Prioritizing Love


I just made a big decision in my life. I have decided to finish my Education degree at Appalachian State. I have been overly excited to share this news with anyone who will listen! While I am beyond ready for all the opportunities this will bring for my future, it also brings a lot of unknowns and to-dos. I will have to move and meet new people. It’s also the end of the semester which means final exams, group projects, and final papers are due. All the while we are still short staffed at Love Wins.

In the midst of papers due, tests to be taken, interviews to be held, and work to be done, I found myself working a little too much. I am sure that deserves a few eye rolls from people who work much harder – but I realized today I have been forgetting to do the important things.

I haven’t sat outside with my community in weeks. I haven’t visited my family or called in a long time. I also haven’t been taking any self-care time either. If the important things aren’t done, the rest doesn’t matter. We all try to prioritize and make time for those around us. I couldn’t believe how easy it was for me to get so caught up in the daily tasks that I was forgetting to enjoy my friends.

The most important thing this community has taught me, is how to just sit and talk with people you care about. In other words, “how to stop and smell the roses.” And if you don’t know how to do that, you really should come by or learn!

I love how they are always up for a conversation about anything. Katie, Drake, Mike, and so many others have come into the office to tell me little facts of their day when I haven’t had the time to go sit on the picnic table and listen to Joe play guitar or Andrew talk about his new dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail. And I realize now more than ever, just how much they mean to me.

Their love and the love of family is far better than completing everything on my to do list.

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