February 28, 2014

Friday is the Best Day

February 28, 2014

Kudos to these link ups ladies: DarciChristina, Natasha and April

It's a bit of a mash up of things I loved about this week and things I'm looking forward to in the next few days.

If you read yesterday's post, you already know how thankful I was for my donuts this week. Aside from the 30 lbs I probably gained from eating them, they made this girl happy (and that's all that really matters anyway).

A Chance to Relax
After the most scressful stressful two weeks, I have emerged alive and breathing. No one ever really knows what other people are going through these days, so when I tried explaining how drained I felt to anyone, I ended up getting frustrated at them for not getting it even though it wasn't their fault. Well Wednesday and Thursday I "had off," which in all honesty means I just have to do work from home instead of at the hospital or at school, but I decided to make Thursday "No Nursing Day." And aside from finishing up my research paper and getting a new car tire, it was a blissfully empty day.
Much needed.
Much deserved if I do say so myself.

Dad's surprise
Y'all. My dad is doing the sweetest thing ever for my momma for her birthday! I really wish I could tell y'all what it is, but Momma reads this blog from time to time, so shhhh….

I'll tell y'all on next week's 5 on Friday.

Seeing my friends
After these past few crazy hectic, stress-filled weeks, I am SO happy for a chance to see a few of my friends. Like, truly beyond happy. I still have to do a lot of school work this weekend, which tuh never changes BUT I will be able to spend less time working and more time catching up and enjoying the beautiful weather*. And Lord knows I'll take that anyway.

God's grace
I told y'all briefly yesterday that I really feel like I've been going through it these past couple of weeks, but I had a conversation with one of my friend's last night and he said to me, "Allison, do you know what you need?" I responded with "Jesus," to which he said "Yes, you need grace."
So right then and there on the phone, I asked for God's grace. We prayed and decided that what I really needed to do was ask for God's help in every aspect that I felt I was losing myself/my mind in - so physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

I still feel like I have a lot on my mind and it's definitely affecting me (helloooo daily headaches) but I've decided to 1) pray so much more than I currently do, 2) trust that God's plan is, and always will be better than my own plan, 3) start changing my life to help improve how I feel.

Today, I'm going to workout *insert shocked face* (mental and physical - check). I booked a trip to Mexico this summer with one of my girlfriends (future mental - check). I'm going to spend time with my friends this weekend (mental and emotional - check). And I'll be watching my TD Jakes sermons and continuing to follow the Known journey in my Bible this weekend (spiritual - check).

Have a great weekend y'all!

* - Georgia weather is known for being ALL over the place

February 27, 2014

It's the Little Things

February 27, 2014
For those of you who follow me on twitter, you may have seen my tweet the other day about desiring a donut. For those of you who don't follow me, here you go:
And while I know that donuts aren't good for you, they're nothing but air, yadda yadda. The last time I had a delicious hot donut was at least 10 years ago. 

Funny story actually.
*set scene to 2004*
So Momma dropped me off at my sister and her fiancĂ©'s apartment (hello I was 11, can't drive). It was probably 2 am, her fiancĂ© was asleep and we were craving donuts. (SN: we have another donut story too back when she was in college… story for another day) So we look up there nearest 24 hour/open late Krispy Kreme and it was about 20 minutes away. We jump in her car, start driving and when we get there, the Hot Light was on (praise Him!). I don't and never have really eaten donuts like that but that didn't matter, we got a dozen and drove on our merry way back to her apartment.
The end.

Moral of the story, do what makes you happy.

Anyway, you know what happened when I wished upon twitter that I could go for a donut?

Yes. Hot Light = on.

The day that I went (Monday I believe), I had honestly been having a bad day, which had capped off an extremely rough and trying week and a half. I felt drained physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I missed my mom and my family and I felt alone and sad. I felt as though I had nothing left to offer and I really wanted to crawl into bed and go to sleep as soon as I got home from class at 4 PM.

No one on twitter knew this. 
No one knew the story as to why I wanted the fluffy air-filled goodness of a warm donut (reminds me of very few Saturdays during my childhood when I'd come downstairs and a box of donuts was waiting for us - and no, this didn't happen often, Momma always made big weekend breakfasts).
Donuts remind me of simpler times.
Plain and simple.

And yet, someone had seen my tweet. Someone made my entire day so much better by getting me not just one, but a dozen donuts.
(I kind of wish I didn't have a dozen now that I'm writing this. There's only 3 left staring at me and that's no bueno for bathing suit season.)

It's really just the little things that can brighten my day, and anyone's day for that matter.

Do something for someone else today. 
Make someone smile.

February 12, 2014

In the Midst...

February 12, 2014

In the midst of a snowy, windy, icy day here in Georgia (that's being threatened with a large chance of power outages), I've managed to get a lot accomplished in a short amount of time. This morning, I awoke with four things on my list of things to do before any chance of the power going out: take pictures in/of the snow/ice, retake my pharmacology quiz, watch TD Jakes, and make some food. Well, as I was getting on the internet to take my quiz, my most visited sites popped up before I could type in the site I need to go to. What was number 1 you may ask? Why, Facebook of course. So of course, being that early in the morning (it was 9:30), I decided why not peruse the site a little before I don't have the chance to. Besides a bunch of nothingness on my timeline, I stumbled across two wonderful, beautifully written blog posts about engagement and marriage, one over on Wordpress and another over on Mo Isom's blog. that I stumbled upon over on Wordpress. These posts were truly something that made me smile like no other and I feel like it'll make many of y'all smile as well.

After reading those posts, I changed my morning list. Instead of immediately jumping back online to retake my pharmacology quiz (which I got a 76% on the first time…), I decided to actually read the chapters the quiz covers instead of skimming them. So far, 3 chapters down, 3 to go. I did yoga to both wake my body up and take my mind off of the pressure of life and school. I started dinner, and yes, it's 12:40, but if I have no power, at least I'll have real food tonight and not cookies and cold, canned soup.

Next on my list for the day?
Spend time with my Creator and just thank Him for all that He has done for me.
Practice more yoga.
Get into the Word by watching some of TD Jakes' sermons.
Finish reading and take my quiz.

Class may have been cancelled and work at the hospital may have been called off for me, but that doesn't mean I should be unproductive.
And hey, if I get a little more "me" time that I thought I would, I'll sneak in an episode of Grey's Anatomy on Netflix ;)

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February 10, 2014

You Learn

February 10, 2014
After a while you learn the subtle difference

Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning

And company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts

And presents aren’t promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats

With your head up and your eyes open

With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today

Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans

And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn…

That even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,

Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure…
That you really are strong
And you really do have worth…
And you learn and learn…
With every good-bye you learn.
- Jorge Luis Borges

February 2, 2014

Confessional Friday… On Sunday

February 2, 2014
Hey y'all! (woah, super Southern… )
On this kind of dreary Superbowl Sunday, I thought I would link up with Miss Leslie for a little "getting to know you" session. I'm a few days late on this - whoops - but I wanted to link-up anyway!

 My name is Allison. I originally started this blog in May of 2006, which technically makes this little corner of the blog world 8 YEARS OLD! However, I haven't posted consistently like this since June 2013. I began writing again in June just to chronicle my life, my journey into nursing school, and my growing relationship with Christ. As both this blog and I continue to grow, this blog will more than likely transform into documenting my life as a nurse, a wife, and a mother. 

When I originally started college, I intended to major in exercise and sports science. Then I realized I had to take chemistry and changed my mind to communication sciences and disorders to become a speech pathologist. Then I had a mental breakdown and decided I didn't want to do that either. Eventually I stumbled upon nursing, and funny enough, had to take that chemistry I tried to avoid so much. 
That being said, I am currently in my second semester of nursing school and while it is extremely challenging, I absolutely love it. I've learned so much about myself and what I can/cannot handle. Though I've always been compassionate and have had a deep love of helping others, I have grown in this tremendously more. 

I absolutely adore my family! I am the youngest of four - Daurian, Valarie and Alex. Growing up, my brother was (and still is) my best friend, but as we've all gotten older, we've definitely all become a lot closer. I guess things just became more relatable between us all… Momma and I have also become so much closer as I've gotten older and I'm so grateful that we have the relationship that we do; I tell her almost everything and she always gives me the best advice. She's so funny, she'll text me every couple of days if we haven't talked and say things like "I miss you, can't wait to catch up!"

Some random tidbits:
- I adore giraffes
- I strongly dislike coffee… Which makes getting up early for the hospital insanely difficult
- I am a shoe fanatic
- I am Cape Verdean and African American

February 1, 2014

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February 1, 2014
If you want to understand yourself just so that you can do whatever you'd like for your personal gain, then it's self-centered. If your intent is to love God, others and yourself more, then knowing who you are is one of the most unselfish things you can do.
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