…is exactly who I have been putting focus on these past two weeks. So, put down the Vaseline and car keys. I’m not in my feelings and no one is doing me wrong. I just happen to have been putting emphasis on people, places, and things that make me happy. When time permits, of course. Nursing school can be nerve- racking. The emotions you feel on a weekly basis can range from euphoria (when you finally realize you ARE learning something) to dejection (when you see the score of the exam you thought you were killing). It’s a crazy life to live, and that’s before you add any other responsibilities on top of it. So in order to help balance out the madness, I’ve decided to have some semblance of a life instead of being cooped up in the house all day.
I haven’t blown off the books completely, I actually completed most of my assignments ahead of time at the beginning of the term. Aside from studying for exams and and a few clinical assignments I have a tiny bit of time to spare this semester. I’ve been spending time with family, enjoying lunch and the occasional bonfire with friends. School and work are priorities. However, I’m finding that getting out into the elements and having a bit of social interaction is a bit healthy and therapeutic for me. I don’t feel as much weight on my shoulders. Whether I’m sitting outside in the backyard with a cup of coffee by myself or sharing a meal with a friend, I’m not worried about school, work, money or anything else that may produce stress and anxiety. I’m just in that moment.
Aside from spending time with old friends, I’ve decided to go out and meet some new people. Last weekend, I found myself on the site, Meetup (again). I was looking up information for a group I was already a member of and ended up joining two new groups geared toward women of color. On a whim, I decided to attend to attend a meeting this past Monday for one of the groups and it was a pleasant experience to the least. The ladies in this group were open and inviting. We discussed a range of topics from our goals and holding ourselves accountable to things from our childhoods that still linger under the surface and still affect us today. It was deep, insightful and real. I look forward to returning to that one. The other Meetup group called Black Girls Camp, has a meetup next month that I signed up for. I’m real excited about that one and can’t wait to share that experience with you all.
I’ve been taken it pretty easy. I’m making time for more things that interest me in order to achieve that balance. We should all allow ourselves to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Now with that being said, I’m off to pretend I’m at the spa and give myself a peppermint oil scalp massage. My tresses deserve just as much TLC as I do. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself too. Until next time…