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Worry-Free Wednesday: Paying it Forward and #WCW

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This week’s Worry-Free Wednesday is dedicated my WomanCrushWednesday, my best friend and Kappa Delta little sis, Allanah Jackson. Not to mention today she turned 21! She’s always been someone who is involved in philanthropy – in high school she was active in her school’s Relay for Life and she was KD’s VP Community Service. Her latest endeavor involves Boom Boom Cards, which have random acts of kindness to perform and then the cards are passed on to another person to continue the cycle of kindness! To learn more, follow her kindness revolution here!

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Worry-Free Wednesday: Back in Action

46f4801aa5aa036aa3a3443554df7706-1 Guess who’s back for another Worry-Free Wednesday?! I know I took quite the hiatus, but I’m back and feeling better than ever! As a classic over-achieving type A person, I bit off a tad more than I could chew this semester (read: I was insanely over-scheduled). Between taking a full load of courses, working part-time, being a personal assistant for the one and only Megan Conner (personal trainer and singer/songwriter extraordinaire), babysitting, and somehow trying to squeeze in some time to enjoy my senior year and spend time with my friends and my dog, it was nearly impossible to even fathom blogging. But, I’ve been looking forward to when the dust settled so I could share the new recipes I’ve been crafting and all of the good things that happened during this hectic time! Which brings me to my next point, while I may have been stretched far too thin these past few months, I’ve honestly never been happier and really gained a great new perspective on life in the process: “Talk about your blessings more than you talk about your burdens.” While I was often sleep-deprived and stressed, venting can only solve so much of that, and after a while venting turns into to just plain complaining and that really doesn’t fix the problem. A friend of mine shared with me that before she goes to bed every night she says one good thing that happened earlier in the day, and since then I, too, have been doing that nightly. It’s helped me to not sweat the small stuff and appreciate all the opportunities I’ve been given. This crazy schedule has also helped me to prioritize what is most important to me. While I didn’t see many of my friends nearly as much as I would have liked, I tried to make the most of the little free time I did have whether it was walking to class together, going together to a workout class, watching an episode of scandal, or simply chatting before or after chapter for a quick update. And I also cannot thank them (or my mom for her spontaneous flight to come help me) enough for always being there to support me or helping out with Lilly! Making time for myself was another important lesson I learned. For me, it was some form of exercise – whether it was a quick 15 minute run with the pup, a barre3 class, an intense workout with Megan or Hell Month at Barry’s, it was the one part of the day where I could zone out and truly clear my mind. I started working out earlier and earlier in the day and have become such a morning workout person that I actually feel off if I don’t do something active in the morning. Not to mention in the process, I broke some pretty awesome personal records – a 7:07 mile and an 11.5mph sprint on the treadmill at Barry’s! So in sum, next time you are feeling vastly overwhelmed, take a step back and start listing some positive things about the day and your wonderful life in general, and I guarantee that stressful day will start turning around! Have a very happy Thanksgiving everyone, and be on the look out for tons of new recipes and travel posts!