Hello, faithful readers! I hope you survived midterms and are ready to finish this semester!
On Monday, I was able to take a study break and go to pilates with Amanda. For almost two years, I have tried to attend pilates unless I am scheduled to work or can’t take a study break. For the most part, I am able to attend. If you are looking for a great workout that is very intense, I would for sure say Pilates is right for you.
This week for the Office of Admissions, we had our first special visit event! With my new job for the Office of Admissions, I now have the responsibility of supervising the first-year student ambassadors. Not going to lie: I was nervous and wanted it to go well. AND IT DID! I am so proud of how great my first-years did on the panel. They handled themselves gracefully and recovered well on the tough questions from the prospective students. With open house just around the corner, I am looking forward to seeing them all shine for that and the upcoming year!
RA Liz and I designed my bulletin board for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I was especially thinking about my grandma and all the other women and men affected by breast cancer. The board has different facts and the monthly self-checkup women should do. My grandma survived both lung (even though she wasn’t ever a smoker) and breast cancer, but died from a third cancer a little more than four years ago. It’s crazy to think it has been that long, but I still feel like I need to call her to tell her when something exciting is happening, or just to talk to her about anything. But just the same, I know that I was lucky to have the time I got with her.
As many of you know, this semester is a busy one for me! I work five jobs and strive to continue my role with being on the dean’s list. At moments, it’s hard, to be honest, a lot of moments are difficult; I live at work, literally. This past week someone tried to create a meeting for the following day and I was completely busy from 7a.m. to 11 p.m., and when I said I wasn’t able to meet then, they made the comment “Oh you can do it! You’re superwoman!”
I know they meant it as a compliment. But in reality I didn’t see it that way. I am Genesis. I work crazy hard for everything I do, but I need sleep, I need to eat, I need time to study, and I need time to relax. As a result, I am now working on saying “no.” This might sound crazy, but saying “no” when I know I can’t do something or if I have too much going on is important. And this is okay.
It’s okay to say “no.” It’s okay to recognize everything on one’s plate and to be honest and say you have too much going on. It’s not fair to those relying on me to do a job well, if I can’t do it well. And lastly, it’s okay to say “no” because I am NOT superwoman, and you are not a super hero! We cannot do everything and that’s okay. There is no reason as to why we should feel guilty about not being able to do everything. Sure there is tons of things we have to do in the day that we don’t have a choice about, but when we do, we have a choice, even if it doesn’t feel like we do.
For this week, I hope that you are able to recognize what you want to do and what you don’t want to. Best of luck on this week of classes! I will leave you with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”