IMG_1306.JPGI’ve been kind of having a pretty difficult time lately. Well, actually a kind of brutal time. And you know what’s been honestly quite amazing? I’ve been reading back through my own posts and my own words and I’ve been inspired by, well, myself.

Slow down a second there? Inspiring yourself you say? Hmmm…that’s kinda weird…

But oh no, it’s true. Some of my own posts are literally giving me the kick in the butt I need right now. Like, the one on how the future is not promised to you…

Read it if you haven’t. It’s helped me! Ha✌🏻

Anyways, life is not to be taken for granted. Life is a beautiful and precious gift. We get this one life and we have an opportunity to move forward in it and become whatever and whoever we want to be. Whoever we were destined to become.

A friend of mine said to me the other day, you know, just be yourself. Sounds simple. Just be yourself, Mandy. Well, okay. Let me get started on that.

Well, hold up a second… that’s not always as easy as I thought.

Anyway, they directed me to the song, Be Yourself by Audioslave. A song which I have always loved and a song that’s ringing so true. A song that’s on repeat right now..

“And be yourself is all that you can do
To be yourself is all that you can do.”

I’m 27 years old. Do I have all the answers? Hell, no. I’ve been hurt and I’ve hurt. But I put one foot in front of the other every single day. Because I have to. Because, I want to.

In the past couple weeks, I’ve kind of been out playing sports and spending more time on, well, me. And complete strangers, who I seriously don’t know from Adam, have come up to tell me how brave or how courageous I am.

How thankful they’ve been that I have opened up and shared some of my own experiences. And that made me feel great. But still, I have had a difficult time getting back to the blogging universe.

And so today, I poured myself a cup of tea, threw me hair up in a messy bun, and started reading on and reflecting on the messages that I’ve been trying to deliver to my worldwide audience. And you know, I felt like those were letters to me. To the present me. To me right now.

It was like a letter from Mandy to Mandy, to yell out and say, “hey girl, you’re awesome. I have your back. You do you. We got this.”

I am so unbelievably strong. I was built to last. I was built to rock it. I am a damn warrior. And I know that. And you know what, you are too.

So follow that voice in your head. Follow your gut. Travel, eat pasta. Write. At the end of this journey, we are going to wake up and realize that in the end, this life was ours to make of it what we wanted to.

You are responsible for no one else but yourself (well, unless you have children. You’re responsible for them, don’t forget that lol) but you know what I mean.

Here’s the biggest and baddest Mandy line I got: “You’re responsible for your own happiness. If you’re not happy, change it. Change it now.”

Don’t regret it. Don’t regret what you don’t do. Don’t regret what you do. Make decisions that you can live with. Decisions that make you fiercely and unbelievably happy.

Happiness is out there. I’ve never been more sure of that in my entire life. Search your soul. Spend time with your family. Free yourself if there are chains that are holding you back.

Do what you love! Spend time with those who love you. Because there are more people than you even realize who want you to succeed and want you to be happy.

More people, in fact, than not.

If you’re going through a difficult time right now, know that I am too. But it’s the difficult times, and the spiritual growth pains that come with that which alas make our lives more beautiful and more wonderful.

No pain, no gain.

This is YOUR life! You get ONE. Have fun with it. By God, just have fun.

Love always,

Your number one cheerleader!

Mandy

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