7.6 Billion People In The World And YOU Are One Of Them

7.6 Billion People In The World And YOU Are One Of Them

Never compromise who you are for someone else.

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Growing up you are told what is right and wrong. Normal and abnormal. True and false.

But no one mentions that you are unique. You are special. You are you.

There always seems to be people who fit in the "popular" groups. There always seems to be people who have certain clothes or hairstyles. There always seems to be people who are athletic. There always seems to be people who you wish to be. It can be easy to feel like you need to fit into these groups.

You do not need to think this way at all. We are all different. We were put into this world to be our individual selves. We should not be expected to change who we are. No matter what someone does to try and change you, we are all built differently. Personality is not bought, it is given to us when we arrive on this earth. Appearance can be bought, but our true appearance is special to who we are. Intelligence is a gift but can be worked for overtime. With all these things making us who we are, we should NEVER change that.

You, my friend, are perfect the way you are.

You are unique in your own way. You are funny. You are beautiful. You are handsome. You are loving. You are loyal. You are determined. You are smart. You are you. No matter how many qualities you think you may have, we all have different qualities.

Some good and some bad. But what remains the same is how different each of these qualities is.

If someone tells you to change who you are, you need to ignore them. Being self-aware of actions you could tweak in your life is different than someone trying to change who you are deep inside. If you know your worth, you do not need to compromise to make others happy. If you know what you want to do in your future career, no one should change your feelings on that. If you know who you want to marry, no one else should try to change that. Lastly, if you know what makes you happy, never let someone tell you different.

Why conform to what society wants to see you as?

If you want to be a cheerleader, be a cheerleader.

If you want to pursue your dreams in a specific career, do that.

If you want to take time to yourself, you are allowed.

If you want to buy a shirt that others do not approve of, buy it.

There is no one on this earth who can tell you who to be. We are all presented with certain qualities and personalities that structure who we are as a whole.

So be you. Do not be afraid to let the real you outshine everything. Do not let someone dim your light. Do not let the crowd of people overwhelm you. Be the one who stands out. Be the one who stands up for who they are. Be the one who never changes for society.

Be you.

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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 toward 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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I Went From Losing Weight To Lifting Weights, And Now I'm In The Best Shape Of My Life

How a change in my fitness goals changed my life.

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I am in the best shape of my life...or at least I think so, and that's what truly matters.

I look in the mirror and feel confident.

I finally feel comfortable wearing crop tops, and I'm even starting to show visible abs. But getting here has been such a difficult journey filled with eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and other physical and mental struggles that hindered my ability to achieve my goals.

I have been on this health and fitness journey for many, many years now. I've been a size 00, a size 12, and every size in between.

Through it all, I have learned so much about myself, as well as fitness and nutrition in general. My biggest takeaway that led me to overcome all these obstacles was learning to let go of my perfectionism. When I'm old, I don't want to look back on my life and realize that I spent it all trying to lose weight. So, I changed my mindset.

My new focus was to be as strong as possible—to lift the heaviest weights, rather than losing the most weight. If you too, want to be in the best shape of your life but have struggled for so long, read my tips below.

1. EAT MORE

I know, it sounds crazy. As women, we are constantly told about diets and cutting calories. If you just want to be skinny, you can do that. But if you want to be strong, you need to eat to be able to put on the muscle.

2. ALLOW YOURSELF TO HAVE CHEAT MEALS

If you have struggled with eating disorders like me, satisfying your cravings will prevent you from having major setbacks.

3. LIFT WEIGHTS

Get your butt off that elliptical and into the weight room.

4. DON'T WORKOUT EVERY DAY

Again, especially if you want to build muscle, you need rest days. These are the days where your muscles are "actually" growing.

5. DON'T RUSH IT

You will not see abs overnight. It takes a long time. But if you want sustainable results, you must treat your body right.

I hope these tips are helpful. With positivity and patience, you can achieve anything.

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