Tuesday, December 28, 2010


It's the most wonderful time of the year...not. Everyone knows that the holidays tend to bring out the emotions within family dynamics. Everyone spends a little too much time together and it just becomes a touchy subject. It's even too hard to describe in words. As hard as everyone tries to make Christmas the best time of year, it's just one of those things that makes life a little more stressful than usual.

This year, Christmas was the smallest side dish on my massive plate of commitment. I got home from Athens on the 14th and my work for Habitat's fundraiser started on the 18th. I had a few days to "relax" but you know I had an interview for a scholarship, a hair appointment and babysitting to get done. Once the fundraiser started I was at a different store each day wrapping gifts to my heart's content. Believe me it was rewarding especially when I saw the final number for donations but my body has literally been going all semester. I have not had a break. Along with Habitat's Gift Wrap I had to work on stuff for my new position in the sorority. Dues had to be inputted into the computer by December 26th, so that means it had to be done before Christmas.

Naturally since all this stuff was going on in my life before Christmas, I reached a breaking point on Christmas Eve. There are so many emotions that surround Christmas sometimes it wears a girl out. This whole semester has worn me down, so it was good for me to just get everything out on Christmas Eve. I had a lovely time at my grandmother's house and the past few days have been relaxing. I really enjoy the times when I don't have to worry about too many things.

The problem is gearing myself up for more tasks. There are emails to answer, friends to hang out with, applications to submit and rooms to clean. I am quickly finding out that young adulthood is filled with many tasks. There aren't too many moments that are just filled with laziness. I can't say that I don't enjoy being busy because it always gives me something to do but there comes a time when I am too busy and I am going to have to take a step back. I have to recharge for next semester or else my threshold of stress is going to break more often.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year because it forces us to think about the previous year. I know I am going to make some changes in 2011, so that I can be a better me. I love all the things I do, but there is more to life than tasks for sure. I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Month

That's how long it's been since I posted on this blog. The last time I posted was probably one of the last times that I had a spare minute the whole month. The holidays are just an awful time of year for time management. It's the time of final's stress at school, yet there are so many other things to worry about with the holidays right around the corner.

I went midnight shopping while we were out in Texas for Thanksgiving but yet I didn't get anything for anyone but myself. Yes I found some great deals but gifts for my family and friends should of been  my top priority. I ended up ordering all of my gifts for my family online this year. It was just one click and done! With everything I had to do, that was the way to go. I haven't even thought about getting stuff for my friends. I think everyone is going to get books since that is where I am going to be spending most of the next week. I know it's kind of a cop out but I have to do what's most time efficient.

Speaking of books...not only did I have to worry about finals and shopping, I had to get the last minute details for Habitat for Humanity's fundraiser together. From December 18th to the 24th, I will be helping all of my wonderful store leaders and volunteers gift wrap purchases for customers in stores across Georgia. It will be the conclusion to all the work I have been doing all semester to get ready for this massive fundraiser. My goal is to raise $12,000 and I will be one of the happiest people alive if it is achieved.

Also, I am taking over the position of Delta Iota's vp: finance for the coming year. Did you know it takes a lot of time and effort to run a sorority's finances? I didn't know how much until about two weeks ago. I am learning quickly though. It just wasn't something I was expecting in the final weeks of the semester.

I am getting my grades back from my finals and by some miracle I am doing better than I expected, but this semester has really surprised me. I do need to start saying no to projects because I end up getting pulled in ten different directions most of  the time. How can I give up something that fulfills different aspects of my life? I have a job. I do volunteer work. I am a leader in two organizations and I am an Accounting major. All of those things will lead to something better in life, so how do I choose. I refuse to choose right now. I want to do everything because all those things are what make my college career worthwhile. I just hope that I can stay sane by trying to do everything.

This semester has taught me a lot of lessons about life. It gets crazy and hectic sometimes but there are always the little moments that you have to cherish. I love the moments that I walk into the deeg and see all the sisters that I have gotten to know so well by living in the house. I also enjoy the moments when I am sitting by myself, just taking a moment to breath and reflect on life in general. As much work as it takes to go for twelve hours a day, I wouldn't change it because that means I am missing out on something. A month is a long time to go without reflecting. I don't want it to happen again because that means I am not taking time to process the things that are going on around me. I have just summarized what my life in a month looks like and believe me, it is a real brief summary. Life goes on day by day and there is always something to look forward to or work on in order to be better prepared for the next day.