How To Ruin Your Life (Without Even Noticing That You Are)

We all have to take a moment and look at how we affect our lives. I found this blog post to be motivational and quite eye opening. Hopefully, it enlightens you as well.

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Understand that life is not a straight line. Life is not a set timeline of milestones. It is okay if you don’t finish school, get married, find a job that supports you, have a family, make money, and live comfortably all by this age, or that age. It’s okay if you do, as long as you understand that if you’re not married by 25, or a Vice President by 30 — or even happy, for that matter — the world isn’t going to condemn you. You are allowed to backtrack. You are allowed to figure out what inspires you. You are allowed time, and I think we often forget that. We choose a program right out of high school because the proper thing to do is to go straight to University. We choose a job right out of University, even if we didn’t love our program, because we just…

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Nothing Truly Beautiful Ever Asks For Attention (Why You Shouldn’t Chase Love)

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Nothing truly beautiful ever asks for attention. This quote has stuck with me ever since I heard my coworker speak the words. Nothing truly beautiful ever asks for attention – it just naturally exists, as it is, in confidence and boldness.

Remember this the next time you chase someone you think you love. Remember this the next time you feel as if you need to compete for the attention of someone you admire. Generationally speaking, we often feel the need to prove ourselves to the heart we regard. We often feel the need to change ourselves to better suit their needs, we often wonder if we are exactly what they are looking for, or if they have other options. I have heard the sentiment many times over, I have seen it dissect beautiful moments and sensationalize less than beautiful relationships. Stop the “If onlys” and the “But maybes.” Trust…

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Judge me not by my handwriting… (Just a little humor from my Sunday night ponderings)

 

 

My handwriting sucks. Oh, I have been told a handful of times that I possess pretty handwriting, but I always feel that they were being nice. It was as if they were afraid to say, “Ash, your handwriting looks like an elephant stepped on your hand and broke it into a million pieces.” And to make matters worse, the quality of my handwriting would either becomes worse or more relaxed depending on who is next to me at the time. If I am alone or around someone, who I am comfortable with, my handwriting is more relaxed and somewhat decent. But if I am near someone who make me nervous, well… my handwriting will look like scribbles—very bad scribbles. With that said, I have always preferred to type. I am a lot faster at it as my hands can adequately keep up with my thoughts when I type rather than when I write.

 

So why am I telling you all of this? Because for the longest time, I was embarrassed and thought that in order to be a respectable, professional adult I had to have gorgeous handwriting especially since I am a woman. It’s a silly notion, I know.  But think about it, how many times have we judged a person based on the fact that their handwriting was horrendous? Anyone? I’ll wait.  The fact of the matter is that we have ALL done it even I and my peers with less than desirable scribbles.

 

However, I had the eye opening experience (and you will learn that I have many of those). I recently came across a humorous pose about the terrible handwriting of doctors. Doctors! Not “The Doctor,” he can do no wrong in my book, but our human doctors that fix stuff in our bodies like mechanics! Yes, body mechanics. Are doctors not respectable despite that horrendous handwriting? Yes, they are respectable! We swoon the moment someone says “I’m a doctor” or we see a fancy PHD after their name. So why shouldn’t I be considered a respectable adult simply because my handwriting looks like crap?! That’s right! Respect me and my horribly horrific handwriting or not….I don’t think it matters too much.

Doesn't matter what country you live in. Every doctor has horribly horrific handwriting.

Doesn’t matter what country you live in. Every doctor has horribly horrific handwriting.

 

Ev·o·lu·tion

Ev·o·lu·tion

ˌevəˈlo͞oSHən

noun

1.The process by which different kinds of living organisms are thought to have developed and diversified from earlier forms during the history of the earth.

2. The gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form

For the longest time, the idea of evolution was a sin—a forbidden theory that went against the beliefs of Christians. Mention the word and any Christian would immediately start to frown. A complete shutdown would occur the moment the words left your lips and nothing that was said after mattered. I can understand that sentiment. After all, for years, Christians, scientists, and atheists have been locked in battle over the theory of evolution for years but the fact of the matter is that evolution to a certain degree is real.

If you rid your mind of all the scientific mumbo jumbo, religious thoughts and beliefs, we begin to really get down to the core of what evolution represents—change. Think about it; the core idea of evolution is change. That is the core idea I focus on.

In this blog, I will chronicle my change—my own personal evolution—from the person I once was to the person that I am now and to who I hope to one day become. I started this blog as a way to release the swirl of emotions, and thoughts that plague my mind as I go through this process. After all, one of my biggest weaknesses is overthinking.