2019 Goals

2019 Goals

In the past few days, I’ve done a lot of reflecting on the year, and I realized I never had goals for 2018- this might be why the year felt so weird. I moved across the country, started a new job, lived with my parents for a while (thank you guys), moved into an apartment and made new friends. 2018 was truly a year of transition and I was so lucky to be able to surround myself with great friends, family and an amazing life coach- THANK YOU MISTI!

So cheers to 2019. May it be a year that’s calmer and full of growth. Here are my goals for 2019:

  1. Be healthy and happy. This is an interesting one because I’m dealing with another injury. I can’t really exercise to my fullest extent and I’m starting PT again as a way to hopefully prevent needing surgery. So, I’m going to work on eating healthier, cooking more and taking care of my mental health.

2. Read more. A year or so ago I accidentally ordered about 15 books off Amazon, and I still haven’t read them. It is such a waste to have a stack of great books and not read them, so I’m going to try to read at least one book a month. This way I get to enjoy my books and learn new things.

3. Travel more. I did some traveling in 2018, but I didn’t cross any new states off my list. For my 28th birthday, I’m going to New Orleans, making Louisiana the 40th state I’ve been to. I’m hoping to plan more trips, so I can accomplish my goal of going to all 50 states by the time I turn 30.

4. Get my finances in order. This is still a continuous process and I’m still working on figuring out the best way to do things.

5. Learn to say no. I say yes to wayyyy too many things, and then I get overwhelmed by everything I’ve committed to. Some of the things I might not actually want to do, but I feel obligated to do.

6. Do more good. As a social worker, I picked a career to do good in the world. I need to get back to my roots and volunteer more and contribute positively to society.

7. Be more consistent on my blog. I have a lot of posts that have been drafted for a while, but I never finished them. I need to work on finishing my posts and be current with everything.

8. Do more creative projects. I have a lot of ideas about different projects to work on and I need to explore them more and see what happens. I want to try new things and express myself in new ways.

I’ll keep everyone updated with how working on my goals for the year goes. I hope that everyone has a great year!

Comment below with your goals for 2019!

Why Social Workers Should be in Politics

While I was in graduate school basically all of my classmates hated the policy courses we had to take. However, a lot of the areas they wanted to work in depend on federal policies. Recently, the University of Southern California School of Social Work published this article about 6 Issues Social Workers Should Consider this Election. These six issues are extremely important this election, and we need to be educated on the issues the candidates the support and vote accordingly.

Anxiety

 

 

IMG_1756Well it’s a Sunday night, and I can’t sleep. This week at work is going to be busy, and I definitely am feeling the stress already. Recently I’ve become obsessed with Levo, and the concise but helpful articles they post. Last week they posted an article about 12 Apps That Will Help Calm Your Anxiety, and from what I’ve tried they work. I previously downloaded the Calm app, but deleted it for some unknown reason. The Levo article helped me stumble upon it again, and I tried the three-minute meditation and it calmed me down at work.  If any of you have tried the other apps, please let me know!

 

 

 

Finally!

As a college student, I always remember wishing for a longer Thanksgiving break. I was an out of state student, and coming home for like 4 or 5 days before returning to school for finals was always super hectic and stressful. This past week it was announced that the University of Delaware, my alma mater, will give students a nine day Thanksgiving break. They are hoping that with a longer break, students will be reenergized, relaxed, and less anxious about finals. In addition, professors will be able to catch up on grading and allow them to prepare for finals. The University of Delaware is joining Yale, the University of Vermont, the University of Illinois, and others who have extended Thanksgiving Breaks. I am definitely proud of UD, and this initiative to address issues students face around this time in the semester.

http://udreview.com/thanksgiving-break-extended-for-the-first-time/