More life stuff

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post about stress. It seems like the consensus is that many people actually don’t miss their college days, and especially the stress that went with along that time in their lives!

I have definitely felt pressure from people saying things to me like “You must be having the time of your life!” and “Your college years are the best years of your life!” and I’m like “Ehhhh, it’s been okay,” haha. I do enjoy school, and I’m extremely grateful to be receiving an education, but I am also excited to move on with my life soon.

A random photo from a walk with Lola and Moses!

A random photo from a walk with Lola and Moses!

One thing that has been contributing to the school-related stress is figuring out where Jimmy and I will live once we’re married.

We’re tying the knot in June, and I will be headed back to school in the fall for my last semester. The issue is that Jimmy works about an hour and 20 minutes away from where I attend school.

Another picture with Lola! She tries to sit in the front of my truck when Jimmy drives us to the park.

Another picture with Lola! She tries to sit in the front of my truck when Jimmy drives us to the park. I guess Jimmy wasn’t too excited about Lola trying to sit up front 😉

So, we’re kind of struggling with figuring out where to live during my last semester. We don’t want to live super close to his workplace, because that would force me to commute two hours and 40 minutes per day, and vice versa with us living right by my school. We’ve exhausted every different scenario, too–like me taking classes online, or getting classes on campus only a few days per week, etc. We’re both just unsure, and we’ve been doing a lot of praying and asking God for wisdom.

Decisions, decisions! We will likely settle somewhere in between my school and his workplace for 6-12 months. We would both love to buy a house right away, but it seems like renting is probably the best option until I’m done with school. We’ll see! I will make sure to keep everyone updated on this issue as we sort it out and trust God to guide us. No matter where we live–apartment, home, by his workplace, by my school, whatever–I am so excited to marry him and begin our life together!



I feel like I keep posting about such serious topics and decisions lately, but that’s just where my life is at right now! I’m sure I’ll be back with my usual silliness very soon 🙂

Have you ever struggled with figuring out where to live?!

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.


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


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.


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?