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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Goals for May

Let's just pretend that I didn't make any goals in April, so I don't have to acknowledge just how much of an epic fail I was at trying to achieve them last month. There's only one word that can adequately describe my April and that's busy. I had a deadline for a paper this month that seriously kicked my butt and there were times when I got so anxious that I wouldn't be able to properly finish it that I spent so much time in the library that I didn’t even eat at home. I also had to give a presentation on the paper at the end of the month, which kept the stress going even after I had handed it in, but thankfully the whole thing turned out pretty well.

Despite the occasional spurts of panic, April was a pretty good month. While I did spend most of time in the library or otherwise engaged with university, I did try to head out and enjoy spring as much as possible. Spring in Heidelberg is so gorgeous and it really seems like the mountains are getting greener and greener each day. The new semester has started again and I have a pretty full schedule, but I’m excited about pretty much all of my classes. I don't have any exams coming up in the near future and so it feels great to study without feeling like there's an axe looming over my head.

Jordan also came over from Zagreb for a weekend for her graduation and we went out for a fun celebration dinner, while Jen stopped in Heidelberg on a Germany road trip for a few hours and it was so great to catch with them in person again.

I ended the month with a week in Freiburg and the Black Forest. The first half of this visit was spent on university work, but the second half was all play and it felt so good to enjoy some guilt-free leisure time again. I had been to Freiburg a couple of times before, but never properly visited the Black Forest and this area quickly became my new favorite place in Germany. There are so many places in my home country that I have yet to visit and that I am really curious to see and the Black Forest really cemented the view in my mind that I haven't really done Germany justice in my travel efforts so far. It's time to change that this year!

Goals for May

After all the stress of last month, I'm trying to take it easy in May. This month, I really want to find a proper rhythm in my life again: There is so much going on and so much that I want to do that I find it difficult to balance all these competing interests and to organize my life in a way that invigorates and inspires me.
There are also quite a lot of long weekends coming up and I hope to take advantage of them by going on a few little trips around the country. I really want to enjoy spring to its fullest in May and not stress myself out more than necessary and so I only have a few goals that will hopefully nurture my creativity a little bit.

1. Get my life under control

I know, I know, this sounds all sorts of melodramatic (why does it feel like I have written this sentence before?), but lately I feel like I have sort of been just living into the day and not in a beneficial Carpe Diem kind of way, but more in the sense of "I can't be bothered to write a To-Do-List and a proper weekly schedule" which really isn't too conductive for productivity. I am not making the most of my time at the moment, which leaves me feeling stressed out and like I don't have time for anything, when in reality it is all just a matter of planning. So, I plan to get on top of my game again.

2. Focus on writing

One of the reasons I started blogging was to have a place where I could practice my writing on a regular basis. Despite my newfound love for photography I have always considered myself to be a writer and from the moment I started typing my first story on the old computer in my parents basement, I haven't really stopped trying to tell stories.  These days my writing mostly concentrates on this blog, but I feel the need to challenge myself and to do some creative writing again. I recently found these writing prompts on the beautiful blog Creative Countryside and I'm planning to use them to encourage me to get my imagination on paper again in May.

3. Read more

I definitely don't read enough anymore. I do have a lot of academic reading to do and so I don't usually feel like picking up yet another book once I'm home, but I know myself well enough to know that this is mostly a manifestation of sheer laziness and so it's time to push myself to read more non-law related stuff (and stuff off the internet!) again.

What are your goals in May?


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