I’m sitting in my classroom waiting for my students to trickle in to meet them for the first time and I’m reflecting on my goals from last semester as sort of a self check in. I can confidently say I stuck with almost every one well.
In short, they were…
Work hard the whole time through.
Continue to step outside of what is simply required.
No social media past 9 pm.
Intentionally keep up with relationships.
Find just one day a week to disconnect from school.
(Intentional friend time is something that my heart needs– I love girls trips because I try and put my phone away, or in the case of Zion we just had no service)
I fizzled out at working hard the whole time through because I grew to really hate an assignment that was worth pretty much my entire grade in one of my major classes and it made me just dread getting to my computer. I know my last three courses require a huge paper at the end so I’m going to do my best to set boundaries for work time and brain breaks as to give myself some steam that lasts rather than sprint at the beginning and trudge at the end.
I continued to step out of what is simply required for sure. I went to FNCE and met a ton of RDs and people who I want to be like. I applied for an internship with Robyn and started working with her at the end of last semester. I read nutrition news or primary literature almost every day and I pushed myself to continue networking.
The social media turned into 9:30 pm and I don’t think that’s too bad! I really slept so much better last semester and feel as though my separation from my phone was a big part in that.
My relationships were better than ever last semester. I made effort to drive the drive to see friends on the other side of LA, I met up with two of my best sorority sisters I hadn’t seen since graduation at the end of winter break, and I put myself out in new social situations that were freaking weird and uncomfortable but made me grow tons and learn a lot about myself.
I sucked at disconnecting one day a week. I really dropped the ball on that one and hope to get better. I’ve never been good at work(school)/life balance but I’m getting better for sure. It’s just going to take some time. Robyn has actually been super helpful (can you tell I look up to her?) in that sense since she tells me not to check my intern email over the weekend- like at all. I found this so hard because I’m such a people pleaser and I want everyone to be happy and settled. It’s a work in progress but I have to realize I have to be happy and settled too to not get burned out.
(After taking a values test last semester, it told me that my qualities indicate that I appreciate the beauty of nature and put that beauty before other things- I didn’t realize it at the time but I totally do- sometimes the beauty brings me to tears and I make sure I’m outside and appreciate one thing intentionally each and every day- I’ve found that makes me really happy)
As far as this LAST semester goes. Here are my goals (I hope to keep up with the previous ones too).
- Continuing education 30 min-1 hour a day. This is another thing Robyn helps me with since that is something she does for herself too. I count continuing education as actual CPE units (that are honestly pointless for me right now since I’m not an RD and they don’t count but its great info) through approved seminars or talks or just doing a simple PubMed search. I have been reading and re reading Health at Every Size and I can confidently say it’s the most insightful nutrition related book I have read to date so I hope to pull information from there and practice it in teaching my students or in writing papers or choosing presentation topics for my 3 big assignments/presentations this semester. I also want to try and listen to nutrition related podcasts on my way to campus. I’m such a sucker for singing in the car but I think taking 20 minutes of the drive for education if I haven’t done it that day will be good!
- Being intentional with my time. I got the relationship part working pretty well but I want to practice more of intentional studying or intentional reading more often. I mean no phone, no distractions for a set amount of time. This got me through studying for huge exams but since I no longer have huge exams till the RD exam, it’s a lot of just sitting and thinking about working or just being like mmmm I guesss I could work on this now. A lot of right now is reading primary literature and then finding flaws in the paper or it being too old to include in a presentation so it goes in the done pile so you feel like you accomplished nothing. Ugh. I am excited about this since I think this is going to help me with my work life balance more allowing me more time to be fully present in non school and school activities having known I was intentional with said time.
I think that should do it. Taking on too much is never fun so I’ll check back in in 3 months to see how I did with the 2 additions to my school goals. What are some of your goals right now? Let me know in the comments!
The long version of this quote has been something so engrained in my head ever since I went on my last weekend trip with the Y. I’ll put it all here because I want to live the way Marianne encouraged us all to live. It’s hard but I think she so inspiring and awesome. I think I would like to have this framed on my office wall one day.
Read this slow and put emphasis on the bolded words and take some pauses at the periods- it’s weird how empowering it feels.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”