A 30°F “Spring”

A 30°F “Spring”

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Last Friday, March 20, marked the first day of Spring 2015, however, that didn’t stop Chicago from snowing just three days later. With fewer than six weeks of classes remaining until Loyola officially starts summer, it is hard to stay focused when all you can do is stare at the pile of snow outside while wishing for warmer weather and daydreaming about a beach vacation. Sometimes, a late night run to the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM, near the Water Tower Campus, is all that’s needed for a boost of motivation, but, at other times, like when the calendar says “spring” but Mother Nature rebelliously delivers “temperatures below freezing,” even pink butter-cream frosting can’t beat the persistent winter blues.

To keep myself on track and to make sure that I finish out my first year of college strong and worthy of a pat on the back, I am making myself an inspiration board. An inspiration or vision board is a collection of words, quotes, and pictures that represent a goal or a visual representation of the things that motivate you. If you want to run a race or a marathon, the board can be a training schedule with encouraging phrases and photos. If you are like me, and strive for a healthy, less stressful lifestyle while maintaining a good academic standing, then your board can have short dorm-friendly workout circuit routines, some motivational quotes, and some phrases encouraging you to try new things and being courageous.

An inspiration board can be as simple as a bulletin board or a small canvas board. It can even be a single motivational quote, written on a post-it note and stuck on the wall. Having a physical reminder, big or small, will help keep you in a good mood and really does help keep you going, even when you don’t want to complete an assignment or just want to catch up on some sleep.

Here on the LUC campus, the spring weather may not have arrived, but the spring semester is almost over. Snow notwithstanding, we’re about to cross the finish line. Do what you must to keep yourself motivated, and don’t give up now!

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