Make it Happen Monday! #11

Monday, September 29, 2014

Things have really picked up here, and everything is starting to happen so fast! The last two weeks have been an absolute blur, and I can't believe that I've already been here in France for a month. In some ways, it seems like I'm fresh off the plane and in others it feels like I've been here for ages. No matter what, I'm so glad that I'm here and I've been able to learn so much.

The next few weeks are going to be super busy, so I definitely have to make some goals to keep myself centered. Since my last Weekly Wishes/Make it Happen Monday post was 2 weeks ago (eek!) I won't recap those wishes, and I'll just say it was a great week. It was my birthday, and my friends here in Caen took me to dinner and we had a really fun night. :)

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This Week:

1. Make my Gastronomie & Patrimoine presentation.
For my gastronomy class, we have to make a presentation about a dish or food that is special to our country and how it relates to our "patrimoine" or history/heritage, and I don't know what to choose for mine. I really want to do mine about Thanksgiving because it's my favorite holiday with my family, but the actual story behind Thanksgiving isn't that great. I could also do the 4th of July, but I feel like the food is just not as fun. So decisions must be made!

2. Buy a watercolor set.
I have refused to consider myself artistic for the longest time, but I've been really inspired by my surroundings, and want to try to do something vaguely artistic. I have always loved watercolors, and saw a watercolor pencil set at the store the other day... and it just might have to happen.

3. Submit my second post for the Academic Programs International Blog.
Right before I left CO, I found out that I was going to be a student blogger for Academic Programs International, the company that I'm studying abroad with. My first post went live about a week ago, and I'm really excited to submit my second! Spoiler alert: it's about school, but not in the way that you think.

My favorite picture from this weekend, which I posted on my Instagram. Follow me!

October Goals:
I haven't really done this before, but I thought that I would try it this month. My schedule has been super fluid and ever-changing, so it's hard to plan my life in the detail that I am accustomed (and would sometimes prefer). Instead, I thought I would make a few goals to just guide the month ahead.

1. Have some cool adventures.
I have a few trips lined up for October, as well as an excursion with the University, but I want to do more impromptu stuff, even if it's just exploring Caen or Ouistreham a bit more.

2. Figure out all the different ways to pronounce the letter "e" in French.
It's hard. BUT I WILL GET IT.

3. Be nicer to myself.
Last week, I wrote about how it's good to be wrong. I have been feeling better and better about it, but it's still a struggle. This weekend, I was feeling really down and anxious, and I just kept beating myself up and telling myself mean and negative things. It wasn't necessarily that I did anything wrong, but that I just felt somehow... less than worthy. After a while, I realized how making myself feel worse wasn't going to do anything to get me out of my sad place, so I tried being nice to myself. It's a struggle, but something that I really want to get better at. 

What are your goals this week/month? Let me know in the comments or feel free to send me an email! I hope this week is wonderful!

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