A Pep Talk From Your Neglected Planner

A Pep Talk From Your Neglected Planner

I want to help you succeed and make this semester great!

Hey! Your planner here!

It's been awhile! I know, it's the end of the semester and you have somehow forgotten about me. I've heard it all before. But listen, it's time you get yourself together and let me help you.

This semester has been tough for you and you've spent countless hours studying really hard for that philosophy class and that all-nighter on that history paper. Oh! What about the time wrote down the due date to your midterm for your communications class FOUR times!?! You were really serious about that exam. But you did it. You survived and you did really well. You were really proud of yourself.

I hate to toot my horn, but toot-toot!!

I hate to break it to you girl, but it's because of me! Without me, you're setting yourself up to not being the best possible person you can be. I want to help you succeed and make this semester great!

You started off the semester with all the determination in the world. In the Notes section of each month, you put the goals you wanted to reach. In January, you wanted to start going back to the gym. You wanted to get up two hours before classes started to workout. You wanted to write down all of the due dates for the semester. And you know what? You did all of those things! You made yourself a chart that you crossed out off each day you went to the gym. You tracked how much water you were drinking, what days you were doing cardio, and all that stuff that is good for you. I was so proud!!

In February, you made new goals like finding time for yourself and hanging out with people. You made a spending chart to track how much money you spent that week or, more importantly, how much money you saved! And with each day, you were crossing off a goal. You were a completionist!! You were starting off 2018 on the right foot. Since spring break has finished, you've neglected your organizational best friend (that would be me!)!

Don't worry. I don't hold any of this against you. You are brilliant, empowering, strong and can do whatever you put your mind to. You can bounce back! Break out those colored pens and pencils and start color coding again! It really brought some light into my life. If you need to write every hour of every day in me, I'm fine with it! I hate seeing you starving or stinky because you forgot to shower and eat that day! But also, don't forget those TREAT YO SELF days either. You are fabulous and you deserve it

I am grateful for you picking me up that cold December night in the Target aisle. All I want to do for you is my job. The best possible job that I can do! I know you have it in you to finish this semester on a high note! My break isn't scheduled until summer so until then, keep working hard!

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A Few Birthday Thoughts

Goodbye teenage years, hello twenties!


So, it is looking like I am about to leave my teenage years behind. I think that I want to reflect back on this time in my life and think about what I want to keep with me in my twenties and maybe some things I can let go. My teenage years have been full of love from my family and friends; hard work to make good grades in school and creating art. I developed several great friendships that I have held on to across the miles even though I went to college 14 hours away from our previous home. I am so thankful for the friendships I have made in college as well.

It seems like friends you make in your childhood and younger years can really stand the test of time. Maybe it is because when you became friends you were truly who you were. Everyone was genuine and didn't put up walls to protect themselves. You got to know someone on a deeper more personal level more quickly than if you had met later in life. I also think we laughed even more as children and that always creates good memories to look back on. So I think in my twenties I will try to hang on to the "childish" way of making friends. I will try to show my true self and will accept them for who they are, and we will laugh....a lot.

I think a good thing to let go of is always trying to make dead-end relationships work. When we were children on the playground and we tried to play a game together or jump rope and it just wasn't working, we would run off and find someone else. It was easy. It was just natural. Now sometimes I find myself trying to stay in a relationship by being overly nice, giving gifts, trying to find what pushes the persons "good" buttons. I might spend so much time trying to figure this person out that I leave out more solid relationships that are worth my time. So in my twenties, I will try to be more realistic about who to spend my time on. Some people are just never going to stand the test of time. I can continue to be cordial but won't let them rule my time and thought life.

As children, we loved our parents and siblings and would show love to them in a myriad of ways. Maybe it was hugs, pictures on the fridge, good night kisses, playing games, or just quality time spent together as a family. Starting my twenties, I am mature enough to realize the value of these people in my life. Thankfully, I have always known this. I was never the type that was embarrassed if someone saw me walking with my Mom or Dad or being dropped off in the Mom Van somewhere. I always knew these people loved me more than anyone else I was about to meet. But in my twenties, I plan to keep up with my family even when I am eight hours away from them. We are never too old to need the love of family.

As weird as it is to say goodbye to my teenage years, it's honestly helped me to soak in the precious moments of everyday life and treasure them even more. Every year when birthdays come around, it always serves as a reminder how quickly the days, months, and years fly by. I think that has been one difficult part of this birthday season. It's hard to say goodbye to the past, without a clear map of the future. But, I must remind myself that this is why growing up is a beautiful thing- as we live life and experience new things, we are better prepared for what the future may hold. Everything that I have experienced in my 20 years has served an important purpose- to make me into the person I am supposed to become. Yes, life is always changing and so am I... and change can be hard. Very hard. But one thing to remember is God is always constant. He will never change. No matter what number is on your birthday cake, He is always there...the same God yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the Rock that we will always be able to cling to. Isn't that a wonderful thought? Even if we don't know what's in His plans for us in the coming year, it's important to make Him a part of our plans. Rather than worry about change, let's embrace it all- the good and the bad- and look to the Lord to see how He will guide and shape us.

Teenage years- the time has come. I must say goodbye to you now. But, you will never be forgotten. I will hold your memories in my heart forever. Twenties- I am excited for all that awaits me.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9

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