In 2019, what area are you “making space” for?
“My life in education has been busy and hectic to say the least (I can only blame myself), but I don’t regret any of it. I love learning and there is nothing wrong with that. But there is something wrong with not allowing myself to stop and relax, and that is why rest is so important to me.
In 2019 I am making space for rest.”Rebekah Baughman, Emporia State University and Central Christian College of the Bible
Share your journey and why this is important to you
All of my life I have been very dedicated to my goals and passions. If I wanted to pursue something, I did it. This included going to college during high school, doing summer college classes, going to various colleges at the same time, enrolling in 21+ credit hours in order to get ahead and finish my associates before enrolling at a different school to pursue a second bachelor’s degree, all while still finishing the first.
Now I am in my first of two senior years at one university, and 4 classes from finishing a totally separate bachelors degree online. Both very different, but both majors that I am very passionate about. I also work several jobs both on campus and online in order to pay all my bills to pursue these passions.
My life in education has been busy and hectic to say the least (I can only blame myself), but I don’t regret any of it. I love learning and there is nothing wrong with that. But there is something wrong with not allowing myself to stop and relax, and that is why in 2019 I am making space for rest.
How would you like to inspire others?
I would like to inspire others to make space in their lives for things outside of school and work, because it is so important to understand that your self-worth is not found solely in your performance.
I have struggled a lot with tying my grades or work productivity to my self-worth and I think that is something that a lot of students struggle with. I want to inspire others to create room for all of their passions, not just those that include traditional education.
Giving yourself time to pursue things that you have interests in outside of your major can allow you to get a whole new perspective on life as well as meet new groups of people in the process. If something is important to you, you should allow yourself to make space for it.
How do you use LifeSpace to achieve your goals personally and professionally?
LifeSpace will help me to achieve my goals and allow me to share my experiences, success and failures with others. It will help me make space for priorities in my life both personally and professionally.
I have plenty of experience with not making space for important, but less tangible things in my life. But out of these often difficult experiences, I have learned why making space for things that truly matter in life is so important, even if it doesn’t seem like it in the moment.
We all have something to improve upon and we all have something to contribute, and we can come together to help each other make space for the things that matter.
LifeSpace will help me become part of that community so that I can help others make space and they can help me in the same way. I can receive encouragement to continue making space for rest and many other things in my life through this platform and I am so excited to get started.
Provide a link for people to check out what you are up to
I would love for my missions website – RR Mission – to be included with my story so that others may have an example of a passion that I pursue outside of my education which includes humanitarian trips and human trafficking education and awareness.
I also would like it if my instagram page were included with my story because many times I share life updates and experiences in school through this profile. This profile is also where I highlight another one of my side passions, cooking.
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