Wednesday, February 24, 2010

These are my Confessions

In light of my new feature, Confessions of a College Prepster, I've decided to confess a few things to y'all.

It's really easy to get wrapped up in the hectic nature of school. Sometimes I forget to take a step back and realize just how lucky I am to have the opportunity to study at such an incredible university. I have a solid, however small, group of friends who really care about me. I have fabulous followers and belong to a great blog circle. I'm part of a team and surrounded by some driven and dedicated rowers who not only care about the sport, but also their teammates.

I'll be honest, I get quite stressed and it really affects me in so many ways. This semester has been particularly challenging in the stress department. I've had some pretty traumatic experiences (including an exceptional one concerning ketchup) occur over the past couple of weeks. While they would seem trivial to the average person, they've made me think a lot about who I am. California Funk can attest to my bizarre reactions to seemingly ordinary events.

I feel like I have just been running through the motions this semester. Not much heart involved, I guess. It's not that I've felt overwhelmingly sad or depressed, but I just didn't feel like things were all clicked in place.

I can't pinpoint exactly what triggered the change, but Monday was the first day in a long time that I felt happy, truly happy. It was so strange. At first I thought it was just the coffee that I had, but it didn't wear off, and there was no "crash." Oddly, the happiness came at such an unsuspecting time: in my HELL WEEK (aka three midterms, two papers, and random written assignments). I was so happy to just be happy. I am happy to just be happy.


I'm writing this partly to share with y'all, but also so that I can read this in the future and remember to take a step back and remove the stress and see what I'm missing.

9 comments :

  1. sometimes we all need to step back from our hectic lives and take a few deep breaths, and have a few deep laughs. glad you're feeling *happy*

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  2. I know exactly how you feel. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in stressing about the little things and about making everything perfect that I forget to be happy over the little miracles that occur everyday. I try and wake up every morning with a positive attitude and remind myself that life is great! I know this is difficult to do during HELL WEEK, I am going through it too! I hope you have a GREAT day! BE HAPPY! :)

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  3. I second what Chloe said and your new layout is beautiful! xoxoe

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  4. Stay happy...you have so much in your life to be happy about!!! Happiness does not come from material things, even most of us think it does, but... within ourselves! Reach out to people, even the ones with faults you do not like....there is surely something good about them which you might discover.... not to change them but overlook the annoyances.
    Betsy

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  5. hang in there car! also...you might have S.A.D....look into that

    :-)

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  6. i've so enjoyed reading your blog lately! i even looked at your old archived posts as a reprive from studying today! but girl, i totally can empathize with you. Life can stress us out quickly and easily if we let it. You, as you obviously know, have a wonderful life with friends, family, and love at the core. I just wanted to encourage you and hope that you stay strong and JOYFUL!! I know we don't know each other but you are in my thoughts and prayers sweetheart! Good luck with Hell Week. Just breath and take JOY in life. It makes our days so much more worthwhile!

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  7. Hey Carly!!
    I too can attest to your crazies, and I believe that I may have been one of the best people to help you calm down a little when stressed out during highschool! Just wanted to let you know that I miss you, and that I am so glad you are feeling genuinely happy.
    It is the same for me; for some reason, I have been in the best moods lately. I think it may be due to the fact that my surgery is done, and that I am finally almost through that whole mess!

    Miss you,
    Madison

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  8. Car,
    I LOVE your new blog, and cute comments and stories! So glad you found happiness. It's hard a lot of times, but if you really put your life into perspective, there is so much to live for, and we have so much to be thankful for, there is no reason to not be happy and spread some of that joy to others! We only have so long to be here and affect each others lives! Love the picture collage too!

    Miss and love you,
    Suze

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  9. Goodness! Collegeprepster you must be my long lost twin. I'm a junior at UVA, from Georgia, and fellow worshipper of all things preppy. It's a shame this winter has lasted so long! (My Lily apparel is simply begging for some sun exposure). I was a lightweight rower freshman year but, unfortunately, I had to put academics above rowing. My friend showed me the blog and "Confessions of a CollegePrepster" could have been my college move in story--right down to name!!! Can't wait for more!

    Most IMPORTANTLY--where is this book you penned over the summer? I am sitting on pins and needles (for preppy embroidery, of course!) waiting for it to come out.

    xoxo,
    Addie

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