Motto of the Quarter: “I can’t be 100% all the time.”

I am not going to lie, I’ve been pretty damn successful this quarter – in my academic, professional and social lives. I have also felt great. #Winning.

With all of that (terribly humble dialogue) said, I have not succeeded in each area equally or simultaneously. Rather, it has felt like a seamless juggling act in which one class, project or relationship emerges into the center of my life and at the top of my priorities list only to be replaced shortly by another element. You see, this quarter I have been willing to not be perfect in certain areas while excelling in others, and the funny thing is that this attitude has allowed me more overall success.

Before I came to Western, one of my mentors shared a quote that her father told her before she began college. He said, “Sometimes, the happiest people in college are B students.” I think he was on to something.

I can testify that the academic quarters in which I spent most of my hours studying, I also felt the least loved and socially accepted (except for in my classes). On the flip side, I have had extremely social quarters in which my academic workload was overbearing and I had so much stress that it was hard to enjoy time with friends and family.

So what exactly is it about this quarter that has led to my success? The short answer is I have not freakin clue. The long answer is that there are many situational factors that differentiate this quarter with the last such as my eating, exercising, meditating and sleeping habits, my class schedule, the types of classes I am taking, the professional work that I am doing, the projects that I am working on, the people that I am interacting with, the amount of sunlight outside, the weather, the list could go on ad infinitum.

What I do know, is that I have not been perfect, but I have tried my best to suit up and show up for life each day with faith that it will all be alright no matter what. I am authentic and honest about how much I can actually accomplish – this helps a ton.

Finding balance is the greatest challenge in my life and this is the first quarter in my entire college career that I feel like I am doing it! So blessed.

How do you maintain balance in your life? Comment below!

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