Life Update Part 2 – Enjoying the Final Stretch

Congrats on making it to the end of the week! I’m probably not as excited as you are, since I only have two days of spring break left before it all starts again. It’s okay though because my break was amazing. There wasn’t anything extravagant about it. I didn’t go to the mountains or travel to a foreign country like a lot of my friends did, but I’d argue mine was still better, since my mom and I had the time of our lives.

As many of you know from my last post, we ventured down to Sarasota for two days and did exactly what we set out to accomplish: relax. I didn’t do any schoolwork and my mom barely worked. On the first day, we walked all of Sarasota and had an amazing dinner at the Tommy Bahama Restaurant. The second day, we decided to treat ourselves…I got a massage and my mom got a mani/pedi. It was pretty cool to get pampered for an hour, even though they burnt me with hot stones! They weren’t kidding when they said the stones would be a little warm…

After our little vacation, we drove to Orlando for dinner with my sister and her boyfriend…excuse me, her fiancé! She actually got engaged recently, which the whole family is excited about! Her fiancé is a great guy, and I’m excited to have him as a new brother. He fits right in and can even put up with my dad, which says a lot!

Over the next couple days, I’ll be heading home for research and getting everything situated, but I’m still making time to go to the Lightning game tomorrow night. The one thing this break taught me was that I needed to relax. I didn’t realize how tense and stressed I was until now. I know I’ve been saying I need to relax for a while now, but I think many of you will agree/relate to this…when you’re busy and have commitments, you can’t just drop everything and walk away for a day, or even a few hours, because you need time for yourself. People depend on me, and I can’t let them down. At the same time, I need to take care of myself so I don’t burn out. It’s a hard thing to balance, and it’s probably something a lot of us struggle with.

I’m not sure how I’m going to relax more. I might try to schedule some more time for myself. I’ll be completely honest though, I’m at a point in my life where I just need to grind through it. Once I apply and get accepted to graduate schools this Fall/Spring, I’ll be able to take some more time for myself. Right now, it’s about building my resume and doing what I need to do to get accepted.

Life won’t always be perfect. There will always be struggles and points that I can’t take care of myself as much as I’d like to, but I like to think that my sacrifices will pay off in the end. Some might call it wishful thinking, but I’m just being hopeful because sometimes hope is all you’ve got (and faith of course)!

So here’s to pushing through to the end of the semester. Let’s make these final weeks good ones! Don’t forget to like the post and comment below if you enjoyed this post, and of course thank you for reading 🙂

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

~ Philippians 3:13-14

 

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