Positivity Challenge Week Four: You Are Made For More

Positivity Challenge Week Four: You Are Made For More

Nothing happens overnight, but when things change, you'll know.
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Week four has come and gone. It’s hard to believe my positivity challenge is complete. Let’s face it, though: the challenge doesn’t end. The point of the challenge wasn’t to just get to the end; it was to learn more about ways I could pull myself out of depressive episodes and reframe my thoughts. I won’t say I’m 100 percent better because I think I still have plenty to work on, but I have definitely noticed a change in the way I view things.

How did it go?

The final week of my challenge was eventful and a little like a rollercoaster as far as my emotions go. But I noticed that, while I did struggle, it became easier to pull myself out of a depressive haze on most days.

Because I was able to reframe my thoughts, I noticed that not only did I not sink as low, but I also seemed to have more support from those closest to me. The interesting thing here is I don’t think I ever didn’t have that support; I think I missed it because I couldn’t get out of my own head long enough to see how others support me, my commitments and my desires.

It’s amazing what we can miss when we stay in our negativity bubble.

What did I learn?

One Bible verse, in particular, stuck with me this week:

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.Matthew 17:20 (NKJV)

Everything in week four seemed to point to this verse and having “small faith,” from the baseball game I went to that experienced an end-of-game comeback to staying committed to what God has called us to.

One of the biggest things I realized is that sometimes “staying committed” even means staying committed to continuing to try, whatever that may mean for you or your situation.

Yes, it can be difficult. You’re going to have people who tell you to give up, that your hope or dream will never come to pass. Heck, in your darkest moments, you may even tell yourself that very thing (often we are our own worst enemy).

But, I’m here to tell you to keep trying, keep persevering. Remember there are people who are there for you, who have faith that all the promises you have heard and kept in your heart will come to pass. God keeps His promises to us.

I’m not saying this as someone whose prayers have all been answered, whose life is perfect. I still have unanswered prayers, but I am confident that my God is simply telling me “not yet.” Because good things have already begun, and they are things I feel God has been speaking to me about for a while.

I say this from a place of committing to my small faith and committing to growing in my faith.

The “official” 30-day challenge may be over, but I am committed to continue to learn and work to create positivity. I will continue the mindfulness practice that started this journey because I am committed to bettering myself.

And, really, that’s what this challenge was about.

Positivity isn’t something that will happen overnight. It will take practice, mindfulness. And you may not see “immediate results.” But I’m here to encourage you to commit and have small faith. If something has been placed in your heart, don’t give up.

If there’s anything I’ve learned over the course of these 30 days, it’s that the way we think about things affects the way we talk about things, which then affects our reality. Don’t let poisonous thoughts affect your heart.

I promise: you are made for more. In time, you’ll see.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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An Incurable Disease Doesn't Change The Love I Have For You

Because one day the one you love the most is fine and the next day they're not, it causes devastation you never truly recover from.

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Loving someone with an incurable disease is the most emotionally straining thing I have ever experienced.

My significant other and I have been together for almost six years. During the summer of 2018, we all noticed the significant changes he was going through. He had lost around fifty pounds and had a lack of appetite. We had figured something was going on, however, we didn't realize it was anything serious.

Fast forward to the Fall semester of 2018. I had visited my boyfriend and we had expressed certain concerns, such as, through the night I would try and get him to stop uncontrollably itching his legs to the point of bleeding, or that he was looking a little yellow and was exhausted all the time. After seeing his sister in November, while I was at school, she pleaded with him to go to urgent care because he did not look good. He was yellow, exhausted, and very sickly looking. We didn't realize that the urgent care visit would be the precedent of the rest of our lives.

After coming home for Thanksgiving and spending a week straight in the hospital with him, it finally set in that something was not right. Between all the vomit, getting moved for testing, the weakness, the constant calling for medications because the pain was so severe, and the almost month-long stay in the hospital, it hit me full force that something was really wrong. Words will never truly describe the emotions I was feeling, or the burden of my thoughts that I felt were too selfish to pass on anyone, so I kept them to myself.

When we finally got the diagnosis, we were surprised. PSC, otherwise known as Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, is an incurable liver disease that affects the bile ducts which become scarred and inflamed, more likely than not lead to cirrhosis and an inevitable transplant. There was no cure, rather the only solution was a liver transplant, and even then the disease can be recurring.

I was thinking selfishly. I was torn in two. What would our future look like? Could we have children? Could we ever do the things we used to?

Loving someone with an incurable disease is a mix of emotions. There is a constant fear in the back of my mind that he is going to wake up in intense pain and have to be rushed to the hospital. There is a constant fear of every time waiting for the bi-weekly blood test results to come back, in fear that his Bilirubin spiked again or he is undergoing a flare up and needs to be hospitalized. There is a constant anxiety that one day he's going to be fine, and the next day he won't be. Even the simple things, such as laying beside one another, was a constant fear I had, due to the pain he was in every day. What if I hit him in my sleep on accident? What if I accidentally hugged a little too tightly and caused him pain?

Loving someone with an incurable disease can be a fluctuation of emotions, however, he makes it worth it.

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