Summer 2019 Life Update


Well hello there! It's been a while. I hope you've been keeping up with me on Instagram. I haven't been posting much this summer, although I do try to share things here and there on my story! Summer 2019 took an unexpected turn for me as I unintentionally have taken a bit of a step back from posting on instagram. It has been wonderful!

A lot of times you will hear about people taking a "break" from social media when something really bad happens in their lives, but that is not the case with me. I am actually the happiest I think i have ever been! I am not a full time blogger with a ton of followers who has turned social media into her career, so it wasn't really a big decision to take a break from Instagram. I just kind of lowly stopped posting as often, and realized what really matters to me right now, which I will talk about in a second.

I recently referred back to my last blog post from January 1st of this year ( wow I am such a great "blogger"...) and it was so funny to see my hopes and goals listed out for 2019 and reflect on how they have come true so far! The year is almost over and so is my time in school so I wanted to take a minute of your time to update you on where I am, what I have been doing, and what I have learned this year.

I will be graduating college in December with a degree in Psychology. I do not have any plans to further my education, or turn my fascination with psychology into a career. I am a creative person with big dreams. I have lots of little ideas in my head of what I would be interested in doing. I don't necessarily want to share those with the internet right now, but I am just going to say that although everyone has their opinion about what you should do with your degree, or what career path you should take, you know yourself, what you want, and how determined you are. You can make anything happen if you really want it, and work hard for it. It really doesn't matter what anyone says. Sound advice is good, but opinions do not equal advice. Don't confuse the two.

With that being said, I am BEYOND ready to graduate. School has been hard. It's gotten easier, however. My grades have improved, I have grown as a person, and I don't procrastinate anymore HAHA. Who would've ever thought that would make a difference? 😉 This semester I am taking one psychology class at a sister school, and three electives at my college. I feel like it will be a pretty calm semester, especially because I am living at home again and not having to worry about everything that comes with renting, etc. Some of the people closest to me have not yet graduated either, so it makes it a little easier and I don't feel so behind.

Anyway, this summer has been great. I have REALLY been relaxing and spending time with my favorite people. Like seriously, this is the dream life 😂 We went to the beach in May right after school ended. I wish we could go back! We were going to go to Market a couple weeks ago but I was sick and couldn't make it, so that was tough. But we made up for it by taking a quick mother/daughter Disney trip last week! It was hot and rainy but honestly so much fun. And... I flew on a plane for the first time ever! I really don't know how I managed to last almost 22 years without flying, but I ended up loving it, of course! I started biking again (indoors, because ew it's hot outside) and surprised myself with how much I enjoyed it and how easier it got day after day! I stopped before our trip but I really need to start back soon... I've been filling my days with things I enjoy like watching Hallmark, reading my devotional, listening to relaxing music, watching YouTube videos and learning from and connecting with others, and spending time with my favorite people.

What have I learned this summer? You have to take hold of your life. You only get one. Do what makes you happy, no matter what anyone else says or thinks. I mean, don't be rude to people, but you know what you want and what your soul needs, so fill it with that every chance you get. Every single day you should wake up and try to better than yesterday. Think about what happened, what bothered you, and how you can improve or move on from it. Think about what was good, what you were proud of, and try to implement more of that. And most importantly, never ever ever forget who gave you this life. Without Him, we are nothing. When we lose sight of God and are too focused on the day to day, the devil comes running towards us and fills our heads with fear, lies, and anxiety and wastes days of our lives away. This could be a whole post in itself, but just remember that the fear and bad thoughts in your mind will never be something that God allows to enter. It is only the enemy trying to bring you down and make you question how God could ever let this happen to you.

I think I am going to start doing monthly updates on the blog. I think one of the reasons I stopped posting so much on Instagram is because I'm not constantly shopping anymore so I don't have products, etc. to share. I'll leave that to the pros!

Anyway, I hope y'all have had a great summer! I can't believe it's coming to and end so soon. I am ready to see where this final semester takes me!

Courtney


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