Spring Break [Without Breaking the Bank]

It’s getting to be that time of year for all of us college students: spring break is almost here!  For a some, that means beach days and fabulous excursions.  However, unfortunately, not all of us get that this year.  That does not mean, however, that we can’t have a fabulous spring break.  Even if you’re just heading back home for the week, there are plenty of adventures you can have that don’t require plane tickets or beach houses.  Here are a few ideas to try…

Spring photo shoot.

Whether you’ve brought friends home with you or you’re catching up with your high school friends, get out and take some photos!  It is a great way to spend time together, explore some new areas of your home town, and have some great pictures to take back to school with you.  Plus, let’s face it.  It’s just gorgeous outside in the spring, and that is something to be taken advantage of!

Be a tourist.

It is an ironic truth that we often do fewer of the touristy activities in the city we actually live in than in the ones we visit for only a few days at a time.  Go to that art museum!  See the sites!  Hit up that “have-to-try” restaurant.  If people will travel hundreds of miles to do it, you’ll probably enjoy it too.

Take full advantage of R&R time. 

Just because you’re not spending your week at a seaside spa does not mean you can’t relax and rejuvenate.  Do a home spa with some friends!  Watch chick flicks, make facial masks, and do your nails–maybe go out and get your hair done.  Basically, do all the girly things that you normally just don’t have time for.

Check something off your bucket list.

Not all of the things we say we want to do “some day” require extravagant travel.  Sometimes, there are activities we can find very close by that we’ve always meant to do and just never gotten around to. Well, there’s no time like the present!!

[re]Organize your life.

So, we’ve made it half way through the insanity of spring semester.  One of the things that I love about spring break is how it serves as a reprieve, allowing me to slow down, think, and put my time and priorities back in order.  Make good use of your down time, and the rest of your semester will go a lot more smoothly.

Got more ideas on how to have a great, cost-conscientious spring break?  Feel free to share them in the comments!




Snow Days and Slowing Down

“Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective.”  Doc Zantamata

So, today is my fifth snow day in the last month.  Apparently, Tennessee has decided that nice, warm temperatures just aren’t its thing anymore.  Despite the cold, though, these snow days have provided an unexpected and beautiful reprieve from the normal hustle and bustle–something I was totally unaware how desperately I needed.

Yesterday, for instance, the only reason I ventured out was to fulfill an ice cream and coffee craving–

you know, the true necessities of life.  Otherwise, my roommates and I literally spent all day in our living room, watching movies, drinking coffee, doing homework, and enjoying the fact that there was literally no where that any of us had to me.

Everything today is fast-paced and hectic. Sometimes, it can be slightly terrifying to face a totally open schedule, because we are so used to running non-stop.  When we slow down, we have to face our own thoughts.  We have to live with our own company in a way we can avoid in the fast-paced hustle and bustle of normal life. 

Of course, life does not always give us snow days.  Some times, the crazy just keeps going, and that is why it is so important for each of us to learn to make slowing down and resting up a part of our regular lives.