Getting My Priorities Straight

It’s not hard to see I don’t have my crap together. While I try to blame it on not having complete control over my life, I know that’s just excuses and excuses get you nowhere. Most of my days are spent constantly picking up my phone and scrolling through not so endless social media feeds until I get bored and set it down for a second just pick it right back up. This is one of my pet peeves about other people, yet I’m just as addicted as they are.

A week or so ago I watched a YouTube video on one of the few channels I watch. Katherine May makes productivity/organization and life after college video. She walked her viewers through a list of priorities she wrote and then she applied the number of hours she already spent on those priorities and the time she wanted to spend on them. So that’s what I did.

First I put down my top priority which is my education, then wrote four more below it. So it looked something like this:

  1. Education
  2. Finances
  3. Running/Gym
  4. Photography
  5. Blog

After that, I decide to look up how many hours were in a week and was blown away. Even after factoring out my sleep cycle, there was still so much time in my week being wasted. That’s when I knew I needed to take the steps to working out what my priorities are so I can make the most of the time I have. Below is the chart I made with the hours divided.

seven day week = 168 hours

sleep = 56 hours

wake = 112

weekend = 32

week = 80

After I finished the chart I assigned a number of hours I wanted to spend every week on each of my priorities.

  1. Education (15 hours)
  2. Finances
  3. Running/Gym (7 hours)
  4. Photography (7 hours)
  5. Blog ( 10.5 hours)

For my top priority I factored in the travel time to the classes I’ll be taking at a local university and the classes themselves. While the number of hours are smaller than I like, I want to work up to twenty hours a week. Photography could also use a couple of hours, but I believe this is a great start and real eye opener. I added my priorities and subtracted that from my weekly total and got this:

priorities = 39.5

extra = 72.5

With all time divided into the things I must do every week, I still ended up with 72.5 hours a week to do whatever I wish to do. That’s a lot of time, especially if you look at people working a jobs for more than 40 hours a week. I’m incredibly lucky to have this free time I don’t plan on taking it for granted in the future.

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The Beginning of an End AKA Senior Year

Everything is happening so fast, faster than I can procrastinate it away. This month and the following months will be insane, exciting, and super sad. I mean seriously there will be tears, so many tears. Senior year is upon me and this semester alone will be incredibly difficult. So here is all that is happening to me this fall.

Dual Credit Classes

I was accepted into a local university to take dual credit classes. I choose two classes for a total of 4.0 credit hours. The university offers four free credit hours to seniors so it a wonderful opportunity. For classes, I picked Theory of Wellness and Psych and Everyday Life. The psych class is an intro to psychology class, while the wellness class is a physical education class, but I’ve heard great things about it. This is super exciting and nerve-racking, as I’m going from school at my house to schooling at a college with people who are all taller than me and older and some smarter and oh my god.

18th Birthday

This is pretty simple and not that big of a deal but thought I should add it just to introduce an upcoming post about my financial future. Okay, fine, that was a lie, my birthday is a huge deal. I’ve started planning on what shirt I want my mom to make and the cake I will be baking. I’m so excited!

But besides the celebration, I will also be opening a bank account. As of this moment, I believe I will open an account with Discover. My parents bank at a local brick and mortar, but after reading multiple articles on NerdWallet and watching a bunch of videos on The Financial Diet YouTube channel, I’ve decided an online bank will be best for me. Let’s not get too deep into it, but a quick summary is I will be asking for money this coming birthday and Christmas instead of trinkets and clothes. This money will be separated into two saving accounts, an emergency fund, and a car fund. So super fun times ahead!

A Week Alone

This is another super exciting yet incredibly scary experience I will have in November. I will be “living” at my Aunt and Uncle’s apartment dog sitting for them while they are at Disney World. And while I offered to come with them and photography their experience for free, they just had to pay to fly me and pay my admission and let me ride a couple of rides, but they declined. So I will be dog sitting a week on my own in another city. Granted it only an hour drive between the city I live and theirs, it’s still crazy. I will have to have my license before I do it though cause I’ll have to drive to class as well as see my puppies. While I can see many problems arise, but I’m excited to see if I can accomplish it.

Last KYA

And so the tears begin. KYA or the Kentucky Youth Association is a wonderful program I have had the privilege of being apart of for the past four years, this year will be my fifth and final year. KYA is a program schools all over Kentucky take part in. Each school has a delegation that, for a semester, write a bill they believe would better our commonwealth. Then we all meet at the end of the semester and debate for three days!

This will be my third year participating as a Media Corp delegate and I hope to become an assistant editor this year. KYA will be the most heartbreaking experience because I have done it for so long and I have to say goodbye to it. I’m still so very excited to participate this year though and I can’t wait.

So that’s the big stuff that I have planned to happen this semester. It’s a lot but I also can’t explain the exciting feelings I’ve got for them all.

If I’m Being Honest

If I’m being honest I’ve been feeling very lonely lately.

If I’m being honest I didn’t like the first season of Game of Thrones as much as I wanted to. The book was way better.

If I’m being honest I’m so over summer and ready for autumn and cozy sweaters.

If I’m being honest I want to write and photograph, but I end up staring at a white screen with a single blinking line and photos I’m not proud of.

If I’m being honest I have no self discipline and need to find some.

If I’m being honest I’m sad and I’m scared of sadness, but I do know that without sadness I can’t feel joy.

If I’m being completely honest, I have hope that I won’t be sad much longer.

I got this idea from Natalie Leanne, you can read her post here. We all need to be open and honest, thank you Natalie for sharing your honesty and inspiring me to share mine! I challenge everyone reading this to be honest. You don’t have to post it, you can write it in a journal and hide it under your pillow. But if you do post, send it to me, I’d love to read it.

Hope in the Coming Year

I’ve written this post four times in the last 24 hours. I want it to be perfect because I want to start the new year with confidence. I’ve always been very fond of the saying “New year, new me.” It feels like a clean slate. A new beginning to new adventures, and I am so ready for new adventures.

So here we are, tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and at the stroke of midnight, we will be in 2019. So I want to take the time to glance back over 2018. I want to look at where I want to be next year, as well as talk about my vision for She’s Pocket Size.

But first, I would like to apologize to my readers and forgive myself. I don’t use this platform often, although I want to. She’s Pocket Size has been many things. One thing has been constant, through the name changes and different layouts, my inconsistency. I want to change that. I’m sorry dear reader.

Where I’ve Been

2018 has been a whirlwind. Marvel tore out my heart. I quit the job I had since I was 14. I lost my Pawpaw, my Nana’s cat, and my Mawmaw’s dog. I was a bridesmaid in my Aunt’s beach wedding. A neighbor attempted to assault me. I started therapy again. I went on an adventure through the Smokies. Through that journey, I began to believe that I would get through everything that happened.

I climbed a mountain, more like the side of a mountain and only half way up, but I did it. And through that difficult and scary experience, I was able to look out at the scenery around me. I was able to take a breath and feel the adrenaline rush through my veins.

I turned 17. One more year an I will legally be an adult. I won the Outstanding Media Delegate award at my KYA conference. That was unexpected but welcomed. I was given my Pawpaw’s camera for Christmas. Christmas was an emotional rollercoaster. And now we look towards the future.

Where I Want To Go

I want to find my place, or at least be on the road to finding my place. I see myself doing your normal SAT + ACT prep, looking at and applying to colleges. The road of 2019 is long and I can’t see a whole lot, but I know that I can get through it. I managed to get through 2018, 2019 is going to be a walk through the park. Or so I hope.

New Year’s Resolutions

One. Take part in the 365 Project. Over the course of 2019, I want to pick up my camera, shoot a couple of photos, choose one, edit it, and post it, every day. I will be using She’s Pocket Size on Instagram so you can follow along with the link to your right. 

Two. Spend more time in the now. The bills may be pilling high, but there’s gold in them hills. I spend to much time regretting the past or fantasizing about the future when I should be right here. I need to take a breath and be.

Three. Learn to feel comfortable at the gym. This one is quite simple. By the end of the year, I want to feel comfortable when I go work out. This is one of the biggest reasons I don’t work out. My skin crawls when I walk into the gym and I want to change that.

Four. Write blog posts. I may have started this blog for school, but I want to make something of it. I want to inspire people and I can’t do that if my blog is collecting dust in the back of WordPress.

Where Will She’s Pocket Size Go

Well, I’m glad you asked because I have some awesome plans. My vision for SPS is to become a place for a whole bunch of things. But for now, it will house my writing pieces, my project 365, and my journey through becoming a young woman. With some other stuff sprinkled in. These sprinkles include health, perhaps food, “small talk”, and possibly adventures? But those could change, will change, and grow over the course of the coming year.

I haven’t been constant in posting on She’s Pocket Size, but I have a strange feeling that 2019 will be different. I do hope you follow along. Have a happy new year, till next time!

Hello Autumn,

I have a secret. Do you promise not to tell?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Winter. I love Spring and Summer too. But Fall, I love you most of all.

Today is the day you come home and I will greet you with a sweater and boots. As I breathe in your crisp air, I’ll curl my toes in my cozy socks and smile.

My love, oh how I love you so. You remind me how beautiful change can be. So bring a breeze and change the leave. Bring me pumpkins and spice. Bring me you.

Love,

Bella