#25looks full of love
It’s time to love everyone the way we are meant and designed to love one another.
Too tired to elaborate, but maybe I will tomorrow.
Just a reminder to myself to recognize when I need to rest.
I’ve been sick for the last few days, and I’ve also been getting about 4-6 hours of sleep with maybe a nap during the day, which is not good for my health in general, let alone when I’m sick.
So, here’s to making sure I get the rest I need, sleep-, emotionally-, physically-, mentally-wise.
Eight hours (well maybe seven and a half hours now) of sleep, here I come :)
#25looks happy & simple
Short and sweet for this entry.
This is similar to my #25looks full of smiles entry, but it’s that simple. Just doing things and being around people that make me happy. Allowing myself time to step away, relax, and in a sense check out from reality for a moment from all the chaos and stress that school and life can bring.
And in those wise words of Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. (Thought this was a weird coincidence, but this song was released in the same month I was born.)
We meet people at all different stages of our lives. Sometimes we lose contact with those people, or don’t see them on a regular basis, and the person they have come to believe you are changes, but they are not necessarily there to witness that change.
Something I have found interesting and difficult to deal with at times is when you come into contact with people from your past, who still see you as the person they knew from the past, but you have changed (hopefully for the better). Sometimes it’s hard for them to accept the new you. Maybe they automatically assume you are involved in the same things or think the same way you used to, but when you try to tell or show them something different than they have come to know of you, it doesn’t quite line up for them.
In some cases, people can adjust over time and start to see the “new” you and the relationship can continue and grow. In other cases, they can’t get use to the “new” you and you go your different paths. Even still, when you come into contact with these people, you might slip back into the person they knew you as, whether out of habit or to avoid some sort of confrontation.
There may even be situations where someone you don’t know has heard about the kind of person you are from different sources, and when they finally meet you and/or interact with you, they feel as though they already have you figured out, when they could be completely off. (Which probably happens more often than not.)
I really want to start focusing on knowing who I am now, and where I want to go, so that when I come across these people I can stand firm in who I am. I don’t want to fall back into who I once was, just to make the situation, other person, or myself feel more comfortable. I feel like this can also serve as a reminder to me to takes things lightly when someone says or describes someone else to me. To really be intentional about not judging based of information from other sources, and take the time to get to know the person now, in the present.
Your past is what has helped you get to this point, but it does not define who you are or who you are going to be.
That title might throw some of you off, but I don’t mean it in the sense that I’m just going to not plan anything and see how it all works out. It’s more of acknowledging the fact that no matter how much I plan things out, God might have a different plan in mind.
The sooner we figure that out and are willing to accept that things may not always work out the way we “planned”, the better and sooner we will discover and fulfill the purpose that God has called us to.
So here’s to planning to the best of my knowledge, but being open and accepting to what may seem like curve balls God sends us from the wayyyyyyyy (high) far outfield. (Please excuse my late night humor/amusement.)
In the end, His plan is always a better plan anyways.
I tend to have this bad habit of taking on too much at once, but have somehow almost always managed to get everything done (although, maybe not always up to the standards or expectations I had set for myself). This also gives me the false sense that if I could take on that amount and complete it, than I can do that amount again, or maybe even more. This tends to cause stress, or more often, disappointment. Disappointment in the fact that I know I was not able to commit the right amount of time to something, and therefore did not put my full attention or effort into whatever it may have been.
I am so grateful that I have had help of friends, family, and God when I have needed them in order to accomplish different things, but there also needs to be a sense of self, limits, and personal priorities.
I often put everything that I’m working on or need to do at the same priority level, which is one of the reasons it is hard for me to finish everything in a timely manner. This seems like such a simple concept that should have been mastered back in middle school, but I’m sure we all struggle with this from time to time. So, this is my reminder that I want to be intentional with knowing what my priorities and limits are, and acting accordingly.