A Word from the Heart: Be Thankful

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a good week thus far! I had a blog post planned out that I wanted to share with you guys, but at the last minute, I felt that I needed to share something else I experienced this past weekend. On Saturday, I was able to catch up on some much needed “me time”.  I did some reading, took a nap, did some crafts, created cute baby shower gifts for a friend, and just got to spend time with myself-something that a lot of us don’t get to do often! I enjoyed this time to myself not only because it allowed me to relax and tune the world out, but it also gave me time to reflect over my life and my journey.

As a little girl, I wrote all day, every day. As you can see above, I had notebooks full of stories, songs, and poems- you name it, I wrote it! I would get notebooks and fill them from cover to cover with no effort at all. I loved writing in my room by the windows outside under a tree, and at my grandma’s house during the summer, I loved writing on her porch. Everyone thought I was going to be a writer one day-I remember my family members telling me that my entire life! However, I never thought of being a writer. Sure, I loved it and I was good at it, but being a “writer” never crossed my mind.

I learned writing wasn’t just a talent- it was a passion.

As I shared with you a few blog posts back, after graduating from college, I made the decision to take a leap of faith and follow my dreams. I realized that yes, writing was a talent, but it was more than that- it was a passion. It was something I couldn’t live without. It was something I could spend my entire life doing, not because I was good at it, and it could make me money, but because I loved it and it made me happy. While I was in college, I stopped writing altogether, and because of that, there was a major void in my life. I was so consumed with everything else that was going on that I didn’t realize there was such a large void, until it was placed on my heart to start writing again. Starting to write again was a major turning point. All of the passion, happiness, and satisfaction that writing brought rushed over me. This was something I hadn’t felt in a long time, but it was amazing- that’s when I knew this was what I was supposed to do. I guess I always knew deep down inside, but with the pressures of society and life, it was out of sight and out of mind. However, I thank God that I came to the realization- it was was a big part of why I decided to drop everything and follow my dreams. The raw passion, the genuine sense of love for writing that I had, and the satisfaction it brought was something I couldn’t just throw away and God was showing me that.

Be thankful.

Not everyone is fortunate enough to realize their passion and have the opportunity to pursue it. Some of us are not physically or mentally able, some of our lives and situations don’t allow us to, some of us are too stubborn, and some of us are just afraid. So, for everyone out there who has been able to find their path and have been placed in a position where they CAN pursue their passion, I challenge you to BE THANKFUL that you got that opportunity. Be thankful that you are able to live the life of your dream! Be thankful that you get to do what you love! Looking back at this weekend, it made me so happy to know that my life was able to come full circle. I just imagine what my life would be like if I had never realized I needed writing in my life, and if I had never pursued my passion. It cringes me to think about it, and that’s why I thank God for my opportunity-that’s why I put everything I have into it.

It’s so important to take time to recognize the opportunity you have- whether you’re where you want to be with it or if you’re still building. The fact that you have the opportunity to do so isn’t something you should take lightly or let go to waste. If you have the opportunity to follow your dreams and pursue your passion, give it your all-people would kill to be in your shoes. Remember, you don’t have to be average, you can be extraordinary. You don’t have to be a rock, you can be a diamond. Be thankful, today!

-Kayla ❤

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Success and Skeletons

While I was in the mall returning something earlier this week,  I overheard two women chit- chatting about one of their friends who was getting married. I knew I should have stopped eavesdropping, but I couldn’t resist after hearing what they were talking about! One of them was very excited that their friend was getting married, and began talking about all of the success, happiness, and accomplishments that her friend and soon to be husband had achieved together, and how much she admired them. After listening to this, the other friend said:

“Yeah, I agree, but remember how he cheated on her like five times? And how much they used to fight, and how they lived in that dirty one room apartment ? What a hot mess!”

Fortunately for this bride to be, she did not have to hear these things that were being said about her, but for some of you, the skeletons and bad situations of your past are continuously held over your heads-even in the midst of your success.  Let’s be honest, all you have made your share of mistakes, have been in situations that you aren’t proud  and have done some things that you are ashamed of. However, a lot of us have over come those situations, have moved on to accomplish many great things and have gotten to  good places in our lives. With that being said, why are we constantly reminded of where we used to be?

Does Success have Skeletons?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. For every good thing that someone has to say about you, there is a bad thing that someone else is saying. As sad as this is, this is life. No matter how successful you may  become or how much you have grown and evolved into an amazing person, your skeletons are going to be thrown from the closet and into the public eye. Why does this happen? Is it because people are out to get you? Maybe. Or is it because people genuinely dislike you? Perhaps. These are probably very valid and true reasons however, skeletons and dirty laundry are often aired when people are intimidated by your success or insecure about their own situations- and skeletons might I add. If you notice in my story above, one woman was talking about the bride to be’s accomplishments and success while the other talked about her skeletons and dirty laundry. If they were talking about her success, then why was the one friend so quick to bring up her skeletons? These two things that have absolutely nothing to do with one another…or do they?

Spin It and Own It

For a lot of you, your past situations, mistakes, and skeletons have helped shape you into the amazing, successful person you are today- I know that’s true for me! Sometimes it takes falling down, making bad decisions, and hitting rock bottom to put you in a position to learn, change, and grow. We all know that we’ve got skeletons in the closet, so when they’re brought to light, spin it and own it. When someone tries to use your skeletons to bring you down, tell them how they brought you up! When they try to use your skeletons to show when you slipped up, tell them how your skeletons show your growth. When someone brings up where you used to be tell them,

“Yes, that’s where I USED to be, but I USED where I USED to be to get me where I am today!”

This week I challenge you to spin it and own it when they talk about you!Tell them to focus on where you are now, and not where you used to be. Tell them that you’re skeletons  showed you the way to success- your skeletons show your growth! Oh, and ask them why they’re in you’re closet looking for your skeletons, when they should be worrying about their own! Remember, you don’t have to average you can be extraordinary. You don’t have to be a rock, you can be a Diamond!

-Kayla ❤