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Working for Little Victories: My Junior Year Goals

January isn’t here yet, but I want to do more this year. Will I have time for any of this? Probably. Will I reach all of these goals perfectly? Probably not. I know there will be a lot going on this year with class, extracurricular activities, and internship preparation.

These will be habits I plan to incorporate daily, whether it is before, after, or in between the homework, projects, extracurriculars, and friendships I have.

Academics

My parent’s hard work and Tara Westover’s “Educated” taught me not to take my own education for granted. I’m taking these last two years in my undergraduate to truly learn the material and not get overwhelmed by everything on my to-do list. One thing at a time. 

Fitness and Nutrition

As a runner prone to injury, making sure I stretch, roll out sore muscles, and ice anything painful is a part of the process where I need to be more consistent. Adding cross-training such as yoga or swimming is another change to my workout routine. Yes, it takes more time than walking out the door after lacing up my shoes, but I’m hoping the consistency makes a difference. Another goal is to continue eating healthy, but mostly to drink more water. I could go the whole day without water if I forget about it, so carrying my water bottle everywhere will be essential. 

Faith

Besides Young Life, Catholic Student Ministries, and weekly mass, continuing the habit I learned at camp is important for growing in my faith. In the morning I want to keep reading a few sections of the Bible, along with the devotional I am emailed from Blessed is She. Having this quiet time always reminds me to breath, trust, and talk to God daily. 

Writing

This is the section of goals I need to work on the most! I want to produce work I am proud of this semester, and the consistency of writing will help me get back into it. I’m inspired by my friends and professors who are working on writing projects all the time, getting published, and improving their craft. Unless I have a crazy amount of things to do for school, faith, or family and friends, my plan is to start small and nonstop. 10-20 minutes of creative writing every day. I’ll do my best for no excuses! I will also be posting to this blog every week. 

Accomplishing these goals every day would be amazing, but I’m giving myself lots of grace. Life is messy, and I never get as much done as I want to in 24 hours. But if I focus on one thing at a time in each moment, working toward these daily, tiny victories will hold me accountable and set me up for accomplishing the big stuff. 

Love,

Rachel

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