As cheesy as it sounds, the start of 2016 was a new season of life for me. It was the start of new thinking and the start of knowing what I wanted, even when I didn't. I took a huge leap toward overcoming anxiety that had flushed me for years. I put away the mountain of advice blogs and started letting my heart guide me. I started focusing on my tiny voice inside that had been stifled for years. I grew an immeasurable amount. I allowed myself room to blossom. And even though I saw none of it as it was happening, I look back in awe at how far I've come in the last 5 months.
We all measure things differently, but to me, personal growth isn't tangible. It doesn't come with the acquisition of a client, or an award, or some kind of publication. It's something you feel and witness within yourself. There are seasons when things seem as though they couldn't possibly get worse. And then there are seasons when things actually have gotten worse. But there are also seasons where everything feels good and right. All of these could be physical, but the mental seasons we endure are really what shape us as people.
When things are so bad, what can we do?
We have to be grateful for what it is that we have; love, a home, clothes to wear, food to eat. It's easy to get caught up in the crazy and superficial aspects of life, but the things we are grateful for are what keep us grounded. It's okay if you don't have your dream car or your dream job - what you do have is love. Don't forget to be grateful for that.
We also have to remind ourselves that seasons are called seasons for a reason. They come and go without set dates and we often don't realize when a new one has approached until it hits us in the face. It's the same thing with personal seasons of life. Nothing remains the same. Periods in our life will always come to an end. There are no announcements. You don't walk through a golden door that says, "welcome to a good season, everything will be great". Suddenly things just are.
So if you're struggling through a bad season, just know that it will eventually come to an end. And if you're skipping along in a good season, I hope it only gets better.
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hmua: cat sherwin
styled by: angelique fortuna
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