Choosing Joy

This week has been kicking my butt. I’ve been extra busy. We’re all busy. You get the point. It’s just been one of “those” weeks. The kind where I feel like I don’t have a moment to breathe, I’m multitasking to the point of exhaustion, and nothing actually has my full attention.

I’m learning to roll with the punches, though. Life is full of ups and downs, and that’s okay. It’s normal. I’m also slowly learning how much is too much in terms of work and extra things I commit to.

I could have said no to some of the things I did this week, but I didn’t. And that’s okay. I’m learning this whole work-life balance thing as I go. I am also learning how supportive my husband is. To be able to hug him for a good 10 minutes while tears stream down my face and not feel one bit judged is such a nice release.


In the midst of a tough day or week, I try to remember that I can choose joy. It is completely up to me to focus on how hard something is, or to look around me and decide to be happy because of everything else in my life. My focus determines so much of my attitude.


I can choose to dread juggling the busyness of pet sitting numerous dogs in a day on top of my regular job, or I can choose to be present with my clients and soak up all the puppy love I can get. I firmly believe that spending time with animals is good for the soul.

I can choose to stay stuck inside my head with negative thoughts, or I can choose to listen to a Christian podcast or radio station and hear God’s word.


I can choose to stay inside and catch up on laundry, or I can choose to get out in the sunshine with my camera in hand.

I can choose to panic when I feel sad or anxious, or I can choose to remember that all emotions are given from God and that it’s a good thing to feel all of my feelings.

I can choose to keep pushing myself to get things done around the house, or I can choose to snuggle with Lola and take a nap.


I can choose to spend my days off by myself, or I can choose to visit my family and relish our time together.

I am learning to choose joy and thankfulness in every moment.

What brings you joy when you’re feeling overwhelmed?

School and other fun things

Hey there. Sorry I haven’t blogged much lately. My life has been busy the past few weeks. Busy in a good way, though!

What’s going on in my life:

1. School started.
2. I’m getting married in June.
3. Jimmy and I need to buy a house or rent an apartment by June.
4. Work is busy. My dad’s real estate business has a huge open house extravaganza coming up in a few weeks.

After a pretty low-key summer break, I feel like my head is spinning with all of the things I have to do in the next few days, weeks, and months. I’m so happy, though. Over the moon happy. And excited for everything going on in my life right now!

This semester will probably be my busiest semester ever for a few reasons:
-I’m the president of the student newspaper club and the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. So many responsibilities.
-I’m completing my senior research project this semester.
-I’ve got a few tough courses on my schedule… like mass media law. Oh boy.

My motto? One day at a time!


Some pictures of my life lately…

Pet City
My family’s house is a zoo.

People keep thinking that I have two sisters. Nope… that’s my mom in the middle.

I’ve been enjoying what’s left of summer as much as possible.

I met a bald eagle at Pittsburgh’s aviary. It was massive!

Lola and Brandy are best buds. And I love coffee. And bright flip flops.

Well, that’s about all I have to say for now.

I should probably get back to working on my senior research project. I’m doing a content analysis of the Livestrong Foundation’s response to Lance Armstrong’s admission of doping in January 2013. It’s an interesting topic, but the actual project is hard work!

Have you ever completed a research project? What was the topic?