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Future Friday: Balancing Act

Lisa Eberly

It's that time of the month again, where we let our intern, Arin, take over Nourish with her insight and wisdom into being an almost-adult! 

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Balance. I can’t tell you how many times in the last four years someone has said ‘make sure you have a good balance’ and for a while I just nodded my head in agreement and continue on with my day. Balance is this weird concept where until you figure it out, it won’t make sense...so bear with me.

Until this year, I definitely had my priorities a bit imbalanced, and to be honest, I still work daily on making sure I give enough time to the various aspects of my life. I think what changed in the past year was various experiences that have made me grow up. Be it traveling alone or having jobs and internships that required me to stay accountable to even just having a group of friends that grew, each of these things has created a need for balance.

When it comes to my life now, and this is by no means the answer, I try to make sure that each week I spend time working on my personal growth, academic well being and career success. I’ll break each of these down in a minute, but let me preface it by saying that I’m single so my life may look a bit different than someone in a relationship.

What has worked for me in the past six months has been making sure that I reach out to someone every few days that I might not see regularly. These little conversations have made relationships easier to maintain with those who aren’t living down the street from me. At the same time, I’ve also made sure that I give myself an hour of ‘me time’ each day, be it at the gym or in bed reading a book.

From an academic and career standpoint, I’ve started to shift from focusing all my energy into the classwork I have to job searches and preparing for what happens after graduation. This balance was tricky to get the hang of initially, since I don’t want grades to slip, but working on my organization and using all the calendar tools and resources I have have made it easier.

The last piece of this balance puzzle has been figuring out how to save time where I can, and spend time where it needs to be spent. Tools like meal prepping, planning out a calendar with ‘empty blocks’ and making social events serve a dual purpose have helped. Lisa and I will break down meal prepping, scheduling your calendar and the tips to social events in the coming months, but my advice for now is to start making notes of where you might be falling short in life and take a step back to evaluate where you can commit a bit more or a bit less time. Even the smallest change can make the biggest impact.

-Arin

#FutureFriday: Goals & Dreams

Lisa Eberly

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New year, new editions of Future Friday! Future Friday is the insightful and intelligent ramblings of Arin, one of Nourish’s esteemed team members. To read the first Future Friday, click here.

PS - Arin didn't even know this, but she wrote this while I was working on a video collaboration to help all of you with setting and reaching your goals in a totally exciting and new way! Can't wait to share it with you all!!! 

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If you don’t remember Lisa’s post from November 11th, she talked about making goals instead of just having a set of dreams and wishes. As someone who has some lofty goals and dreams of what I want my life to look like, I enjoyed this post. It’s important for us ‘youngins’ to set small goals that all add up to the larger dream.

As I near the end of college, I’ve had to think long and hard about where to go next with my life: ie. what cities would I want to live in, what kind of lifestyle to I want to have, what sort of work environment fits me best, etc and because of that, I’ve come up with certain ‘dreams’ and certain ‘goals’. Ideally, I’d have a lofty income, a vacation home and be able to live in London, but in reality, it takes a lot of work and hustle to get there so I’ve started working on some short and long term goals to get me there.

I find that like life itself, the path and goals necessary to achieve any dream are not always one particular line and instead, ebb and flow with the changing nature of your everyday life.

As we begin a new year, set goals that will help you to achieve those dreams. Maybe it means saving a few extra dollars each paycheck to help with that move or reading more books about the industry you wish to be successful in. Maybe you want to achieve more personally and set goals to be more social. Whatever that goal is, set it now and revisit it every few weeks to see how you stand.

Share your goals and dreams with us below!

-Arin

#FutureFriday: Living in the Moment

Lisa Eberly

I am very excited to announce that today is the first installment of a new series for Nourish, entitled Future Friday. Our team has a fabulous member named Arin, who is currently a college student heading toward what we call ‘adulthood.’ As an ‘adult’ myself, I regularly question what being a ‘grown-up’ means and if anyone ever actually feels like they’re an ‘adult.’ I also really feel like someone should teach a class on adulting; and if any of your know of a class like this, where do I sign up? As the very forward-thinking Arin embarks on this journey to adulthood, she’s graciously going to share her thoughts, feelings, advice, and wisdom with us every other Friday...which I think is pretty rad. 

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I have always been the type of person to plan ahead, much further than necessary, and at times I forget to simply live in the moment. Maybe it’s just me, but in talking to others it seems as though I’m not the only one. My generation has been told to prepare for success, get ahead, etc, and I think this may be causing us to be so wrapped up in the next step that we forget to just enjoy the step we are on. 

As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” But maybe we don’t need to reach out for newer experiences until we have been satisfied fully with the ones in the present.  

I found studying abroad last year to be my wake up call to just enjoy the moment. I had the opportunity to travel for a month following the program before I had to be back at school and spending bits of time in a handful of new cities, I tried to make the most of each second I had. Sure, I knew that someday I’d head back, but I also knew that the experience would never be quite the same. 

One of my favorite song lyrics is by an artist named Ben Rector and it goes “life is not the mountain tops, it’s the walking in between.” Sure he is talking about a relationship in the song, but that lyric in particular has been posted around my room for a few years and serves as a daily reminder to appreciate what I’m doing that day. Granted I still plan for the future, but I try not to let it consume me. 

I challenge you to spend the next week really living in each moment, the good and the bad, and see what you may have been missing. Simple tip: Just keep your eyes up and pay attention to your surroundings as you drive or walk to work.

-Arin