WINIE'S DIARY: WONDERING HOW THE STORY ENDS

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My amazing people,

It's been too long. I could give you a string of excuses but 'life has been busy' is just the summary. I hope you all have been doing well. I can't even count how many times I have thought of you, and while I was waiting for calm to hit the storm, I decided why not share where I am currently with you.

This period came with a lot of phases at the same time. I'm dealing with things as a young woman, young professional, recent graduate, and an international student. It felt like, someone cranked up the heat at all levels and there is pressure from everywhere. I am actively job hunting and interviewing. There is so much talk and thought about a possible move out of Miami. There is also weighing of options and next steps regarding immigration status and which path to take. 

Most days, I wake up and don't even realize when night hits. Other days, it's wishing the day ends soon so that a new day can start with at least a promise of something different. It's been intense and busy, but God has remained very faithful. I have felt so many times like my head was about to explode and the pressure of figuring out uncertainties can be really overwhelming. It's like De-Ja-Vu; I felt similar things four years ago after my bachelors. I am taking it one day at a time and these are some things I have been doing to keep the peace in my head and heart.

Meditation



No, I'm not cross-legged with my hands in prayer mode, chanting. That's would have been pretty cool if my legs will stay one place. I'll probably look like something they abandoned in Yoga class. By meditation, I mean dwelling on positive words and thoughts. I tried it one day and I became a believer. You could use quotes, or positive words like "happy", "faith", "forward", or whatever applies to you at that time; you could also use bible verses which are my favorite. Meditation is you thinking on these words or quotes, and repeating them affirmatively in your heart. Two of my favorites Bible verses are:


Isaiah 26:3

"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you."


Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

When my mind begins to wander, and fear attempts to take over, I repeat these verses over and over to myself, in my heart. It works like a medicine; faith overcomes fear, and peace is restored. Even when there's nothing bothering me, just reminding myself of God's word fills me with joy. If you haven't tried this already, I encourage you to.

Be Intentionally Happy



If you are still in the category of people that wait for things or people to make them happy, my dear you need to change ship. That used to be me, and people or things will play ping-pong with my emotions all day. The sad part is when you are unhappy, bad situations feel heavier than they actually are. You find yourself overreacting all the time.
This doesn't mean things will not happen that will cause you to be unhappy. In fact this period, happiness has been more conscious and required more effort. But staying happy, finding reasons to smile and laugh, and finding fun in even negative situations, make your days more palatable and could by extension affect the way you react to situations.

Don't Give Up




Life tends to hate boring and predictable occurrences. So, you could be the most qualified and still not get the job; or you could give your best to a relationship, and it still crashes like a stack of cards, or get to a point you worked so hard for and see more closed than open doors. I have this saying "If things go exactly as you plan, be surprised". No matter what, don't you ever give up. Every day I wake up, I resolve to work, try, call, and just do something. I have no answers as to why things can't just be easy-peasy. But, on a second thought where is the place of things like "values", "character", "faith", if nothing happens to test them? Will thoughts of giving up come? Of course! But you and I are bosses of life, so we determine which thought stays and 'giving up' is not one.

Keep Good People Close




You are never alone! The mind could play tricks on you and make you think you have been abandoned and magnify situations but you are never alone. There is at least one person that cares about you. In this period, I am so grateful for family, friends, and loved ones. They have been rockstars. Dear reader, don't lock yourself somewhere and go through life alone. Cry on someone; vent to someone; talk to someone. Even if they don't have solutions, a listening ear goes a long way in easing burdens.

I've said a lot, but I'll leave you with these words:

Romans 8:37
"Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."

I want to hear from you. Where are you in life and how are you conquering?
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As always
Make it a Winning-Day
WDG


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2 comments

  1. What would be the place of joy and peace if there was never sorrow? You're conquering already, Winnie. Stay woke ;)

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