After reading Ashley’s goals for this upcoming semester, I felt inspired to write my own. She’s so right about the beginning of the semester. This summer I realized how much I NEED nature in my life to feel like a sane person, and keep me grounded. I also acquired a few new jobs *yay* and have to weave all of my life together somehow.
– Use the gym + free movement classes provided for FIT more often (I mean, we are all paying for it, may as well use it to our full advantage.)
– Immerse myself in all the incredible nature New York *state, not city* has to offer.
– Volunteer at least twice monthly at a community garden ( FIT’s rooftop dye garden possibly?)
– Write and give an amazing presentation at the upcoming Writer’s Tutor’s Conference.
– Find a healthy balance between my classes & my numerous jobs
With the start of the new semester, I get to have a whole new set of resolutions for the semester. The beginning of the school year can bring on a lot of anxiety but it can also provide a way to start anew. There are a lot of things that I want to accomplish before 2015 ends and now is the perfect time to start.
Relax. Easier said than done, but I need to make sure that even with my heavy workload, I take time for myself to do what I want.
Get certified. I want to get my group fitness instructor certification so that I can teach classes and improve lives.
Explore. We are in NEW YORK CITY and I haven’t fully taken advantage of all the sites and places that I should and now will explore.
Sleep. This goes without saying…
Speak up. I want my voice to be heard this semester. I’m not going to sit back in the classroom anymore. If we are discussing a topic in class and I have an opinion about it, I’m going to speak up and make that connection in class.
Leave. This contradicts my ‘explore’ bullet, but I think it’s also important to leave NYC every once in a while. The hustle and bustle can sometimes really get to you and it’s important to clear your head and step away from all of the stress.
Orientation officially kicks off tomorrow morning and I couldn’t be more excited! As a Student Ambassador, I lead a small group of new students and help them adjust to their new home here at FIT! Whether it’s a question about classes or about dorming, I’m here to help and take the students to info sessions throughout the week.
It was only 2 years ago that I was a new student entering orientation. I had no idea that it would be one the best weeks of the year and that I would later join the Student Ambassador family. I had no idea that one of the people that I met during orientation week would become my best friend and 2 years later, I’d be a bridesmaid in her wedding. I had no idea how valuable the information that I learned throughout the week was.
After orientation I recognized faces in my classes and on 27th St. I instantly had thousands of conversation topics that I could discuss about our experiences during orientation. The adjustment to FIT, college, and New York wasn’t easy, but orientation began it all. After orientation, I felt like I could begin to call New York my home.
Courageous *the fist* Creativity *the other hand being creative* lol
This past Sunday I went to this Dance Therapy Healing workshop. I spent all day dancing, moving, talking and crying with an amazing group of women.
The workshop, Courageous Creativity, is all about unblocking your creativity. Tatiana Zamir, a trained dance and massage therapist, encouraged this through simple breathing and body awareness exercises. We also thought back to time whens our creativity was not valued or recognized. And then we danced that feeling of unworthiness out, and then danced in a way that reclaimed our sense of ideas and voices mattering. It was therapeutic and healing, especially since moving and being in your body is an art form that many of us don’t tap into. Our bodies retain all the stress we put it through, both physically and emotionally, so it only makes sense for us to turn back into our bodies for answers and guidance.
A little solitary movement after the workshop.
Dance is something I love. I use it as a healing mechanism all the time, but to do it with a group of other women is quite special. During this workshop, I realized some truths that I have to deal with in order to move forward with all of my creative endeavors. I am excited to put them into action! Right before the beginning of school was the perfect time for these realizations.
In between my dance performance, my internship with the Laundromat Project, and all the summer excitement, I was able to sneak away for a bit to journey to the Caribbean. A close friend of mines spent this past semester studying at University of Puerto Rico. Towards the end of the semester she got a internship and spent a few more months on the island.
If you haven’t ever been, let me just tell you, Puerto Rico is beautiful. The nature is majestic, the people are unbelievably kind and open, and the culture is vibrant. While I was there I went night kayaking to the Bioluminescent Bay, met a local who showed me this secret beach cave, danced salsa until 3 am, played Dominos until 1, ate lots of fresh picked fruit and monfongo *popular food in the Caribbean*, and felt to calm and rejuvenated upon my return home.
Apart of this calmness was being by the water, though another part was because I had gotten used to operating on island time. In Puerto Rico the transpiration is slow, and I mean really slow. There’s no real set schedule for buses, and some would only come once hourly, if you were lucky.
The slow pace took time getting used to, but once I released my need for everything to happen immediately, I began enjoying the pace. I was present and aware in a way that’s hard for me to find while in the city. Since my trip I’ve been reflecting on how to bring this same awareness to my daily life.
Joanna & I
What about you? What have you experience this summer that you want to bring into your fall?