April was quite the rollercoaster for me and a true test of my patience, to say the least. On the flipside, it has also really helped me put things into perspective. April has truly been a month of reflection, and while there were some definite lows, I also had personal growth, a particularly good talk with my sister, and my wonderfully hilarious friends by my side, which made for some pretty great highs. My five things for this month is a collection of things I've learned and really taken to heart these last few weeks:
- "Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement, and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success." -Brian Adams
- Don't just hear. Listen.
In one particular phone call with my sister, I heard that important nugget of advice that made me think. After I got off the phone, I acted on it immediately and it has paid off. The interesting thing is that a couple days ago, I found something I wrote and saved months ago where I gave the same piece of advice to others. It’s funny how things sometimes come full circle. Be on the lookout, as it'll be a blog post on here next week!
- The latter part of this month, I learned how good for the soul it is to briefly remove myself from everything that is going on around me and to just focus on myself. I took the time to focus my attention on my blog, writing content that is beneficial for you and also acts as a way for me to reflect on where I've been and how far I've come. It's been wonderful to spend more time on myself and figuring out what is best for me.
- Simply put: Go with your gut and don't give up. If it's your dream, chase it. Don't look back with regret. Instead, look forward with optimism and hope for the future.
- "Trusting the process is putting your faith in the path that leads you to where you need to be." I read this on Lauren Kelp's feature on The Everygirl and it really hit home for me. When things don't go your way, it's so easy to be upset and be mad. You know what? Sometimes, it's okay to be upset about it. It's natural. But one reminder that always gets me through that is: "Trust Your Journey." Time and time again, I realize that the best thing to do is not to fret and just trust that things happen to get you to where you're supposed to be. Reading that quote by Lauren couldn't have popped up at a better time! Optimism is back in order.
I've stored a lot of quotes for those rainy days on my Words, etc. Pinterest board. Take a look! This month, take time to grow and spend more time on, and with, yourself. It's amazing how much better and more centered you will feel.