The Pleasure In A Lazy Day

The Pleasure In A Lazy Day

because not feeling guilty about taking a lazy day is the best thing you can do for yourself

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For this week's article, I'm pulling from someone whose Instagram and blog I like to follow very closely, especially those posts I can relate to on a daily basis. Most of you know her from the TLC show, Little People Big World, Audrey Roloff.

Not only does is she married to one of the stars of the show, but she has her own clothing line as well, based off of her favorite devotional which includes the phrase that most of her items dote: Always More. On top of this, her and her husband have a baby girl, who always manages to keep life busy.

This week, she posted on both Instagram and her blog about how she hasn't been managing stress too well lately, and she recognizes it's not the fault of others, but her own. And to be quite honest, I've come to the same realization. Having feelings of being constantly overwhelmed, stressed, and generally tired leads to procrastination of work, an increased amount of naps, and overall more stress due to the things I'm not getting done.

This overwhelmed feeling can be caused by a number of things relating to both school and outside of school. The workload of classes can be a lot to handle at times, especially with pressing due dates and my sense of needing to get everything done as soon as it's assigned, and making sure it's absolutely perfect. This can be very dragging at times, because there's only so much time in one day. Also because of this, sleep, while VERY important, is often pushed to the side in order to write one more page of an essay, or stay up just an extra 20 minutes to talk to my friends down the hall whom I haven't seen all day. Of course, I have my planner, which is a constant reminder of the things I either haven't done, still have yet to do, or have done. Every week seems the same, trying to complete both homework, household chores, and still have time for meetings and downtime. Getting behind on my homework is something that rarely happens, but when it does, it gets bad. "One little nap won't hurt", I always tell myself. What was supposed to be a 45 minute nap turns into a two hour nap, thus causing me to lose even more time during the day that could be spent doing more productive things. Outside of school work, it's making sure I'm exercising, eating healthily, staying on top of extracurriculars, and spending time with friends that keeps me occupied. Oftentimes, spending time with friends and exercising sometimes fall to the bottom of the list, because I feel an obligation to my extracurriculars that's similar to my school work. It needs to be done, perfectly, and on the deadline, if not beforehand.

If we're going to be completely honest here, I'm not much of a "no" person. Maybe it's a good thing, or a bad thing. I'm always willing to help someone out, even if it benefits me or not in the long run. This can sometimes be detrimental as well, because it takes more time away that could be spent doing more worthwhile, productive things. My optimism and willingness to help speaks for me before I have a chance to think things through and go with a more rational option that benefits my time as well.

I am grateful and appreciative for those lazy days where I'm not required to get up from my futon, and can leave my pajamas on all day without judgment or shame. I don't feel guilty taking a lazy Sunday to recuperate from the week before and to re-energize for the week to come. I've caught myself feeling guilty in the moment for not devoting that time, or even just an hour of my time on those days to homework, or getting ahead in coursework. But then I remind myself that I gave myself that lazy day for a reason.

I don't always have to be running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Only sometimes. Most days I just need that self-reminder that it's ok to not be on top of everything, and that it will all get done eventually. Letting anxiety and stress take over the things I can't control is dragging, and fills my mind with more unnecessary thoughts.

Lazy days, I will forever be in debt to your healing powers and as a cure for this college girls ever so busy life, that only continues to get busier and busier.

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To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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People seem to think teachers just lecture on information that they hope their students remember for the test. You know what? Those people are dead wrong. Teaching is more than that. Teaching means having the passion and drive to educate children. Teaching is turning something dull to something that students will find more interesting and enjoyable.

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Although it focuses on academics, teaching is not just about that. Sure, being an effective teacher is key, but there are other aspects that are just as significant. As a teacher, you also have to connect with your students. Knowing your students on a personal level is so important. The connection can build respect that will, in turn, help them to succeed. Plus, students spend more time with you on a day-to-day basis than they do with their parents — isn't that frightening? So, you have to be able to support them and let them know them that you are there for them if they are having trouble.

Additionally, that connection you build with your students can last a lifetime. You can witness the growth of a student right in front of you. In fact, I am still very close with some of my teachers from elementary school. Many of them inspired me to become a teacher. Because of those great bonds I built, I had the opportunity to intern with some of my past teachers, which was a rewarding experience for everyone. Being able to develop such a connection with someone so different in age is something that is so powerful and that doesn't come with many other careers.

Teaching is so amazing. There are so many layers and beautiful aspects to it. Again, it can be difficult, but it's also a lot of fun. Not many people can say they have fun and laugh every day at work. I also truly believe that not many other people can say their careers provide as rewarding of a feeling as teaching does. To be able to make such a difference in someone's life is an incredible thing. Teaching is my passion. I know teaching will not be only gratifying but something that will bring me pure joy.

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