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ASU Online brand ambassador: Prioritizing, finding balance and overcoming struggles

October 15, 2018 · 4 min read · By Taylor Brune
ASU Online student and ambassador Taylor talks about the need for self expression, writing and photography as outlets to ensure balance with school responsibilities. 
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In the midst of chaos

On the other hand, I have seasons where I take things at a slower pace and make time for myself and the things I love to do. Through both seasons, I have had to learn to give and take and learn what my top priorities are. Because I have a chronic illness, I am at a disadvantage when life becomes too chaotic. Sometimes my body forces me to slow down and take time for self-care, and this is when I know I need to change my priorities and remember that living isn’t a to-do list, but rather an experience of fullness and joyfulness.
       
Two of the creative outlets I use to stay grounded and rejuvenated through chaotic seasons are writing and photography. Writing helps me to stay aware of my emotions and spiritual life. I write to express myself. It’s a type of therapy, really. Taking photographs is a way for me to capture moments in times when I feel the happiest. I know moments are fleeting, and because I have experienced many losses of loved ones in my life, I have learned to soak in and capture every moment. When I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed with life, I can look back on the photographs or videos that I take and remember how I was feeling in that moment.

In the midst of chaos, this helps me realize that beautiful moments have existed before and will again. It helps me redirect my focus onto all the positives the future may hold, rather than focusing on the negative.

Taylor, ASU Brand ambassador, crouches down in a field of flowers.
Taylor, ASU Brand ambassador, crouches down in a field of flowers.

Staying balanced

With all that being said, writing and photography have become a passion of mine, allowing me to express who I am and what I have learned about the world around me. Through my busy schedule of working in the medical field, studying for the MCAT, taking ASU classes, church, time with family and friends, and self-care time, I make writing and photography a priority. If I don’t keep all portions of my life balanced, I become ungrounded. When that happens, my focus isn’t great and I lack motivation. My academic career is very important to me and I want to succeed, but I also know that making time for the things that I love doing for myself and others is what brings beauty, meaning, and purpose to my life. The accomplishment of school is great and will lead me to my future career as a doctor, but writing for those who are suffering or feel alone in their journey helps me feel fulfilled.

There will be days when it feels like I don’t have time to myself, but because it is a priority to me, I will always make time. What I learned when I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and had to drop everything to be a full-time patient was that there is nothing more important than the health of your mind, body, and spirit. One cannot bring healing to others’ lives without bringing healing to one’s own life. A patient won’t want a doctor who is stressed, agitated, or not grounded in their mental or emotional stability. A patient will want a doctor who is balanced and able to give them their full attention and compassion. As a future doctor, I am learning how to take care of myself better now so that I can be the best doctor for my patients later.

ASU Online brand ambassador Taylor's notebook with doodles inside.
ASU Online brand ambassador Taylor's notebook with doodles inside.

We're so excited to share Taylor’s story

Taylor is a part of our #LearnASULive team, an ASU Online brand ambassador program highlighting students who are earning their degrees while living their lives to the fullest. If you enjoyed this, be sure to check back for new articles from Taylor so that you can follow along with her journey. To check out all her posts to date, visit Taylor's Instagram and blog.

Want to hear from our other ambassadors, too? Use the #LearnASULive hashtag across your favorite social channels to browse through them!


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About the author

Taylor Brune is a brand ambassador from Vista, California. She graduated with an online Bachelor of Science in integrative health.

We're so excited to share Taylor’s story! Taylor is a part of our #LearnASULive team, an ASU Online brand ambassador program highlighting students who are earning their degrees while living their lives to the fullest. If you enjoyed this, be sure to check back for new articles from Taylor so that you can follow along with her journey.

Want to hear from our other ambassadors, too? Use the #LearnASULive hashtag across your favorite social channels to browse through them!

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