You’ll figure it out. Adjust, adapt. Sometimes well-laid plans don’t pan out. That’s life. Do the best you can given the circumstances. Put your self in a position to succeed even if it seems the world wants to see you fail.
Don’t blame anyone, yourself included. If you want it badly enough, you’ll work for it. Work hard.
It’s okay to compromise. You may have to compensate. Make sacrifices.
You owe no one anything. Never ask for permission to do what you love. Never ask for approval once you’ve done what you love. This life is yours and no one else’s. Make your own decisions instead of letting someone else make them for you.
You’re going to regret what you didn’t do more than you’ll ever regret all the things you did. Believe in your abilities. You’re more than capable. You can do anything you set your mind to.
Some things don’t matter nearly as much as you think they do. Know who you are. You shouldn’t change for the sake of changing.
You can’t be perfect, so stop trying to be. Nobody else is. Aim for excellence. Do more than you have to. Dream big. Dream bigger. You’re too good to rest on your laurels.
Stay true to your word because that’s all you have. You will reap the seeds you’ve sown in due time. Have the patience to follow through with things to the end. You’re almost there.
Take care of your body. Listen to it. You deserve to be happy. Do what brings you the most happiness. Remember not to feel ashamed about living your life in a way that feels right.
Set the bar high enough that you challenge yourself but not too high that you put yourself in a corner. Nothing is worth more than your health, your well-being.
Go full out, not halfway. Remember all you’ve had to overcome to get here. Count your blessings, your lucky stars. Take pride in the progress you’ve made.
You’ll be okay.
I want to be happy. I hope I’m able to do what I want to do.
My health is important to me. But sometimes I do things at the expense of my well-being.
Even though I worry so much about so many things, writing helps. When there’s nothing to stress over, my mind makes something up. At least getting my thoughts and feelings on the page takes some of the weight off my shoulders.
This year has been tough for reasons out of my control. So I’ve tried hard to focus on what I can control.
Word by word, day by day is my motto. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. Sometimes though I can’t stop thinking about the far future.
I like to believe everything will work out somehow. The pieces will fall into place eventually.
For now, I want to concentrate on the present moment. I need to enjoy each day.
I love what I do because I love the act of doing them. It’s the process, the journey that matters. Not the numbers, not the results.
While I don’t know everything, I know I want to learn. Even if it terrifies me. I want to learn more. I want to better myself as a human being.
I’m always learning. I love teaching myself. Going at my own pace, putting in a little bit of work every day.
Any day is a good day for a self care public service announcement. I know I’ve talked about taking care of yourself in the past, but I’m talking about it again because I’m a broken record.
I don’t care what season it is (baseball or winter). Remember to prioritize your needs, whatever they may be.
Say no if you need to. Fun fact that isn’t fun but it is a fact: I said no to prom. If I can, you certainly can.
Don’t forget to eat and exercise. Do the things you want. Read a book. Listen to music. Make time for your hobbies, interests.
Let’s also talk about drinking and driving. To be honest, I do not enjoy either one individually.
That being said, if you ever feel pressured to drink and you hate it as much as I do, put your foot down. This is your body. You know yourself best. Do what you want, not what someone else wants.
Don’t feel up to drive? Then don’t force the issue. Take a bus, a cab. Call a friend or family member. Listen to your gut. It knows what’s up.
Self care isn’t just about luxury either. You don’t need to go to a spa or a saloon. You can take a bath or do your nails at home.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference like going to the gym in the morning, going to bed earlier at night, etc.
I hope you treat yourself well in 2018. Don’t forget you have one life. One body, one heart.
You may be busy with work or school or a number of other obligations, but you’re not too busy to care about yourself and look after your health.
I’ve come up with 20 goals for my 20 year old self.
- Worry less.
- Have fun.
- Put my happiness first.
- Ask for help.
- Think for myself.
- Say yes when I should.
- Say no when I shouldn’t.
- Move on.
- Write more.
- Be a better blogger.
- Learn from mistakes.
- Celebrate the small victories.
- Dance like someone is watching.
- Look after my health.
- Smile at strangers.
- Love a lot.
- Laugh out loud.
- Be mindful.
- Enjoy the present.
- Live life.
I know a lot of these are commonly used phrases, but I’m a walking cliché.
Believe it or not, there is one thing (in my opinion) that trumps writing. Want to know what it is? It’s your health.
Think about it. If your health isn’t up to par, your writing won’t be either.
I urge you all to listen to your body.
While writing is not the main culprit behind my health concerns at this moment, I am still putting rest as my top priority. I’ll try not to neglect my online presence via this blog. But I much rather be at 100 percent and blog when I am feeling better than be at 50 percent and blog halfheartedly.
I want you all to be in good health. Take care.