My apologies. I haven't posted in a million years. I blame business school for repeatedly kicking me in the face for the past two months. Which brings me to my next point.
We are all faced with new experiences in life that have a "learning curve". If you are like me, you want to get through that time as fast as possible and get back to being a contributing member of society. The start of business school has been one of those experiences for me - but it can look different for everyone. Starting a new job, becoming a parent (again even!), moving to a new place etc. These are times of high growth and learning that stretch us past the point we often think we can endure.
Since I knew school was going to be one of these experiences, I tried to prep myself for it. I even made up some hippie mantras to tell myself as a reminder when I started feeling anxious. But it has still been so hard. And even though I have tried so earnestly to be successful in my classes, I have been royally failing a lot (looking at you fuh-nance midterm! that's how you say "finance" when you are uppity). But! I am still learning. I know more about business now than I did a month ago - and that in and of itself is a success. One of the most beautiful aspects of life is that the purpose is to learn - and to ultimately learn to be like our Savior. Oftentimes in particular periods of growth, God is the only one who can truly help us. I've come to better appreciate the times when I know the only way I'm functional is by the grace of God. It strengthens my relationship with and appreciation of Him. Goodness what a time to be alive :) God is there to make our burdens light, to lift us up when our heads hang down in weariness and to be our biggest supporter!
My three tips for times like these (because all the best advice comes in threes... ;) ):
1. Be brave
New experiences are scary. But truth is, everyone else is scared, too. You can do it and you will do it and most wonderfully - God will help you. Have the courage to try the things that scare you - because not only will that help you, it also encourages the people around you to be brave :)
2. Be patient
You won't be perfect the first day. In fact, you probably won't be perfect for a lot of days :) All you can do is your best and your best is good enough. Honest truth. I keep telling myself to "just sit back on it" - like you do when you are first learning to ski or wakeboard. Those first few seconds with all the water up your nose are a holy terror, but you just have to hold on and know that you'll eventually come out on top!
3. Choose to be happy
You will look back on times like these with fondness - I know, I know, I want to slap everyone who says that to me in the face right now. But! It's true. We love to grow. And these are periods of intense growth. Enjoy it for what it is and choose each day to find reasons to be happy.
Life can be crazy - but there is also so much reason to be grateful.
love you too much!
PS - If you are really feeling that patience theme - this is my favorite talk of all time that I think I post about waaaaaaaay too often:
"Patience" by Neal A. Maxwell
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