Saturday, June 30, 2012

This Year I Will... Introduction

For my birthday, my mom sent me this really awesome book called This Year I Will... because it reminded her about the goals I set for myself before my 20th birthday. When I first saw it, read the cover I was intrigued, and as I'm beginning to read it I'm finding it to be very informative. The book isn't very long but the ideas are things that make you really think, and because I'm always struggling to keep up with the things that I start, I want to spend a lot of time contemplating the ideas from the book. So every Saturday starting next week I will be posting what I've learned from one of the ideas in the book, and writing about how I could apply this idea to my life.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I was wrong, and I love it.

Tonight we got back the first paper of the term, and I was quite excited to see how well I did. However to my shock, and a bit of dismay, I didn't do well at all as I got a C-. I spent the rest of our mid-class break quite upset that I hadn't done well, but pushed it aside when class resumed as I knew I wouldn't be a productive member of class if I was upset. When class was finished, a classmate dropped me off at home, but while we were in-transit, we talked about what went wrong on the paper for me. It was really helpful to get another classmate's perspective on the situation and helped me start to realize that it wasn't the end of the world that I hadn't done well. I also realized that by not doing well, I'm going to have to learn something. I'm still going to talk to the professor to get a better understanding on the comments he wrote, but for now I'm taking time to reflect upon what I could have done differently, and what I will be doing differently for the new paper we have due next Thursday.

I've noticed that my writing style hasn't changed much since high school, and since I'm going into my sophomore year of college it might be time to start working towards improving my skills. The reality is, if I hadn't gotten a bad grade on the paper, I probably wouldn't have even given a thought to how much time I spend working on papers, my writing, and my editing processes. I also know that I greatly over reacted about this whole thing, because as long as I do better on the next paper, I'll turn out fine at the end of the semester. We've already been assigned our next paper which involves research, I've already picked my topic (out of the four to choose from), and I've already got an idea of what I would like to say to argue my point, I just need to work on finding information that backs up my view on the topic. I'm going to start researching a bit before I go to bed, but I'm hoping to have a rough draft completed this weekend before our peer edit on Tuesday. 

I'm off to go research! So until next time, 

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Three Things Thursday - 21st Birthday Edition

1. I turned 21 today, which is strange because I don't feel any different, but legally I'm allowed to buy alcohol now. I'm not quite sure what to think about that.

2. I'm not bringing cake to school! - The past two years I've brought cake to school for my classmates to enjoy, but this year is a combination of being too lazy, having 30 people in my Tuesday/Thursday class, and people in that class having food allergies.

3. I may or may not be getting a pair of New Balance Minimus MT10 - After two months of wearing pretty much nothing but Toms, putting on my Nike's to go for a run felt really awkward and like I was being forced to do something I'm not supposed to do. So I'm going to try out the minimal running thing and see how it works out for me!

I'm off to go for a walk with the pooch and say hi to our neighborhood friends! Catch you all later, and as always.

Run hard, be strong, and think big!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Results from Spring Semester, 2012

I was lucky enough to get my grades fairly quickly after the term ended, and I was home visiting my family when I saw them the first time, which made it really exciting. Here goes nothing...

I'm pretty darn pleased with how well I did, especially considering I took five classes and feel like I nearly lost my mind trying to finish the semester out. Oh and you know, now I'm officially considered a Sophomore which feels really good. The semester was by no means easy and the final week of it included falling asleep while doing papers many times, which I hate, no matter what time in the semester it is. Since I didn't even feel like I had time to sleep, my New Rules of Lifting for Women plan, along with running fell by the wayside. I'm slowly starting everything back up and it feels good to get my sweat on again, well when I'm trying to at least. It's no secret that I live in Tucson and unfortunately for me the temperature is supposed to hit 104 tomorrow, yikes. I'm off to bed for now, and have an interesting post coming tomorrow morning after I hit the gym to lift!

Catch everybody on the flip-side and of course,

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

I'm registered!

So I know I haven't been around at all lately, but that should be changing since I have a lot of spare time this summer!

I officially registered for the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon this morning and I couldn't be more excited. I've slowly gotten back into running and lifting and hope to be in full swing at the end of the month.

Also, it's my birthday on Thursday, which means I can legally drink then. Uhm, what?!