Saturday, 26 July 2014

New Year's Resolutions - What a FAIL!

It's almost the end of July. How many of you made New Year's Resolutions at the beginning of the year? *Raises hand* How many of you actually have been keeping up with them? (Not me) 

With nearly 7 months of the year having just flown by, I can't even believe school is just around the corner and that it seems like yesterday was when I made the resolutions! 

I decided to go through the post of my 2014 Resolutions and see exactly what I've done! 
I am copying text from that as since I wrote that in the beginning of January, it'll be interesting to see what I wanted to do and exactly how much of it I've done!

#1 - Establish a proper sleeping schedule!
THEN:
School is absolutely crazy for me - now I even have 2 tests a week, finals coming up in a month & school from Monday to Sunday! I sleep at around midnight & wake up at 6:30 in the morning. It may seem like a decent amount of sleep, but most of the time, I'm still not feeling rejuvenated & wide awake for school!
I have no idea if my biological clock isn't functioning all that well, but I need to make sure it does!

NOW:
Now I don't have school since it is summer and I do feel more rejuvenated after sleeping in a bit! I'm pretty sure my biological clock functions well, though. While I have done this, it might be different when I go to school again!

#2 - Slowly go from FAT to FIT!
THEN:
Exercise. Eating healthy. Weight loss. These 3 probably top the list of all resolutions ever made since people have started making new year's resolutions! Now, I'm not looking to lose weight but fat instead - one step at a time! I'm not setting any numbers for myself, like - "I want to exercise 5 times a week", or "I have to burn at least 800 calories a day" because I know I won't be able to achieve it! I don't even exercise 5 times a month!

NOW:
Just like the many people who have made this resolution, I have failed. I do swim weekly which is a great and fun workout, and once in a while, I do walk from place to place. So I guess something is better than nothing right? I have been choosing a bit healthier options when it comes to food, which is always nice.

#3 - Record life!
THEN:
We all can remember events that have occurred, both good and the not-so-good, but I would like to preserve the good ones - either by taking pictures or writing down little things that made me smile/laugh!
Have you ever done something related to this? I've that a lot of people have come up with all sorts of things to preserve memories!

NOW:
This one I have done, quite a bit in the past few months. Not so much during the first couple of months of the year because I had finals and there's nothing worth of recording during that time of the school year! I have been saving certain random things to keep as memories and taken quite a few pictures here and there! So, this one hasn't really been that unsuccessful! 

#4 - Change myself for the better! 
THEN:
You might be thinking, what do I mean by changing myself? Well, there are quite a few things about me that I would like to change! I've decided to club them together to make one massive resolution but I could easily split it into 10 smaller ones! It might sound kind of self-centered but if you think about it, it actually isn't! Here are some things I would like to change:
  • Being negative - When it comes to school, I'm positive! However, when it comes to everything else, I can be a complete pessimist! 
  • Being happy only on the outside - to others, I seem pretty happy whereas inside I'm not as happy as I seem to be. I would like to be genuinely happy this year! (And for the rest of my life!)
  • Stop comparing myself with others - I have what I have & I must accept it - accept the way that I am or change it the way I want to, the way that I think it would benefit me! I've realized that comparing myself with others & thinking about "have nots", is a waste of time!          
  • Bringing myself down: Now, when anyone ever says anything bad to me, it has no effect on me at all! But, when I think about my imperfections, I can bring myself down much harder than anyone else can. I am my worst enemy. (sounds kind of deep, doesn't it?) I need to learn to love myself & get past those perfect imperfections! 
  • My level of focus & determination! Since I do have some long term goals that I would love to achieve, I definitely need to be more focused & determined!
NOW:

  • I'm still kind of negative - hence my dad got me a book from the library about positive thinking! 
  • I do feel stressed out at times (you know, with the #1 question all high school seniors get? - What do you plan to do after high school?), but overall I do feel pretty happy! (But I do miss my friends) 
  • I do still compare myself when it comes to the whole college application process that I have currently started - to know that thousands and thousands of applications are sent in to accept only a fairly small group of students does often make one think - "Are my grades/test scores better? Is my essay topic clich√©? Am I doing enough? What if others have done more?" As far as other aspects go, I don't compare myself much anymore. 
  • I guess this ties in with being happy and comparing myself - When I compare myslef, I bring myself down, but when I'm happy, I realize that I shouldn't bring my self down!
  • I've definitely improved in this aspect - I'm more focused and determined about what I would like to accomplish one day! 

#5 - Enjoy life! Live it to the fullest! 
THEN:
Again, another clich√© but I think that if I achieve resolution #4, I will automatically achieve this one too! Sometimes, when you look back to the past , you might regret not doing certain things. You might think - why not? This year, I'm going to try to change my mindset & say "Why not?" Try to do things, big or small, things that I never would have even thought of doing! Live a little more in the present! 

NOW:
Since I haven't exactly achieved all of the above, this one has definitely not been something that I have done.

To sum it all up, I failed. I have not thoroughly followed through with most of the 100 5 resolutions that I made at the beginning of the year. Maybe next year, I should make the resolution of not making any more resolutions!

How have you been doing with your resolutions that you made (if any) at the beginning of the year? If you have, how exactly have you approached them?  Leave a comment below! Also, please make sure to follow/subscribe (buttons in the right sidebar) so you know when I post next! Thanks! :)

-Kavya :)







Tuesday, 15 July 2014

How I Organize: Stuff for summer school! :)

The reason I've been lacking a bit in posting this month is because I've been a bit busy with the two summer classes that I am taking (+ standardized test prep and college essays! Can't believe I'm going to be a high school senior!) Anyways, in today's post, I'll show you how I am organizing myself for the summer session!

The two classes that I am taking are US History semesters 1 and 2. (as I don't have the credit for them) Since I have only two classes, this organization system is simple and efficient!


Monday, 7 July 2014

Simple travel tip! :)

After your flight lands, you're most probably tired but you will most likely have to go to the baggage claim to get your checked in luggage. And of course, no one feels like doing that.


 Once you do get to the carousel, most people's suitcases tend to be black. So, a simple way to differentiate between yours and almost everyone else's is to tie a ribbon on the handle of your suitcase! Get some crazy patterned one - it'll stand out even more! (the one in the image above is a simple white one, but still works!) You could also use different locks, however, my once my dad's suitcase almost got mixed with someone else's -same suitcase, same lock!

That's it! It's a simple trick that does work - especially if you're traveling with others and you all have a lot of suitcases! 

Thanks a TON for reading this post! Do you have any tips to make travel just a little bit easier? Feel free to leave a comment below! Please make sure you follow/subscribe (buttons in the right sidebar) so you know when I post next! Thanks! :)

-Kavya :)
"Just to travel is rather boring, but to travel with a purpose is educational and exciting." – Sargent Shriver
 *Linked to the One Project at a Time link party at A Bowl Full of Lemons and the Hit Me with Your Best Shot link party #26 at JustaGirlandHerBlog!