Knowing these lessons for this academic school year, I have found I do not cave into my stress and I am able to handle school and work gracefully and joyfully. Knowing how to take care of yourself while taking care of your responsibilities is key to success and fulfillment. You can follow Taylor on Instagram: @hearts_in_bloom. Feel free to reach out her at: www.heartsinbloom.life
One thing I value most in my life is my relationships with my loved ones. Most of my loved ones are mainly available on weekends, so I decided to make sure I set aside my weekends time for myself and time for my loved ones. This means staying dedicated during the week, Monday through Friday, doing schoolwork, so that I get my weekends to refresh from work and from school.
During the week going from work to school to the many other activities I have signed up for. It gets tiring. And when I get home, I honestly don’t have the energy most days to cook a full meal and even wait for it to be done cooking. So, over the weekend, usually Sundays, I do my grocery shopping and prep my food so that during the week, I can easily access it and create a healthy balanced eating schedule.
One of THE BIGGEST lessons I have learned in my life is to simply have grace with where I am at, and where I am going. To have grace in times of stress, confusion, and discouragement. Working full time brings up stressors, as well as going to school full time. There will be days where everything is not perfect, and I do will feel off. During these times, I have learned it is important to accept how I am feeling and feel the feeling, and then let it go gracefully. I am someone who is too hard on themselves for basically everything. And this can be toxic to growth, success, and happiness. It’s important to know you are doing the best you can, where you are, at this time. You are where you are supposed to be. You are making a difference in work and in school and the impact you will make in this world, is going to be worth all the days where it feels discouraging and darker.