Tag Archives: goals

Fall Goals: What I Wish to Accomplish

fall

It’s that time of year again! The fall season is fast-approaching and I couldn’t be more excited for some change. Aside from the crisp weather, layered fashion and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, I am looking forward to setting high standards for myself and attainable goals this fall season. What better time to better yourself then the beginning of the school year?

  1. Consistent Planning + Organization: Anyone who knows me is certain that I would absolutely lose my mind without my planner! I cannot function without writing a personal agenda, making lists, etc. Although I take the necessary steps to stay organized and on task with my responsibilities, I think I could improve with a daily re-cap at the end of the day to make sure I don’t fall short when it comes to school, work, events, etc.
  2. Meal Prep: As a junior without a meal plan and living in FIT’s upperclassman dorm, Kaufman Hall, cooking is a constant struggle — especially when you are a full-time student with classes until 9:00 pm. Cooking on the weekends and arranging a meal prep routine will allow me to spend less time in the kitchen and more time hitting the books and getting homework done efficiently.
  3. Morning Workouts: With classes day-in and day-out throughout the week, it can be sometimes difficult to find time for myself and my physical health. By starting the day as the sun comes up and getting a good night’s sleep the night before, I will be able to fit time into my busy schedule to exercise and get my body and mind right. Cardio is therapy!

There is never a bad time to make a change and set goals for yourself. I encourage every single one of you to set 3 major goals to accomplish this fall! I’d love to hear all of them in the comments below.

Melinda Batista

Saying Goodbye

SUMMER BREAK IS HERE! I am officially back in California, ready to enjoy the heat on my skin and sand in between my toes. Saying goodbye to school: long hours of studying, stressful assignments, and tedious projects; wasn’t so bad to do. However, saying goodbye to New York City, the heart of the Fashion Institute of Technology was excruciating. Going to school in New York City has made me a stronger person, but most importantly brought me to a realization of my past, present, and future.

17h1

This is a view from my dorm room window, one the best views, 17H1… infant optometrists say that when we are born our vision lacks detail and light. Coming to New York City this view with the spots of light was what I saw – I was an infant in a grown-up world dreaming endlessly without plan, and afraid to take action.

FullSizeRender (1)
Then there is light… we can see through the darkness, however it still remains. There were times in school, were I thought I wasn’t good enough to keep up with my dreams, but I began to fight (not literally) for what I knew I was destined for, an education in the best city in the world. No one can take your dreams away from you but yourself.

FullSizeRender (2)We come to a point were we have full vision. Darkness, light, and color. We can get through the rough times because we know what come after the storm. Living in New York City taught me that as an adult, yeah, their are going to be occasions when you question WHY ME!? , but you need to be able to get up and realize that you can do anything you set yourself to.

FullSizeRender (3)

As I say goodbye to that beautiful view, I know that whatever I see in the future I can find color and light in. As I say goodbye for the summer, I would like to thank all of you for reading the blog! This year has been so amazing, and I know it only will get more exciting from here.

Have an amazing break everyone!

xxxo — Mariano

Taking Advantage of Downtime

Goal_Setting

With the current semester coming to an end, it’s as if I can finally breathe again. School can be VERY challenging, but it is so worth it. I am very excited to officially graduate with my AAS degree in Advertising/Marketing Communications with a minor in Communication Studies! Now I can finally enjoy my downtime and set some summer goals for myself.

With roughly 3 months off from school, it is important to use your time wisely and plan ahead. Summer is the perfect opportunity to fulfill a personal goal or hobby you have been putting off due to lack of time or even motivation.

This summer, I plan on coming back to work at a local department store in my town; that way I am able to come back to school with some extra cash to splurge on personal pleasures (mostly food and makeup.) With that said, I also plan on establishing a work-out routine for myself to combat the extra pounds I’ve gained on comfort food to keep me sane during the school year. Lastly, a personal goal of mine is to get my passport so I can embark on adventure and start traveling on my own.

Think about what you want to accomplish this summer. Life is what you make it, so make this summer downtime count!

Melinda

Notes From the 6 Train: Summer Livin’

What are you summer plans?

What are you doing this summer to make your dream work? Is it a large scale project, like an internship or job or something smaller, that might be just as informative? Are you taking classes, at FIT or around your community? Or reading books that will inform your art, practice or plans? Or simply waking up ten minutes in order to write or do do yoga or meditate?

I am lucky enough to be working on my dream machine indeed. This summer I am going to be working part time at the writing center, continuing to blog (yay!) & as an artist assistance with the Laundromat Project, a non-profit organization that works with artist to create public art across New York City. In addition, I am preparing and managing the creative direction for my first aerial dance showcase.

I will also be working on my own music project and begin to teach myself Portuguese (if you have any suggestions for this endeavor or would like to meet up to help my practice, be my guest.)

I will be sure to keep you posted on all my summer activities!

Let us know what you’re up to this summer!

All Things Color, Love & Fashion

Notes From the 6 Train: Let’s Start From the Top

With only seven days into the 2014, there is still plenty of time of time to create some meaningful intentions to work one this year. Anytime is a perfect time set new goals, but there is something that feels particularity special about setting goals at the dawn of a new year. Maybe it’s the recent family time, or the break given to students to review the past year, or just the feeling that there is an entirely new beginning simply handed to us.

I’m not particularly fond of the word “resolutions,” it just feels inauthentic to me. I prefer the word “intentions.” Maybe because some people feel resolutions are made to broken, whereas intentions have a hint of understanding, even  if not every single goal is completed in the way initially expected. When I think of resolutions I think of small scale (losing weight), when I think intentions, I think life altering (re-evaluating lifestyle choices; diet, exercise, emotional & spiritual well being, etc. that lead to health problems.) My past new year intentions have been life altering for me.

Near the end of 2011 and after a separation from my partner, I realized that I had not been treating myself the way I deserved. I had become so accustomed to someone else treating my kindly, I had forgotten how to treat myself kindly. So I decided to make my 2012 intentions “The Year of Self-Love.” I vowed to do something nice for myself everyday.Though there have been several studies with differing conclusive results on the amount of time needed to create a new habit, all studies I’ve read note that to create a new habit takes less than three months, ranging from twenty four days to sixty six. Personally, that’s a pretty reassuring fact for me. I’ve lived for nearly twenty one-years & I have the ability to rewire some of my behavior in just over two months? Ever since my Year of Self-Love, I constantly do treat myself, and everyone I surround myself with noticeably better than before my 2012 intentions.

Last year’s intention fueled my “Year of Abundance.” I was able to completely fund (with literally almost no help from my parents, I think they just felt obligated to help in some way lol), a trip overseas for four months to study abroad.

Think, feel and dream big this year. Speak, write, paint your goals into existence.The universe is on your side.

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.