I Am A Totally Different Person Than I Was A Year Ago, And I Am Grateful For That

I Am A Totally Different Person Than I Was A Year Ago, And I Am Grateful For That

I am grateful for my struggles because they've made me stronger, and a lot change in a year.

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Last year, I was a totally different person than I am now. I have grown so much, and I have changed, hopefully for the better. It feels like it has been for the better because I am so confident in who I am as a person.

Last year, I was just starting my career as a college student. I was a freshman living on her own for the first time. I was finding out how to adult for the first time. I had to manage my time and prioritize things for the first time.

It was hard, and I've definitely made mistakes along the way, but I've gotten a pretty good grasp of how to do it. Also, I've gotten a ton of help and advice on how to do it well. As a result, I've been able to do more with my time and I've been able to expand myself professionally.

It was a struggle, but I am grateful that I went through them.

This time last year, I was in a group of friends that wasn't right for me. I was focused on school and getting good grades. That wasn't their priority and the people who I thought I would be best friends with forever don't even wave to me around campus today. We grew apart.

This year, I think I've found a couple of groups of friends that are all amazing people. All of the people in these groups are driven and hardworking people. They care about school and their lives after college and are setting themselves up for a brighter future. These people motivate me to work harder in college.

It was hard having those first friendships in college fail, but the people in my life now are so much better for me. I genuinely think the world of everyone that is an active part of my world now because these people are all people who deserve the best in life.

Between this time last year and now I went through a lot of personal struggles. Each time they got harder and more complicated, but I am grateful for these struggles.

It's never easy having friendships go sour, especially for someone like me who values their friendships so highly. I am loyal to my friends to a fault, and when friendships fail it deeply pains me. However, these failed relationships have made me stronger and have made me a more mature and a better person.

This time last year, I was lost. I had a vision of what I wanted to do with my life, but I had no idea how to get there. I had no idea what I was going to do in the meantime until I got there. This was a huge emotional struggle for me.

Now, I am not lost. I have my vision and I still have no idea of exactly how I am going to get there. However, instead of freaking out, I am embracing the moment. I am keeping myself open to new opportunities and in the past year, I have taken a lot of them.

In those new opportunities I have experienced, I have found a love for non-profit work. I've found myself in a sorority after thinking that I would never be in one. I've found myself doing research.

This time last year, I struggled with leaving my comfort zone. From being scared out of my mind doing a ropes course and being hesitant embracing new friendships. I was scared to leave what I knew.

Now, I am constantly escaping my comfort zone. In the past year, I've taken out door-frames in one piece, I have joined a sorority (that was leaps and bounds out of my comfort zone), I have taken on new roles and positions, and I've made new friends.

This time last year I was miserable. I got anxious over almost everything, especially the stupid things that don't matter now. I doubted myself a lot. I got worked up over almost everything and I was always sad.

Now, I am the happiest I have ever been. I don't get anxious over stupid things. I am confident in who I am, and I am happy.

This happiness, this happiness that isn't going away is because of those new experiences and opportunities. I left my comfort zone, and I've become happier. Everything this past year has made me stronger and more mature.

This past year, I've struggled a lot. I went through a lot of high highs and a lot of low lows. If it weren't for these struggles, I wouldn't have grown to be the person I am today.

In this past year, I have discovered some of my values. I have learned things about myself, and I've done new things. I am a different person.

This Thanksgiving and year, I am grateful for my struggles because I am so much more mature, confident, and stronger than I ever was before. I am proud of who I am today, and that is large in part to my friends and the experiences I've had. I am grateful for that, to those people thank you.

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.
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Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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11 Things You NEVER Say To A College Girl Trying To Get Into Shape

Just never talk about a person's weight.

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When my family and friends joked that I was going to gain 15 pounds in my freshman year of college as a result of the "Freshman 15," I thought it was what it was supposed to be: a joke. However, as the year has come to an end, I realized that I actually did put on a couple of pounds, albeit it wasn't the predicted 15.

As I told those that I wanted to get into an ideal shape for my body, I was met with some insensitive and ignorant remarks. Everyone thought that I mean just losing the weight I had put on.

1. "You walk to all of your classes, why aren't you losing weight that way?"

My legs are more toned than they ever have been before. However, most of the weight I have been gaining has gone directly to my gut (annoying!) and walking does not remedy that. Unfortunately, I have to stick to ab workouts.

2. "But you look fine to me!"

I don't feel healthy to myself. I'm not trying to stay in shape for anyone else, just myself, thanks. I appreciate you trying to make me feel better about my body image but I know something has to be done.

3. "I didn't gain any weight in college."

Good for you. I did. I'm trying to do something about it.

4. "Just stop drinking."

I don't drink. Really, the only liquid I consume is water or iced tea. I don't like soda and alcohol makes me nauseous way too easily.

5. "Isn't the gym free on campus for students?"

Yes, but some people don't like working out in front of others. I am one of those people. My friend lives in an apartment complex that has their own gym and almost no one is ever there but not everyone has that luxury. Also, some are busy and do not have time for a quick jog or to stretch.

6. "You should try this diet/pills/exercise routine."

I am thankful that you are trying to help but my diet is just eating healthy and having a few cheat days in between. I know what exercises work best for me and I am just not taking pills. Bodies adjust differently.

7. "Don't starve/force yourself to throw up."

Trust me, I know. I'm trying to lose the weight healthily. If you do find yourself practicing unhealthy eating habits or realizing your body image is deteriorating, the NEDA Hotline is (800) 931-2237. Please reach out if you are going through hardships.

8. "Won't you have to buy a whole new wardrobe?"

If I drop (or even add) a size or two. We grow out and grow tired of clothes on the regular, what's the difference if you have to buy some because of a weight change? Plus, who doesn't love buying new clothes?

9. "Just eat healthier."

Didn't think of it! Options are limited at college where the dining halls don't offer all that much that is actually good for your body. Now that I'm at home, it's easier. But I'm already trying to eat healthy.

10. "You've evened out since the last time I saw you!"

This is code for you've put on some weight. I hear it mostly from older relatives because my friends will flat out tell me if I've gotten a little chunky.

11. "You're just stressed."

Personally, this one gets me livid. I do admit that when I am stressed or anxious, I do turn to food for comfort but when I am delighted and genuinely happy, will my body magically revert into a fit state?

Sadly, no.

Honestly, I am just trying to get my body back into shape. For me, that means cutting back on greasy foods and kicking a bad habit of sitting on my butt all day. For others, it could mean more or less. As long as your body is in good physical condition and you are content, the number on the scale and others' thoughts shouldn't matter. Take care of yourself.

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