Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Joys!

Hey there! My semester has finally finished and I am back home for the time being.  Only been home home for a couple days, but I've fit a lot in. How could I not? Too many people to see.  Too many things to do.  Of course.  Finally conquered some Christmas shopping and have seen some friendly faces.  Tonight was our Church's annual Christmas service. It's always fun to go back and see people you grew up with and see all the little kids singing their Christmas carols. My friend Abby did a fantastic job singing a special with her Dad and aunt(she always does fantastic when she sings!)

Yesterday I had the privilege of seeing one of my best friends who is visiting for Christmas.  My friend Cassidy(seen below) and I have been friends since middle school. We're growing up and taking different paths, but have always tried to stay in touch.  Currently she is in the Army doing really well I'm not sure exactly what, but I know it's bad ass(excuse my french).  We met up for lunch downtown and went to our usual spots.  Not surprisingly nothings changed between us.  And Whether or not she knows this I'm really proud of her and I always look up to her.  She is not afraid to pursue her dreams and I know I can always look to her when needing that boost of support to pursue mine.
Cassidy and I- 2009.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas. It's not too late!

I'll admit I'm going to be the one scrambling for gifts this year.  And there is always some people who I never know what to buy for them.  They either have everything or are impossible to please.  As I've grown older I've realized the real meaning of Christmas more and more every year.  Not to sound cliche, but Christmas does not always have to do necessarily with your religious backgrounds.  A person can have any religious affiliation and still enjoy the sentiments of Christmas.  The holiday truly creates a time for one to spend time with your family, your friends, and those closest to you, because those are the things that matter most in this world.

Another great aspect of Christmas is helping others.  Christmas reminds us to help our communities and give back to those less fortunate.  The more one contributes to their community that they care about the more their community gives back to them.  In addition to being involved with community service projects and volunteering someone can always donate.  Donations meaning money, but through your presents too!

There are a couple of options here:
1- You can donate a present to a great cause like Toys for Tots.
2- You can a 'present' for someone else in lieu of  the original recipient.  Meaning you make a sort of donation on their behalf and they can see where this money went.
3- You can purchase a present from a company that donates part of their profits towards a worthy cause or supports developing economies.

For option #2 UNICEF has a really helpful website with various options to make a direct difference.  Examples include a 'magical measles vaccine' to 'a bundle of health'.  You can buy some of these items here Gifts for Charity UNICEF.

Regarding option #3 my favorite resource I have found for this method is Do Good Buy Us.  They have a variety of gifts and they are all organized so you can find a gift in your price range while making  a difference.  I'm definitely looking into some coffee life jackets from them and some new funky headbands from the njabini  category.  This is a really innovative way to make a difference while still finding a cool present for someone or yourself.  I'll let you know how my Christmas purchases go. :)

Njabini - Nalani Headband

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Check youself-It's Okay to Take a Little Time

     It seems this time of year is crazy fou fou for everyone.  Whether you're a student and you're facing those last few papers or you're trying to cram in some sort of Christmas shopping (or both like me) you find yourself a little stressed.   Sometimes I like to say, "Just give me a couple minutes so I can organize my life".  Although your schedule might be a little jam packed there is no reason to let yourself get run down as I often do during this time of year.  Don't let yourself get run down!
Taking out more books for my research paper  what was I thinking

     My best suggestion, a suggestion I have to remind myself on a daily basis, is to take care of your mind and body.  Taking care of your body can amount to even little things don't forget to take your vitamins, drink water, keep exercising, and get your eight hours a night!  And if your body feels good you feel good.  It is a good cycle.  
    When you're studying no matter how much you want to don't eat that whole plate of cookies and no matter how much you want to just don't drink three monsters in one sitting.  Bad idea! While energy drinks are not my first choice other caffeinated beverages, like COFFEE!!, are!  For one if you drink too much coffee you won't be able to sleep when it comes time leading to a sleep deprived you in the morning leading to more coffee leading to another sleep deprived you.  Bad bad cycle.  I suggest when you're studying drinking tea.  Tea always helps me focus and it doesn't disrupt my sleep. I suggest Tazo for a tea brand their flavors are some of my favorites. 

     Now, that tackles dangerous studying habits.  It might sound silly, but meditation I have found to be one of the quickest remedies for my stressful times.  While I would much rather have a full yoga session and then some mediation.  Just a couple minutes of meditation always does the trick for me.  You refocus yourself and can block everything else out.  Just a minute of meditating and deep breaking can really refresh you.

Whenever I'm stressed I have to constantly remind myself to take a little time.  Sometimes I just take a day if I feel I need it.  I don't go hangout with anyone I just take my time and recenter myself.  Just as much a reminder for myself as for others. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bonjour! Bienvenue! Hello! 

  I have thought about blogging for awhile now and finally trying it out.  The topics I'll talk about will most likely be varied. Anything from new shoes to quotes to french related things to community service.  I am completely new to blogging, but excited to try it out!