aren't too many things I've spotted in charity shops that I've walked away from and found myself pining for - out of sight, out of mind!

    I'm also thinking about starting to learn French since my boyfriend and I just moved to Canada a there are a lot of French speaking people here, it would be really handy to know and also just a fun thing to do together. Getting your head around the grammar is definitely the hardest part though because it's so different to English.

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    1. Yeah so much of what I buy is just something I feel like I need right then and now, but I know as soon as I walk away I'll have forgotten about it. I've started getting into the mindset of leaving it for a few days and seeing if I still want it afterwards. If I can't stop thinking about it, I'll go back and hope it's still there (and if it isn't, it wasn't meant to be) It'll be nice to be able to save for bigger, better things instead!

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