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!

Cover Image Credit: Estee Janssens

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.

High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

Cover Image Credit: Jessy Scott

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Even When You Don't Have It In You

For the struggling college student at the start of a new semester.


The above picture represents a stage in my life that I thought I would never get through. I had just finished final exams and was terrified of the outcome of my last semester as a Junior. I had experienced so many mental breakdowns and anxiety attacks from a series of events and low places that I found myself in throughout the semester, so much that my mom had to stay with me during final exams. I needed encouragement, and I needed it bad.

Kind of like right now, and I'm sure that some of you might find yourself in the same place.

While the start of a new semester looks shiny and promising, there is always that point when reality begins to settle in, and you realize that responsibilities are resurfacing just as fast as they left at the onset of Christmas break.

You show up to the first day of classes, all of your professors throw a syllabus at you, as well as your final exam date, and you begin to feel your forehead break out in sweat. We've all been there, and that is precisely the place that I found myself at while sitting in my first ever 8 AM of my college career.

Not only do we attend classes, but nightly meetings as well, all while attempting to retain a social life and keep up with our mental health.

It's A LOT. I know it. I've been there.

There have been days when I wanted to simply throw in the towel, and quit school altogether.

I have been at the point when I couldn't find even a sliver of motivation to get me through the meetings, the extra credit seminars, work, or even to church.

The feeling of defeat is nothing new to me, but what I have learned is something that will forever be a constant even though my motivation level is not always.

The Lord doesn't love you because you do everything right, or you attend every meeting and aren't a second late... The Lord loves you because of you are His, and that will never change.

See, regardless of our level of perfection in a certain class or at a meeting, he is always constant, always.

Regardless of our inability to give ourselves creditor to take time to breathe, his loves you fully, with no prerequisites.

That is what had gotten me through the majority of my sleepless night when a responsibility or test kept me awake at night with anxious thoughts.

Regardless of our performance, or how good we look to the people of this Earth, our worth is found in God, and we must not let performance or standards of society fog up our sight of that.

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