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6 Things to Do After Grad School

23 May

It has finally sunk in that I’m done with grad school. With this new feeling of freedom I’ve started thinking of all the things I haven’t had time to do because of school. These are the 6 things to do post-graduation.

1. Read a book

The first week after I was done with graduation I picked up a book. It’s a great feeling to read for pleasure. You no longer have to plow through pages at a time of stiff academic material, so reading whatever you want can be fun. I purchased a bunch of books while I was in school and now I can start to get through them.

My roommate let me borrow “50 Shades of Grey” and it’s far from great literature, it’s more of a smutty, easy-read, and is just what I needed. I’m already on to the third book in the series and it feels great to read something and just not think.

Don’t judge – it’s so bad, it’s almost good.

Also on my list:

The Beautiful and Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Books 2 – 3 in the Hunger Games series – Suzanne Collins

The Rum Diary – Hunter S. Thompson

As you can see I’ve been on a bit of a novel to movie kick. I think these books may get me through the summer. If you are on Goodreads friend me if you want to stay up on what I’m reading and I would love to hear some suggestions.

2. Catch up on all the TV you’ve missed

I don’t know about any other recent grads, but I hardly watched any TV while I was in school. What better way to veg out than in front of a TV getting tangled into a great storyline. I’m currently getting caught up on Gossip Girl and Mad Men. I also discovered a new show on HBO called Girls, which is funny, awkward and a new guilty pleasure while I wait for True Blood to start up again.

3. If possible take a vacation

I worked through my grad program so I knew I wanted to take some time off. Originally I was thinking a stay-cation would have been great, just taking a week off this summer to see Matt, but little did I know he had bigger plans. He booked a trip for us to go to Aruba, so early July I will be on my way to sandy beaches and tropical weather. Going far away isn’t always possible with a work schedule or financially, but it’s important to just take some time out for yourself.

I will be lying on this beach in a little over a month!

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4. Update your resume and apply for jobs

If you already have a job you love, great, stick with it. I went to get my masters knowing I wanted more knowledge of the marketing field and now that I’m done I’m starting to look for jobs that interest me in the field.

Once you graduate update your resume and list any significant projects or classes you took while in school. Applying for jobs can be tedious, but the sooner you get your resume out the better. The economy has been rough on new job seekers, so don’t get discouraged. Read up on ways to improve your resume and cover letter and take advantage of any of your schools career services center.

5. Have a social life

During school I didn’t have much of a social life. I didn’t see my family or friends nearly as much as I would have liked. Go out for a drink with friends or co-workers, make the drive to see your family, or just call someone up. This is a time to reconnect, so enjoy it.

6. Get back into a hobby

For me I can start to run and workout on a more regular schedule. I also signed up to run my half marathon a few months after graduation since I knew I would have time to prepare for it. Running and working out is important to me and it’s something I enjoy. Do something you enjoy. It can be working out, crafting, volunteering, anything that makes you happy.

Basically after graduation you should do something that you enjoy. Whether it’s starting a new hobby or just relaxing.

This Weeks Workouts

Since my gym membership expired I have decided not to renew it since there’s the possibility that I may be moving before the end of the summer. So instead of hitting the weights at the gym I’ll be back to doing online videos and weights to supplement my runs while I finish up my training for the half marathon in June.

Monday

3 miles – 22:32

Tuesday

10 minute online video

Wednesday

3 mile run – around 24 minutes, plus 10 minute online video

Thursday

Mock 5k, 2 times with a negative split

Friday

Strength training or video

Saturday

Hill repeats: Warm-up 10 minutes on flat surface. 5 x 60 second sprint, rest 1 minutes between. Cool down 10 minutes.

Sunday

Rest

What are some great books or mindless reads you have gotten into recently?

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Kettlebell Love

13 Jan

Happy Friday! This morning I did a quick 12 minute workout with some cardio, squats and a killer ab exercise. Since I had my first full week off since the holidays and before classes start back up I ended up at the gym four days this week and I went pretty hard with some varied workouts. I’m glad to have the weekend off to do some stretching, yoga and just relaxing.

Kettlebell Love

I bought a kettlebell last week and I’m really excited about it.

It’s 8 lbs and I love the fact that it’s something that I can use easily as a part of my at home workouts. The first day I bought it I instantly took it out when I got home and started doing kettle bell swings, Matt looked at me like I was nuts. I felt like a kid with a new toy.

Kettlebells routines are great for strengthening and many involve core training. Now that I have my new toy I’ve been looking up different exercises I can do with it. Here are a few of my favorites:

Turkish Get Up

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This is a great full body workout. I feel it especially in my abs and arms. Check out FitSugar to see the proper form for this workout.

Kettlebell Swing

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Kettlebell swings are another great full body workout. They get your heart rate up, engage your core, lower body and upper body.

One Arm Swing

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This just takes the kettlebell swings and makes your muscles work a little differently. This exercise is also great for the whole body.

Kettlebell Workouts on My To-Do List: 

I’ve been searching the internet trying to find some effective kettlebell workout routines so I can really break in the newest addition to my home gym. These are a few I’ve seen.

BodyRock.tv Banging Body Workout

Bob Harper Kettlebell Cardio Shred DVD

Jillian Michael Shred it With Weights DVD

The DVD’s are on my Amazon wishlist waiting for me to buy them on a rainy day or possibly as a gift to myself, we’ll see.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I forgot it was a three day weekend so I’m looking to get a lot of reading and possibly some movies in to enjoy my last days of freedom before classes start back up. I just finished reading the Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It was a great novel, but took me a while to finish, I’m taking a break from classic Russian literature for a while. Now I’m onto the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I saw the movie last weekend and I’m excited to finally read the book.

Have you every bought a piece of workout equipment that you’ve gotten excited about?