As we wave goodbye to 2013, we leave behind us an infinite amount of Buzzfeed Lists and fall semester at the University of Puget Sound. In our department, it is tradition for our student staff to reflect over their first semester as RAs/RCCs/GHSs as a staff team. We call this activity: Stop. Start. Continue. (Very similar to Tyler Pau’s last post). It’s a time for everyone to discuss successes and address challenges to be better in 2014. As you enjoy the perks of a home cooked meal or the laughter of loved ones who’ve known you since you were twerking in diapers, take a moment and ponder the past semester. To get you going, I’d like to share with you MY Stop/Start/Contine:
I’d like to stop comparing myself to others. The perks of social media is seeing what all of your friends and acquaintances have been up to 24/7. To share in their victories and comfort in their struggles. I guess at a certain point, you start to wonder if you’re where you’re supposed to be when you’re in your mid 20’s. Some people are working on their doctorate while others are building a family. Instead of going baby crazy or thinking of professional short cuts, I want to just focus on my journey. It’s meant to be different than everyone else’s, and that should be celebrated.
I want to start training for my first full marathon. I would consider myself a “hobby runner.” I run when I have free time and the weather is nice. I run when I’m stressed out or angry. I just like to run, I feel powerful and in control. In January, I plan to start training for my first FULL marathon. I’ve done a handful of half marathons and enjoyed them, but I’ve never conquered 26.2 miles and I think I’m ready. I’ll keep you posted on the progress, I promise. I guess my “START” is really to just start doing things I didn’t think I could do. Overcome fears, be brave. 2014 should be scared of ME, not the other way around.
I was given some great advice this year that I’ve been working on. Life has been busy the past semester. And when life gets busy, it’s easy for things to turn into a giant check list, rushing to cross something off of it so you can put it behind you. I want to continue to breath, think AND THEN act. Sometimes decisions or actions are better when they are strategic. I want to continue to consider all of the options. Who does it impact? How much does it cost? I can’t be like Beyonce, dropping an album on iTunes without telling anyone. I’m not at that level yet. (But I will be someday.)
2014 is a fresh start. Take the time to reflect on things you did well and things you’d like to differently. You’re in college to grow, now is the time to learn from fall semester.