Some Essentials for Routine

Happy Thursday to you, Readers! Only one more day until Friday for ya, WAHOO!!

So I’ve been in Ireland for a couple of weeks now, and have finally gotten into a routine. Classes have started, I know my way around the city (well, kind of), and I’m getting into the groove of cooking for myself. Saying this, I thought it would be helpful to put out a post of a few essentials that you need to pack with you if ever you find yourself traveling or studying abroad so that you can get into a routine faster. Routine is something that makes us feel at home, and it’s important to know yourself well so that you can pack the right things that’ll make you feel at home.

  1. Pictures from home. For me, these have been absolutely necessary. My program didn’t allow me to hang anything on my bedroom walls, so I hung all my pictures and homey things in my closet. It’s nice like this because every time I go to get dressed, I get a small taste of back home. It’s a nice little reminder of where I came from and what I have to look forward to when I go home.

    This is what I get to look at whenever I open my closet! So many great memories.
    This is what I get to look at whenever I open my closet! So many great memories.
  2. Good music to run/walk to. Living in a city, or any place for that matter, for an extended period of time gives you ample opportunities to go exploring. You can explore by sticking in your ear buds and going on a run/walk! It’s a great way to find places where you want to go later, especially if you get lost. You have to be safe obviously, but getting lost is the best way to find your way back home, and having good music that you’re used to is a good way to clear your head and make the place you’re staying your home.
  3. A journal, or at least some papers and pens. This is vital to remember your trip. TAKE IT EVERYWHERE WITH YOU. You never know when something beautiful will be said, or you’ll see something amazing and need something to write down those thoughts and first feelings in. You’ll be so grateful for this at the end of your trip when you have great stories for people because you recorded all these things.

I’m still learning what Dublin has to offer me, but because of these handy tips, I’m in a great routine that will allow me to make the most of my stay here. I hope these tips will give you as much comfort they are giving me.

Enjoy your day, readers, and enjoy lovely Holland! I know I’m missing it. This weekend I’m going to the Cliffs of Moher and Wicklow National Park, so expect some afterthoughts and pictures soon!

Until next time!

Here is some of the best hot chocolate I've ever had! Accents Coffee Lounge in Dublin is great for homework and a pastry. It's no LJ's, but it's something that's helped me get into my routine here in Dublin.
Here is some of the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had! Accents Coffee Lounge in Dublin is great for homework and a pastry. It’s no LJ’s, but it’s something that’s helped me get into my routine here in Dublin.

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Mikaila Bisson

Hi there! I'm a Hope Senior from Sterling Heights, Michigan (about 45 minutes North of Detroit). I'm an English major with a Creative Writing emphasis (fitting), and have a Business minor. I'm super active in Hope life. I am a Student Ambassador, the Senior Treasurer on the Executive Board of Nykerk, and was involved in Orientation as an AD. I also work on campus at the Career Development Center as a Career Advisor, and at Hope's Physical Plant. I love playing any kind of sport (soccer's my favorite!), have a weakness for shoes, eat dessert twice a day, read like its my job, am currently watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix, and have a passion for Golden Retrievers. Contact me at mikaila.bisson@hope.edu because I'd love to hear from any and everyone. Also feel free to follow my super trendy Instagram account at @miktroubleee or my equally as trendy, even more Hope-filled Twitter account at @hopemikaila17 .

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