Setting Goals And Vision Boards

Setting Goals And Vision Boards

The smart girl's way to stay on track throughout the semester.

Every fall comes around and the beginning of the school year creeps up on us. Our “back to school” clothes and crisp new highlighters have us anticipating the beginning of the semester and a fresh start. With that comes the plan to stay organized and dedicated throughout the entire school year. So many times I have heard myself say “I will not procrastinate this year” or “This year I want to...”

Then, as we get deeper into the semester, life takes over and we lose track of that plan. Our lives become busy and messy; assignments may be forgotten about, our eyes become heavy with no sleep, our bloodstream basically becomes coffee and that fully stocked fridge turns into Ramen Noodle dinners.

It becomes too easy to lose track of that determination as we become overwhelmed and sleep deprived, as so many of us do. How can I be better at this? I asked myself.

Goal setting has become a perfect way for me to get excited about the upcoming year, stay on track and tackle things as they come my way.

The first step to this process is to be realistic about your goals. It is by far the most important aspect of keeping it together throughout the school year. Many of us tend to overwhelm ourselves with too many commitments, so it’s important to know your limits of what you can and cannot handle.

This is also why it is important to aim for goals in multiple areas of your life. For example, set academic goals, goals to finish a half marathon and to catch a beautiful picture of the sunset every Sunday night after your family dinner. Concentrating on one area too much can lead to exhaustion and even boredom.

Next, write down your goals. Start with weekly, move to monthly, then finish with yearly. Visuals are extremely helpful when trying to accomplish something new. There are many different ways to turn your aspirations into visual pieces, and there is something out there for everyone.

Goal setting worksheets are an easy way to simply write and keep track of your accomplishments. (Who even knew goal setting worksheets were a thing, right?)

A pretty planner is a must for me. I think many of us can relate when I say that I go weak at the knees for a good planner. Personally, I need a weekly, not daily, setup with large spaces to write in. Vera Bradley, Erin Condren and Spark Planner are a few of my go-to brands. Maybe you’re more of a tech lover. Use Google Calendar or Apple Calendar, and set reminders on your laptop or phone so you’ll never forget an assignment or commitment.

Inspiration boards are another great way to stay inspired to accomplish your goals. It’s actually fun to fill them with pictures, clips, quotes and basically anything that inspires you. The great thing about them is that they can change constantly. Once you accomplish something, take it down and pin something up that represents your new goal. It’s like as you evolve, so does your board. It’s also interesting to have a visual board that describes what your life is like at any given moment.

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19 Disney Quotes To Get You Through The Semester

Sometimes we need a little magic to get through the semester

Everyone has been effected in some sort of way by Disney. For many, you grow up with Disney influencing who you want to be when you grow up, and what you want to do with your life. Here are 19 Disney quotes to get you through this upcoming semester.

"Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it." - Rapunzel (Tangled)

"The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." - The Emperor (Mulan)

"A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." - Zeus (Hercules)

"Don't just fly, soar." - Dumbo (Dumbo)

"The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem." -- Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)

“Even miracles take a little time.” — Fairy Godmother (Cinderella)

“If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead.” — Gusteau (Ratatouille)

“You control your destiny — you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems.” — Merida (Brave)

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” — Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins)

“Believe you can, then you will.” — Mulan

“Today is a good day to try.” — Quasimodo

“The things that make me different are the things that make me ME.” — Piglet

“Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.” — Merida (Brave)

“Giving up is for rookies.” — Philoctetes (Hercules)

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — (Pooh’s Most Grand Adventure)

“Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.” — Grandmother Willow (Pocahontas)

“The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.” — Remy (Ratatouille)

“Always let your conscience be your guide.” — Pinocchio

“Adventure is out there!” -Charles Muntz

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7 Things Vocal Music Majors Are Tired Of Hearing

I just want to be taken seriously as a college student studying music and singing.

This past semester I decided to change my intended major from biology to music. I love to sing, it's something I'm good at, so I thought, why not make this my major! I can go to school and do something I love rather than wanting to kill myself in organic chemistry.

However, with this new major has come very many new challenges.

As a biology major, I was never second-guessed by my peers, family, and friends, but as a music major that is basically my life.

Basically, every response I get to my major is something doubtful or an assumption. I guess this can be said about a lot of other majors too. I just want to be taken seriously as a college student studying music and singing, just like I would be if I was studying science.

Here are seven things that vocal music majors like myself are tired of hearing, and yes the VOCAL part matters apparently.

1. "What instrument do you play?"

Every time, without a doubt, I tell someone I am a music major, their first response is to always ask what instrument I play. My response is usually pretty awkward because I don't really play an instrument, I sing. Sometimes I just respond with "I play myself" (followed by a very confused look from the other person).

2. "Oh but do you play any instruments?"

Because apparently singing isn't enough.

3. "So you want to be a teacher?"

Almost everytime I tell someone I'm studying music, I get the "teacher assumption." A lot of other majors can relate to this, like English and history. But seriously, would you assume a chem major is planning on being a chemistry teacher?? NO! So stop assuming. (even though I do want to be a teacher so yes your assumption is right BUT STILL).

4. "Do you do a Capella?"

No, I am in a REAL choir because I'm a REAL singer. (but if you do a Capella I am not criticizing you, you do you boo).

5. "I bet being a music major is super easy."

How about you go take a music theory class and then come back and tell me how easy it is to be a music major.

6. "Omg you're a singer! Sing for me!"

Uhm, no. You wouldn't ask a mathematician to solve a crazy equation for you in order to prove themselves worthy of being called a mathematician, right? So stop making me feel like I have to prove myself to you.

7. "That's so interesting and cool that you're studying music."

Yeah, you're right it is interesting and cool, but it's also practical and smart. Stop trying to cover up your doubts about my decision by making it seem like my major is just something "cool" that I'm doing.

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