Self Care Is Essential

Self Care Is Essential

Take care of yourselves before it's too late.


Life is overwhelming and crazy. We all know this. Life doesn't have to be overwhelming and crazy if we channel our stresses in a positive way. It's so easy to be overwhelmed and channel it in a way that doesn't benefit you. I should know because I'm still working on that even with everything I balance.

So, even though I'm still a work in progress here, the cure to stress is self-care. We always want to power through and get everything done, and that's great, but you feel that at the end of the day. It's okay to work on something for a little while and then take a break. You're working towards something so it's good to take a breather.

As a workaholic type, I always want to get everything done and I don't like to feel like I'm losing time. I always like to get something done if I have time and I overwhelm myself because I'm so work oriented but I need breaks in between even though there are times when I won't admit that. I have this theory of "If I don't do it now, I'm never gonna". I figure if there's time, it can be used wisely.

\So, back to the topic of self-care, the real way to pamper yourself is to take a break. Take 5 minutes for you. Breathe. Listen to music. Drink water. Typical but effective methods. Relaxation is more important than we realize sometimes. It's great to get all the work done, but it's not worth it if there's the possibility of burning out. I was actually given the advice of taking time for myself. I'm incredibly selfless and I overlook my own off time because of this.

The is key is that we all need "me time". We earn this time because we get so much done, but the same way that we work, we need to relax too. There needs to be balanced or there is chaos. It's okay to designate your time because you deserve to be happy and you deserve to feel good about things instead of feeling on edge about the next time complex work time rolls around. It's gonna come up, so we might as well rest up and be prepared.

People. Take time for yourself. Your efforts will make a difference. If you're going to go for something, be happy while you do so. Stress is just a part of the existing, but it doesn't have to be if it is effectively channeled. Use the things that stress you out to motivate you to achieve instead of struggle. It's all possible with a good perspective.

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Bethel Church's Gay Conversion Program Is A Huge Problem And We're Not Talking Enough About It

Religion doesn't give us a right to purposefully abuse a community.


About a year ago, in May of 2018, Bethel Church in Redding, California came out publicly against a set of proposed laws which would make it illegal for a licensed mental health professional to perform 'conversion therapy' in order to change the sexual orientation or same-sex attractions of a person. The head pastor of the church asked for members of Bethel Church to act against the three bills (California AB 1779, AB 2943 and AB 2119), urging them to contact their congressmen and ask for them to prevent the laws from passing, all in order for them to continue their harmful ex-gay ministry.

Today, Bethel Church is under scrutiny for the role out of their ex-gay conversion initiative, CHANGED. The website of the initiative movement claims that any change is possible through Jesus, and encourages those who identify as LGBTQ+ to abandon the "pain, rejection, and despair," of being LGBTQ+. (CHANGED website). This movement is not the first, but just the next in a long line of organizations claiming to provide change for those who identify as LGBTQ+, despite this being an impossibility. Ex-gay programs, in actuality, only serve to push those who go through them farther away from the love of God.

Conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ people has been proven not only to be completely ineffective but has also been found to cause intense mental issues and in many cases, a strong correlation to suicide. Those who have gone through ex-gay therapy programs such as Exodus International or Focus on the Family's Love Won Out have admitted that even after successfully completing the program they had not experienced a change in their same-sex attraction. The founder of Exodus International even claimed that by his estimation, 99.9% of those who had gone through his organization's therapy had not experienced any change in their orientation. Exodus International was considered intensely controversial, and their methods considered by most, if not all, mental health professionals to be incredibly damaging. Those who come out of conversion therapy experience intense feelings of depression and often experience a lack of self-worth.

As a Christian, I grieve every single time someone claiming to believe what I do comes out and condemns the LGBT community. It hurts to see one community I am a member of being hateful towards another community I am just as proud to be a part of. This news stung a little harder because I for a long time have loved Bethel Church's worship band. Their songs have spoken to me in ways I cannot fully describe, helping to bring me closer to the God I believe in. A God who I can say for certain would never advocate for something as damaging and destructive as conversion therapy. The same Jesus who Bethel's songs worship is the same Jesus who calls us to love everyone. Bethel Church is not following this call, and it is important that we speak out against conversion therapy, and not allow our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to carry out such a harmful program.

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Why You Should Put Yourself Into Your Work

Put a touch of yourself into your work.


We all have dreams and aspirations for ourselves and our work, but the work that is always remembered is done by people who allow themselves to be a part of their work.

What I mean when I say this, is that instead of just creating something and the best way you can end up describing it is that a certain thing happened. It can be a lifeless piece if some life isn't put into it.

When you put yourself into your work, this isn't the case. What results is that you are impacted by your work.

I felt inclined to write this piece because I was talking to a friend of mine a few days ago, and she runs a music blog. She made a post about a band called Joyous Wolf, and I really loved it because when I read her approach, you could see that she didn't just listen to a band.

She took the time to capture how Joyous Wolf made her feel, and it's so vivid. She discusses the songs in excellent detail and it's cool to see what stuck out to her.

The key to why her piece on them is great is that she doesn't just put a playlist and post it. She takes the time to describe why they are a group that deserves to be showcased. She went the extra mile to really apply her experience in something she enjoys and it's fantastic!!

It's important to put yourself into your work because it really shows that we all have a perspective. We all have feelings and we all explain these things in our own way.

So, if the opportunity comes up, put yourself into your work. Without you, your work wouldn't be possible. You have the capability to show your perspective, so don't pass it up.

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