Gotta get my graduation fee money. Oh, and I have that party to host Saturday... better get a head start on decorations and food. Did I already do the math homework? Oh yeah, I have to study for the test tomorrow, too. Better try to fit in a run after dinner. And a call to my grandma. Did I even have my quiet time this morning?

The list seems to grow with every passing minute. I check one thing off and add three things to it.

It's the stress-inducing, ever-present, constantly-expanding to do list. 

Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we keep adding on to the list and forget to put it down and live?

There are some things in our lives that are pressing; they need to be done. Homework, paying bills, and sleeping (though sometimes I convince myself I can go without) are just a few of these things. But then there are the things that we want to do. Or maybe we know we should do. Because if we don't now, we'll regret it later. When do we have time for those things?

But here is something I have discovered lately: we don't have to have it all together, it's okay to just let things happen the way they are going to and you have someone who reliable, trustworthy, and  able to handle all the stuff that fills up your schedule.

Make time for the emotional breakdown you feel is on the horizon because of your chaotic schedule. Sometimes we get so stressed, drained and empty that we forget to let ourselves go and just have a break down. It's okay. It's healthy. Go watch a really sad movie and cry if that's what it takes. Go take a long walk or call your friend to simply vent and get it all out in the open. If you keep it all inside it will just make things worse.

And while you're at it, stop putting too much on yourself! You want to have friends over? Great! Do it! But if planning a themed party, buying loads of decorations and going the whole nine yards stresses you out, JUST HAVE THEM OVER FOR DINNER! Or a bonfire. Keep it simple: pop in plastic cups with pizza. Or whatever suits your fancy. They're your friends. Relax around them for a bit (of course, if you're like me, and you like party planning, party planning might be what de-stresses you).

Finally: take one day at a time. Talk to God about how stressed you are, what your day looks like and how you want things to go in your life. Talk to Him about how you hate the job you're at and want to find a better one. Vent to Him about who's making you go crazy. Dream with Him over that goal you set for yourself years ago to spend a year in Paris. 1 Peter 5:7 shows us that that's one of the reasons God is here. He can handle it. He wants to hear all your worries, stresses, and de-contentment.

So step out of the cubicle and go take a walk. Finish up with your homework and then go call that friend you've been wanting to talk to for awhile. Make sure your priorities are where they need to be. Make sure you finish up the pressing issues and then make time for the things that make you happy.