I've been mentioning the s-word a lot lately (STRESS), and figured that I should at least mention why I'm stressed... I have a lot going on with school this semester. Here's a list of everything that needs to be accomplished by December 18th:
(Regular class stuff -- reading, attending classes, papers, tests)
Weekly reaction papers due on SATURDAY MORNINGS (yes, that's right)
6 or so hours of Statistics homework per week (and that's JUST getting by -- 9 or 10 hours would be preferable)
AnthroGroup duties (I'm the co-president, so I help run meetings, set up speakers, etc.)
apply for 2 PhD programs (applications due the first day of finals week)
apply for 2 fellowships to help fund my PhD work (one is due October 5th, the other November 5th)
study for and retake the GRE
help high school vball team with practice once a week (and attend games when possible)
run a 1/2 marathon (October 18th)
travel to be in 2 weddings (which I'm VERY excited about, but the money and time are both hard to come up with)
travel to Philadelphia in December to attend a conference and mingle with important Anthro people (phew -- that one makes me nervous just thinking about it!)
make time for self, boyfriend, family, friends so I don't go crazy
Now, I'm NOT complaining!!!!! I am a VERY lucky person to be doing what I want! And I LOVE doing all of these things (except 6+ hours of Stats per week), which makes it much more manageable. I'm just feeling like I have SO much on my plate, looming over my head, and right now, I'm just struggling to make it from day to day! I'm not sure how I'm going to start fitting more in as the semester goes on without letting some other things go, and I'm not sure how to decide what needs to be let go.
For now, yoga and running with friends keep me sane, coffee keeps me awake, and dinner out with a nice glass of wine and some chocolate to finish, on a night when I just didn't know how I was going to hold it together helps me relax, makes me happy, and helps me remember just how lucky I am...
Question: I couldn't come up with the "perfect" intention in yoga class this morning -- you know, the word(s) that matched exactly what I needed today. So, I went with the instructor's word instead: Joy.
If you had to come up with an intention today, what would it be?