Can I just have an hour long nap…? Actually, make that two hours. How does time seem to fly right past my face everyday, never quite giving me that split second chance to take it in my hands and hold it for even just one minute?
These last few months have been a journey. Culinary Arts, and a busy schedule overall. I’ve struggled to make time for myself – whether it be working on Speckled Dishes, or sitting down to a hot cup of tea and a good book. Most mornings, I barely have enough time to slurp up a soggy bowl of cereal. I tell you, the business IS REAL. Of course, the procrastination is also real – which is harder to admit in many ways. That hour spent on social media, just scrolling through the pages, and falling into jealousy…not sure that was worth it…
Here is a list of 5 things that I’ve needed to remind myself these last few weeks:
- Get as much homework as you can done at school – so you have more free time in the evenings. Of course, some things have to be taken home, and cannot be finished at school, but whatever can be, do that at school.
- GET MORE SLEEP – I can’t help but chuckle at myself sometimes. I’ll ask myself, “Why do I feel so tired?” Well, my dear Rebekah, you only got 5 hours of sleep last night, that might do it. And feeling tired all day often leads to excuses like, “Oh, I’m too tired to do homework, or exercise, and I don’t have enough energy to spend quality time with family and friends.”
- Spend time doing some things you enjoy every once and awhile – for me, that means working on an art project, playing the piano or guitar, baking, or simply taking my dog on a walk outside in the crisp, fresh air.
- Let go of social media/realize how it’s impacting your life – I’ve been following a number of famous people on Instagram lately, which has lead me to believe bad things about myself and others, without really thinking things through. Often times I’ll wish that I had their life, that my life is dull compared to theirs. That can get nasty pretty quickly. After scrolling through different social media pages, I’ll often be left feeling yucky and discouraged. This is my own inner issue that I myself will need to deal with, each person will have their own struggles and ways to work through things. Right now, for me personally, I find that it helps if I just don’t spend so much time on social media, and rather spend more time with my friends in person.
- MOVE. Crazy how hard it is to do something as simple as moving sometimes. I tend to sit around a lot. In class, while doing homework, browsing online, scrolling through social media, and watching my favorite movie or TV show. Before I know it, the day is done, and I’ve barely walked a mile in total. That scares me. I’m on a mission to make exercise a habit, finding exercises that I will truly enjoy, and won’t dread, such as jump rope, biking, or walking the dog.
Maybe that list doesn’t help you, but it has sure helped me! Of course, I am in NO way perfect at any of those points that I just mentioned, but I am trying hard to manage my time better, and focus more on what’s important to me personally.
I truly miss working on this blog for hours and hours everyday – sadly, that just isn’t possible at this point. “One step at a time, my girl” – this I must remember. I hope you can find some light today, and remember that YOU are a light that’s shining bright. Think about how your light is shining, what it’s reflecting and how you’re impacting those around you today. And feel free to share any comments below!
The first picture was taken in Culinary Arts, the second is a picture of my big puppy, Murphy, the third and forth are pictures of some of the artwork that I’ve been having fun with. Clay and pencil.