Perception.

You’ve heard it before, it is everything. Have you ever pondered the thought of why it is so frequently stated that what you believe, you’ll ultimately attract? The laws of attraction, positive karma, blessings? Or even negative outcomes, unfortunate events, etc… Only to realize, it all comes back to one thing: one’s perception and how they manage it.

As a child, you’re filled with innocence and purity, having little to no hardships. When you slowly begin to evolve into adulthood, you’re faced with a number of challenges. As we hurdle through each obstacle, whether it be big or small, it becomes solely our responsibility in how we choose to handle each given circumstance. Our perception: how we react and our determination of the given scenario along with our expectation of it. As individuals, we’ll usually react with an emotional response. Some of us may suppress it, while others may overly succumb to the emotion at hand. So how do we regulate our emotions in a healthy manner?

You must learn that there is no such thing as a perfect life. Begin to accept that not everyday will be ideally perfect and that life is in fact made up of the ups and the downs, not merely the ups. There will be moments that will lag more than others and days when you feel like you just can’t. When this happens, be mindful. Allow yourself to sit with those feelings that may make you feel uncomfortable and know that just like any other, this moment will also not last forever.

Hello, again.

When I began this blog a little more over a year ago, I had no actual idea of the direction in which I wanted to take. Did I want to “blog” or did I just want to have a published area where I can share what I would typically just jot down in a journal? I would generally write and text the material over to my mother or sister when I felt I had a “good writing day” and share. Their reactions are what inspired me to look into a platform, aside from my daily use of Instagram, where I could not only share photos, but topics in which I imagined could be relative to a group of readers. After being inactive for nearly a year, and having the opportunity of finding growth in my personal life, I’ve decided that I would like to share not only my thoughts, but what I’ve discovered and enjoyed within the last year. With that being said, I would like to briefly introduce myself. I’m Yezzel, a quarter century young woman currently living in none other than Miami, FL. I am profoundly in love with music as I am a frustrated, aspiring singer. I adore all things music from the instrumental piano all the way down to the creative and beautiful movement of dance. Aside from the life that’s displayed on my social media accounts, which find me at the beach the majority of the time, I am a full-time nursing student in the medical field of psychiatry. In addition to my educational vocation, I am employed full time at a Behavioral Health (psychiatric) unit at a local hospital. In between an imaginably hectic work and school curriculum, I try to squeeze in as many gym sessions as I possibly can, being a part-time fitness junkie. Ultimately, my goal is to be able to connect with readers who tend to find difficulty in managing a balanced way of living, while providing tips that can aid in maintaining a healthy (being both mental and physical) lifestyle. Alternatively, I will sporadically share what I find to be insightful messages. I hope to reach and inspire others while continuing to creatively develop myself as an individual. Join me on a path of finding, exploring, and becoming a better version of yourself.

Be your own world.

You know those moments where you’re in a class for several hours and your attention span just seems to give up for a quick second? One evening, about half way into a three-hour course of Sociology, the words just struck at me and quickly brought me back in. I hadn’t heard something so accurate in quite a while.

“Don’t ever make anyone your whole world. There’s three things people do that are inevitable:

They move, they change and they die.”

As human beings, we feed off connections. As we connect with other people, we sometimes begin to lose our sense of self. We begin to adapt to others’ habits and behaviors and we may even inherit some along the way. You may find that there commences to be a decline in the things you once enjoyed while there’s an increase in other things which truly never really caught your attention; But you’ll do it anyway, because ideally, your desire for connection becomes stronger than your desire to remain in solitude.  Ultimately, you become selfless. When this begins to happen, remind yourself to pick those things up again. Always keep a balance between what you love vs. who you love. And always remember to love yourself first and foremost.

Dearest Hello to 2017

 

It is the beginning of a new year, “a fresh start”, as many would call it. Although, in reality, every day is a fresh start, there is something about the end of a year or first day of the upcoming year that brings a tingle to your being. It makes many of us feel invincible and as most like to express: “This will be my year”.

Ringing in the new year this year was a little different than usual for me. I rang it in with most of my loved ones in a different country. This gave me an even larger sense of invincibility when greeting 2017. Looking over the mountains, in which we have none of back where I reside, seeing the incredible amounts of opportunity and endless beauty that the world and life itself has to offer was such an incredible feeling; a real eye opener.

Now, for myself, 2016 was not a terrible year as many claimed it to be. It was a year of much loss, but it just made me yearn for more. I learned plenty which allowed me to grow and for me, growth is one of the best things one can experience in order to proceed moving forward and further succeed. Ultimately, I am so incredibly excited for this year. I believe its going to be a great one for many of us. As long as you put the work in, the result should be nothing short of amazing. So, Happy 2017 to everyone and make sure you make every single day count!

 

 

Trust in the Vibe

Energy doesn’t lie.

Ever been in a situation where your intuition is signaling one thing, but you go against its warning? How did that end up for you? I’ll guess, probably not as you had hoped. Perhaps you found yourself self-pitying once things got sour. Now, have you ever been in a situation where you were presented with that bad energy and decided to steer clear? That choice probably served you damn right.

If you’ve ever had to question whether or not someone should be a part of your life, the answer is within the question itself. If the concern ever persists, there is usually always a reason. Trust the vibe and cut the imaginary chain. Life is too full of unbelievably good energies to allow anyone or anything to eliminate you from having it; And good vibrations will always follow good vibrations.

Toast to cliches 

“Life is too short”. We read and hear it everywhere or we say it all of the time, not because it is a cliche, but because it is the cold hearted truth. Exactly how much do we actually let it sink in and influence the way we live? Probably not nearly as much as we should. We tend to take people and our blessings for granted far too often, forgetting that at any given time, all we will be left with are mere memories. So I say: appreciate everything beautiful, love unconditionally and live blissfully. For there is no such thing as forever, only a here and now. 

Who are you? 

As I configure my quarter century crisis, I always tell myself I know almost everything that I want in life and although the resources are not always at arms reach, the goal is very much possible. I suppose you can say modern aged women are placed with a tremendous amount of pressure before they reach their twenties. By the age of twenty, you should have it all figured out and you need to begin putting it all together throughout that decade you have coming along. Great. I once recall having a conversation with a woman twice my age. She was seemingly lost. Her entire life had been swept from under her feet. She had initially established it all in her twenties. From the ground up, she made a business and a family alongside a wonderful partner. That’s who she was. A business, a mother and a loving partner. Nearly a decade later, she had lost her business and her partner. Her maternal instincts never vanished, but she had. Without two important factors which made her who she thought she was, she was utterly and completely lost. Years after the hardships she faced living with the missing gaps, here we were. Her face, lost as that of a child who had been placed in the world far too early to fend for themselves. I simply turned to her in our discussion as she expressed how empty she felt and I said, “well, what do you like to do?”, assuming that keeping busy with daily activities will create some life inside of her again. She looked at me with the most frightened and blankest of stares. As if she had just seen a ghost. The thought of getting to know herself and who she truly was, was the most terrifying idea for her. Everything she knew to be was what her past included. She no longer had that. She had spent the next couple of years of her life merely existing. How unfortunate this was. A beautiful, intelligent woman with no idea who she was. She had allowed factors in her life to determine who she was. But that wasn’t who she was at all. This made me wonder. Are many of us guilty of this? Do we let the people in our lives sometimes control us to believe we are someone we aren’t? Do we live a life of content and not true happiness just to say we have it all? I immediately recognized, I was terrified of that idea.