Happy and Excited(:

Sometimes, I just think about a lot. I’m not sure how I feel about this whole blogging thing. It puts something out there for the world to see, never to be taken back, always to be somewhere. But, I also think that it is a powerful way to share thoughts, to stay in touch, to tell you about my life and what I’m experiencing. (Side note: this will be my thoughts jumbled together. It may not always make sense. It may be all over the place. But, here they are.)

I’ve had a really incredible experience over the past week. I have felt love in a new place and I’ve been reminded of love in old places. I’ve had nearly three hour long skype conversations, just talking about everything. I’ve stayed up until three in the morning talking to new friends, learning about their lives, building relationships. On Friday, I got some pretty exciting news, and I got to share that with people here. The responses just lit up my life. To know that these people, these people that I’ve known for a month now, were so happy for me, it was breathtakingly beautiful, if an experience can be breathtakingly beautiful. I called my mom to tell her too, and it was a perfect reminder of how proud she is of me and how much she loves me. I’ve listened to the musical genius of one of my friends. I’ve met new people. I’ve talked to my best friend on the phone about everything. I’ve received texts reminding me that I am missed. I’ve had people check up on me. I’ve received packages (mail is the best). I am blessed.

I think we so often forget how blessed we are. It’s easy to go through the day complaining about the chemistry homework, how my psych professor still doesn’t know our names, how I really need to study for that test, how I just don’t want to do anything. The thing is, though, we are so blessed. I’m so guilty of focusing on the bad things instead of the good things. I have 8:00 classes three days a week. If you know me, you know that I am not a morning person at all. I’d much rather be sleeping. So, at 8:00 in the morning, I fail at being someone who recognizes the good. I think that’s my goal for this week.. To wake up joyful. As my dad and I used to say, “to wake up happy and excited for a new day.”

So, I encourage you to wake up happy and excited for a new day tomorrow. Remember that you are loved, you are blessed, and it is a new day.(:

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