Sunday, August 25, 2013

New Beginnings

The end of August [sadly] is the beginning of school. The anxiety of meeting new teachers and figuring out which friends are in each class. A lot of feelings spin around in your head and you have no idea what move to make next. When I was in middle school, the days leading up to school and, frankly, the night before school gave me the most anxiety. I was nervous about who my friends would be and who I would sit with. These worries made me so nervous about something that wasn't a big deal. I found my group of friends and people to sit with during classes. As ever year passed on, I learned from different experiences. I learned the importance of new beginnings. You can't [and won't] be friends with the exact same group of people from kindergarten to senior year. You will find a few close friends that will stand the test of time, but it is alright to lose your close connection with friends and pick up other great ones along the way. It might not always be easy to watch someone who you thought was your closest friend slip away. But, if someone really does care and want to be your friend, they will make time and make an effort to be there for you. It is hard news to take, but once you accept that they can create new beginnings, so can you. Don't let people take you down because they've moved on. You can move right on too. This has happened to me too many times to count. You just have to know in your heart of hearts that it isn't your fault. When I was in middle school and friends would move on, I would always blame myself. Why don't they like me? What did I do wrong? Why? It took trial & error to figure I wasn't doing anything wrong. New Beginnings are natural and truthfully, really healthy for you. Change isn't always bad. Sometimes it can be sweet. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


We all have those days where nothing seems to get done, even though you've been working for four hours straight. Stress finds a sneaky way of sneaking up all the time. Most of the time, however, stress is self-induced. We cause it upon ourselves because we are constantly driven by anxiety. I know this story way to well. For instance, just a few minutes ago, I cut myself while shaving. I convinced myself I was going to have to call an ambulance. When in reality, I was fine after applying pressure, a septic pen, and a few band-aids. If I had just taken a deep breathe and relaxed, I would have been fine. 

Imagine how many times that we've taken a situation, and blown it crazy out of control. I'm sure everyone can count something within the past few days. If we took a moment to just relax and think through our situations, we would be a lot more relaxed. 

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"She turned her...

"She turned her cant's into cans and her dreams into plans" -Kobi Yamada

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Welcome to Side of Sweet Mint. So happy to have y'all join me in