The Perfect Weekend.

The work week came to an end, the five-day Fourth of July weekend began, and the fun was waiting to happen. This past weekend was absolutely perfect; I went to my friend’s lake house for a few days and then to a Cubs game. It was times like this weekend that make me so thankful for the life that I live and will live in the future.

This was my most anticipated weekend of the year (besides when I visit my buddy Matt for a weekend in Chicago next month;-)…..). It began with a relaxing Friday by myself in which I wrote in my blog, played video games, and watched a few episodes of Girls (don’t even ask…). I wanted to spend a night by myself because I knew what fun but busy times were ahead.

The actual fun all began on Saturday. I woke up at the crack of dawn, got myself some cold-brew coffee with almond milk from Dunkin Donuts, and road tripped to my friend’s lake house in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. At the lake house, we drank craft beer, sat on the pier and gazed at the lake, boated, tanned, drank outstanding espresso, sat by the fire, and ate an abundant amount of food. Let’s just say, the four days we were at the lake was the same things over and over… but I sure am not complaining. I loved every second of it; this was, undoubtedly, the best time I have had all summer thus far. It truly made me appreciate the beauty of good company and nature. Ohh, and I was able to knock “spending a weekend on the lake” off of my summer bucket list!

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The lake life lasted until Wednesday morning (which still would have been the “weekend” for me), and then my friend Rachel and I packed our bags, made a stop at Dunkin Donuts for more cold-brew coffee, and road tripped down to Harvard, Illinois. From there, we met up with two of our best friends, Logan and Weatherly, and took the train* into Chicago to see the Cubs get a “W” and explore the city, more specifically Wrigleyville and Lincoln Park.

This was my first time seeing a game at Wrigley Field, and I had to have myself a $10 beer, copious amounts of popcorn, and all the seeds my jaw could handle… it is kind of a big thing for us baseball fans. Ohh! And yet another thing crossed off of my summer bucket list! I guess you could say that I am thriving. Anyway, in all, this day was perfect because I got to see a Cubs game and experience yet another part of Chicago with people whom I love dearly.

The weekend finally ended with a two-hour train ride from Chicago to Harvard, and then a two-hour car ride home. Even though it took us until 02:00 to get home and we were all deadbeat tired, we had some serious heart-to-hearts in the car, and the car ride was quite enjoyable in-and-of-itself. It was the perfect ending to a perfect weekend.

I will forever cherish this past weekend. It made me realize how blessed I truly am and what I want in this life, how I want to live my life, and how I plan on getting there.

*PSA: TELL THE TRAIN WORKER THAT YOU’RE A STUDENT, AND YOU WILL GET A STUDENT DISCOUNT ON YOUR TICKET. WHICH IS A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OFF THE ORIGINAL PRICE.

-Kyle Majerus

 

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Four Tips from Someone Who Does Too Much

I can’t say “No!” to anyone. If I get asked to join a club, help out at an event, or take on a role, I instantly say “Yes!” without a second thought. I like to be involved as much as I can and help out when I am needed. This created a HUGE issue for me the past few months while in college. I became stretched too thin, and this resulted in me losing sight of what mattered in my life, myself, and my happiness

Just to give an idea of how busy I have been this past year:

I am the CSA (student government) Executive Treasurer; I am the Benchwarmers’ President (last semester I was the president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer simultaneously); I am the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Tenth Muse literary magazine; I work three jobs – a circulation desk worker, a tour guide, and a microeconomics tutor; I am on my third phase of CU LEAD (a leadership program at Clarke University); and I am a part of Investment’s Club and Future Young Professionals.

On top of sixteen and seventeen credit hours, working out every day, managing five social media pages besides my own, and my social life (Haha, what is that?).

There is not a second in the day that I can relax. If I am not tackling my mile-high stack of homework, I am working on my CU LEAD project. If I am doing neither the former nor the latter, I am at meetings for one of my various obligations. It is never-ending. I do not have time for myself. This can – and will – result in a major crash-and-burn at some point because no one can handle being on the move seventeen hours a day, five days a week.

For this reason, I have come up with four tips for those who feel they are involved too much or just need a breather.

1. Say “No.”

Really? Say “No.”? That’s what you got? Yep, it is as simple and as hard as that. Saying “No.” gets the potential obligation off of your radar, and you can worry about what really matters instead. However, if you’re like me, saying “No.” can seem damn near impossible because you do not like to disappoint anyone. But, you really are not disappointing or upsetting anyone; rather, you are just letting that individual know that you have no desire to partake in what he or she is requesting.

2. Take a breath.

Running around like a chicken with your head cut off for seventeen hours a day can sure get exhausting. Before you know it you are about to collapse because you forgot to breathe in the past ten minutes. So, stop what you’re doing, close your eyes, and breathe.

Tip: If you have an Apple Watch, it has a “Breathe” app that really lets you hone in on your breathing. I have it set to notify me to breathe four times a day. Totally has been working out lately.

3. Take a few hours a day to enjoy yourself.

Go to your favorite coffee shop and order that double espresso shot you have been craving, or maybe that three-cream-two-sugar caramel frappuccino that tastes so sweet. Personally, give me a black coffee and a banana nut muffin. I will be so content.

Or, take the time to do what you want to do. That could be playing a video game, journaling, blogging, or cooking. It is crucial to have “you time” every day to remind yourself that you have your own hobbies outside of school and your obligations.

Me? I reward myself every day with an hour of YouTube and an hour of “The 100” on Netflix. Both help me escape my obligations and remind me why I need to be with myself for a few hours a day.

4. Have a beer with your closest friends.

No matter how busy you are in life, there is always time for a beer/beverage with those who are close to you. My roommate and I have recently picked up the hobby of buying a six pack of mix-and-match craft beer and seeing which ones we enjoy the most. The winner so far: Nitro Milk Stout. Delicious. Expensive, yes, but delicious. Just relaxing and tasting the flavors of a high-quality craft beer can really calm one’s nerves. Don’t like craft beer? Hey, your loss, haha. But, find a drink you do like, sit back, relax, and crack a few with your buds.

 

I hope that my four tips can help any overworked, burned-out guy or gal relax and take the stress away. Just know that you can always say “No,” breathing truly helps, “you time” is crucial, and there is always time for a beer with your best friends.

 

-Kyle Majerus