Without a doubt, every one of us has experienced the feeling of being squeezed into a mental box by our environments. The words of friends, the opinions of family members, the pressures of circumstances, and even the thought patterns of our own minds begin to subconsciously define the boundaries of what we believe we are capable of achieving. It is so easy for us to focus on our failures and our shortcomings, and this focus begins to limit our ability to develop the fullness of our potential.  If we truly want to live an extraordinary life, we need to break out of the boundaries that our circumstances have created and begin to realize that we possess the freedom and ability to define our own destiny! We need to actually begin to believe in ourselves and the innate talents, abilities, and passions that God has placed within us. By not giving up, pushing through, staying positive, and seeking wisdom and knowledge in the midst of challenges, we will experience incredible things we never believed possible! I never thought I would be a paper designer and a business owner, but I am so glad that I decided to believe in my passion, take the risk, and go for it. I can’t imagine how my life would have been if I did not take the big leap to follow my dreams. I would have missed so many beautiful experiences!

I love this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”

So get out of your comfort zone, dream big, and act on that dream! Make a concrete plan with detailed goals, be ready for unexpected changes, and train yourself to use life’s curve-balls to your advantage. Nothing worth having is easily attainable, and you can do a lot more than you think you can!

God made you with so much potential, and it is your job to discover your gifts, maximize them, and ultimately trust Him for the victory.

Be strong, be courageous, and be open to being way better than you imagined!

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