Self-Awareness & Insight

How self-aware are you?


I was reading on Pinterest because I was bored and looking for some inspiration. I came accross a list of Thought provoking questions for journal prompts that stood out to me as I started to read them. There were about thirty of them so I chose about three that stood out to me. Here’s what I jumped out to me:  

1. How much self control do I have with things that I know are bad for me, but tend to indulge in anyway? Great Question!

       2. How do you/I deal with rejection? 

       3. How fulfilling is my everyday life?

            I wish I could confidently answer these questions but the truth is, I’m not perfect and I don’t have all the answers. The first question is super difficult because self control is not easy to practice, especially when you’re faced with the temptation of fun even if you know it may not be the best idea. Rejection is a little easier even though it really sucks when you’re in the midst of going through it, but support and expression is the best way to deal. 

           Now how do I address the third question? Is my life fulfilling? I think it is. I have a loving family, a roof over my head, food on the table, and strangers who care for me even when they don’t have to. 

           The point of the post is to make us all more aware, more self aware of what we have and what we may or may not need to work on. The point is to show us where we are weak so that we may become strong. 

Self-Awareness and Insight is your greatest power. Find a hobbie and find yourself. 

Just a thought! 😉

Chasing Happiness

“Happiness: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you.

So sometimes it takes patience, and for you to turn your attention to other positive things to find it. The most important thing though is to not give up hope”

I posted this recently on my Instagram, a place I like to keep my thoughts short and sweet because if I didn’t then we’d have a dissertation on our hands. Anyways happiness has never come easily to me. I struggle daily with it and the more I focus on how unhappy I am or how much I’m screwing things up, the further away happiness seems to be.

Do what makes your heart and soul feel good and happiness will find you.

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Familiar topics, new goals: Change & Patience

I’ve heard this before but being an impatient person usually means I don’t have time to wait. How silly is that? 🤦🏻‍♀️ Especially when it means something good is headed my way. Can anyone say self-sabotage?

Well, that’s changing. Here’s my new goal; to be patient and allow

the good things to come my way instead of running from change. I know this post is short but it’s also sweet. ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨

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(image courtesy of Pinterest)

The best way to stay young is…

The best way to stay you is…

The best way to stay young is…well why is everyone so obsessed with staying young? Aging is a beautiful thing; it shows the world that you’ve come a long way and been through a lot and what is better than? I look forward to the wrinkles and crow’s feet. Do you know why? Because it means I have lived! And what is better than that? Sure that life was lived. Sure! Everyone has regrets but highlight what you’ve sucked upon in life and learn!!! Nobody’s perfect and that’s the beauty of life. What a blessing ( it doesn’t always seem like it ) we get to live it. 💖

🍭 Stay you and enjoy the beauty of the simple things

​Yin and Yang

I’m not always a positive person. I have moments of deep, dark despair that I wonder if I’ll be able to climb my way out of sometimes. That’s life though. Life isn’t always positive quotes and encouraging words. If life was easy then we wouldn’t need those positive quotes so badly. I’ll be honest when I say that I’m typically a depressed person filled with an anxious heart. I get angry with myself because I don’t know why I am the way that I am. I struggle to function throughout the day sometimes without panicking because life is hard, but then no one said it would be easy. With all this being said, I love life with all of my heart. I wouldn’t trade the challenges that I’ve been through (as crazy as that sounds) because they’ve made me who I am. I am so much stronger because of the challenges I’ve faced. I see the light in the darkness because I know what it feels like to have to, and maybe along the way, I’ll find something to laugh about. That’s what we have to do; laugh through the tough stuff.

I read somewhere or maybe someone told me a story, that when Adam and Eve left The Garden, God knew they were going to struggle with the darkness the world would throw their way and because He had mercy on them for what they knew they were going to face, he gave them a sense of humor. Isn’t that just the coolest thing ever?

So I’ll leave you with this. I’m not always a positive person. I can be dark and a little crazy at times, but I believe we all can. Life wasn’t meant to be easy, but no one said it would be. I wouldn’t want to live life any other way, with the good and the bad. It’s all about the Yin and Yang baby.

Honoring How You Feel: A Shine Moment

I have never been one to really dive deep into my feelings and what they mean. In fact, I try to avoid them at all cost because more often than not they usually cause me pain. I know, not very healthy but I’m learning this slowly but surely.

In my quest to get my crap together and become a better functioning adult (if you could really call me an adult at 24 years old) I came across an app call Shine. In this app they have these little podcasts that are super helpful and so far they’ve really helped me. So, here’s my attempt at sharing some of the things I’ve learned whilst listening.

The one I recently listened to was called “Honor Your Real Feelings” with Alyssa Limperis. It was basically about giving yourself permission to feel however you needed to feel without the pressures of the world around us and the expectations that it can have on us.

She emphasized that we are not our emotions, but we are allowed to feel them, experience them, and not feel like we have to ask permission to have a bad day or moment. This is the human experience after all. We are imperfect beings and life gets messy. So as a result we can get messy and that’s okay.

How we feel, whether it be good or bad, is part of our life experience so it’s expected; you are not alone. We can handle the tough stuff that come our way which is how we will grow and prosper in our lives. The important thing is to not get stuck on measuring how much growing we’re doing each and every day because it’s not a competition. Life is all about the journey, and not the destination. 

Each and every one of us is unique and complex because of our highs and lows, so give yourself permission to be human and feel however you need to feel.


PS: If you’re interested in getting daily texts from the Shine app (which I recommend) here is the link which will let you do that http://www.shinetext.com/?r=LNGk1n8  Just copy and paste in your browser and it will direct you to their site. Thanks for reading and I hope you found this as helpful as it was for me.

Still coloring… ✨

Life is hard and it has this habit of knocking us on our asses (pardon the language 😘). We go through so much in our lives that we can sometimes become broken or at least feel like we are. I know I do. I feel broken and useless sometimes, whether it’s because of my lack of health or maybe it’s my struggle with faith, either way it is a daily struggle.

But even though I may feel broken and incomplete, I know I still have a purpose and that I can be useful. As difficult as it is to keep the faith, that’s all one can really do; to keep on keeping on and remember that broken crayons still color.

I’m paraphrasing, but like Hemingway said, we become stronger at the broken places and I agree. Do you?

Happiness and Depression

It’s hard to be happy. I’ll just come right out and say it. I struggle with being happy all the time, but that doesn’t mean I’m not capable. I struggle with depression all the time; happiness is a struggle for me and that’s okay. I’ve accepted it.

The main thing that gets me through the dark times, as I like to call them, are friends and family. Luckily, or not so luckily for them, I have a father who struggles with depression and a best friend who battles bipolar. I’m supportive of both, but it’s so comforting to know that they are there for me too; I’ve never had that before.

Life is hard but that doesn’t mean we have to go through it alone. Don’t be afraid to lean on someone. Stay happy my friends.