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I am a multifaceted woman, living with intention and passion. I always see the glass as half full (ok, almost always). Currently into: jewelry design, glass beadmaking (aka lampworking), visual journaling, cooking and web design everything. Things that bring me great joy: my family, friends, Scrabble, British period pieces, Shabby Chic, Austin, TX, mini art tiles, autographed cookbooks, chocolate, Chianti, pedicures and beach glass. I don't "do" and/or dig: dishonesty, guilt, intolerance, unkindness, drama and goat cheese (it's a long story, but I love all the other cheeses!) So you now have a teeny tiny little picture of me, with a few warts thrown in. Welcome to my world!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Feeling a little overwhelmed...

Stress Visualization
    Well, I knew it was coming, but I was hoping it wouldn't hit me quite so early. Or maybe my iron is low. Working on multiple assignments and projects already, the pressure is on! I have to remember to focus on learning the concepts, the processes and terms, and not so much on trying to get an "A" in every class. This is so hard for me, even though I seem to go through this every semester. It is the overachiever in me, a first born Sagittarius with ADD. I do not have a scholarship riding on my grades or anything else for that matter. And if I do happen to really get lost in one of my classes, I will take it again, over and over until I get it. So why am I feeling this stress? Time to take some slow deep breaths and exhale even slower. Refocus on what is really important and expel the rest along with my exhaled breaths.

  • Read the assigned pages in each textbook.
  • Take notes on the reading and on the classroom lectures.
  • Work on the assigned exercises, tutorials and research.
  • Understand the key concepts from each lesson.
  • Apply the new concepts.
  • Study for quizzes and tests.
  • Understand the basics of the programs I have to use for each class.
  • Ask questions if certain concepts or directions are not clear to me.
  • Remember how much I love these classes!
Not so important
  • Get 100% on every assignment.
  • Turn in everything on time.
  • Turn in everything.
  • Know how to use all the programs inside and out for my classes.
  • Complete every assignment.
  • Get 100% on every quiz and test.
Reading over my lists...tweaking my lists...reading again...breathing in...exhaling...I feel better. I want to be a web designer. I love my classes. This is where I am meant to be right now.


  1. now that brings back memories....I remember feeling the same way (must be an ADD thing) and you know no one EVER EVER asked me what my grades were !!! It's just a self imposed criteria and sooo hard to not let it matter....but honestly it matters to no one but you so try not to be so hard on yourself.

  2. Thanks Francie,
    so nice to know I'm not alone and other people can empathize with me.


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