New Apartment!

After days of trying to send pictures one by one to family and friends of the new apartment, it dawned on me that it would be a lot easier to simply post some pics here;1) because most you guys keep up with me on here anyway and 2) well, that’s kinda one reason I created this blog in the first place. So, for those who may not know, on January 15th, Shamus and I officially moved into our new apartment! It is a 1,224 square foot 2 bedroom 2 bath that we will be sharing with friends. I have included the pictures of the basic rooms as well as the layout since I did not included pictures of the rooms. So anywho, here you guys are! Chapter 2 of living in Texas has officially begun!

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Embrace Your Struggle

Naturally, as humans, we do not want to feel pain. And we certainly do not want to go through anything that will drain us on either a mental or physical level. So when we struggle with anything, naturally we begin to feel defeated.

However, if there is one message that I am beginning to learn, it is this: embrace your struggle. The harder things are for you, the bigger the triumph. Struggles, as odd as it may sound, are a blessing. If you are unsure what may count as a struggle in your life, struggles are nothing more than moments that cause you to feel an abundance of negative emotions such as sadness, anger, hopelessness, depression, etc. But these things are nothing more than tests. Everyone needs to go through them to fight the fire and end up victorious.

Our hardships always tend to seem like the worst when we are going through them. I think it’s in our nature as humans to stop looking at the light at the end of the tunnel and instead focus on the darkness that surrounds us. In my last post, I spoke about how negativity could be blocking you from being able to seize your opportunities but I did not explain how. Negativity is a blindfold. What that means is that you cannot see anything beyond it. As you may know, it is the complete opposite when you mind is in a positive space. When you see everything in a positive light, you view the world through binoculars. You block out the things that are to your left and right and instead focus on what is in front of you. In other words, you see far into the distance and beyond because there is no limit.

And that is the secret to concurring your battles. You must hold onto your binoculars in the midst of it all and acknowledge that the blindfold is doing nothing but blocking you from seeing ahead. It is keeping you where you are and making you lose sight of your destination. It is making you give up before you even try.

We need to fight all the negative emotions by forcing ourselves to hold onto the positive ones even when we feel like giving up. We often tend to put more commitment into beating a difficult level of a game then we do into beating a difficult level of our lives. And I say that with conviction because I’ve acknowledged that about myself recently. I know this may sound silly but hear me out here. If I cannot beat a level of Candy Crush, I will keep trying for weeks if I have to, trying to beat that one level! I will send out help requests to all my friends just to get through it until I finally beat it. But in life, I tend to do the complete opposite. The perseverance is not there and instead of looking for help from the people around me, I keep it to myself. How backwards is that?

And to all those who may say, “Oh, that’s just a game. That’s different.,” I say to you; you are right and you are wrong. Yes, it is a game. However, it is not different. The perseverance, determination, commitment and dedication that we put into such games is real. Those emotions we invest into those games, they are real. But yet we waste them on entertainment and don’t use them nearly enough in our day to day lives.

I’ll end this entry by saying this: no matter your test, it is not the end. Life is not over. As long as we have a pulse, we have another chance to look our trials in the eye and say “You will not win.” We have to fight because our lives are not just for us. Like Jesus, we must fight for the people we have yet to know. Why? Because something about our lives will help them, even if we do not see it now.

It was not until I started this blog that I began to learn that the things I went through that brought me here have been the very things that have given so many people around me inspiration and hope. So I am asking everyone who is reading this blog to join hands with me and anyone else who is struggling with something and walk towards the light at the end of the tunnel and anytime you see someone looking at the walls, encourage them. You never know; you could be the very thing they need to help them make it to the end…