5 Goals for the Upcoming Fall Semester

Well, I apologize for the complete lack of posts in the past 2-3 weeks or so. Sometimes life just gets in the way, days go by, it’s August, and I go back to school in 16 days. Call me a nerd, but I’m genuinely looking forward to going to back and getting back “in the swing of things”. This has been the best and fastest summer of my life, but a Monday through Friday routine sounds really, really refreshing. Now, I’m not looking forward to waking up at the crack of dawn again or to the homework, but I’m looking forward to class… Make sense? Probably not. Moving along…


 

mind map for setting personal life goals

As the summer is coming to a close and the school year is quickly approaching, I find it necessary that I establish a set of goals for myself this semester. Starting with…

1. Learn how to better budget my money

This summer I’ve been stuck in a rut of making money, spending money, making money, spending money. I’m getting by just fine, but I stopped seeing my bank account grow like I did during the school year; instead it’s mostly been at a stand still with tiny fluctuations here and there. The majority of money spent has simply gone to buying food while I’m out to eat with friends which is okay to do every once in a while, but I’m going to try to cut down spending my money on food this semester by packing lunches if need be and simply eating at home because lucky for me, I rarely pay for family groceries. Free food. It’s a no-brainer.

2. Take care of my body

With recent health complications, it’s crucial that I change my diet to include more whole foods. I want to steer clear of prepackaged, frozen, convenience foods and turn to the good stuff (fruit, veggies, whole grains, dairy, etc.). These type of foods will nourish my body instead of harming it. Along with making better food choices, I need to get back in a gym routine. Working out makes me feel better about myself and gives me an extra boost of energy. The “freshman 15” was all too real for me this past year, so by the end of the semester, I’d like to lose the extra pounds once and for all.

3. Get a better idea of what I really want as a career path

So after a few change ups last year, I’ve finally hammered down a concrete major – biology, but now I need to focus on what I really plan to do with it. I have quite a few ideas, but I’d like to turn an idea into a plan. By the end of this fall semester, I’d like to narrow down my choices to two different career path options so I can plan the rest of my undergraduate work to guide me in the right direction.

4. Get involved

So last year I had the intention of getting super involved in school, but adjusting to the new college atmosphere and staying atop of my school work while also working a part time job was enough for me to handle at that time. With that under my belt, I’d like to genuinely venture out a little bit more this year and make sure I’m getting the most out of my college years. Too many people at NKU simply go to class and go straight home. I don’t want to be one of those people, so I’m going to have to take some time to figure out what the best club or organization is for me.

5. Focus on myself and my faith

When I say I want to focus on myself, it may seem a little selfish, but there’s nothing wrong with doing a little soul searching. They, whoever they are, say that college is the best time to “find” yourself, and after my first year, I can say that they are absolutely right. I’ve learned more about myself in the past year than I had in the previous 5 years, and I have zero intention of stopping the self-discovery. Along with focusing on myself, I want to focus on my faith which I talked a lot about in my previous post which you can find here.

What are some of your goals for the upcoming school year? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

xo,

Megan LouAnn

 

 

Rediscovering my Faith

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Just a few weeks after I was born, I was baptized into the Catholic faith. I grew up going to church with my extended family every Sunday, and I attended Catholic school from kindergarten to my senior year in high school. From this I developed a core set of values, and I had a guide to which I tried to follow to live a holy life. Right around the time I started middle school, my immediate family went to church less and less until it seemed we hardly went at all. Honestly, I wasn’t bothered by this one bit because at the time I got absolutely nothing out of going to church. I have always believed in God and tried to please him, but church was not something I felt necessary to do to strengthen my relationship with God. All of this changed, however, when I was on my senior retreat.

There’s not a whole lot I can say about what we actually did on the retreat because I don’t want to give it away to any readers who might still be in a Catholic high school, but I can say that it helped me discover who God really was and what He really means to me. I not only discovered God, but I discovered new parts of myself and was able to gain insight on how other’s perceived me as a person. All in all, it genuinely was the best weekend of my life, and I’m so grateful for it.

After this retreat, I had a new passion for God, and I started going to church every weekend again because I realized church was a way for me to learn more about God, and if nothing else, it was one hour where I left my cell phone (aka connection to the real world) aside, and I was able to focus on my spiritual self. I fell in love with going to church in a way I had never known before.

I continued this way for the rest of my senior year, the following summer, and a few months into my freshman year of college, but slowly, I felt myself becoming less interested in church again. I’d walk out thinking to myself, “Well, that kind of seemed like a waste of my time.” Eventually, I really stopped going all together again.

I never once stopped believing in God or doubted His power and love, but I didn’t feel as close to Him as I once had. So, I went back to church longing to feel His closeness again. I really immersed myself into the scripture and the homily, but to my surprise, I still wasn’t getting anything out of it. The whole mass felt repetitive, rehearsed, and dry. The pews were more empty than I had ever seen them, and there just seemed to be a lack of enthusiasm all together. I really don’t think I can find the closeness I desire in that type of setting.

So now I’m left with the question – what now? I like church, or the idea of church, but I’m starting to think that as I grow older, I need to branch out and experience church outside of the Catholic faith. I’m not at all saying Catholicism is a bad thing. It’s given me so much and shaped me into the person I am today, but it’s also the only faith I’ve ever known, and I feel I’m at a point in my life where I simply want to know what else is out there. All I really want is to find that closeness to God again, and I’m adult enough to know that maybe it lies somewhere outside of the Catholic faith, and I think I’m brave enough to finally find out.

So here’s to a journey that might not be easy or comfortable at first, but a journey that is necessary and will hopefully bring great reward. Who knows, maybe I’ll find that I really am fit for the Catholic church, and I just needed to explore other options to figure that out. I ask for prayers while I rediscover my faith, and I know with the guidance of God, I’ll be just fine.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite prayers by Thomas Merton.

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

xo,

Megan LouAnn

When Words Aren’t Enough

Rarely am I at a loss for words, but sometimes my words aren’t enough, and when that happens, I turn to music. Music just has a special way of explaining how I feel or a situation I’m in, and right now, I’ve got quite a few songs to share that do just that.

1. You had Me at Hello – A Day to Remember

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye0XhDdbFs4

2. Vegas Skies – The Cab

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXtultcF088

3. Just Let Go – Mae

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YksTX6E_qpg

4. Bruised and Scarred – Mayday Parade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HPi6DTf40A

5. Stay – Mayday Parade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-950GMxVysY

6. Untangle Me – The Maine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EX7TZ6teuo

7. Falling – Secrets in Stereo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcxWA63YYCE

8. So Much Potential – This Wild Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQivlAVeP3o

I love all of these songs and bands, and I hope you’ll find one or two that you enjoy as well!

xo,

Megan LouAnn