So I am currently on break from school for Thanksgiving. This year I have decided that it makes more sense for me to stay home rather than travel. I just needed time for myself to catch up on my personal work: quality time at home, relaxation, homework, my to do list, upkeep on house-cleaning.
For some reason most people’s reactions reflect a need to feel sorry for me when they hear that I am going to stay here for the break. While this is a nice sentiment, it is not necessary. God has tremendously blessed me, and I am looking forward to having a week’s vacation at home. I plan to spend a good amount of time progressing on my NaNoWriMo novel and get to the other parts of my routine as well; this greatly excites me. My normal schedule keeps me really busy, and I love that. Especially this semester I have had the opportunity to spend a ton of quality time with wonderful people with whom I have formed relationships. I have led a small group and enjoyed growing with those girls. I have started two discipleship relationships where I get to mentor two amazing girls on a one-on-one basis. I have also grown in my other friendships as well. My routine normally stands throughout my activities, but I definitely don’t get through everything on a daily basis. This will not be the case for most the days of break. I get to take this break to step back from that to recharge in a sense. I get to catch up on all my personal projects and such. This is especially nice since it balances out with all my other normal responsibilities and relationships. I know I still have my community and that I am not really in total solitude.
So despite it seeming sad at first that I am spending my time over break alone, there is no need to feel sorry for me. I willingly chose this because it made the most sense. Then surprisingly, I’ve already spent time with friends every day so far. So as of yet my routine has not made it quite far even over the break. I will have a few good days for that though.

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