I nearly sold my soul to my degree

Guess who’s back 😉

It’s been a while…maybe a bit more of a while; but exams hit me like a bulldozer through a brick wall.

Final year has hit me pretty hard. As it does to many.

As my life hangs in the balance of the grades to be announced, for the first time in a long time, I have time to kick back and relax. (Well as much as anyone who is unreasonably expected to have their life sorted pending their graduation date would).

Trying to work out where my mojo vanished to has been baffling me for weeks. It may sound cliche, but I have recently been experiencing a sense of unease and lack of inspiration. Going back and forth between university and home hardly serves as the most exhilarating journey of all time.

It is not until this light bulb moment right here that it has dawned on me, that being so entirely engrossed in academic reading and writing has hindered my opportunity to enjoy anything else. I had nearly lost myself in required reading and past paper questions. That is not to say that academic reading is boring. Parts of it is interesting. But, heavily  reading academia for academic purposes does not do much for the creative flow.

To redeem by mojo back I went out for some drinks, have been divulging myself in my pile of unread magazines and plan to start reading again; open up my imaginative mind. Alongside my creativity, my faith took a bit of slippery-slope-slip as well. Not to say I had lost it, I still prayed, went to church, and continued to believe that God would guide me through this treacherous journey they call a law degree. But what I had lost was my desire to seek God, my desire to continuing building our relationship, my desire to get closer. Our conversation often didn’t get much richer than thank you, tomorrow is a new day, help me to work harder, do well.

Some people can bounce straight back up and into their mojo again, but if you’re struggling, consider revisiting a favourite spot, an old hobby or trying something new. Anything to get your spirit back into top gear. Getting my religious spirit back into gear might take some time. To be honest, I believe you always have to be working on it, to remain in high spirits. However, I do believe that a slip in inspiration requires some intervention. Therefore, I’ve been looking for sermons that speak to me directly; so I can literally feel God’s presence.

If you are time management king or queen, do not lost that skill. However, most of us are still learning.  Just make sure you do not lose yourself, lose your soul, in the aspiration of achieving one goal.

Matthew 16:26: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul. Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

We have thousands of goals but only one soul to protect, one soul to help us, one soul to save us.

Hopefully our efforts will be fruitful and we can get back to our vivacious selves. Being inspired to inspire.

Ta ta for now x

 

The Struggle is ONLY Temporary

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I’m back and I’m better!

Am I still allowed to say that? Or is Bryson too 2016?

Anywhoms, I’m back after a very testing period of this university lifestyle. And following my ‘stress is not my portion‘ post I thought, it was only fair to share my stressful moment too; because I’m not out here picking daises and chilling, life is trying it with me too!

Approximately a week ago, dooms-day arrived i.e. Dissertation deadline day. For the last 5 days before my deadline, I was looking like Krusty the clown featuring Nanny McPhee. In the library all hours. Shifts ending while the birds were chirping. No word of a lie, I didn’t necessarily know what day of the week it was, I just knew that my deadline was Xdays and Xhours away. The only thing that was keeping me going was the fact that, I knew in Xdays and Xhours it was going to be over.

During times of struggle, whether that may be financially, emotionally or physically, a reminder that your struggle is only temporary is the most important reminder of them all! For example, we all know about the struggle before the ‘student loan drop’, we know the struggle is only temporary because our bank accounts will be well-endowed soon.

In some areas of life, this is not as easy a concept to master by simply speaking the positivity into existence. Deeper struggles like debt, a broken relationship or loss of a loved one don’t feel like temporary struggles. As long as you are on earth the struggle may remain, and may only get easier, but it is about finding peace in knowing that it does get better.

How do you find peace? You can find peace in prayer or reflection. Focusing on the trials and tribulations you’ve overcome, the good things you enjoy and the great things that are to come.

So, to round it off, whatever your struggle may be, remember that it is only temporary, it will get better (as long as you work on it, because there are not any fairy godmothers granting you wishes out here) and find peace to keep striving through your struggle.

2 Corinthians 4:17 (ESV)

For this light momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison

2 Corinthians 4:17 (NLT)

For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

Remember…you are destined for greatness.

“Stress is not my portion”

stress-is-not-my-portionHey guys,

So I just read a young ladies blog post that popped up on my TL (timeline) on twitter. Titled ‘UNINSPIRED. STRESSED. LONELY.’ She writes about how she was feeling,  how she was removed from her negative space and drops some tips too.

I’m not one to express the feeling of stress. Not explicitly anyway. If the deadline is looming, I’ll laugh about it. If things aren’t going to plan, I’ll act super chilled. Deep down inside my soul, I know I am stressed; but you know when there is no other option but to pull through, so you just get on with it.

During the final year of uni there are 101 things on the agenda. Deadlines. Dissertation. Doing work. Keeping up to date with the news. Countless emails in the inbox pressuring you to start your application before the deadline.  Oh and don’t forget you have to make sure your application is 100% tailored to the employer so that means research. AND on top of ALL of that, a girl wants to STAY CUTE and live her life *insert crying emoji*. It’s a lot.

Now, they did say final year would not be easy, but damn.

Whether its final year, your job or your event on the line, you’re going to experience this heightened stress period at some (probably several) point in your life. I am not here to give you a list of tips on how to be organised. I am not here to give you the number one tip on not being stressed. I am here to tell you to remember one thing and one thing only. When you feel the stress hitting you just tell yourself one thing:

STRESS IS NOT MY PORTION

This is a little colloquial so let me break it down. It simply means stress is not for me. I will not be stressed. Stress? What’s that?

Once you declare it into existence, you can make it reality. In fact say it aloud. Don’t whisper it. Say it with authority. Mean it. Say it with your chest.

This will not eradicate your problems. It will not solve your issues. But, it will remind you that no obstacle is strong enough to combat your greatness. Stress is a feeling. You are in control of your feelings. Nobody else. Once you take control of your feelings, you’re one step closer to taking control of your problems.

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you… Do not let your hearts be troubled…”

If you know somebody really feeling real stressed right now, share this with them.

For now stay cute – guys stay fresh – and remember you’re destined for greatness.