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3 Things I Learned After a Rough Week

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Don’t let my smile fool you. When I took these pictures at the beginning of this week, I was stressed out, and that stress did not go away until a few days later. I was feeling overwhelmed because I had a lot on my plate, and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to handle everything. I had started a school fundraiser for a cause, and I couldn’t stop worrying whether sufficient funds would be raised. I had to memorize lines for a scene that I had to perform in English. Everyone knows how nerve wracking performing in front of people can be. On top of all that, there was loads of work to complete. The list of my anxieties goes on…

In my constant state of worrying, I couldn’t see the end of the week. Honestly, I felt so much pressure and anxiety that I would start to tear up at the thought of my responsibilities. Despite how rough this week was, I am thankful that it happened because it taught me three things.

1) “You Can Do Anything But Not Everything”

I will admit that I am an overachiever. Often, I allow myself to take responsibility or charge of too many things that I am unable to handle all at once without feeling so overwhelmed. I think that it is important and healthy for one to accept that although you are capable of doing something, doing it might not be beneficial for your well being. Part of being an overachiever is that you feel the need to prove your capabilities to others. Your peace of mind should not be at stake because of another’s opinion. You know what you can and cannot handle. You don’t have to do everything. Love yourself.

2) Stop Worrying, Start Praying

In addition to being an overachiever, I tend to worry too much. I know what you’re thinking- having both traits is probably not the best combination, and I completely agree! We worry because we do not know what the future holds. In our angst, we can forget who is in control- God! I turned to prayer throughout this week because there was no way I was going to get through it alone. Leaving your burdens to Christ will lift some weight off of your shoulders because in the midst of the confusion, you can be sure that He is always there for you.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30

3) Don’t Forget to Smile 🙂

Has someone ever told you something that you needed to hear even though they had zero knowledge of what you were going through? This happened to me towards the middle of this week. It was first period, and I was already feeling worried about the day. Out of nowhere, my teacher begins to talk about how even life when life is at its worst, you have to remember to smile. His mini lecture made me want to tear up (yup, I’m emotional like that!) because it was a much needed reminder.

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The stress from this week is over, and I feel so relieved. I know that there will be more weeks like this, if not worse, but I just want to tell you that even when it feels like your struggles are everlasting, they will come to an end at some point. At the end of whatever it is you’re facing, life will be a little sweeter. I usually don’t vocalize the problems/challenges I face to many people, but I thought that maybe if I shared my experience, it would help at least one person.

I hope that you have a beautiful weekend, and thank you for reading all of this!

love,
blaze ann

outfit details:
Forever 21 Dress (thrifted- $14!), Forever 21 Button Up, Forever 21 Necklace, Kate Spade Purse, Toms Booties

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  • DazzleWhileFrazzled

    As a mom to three young kids, I have learned your #1 tip well. It’s been hard to accept that I can’t do it all but I’m a better person and less of a crazed mama when I focus on just a few things. Visiting from Saturday Sharefest party.

    • Blaze Ann

      I’m continuously working on that #1 tip. You put it nicely- our world is less chaotic when we focus on just a few things! =)

  • Rebecca Young

    A very moving post – you are such a sensible person and you will get through these stressful times and be a stronger person.

    I love your dress!

    • Blaze Ann

      Thank you Rebecca <3!

  • Debra Elliott

    I’m stopping by from Saturday Sharefest. Thank you for sharing these awesome reminders on how to get through stress and be blessed.

    • Blaze Ann

      So glad you stopped by! I hope these reminders helped 🙂

  • I am sorry you had such a hard week that stressed you out. I love what you wrote and the advice you gave. It is awesome. I am glad that God helps us when we are at our lowest lows and highest highs.

  • Sarah Jean

    You can do anything, but not everything is so important to remember. Especially for us women in that we want to be superwomen!

  • Grace | Graceful Rags

    Love this post! I definitely have weeks like that too. High school is so stressful, especially when you have college stuff always lingering in the back of your mind. There’s just so much to do and too little time. Your tips are super helpful, and you look cute as always 🙂
    -Grace
    gracefulrags.com

  • These are great lessons to learn. Surrendering to God’s will and taking rest in His perfect peace is a challenge at times, especially when I want to feel like superwoman and do everything.

  • Marvina Musser

    Very beautiful post. Alot of great lessons here and I’m glad that you ended your week less stressed 🙂

    https://itiswellwithmysoul741.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/keep-your-soul-mind-and-body-healthy-series/

    This is a post I wrote, I think you will enjoy it…it does have a lot to do with stress.

    • Blaze Ann

      Thank you for sharing your post! I will definitely give it a read =)

  • Jennifer Nordine

    Great lessons in this post – YOU CAN DO ANYTHING BUT NOT EVERYTHING certainly speaks to me! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! P.S., love this look on you – too cute!

    • Blaze Ann

      Aww thanks Jennifer <3!

  • Marion Collins

    Glad you are feeling better. Just take one day at a time. I love your outfit. It is lovely.

  • Kimberly @ Berly’s Kitchen

    That dress is super cute, and you are correct. You can do anything, not EVERYTHING! Sometimes that’s tough to remember. 🙂 Glad your week settled down.

  • Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

    Smiling can get you through a lot of rough times! You learned some great lessons this week!

  • Christina Ropp

    I am an overachiever as well so I know the feeling of being overwhelmed and the disappointment when it doesn’t get done. Great job on not letting you get you down. Remember all of the things you’ve accomplished and you will make it through!

  • I know what you mean ! I stopped trying to do it all in one day. Heading back to church tomorrow and definitely trying to smile more !

  • “You can do anything but not everything” is some of the best advice I’ve ever been given…it’s become one of my life sayings. I’m such an overachiever responsible person too, so I can totally relate. I’ve also been processing how to take off my burden and carry God’s…how is it so light?? A nugget I may chew on forever. 🙂 Thanks for your openness, transparency and vulnerability!

    • Blaze Ann

      I know- so thankful to have a God to turn to at any time. Thanks for reading <3!

  • Chelsea-Catherine Cobb Croom

    I love this! I think I’m guilty of trying to do everything, too! And i love the stop worrying, start praying. Such a good reminder!

  • Angelle Marix

    Oh wow.. you are beautiful inside and out. Stop worrying and start praying is so key. Loved this post!!

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

    • Blaze Ann

      Thank you Angelle! <3

  • Dia

    Yes! You can do anything but not everything! Ashley from Saving Money in Your 20s always says., “You can have anything you want but not everything” in regards to money but it really does apply to time management and life. It’s all about balance.

    • Blaze Ann

      Yes!! That’s a great way to put it, Dia! 🙂