Saturday is here! I know that’s probably super exciting to the working folk, but this particular Saturday means packing, packing, and more packing for me. It’s okay, though, because I happen to be on Cloud 9 right now. Sorry for the cliche, but it was unavoidable. Before I get too deep into this post…I’ve acquired some pretty cool new Twitter followers. @BanginBodz and @JustSitThere. Yeah, no words.
Before I begin, let me preface this post by saying I hate to brag. I know I have many great accomplishments to brag about and whatnot, but it’s never been my style. That being said, I think I’ve earned some bragging rights as of yesterday. This being my forum to say what I want, today, I choose to brag.
Yesterday morning, I went to Starbucks with the mother of the children I summer-nanny for. I truly enjoyed it. We talked about anything and everything. I think it’s so great to be able to have an adult other than my parents that I have such a great relationship with. Oh, and did I mention there was Starbucks involved? I think there’s a pretty obvious plus side to that. Before I went, I made some pretty awesome oats.
Following my Starbucks trip, I went to wander around the nearby outdoor shopping center after returning a dress at Anthropologie for my mom. Sadly, there was nothing there for me. Womp. Lucky I like to wander! I did make some super sale purchases at Gap, though.
I’ve been meaning to talk to you guys about my new outlook on life, but this isn’t the post to do it. Let’s just say it has me flipping every potentially negative situation into a positive one, and it leads to a much happier me. I’m going to sound so weird, but I think the Dalai Lama has it right. We all have the fundamental needs for happiness and compassion throughout life, so why waste time and energy being angry?
The past couple days, I’ve really been focusing on this. Every time I come across a situation I’m not too fond of, (ie. making 10 Powerpoints for one of my mom’s co-workers) I turn it positive. I offered to help my mom with the Powerpoints, and while ALMOST cursing the woman who sent me them, I decided that I was taking a whole ton of stress and pressure off of her. Besides, what would I honestly have been doing during that time instead? Watching more Sex and the City?
Buddhists will tell you that we should devote our lives to helping other people and doing what will make other people happy. No, not people-pleasing. Helping because we want to. Because it makes us happy to know we’re helping someone else. It’s simple stuff, but sometimes we need it written out for us.
Obviously, I’ll have more to say once I’ve read more – but that’s what I’ve gotten out of reading the past couple chapters.
My last brag of the day – I got a writer/advocate internship at AliveCampus.com! I’m too excited, seriously. I love being Virginia Tech’s Campus Correspondent, so this will just add to my repetoire (spelling?). I’ll be updating you on how that’s going, but right now, I’m writing one story/week and being a social media butterfly. Something I’m all too familiar with.
The greatest thing about this internship? I don’t have to dress up.
Hehe. Busy-ish day today and I’m off to school tomorrow!