A Change of Pace this Semester

January 18, 2017 in College

Happy Wednesday friends! I am officially back at school. I moved in Monday afternoon and I had yesterday to adjust which was nice. I start classes today!


And I had time to put up my new tapestry. I moved around my pictures because I wanted to put this up. I love it SO much. (Thanks Amazon!)

I honestly was super excited to come back to school. I was excited to see friends and get back in the swing of things. I really do love routine and being busy (helloooo type A personality!!) But I am going into this semester with a whole different mindset than my mindset in fall semester.

*This semester, I am so excited to grow my friendships more. Last semester I was definitely spending time with my friends, but with the relationship I was in and my depression I stopped spending as much time with my friends. I can’t wait to have fun nights with my girls and just work on being the best friend I can be. Bc girls nights= best nights.

*I’m going to dedicate my time to doing more of the things I love. Last semester I lost touch of my passions. I really want to keep up with this blog because it makes me SO happy. I want to continue with growing my faith, yoga, working out, and writing. Despite being busy with school, I still want to find time for these things. I want to keep going to coffee shops and keep doing all the little exploring I love to do (cafes, juice bars, ya know- all that fun stuff). All of these things make my soul flourish and I want to find the time to do them and put in an effort to do so.

*I want to work on getting more sleep. Last semester I did a terrible job at this. I was averaging about 5 hours a night (I know- so bad!!!) I definitely felt the effects of not getting enough sleep so I really need to make it a priority to keep up with my zzzz’s.

*Try my best, but don’t overdo it. This is a huge one for me. I by no means am a straight A student, but I do try hard in school. Sometimes I have the tendency to overdo it and get myself super stressed out, which is one thing I am always working on. So I want to continue working on that this semester. Balance my time well and continue to try my best, but remember that doing my best is all I can do!

*Journal journal journal!! I really do want to keep up with this. Because this is a hugeee coping skill for me. And something I genuinely enjoy!!

This semester I want to work on myself. By myself. For myself. I don’t want to put my focus in finding a boyfriend and I don’t want to be in a relationship right now. I need to better myself. I need to strengthen my faith and my friendships. I need to build my self-confidence more. This semester I will not be seeking the validation of others (especially boys!!) I will be working on finding that validation from within.

This semester is going to be a whole lot different than the last one, and I am so excited for it. I can’t wait to travel along this journey with God and all the amazing people in my life by my side. 0D80A000-6AE1-4411-8934-0634F3BB0C1E.JPG

“Always choose to be filled with joy.”

Now tell me: 

(Fellow college students) What are some ways you want to make this semester better?

Do you like to journal? 

Hope you all have a fab Wednesday!! Wish I could hug each and every one of ya today. Go make the day great. 🙂

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  • Reply Lynne (Lynne's Recipe Trails) January 18, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Happy Wednesday Lyss 🙂 Hope you have a great semester and fulfill all your dreams.
    You are awesome ! I have said this before and I will say it again, you are such an inspiration. Have a beautiful day. 🙂
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    • Reply Alyssa January 26, 2017 at 3:36 am

      thank you lynne 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie January 18, 2017 at 11:41 am

    What a joyful post! This makes me happy to see what you want to do this semester!!!
    Many hugs and kisses to you! May god bless you and all of your friends!

    • Reply Alyssa January 26, 2017 at 3:36 am

      aw thank you momma love yaaaa!

  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It January 18, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Love all of these! I need to journal WAY more too instead of sitting with sad feelings. This semester I’m trying out new workout classes instead of being too regimented with my exercise…definitely a challenge for me!

    • Reply Alyssa January 26, 2017 at 3:36 am

      YESS- journal whenever you feel anything girl. capturing those moments and writing about them is so so amazing

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot January 18, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Good luck!! 😀 😀 😀 Hope its amazing!
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    • Reply Alyssa January 26, 2017 at 3:37 am

      thank you heather 🙂

  • Reply Emily January 18, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    YES. Take that time to journal, take that time to rest and sleep, because it will fuel you, refresh you for a new day each day. <3
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    • Reply Alyssa January 26, 2017 at 3:37 am

      thank you so so much beautiful gal!

  • Reply Caroline January 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Always yes to journaling! I mostly journal my prayers but all sorts of things manage to make it in. This semester I’m focusing more on myself and my own physical and mental wellbeing. Though academics are important to me, I need to stop letting my health and wellness take a backseat to academic stress.
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    • Reply Alyssa January 26, 2017 at 3:38 am

      love journaling my prayers as well!! I feel like it really helps in my connection with God

  • Reply Melanie January 18, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Such great goals for this semester! I love how you are focusing on what’s best for YOU and your health. I want to do the same. This is my last semester of undergrad so I want to make it a good one by enjoying my classes, not being too hard on myself, and having fun!
    I love to journal! It’s one of my favorite ways to express myself and just getting my thoughts out on paper helps me so much when I’m feeling down.

    I hope you had a wonderful first day of classes. 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa January 26, 2017 at 3:39 am

      so exciting it’s your last semester! I hope you are enjoying your classes thus far beautiful!

  • Reply Sarah January 18, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    I also have a goal on connecting with people more, new friends and old! I was isolated the past few semesters because of my ED, but it’s time to change that!
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    • Reply Alyssa January 26, 2017 at 3:39 am

      same here- I want to form stronger connections as well!

  • Reply Megan Hallier January 18, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I’m with you on not seeking validation from anyone (especially boys!)
    Taking this semester to grow yourself and put energy into your friendships sounds wonderful.
    I’m personally gonna be focusing on making the most of every opportunity I can this year since it is my last one at college.
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    • Reply Alyssa January 26, 2017 at 3:39 am

      love that goal- I want to focus on that too!

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law January 19, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I love that you’re planning on dedicating more time for the things you love – that’s something we all need to do!

    I hope this semester is beyond incredible <3
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    • Reply Alyssa January 26, 2017 at 3:40 am

      thank you so much kristy <3 <3

  • Reply Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves January 20, 2017 at 12:18 am

    YES I love this, Lyss!! I have a similar outlook this semester; I am telling myself that I don’t need to be BUSY, but I want to be productive, and I want to grow in faith and relationships more this semester too. Can’t wait to hear about your journey, girl. I am so proud of you for doing these things for yourself! ♥︎

    • Reply Alyssa January 26, 2017 at 3:40 am

      yes!! just being productive is key. not always looking to overbook our days!!

  • Reply Kate January 20, 2017 at 2:09 am

    I love that graphic at the end of the post. And your attitude. I know your friends will be excited to have you around more 😀
    I like to see myself as a continuous “work in progress” which helps to relieve some pressure. Sleep has been a big thing for me lately. It gets old being tired all the time!
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    • Reply Alyssa January 26, 2017 at 3:41 am

      thank you kate!! I need to work on getting more sleep as well. that is hard for me!

  • Reply kat January 20, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I love that you are working for YOURSELF more this semester! It’s so important to take care of ourselves and I’m glad you are putting that at the forefront.
    And yes – I adore journaling! I have so many and I love going back through old ones and seeing how far I’ve come.
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    • Reply Alyssa January 26, 2017 at 3:41 am

      aw thank you!! I love looking back at old journals as well 🙂

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