Struggle Leads to Strength

I got up from the couch and walked over to the dining room table. After grabbing a pen and a piece of paper I sat down at the head of the table and closed my eyes. I wanted to write anything to get out of my own head for a few minutes. I mustered out a few lines.

ONCE UPON A TIME A GIRL HAD SO MANY DREAMS THAT THEY SPILLED OUT OF HER MIND INTO THE WORLD AROUND HER.

And breathe.

BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO WALK AWAY FROM ANYTHING THAT MAKES YOU TRULY UNHAPPY IN YOUR LIFE.

That’s true.

AM I MAKING A DIFFERENCE? VS. WHAT DIFFERENCE HAVE I ALREADY MADE? #MINDSET

Stay positive.

STRUGGLE LEADS TO STRENGTH.

One-liners. My exhaustion was getting the best of me. What did this all mean?

Sometimes I find myself outside of my own mind. I can’t really grasp what I’m doing or remember exactly why I’m doing it. I know these thoughts and feelings will pass. I am well aware that I need sleep to refresh and start a new day with a better outlook. At the same time, I like to take the time to go through these somewhat negative feelings when they hit me. Embracing both the positive and the negative in my life has helped me to understand the world around me as well as my own self throughout the past few years.

We might not always be able to pinpoint where certain feelings are coming from, but it is important to at least recognize them in those moments. Keep in mind that recognizing and embracing emotions is different that dwelling on emotions. Commit to allowing yourself to feel whatever you are feeling, but then redirect your thoughts to a more positive place. This is definitely easier said than done.

With patience, practice, and the allowance of self-love, you can begin to find yourself embracing rather than dwelling more often than not. Reminding yourself that it is okay to be human every now and again. Allow yourself to fall apart a bit just to show yourself how strong you are as you put yourself back together. Avoid beating yourself up from feeling something. Always allow yourself to feel. It is a great reminder that you are alive.

Holly Pilcavage

Born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Holly K. Pilcavage, or simply hkp, is the founder of Project Wednesday and is also currently the Director of Business Development & Operations at CoalCreative, an Internet Marketing Company in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Holly was named a 2017 Top 20 Under 40 by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal, is a recent graduate of the 2018 Leadership Wilkes-Barre Core Class, as well as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Nominee and TEDx alum. She serves on the Board of Directors for Dress for Success of Luzerne County and attributes her additional time as a servant leader for various organizations throughout Luzerne County. Her truest passion is people. With a background in Business Development, Higher Education, and Life Coaching, Holly focuses her energy on the impact we are all making on one another and the inevitable ripple effect it causes throughout the world. She is currently on a mission to see all 50 states before the exciting age of 30 which means Holly travels as much as possible while taking the time to learn more about people and how we all fit together as individual puzzle pieces.

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