I think if I had to sum up my life in three words right now it would be:
Thankful. Blessed. Stressed.
As much as I wish the last word wasn’t there, it’s a part of life. I’m thankful with every ounce of my being for the things I have in my life right now, but it’s so easy for me to say ‘yes’ to everything that my plate can become rather full.
I have a lot of balls in the air.
I’m busier than a mosquito at a nudist colony.
I’m busy as a one-legged man at an ass kicking convention.
I think you get the idea! I told myself I’d take it easy and not schedule as much this semester. I was doing REALLY good at it. I wanted to be able to end my last semester strong, yet have time for fun. 4.0’s while going out to the bar, having weekend trips with friends, kick back and enjoying a bottle of vino binge-watching Scandal on a Tuesday.
Turns out I’m kind of over the bar scene (there were a few exceptions HAHA) but I’m not over the vino, Scandal, or the weekend trips! Luckily, I managed to enjoy most of those while on work trips so it was dual purpose.
When this semester started, I was working four part-time jobs, taking 13 credit hours, and stretching myself a liiiiiittle thin. By about March, I learned that I needed to listen to what my heart was telling me, what my brain was recommending, and what my gut knew all along:
“It’s better to be good at a few things, than half-assed at a lot of things.”
I’m only one person. I want people to respect my WORD and my HANDSHAKE. I want people to be able to believe me when I say I’ll do something, and I want them to be impressed with the quality of work that I completed. I just couldn’t BE that person, and have that quality when I was stretched so thin. I cut out a few commitments, leaned into the opportunities that spoke to my heart, and fed my soul.
Some days I don’t feel any less busy, but the work that I’m doing fills me up, keeps a steady income, and I’m a heck of a lot happier.
Here’s to being still long enough to listen!