It’s finally the holidays! That means cinnamon scented candles, gift shopping, glitter and lights everywhere! One of my favorite things about this time of year is family traditions! Here is a list of some of my favorite traditions.
- Staying up late Christmas Eve and watching movie marathons such as the Harry Potter series, Gone With the Wind, and Lord of the Rings
- Helping my mom bake dozens of cookies!
- Driving around neighborhoods to look at the Christmas lights.
- Decorating the tree with all the past childhood ornaments
- My newest tradition is going to the zoo and looking at all the lights and seeing the penguins!
Happy Holidays! What are some of your favorite traditions around the holidays?
Overall, I think that this semester went pretty well. I am doing well in all my classes. I was very busy this semester with my internship and involvement on campus. I had lots of meetings to go and lots of planning. I met new people on the Metanioa retreat and in my classes. Lots of people I used to hang out with graduated last year, and I feel like I got a fresh start this year. Next semester is going to be different because all of my classes are at night. I am excited for Snowcoming, I help with it every year.
For thanksgiving, we fried a turkey! My parents bought a giant deep fryer and we fried all kinds of things like chicken wings, fries, shrimp, and pizza rolls. Not all in the same day of course. My parents always make 2 different kinds of stuffing. My mom’s is a French recipe that my grandma used to make and my dad’s is a recipe that his aunt used to make. I don’t like stuffing but my brother says that mom’s stuffing is good and dad’s stuffing is gross. Anyway, on black Friday I had planned to get some homework done. WRONG! I went shopping with my mom all day. I was glad that I did it. I bought her earrings from Francesca’s. They are blue medallions. I bought some things for myself as well. My mom had started Christmas shopping for our family, so I wasn’t allowed to walk around with her.
We’re finally here! The end of semester is so close I can almost feel it. With holidays and the end of 2016 finally coming to an end, I can’t help but look back and think of all the crazy, weird, and awesome things that have happened, both personally, and as a society, and I truly think that 2016 was a year that we will never forget. I know that personally, this has been a year of self growth and life lessons, and I honestly feel like I’m ready for a new year and to put everything that I learned about myself and life in 2016 into use. I hope you all feel the same, and that the new year brings you everything you’re hoping for. Thanks for letting me share my thoughts with you all.
By now, you are realizing that this is the last full week of classes! With as exciting as this is we still have finals week the following week. As scary as this sounds, here are some tips to make it not seem so horrifying:
- Take breaks between studying. Study for a couple hours then stop and give your brain a break by watching an episode of your favorite TV show on Netflix. Just make sure to not watch the whole season 😉
- Exercise! Going on a short walk, run, or bike ride will clear your head and give you fresh air and Vitamin D.
- Find a study group! Getting together with people in your class to study, will help motivate you to study and bounce ideas back and forth.
- Breathe!! In the end, give it your best shot and try your best. No matter what happens just know you did the best you could!