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Week in Review: Commitments

This week, now that I’ve fully transitioned back from the YMCA and have gotten into the swing of the semester, I’ve really been trying to focus on committing to my priorities on a regular basis.DSCN1869I remember a phrase: “If you want to change your life, change your habits.” I don’t remember if I read it somewhere, or if I heard someone say it, or if I said it and thought it was profound enough that it must have come from someone else. But I’ve found, wherever it comes from, that it’s very true.

Especially now that I’m into my thesis year, I’ve been trying to be more productive with my time. If I want to try to graduate in May, my thesis is due in March. That means I’ve got some writing to do!

But not only that, I’ve also been meaning, for a long time, to establish writerly habits. No matter how talented a writer you are, you won’t get anything written unless you find the time in your life to do it. Which is so much easier said than done. I’ve found the time in my life for this blog in the last year, and I’m so glad I did, but I still want to keep working on my literary writing. And that means I’ve got to commit!DSCN1870So I’ve been trying to write in my journal most days, if not each and every day. A lot of my colleagues in the creative nonfiction program have asked me to probe more into the motives that originally initiated my eating disorder, something I write a lot about, so I’ve been trying to get some of that out.

For this week’s Week in Review, here’s what else I’ve been committing to:

Making sure I’m well-prepared in advance for each and every lesson (not just, for instance, grabbing my lesson plan from last semester without going back over it), and that the course website has all the links and quizzes and such working at the beginning of this week. I was not always the best about that last semester, and more than anything else, it made me feel like a crummy teacher.

I’ve also been committing to making sure I get students’ grades back to them as promptly as I can.

I say I want to commit to actually use my planner, but the truth is, I’m just not a planner person. Still, I’ll try.

I want to commit to making Wednesday night swing dance a priority–it does so much for my mental health.

I’ve committed to a blogging schedule as best as I can: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday (although I’ll admit my Saturday post did come out quite late this week.)DSCN1878I’ve committed to keeping my apartment cleaner–at least the kitchen, living room, and bathroom.

I have not committed to keeping my room clean. But at least I don’t share that space with my roommate.

This last two weeks, all of my attempts to go to spin class have been thwarted. The Tuesday of my first week, the instructor no-showed; the Tuesday of my second week, I found out the class was cancelled; and on Friday, I discovered I’d forgotten to pack any kind of athletic shorts or pants. 😛 Still, I’m re-committing to going to the gym for spin a couple of times a week after a summer off.

I’ve also started a new internship–the communications intern for the English department blog–and I of course am committing to that.

But, to be careful not to make this post sound too much like I’ve had all work and no play, I’ve also relaxed and enjoyed myself on a few occasions.

I had lunch with my boyfriend on campus on Thursday. We sat on a bench by the little pond at CSU (they call it “the Lagoon”), and watched students learn how to survey a landscape while we enjoyed roses and a little mouse friend.DSCN1876On Friday night, my roommate and I went out for froyo. It was fun to have girl talk and relax before a three-day weekend.DSCN1885Finally, Saturday morning I got up early to fly to Kansas for the three-day weekend. My boyfriend came as well, and we’ve been having fun working on a puzzle, hanging out with my family, and showing him around Lawrence. We went to a sunflower field that was open for people to come take pictures for free–it was a madhouse and very challenging staging our photos to look like there was no one around. We also we walked around downtown Lawrence as well and checked out the shops.DSCN1897 DSCN1899 DSCN1911

It’s been good to have a few days off, although I should probably get back to the writing soon. And the grading. And the lesson planning. Sigh.

Hope all my readers have a lovely week!

What’s something you want to commit to this coming fall?

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  1. We both explored sunflower fields this past weekend! They’re so beautiful. I love to wander through them, although you’re right. They’re packed with people too.

    It looks like you’re getting back into the swing of things quite swimmingly. I think you sound like a fairly fabulous teacher and on top of your game.

    Two points for a clean kitchen! I need to tidy mine up, but since the baby is sleeping, I don’t really want to run the vacuum and risk waking her. Speaking of which, I’d love to commit to a time to write but I can only manage when my spawn sleeps and I never know exactly when it will be here or how long it will last. Talk about adapting. 🙂

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up.

    1. Joyce says:

      Sunflower field exploring is a good thing to do with friends in town! 🙂 It was quite lovely. I can see how having a little one around makes some things pretty complicated. 😛

  2. Cora says:

    SUNFLOWER FIELDS! That is basically my dream right there. Funny, I was just unpacking my apartment and laughing at myself for the overpowering amount of fake sunflowers I have decorating my apartment. Even I had to let a few stay in their boxes.
    I’m liking your drive for new commitments this year, and it is making me want to do a little goal planning-commitment organizing myself.
    Writing, like any talent or passion, is like a muscle. It needs to be continually worked. Luckily you have a superb talent for it, and have people like me who love when you give us something to read. So I most definitely encourage you to get into that journal on a daily basis, and of course, come here to your blog when you feel you have the time.
    How amazing is it that your colleagues are interested and supportive enough – even in a more academic surrounding – to be ASKING you to write more about your ED history? Wow. That is so cool.

    1. Joyce says:

      It is wonderful to have such a supporting program with such cool people. I really enjoy all that I’ve learned from them. I wish I could share the sunflowers with you! They’re our state flower here in Kansas. Colorado is beautiful, but Kansas still feels like home.

  3. Those sunflowers are beautiful! I am hoping to commit to allowing myself time to rest when my body needs it! I often try to do too much and then feel overworked and overstressed.

    1. Joyce says:

      Rest is such an important thing to prioritize.

  4. That such a great mindset. This is a good time of year to refocus on things you want to accomplish in the year.

    I love those sunflower field shots!!! I want to go to one of those!

  5. Those sunflowers are beautiful! And I would love to commit to reading more. I get so caught up in social media at night though, but I need to start making it a habit. I love that quote, so many people want change but don’t realize you MUST change your habits or something in your life in order for that to happen.

    1. Joyce says:

      I basically just have to give up on reading during the school year. It’s kinda sad. Hope you’re able to make time for it!

  6. GiGi Eats says:

    I went to CU – Boulder! Crazy that I have actually never wandered the CSU campus before though!

    1. Joyce says:

      That’s awesome–Boulder’s a beautiful city. I’ve never actually been on the CU campus either, to be honest, although in my defense, I am from Kansas. 🙂

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