21 Random Life-Changing Habits

21 Random Life-Changing Habits

Here are some small things that I've started doing that have drastically changed my life.

Growing is inevitable, and there's no growth without some change; that being said, here are some healthy habits that I've recently adopted or that I'm currently working on making a part of my everyday life.

1. Look up words that you don't know. Frequently.

2. If something significant, funny, or just memorable happens, WRITE IT DOWN!

Include the date, who you were with, any specific dialogue you remember, and how it made you feel the same day that it happens.

3. Look up music videos from your childhood or teenage years.

4. Compliment strangers.

5. Search for positivity.

You don't have to go to work; you get to go to work. What we see as burdens, others could count as blessings.

6. Write letters to people that you'll never give them.

7. Learn how to properly use a semicolon.

^ A semicolon is this guy. This sounds stupid, but I've had so many professors comment on the fact that I know how to use one correctly.

8. Write in your Bible.

9. Always be considerate, but learn to say 'no'.

10. Go through your contact list, and send sweet messages to random people.

One of my favorite human beings of all time is my youth pastor's wife, Mrs. Calee; I learned this trade from her. She's shown me the beauty in letting someone know that you're thinking about them- reminding them that their existence affects you. Making a person feel valued only takes a two-lined text message and will work wonders for their self-esteem.

11. Just because you have a history with a person does not mean that you have to have a future with that person.

12. Don't let FOMO (fear of missing out) control you.

Your friends will probably go out again next weekend. If that girl/guy is right for you, it will happen eventually. Expensive trends often die quickly.

13. Let your style change from day to day if you want.

14. Cry when you feel like it, but don't wallow in pity.

15. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

Pride makes us want to appear as if we understand everything. If you're unclear on class materials, someone's feelings, or even just part of a story, go ahead and ask, "What does that mean?"

16. Try something you'd never see yourself doing.

17. Talk to God all day.

When you're thankful, mad, bored, excited, hungry- whatever! Get into the habit of constant communication with God, and be honest with Him. He already knows what's hurting you or where you made a mistake; talk to Him about it.

18. Admit to yourself (and sometimes other people) when you need to make a change.

19. Make a physical bucket list with the intention of checking it off.

20. Play with kids.

Their innocence is refreshing.

21. Forgive people even if they never apologize.

They aren't entitled to your trust, but forgiveness isn't for them; it's for you.

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I Woke up In The Middle Of The Night To Write About My Fears, They're Worse Than The Dark

One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.


It is one of those nights when I am tired, but for some reason, I can't seem to fall asleep. So, what do I do? I pull out my laptop, and I begin to write. Who knows where it will lead. It could lead to a killer article or something that does not make sense. I mean it is almost 2 A.M. In my mind, that's pretty late.

Anyways, let's do this thing.

Like many people, thoughts seem to pile up in my head at this time. It could be anything from a time when I was younger to embarrassing stories to wondering why I am "wasting" my time somewhere to thoughts about the future. All of these things come at me like a wildfire. One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

The thought that is going through my mind as I write this is about the future. It's about the future of my fears. Let me explain. I have multiple fears. Some of my fears I can hide pretty well, others I am terrible at hiding. My fears may seem silly to some. While others might have the same fears. Shall we start?

1. My career

I don't know where to begin with this one. For as long as I can remember, my consistent dream job has been working in the world of sports, specifically hockey. A career in sports can be and is a challenging thing. The public eye is on you constantly. A poor trade choice? Fans are angry. Your team sucks? "Fans" are threatening to cheer for someone else if you can't get your sh*t together. You can be blamed for anything and everything. Whether you are the coach, general manager, owner, it does not matter. That's terrifying to me, but for some reason, I want to work for a team.

2. My family

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Failing with my family, whether that be the family I was born into or my future family, it terrifies me. I have watched families around me fall apart and I have seen how it has affected them. Relationships have fallen apart because of it. I have heard people talk about how much they hate one of their parents because of what happened. I don't want that.

3. Time

This could be a dumb fear. I'm not sure, but I fear time. With every minute that passes, I am just another minute closer to the end. With every day that passes that I am not accomplishing goals or dreams I have, I am losing precious time. It scares me to think of something horrible like "What if I die tomorrow because of something horrific?" or even worse, "What if I don't make it through today?" It's terrible, I know.

4. Forgetting precious memories

When I was younger, I had brain surgery. It is now much harder for me to remember things. I am truly terrified that I am going to forget things I will want to hold close to me forever, but I won't be able to. I am scared I'll forget about the little things that mean a lot. I'm afraid of forgetting about old memories that may disappear. I'm worried that I'll forget about something like my wedding day. That might seem out of this world, but it's a reality for me.

5. Saying "goodbye"

I hate saying bye. It is one of my least favorite things. Saying bye, especially to people I don't know when I'll see again, is a stab in the heart for me. I love my people so much. I love being around them. I love laughing with them. Thought of never having a hello with them again scares me beyond belief.

6. Leaving places that I love

Alright, let me start off by saying this- it takes a lot for me to love a place. It has to feel like home. It has to make me feel comfortable. It has to be a place I can go to and be myself. Thankfully, I have had and still have multiple places that are like that. I have also had places I could not wait to leave. I think that's why leaving places I love is so hard and something I fear so much. I am afraid I'll never get that place "back", for lack of a better term. I guess, I'm trying to say, it's like a piece of me is leaving as well.

These six things are just the start of my fears. Some of these might seem "dumb" or "ridiculous" to you, but for me, it's my life. These are the things that I think about the most. These are the things that feel like a pit in my stomach. These six things are parts of my life that mean a lot to me.

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25 Things in your life that You CAN Control

So many things are outside of our control, but here's what we can control.


"Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't." Powerful words, Steve Maraboli.

Life is hard- I get it. Even in my own life, there are things that I wish I could control, or people that I wish I could control. Lately, I've been trying to let it go, because after a while, stressing over the things that you can't control will make you go insane, and it will almost always lead to disappointment. There's no sense in worrying about the things we can't control, because, well, we have no control over them. Instead of stressing about the things out of your control, take power of your life and consider all the things you can control.

1. Your beliefs.

2. Your attitude.

3. Your thoughts.

4. Your perspective.

5. How honest you are.

6. Who your friends are.

7. What books you read.

8. How often you exercise.

9. Your diet.

10. What risks you take.

11. How you interpret situations.

12. How kind you are to others.

13. How kind you are to yourself.

14. How often you say "I love you."

15. How often you say "thank you."

16. How you express your feelings.

17. If you ask for help.

18. How often you smile.

19. How you spend your money.

20. How much time you spend worrying.

21. How often you think about the past.

22. Whether or not you judge others.

23. Whether or not you try again after a setback.

24. Who you surround yourself with.

25. How much you appreciate the things you have, and the people in your life.

There is no reason that you shouldn't be happy and lead a positive life. Change your thinking, change your life!

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