Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happiness is a State of Mind

I stole this idea from a friends blog, but I loved the concept and thought that I needed to be reminded about those things in my life that bring me true happiness. And as I was contemplating my list the rather obvious thought struck me that it truly is the small things in life that make us truly happy and make everything else worthwhile.

Trisyn's Top 10 List of things that make her TRULY happy....

1. Getting up at dawn while camping and watching my dad and grandpa build a fire together.
2. Seeing my nieces and nephew smile.
3. Reading a book from cover to cover in one day.
4. The adrenaline rush I feel when watching my favorite sports.
5. Laughing uncontrollably with my little sister and then discovering we have no idea what we started laughing about in the first place.
6. Getting up early and talking to my mom because we're the only ones awake.
7. Seeing my grandparents hold hands.
8. The smell of a brand new book, especially if it's leather bound.
9. Listening to music while I'm in the shower.
10. The smell of the rain and the way the sky looks during a storm.

Here I Am

It's been awhile so I thought I'd let you all know how things were going because I know you were worried! I began my last semester of nursing school, and so far it's been a ride. It's going to be an intense and busy semester, but I'm looking forward to finishing and being done! I have cut back on a day at work because once I started the semester I kind of had a few panic attacks and realized I needed to take some time and let myself breathe. I have done a couple of my psychiatric clinicals which was not quite as terrible and I had imagined them to be. If you know me at all you know what a rational and logically thinking person that I am. And as I'm sure most can conclude, those with mental disorders and psychosis do not think rationally. Trying to reason with them is almost impossible, and that is something I struggle with. So while I am not thrilled with my psych rotation, I think it will be good for me. I've played basketball, pool, and cards and painted with these patients and it has been just fine! I have also completed my first shift in the ER and that was also not quite as scary as I made it out to be. Part of this I think was in large part due to the fact that it was an EXTREMELY slow day so I was able to take my time and learn alot. I realized I'm much more comfortable with my skills and abilities than I thought I'd be. So yes, this semester is going to be quite a bit of hell, but it won't last forever. And although I'm going to be extremely busy, I have made it a point to plan some very fun, shall we say.....diversions! Next week I am going to the Taking Back Sunday concert with my amazing sister and hilarious cousins. I am going to watch a match of my favorite sport, SOCCER, once again with my amazing sister. And last but hopefully not least, I will be seeing in concert one of the greatest musical talents of all time, George Strait. So here's to making it through the next two months and passing the NCLEX and maintaining my sanity!