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Currently

I haven’t done a “currently” survey since April 2015, so I think I’m due to fill one out again! I always enjoy looking back on what books I was reading, what I was feeling blessed about, which TV shows I was into, etc. in the past. Here’s a link to one from 2015 and one from 2013.

All pictures in the post are from a recent photography walk I took around Pittsburgh!

All pictures in the post are from a recent photography walk I took around Pittsburgh!

Current book(s) Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (thanks for the recommendation, Amy!), Leaving by Karen Kingsbury, The Bible, and I just finished Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner.

Current music – I pretty much listen to audio books, but if I have the radio on in my truck, I enjoy listening to K-Love because it’s so encouraging and positive.

Current guilty pleasure – Long, hot showers. As I mentioned in my last post, winter has arrived in Pittsburgh. Taking a burning-hot shower has never felt so good!

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Current nail color – Just a clear coat! I’d love to get a manicure sometime, though.

Current drink – Eight O’Clock coffee.

Current food – Runny egg sandwiches on an English muffin. I’m totally hooked.

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Current television show(s) Alaskan Bush People and Gold Rush. I guess I’m a big Discovery Channel fan?! Alaskan Bush People is just so interesting to me because the way the Brown family lives is very different from typical American life. Gold Rush has been a favorite show of mine for years now as well. I never expected to be enamored by gold mining, but it’s pretty neat!

Current wish list – Hmmm. I don’t think I have anything I’m wishing for or wanting. I have more than I could dream of or ask for in life. I am so grateful.

Current needs – Yarn! My mother-in-law and sister-in-law are going to teach me how to crochet this week and I need to get some yarn. Can’t wait :).

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Current indulgence – Daydreaming. About places I’d like to visit, things I want to do, books I want to read, and on and on. Just letting my mind wander to fun places is an indulgence while I’m working or doing household chores. Sometimes my mind gets stuck on the work-work-work track, and taking time to slow down and be creative is wonderful.

Current blessing – My husband and church family. Jimmy is so solid. Sometimes I feel like my emotions are all over the place, and knowing I can talk to him about anything and have his care, calmness, attention, and understanding means the world to me. My church family is a blessing because it’s incredible to live life surrounded by people who have the same beliefs and goals in life and are supportive and loving. One of the best things about being a part of a church is the deep connection and love I get to experience. There’s nothing like it!

Current excitement – I was asked to give a devotional during a ladies’ event at my church this spring. I said yes, and now I’m in the planning stages. So pumped! If you have any topic ideas, feel free to send them my way!

That’s all I have for today. I hope everyone is having a great week so far!

Tell me your current excitement, blessing, etc.!

Stress Update

As I mentioned in September, I’ve been dealing with a lot of school-related stress. I promised to provide updates, so that’s what this post is all about.

I know a lot of people think that college students “have it easy” (and I will admit that I have a pretty sweet schedule), but I’ve been immersed in an extra busy semester.

I’m taking some tough courses–senior research project and mass media law are especially challenging–and also balancing the position of editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, working, planning mine and Jimmy’s wedding, and keeping up with life in general. It’s a lot, and sometimes I feel really overwhelmed, but I’m also enjoying all the different activities I’ve been involved in.

I’d like to say that I’m feeling much less stressed, but I’m not. I’m still overwhelmed and busy, but I’m learning to deal with it and maintain balance in my life.

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Of course, Jimmy has been so good to me. He had flowers delivered to my door yesterday.

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The note card that came with the flowers said sweet things like “I’ve been praying for you daily,” and “I know you think you don’t like flowers, but I think you secretly do because I saw you looking at them in Wal-Mart this weekend!!” That definitely made me smile. He is such a blessing in my life!

The good thing about being so busy is that the semester is flying by. I’m currently finishing up week 10 out of 15. Yahoo!

Something that’s been helping me deal with stress is taking time to do things I love. I recently bought a sketch book, and while I’m no artist, I truly enjoy drawing and coloring.

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Drawing makes me “zone out” and forget about everything. It’s so relaxing. I’m also making sure to stay extra close with God. And drinking a lot of coffee 🙂

So, that’s my update. I’m still feeling stressed out, but I’m also loving pretty much everything in my life at the same time! I’m incredibly blessed, and so thankful for all the opportunities and loving people in my life.

I will probably post another update on this topic in late November/early December because I think it’s important to address personal issues and not make it seem as though my life is perfect, or that I handle everything easily. I’m all about honesty and sharing, as I think it opens the door for others to share and support each other, and that’s something I absolutely adore about the blogging community!

What relaxes you when you’re stressed out?