A Year From Now

A Year From Now

Don’t be afraid to change! Sometimes you have to lose something good to find something better!
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Where are you going to be ….. one year, 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes from now. All this time will change things. Think about where you were last year. We’re you in high school? Jobless? Dating that loser of an ex? Think about how different your life will be from now.

A year from now your life will be something totally different….

You will be a better person

You will grow over the next year. Everything that you experience will make you stronger. Each opportunity you encounter is to change and mold you into the person you are meant to be. In a year you will know way more than you know now, things you never thought you’d know. In 12 months you’ll be handling situations very differently than you’ll handle them today. 52 weeks will mold and shape you into a wonderful, beautiful new person.

You’ll have different people in your life

In 365 days, your friend group and the people in your life will change. Your friend group may disband, it may grow. Some of you may go your own way and some of them may come back. In 8,760 hours you’ll meet new people who will rock your world, and change your life for the better. You’ll meet new people at work, in your classes, and in every aspect of life. Every person you cross on this crazy adventure called life crosses your path for a reason. You’ll teach them things, and they’ll teach you things! People might not be around forever so, enjoy every little moment you have with each person.

You’ll be at a different stage in your life

525,600 seconds from now, you’ll be at a new stage in your life. You’ll be a year old. You might not be in high school or college anymore. You might be living on your own, or finally driving. You might have a new job. No matter what, you’ll be at a new stage in your life. You want to make sure to enjoy the seconds you have now. Things won't ever be the same as they are today.

Live in the moment.

Absorb every single second, of the time you have. You will never be at this point in time, in your life again. You will never be the person you are right now. Each and every day you begin to grow and change into a better person. Life changes us! Especially a year from now.

On new years write a note to yourself in a year and on new years read that note. This will let you see how much you’ve grown and changed of the year. You can always write sticky notes of good things that have happened you over the year, so you can open them and look back on your year. Do something for yourself so you know how great the year has been and how much its changed you.

Since life will be such a different adventure a year from now, we want to make sure to soak up the time we have.Soak up every second, minute day, week, month and the year. Live it all up for what it is NOW. The year will change you no matter what.

Life is about moving on, accepting changes, and looking forward to what makes you stronger and more complete!

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.
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High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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To Whomever It May Concern; It's Time To Forgive Yourself

Personal growth is cultivated through successes and mistakes, beating yourself up over the latter is counterproductive to progress.

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We've reached that point in time again where it seems that the general population in its entirety has recommitted to improving themselves with the start of a new year. While it's refreshing to have a renewed determination to eat better, be kinder, or achieve the goals you had attempted at last year, the beginning of a new year can also prove to be a source of anxiety. As many sit down to put their goals on paper in hopes of making them more attainable, it's all too easy to be bombarded by all of the reasons that ones' ambitions are beyond what that person is capable of.

Memories of past short-comings and words of self-deprecation uttered in moments of perceived failure are compounded by a general fear of the unknown for what the future holds. In my own experience, I've come to understand that the limits we place on our capacity for achievement, happiness, and growth are the direct results of not forgiving ourselves. So many goals are set with the intent to receive some form of external validation to indicate that the world has forgiven our flaws and deemed us worthy, but if we can't forgive ourselves and see our own worth, then how can we possibly expect anyone else to?

In the safety and comfort of your own imagination where you are free to envision your best self, living the life you have always hoped for, the only person that can condemn those ideas for being unrealistic is you. When we allow that sardonic voice from the back of our minds to inhibit our dreams, we permit that voice to embed itself in our conscious thoughts and put trust in our inadequacies rather than our capabilities.

For those who have yet to forgive themselves of their own trespasses, failures, and mistakes; the next time you have the thought to better yourself or your life and find it being attacked by memories of deficiency, do not concede to those assailants with the belief that you are incapable of becoming and achieving anything you choose. Instead of willing away those thoughts that remind us of what we are trying to grow from, face them, face your old self with forgiveness, and decide how you're going to become someone better because of who you were.

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