#1 DO NOT dye or chop all your hair
We have all been there. We get bored. We wanna switch it up so we go on a whim and completely change our hair.. Unfortunately, I have done this far too may times. It started in middle school and it is definitely something that I advocate against now.
#2 You are not going to marry your 6th grade crush
No offense to him. I'm sure he's great and will be great for someone in the future but not for you! Do not waste any more time getting ready in the morning just to impress him because eventually you will look back on all that time and wish you would've used that extra 30 min- 1 hour catching up on sleep instead of watching hair tutorials on YouTube. Trust me!!
#3 Your parents can be your best friends or your worst enemies and it's completely up to YOU
By this I mean, do not lie to them about who you are friends with or tell them you aren't taking that mini skirt to school to change into.. when you are. If you tell them you are going to do something , follow through! They love you and want the best for you. I know you see them as a giant annoyance right now but I promise you down the road you will be so happy to have them on your side.
#4 Go to every school dance and break it down girl
Do not let the fear of looking goofy stop you from having fun.
#5 Cherish these moments you have with your best friends right now because you won't get many more of them
One day soon you will have to move hundreds of miles away from these people who have become family to you. Make sure they know how much they mean to you and the impact they have had on your life. Good or bad. These are the people you created so many memories with and you will never forget them.
There are a lot of things I'd rather write about right now but unfortunately this topic is the number one thing on my mind and something that has been consuming all my energy and taking over all thoughts in my brain so it's only natural that its the first thing to be put into words when my hands start to type away. I struggle and have been diagnosed with depression since I was fifteen years old. I have been on numerous antidepressants over the past few years..as I am now approaching 20 years of life; however, none of them have fixed the problem or have caused breakthrough. Antidepressants were not my saving grace (HA get it, saving grace, like saving me ..because my name is Grace) but that's okay. Sometimes they don't work. A couple years have gone by now and I am noticing differences. My moods are fluctuating more than normal. I can go from one extreme high to one extreme low in a matter of minutes. I cannot for the life of me seem to be able to make decisions. Minor or important.. I have lost touch with myself and have fought hard to maintain relationships with people when this very sad part of me does everything to keep people at a distance or push them away completely. I do not understand how I feel or why. Some days are really good and some are really bad.
In the past , I would have never thought about writing any of this. I would've been too afraid to show this side of me to anyone in fear that they would run away, judge me, or make false assumptions about who I am. So why am I opening up about it now? And what purpose does it serve? ...
I have always been unable to identify my skills or gifts..if you will. Everyone is good at something. Growing up , my friends were good at volleyball and I wasn't or singing and I wasn't. I had to step back and try to figure out what I was good at.. and for the life of me I couldn't ever figure out my niche.
Dealing with all of these things I carry on my shoulders, I have started to wonder if my story is my gift. Maybe my purpose is to use it and help others. I have dreams of writing a book and it doing well. I cannot describe how good I feel when people come to me for advice or to talk about what is going on in their life. Maybe I am not meant to be an artist, an athlete , or any of the things I wanted to be good at so badly growing up. Maybe it is my words and the meaning I hold behind them. For the first time I am identifying the things about myself I never paid any attention to because I never deemed them as worthy enough. I refuse to give up and will not let go of the truths that remain.
Your feelings and perception are not always right. Always go back to what God says about you. You are known and you are loved. God is here for the mess. This is just what mine looks like. Use your mess and I believe that God can turn it into a masterpiece.
Here it begins. I never thought this is something I would actually do. The thought of actually typing my thoughts out for people to see used to scare the crap out of me! Still kinda does. But I have a lot to share and am grateful to use this platform to do just that.
Let me start with the typical and nothing short of cliche, "Introduction"
My name is Grace. I'm reaching 20 years old and no matter how hard I try to ignore it, there's something in me that needs to be heard. I've got this voice, passion, love that has to be shared with Y'all. My purpose with this is to take you through the events in my life that I believe have truly shaped who I am. I want you to be able to read my words and feel like you know me. I want my words to encourage and inspire but I want to do it in a way that is 200% transparency and truth.. with like 50% of my humor thrown into the mix as well, With each blog post hopefully you'll be able to pick up on who I am and what I'm doing this for.
So strap in. Get comfy. Do something. We are about to create something incredible.