While out for drinks with my cousin last week, we discussed social media and peoples' tendency to post only the highlight reels of their lives. It can become quite difficult to relate to my favorite bloggers, instagrammers, and often even known friends and family because I am constantly seeing only the best bits of their day to day lives, resulting in somewhat of a gap between blogger and reader and a drop in confidence when I "take five" to scroll through social media links.
This post is not a highlight reel. It's been a rough couple weeks, there's no denying that. My schedule has been full of new jobs, new schedules, new steps, and frustrations and disappointments.
I have struggled with balancing all my jobs and reserving time for my faith and also my fitness; two activities that are highly important and valuable to me. It has been a great challenge now that I do not have the "free time" for my faith. Because of this, I have been learning how to invite Christ into every aspect of my day, especially the parts where I struggle and it has been an important reminder that God is around more than just my early waking moments and the moments before my head hits the pillow.
Additionally, on the blogging, branding, and entrepreneurial fronts, I have felt overwhelmed and under-confident. Having begun more thorough research into, the less fun but equally important, business and analytics aspect of blogging has left me feeling like I am at the bottom of a mountain with no climbing gear to reach the summit.
With the added "best foot forward" culture today's social media brings to the table, it can be hard for one to feel comfortable where they currently are in their life journey. I often feel the desire to be where I observe others living their best days instead of working on creating my own and being at ease in the current portion of my own journey.
In tough times like these I could easily continue to feel low or call it quits on my goals and dreams, however doing so would teach me nothing. Christ made us capable of astounding and wonderful things, if only we keep the right mindset. When the going gets tough, wether it's during a rough workout, if we are tired and beaten down from a long and unfulfilling work week, if we feel like no matter how hard we try we just can't seem to get where we hope to be; that's when we must dig our heels in the ground and keep pushing forward in perseverance and faith instead of slowing down. We are all resilient beings but sometimes we need the extra push from ourselves, others, and Christ to remind us why we started in the first place.