Rachel sent me this article on Facebook that talked about putting your worries, fears, and stress into God’s hands. It find it interesting that when I am putting a lot of effort into my faith, I don’t feel stressed out. All worries seem to be lifted off my shoulders. So, I asked Rachel why that was and she responded: “you let other things get in the way.” And she is right, I do. I let my mind do what it thinks it needs to do, and I get completely sidetracked. Therefore, I get flooded with emotions of stress and anxiety. Today, when I had decided that I had enough of feeling the way that I did, I texted Rachel “anxious”. We have this kind of code, whenever we are feeling something, we simply say that emotion and the other person begins the healing process. But, that is the issue… Rachel can’t heal me, only I can heal me. She told me that she had been saving a bible verse for me for the next time I got anxious.
1 Peter 5:7
It helped. I decided to put my phone away and concentrate on a positive mindset; I have so much to look forward to, why am I wasting away my time feeling like this? Well, I am not anymore. So, here I am. I decided that I was going to find 9 quotes that would make me feel better. If anyone else is having a tough day, let me help you stop it in your tracks. We can do this together.
“If you have a bad thoughts, tell it to go to hell because that is exactly where it came from.”
It’s hard to be happy when someone is mean to you all the time, right? Well, that goes for YOU too. You can’t bring yourself down and expect yourself to be happy, too. You need to choose one. If you want to be happy, you need to be nice to yourself… give yourself some credit because if you are anything like me, you tend to see yourself short. Take a deep breath and blow all those negative thoughts back down to hell, where you got them from.
“Rule your mind or it will rule you.”
This is probably one of the ones that I have the most trouble digesting. One tactic that I have that used to help me with taking over my thoughts was to sit down and look in a mirror and literally tell myself “NO” every time I thought a negative thought. It truly does help, and is a good tool to use when fighting off negative thinking.
“Be so happy that when others see you, they become happy too.”
Smile, smile, and smile some more.
Jess, this one is for you. It will work. Radiate your happiness and flash your beautiful smile whenever you can... it is truly contagious.
“Be gentle with yourself, you are doing the best you can.”
Sometimes I like to think that I am doing the best I can, but then sometimes I feel like there is more that I could be doing. Yes, school—I am talking about you. I made a promise to myself to following my agenda for the entire week, to finish up some homework and what not that needed to be done… I did amazing until yesterday, now I will be cramming to fit in yesterday’s work into this weekend. But in situations like this, I need to remember to take a deep breath and be kind to myself. Everyone slips up and it isn’t even the end of the world. I didn’t miss a due date and I don’t have a test today. Be kind, be gentle… your heart is fragile.
Dani, please take this one in. You are a beautiful soul and only deserve the absolute best. Be gentle with yourself baby girl. You mean the world to me, and seeing you get frustrated is the last thing I want. I love you, let Sami and I handle the rest, you worry about loving every second of your life.
“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think about what could go great.”
THIS. I have found (especially in certain situations…) I think about what is going to go wrong. What I am going to lose, what is going to happen that could change everything… when in reality; this is just the negative side of the spectrum. EPIPHANY. I need to have more faith. I need to have more faith in others, in God, and most importantly in myself. It takes the same amount of effort to make yourself happy as it does to make yourself upset, so why not go with the healthy option? Instead of thinking about what could go wrong, think about EVERYTHING that could possibly go RIGHT.
“A bad attitude can literally block love, blessings, and destiny from finding you. Don’t be the reason you don’t succeed.”
I have tons of intrinsic motivation. I am a very self-motivated woman and I most certainly don’t need help in that department, but I will admit it is nice. I have many extrinsic factors that help motivate me to have a good attitude, be positive, and even work out harder in the gym. But, although I can have both intrinsic and extrinsic motivating factors to propel me to be better, only one of these will be the reason that I don’t succeed, and that is 100% intrinsic. If you know me, you know that I am a sore loser; I don’t like to lose. I couldn’t possibly let myself fail, therefore I need to keep a positive outlook on life so I can see all the beauty around me, extra motivation never hurt anybody.
“The best is yet to come.”
I tend to forget about this from time to time. Is life ideal right now for me? No. But is it anything to complain about? No. Do I wish that I didn’t have to do homework/study in almost all of my spare time? Yes. Do I wish that I didn’t work 35+ hours a week on top of that? Yes. Do I wish I could spend more time with people who are 300mi away? Of course I do. But right now, I am being put through a test. I am being tested on how strong I can stay in these situations. I am constantly tired and some days I believe my brain will explode if I hear the word “stroke volume” one more time, but in the end, it will all be worth it. One day I will be happily curled up on my own couch (with a pug), and I will realize that it will all have been worth it. The hours dedicated to studying, the money I made by working my butt off, and the distance… one day, will all be worth it because I will be so much stronger.
“I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday.”
Even if you took a baby step, you are closer. Today, during my warm up for my workout, I decided to pound out 2 miles instead of one. Now, there is still running in my workout, but I wanted to push myself on my warm up and guess what? It only propelled my forward.
Rachel, this is for you.
“There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy.”
This quote instantly brought a smile to my face when I saw it. This is hands down one of my all time favorites. I could go on for hours about how blessed I am. One thing that I really need to start doing when I am anxious, is making a list of blessings in my life. How can you be upset when there are 50 reasons not to be, written right in front of you? I am way too hard on myself sometimes, and I think that is only because I want the best for myself. I know that I have said this before, but whenever I am thinking negatively, I think 2 positive thoughts about the situation. It is a good habit to get in because you are training yourself to see the good…even when you think there is no good to be found. There is always good to be find, sometimes you just have to dig for it.
Dad, this one is for you, because you always tend to help me remember this when I need to. I love you man!!!
And just like that, I can smile again. What makes you get out of your own head? Taking a drive? Reading a book? Talking to a friend? Mine has always been to write. Sometimes, I can write a blog post in less than an hour (this one) because it just keeps flowing so smoothly. I like to write my emotions, in hopes that if someone out there is feeling the same way, they can let go of the negativity and put their effort into making themselves become more positive.
One life. I want to impact just one person’s life.