Contributor on ‘2020 – A Year’s Worth of Ruminations’

Amanda – Washington, D.C.



January 31, 2020


Question 3: What are some aspects of your routine now (daily/weekly) that you think should be changed (for health reasons, stress, etc.) and what are some things you do that you would recommend to someone else? What are a couple things you would want to add to your routine to enhance your lifestyle?

One aspect of my routine that I would like to change now is allowing myself more time to exercise. Last year, I was very consistent in my workout routine as activities like running and yoga bring so much joy to me. I’m the type of person that always needs to be moving, so without daily exercise, I feel lost! I typically work out in the mornings, but since I’m now studying in the mornings, I’m trying to find a balance between studying and exercising. Without maintaining the same exercise schedule, I can definitely feel myself feeling less focused. Exercise was that grounding force in my life (outside of friends and family) and I didn’t realize how reliant I was on it until this year when I traded my running in the mornings for studying.

As I move into a new month, I would like to find the right balance between running and studying. Maybe half of my mornings can be spent studying, and the other half running. Only thing is that on days when I run in the morning, that means I’ll need to study after work which is difficult given that things have been pretty busy at work so I’m not able to get out of the office until 6:30/7:00. I recognize that the studying is temporary, and in a few months (after I take the exam), I’ll have my mornings back.


February 29, 2020


Question 3: Two paths diverge in a yellow wood… which do you choose? One winds into a dark canopy headed towards a beautiful valley, and the other heads straight for the top of the mountain. Choose wisely 😉

That is an excellent question!

My gut reaction is telling me to take the path that makes its way up the mountain. I’d imagine the view from there is pretty great. The reason why I did not choose the valley is because I suspect there are a lot of mosquitoes and I’m very allergic to them. Whereas the mountain trail option is in the treetops where mosquitoes are less likely to spend their time. They would rather be on the bottom of the forest floor near the water sources. I would also rather pick the mountain because while it is a lot of hard work, it kind of mirrors life in that regard. As the great Miley Cyrus said, “Life’s a climb. But the views are great.”