Well, well, well.
It’s been a minute, hasn’t it?
To be honest, I really never thought I would have gone such a long time without writing. Between settling into college and living on my own and everything that comes along with each of those, life has gotten in the way… or in other words, I’ve been putting my energy into other things.
College is one of the best and most interesting times in my life thus far. I’ve learned stuff about myself in the last 6 months that I don’t think I would’ve otherwise, which is exactly what I feel called to share with you today. So… what exactly have I figured out?
1.) Life is very, very short. Stop and smell the dang roses.
This is something I’ve been told countless amounts of times. As I’m growing older, I have begun to see more and more how precious each day is, no matter how simple it may be. Going to class and studying can get monotonous, but it’s during those days that I’ve had some of the most memorable moments. I may not have realized it then, but I think back to all the days that the trees were bright orange and red through the fall and all the nights of endless laughter with my roommates, I instantly feel pretty lucky to be surrounded by stuff like.
2.) It’s okay to chill.
Coming from a self-diagnosed ADHD sufferer, sitting in a dorm for hours at a time was pretty tough for me at first, until I realized how amazing it was to be able to actually relax and take time for myself. In high school, I was constantly on the go. I can confidently say I probably had on average an hour or two to myself a day. Now in college, there is much more free time. This is something that I’ve learned to enjoy and take advantage of. Honestly, when in your life is it ever gonna be socially acceptable to sit and watch Netflix with your friends for hours at a time besides college? No complaints here.
3.) Good friendships are essential to a happy life.
I can still remember the stress I felt 6 months ago as I was driving up to school knowing I would be living with two people I didn’t know. This is something I can say is a very stressful thing for every college student. Will it work out? Will we all adjust? These, along with many other thoughts filled my mind. As the days passed, I slowly started to realize that I had made 2 of the most incredible friends that I get to have permanent sleepovers with every night. pretty cool!
4.) Getting out of the bubble is important.
Meeting such a large number of new people has 100% opened my eyes. There are so many different types of people out there that I just hadn’t experienced in my high school bubble… some good, some bad, but more than anything, they are unique and different than anything I’ve known, which helps me grow as a person.
5.) Going far away is realistic for a homebody.
Anyone who knows me knows I love my family and my house and Austin, Tx more than anything in the world. I would choose a night in at home over a wild night out any day. The idea of going 9 hours away initially scared me to death. This has turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It has forced me to grow up and not rely on my parents to hold my hand through every day… don’t get me wrong, I still need them and always will:) I also have gotten to live in another part of the country which I now have such an appreciation for. NW Arkansas is more beautiful and welcoming than I could have ever imagined.
6.) Call your mom. (and dad)
My parents are my best friends. That might sound lame to some, but it’s a dream to me. While we have always been pretty close, college has given me a greater appreciation than ever for how supportive and instrumental they are in who I am and am becoming. I call my mom probably one too many times a day, but she never seems to complain ! My parents know exactly what to say and in times where I’m feeling a little lonely, I know they’re just one call away. Hearing their voice feels like home and that is something everyone, no matter how old, needs every day.
I’m so happy to be writing for you guys again, so sorry for the hiatus… life happens 🙂