"Claim your experience, don't let it claim you."
I heard this quote this week while listening to a podcast on happiness. In life, it won't always be easy to be happy in your current situation or with what you're experiencing. I'm currently really struggling with the thought of living four hours away from Chase for a few months while I finish up undergrad, having the stress of an 18 hour semester (all while planning a wedding), and worrying about finding a job for after graduation. But the chaos and excitement and stress of these experiences is no excuse for me to feel unhappy or to give up on my personal goals. Sure, my schedule might be crammed, but why should I allow that to make me unhappy? So I'm deciding to be happy. I'm deciding to make the most of this messy, beautiful time of my life and make it my own. You can claim your own experience. Make the most of what life is throwing at you. If you have a busy schedule, wake up early to get your workout done. If you're living far away from your s/o, plan out times to talk on the phone or have video-chat lunch dates. You have the power to decide how you react in your current situation. You can either claim it and make it your own, or let it claim you and be weighed down. You are strong. Pick up the weight of what you're going through and let it make you stronger. 💜