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.
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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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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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My First College Gal Pal Road Trip Was Amazing

Every girl should have one good girls trip.

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In some way or another, everybody has a list of things they want to do in their lives before it's all over. After all, we're human. There's adventure to be had in every life. One thing I have always wanted to do before I grew too old and grey was go on a road trip with my gal pals to the beach. A couple weeks ago, I achieved this memorable milestone, and it allowed me to open up to new surroundings and experiences.

On this trip, I went with two of my friends from college, Kait and Lindsey, to visit my roommate Elizabeth in Virginia Beach. This was pretty big for Lindsey and I because neither of us had been to Virginia Beach before. Thankfully Elizabeth and Kait knew their way around the city, so we never got lost on our way to and fro.

Like most vacations, my favorite parts probably took place at the beach. I'm always at utter peace stomping through mushy sand or leaning down to splash the salty water that tries to knock my short self over. We took pictures and did something us college girls rarely have time to do especially in school: Relax.

The four of us did not live up to the crazed stereotype of girl trips in movies. Although I finally got a chance to sing along to Taylor Swift in a car ride with my friends, so that's always a plus. We played "Top Golf" one day, and by some miracle, I actually won the second game by a fair amount after much humiliation in the first one. We visited some of Elizabeth's family, and I finally got to meet her giant dog Apollo (I call him 'Wolf Dog'). Everyday was another chance to ask with enthusiasm: "So what are we doing today?"

Our trip wasn't like the movies where we all cried or confessed our deepest darkest secrets. Everything the four of us shared was laughter and this calm feeling of being at home, in the chaotic peace of each other's company. We understand each other a little better due to finally seeing what we're like outside of Longwood University. After this, all I can say is that we're most definitely planning the next one!

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