Part 2, Day 3 of 3 Day, 3 Quote Challenge

Okay, so today I’m going to cheat and use two quotes instead of one. The truth is that I find them both really good and important, so choosing one is just too hard. Here’s the first:

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” –William Shakespeare

Isn’t this the truth!? Anxiety feeds off of doubt, they’re best friends! Doubt makes us feel as if we’re not capable of doing things when we know deep down that we are. Doubt tries so hard to confuse us; to convince us that we can’t succeed. The truth is though that we can, we just have to work hard on a consistent basis, which leads me to my next quote…

“Trust is built with consistency”— Lincoln Chafee

The more we push ourselves and practice facing our fears, the more we can show ourselves that our doubts are just negative thoughts and that we have no real reason to believe them. We are strong and we have the strength to get through our anxiety and over any other obstacles that we might have. We just have to prove this to ourselves on a consistent basis! This brings me to a real life example:

So for a while now, I’ve been trying to get something done. I would try to muster up the courage to do so, but every time I got close, fear and doubt would come over me and I wouldn’t try. I knew that I wasn’t a failure and I had faith that I would eventually succeed at what I needed to get done, but I still felt awful that I kept backing down. That’s what doubt can do to us, it can make us feel incapable of being successful.

However, I kept practicing facing my fears and exercising (and I will continue to do so because I know it works) and guess what, today I got done what I’ve been trying to do! I’m so happy and proud of myself! I worked hard and I didn’t give up. I’m never going to give up because I understand the importance of consistency when it comes to overcoming our anxiety!

I hope these quotes can help you guys. I was also thinking of maybe doing something fun and having a challenge of sorts when you pick your favorite funny movie and paste quotes in your post from that funny movie. I thought it would be a great way to make us all laugh, get us in a good mood, and share what we find to be great movies. What do you guys think?

Thanks again to Angela from I Am My Own Island and Carla from The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise for nominating me for this challenge!

Another Great Day!

In addition to all the things I mentioned that I was thankful for the other day, I’m also thankful for what a great holiday I had today! I went to my Grandpa’s and didn’t need any help walking into the house or leaving and I even walked around the house a little! I ate what I wanted to eat and didn’t feel anxious at all! Then I went to my Uncle’s and while I needed my dad’s help walking in a little when we reached the house, I did much better than usual and when we left, I didn’t need help at all! I also ate and had a really good time!

It felt so good to not feel anxious, to not feel like at any moment, I would become stressed and not be able to enjoy the holiday. When I was leaving my Uncle’s, I felt so calm and thought to myself, This is what it feels for someone to leave who doesn’t struggle with anxiety. This is how I used to feel!

Sometimes it still feels like someone wants you to do something that you’re not quite ready to do, and when they mention this and seem to become frustrated that you’re a little too anxious to do something, it makes you feel guilty. I know that feeling. I love my Grandma and my mom but they wanted me to eat at the table and honestly, I felt much more comfortable with my anxiety eating on the couch. I felt bad that I didn’t sit where they wanted, but I realized that I was doing really well and that some people just don’t understand. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that our opinion of how we’re doing is what matters. Some people are simply really hard to satisfy, or sometimes, can’t be satisfied at all. We have to be thankful for our accomplishments and acknowledge our success!

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving and wonderful day!

*Also, thank you all for all of your support. Thanks for wishing me a happy holiday and for sharing such kind words. You guys really made my day! I’m so thankful for my family, friends, life, and strength. I’m also thankful for God who I believe watches over me.

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Happy Thanksgiving/Have A Great Day!

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For all of those who celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving! For those of you who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful day as well! I am so thankful for not only the people I know in person, but also for all of you who have supported me through words of kindness and other acts of kindness such as reading, liking, and following my blog. Writing this blog and communicating with you guys has shown me that I’m not alone in my struggles and has shown me just how kind the people in this world can be! Thank you so much, you all mean so much to me! I feel so blessed to have your support and friendship!

Part 2, Day 2 of 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge

Man, that was a lot of numbers I just typed! Anyway, today is the second day of part two of the quote challenge. The following quote is the one that I chose for today:

“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” -James Bryant Conant

The beginning of making progress can be a scary and slow process. It can be so difficult for us to start facing our fears, even in small steps, when those fears are exactly what causes us so much anxiety. Even if we have dealt with anxiety for several years and have been practicing our whole lives, there are times when fear can be so overwhelming, that we may feel like we can’t practice, stretch, or exercise.

However, the truth is that we cannot start making progress until we begin facing our fears. We need to do this by challenging ourselves in small, consistent steps. Even if we don’t leap into the process, we still need to take some steps. Without taking any risks (even if they’re small), we’ll never be able to show ourselves that we are capable of getting through our anxiety and other mental health issues.

So even if it’s difficult, if we want to make progress, we need to start facing our fears. We need to start taking small steps on a consistent basis and step slowly out of our comfort zone so that eventually, our comfort zones can change for the better!

Below is another great quote that actually has to do with a turtle as well. It’s interesting just how much we’re compared to turtles. Also, I’m pretty sure when it came to the Turtle and the Hare, the Turtle won. In the battle between us and anxiety, we can win too!

 

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More Progress!

So I just got back from the psychiatrist and I did really well! While I usually don’t get that anxious going to the therapist, I tend to get more anxious seeing my psychiatrist (I think it’s because we always talk about raising my medication, a sensitive topic for me.)

Anyway, as stupid as it might sound to some, I get kind of anxious when the nurse weighs me. I start getting anxious just standing there and begin getting shaky. At first I was told that if I was anxious, I didn’t have to be weighed and that I’d just have to get my blood pressure done. Well, it ended up that I wanted to see what I weighed and so I challenged myself to get my weight checked. I did a great job! After that, I was a little anxious so I asked the nurse to help me back to the waiting room.

However, when my psychiatrist finally called me in, I walked to his office without any help and when I left his office, I did the same. I’m very proud of myself!

I want to remind all of you guys that small accomplishments build up, and no matter how small the accomplishment might seem, it really does matter! I’m so thankful that I had such a good experience today!

I also want to thank all the kind nurses, doctors, therapists, and psychiatrists out there. You make all the difference when you’re kind and understanding!

 

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3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge-Part 2

For my first quote for the second part of my 3 Days 3 Quotes challenge, I’ve chose to use lyrics from the song A Life Uncommon by Jewel.

“And lend your voices only to sounds of freedom
No longer lent your strength to that
which you wish to be free from
Fill you lives with love and bravery
And we shall lead a life uncommon” –Jewel, Life Uncommon

I love this song and I love these lyrics! These four lines especially illustrate how we have to treat anxiety. Instead of giving into fear and allowing anxiety to make us feel weak and unable to do things, we have to stand up to it and prove to ourselves that we have the strength to get over our obstacles.

So much of our time is spent on worrying, so much of our strength is put to something that we don’t even enjoy doing! Instead of using our strength to accomplish our goals, we put it towards obsessing!

Jewel states in this song that the way to freedom is to stop putting our efforts towards something so toxic. If we lend our strength to our fears, they’re only going to grow stronger. However, if we fill our lives with things such as hope, bravery, and love and we show ourselves that we have the strength to power through our struggles, we’ll live a life that we enjoy!

Please, please, please do yourselves a favor and try to listen to this song, it really is great! The song is off of Jewel’s CD “Spirit”. What songs make you guys feel stronger? Feel free to let me know!

The Versatile Blogger Award Nomination!

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So once again I’ve been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award! This time I’ve been nominated by Angela over at I Am My Own Island. Thank you so much Angela. So without further ado, here are the rules:

 

  1. Thank the person that has nominated you & include a link to their blog.
  2. Nominate at least 15 blogs of your choice. I’m changing this rule. If you can’t do 15 that’s fine.
  3. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.
  4. Share seven different facts about yourself.

 

1.) Amir H. Ghazi from World of Horror

2.) Matt from The Pebble in My Shoe

3.) Carla from The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise

4.) Jen from The Anxiety Chronicles

5.) Kendra from Reads and Treats

6.) Sharon from Curious Queendom

7.) Josh from We Are All Scared

8.) Emily from Anxiety in NYC

9.) Morgan from My OCD Voice

10.) The Glitter Fight (Sorry if I missed your name!)

11.) Phoenix Crimson (Sorry if I missed your name too!)

12.) Magarisa from Becoming Unstuck

13.) The Lonely Author

14.) Avery from Once Upon a Struggle

15.) John from Double U

Wow, that took a while! For more nominations (from my previous Versatile Blogger Award, click here

Now for the seven facts about me:

1.) My favorite holiday is Christmas

2.) I’m currently watching the show Castle

3.) When I was younger, I practically collected nail polish!

4.) I have a love hate relationship with snow. I love the look of it, but hate the cold!

5.) I’m currently reading The Unwanted by John Saul and really like it! 🙂

6.) My favorite ornament is one of the Peanuts characters

7.) Some of my favorite actors include: Kyle Chandler, Tim Daly, Tom Cruise, and Dean Stockwell. My favorite actress is Jennifer Aniston.

 

 

What I’m Thankful For

A great friend of mine, Kim, over at Peace, Love and Patchouli wrote a post inviting everyone to write about a good Thanksgiving memory or what they’re thankful for. I’ve chosen to write about both.

First of all, the memory I’d like to share is one in general. Just like Kim’s grandmother, my grandma was a really, really good cook. She was loving, kind, and incredibly strong. She was and still is my role model. She had a lot of faith and she was a fighter.

I loved spending the holidays with my family and especially loved seeing my grandma. My grandparent’s home has always been so inviting and the warmth went beyond the heat of the oven. Anyway, the times when we went to my grandparent’s for Thanksgiving when my Grandma was still alive were the best. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the holidays and spending time with my family, but it’s not completely the same without her.

So going over to my grandparent’s for Thanksgiving when my grandma was alive is my favorite Thanksgiving memory. Now for what I’m thankful for…

I’m thankful for so many things. I’m thankful for my family and my friends. I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to go to four amazing schools and to meet great people along the way. Even the people that weren’t so great taught me things. I’m also grateful for the fact that while I struggle with anxiety, I still get through it and that I’ve made progress. I’m thankful for the strength that I’ve learned that I have and once again, I’m thankful that I had my grandma in my life for as long as I did. She was and still is my hero. I still believe that she’s here with me, watching over me.

I’m also thankful for God even if it sounds sappy. I think that He’s here with me and listening to my prayers. I’m also thankful for my therapist and everyone that’s helped me with getting through my anxiety (family, friends, doctors, etc.). I’m grateful for this blog, for you guys who support me, and for the talent that I believe I have in writing and helping others. I believe my talent of being a good writer comes from my dad and I hope that I’m as understanding as he is.

I’m thankful for so many things, a good home, food, and so much more that I can’t fit into this post!

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3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge – Day 3

Okay, so this will be the end of the first part of the 3 day 3 quote challenge. I had been nominated by Angela over at I Am My Own Island. This is only the end of part one though because I was also nominated by Carla over at The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise (thank you Carla!). I

So anyway, here’s the last quote of the first part of the challenge:

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” –Scott Adams

I really like this quote. I think that kindness is so important and ever since I started struggling with anxiety, I’ve learned to appreciate kindness even more. Unfortunately, not everyone understands the struggles that we are faced with. Some people may say or do cruel things, treat us like something’s wrong with us, or treat us like children because they don’t understand what we’re going through. It’s hard to deal with these people because sometimes it’s already hard enough dealing with our anxiety and other struggles.

However, when someone is kind to us it really makes a difference. It not only makes us feel good about ourselves and builds our confidence, but it also makes us feel like we’re not alone. You guys have no idea how much I appreciate your kindness and support and hoe much it means to me. Yesterday when I met three new people who treated me with respect, it made me feel so good. Yes, I felt a little awkward at times because I had just met them, but they made me feel as if they wanted to get to know me, not like I was some random new person that they were meeting for the first time. Also, I have so many supportive family members and friends that remind me that I’m loved and cared for. I’ve had teachers that make me feel like they understand what I go through with my anxiety and they chose to support me instead of look down on me or become angry. In turn, I’ve learned how important it is for me to be kind to others and I hope that I have, and continue to, accomplish that. When you think about it, there’s really no small act of kindness!

Okay, so that’s the end of part one of the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge. Stay tuned for part 2!