DAY 14 OF CHANGING MY LIFE:

I'm a 16 year old girl just looking to make herself the best person she can be. This is my journey. My peregrination. Unlike most self-development minded people, I don't know what I'm doing. So you get to watch me, and even join me, as I try to figure life out. Ahhhh scary concept, I know. But you can check in on me here on We Heart It, I POST EVERY DAY SUNDAY-FRIDAY. Thanks for clicking on this article!

In case you didn't know, I've been kind of in a rut the last few days. (This article explains it a little more...)

Well I am pleased to announce to y'all, today is the first day I've really felt a lot better. Things are back on the up trend again! All my summer goals seem to be progressing really well. My skin is getting clearer, guitar practices have been amazing and super productive, my running is becoming more intense, and I actually see progress. There are so many struggles in life, and there's a lot in my life right now that frustrates me because I can't do anything about the situations, but what I'm realizing is, I need to optimize everything I can control. Another thing I'm realizing is, optimizing doesn't mean everything is gonna fit together right away. There may not be a specific "enlightening" moment that's gonna open my eyes to all this success. I was thinking this morning about how there are a few things, like gaining wisdom from the Scriptures, that aren't gonna happen overnight. I'd been praying to Yahweh(God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob) to tell me what else I should be doing, because I had been frustrated that I wasn't seeing as much progress as I wanted, even though I was reading and praying so often. This morning, it hit me. Things take time. A relationship isn't built overnight, especially one you want to last. There is no such thing as love at first sight, at least not in my opinion. But that's what I've been expecting from Yahweh, and it's not fair. So I am learning to be patient. And I am learning to get the most out of what I can control in life, even when the stuff I can't control absolutely sucks. Problems make you stronger, so optimize that strength! Life may be hard sometimes, but it is my goal to grow as much through this situation as possible. Therefore no matter what happens, be it the outcome I want or not, I will have gained something through the pain. I hope this inspires y'all. I want you guys to know it really is possible to get out of a rut. That feeling won't last forever, and you're gonna be okay. :)

Day 14 of Jumpstart Your Growth:

Here's the book I'm following:

https://www.amazon.com/JumpStart-Your-Growth-90-Day-Improvement/dp/1455588318/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528036753&sr=8-1&keywords=jumpstart+your+growth

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
~ Carl Jung

Today's theme is all about the "why" behind our passions, which we discovered a few days ago (Here's that article:)

I love this concept. I'm a deep thinker so the "why's" always intrigue me. And again, it's a great thing to aid in self-reflection, which you can also read about in the article above. I went through a couple months last year where I had an obsession with Simon Sinek, and he is all about "finding your why." I highly recommend him. In fact, I contribute a lot of my online self-development resources to him. He helped me discover a whole new world of growth. :) Here's his youtube channel to get a taste of some of his stuff:

https://www.youtube.com/user/SimonSinek
If it doesn't work, you can just look him up. :)

Anyways, this is a good exercise to do. Take your passions and ask yourself WHY you are doing, or wanting to do, what you do. It's a great way to figure out your true intentions and find out if they're really good and pure. In my case, I found a few mindsets within myself for some of my goals that weren't completely beneficial. And those are things that I am now working to change. I think this concept is a great way of distinguishing your vision as well. :) Here's the writing prompt. What are your motives for doing what you would like to do? Ask yourself, "Why do I want to do this?" Examine your intentions. John Maxwell ended today's lesson by saying, "As you know yourself, you will grow yourself." That little mantra really stuck with me and I think I'll be repeating it quite a bit to myself! It's something to keep in mind.

Did I do what I said yesterday I would do? No, but only because we decided to have the difficult conversation tomorrow instead.
How did I fail today? I wasted too much time on youtube... This is seriously my weakness. I get sucked into watching people clean their house or something stupid like that ugh.
How did I succeed today? Like I mentioned earlier, I had an amazing run and guitar session!
Tomorrow I will: Same goal as yesterday, stand up for myself and judge wisely as I have a difficult conversation tomorrow.

Thanks for reading! If you have any advice, questions, comments, concerns, suggestions... Or if you just want to tell me about your pet rock. I don't care. I love messages, please go right ahead and let me know what you think!

Um bye.