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#MiddlingMarch: Indoor Trampoline Enthusiast

28 Mar

Dear reader,

I’ve been living in Tucson for almost 3 years now and I had never been to the oh-so-famous Get Air indoor trampoline park. Midterms have been rough this semester (to say the least) and I just really wanted to let go of all the tension and stress I have been experiencing.Alice 6

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On top of that, my family was also visiting that week so it was a perfect opportunity to go.

I went in thinking I would most likely be trampled by a crowd of children or lose my pants in the jumping pit, but none of that happened. I actually had a really good time, and as a bonus, I was sore the next day from all the running and jumping. It’s actually a really good workout!foam-cubes

We ended up going on a Wednesday night which was perfect because we had the whole park to ourselves. It was my two younger brothers and my boyfriend who truly enjoyed themselves. I was content with just jumping around but they were making a competition out of everything, which was actually fun to see.

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Nevertheless, I really enjoyed myself and it was the stress relief I desperately needed. Sometimes all we need is to act like a kid again to recenter ourselves and get ready for the daily grind again!

‘Til next time,

Becky

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#JumpstartJanuary: Reflection

22 Jan

Spring semester is upon us people! While we are currently experiencing the calm before the storm, let’s reflect on what brought us to where we are today. In this past semester alone I have learned so much about myself that I didn’t know I had in me. I am hoping you have experienced the same.

Looking back on last semester what were some things you would change? I bet you’ve heard that question over a hundred times! But really, reflection is a good thing. How do  you want to start off the new year and semester? Consider some of your struggles and successes and use that energy to start off prepared for anything that will come your way.

When I look back on my last semester, I like to compare it to a ball of yarn all bunched up together with pieces going in every direction. Needless to say I missed out on a lot of opportunities. BUT with a little reflection and some set goals we can make the semester a great one!

1) SLEEP

Sleep, it really is a good thing! That’s why so many stress about it so much! One of several reasons why I was not able to concentrate on my work was because I felt like always passing out. Over time, little sleep took a toll on me, then I lost all energy to study, prepare for the next day, or even speak at times. We have all been there, feeling like a zombie (without the desire for flesh and blood) and just breezing through the day with no recollection of any material or events.

Goal: Set a reasonable bedtime. It sounds unrealistic but consider how you will feel through out the day after a full night sleep. My goal is to be in bed by 10-10:30 at the latest. If  you feel like staying up when you don’t have to, just think of those days of running off of 4-5 hours of sleep. NOT FUN!

2) Focusing on YOU

Be selfish. Yup, I said it. Care for others but don’t forget to help yourself as well. If you are anything like me, you’re always lending a helping a hand to your friends and family but then putting aside your own struggles. CALM YO’SELF! I found that burying my stresses and avoiding dealing with them really left me feeling worse physically and mentally. It’s great to be a part of a friend’s support system, but at the end of the day consider your needs too.

Goal: Sometimes heroes need saving. You are not obligated to do things you do not want to do. Set some standards with yourself and mention them to your friends. The late night In-N-Out trips can wait… well, sometimes. Have a happy medium. Do not be afraid to have your own support group!

3) EXERCISE

I will admit, those morning bike rides kicked my butt last semester! I was a 3-sport athlete in high school, so starting college with a not-so physically active schedule hit me hard. Every now and then I would exercise when I could, but eventually I stopped. For me exercising and playing team sports really relieve my stress. Between little sleep, avoiding my own problems, and hardly exercising, my energy went from 100 to 0 real quick. I found that once I started exercising again my vision cleared a bit.

Goal: Start off with at least 30 minutes of exercising. You can run, bike, walk, lift weights (carefully)… anything! I plan to exercise at least 4 times a week just to have time to recharge my mind and body.

 I hope these goals will help you consider some of your own! Whether it be a new year or semester, don’t be afraid to make the necessary changes needed in your lifestyle. Change is good!

Until next time,
Maddie

The Magic of 10.

20 Jul

As students, and human beings in general, time is of essence. The idea of “free” time seems illusionary and unattainable, but perhaps it is the manner in which we perceive free time that constrains us to believe it nonexistent. What I mean to say is that perhaps when we think of free time we think it to be an expansive amount of time like an hour or more. What if you had 10 minutes at this very moment free of responsibility and restrictions? What can you possibly do in 10 minutes?

In my busy schedule, 10 minutes can allow me to do a numerous amount of activities. Here are my top 10.

1. Eat.

Sometimes 10 minutes will be as much time as you will get to grab lunch or a snack in between classes, work, or any other commitments. Take advantage of it!

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2. Work out.

Feeling in need of an energy boost or perhaps a release of stress? 10 minutes can be more than enough time to get your heart racing and blood pumping with 10-minute workouts. If they are high intensity workouts, they can serve to burn a good amount of calories.

3. Make a to-do list.

Ten minutes can help you organize yourself for the remainder of the day or the week even. Create a to-do list of what needs to get done, what deadlines are coming up, and what other commitments you have to keep front and center. You will be surprised at how much organization can flourish from just 10 minutes.

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 4. Meditate.

Take time to find some peace if that is what your heart desires. Ten minutes of yoga, breathing exercises, sitting under a tree, or whatever relaxes you can have an immense impact on your mood and the rest of your day. Find peace and concentration in ten minutes by doing what you love.

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5. Play games.

Allow your inner child to come out! Find a game to play in 10 minutes. Whether it is solitaire or a friendly game of tic-tac-toe, 10 minutes can be enough to get your creative, competitive juices flowing. Go solo or share the game with a friend! Just do not get too competitive.

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6. Tune into the news.

Hop on the news train and submerge yourself with the latest news. Nowadays, a newspaper, the internet, the tv, or even your phone will allow you to read/listen to the news. Just 10 minutes can be enough to update you on all that is going on in the world.

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7. “Me” time.

Yes, most of these activities are already about “me” time, but this bullet really emphasizes the idea of doing something that you really love. For example, dance your heart out to those embarrassing songs you are too afraid to admit you like or go on a photography adventure. Whatever it is, do it!

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8. Reach out.

This can be a great time to write a letter to an old friend that you have not talked to in a while or perhaps an email or Facebook message. Ten minutes is all it takes to make somebody’s day a little better.

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9. Study.

You might be thinking to yourself that studying in 10 minutes might not be the best strategy. Well, if you are trying to study a semester’s worth most likely 10 minutes is not enough, but if you are trying to gradually learn something then this is the perfect time. Ten minutes is a good time to learn new vocabulary words in another language or memorize those calculus equations.

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10. Write.

Express yourself freely. Write a blog, a journal entry, a poem, a story, anything that will liberate your mind. Ten minutes can be a great chance to create something unique and express yourself to the best of your ability.

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       Some of these ideas might seem unworthy of your time. Perhaps you think them to be wasting time, but remember:

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time” -Bertrand Russell

 

Happy ten minutes (:

 

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