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things i believe to be important.

1. the well being of oneself and of others. 

i believe that it is very important to support the wellbeing of others as well as yourself. i also believe that it is of equal importance to not do harm to or subtract from one’s wellbeing—be it your own or another’s. there should be an emphasis in participating in activities (laugh, pray, eat nutritious foods, hydrate, bathe, socialize, listen to music, go for nature walk, meditate, learn, play, work, pursue, sleep, rest, workout), thinking (positive) thoughts and even surrounding yourself w/ people that help to support your wellbeing—spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally (spiritual leaders, coaches, trainers, nutritionists, academics, friends, family, healthcare providers, motivational people). if you feel deficient or lack wellbeing, you act accordingly—poor judgement, not living well, not taking care of yourself. there is also a strong chance you may be, even w/o intention, taking away from the well being of others. at this point, it is important to take action. you need to fight for yourself. you need to take steps towards supporting your well being. if you need help, ask for it, look for resources, keep seeking and ye shall find. or if you see someone struggling, ask them what their struggling with and gently offer help w/ kindness, insight, knowledge of resources they may find useful or pray that they find the necessary help they need. when people are well, at a basic level, it helps them at an individual level to proceed onto the next level—improving oneself and it helps to maintain and support an almost utopian society.

2. awareness

become attuned to yourself, other people, other ideas, your surroundings. do not passively stroll through the garden of life without perceiving. you don’t gain anything. be aware of how you are feeling, what your thoughts and beliefs are, be aware of what you have to offer, what makes you stronger, better. be aware of what you are lacking. be aware if you are well. be aware of others, even yet, get to know them. they are there for a reason. find out why. be aware if others are well. this serves dual purpose. you can either help them become well or it helps you identify potential danger. be aware of your gut. exposure yourself to ideas and decide whether or not they interest you. spend time expanding on the ones that do and make a case as to why the ones that don’t, do not work for you. you were made to be an adaptable being. you were made to perceive your surroundings to see where you flourish best and were given cognition to figure out how to live well in environments where you don’t do as well. you were made w/ senses to receive stimuli, w/ cognition to process and perceive it, and w/ complex state of the art physiology to respond accordingly. you were made to pick up on patterns and form rational theories about your experiences and the shared experiences of others. do not take these gifts from God for granted. use the gifts He gave you. be increasingly aware of what’s there and be aware of the idea that there’s more.

3. growth and improvement

once you are well, it is important to not stay stagnant. do not mistaken wellness for the familiar comfort of laziness. teach yourself to find comfort in novelty or challenge. push yourself to be the best version of yourself you can be. once you are aware, do not settle for mere knowledge. that is basically attainment and fancy organization of data. act on that data. find out what is it you want or what is important to you. pursue it. follow the 80/20 rule, make 80% of your decisions support the pursuit. 

Rules are there for those that need them.
"Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager."
-Susan Sontag (via thatkindofwoman)
"Make it happen. Shock everyone."
-(via bon-za)
"You are the habit
that I will spend my lifetime
trying not to break."
"Loving ourselves encourages us to set larger goals for ourselves, and own our power."
-(via venuschild)

I wanted to ask you about your vision of perfection in an imperfect world, or what side of the earth calls out to you when you touch a physical globe, or maybe about your greatest heartache and how you still go on as your world continues turning, or what you do with a memory once lodged inside your bones that’s still breathing, and burning.

But you’re still a stranger and I’m overly polite, so I’ll ask all about your day when I’d rather know about your life.

-Victoria Erickson (via venuschild)
So I got a few books as birthday presents

one, from my friend Kara, is a book of great quotes called “whatever you are, be a great one” and the other two books, from my friend Erin, are filled w/ profound questions to ask yourself…

one question asks “what has changed in the last year?”
i can gladly and honestly say a lot. i’m more confident, happier, healthier. i’m doing more things that get me to the person i’ve always wanted to be much faster than i did before. my lifestyle is extremely different than it was a year ago. the rate i’m learning things in school for my career is exponentially fast. 

i think all this has started w/ 3 things:
1) one my favorite quotes:

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”

2) reading this one of my newfound favorite business blog, inc.com

"Figure out what it is you truly desire. Make sure every decision you make supports the attainment of that desire."

3) the support of friends/network, including the

1) their acceptance (and even more flattering, the admiration) of who i am and the decisions i’m making for myself and
2) the resources/knowledge/products they share with me

With sincere gratefulness

I can honestly and very gladly say that I am at a very good point in my life. 

I’ve come to be more spiritually center. I’ve come to acknowledge myself more and really become even more attuned to myself. I’ve learned how to make better decisions for my well being and to never discount the importance of pursuing improvement. I’ve learned how to take care of myself more efficiently, be it meal prepping, working out, sleeping more, taking a break, letting go of negative/toxic things/people/emotions or giving in to enjoyment. I’ve learned to give myself and others credit as well as not discount the trueness of feelings but that true grace means minimizing unnecessary discomfort of others. I’m way more comfortable and confident in my own skin, in my own person and in my own mind. I’ve learned that effective, honest communication and appreciation go a long way. I’ve also learned that it’s okay when your values don’t match up identically to those of your parents. It doesn’t make you a bad daughter. I learned not to be surprised when they do. I’ve learned that friends don’t let friends feel bad. There’s always a way to approach an issue honest and gently and if you can’t find that approach, lay off and cool off until you do.

I’m still working on some things naturally. I’m working on being a better daughter, sister, friend and being slow to anger, hurt, and stress. I’m working on not dwelling on not feeling appreciated and recognizing others’ strengths instead of fallbacks. I’m working on harnessing my emotions and desires to create or progress. I’m working on being more selfless, being kinder, being stronger, being fiercer. I’m working on committing to things. I’m working on becoming a better clinician. I’m working on optimizing the “effectiveness of the minute”. I’m working on laughing more, sweating more, learning more, praying more, being more involved, saying yes to more experiences. Smiling more, being more playful. But also to not take myself or life too seriously, after all, no one gets out alive.

22 is off to a great start and I’m very excited about what God has in store for me as His child