Shine on.

I may disappear often from my little corner of the interwebs, but I always seem to find my way back eventually.

I truly love blogging and I miss it.  I still try to keep up with reading my favorite blogs but when you write pages upon pages of papers for school, the urge to write doesn’t sound quite as appealing as it once did.

This week has been stressful.  The last time I wrote, I talked about handling the stress of life and school so well that it was freaking me out.  And that continued for awhile but it seemed to catch up to me this week.  You see, I’m a perfectionist by nature… however, when you are taking 4 graduate classes, a 20 hour/week internship and a 10 hour/week field placement, you find yourself spread so thin that you can’t commit to any one thing 100%.  Therefore, the two papers I wrote last night only got 75% of me.  During work, I’m usually 80% there and 20% thinking of the other million things on my to-do list.  And I’m tired, guys.  Like really tired.

Did you notice I changed my blog name to “Hello, Sunshine”?  You must be thinking, “who is this girl kidding, this post isn’t  very happy and sunshine-like!”

I know!  But the new name was inspired by the desire to find the positive in everything in life.  It isn’t easy but it’s probably one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned since August.  After meeting so many people in my program who are so negative, I made a promise to myself to work to be positive.  I know its not exactly easy to stay positive especially given the amount of responsibilities and stress that are on all of us as we move through this program but I’ve learned that to change your way of thinking can make a world of difference.  I’ve even received compliments from people in my program and my supervisors about always having a smile on my face and spreading positivity.

But realistically, on the inside, I can’t always be happy.  It’s still a process learning how to deal with things when the going gets tough.  And although I’m stressed and some things in life aren’t fantastic, it could be much worse.  But finding the rays of sunshine, even on cloudy days, that’s what I’m all about.

It’s funny because at first, I didn’t know where to begin with this post.  I almost felt like I had nothing to say but now that I’ve started typing… well, it feels like I’m talking to an old friend.  And that, feels pretty amazing.

It reminds me of earlier today in my counseling class when we had to participate in mock counseling sessions.  I was in a group of three and we each took turns being the counselor, the client and the observer.  I was stressed out about what I should share when it was my turn to be the client but ultimately decided that the anxiety I was feeling deserved to be talked about.  Well, let me tell you… apparently, I’ve been keeping things bottled up these days because man, did I chatter my (mock) counselor’s ear off!  But in the end, it felt so good to get it off my chest.  I didn’t realize how much I needed to say out loud the things I’d been feeling.

Just like right now, it feels oh so good to write.

I don’t want to promise to blog consistently again because I really don’t know that I could keep that promise but damn, I missed this.  And so, I guess that’s my sunshine for the day, finding my way back to this space, realizing I have things to say and catching up with an old “friend” aka the amazing blog community, whether or not anyone is actually still reading. 🙂

p.s. I have an interview for a summer internship tomorrow so if you could send some positive vibes into the Universe for me, that’d be awesome!

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4 thoughts on “Shine on.

  1. Take a deep breath! Step back for a second… don’t forget to take a minute each and every day to appreciate the little things… I recently promised myself to be more aware of these little treasures that often go unnoticed and acknowledge and appreciate them. Guess what??? That’s what my next blog post is going to be about! Good luck with your school work and placements. It will all be worth it in the end. 🙂

  2. I love love love that you are recognizing that life isn’t always going to be perfect, but that you are looking for the sunshine in it anyway. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with stress (especially when you have as much on your plate as you do!) and I love that you are taking time to just stop and find joy in life. 🙂

  3. Just seeing your name in my GR makes me incredibly happy. I hope the interview went well; let us know how it went. I hope to hear/see more of you when you have the time!

    Hugs and Love!

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