To The Person Who Is Trying So Hard

To The Person Who Is Trying So Hard

Success is trying hard, but failure is trying too hard.

You know who you are. You're trying to get the best grades possible, have your life put together, and racing around everywhere to be the best. Even when your body takes a break, your mind still races. I see you. I am you.

I want to encourage you to rest. Rest is almost never a bad thing. Your physical body needs rest, and your mind needs rest. Being exhausted all day every day does not do you any good. It also doesn't do anyone around you any good. It is good to always give 100%, but giving your all all the time can become exhausting and overwhelming. I know you have heard a thousand times how good you would be at the job you are working towards, and want to live up to the expectations that friends and family have of you. But God calls us to rest. He made 7 days of the week- 6 for work, and one for rest. I know you don't want to waste a precious moment of your life doing nothing, but sometimes nothing is what you need to do. Matthew 11:28 says "Come to me, and I will give you rest." Sometimes you need to let go, and let God. Nothing is wrong with a little TLC every once in a while.

I know that sometimes you doubt yourself. You get back that test grade that is marked with a big fat "C" and you start to question if you are even in the right major. You wonder if there is anything else you could have done, or any way you could have used your time differently to make a better grade. You think that doing something is better than doing nothing, but that isn't always the case. Living life going in circles being a busy bee won't get you any closer to your goals. It just makes you tired. Find joy in the present moment, and don't worry about the future- you might find yourself actually having fun..

I also realize you want to do what will make everyone else happy before worrying about your own happiness. I know you want to make the most of the time God has given you. I know that you never know when your time on earth will be up, but that doesn't mean you have to take care of every single thing right now. It is possible to put some things off until tomorrow (without procrastinating for everything).

I really just want to tell you to take a little break every once in a while. Catch your breath. Just breathe. Clear your head. Because at the end of the day, you can't give what you don't have. Your life needs a balance. Sometimes it's going to be hectic, but don't forget to have fun after you work, and rest after you rush. You are going to do great things because that's how God designed you. Jesus was the only perfect person to walk the earth, and I guarantee that he constantly made time to rest.

Don't forget that in the end it's okay if you aren't okay, and if you aren't okay, then its not the end.

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

Forever my number one guy.

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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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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