Thanksgiving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! Since today is Thanksgiving I decided that instead of doing a book review for text Thursday I would do a Thanksgiving Day post about what I have been thankful for this past year.

The first thing I have been thankful for this past year is my friends. I had a very close friend decide that they did not want to continue our friendship, and it was extremely difficult. I went from talking to them every day to not at all and it was definitely an adjustment. Without my other friends I would have been a wreck! They texted me every day and they were there for me when I needed to vent about something or needed to celebrate something. I am so glad that I have such great friends to turn to!

The next thing that I am thankful for is my family! My brother was on a trip for a couple months this year and it really helped put things in perspective on how much he plays a role in my life. It was just little things like lighting a candle or supporting my crazy cup collecting habits that made me realize how much I needed him home. I will say that it did bring my other brother and I closer though. We really began to talk more and would spend more time together. He would come shopping with me, and sometimes help control my need to spend money! Not only am I thankful for my brothers, but I am also thankful for my parents. They are so supportive of me and my education. Without them getting my degree would be so much harder and would most likely be impossible. I am so thankful that I can have a great relationship with my family and am glad I get to keep building on that relationship.

The last thing that I am going to mention is my education. I am so thankful that I am able to continue my education, and that I am able to go to college and go for a degree that interests me. Even though it is super hard at times I know that it will be worth it in the future!

Those are just a few things that I am thankful for. There have been so many people I am extremely blessed to have met. I also had a lot of experiences and changes in my life that have made my life better.  This year really has been such a great year so far, and I am looking forward to the rest of it! What are some of the things you are thankful for? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

P.S. Text Thursday will resume next week with book reviews. I am so excited to be able to share the book I have been reading with you!

 

 

Where Do You Go For Peace

Hey everyone! I know I have not posted in a while. Life has been crazy stressful with work and school! This is actually what today’s topic is. Where do you go when you want to clear your mind? Who do you go to when you need to talk?

I do not go to the same place every time. I either go to the Mesa temple or I will go for a drive. Sometimes driving around and listening to music helps. Other times I feel the need to go to the temple and sit on the benches in front of the temple and think. Tonight as I write this I am sitting at the temple. Sitting alone and thinking can be great, but sometimes it can add to the stress. Sometimes I need to talk to some of my friends.

I have some of the greatest friends in the world. I know I can text them or call them anytime. I am super thankful for my friend, Marnae. Without her I would be a total basket case. I have talked to her about everything from body issues to boy troubles. There were some times when she would stay up with me until 2 or 3 in the morning, just to work things out.  I definitely can’t thank her enough for everything she has done for me! My other friend, Walker* has been a saint the past couple months. He deserves an award! I have texted him about my worries about a baby I know, my struggles with trigonometry, and much more. He has been such a great listener and so sweet to me through everything. I have more wonderful friends that I have spoken to and am so thankful for every one of them!

Going to the temple or for a drive and talking to friends are not the only things that I do when I am feeling stressed. If you want to see what else has helped me you can read the following post! (https://lifewitha2017.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/stress-management/). Don’t forget to leave a comment about where you go for some relaxation or who you go to talk to!

Have a wonderful week!

-A

*Names changed for privacy

30 Day Kindness Challenge

This past Monday I started the 30 day kindness challenge. In this challenge you choose someone that you will make the focus of those 30 days. Once you pick someone you make a point not to say anything negative about this person, to find something positive that you can praise them on, and to do one act of kindness for this person throughout the month.

I personally have gotten off to a slow start, and have not done great on the second and third parts of the challenge. I have been less negative about the person I chose, and have seen an improvement in our relationship. I really enjoy spending time with this person and I look forward to it. I am even seeing this person in a more positive light. Throughout the week I have noticed that it is easier to not jump to negative things about this person.

After doing this challenge for a week I noticed that there was one other person who came to mind. I refer to him as Mchotjerk, and have decided to aim this challenge toward him. Let me quickly mention that the name Mchotjerk stems from an inside joke with a friend!  The first thing I am making an effort to stop calling him Mchotjerk. I am looking forward to seeing how my opinions of this person will change.

The 30 day kindness challenge is really a great thing to do. I believe it came out at a great time, a time when everyone should be showing each other a little more kindness. If any of you want the link to sign up for this challenge leave a comment or message me, and I will be glad to give it to you!

-A

Stress Management

Hey everyone! Today I thought I’d write about ways to manage stress. Before I begin I want to say that these are ways I cope with stress. These methods may not work for you, but I hope that you are able to find something that helps you.

Recently I’ve been stressing out a lot. I’ve been stressing about school, work, and friendships. Some of the things that have been happening to me are getting canker sores, bad stomach aches/cramps, and I’ve even been losing some of my hair. I finally decided that  this would not just go away and that I needed to find ways to manage this stress. I would like to say that I have this all figured out, but truthfully I don’t. I am still actively trying to figure out ways to manage this stress.

The first thing that I do is talk to my friends. When I start to feel overwhelmed I will message one of my friends and talk about what is going on. This does not totally get rid of my stress, but I do feel a little better. Another thing I do regarding friends is I’ll get a hug from one of them. This works for me, but may not work for you.

If those two things don’t work or if a friend is unavailable I will take a nap. This may not be the best thing to do, because it is probably not great to sleep every time you are stressing out, but it can be good sometimes. After a nap I wake up feeling more clear headed and able to calm down about whatever is bugging me.

Another way I manage stress is I will take a break and read. I will usually do this when stressing about homework and school. I will do a section of homework then take a break and read. I will go back and forth doing this until I get my homework done.

The last thing I do is exercise. I usually run on the treadmill, but recently I have started doing yoga. A good fitness channel to watch is tone it up, on you tube.  Pinterest is also a good place to get different exercises from.

These are a few things that work for me. I don’t know if everything will work for you, but it’s worth a shot. I hope you all found this a little helpful. If you have any other ways you manage stress, let me know. I’d love to hear your methods!

-A

Things I’m Thankful For

It’s been quite a while since I’ve last posted. Let me start by saying happy Thanksgiving and I hope you all had a great day with your friends and family! Today is a day where everyone gives thanks for what they have and in light of that I am going to list a few things that I’m thankful for.

The first thing I am thankful for is my family. They have been such a blessing this past year. They have helped me when I just needed to talk or when I needed some extra help with bills, gas, or whatever I needed. I know that I can always count on them to be there when I need them.

Another thing I am thankful for are my friends. Just like with my family I know that they will always be there for me. I can go to my friends for anything, whether it is for a hug when I’m feeling sad or stressed, some much needed advice, or just to hang out. I know that no matter how far away they are they will always make time to talk to me.  I am also so thankful that they listen to me about all of my current obsessions!

The last, but definitely not the least, is my boss and her family. My boss is so great! She is very understanding and supportive about my school schedule. She is always a listening ear and willing to give me advice. She is also very generous person. Besides my boss I am thankful for the kids. Even though they drive me crazy sometimes they definitely make me happy.  They are all so sweet, at times, and it makes all the crazy times worth it. There is not a day that goes by where they don’t make me laugh at least once. They all make work so much more fun.

Those are just a few things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. I have been so blessed this year, and look forward to the coming year. I urge you all to think of what you are thankful for this year.  I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving.

-A