Letting Go of the Bad

5:52:00 PM

Today I started back at school for my very last semester of college. It so happens that I've been so fortunate as to avoid morning classes for the last few semesters, so my 5:45 am alarm really came as a shock. It doesn't help that I was up late last night rewatching episodes of The Office (hence my GIF overuse in this post.)
I went into the bathroom at the journalism school after my first class and thought to myself "Huh... how is it possible that I've never been in this bathroom before?"
I went into a stall and turned around and what do I see? URINALS.

Of course at this point I'm like OH MY GOD OH MY GOD and I realize that someone is in there with me. So I decide to make a run for it. As I'm galloping out the door, it swings open and I physically run into a guy who looked about as confused as could be.

Embarrassed, I start yell-talking like "I AM IN THE WRONG PLACE!!!!!! SO SORRY!!!!!!" And ran away. 'Twas a great beginning to the semester.

You have two choices in a situation like that: you can let the embarrassment cripple you and put a damper on your day, or you can make it your best story of the day (and if you know me, you know I ALWAYS have a story.) I definitely chose the latter.
I don't believe in full-blown New Year's Resolutions -- I prefer to do my best to make every day better -- but I do want to make the best effort I can to live each day to the fullest extent.
This year, I want to be more present and I want to take advantage of all of the last experiences around me. If a friend wants to go to dinner after I've been in class all day or working? I need to say yes. An opportunity for a weekend getaway? Why not. 
This is something my mom and I have actively decided to work on together. She read Shonda Rhimes' book Year of Yes. My copy arrives tomorrow and I'll be sure to let you all know how it inspires me.
I would like to encourage you all to take a step back and reflect on those daily grievances that can make life a little hard. Staying positive can be tough, but when you don't let those little annoying things get to you it can be incredibly freeing.

I hope you all take this New Year and make a vow to do some good in your own lives and in the lives of those around you. I think you'll be amazed at how easy it can be to make every day a better day.

Yep, school, I'll really miss you. Even writing papers at midnight.

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  1. Cute story and great message! I never really do resolutions better but I'm going into my last semester too so may take this as a guide ;) Thanks for sharing!


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