Also known as one of the most amazing teas in the universe. Perfect way to spend a chilly spring evening after a crazy busy week. Phew, I certainly need some time to relax!
But that's not all I wanted to talk about, or type, about. Today was pretty awesome, and that's what I wanted to discuss. A couple months ago a day like the one I had today would have been boring, depressing and really long (I blame the lack of vitamin D that england gets in the winter months, it is seriously brutal). Now, however, I am in a place where I was able to ENJOY the day for, well, kind of being all of those things.
I have a lot of studying to do, but not so much that it's all I need to be doing. Focusing on revision for certain periods of the day has helped me to better structure my day and just be more productive. Sometimes when I don't have a billion things to do I don't do anything at all. Recently, I've been trying to focus on making everything deliberate, even my random internet surfing, in order to feel a better sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
So, the little accomplishments that made my day, despite the cold and the rain, absolutely lovely:
-Studying with friends in the library. Seriously, I cannot tell you how much getting out of my room helps me to study. Yes, the library in my hall is kind of depressing, but on a rainy day and with friends it feels like university. I'm okay with not having a great ambiance to get work done in a communal environment.
-Cooking lunch. Oh my gosh, it was only roasted vegetables, tofu and a wholewheat roll with marmite, but it was amazing. Totally fueled me for my afternoon and made me feel proud about cooking myself food I actually enjoy.
-Translating articles. I hate going over verbs tenses, they bore me and at a certain point aren't going to help me learn Italian. Working on translation allows me to measure how much I've done, helps me learn vocabulary and, since I get to pick the articles, can actually be entertaining. Winner.
-Doing Yoga. I was insanely sore from going to the gym yesterday and sitting outside in the freezing cold to watch A Midsummer Night's Dream. Seriously felt better after doing some deep stretching. Plus, yoga is a good way to set and achieve goals.
-Eating Valrhona chocolate. Enough said.
And now I still have some of the evening left, with my red velvet chocolate tea. Relaxation, here we come!