Achieving Your Goals In 2018

Achieving Your Goals In 2018

Every action should serve a purpose.
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Everybody has goals, dreams, and personal adjustments that they wish to see come to fruition in 2018. Every single year, my social media feeds are full of the "new year, new me" nonsense, but nobody ever changes. If you want to change yourself this year, then making a New Years resolution is the absolute worst thing you can do to achieve it.

Don't start big. When you set goals, you want to make them small and reachable so that they compound on one another. It's like climbing a latter; you don't just immediately jump to reach the top rung. Instead, you take it one step at a time with consistency so you don't fall off or tire of climbing. So many people who set a goal fail to achieve it because they get burned out by trying to go "all or nothing." Just slow down and don't rush it.

If you really want to change, then sit down and write down three things you want to accomplish each week that will help you achieve your overall goal. Changing your life doesn't just magically start at the stroke of 12. You have to be truly active if you want to change. Everything you do should have a purpose. Write down your overall goal every single day in multiple places to remind yourself of what you want to accomplish. Don't be afraid to ask others to help motive and remind you too.

Whether the goal is losing weight, improving grades, saving up for a new car, or just being a better person, everyone enters a new year with high hopes, expectations, and optimism. Use this time to set real goals that will help you become who you want to be, not some ridiculous resolution that you'll forget about two weeks later. Change doesn't happen over night. It takes a lot of time and a lot of consistency.

As we start this new year, I wish you all nothing but the best of life. I myself have plenty to change and I know we can achieve our goals if we take this year one day at a time. Make every day count!

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things. If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity towards this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you, if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Anxiety Is Not The Problem, Not This Time

Doctors see that on your chart and they automatically blame all your issues on anxiety.

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Recently, my health has gone on a rollercoaster ride. I have things happening that I can't control or understand. You would think going to the doctor would make things better, with the thousands of tests, the bloodwork and constant poking and prodding.

Not in my case.

To me, it seems when you let the doctor know you have any kind of mental health issue, they make that the blame what they cannot explain. For example, I thought I was allergic to gluten. I ate some french toast sticks from a fast food restaurant, something I did every morning when I didn't have enough time to make something at home before work. This time though, they got stuck in my throat. I had trouble breathing and couldn't swallow at all.

Of course, once I got it out, I thought I was fine until I had several other incidents. I went to my first allergy doctor who said I was allergic to wheat. I changed my diet to be gluten-free. Which, was a huge hassle and extremely exhausting. I moved a few years later to find out I wasn't allergic to it; I just had an intolerance.

A few years later, I started having trouble eating meat. Not just one kind, but ALL meat. So I went to see another allergist, explaining that I could eat meat. I was sent to a GI doctor who did a scope to find out that my esophagus was closing.

Let's take a moment to take that in; MY ESOPHAGUS WAS CLOSING...

So they stretched my esophagus, I had an asthma attack while under (totally different story) and had a repeat procedure where they took a biopsy of my esophagus, and my stomach. They came up fine. No cancer and nothing else. I was sent to a pulmonary doctor to check for Auto-Immune diseases - again nothing.

I promise I have a point, hang in there with me.

So I go to a hospital and get a swallow test done. At this point, I am on an elimination diet, which takes away meat, nuts (tree and peanuts), soy, eggs, dairy, and seafood. Basically, I'm eating ice, dairy-free yogurt, and jello. BUT I'M STILL FAT!

So the doctor after all these tests and all these little descriptive issues, dysphagia, a frequently failed peristalsis, and a silent sufferer of acid reflux. Multiple medications and still no diagnosis. Oh, I was told that I should lose weight and change my diet? WHAT DIET? I am, as one doctor said, in starvation mode because I am not getting enough calories a day.

"Oh its probably your anxiety." (side eye) Now I know anxiety can cause a lot of things, but the closing of my esophagus and a failed swallow is not it. I hate that I ever told them I had anxiety because it seems when they have no answers, that's got to be the cause.

For now, onto more doctors and second opinions, but I wonder how many others have dealt with this same issue.

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