Twas The Night Before Grad School


I’m writing to share thoughts and feelings before a new,  monumental phase of life begins. I hope to review this post in the future to laugh at my anxiety, doubts and lack of ambition. I’m looking forward to/dreading tomorrow.

Keegan and I swept through the house last night at lightning speed to tidy up our space. The living room’s immaculate, not a single particle of dust, for now. We wanted the spare room to feel like an office. Luckily I’ve kept the desk Liberty gave me a few years ago, so the workstation has accumulated several calming candles, a new sugar skull lamp from my madre, photos and nifty office accessories. Like Brene Brown mentioned, “I have a slight obsession with office supplies, but that’s for another discussion”. I couldn’t agree more. I went all out at Dollar Tree yesterday (lol), but only spent about $20 on myself and a friend returning to school the same day as me.

Anyone familiar with Parks n Rec ought to understand when I say I had a “treat yourself” day yesterday. First I indulged in coffee at Jozoara’s, then dropped off a late Christmas present to my Granny. We wound up at Tropical Pollo in Smyrna for dinner, and it wasn’t that great, but we enjoyed each others company.

After stopping by the Dollar Tree, I picked up a new Sea Foam Green Yoga Mat and block from Walmart. Then I headed to Barnes n Noble to pick up a few books and a new planner.

In addition, I made a trip to Stonekeepers to add to my collections of gemstones. I wound up with Lepidolite, Apache Tear, Blue Chalcedony, Sunstone, Sodalite, and Garnet. The free stone’s called Blue Agate, which I already had, but that’s cool. Now that I can focus on yoga, I figure I can dedicate each day of the week to a different chakra and practice corresponding poses that day, meditating with the correct stones and crystals.

Unwinding with the hubs and watching The To Do List felt good. I put Erika’s gift basket together, read up on Reiki and passed out.

I’m bouncing around with a lot on my mind before bed. Even though it’s not my birthday yet, my mother and grandmother already dropped off gifts. Now we have more sugar skull items for the house. They know anything with Hispanic flair or Mediterranean zest tends to add more color to our flamboyant environment.

Feeling pretty optimistic about the new year so far. Besides eating breakfast everyday, adding Yerba Mate to my morning routine has definitely improved my spirits. I’m trying so hard to become a “morning person”.

Anyhoo, time to run off here and read before bed. I assume this will be my life for awhile, reading and writing more often. I really am excited to figure out grad school…to move forward and act on this chance to further my education. My ultimate dream would be to take survivors of domestic violence on therapeutic camping retreats and facilitate  group meetings, so this is a step in the right direction. If anyone’s reading this, I will keep you updated :)

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Has nothing to do with anything, but this one-of-a-kind piece purchased at Bonnaroo made a lovely addition to the living room. Check out Rokoko Art based in New Mexico for similar artifacts and other eclectic items.IMAG4689

New gemstones and Hasma votive holder, stuffed with white sage.


My grandma picked this out for me, because she’s awesome.IMAG4670 IMAG4671

Eucalyptus lotion and compact from Granny. I got carried away at Barnes n Noble. IMAG4672

Thanks mom.IMAG4673

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11 thoughts on “Twas The Night Before Grad School

  1. Just so you know, it’s not actually possible to get carried away at Barnes & Noble. You can have too few books, but you can’t have too many. Really…check it out on Wikipedia. :)

    Good luck in grad school! I’m looking forward to reading about your experiences.

    • Hahaha that’s a good way to think of it. I’ve come to realize, as I get older, that books are only boring when you’re forcing yourself to read things you’re not interested in. I can’t seem to put these down lol.

  2. Don’t worry, everyone’s typical is definitely unique to them. Just do you.

    You appear to be into the great holistic life, I tried the crystal, chakra thing, but I didn’t really know what I was doing. I’m one of those people that needs a focal point or reason for everything I do.

    How do they work for you?

    • I enjoy the process of maintaining the chakras. To me, the point is to find balance within various aspects of life. Initially I wanted to learn more about reiki and the chakra’s after reading about the subjects in a book. Then, I scheduled a session in Nashville for an assessment and to try balancing techniques. To my surprise, I felt extremely relaxed after an hour in the studio. The feeling stayed with me for nearly two weeks and ever since then, I’ve become more familiar with methods to use to maintain balance.

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