Thursday, December 29, 2016

No 2017 Resolutions?


You can probably guess from the title what this post is going to be about. I've decided not to come up with a set of resolutions for 2017. The main goal I have is to get into better shape, which is a common one that people typically fail at when it comes to resolutions. I'm planning on going with it at my own pace in a way that makes me feel comfortable.

So for 2017 I won't be posting the monthly updates about how I'm doing with my resolutions because I won't have anything to update you on! In the future I may talk about trying to get healthier, but for now I'm going to be focusing on other content. Throughout 2016, there were times when I had more things I wanted to post, but I had to give up a day for my resolution update - this way I get another day to post something a little more worthwhile!

I'm really excited about the New Year, and being able to ring it in with my family! I know I'm not the only one who's excited to see 2016 come to an end - it was a long year full of so many things.

I'll see you next year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

2 Years Old!


*Sheds a single tear* It seems like just yesterday I was looking at templates and choosing fonts to create my blog. I knew I had to take the time to make a special post today, the 2 year anniversary of me starting this blog. 

My very first post was about Christmas Traditions. When I first opened up that fresh "new post" page I had no idea what I was going to say! I didn't even put a title on it! I feel like I've improved so much since this first post, I'm really proud of all of the content that I've created!

I always like to look back at my old posts, mainly because I want to make sure I'm not writing the same thing a million times but also because I want to look at how my writing has improved/changed. 

When I was first starting out, I was really confident that everyone who read my content would want to leave comments. Now I know that's not how it works, and I'm happy with creating content without very much feedback. I write what I feel and what I want to say, which makes me happy.

I created this blog to fulfill a dream of mine, and regardless of who reads what I write I'm happy just because I'm writing.

Thanks for sticking with me on this journey! I'll see you on Tuesday!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

One Bad Semester

Earlier on during Fall Semester, I missed an entire week of classes because of my gall bladder removal. Some of my teachers were more kind and helpful after I returned to school, but others weren't at all nice about it. I had one of my professors give me THREE DAYS to make up the week's worth of work because he still expected me to take the exam on the fourth day.

My doctor's told be at the time that it would be a long time before I regained my energy, so I'd be sleeping a lot. However, I couldn't afford to sleep extra because I had so much work I was trying to catch up on. Unfortunately for me, that meant that I was also sick almost the whole time - I kept catching colds! That meant I was always extra tired.

So far I'm just spilling out a bunch of excuses... But long story short, my grades were really bad this past semester to the point where I'm almost on academic probation, which they were all to happy to tell me about last night.

Looking back, I wish that I had pushed harder for more time, and asked for more help, and let myself sleep more often. I also wish that I had been more open with my parents about how much I was struggling. They only saw me over face time once in while, and I was always brushing things off with "I'm doing okay" or "Things are going fine".

I'm not planning on something big like the removal of an organ for this next semester, so I'm very much hoping that I'll be able to work and get the good grades I know I can.

When I first got the news, I was completely devastated and I thought "Well, that's it then. I have to drop out." (which seems really drastic, but it's what I thought).

I was talking to a friend, and after a bit of convincing he told me that "It's one bad semester, that doesn't mean your whole college experience is going to be bad from now on".

Yeah!

I can pull it together, and I can show that I'm meant to be there and doing what I'm meant to be doing with my life.

Spring Semester is coming up quick and I'm going to be successful!
I'll see you on Tuesday

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Okay.... Christmas Music

As you may remember from last Christmas, I'm not a huge fan of Christmas music. In total honesty, it's actually really awful to me! I think it's overplayed, and really annoying! However, I have found some Christmas music that I'm willing to listen to....

HERE

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Let me know what you think! I'll see you on Thursday!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Random Thoughts - A Sort Of Update


So for a long time I've been having a lot of issues with my roommate... You're probably already aware of it because of all the posts that I've made on this subject. I've been trying to find someplace else to live for Spring Semester. However, most places are unfurnished with leases lasting much longer than one semester. I still have hopes that my roommate will be the one to move out at the end of the semester, but if she doesn't then I'll most likely be staying with her as my roommate for another semester.

When it comes to my job, I've been having a nice time working in the booth and I've liked not having to scrape car windshields checking for permits in the snow. However, I'm not sure if my class schedule next semester will give me the time to be able to stay with the current hours I'm working. My boss seems keen on me changing my class schedule around so that I can continue working these hours, but several of my classes are only taught on certain days at certain times so I don't have a lot of options to work with. I'm sure that my rent for next semester will be covered much like my rent for this semester was covered, so if I end up having to work less hours I don't think that it'll have too large an effect on my living situation.

I know you've been wondering, so I wanted to kind of quickly say that my relationship has been going really well so far. We're still going really slow and just seeing how things work out, but I'm really happy about it and how it's going so far.

Now that I'm back home for the semester break I've been loving taking care of my guinea pigs and being able to play with them and have cuddle sessions while watching movies (and writing blog posts). I always joke that they're the warmest scarf I've ever owned because they only want to be up on my shoulders or around my neck. There have been a few times when I kept them out too long and they've peed down my back... I get up a lot faster when there's warm pig pee running down my shirt.

At school I've really missed having pets to take care of and spend time with. I know that, because I'm a full time student and working part time, I wouldn't be able to give a pet the amount of attention that I'd like to. At the moment, I have Sebastian and for now he's a great pet. Although I can't really cuddle with him because he's a beta fish... I've recently upgraded his tank, I may do a blog post on it in the new year.

It's really weird to me that it's already almost 2017! It feels like it was just barely turning into 2016 (which I know everyone says). I'm kind of flabbergasted that I've almost had this blog for 2 years now (On Dec 24th). I have a lot of cool things planned for 2017 already! I'm planning on doing another month where I post something every day - maybe even 2 months, if I'm feeling really confident. Now that I have a camera that's much better quality and slightly better photo editing skills I'm hoping to include a lot more photos. For all of December, I have a photo planned to go with every text post that I'm going to write.

If there are any posts you want to see let me know!

This year I thought about posting every day leading up to Christmas in December as a sort of "blogmas", but I thought of it too late to plan something for every day, and I've really felt the pressure of my classes and final exams. I'm hoping that I'll be able to plan enough ahead to do it for next year so if you stick around another year you have that to look forward to as well!

After I made that post about posting more about myself and my life rather than posting generic things like monthly favorite and products that I like, or about tv shows and books I've been enjoying writing posts a lot more. I may not think I have a very exciting life, but I'd much rather write about things going on in my life than writing the millionth post about products to be out on the web. I've been trying to figure out if I could do more "specific" posts despite being an anonymous blogger at the moment because there are some thing going on that are specific to my school, my city, and even my hometown that I want to talk more about or post photos of.

This was a really long post with a lot of stuff crammed in it! I hope it was at little bit informative... Haha
I'll see you on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

End of Finals


I finished all of my Final Exams! I'M DONE!!!

That's all I got...

I'll see you on Thursday

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Contact Me

Hello! If you'd like to contact me for any reason, you can shoot me an email at athousandreasonstosmileblog@gmail.com

At this point, I do not have a P.O. Box.

 I have an Instagram account, @reasons.to.smile.blog and my twitter is @tosmileblog

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dead Week


This semester's Dead Week is almost to a close. I have mixed feelings about it because I've gotten so little sleep and have had so much work to do, but with Finals Week just around the corner I won't be able to really sleep anytime soon.

Like everyone else, I'm really hopeful that I'll be able to score highly on my exams. In most of my classes I have a high enough grade that the final exam doesn't seem as daunting, but in the few classes that my grade isn't the best right now I'm really feeling the pressure. It doesn't help that, even though it's dead week, my professors are still teaching new material that we'll have to know for our exams.

As you can imagine, I'm feeling really brain dead, which is fitting since it is called Dead Week. Hopefully next week I'll be able to make a more exciting post!

I'll see you on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

11 Month Resolution Update


Resolution 1: Save up the money that I need to be able to pay for my Housing and Textbooks for the 16-17 school year on my own

In November I didn't have to worry about covering the payments for anything. Spring Semester is coming up though, so I'm going to be buying my own textbooks and any other supplies my classes require. At this point, I do think I'll be able to buy all of my textbooks for second semester myself.


Resolution 2: DRINK MORE WATER!!!!!!

I really didn't drink very much water during the month of November... I'm sure this will sound like a weird excuse, but I wore lipstick most days in December so I wouldn't drink out of my water bottle for fear of messing it up and looking like a clown the rest of the day.


Resolution 3: Read at least 20 books by the end of the year

So far I have only read 5 books. I'm currently reading a 6th one. I'm really not hopeful about finishing this particular resolution...


Resolution 4: Clean my Dorm Room every Saturday

I've been doing a really good job of this even though I'm pretty much cleaning the entire apartment every Saturday on my own. I don't think this place has ever been cleaner (not to brag... you know).

Resolution 5: Stop Eating after 9pm

This one I was really good at keeping up with in November!

Resolution 6: Snack less, eat actual Meals more

This was only really held up during the week I was back at home... Haha I'm not very good at remembering to eat, especially not when I have to make whole meals for myself. However, I've gotten more "fast" foods that I can heat up or just grab on my way out the door.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

November 2016 Overview


I think I say this almost every month...but November was a really full month for me!

As you know, I got a new camera and I've been loving learning how to use it. So far I've mostly been practicing taking photos and working on my photo editing skills. I have a lot of things I want to photograph and show you, so I'm excited for my December photo posts! Having really good quality photos has always been something I've tried to achieve, and now i finally have. I'd love to hear what you have to say about my new photos in the comments.

Along with getting a new camera this past month, I also had my 20th birthday (Nov 24th). I got several things that I wasn't expecting but was excited to get (If you're interested I can do a post on what I got and what I thought of everything). It was also kind of an interesting day because it was also Thanksgiving! I have a post about my birthday coming soon - so watch for it!

In the month of November, I was also moved into the parking garage booths at work. I was given very little training, but I think I've been doing really well! My boss actually emailed me after I'd been working the booth for a few weeks asking if I'd ever had money handling training - which I had not... Haha Glad to know he thought of it at some point! The only downside to working in the booth right now is that, the closer it gets to Finals Week, the later students stay on campus the later I stay working at the booth. However, I'm still able to study for my own exams, which is what's the most important!

Now I know you're wondering - things are still the same with my roommate. Although she hasn't tried to check my pulse anymore, which I guess is a plus. It was really nice being able to go home for a week and not have to deal with any of her craziness! I haven't heard anything else from her about her moving at the semester, but I'm still hopeful...

Also, the city I live in had it's first snow in November! Unfortunately it was before I was more confident with my camera so I don't have any photos to show you... Chances are it will snow again, and I'll be able to capture it for you!

Well, that was my November! You humans are awesome, I'll see you on Tuesday.
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