Dreams, Inspiration, Lifestyle

You can be vulnerable & strong at the same time

A couple of people have told me I’m gullible.

Eh, kind of. At first, I was like *surprised Pikachu face*, but I look at it a different way.

I just trust people. I trust what people say is true, and that they mean what they say. I trust someone until they give me a reason not to.

Over the last few years, I’ve truly seen how people lie. White lies, sure, everyone tells those. But I learned that sometimes people really, really lie. They do shady things. They betray you. They blindside you. And, side note, my consumption of true crime doesn’t help me in thinking that people are honest.

I’m not saying I’m perfect. Far from it. But here’s where I’m going with this: just because people have lied to me or made me feel gullible doesn’t mean I’m going to stop trusting people.

I used to believe you could either be dumb and trusting and gullible, or cold and tough and cynical. And, hey, after experiencing the not-so-pretty parts of people, I considered being the latter. But I recently spoke with a woman whom I really look up to, and she told me that yes, you can be sensitive and kind while also being strong and not letting people walk all over you.

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Thankful for it: When getting a “no” is the best thing you could ever hear

It’s almost Thanksgiving! I really love this holiday. And yes, while it’s definitely about gathering with loved ones and eating amazing food (I love Stove Top stuffing, sorry not sorry), it’s truly about gratitude and reflecting on what we’re thankful for.

Gratitude is something I’ve been working on this year. Whenever I’ve felt negative, discouraged, or even jealous, I’ve tried to make a list (mental or tangible) of the things I’m grateful for. And it really works.

So, as I got to thinking about what I’m most thankful for this year, I recalled one instant back in March that really stood out to me.

Somebody told me “no.”

Wait, what? “No” is typically a bad thing, right? That’s what I’ve always thought. I mean, think about it: we’ve hated hearing the word “no” since childhood. Nobody wants to ask for something, or work for something, just to have somebody turn around and deny us. We want to get what we want, and when someone denies us that, it can feel like the end of the world.

Or it can be the beginning of something great.

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