Motivation for Every New Day

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*takes a long sip of coffee* 

Today I’m not exactly sure where this post will go, but I want it more hype, so hang on as I turn on my hype playlist. ūüėČ Okey, we’re ready to start writing. So, just fyi, taking your siblings on dates is a super fun thing to do, and I would totally advise it. It’s the only way I can justify buying coffee for myself. ūüėā

But today our post is about something that I struggle with. Motivation for every new day.

I’m the person that loves to have a deadline set by someone else. I have a month to do this, a week to do that, I have to have this done by tomorrow night. I thrive on doing everything last minute, my brain seems to get so many ideas right before the deadline, and I can actually crack down and work on things.

But once that’s over, what’s next?

How do you wake up every morning without a goal and find motivation to do exactly what you did the day before?

I’m not sure what it’s like once you graduate, but for me while I’m still in school, it’s really hard to get up five days out of the week, workout, practice the same songs I played the day before, and do the next lesson in each of my classes. Sometimes it feels like the only thing that changes is what people post online, and what I create in my own mind. (Especially if we’re eating the leftovers that we ate the day before.)

I’m a paradox. I love and hate change. The less I see of change, the more I hate it, and the more I crave it. Without change, I get stuck in my head, loosing sight of reality.

Let me tell you, when the thoughts in your head become more real than the world around you, you’ve got yourself a problem. So how? How do you stay grounded and create your own change?

Listen to lots of different music.

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Music creates different emotions and if you keep changing up your playlists, and the artists you listen to, I’ve found it helps pull me out of my head, and realize that not every day is the same.

I hate shuffle. I like knowing exactly what song is coming next, I like being positive about the order of everything, but I’ve found that eliminating surprise from life eliminates the force of the outside world.

Dress up.

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Wait, what? I’m a slob when it comes to my clothing. I would literally wear sweatpants or jeans with a sweatshirt/tunic and jacket all winter long. But I’ve found that being intentional occasionally pulls me out of my rut of being a slob, and gives me confidence to take the day on, even if it’s the same as the day before.

Also, I mean, why not change your outfits? If you have comfy fancy clothes (like ruffly socks. ūüėć) then why not dress fancy every now again?

Talk to someone.

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This is the biggest one. I hate phone calls, and sometimes I don’t like making time to video chat, but being able to talk to someone totally helps. It often gives me a new look on life, and inspires me creatively.

Even the most introverted introvert needs human interaction, and I think that’s something a lot of people forget. We need to take time in our busy schedules to talk with people, and build relationships.

If you aren’t able to do any of these things, do one thing that is so important. Pray and exercise. Those two things can change your whole outlook on a day, and help make it better. ‚̧

What are some of your favorite ways to change up a day? Do you have trouble with the same thing every day, or do you enjoy it?

~~Amie~~

The Voice of the Critics (pt. 2)

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I’m a people person, and I love pleasing people. ¬†Whatever makes the people I love or care about sad, makes me sad, and when people are pleased with me, I’m happy. ¬†I want friends, I want acceptance, I’ve always wanted to be normal.

Growing up, I didn’t realize I wasn’t normal. ¬†It was only when I was ten or eleven that I realized that there was a reason I didn’t fit in.

I’ll be honest. ¬†People are mean. ¬†I would constantly get teased or someone would say a mean comment about my shoe size, about my hairstyle, about my lack of nice clothes, about my love of school, my height, or about how I ate.

Are you ready for some things that are silly? ¬†My shoe size can’t change. ¬†I’m a tall girl, and that means I have big feet. ¬†And my shoe size makes it hard to find women shoes that fit, and so I’ve accepted it and wear guy shoes. ¬†Yes, I know I could buy some shoes besides cowgirl boots, but you know what? ¬†That wouldn’t be me.

But at one time in my life, I tried to change who I was.  I tried to be normal.

I stopped caring about school, and pretended to hate math. ¬†I tried to be bad at things, like writing. ¬†I tried to be bad at things, so then I couldn’t be told I was good at everything. ¬†Of course, it isn’t true that I’m good at everything, ¬†(Just ask to see my knitting and clay work. ¬†ūüėā) ¬†but people would say so, and it wasn’t normal to be eleven and told you’re good at a lot of different things.

Also, I didn’t like my friends or siblings being upset at the fact that I was gifted. ¬†I didn’t enjoy being Joseph in modern terms, and so I tried to hide who I was in order to get friends and acceptance.

Do you know where that got me?  Nowhere! I was still alone, I was behind in school, I was unhappy, and I was sick to my stomach all the time because I was eating food I was sensitive to.

If people you think are your “friends” leave you out or make you feel that you need to be someone besides yourself, they aren’t worth your time. ¬†If they make fun of your health issues, or how you need to eat, they aren’t worth bothering your head about. ¬†If they make fun of your size, your shape, or your hair coloring, they aren’t real friends.

Real friends will accept you for who you are, they’ll understand that you aren’t perfect, and help you to become the person that God wants you to be.

You will have people voice their opinions about what you should do, what you should think, and how you should look. ¬†They’ll be mean, they’ll be untrue, and they won’t be necessary, but they’ll hurt, and they will seem true.

But guess what? ¬†It’s only things¬†they think you should do. ¬†Their comments don’t mean you really should do them. ¬†You shouldn’t change who you are, what you want to do, or how you look just for some comments.

I can’t even count how many times I’ve been called a looser, told I’m ugly, or laughed at because of the way I dress. ¬†The thing is that these lies don’t disappear, even after I confront them. ¬†The lies always come up when I’m depressed or upset. ¬†They come up at times when I need truth instead of lies.

As a human being, your words can be hurtful to those around you. ¬†You’ll either be known for sarcastic, mean-spirited, “witty” comments, or you’ll be known as compassionate, gentle, and kind.

I don’t know about you, but the first kind of person isn’t the kind of person I’d say is a true friend. ¬†Exchanging mean comments isn’t my idea of friendship, and tagging on the line, “I’m just kidding” doesn’t make it any better.

Real friends are there for you in those times, reminding you of truths. ¬†Sharing Bible verses, Christian quotes, and reassuring you and letting you know that they’re there for you. ¬†Telling you that they’re rooting for you.

We’ll have critics in our lives. ¬†Sometimes they’ll say something that’s true, but most of the time they’ll say things that are lies. ¬†We need to remember the truth, and we need to find friends that will encourage and build us up instead of tear us down.

We need to be the friends that encourage and build up.

In this world, whether you like it or not, you have two options. ¬†To be the person that makes others cry, or the one that makes them smile. ¬†It’s up to you to decide.

The world needs more friends, and less critics. ¬†We don’t need stupid lies, we need the truth. ¬†Be the one that shares the truth to others. ¬†What is the truth? ¬†“Thy Word is Truth.” (John 17:17) ¬†Search the Word of God, and you will find the answers and the truth you need.

~~Amie~~