32 LIFE LESSONS FOR MY 32ND BIRTHDAY

Posted by Sarah Young
Tomorrow I turn 32.  Thirty-stinkin-two years old. I LOVE my birthday.  I always have.  Halloween week has always been a week of celebrations and happy memories. I don’t just love my birthday, I love to celebrate and make other’s birthdays special too. Each year I do a list of life lessons. Here is this years list! 32 LIFE LESSONS: 30 wasn’t as scary as everyone makes you think it is.  In fact, I still feel like

What is “normal” to you?

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“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~Maya Angelou By the time many of us are ready to start making our own way in life, the “normal” that is seamlessly integrated into the world around us means living without raising any eyebrows or rocking any boats.  We spend four years at college studying subjects that may hold little to no passion for us, we take

How mental health affects girls and women

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I reached out to a few girls and women, between the ages of 20-35 years, and asked them about their experiences with being forced to live up to expectations, and the effect it has had on their mental health. Academic pressure Scoring good grades and being the best at academics is something most students try to live up to, regardless of how terribly pressuring the situation can get. Being compared to peers, and forced to

How to narrow your ideas to choose one

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“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” ~Scott Belsky In virtually every human pursuit, from personal growth to the arts to business, ideas and the execution of those ideas is what drives us forward. And when it comes to ideas, there are basically two kinds of people: Those who struggle to come up with what feels like good ideas Those gifted with a ton of ideas, but who struggle to pick the right

Are You Being Your Authentic Self?

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“The most confused we ever get is when we try to convince our heads of something that we know in our hearts is a lie.” ~Karen Moning It’s painful and stressful to feel like you’re living a lie. Like you’re hiding how you really feel, saying what you think other people want to hear, and doing things you don’t actually want to do—just because you think you’re supposed to. But sometimes we don’t recognize we’re

Quiet Does Not Equal Weak

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“Never assume that loud is strong and quiet is weak.” ~Unknown This quote seems counterintuitive, right? For many years, I, too, scoffed at the idea. Having dealt with social anxiety throughout my life, I know firsthand what it’s like to feel weak, powerless, and trapped because of it. As a child, I remember clinging to my mom’s leg and using her body to hide from strangers. Then, as I got older, this shy behavior manifested