Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Restless State of Mind

I honestly cannot believe November is already here, this semester seems to be flying by and honestly that makes me kind of happy.  Not that I am wishing away my Sophomore year, but it has not been the easiest semester academically, and I have developed a recent itch to do something different.  I feel like most students can relate with me on some level.  For me, ever since I've returned back from my trip to New York all I've want to do is go back.  Obviously school is where I am needed right now, but it is so frustrating taking classes that pertain in no way to my future.  I love my job and working in retail is so great, but I swear God is testing my customer service skills.  If I have to plaster on a fake smile and answer one more mindless question, well I might just go insane.

Honestly the only thing keeping me sane at the moment is my friends, family, and blogging.  All I want to do is write and brainstorm up new posts.  Blogging gives me a sense of purpose, unlike school at the moment, I feel like it's actually preparing me for my future.  Good news is I will be starting a new job soon (at J.Crew ekk) and I think the change will be good for me.  I want to work for them corporately in the future, so this new job will give me a sense of working toward that goal.  In the mean time I need to remind myself daily to enjoy every moment, and learn to love even in the rough times.  I've made a list of ways to help me get through this time of restlessness, and if you are in the same boat maybe it will help you too.
  • Work on what I love more frequently 
For me that thing is blogging.  I might not be able to leave for New York or conquer accounting in an afternoon, but I can brainstorm new and creative new ideas.  I want to start challenging myself on here, and I'd love to start blogging an average of two posts per week.  By setting goals like that for myself, it makes me feel like I'm always working on skills for my future.

  • Smile at strangers
I know this sounds stupid, but how often do you catch yourself in the zone with a serious b*tch face?  I find myself with this terrible expression out in public randomly locking eyes with strangers, which gives off a terrible impression.  I'm going to challenge myself to be in the moment and do something as simple as enjoying the beautiful walk to class.  If I happen to lock eyes with someone I'll smile, who knows it might even make their day.

  • Talk to my family more
I don't know if it is because I've been away for a while or what, but I have been home sick for the first time since coming to school.  The older I get the more aware I have become of the importance of my family.  Yes they are not perfect, but they are mine.  God put these crazy people in my life to go through it all together and there is something so special about that relationship.  No matter what storms come my way they are they for me, and they get it...because they are my family.  My family lives kind of all over the place so spending time together isn't always easy, but thank God for the telephone, right?

  • Try something new
It is never too late to join a new organization, sign up for a new sport, or take up a new hobby.  I've recently joined a few new organizations on campus and it has really gotten me out of my comfort zone in the best way possible.  I've made some new friends and some awesome memories.

  •  Find a Brief Distraction
By this I do not mean binge watch Scandal for thirteen hours, but find something to help you escape for an hour or two (and I do not mean drugs).  A book, hiking, cooking, or even a favorite movie.  Life gets rough, and you're only human, so breathe.  If you find yourself frustrated beyond belief pick up a new book from the library and get lost in the world of literature for a while.  Amy Poehler's new book is currently on my radar.

  • Focus more on my health
I don't know about you but I feel a hundred times better when I work out on a regular basis and monitor what I eat a little closer.  It is sooooo much easier to choose a nap over a run or pizza over a salad, but these little adjustments do wonders for my mood and motivation.

  • Invest myself in someone or someones
By this I mean in friendships rather than romantically.  I have been in a core group since the first semester of college and I've noticed I get so much more out of it when I invest my time with them.  Simply by listening, praying, or offering a helping hand my attention turns away from my own life onto theirs. These moments of investment build deeper rooted relationships and fill me with peace and joy.

If you are feeling restless about life I hope some of these tips help.  If anything, just remember that life is always moving forward, so keep your head up!  I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed week.

Mollie Anna

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