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Changes

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Life changes are usually intimidating to most. Even the souls that crave the most change will feel anxiety when the word “change” is spoken. Why is this? Why do we as humans fear the one thing that we need for growth, for our own sanity? In reality, a lack of change can truly become a negative part of our lives if we let it be.

Feeling lost in life can be an overwhelming yet exhilarating feeling. The awareness of having both the opportunity to create a new chapter in your life and being conscious that your life is about to alter in a way we do not know yet is incredibly scary. However, we are in complete control of this change. We can choose our day to day happenings, our new chapter...our story. What do you want your life to look like? What do you want to contribute to this one precious life? Where do you see yourself day to day? I think most people fear change when they do not know the answer to these questions. Or, they fear answering these because they prefer to stay in the comfort of their current situation. Always remember to take time to answer these in an honest light so you don’t end up writing the wrong story. Nobody has the pen in their hands except yourself. Put in the work, mentally and physically, to create these changes - whatever they may look like. Perhaps it’s a career change, relationship, a new house...whatever it may be, look deep within yourself and answer the difficult questions before you start your new journey.

Another thing to remember: mistakes shape who we are, they help us to figure out what we want, and sometimes, unexpected and amazing things come our way if we just take that leap of faith. Do not fear failure. Do fear not growing, not taking chances, and above all, not living your life exactly how YOU want to live it. Learn to quiet the voices inside your head that tell you “it will be too hard” or “quit before you even start.” You are only hurting yourself...CREATE your life.

XO,

Jana

Tendencies

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It's been quite awhile since I have written and felt it was the right time.

To me, writing is mostly inspired by a drastic life event or an urge in inspiration. Nevertheless, here I am, writing.

Somebody close to you getting sick can cause so many feelings. It's an immediate rush of emotions fleeing out of your body. Despite that persons age, health, appearance, it causes you to look within and question your own life. How you would feel in their position. If you would feel fulfilled, if you would be scared to pass, if you would potentially even care. You wonder.

Living through the death of my Dad has put this undeniable pressure on me already; however, now another one I love is sick. We all are sick - we all have a death sentence. When we are infants, teenagers, adolescents, young adults, even elderly - we are born to die. This isn't in a negative sense in the slightest - rather, an idea to make us really look at our lives and where we are at in our lives. 

I always grew up thinking to myself about my wedding, my perfect dream house, my spouse, my picture perfect family; my life. When you grow up, and I mean, really grow up...you don't necessarily see those milestones in the same light anymore. You don't give them as much importance. Not to say these are not important to a lot people. However, to me, I have changed so much and can see - really see - what matters to me. What a beautiful feeling. No longer do I have the same desires. What I want in my life is to maintain the relationships I have and develop new ones. To feel alive. To love the ones closest to me.

I hope everybody out there finds their purpose. Even if it is just to love. To be.

Xoxo,

Jana

_LIFE_

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What a simple title for such a complex post. I just want to share a bit about how I am feeling towards life lately.

Life is interesting. We wake up and, for the majority of the population, we drive to work - 8 to 5 of sitting. Sitting at a desk, staring at a computer, and whilst doing so, dreaming. Dreaming of a bigger and much more vast life. Only so much can be lived through the screen. We can read articles, dream up wild adventures, but at the end of the day, it's a job. Simply put - a job. 

I want to explore. I want to adventure out into the unknown. I want to be in it

It - the feeling of stepping outside of yourself and being here, in the now.

Never have I felt such an urge to see the world, different places...something out of my realm of sight and knowledge. Perhaps you have also felt this push, maybe due to age or time passing. Whatever it may be, I crave the feeling. For those reading this that do know me, I have never been one much into camping or the outdoors. With that being said, I still desire the ultimate feeling of freedom; of feeling at pure peace. Perhaps it's the death of my Dad that has pushed me to this overwhelming sense of being one with the world, with nature, with myself. 

Whatever this feeling may be, I plan to follow it and share my adventures with you. To inspire you. For once, I plan to follow my own path. Never stop listening to your inner voice. It is talking for a reason!

Check me out on weekprojectfearless.com as well to learn more about my new project!

I truly hope you all keep your sense of wonder.

Xo,

Jana

Live Your Legend

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It has been quite a bit of time since I've last blogged. To be honest, between my recent lack of inspiration and life happenings, I have felt the inability to share a message on my blog that genuinely matters. However, I recently stumbled across a beautiful blog via TedTalks called Live Your Legend. This Ted talk and blog is exactly the push I needed. 

Scott Dinsmore, founder of Live Your Legend, was an incredible mentor who taught others how to find their true passion and do what they absolutely love. I think this concept is lost on most of us these days. The idea of waking up and going to a 9 to 5 job is what many of us are accustomed to in this life and what we consider our lives routine. For many people, this works - this is enough. However, for myself, and many others out there, I believe there is more to life than an office job. Scott also worked as most of us do at a 9 to 5 job but decided one day to find out what matters in life - to aspire to be something bigger - and quit. From then on, he spent his time assisting others to dig deep and discover what is important to them and, more importantly, to be surrounded by people who support this path.

No dream is too big to dream. No wish it too big to wish for. Think about what you want and do what it is you are meant to do in this one precious life.

Scott has inevitably left an impact on me with his words and the idea that we can do whatever we want with our lives. His words are reminiscent of my father's...he was a huge supporter of doing what you love and pursuing your passions. Scott sadly passed away in 2015 from a hiking incident at Mt. Kilimanjaro with his wife Chelsea. Life is short. Life is fleeting. But above all, life can be whatever you want it to be. I plan to follow in Scott's footsteps today and think for myself about what is important, what truly matters, and to not let anything stand in my way - including myself.

I ask of all of you out there to really think about what you value and what is significant to you in this life...then go pursue it!

Stay inspired,

Jana

Quote

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"I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that—I don’t mind people being happy—but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down three things that made you happy today before you go to sleep” and “cheer up” and “happiness is our birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position. It’s rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say, “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness.” Ask yourself, “Is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is."

—Hugh MacKay, author of The Good Life

Friday Beats

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Hope you have a lovely weekend, here are some beats for your weekend; enjoy!

  • Pretty – Lil Yachty + Burberry Perry
  • Anthem – Alana Yorke (fave)
  • Live While You're Young (live) – Johnnyswim
  • Hometown Girl – ZHU
  • The Game – Oscar + the Wolf
  • Killing Me – Ofelia K
  • Danger in the Dancehall – Jesse Woods

Grief

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My father passed away on March 21.

It was and will remain one of the hardest days of my life. I don't think many people will fully comprehend the pain unless they have gone through a loss like that themselves. I'm not saying people can't sympathize or be there for you. But once you actually are in it, it's very different. 

My Dad was one of the best people I and many people knew. He changed lives for the better and lived that mission every day of his life –  I think something most people strive for in this world - to make a difference. He was my father, best friend, hero, mentor, happiness. He changed my life for the better and I feel lucky to have had him as my father for as long as I did. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about him.

Obviously, this is definitely a very personal experience to share. However, I have come to realize, life is all about loss. I know my Dad would be incredibly proud of me to share this with the world; to allow myself to feel what I'm feeling and to let others know it is okay.

I think today in society many people don't fully accept grief.  Actual grief and all of the emotions that accompany them. 

I never actually imagined the reality of going through a loss like this at this point in my life. I have come to accept not everybody knows what to say or do – life just is. I have realized to live life to the fullest instead of wanting to crawl into a dark hole. I have realized some days it's justified to crawl into a dark hole even if only for a bit. I truly think in order to truly grieve, you must feel everything. The pain, the loss, the good and the bad. For anybody going through a loss out there, I applaud you for allowing yourself to feel the pain, and to still find positivity in the world because there is so much good in the universe if we look hard enough. It's easy to want to give up in many ways; loss like that is unimaginable – the finality of it unbearable most days. But the important lesson is life is all about loss...we have to learn to appreciate the moments we have with the people we love.

So, allow yourself to feel everything so you can live again. Do not die with your loved one. <3

"I had my own notion of grief. 
I thought it was a sad time.
That followed the death of someone you love.
And you had to push through it
to get to the other side.
But I'm learning there is no other side.
There is no pushing through.
But rather,
Adjustment.
Acceptance.
And grief is not something you complete.
But rather you endure.
Grief is not a task to finish,
and move on,
But an element of yourself –
An alteration of your being.
A new way of seeing.
A new definition of self"

Here's to you Dad, and to making a difference in this beautiful world. <3

Sunday Beats

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Beats

  • The Emotion - BORNS
  • Whispered Words (Pretty Lies) - Dan Auerbach
  • Not Today - Imagine Dragons
  • Like the Sunshine - Lif3blood
  • Hearts/Wires - Deftones
  • Like Real People Do - Hozier

Beats

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Happy Thursday! Here are some beats for the rest of your work week. Enjoy <3

  • I'm Here Now - Motonopy (fave)
  • Secrets (Cellar Door) - Radical Face
  • Panic Cord - Gabrielle Aplin
  • Hold - Vera Blue
  • Carry On - Twinsmith
  • The Night We Met - Lord Huron

 

Take the Challenge

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“Even when change is elective, it will disorient you. You may go through anxiety. You will miss aspects of your former life. It doesn’t matter. The trick is to know in advance of making any big change that you’re going to be thrown off your feet by it. So you prepare for this inevitable disorientation and steady yourself to get through it. Then you take the challenge, make the change, and achieve your dream.”
– Harvey Mackay

Just Say Yes

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We all have to face tough decisions in our lives at some point; whether it is regarding a relationship, friendship, move, or career.

What I have learned so far in my life is just say yes. Life is short - insanely short - we may not always be 100% conscious of this but remaining too stagnant can be very dangerous.

Growth is crucial to humans. If we never take chances, we will never become our best self. 

When I think back on my experiences, I have never regretted the ones that came along with fear. This may sound ironic but I truly believe the decisions that scare us the most are the best ones we will make. So, go ahead and next time you are faced with a big change, say yes to new adventures. <3