I took Monday off to do some much needed wedding planning (i.e. contacting hotels, caterers, bar tenders, etc) and just get things in order in general.
When things are feeling particularly stressful, I find that checking off a list of 'to do's' gets me heading down the right path.
8. Get ahead on hw and reading for chem/biology - womp, womp, no time for this
With my class schedule and a buuuusy time at work, I'm coming to the realization that I simply CANNOT do everything I want.
And it's not just that I can't do it all when I want, I can't do it all. period. Yesterday for example, I had my first midterm in biology and while my other classmates were studying night and day for a few days prior, I was able to put about 4-5 hrs into it.
Luckily, I felt like the test went fairly well, despite not knowing everything. But I had to come to a place of accepting the imperfect to feel okay about my time commitment to studying.
We've also been having fewer 'from scratch' meals, which I knew would happen. I'm still trying to keep the meals balanced with protein and veg, but trying not to hyperventilate when it's not the ideal healthy dinner. ;)
My motto this week has been "you can only do what you can do." Just trying to roll with the punches, which is easier said than done.
It was exciting to notice how much more prepared I was for yesterday's test than I was in a lot of my tough midterms or finals for my first degree. I'm chalking it up to being older, paying for my own tuition and realizing how much of a gift education is. Oh and not being surrounded by teammates and friends all the time - hello distraction.
The other exciting thing has been that while both chemistry and biology have been pretty challenging for my brain to comprehend, I actually get a lot of the stuff we're learning! I feel smart again and that my friends, is quite a relief.
This week I've also been really crunched for sweat sessions so I've had to make it work. Monday - 3 mile recovery run, Tuesday - 4 mile run at dark, while listening to the debate (and carrying pepper spray), Wednesday - Lifeforce Fitness and this morning an early run.
As challenging as it is, I'd be a student for life if I could. What are your UPs and downs as of late?