Make it Happen Monday! #6

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy Monday blogger-friends and readers!

Just a quick update on last week's big wish! I decided I was going to quit sugar for a few weeks before I go to France. Week #1 was a success! I had only one major slip-up, and it was due to a catered lunch at my job where they only had sandwiches, so I had a sandwich - but I didn't even finish it. Other than that, no sugar, no soda, no cookies, no cake, no bread. I feel pretty good! For the most part, I just kept my goal in mind and was able to talk myself out of cravings. It has also been fun to be trying new foods and making things in different ways. The next two weeks are going to be a bit easier (I hope!) and then France will be so much fun!

The official countdown number is at 17 days (eek!) so pretty much all of my effort and energy is going to preparing for that!

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I decided to go back to my favorite way of organizing: make a list of everything I need to accomplish this week! 

1. Finish my paper/write-up for one of my internships. 
At one of the museums I worked at, part of my internship was creating a program for summer camp groups that visit our museum. I have to write up my experiences and advice for the next batch of interns next summer. I've already made an outline for it, now I just need to go back and fill it in. It's my last major task for my internships! I'm kind of sad that it's coming to an end, but that just means that school is coming up next, and I'm so ready for that!

2. Finish my packing list for study abroad!
I have read countless blog-posts, advice columns, and Pinterest boards about what to pack for studying abroad in Europe. I have made my own list, complete with the things my program recommended we bring, so that's all set. The next thing I have to do is organize my list with making a list (I'm fond of lists) of which things I am going to put in what bag. I can only bring two suitcases (one checked and one carry on) and one backpack, and I just want to make sure that I have a detailed plan for what goes in which bag to avoid any last-minute stress!

3. See my allergist... again.
I saw my allergist this week just to prepare for abroad, and I definitely should have seen him earlier. According to him, cutting out sugar would not have helped my allergies at all because I was a "hot mess" (his words, not mine, although they are very true). So he gave me a new allergy medication to try and a nose spray that he affectionately called "Napalm" (which is a very apt name for it - it burns like no other) and my allergies have gotten so much better just in the past few days! I have to see him again just to make sure everything is all good and to make sure I'm no longer a "hot mess."

4. Write my posts for the Back to School Blogging Challenge I'm participating in!
Starting on August 20, I'll be participating in the Back to School Blogging Challenge, and I could not be more excited! I love school, so writing about school is going to be so much fun. All of the prompts/themes are really inspiring and fun, so definitely stay tuned! I just want to write the first few posts to have them ready to go live, especially since I like to write my posts at least a week in advance out.

5. French language exercises and final review!
My program sent us this online pre-departure diagnostic test and exercises to practice our French before departure. I took the test, and there are some things that I definitely need to focus on and do some extra-extra review on (who knew that future tense was so hard?). If anyone has any advice regarding books in French I could read, or movies to watch, that would be wonderful! I've been listening to the news in French to try and help my listening ability, but any other suggestions would be most welcome! 

What do you need to accomplish this week? How are you going to make it happen? 


  1. Sounds like you have some great goals for this week... great luck! And, props to you on giving up sugar. I really don't think I could do it! Can't wait to hear about your experiences studying abroad!

    Happy Monday!
    Kat :)

    1. It's been challenging for sure (I actually slipped last night too, and got a scoop of ice cream) but definitely worth it!

  2. I'm excited for the challenge! I've started my posts, and I'm having a lot of fun writing them. :)