Taking a Step Back

This was supposed to be a recap post of my recent trip to San Diego. But as I started writing, I realized I also had to address my little absence from blogging. As it turns out, the whole college admissions process is really really  hard. Add applying to twelve competitive universities to an already busy and academically challenging senior year, and you've got a recipe for major stress. Between writing zillions of admission essays, SAT prepping, and college touring, I've barely had time to sleep much less blog. Blogging has quickly become one of my favorite things to do, so I have definitely felt like I've been missing out. 

When my parents asked if I'd like to tag along on their recent business trip to San Diego, I immediately said yes. I figured a weekend away would be a great opportunity to tour a college or two and work on college applications. I started my "work weekend" by sleeping through the nine hour drive. Oops! That set the tone for the whole weekend, and although I did get some work done, I didn't finish nearly as much as I thought I would have. And I'm okay with that. I sat on the beach, read a book, took a barre class, ate some yummy food, and wrote a few essay drafts. Looking back, spending the weekend "catching up" was much more beneficial than working nonstop would have been. 

I was letting my senior year turn into a negative, overwhelming, and extremely stressful time in my life instead of an exciting, joyful one. It took stepping back and some serious reflection during the weekend to realize that. I mean, how lucky am I that I am able to even have the opportunity to apply to college? Viewing the crazy, busy, awesome things in life as "burdens or tasks" is poison that will stop productivity and happiness in it's tracks. I've realized how truly blessed I am to have so many awesome factors in life. So, starting now. I am making the commitment to embrace the crazy, busy, awesome life with gratitude and not be so anxious about them! I mean, how could you even be stressed out what that view? ;)

The great thing about taking a little hiatus from blogging has been that I have been constantly brainstorming! I have zillions of posts written out in my head that I can't wait to share with you all! Here are just a few hints of what's coming up for Practically Imperfect: think monograms, interviews, travel recaps, birthday festivities galore, and a VERY exciting announcement. 

How do you handle busy or stressful times in your life? Although I have committed to embracing business, by no means have I perfected, and I would really really appreciate any advice or tips! 


  1. I'm glad you've come to this realization! Not over-stressing is such a great idea. When I was a Senior in high school, I applied to 60 schools and it was CRAZY. I feel like I spent my entire fall and early spring that year doing nothing but applications. Now that I've graduated college, looking back, I ended up exactly where I needed to be (UC Berkeley with a degree I LOVE) and am so happy with where I am now. Best of luck to you, I know you'll look back on this time and laugh (but also be proud!) about how hard you worked! :)

    Marissa // http://www.makinitwithmarissa.com

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