It’s Not the Stress That Kills Us, It’s Our Reaction to It.

To be 100% honest with you guys, this semester hasn’t really been too stressful for me. I’ve been able to do a lot of things that I never would have thought I could during pharmacy school.

However, this week hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m sure a lot of you know exactly where I’m coming from… everything is going well and all of the projects and exams are spaced out and life is good and then all of a sudden it’s like your world was flipped on it’s head.

I know that sounds kinda dramatic, but that’s how I feel. How do you go from one or maybe two things a week to everything being due all at once?

This week I have a pharmacotherapy exam, an NDU (New Drug Utilization) presentation, a Business Plan Proposal, and a SOAP note due. On top of that, I have to read 100 pages for one of my classes and do other little homework assignments along the way.

But the thing is that, I know everything will be okay. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and for the first time in my life, I’m handling the stress in a productive way. I’m staying positive, taking deep breaths when I feel overwhelmed, and remembering how blessed I am to be able to have this mess of a life and be in pharmacy school so that I can graduate and do what I love.

One of the biggest things that has helped me deal with my stress is to take time and grow my relationship with God. I try to do a section out of my devotional every night no matter what is going on. This helps me reel in all of the negative feelings and remember all that I have to be thankful for.

We all get a little overwhelmed sometimes, but it will be okay. Everything will work out the way it should, and God’s got this!

Feel free to reach out if you’re feeling overwhelmed, or if you just want to talk. I’m here!

You’re not alone in this crazy thing we call life.

Stay strong and Stay Golden,

Emily

A Simple Girl Living in a Complex World

Okay, y’all, this is going to be a really rant-y blog post, but it really needs to be said.

I’m just a simple girl trying to live in this complex world around me. I know what I want. In life, in love, etc. I don’t understand why it’s so difficult for other people to be honest with themselves and others about what it is they truly want.

Here’s a run-down of what I truly want.

Career wise:

I want to graduate with HONORS from High Point University with my PharmD degree.

I want to work in an independent pharmacy and eventually save up enough money to take over and own it myself.

Then, I want to pursue my passion for helping people by making appointments with patients to help them consolidate their medications and manage their disease states.

Family wise:

I want to find the love of my life.

I want to find a passionate love that I know I want for the rest of my life.

I want to be treated well, but have a true partnership.

I want to get married and have kids.

I want a small house, preferably on a little bit of land.

I want a dog or two.

I want to live close enough to see my parents/brother pretty often. I love them very much.

I want to focus on my relationship with God and have Him in my marriage.

Financial wise:

I want to live within my means but make sure to travel when I can.

I want to save money when I can.

I want to be able to be generous with my money.

It wasn’t that hard for me to say all of that, but I know other people have a harder time with it. Although I wonder why things have to be so complex, why we have to be so wishy-washy and confused all the time, I know that it’s just the world that we live in.

My hopes are that this generation learn to be true to themselves and what they want out of life. It is important for the future.

One thing is for sure though, even when I finally get to the point that I have reached all of these goals, I will not stop to make myself a better person.

All I want is to be happy and to truly be the best person that I can be.

So here’s to that.

Stay Golden,

Emily

What Am I Thankful For?

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

I just thought that I would make a list of the most important things that I am thankful for in my life right now. There is obviously a lot more, but here are the most important things in my life. Enjoy!

God. Obviously, God is at the top of my list. I am so thankful for all that God has brought to my life and the fact that He is always there when I need some guidance.

Parents. You guys have shaped my life in so many ways, and I love you. I’m so glad that you are my parents. I would have picked you even if I was able to pick my parents.

Brother. Thank you for always being there for me. I’m so glad that you are in my life. I miss you, Justin!

Grandparents (and Great-Grandparents). Those who are still alive, and those who are not… that have still impacted my life in ways I would never know.

Aunts, Uncles, Cousins. I’m so thankful to have y’all in my life. You make the holidays a little more bright.

Cats. Nemo, Midnight, Missy, and Yo-Yo.

Sisterhoods. I am so thankful for Phi Mu and Alpha Delta Theta for bringing me close to girls that I could not see me living my life without. You all mean the world to me.

Friends. Y’all rock! Thank you for being here when I need a break from studying or just a distraction from all that is my stressful life.

Professors, Mentors. Thank you for showing me that I have the ability to accomplish all that I have set as a goal for myself.

Pharmacy School. The fact that I am able to be in pharmacy school right now is a gift in and of itself. It may be hard, but it’s been my dream for forever, and I can’t believe I am accomplishing it.

Food, Drink, Clothes, Housing. These are obvious, but I still felt like I should include it.

21 Years of Life. Every day, every hour, every minute of life is a blessing, and I’m so glad to have lived so many of them.

Happiness. Last but not least, I am happy. I’m so glad that I am able to have a little happiness in the chaos that is my life in college.

There are many more things to be thankful for, but I just thought that I would list a few.

Happy Thanksgiving and as always,

Stay Golden,

Emily

 

 

15 of the Most Interesting Fears There Are

Happy Halloween! I thought I’d make a Halloween post and share with you a few of the most interesting fears that I have come to know… some are important to Halloween, some are not. Hope you all enjoy. Here are 15 of the Most Interesting Fears people have:

1. Arachibutyrophobia- the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth

2. Nomophobia- the fear of being out of mobile phone contact

3. Genuphobia- the fear of one’s own knees, someone else knees, or the act of kneeling

4. Sanguivoriphobia- the fear of vampires

5. Kinemortophobia- the fear of zombies

6. Somniphobia- the often irrational and excessive fear of sleep

7. Ergophobia- an abnormal and persistent fear of work

8. Bogyphobia- the fear of the boogeyman

9. Placophobia- the fear of tombstones

10. Alliumphobia- the fear of garlic

11. Bibliophobia- the fear of books

12. Omphalophobia- the fear of belly buttons

13. Euphobia- the fear of hearing good news

14. Sciaphobia- the fear of shadows

and finally…

15. Panophobia- the fear of everything

No matter what terrifies you, enjoy this Halloween.

Face your fears, stay safe, and…

Stay Golden,

Emily

Just Hold On a Little Longer, Princess.

I know things have been a little rough for a long time. I know you’re overwhelmed with the chaos of life. I know you’re ready to do anything and everything possible to avoid feeling this way, but hold on a little longer.

Hold on in hopes that everything will get better… because it will. I’m not saying there won’t be bad days, and I’m not saying there will be more good days than bad, but I’m saying one day you won’t have to fake it. One day you’ll look up and smile that beautiful, genuine smile, and you’ll know you made it. Hold on a little longer.

Hold on because you’ve made it this far. You’ve overcome so much; you’re so strong. Don’t underestimate the things that you can overcome. This pain, this stress, they won’t be a problem soon enough. Hold on a little longer.

Hold on for your loved ones. Don’t underestimate how many people care about you. Build these relationships up, and allow these people to help you heal. Allow them to be your shoulder to cry on and your strength when you feel weak. Hold on a little longer.

Hold on for me. I know you probably don’t even know me, but I hope when you come across this you know I love you. You can get through anything, trust me. I’m so proud of how far you’ve come. You can do anything you set your mind to. Remember, stay strong and keep moving forward. That should be your new motto. Never forget it. Hold on a little longer.

Things may be rough now, and you may just want to give up on everything, but don’t. Don’t give up. Hold on to your hopes and dreams. Hold on to who you are inside. Hold on to everything good in the world, and never let it go.

And always…

Stay Golden,

Emily

Days Like Today: Post Christmas

In the words of my dad,

“I have been called a scrooge; a man with no Christmas Spirit. If this is because I don’t like getting a gift card from you when I gave you a gift card to the same store, so be it. What’s the point? If this is because I don’t like the act of opening presents when everyone knows what they are going to get, so be it. Again, what is the point?”

This man is anything but a scrooge. He helps anyone that needs it, no questions asked. He really made me realize what is wrong with the world. WE are the ones with no “Christmas Spirit.” We are the ones that are wrong when it comes to Christmas. All anyone cares about nowadays is what they are getting, when the whole reason for the season is giving. Sure we are celebrating the birth of Jesus, but aren’t we celebrating more the fact that God gave his only begotten son to save us from our sins?

“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.”

-Luke 12:48

The holidays are about giving back, we should never forget that.

Also, try to remember all that you have been given and not complain about what you do not have. I am not saying that I don’t complain because that’s just not true. I am a prime example of someone who is seemingly ungrateful when I am actually VERY grateful for everything that I’ve been given.

And again, my dad helped me to this conclusion.

“Before you complain about the food you eat, think of all of the people in the world that do not have any.”

This is also true about many things. I believe that before you complain about how hard your life is, who you have lost, where you are in life, etc., you should think of those people that have it harder, didn’t have as much time with the loved ones that they lost, and the people that don’t have the chances to go as far as you have in life.

Anyways, that’s just my thoughts for the day.

Stay Golden,

Emily.

 

In Light of the Holidays

The holidays are approaching, and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just the beauty that is Winter, the holidays should mean more.
More than decorations.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love decorating for the holidays as much as the next girl , but that isn’t what the holidays should be about.

More than recieving gifts.

Now I know that we were all naive children once; I know that we all have wanted gifts more than anything else, but we have to grow up. The holidays are about so much more.

No less than love, giving, and “-ness.”

The holidays should be about spending time with your loved ones, forgiveness, thankfulness, happiness, and giving.

Spend time with your loved ones because you are going to miss it when it’s gone. Time doesn’t last forever, and you should spend it with the people that truly care about you.

Forgiveness. This one is tricky. It’s tricky because as humanity, we have never been good at forgiving. We hold grudges, we place blame, and we don’t forgive. This holiday season lets change that. I’m forgiving the people that have done wrong by me, and I hope that you will find it in your heart to do the same.

Thankfulness. Stop feeling sorry for yourself for your bad grades, hard breakup, lack of money, etc. It makes you miserable. Instead, focus on the good things that you have in your life and how great they are. I’m the worst when it comes to this one. I just went through a pretty bad breakup and I was feeling bad for a long time, but I’m not anymore. I have a great life and I’m so thankful for it.

Happiness. Do what makes you happy! This one is my favorite. If you want to go ice skating over the holidays.. Do that. If you want to lay in bed and watch Hallmark movies… Do that. Do whatever makes you happy this holiday season because you never know when it could be your last. Be adventurous, or don’t.. It doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks.

Giving. Always give more than you receive. You have so much to offer the world whether it be money, service, or support. You have the ability to make so many people very happy over the holidays and the rest of the year. DO THAT. Give back to the community, and help in any way that you can. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, buy gifts for needy kids, buy hot chocolate and a blanket for a homeless person, etc. Be the person that you were intended to be and never stop giving back.

And always…

Stay golden,

Emily.

 

Prayers and Thoughts

So many awful things happen throughout the world that does not get publicized. We should never forget to be kind to one another regardless of our background. I’m sick and tired of how awful everyone is to each other. I am praying not only for the citizens of Paris, but for the citizens all across the globe. There are awful circumstances everywhere. We only hear of a few of them. Remember that and always pray for the world. We are all a part of the amazing thing we call humanity. Lets all have a little humanity and pray for one another to get through the hard times.

Stay Golden,

Emily

First Day in My Dorm

College. Whenever I was younger this word terrified me. This word means going away from home and experiencing life without your parents..

Today was my first day moved in to the beautiful campus of High Point University, and tbh it is one of the best days I’ve had in a long time.

My roommate and I actually get along really well, my boyfriend is going to the same school, and I can just tell this campus is going to mean a lot to me.

It’s honestly been a great day, but as I lay here in my bed awaiting sleep I cannot help but cry. I’m sad because I miss my parents and I am scared of what is to come.

I’m so happy in my relationship and I’m terrified something is going to mess it up. I’m so happy with my life right now, and I’m scared that my grades are going to be less that ideal and I’m going to want to go home. I’m scared that I’ll get too stressed and want to quit..

I know it’s part of the transition that everyone feels, but it stinks.

All in all, great first day and I hope there are many more.

Stay golden,

Emily

Relationships.. The Truth

I’ve done a lot of thinking…

Dating is all just a big ball of risks and rewards and no matter how hard we try to ignore it, our past changes everything.

I mean how can we possibly take the risk of ever falling in love again if our past leads us to heartbreak after heartbreak and cheaters after cheaters? This is a major risk. The reward of opening your heart again could be the best relationship you have ever had.

I don’t understand people. I really don’t. How could you possibly cheat on someone who gives you the world?

Apparently its simple for most… You just do. You do it because its the easy way out. It’s the way to avoid fighting for the one you are dating. It’s the way to make yourself completely unstoppable. I mean how can you get your own heart broken if you are the one doing the breaking?

Now that being said, I have never cheated on anyone before, and I do not plan to. I have been cheated on and it’s an awful experience.

It’s kinda funny actually how cruel it is for someone to cheat. Not only are you ruining the person you are in a relationship with, but you are making it so difficult for them to see the rewards over the risk of being hurt again.

If all you have ever experienced is hurt, why would you risk it for the girl/guy you like? Why would they be any different? This is a risk that you are scared to face again. Scared to be broken once more in fear you cannot be fixed. But… what if this person is the one that will truly do anything for you?

That’s where the reward comes in. If you do let this person in, it could be great. You could fall head over heels in love, and they could do the same. You could get married and have a wonderful life together.

My advice to you is that you give it your all no matter what. If it feels like it’s “too good to be true” don’t be scared to try. Sure you could get hurt, but how can you experience the love of your life if you aren’t willing to risk that.

Stay Golden,

Emily