“Go to Grad School,” they said.
“It’ll be fun,” they said.
Okay, so not really. I am having the time of my life. I love being back in school, I love being in England, and I love my life. Sometimes things just get a little difficult, that’s all. Sometimes you have a test and a paper due and you don’t feel ready for either of them, but you do the best you can because what else is there?
And when things get hard, you just have to focus on reminding yourself why you’re doing this. It’s okay to have a hard day (or two or three or seven) as long as you don’t lose faith or hope. I saw a quote on Pinterest the other day that has become my mantra this week: “Keep going. You are almost there.” I might still have 41 more weeks to go before I graduate, but I just have to take things one week at a time. If I have one hard week in nine, I think I’m doing alright. I’ve got this. You’ve got this. We can do this.
Sometimes, it’s not until much later that you can see the beauty in a frustrating situation. I had a really rough morning–including the world’s worst necklace snarl–but then I had a great lesson with the youth in Sunday School and an awesome fireside with the YSA group. I am grateful for the tender mercy of friendship and fellowship.
Pojo the Plesiosaur is a little worried that I’ve been neglecting my basil and cilantro plants this week…
There wasn’t time for any big adventures this week, but I did take a few hours to volunteer at the first ever Potato Party at Nafferton Farm. They did a field trial on potatoes this year, and since they can’t sell the potatoes, they had a party to give them away. We even tried to break the world record for “Highest Number of Potatoes Carried for 10 Metres Between the Knees by a 6-Person Relay Team”. We failed, but sure had fun trying!
My flatmate Cansu (left) is from Turkey, and she made us some delicious Turkish treats. I can’t remember what they’re called, but they were yummy. Mo (right) and I had great fun documenting this delicious moment.
Just a nice little pick-me-up on the way to campus.
I don’t usually take selfies, but when I do, it’s because a friend complimented my hair by comparing me to the president of the world’s largest women’s organization. 🙂
To de-stress after a taxing exam, I took a walk through the park with my macro lens. It was a perfect way to remember that divinity is in the details of our lives.