Living Learning and Flourishing

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Hello August! I have not been nearly as active on this blog as I would have liked this summer, but sooner rather than later I'll get back to posting regularly (stay tuned)! So what exactly have I been doing this summer?

1. Working hard at work and pushing my body beyond what I thought it could bear.
2. Occasionally having a social life; I haven't spent nearly enough time with my friends and family this summer, but those who know my schedule and responsibilities understand my life. I spent last Friday with my cousin Abigail (pictured above) and our friend Laurie (not pictured) on a local adventure at the Asbury Park boardwalk in New Jersey and we had so much fun catching up. It was my first time visiting that boardwalk and I really enjoyed the scenery. So naturally I asked Laurie to snap a few pictures so I could show you my outfit and a little bit of the art. Thanks girl!
3. Thinking about what I need to do to flourish in this final quarter of the year and set myself up future success.

What has this summer taught me so far?

1. I'm stronger than I think I am. I've survived on less sleep than I need, shined under pressure that I once thought could crush me, and asserted my power at times when I thought I was helpless.
2. Do not feel guilty about handling your business. Part of being an adult is taking care of your responsibilities. More often than not, honoring those responsibilities will cause you to miss out on fun events and spending time with loved ones. So deal with it, but find a way to create the work-life balance you desire. Now of course I'll be the first one to scroll through instastories and timelines wishing I was where the fun is. However, I smile knowing that my bills will be paid on time and my friends and family love me even in circumstances that pull me away from them.
3. Stop overthinking things and do more (or do differently). I have great ideas that only live in my head because sometimes I do more thinking than doing when it comes to my personal goals. I'm still sleeping on some of the dreams God gave me a year ago and I need to wake up and transform my dreams into accomplishments.

Perhaps you had a care-free summer filled with fun in the sun. Maybe you spent most of it at your full time job or internship. Or maybe you enjoyed a healthy mix of work and play. As summer begins to wind down, I want to encourage you (and me) to reflect on your year so far as well as your choices. As someone who is busy working and/or handling responsibilities most of the time, it's easier said than done for me to write that I'm going to do more or do things differently. However, I'm honest enough with myself to realize that the only way I'm going to achieve my short and long term goals is by adjusting the way I handle my time. So I want you to decide what you need to change in your life to transform your goals into accomplishments. You may need to adjust your priorities and mindset to flourish in this final quarter of the year.

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