Embracing Busyness

March 27, 2017 in College

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” 

Life gets busy. And I know it does for every person out there. Busyness is inevitable. The thing is, sometimes I strive off of it. Other times I really dislike it. But with life comes craziness and stress, and sometimes we just have to learn to embrace it.

Embrace. I’ve been thinking about this word a lot lately. I’m going on a women’s retreat with my college in a few weekends and I have the privilege of being able to teach yoga on it. The theme of this retreat is embrace. After a meeting with the other leaders on Friday, it got me thinking about how we need to embrace a whole bunch of things in our lives. One of these things being busyness.

There’s a lot of things I want to do. There are things I have to do. There are things I dream of doing. Sometimes I stack my plate really freakin’ high. Some days I love that, other days not so much.

With exams and papers, trying to have a social life and trying to take time for self-care, getting in time to do the things I enjoy, writing on this blog, writing for Fit University; there are times where I’m like WOAH. Someone hit the pause button. I dread doing homework sometimes and going to class. Studying is the last thing I want to do at times or going to long meetings. But instead of complaining about these things in my life, I take a step back and realize I need to embrace it all. Embrace the craziness, embrace the fact that I am so dang grateful to even receive a college education. Embrace the fact that I am so blessed that I can do what I love and write so much, that I have lovely friends in my life who care about me. That I love my major, that sure school is hard sometimes but the hard work does pay off.

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The load, all of the things on our plate: that will not break us down. But the way we carry it most definitely will. Switch your perspective. Take a step back, take a deep breath and always remember to look at the grand scheme of things.

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Embrace Grace.

Have more gratitude. Stop carrying your responsibilities with a poor attitude. Be thankful for all life has given you thus far. For all the opportunities that God has placed in your hands.

Now tell me: 

How do you deal with busyness and stress? 

Thanks for reading friends. I hope you had a great weekend and a lovely Monday!! <3

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  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law March 27, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I have definitely had to embrace busyness lately! My workload is insane right now – but I know it’s just a season and I have to make the most of it!
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    • Reply Alyssa April 2, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      that’s the attitude to have girl!

  • Reply steph March 27, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Well, gotta say love this one!!! Sometimes you amaze me!! Embrace I will take this word with me today and every day!

    • Reply Alyssa April 2, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      love you mom <3

  • Reply kat March 27, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Lovveeeee that quote. Thank you so much for sharing it. I definitely tend to become a bit of a grouch when I’m busy. I just go-go-go until everything is done and sometimes that means I’m on a war path – taking down anything and everything in my path [and not in a good way!] Totally needed this reminder today girl. Thank you!
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    • Reply Alyssa April 2, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      I can get cranky too so I feel ya! Hope you are having a good sunday <3

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot March 27, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I deal with stress and busyness a few ways…I like to find positives and reflect on the good of the stress (like moving is stressful but we get a new space to decorate and a new baby room!) or I lean on my support system when I just don’t see the positives. Praying also helps so much!
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    • Reply Alyssa April 2, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      reflecting on the positives is a great technique 🙂

  • Reply Megan March 28, 2017 at 5:53 am

    I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with all that is on my plate, but I am making it my mission to stay on top of things and not get consumed by stress. I am trying to prioritize self care at the moment!

    • Reply Alyssa April 2, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      self care is so important!!

  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It March 28, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I know meditation and journaling has been helping me!! Can’t wait to hear all about the retreat and your teaching experience! 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa April 2, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      thanks girly!!

  • Reply Melanie March 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Oh I needed this post!! Sometimes when I get busy all I can focus on is my anxiety/not wanting to get stuff done. I want to work on developing this mindset when life gets busy. I really like to journal/write in my planner to keep myself organized. Prayer and spending time with loved ones also keeps me calm. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week! <3

    • Reply Alyssa April 2, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      thank you girl, I Hope you had a great weekend and got in some relaxation time!

  • Reply Emily March 28, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    EMBRACE. Wow; that’s so good. Embrace grace. Embrace the gifts you’ve been given; Lyss you’re just so alive; you’re alive in Christ! <3 this sister.
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  • Reply Cora March 29, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Ugh i am NOT dealing with business and stress well right now at all. In fact i am the one causing myself more and more stress…unnecessary stress…and findng it impossible to tell myself to slow down or that “not everything needs to be done NOW.” I think along with embracing there needs to be so much grace. Grace that not everything will or needs to be done. Grace to let yourself breathe and know that you have time. I need to find my way back to some peace.

    • Reply Alyssa April 2, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      You do girl… remember nothing is that important that it causes you so much stress!!

  • Reply Julia @ Drops of Jules March 30, 2017 at 3:48 am

    Embrace is one of my favorite words int he English language. I have had a tattoo of that word drawn up for years, but am too scared to get it. I want to learn to be flexible and embrace it all. I love the introspective thoughts here. Thank you so much for constantly pouring your heart out here on the blog. <3
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    • Reply Alyssa April 2, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      ah that would be a great tattoo!! I support that 100%

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