You Can Be Superwoman (Or Superman)

You Can Be Superwoman (Or Superman)

Show yourself what you can do, and you won't be disappointed.

There is this stupid triangle out there that college kids and really anyone seems to think is a legitimate excuse to limit yourself. You know the one, that says you can only choose two: a social life, academic success, or sleep. In reality there are a lot more components in our life than just those three things, but people still think they can't do it all. I don't accept this restriction. I think that you can do anything and everything that you set your mind to. I think you can have a social life, have a high performance level at work, excel in your classes, cook a meal or two for yourself every week, exercise, make time for family, sleep, and whatever else you have to do. It just comes down to self-disipline and time management.

This is no simple task. I recently just started a new job and it leaves little time for me to get to the gym in the afternoon and evenings. So my only alternative is to wake up earlier and get my workout in. I am not a morning person, but I have decided that is simply an excuse that I make up each and every morning because I am making the choice to be lazy. I can complain and say I am too tired, or it is too cold, or I don't want to, but the fact is I can go to the gym. Yes I may be tired, but I can work to go to bed earlier. The only reason I haven't been doing something that I know I should is because I tell myself I can't.

What are the things you tell yourself you can't do? Why are you telling yourself that you can't accomplish everything you set out to do? Are you afraid that you will fail?

The answer to at least the last question is simple. You will fail, but that is okay. The real question is can you get back up when you fail and try again. You are capable of anything. Your potential is limitless. So don't take no for an answer. Be superwoman (or superman). Be the person that people look at and wonder how they do it all. Conquer your mind, teach yourself to prioritize, to make use of the time you have, to take care of yourself, and to be the best person you can possibly be.

You have so much more to offer this world, than your minimal effort, your wasted hours, your laziness, your complaints. No one has time for such negativity, and neither do you. Fill your life with memories, experiences, laughter, and a sense of accomplishment. Go to bed every day knowing that you have done something positive. That feeling comes at a high cost. It requires effort, discipline, sacrifice, dedication, perseverance, and time, but it will be worth it. Show yourself what you can do, and I promise you won't be disappointed.

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Dear Girls, You Are So Much More Than Your Jean Size

Even when it feels like you're not.


Trust me, I know how it feels. I know what it's like to constantly think about food. I know what it's like to be driven insane trying to follow a ridiculous diet. And I also know what it's like to feel beyond guilty that 80 percent of the time I do eat that piece of cake I promised myself I wouldn't. I know how it feels to stand in front of the full-length mirror in your bathroom and choke back tears because your thighs look way too big in the new shorts that you were so excited to wear. I've felt insecure, I've felt hopeless, and I sometimes have a hard time holding my body confidently when I walk into a room of strangers.

We've all felt it.

But there are times when some of us feel it so strongly we just want to burst. Times when we simply can't handle the thought of being inadequate, unattractive or not enough. These feelings can lead us to desperate measures, and we do things we never thought in our right minds we would do. Insecurity holds great and ugly power, and oftentimes it can twist the truth. Sometimes, it can even twist us.

The first day my best friend called me and told me she had made herself throw up, I cried on the phone. I knew this girl inside and out, had grown up alongside her for the past 14 years. This wasn't her, this just wasn't something she would do. Yes, of course I knew this girl.

But at the same time, I had no idea what she was dealing with.

I didn't understand what it was like to have people telling me each successive day that I wasn't enough. That I would never make it unless I lost 10 pounds. That I didn't have the right "look" to be an Olympic-level athlete.

Day in and day out, my friend was degraded with these words and notions conceived from nothing but the expectations of society and the culture of a brutal sport.

The first words I said to her and the only words I can really, truly offer to any girl struggling with this are, "It's not worth it." Because it just isn't. Compromising your physical, mental and emotional health is not worth being the best at your sport. It's not worth becoming a prima ballerina, fitting into size two jeans, getting boys to like you, becoming part of a sorority, being a model or looking great in a bikini.

What is worth it is you.

I know that sometimes as a girl it is so hard to realize that you are more than just a body. But you are. You are more than just skin and bones. You are a million stories of where you've been, a million visions of where you want to go. You are the kind words you've said to strangers passing by, you are your favorite books, and the quotes hung up above your bed frame. You are the songs you play over and over again till the lyrics are second nature. You are the tattoo you've always wanted to get on your forearm. You are your mother's daughter.

Don't simplify yourself to just a body. You are so much more than that.

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