stress relief

Pet City

It’s the end of the semester. My brain is fried. I’m stressed.

Instead of doing homework, I keep finding myself playing with my pets!

Sometimes I (try to) study on my bed and Lily, my sister’s cat, jumps up on the bed with me and wants attention. lilyCollage

lilyCollage2I just can’t ignore her!

I try to walk my dog every day. Even if I’m super busy or stressed. I know it’s good for her–physically and it’s good for me–mentally. Fresh air, even if it’s freezing, feels so good.

Funny story about this picture. I usually read on my phone while I walk Lola. I took this picture and started reading. The next time I looked at her, her vest was gone. Sad!

Funny story about this picture. I usually read on my phone while I walk Lola. I took this picture and started reading. The next time I looked at her, her vest was gone. Sad!

lolaCollageSometimes I lay on/with Lola after I walk her. Who says pit bulls are vicious?! Lola isn’t!

I honestly think that pets are amazing at sensing when their owners are stressed/sad/mad/etc. and respond accordingly. I love it and it’s such a blessing!

Giving thanks for my body

Able bodied – adjective: Fit, strong, and healthy; not physically disabled.

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Every single day I walk up stairs, get out of bed without pain, play with my dog, stand in the kitchen to cook meals with my family, and much more.

Most of the time I don’t think about what my life would be like if I couldn’t do all of these wonderful things. What if I was constantly in the hospital? What if I was paralyzed? What if… you get the point. 

Today I am giving thanks for my body. I love that my legs can walk me to my classes, my arms can lift a sheet of cookies from the oven, and my feet can splash in a pool. I am so blessed to be healthy and alive! 


I’m so happy I can play 🙂 [..and take dumb/scary pictures ;)]

I’m so grateful that I have arms to open up and bear hug my little sister.

I feel so blessed to be able to run.

By giving thanks for my able body, I am making sure to feed it right and exercise it. I refuse to do drugs or anything that harms the body God blessed me with. I think exercise can tie into stress relief and I am thankful that one of the hobbies that I enjoy (running) is something that I am able to physically do. It all connects and pretty much  shows how awesome God is. Just saying.

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