The Pain That You’ve Been Feeling Can’t Compare to the Joy That’s Coming.

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It’s Tuesday, the second day of classes of my senior year, and this is the first day in about 2 weeks I have been able to sit down for more than ten minutes. My motor has been going non-stop for a week and a half and it is just about to crash and burn. I have been on an emotional roller-coaster that I just can’t seem to get off of. Today is my first day off from soccer and my body sure is grateful. I am learning to not let these things, these emotions, ruin my time here. Yes it is draining, yes I am tired but I am still alive, still blessed with this life and the people I love the most and hold dearest to me are here. Every day I am waking up with a new mindset, not letting the thoughts of yesterday or uncertainty of tomorrow control today. I am taking everything in as it comes and finding light in every situation.

Something that I have realized over the past few weeks is that everyone is fighting their own battles, no matter how big or small they may be. You really never know what someone is dealing with. A lot of s**t is happening every day in our world, but it is hardships and struggles like these that should open our eyes and help us be thankful for what we have. Tough times only make us stronger.

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” -Dolly Parton

If you take anything away from this post, it is the importance of generosity, consideration, and selflessness. In simpler words, BE NICE. Kind words, kind actions, they go a long way. Those acts of compassion no matter how small, could mean more than you think to someone fighting a battle you know nothing about. Kindness is becoming so rare and positivity and optimism, is almost non-existent.

Rid yourself of the toxins that this world has poisoned you with. Remove things from your life that are bringing you down, wearing you out and shine bright, if not only for you, for the others around you. Have eyes that always look for the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst and a mind that forgets the bad. Spread love everywhere you go.

I’m going to make everything around me beautiful and that will be my life.” -Elise de Wolfe

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A Grateful Heart is a Magnet for Miracles. 

 Ah summer. I have all the time in the world to myself. Maybe I can finally start blogging again, or maybe I can read some more books, oooo look at this DIY project maybe I’ll do that. WRONG. 3 online summer courses on top of work and other responsibilities…do I dare say I have any kind of social life? Not that I mind. I love keeping busy.

It also helps that the classes I am taking interest me. One of them is called Mental Health in which we discuss how to manage stress. I won’t go into much detail but basically our mental health is so much more important than we think and can be directly associated with our overall health. It is crucial to become connected to our mental and spiritual self. We live in such a fast paced world and take so much for granted. Always thinking there’s something more, something better out there. Instead, we need to appreciate the things that we already have. Be grateful for the experiences we have gone through, and the people we have met along the way for they have made you who you are today. As cliché as it sounds, everything happens for a reason. Life is a journey and too many of us are letting it fly by us, wishing and waiting for the future, without stopping and appreciating the present. “Wherever you are, be all there.” One of my favorite quotes.

I’m currently road tripping with some friends, one of them my brother, 11 hours to Nashville. I didn’t bring anything with me to do during the drive: no homework, no textbooks or laptop, nothing. Whether I did this on purpose or not, I am giving my mind a break from all of the responsibilities I am constantly overwhelmed with. It’s almost like I subconsciously knew my brain needed a vacation.

Anyway, I’m sitting in the car, everyone else is sleeping (besides the driver of course) and I realized I’m just so simply content. I’m just watching the scenery pass us by while listening to The Highway getting ready for the CMA Fest. I started thinking about everything I am grateful for. “The secret to having it all is knowing that you already do.” I truly believe that if everyone became a little more grateful, the world would be a much happier place.

“Begin each day with a grateful heart.”

Instead of being mad your alarm woke you up this morning, be grateful to see another sunlight. Look forward to breakfast, be happy you are given another opportunity to potentially have the best day of your life. Conquer each day with positivity. Tell the people you hold dearest to you that you love them. Eat that damn cookie.

“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.”

Here are a couple things I am grateful for:

 

 


What are you grateful for? 

Namasté