take a deep breath

Breathe and enjoy.

If you ask any of my friends, they’ll tell you that I’ve been stressed lately. The past month or so has been so busy and hectic that it has been hard to take a moment to relax. I’ve started to outgrow my job, I’m applying to grad school, studying for the GMAT, trying to plan for some pretty big things coming up… all while trying to make sure I eat, have clean clothes, and get enough sleep at night. The worry I’ve been feeling has been creeping up quickly. What if things don’t go the way I hope they will? I’m sad that I don’t have my mom to lean on and get advice from. When will the hard stop piling up?

But then I sit down, take a deep breath, and remember that life is meant to be enjoyed.

Between family and friends I feel very supported and encouraged in all that I do. I like that I have friends that tell me the GMAT is hard and will take a lot of studying and preparation, but that it will be worth it. They send me encouraging messages at what feel like my breaking point. I am so thankful for them.  And even though my job isn’t exactly what I’d like, I have a job. I have a job that pays my bills and allows me to plan a weekend trip to Michigan. That’s pretty cool.

There is just too much good in my life to let the worry overtake it.

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Don’t get stuck.

A friend posted the quote below on Facebook and I immediately fell in love. I hope you enjoy as well…

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Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal. Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep travelling honestly along life’s path.

What To Know At 25(ish), Shauna Niequist