Things to do Before I Turn 20

So as of this morning, I have officially been on this planet for 19 years. It’s my birthday–holla–and the weather is really nice and I’ve gotten a lot of work done and it has been a pretty good day so far (aside from an Orgo exam).

There have been a lot of changes in my life in the past year, including graduation and starting college. But the biggest changes have occurred in myself. I have become a relatively productive person with pretty good time management skills (for a college student). I have discovered new life goals, and I want to do so much more with my life. I started this blog, and I started reading even more books, and I organized  a lot of my digital lists and such.

This year, I want to do even more. I want to read a lot of books and develop this blog and get healthy and develop my social skills. I want to find my writing style and get more involved in school and a lot of other things that I can’t particularly think of right now. Hopefully, the rest of the day also goes well.

What do you think I should do before I’m 20? I need suggestions yo.

Update and Apologies

So…it’s been a while. I’m sorry I’ve been AWOL for so long. This semester has taken a while to adjust to. And I’ve been slightly more social. I’m definitely going to start blogging again. Hopefully, at least once a week.

Updates:

  • I’m currently watching Friends on Netflix. It is fantastic. I also started Once Upon a Time but couldn’t really get into it.
  • I watched Interstellar last night, and it was the best movie I’ve seen in a long time. It definitely helped restimulate my intuition and has made me want to do more big-picture things again.
  • I’m currently reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. It’s also taking me some time to get into. I’ve already read about 9 books this year, so that’s great. I do need to read more this month.
  • I’ve actually been dressing relatively not crappy most of the time.
  • I got into a few hobbies and practices at the end of last year, but those kind of slipped away. So I need to get back into those.
  • I don’t skip class anymore, which makes me very proud of myself.
  • I kind of stopped journaling daily, as well. I need to get back into that as well.
  • I’ve been researching MBTI again. I think I know too much about it. I still can’t really type other people that well though.
  • I’ve gotten back into tumblr. Which might be a reason that I haven’t been partaking in my hobbies.

What have you been up to lately?

2014 Reflections

It is almost the end of 2014. That means that people have begun to set resolutions for 2015. Most people are focusing on who they want to be in the new year and what they want to change about themselves. But we should also look back at the past year to see, not only what we could do better in the coming year, but also what we accomplished and what we were great at.

These are some of the things I’ve accomplished in 2014:

  • read 30-ish books
  • watched 17-ish TV shows
  • got productive
  • maintained 9-5 study schedule
  • Dean’s list
  • graduated high school
  • started college
  • started this blog
  • learned the importance of personal projects
  • journaling daily in August and December and a couple days in between
  • rekindled interest in space and books and medicine
  • learned HTML
  • learned about MBTI
  • envisioned more goals for myself

I’ve read about 30 books. Not many I know, but I was distracted by Netflix. Speaking of, I’ve watched 17 TV shows in their entirety. Which is way excessive. But I did productive things while I watched Netflix, so I am okay with the large amount of shows that I have watched within a 9 month period of time. I should probably calculate how many hours of my life I spent on Netflix. Netflix has expanded my interests so so much. Namely, Doctor Who and Torchwood have changed my life. I also watched some movies, but I don’t really remember which ones. I should have recorded them somewhere. Most notably, I became productive. Never before, had I though that I could maintain a 9 to 5 study schedule. Oh, and I completed my first semester of college on the Dean’s list. I started journaling regularly, which I never realized was so fulfilling. I started this blog. I started to crave work. I can’t really do nothing for a day anymore. Well, I can, but I hate it. I learned that planning is a passion of mine. I also learned that I need creativity outlets, whether they be in forms of writing or forms of art. I have explored the merits and drawbacks of both digital and analog productivity. I still have not struck the perfect balance between the two, but my current methods are working for me reasonably well. I went through multiple rounds of fitness phases. I have also gone through innumerable amounts of unhealthy phases. I have rediscovered a love for space and space travel. I have started reading avidly again. I have also started to listen to podcasts and watch TED talks regularly. For me, 2014 contained many a momentous occasion: I officially became an adult; I graduated from high school; I started, and finished, my first semester of college; and I began to realize more of the things that I want to do in my life. I have begun to aspire to be one of those people that just does so much. For example, Hank Green, Tina Fey, and the various productivity bloggers that I now follow.

The year of 2014 has brought many changes to my life. My schooling has changed. My habits have changed. My interests have changed. And my mindset has changed.

I started this year as a procrastinator who had completely succumbed to senioritis. And I end this year as a relatively productive college student, who has a colossal amount of goals, for her schooling and for her life.

While 2014 was a year of change, 2015 is going to be a year of maximum productivity.

What have you accomplished in 2014?

What I Read: December 2014

This is what I read in December 2014:what I read-december

P.S. I forgot to add The Evolution of Mara Dyer and The Retribution of Mara Dyer to this list. So the total should be 17.
My favorites of these books include: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Eleanor and Park, and Ignite Me.

What books did you read this month?

Gift Guide: The Geek

We all know and love, or are, the geeks in our lives. Here are some gifts you can give them to show them how much you appreciate their geekiness.Gift Guide- The Geek

1. Lab Beaker Mug: $9.99
2. Choose Wisely iPad case: $45.00
3. Doctor Who mini journal set: $24.99
4. Darth Vader and Son: $8.89
5. Ferrofluid magnetic display: $23.99
6. Gryffindor House Pen: $18
7. Game of Thrones Letter Opener: $24.99
8. Star Wars Moleskines: $18.95
9. Origami Sticky Notes: $4.99

First Semester Reflections

I had my last final today, which means that it is officially the end of my first semester as a college student. HOLLA. This is cause for much celebration (Netflix). I have learned many things these four months, some about chemistry and some about psychology, but I learned the most about myself.

I learned that I am a lot more socially inept than I told myself I was. I learned that I value independence above most things. I learned that I can watch an incredibly high amount of Netflix, even during the week. I learned that I have the capability to be a generally productive person. I learned that I always have enough time to do the things I want to do even when it doesn’t feel like it. I learned that I need to have projects outside of schoolwork to keep from going insane from intellectual stagnation. I learned that skipping classes is way too easy and way too enticing. I learned that I really love planning everything, even if there is no way I will follow through with my plans exactly. I learned that creative outlets are also essential to my mental well-being. I learned that it is really hard to maintain a workout schedule when your environment is constantly changing between the week and the weekend. I learned that I want to accomplish things that are unrelated to my career goals. The most important thing I learned is that it may seem to be hard to stand out in a large community of brilliant individuals, but everyone stands out in some way. For me, this has seemed to be my growing productivity skills.

What have you learned about yourself this semester?