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Follow Breanna as she runs a nonprofit , figures out life, and just enjoys each moment as it comes her way.
This one is very special to me. I think in life we get labeled by things that everyone can see as tangible. This has been a thing for me, especially when I was a high school student and at times as a young adult. I felt defined by my age, my grades, my class ranking, or my ACT and AP scores. There were times that I became so consumed by the fact that I wasn't valedictorian, I didn't make a 5 on all of my AP exams, and I just couldn't hit that 30+ mark on the ACT. I was constantly disappointed with myself and discouraged with my lack of progress, and what I deemed to be success. This became a huge issue my junior and senior year when it came time to start searching for scholarships and applying for college. I was discouraged that there were things I wanted but just couldn't have because my scores or ranking just wasn't at the cut off places (granted I aimed high because I graduated 5 out of almost 500, have always been on honor roll, and scored in the very high 20s every time I took the ACT). Then one day crying over the fact that I hadn't been chosen as a finalist for a scholarship that I really wanted (and needed) I realized I am so much more than a number. I am kind, compassionate, loving, and so much more than a number on my transcript and a simple essay could ever reflect. This was a key realization and so I want to let anyone reading know that if you are looking and stressing over your school transcript or even your job position, YOU ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT SMALL THING! Life isn't about how great of a test taker you are or even your age, it is about the things you do, the impact you make, and the lives that you touch in the process. It is okay to not be happy with where you are at in life, or to even challenge yourself to strive to be better but do not (I REPEAT: DO NOT) let this small part of yourself define everything about you. You are bigger and better than any number or category life has placed you in... love yourself enough to realize this. And know it all works out just fine in the end ❤️
Have you ever been in a place where you felt like this? I would love to hear your story, learn how you overcame it, or just hear your thoughts on todays post in the comments below!
" The world isn't yours to save. " This was a comment made to me that really stood out and changed my perspective on the world and how I view it. It was meant as a reminder to slow down and give myself a break, (both of which are important and I am constantly needing to work on them) but it got me thinking: if it's not my job to save the world whose is it? If we all took the time to do just a small part of the work, maybe, eventually the world wouldn't need saving. None of us were assigned the job but I think if you aren't helping create the solution you are adding to the problem, either way you are making an impact! I know that we live in a place where kindness isn't always the first go to option, and sometimes people care more about themselves than others, but just because that may be considered the norm by some doesn't mean that it's right. It doesn't take a lot to make someones day, a smile, a small compliment, an unexpected sweet text can make all the difference to someone who is needing it. You can't save the world all by yourself, and no it isn't really your job to do so but why shouldn't you give it a try. If you put forth the effort to do just one small thing everyday, you are starting a chain reaction that can ultimately reach all across the world.And that is just the small stuff! Kindness is contagious and it has the ability to spread and infect others when the process starts. Then lets take it a step further and say you take the time to do something big, buy someone a meal that you know is hungry, donate clothes to a shelter, sit down and talk with someone that you know is struggling. All of those things have an impact whether you see it or not. Regardless if they are big or small acts, kindness has the power to drastically change the path that a person is going on. It has the ability to give hope, strength, and a renewal of faith...and that is all just for you as the person giving, so think of what it will do for the person you are helping!
I think sometimes we forget how much positivity and kindness changes not only the people around you but also yourself. Taking the time to do things that you don't have to do and sharing a little bit more of yourself with the world does more than just benefit the people around you. I have realized that through "trying to save the world" and do things for those around me that I have saved myself. I have learned more about the Breanna I want to be and discovered the love I have not just for people but for myself. And at the end of the day I would much rather be building people up and failing to save the world than tearing people down and adding to the brokenness that I see everywhere. Anyone can destroy things but it takes a special type of person willing to go the extra mile to take that brokenness and create something beautiful... So I ask you, who are you and when will you be ready to start striving to save the world?
I would love to hear about your acts kindness, your thoughts on the blog, or just about whatever is on your mind today! Feel free to comment or shoot me an email.
I am sitting here writing this, reflecting on the direction my life is going and I am in complete awe. Being a speaker was a dream that I never knew I had until my sophomore year of high school when I became apart of what would become the Ethan Lee Stop Bullying Speak Up Foundation. I never knew the high and absolute bliss that was missing from my life until I did my first junior high show talking to almost 2,000 students. I didn't know what I was missing until I was in a room where I could hear a pin drop other than the sound of my own voice, until I had students come up to me after shows and in the grocery store, telling me what my speech meant to them. I didn't know what I was made to do in life until I started speaking, and now all I want to do is travel all over the world, talking to and inspiring students, even a fraction of how much all of them inspire me each time I get to meet them. I have known this was the dream and the goal since the first time I started speaking but I figured I had a lot of time to go before that dream would ever have a chance of becoming a reality. I had no idea that I had the option of starting now until I met the amazing Josh Drean who is also a motivational speaker and he persuaded me to do something kinda crazy. If you haven't heard of Josh I definitely recommend looking him up and watching his amazing vlog. I had the pleasure of meeting him when my program brought him in to do a presentation for our high school students. He is literally one of the coolest people I have ever met and I decided after that first show he did in my hometown that we had to be best friends (he agreed but I am not sure if he was just being nice or if I scared him into it either way it's a thing now). During the time he was in town I had the opportunity to talk to him about his career as a motivational speaker. I shared my aspirations of one day, 5-10 years from now, being in his shoes and doing presentations all around the country. He looked at me and said, "Why wait? You could be doing that now!" (before I even graduate college....Crazy I know right?). So I took his advice, put together a website, and now here I am, hoping that it will all work out. I am so excited about this step and feel so much peace with my decision. This summer will be all about developing my presentation and working with the Ethan Lee Stop Bullying Speak Up Foundation, getting things ready for the next school year. There are a lot of fun things ahead and I will definitely keep everyone posted. My hope is by this time next year I will have done multiple presentations and touched thousands of lives. Speaking with my program has been absolutely life changing, but doing things solo is a scary new adventure that I am so excited for. Nothing happens exactly the way we plan it, and I had no idea this part of my life would be starting so soon. I am happy with the encouragement and support I have gotten thus far and look forward to making everyone proud in the future. It may not go exactly the way I am hoping, and I am sure there will be bumps in the road, but what is the fun in life if everything always went exactly as planned?
If you would like to check Josh out you can find him on Facebook as Josh Drean, or visit his website at www.joshdrean.com