Saturday, September 16, 2017

5 Ways to Stay Sane when Life isn't







Whew! It’s been an insane week. From fast paced classes to one hour drives back and forth to a gig and a concert ending the week in…tada, a nasty cold. So first I’m going to ramble and rant a bit about my schedule and then I’m going to talk about how to remain sane when life becomes a mutant rollercoaster.  (<< whoa the imagery xD)


Ok my frens, LIFE IS TRULY AND TRULY INSANE FOR ANNA RIGHT NOW.  I have classes three times a week no problemo right? Well *smacks lips and rubs hands * let me explain...


*cue rant* I wake up at five thirty so I can have the time to pack a healthy lunch and supper (*nodnod* I’m not insane yet, you’ll see why), get dressed, pack my three bags (I swear I look like a backpacker every day…one’s for school books THICK ONES, the other’s for swim stuff, and the third is lunch bag.) and look decent. (Oh and did I mention I have to go shake my dad and brother awake about three times in the course of the morning before they arise?)


It takes one hour to get to school, ONE HOUR. No that’s not an issue with me anymore but this human bean can’t read or write in the car for her life. Let’s just say I’ve gotten over feeling like a big failure for that one practically wasted hour.


And then…school, school is incredibly fun and I have epic teachers and frens but honestly HOMEWORK. Then swimming, then college orchestra…I get home at TEN PM PEOPLE. TEN PM and then you know…HOMEWORK. Then my mom decided it would be a great idea to drag me to ANOTHER co op on Wednesdays which is one of the two free days in my week. Ok, it’s SO MUCH FUN *whines* but you know? MORE HOMEWORK! (and the classes? Entrepreneurship, finance and careers) << fun yet tough stuff peeps.
And this week…I did a gig with a band and then a concert, I was singing at the beginning of a horrid sore throat and bam, I’m fully sick and stuffy for the concert and now is the weekend and I’m praying I’ll be better before Monday because…falling behind…is a PAIN. *whines a bit more*


*end of rant*

Ok guys sorry *smiles guiltily* It’s out now…and I can be back to the positive side of how to handle life and also I AM REALLY SORRY for taking so long to answer your emails and comment on your posts (because honestly I want to dote and admire every single one of you but you know…life *sigh*)


SO How does one handle LIFE when things are so busy? Here are some tricks and tips and trust me I am preaching to myself here as well ;) I hope this helps my peeps.

1. FORETHOUGHT

Often times it takes me at least thirty minutes to fall asleep. I have started using this time to plan my lunch the next day so I don’t rush and waste time fridge staring. Instead I peek in the fridge and pantry before bed and then plan out a healthy lunch and supper for the next day while I try to fall asleep. It’s so important to my life because that stumble in health could be my downfall. If I pack something healthy, tasty and nourishing I’m so much more likely to not lust over vending machine snacks and school food and waste money. Then I wake up next morning  at 5:30 and rush to the bathroom in my PJ’s, splash my face with cold water and head to the kitchen to pack my lunch. This helps me to wake up and once I’ve done all the little chores and necessities, I can get dressed and not worry about sleepily dropping something onto my outfit and staining it. FORETHOUGHT IS PRICELESS, whatever you use it for think ahead and make the most of your time. Basically turn your weakness into your strength.


2.                       BEING INTENTIONAL

Before you open your computer or any electronic for that matter think…what am I going to do? If I do not resolve to only answer blog post comments and check my email then I am much more likely to get lost fooling around in the latest news or scanning my goodreads and twitter. BE INTENTIONAL. Honestly if you are busy, you can’t afford to lose precious time over laziness or lack of will. Resolving exactly what to do and having a plan of intent helps immensely no matter what the situation.


3.                       MAXIMIZE

Pause. Take the time to look around your space, is your desk littered with papers and books, used dishes? Is your dresser piled up with clothes? Is your night table sprinkled with yesterday’s accessories. Listen you aren’t the only one. But truth be told, you will be SO MUCH more productive if you clear the mess. Maximize your space. Before plopping into bed at night chose at least one space to clear and the next morning do another one. Quick little clean ups (and instant clean ups ahem, *stares at self sternly in mirror*) will save you a lot of stress. Messy spaces trigger annoyance, impatience and even depression.

4.                       INNOVATE
My so far one class in Entrepreneurship  has taught me something HUGE. Innovation is key to success. Instead of rambling I am going to link you to a little lifesaver video. LITERALLY REVOLUTIONIZED my way of looking at life.





5.                       BOND
Bond. Please take the time to hug the people you love, say thank you for the meals your Mom prepares, giggle with your siblings, appreciate your friends, smile more and find joy in all the tiny little things that surround you. Write down what God has done for you, even if it’s just a little sentence you will treasure that memo.  Be kind to others, show interest in others’ passions, laugh at your mistakes, let the sunshine outside be the sunshine that shines out of your eyes when things aren’t so sunny, go jump on the trampoline when the little kids beg you to, don’t be afraid to get dirty, try out new things, let your heart show through everything you do, spend time with Jesus, bake yummy things, tell corny jokes, do what makes you happy yet be selfless at the same time. <3 If you have a hard time go talk with your parents, I find ranting to my mom helps. She will often laugh or suggest things I think are stupid but are really what I need to do. Even a hug from my dad or mom or sibling can lift my mood dramatically.

Love with your full heart and keep bonds strong and unbreakable. 



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Guys I really hope this helps! How is your life going? What’s been going on lately in the blogosphere? Any more advice for this busy girl? :) Whatever you all have to say comment below! You guys are little lights that put smiles on my faces even when I’m grumpy and sick ;)



 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:13)



Saturday, September 9, 2017

When Your World Falls Apart // Impromptu Letters of a Christian Blogger



Dear Reader,


Under Strain
Badly Hurt
In Pain
Hearing Arguments
Enduring Fear
 Bearing Worry
Whatever you are going through, you aren't alone.
And I know if you are severely struggling that sounds cheesy
It probably would to me when something like that is happening to me
At that moment when things are going wrong
I tend to see a lack of God
A lack of law and justice
But God is there, even when the people you love are the people who are hurting you
God only wants you to do one thing
The right thing
He doesn't want you to be right or to argue
He wants you to take a step of faith
And trust in Him
He wants you to pray
But praying is hard
When you are bitter praying is often the last thing you want to do
It sounds like blowing dandelions and making wishes in the middle of a full blown battle
But God wants me to lay aside my bitterness and be vulnerable
To shed my hurt and give my wounds to the Healer
 But many times all I do is pitifully layer bandaids onto my wounds
And say "I'm ok God."
But God laughs and He says, "You are not my Child.
Stop trying to fix your wounds, your doubts, your pains, your anxieties
Because no one can heal them... 
But Me
So I want you to humble yourself and bow down
I want you to give yourself to me
I want you to willingly put your fate in my hands
I want you to put your small hand in Mine
And I want you to follow me and trust me
To heal your deep wounds
I want you to give me your heart
The whole thing"
You know what? We often forget just how jealously God loves us
He wants everything of us
He wants to love us forever and he wants to carry us in his all encompassing arms when our feet are too weak to continue
God loves you as if you were his child and bride at the same time
He loves with a love that is beyond any human measure
He loves like a jealous warrior that says "Do not put your hands on my daughter (or son), on my beloved or you will suffer."
But God is also like the patient Father of the prodigal son, His heart cries to see us when we leave
I can almost bet all of us would be angry at a girl who walks away and uses a boy who loves her (same the other way around)
How much more horrible is it to walk away from God Almighty whose love is beyond any human love
Yet he waits patiently
He is the one that holds all the keys to our hearts
The power to heal our deep wounds
But we chose band aids again

Beloved don't chose band aids, they'll never heal your wounds.
They can only hide what is rotting inside
Chose the One who Loved you before you even were
Not only can He heal your wounds but He can also give you a future
Even if you live on a battlefield, He can give you joy in your heart
The joy that comes from having one who loves you 
fight with you every step of the way
Chose Him 
<3 

Love,

Anna


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