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I'm grateful for the small things, the big things, and all thats in between 🍂 This is the first Thanksgiving I'm spending away from my parents and grandparents. While I wish more than anything I could be spending my weekend curled up with my beautiful family after an amazing turkey dinner, I am thankful that I am able to spend thanksgiving with my roommate, with my fur babies, and reflecting in solitude on all of the people, places and things that make my life so bright. "Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are"
IT BE LIKE THAT SOMETIMES 🙇🏻♀️ For those of you who follow my feed, you know that I absolutely love learning. For those of you who know me personally, you know that my passion for learning often means I have to sacrifice some social time. Whether it is having to cancel plans last minute, putting travel on hold, reluctantly saying no to a second cider (or a 5th), or having to forego the strange world of dating- I seem to always find myself reluctantly, but willingly, putting my education first. Truth be told, I do need to work on developing more balance. I am calling myself out on my shit right now so that I can hold myself accountable and work on developing balance between my social life, and my work life. With that being said, it also BE LIKE THAT SOMETIMES. When I chose for my career path to be in academia, I made the active choice to commit to attending 11+ years of university. I made the active choice to focus my energy, my passions, my creativity, and my time to pursuing my goals and personal growth. I made those choices because I want to spend the rest of my life fighting for social change. It is for those reasons, that while I'd love to be a 'yes man' all the time, I happily embrace the unavoidable isolation that comes with being a grad student. It is clear that I don't always achieve balance between my social life, and my work life. In fact, it is something I've been working on for a while now. But what I've come to realize, is it's okay [and normal] to feel upset with yourself when you've let certain aspects of your life fall between the cracks. Balance doesn't always mean the amount of time you put into something. Rather, sometimes it simply means the amount of harmony you feel with the different scenarios in your life. So while I'm actively working on making time for my social life, I've come to terms with the fact that for the next four years of my PhD, it just be like that sometimes. With that being said, MAD LOVE & APPRECIATION for all the amazing friends and family in my life who have been nothing but supportive and understanding of their sometimes boring friend ♥️🥰♥️
sunsets = anti bad mood shield 🤙🏽
Today I am becoming my own self-fulfilled prophecy Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that when we succumb to the voice in our head that screams "you'll never be good enough", we prohibit ourselves from growing. Now, I'm not going to sit here and spew some kind of bullshit on radical positivity (because quite frankly, it can be just plain stigmatizing for those of us who can't always "just be happy"). But what I am spewing, is that when we take a moment to remind ourselves every day that we are capable, strong, successful, intelligent, that we are ENOUGH, rather than waiting for someone else to tell us, your brain scientifically increases its function. It releases feel good hormones. It positively dupes us into a self-fulfilling prophecy in which we manifest our beliefs about our own identities. So today, despite the hundreds of moments of self-doubt I'd had this week alone, I am reminding myself that I am ENOUGH. And if today is one of those days that you just cannot remind yourself of this, I will gladly remind you. Friend, you are capable, strong, successful, intelligent, and more than enough ✨
Things to remember: you don't have to be perfect saying 'no' is okay asking for help is strength it's okay to have a bad day small steps are still progress life is tough, but so are you you are loved and appreciated 💐
Its less what the eye sees, and more what the soul feels sometimes the most beautiful moments only last for a few seconds or minutes. Sometimes you can’t even blink, before it’s gone. But maybe, just maybe, those moments are meant to light a fire in our soul, inspire our minds and remind us to stop and appreciate all the magnificent moments that we so often take for granted. Tonight, my loved ones lit up the sky a bright fire red- and as I sat alone by the water I realized just how impossible it is to watch a sunset and not dream of all the beautiful possibilities 🌅
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