Life Update

It’s been awhile, friends. Let’s catch up, shall we? Since the last time we got together, quite a bit has happened.

I finished my first year of grad school.
I completed my first Level II Fieldwork.
I’ve completed 3 5ks.
I turned 24.
I lost a beloved pet.
I started my second (and final!) year of grad school.
I lost a few pounds.
I gained a few pounds.
And I lost a few pounds again.

That about sums up the past six months of my life.



Five on Friday 2.26.16

Joining in with April, Christina, Natasha, and Darci for Five on Friday today. It’s been awhile, but I’m excited to start back up again!



Pacers Game 2.24.16On Wednesday afternoon, Potter told me that he had won a raffle at work that morning, so we were able to go to the Pacers game that morning for free! That was certainly a nice surprise. I love the Pacers, so I was super excited. I was even more excited when I found out that we were in the 13th row (!), and they were playing the Evil Knicks. Even better, we won!



Snuggling with Mr. Grizwald here is one of my favorite forms of stress relief. He’s a super weird dog but oh so entertaining.


Speaking of stress relief, I’ve been trying to incorporate more yoga into my life. One of my goals for this year was to get crow pose down. I should probably start working more on that since it’s almost march!



In case you missed it, I wrote last week about how I compare myself to others, especially when it comes to my school life. If you’re struggling with this, you are not alone.


Caffeine addict

I have my pathophysiology midterm next Tuesday, so I’ll be living at the library or Starbucks until then. I’m thinking about gifting myself with this mug as a reward for taking the exam – not even getting a good grade, just getting through it. C’s get degrees after all. Just kidding, kind of.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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Comparison is the thief of joy. Alternate title: Comparison will kill you.

Something has been weighing heavily on my heart lately.

Am I good enough?

A good enough student? A good enough friend? A good enough fiance/sister/daughter/niece/cousin?

Good enough compared to what exactly? To this warped view I have of those around me? If I can see the good in those around me, why is it so difficult to see all of the good in myself?


One of my favorite quotes.

I’ve been specifically struggling with the student part over the past few weeks – a good enough student. As some of you may know, I’m currently getting my master’s in occupational therapy. Compared to my undergraduate degree, this degree feels completely different. I am very much aware that I am choosing to be there. It’s not absolutely necessary for me to survive. No one is forcing me to spend the thousands of dollars that I don’t have for this education. No one is making me dedicate two years of my life to even more education.

Since I have chosen this path, I feel like I need to be the best, and I am failing. I see my classmates and how they feel that OT is their calling – like there is nothing else in the world they could possibly do or be. I’ll be honest, I don’t feel that way. And you know what, THAT’S OK. Just because my reasons for choosing something are different, does not mean that they are¬†somehow less.¬†

Yet again, I’m learning the lesson that comparing myself to others will slowly kill me. Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration. It’s an important lesson though, and I’m still learning it. I urge you to do it too. It will only make you happier.

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I’m pretty confident in saying that 2015 has been the best year of my life so far.

I got engaged to the best man I could have ever asked for and celebrated six years together.


I started graduate school and completed two semesters.

I ran a 5k.

Shamrock Shuffle

I was a bridesmaid in my best friend’s wedding.

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I paid off my undergrad student loan.

I made some amazing new friends.

Grad School Friends

If 2016 is anything like 2015, then I am in for quite a year.

Happy New Year!

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