Hello my lovelies!

As my semester comes to an end - and so does 2018 - I wanted to take some time and write a bit about ways you can make your new academic semester and new year a bit better.

1. Clean out your closet and room

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I am the type of person that holds lots of sentimental value to my items, but living with a minimalist has taught me that I don't need so many things to be happy. I have started cleaning out my room, my closet specifically and realized how many things I hadn't used in forever, I didn't feel comfortable wearing, or simply didn't fit me anymore. In addition, when I clean out my desk I come along old books or reading for class that I hadn't really used more than once. This had made me switch to digital files instead to save paper.

2. Get a hair cut

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Getting your hair cut literary takes a weight off your shoulders and makes you feel a bit better. I used to have waist length hair but cut it a few years back and haven't let it grown much since. Having short hair makes life easier. It's easier to wash, doesn't take much time to style, etc.

3. Write a thank you card

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Whether it's to a friend, a parent, a loved one, etc. a thank you card is a great way to show people that you care about them and that they are appreciate it. It is something so simple but with so much meaning. I promise you won't regret it!

5. Write a reflection of 2018

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Whether it be a long and heartfelt entry, or simply a bullet point list of things you did in 2018, it is always nice to be able to have something to remember the year by.

6. Volunteer somewhere this holiday season

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With the holidays coming up, it is always easy to slip into the bliss of it all and forget that there is others less fortunate, less privileged, than we are and that need out help. Donating a couple blankets to a homeless shelter, stopping by a soup kitchen/ food bank, or simply offering your help to someone is one way to end your year off on a good note.

7. Do's and don'ts

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Think about what you did in 2018 and the semester, what worked, what didn't, what you would like to try, what you would like to drop, and write it down to apply it to the new semester and year.

I personally have put a lot on my plate this semester and have been stressed beyond what's normal. I have decided to not pick up so much responsibility next semester, and only focus on what brings me joy and fulfillment.

8. Read a book!

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Whether it's fiction or something more structured to give you some structure, it will help you get lost for a couple hours and be able to reflect on the book and or one self.

Last year on the plane back home I read 'Tuesday's with Morrie' and it allowed me to reflect on my life and gave me a new framing for how I look at things now.

9. Try something new!

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Getting out of your comfort zone can be difficult, but it is always rewarding. So many things can come for it, and if worse comes to worse, at least you know you tried.

This year I started co-leading a girls scouts troop! Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be part of something greater, and being a girls scouts always intrigued me. Unfortunately, I lived in the suburbs and the closest troop was an hour away. But now that I am in college and in the city, I can do so many more things that bring me joy.

10. Do something for yourself

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It can be anything from writing a letter to open in a year (or a couple) to buying yourself a little something, painting your nails, doing a face mask, getting your eyebrows done, etc. Self care is not selfish. You come first!

I hope y'all enjoyed my list and hope the holidays are filled with joy!

Until next time!

Endless love,