One Year Blog Anniversary: Reflections
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For months since my last blog post, I could not think of anything to write about. I guess I was experiencing a hard case of writer's block. But, I find it funny that when I finally think of something to blog about, it happens near the anniversary of my blog. It's been one year! I can't believe that time went by so fast. When I first created this blog, I was in a transitional phase of my life. I needed an outlet to pour all of my energy into, especially my creativity. So, I created this blog, The World of Shayla, with that as my intention: having a creative outlet. This blog has changed my life by giving me hope. It feels good to have something that I can call my own.
When I look back at where I was last year compared to right now, I can definitely say that I've changed for the better. Often times I didn't know whether any of my hopes, desires, dreams, and intentions would ever come to fruition. But God has shown me that when the timing is right, He'll bless me. It's all about patience. Last year, I was in search of a job and in search of a new start in life. I made a vow to myself to make lasting change in my life, especially since I am starting my 20's and becoming a young adult; and, I can confidently say that I am keeping that vow to myself.
A few days ago, I was reflecting on making mistakes. I had just bought a cute wig and was a little nervous to wear it to work the next day. But then I thought to myself, "I can't keep running away from life". I thought back to all the things I've done in life that have taken courage, bravery, and trust in God to do. If I would've never done the things that made me scared and nervous, I probably wouldn't be where I am today. I also thought back to the things I've failed at and mistakes I've made. I'm thankful for those lessons I've learned through failure because it has given me wisdom and confidence in knowing myself. Sometimes you have to make mistakes to learn, but you will feel better after you have taken time to reflect on what worked and what didn't.
I've learned that the times and people in my life are lessons and will eventually pass. Everything and everyone holds purpose in our lives. I've found that different people teach me different things about myself—things I have to work on, things I have to let go of, things that I like and don't like about myself, etc. I say this to say that if you are going through any hardship in your life, know that it too shall pass. It will not last forever. Know that there are lessons in every season you are in. Be willing to reflect on where you are, where you've been, and where you want to go.
On that note, I want to say thank you if you are reading this. I really appreciate anyone who takes the time to read my blog. It means the world to me!