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2015 Reflections

2015 was a really great year for me. I feel like I made some really positive changes in my life and grew as a person in some ways.

Overall, I became a more positive person. I realized that I should look forward to everything life has to offer. I became more excited for classes and challenges, seeing them as an opportunity to learn (obviously) and grow.

I got my priorities in order. I stopped putting running at the top of my list of things to do. Of course, it is still important to me, but it doesn’t run my life.

I tried new things. I got out of my comfort zone and realized life is too short to think so much about everything. Trying new things makes life much more fun.

I found a way to add cottage cheese to just about everything. It works great and is my favorite food of 2015 and will probably remain a favorite for the rest of my life.

I learned that living on my own, well with a roommate, but basically on my own is really fun. The freedom is great, but coming home to my family is always a nice break from school and special to me because my house will always be my true home.

I started this blog and a vlog channel with my friend Lauren. I am so thankful I did because I love sharing my thoughts through my blog and capturing my memories in the vlogs.

Finally, I realized that I am so young and have time to figure out exactly what I want to do with my life. I have some time to decide where I want to go with my career. My classes and daily experiences will continue to shape me and the direction I go with my career and the rest of my life.

I am excited for 2016 and the opportunities, adventures, and new memories that I will get to make. I also can’t wait to challenge myself with my resolutions for 2016. I made it a year without gum in 2015, but I am definitely going to bring it back for the new year because I actually love it.

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Running My Life

Running has been one of the main things that has shaped the person I am today. I believe running has the ability to take you anywhere, literally and because of what it teaches you.

Running has taught me so many things over the years.

Running taught me to be determined. You have to set goals in running, just like in life. You have to train hard and never let obstacles prevent you from getting where you need to go.

Running taught me honesty. You know you are having a bad running day and you have to be honest with yourself. Sometimes that means switching up your training, taking a break, or running even harder. You can’t be afraid or embarrassed of where you are in running and the same goes for life. Being honest about where you are allows you to figure out how you are going to get to the next level.

Running taught me patience. You don’t get fast, reach all of your goals, etc. over night. It is a long process. The same goes for everything in life. You cannot expect anything to happen right away.

Running taught me accountability. You have to be accountable for your training, otherwise you may not reach your goals. In life, you have to be accountable for your actions and own up to what you do and don’t do.

Running taught to be more appreciative. You drop one second in a race and it is a huge deal. Running taught me to appreciate even the smallest victories. It is important to appreciate the little things in life too.

Running taught me to be mentally strong. You can’t be broken down by one little failure or the physical pain that running can cause. Your attitude and mindset can shape every aspect of your life.

Running taught me positivity. It is important to go into races and training with positive thoughts and the visualization of the best possible outcome. If you took the necessary steps to get where you are, there is no reason to have a negative attitude about how things will turn out.

Overall, running taught me to go the extra mile in everything in life and that putting all of my effort and more into things is important in finding success.

 

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Living in the Present

Sometimes I hear myself saying or catch myself thinking that I can’t wait for a certain day or for the current day to be over. Sure, some days are bad and we all just want to fast forward, but many times I think it is just because we are lazy and want to be past all of the work we have to do. Or we are scared or nervous for something that is happening that day.

We all say those kinds of things but it doesn’t show very much positivity. It is not living in the moment and being thankful for the current day. 

Those challenges or not so fun things that we want to fast forward through are an important part of life and something we will always have to encounter. It is important to live in the moment and prepare for the future by what you are doing in the present. 

Today I was thinking about how excited I am for it to be the end of the day on Tuesday because I have a big presentation and I don’t love giving presentations, but ultimately, I have a great opportunity to talk to my class about something I have done a lot of research on. I shouldn’t want to move past that. I should embrace the opportunity and prepare to give a great presentation. 

Life is happening right now and regardless of what is going on, it doesn’t show much positivity to want to just get a few days of your life over with, because each day is a new opportunity.