Positive Perspective

If you have been keeping up with my blog then you know that over the past few weeks I have been focusing on my perspective of life. I have learned a lot and can see how my attitude toward life has improved. I am a very firm believer in God’s timing and I have to say the timing of this lesson for me was spot on. Many of you who read this probably know that I have started my own YouTube Channel. (Harold actually encouraged me to start it after watching a vlog from the popular YouTube family the Shaytards.) As you can imagine the channel brings with it both positive energy from my viewers as well as negative perspectives. I’ve always enjoyed making silly videos just for fun and from a very young age loved being in front of the camera. (I have the all time greatest home video of myself when I was probably 4 years old that only confirms I have never been very camera shy or afraid to let loose and be silly.) Starting my own YouTube Channel seemed like a fun idea to document this crazy chapter of my life.

Two days ago I made my very first video called “Signs you’re dating a West Point Cadet.” My family, Harold, and I all laughed over how silly it was and thought maybe a good handful of other people would watch it and enjoy it too. Little did I know that this one video would take on a life of its own as it received a ton of social media attention and now has reached over 25,000 views. While I was receiving a ton of positive feedback (thank you to everyone who reached out to me to say such kind things) there was no stopping the negative comments from flooding in as well. Understanding that YouTube comments on pretty much all videos ever posted are a feeding ground for negativity I was not surprise to also receive such negative comments. If I were at a different stage in my life and hadn’t just been focusing on my perspective of life then there is a good chance those negative comments could have dimmed my spirits. I think a huge reason none of the negative comments have hurt my feelings is because I have grown so much through knowing Harold. His positive way of life is so infectious and has rubbed off on me, giving me a thicker skin and more confidence in living my life doing what makes me happy rather than succumbing to negative people or situations that try to bring you down.

I came across this picture about a week ago and saved it.
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I am thankful for the negative comments and attention my video received because it means that I am able to have a voice that reaches many people and it means that I have the chance to better myself through how I handle certain situations. It is so easy to get caught up in the negative ourselves when we are surrounded by it, but remember that YOU have the opportunity to see something positive through anything negative.

If you would like to watch my videos here are the links:

Signs you’re dating a West Point Cadet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5HXHPh5NcI

How to date a civilian (West Point Style): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn_6JeA5Vtc

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5 Comments

  1. haley
    October 1, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    Wow. Seriously so awesome. I admire your positivity and trust in God. It is so contagious as well. You are positively touching peoples lives, don’t forget that.

    • October 1, 2014 / 11:16 pm

      Thank you so much Haley! Your comment just made my day!!

  2. October 3, 2014 / 11:59 pm

    I am so thankful to have found this blog!!! I am also a Florida girl (Rollins College grad!) and my boyfriend just graduated from West Point this past May! I haven’t seen him since then as he is stationed at Ft. Benning and my job took me to Washington, D.C. and I’m currently at the airport praying to God that my already delayed flight doesn’t get cancelled. I read through all of your posts and just absolutely loved each one. Thank you for calming my heart tonight with your sweet and inspirational words!

    • October 4, 2014 / 12:53 am

      Olivia!!! Thank you soooo much for your kind comment! I may have just teared up in the middle of Walmart reading this!!! This is exactly why I share my story! All I can hope is that somehow my story can impact others!! You have been such a great encouragement for me to keep it up!!!

  3. October 4, 2014 / 1:02 am

    I’m so glad! And I will definitely share this blog with my man once I finally get to see him tonight!