My To-Do List is Full (but so is my heart)

YOU GUYS! I just finished up my last exam for the summer semester and let me tell you - it feels GOOD. Scratch that...it feels GREAT. I'm so looking forward to decompressing a little bit over the next 4 weeks before fall semester starts. 

I'll be studying for the GRE and racking up shadowing hours at a local clinic, but STILL, not having to drive to class/sit through class means so much time for activities!

Although, I have to admit, I really found my groove toward the end of these summer classes. Last semester I had NO social life. I hadn't figured out how to balance school, work, normal life to-dos, etc. But this semester I feel like I did a fabulous job navigating through what I needed to get done, while still making time to do things that made my heart happy.

I've never been the type who can easily slide my to-do list to the side and just ENJOY life. My brain is constantly buzzing about what I need to get done, due dates, what comes next, and on and on and on. Every spare second must be spent doing something productive.

Thankfully, I've recently had a mindset shift.

I've finally discovered that if I have my nose to the grind 24/7 that I feel burnt out, unproductive, and unfulfilled. Making the time to do things that fill up my heart actually makes the time that I spend working/schooling more productive and I'm a happier person overall. Who would've thought? ;)

Throughout this semester I've studied my butt off. I've made As on just about everything. But I've also spent plenty of time doing things that make me feel alive like:

  • Coffee dates with my Grandma
  • Lunch dates with girlfriends
  • Bike rides with my husband
  • Sitting on my patio watching my dogs run wild while I read a book (that's NOT school related)

Do I still grind daily? Pretty much. But I know where to draw the line. I'm no longer sacrificing enjoying life to check off every to-do on my list. So yes, my to-do list may be full, but my heart is even fuller.

xo, Jess



  1. Glad to hear that things are going well for you. Keep up the good work!

  2. Love it! Going to have to remember it is possible to find balance once I start student teaching next month in addition to attending class and completing piles of assignments. So happy for you!

  3. I LOVE this! It's all about finding a daily balance that works for you!


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