Hello my beautiful readers! Okay, before you angrily cross your arms and huff exasperatedly, I can explain why it’s been six weeks since my last blog post. School. Need I say anything else? I didn’t think so. I hope y’all are having a magical fall season and looking forward to the holidays ahead (I’m days away from blaring Michael Bublé’s Christmas album; I’m just waiting for just the right moment). I’m ready for the holidays because holidays mean that the semester will be coming to a close, and then I can finally breath again! I tell ya, college is a lot more stressful than I remember, and this semester, it feels like sleep has become a luxury.

I feel like for college kids, it’s almost a competition to see who has the busiest schedule. Maybe that equates to coolness, heck if I know, because I’m the opposite of “cool”. And get this, over the past weeks, my life has become a routine schedule where I even schedule in time to relax. Correct me if I’m wrong but shouldn’t relaxing happen on a whim, ahem meaning it’s not planned? Yeah, I keep telling myself this but alas I continue to write down “RELAX” in my planner at a certain time every day. Because I want to brag about how cool and busy I am, allow moi to give you a typical day in my life. To summarize, I leave my house at nine in the morning, fill my day with classes, homework, work, meetings, and activities; I return home around nine-thirty at night. So, as you can probably tell, I haven’t been too overwhelmed; everything has been peachy. Let’s be honest here, since school started, I feel like if you googled, chicken with his head cut off, a picture of me would pop up. My life felt like it was spinning out of control, and I didn’t know how to slow it down. I have a feeling that a lot of you have felt this at some point in your life. This past week, I felt at peace for the first time since school started. Heck, I thought peace was a mythical, imaginary idea only two weeks ago, and now I’ve gotten a little taste of it, and I don’t want to let it go!

So peace, how do you find it in this life that’s constantly in motion? Well, I want you to ask yourself a question. Are you doing something because you want to or you want to please someone else? When I asked myself this question, I realized that I was doing certain activities during my week to please other people. As I’ve said before, I’m a people pleaser, and if someone asks me to do something, 98.26% of the time, I’ll say “yes”. I wasn't putting my all into the things that I should have been focusing on. I was drained. I don’t know about you, but if I’m socializing for a whole day, I need to spend a good chunk of that day recharging and spending quality time with myself. So when I didn’t have that time, I was a dead battery. Taking care of yourself and recharging your battery is just as important as anything else, and it took spreading myself too thin to realize it.

In summer, I visited the chapel maybe three days out of the week, and of the days that I didn’t, I’d spend a half hour in my room in silence, listening to God. But when school started, I concocted a pretty sneaky excuse for not visiting God every day. My excuse: I was too busy. Let me tell you, that excuse of being too busy is a lie! First of all, His schedule is completely open; He’ll even meet with you at 2:30 in the morning if that’s what you desire. Even if it’s for five minutes, make time for Him, because when you make time, you’ll get a taste of peace. The thing is, God is the easiest to reach in the silence of this busy life. It’s easy to get caught up in our fast-paced world of social media and trying to cram in as many things as we can into a day. Silence is found when we’re talking to Him, and I realized, that’s one of the most important ingredients to peace. Silence allows for self-reflection. It’s a time to be still. In this life that’s constantly in motion, it’s important to include moments of stillness. Sometimes it’s easy to feel guilty for just sitting and being still during the day, but time with Him is always time well spent.

So, I hope this post was encouraging to you, and maybe this week you can find a little peace amongst your busy life. Remember, do things only because you want to do them, take time for yourself, and don’t forget to schedule a date with the one who’s always waiting for you.

With Love,

Kirst

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