by saramartin on October 27, 2014

The semester has gone by so quickly, and in some ways that’s a really good thing, and in others, that’s a terrible thing. It seems that this week is almost too busy to handle. I took time this morning to write down all the things that I need to do in the next 10 days and the list fills up both sides of a notepad piece of paper as shown below.


Needless to say, there’s a lot to do, and the list goes on and on. I’m overwhelmed, but as a few people reminded me, I can only do things one at a time. If I look at all that needs to be done, there’s no way any of it will actually get done well. I will be too panicked and overwhelmed to even know where to start. But, if I do one thing at a time, before I know it, everything on the list will be done. Now some of those things are as simple as posting this blog, or attending an event, but others are writing a 15 page paper, which I need to start before the night before. So in a way, they are all really important and will all take a significant portion of my time.

I’m overwhelmed, but there’s only one person who can really give me the peace I need. I have to turn it over to God. It’s hard because I like being in control. I like knowing what’s coming next and what I need to do, but I know that He has a better plan for me which means I have to give it all to Him. Not just the little things that I don’t want to deal with, but the big things too, in fact, all of it. It’s going to be hard, but I’ve got to take things one at a time and do the best that I can.


Student Jobs

by saramartin on October 20, 2014

As a student at Fresno Pacific University, I keep busy. I am taking 21 units this semester, working two part time jobs, housesitting and petsitting, all while in a relationship. Needlesss to say I am constantly moving. Constantly moving from class to class to work to homework to texting the boyfriend and other friends to doing more work for my other job. It seems like it is a never-ending cycle sometimes. However, I love it. I would not trade my busy life for anything! Having what seems like every hour of my life scheduled is definitely teaching me time management, and as a result, I really appreciate the time that I do have to myself to watch an episode of 24 or go to Saturday morning soccer games.

People ask me why I am working so much when I am still in school. They ask if it’s for the money, and my response is no. I could get by with only one of the jobs, but I do them all because I love it. I love working in the Communications office at Fresno Pacific. The people I work with are incredible and they encourage me each day to be the best I can be. I learn so much in the office that will be helpful later in my life. I love working at Lord of Life as the Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries. I definitely don’t do that for the money. I do it because I learn so much from the students I work with. Each day I walk away from the church, I am in awe of what God is doing in their lives, and how God is using them to minister to their family, friends, and me! I housesit because it’s fun. It doesn’t happen as often anymore because I have found people usually go on vacation during the summer or around Christmas time. Not so much in September, October, or November. I do have to say that it is nice to occasionally have more than seven channels to watch television, just in the off chance that I am ahead on homework or have a little time to kill. It also gives me an idea of where in the city I want to live when I’m older. I’ve decided that I don’t want to live in the middle of the city because it’s way too busy and falling asleep is hard at night. Babysitting is one of the other things I get to do on occasion. It’s a glance into motherhood, which has affirmed the fact that will be a journey I will be on at least six or more years from now.

I love it all. I won’t quit something to make time for another job or a different activity. I will figure out a way to make it all work. I’ll figure out a way to go from watching Saturday morning soccer games to babysitting that night to working at church the next morning, to housesitting and working at the school the next day. It’s the life of a student, a student-worker, a girlfriend, a daughter, a sister, and so much more. It’s my life.

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