Senior Year

Brette Bliss Selfie

Brette Bliss Selfie
Our bathroom has great lighting for selfies!

I start my senior, and hopefully final, year of college in two days. To say I’m excited is an understatement. I have been a college student since 2014 and as I enter my fifth year, I’m ready for it to be over. I technically gained senior standing last year, but my senior year officially begins next week. I thought I would be afraid that this chapter of my life is coming to an end. Yet, I find myself relieved that it is almost over.

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About Me: 5 Facts

About Me: 5 Facts

It’s the end of the first week of September. It’s still hot as hell (WHERE ARE YOU FALL?) and I’ve been preparing for a 10 day road trip that I start this weekend. I realized, I really haven’t done anything recently (or ever) to tell you about me and my life (outside of my phone addiction challenge). I think this week is a good opportunity to do that. Next week I will post about the road trip so keep an eye out for that!

To be honest, I was looking at a bunch of pinterest pins about journal and blog prompts in the patterns of “30 days about me.” I’m not ashamed to say that sometimes I need help thinking about content. When looking at these prompts, I realized that either I would never want to answer some of them, they don’t apply to me, or I have no idea how I would answer them. There is always one suggestion; some arbitrary quantity of facts about the you. I think that’s a good place to start. I selected five because, I’m not particularly good at sharing. I share too much, or not enough. So I’m going to share five things about myself that I can go into detail about. I’m still searching for the balance between just enough and too much. If you have any suggestions for how I find it, please let me know!

Without further procrastination, here we go.

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Thank You Letters are Important!

Thank You Letters are Important!

Thank you letters are important. My parents made me write them growing up. Often they were scribbled misspelled “thank yous” on a card sent to the grandparents after Christmas and birthdays. When I got older, it was suggested I write thank you letters and cards but I almost always forgot to, felt guilty when I thought it was too late (it’s never too late BTW) and eventually got over it. I lost track of writing thank you letters, even though I have always loved sending and receiving mail. My grandmother once told me that she stopped sending certain family members money and gifts because Continue reading “Thank You Letters are Important!”

I’m Not Obligated to be Productive

I’m Not Obligated to be Productive

Right now, I am taking summer classes, working part time, and keeping track of all the spare time I have. I have so much free time right now. Even at my busiest I had a bunch of free time that I wasn’t optimizing. When I realized I wasn’t as busy as I thought I was, I saw all the time I was “wasting” on YouTube, Pinterest, tumblr, and the internet in general. It made me feel guilty about not being this super person who has it all and is always productive. When I started forcing productivity, I was exhausted and not actually accomplishing anything. I only wanted to be productive. This mindset was exactly the mindset I was trying to escape and I hadn’t realized it. I recently came to the hard realization that I was using “busy” and “productive” interchangeably (I have a post here about how I hate the word “busy”). I had simply swapped the super busy lifestyle with a “super productive” one. I think one of the first mistakes people make when they start having free time is trying Continue reading “I’m Not Obligated to be Productive”

What I Loved and Hated About Paris

What I Loved and Hated About Paris

It’s been well over a year since I went to Paris and I’m still in awe of what an amazing opportunity it was. Here is my post about my trip to Paris. I loved most of the experience, but there were a few things I did not like about the experience. I compiled some things I loved, things I didn’t love, and things I had mixed feelings about during my 10 days in Paris.

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Stop Saying You Are “Busy”

Stop Saying You Are “Busy”

I never want to hear or say “I’m busy” again.

I’m just now getting back into the swing of publishing a blog post every week. I’ve been “busy.” Although in all honesty, I have a lot going on in my life, I’m not so “busy” that I couldn’t sit down to write even just a little bit everyday. Being busy is my excuse for letting something slide to the side while I do other things. Most people do this. They say, “I’ve been so busy” when they forget your event they promised to be at. They say, “I’ve got so much going on right now” when they don’t want to say “no” to plans. It also goes the other way. Someone will say they are so “busy” because they want you and everyone else to think they are, whether they are or not.

Genuine busy-ness is unpleasant. Even workaholics don’t want to be busy.

If you enjoy most of what you do, the work doesn’t feel busy.

There is work, and there is busy work. Busy work is generally meaningless. If you say “I’m busy” instead of “I was working on signing a few contracts that will bring my office a lot of new business,” you devalue the work you are doing. If you say “I’m busy that day” instead of “I am spending time with family that day” you are devaluing the activity of being with family.

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