Before the semester even began, I found I had allowed myself bogged down and stressed out with university systems (late fees I have to pay + dropped classes because the university applied my job late…holllla!) and the like. The week had been busy and it was compounded with me grieving my sister’s passing.
After teaching my first class of the semester, I said a quick prayer asking for any and all additional happiness to start popping up before my grad school classes began the next day and I went on my way; I knew I needed to do some serious self-care, but sometimes inspiration is a little needed.
For me, some of the little things that make me happy are:
– spending time with loved ones
– going out for a walk
– finding some cheap beauty products and using them
– spending some time alone and reading
– being able to see beautiful plants
– spending time with pets or animals
– seeing answers for prayers
– learning something new
– thrifting vintage finds for cheap
About a few minutes after my prayer, Heike invited me to her new apartment shortly after for lunch. I rode the train to her apartment and I gave her the challenge to help me fall in love with Atlanta. I’m pretty sure she accepted by default because this is her neighborhood and I fell in love with EVERY bungalow on the street.
My temple buddy picked me up from the train station a few hours later to go to the temple and I went in there and cried my weepy eyes half of the time and ended up praying the other. I went in there to feel love, but also to dump all of my thoughts and feelings. I came out feeling like a completely different person and I knew this semester was going to be everything I hoped it would be.
The first day of classes I went back to Heike’s and we went to IKEA to nest her new apartment and for me to pick up a few things to make my cubicle an enjoyable place to be all semester; apparently, I’m on a house plant kick and I’m okay with it.
I’m a firm believer that God cares about the details, but we need to do our part to keep things happy too by asking for help and by doing. Sometimes I feel like banging my head on the wall because it can take me so long to press the reset button and start over, but I’m really happy when I realize I need to and do.
As probably expected, my week flipped around and I had a fabulous first day of class and the last few weeks of class have been equally fabulous. I’ve been enjoying this semester even if I am still scratching my head wondering how the last few semesters have gone so quickly. How is next week already my fourth week?! I’m going to be looking for my first non-assistantship ESL teaching job next semester + graduating in April and I know it is going to happen way too fast.
In the mean time, I’ll make sure I keep pressing the happiness reset button before I get too invested into having a bad week 😉 .