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I recently listened to a podcast by Mark Whittle on his channel Take Flight. He interviewed a long time favourite of mine Lydia Elise Millen on her success as a blogger and how far she had to stretch in order to live her dream. We're constantly learning about ourselves and what inspires us to be the people we are today. I really struggled with being myself for a very long time and only stopped giving a fuck in my third year of varsity.

We all try to be someone that our peers or parents expect us to be and to live up to their particular expectation. I'm sure many people have experienced this and have had the feeling of discomfort or either comforted by the expectations. We constantly compare ourselves to those around us, not realizing how much we tear ourselves down in the process.

I appreciate honesty more than praise and I try to live to that phrase, even if it isn't always positive. I'm no angel and am also guilty of passing judgement but try not to whenever I feel the urge. It has become normal not to think about what you say before you say it, slowly but surely I've come to learn that being mindful is so much more important than being judgemental, understanding that everyone has their own struggle. Something I am grateful for the most is constructed advice before I would take it as harsh criticism but we are not all the same and everyone has their own opinion so I have come to thrive off it. Take peoples opinion with a pinch of salt and move forward, if it really means something to you take the opinion and see where you can do better.