So, here’s the sitch (if you never watched “Kim Possible” growing up, get out): I’m a broke college student trying to — unsuccessfully — land a summer job.
Allow me to fill you in on a little revelation I had: when you’re unemployed, there’s no competition with the clock. You are not rushing to meet any deadlines; rather, you begin asking yourself questions like: Do I really have a reason to get out of bed this morning? Cereal or toast? Should I get dressed today or should I just lounge about like “The Dude” in my old sweatpants? Where is my box of Kleenex?
If I could be any animal on the earth, I would be a sloth. I am wont to be lazy, unmotivated and slow. So, what have I been up to since school got out? Funny you should ask: nothing, at least at first. But I’ve found that I need to keep myself busy with projects or I completely lose my mind. Here are some things that I, the lazy sloth, have resorted to whilst waiting for responses to my lovely job applications:
1. Gardening. Go to Lowe’s or Wal-Mart, pick out some pretty flowers and start digging holes all over your yard like a prairie dog. If you want to get crazy, have a central theme for your garden:
- A tropical paradise (hibiscus, gardenias, palmettos and orchids)
- Be fancy-pantsy (roses, carnations, or even a pretentious herb garden)
- Nice to meet you, I’m a happy hippy (daisies, sunflowers and posies)
- A vegetable garden (pretty self-explanatory)
- Mr. Miyagi and his Zen garden (think bonsais and lots of rocks)
2. Playing an instrument. I have a goal for this summer: acquire a mandolin and learn to play it. However, I will first need to make money before I can buy said mandolin, but it is a hope nonetheless. If you have an old guitar or piano lying around your house, take advantage of this free instrument, buy some easy, level 1 instruction books and teach yourself some simple songs. Or you could take lessons, if you don’t think you’ll be able to motivate yourself.
3. Getting fit. Oh, what is that you hear? That’s the pitter-patter of me trying to run the length of my street. And if I, the hater of running, can go jogging three times a week, you can, too. Or you could try out Zumba, biking, swimming, walking, playing soccer or working out at your local gym. Whatever you do, don’t sit on your butt all day looking at the computer (like me). You’re slowing your metabolism right now by staying stationary!
4. Reading all of those books on your list. My next blog entry will be a list of my personal book recommendations, so stay tuned for that. Or if you’re an Oprah fan, check out her book club. But seriously, just read. It’s good for you and stuff.
5. Getting crafty. As an avid Pinterest-user, I have done many-a-craft that I’ve found under the DIY tab; however, if you don’t use Pinterest, either make an account (you won’t be sorry) or just google “crafts.” Paint, knit, scrapbook, sew, cook, weave, sketch, fold or glue. Do something that you’ll enjoy using, looking at or giving to someone as a gift. Find some inspiration from my Pinterest page.
6. Dabbling in interior decorating. I’ve made it one of my missions in life to make my bedroom look as cheery as possible, since I'm lounging about in there all the time. I want people to smile when they walk in and I want to be joyful when I'm in it. I’ve added lots of colour, pictures with sentimental value, ribbons, candles and even two adorable cacti in my window. It’s more of a girly activity, but hey — it keeps me occupied.
7. Starting a blog. Exhibit A: I am setting a good — nay, excellent — example by embarking on a journey in this great expanse called the blogosphere. I don’t know what awaits me out there, but I can always shout back at shore to let you know how I’m faring. “The water is beautiful!” I expect I’ll say. “Come out here and join me!” I suppose in this metaphor my blog is a boat. So, read my blog and my dinghy won’t sink.
Whatever you do, find something that interests you and go crazy over it. Become a tea aficionado. Write poetry. Start rollerblading. Form a ska band. Start watching “Downton Abbey” (please do). Get a beta fish — something that will keep you distracted from the fact that you are, in fact, flat broke (sorry to remind you). But we’re all lying flat on our faces, so long as we’re down here, we might as well catch a whiff of the freshly-cut grass.