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Rules for May: A month of challenging yourself and enjoying the little things!


1. Set intentions 

Setting intentions helps us recognize our accomplishments and purpose. When we start to get lost in our chaotic lives, intentions serve as little reminders to ourselves for why we do what we do. They can also rekindle the passion that we have for those things. For example, if you’re going for a walk, set the intention to be a tourist in your own city, being observant of all of the beauty around you and falling back in love with your life! 

2. Move 30 minutes a day

Get up and move for thirty minutes a day — and I don’t necessarily mean to go to the gym to work up an intense sweat. Cleaning a room in your house/dorm or going for a walk through campus will suffice.

3. Treat yourself

We often discredit ourselves for all the wonderful things we accomplish and forget to celebrate the wins. Finished a paper for your philosophy class? Treat yourself to a coffee! Whatever it is that you’re achieving deserves to be recognized. 

4. Purge

We’re all beginning to think about the move-out process of our dorms/off-campus housing. I know you have some things in your living space that you don’t use. And if that’s the case — get rid of it. For some of us, it can be hard to part with our things, but if it isn’t serving a purpose, consider donating it. 

5. Read

I know we’re not all bookworms, so if that 985-page novel isn’t for you, that’s OK. Pick up a magazine, a newspaper or anything that interests you. Summer is approaching, so why not utilize your free time to read? This is your chance to learn something new. 

6. Appreciate the memories 

The final weeks of the school year can be bittersweet for many of us, especially seniors. Take this time to do your favorite things that you love about St. Joe’s and living in the city. Take a walk around campus with your friends, go to your favorite restaurants, and don’t forget to have fun. This school year may be coming to an end, however, a new chapter in your life is about to begin — and that is worth celebrating. 

7. Bonus rule**

Don’t forget to honor yourself, your body and everything that you are capable of. You’ve come this far because of your efforts and motivation. Be kind to yourself and celebrate all of the good. Have confidence and trust your journey. You can and will do outstanding things, too. 

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