Last week on Wednesday, August 17th, I began a new chapter of my life. That’s right, this crazy alt schooler decided to start college, at Western State Colorado University. Five days into this adventure, I am ready to jump back into school. During orientation, Dr. Melanie orientation gave a speech called “Tattoos and Birds in Tents: Making your place at Western.” In this address, Dr. Hulbert asked two poignant questions: “What is on your heart that has to get out?” and “What is success to you?” She encouraged each freshman in the auditorium to try and discover what those questions meant to us. As I listened, I found myself thinking of five basic goals for my first month which addressed both success, be it in school or personal health, and my passions.
- Maintain at least a 3.5 GPA (Success)
- Become belay certified and climb twice a week (Passion)
- Get 8 hours of sleep at least 5 days a week (Success/Health)
- Check in with my mental health at least once a week (Success)
- Have one meaningful/poignant conversation at least once a week (Passion/Health)
Each of these goals still feels a bit vague, so I took it upon myself to break each one down into several steps.
- Maintain at least a 3.5 GPA
- Show up to every class
- Do all homework assigned in a timely fashion
- Ask for help if needed, using all resources at my disposal
- Communicate with my Professors, either for help or just to build a healthy helpful relationships.
- Become belay certified and climb twice a week
- Buy climbing gear
- Find a climbing partner
- Get belay certified
- Make plans to climb w/ partner at the beginning of each week
- Get 8 hours of sleep at least 5 days a week
- Sunday through Thursday go to bed by 11:00 pm each night in order to be up by 7:00 for breakfast and class
- Friday and Saturday are open nights.
- Check in with my mental health at least once a week
- Use Feelings and Needs cards each Wednesday
- Journal at least 3 times a week
- Check in with my support system each week
- Meditate/play violin/make jewelry once a week
- Have one vulnerable conversation at least once a week
- Place myself in vulnerable vulnerable but safe situations
- Start a conversation with someone new each day
- Share a vulnerable fact with someone at least once a week, if not everyday.
I then added what feels like the final piece:
6. Write one post each week documenting how I feel that I am achieving my goals, throughout the week. (Update: Write a post every week to every two weeks. Sept. 8th 2016)
I will end the month on September 30th with a final post, that summarizes how I think the month went. For those of you who want, feel free to check in with me about anything you see on this list.