Happy last week of January! While this was a good week I am having to sit here with my planner open beside me just to remember what all I've done. Between presentations and added assignments with school classes have still been a little bit of a stressor for me, but this week was a lot better than the last two. I spent time combing through syllabi and successfully knocking out parts of assignments with approaching due dates which definitely boosted my spirits. So far from my education block I think the most important thing I've learned is that when you have time to be productive put your phone and distractions away and just knock stuff out. Another thing I think that helped contribute to a less stressful week was attending a number of workout classes. I try to make it to Barre 3 frequently but with it being about 25 minutes away that takes a solid chunk of time out of my day. What I've realized though is that because I take that time out of my day in a productive and energizing way, when I am trying to get back into homework on those days I am so much more efficient and feel overall more satisfied with my work.
This past weekend has a lot to do with my lower stress levels as I took time to get assignments done Friday afternoon and Saturday morning to help prep for the week ahead. I went to bed early enough on Friday night to go to barre at 8:30 and head to Starbucks to get work done afterward. I actually vlogged last weekend but haven't taken the time to edit it just yet but that will come soon and I'll be sure to include it in my next step into my week post. Saturday afternoon was restful and I was able to draft all of my blog posts for the week ahead which meant I didn't have to rush to finish them the night before they were to go live which meant earlier bed times! Saturday night Nell and I went to see Hidden Figures and I can not recommend it enough. We both left talking about how much we enjoyed it, and I immediately texted my parents telling them that they needed to go see it. Sunday included laundry, more school work, and an afternoon workout class before getting some assignments completed before chapter.
Monday I had a to-do list that filled up almost every slot in my Day Designer but getting it all done helped to set my mentality for the week. I even managed to have time to go to Barre and have a fun dinner with my KD family (aka my little and grand little). I finished out Monday feeling so great that I opted to go to 6 am barre before the seminar style class we had that day. Usually our classes are pretty normal and our professors are teaching but this day they brought in a panel of principals from local schools to talk to us about expectations when it came to job applications and interviews (y'all the real world is approaching way too fast). After that we had another session all about resumes. Fortunately, I have one on file and only felt the need to switch up a few things on it which meant I didn't have to start totally from scratch. If you are starting from scratch though, I have a post with a template for the resume I used in this post. Thank goodness for older brothers who can test the waters with that sort of stuff first and then edit yours otherwise I would have been relatively clueless when it came to first creating my resume. Tuesday night I went to dinner downtown with a friend which was good and still managed to keep my productive streak going. Wednesday was about the same class wise but that night I had a senior class wine tasting party to attend, I went to the Furman basketball game, and finished the night with a group project session. This week has definitely allowed me to better see that I can have time to be social if I commit to getting things done right after class. Yesterday I was at my student teaching school all day which was nice and headed straight to barre after it. Although some little things I wanted to accomplish yesterday weren't totally finished I've decided that to-do lists can roll over and I hope to have just as productive of a weekend this week as I did last.
One other thing I did this week that was a little out of the usual was film a video for the Furman Marketing Team to use to show prospective Furman students about what it is like to go here. They had me vlog a day in my life which meant my camera joined me in class, the library, and at meal times. I'll hopefully be editing that this weekend and can't wait to share it with y'all since those are normally places I wouldn't think to show y'all.
This weekend is shaping up to be a little more social than the last but will hopefully be equally as relaxing. I am going to a fraternity date function tonight after a Friday afternoon snack adventure with my little so let's hope I remember to take pictures because that is something these posts have been lacking. I'd love to know how your week went or if you have anything fun planned for this weekend!
PS. I couldn't be more thrilled that it is finally getting colder! Bring on the jackets which is something I don't feel like I should have to say in January.