Monday, January 13, 2014

Taking the Time to Breathe

Today marks the first day of my second semester of my sophomore year of college. As I think back to last semester and balancing school, church, boyfriend, friends, this blog, and other extra curriculars, I realize that I was taking on so much at one time and just going and going and going. 

It took a point of me breaking down in the middle of a conversation with a friend last semester to realize that I needed to take the time to just breathe.

Up until that point, I'd been spending so much time relying on my own strength that eventually I caved because, well, I'm human. How could I hold myself up for so long? 

So yesterday, I kept getting the urge to paint, so I did. I'm no painter by any means, but I do love expressing my creativity through creative outlets, like painting, sculpting, crafting, anything, really. 

A word kept coming to mind all day yesterday, and the word was breathe. I think that this will definitely be my mantra this semester, seeing as how it is so important to take a step back to just reflect and relax every now and then. 


I kept the canvas simple; I wanted the word to be the focal point and to stand out from the background. 

I also used a frame I got for Christmas and filled it with paper to write a simple phrase on it. I went with "Be amazing, do amazing." To me, the quote simply means that in whatever you do, put your all into it. Make yourself and your work the best you can make it. I think that fits perfectly for this semester, and maybe even this year. 


As I go through this semester, I hope to keep both of these mantras in mind. I am ready for what's to come, and I'm just excited for what is going to happen. Let's do this! 


21 comments:

  1. These are great mantras! It's surprising how hard it can be to stop and just breathe. Great post!

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

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  2. These mantras are perfect to get through the semester! Each semester it gets a little easier to manage your time, but it's still a pretty difficult process. Breathing is key! Good luck, I know you'll do great!


    xo, Alicia
    River City Chic

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    1. Yeah, I've realized that as each semester goes by there are a new set of issues to work out, but it's all good! Thanks for your support [:

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  3. This makes me want to paint! It just calms me. I haven't had the urge to paint in so long, but now I want to. I love what you did with the frame. Like you said, that quote is so simple, but it's so powerful. I hope you enjoy the rest of your sophomore year! :)

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    1. You should definitely paint if you want to! Thanks for your support, Tiffany [:

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  4. Love your painting! I love these mantras, I had a tough semester carrying a lot of schoolwork, work, and extracurriculars that I learned I just had to stop and breathe when times got too tough. Good luck on the start of a new semester!

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  5. Love your craft and love these mantras - I need to remind myself of these always.

    rhea @ rheaetcetera.com

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  6. Go watch 'Ever After' and that's a perfect film for this mantra. I instantly think of it because there's a gorgeous line of 'Just Breathe' before Drew Barrymore's character goes into craziness. Maybe you can watch it this weekend and be inspired.

    I wish you all the luck in this next semester, you will kick ass and take names. xoxo

    Always,
    Mostly Lisa

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    1. I have only watched parts of that movie; thanks for the suggestion! Thanks, Lisa [:

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  7. Good luck this semester! I find that using a planner really helps out with feeling overwhelmed :)

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

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    1. I already use one! I'm just hoping to stay on top of it this year [:

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  8. Enjoy your second semester! I'm glad that you are able to remember to just breathe. I'm going into my second semester of sophomore year, too, next week and I know reminding myself to breathe always helps!

    More importantly, I nominated you for The Liebster Award bc I am a huge fan! You can read more about it here: http://sparkleandshinesami.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/liebster-award/

    HC XO,
    Sami

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    1. Aww, thank you so much Sami! I will check out and post about the award soon [:

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  9. Rembering to breathe is something that is SO important and easy for us college kids to forget! Loved seeing the beautiful painting and craft that you made- keep sharing more of your DIY's! :-)

    xoxo Miss ALK
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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    1. Aww, thank you! I will try to share more DIY's as I start getting more into them!

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  10. Hi Kriselle. Your blog is a breath of fresh air. I'm taking your quote "Be Amazing, Do Amazing" with me! Definitely a great outlook.
    I'm a part of your SITS tribe and I am inspired by you!

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    1. Hi there, thank you so much! That means a lot to me. And by all means take the quote, I would love that! Thank you for visiting my blog [:

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  11. I featured this piece in my latest "Massive List of Links" post!

    ♥Emma, from It's Emma Elise

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