Create Joy in a Stressful Week

Create Joy


I was about to have the most stressful week ever! Or so I thought….

Papers due.


Big finals to study for.

Crazy hours at work.

I know everyone can relate!

Last week was a disaster waiting to happen.   But I had an idea!

A week of little treats.

I would treat myself to one thing I enjoy every day.

Of course, I still have homework, tests, and work. Could I turn this stressful week into a fun week?

My mission: Create Joy in a Stressful Week


Monday: Favorite Drink

Monday was super busy. I had classes all morning and work right after school. I had just enough time to stop for one of my favorite drinks. I had to drink it in the car, but it was still a brief moment of heaven.Creating Joy


Frozen deliciousness!

Tuesday: Doing my Nails

On Tuesday, I had classes until noon. After that, it was time to get a head start on a big pile of hoCreating Joymework. I decided I could write my paper in between coats of polish. It worked perfectly! Writing gave my nails time to dry. Doing my nails gave me much needed little homework breaks. Just having my nails done will make me happy all week.

I have been scrolling through Pinterest drooling over all the amazing nail art. But I’m going to be honest with you… they look really hard and I got lazy. Hey, this week is about my joy. My peach and purple painted nails are making me happy!


Wednesday: Jane Austen Creating Joy

This was another crazy busy day. Not only did I want need to get some studying in, I had my big presentation (nailed it!) and had to work pretty much all day. After getting home late, I was pretty certain I had already failed my mission. When would I have time to do something I love?

I finally got a chance to cozy up in bed and just read. Reading is one of my absolute favorite things to do. Okay, I studied a little too, but this was still the perfect end to the day!


Jane Austen saved the day!

Thursday: Be an Artist

I seriously enjoy pretending I am an artist. I got home from a long day of finals and pulled out some paint and brushes. I decided to do something I love in between finishing up my last paper. Painting is so fun and relaxing. Instead of stressing about my paper, or obsessing over what grades I got on my finals, I just painted.

Creating Joy

Bro, where did your Van Gogh?

Creating Joy

Friday: I Want Candy!

Working again, (my bosses must really love me). The day went by in a blur. I worked all day and weird, random things kept happening. When in doubt, eat candy. So that is what I did. I snacked on some yummy Reese’s Pieces while I was at work.


What is your favorite candy? 

Saturday: Food and Friends

I had to work all day Saturday. But, I got this wonderful little break in the day called lunch. So, I went out to eat with my best friend. We got to talk, laugh and eat some tasty food. Friends and food bring serious joy to my life.

Creating Joy


Friends and Fries! What more could you ask for?

Sunday: Movie and Slippers 

Something magical happened on Sunday night. I had nothing to do!
It was time to cozy up with a movie at home. Bliss.

Creating Joy
I decided to watch the Fault in our Stars again (apparently I was in the mood for an emotional rollercoaster). If you have not yet seen this movie, you MUST watch it. Actually, if you have already seen it go ahead and watch it again. You know you want to.
I got some tissues ready and put on my favorite fuzzy slipper socks. I love these slipper socks. Just look at those adorable little faces! They are so soft and fluffy. You need these slippers in your life. Trust me.

This was an awesome end to my week.

My mission: Creating Joy in a Stressful Week



At the end of the week, I realized adding treats into a busy week can be easy. My schedule didn’t change. My homework still had to get done. But I set my mind on having a good week.
Instead of stressing, I chose to have a positive outlook on the whole week.

I chose joy!

If you have an annoying or stressful week coming up, remember there are always easy ways to bring joy into it.
Don’t forget to do the things that make you smile.

No matter what your schedule holds, choose joy and have some fun!

– ttfn G –


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