Today’s post is a bit overdue, but better late than never right? I remember I made a promise in the beginning of the year to do monthly updates on my New Year’s Resolution. While it’s already the middle of March, I’ll do recap on how I did in February and how I’m doing so far in March.

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Anyways, February’s goal was: Love yourself. Love others by showing patience, understanding. Reach out to old childhood friends. Pray for friends. Obey your parents.

 

I have to admit, February’s goal was pretty challenging. I’m someone who is very hard on myself. Thus, while I found balance in January, I still found myself dissatisfied. I kept on comparing myself to my fellow classmates who would write more articles than me for the school newspaper, run personal bests in track, already take ACTs and PSATs as high school freshmen, and so forth.

 

So let’s run down the list:

Love yourself | This is a work-in-progress that I feel will be a project for the whole year.

 

Love others by showing patience and understanding | I didn’t do too bad on this one, but I didn’t do my best. Attending a boarding school, it’s natural for your friends to ask if they can borrow your shoes, clothes, etc. However, I am very clean and neat with my stuff that lending someone my stuff is quite hard.  This proved to be a huge obstacle for this month. Again, like the first sub-goal, this will be a work-in-progress goal that I will keep in my mind until I get it done.

 

Reach out to childhood friends | This was also a fail. I was so caught up with school and extracurricular activities that I didn’t have time to text my friends. However, I did contact one of my really old friend from when I was in kindergarten. Although she lives in New York, we had a decent conversation. However, with my friends back at home, not so much. Nevertheless, I’m catching up with them over spring break. In fact, I went and visited my old school this past Wednesday and  just had lunch with one of my best friends today. Those two events were probably the highlight of my spring break. It was so nice to go back to my old friends and jump right back into a conversation as if nothing happen (when actually I moved 200 miles away).

 

Pray for friends | Not really. I have started doing daily devotionals though and always pray before I go to bed, but because I have so much stress in still adjusting to boarding school life, my prayers usually center around me. Again, this a work-in-progress goal.

 

Obey your parents | I don’t think this goal was specific enough. If we go word-for-word, then yes, I did obey my parents. However, I didn’t have much to obey because I’m away at boarding school. I think the actual goal was to show kindness, patience, and understanding to my parents, which again, I’m sure as all of you guys can relate, is always a work-in-progress thing.

 

So in a nutshell, February’s goal wasn’t too successful. However, I’m going to show self-love and forgive myself (did you see what I did there?).

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Moving on to March, March’s goal is: LOOK UP/FOCUS | Find ways that help you focus. Look up to your role models – who they are and why. Look into things that interest you. Look up from your phone screen and take in your surroundings. Focus and study (this is in time for finals week haha)

 

Again, we’re going to go down the list:

 

Find ways that help you focus | I’ve started using the Pomodoro technique and Alex Ikonn’s Productivity Journal. So far, so good! Also, I’ve been telling to myself before spring break while studying for finals: “You’re almost there. Focus for the sake of spring break!!!”

 

Look up to your role models – who they are and why. | I have an on-going list. However, I’ll share this with you if a) any of you are interested and b) once I get the final list done.

 

Look into things that interest you. | Same thing as above

 

Look up from your phone screen and take in your surroundings. | A huge working goal right now. It does help that my Lenten challenge is to give up random Internet web-surfing. I’m actually thinking of making a post about this in the future about how not looking at my phone all the time has helped my health!

 

Focus and study (this is in time for finals week haha) | This was one success. I definitely honed in and studied really hard for finals. My final survival tips also helped a lot as well.

 

Whew! That was a long post. In all, while February wasn’t that successful, March is looking pretty strong!

 

How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Also, any tips on self-love and practicing love to others?

xoxo,

Stephanie

 

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