I never really understood the extent and significance to this statement. Once you learn to relax and let loose the massive grasp of control you have on every detail in your life, the more likely the Universe will be able to intervene more impressively. I have always struggled with anxiety and depression and the one thing that has become my safety net is my attempt to control everything around me –because in my eyes, this is how I can become less anxious, and less fearful of what may happen –I “know” what will happen, because I’m “in control of it!” Right? No, fortunately this is not the case in life. Yes I may feel “safe” and “guarded” due to my safety precautions, but in reality, I am not letting myself live my life –I am forcefully controlling and steering, and that’s truly not the point. This leads to anxiety, frustrations, and negativity. We are meant to be steered and guided by a greater force –in whatever you believe, the Universe helps and aids you in every aspect of your life. Once you open up, and let yourself be helped, your world opens up to these extraordinary possibilities.
Over the past year I have been trying to go back to school. I only need a few more classes before I am able to transfer to a 4 year. Because of my domineering attitude in my decision making, one obstacle kept springing up after another. “I need it THIS way, not THAT way. I CAN’T do it that way, I don’t WANT to do it that way.” Because of this, I became increasingly frustrated, and was very close to giving up. I took a break from my endeavor and unceremoniously came back to it recently. It just so happened that the day that I tried to sign in to apply again, my old password came to me, and some way or another, I signed up exactly a week before classes started –not only that, but the one class that I needed in order to transfer had a few spots still open and it fit into my schedule right after work. There are honestly no words to express how extraordinary and amazing the Universe is… how things come to you, how things just fall into place at exactly the right moment. All you have to do is learn to relax and let go and really absorb and understand exactly what that means. <3
Grow grow grow and never stop. Yes, there will be growing pains and breaks along the way, but you have to have trust and confidence in your wings before you can fly. <3
When the sun leaves the sky,
That’s how I feel when we leave each other.
I’m left glowing and your imprints remain on my skin.
After awhile they fade away into the sky,
And you leave stars in my eyes…
The night sky only glows so brightly when she knows the sun will kiss her in the morning.
Saw this beautiful message today and it could not come at a more perfect moment.
So how do you get ‘unstuck’? I have yet to answer this question for myself…however, I do not believe it’s something that just happens after a few decisions in the right direction. Today the options and paths you can take are endless so it’s no wonder that we can feel overwhelmed so easily. When I feel immersed, I become paralyzed. I tend to get into this vicious cycle of dreaming about the future and then quickly becoming guilty and ashamed because there’s so much more I could have done in the past to make my future better. Clearly, this is self-sabotaging and just plain negative.
The choices that you’ve made have only made you into this amazing person today so gently respect and regard your past; do not judge it –just let it be, because it cannot be changed. The only thing that you can do is make decisions now that will push you positively forward. Forget about the ‘why’ and focus on the DOING instead!!
“Compare where you are to where you want to be, and you’ll get nowhere.” -Sara Bareilles -Uncharted
How many times have your relationships not worked out? We could be here a while I know…
Now that you’re thinking about it, do you see a commonality?
In all of my experiences and relationships, I take personal responsibility for my part in it. Yes, I may have been cheated on and had my heart crushed multiple times and yes, it was awful and terrible. Yet in all of these instances, the one consistency is ME.
Learning to love myself was one of my greatest lessons in life thus far; it’s a relationship that you have to work on continuously. In retrospect, a lot of my relationship issues were caused from not loving myself enough. I stayed in relationships because I was too scared to leave; because I didn’t want to hurt the other person; because I didn’t realize my self-worth; because I didn’t know I deserved better. The majority of relationship problems stem from miscommunication and perspective. The tricky part is that our perspective is widely affected by our self-esteem. How can we view and treat others with respect and love if we don’t respect and love ourselves first?
That’s why learning to love yourself is the first step to accepting love from others. We can only receive the love we think we deserve. You should come to the realization that you deserve a love that fills every inch of you; a love that makes your heart smile and persists and thrives even in times without light. But first you need to learn to fall in love with yourself. <3
Sometimes we can get so trapped and caught up in our own thoughts of work and school and our routine that we miss out on the bigger picture. It’s tough to stay in the moment when there’s so much going on around you. Your mind keeps racing before bed while you keep making lists in your head of all of the things that you still need to do. It’s okay to feel like this and it’s okay to experience this but you should not get so stuck that you let life pass you by as you just run through the motions.
Take three deep breaths and your entire perspective widens. Just remember that these little intricacies and complexities of life are just that –in the wider scheme of things they do not matter as much as YOU.
Learn to take care of yourself; change your perspective like the widening of a film shot; and most of all –don’t forget to actually LIVE and be PRESENT. What’s the point with working towards having it ‘all’ when you miss out on all of the greatness around you? You already have everything you need within you and everything that life has presented are the instruments to create your own happiness. (picture by @earmarksocial )
All our experiences up to this point have created and molded us into who we are. I am a true believer that whatever we endure –we are meant to learn from and in return we become stronger and more resilient for what has yet to come.
Yesterday I came into contact with people from my past and disappointingly they were involved in one of the most awful experiences I’ve had. Even though I quickly fell to pieces the moment I saw them, the one fragment I can take away from this is the comparison of my growth between that distressing involvement and my present.
We can never change the past and I honestly do not believe in regrets –there is only the act of acquiring wisdom from our mistakes. I’m thankful for all that has been –no matter how intense; I’m thankful for all that I have –because without my past, I would have nothing; and I’m thankful for all that has yet to be –because everything thus far has led me to this point now.
Never be remorseful for your past because your present would look very very different without it. <3