Over the break, we have had some fun trips out – one of them was with my mom to IKEA. It is a very cool place! They have tons of things for your house (bedrooms, offices, kitchen, living room; basically all rooms and nooks) Since my parents were still filling their new house, they went to IKEA a few times and wanted to show me all that it offers. We were simply browsing around, so I could get ideas for my future apartment once I get a teaching job. Wherever I end up will require a small space to call my own, so it is beneficial to start looking and seeing ideas. It was very relaxing to take pictures of the styles and equipment that I liked the look of 🙂 Thinking ahead in small steps can be calming because it helps you focus on one thing in the future, and organizing my new place is exciting!Since there are quite a few things to setup after next term (hoping that a job will happen!), I thought I would make a list of what I want in my apartment to get a little head start. I already have quite a big list for my classroom, so my apartment is the next logical step. It is helpful to slowly plan because I don’t want to be stressed by it later. With all that goes into graduate school, I like to take advantage of breaks for relaxing of course, but also strategizing for the future.