Time to Embrace What Most of Us Fear

Time to Embrace What Most of Us Fear


Throughout our lives there will be rollercoasters of change. Change in our homes, change in our schools, change in our friends, family, careers, and all aspects of our lives. For some this may be scary. At first, change was scary and hard for me to process. It would make me anxious, make me itch, scratch, and get worried about every possible thing that could go wrong with the new change in my life. Not anymore, Ive come to accept change and the need for it in our lives. Here are some ways that Ive come to accept why change is good:

1. It can challenge you

Change is good to challenge you and make you learn new limits you've never reached. The human mind and body is constantly evolving and constantly learning new limits. Don't be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone to explore new beginnings. You'll never know what you're capable if you're never pushed.

2. It can lead you to new opportunities

Don't close your mind off to new possibilities. You may be comfortable in your own home, in your workplace of over 10 years, and with the people you've known since middle school. But the world is so much more than these things that you already know and are comfortable with. There are so many other things in this world for you to explore and people to meet that you may never expose yourself to if you close yourself off to anything beyond your comfort zone.

3. It can take you places you've never been before

A new job, a new school, a new home. All things that can take you to new places you've never been before. New doors to open and walk through, new people to meet, new opportunities ahead. The world ahead of you is endless, let yourself travel.

4. It can shape you

Some of the most uncomfortable and challenging moments of our lives are when we truly find ourselves. Our strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes, what breaks us down, and builds us up. Change can be the valley we need to reach a new, exciting peak. It can push us beyond what we believe to be our human capabilities. You may find yourself a lot more flexible with the never-ending fast-paced schedule of life when going through change.

5. It can bring you confidence

Often when we keep ourselves confined to comfort zones we never find a drive to push ourselves to try new things or embrace new talents. This can lead to us becoming sedentary in our daily lives. However when change comes along it is new and exciting and can spark passion in individuals to give them new-found confidence to embrace.

I hope these few positive tips and tricsk to dealing with change can help you learn how to embrace the never-ending rollercoaster of life instead of bracing for impact when an intimidating change comes your way.

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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.

It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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