smilingrid: New Year, Happy Year!

February 01, 2016

New Year, Happy Year!

I'd like to stress that this is not a list of New Years resolutions... mainly because if they were, I'd be about a month behind the ball!

Anywho, I got to do the thinking thing over break (it was a long one, plenty of time for a good think!) and realized that last semester was a bit, well, bleh. Y'know? Sometimes there are just stretches of time filled with unnecessary stress and a complete lack of inspiration. No fun! So the thinking thing lead to the list making thing and here we are!

Ingrid's list to put the "smiling" back into smilingrid!

1. blogging/vlogging
The whole process can be so much fun when you get into it... but it can sometimes feel like just another thing on the pile when you've got a million other things grabbing for your attention. So, I need to get into the swing and stay swinging, because I'm always at my happiest when I can get out a post and/or video a week! Plus- making things leads to inspiration for other things, which is a nice positively re-enforcing cycle!

2. sleeeeeeep
Freshman and Sophomore years of college, my roomie and I would both go to bed at midnight to 12:30 every night. Since classes don't ever really start before 9, we'd pretty much be guaranteed at least 8 hours! Oh, the good old days. My classes don't start until noon any day of the week, but I'm trying to get back to the practice of early (for a college student) to bed and early to rise, especially because the morning workouts at the gym look like a blast! which leads to my next point...

3. working out
I love love love the workout classes we have at the campus gym- spin, pilates, barre? yes please!- but I'm pretty much the worst when it comes to holding myself accountable for going. Classes are always so much more fun with a friend! Which is great when your schedules align, but can lead to no gym time when they don't. Time for me to be a strong, independent gym rat!... and a way easier Swing partner for all those lifts and tricks!

4. HUGS!
I was pretty much the huggiest and most enthusiastic little freshman ever! While that extreme is pretty darn exhausting for my little old introvert heart, asking for hugs can really help when stressed- like the other day, when I had this seemingly impossible mountain of reading for a class I had just joined(and have since dropped!). Hugs galore! (also, sour patch kids. I've found them to be very helpful in times of English major overload)

5. reading for funsies
I. MISS. READING! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the books I'm reading for my final semester as an English major...but there's something amazing about not having to analyze or write a paper about a story. I've been reading a bit of Lev Grossman's The Magicians and Magge Stiefvater's The Raven Boys whenever I can sneak them in and I'm already feeling my happiness meter rising!

6. having a plan
Not "making a plan" because that part sucks. I'm really looking forward to the part where I've filled out my grad school and summer job applications...and even more so to the theoretical (but hopefully not?) part where I get back a "yes" or two!

7. baking
I know I've spoken about my stress baking tendencies. I'm hoping it can have preventative effects as well! Keep an eye out for a Lai Wong Bao (Delish egg custard buns!) recipe soon- I finally found a bake-able version, four years after Megan and I fell in massive-heart-eyes love with the pastry at Dim Sum!

I might want to add some more to this list here and there, but for now- what do you say we keep it at lucky #7? I think it sounds like a plan!

What about you guys? Have you made any not-New-Year's-Resolutions? What keeps you happy all year long? Let me know in the comments!

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