Month V - Doing vs Being

What a month, my friends, what a month. I spent the majority of the month back in Minnesota enjoying a sweet christmas break with my family...

What a month, my friends, what a month.
I spent the majority of the month back in Minnesota enjoying a sweet christmas break with my family, baking, rejuvenating, and repowering for a next semester.

And then I came back. And the madness started.

And I realized how grateful I was for the slow and sacred times I had over break to simply be, instead of focusing on what I had to do.

With that, I present you the college journals, Month V.

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Highs //
I got accepted into a different program at my school, and I am so. freaking. excited. It was a long road deciding to switch programs (the girl I sat next to in econ can attest- nearly every time I saw her in class I would tell her if I had decided to switch or if I did want to stay in the program I was in. It went back and forth for several months yikes.) but I feel such a strong peace over the decision and I'm so excited to jump into this new journey! Long story short: the new program is a lot more business stuff and a lot less philosophy/literature.

Quiet and slow christmas traditions... baking, cooking, reading books, even folding laundry, quieting my soul in preparation of the celebration of The King.

Countless coffee dates to catch up with friends. It's so so so good to have community over food and drink. There's something hard wired into our souls that craves this community, I think.

I helped my brothers take practice standardized tests over break and my job was to watch the time and notify them when their time was almost up. While I was waiting for them to finish their tests, I had a lot of time to think and research quietly, and that gave me a ton of time to think and process what I actually want to do with my life. (Side note: this article is so good about finding time in your schedule to have "white space," time to think and create. So true.)

Funny Christmas traditions... We go to an annual party where you go out on a hike in the woods in search of the "Yule log" and then there's a talent show and christmas caroling and it's rather strange when you think about it but it's part of our Christmas.

Almost daily games of Settlers of Catan with the fam bam. I think my brothers and I get along better now that we've been away from each other for a semester. We played games, watched action movies, and even had a few sleepovers.

Coming back to school after Christmas to my tribe. Mmmm, it's good to be back with the squad. It's actually so weird how close you can become with people you've only known for half a year.

I started working (!!) and it's so exciting. I'm officially working as a design & Arabic language assistant, but really that just means being creative and thinking of ways to promote Arabic stuff on campus and finding ways to engage more students in languages. Fun fun.

Lows //
Wisdom teeth removal over christmas break. Um, yeah.

I believe I turned into a wimp- the temperature average was below 0 for a week and it is not something I would ever like to have to deal with again.

It was extremely hard coming back to school after break. Mainly just from missing the fam bam, and also the still and quiet state of just being home, you know? Being able to breathe and think away from the chaos and noise and people and movement of a college campus.

So, in the midst of starting (two!) new majors, a possible new minor, AND a new job, I actually-for-real cannot at the moment. It's so so hard to find time to fit everything in, and it's been a struggle finding time for relationships/Jesus/other super important things when I am spending the majority of my waking hours in class or at work. Definitely a work in progress.

The Verdict //
I was able to spend this past weekend off campus with friends at one of their homes. We hiked, explored the city, ate way too much, watched this crazy movie, and took time to read and study. It forced me to reflect and plan and get excited for this semester.

I'll be honest, I am FREAKED OUT for this semester and my classes and activities and work and keeping relationships strong. But this weekend away reminded me that it's okay to take a step back.

Our culture is so engrossed with doing, many of us forget just being.  It's in the space we take to simply be that we actually grow and honestly save ourselves from a spiral of stress and busyness. Take breaks. Be fully present in your moments of rest.

So friends, how do you find time to simply be? What do you do to renew your self? I'd really love to hear. :)

Keep being epic,
Sophia

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3 comments

  1. “Our culture is so engrossed with doing, many of us forget just being. It's in the space we take to simply be that we actually grow and honestly save ourselves from a spiral of stress and busyness.”

    This spoke to me on the same level because at times, I can feel this happening with me. I’m being pinned up to do so many different things I don’t have time to just breathe. But anyways, I’m so glad you switched majors and you’re promoting Arabic!!! I’d always think it’d be neat to learn the language, especially because it’s one of the less conventional languages to learn (when compared to Spanish, French, German, Chinese, etc.)....

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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  2. I'm enjoying these updates. I love the sound of looking for a Yule log. Ery cute. Ah I have to get my wisdom teeth out soon... Not looking forward to it whatsoever.

    Simply being present in a moment is something I have been trying to do. I've been hearing so much about people being stress that it's good to hear others coping methods.

    Simply Me

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  3. I hope that you are able to simply be this semester, Sophia. <3 Have the loveliest time. :)

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