balance

Thoughts and Pictures

I should be working right now, but I just really want to blog. This week has been b-u-s-y. Jimmy is wrapping up a big work project at the Pittsburgh Zoo and I’ve been pet sitting, baking for Hannah’s bridal shower, and working.

Jimmy at the Pittsburgh Zoo Zip line

Jimmy working on the zip line at the Pittsburgh Zoo!

I was thinking about balance the other day. When I have a lot on my plate, I just don’t think balance is realistic. What’s more important about that thought is that I need to accept it. This week has been busy, and I probably won’t get everything done that I want to, and that’s okay. That’s life!

I was also thinking, how do parents juggle everything? I think I’m busy with my regular life, and then I see parents take care of their children, work, and do other things and I’m like… how?! It’s amazing.

Cooked and sliced ham

Our Resurrection Sunday (aka Easter) was low key and lovely this year.

I had to pet sit, so Jimmy and I went to church in the AM and PM as usual, I cooked a fresh ham (from my uncle who raises pigs), and we had a pretty relaxed day together. It was nice not to have too much hustle and bustle so we could reflect on the great sacrifice Christ made.

Dogwood tree

We have two dogwood trees in our yard and they’re in full bloom! I can’t believe how gorgeous they are. To take the above picture, I got on Jimmy’s shoulders. I’m sure our neighbors thought that was interesting 😉

The arrival of spring is so refreshing. It also means allergy season for poor Jimmy. I think we’re going to go to a local farm this evening to buy honey. We read that local honey can help with allergies, so we’re going to give it a try!

purple rosette vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream

Only a few more days until Hannah’s bridal shower! I can’t wait. I think it’s going to be a really special day for her and a lot of fun all around. I’m going to be a little sad when I don’t have to practice making elaborate cakes, cookies, and cupcakes for the big day though, haha.

My aunt and cousins from New York are staying with my parents, and it’s so nice to see them. My cousin brought her daughter, Macie to church last night and I played with her for a solid half hour after the service. At 10 months, she’s at a really fun development stage. It’s so neat to watch her discover everything around her. I had her feel Jimmy’s beard with her hand and she was cracking up!

peach whisper paint sample by Valspar

Last but not least, I finally painted a new paint sample in our office. I like it a lot better than the last one, so I think this is it! It’s called Peach Whisper. The sample has been on the wall for like two weeks now… I just need to find the time to actually paint 🙂

Speaking of time, I really should start work!

Tell me something you’ve been thinking about lately!

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On Stress

I spent Saturday morning crying. Actually, I think sobbing is a better word. You know that kind of cry where you can’t even form a sentence, and you have an instant headache afterwards? Yep, that was me.

I’m currently dealing with some mega school stress right now. I’m not going to go into detail (probably because I’ll start crying again. Ugh.), but the point is that I’m feeling overwhelmed. My classes are hard, and I have a lot of responsibilities on campus–the typical college life stress.

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(My mom and I working at a real estate event together after my meltdown…)

Though I’m (clearly) a work in progress on stress management, I want to share four things I do to handle stress.

1. Seek God first.
When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I know it’s time to spend extra time reading my Bible and praying. I’m usually tempted to feel like I have so much going on that I just can’t make time for more Bible reading, but I have come to realize that reading the word of God is one of the best things I can do in stressful situations. I also like to pray more–really pouring out my worries, and leaving them with God. The hard part is leaving the worries to God, but I’m always working on it!Bibletime

2. Prioritize.
Spending a few minutes figuring out what needs to be done first can be so helpful. Something may not need to be done for a couple of weeks, whereas something else may need to be done in a few days. Knowing what I have to do today relieves a bit of anxiety, because it helps me realize that I’m probably stressing out over something that isn’t even due for a few weeks. I try to take life one day at a time!

3. Try to achieve balance.
This is one of the hardest things for me. When I know I have something to do, I tend to have “tunnel vision” until it’s done. I try to remember that it’s super important to pay attention to all aspects of my life. I should spend (fairly) equal amounts of time doing homework, working, and playing. When I have balance in my life, I’m a better student, daughter, Christian, athlete, etc.

4. Take care.
I’ve blogged about this before, but it’s always good to remember to take care of myself. I have to know my limits, and realize that it’s absolutely necessary to take care of myself. By taking care, I mean doing things I love, getting enough sleep, saying no sometimes, asking for help, and enjoying the little things in life.

The other thing I do to handle stress? Drink a lot of coffee.

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How do you deal with stress?