Hey everyone! How are you all doing? Has the hustle and bustle of the holiday season kicked in for you yet? I know it has for me!
I haven't been able to post much the past week because it was finals week and I was busy finishing up some last minute assignments that I had to get done. But, I can finally say that I am finished up for the semester! Praise the Lord! I am still in shock of how fast the fall semester rolled by, but goodness gracious, I am so glad it did.
This semester was definitely the most difficult one I have had to endure my entire time being a college student. You see, this summer I worked two jobs and worked myself into the ground. Most weeks, I would wake up at 5/6:00 am - get ready, drive the kids to their separate day camps, go to work in the library during the day and then in the late afternoon I'd pick up the kids and stay with them until 6/7:00 pm. Sometimes to meet my hours I'd have to work on the weekends in the library and one week I even house-sat (and pet-sat) on top of the work I was already doing. I was always on the go. I was always working. I'm sure you're asking why I decided to do this but you see, I am paying my college bill all on my own, so I really had no choice but to work, work, work.
I came into the fall semester without having a restful summer. I only had one week off of work the entire summer and I had no clue how overworked I really was, because in all honesty, I felt fine. The start of the semester wasn't so bad, but before I knew it I was overwhelmed with work, classes and activities, among other things. I began to feel sick a few times a week and I was confused why I was. I have always had a strong immune system and rarely got a cold and yet, here I was feeling sick all of the time. Sooner than later, I realized that I reached the point of over-exhaustion and that's why I was getting sick.
About a month ago I had the thought cross my mind to stop working in the library after the semester was over. At first I dismissed the thought because for me to give attention to that thought wasn't like me, because I've always been willing to do whatever I need to to keep my bills paid and on time. A couple days passed and I thought of it again, so I decided to start praying about it and I felt that going down to one job would be ideal for me where I'm at, especially since it's been taking a toll on my health. After seeking some extra guidance and advice from my bosses and other's who I admire, I decided that I would just stick to nannying for my last semester.
I am looking forward to this winter break, but I am also looking forward to my last semester. I only have two more classes to take to finish up my Bible degree and they're both online. My schedule is going to be so freed up to the point that I don't have to physically be anywhere until I get the kiddos from school. This gives me time to work on my classes, wedding plan, have coffee with friends, build my blog more (since that is a small source of revenue - advertise with me!), and most importantly - I get to rest in the presence of my Savior like I haven't been able to in awhile. This is going to be good for me, especially since I'll be starting to go through many transitions this year. I am excited.
WOW! That was longer than I thought it was going to be! If you read through the entirety of this, I appreciate it more than you know. Now, take a gander into what my life has been like this semester!
- had a picnic in the park with Michael
- Elizabeth got her very own pony named Whoopie Pie
- The Peony Project dinner at Natalie's apartment
- Michael and I got our very first french press
- Dry Bones Dance Ministry had our first two outreaches of the year
See the dance HERE
- Goofy times with my favorite twins (& their cat, Cleo)
- I hosted a Christmas party for my lovely dancers
- Got to be on set as a background dancer for Jane's upcoming music video
- Got ENGAGED!!
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