Social Media

With the rise of social media so many of us see the results and not the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears that had to be put in. So many of us are pulled in by designer bags, clothes, beat faces, and nipped and tucked bodies that we tend to forget what matters. I’ve seen friends who are naturally beautiful go under the knife to obtain this unrealistic beauty standard, only to still not be happy with themselves. Be happy with you, do not let what you see on TV or social media deceive you.

“Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:2

Pursue Your Passion

I have often said that just living life is the most humbling experience. Many of us have these grand plans of how we want things to be and what it’s going to feel like when we get out in a “professional” work environment. But when it finally happens, it’s nothing like what we thought it would be. The hours are grueling and the pay is mediocre. What I encourage you to do is to not give up on your job, but make sure you are doing something you are passionate about. If that means you have to job hop, do that. As one supervisor told me, “You’re replaceable.”

I also encourage you to pursue your passion outside of work. A program director I worked with put it this way, “What you do outside of work has a lot to do with how you feel when you walk through that door.” That means that you have to be going home and doing more than just sitting on the couch, eating, sleeping and then repeating every day.