Now is the time we breathe a deep sigh of relief: it’s winter break. For us college students, nothing feels better than going home for the holidays and taking a break from the busy semester. With the extra spare time and a change of scenery, winter break is full of opportunities. I plan to take advantage of my winter break by blogging, spending time with family, relaxing and reflecting. But there are other ways to make the most of this wonderful time of year, too!
First off, it’s okay to Netflix binge. It’s okay to spend a couple days in your pajamas and do nothing. Don’t feel bad about doing nothing. Rest is productive and good for the soul. And after a crazy fall semester, girl, you deserve it.
2. Spend intentional time with family.
Winter break is one of the longest times of the year I can spend time with my family and enjoy being home. Let’s be intentional about this time with our loved ones, then! Let’s turn off our phones, and be completely present for family for some time. Laugh, have fun and reflect on wild traditions.
3. Reflect on your year and develop goals for the year to come.
If you’re like me, sometimes it’s hard to stop and reflect during the busy semester. It seems like months fly and I don’t realize it. It takes some serious contemplation to evaluate our current state and the current phase of life we’re in. Let’s take some time to do that this winter break. Let’s see where we are, so we can know what direction we are going in. I also hope to pick a focus and a word for 2015, something I’ve never really done before. I can’t wait to develop this vision and my goals to drive 2015.
4. Learn a new skill.
Whether it’s something you’ve seen on Pinterest or taking a Skillshare class, learning something new over winter break is a great way to nurture creativity and check something off of your bucket list. I hope to watch some Lynda tutorials or take a Skillshare class, to brush up on some web coding and blogging skills!
5. Update your resume.
I never have time to update my resume during the school year, unless I have a deadline to apply for a job or internship. Getting ahead by updating your resume or your online professional portfolio is a great way to get ahead for the new year. Also, don’t forget about updating LinkedIn as well! That’s something I hope to do soon, too. Some of my favorite resume tips are from Whitney Blake, as she shares an awesome design for resumes and what you should include!
6. Earn some money.
It never hurts to have some extra cash around the holidays and going into another year of school. Many of my friends go home to work jobs or babysit on the side. Maybe you can try freelancing or doing some different jobs in your community. But remember not to overwork yourself; this is a break for a reason!
7. Visit a new city.
I had to put in a wanderlust suggestion in here, of course! Pick a couple days or so to travel somewhere new during winter break. I am planning a long weekend in DC, which is only about 45 minutes away from me, but always good to explore! I also am working on visiting some new cities in North Carolina for January.
8. Spend time with old friends.
December and January are perfect times to reconnect with friends from home or friends who live in different places who you can’t seen often. Be intentional with carving out some time to get coffee or a meal with some old friends and see what’s going on in their lives. It’s so important to maintain relationships and be there for one another especially during the holiday season!
So if you’re in college or have a couple weeks off for the holiday season, how do you make the most of your winter break? Does it feel like a break for you? How do you make sure you save some time for relaxing? I can’t wait for everything going on this winter break–my last winter break as a college student. I guess now’s the time to make the most of every moment!