Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wind

The desert wind is warm and friendly, like a hug. 

It is also a warning: cover your eyes! "Times!" 4th graders on the playground holler as they pause their game of tag to turn their back to the wind and cover their eyes. Teachers hold their skirts down and feel the pricks of the grains of sands on the back of their legs. The gust stops within a few seconds with nothing the worse for wear. 

Sometimes weaker gusts come to pick up the dust in an empty lot and give it a spin in one of nature's most amazing phenomena, the dust devil.

Inside, if windows have screens, the wind is loud and annoying. It shrieks in the screens for hours at night, only letting up if the window is cracked open.

Sometimes, the wind brings rain. It throws the rain down in waves that bounce down the road, not deterring kids running through the neighborhood. It sticks the combination of rain and dust in the screens, leaving a peculiar smell that can only be described as monsoon aftermath. The desert wind and rain are rarely chilly, inviting you to go out and take a walk and revel in their friendship.

Here and now, the wind is cold and bitter. It makes bare ankles sticking out from leggings start to freeze. It drives people inside to their warm houses and cars. It makes noses and cheeks red.

But the wind is still special to me.

It's like a meaner cousin of the big, friendly, warm desert wind. There's not usually much wind here, at least not on the grand "haboob" scale. Days like today are cool because I can hear the wind running through the neighborhood, just like in the desert. It's nice to feel it try to push me over, no matter how cold it is.

The wind is still a gift.

And how blessed I am that I have the big, comforting wind to remember when the chilly, bitter wind freezes my ankles on days like today.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

How Nice of 2017 to Show Up

I actually saw ZERO fireworks on New Years this year so that's a first
Well, 2017 is here. First of all, let me say I'm extremely glad it's an odd-numbered year because I love odd numbers, and I will be turning an odd number this year.

Anywho, I just need to talk through what I want to accomplish in 2017, and why not do it here?

I've realized that I don't have BIG goals for 2017. Because I'm a freshman in college, everyday is trying to reach the big goals I have for my life through studying, networking, and practicing. I understand I'm in a preparation stage for the next few years, and I'm pretty okay with that (most days).

I do need to work on making my tiny goals measurable however. For example, I want to be better at piano, but that's not really a specific, measurable goal. However, making sure I have a piano schedule throughout the week and becoming better at one thing today than I was yesterday is a measurable goal.

So here's what I want to do better or more of this year and how I'm going to attempt to accomplish these goals.
Goals also I love this movie

Need: More rest. My sleep schedule is messed up anyway because it's Christmas break so I'm sleeping in and staying up late, but that needs to get under control realll fast.

Goal: I'm going to try to get a bedtime routine down. Turn off the phone by 10, read/journal until 10:30, get a bedtime playlist/podcast on a timer, and hopefully fall asleep by 11, giving me 8 hours of sleep every night except Tuesday nights cuz I have to get up at like 5:30 Wednesdays. I struggle falling asleep cuz I just lay there and my mind races and I want to DO something.


Need: More piano skillss. Have you ever been at that point where people are telling you they're impressed with your talent or art but you know it could be so much better and you just feel mediocre? That's me right now. I could be sooooo much better at soooo many things. I had an epic almost 3 hour piano schedule the first half of 2016, but I'm not sure I can get back to that much time. At least until the summer. However, I do need to get so much better to be prepared for what God's got for me!!!

Goal: To start, I'm going to make a piano practice schedule for every week because my days are kind non-consistent so if I have a weekly schedule I'll just make sure it gets done, even if I have to play all day Saturday. Also, as mentioned above, I just want to get better at something from day to day or week to week. Also, I want to do 2 new arrangements a month.

Or money. The college student's motto
Need: Better time management. Okay, I get a lot done in a day, but I know I could get more done.

Goal: Make a weekly list of goals because like I said up there somewhere, every day is different. If I learned anything in 2016 it's that God loves to come shake up the schedule (in a good way!), and I want to be prepared for that while still getting stuff done.

Love. This. Gif
Need: Read more.

Goal: I've already started doing this actually. I check 5 books out from the library at a time. I have some sort of ratio of like 1 non-fiction, 2 series books, 1 younger kids book, and 1 fiction book, but that's pretty loose. Going to the library and checking out 5 books from my Goodreads list for the month is a totally doable goal.

If you wanna laugh, watch the 1966 Batman movie
Need: Run more.

Goal: Once I get the whole time-management thing worked out, I'll start by running 1 mile 2 days a week (the days I wash my hair lol), and increasing my mileage as I strengthen my stamina. Let's just say I want to easily run a 10k (little over 6 miles) by next year. (I could probably run it now because I'm stubborn and my body will literally run itself to death if I make it, but it wouldn't be easy.)

In conclusion, I know that New Year's goals are a big cliche and that New Years is just an arbitrary date that people use to change themselves, but I think it's good to take a periodic stock of how you're doing developing your talents and relationships. Why not do this on New Years?

Anywho, that's what I want to do this year. I may morph my end of the month posts to how I'm doing on this stuff.  January looks to be a busy month getting ready for a Fine Arts competition and hopefully attending some singing conventions (blog post coming soon). Here's to 2017 and all the awesomeness it's gonna bring!