Hi, friends! I just wanted to touch on the idea of slowing down. I think this topic is especially important around this time of year with the holiday season typically casuing a lot of stress. Although life can be chaotic and fast-paced, I think it’s important to remember to slow down and appreciate the little things in life.
I don’t often stop to appreciate my university, but the other day I was on my way to class and had a feeling of nostalgia while walking through campus. It was pretty quiet (mostly because I was running late and everyone was already inside and where they needed to be) so I was able to take extra time admiring my usual route to class. I guess at that moment I was reminded that my time in college is coming to an end and I’ll have to start adulting soon.
Knutti Hall is home to us English majors, and although it’s one of the oldest buildings on campus, its charm is what wins me over every time. In that brief moment between trying to get to class on time and not spilling my coffee (my key to making it through the day), I realized that I’m pretty thankful for my time at Shepherd University. Its small-town charm took time for me to appreciate and the 30-minute commute from my house every day may not have always been ideal but this university has become very special to me. I’m currently binge-watching Gilmore Girls for the umpteenth time, and I have started to equate Shepherdstown with Stars Hollow… It’s quaint and quirky, but thinking back on the past four years, it has provided a setting for memories I’ll never forget.
Since that moment, I’ve made it a point to live more consciously. Time is very precious, so I want to be more aware of how and who I’m spending it with.
One of my best friends works at a restaurant on the main street of Shepherdstown and I’ve decided to make it a habit to visit her while she’s at work (it’s kind of a double bonus for me, I get time with her and a glass of wine!). It wasn’t to busy the last time I visited her at Domestic, so we got some time to gossip about our lives (an exciting pass time) and see each other one last time before winter break. The restaurant felt so cozy with classic Christmas music playing in the background and decorations to get us in the mood for the holidays. We were just having ourselves a moment! Time seemed to slow down and I was able to sip my wine and enjoy time with one of my favorite bestie gals.
I think the biggest tip I have for slowing down is to limit the use of social media. I don’t have a huge love/hate relationship with social media, but I do realize that it takes people away from the real world and can cause unwanted stress. My goal for 2020 is to decrease the amount of time I spend on social media throughout the day. Instead of checking my phone when I’m bored, I want to maybe check my phone once in the morning and once in the evening. I think the rest of my day should be focused on building real world relationships and learning new things.
Another tip I have is putting the phone down and reading before bed. I started taking a few minutes before bed to read and it has helped my mind settle and has improved my sleeping patterns. I don’t think major changes are needed in order to get the most out of life, but a little change like putting your phone down is a start.
During this holiday season, I’m making it a point to slow down, enjoy the Christmas lights and spend time with those who matter most to me.