Stop Calling Yourself A Mess

Stop Calling Yourself A Mess

Be unapologetically imperfect and show the world who you are.
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"I'm a mess."

"I need to get my shit together."

"I'm all over the place."

Are just some of the many phrases I hear people use every day. We live in a world that is driven by perfection and the fear to fail. We live in a world where the constant fear of making a mistake outweighs having fun and living your life. We have become fearful of being human. Become fearful of making mistakes. We have become fearful of living life. Are any of us truly happy?

We spend every day making sure that we are doing what we are expected to do. When one thing doesn't go our way we sit around and focus on our imperfections. When we don't strive or succeeded at something in the perfect way we think of ourselves as a mess. As a failure.

We go on social media, we walk to class, even the person in line at Starbucks, we compare ourselves to them. We see these seemingly perfect lives and wonder why we don't have it all together. We think we are a complete and utter mess just because we don't have every aspect of our lives in perfect order.

One missed assignment, one bad grade, forgetting to paint your nails, forgetting to do your dishes, all of these things add up in our heads to make us feel like we are a failure. That being imperfect is a crime.

You can try all you want but you will never be perfect. Why not embrace the craziness of your life? Embrace who you are. Be happy. Just live. Stop thriving to be perfect, strive to be imperfect. Be happy with yourself no matter the issues. Be happy with yourself even if you haven't made your bed in a week. Look at yourself in the mirror even though you are wearing the same sweatshirt three days in a row and can't remember the last time you washed your hair. Look at the reflection in the mirror and smile. You are amazing.

You are perfectly and beautifully you. You are not a mess. You are not a failure. The only time you ever really fail in life is when you are too scared to live it. Be yourself. Do everything that makes you happy. Stop worrying and just live.

Be unapologetically imperfect and show the world who you are. Make this world your stage and dance until you can't dance anymore. Love yourself and love the imperfect life that you live.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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You Can Still Get Homesick While Having The Time Of Your Life

Not every moment has to be fun and glamorous.

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We often look at college life and study abroad and backpacking trips on other people's Instagrams and see all the fun they're having and all the friends they're making. This is especially the case with study abroad, when these people seem to travel to a new place every weekend and live their absolute best lives. As a result, when we embark on these trips ourselves, there is often a disparity between expectation and reality that can majorly affect you both physically and mentally.

It's important to understand that even if you're meeting new people every day and exploring a new country every week and living out your dreams, there will still be days where you feel like you just want to go home to your group of friends and hangout at the local boba shops or sit with your family at home and just watch TV while fighting over the remote. While you're absorbing all these new and wonderful things around you while abroad, your body will yearn for something familiar, comfortable and secure. And that would be your life at home.

You may feel the need to just stay in your apartment for 2 days straight and binge watch YouTube or call every single one of your friends back home just to catch up. Or you may end up revisiting pictures from the past and salivate over the Korean BBQ trips you took back at home and get intense urges to eat food from home. There's absolutely nothing wrong with feeling like this. In fact, a good way to help appease these feelings are to search for the cuisine that you're craving for in your city, and go out of your way to eat it just to get that familiarity back. I have found myself at Asian restaurants and bubble tea shops in Paris more often than I ever was at home, and while others may consider this as a waste of time and that I should be experiencing only French food, it's a really good way to appease those feelings of homesickness. Trust me, the moment you take that first bite of beef noodle soup, you'll feel much, much better.

This isn't to say that you should only stick to the familiar even in a new city. Explore as much as possible and be open to trying new things, but every once in a while, when those feelings of homesickness hit, don't feel bad about buying that boba or starting that 3-hour long video call. After all, you can't have the time of your life if you don't take care of your mental health in the process.

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