March represents many different things for people. Two of the biggest things celebrated during March are the First Day of Spring and St. Patrick’s Day! What’s not to love about either one of those?! Below you will find some fun facts and useful information on both that will help you in preparation for the celebrations to come.
Spring Time Greatness:
Spring, also known as the Vernal Equinox, officially begins on March 20th. This is official the first day of Spring! Our clocks will spring forward for Daylight Saving on Sunday, March 11th.
The term Spring or “springtime” refers to the idea of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. The season Spring brings with it the ability to start enjoying more outside activities that you may not be able to do in the Winter season. These can include: Starting your own garden, hiking , running, or playing a round of mini golf! More fun activities can be found at http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/entertainment/spring-activities
All Things Green:
St. Patrick’s Day, commonly referred to as St. Paddy’s Day, is on March 17th.
The popularity of Shamrocks and Four Leaf Clovers stems from St. Patrick using these plants to explain the holy trinity to the Irish. St. Patrick’s Day cannot be complete unless you are wearing green and everything around you is green! When celebrating, some show their Irish pride more than others. Check out the following link to explore some awesome traditions in celebration of St Patrick’s Day around the world. Maybe you can come up with your own traditions to start this year! http://www.hostelworld.com/blog/celebrating-st-patricks-day-around-the-w... Corned Beef & Cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish that originated in New York (not Ireland). Find some more great Irish recipes at http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/irish-recipes-st-patricks-day.
One advantage of off campus housing is that you can say goodbye to meal plans & hello to cooking your own food! Whether you have a two bedroom apartment, or a four bedroom apartment you’ll be in good shape at 13th & Olive. Why will you be in good shape? 13th & Olive offers fully equipped kitchens in each floor plan and that’s a key ingredient to cooking the food you want - the way you like it!
Within a few miles you have access to several market places such as Safeway, Whole Foods and the local Lane County Farmer’s Market which takes place every Saturday starting February 2nd. There you can shop for all the goodies you need to prepare delicious meals for you and your roommates.
Be sure to keep an eye out for all the fun resident events happening at 13th & Olive, because we’ve been known to get things cookin’ ourselves!
Fizz, crackle, pop! You clinked glasses with friends, counted down as the ball dropped at midnight, wore your best party dress, and watched as fireworks shot off into the night sky! Now it's time to decide what you're doing with the next 365 days!
Roughly 45% of American start the New Year off with a New Year’s resolution, and of that more than 50% will give up on their New Year resolution within 6 months (that’s if they make it that far)! So how can we avoid “being one of them?” Whether your goal is to finish a book, take more naps, or vowing to eat healthier- these simple steps can help you achieve the “New You” this year!
Know what you want- Be specific with your goals so you know exactly what you are trying to accomplish this year. Create an action plan for your goals, and include mini goals as stepping stones until you reach your ultimate goal. Be realistic with setting attainable goals and don’t set yourself up for failure. If you want to read more books, pick a book and set an end date of when you will finish chapter 2, 6 and 12 by.
Treat Yo’ Self: Props to those of you who can stop bad behaviors and never look back. Not all of us can quit cold turkey like that! So make sure when you are eliminating one “bad” thing from your life, replace it with something good to help you fill the time or space. This will help increase your confidence and help that goal be associated with something positive! Treat yourself to Starbucks as you crack open that book for the first time!
Let the World Know: It is scary to come out and tell the world what you are about to do! This does not necessarily mean you have to blast your before pics all over the web! Share your goal with your closest friends and family members who can offer encouragement and support through your journey. Sharing your goals may help you feel more obligated to fulfill your goals, in return making more of a drive to achieve them.