With Spring well on its way, I wanted to take today's post to talk about ways to refresh and revitalize one's life during this time of rebirth in nature. Below I have discussed a few of my ideas for you to de-clutter, de-stress, and truly enjoy one of the best seasons of the year.
Okay, it might be a little late, but I felt like reflecting on some things that I am thankful for in my life right now. Also I wanted to share how I spent my thanksgiving because it was a super awesome meal and vacation this year!
I've been getting back into my fitness routine these past couple of months. As I've been running more and practicing presence, I've become more aware of my surroundings. In every aspect of my life, I have come to realize that there are no shortcuts. If we really want to succeed we have to push ourselves to the brink of exhaustion, mentally and physically. We have to want our goal as much as we desire food and water. It's funny how our country is so obsessed on shortcuts, though. Just go into any convenience store. They have diet pills and books purporting "how to get abs in 2 weeks" or a commercial with that "ab roller" that will make you look like a professional weight lifter. I see people attempting to get healthy and lose weight through one-week detoxes. Or trying to find presence by listening to others who meditate (even I have been guilty of this one). But finding that destination of wellness, however each individual defines it for themselves, is a lifelong process of deliberation.
This school year has been busier than ever for me. But finally I am taking classes that I picked and genuinely enjoy. Are they easy A's? Absolutely not. There are no shortcuts in my academic life. I strive to get good grades not by studying the day before a test, but by paying attention in class, reading, asking questions, and doing the work. Whatever our goals are, we are only going to get there if we actually do what is required! It definitely sucks sometimes. For example, I love debate, but as an officer we must do research every week for bills for our next tournament. It can take about two to three hours to do proper research. Do I like the process? No. But in the moment, I realize that I am educating myself about global issues and preparing myself for the tournament. By working hard now, I also benefit my team and ensure my teammates get good research so we can win first place!
As I've learned in economics, life is all about opportunity costs- the benefits I could have received by taking an alternative action. Would I receive greater benefits by sitting on my couch all day eating potato chips? In the long run? Absolutely not. That is why I am writing this post right now. Because my time is better spent maximizing my potential in something that I genuinely love, health.
Whenever my motivation falters and I want to take a short cut, I think of all the athletes and businessmen and entrepreneurs who are successful. They didn't take shortcuts. They had to prepare their minds, think of ideas, weigh the costs and benefits. Physically, they had to train, run that extra mile even when their lungs felt on fire. It is this determination that keeps me moving and reminds me to self-reflect and return to that balance.
If we take the longer path, that reward when we get to our destination is so much sweeter.
Sorry for my long absence, but I have been without a personal computer for almost a month! I know, crazy to think a teenager could stray away from technology for that long. Don't worry I still had my iPhone (and a couple funny stories coming about it later). I don't even know where to begin with my summer! So much has happened and I know I tell myself each year that "this summer is the best", but truly I think that this summer is my best. Maybe each summer experience is not necessarily better, but unique for the different travels we do and stages I am at during those times. Anyways, today I wanted to relay my past few weeks, so brace yourself and click read more!
I went to the Sting concert last night and it was amazing! Such a talented artist. Plus, a great way to start my summer with family and friends.
I cannot believe it is summer! Time goes by so fast! It has been over a year since I wrote my first journal entry in this blog and I feel that since that time so much has changed. Not only my blog format and the type of articles that I have been writing more recently, but I've also just matured as a person. In college essays when they ask you to describe yourself, it is so hard because I am always changing. One day I love something and the next day I could do without it. I believe it is because as adolescents we are growing into our environment at this rapid and conscious pace, so so much of our beliefs are influenced by others. Today I didn't have anything specific in mind to write about so I just wanted to make it short (as possible as that is for me) and diverse as I can!
I don't even know where to begin. This trip encompasses many words: thrilling, risky, and adventurous don't even begin to describe it. I'm sure you are on the edge of your seat by now wondering what this trip was? Well to be honest, I didn't even know any of the details until we landed in San Diego and packed up our suitcases into an RV. Destination? Baja, Mexico.
This will be short and sweet. I cannot believe it has been more than two weeks since my trip to San Francisco. It is amazing how fast the months fly by. Before I know it, November will be over and winter will be on its way. I have a scary feeling about our winter in Chicago this year. No snow last year= problemo this year. I mean I wouldn't mind getting more school off...
The Bay Bridge is cooler than the Golden Gate in my opinion. It was constructed in the 1930s and is almost 30,000 feet long (yes, almost 5 mi!) It also has 2 stories-- each story has 4 lanes for cars.
This past weekend, my father and I headed to San Francisco to check out some colleges and enjoy the West coast. It was my first official trip with my Dad only and it was a great experience. We caught San Fran at a perfect time when the weather is absolutely gorgeous (an Indian Summer, as some call it) and my body agreed positively to the 2 hour time difference. So now I'll take you on a journey through my own journey this past weekend and all the activities we engaged in!
Let's talk well-being, travel, fitness, whatever comes to mind! And while we're at it, I'll throw in a few tidbits about my own life and philosophies. There is an infinite amount of scientific health, mind, and wellness topics to explore!