March Reflection

I’m relearning what it means to have self discipline. I want to stop getting distracted and continue to pursue things that will benefit me in the long run. Sometimes, I find myself so overwhelmed. Life can get in the way and push back things I thought I’d have done by now.

So now my only goal is to never give up.

Life changes, people come and go, sometimes things I thought would work don’t end up working out and that’s okay. I realize now that I need to be flexible, that I need to adapt to whatever situation I’m in. I need to take a moment to think about what I need to do. 

I think I need to learn to relax. Sometimes even the smallest things can get me worked up. I need to remember that I can’t change everything, that some things I’m just going to have to deal with. It’s hard for me to realize that I can’t put things in order exactly the way I want them to be. However, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try to get things done. There’s a lot of stuff I’m going to have to work around to get what I want. Good things don’t come right away. 

The more I write, the more I realize that good writing takes lots of time. It’s not just about putting words on paper or on a screen. Some novels have taken authors years to write. And now I’ve realized they don’t just think about the story, but the lessons within the writing and the value they might have to their readers. There so much I could learn about writing as long as I concentrate. 

I really need to learn to focus on myself. I think sometimes I spend too much time looking at social media. Too much time looking a photos of people I barely know. Sometimes I get too invested into someone else’s life when they’re not invested in mine. I need to focus on what I need to do, not what I think other people want me to do. I know people want me to like their posts and comment, but sometimes those things just aren’t worth it(on here it is, because there is a lot of deeper meaning in blog posts). Doing that doesn’t make my own writing better(well, commenting on blog posts can, but maybe not always on other social media platforms). It just encourages people to keep doing what they’re doing. Which isn’t a bad thing if they really are doing something good. However, sometimes I spend too much time doing that and not enough on myself. I think I constantly use the lives of others to define my own. 

I think I’ve really fallen out of step with the person I want to be. I grew up being taught that money should be my main motivator. It’s wasn’t about if I liked a job or if I was passionate about it. It was about working my ass off and trying to forget about how much I didn’t like the work I did. I’m done letting people plant negative thoughts in my head. Thoughts that I’ll never make my dream job reality. Thoughts that I’ll always have to be doing what someone else wants me to do rather than do what I want to do. That its safer for me to put up with someone else’s crap instead of my own.

I’ve been focusing more on what I need to do for myself. I’m tired of complaining, moping and wishing I was someone else. I’ve learned to appreciate my struggles and I’m glad I learned to struggle early in life. Many people my age don’t get that, they live in a dream world. They don’t realize how good they have it —or how easily all of it can be swept away.

I haven’t really been great at friendships. When I was in high school it felt like I lived in two worlds. A extremely religious one where talk of sex and gays were not allowed. And a secular one in my high school were pretty much all my friends were gay and sex was talked about a lot. In the end, it was my high school friends that stuck with me and I grew apart from religion. Its been hard to stay in touch and some of my friends have moved away, but I still have a few here. 

As in introvert I tend to think of keeping relationships as a chore, but I know I need to stop thinking that way because I isolate myself a lot. There’s times where I’ve been a shut in for months on end. Where work and the grocery store are the only places I go to outside of my home. I think sometimes I care too much about what people think of me and just assume they don’t like me so I don’t ever reach out to people. I’ve held a lot of grudges too, there’s still some people that were in my life that I don’t really ever want to see again. Maybe I shouldn’t feel that way, but I just don’t want those same bad things to happen to me. Maybe there’s a way for me to let go, but I don’t think I’ll ever forget. 

I’ve been a bitch to a lot of people. I’ve been that way to my parents, my brother, friends, and significant others. If someone told me they’d never want to see me again, I might be upset depending on who it is, but I’d think eventually I’d understand. Some people just bring out the worst in each other so sometimes its best to just stay away or maybe not talk to each other for while until both parties work things out themselves. 

Thanks again so much for the support! Let me know what you think about the post in the comments below!

 

 

With l❤️ve,

 

 

Athena

February Reflection

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I am done victimizing myself. It was only the few crutional moments in my life when I decided to stop blaming other people that I got my life together.

The goals I haven’t made yet, are my own fault.

Lately, I’ve been hitting the snooze button on my alarm five times. Staying up too late watching stuff that doesn’t even really help me. I want to be done with it. I crave that same self discipline again. The days where I did my own thing and didn’t care what other people thought about it.

I am a writer, a runner and a artist. I will not let anyone bring me down to someone less then that. I may not be the best at any of these things, —but I’m certainly not the worst.

I’ve learned I like to be productive alone. I’m currently at a job that involves a lot of multitasking and talking to people. The more I work at my current job the more I crave this time.

To reflect, to work on myself.

I’m tired of going from a slow quite day to a day where I’m suddenly going straight downhill on a roller coaster. I still crave a balance, where I work on myself, without pushing myself too hard. I want to work on this blog and still have a day job that I enjoy.

It hasn’t been easy. I’ve had months where I could spend a lot of time working on myself. But I’ve also had months where I’m lucky if I get six hours of sleep.

I’m starting to realize this and use it to analyze and calculate a realistic way to be able to work on this blog while being able to take care of my basic needs. I know some years I’ll be busier so I’ll have to push myself during my down time.

Despite this, I’m proud of how far I’ve come. I still continue to write even though it’s not as consistant as I’d like to be. Soon, I will have the discipline to do this more regularly, but until then I have to get my life together and find a job that can sustain me.

It’s been hard trying to get out of the cycle where I work and have hardly anything to show for it. I’m done working to get nothing. I’ve spent most of my life only getting paid enough to live. I want to get out of this, to stop putting up with it and find something better. Everyone has something to contribute to society and it’s not fair when people work long hours, come home exhausted and have hardly anything to show for it.

It’s time to focus on quality rather that quantity. I want to find something that is more effective at helping people and is efficient enough to take less time. Sometimes it isn’t about the amount of hours someone puts in —but how well they do within those hours. It’s taken me a while to learn this, and it’s something I’m still trying to produce in my life. I used to write a lot of meaningless stuff, but now, I’m trying to put purpose into every word.

I don’t think anyone should work themselves to the point of burn out. I think we should work on being effectively productive for a few hours and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up for needing a break.

Most of my life, I’ve been a go go go type person. Some days I would work on chores all day until I became exhausted. I didn’t schedule my time wisely. I would try to fit everything into one day instead of a month. I’m beginning to realize now, that taking my time might not be a bad idea. Trying to work consistently instead of constantly is probably better. And I won’t let anyone push me into thinking otherwise.

I’m done caring about what other people think. For years, I’ve held back my thoughts, thinking most of them weren’t worthy of being written. However, if what I write ends up helping others and prevents them from getting hurt, I’ll do it.

No matter who I lose in the process.

I’ve learned I can’t please everyone. Not everyone will like what I will write, but this is how I view the world and I won’t let anyone shut me down from showing it any longer. The world is unfair, life sucks sometimes, but we have to keep going. We can’t let our your anyone else stop us.

For those of you that have been with me for a while. I just want to say thank you. Your comments mean a lot to me and I look forward to whatever new posts you may decide to write.

I’m working a blog revision, but I want to try to post more about my lifestyle and have research to back it up. I’m passionate about veganism and my nonreligious beliefs. I want to share my thoughts on this blog, but it will take sometime. I thought I would have it done by now, but there’s a lot more I need to do than I thought.