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  • Writer's pictureMaria Vandenburg

Stress in the New Year

Updated: Jan 8, 2018

It's kind of ironic as my last post was about falling in love and now I seem to be all about stressing myself out.

But, it's all part of the the ebb and flow of life right? The ups and downs? Until of course we can rise above it all... or something along those lines.

ANYWAY. Items I have learned today:

Cuppa: A cup of tea. I have become an avid tea drinker since moving over here. What did I bring back from Seattle after the holidays? A massive amount of herbal tea that I can't seem to easily locate over here.

Take/ing the Mickey: Are you making a joke? Teasing/making fun off

V. very. It does exist. People do write it in notes over here, it's not just in Bridget Jones Diary.

The first month of the school term has proven to be pretty insane. I knew this from last quarter, but seemed to have forgotten. What I need to do is just imagine I have my mothers nice wonderful cat in my lap helping me through it all.

In the next few weeks I will have completed

-Two "Timed Assessments" one strategy based and one financed based

-A final reflection paper for my Board Roles and Decision Making Module

-Kicked off a brand new Board Level Consultancy Module

-Completed two virtual boardrooms (assignments that are released online the first day of the boardroom and then due the 5th day following. Don't let the word "virtual" fool you, they generally tend to be A LOT of work and require a lot of in person effort with other MBA participants)

-Something else that I can't remember

I'm finding that recently, I have become a master at stressing myself out. And it's so stupid and pointless. The worse part is... I know that. Worrying about whether or not I am going to pass this stupid finance based assessment doesn't actually help me to pass the freaking test. All it does is cause my anxiety levels to raise. I know ALL of this.

And then, I find that I am beating myself up for stressing myself out.

It's such a FUN FUN cycle that I seem to be in at the moment (insert eye roll here).

The thing is though. I know I still have a bit of time before I have to take these tests. I also know I have all of these incredible participants to help (I am actually on my way over to study with one of them right now). I already feel a little bit more confident and comfortable from the time that I spent plugging away on everything this morning. I know that I will get there.

I know that everything will get done.

I know all of this.

What I need to work on doing is just breathing, and focusing on the present moment. Letting all of this worry and stress and unnecessary crap go.

One step at a time through right?


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