With a lot on my plate this last semester of grad school, I tend to let stress & anxiety build up. Usually, Dr. Hottie is my rock & helps keep things in perspective- but with him nearly 1000 miles away, it's been really important for me to find ways to hit the "re-set button". It may come as no surprise that exercise is my ultimate stress relief. It clears my head, feels good, & reminds me health is more important than any career endeavor (to me anyway). One silly re-set tactic I have is to lay under a tree and look up through the branches up at the sky. First, I absolutely love trees- they are rooted in the ground but reaching towards the sky. They represent balance. Looking at the sky gives me a completely different perspective- usually we are always looking forward and focused on things at eye level. Looking at the tree and sky reminds me that there is something MUCH bigger than myself out there. All I can do in life is try my best, and have faith that my best will lead me in the right direction.
I also have to share another picture of campus I took today. I bike around campus and tend to avoid biking up Observatory drive- it's a series of steep hills. Lately though, I've been biking the hills knowing Salt Lake City will be greeting me with many more hills that are WAY steeper. Anyhow, when you make it to the top of Observatory there is a beautiful view of campus and Lake Mendota. It gave me a much needed burst of sunshine before my Physics tutoring session.