Archive from December, 2016
Dec 25, 2016 - Uncategorized    1 Comment

My Florida Christmas

Playfulness. 

Life is hard. Tough things happen. Adulting isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I always want playfulness to be a part of my world. No matter how old I get, I want to have a sense of silliness and awe. I long to laugh at myself for many ridiculous things that I do everyday. Here’s my latest stunt…

My friend let me borrow her Christmas Tree outfit because I was running a holiday themed 5K. However, life happened and I wasn’t able to participate in the 5K after all. But I certainly didn’t want my costume to go to waste, so I set up this photo shoot on the beach which I entitled, My Florida Christmas. Since we Floridians don’t have ice and snow we have to create a little whimsy for the season!

May it make you smile. Happy Christmas!

 

 

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And my absolute favorite, most ridiculous photo ever!img_5587

Never stop being playful,

Kelly

Dec 24, 2016 - Humor    1 Comment

Cheeky Returns!

I have my own elf on the shelf tradition. Set up the most ridiculous scenarios ever to entertain your roommates. I got to introduce my new roomies to this small joy of Christmas… and they totally took to it!

Cheeky, the apt name of my elf on a shelf, continues his yearly antics this year, succeeded in making us laugh, and in retaining a bit of the childhood playfulness that I hope I never lose. I enjoy the balance of playfulness, seriousness, studiousness, and laughter that permeates my life and I am thankful that other people in my world can help me with this balance.

I declared this Christmas the Guilt-Free Christmas! Between work projects and school and other duties in life, I didn’t have time to bake or shop or craft or do many of the things I typically enjoy. Yes, all my presents were purchased online. No, I did not contribute to the cookie exchange. Yes, I ate Christmas cookies without tracking them. No, I didn’t feel guilty! I enjoyed it all. Christmas is busy and stressful and I will continue to use Cheeky as a small stress relief to my household to bring merriment and joy! May he make you smile today.

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Semester One Recap

I have one semester of my doctorate under my belt.

Holy frijoles. What a semester!

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I now know anything anyone could care to know about Florida House Bill 943 and can articulate a growth theory which likens our lives to a river blocked with rocks and aided by driftwood. I am a more knowledgable clinician now.

But what do I give up to do this?

I give up home cooking and instead I throw together meals and wraps last minute. I give up watching shows or keeping up with current events. I give up flexibility and spontaneity.

And what do I gain? Knowledge. Goals. Excitement about future possibilities.

I made a pact with myself to keep school in its corner and not let it expand and take over my world. I made a decision to be the World’s Okayest Student. I wanted to do mediocre work! And if you know me, you know that I am a perfectionist especially when it comes to school!

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I believe school is important and hard work will help my patients and possible students in the future, but I’m not willing to give up relationships and ministry to do it. I want to strive for more and be content with where I am. In the wise words of Cool Runnings, “If you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it.” That includes doctorates, and relationships, and houses, and children, and jobs, and bank accounts, and awards. If you are in need of this reminder, as I am: You are enough. Just as you are.

Balance and adventure. Determination and relaxation. Mediocrity and ambition. These pairs of juxtaposing ideas have circled in my head throughout the entire year. But in the midst of all of it, I am enough.

I can work out of my worth instead of working for it.

In this knowledge, bring on next semester!

 

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